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Stapleton announces HAVA grant allocations for county election offices

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton announced the awarding of 2018 HAVA Election Security Grants to Montana’s counties. The funds are part of a federal appropriation to update and improve security in elections. A $750,000 subgrant was...

 

Upland Game Bird Council to meet in Glendive

The Upland Game Bird Council will meet in Glendive on Sept. 23 and 24 to review habitat enhancement activities that occurred during the 2019 field season. A habitat tour is scheduled for Sept. 23, followed by a meeting at the Holiday Inn Express &...

 

Bear struck, killed by car near Volborg

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 has received some inquiries about a black bear that was struck and killed by a vehicle near Volborg recently. According to FWP Warden Kyle Queer of Broadus, a larger male bear weighing in at 185 pounds was...

 

Mid-Rivers returns over $1 million in capital credits to patrons

On Friday, August 23, 2019, Mid-Rivers Communications mailed capital credit checks of $1,042,000.00 to its cooperative members and patrons. The 2019 distribution of capital credits includes 17% of the remaining unretired balance for the year 1994,...

 

State proposes quadrupling Montana's radioactivity limit for oilfield waste

Billings, Mont. – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) last week released an update to proposed rules guiding the disposal of radioactive oil waste in Montana. Among the proposed changes is a quadrupling of Montana’s...

 

Social Security impersonation scam impacting Montanans across the state

Two weeks ago a man in Havre gave out his Social Security number to a scammer. This week a woman in Great Falls became another victim. Calls are being received across the state of Montana by persons pretending to be Social Security Administration...

 

Important dates for hunters

Fall is right around the corner and as we all gear up for hunting season we want to remind everyone of important dates coming up. Also, don't forget to check out the Hunt Planner online. You can begin planning your hunt using either a regional map...

 

Meeting set to discuss Pine Hills area wildfire mitigation work Aug. 27

(MILES CITY, Mont.) – The BLM Miles City Field Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Custer County will jointly host a public meeting for the residents of the Pine Hills, Wolf Creek and Squirrel Ridge subdivision...

 

New reservation dates for some Block Management Areas in Region 7

For the majority of Block Management Areas allowing public hunting in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 this fall, sportsmen and women can begin calling to make reservations on Thursday, Aug. 22. But for some properties, people will have to...

 

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...

 

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