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Montana's workforce sets more records in December

HELENA, Mont. – Following a year of records for low unemployment, labor force growth, and total employment, on Tuesday Governor Greg Gianforte announced Montana's unemployment rate fell to 2.8% in...

 
 By Caven Wade    Regional    January 27, 2023 

Committee tables, revives Gianforte's property tax bill

One week before Gov. Greg Gianforte was scheduled to give his State of the State address to the Montana Legislature, a panel of lawmakers tabled and then revived one of the flagship bills in his tax package, which would spend a quarter of the...

 

Following the 2023 session?

When the Montana Legislature gaveled in two years ago, COVID-19 served as a major disruptor that added a layer of stickiness to an already complex — and occasionally opaque — process. But the pandemic also facilitated technological adaptations...

 

Montana minimum wage increase

Effective January 1, 2023, the Montana minimum wage increased 75 cents to $9.95 per hour. It’s the largest inflationary increase since voters passed a ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage by $1.00 an hour to $6.12 in January 2017 and...

 

Hinebauch sponsors block management bill

Senator Steve Hinebauch, R-Wibaux, is sponsoring a bill to help maintain and increase hunters’ access to private land through Montana’s Block Management Program. Senate Bill 58 would double the limit on the money that landowners can receive for...

 

Montana Department of Livestock aerial hunting permit for predatory animals

This is a Public Notice of requirement to obtain an aerial hunting permit to hunt predatory animals from aircraft. Pursuant to MCA 81-7-501, a person, except an employee of the state, its...

 

Research Proposals Sought by Alfalfa Seed Committee

The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee is seeking proposals for demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for Montana’s alfalfa seed industry. Proposals are due February 8,...

 

Lawmakers deadlock on political practices commissioner

A panel of four state legislators last week reached an impasse over who should become Montana’s next commissioner of political practices. Now, the task of narrowing the field to a single candidate falls squarely on Gov. Greg Gianforte, whose...

 

FWP Region 7's first late-season antlerless elk hunt runs Nov. 28-Feb. 15

Southeast Montana's first late-season hunt, previously known as a shoulder season, will run from Nov. 28 - Feb. 15. In FWP Region 7, the late season allows antlerless elk hunting with either an...

 

Public schools report second year of enrollment gains

Preliminary enrollment figures released by the Office of Public Instruction Thursday show a slight increase in Montana's K-12 student population this fall - the second consecutive year of gains...

 

Gunny's Guns now open in Broadus

Robert and Tracy Smith are the proprietors of Gunny's Guns, Broadus' new (and only) gun shop. Located at 207 North Trautman in the former Fruit truck barn (just north of the intersection of Trautman a...

 

New storefront in downtown Baker

On Nov. 1, at 125 South Main Street in Baker the ribbon to mark the official grand opening of the much-anticipated Junction 39 was cut at 10 a.m. "This will make it so real," said JoDee Pratt while pr...

 

MSU Extension reminds Montanans to open Montana medical care savings account or deposit into an established account before Dec. 31

Montana State University Extension is reminding Montanans to open a Medical Care Savings Account or make deposits into their accounts before Dec. 31 to save money on Montana income taxes. An MSA is an account used to reduce the cost of saving for...

 

Check station traffic down slightly final weekend despite fairer weather

MILES CITY – The weather was a bit milder for the final weekend of the general hunting season, but hunter traffic was still down a bit at check stations on Sunday in southeast Montana. Hysham check station The number of hunters passing through the...

 

Check stations see steady traffic despite wintry weather

Despite the wintry conditions that marked the closing weekend of pronghorn season, a lot of hunters still came through southeastern Montana check stations on November 13. Hysham check station "Check...

 

Montana east of the mountains

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Plenty of space, minimal human activity and protected lands ensure thriving wildlife and waterfowl population. Together, Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, tucked in...

 

Information sought on illegal shooting, waste of buck near Miles City

MILES CITY – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on a mule deer buck that was illegally shot and left to waste just north of the Yellowstone River bridge on Monday. Warden Sergeant Casey Prell responded to a report of a poached...

 

Senate republicans elect leadership for the 2023 legislative session

Republicans serving in the incoming State Senate caucused today and chose the Senate’s leadership for the upcoming 2023 legislative session. Senate Republicans elected Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, to serve as the next President of the Senate....

 

Some clarifications on new mountain lion seasons, licenses

Montana mountain lion hunters will find some significant changes to the mountain lion regulations this year, including changes to season structure and licensing types. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers three types of lion licenses for sale this...

 

Christmas tree permits available

Across the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Christmas and holiday tree permits are available at local respective Ranger Districts or online through Recreation.gov. Permits for the 2022 Holiday season...

 

Montana east of the mountains

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK With the exception of some stretches of the Yellowstone, most of the rivers of the high plains are mellow - no whitewater excitement, just serenity, solitude, beauty and a...

 

Rosendale wins race for Montana's eastern U.S. House seat

Republican Matt Rosendale, the current representative of Montana’s at-large U.S. House district, has handily won his race to return to Congress. With nearly all votes in Montana’s expansive eastern U.S. House district counted as Wednesday...

 

DNRC rescinds municipal water right guidance to ease burden on municipalities

he Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced the rescission of a 2014 memo intended to provide guidance on changes in use for municipal water rights. “After reviewing the memo and its implementation over the last six years, we have...

 

Ag Development & Marketing Bureau hosts South American buyers

The Ag Development and Marketing Bureau at the Montana Department of Agriculture focuses on expanding market opportunities for Montana farmers. Marketing Officer Weston Merrill recently led a team of South American buyers searching for high quality...

 

Montana east of the mountains

One June evening a few years back found us at the site of Chief Joseph's surrender, just beyond the northern slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains. A thunderstorm was tailing off in a cloud-laden sky. On t...

 

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