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FWP Reminder: Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

HELENA – Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are headed outdoors should "Be Bear Aware." Bears can be found throughout Montana. In recent years,... — Updated 3/30/2023

 By Caven Wade    News 

Legislative Briefs - Week 12

 — Updated 3/28/2023

 By Keely Larson    News 

Health Providers Scramble to Keep Remaining Staff Amid Medicaid Rate Debate

Andrew Johnson lets his clients choose what music to play in the car. As an employee of Family Outreach in Helena, Montana - an organization that assists developmentally disabled... — Updated 3/28/2023

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DPHHS Requests Nominations for Annual Emergency Medical Services Awards

The Department of Public Health and Human Services is asking Montanans to submit nominations for the annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) awards ceremony to be held Wednesday,... — Updated 3/21/2023

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Proposed pavement preservation for Flesher Pass (S 279)

LINCOLN, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to improve Secondary Highway 279 (S 279), commonly... — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Caven Wade    News

Legislative Briefs - Week 11

 — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Caven Wade    News

Bill That Would Allow Students to Fight Back in Bullying Incidents Moves Through Legislature

Stacy Roope says her 16-year-old son Trey is bullied every day in the hallways and even while walking to school. She said her son is constantly tormented, and what's worse is that... — Updated 3/21/2023

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Youth Conservation Corps program seeks to fill jobs with local youth from the community

Great Falls, Mont., March 20, 2023– The Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs, Lincoln and Rocky Mountain ranger districts on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest are accepting a... — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Keely Larson    News

Montana Considers New Wave of Legislation to Loosen Vaccination Rules

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... — Updated 3/14/2023


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

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... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Eric Dietrich    News

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

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... — Updated 3/14/2023

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AG Knudsen announces shocking 11,000 percent increase of fentanyl seizures in Montana since 2019

HELENA (Feb. 24)– Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced a nearly 11,000 percent increase in fentanyl seizures by anti-drug task forces in Montana since 2019.... — Updated 3/7/2023


Legislative Roundup - Week 9

 — Updated 3/7/2023

 By Caven Wade    News

Bills Dictating Religion, Prayer and Sex Ed in Schools Advance Ahead of Key Deadline

At the half-way mark of the 2023 Montana Legislature, three House bills that would dictate how public schools in the state handle religion, prayer and sex education just barely... — Updated 3/7/2023

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Jim Yarbrough announced as new ranger for Lincoln Ranger District

LINCOLN, Mont. (March 7, 2023) – Jim Yarbrough will serve as the new ranger for the Lincoln Ranger District starting in late March. "Jim has a track record of working with... — Updated 3/7/2023

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DEQ Announces Open Burning Season

HELENA-The Montana open burning season begins March 1. While burning is allowed year-round, there are different restrictions and requirements throughout the seasons. The Department... — Updated 3/2/2023

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PureView Announces Justin Murgel as New CEO

Helena, Montana – PureView Health Center, a leading health center serving the Lewis and Clark County area, is pleased to announce Justin Murgel as its new CEO, effective March... — Updated 3/1/2023

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Montana State hosting outdoor industry business panel March 7

BOZEMAN — Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship will host “The Business of The Outdoors,” a panel discussion featuring representatives from Gallatin Valley-based businesses Simms... — Updated 2/28/2023

 By Caven Wade    News

Legislative Roundup - Week 8

 — Updated 2/28/2023

 By Caven Wade    News

Rep. Derek Harvey Brings Working-Class Perspective to Montana's Citizen Legislature

Editor's Note: This is the first 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... — Updated 2/28/2023

 By Amanda Eggert    News

Forever no more? Bill seeks to restrict state's access to perpetual conservation easements

A broad assortment of industry groups, conservation nonprofits, ranching families and hunting and fishing access advocates on Tuesday testified in opposition to a bill that would impose term limits on many conservation easements ac... — Updated 2/23/2023

 By Caven Wade    News

Lawmakers Mull State Savings Account to Pay for Special Education Outside of Public School System

HELENA – Gov. Greg Gianforte made it clear in his second State of the State address that Montana's 68th Legislature should focus on giving families the ability to be more... — Updated 2/23/2023

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Hunting Regulations Available Early This Year

HELENA – Hunting regulation booklets for deer/elk/antelope, moose/sheep/goat and light goose are now available on Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' website at... — Updated 2/20/2023

 By Keely Larson    News

Amid Dire Suicide Rates in Montana, Governor Expands Student Mental Health Screening

Bella Nyman has struggled with her mental health since age 7, when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety. Nyman said she was afraid to tell her parents she had... — Updated 2/20/2023

 By Caven Wade    News

Legislative Roundup - Week 7

Lawmakers Table Bill That Would Have Added Additional Penalties to First-Time DUI Offenses The House Judiciary Committee on Friday tabled a bill that would have increased minimum... — Updated 2/20/2023


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