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Archive for year: 2021

Montana Ranked In Lower-Half Nationally For Energy Efficiency

This is National Energy Awareness Month. The average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,568 on motor fuel and oil. With U.S. energy consumption having declined by 7% last year the Wallet Hub today released its report on 2021’s most energy efficient states. The personal-finance website compared the au...

Over 50% Of Montanans Now Fully Vaccinated

As of the latest report Montana’s eligible population of fully vaccinated people against COVID-19 has reached 493,475. That means 53% of those eligible have been vaccinated.  Big Horn County leads the state with 55% of its eligible population being fully vaccinated Garfield County is the lowest with 26%. 1,033,867 total doses have been adminis...

Early Snowfall Aids Wildfire Efforts

Southwest Montana woke up to the season’s first snowfall Monday morning and some welcomed the snow and cold especially firefighters and foresters who have spent months battling wildfires there. The colder weather and snow were thanks to a broad trough of low-pressure over the Northwest U.S. that was pulling moisture in from the Southwest U.S. ...

Project Proposal Could Improve Public Trails In Lincoln

A proposal called The Lincoln Project calls for managing 200,000 acres of public lands surrounding the town northwest of Helena. Russ Ehness, President of the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association which is also part of the group of conservationists loggers motorized-vehicle users and others, says motorized vehicle users have been working o...

Wyoming Landowner of the Year Recognition

Seven landowners from across the state were recognized by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department with the 2021 Landowner of the Year awards. Now in their 26th year, these awards honor the outstanding practices in wildlife management, habitat improvement, access for hunters and anglers and conservation techniques by these individuals and families...

Montana Hospitals Lacking COVID Information For Pregnant Women

Hospitals in Montana don’t universally have systems to collect information on how many pregnant women contract COVID-19 or the outcomes for their pregnancies and babies so the state doesn’t have detailed data either. According to a story by Holly Michels from Lee Newspapers Montana State Bureau the doctors who work with pregnant women say they...

Montana’s New Congressional Districts Nearing Final Mapping

Nine maps have made the final cut in the process to designate two Montana congressional districts. On Voices of Montana District and Apportionment Commission Member Dan Stusek said the map chosen must meet four criteria set out in the Montana and the U.S. Constitutions. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/10-11_737.mp3

Senator Tester Introduces Voting Rights Bill

Senator Jon Tester is introducing voting rights legislation to ensure every eligible Montanan has fair   and equal access to the ballot box. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore protections under the Voting Rights Act and take aim against measures to make it more difficult for eligible voters to cast their ballot. https:/...