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Chief Water Court Judge appointment

Chief Justice Mike McGrath announced Tuesday that he has re-appointed Russell McElyea to continue serving as the Chief Judge of the Montana Water Court. McElyea’s appointment is effective August 1, 2021. McElyea, who started as the associate judge,...

 

Montana Hay Hotline available for producers affected by drought

As severe drought conditions and wildfires persist across the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers of the availability of the Hay Hotline, an online tool that connects those interested in buying, selling,...

 

Anderson named warden captain for FWP Region 7

Todd Anderson has been selected as the newest Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Enforcement Division captain, stationed in Miles City. According to FWP Enforcement Assistant Chief Ron Howell, "Todd...

 

Montana Water Court issues first final decree

The Montana Water Court met a critical milestone this week with the issuance of the first final decree in the decades-long adjudication of water rights. The decree covers rights claimed by the United States on behalf of the Turtle Mountain Band of...

 

Rescuers believe lost hiker Tatum Morell did not survive

After nearly a week of intense search efforts for missing hiker Tatum Morell in the mountains near Red Lodge Montana, rescuers now believe it is unlikely she is still alive. Rescuers have been...

 

Mule deer shot near Rosebud, left to waste

MILES CITY – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are seeking information on two mule deer that appear to have been shot and left to waste on or near the last day of July in the Rosebud area. On June 30, FWP Region 7 Warden Sergeant Casey...

 

Young eagles learning to fly can appear to be injured

MILES CITY – In recent days several people have called or commented about seeing the eagles from the Main Street nest on the ground, on the Tongue River bridge, or even appearing to be injured....

 

New board leadership of MBA includes representation of Montana banks of all sizes

The Montana Bankers Association (MBA) announced the newly elected 2021-2022 leaders of the organization’s board today, resulting from elections among the MBA membership at the 118th Annual Membership Meeting earlier in June 2021. Jake Pelczar,...

 

Department of Livestock asks Montanans to stay alert

The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) is asking residents to remain vigilant about the presence of feral swine. Though there have been no confirmed sightings in Montana, populations are spreading and the risk of introduction to Montana is high....

 

PRTC exercise to begin July 19

Combat Raider, a military training exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin July 19 in the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) and will conclude on July 23, 2021. Combat Raider provides joint and coalition flight training with...

 

Deadline approaching in Montana for SBA working capital loans due to drought

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in nine Montana counties and neighboring counties in South Dakota and Wyoming of the July 20,...

 
 By Beth Epley    Regional    June 25, 2021

Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition receives $500,000 in supplemental funding

On June 16 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $500,000 in supplemental funding to the Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition which includes Great Northern Development Corporation (GNDC), Eastern Plains Economic Development...

 

Governor issues executive order declaring disaster in five eastern counties

On Tuesday Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order declaring a disaster in five Eastern Montana counties: Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Richland, and Roosevelt. “Recent severe thunderstorms downed power poles and lines in Eastern Montana,...

 

TC Energy scraps Keystone XL pipeline

The 13-year saga of the Keystone XL pipeline came to a close yesterday when TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, announced that it is terminating the project. Though the pipeline project has experienced multiple turns of fortune intersecting all three...

 

Gov. Gianforte: Montana prepared for fire season

On June 9 Governor Greg Gianforte received the 2021 Fire Season Briefing from state and federal agency administrators and fire management officers. “Much of Montana is currently in moderate to extreme drought conditions, increasing the risk of a...

 

Montana FFA Foundation reaches new benchmark, providing over $100,000 annually

On April 10, Montana FFA concluded the 91st Annual State Convention hosted in Billings. The convention was nothing short of a success thanks to the students, advisors and supporters. Blue jackets reconnected from every corner of the state. For some s...

 

MSGA holds 137th MidYear Meeting

The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) wrapped up its 137th MidYear Meeting on Friday, June 11 in Lewistown, Montana. The event hosted over 150 attendees who gathered for three days of education, policy, fellowship and fun. Governor Greg...

 

Skunk tests positive for rabies in Powder River County

On Thursday, June 3, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) received confirmation of a second terrestrial (non-bat) rabies case in the state in 2021. A rabies-infected skunk was captured in Powder River County. One dog was exposed to the rabid...

 

Beware of fraud calls 'spoofed' as local businesses

Despite continued investment and efforts to fight illegal robocalls plaguing telephone customers, Mid-Rivers has recently noticed an increase in scam calls in the area that show up on caller ID as reputable local business names. Scammers are...

 

Montana approves use of hemp in commercial animal feed

As established in House Bill 396 signed during the 2021 legislative session, hemp and substances derived from hemp are now approved for use in commercial feed for pets, specialty pets, and horses in Montana, so long as they do not contain more than...

 

Governor urges DOJ to continue investigation into anti-competitive practices in meatpacking industry

In a joint-letter with governors from South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa, Governor Greg Gianforte recently urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to continue their investigation into serious allegations of anticompetitive behavio...

 

Montana's unemployment rate continues decline in April

Montana’s unemployment rate declined from 3.8% in March to 3.7% in April. The unemployment rate for the U.S. was 6.1% for the month. “Montana’s economic recovery depends on getting Montanans back to work into good-paying jobs, allowing our...

 

FWP seeks Citizens Advisory Council applicants in southeastern Montana

Volunteer applicants are needed to serve two-year terms on Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 7 Citizens Advisory Council. The purpose of the southeastern Montana-based CAC is to advise FWP on various regional and statewide issues, programs...

 

Montana Farmers Union partners with livestock groups in support of cattle market transparency

On Monday, May 10, 2021, member leaders of American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, and the United States Cattlemen’s Association met in Phoenix, Arizona. These groups convened at...

 

Montana farmers encouraged to participate in wheat & barley varieties survey

The Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding producers to participate in the upcoming Wheat and Barley Varieties Survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)....

 

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