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CARES ACT Funds Provide New Digital Infrastructure To BlackFeet Tribe

Access to the digital world requires quality internet service. There are 10,000 people living on the Blackfeet reservation. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs less than half of the reservation has standard broadband access according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Included in the CARES Act passed last year was $38.6 million for the Bla...

Public Service Commission Members May Be Removed Following Audit

Following a Legislative audit that found falsified financial records at the Montana Public Service Commission, former PSC chairman Greg Jergeson wrote to Governor Greg Gianforte Tuesday about a never before used law that allows Montana’s governor to remove PSC members who violate the law. Jergeson said the falsified documents justify determini...

Piano Pat Honored By Senator Daines

Patricia Sponheim, better known as Piano Pat, entertained crowds at the Sip ’n Dip tiki bar in downtown Great Falls for more than 50 years until she passed away May 4th at age 86. Thursday, Senator Steve Daines presented her daughter Danelle and Sandy the owner of the Sip ’n Dip with a tribute in the congressional record honoring her life. htt...

KIDS COUNT Montana Report Highlights Child Care Needs

A new report done by KIDS COUNT Montana lays out challenges parents face when securing child care in Montana. According to the report Montana averages just one child care slot for every three kids under the age of six. It also found the average wage for a childcare worker was just under $11 an hour, or about $23,000 a year. According to MTN Ne...

Microplastics Found In Yellowstone

Research has shown microplastics have invaded the Yellowstone ecosystem showing up in the aquatic food chain and in the stomachs of lake and cutthroat trout. On Voices of Montana Wednesday, Haley Glassic, a PHD candidate at Montana State University and a scientist with the Montana Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit explained how dangerous thi...

Montanans On The Hook For Over $4 Billion In Student Loans

Montana borrowers owe a cumulative $4.2 billion in federal and private student loans, making the Treasure State the 39th highest in the nation. According to Student Loan Hero, a subsidiary of Lending Tree, in Montana alone there are more than 100,000 borrowers juggling an average balance of 30,866 with monthly payments averaging $251. Montana’...

Reach Higher Montana Connects Graduates Across Montana Virtually

With high school wrapping up for Montana graduates, there are many looking ahead to college. The organization Reach Higher Montana recently held its virtual Senior Send-Off Event that brought students from across the state together. Executive Director Kelly Cresswell on the event’s impact on smaller schools. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp...