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  • Youth Forest Monitoring Program, entering its 25th year, expands to encompass heritage

    News Release, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest|Updated Mar 14, 2023

    HELENA, Mont. – March 9, 2023 - The Montana Discovery Foundation and the Helena- Lewis and Clark National Forest are looking for a heritage/archeology field instructor and eleven high school students (grades 10-12) who love the outdoors-or are curious about the outdoor-based jobs-to apply to the 2023 Youth Forest Monitoring Program. "Twenty-five summers ago, this program started in response to the community's desire to see youth with a greater understanding of natural r...

  • Sen. Bogner's Military Service Focuses His Legislative Service on Privacy, Geopolitics

    Caven Wade, UM Legislative News Service|Updated Mar 14, 2023

    Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of lawmaker profiles of rising leaders from both parties, aimed at giving a glimpse into the lives legislators lead outside of the Capitol and how that affects how they lead inside the Capitol and highlighting the makeup of Montana's citizen legislature. HELENA – Privacy has been a major talking point that comes in all shapes and sizes at the 68th Montana Legislature. Sen. Kenneth Bogner has been at the forefront of the issue since...

  • Montana Considers New Wave of Legislation to Loosen Vaccination Rules

    Keely Larson, KHN-UM Legislative News Service|Updated Mar 14, 2023

    When Deb Horning's daughter was 5, she got her measles, mumps, and rubella shot like many other kindergartners. But unlike many other moms, Horning had to stay away from her daughter for a week after the shot. Horning, 51, was diagnosed in 2014 with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive cancer - the five-year survival rate for those older than 20 is 27 percent. Horning had been through chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, which severely weakened her immune system. Because...

  • Budget, Taxes, Education and Social Issues Likely to Dominate Legislature's Second Half

    Caven Wade and Elinor Smith, UM Legislative News Service|Updated Mar 14, 2023

    The 68th Montana Legislature, with an unprecedented Republican supermajority, is halfway through its 90-day session and the next 45 days promise to be dominated by debates over the state's two-year budget, which funds everything from schools to Medicaid payments to nursing homes and mental health providers. As Republicans vie for tax cuts that they say put money back in Montanans' pockets, Democrats fight to invest in long-term planning, all while sitting on another...

  • Gianforte signs $1 billion Republican tax rebate, tax-cut package into law

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Updated Mar 14, 2023

    Flanked by dozens of Republican lawmakers on the steps of the state Capitol, Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a tax cut, rebate and spending package totalling more than $1 billion Monday. The eight-bill package, which provides short-term property and income tax rebates and also cuts state income taxes on an ongoing basis, puts a major slice of the state's estimated $2.5 billion budget surplus toward what the governor called "the largest tax cut in Montana history." The bills also...

  • Obituary: Peggy Knight

    Updated Mar 14, 2023

    HAMILTON - Peggy L Knight, 64, of Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, at her home with family by her side, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 14, 1958, in Glasgow, Montana, to Harland L and Marian E (Nakken) Estrem. Peggy was raised in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High, in 1977. She attended college in Billings for one year and then returned to Glasgow to work. She and Richard Knight were married on Sept. 1, 1978. They moved to Lincoln, Mont....