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 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

Bullock announces extension of closures, mandates social distancing

Governor Steve Bullock today issued a directive to extend closures of public schools and dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

Attorney General Fox Issues Guidelines for Conducting Public Meetings during State of Emergency

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Tim Fox issued a letter of advice in response to a request for guidance on how government entities should conduct... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

Forest Campgrounds, Rental Cabins, Day Use Sites Closing to Limit COVID-19 Spread

HELENA, Montana (March 26, 2020) - The health and safety of visitors, as well as Forest Service employees and volunteers, is paramount during the... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

Bullock Streamlines Unemployment Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Steve Bullock today announced emergency rules March 17 to make unemployment benefits accessible to workers laid off due to COVID-19 and waive the typical one week waiting period before receiv... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

FWP adjusts facility management in response to COVID-19; state lands remain open for day use

Montanans are lucky to have so many opportunities to get outdoors and recreate, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. And while Montana Fish,... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

Disaster Assistance Now Available to all Montana Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 21 – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to all... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

Free Personal Use Firewood Cutting Beginning April 1

HELENA, Mont. (March 26, 2020) - Personal firewood cutting will be free to the general public from April 1 through June 1, 2020, on the Helena-Lewis...

 
 By News Release    News    March 25, 2020 

NorthWestern Energy announces health and safety response, suspends service disconnections

March 14, 2020 – NorthWestern Energy activated a company-wide plan to address the implications of the COVID 19 outbreak while providing reliable energy service for our customers in Nebraska, South... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

Local Health Officials Confirm First Case of COVID-19 in County

Lewis and Clark Public Health confirmed on Friday the first case of COVID-19 in a county resident. The man, in his 30s, has been instructed to remain... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

Health Officer Extends, Modifies Business Closure Order

Lewis and Clark Public Health Officer Drenda Niemann today extended until March 31 an order closing some food, drink, and fitness establishments in Le... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

Attorney General Fox warns of potential coronavirus scams, price gouging

HELENA – Attorney General Tim Fox cautioned Montanans today about coronavirus-related scams that have been emerging in other parts of the country, and urged them to be aware of potential impacts to...

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

OHV operators must buy trail pass

Montana residents who are off-highway vehicle operators are required to purchase a Resident OHV Trail Pass. The pass, which costs $20, can be purchased from many local vendors or online...

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Montana Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Montana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

GOVERNOR BULLOCK DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MONTANA RELATED TO COVID-19

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency to exist within the state of Montana related to the communicable disease COVID-19 novel coronavirus. T... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

Purchase hunting and fishing licenses online; protocols in place at FWP offices

In accordance with guidelines for social distancing related to COVID-19 and to protect the public as well as staff, Fish, Wildlife & Park strongly... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

GOVERNOR BULLOCK DIRECTS THE CLOSURE OF PUBLIC K-12 SCHOOLS FOR TWO WEEKS; STRONGLY RECOMMENDS SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Governor Steve Bullock today announced a set of directives and guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable Montanans, including closing of public K-12 schools, social distancing... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

Lewis and Clark County Health Officer Orders Temporary Closure of Some Businesses

The Lewis and Clark Public Health Officer issued an order Monday afternoon closing most food, drink, and fitness establishments in Lewis and Clark... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 18, 2020

State Motor Vehicle Division Announces Changes in Response to COVID-19

State Motor Vehicle Division Announces Changes in Response to COVID-19 HELENA – Attorney General Tim Fox and Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Administrator Sarah Garcia announced changes and issued an... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 11, 2020

Lewis and Clark County Issues Public Health Emergency Declaration

Helena – Lewis and Clark County Commissioners today issued a County Public Health Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 epidemic... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    March 11, 2020

DPHHS seeks nominations for Emergency Medical Services awards

Department of Public Health and Human Services officials are requesting nominations for the 2020 Emergency Medical Services awards to be announced...

 
 By News Release    News    March 4, 2020

Department of Revenue Warns of Tax Scams

The Montana Department of Revenue warns all residents to be aware of numerous scams and frauds related to their tax information and potential...

 
 By News Release    News    February 26, 2020

Be kind and unwind during the free Leap of Kindness celebration

Experience Montana history for free February 28-29 as the Montana Historical Society waives its admission fee during the two-day Leap of Kindness celebration. Be one of the first to experience the...

 
 By News Release    News    February 19, 2020

Hunting, fishing license year begins March 1, other changes for 2020

As the current license year is winding down, hunters and anglers can look for a few immediate changes for the coming year. The new license year...

 
 By News Release    News    February 19, 2020

PL/PW Council meets March 2-3 in Helena

Private Land/Public Wildlife Council to meet March 2-3 in Helena The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council will meet on March 2 and 3 in Helena at the...

 
 By News Release    News    February 5, 2020

Girl Scouts begin taking cookie orders Feb. 7 across Montana and Wyoming

Billings - Girl Scouts across Montana and Wyoming will begin taking pre-orders for favorites including Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos,...

 

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