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Archive for year: 2021

Montana Requests De-listing of Grizzly Bears

It was recently announced that Montana asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift threatened species protections for grizzly bears in the northern part of the state. Joe Dellwo is a rancher out of Bynum who recently shared his thoughts on the impact of grizzlies and why he thinks they should be de-listed.

Missouri River Snowpack Below Average

Mountain snowpack in the upper Missouri River Basin is accumulating at well below average levels for this time of year.  About 25% of the mountain snowpack typically accumulates by December 1st and normally peaks near April 15th. While the mountain snowpack currently is below average it is still too early in the season snowpack is to make a pr...

Montana Supreme Court To Make Decision On New Abortion Laws

Three laws that soon will be before Montana’s highest court would make it harder for rural residents to access reproductive-health care. Planned Parenthood of Montana’s Martha Stahl says residents already face barriers to accessing medical care and that these bills would force them to travel several hours away to see a doctor in person. https:...

Overdose Deaths Continue To Rise In Montana

Drug overdose deaths are on the rise in Montana though at a slower pace than the national average. The Big Sky Business Journal reports there were an estimated 161 fatal overdoses in Montana over the 12 months ending in April compared to 151 over the same period the year prior. The 6.6% increase ranks as the fourth smallest of all 46 states th...

Health Care Open Enrollment For 2022 Now Available For Montanans

Open enrollment is now available for individuals wanting to re-up or begin new health care coverage through the Health Care Exchange. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana is one of three providers available in the state. John Doran Divisional Vice President External Affairs says, in this case size, does matter.

CARES Act Allocates Over $9 Million To Montana Communities

The Montana Department of Commerce says 16 projects in 13 communities statewide have been awarded more than $9.4 million in federal grant funding for activities that will help counties, cities and town prevent prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the allocated projects will benefit lower to middle wage-earning Montanans wit...

New VA Health Care Clinic Opens In Miles City

The Montana VA Health Care System opened the doors Thursday to its newest primary care clinic to veterans in Miles City which will serve nearly 900 veterans in the area and offer primary care and lab services women’s health services and telehealth services. Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Senator Jon Tester.