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Colstrip Bill Gets Taken To State Courts

A new law approved by Governor Greg Gianforte Monday was met by a lawsuit Tuesday with a majority of the owners of the Colstrip Power Plant calling it unconstitutional. It forces disputes among the power plant’s six owners to be settled through Montana courts instead of Washington as currently spelled out by the Colstrip Ownership and Operatio...

Army Corps of Engineers Program Getting Challenged In Court

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Great Falls by environmentalists alleges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program that allows oil and gas pipelines to be built across wetlands rivers and other bodies of water lets companies skirt environmental reviews of potential spills by granting a blanket construction permit. Industry representat...

Give Big Gallatin Valley Virtual Event Begins Thursday

House Bill 429 has been signed into law by Governor Greg Gianforte. It requires a majority of lawmakers in both the House and Senate to approve of any emergency suspensions of the election laws in the state. If the Legislature isn’t in session at the time, the new law requires the Secretary of State to poll lawmakers on the proposed change in ...

Augusta American Legion Will Return For 2021

The U.S. Geological Survey National Groundwater Monitoring Network has awarded a $110,000 contract to the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology to install groundwater monitoring wells on the Flathead and Blackfeet Reservations and in the Summit Valley near Butte. Additionally about 25 wells in the current statewide observation network will be in...

Department of Revenue Warns Of Tax Return Scams

Governor Greg Gianforte signed two laws Monday nullifying portions of the Colstrip Ownership and Operation Agreement that has governed the Colstrip Power Plant for 40 years. In a tweet, he described the new laws as retaliation against Washington clean energy laws that have imposed a ban on coal power that begins at the end of 2025. Beware of s...

American Legion To Spread On Suicide Awareness Across Montana

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a district court’s ruling that the state Commissioner of Political Practices does not have the power to subpoena for records in its investigatory work. The order stems from July 2018 when the Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint with the commissioner claiming the Montana Republican Party failed ...

WY Wildlife magazine calling for your Best Wildlife Photos

Wyoming Wildlife magazine is calling for your best wildlife photographs from the Cowboy State. The publication has opened entries for the second annual Wyoming Wildlife calendar photo contest. Entries will be accepted until June 30.  Photographers of all skill levels have a chance for their images to be featured in the magazine’s 2022 calendar...

How’s Your Best Photography from the Cowboy State!

Wyoming Wildlife magazine is calling for your best wildlife photographs from the Cowboy State. The publication has opened entries for the second annual Wyoming Wildlife calendar photo contest. Entries will be accepted until June 30. Photographers of all skill levels have a chance for their images to be featured in the magazine’s 2022 calendar,...

Vaccine Bill Clears Legislature

With Mother’s Day around the corner and mothers regaining jobs lost due to COVID-19 at a faster rate than fathers, the personal finance website Wallet Hub today released its report on 2021’s best states for working moms. Montana ranks 23rd based on 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from the median women’s salary to the female unemployment ra...

Governor Gianforte Details Planned Use For ARPA Funds

According to state health officials about 96% of Montanans who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine have been returning to get their second dose but about 14,600 are at least two weeks overdue for their second shot. Over 332,000 Montanans are now fully immunized or nearly 39% of the 865,000 people who are eligible. The state health depar...