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Mid-Rivers awards 31 scholarships totaling $34,000

Mid-Rivers Communications recently announced 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, and...

 

MSU Extension partners with USU Extension to offer master remote work professional course

Going to work, punching the time clock, and putting in your 8 hours has shifted to staying home, learning Zoom, and mastering communication from your home. Remote working was gaining popularity with companies across the United States prior to the...

 

Gov. Gianforte signs landmark investment in broadband expansion

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte signed into law the ConnectMT Act, providing $275 million in federal funds to expand access to reliable broadband across Montana. "Too many of our communities,...

 

MSU Extension launches survey to understand Montana's 'Brain Gain'

Migration of young adults out of rural communities for college or jobs in larger communities is shown in the U.S. Census data. In contrast, the Census also reflects a trend of in-migration of people aged 30-49 to rural counties. A new survey...

 

Governor's office issues Montana water and supply drought outlook report

On Monday, the Office of the Governor released the 2021 Montana Water and Supply Drought Outlook Report. According to data in the report, 42 percent of the state is classified as abnormally dry, with another 18 percent of the state in severe to...

 

Montana regains second congressional seat with 2020 Census

Montana will regain its second congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the 2020 Census state population count released on Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The count reveals that Montana’s population grew from 989,415...

 

Mandatory 10-digit dialing coming to 406 area code

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022. Until then, customers must continue to...

 

Gianforte approves changes to Montana election laws

Gov. Greg Gianforte has officially ended the state's long-standing practice of allowing citizens to register to vote on Election Day, a change he said will help preserve the integrity of Montana's...

 

HAULS Act aims to provide flexibility for livestock haulers

The Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act of 2021 was reintroduced in the Senate by Senators Fischer (R-NE), Tester (D-MT), Wicker (R-MS), and Smith (D-MN) last month and more recently as a companion bill in the House by Tennessee...

 

Gov. Gianforte announces settlement agreement ending FWP bison plan

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte announced a settlement agreement that ends litigation between the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and United Property Owners of Montana (UPOM). “Under the previous administration, FWP didn’t...

 

Gianforte issues executive order prohibiting vaccine passports

This week, Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order prohibiting the state-sponsored development and required use of so-called vaccine passports in Montana. “I strongly encourage Montanans to get a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, which is...

 

Drought conditions persist in SE Montana

Eastern Montana and western South Dakota continue experiencing low humidity, high wind and warmer than usual temperatures resulting in widespread drought conditions and an increase in the risk of wildland fire. Hunters, recreationists, and others...

 

Hail insurance available through Montana Department of Agriculture

Applications for the State Hail Insurance Program are now available through the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA). Producers can insure crops against hail damage at the maximum coverage rate of $75 per acre for dryland and $114 per acre for...

 

Governor reduces barriers to vaccine administration

Last week Governor Greg Gianforte issued a directive to reduce barriers to vaccine administration in pharmacies across Montana. “As we expand vaccine eligibility to all Montanans on April 1, we’re focused on reducing barriers Montanans face to...

 

Lewis & Clark power plant closing

March 29, 2021 - A 44-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Sidney is slated to close at the end of the month as part of Montana-Dakota Utilities' pivot away from coal. In addition to closing the Lewis...

 

COVID-19 cases

As of Tuesday, March 30, the state reports that 476,912 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 186,542 Montanans have been fully immunized. The state has reported a cumulative total...

 

Montana House passes bill expanding K-12 tax credit scholarship programs

The Montana House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 279 by House Education Committee Chairman Seth Berglee (R-Joliet) by a vote of 64-36. House Bill 279 increases the Montana Tax Credit Scholarship Program for private programs from a...

 

Prosecution, sentencing and expungement questions remain

(Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series about the recent legalization of marijuana in Montana.) With new marijuana laws coming into effect in the state after the passage of Ballot Initiative...

 

Montana Stockgrowers welcome Taiwan's Director General to discuss beef export opportunities

On Tuesday, National Ag Day, the Montana Stockgrowers Association hosted Taiwan's Director General Daniel Kuo-ching Chen and Vice Consul Ting K.T. Chen for talks surrounding trade opportunities for...

 

Employer, Fed restrictions could limit the ability of some to use marijuana at any time

(Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series about the recent legalization of marijuana in Montana.) With recreational marijuana use now legal, the regulations on its use make it much more...

 

COVID-19 vaccine open to all Montanans April 1

At a news conference on Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all Montanans beginning April 1, 2021. "A few months ago, projections estimated...

 

Know before you dig

The BLM would like to encourage surface owners to properly verify their ownership of mineral rights before excavating sand, gravel, stone, or scoria on their property. Surprisingly, these materials may or may not belong to the surface owner. Millions...

 

Medical marijuana business owner has concerns about what legalization will do to businesses like his

(Editor's note: This is the third in a series about the recent legalization of marijuana in Montana.) Medical marijuana has been legal in Montana since 2004, giving anyone with a doctor's...

 

Governor welcomes first resident to Southwest Montana Veterans Home

On Monday, Governor Greg Gianforte welcomed 80-year old-veteran William "Bill" Davis to the Southwest Montana Veterans Home as its first resident. "Today is a great day for the many veterans who call...

 

Fully immunized Montanans surpass total infections

On Friday, the total number of Montanans fully immunized against COVID-19 surpassed the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. “This...

 

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