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Economic Impact Payment Deadline Wednesday

The Internal Revenue Service says those wanting a quicker Economic Impact Payment should act fast as the deadline to enter direct deposit information is set. People should  use the Get My Payment tool by noon Wednesday to check on payment status and when available provide direct deposit information.

COVID-19 Hits Ranchers

The Department of Livestock told state legislators recently some Montana ranchers will likely go out of business due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now ranchers are having a hard time finding anyone to buy their cattle and anyone who finds a buyer is losing money and ranchers are expected to reduce the size of their he...

Billings Hospitals Make Substance to Preserve Clinical Samples

Billings hospitals are now making a key component for COVID-19 testing kits on-site as growing demand has left vendors short of supplies. St. Vincent Healthcare and Billings Clinic are making viral transport media a substance made up of proteins antibodies and chemicals that preserves clinical samples for storage and testing.

State Park Visitations Climb

Montana State Parks and Fishing Access Sites have experienced a major increase in visitation as residents spend time outdoors amid health restrictions related to the coronavirus. Visitation climbed by more than 60% compared to this time in previous years.