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Glacier Park – Remains Closed

Glacier National Park has been closed for over a month because of the coronavirus pandemic and at this point it appears it will remain closed until at least the end of May which a phased opening sometime after that. Reopening the park will be a joint decision with state tribal and local officials. Presently about 160 people are working in the ...

Glacier Park – Remains Closed

Glacier National Park has been closed for over a month because of the coronavirus pandemic and at this point it appears it will remain closed until at least the end of May which a phased opening sometime after that. Reopening the park will be a joint decision with state tribal and local officials. Presently about 160 people are working in the ...

Great Falls – County/City Offices Start Re-Opening

The Cascade County Treasurer’s Office has resumed normal operating hours and the City of Great Falls’ Park and Recreation Department is reopening. A limited number of appointments will continue to be scheduled. Walk-in clients will be accommodated to  the extent that the six foot social distancing requirement can be maintained.

MT Women’s Run Holds Virtual Race

Almost 5,000 participants registered for the Montana Women’s run virtual race. About of half the number of for the annual downtown Billings event that is held the day before Mother’s Day. Most ancillary events associated with the Run were canceled. The Pat Jaffray Inspiration Award was presented to Chelsea Dana who was heralded for her many ci...

Trees Planted to Honor UM Graduates

Seedlings are being planted in the Flathead National Forest on the 3,600 acre Bandy Ranch dedicated to the University of Montana graduates for 2020 in lieu of a commencement ceremony halted by the global outbreak of COVID-19. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation which operates a nursery in Missoula secured around 2,100 ...

Behavioral Health Struggles Statewide

Behavioral health providers across the state are finding that difficulties introduced by COVID-19 have created a precarious situation for people struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol but how much Montanans have been imbibing during the pandemic is hard to gauge. Market research firm Nielsen reported a 55% increase countrywide in alcoho...