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Archive for year: 2021

Helena Residents Working To Restore The Fire Tower

With millennials today making up the largest generation in the United States workforce yet struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic the personal-finance website Wallet Hub today released its report on 2021s best states for millennials. Montana ranks 33rd across 34 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of millennials to average monthly ear...

Youth Dynamics Receives Funds To Aid Montana Children

The Northwest Montana Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation recently presented a $10,000 check to Youth Dynamics, a company providing behavioral health services for children and teens across the state. According to the Daily Interlake, in addition to operating group homes Youth Dynamics provides outpatient therapy family support progra...

Amtrak Service Returns To The Hi-Line

Watercraft inspectors in Montana have found aquatic mussels on 21 boats so far this year and officials expect a busy season trying to prevent the invasive organisms from fouling Montana waterways. Aquatic mussels have no natural predators and can clog water pipes and displace native species. All watercraft including non-motorized boats must be...

Custer Gallatin National Forest Rescinds Fire Restrictions

The group Upper Missouri Waterkeeper petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency Monday, arguing Senate Bill 358 signed into law by Governor Greg Gianforte runs counter to the agency’s authority to approve or disprove changes under the Clean Water Act and is a risk to the state’s waterways. It repeals numeric standards for nutrients, namely...

Native Tribes And Reservations Receive Substantial COVID Relief Funds

This summer, Indian Country will receive the largest infusion of federal money in the history of the United States. Rob Chaney reports in the Montana Standard that for Montana’s 13 tribes and seven reservations, that could mean around $500 million to spend recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying economic devastation. Already...

Montana Ranks Favorably To Retired Military Personell

With May being Military Appreciation Month and the U.S. planning to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan this year, the personal-finance website Wallet Hub today released its report on 2021s best states for military retirees and Montana ranks 14th. Wallet Hub compared to the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key indicators of re...

New Database To Report MMIP Set To Launch

A comprehensive online database is scheduled to launch to the public in about a week or two designed to streamline the process of reporting missing Indigenous people in Montana and will be a catalog of every open missing Indigenous person case. A Blackfeet Community College team worked with Dillon Software to develop the site to facilitate and...

New Study Finds Yellowstone National Park Increasing In Temperature

According to tree ring data collected by University of Idaho scientist Karen Heeter, the summer of 2016 in Yellowstone National Park was one of the hottest in the last 1,250 years. The Billings Gazette reports Montana State University Paleoecologist Cathy Whitlock has warned, without significant changes to human carbon emissions, the Greater Y...

Month of May Highlights Mental Health Stigma

Montana’s unemployment rate declined from 3.8% in March to 3.7% in April while the unemployment rate for the U.S. was 6.1%. Montana’s unemployment rate for April matches the pre-pandemic rate of 3.7% in February 2020. There are however 9,428 fewer Montanans in the labor force than there were in February 2020. After March’s strong growth in pay...

New Summer Program Announced By Afterschool Alliance

Montana reported 37 new COVID-19 cases in an update Sunday to the state case mapping and information website. The state’s COVID-19 death total is at 1,603 people. Active cases in the state are at 957. Sixty-six people are reported to be hospitalized statewide due to COVID-19. Montana has had 5,206 people hospitalized by COVID-19 througho...