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Archive for month: September, 2021

House & Senate Leaders Urge Governor Gianforte To Take Further Action Addressing Crowded Hospitals

Senate Minority Leader Jill Cohenour and House Minority Leader Kim Abbott sent a letter to Governor Greg Gianforte Tuesday asking him to take urgent concrete action to address extreme stresses on hospital capacity in the wake of rising in COVID-19 cases. The last several weeks have seen Montana report some of the worst COVID-19 case numbers of...

Shodair Children’s Hospital Offering Scholarship For Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide and mental health are topics that many struggle to openly talk about and Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena is looking to change that through its annual scholarship contest. The hospital will be accepting submission at Shodair.org until September 27th where students can share their message of hope to those struggling with their ment...

ARPA Funds To Go Towards Developing Montana Nursing Facilities

Montana will receive $2,692,676 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to improve state based nursing home and long-term care infrastructure by allowing state and local health departments to staff train and deploy strike teams to help skilled nursing facilities nursing homes and other long-term care facilities with known or suspected COVID-19 out...

Governor Gianforte Receives Wildfire Update

Governor Greg Gianforte’s wildfire briefing Tuesday told him there are 12 active large fire incidents in Montana. Since January 1st, there have been over 2,406 fire starts burning around 886,000 acres. Since the governor’s fire briefing a week earlier there have been 88 new fire starts. Officials estimate approximately 53 residences have been ...

Two Montana Schools Awarded National Recognition

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 325 schools as National Blue-Ribbon Schools for 2021 including Ridge View Elementary School in Belgrade and Cascade Elementary School in Cascade. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Now in...

Summit Next Month Will Address Stopping Climate Change In Montana

The Energy Future Summit October 1st hosted by the Northern Plains Resource Council will explore renewable energy in Montana. The summit’s topics have gained urgency as the effects of climate change were felt this summer. As late as last Wednesday Northern Plains board member Joan Kresich said the subject of a just transition is important for ...