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Governor warns House bill could sink infrastructure again

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:06:04 GMT

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock 's budget director warned Friday that House Republicans ' stripped-down infrastructure bill could result once again in the state failing to pass a bonding bill for public works and capital projects across the state. The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee broke up the Democratic governor's $150 million bonding bill and inserted many of those projects into other infrastructure bills that would be paid for in cash.




Kids and parents explore amazing possibilities of science

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:20:17 GMT

Wildlife, robotics, body functions, and slime captivated children's imagination during the eighth annual Family Science Night.




CSKT receives 1 of 15 Montana business grants

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:48:59 GMT

MONTANA The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes received part of $374,031 in grants to help businesses in 15 Montana communities and assist Main Street Montana businesses with plans for growth.




Tester pushes to create Montana jobs, empower Native American entrepreneurs

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:48:58 GMT

U.S. SENATE U.S. Senator Jon Tester is sponsoring legislation to create jobs and empower Native American entrepreneurs in Montana and across the country.




Democrats try again to raise taxes on wealthiest Montanans

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:23:31 GMT

The bill heard Thursday is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Edie McClafferty of Butte and reflects the plan in Gov. Steve Bullock's budget proposal to raise state revenue to fix a budget shortfall. The measure would create a new 7.9 percent tax bracket for income above $500,000.




Democrats Try Again to Raise Taxes on Wealthiest Montanans

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:23:30 GMT

The bill heard Thursday is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Edie McClafferty of Butte and reflects the plan in Gov. Steve Bullock's budget proposal to raise state revenue to fix a budget shortfall. The measure would create a new 7.9 percent tax bracket for income above $500,000.




Montana flood watch to continue through today

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:38:33 GMT

A flood watch for north central Montana is expected to continue until late Thursday as ice in the region's rivers continues to break up. Minor flooding is reported on Lodge Creek, near Havre in Hill County, and the Milk River, near Harlem, according to the U.S. National Weather Service office in Great Falls.




Governor's budget is a balanced approach

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:27:07 GMT

By Heather O'Loughlin, Co-Director, Montana Budget and Policy CenterThe qualify of life we enjoy in Montana is directly connected to the public investments we make in our communities - " modern schools and quality education for our children, safe roads, updated water and sewer systems, and an affordable college education for our future workforce.




No thank you, Fred

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:21:12 GMT

Whoa! Did I read Senator Fred Thomas' editorial right? Does he really have the nerve to advance giving my national public lands to the states so the land and its resources can be sold to corporations for pennies on the dollar?This is the same state senator, who 20 years ago, at the behest of Kenny Lay of Enron infamy, told us that unleashing the ... (more)




The Decemberists launch their own music festival... in Montana

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:21:03 GMT

The Decemberists will follow in the footsteps of artists such as Jay Z, Wilco, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons by curating their own music fest, which will be held in Missoula, Montana on Aug. 12 and 13. So far, they've tapped Belle & Sebastian, the Head and the Heart, Sylvan Esso, Shakey Graves, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Real Estate, and Julien Baker for the event they're calling Travelers' Rest, which will be held at the Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre. The band has good reason to give back to Montana: frontman Colin Meloy is a Helena native and went to college at Missoula's University of Montana.




Carpe Diem String Quartet seizes the crowd at Rocky River Chamber Music Society

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:51:37 GMT

The penultimate concert of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society season brought the Carpe Diem String Quartet to the sanctuary of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Monday night. Well-known for their extensive excursions into popular, folk and world music, the Columbus-based CDQ brought an eclectic program that only scratched the surface of their wide-ranging repertoire, with the last string quartet of Sergei Taneyev, an unfinished quartet by Schubert, and the "Fiddle Suite Montana" by the ensemble's violist Korine Fujiwara.




Lee Swanson v. Consumer Direct

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:31:14 GMT

LEE SWANSON, Individually and as the Personal Representative of the Estate of Maria Atkins-Swanson, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. CONSUMER DIRECT, Defendant and Appellee.




Quist rallies in Billings to protect public lands

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:27:30 GMT

Democratic Congressional Candidate Rob Quist, who will face off against Greg Gianforte for the special election to replace Ryan Zinke's seat, visited Billings on Tuesday. Quist held a rally on the lawn of the Yellowstone County Courthouse.




Montana lawmakers poised to pass anti-Shariah law measure

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:09:46 GMT

Lawmakers endorsed the measure 56-44 after a floor debate, and it must pass a final, procedural vote before it is sent to Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. ``The governor will take a close look at the proposed legislation if it reaches his desk,'' spokeswoman Ronja Abel said.




Helena Veteran's Home tells residents to move on

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:29:45 GMT

A Helena facility for veterans has announced it is closing, leaving residents to find somewhere else to live. The Great Falls Tribune reports that occupants of the Willis Cruse Transitional Facility say they were told last week that the building is up for sale and that they would be relocated to other Montana cities like Missoula and Butte.




GOP to introduce infrastructure bill as soon as Wednesday

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:12:12 GMT

Republican legislative leaders are breaking up Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's $157 million bonding bill for state infrastructure projects, with plans to unveil their own legislation as early as Wednesday. GOP leaders were working up to the last minute to figure out just how far into debt lawmakers within their party would be willing to put the state to pay for public works and building projects.




The battle over Montana's vacant Senate seat

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:26:11 GMT

Ben Long is a contributor to Writers on the Range, the opinion service of High Country News . He writes about the environment and politics in Montana.