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Bullock to announce top-level appointee changes

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:39:47 GMT

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is planning to announce which of his appointed agency heads will leave the administration and who will replace them for his second term. Bullock had been in conversations with all of his appointed directors since last month about whether they want to serve another four years.

Get the high ground on underground pests

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:24:20 GMT

Throughout Lake County many landowners are reporting damage to range, pasture and lawns by rodents of various types.

CSKT members awarded Montana business grants

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:57:28 GMT

HELENA Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O'Leary announced a total of $320,000 in grant funding to 27 Native American business owners to help grow and expand their businesses.

DPHHS raising awareness about HIV; urging Montanans to get screened regularly

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:57:26 GMT

December 1 is World AIDS Day and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and local partners are using the commemorative event as an opportunity to increase awareness about who may be at risk, and to decrease the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

Governor's AIS Rapid Response Team Comes to Glasgow

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:42:10 GMT

Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for Montana bodies of water, due to the detection of the larvae of invasive aquatic mussels at Tiber Reservoir and suspected detections at Canyon Ferry Reservoir and the Milk and Missouri rivers. The signing of the Executive Order triggers the deployment of an interagency rapid response team to respond to the emerging situation.

Judge rules to re-open marijuana dispensaries immediately

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:26:48 GMT

A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Montana's medical marijuana dispensaries to re-open after a three-month hiatus by ruling that a drafting error in a voter-approved ballot initiative should not delay the measure's implementation. District Judge James Reynolds of Helena ruled the error that pushed back the effective date of a key portion of the initiative until July 1 should not keep very ill patients from accessing the drug immediately.

Snow geese deaths from mine pit number in the thousands

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:33:38 GMT

Several thousand snow geese died after a snowstorm forced tens of thousands of the migratory birds to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana last week. But the toll could have been much worse, said Mark Thompson, environmental affairs manager for mine company Montana Resources.

Sen. Daines sends President-Elect Trump letter

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:01:00 GMT

Congratulations on your historic election as the next President of the United States. I look forward to working together closely to address the many challenges facing the United States at home and abroad.

Elections results for Marsy's Law have been certified - Mon, 05 Dec 2016 PST

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:55:40 GMT

The state Board of Canvassers on Monday certified voter passage of a constitutional initiative that establishes certain rights for crime victims, without stating when it takes effect. A Friday order by the Montana Supreme Court prevented Secretary of State Linda McCulloch from certifying an effective date for Constitutional Initiative 116, also known as Marsy's Law.

Columbia River Treaty negotiations topic of forum

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:21:00 GMT

Dam takedown at its roots, the Columbia River Treaty sets the base for how the system is managed from water flow to fishing. This treaty is an international agreement between the United States and Canada affecting the Columbia River Basin to reduce downstream flooding and increase power generation.

College football coaching is where perception becomes reality: Issues & Answers

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:20:56 GMT

Less than four years ago, the powers that be at Oregon were so convinced Mark Helfrich was the best replacement for departing Chip Kelly they hired him without a real search. A year ago, restless Washington fans weren't sure Chris Petersen could get the job done, and were ready to pitch offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith over the side.

Jefferson County to settle detained immigrant's rape claim

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:06:10 GMT

Jefferson County has agreed to pay $125,000 to a man who sued the county after he claimed he was raped in a Boulder jail. The Montana Standard reports that both the county and Audemio Orozco-Ramirez have agreed to drop the federal lawsuit, which was set to go to trial.

Dona t play chicken with Old Man Winter

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:09:44 GMT

Don't play chicken with Old Man Winter because he has the biggest rooster in the fight and any feathers that fly won't be his.

Obama's war on energy from federal lands

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:16:24 GMT

On energy, the Obama administration ends the way it began, with lawless placating of environmental extremists by warring against energy from federal lands. Administration officials' first efforts in 2009 in northwestern Pennsylvania failed.

CSKT to reassume Tribal Health Paid Care

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:07:32 GMT

On December 1, 2016, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will assume management of the Indian Health Service Purchased and Referred Care , also known as Contract Health Services.

Rep. Zinke says new medical research bills will help Montanans

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:56:14 GMT

Congress broke out in applause Wednesday evening when it was announced two bills were passed that will give $4.8 billion to Alzheimer's, cancer and mental health research. Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke co-sponsored the two-bill package and has been personally impacted by Alzheimer's disease with the passing of his mother.

Attorney: Oil patch murderer needs treatment, not prison

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:54:49 GMT

This undated photo provided by the Montana Department of Corrections shows Michael Keith Spell. A defense attorney says Spell, a mentally-disabled Colorado man serving a 100-year prison term in a Montana teacher's murder, should be transferred to the custody of state mental health officials.