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Senator Tester Implores the Federal Task Force to address N95 Mask Shortfall

After Montana Health Officials notified the Federal Emergency Management Agency the state needs approximately 460,000 N95 masks, the Treasure State was promised 79,486. However, only 10,870 were delivered and that shortfall has Senator Jon Tester today imploring Vice President Mike Pence and the government’s Coronavirus Task Force to address i...

Mental Illness on the Rise

As social distancing, stay at home orders, and quarantines become more prevalent, a second health issue is on the rise.  1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness. In 2018 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Montana’s suicide rate at 3rd in the nation and those are pre-pandemic numbers.

Bozeman – Gallatin County Seeing the Largest Increase in Unemployment Claims

Bozeman’s Job Service office is adding to its normal operations, to field questions and offer guidance to those applying for unemployment insurance as layoffs and furloughs spike across Montana. According to data from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Gallatin County has seen the largest percent change in initial unemployment claims...

Billings – REI Opening Postponed

Washington based outdoor retailer REI was set to open its first store in Billings this spring but the opening date has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. Employees who had been hired in Billings have had their offers rescinded. The new REI was set to employ 55 people.