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Archive for date: September 03, 2021

FWP Aiming To Address Major Potential Changes At Upcoming Review

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is starting a biennial review of the state’s hunting regulations and this year, the department is looking to take a fresh approach. The review typically has resulted in only minor changes to existing regulations but this year, FWP will tackle more significant changes such as combining hunting districts and...

Billings Medical Workers Exhausted Of Staff and Resources

The National Guard was recently called in to provide assistance to medical workers at Billings Clinic due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and a lack of space and staff. Billings Mayor Bill Cole on the recent rise in cases.

Talen Energy’s Debt Brings Colstrip’s Future Into Question

Talen Energy, which operates Colstrip Power Plant, is $4 billion in debt and facing negotiations with creditors as its bonds are downgraded to a substantial fundamental credit risk. Bloomberg charts Talen’s bonds on a steep decline since May. This week, Fitch Ratings downgraded the long-term issuer default rating for Talen Energy Supply to CCC...

District Judge Dismisses New Challenge To Appointment Bill

District Court judge Mike McMahon has dismissed a lawsuit by former Democratic Representatives Tom Winter and Barbara Bessette challenging Montana’s new judicial appointment process. The case was the second attempt at taking down Senate Bill 140 passed by the GOP-dominated Legislature and signed by Republican Governor Greg Gianforte to a...