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Governor issues executive order declaring disaster in five eastern counties

On Tuesday Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order declaring a disaster in five Eastern Montana counties: Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Richland, and Roosevelt. “Recent severe thunderstorms downed power poles and lines in Eastern Montana,...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    Regional    June 18, 2021 

TC Energy scraps Keystone XL pipeline

The 13-year saga of the Keystone XL pipeline came to a close yesterday when TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, announced that it is terminating the project. Though the pipeline project has experienced multiple turns of fortune intersecting all three...

 

Gov. Gianforte: Montana prepared for fire season

On June 9 Governor Greg Gianforte received the 2021 Fire Season Briefing from state and federal agency administrators and fire management officers. “Much of Montana is currently in moderate to extreme drought conditions, increasing the risk of a...

 

Montana FFA Foundation reaches new benchmark, providing over $100,000 annually

On April 10, Montana FFA concluded the 91st Annual State Convention hosted in Billings. The convention was nothing short of a success thanks to the students, advisors and supporters. Blue jackets reconnected from every corner of the state. For some s...

 

MSGA holds 137th MidYear Meeting

The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) wrapped up its 137th MidYear Meeting on Friday, June 11 in Lewistown, Montana. The event hosted over 150 attendees who gathered for three days of education, policy, fellowship and fun. Governor Greg...

 

Skunk tests positive for rabies in Powder River County

On Thursday, June 3, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) received confirmation of a second terrestrial (non-bat) rabies case in the state in 2021. A rabies-infected skunk was captured in Powder River County. One dog was exposed to the rabid...

 

Beware of fraud calls 'spoofed' as local businesses

Despite continued investment and efforts to fight illegal robocalls plaguing telephone customers, Mid-Rivers has recently noticed an increase in scam calls in the area that show up on caller ID as reputable local business names. Scammers are...

 

Montana approves use of hemp in commercial animal feed

As established in House Bill 396 signed during the 2021 legislative session, hemp and substances derived from hemp are now approved for use in commercial feed for pets, specialty pets, and horses in Montana, so long as they do not contain more than...

 

Governor urges DOJ to continue investigation into anti-competitive practices in meatpacking industry

In a joint-letter with governors from South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa, Governor Greg Gianforte recently urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to continue their investigation into serious allegations of anticompetitive behavio...

 

Montana's unemployment rate continues decline in April

Montana’s unemployment rate declined from 3.8% in March to 3.7% in April. The unemployment rate for the U.S. was 6.1% for the month. “Montana’s economic recovery depends on getting Montanans back to work into good-paying jobs, allowing our...

 

FWP seeks Citizens Advisory Council applicants in southeastern Montana

Volunteer applicants are needed to serve two-year terms on Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 7 Citizens Advisory Council. The purpose of the southeastern Montana-based CAC is to advise FWP on various regional and statewide issues, programs...

 

Montana Farmers Union partners with livestock groups in support of cattle market transparency

On Monday, May 10, 2021, member leaders of American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, and the United States Cattlemen’s Association met in Phoenix, Arizona. These groups convened at...

 

Montana farmers encouraged to participate in wheat & barley varieties survey

The Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding producers to participate in the upcoming Wheat and Barley Varieties Survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)....

 

Mid-Rivers awards 31 scholarships totaling $34,000

Mid-Rivers Communications recently announced the award of 31 Scholarships to students from the Cooperative’s service area. Six $1,500 scholarships were awarded to students planning to attend Dawson Community College or Miles Community College, and...

 

MSU Extension partners with USU Extension to offer master remote work professional course

Going to work, punching the time clock, and putting in your 8 hours has shifted to staying home, learning Zoom, and mastering communication from your home. Remote working was gaining popularity with companies across the United States prior to the...

 

Gov. Gianforte signs landmark investment in broadband expansion

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte signed into law the ConnectMT Act, providing $275 million in federal funds to expand access to reliable broadband across Montana. "Too many of our communities,...

 

MSU Extension launches survey to understand Montana's 'Brain Gain'

Migration of young adults out of rural communities for college or jobs in larger communities is shown in the U.S. Census data. In contrast, the Census also reflects a trend of in-migration of people aged 30-49 to rural counties. A new survey...

 

Governor's office issues Montana water and supply drought outlook report

On Monday, the Office of the Governor released the 2021 Montana Water and Supply Drought Outlook Report. According to data in the report, 42 percent of the state is classified as abnormally dry, with another 18 percent of the state in severe to...

 

Montana regains second congressional seat with 2020 Census

Montana will regain its second congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the 2020 Census state population count released on Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The count reveals that Montana’s population grew from 989,415...

 

Mandatory 10-digit dialing coming to 406 area code

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022. Until then, customers must continue to...

 

Gianforte approves changes to Montana election laws

Gov. Greg Gianforte has officially ended the state's long-standing practice of allowing citizens to register to vote on Election Day, a change he said will help preserve the integrity of Montana's...

 

HAULS Act aims to provide flexibility for livestock haulers

The Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act of 2021 was reintroduced in the Senate by Senators Fischer (R-NE), Tester (D-MT), Wicker (R-MS), and Smith (D-MN) last month and more recently as a companion bill in the House by Tennessee...

 

Gov. Gianforte announces settlement agreement ending FWP bison plan

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte announced a settlement agreement that ends litigation between the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and United Property Owners of Montana (UPOM). “Under the previous administration, FWP didn’t...

 

Gianforte issues executive order prohibiting vaccine passports

This week, Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order prohibiting the state-sponsored development and required use of so-called vaccine passports in Montana. “I strongly encourage Montanans to get a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, which is...

 

Drought conditions persist in SE Montana

Eastern Montana and western South Dakota continue experiencing low humidity, high wind and warmer than usual temperatures resulting in widespread drought conditions and an increase in the risk of wildland fire. Hunters, recreationists, and others...

 

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