A new study from the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research reveals just how much Montana visitor spending suffered in 2020. Interim Director Jeremy Sage notes the pandemic threw off what was an upward trend in the Treasure State.
Today is the birthday of the country’s first Congresswoman and Missoula native Jeannette Rankin. The U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters program is taking votes to feature prominent American women on the quarter. Jeannette Rankin Foundation President Michelle Ozumba on why Rankin deserves the honor.
In the settlement reached Thursday, the Little Shell Tribe and the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Montana along with the Turtle Mountain Tribe of North Dakota and the White Earth Tribe of Minnesota will share a $59 million settlement with the U.S. government. It is the result of a lawsuit over a series of claims dating back to land deals from the late 1800s in which the government underpaid the tribes by tens of millions of dollars.
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled Senate Bill 140 eliminating the judicial vetting panel is a valid new law under the state constitution. Northern News Network’s Eric Young reports.
At a meeting of the state Districting and Apportionment Commission Thursday, the debate began to take shape over how the next few years will shake out with the April announcement that Montana will gain a second congressional district in 2022. The commission will draw Montana’s new congressional district along with its 150 legislative districts. The five-person body comprises two members from each major political party plus a nonpartisan member selected by the state Supreme Court.
The Environmental Protection Agency intends to reverse the Navigable Waters Protection Rule but pledged not to return to overreaching regulations of the past, which were opposed by farmers and ranchers who care about clean water and preserving the land. Rob Natelson, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute in Denver, was on Voices of Montana Thursday.