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John Kerry Speaks At UM To Address Climate Change

Ahead of Earth Day last Friday U.S. Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry spoke at the University of Montana to discuss climate change and possible preventative actions for it. He shared current research being done in the agricultural field to reduce carbon emissions.

Former Russia Ambassador Speaks On Current Conflict At UM

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Glasgow-born Michael McFaul recently spoke at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Institute to discuss a range of topics including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He believes Vladimir Putin underestimated its resistance and is now changing Russia’s plans.

TV Show Filmed In Montana Generates $70 Million In Additional Spending

Film industry activity has grown significantly in Montana during recent years and a new study conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research reports the hit television series “Yellowstone” brought in more than $70 million in additional spending to the state last year. According to BBER Director Patrick Barkey, ...

Montana Economist Sees Legislature Providing Housing Solution

It’s well known there’s a major housing shortage across Montana but it’s too soon to tell what solutions will look like. Patrick Barkey Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana recently acknowledged this uncertainty but highlighted one possibility.

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...

$35 Million Estimated On Caring Unvaccinated COVID Patients In Montana

University of Montana economist Robert Sonora estimates $35 million has been spent in the state caring for preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations among the unvaccinated. The Director of Health Research at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research said the estimate is for patients who are in the hospital for two weeks though he noted that the...

Montana Labor Market Still Trailing In Economic Recovery

Montana is experiencing multiple demographic and economic transitions due to a growing population lack of housing and federal stimulus funds. Dr. Patrick Barkey from the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research recently noted on Voices of Montana how these are currently factoring into the state’s labor market.