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Most hunters find ample opportunities to harvest antelope

Most of the hunters who came through Region 7 check stations Sunday after the opening of general antelope season found ample opportunities to harvest animals. Upland game bird hunters had a little more difficulty finding quarry, but that was...

 

Most Block Management Areas in Region 7 open again to public hunting

As of Tuesday afternoon, twenty of the 25 Block Management Areas in Region 7 that had closed or restricted access earlier due to fire danger were open to hunters, although some are restricted to walk-in access only. To check whether BMAs allow...

 

MSU researcher wins national award for eclipse project

BOZEMAN - A Montana State University researcher has won a national award honoring her leadership role in an unprecedented, hands-on student project that culminated during the 2017 total solar eclipse....

 

Governor Bullock announces Montana's minimum wage increasing

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock recently announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.30 per hour beginning January 1, 2018. “People who work full time for a living shouldn’t be living in poverty. This modest...

 

Western 4-H Family and Consumer Science Show

The 55th Annual Western 4-H Family and Consumer Science Show will be held October 6 and 7th at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, SD. While this is called a show, it consists of various contests for developing life skills that 4-Hers, non...

 

Educational technology grant program announced

Mid-Rivers Communications, telecommunications service provider to 30,000 square miles of Eastern and Central Montana, is proud to announce the availability of up to $35,000 in grants! Educational Technology Grants are offered by Mid-Rivers when...

 

Is your passport valid?

Recently, travelers nationwide have been turned back at the airport while trying to board a flight because their passports did not have at least six months validity left in them. Many countries around the world have instituted this six-month rule....

 

Eighteen Block Management areas in Region 7 restrict access – for now

With the ongoing drought and fire danger, 18 Block Management Program cooperators in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 have restricted or closed access to their land until fire conditions improve. The most updated list is available below, or people...

 

Combat Raider 18-1 scheduled for Oct. 11-12

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Combat Raider, a military exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin Oct. 11 in parts of the Powder River Training Complex, and will conclude Oct. 12, 2017. Combat Raider provides joint and...

 

Upcoming conference examines Montana and the Great War

A hundred years ago, the nation was at war. The Montana Historical Society invites everyone to reflect on how World War I impacted life under the Big Sky at the 44th annual Montana History...

 

Mid-Rivers returns over $1 million in capital credits to patrons

On Friday, August 18, 2017, Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. mailed capital credit checks of approximately $1,004,000 to its members and patrons. The 2017 distribution of capital credits represents 100% of the remaining balance of the 1993 patr...

 

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductions

Last Friday, the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the tenth class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public....

 

Lodgepole Fire Complex donations

The Lodgepole Fire Complex has burned nearly 300,000 acres, making it the largest wildfire in the country. There are several ways people can help. Currently cash donations can be given to The Garfield County Fire Foundation Relief Fund, a subsidiary...

 

Montana producers eligible for hay lottery

Helena, Mont. – Producers in Montana affected by drought and fire are now eligible to participate in the first ever hay lottery. Ag Community Relief, is organizing a large-scale hay donation convoy to North Dakota to aid producers in North Dakota,...

 

Antelope, fall turkey license results available

Licenses for antelope and fall turkey were drawn Monday. Applicants can check their status by clicking on the MyFWP link at fwp.mt.gov. In some hunting districts hunters who were successful in drawing an either sex antelope license may be able to...

 
 By Tom Sentner    Regional    August 4, 2017

Glacier National Park works to save bull trout

Immersed in a cathedral-like forest of tall trees in the cool quiet of morning, my thoughts are interrupted upon hearing an unfamiliar sound behind me – horse hooves. I am hiking the trail to...

 

Drought relief discount announced by SweetPro & Agri-Best Feeds

SweetPro and Agri-Best Feeds have instituted a Drought Relief Discount of $80/ton on qualifying SweetPro orders delivered to ranches affected by the D2-D4 drought according to the U.S Drought Monitor – www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu. The Drought...

 
 By Derek Strahn    Regional    July 28, 2017

Homestead Act launches a new era in Montana

The future seemed especially promising – so much so, in fact, that most Montana homesteaders readily heeded the calls by government officials and bankers to "do their patriotic duty" and reinvest...

 

Governor Bullock declares fire emergency for state of Montana

Citing active wildfires and extreme fire danger across the state, Governor Steve Bullock has issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana. Prior to signing the executive order, the governor was briefed by the Department of Natural...

 

MFWP drawing dates for July and August

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks drew the deer and elk B licenses for the 2017/2018 season on July 17. Hunters can check their drawing status on MyFWP. However, antelope licenses will not be drawn until July 31. Refunds for unsuccessful applicants...

 
 By Derek Strahn    Regional    July 21, 2017

Homestead Act launches a new era in Montana

Several short-term trends helped trigger Montana's remarkable homestead boom. The most significant was the Enlarged Homestead Act of 1909, which doubled the free land available to settlers to 320...

 

Eastern MT fire updates

The combination of hot, dry weather, drought, and late afternoon thunderstorms on Monday resulted in several new fire starts in Eastern Montana, and prompted existing large fires to increase in size. The Witten and Lee Creek fires located south of...

 

BLM seeks public comments on mineral materials program

If you have an interest in mining mineral materials such as sand, gravel and scoria in eastern Montana, the BLM Miles City Field Office would like to get your comments. “Public lands provide valuable, tangible goods,” said Shane Findlay,...

 
 By Derek Strahn    Regional    July 7, 2017

Homestead Act launches a new era in Montana

"As I looked across the rolling expanse of prairie, filled with the beauty of a Montana sunset, I sent up a little prayer of thanksgiving from my heart for this our very first home. Only a rectangle o...

 

Governor Bullock issues Executive Order declaring eastern counties in drought emergency

Last Friday, Governor Steve Bullock issued an Executive Order declaring the following counties are in a drought emergency: Blaine, Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Hill, McCone, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland,...

 

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