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Legislative Roundup: House advances Medicaid expansion with work requirements, bill would incentivize film industry, 'Real Meat Act' passes

HELENA -- The Montana House of Representatives voted 61-37 Saturday to pass a controversial bill to extend Medicaid expansion. The expanded program...

 
 By News Release    News    April 3, 2019

April 20 deadline for using Shopko gift cards

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is encouraging Montanans with Shopko gift cards to use them as soon as possible. According to the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection, Shopko will be...

 
 By News Release    News    April 3, 2019

Public Comment period extended one week on Stonewall Vegetation Project DSEIS

LINCOLN, MONT.—Members of the public will have one additional week to provide substantive comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 27, 2019

Community Development Block Grant awarded to aid Hi Country purchase

The Montana Department of Commerce announced last week the approval of a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development that...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 27, 2019

Ovando highlighted in Montana tourism commercial

To the surprise of many Ovando residents, Montana's 2018 Community of the Year found itself highlighted in a new commercial promoting tourism in the...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 27, 2019

Lincoln Loggers wrestling team takes second at state

The Lincoln Loggers wrestling team placed second for small teams, and 11th overall, at the Central Montana Little Guy Wrestling tournament in...

 

Legislative Roundup: Legislators look at state agency funding; union coercion; dyslexia screening; safe harbor for pregnant women

HELENA - The Montana House of Representatives has passed House Bill 2, which combines about $10 billion of state and federal funding for state...

 
 By Hope Quay    News    March 27, 2019

Lincoln Ambulance establishes scholarship honoring Frisbee

The Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance has voted to establish a new memorial scholarship in honor of first responder Bill Frisbee. Longtime LVA volunteer...

 
 By Hope Quay    News    March 20, 2019

Sculpture in the Wild a finalist for tourism award

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild has been chosen as one of three finalists up to receive a Montana Tourism Award in the category of Heritage and Cultural Tourism. Nominated alongside...

 

Legislative Roundup: Medicaid expansion, Coal bill tabled, CWD, Infrastructure

People filled the Montana Capitol Saturday to testify during an all-day hearing on two competing bills that would extend Medicaid expansion, some of...

 
 By News Release    News    March 20, 2019

Trapper Ed class set for April 6 in Missoula

A trapper education class is planned for Missoula on Saturday, April 6 from 8:30am to 5pm at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 2 Office...

 
 By News Release    News    March 20, 2019

Shed hunters should give wildlife a break

Late winter can be a stressful time for deer and elk with deep snow, limited food options and depleted fat reserves. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking shed hunters and other...

 
 By News Release    News    March 20, 2019

UM Helps Create National Center for Rural School Mental Health

MISSOULA – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $10 million to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health. Dr. Ryan...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 13, 2019

Lincoln School board approves contract for new superintendent

The Lincoln School Board brought their search for a new superintendent to a close at their meeting Monday night with the approval of a contract for...

 

Legislative Roundup: Budget hearings kick off second half of legislative session

HELENA -- The Montana House Appropriations Committee opened public testimony last week on House Bill 2, the bill that sets the budget for state...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 13, 2019

Off the record...

The blast of cold weather that decended on the state March 4 likely set a new state record low temperature for March at Elk Park, but Lincoln didn't...

 
 By News Release    News    March 13, 2019

NorthWestern Energy Electric Supply Plan open for public comment

Butte, Mont. –– NorthWestern Energy released the draft 2019 Montana Electricity Supply Resource Procurement Plan for a 60-day public comment perio...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 6, 2019

A cold March into the record book

Gusting winds have been a regular occurrence in Lincoln, accompanying the recurring cold weather that shattered the local low temperature record for...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 6, 2019

Improved snowpack brings with it increased spring flooding concerns

As 2018 rolled into 2019, the dearth of snow in the Upper Blackfoot Valley was raising concerns we might be in for the return of a warm, dry winter....

 

Legislative Roundup: Lawmakers Debate Bison Grazing, Vaccines and Country Of Origin Labeling

HELENA - The 66th Montana Legislature is at its halfway mark and that means that any general bills that did not make it through their first house...

 
 By News Release    News    March 6, 2019

Public Comment Period Extended on DSEIS for Stonewall Vegetation Project

Beginning Friday, March 1, 2019 members of the public will have an additional 24 days to submit substantive comments on the Draft Supplemental...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    March 6, 2019

A look at Lincoln area snowpack

Heavy snowfall since mid-January has bolstered Lincoln area snow packs and has led to renewed concerns about possible spring flooding, but the cold...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    February 27, 2019

Photo: Smooth Operator

Groomer operator Gordy Becker heads back to the Ponderosa Snow Warriors groomer shed after spending the night preparing the snowmobile trails around...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    February 27, 2019

White Hope lawsuit ends with decision in favor of Forest Service

The lawsuit and subsequent counterclaim that pitted the U.S. Government against Lincoln-area miners in a dispute over mining regulations and property rights ended last week with a decision in favor...

 

Legislative Roundup week 7

Helena-The Montana House of Representatives last week advanced legislation that would require a two-third vote majority for the Legislature to...

 

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