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Mid-Rivers increases available scholarships to $93,000 for area students

Mid-Rivers Communications is offering $93,000 in scholarship funds for Eastern and Central Montana students. The Mid-Rivers Fund for Education, funded by unclaimed capital credits from members, has awarded over $560,000 in scholarships to area...

 

Mountain lion hunters urged to review license changes

Following some changes to the mountain lion license structure by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission that are now in effect, lion hunters are urged to review the regulations before purchasing a...

 

Wintry conditions make for challenging general opener in southeast Montana

Cold, wet weather settled into southeast Montana on Saturday and Sunday, making for a challenging opening weekend of the general hunting season. Traffic was a bit slower than usual at area check...

 

How to vote in Montana's Nov. 8 election

The 2022 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and as absentee ballots have already gone out, odds are that scores of Montanans are already busy filling in their votes. If you're not registered yet,...

 

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2023 inductees

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) recently announced their 15th class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public....

 

Shooting restrictions implemented on State Trust Lands in SW Montana

Due to ongoing misuse of State Trust Land associated with recreational shooting – including public safety concerns, shooting debris left on site, and concerns that private property will be further damaged – the Department of Natural Resources...

 

Low-interest funding available for rural small businesses through the SSBCI 2.0 program

For rural businesses looking to expand, purchase equipment or launch their business, Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) would like to announce that the State of Montana has been awarded $60 million dollars in federal funds to...

 

MCC First Interstate Bank Athletic Hall of Fame banquet to be held

Miles Community College will be holding the First Interstate Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet on Saturday, October 22. This year’s event will include a social hour, dinner, and hall of fame induction ceremony. The banquet will begin at 6...

 

UM law professor, Montana Constitution expert nominated to 9th Circuit

University of Montana law professor and Montana Constitution expert Anthony Johnstone has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a judge for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the...

 

How Montana is trying to solve its struggles with teacher pay

Olivia DeJohn laughs as she chalks up having found a classroom she loves so early in her teaching career to serendipity. She teaches second grade at Missoula's Paxson Elementary School, a job she...

 

2022 upland game bird forecast

SOUTHEAST MONTANA Multiple years of drought have taken a toll on bird numbers. While harvest in 2021 was around average, this year’s lek counts are down compared to 2021. Poor recruitment last year, little available habitat and some severe late...

 

FWP to host open house in Miles City Sept. 7 on fishing regs proposals

In the coming weeks, anglers will have several opportunities to comment on fishing regulation proposals for the 2023/24 regulation booklet. FWP Region 7 will host a public meeting in Miles City on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Miles Community College, Room...

 

2022 big game hunting forecast

Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program. Through the program, we coordinate with landowners...

 

Department of Livestock improves disease preparedness

The Montana Department of Livestock recently completed a training exercise to improve response to a foreign animal disease in a Montana swine herd. The four-day event was conducted in partnership with the National Pork Board and the Montana Pork...

 

Tracking eastern Montana's silent firestarters

Last summer, wildfires burned half of John Bailey's 25,000-acre ranch in Rosebud County. With much of his pasture up in smoke, Bailey had to purchase hay to help feed his cattle. He says he spent...

 

McDonough family donates new pavilion at Makoshika State Park

On Aug. 12, a large contingent of the McDonough family gathered under a shady new day-use shelter atop a breath-taking overlook at Makoshika State Park. They were there to share family memories of...

 

Meat processed in Montana more than doubled in last year

On Tuesday, Governor Gianforte announced meat processed in Montana facilities more than doubled in the last fiscal year. “Montana meat processors continued their strong momentum, more than doubling the amount of meat processed over the last...

 

USDA searching for innovations in climate-smart agriculture and soil health

On Tuesday The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will invest $25 million this year for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials program. Through CIG, partners work to address our nation's water...

 

Visit Southeast Montana announces new executive board

Visit Southeast Montana announces the new Executive Board of Directors for 2023. Sabre Moore, chair, represents Carter County; Jessica Malone, vice-chair, represents Powder River County; Morgan Belvea...

 

US Postal Service rate increases

The U.S. Postal Service raised the price of mailing a first-class letter effective Sunday. A “forever” stamp now costs 60 cents. In addition to the two-cent price increase on first-class stamps, other postal services will also cost more. The list...

 

State FSA director appointed

President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint five U.S. Department of Agriculture regional positions, including three Farm Service Agency State Executive Directors and two Rural Development State Directors. Maureen Wicks has spent over 30...

 
 By Brad Mosher    Regional    July 8, 2022

Ancient skull

A new resident of Fallon County was found recently – after being missing for millions of years – but unlike the popular Jurassic Park movie franchise, this dinosaur from the distant past is from...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    Regional    July 8, 2022

Tax-cap measure CI-121 and other initiatives will miss the fall ballot

A proposed property tax cap and three other ballot initiatives supporters had hoped to put before Montana voters in November's general election are dead in the water after failing to meet...

 

Spots open in July hunter ed class at Miles City

Seats are still available for an in-person Hunter Education class scheduled for July 22-24 in Miles City. To register, visit https://register-ed.com/programs/montana/32-montana-hun...

 

Governor dedicates $5 million to support tourism reliant businesses impacted by flooding

Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced the state is accepting applications for $5 million in grant funding to assist tourism reliant businesses impacted by flooding in Carbon, Park, and Stillwater Counties. “Last week in Gardiner, I met with th...

 

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