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Hunters reminded of Elk B License opportunity for general fall hunting season

As surplus licenses go on sale on Monday, Aug. 12, hunters should remember that, according to the 2019 regulations, they are allowed only one Elk B License, despite legislation passed during the recent Montana Legislature. In the 2019 legislative...

 

Combat Raider 19-3 scheduled for September 10-12

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Combat Raider, a military exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 in parts of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC), and will conclude Sept. 12, 2019. Combat Raider provides joint and...

 

Ancient fossils give MSU students hands-on research experience

For Montana State University undergraduate Isabelle Brenes, digging a triceratops out of a hillside in the badlands near Ekalaka in July marked only the beginning of a long, familiar process of...

 

New partnership in eastern Montana for treatment of addiction and mental illness

Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center (EMCMHC), headquartered in Miles City, Montana, and Rimrock, headquartered in Billings, Montana have entered into a partnership to provide enhanced addiction and mental illness treatment for the people...

 

Montana FSA: USDA opens signup for Market Facilitation Program

Signup opened last week for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA...

 

Dates announced for over-the-counter, surplus and 900 series license sales

The 900-20 Archery Only Antelope licenses were drawn with Deer B and Elk B licenses in mid-July. All other antelope will be drawn on Aug. 8. This delay gives local biologists time to complete antelope population surveys that often don’t even start...

 

Montana's fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season

On Wednesday, Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s fire fund will be nearly doubled to $66.5 million, up from $36 million, heading into the wildfire season. “Montanans can rest assured that due to strong fiscal management by the state...

 

DPHHS announces free online resource to help young Montanans quit tobacco products

State public health officials recently announced a free online resource that offers coaching and support to young Montanans who want to stop using tobacco products, particularly electronic cigarettes like JUUL. “The number of young Montanans addict...

 

Busy summer for aquatic invasive species prevention

It’s been a busy summer on the front to combat aquatic invasive species. So far, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and its partner agencies have conducted more than 52,000 watercraft inspections – with more than 7,000 of those happening over the...

 

Beargrass and yucca are two signature Montana plants

Two particular flowering plants are the toast of late spring and summer in Montana. In the mountain forests and openings of northwestern Montana, beargrass – the official flower of Glacier National...

 

Ventenata added to Montana noxious weed list

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture has updated its noxious weed list to include ventenata (Ventenata dubia). The Noxious Weed Listing Workgroup recommended adding ventenata to...

 

Mid-Rivers now blocking robocalls free of charge

Mid-Rivers Communications has added Robocall Blocking, a feature available with its landline telephone service, to all customers’ local service lines free of charge. The announcement follows a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote on June 6...

 

Montana Department of Livestock assisting with wolf mitigation donations

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Livestock is working in conjunction with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks in administering the voluntary fund for wolf mitigation, which was created through the passage of HB 291 in the 2019 legislative...

 

CCM wins 2019 Red Ants Pants Foundation grant

From boosting women’s leadership and self-reliance to enhancing rural heritage, the Red Ants Pants Foundation shares proceeds from the Red Ants Pants Music Festival in a meaningful way each year. Festival fans can know that their choice to join...

 

UM report: Nonresident spending in 2018 up 10.4%

UM News Service Nonresident travelers spent $3.58 billion throughout Montana in 2018, according to an annual report published by the University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation...

 

Mule deer, whitetail numbers still above average in Region 7

The 2019 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Region 7 revealed above long-term average numbers for both mule deer and white-tailed deer. "We had...

 

Sage grouse program seeking public comment on Stewardship Grant Environmental Assessments

HELENA, Mont -- The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program is soliciting public comment on proposed uses of the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Stewardship Fund to benefit sage grouse and conserve important sage grouse habitats. MSGOT requests...

 

DPHHS announces free online resource to help young Montanans quit tobacco products

State public health officials today announced a free online resource that offers coaching and support to young Montanans who want to stop using tobacco products, particularly electronic cigarettes like JUUL. “The number of young Montanans addicted...

 

Senior Listening

With summer finally upon us, mosquitoes are bound to be out in full force. The elderly are very susceptible to West Nile Virus (WNV) which mosquitoes carry. West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a sea...

 

Black bear near Forsyth captured, safely relocated

A young black bear that had been getting into garbage in and around Forsyth in recent days was successfully trapped, tranquilized, tagged and relocated to a remote area Thursday by Montana Fish,...

 

Boaters: Remember to "clean, drain, dry" this summer

The summer boating season in Montana has begun, and more than 24,000 watercraft have already been inspected at aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and partner organizations operate more than...

 

Montana's unemployment rate falls to 3.6%

MONTANA –Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.6% in the month of May. The national unemployment rate was flat at 3.6% over the month. “Montana’s economy continues to grow despite tight labor markets,” said...

 

Montana Stockgrowers meet, discuss cattle industry issues

The Montana Stockgrowers Association congregated in Miles City last week to learn, discuss policy and enjoy camaraderie with fellow ranchers from across the state. Three days of events filled the...

 

Mid-Rivers cellular service to end August 1

Earlier this year, Mid-Rivers Communications announced that it had agreed to sell its cellular network assets to Verizon. The sale is now scheduled to close in late July, and Mid-Rivers’ retail cellular operations will officially end on August 1,...

 

Mid-Rivers annual meeting held

Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. members met on May 30, 2019 for the Annual Membership Meeting at the Circle Public School in Circle, Montana. Business included electing three members to the cooperative’s board of trustees, informing members...

 

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