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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...

 

Marijuana legalization changes some law enforcement practices

(Editor's note: This is the second in a series about the recent legalization of marijuana in Montana.) With recreational marijuana now legal in the state of Montana, law enforcement is making adjustme...

 

Crop insurance deadline nears

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming that the final date to purchase or make changes to crop insurance on spring-planted crops in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming...

 

Governor expands vaccine distribution with Phase 1B+

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte announced the state will expand its efforts to protect the most vulnerable Montanans by entering Phase 1B+ of the state’s vaccine distribution plan on March 8, 2021. In Phase 1B+, COVID-19 vaccines will be...

 

Fall black bear quota in FWP Region 7 increased to 12

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission in its February meeting approved increasing the fall black bear quota in Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Bear Management Unit 700 from eight to 12 bears. Indicators used by FWP biologists to assess black bear...

 

FWP continuing to offer online hunters safety courses

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is continuing to offer free online courses for youth and adults interested in hunter and bowhunter education. In response to social distancing requirements and restr...

 

Agencies look to legislature to clear up legalized marijuana rules

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about the recent legalization of marijuana in Montana.) At the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2021, possession and use of recreational marijuana became legal for all adults over 21 in Montana after the...

 

MCC nursing program in good standing with state board

The Miles Community College Nursing Program was officially moved from conditional status to full approval status with the Montana State Board of Nursing (SBON) in January, 2021. The program has been added to the list of Montana Board of Nursing...

 

Treasury Department and IRS issuing prepaid Economic Impact Payment debit cards

Calls are being received at local Area Agencies on Aging reporting that a credit card arrived in the mail from “Money Network Financial” saying that they represent the US Treasury and to call to activate the card. These are legitimate cards....

 

Montana's unemployment rate drops in December

Montana’s unemployment rate declined to 4.4% in December, down from 4.6% in November. Montana’s rate remains lower than the national rate of 6.7% in December. “While we’re encouraged that Montana’s unemployment rate remains lower than the n...

 

Extension releases MontGuide on quitclaim deeds

Montana State University Extension has released the MontGuide “Quitclaim Deeds in Montana.” According to Marsha Goetting, family economics specialist, a quitclaim deed is a legal form that allows an owner to transfer real property, like land or b...

 

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