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Nonprofits Struggling To Retain Workers

Montana nonprofits are struggling during the nationwide worker shortage and in some cases they’ve cut services back. Scott Appel heads Court Appointed Special Advocates in Missoula providing volunteers to represent foster youths in legal matters. He says the organization hasn’t experienced a worker shortage but it did have to increase compensa...

State Prison Reports Possible Water Hazard

Montana State Prison staff sent water samples to a state laboratory in Missoula Wednesday after being alerted by inmates Tuesday about a strange odor coming from it out of the Deer Lodge facility’s low security side. The inmates will be provided with bottled water until the sample results are returned.

Montanan Sworn In As Fish & Wildlife Service Director

Martha Williams was sworn in Tuesday as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service by Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Before joining the Biden-Harris administration Williams served as the Director of the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks from 2017 to 2020. Previously she was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Blewett...

State Hospital To Address Lingering Issues

Following a special meeting called by the Children Families Health and Human Services Interim Committee Montana lawmakers have agreed to begin drafting legislation to address short-term and long-term issues at the State Psychiatric Hospital in Warm Springs. One new proposal came from Missoula Representative Danny Tenenbaum. It would stop the p...

Public Service Commission Breaks Up Garbage Truck Monopoly

The Montana Public Service Commission regulates among other things garbage collection services. Thursday commissioners voted 3-2 to allow Bozeman-based L&L Site Services to enter the Missoula County market. That means the 14-year monopoly on garbage hauling held by Republic Services in Missoula County will soon be coming to an end. L&L...

Montana Ag Teachers Oppose CTE Framework Changes

During Career Technical Education Month in Montana the national organization “Advance CTE” is looking to update the National Career Clusters Framework used to describe CTE. One of the proposed changes is the agriculture cluster to the food living systems and natural resources cluster. Missoula ag educator Kristi Rothe.

Right-To-Work Group Challenges Clean Campaign Act

A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Missoula by Montana Citizens for Right to Work asks the court to find the state’s 2007 Clean Campaign Act unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy asked for supplemental legal briefs Tuesday afternoon following oral arguments earlier in the day in the case that could toss out a portion of ...

Missoula Women Sentenced To 20 Years For Killing Neighbor

A Missoula woman has been sentenced to 20 years in state custody after pleading guilty but mentally ill for breaking into a neighbor’s apartment and stabbing him to death as he slept. Northern News Network’s Eric Young has more.