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Montana State Employees To Return To In-Person Work

All state employees will be required to return to work in-person September 7th. That mandate from the Department of Administration comes as Montana health officials reported 493 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the highest number tallied in a single day since January. The director of the Department Misty Ann Giles is encouraging employees to get va...

Emergency Grazing Extension Open To Public Comment

A proposal to temporarily expand haying and grazing in 14 wildlife management areas is up for public review as Montana seeks to ease the toll of drought on farmers and ranchers and if it’s approved Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks will open portions of them across the state to emergency grazing and haying. Farmers and ranchers with new leases w...

Fresno Reservoir Fisheries Mgmt. Plan Open House

As part of the public comment process for the Fresno Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host an open house in Havre on August 16 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Inn and Suites “on the hill” at 1425 Highway 2 NW in Havre. FWP staff will be available at the open house to discuss the plan and ...

House Redistricting Raises Concerns About Future Political Outcomes

2020 Census data will be released Thursday which the District and Apportionment Commission will use to determine both congressional and state legislative districts. One contentious idea for drawing districts is their competitiveness which Democrats have pushed for while Republicans say the process shouldn’t create specific political outcomes. ...

Attorney General Knudsen Brings Attention To Robocalls In Montana

Attorney General Austin Knudsen today called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to combat the scourge of illegal phone calls pouring into the state and help prevent Montanans from becoming victims of scams. In a comment filed with the FCC, Knudsen and 50 other attorneys general urged the FCC to move up the deadline for all telephon...

Former Governor Endorses Ballard

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer today announced his endorsement of Jack Ballard as Montana’s House Representative for its only current district. Ballard is the first and only candidate thus far to challenge current Representative Matt Rosendale. In a statement, Schweitzer said Jack has found solutions for problems with people who had ...

Governor Workforce Bonus Getting Distributed At Low Numbers

In the three months since Governor Greg Gianforte announced he would end expanded unemployment benefits and offer an incentive to encourage Montanans to return, the roll out has been slow thus far. According the state website monitoring the programs progress, only 166 of nearly 4,000 submitted applications had been approved for the $1200 dolla...

Montana Municipalities Beginning To Decide On Marijuana Laws

With Montana’s marijuana market due to open up in five months, Montana towns must now figure out what legal cannabis will look like in their communities. Voters legalized general use cannabis during last year’s elections while this year’s legislature sorted out details during its most recent session, but now determining zoning districts, subje...