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Changes to the Ecomomic Outlook

The University of Montana’s Patrick Barkey saw no reason for a 2020 downturn last month when the economist crisscrossed Montana offering economic forecasts for the year. Now Main Street has shut down to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. According to Barkey what happens from this point basically depends on what we do next.

Missoula – Rental Assistance Available

People living and working in Missoula County can request up to $500 in rental assistance from a new emergency fund the Missoula County Board of Commissioners approved Thursday. It was created to help landlords and renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to alleviate some of the economic concerns. The rental assistance payment wi...

Missoula – Rental Assistance Available

People living and working in Missoula County can request up to $500 in rental assistance from a new emergency fund the Missoula County Board of Commissioners approved Thursday. It was created to help landlords and renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to alleviate some of the economic concerns. The rental assistance payment wi...

Senator Tester Wants Guard to Receive Active Duty Benefits

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Senator Jon Tester is urging the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to work with states to mobilize all National Guard members responding to COVID-19 under the appropriate federal Title 32 duty status. That would make certain members of the Guard would receive the benefits and pay they have earned from...

Senator Tester Wants Guard to Receive Active Duty Benefits

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Senator Jon Tester is urging the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to work with states to mobilize all National Guard members responding to COVID-19 under the appropriate federal Title 32 duty status. That would make certain members of the Guard would receive the benefits and pay they have earned from...

Governor Bullock Requests Census Deadline Extension

Governor Steve Bullock is calling on U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to extend the deadline for the census from Aug. 14th to at least Sept. 30th to ensure an accurate count while allowing for continued health and safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. He has issued a directive allowing Montanans to renew their driver’s license ...

Helena – Unused Beer Becoming Hand Sanitizer

Helena’s Gulch Distillers is making unscented hand sanitizer out of 30 kegs of unused beer provided by George’s Distributing using a hand sanitizer recipe provided by the World Health Organization. The first batch went to local first responders.