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DPHHS urges caution regarding rabies and bats

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:37:40 GMT

Often misunderstood and sometimes irrationally feared, bats are fairly harmless little creatures.




Wildfire leads to more evacuations in Montana

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:02:01 GMT

A wall of flames hundreds of feet high burn on a ridge above Rowan Road south of Lolo, Montana, early Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. About 400 homes south and west of Lolo were evacuated because of the proximity of the Lolo Peak fire.




Wildfire leads to more evacuations in Montana

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:02:00 GMT

A month-old wildfire flared up in western Montana, forcing the evacuation of hundreds more homes and devouring another large chunk of forest as the drought-stricken state struggles with one of its worst wildfire seasons in years. Fires burning across the west include one threatening 400 homes near an Oregon town within the path of Monday's total solar eclipse and another near Yosemite National Park.




Helena commission orders removal of Confederate fountain

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:39:36 GMT

Helena Mayor Jim Smith said he believes the memorial poses a safety concern following a weekend of violence, including a death, at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has previously said he opposed removing or altering the granite fountain, which was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and dedicated in 1916.




Area Students Participate in MedStart Camp

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:22:10 GMT

Area students, Ashlyn Aten and Kassandra Moore, were two of 16 Montana high school juniors and seniors who participated in the Miles City MedStart Camp from July 16-20 in Miles City. MedStart Summer Camp is a five-day summer camp program sponsored by the Montana Area Health Education Center system.




Budget Cuts Are Coming

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:17:05 GMT

In response to a revenue shortfall, the legislature is set to put into motion massive cuts to public health services funding. The proposed funding cuts include a decrease in reimbursement to mental health agencies of 41 percent for case management services, as well as 3.5 percent for all other children's mental health services.




Montana wildfire fund nearly used up, fires continue to rage

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:03:54 GMT

Montana's firefighting fund could run out by the end of the week, the state's budget director acknowledged Wednesday, forcing officials to draw money from emergency reserves to keep crews and equipment on the front lines of the worst collection of wildfires in the U.S. More than $168.5 million of mostly federal money as of Wednesday was spent battling about 1,400 fires, big and small, that have charred nearly 780 square miles statewide, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The largest of the fires currently burning in the Lolo National Forest is less than half contained - with full containment not expected until October.




Montana veteran returns flag of fallen Japanese soldier to family

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:36:04 GMT

It's been 73-years since US Marine veteran and Montanan Marvin Strombo found the flag on the body of a fallen Japanese soldier in Saipan. The flag, similar to Japan's flag, was a traditional gift to Japanese servicemen, especially during World War II.




Face facts about state budget

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:28:21 GMT

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock As governor of Montana it's my job to responsibly manage the state through everything from a difficult fire season and the challenges posed by increasing drought conditions to making sure we take advantage of the opportunities presented by our growing outdoor recreation economy.




Where is Daines?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:54:35 GMT

Well, if nothing else, Senator Daines is predictable. Every vote he cast on the Senate's various "health care" bills was in lock step with his party.




Fighting for Montana during fire season

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:14:34 GMT

During wildfire season, brave men and women put their lives at risk to protect our communities.




Montana's Health Co-op remains standing as others falter

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:10:14 GMT

The Montana Health Co-op resumes accepting new enrollees on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 after withdrawing from the state's health i... . In this Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 photo Montana Health Co-op President Larry Turney chats Friday with chief external affairs officer, Ronda McMillan, at the co-op's offices in Helena, Mont.




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Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:10:13 GMT

The Montana Health Co-op resumes accepting new enrollees on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 after withdrawing from the state's health i... . In this Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 photo Montana Health Co-op President Larry Turney chats Friday with chief external affairs officer, Ronda McMillan, at the co-op's offices in Helena, Mont.




Montana's Health Co-op remains standing as others falter

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:10:12 GMT

Montana's health care co-op, one of America's few remaining alternatives to traditional health insurance, will resume accepting new enrollees Sunday after it voluntarily pulled itself from the state's insurance marketplace in December. The insurer took the nine-month hiatus from enrolling new members in the exchange created by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act to boost its financial reserves and keep it from the same fate that has befallen failed co-ops across the country.




Montana Has Nearly 18K Medical Marijuana Patients

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:46:19 GMT

Montana has registered 10,000 medical marijuana patients since voters approved a ballot initiative that repealed a law that limited each provider to three patients. The Billings Gazette reports the state has added an average of 1,300 registered patients each month so far this year and the Department of Public Health and Human Services now has more than 17,800 patients registered.




DCCC Ad Hits Gianforte Over Responsibility for Assault

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:59:06 GMT

A new ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee questions whether Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte has taken responsibility for his altercation with a reporter. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an ad Friday criticizing Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte for initially blaming a reporter he assaulted for their altercation and calling for him to resign.




Residents of smoke-choked Montana town advised to leave

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:33:50 GMT

In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service a pickup truck pulls a camper through the wildfire smoke in Seeley Lake in Missoula County, Mont., on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Health officials in western Montana are strongly recommending residents of Seeley Lake leave town due to hazardous smoke from area wildfires.