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Study Finds Liberty County Residents Having the 3rd Highest Life Expectancy In The Country

Life expectancy is falling at a historic rate but there are isolated counties that are countering the trend including Liberty County in Montana. The Big Sky Business Journal reports it has the third highest rank in the U.S. with a life expectancy at birth of 91.2 years. That is about five years longer than the national average of 79.2 years. O...

Beaverhead Ranch Sells For Record Price

Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry have purchased the 340,000-acre Beaverhead Ranch property for a reported nearly $200 million setting a new record for Montana ranch sales. The News Corporation Chairman and CEO is the world’s 85th richest person with a net worth of about $21.6 billion. It was purchased about 70 years after Fred Koch founder of...

CWD detected for 1st. time in Livingston

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently detected in a white-tailed deer doe that was harvested by a hunter in hunting district 317. The deer was harvested near the junction of U.S. Highway 89 and Interstate 90, northeast of Livingston. This is the first time CWD has been detected in the district. Samples from the deer will undergo a follow-...

Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Potentially Expire This Week

The expanded Child Tax Credit will expire Wednesday unless Congress passes the Build Back Better Act affecting tens of millions of families across the country. Without the Child Tax Credit, Montana families will lose more than $824 million in benefits. Over half of Montanans are using Child Tax Credit payments to put food on the table. 28% are...

Senator Tester Calls For Halt Of Brazilian Beef Shipments To U.S.

Cattle producers are trying to close the U.S. trade door on Brazilian beef over concerns about the disease-detecting ability of the Brazilian government’s meat inspection service. Livestock groups are calling for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to band fresh Brazilian beef until meet testing is proven reliable. Senator Jon Tester agree...

Hay Donated To Denton Farms& Ranches Following Wildfire

Three semi-trucks hauling a combined load of about 70 tons of hay donated by a group of good Samaritans left Helena Sunday morning and headed to help an area of central Montana devastated by the West Wind Fire that burned 10,644 acres in and around Denton destroying nearby ranches and farms. Hay sells for about $325 a ton and the supply driven...

Senator Tester Votes Against Federal Vaccine Mandate

A bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to oppose the OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) emergency temporary standard mandating coronavirus vaccines for private businesses with more than 100 employees. Montana Senator Jon Tester was one two Democratic votes to oppose the mandate and recently explained what le...