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Fish Wildlife & Parks Vote For New Fish Projects

Montana officials voted Thursday to allow 22 native fish restoration projects around the state to move forward this field season. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision to authorize the projects came after state officials changed procedures for authorizing restoration work that requires removal of non-native fish. Eight of 22 proj...

Senator Tester To Stand By BLM Vote Despite Past Controversies

Montana Senator Jon Tester intends to vote for Tracy Stone-Manning from Missoula to be the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and this week mounted a defense of her nomination to Senate Democrats at their weekly caucus lunch. Stone-Manning is taking heat from some Republicans for her brief stretch with an environmental activist gro...

Montana Childcare To See Significant Investment From ARPA

More than $2 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress earlier this year will be directed toward expanding child capacity in Montana. The health-focused advisory commission that met Thursday approved the child care recommendations crafted by the state health department. The recommendations now go to the governor who has the ...

Cascade County Prisoners Moved To Shelby Prison

65 state inmates were transferred to the private prison near Shelby this week as part of a deal ending the Montana Department of Corrections’ use of the regional prison in Cascade County. The Crossroads Correctional Center is a major employer in Shelby holding almost 15% of the county’s total population with a 712-bed facility for ...

Senator Tester Helps Negotiate Biden Infrastructure Plan

President Joe Biden today announced a bipartisan agreement on a $953 billion framework for a nationwide infrastructure plan. It is the result of a negotiation held with five democratic and five republican senators that hopes to lead to future agreements on infrastructure spending. The new agreement will include $559 billion in new funding for ...

Governor Gianforte Considering To Send Assistance To Southern Border

Vice President Kamala Harris who was tasked by President Joe Biden to lead diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants arriving on the southern border will visit El Paso Texas on Friday. Governors from Texas and Arizona are requesting additional law enforcement resources from other states to assist in managing the border and Montana is con...

MMIP Task Force Meet For Progress Report

Members of the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force heard from investigators lawmakers and students Wednesday.  According to the Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse, as of June 17th, indigenous people make up about 32% of those currently missing in the state and little over 10% have been missing for over a year. Guest speakers outli...

MSU Receives $3 Million From U.S. Department Of Energy

The mineral pyrite more may hold the keys to a domestic-based future in renewable energy and the Department of Energy, in collaboration with Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, has awarded Montana State University Associate Professor Eric Boyd more than $3.3 million in funding to better extract the mineral pyrite. The next step is to use the...