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Recent rains benefit much of Montana; southern tier of state experiencing drought conditions

HELENA, Mont. – Abnormally dry conditions between March and early June have moved the southern tier of Montana, along with the eastern counties, into drought conditions that will likely intensify over the next three months, according to the...

 

MCC, Montana Farm Bureau and Montana Meat Processors Association develop meat processing program

Miles Community College and Montana Farm Bureau have teamed up to offer a meat processing certificate/degree. For the past several years, MCC has been working to develop plans for a certificate that...

 

Markuson retires from Stockman Bank; Cooley named Market President

With over 33 years of dedicated service to the community and to Stockman Bank, Miles City Market President Stanley Markuson will be retiring on June 30. Markuson, an Ekalaka native and graduate of...

 

COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 continues to be transmitted throughout Montana. As of Tuesday morning, there were 743 positive cases in Montana, but ZERO cases have been reported in Carter County. Also, the United States...

 

Bullock announces new loan deferment program for Montana businesses

Last week, Governor Steve Bullock announced the creation of a loan deferment program to assist Montana businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Montana Loan Deferment Program will allow businesses and other entities to defer payments on existing loans...

 

Unemployment rate declines to 9.0% in May

Governor Bullock recently announced Montana’s unemployment rate improved considerably in May due to strong job growth dropping 2.9 percentage points to 9.0%. In April, the Montana unemployment rate was at 11.9%. The Montana unemployment rate...

 

FWP to host "Be Bear Aware" on June 29 in Miles City

Black bears are among us in southeastern Montana, even if we don't often see them. Bears are constantly foraging for food, and it's not unusual for them to wander into residential areas where they...

 

Bullock announces $8.7 million in emergency grants to education entities

Governor Steve Bullock recently announced $8.7 million in federal grants will be distributed to education entities across the state to ramp up remote learning opportunities, technology infrastructure, and workforce training opportunities. “Our teac...

 

Department of Livestock promotes consumption of pasteurized milk

As Montanans are turning to locally sourced food in the face of possible disruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Montana Department of Livestock cautions the public against consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk and raw milk products....

 

USDA grants available to spur innovation technologies in Montana

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants until June 22, 2020, to fund Montana projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies....

 

Bullock announces Montana's unemployment rate at 11.3% in April

Last week, Governor Steve Bullock announced Montana’s unemployment rate was at 11.3 percent in April due to impacts created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montana unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 14.7% in April. “Montana took...

 

Two legal cases alter election rules as June 2 primary looms

HELENA — Last month, Montana Free Press added a roundup of pertinent information for primary voters to its 2020 election guide. In the weeks since, a pair of legal cases have necessitated some updates. Here’s what’s happened so far. On May 1,...

 

Mid-Rivers Communications awards scholarships totaling $34,000

Mid-Rivers Communications is proud to announce 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,...

 

USDA announces June 12 application cutoff for CSP

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding this year is June 12, 2020. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn...

 

FWP offering free online courses for hunter and bowhunter education students

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing so many parts of life in Montana this year – hunter and bowhunter education is no different. In response to social distancing requirements and restrictions on group gatherings, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is...

 

New landowner access program seeking applicants, deadline May 29

Currently, millions of public land acres in Montana are inaccessible. Fish Wildlife & Parks new Public Lands Access Land Agreement encourages landowners to help open up and improve access to these isolated parcels of state and federal land for...

 

BLM seeks comments on realty action, draft plan amendment

The Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office has published a Notice of Availability/Notice of Realty Action for public comment. Comments on the environmental assessment, draft plan amendment, and conveyance of reversionary interest through...

 

Mid-Rivers annual meeting postponed

The Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustees has decided to postpone the cooperative’s Annual Meeting of the Members, previously scheduled for May 28, 2020, until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. “Our primary focus...

 

Governor Bullock announces $123 million available in emergency grants

On Tuesday, Governor Steve Bullock announced that families, small businesses, non-profits, health services centers and individuals across Montana hardest-hit by impacts of COVID-19 will be eligible to apply for grants through nine new programs create...

 

Bullock announces plan to begin phased reopening of Montana

Last Wednesday, Governor Steve Bullock announced plans for a gradual and phased reopening of the state beginning Sunday for individuals, and extending to businesses on Monday. “There are very few states in the country that can say they have seen...

 

One million newspaper pages now online

A whopping 1 million pages of Montana’s newspapers, and the stories they carried about lives, deaths and everything in between, are now available with the click of a few computer keys through a Montana Historical Society project. The Digitized Mont...

 

DLI to begin processing UI claims for self-employed Montanans

HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor & Industry announced this week Montana's self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits can begin filing claims for Pandemic Une...

 

Timeline of Montana COVID-19 activity

April 7 • Governor’s extension of the Stay at Home Directive along with certain other Directives to April 24 • Directive waiving some restrictions on local and county governments gaining access to emergency funding from the state and federal...

 

Paddlefish season on Yellowstone, Lower Missouri canceled; still opportunity on Upper Missouri

The 2020 paddlefish seasons on the Yellowstone and Lower Missouri rivers (yellow tag) are canceled in response to Gov. Steve Bullock’s extension of the directives for social distancing and non-resident quarantine to help stop the spread of...

 

Suspension of evictions only applies if tenant can't afford to pay rent due to COVID-19

Governor Bullock’s March 31 Directive with consumer protections to lessen the economic impacts on Montanans by stopping evictions, foreclosures and cancellation of utility services does not absolve renters or lessees from their financial...

 

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