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EPEDC and MCDC to host housing conversation in eastern Montana

Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) recently announced a partnership with the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) to host a series of housing conversations in Eastern...

 

Property taxes put governor and local government leaders at odds

The supplemental property tax bills heading to property owners around the state this spring, made necessary by a November Supreme Court decision, represent a monumental headache for both local tax officials and homeowners. They also illustrate how...

 

Mid-Rivers announces expanded scholarship awards in 2024

Mid-Rivers Communications recently announced the award of 76 scholarships to students from the Cooperative’s service area, an increase of 40 scholarships over the original 36 planned. Last fall, the Cooperative announced the availability of 30 H...

 

Supplemental tax bills heading toward property owners

Last year, during a dispute with Gov. Greg Gianforte over the state's "95 mill" school equalization property tax, officials with 49 of Montana's 56 counties chose to reduce their fall tax bills...

 

Candidate filing deadline firms up 2024 election bracket

At 5 p.m. Monday, the window closed for candidates to file to run for elected office in Montana this year, officially setting the stage for a hugely consequential election season. Toward the top of...

 

The money allocated to Montana's new charter schools

Over the past year, we've fielded many reader emails about charter schools in Montana. The curiosity is understandable - one of the two charter school laws passed by the 2023 Legislature is currently...

 

School leaders attribute budget crises to pandemic funding cliff, state funding frustrations

A wave of major budget cuts is hitting public schools across the state - a situation officials from four of Montana's largest districts attribute to declining enrollment, inflexibilities in the...

 

USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program general signup for 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin signing up for the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) starting March 4 and running through March 29, 2024. This...

 

Commerce awards small business grants to 26 native-owned businesses in Montana

The Montana Department of Commerce recently announced that $320,000 of grant funding has been allocated to support 26 start-up or expanding Native American businesses in Montana. The funding is...

 

EPEDC and SEMDC partner to boost small business financing opportunities

Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) continues to partner with the Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) to provide enhanced financing opportunities for small businesses in our community and the EPEDC 5-county...

 
 By Mara Silvers    Regional    March 1, 2024

Montana expands Medicaid coverage for housing assistance and transition from prison

The federal agency that oversees Montana's Medicaid program has approved requests from Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration to cover more services for Montanans with mental illnesses and substance...

 

Rosendale drops out of race for U.S. Senate

Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale, who just last week announced a highly anticipated run for U.S. Senate, is dropping his campaign after former President Donald Trump — the ultimate kingmaker in modern GOP politics — endorsed his primary opp...

 

$1.28 million benefits eastern Montana economy in 2023 thanks to EPEDC help

Under new leadership for part of 2023, the Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation continues to show itself successful in its efforts to work with businesses and government entities to secure...

 

Secretary Christi Jacobsen: 'More than 240 candidate filings processed'

Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen says more than 240 candidate filings have been processed by the Secretary of State's Office as of 5 p.m. on Friday, February 2. "Twenty new candidate filing...

 

January cold snap fuels Montana's coal power debate

The record-breaking cold snap Montana saw this month brought days of below-zero temperatures across the state - and with them what major Montana utility NorthWestern Energy said was record-high...

 

Farm Bureau members share thoughts on national convention

Thirty-five Montana Farm Bureau members experienced the venerable 105th American Farm Bureau Convention January 19-24 in Salt Lake City. During the meeting of the country's largest agricultural...

 

Livestock reports and payments due March 1

Montanans have until March 1 to report the number of each type of livestock they own and to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock. This is the first year the payment due date has been March 1. The Board of Livestock...

 

Gianforte invests $8 million to behavioral health crisis Montana

On Monday, Governor Greg Gianforte announced an investment of up to $8 million to improve community-based response services for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. As recommended by the Behavioral Health System for Future...

 

Miles City agriculture teacher competes at national Discussion Meet

Todd Lackman, an agricultural education teacher from Miles City, represented Montana in the national Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet held during the 105th American Farm Bureau Convention in...

 

Montana schools receive email threats

Numerous school staff at districts across Montana received email threats Tuesday night. The threats were not believed to be credible. Ekalaka Public Schools announced Wednesday morning that schools in Ekalaka would continue with their regular...

 

Brixtel Defense announces opening of branch facility in Glendive

From Virginia to the Big Sky, Glendive picked up a new industry set to ramp up operations at the beginning of February following an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with local and state officials at...

 

Gov. Gianforte announces run for second term

Gov. Greg Gianforte will seek re-election, he announced on MTN News Tuesday. He will again be joined by Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras on the ballot, he said. Gianforte, a Republican, was elected by a wide margin in 2020, breaking a 16-year streak of...

 

Gianfortes buy $4 million Helena mansion, say they will donate the historic home to the state when the governor's term ends

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and First Lady Susan Gianforte have purchased a new private residence in Helena, the two announced Monday. For a sum of $4 million, the Gianfortes now own Helena’s Samuel T. Hauser House, a 9-bedroom mansion built in 1...

 

Ric Holden of Glendive enters 2024 Eastern Montana Congressional race

Former State Senator and Montana rancher Ric Holden, Glendive, has taken steps to enter the 2024 Eastern Montana Congressional race. Holden represented the southeast corner of Montana in the state...

 

FWP hosting public meetings to discuss upland game bird hunting regulations

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host two meetings in January to discuss proposed 2024 upland game bird hunting regulations. FWP staff will present proposed 2024 upland game bird seasons and regulations, along with recent trends in upland game...

 

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