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Infrastructure Bill Seeing Criticism After Passing Senate

A bill that would restrict a specific kind of funding local governments can use for streets parking and other infrastructure projects is drawing criticism from opponents who say it could irreparably change a process cities heavily rely on. James Bradley from the University of Montana Legislative News Service reports that Senate Bill 388 would ...

Yellowstone Valley Gives Announces Dates For Annual Fundraiser

With Earth Day around the corner and the U.S. having experienced a record number of billion-dollar natural disasters in 2020 the personal-finance website Wallet Hub today released its report on 2021’s greenest states. Montana ranks 28th in terms of 25 key metrics that speak to the current health of the environment and residents’ environmental-...

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Set To Reopen Pictograph Caves

The Montana Supreme Court administrator has made a second bid to quash a legislative subpoena issued to the state Department of Administration for her emails sought by GOP lawmakers. The state Supreme Court has already blocked their release but the Legislature through the state’s Attorney General’s Office said it won’t comply...

Senator Daines Voices Montana Concerns With IRS

The Montana Constitution states that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Tuesday the Montana Senate endorsed a bill that would ask voters to change that to define person as all members of mankind at any stage of development beginning at the stage of fertilization or conception regardless of age ...

Governor Gianforte Prohibits Vaccine Passports In Montana

Governor Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order. It prohibits so-called vaccine passports in Montana and also prohibits businesses from requiring customers to show they’ve been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to receive services or enter a business. Since summer 2019 even during the pandemic the community of Lewistown has con...

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Paused In Montana

Montana health officials have temporarily halted administering the single dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until an investigation into whether the vaccine is linked to an exceptionally rare type of blood clotting is complete. Montana has utilized far more Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in immunizing residents than the Johnson and Johnson...

Great Falls

IMG_1668 with Pasta Montana at Tracey's

John Barnes & Neal DuBois, Tracy’s Diner – Great Falls, MT Tracy’s Family Diner had closed prior to the pandemic, after being in business for 50 years. New owners John Barnes and Neal DuBois revived the iconic restaurant months before the pandemic began. They responded to the community’s need by donating and deliver...

Biden Infrastructure Report Details Improvements For Montana

According to a new infrastructure report card from the Biden White House, Montana has 377 bridges and more than 1,485 miles of highway in poor condition and one in four of the state’s public transit vehicles is ready for the scrapyard. The report card gives Montana’s overall infrastructure health a C grade and highlights how the pa...

Transgender Athletics Bill Moves Through House Of Representatives

The House of Representatives voted Monday to keep a bill that would limit transgender women’s rights alive by sending it to a committee to rectify differences between the House and Senate versions. James Bradley from the University of Montana Legislative News Service reports that House Bill 112 would bar transgender women from competing on wom...