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Montana Legislature Chairs Auctioned Off

The old chairs that House members of the state Legislature sat in for more than 100 years have been auctioned off to current and former lawmakers. The 100 chairs which were replaced for the 2021 session were sold last week by silent auction for bids ranging from $125 to $1,100 with the proceeds going into the state’s general fund. The bidding ...

Check out the New WY Interactive Fishing Guide

Want to catch a kokanee? Or how about a golden trout? It’s easy and inspiring to plan all your fishing pursuits with a new interactive fishing guide from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Explore the guide on the Game and Fish website.  “The interactive fishing guide is useful for all anglers,” said Mark Smith, Game and Fish assistant fish...

Montana Justice Rice Files Challenge Against Legislative Lawsuit

Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice was the only justice to file a court challenge against a legislative subpoena seeking his communications regarding any polling conducted on pending legislation. Monday District Court Judge Mike McMahon grilled a state attorney representing the Legislature on Republican lawmakers’ chosen methods of p...

Senator Tester Recognizes National Police Week

As of May 1st, 19 low-elevation SNOTEL sites across Montana have melted out and the Natural Resources Conservation Service says that is slightly more than normal for this date. Streamflow forecasts indicate near to slightly below average stream flows are still possible though for many Montana rivers because October and February saved snowmelt ...

Montana Fish Wildlife And Parks Prep New Wolf Population Outlines

Montana’s wildlife managers are not expected to propose specific population targets for wolves as they implement a new law mandating a reduction in the state’s wolf numbers, but the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission will take up FWP’s draft rules during its June meeting. The body will hear from the public, adopt or amend agency recomm...

New Beef Processing Plant To Open In 2022

A beef processing plant near Livingston plans to open by 2022 to butcher meat for food banks and ranches with direct retail sales. The Producer Partnership’s should be capable of processing 300 animals a month. In the past year the group has donated 80,000 pounds of hamburger to the Montana Food Bank Network and Tom Lutey of the Billings...

Gianforte Signs Vaccination Bill Into Law

Governor Greg Gianforte has signed House Bill 702 bill into law. It is now illegal for most businesses or organizations to require staff visitors patients or customers be vaccinated in order to access a facility. Previously, hospitals and other medical providers were still able to require that staff be vaccinated against baseline vaccinations ...

Sunday COVID-19 Update

Montana reported 41 COVID-19 cases Sunday according to an update to the state case mapping and information website. Active cases in Montana are at 1,123. COVID-19 has killed 1,592 Montanans. As of the update Active COVID-19 hospitalizations were at 70 and in total 5,091 people in Montana are reported to have been hospitalized because of COVID-...

WGFD Green River virtual meeting regarding Proposed Changes

The Green River Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold an online virtual meeting to discuss proposed changes to Chapter 46 (fishing) and Chapter 22 (watercraft) regulations. The virtual Zoom meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18. Interested people can register here to attend. Once registered, you will receive an e...