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Caring for the grasslands

submitted by the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, U.S. Forest Service Many of you are excited about the warmer temperatures of spring and may want to visit your National Grasslands. Whether it’s for hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, or taking...

 

Meat processed in Montana has doubled

On Tuesday Governor Greg Gianforte announced meat processed in Montana has doubled this fiscal year to date in facilities inspected by the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL). “Increasing meat processing capacity here in Montana is a top...

 

Dawson County rancher sees benefits in raising Wagyu beef

While Angus beef has reigned supreme in Montana and the United States for about as long as cattle ranching in the U.S. has existed, Wagyu beef has been gaining in popularity for several years and...

 

Deadline for deer and elk permit applications is April 1

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that the deadline to apply for deer and elk licenses for nonresidents and deer and elk permits for everyone is April 1. Hunters who are applying for special licenses and permits need to have a valid emai...

 

Department of livestock asks Montanans to be aware of avian influenza

The Department of Livestock (DOL) is asking Montanans to be aware that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been diagnosed in domestic poultry and wild birds in 18 states to date in 2022. HPAI spreads rapidly and is associated with severe...

 

Governor, DNRC announce record-setting $1.2 million oil and gas lease sale

Along with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced a record-setting oil and gas lease sale on state trust lands, netting $1,187,194 from the first quarter of 2022. “Ramping up...

 

Montana Ranks First in Nation for Construction Jobs Gained

Montana gained nearly 4,000 construction jobs during the pandemic period dating from February 2020 to January of 2022. This equates to an 11.4% increase in the number of construction workers in the state, leading the nation according to a press...

 

License year opens, big game regs in Region 7 see some changes

The 2022 FWP license year opened March 1, which means sportsmen and sportswomen can buy new hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses. The deadline to apply for deer and elk permits and nonresident combination l...

 

Governor, FWP announce new smartphone app

As part of his charge to improve customer service and modernize technology in state government, Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced the launch of a new mobile app from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). FWP’s new app will allow...

 

MCC accepting students for CDL, meat processing courses beginning March 14

Individuals seeking training for a new career still have the opportunity to enroll at Miles Community College this spring. MCC's spring semester late start session will include the Commercial...

 

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to celebrate 50th season

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, a program of Montana State University, has announced the plays the troupe will perform for its 50th season. The season officially kicked off in February with Montana Shakes! performing “Bottom’s Dream” for...

 

Daines, Tester introduce resolution to celebrate 150th anniversary of Yellowstone

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester recently introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park. Daines serves as the top Republican on the Senate’s National Parks Subcommittee. “150...

 

Bogner files for re-election to Montana's Senate District 19

Kenneth Bogner, R-MILES CITY, has filed with Montana's Secretary of State for re-election to the State Senate for District 19. After a first term that included passing legislation removing burdensome...

 

Gianforte announces recipients of veteran commendation

Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced the recipients of the 2021 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation, a unique recognition of Montana veterans who served our country and continued their service in their communities. “Our veterans and the...

 

Register now for hunter education classes

Several in-person hunter education classes have been scheduled around the state over the next several months. While online classes are also available, there are several advantages to in-person classes, including: hands-on experience, mentoring and th...

 

Montana brand re-record period completed

On Saturday, January 1, 2022, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) Brand Re-record period ended. Brand Re-record is a one year period in which Montana brand owners renew their brands with the...

 

Mid-Rivers increases available scholarships to $90,000 for area students

Mid-Rivers Communications is offering $90,000 in scholarship funds for Eastern and Central Montana students, more than doubling the Cooperative’s total scholarship investment in recent prior years. The Mid-Rivers Fund for Education, funded by...

 

2022 Montana state hemp license applications now available

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 hemp growing season after receiving federal approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its state hemp production plan w...

 

Counties partner to form Eastern MT Human Trafficking Task Force

The Eastern Montana Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and concerned citizens. Our mission is to educate and bring awareness to the communities of Eastern...

 

Fort Keogh's long history continues

The Fort Keogh Military Reservation was established by the US Congress on July 22, 1876. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service, following the deaths of...

 

MHSA votes to add basketball shot clock and sanctioned baseball

At its annual winter meeting on Monday, MHSA approved a proposal to utilize shot clocks for high school basketball. Shot clocks will be installed following the current basketball season and will be...

 

Guns or marijuana, but not both

While marijuana became legal for adults to purchase in Montana on New Year’s Day, a key federal agency has confirmed a fact underreported in coverage of the state’s new marijuana program: It remains illegal under federal law for individuals to...

 

Gov. Gianforte: State of Montana More than Doubles Forested Acres Treated in 2021

Together with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced that the State of Montana reached its goal to more than double the number...

 

Public service commission seeking comment on CenturyLink service in rural Montana

The Montana Public Service Commission has opened an investigation into the adequacy of legacy telephone systems owned and operated by CenturyLink Communications, LLC, and its affiliated Montana carriers. Many rural Montanans rely on these legacy...

 

Gianforte reaffirms Montana law banning discrimination based on vaccination status

Governor Greg Gianforte recently provided guidance to Montana employers and employees impacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule mandating vaccines for employers with 100 or more employees nationwide. “Montana law is...

 

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