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Archive for year: 2021

Portions of Hoot Owl Restrictions Lifted on portions of MT rivers

Several “hoot owl” restrictions currently in effect on portions of some Montana rivers will be lifted at 2 p.m. today. Restrictions will be lifted on: Missouri River from the Cascade boat ramp to Holter Dam (river mile 2,166.2 to 2,202.1) Madison River from Ennis Dam to the border with Yellowstone National Park (river mile 40 to 131) Stillwate...

Grand Teton National Park Sees Record Attendance In July

July was the busiest month ever recorded in Grand Teton National Park as 828,777 people visited to hike look at the peaks and camp. The figure is a 9.7% increase from a busy July 2020 despite the COVID-19 outbreak and a 6.8% jump from July 2019, according to a park press release. July and August have traditionally been the busiest months of th...

Infrastructure Applications Finalized For Remaining ARPA Funding

Montana officials have finalized their scores for the first round of applications for about $250 million in federal stimulus funds for infrastructure projects being requested by local governments, irrigation districts and state agencies. The money was set aside by the Legislature earlier this year as part of the more than $2 billion expected t...

Blackfeet Nation Reinstates COVID-19 Restrictions

The Blackfeet Nation announced Monday it was experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak and reported 18 active cases. Responding to the surge in cases, the tribe reinstated its mask mandate for the Blackfeet Reservation, closed tribal offices to the public and suspended all non-essential travel. The tribal community has lost 48 people to the virus. Blac...

Planned Parenthood of Montana Suing Over New Abortion Laws

Four laws passed earlier this year that restrict access to abortions in the state are set to take effect October 1st but Planned Parenthood of Montana is suing to halt their implementation. The lawsuit claims the four bills violate Montana’s constitutional privacy equal protection and free speech provisions. The laws passed this year by ...

Weather May Provide Relief For River Spring Fire

Firefighters are currently facing red flag conditions on the Richard Spring Fire that will persist all day and will increase the risk of spot fires, but cooler, humid conditions may take hold afterwards and provide some relief. They are also expecting increased smoke from the Richard Spring fire’s interior as warming and drying over the ...

New Report Highlights Voting Challenges For Native Americans

A new report by the Campaign Legal Center scores how restrictive states’ access to early voting and vote-by-mail are. Montana checked off many of the criteria, but the center’s Caleb Jackson says the state still makes it hard for Native Americans to submit their ballots. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/8-16_73...