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Gianforte announces National Guard resources for COVID-19 response

Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced that 10 Montana National Guardsmen have volunteered to assist the Billings Clinic in its COVID-19 response. “Over the last year, soldiers in the Montana National Guard have consistently stepped up to the...

 

Educational technology grants available

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 $75,000 in grants! Educational Technology Grants are offered by Mid-Rivers when...

 

Additional materials to be certified as weed free by Montana Department of Agriculture

As established in House Bill 93 signed during the 2021 legislative session, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) can now certify additional materials, such as gravel, as being free of noxious weeds. Administrative rules for Noxious Weed Free...

 

Some block management areas in Region 7 closed or restricted

Due to current dry conditions and high fire danger throughout much of Montana, hunters may encounter some Block Management Area closures or restrictions. In Southeastern Montana’s Region 7, as of Aug. 13 there were 19 BMAs in eight counties that we...

 

DEQ and DPHHS urge schools to test for lead in drinking water

Schools across Montana are testing their drinking water for lead ahead of the Dec. 31, 2021 deadline outlined in the DPHHS Administrative Rules of Montana regarding matters of public health in schools. Dozens of school districts have already...

 

Prairie to pines wagon train and trail ride

There's no better way to see the sights than on horseback or in a horse-drawn wagon. A nearby wagon and trail ride is taking place September 12-18. The South Dakota and Montana ride will start in the...

 

Wyoming couple paying for adoption with shoes

A couple from Gillette is trying to collect 25,000 used pairs of shoes by the end of August. Once that goal is met, Shoes With Heart, a Florida-based organization, will pick them up in exchange for $10,000 to go toward adopting the couple’s first...

 

10-digit local dialing will be mandatory in Montana starting October 24, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted an Order designating 988 as the new three-digit abbreviated dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline starting July 16, 2022. The FCC’s Order requires all telecommunicatio...

 

Governor Gianforte launches statewide fire dashboard

On Monday Governor Greg Gianforte launched a new dashboard to keep Montanans informed on active fires burning in the state. "Across Montana, our heroic firefighters are confronting more than eighty...

 

MT Dept. of Agriculture shares best practices for hay shipments to prevent noxious weeds and pests

As Montana agricultural producers strive to find adequate feed for livestock during severe drought conditions and a damaging wildfire season, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is issuing guidance for out-of-county or state shipments of hay...

 

Chief Water Court Judge appointment

Chief Justice Mike McGrath announced Tuesday that he has re-appointed Russell McElyea to continue serving as the Chief Judge of the Montana Water Court. McElyea’s appointment is effective August 1, 2021. McElyea, who started as the associate judge,...

 

Montana Hay Hotline available for producers affected by drought

As severe drought conditions and wildfires persist across the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers of the availability of the Hay Hotline, an online tool that connects those interested in buying, selling,...

 

Anderson named warden captain for FWP Region 7

Todd Anderson has been selected as the newest Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Enforcement Division captain, stationed in Miles City. According to FWP Enforcement Assistant Chief Ron Howell, "Todd...

 

Montana Water Court issues first final decree

The Montana Water Court met a critical milestone this week with the issuance of the first final decree in the decades-long adjudication of water rights. The decree covers rights claimed by the United States on behalf of the Turtle Mountain Band of...

 

Rescuers believe lost hiker Tatum Morell did not survive

After nearly a week of intense search efforts for missing hiker Tatum Morell in the mountains near Red Lodge Montana, rescuers now believe it is unlikely she is still alive. Rescuers have been...

 

Mule deer shot near Rosebud, left to waste

MILES CITY – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are seeking information on two mule deer that appear to have been shot and left to waste on or near the last day of July in the Rosebud area. On June 30, FWP Region 7 Warden Sergeant Casey...

 

Young eagles learning to fly can appear to be injured

MILES CITY – In recent days several people have called or commented about seeing the eagles from the Main Street nest on the ground, on the Tongue River bridge, or even appearing to be injured....

 

New board leadership of MBA includes representation of Montana banks of all sizes

The Montana Bankers Association (MBA) announced the newly elected 2021-2022 leaders of the organization’s board today, resulting from elections among the MBA membership at the 118th Annual Membership Meeting earlier in June 2021. Jake Pelczar,...

 

Department of Livestock asks Montanans to stay alert

The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) is asking residents to remain vigilant about the presence of feral swine. Though there have been no confirmed sightings in Montana, populations are spreading and the risk of introduction to Montana is high....

 

PRTC exercise to begin July 19

Combat Raider, a military training exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin July 19 in the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) and will conclude on July 23, 2021. Combat Raider provides joint and coalition flight training with...

 

Deadline approaching in Montana for SBA working capital loans due to drought

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in nine Montana counties and neighboring counties in South Dakota and Wyoming of the July 20,...

 
 By Beth Epley    Regional    June 25, 2021

Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition receives $500,000 in supplemental funding

On June 16 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $500,000 in supplemental funding to the Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition which includes Great Northern Development Corporation (GNDC), Eastern Plains Economic Development...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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