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Archive for date: May 14, 2021

NorthWestern Begins Replacing Electric Meters

After 20 years Northwestern Energy is replacing its electric meters for its customers across the Treasure State and the upgraded meters will offer improved remote readings at no extra cost. The new meters will provide faster connections. Butte and Whitehall should be completed by the end of the year and then NorthWestern will move on to the re...

Daines Presses President Biden To Re-Open Northern Border

Senator Steve Daines is asking the Biden Administration to be more aggressive about reaching an agreement to re-open the Canadian border to regular traffic after rising vaccination rates in Montana as the busy summer travel season approaches. MTN News reports Canadian vaccination rates continue to lag behind Montana in particular, but Daines s...

Anaconda Schools Superintendent Placed On Paid Leave

The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park outlined efforts being made to replace and improve outdated housing for employees Thursday. Cameron Sholly said he has set a goal of getting rid of trailers in the park and replacing them with high-quality housing. The park is about halfway through that project. The Anaconda School Board has vote...

Superintendent of Public Instruction Expresses Concern Over Teaching Critical Race Theory In Montana Schools

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen has requested a state attorney general’s opinion on the legality of teaching certain lessons dealing with race that are prioritized in draft language for federal education grants. The U.S. Department of Education is in the middle of a public comment period for its rule on priorities for grants...

Gianforte Signs Multiple Infrastructure Bills

Governor Greg Gianforte has signed into law a package of nine bills containing more than $500 million to fund infrastructure projects across the state. The funds are mostly in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars that will be flowing into Montana from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Most of that money was appropriated in separate ...