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Archive for year: 2021

State Park Visitation Sees Notable Increase From Previous Years

Mild weather has contributed to a record number of visitors for Montana State Parks. There were 393,175 park visitors in the first quarter of 2021 a 20.2% increase over 2020 and a 78% increase over the same period in 2019. Of the 40 state parks that were seasonally open during this period 80% experienced an increase in estimated visitation com...

MSU Researchers Discover COVID-19 Variant

Researchers at Montana State University discovered a variant that originated in Bozeman early in the pandemic. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, among 55 samples five had the same mutation, namely a change in the virus’s genome, which was significant enough to signal a variant. Some variants have made headlines across the globe for eas...

AARP Warns Of Scammers Looking To Repair Property

It’s storm season. Al Ward AARP State President on Friday’s Fraud Watch segment during Voices of Montana said to beware of scam artists coming through offering to fix your roof or other property if it’s damaged.

Miracle of America Museum Loses Barn In Fire

A fire has destroyed a barn at the Miracle of America Museum in Polson which showcases military artifacts old agricultural and industrial equipment and other pieces of American history. More from Northern News Network’s Eric Young.

Conservation Group Announces Re-Brand

The Montana Wilderness Association one of the country’s oldest grassroots conservation groups is changing its name to Wild Montana and also broadening its mission. One of its newest members Andrew McKean is also on the board of directors. He lives on the prairie in northwestern Montana.

DEQ Warns Of Harmful Algae Blooms In Montana Waters

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is advising those visiting Montana lakes and reservoirs to be on the lookout for harmful algae bloom a type of bacteria that grows in freshwater systems. It can severely sicken humans and kill pets and livestock if ingested. Department Water Quality Specialist Hannah Riedl on where they are commo...