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Articles from the March 17, 2024 edition

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  • Public Notice: Close of registration for elections

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Notice is hereby given that regular* registration for elections to be held on May 7, 2024 will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024. To register to vote, or to update your name, address, or other voter information, submit the Voter Registration Application to the county Elections office. You may obtain an application by calling the elections office at 406-447-8339 or downloading the application online at The application must be signed...

  • Pathways to clarity

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    When four hunters used a specially constructed ladder to step from one corner of public land in southern Wyoming to another, the ripples from that decision were initially small but have since ignited an impassioned debate that could open - or unequivocally restrict - access to more than eight million acres of public land across the West. Here, in the final installment of our three-part series, we explore how judges, lawmakers and public land managers could clear up some of...

  • Opinion: SB 442: A Bill for All Montanans

    Senator Mike Lang - R, SD-17|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    The legislative session in Montana is a full-contact sport. Bills get introduced that stoke controversy and debate. My bill (SB 442) was no different to begin with, but we ended up with a bill Montanans could be proud of. Thousands of Montanans were able to convince 130 of 150 legislators to vote for SB 442. It was popular because Montanans were able to put aside long-standing disagreements and work with their neighbors to help craft a bill that invests in every single one of...

  • State Senate pushes back on a judicial Trojan horse

    Senator Jason Ellsworth - R, Hamilton|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    A majority of the Montana Senate has delivered letters to the Montana Supreme Court, Governor, and Secretary of State outlining our concern that a recent court order is unconstitutional. It's easy to get lost in the weeds of the issue, but the heart of the matter is pretty simple. It's about the separation of powers among our three branches of government. The Legislature is the branch closest to the people. We cannot abide a situation where the people's voice in Helena is...

  • Opinion: Not supporting SB 442 veto poll override

    Sen. Wendy McKamey, SD12|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    The 2023 Legislature ended almost a year ago. However, a couple weeks ago, Judge Mike Menahan issued a decision directing the Montana Secretary of State to conduct a veto override poll on SB 442 to determine if the bill will become law. I will not be supporting the veto poll override. Like many Montanans, I live in a rural area and I know we could benefit by improving maintenance of county roads. However, SB 442 is not the solution to our problem. SB 442 is a bill written for...

  • Letter: Held v. Montana perverts judicial process

    Updated Mar 20, 2024

    "This is unconstitutional" has become a frequently used phrase intended to subvert the logic and rational understanding of the Montana Constitution. When improperly applied, it perverts the intended checks and balances of our three-branch state government system. If a person, group, or political party doesn't like the political content of an issue, they cry "unconstitutional". This takes our process of state government that was intended be a matter of adjudication and...

  • Montana BPA 2024 State Leadership Conference

    Laura Allen, Lincoln Public Schools|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    The 2024 Montana BPA State Leadership Conference was held in Billings on March 12-15. One thousand three hundred and thirty-five students and local chapter advisors from the middle level and secondary level attended in a spirit of friendship and goodwill. BPA Montana Association assisted the members through participation in the areas of competitive events, leadership, community development, and professionalism. Students from 101 Montana schools demonstrated their knowledge in...

  • Application deadline for deer and elk permits is April 1

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    HELENA – Hunters have until April 1 to apply for deer and elk permits and nonresident combination licenses. Hunters can buy licenses and apply for permits on the FWP website; click on "Buy and Apply." Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers several tools to help hunters navigate the application process. Click here to watch a video tutorial for Montana residents; click here to watch a video tutorial for nonresidents. To see a playlist of all FWP's hunting license video t...