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Archive for date: June 04, 2021

DEQ Warns Of Harmful Algae Blooms In Montana Waters

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is advising those visiting Montana lakes and reservoirs to be on the lookout for harmful algae bloom a type of bacteria that grows in freshwater systems. It can severely sicken humans and kill pets and livestock if ingested. Department Water Quality Specialist Hannah Riedl on where they are commo...

CARES ACT Funds Provide New Digital Infrastructure To BlackFeet Tribe

Access to the digital world requires quality internet service. There are 10,000 people living on the Blackfeet reservation. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs less than half of the reservation has standard broadband access according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Included in the CARES Act passed last year was $38.6 million for the Bla...

Public Service Commission Members May Be Removed Following Audit

Following a Legislative audit that found falsified financial records at the Montana Public Service Commission, former PSC chairman Greg Jergeson wrote to Governor Greg Gianforte Tuesday about a never before used law that allows Montana’s governor to remove PSC members who violate the law. Jergeson said the falsified documents justify determini...

Piano Pat Honored By Senator Daines

Patricia Sponheim, better known as Piano Pat, entertained crowds at the Sip ’n Dip tiki bar in downtown Great Falls for more than 50 years until she passed away May 4th at age 86. Thursday, Senator Steve Daines presented her daughter Danelle and Sandy the owner of the Sip ’n Dip with a tribute in the congressional record honoring her life. htt...