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Archive for year: 2021

Upcoming Hunting Season May Suffer Due To Hot, Dry Summer

Hunting this fall could be largely shaped by the widespread drought hitting the state this summer, from potential access closures to impacts on wildlife fitness and location. While some early hunts start in August, Montana’s hunting season begins in earnest Sept. 4 with the start of the six-week archery season. Most big game herds fared well f...

Canadian Border Now Open Under Restrictions

At the stroke of midnight, the Canadian border was officially re-opened to American citizens and permanent residents for the first time in a year and a half with precautions in place. Along with a valid passport, those attempting to cross the border must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior, show a negative, non-antigen COVID-19 test and...

Montana Public School Spending Plan Approved

The U.S. Department of Education has approved Montana’s plan to use federal coronavirus relief funds distributing $127 million to the state’s K-12 schools. The most recent round of funding announced Thursday is the third and last delivering the $382 million allocated to Montana schools through the federal American Rescue Plan. Montana’s Office...

Montana Receives Extended Eviction Moratorium

After the National Eviction Moratorium expired July 31, the Biden administration implemented another one August 3rd for counties with high rates of COVID transmission which covers 90% of Montana counties. Montana has been allocated a total of $352.4 million in federal funds to help with emergency rental assistance and utility payments. People ...

Governor Gianforte Believes Work Initiative Yielding Positive Results

In June, Montana became the first state to stop federal unemployment insurance supplemental benefit funding put in place during the pandemic to help people who lost their jobs and replace them with a $1,200 bonus for going back to work. Governor Greg Gianforte says he believes it’s working and has an example. https://northernbroadcasting.com/w...

2020 Census Data T Be Released Next Week

2020 census used for drawing congressional and legislative districts will be released next Thursday. The data will cover geographies as small as neighborhoods and as large as states. The information was supposed to be released at the end of March but was pushed back to August to give bureau statisticians more time to crunch the numbers which c...

Montana To Receive Annual Wildlife Preservation Funds From Congress

New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress will fund locally-led efforts to help prevent extinctions and help wildlife thrive. The Recovering America’s Wildland Act will send approximately $28 million to Montana each year which Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks will use to help protect and recover the 217 species of concern in the state suc...