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Guest Opinion: Gianforte - Enforce Montana's "Bad Actor" Mining Law

As a hunter and angler who’s lived in the Upper Clark Fork River valley between Deer Lodge and Anaconda for more than 30 years, I can attest to the damaging legacy of mining on our waterways. In 1908, a massive flood carried toxic mine tailings...

 

Montana Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.1%

Governor Greg Gianforte announced the number of employed Montanans hit an all-time high in October as Montana’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1%, a low achieved only six times over the last 45 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....

 

Thinking Ahead: How to File for County Commissioner in 2022

While the 2022 Election Calendars have not been posted yet by the Secretary of State’s office, those who are interested in filing for the position of Jefferson County Commissioner should reach out to the County Election Office in January. A...

 

Gianforte Declares Montana a Hidden Heroes State

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, Governor Greg Gianforte issued a proclamation declaring Montana a Hidden Heroes State to recognize military caregivers. “Montana is proudly home to one of the highest numbers of veterans per capita in the...

 

Tester: Bill to Improve Rural Veterans' Access to Medical Disability Examinations

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are championing bipartisan legislation to improve rural veterans’ access to medical disability examinations. Geography or mobility issues...

 

Gov. Gianforte Reaffirms Montana Law Banning Vaccination Mandate

Governor Greg Gianforte issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccination mandates by employers in Montana: “Despite President Biden’s efforts to mandate vaccinations for employers and their employees, Montana law remains the law of t...

 

Guest Opinion: Montana Doesn't Have Nor Want a State Police

In Montana we don’t have to worry about a knock at the door at night followed by a gruff voice declaring, “This is the state police, and we want to talk to you.” Every four years we Montanans vote for our County Sheriff, the head of law enforce...

 

Visitation Steady at State Parks Across Montana for the First Three Quarters of 2021

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recorded more than 2.9 million visitors at state parks from January through September of this year. Compared with the same time period last year, visitation decreased by 2%, and compared to 2019, it increased by 27.1%....

 

Shooting Range Development Grant Applications Open

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announces that the application period to apply for a shooting range improvement grant is now open. Completed applications must be received no later than Feb. 1, 2022. Montana’s Shooting Range Grant Program,...

 

FWP: Seeking Comment on Grizzly Relocation Sites

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public comment on proposed grizzly bear relocation sites. Senate Bill 337, which was passed by the 2021 legislature, requires the Fish and Wildlife Commission to approve all sites where grizzly...

 

Governor, DPHHS Launch New Program To Help Montanans With Water Expenses

Together with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Governor Greg Gianforte announced a new, statewide $3.8 million program to help eligible Montanans pay for water and wastewater expenses. “This program will go a...

 

Initial Private Applicator Training Nov. 16

An Initial Private Applicator Training will be held Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the Madison Valley Rural Fire District at 5037 US Highway 287 North in Ennis. This training class is brought to you, free of charge, by the Montana State University...

 

Online Event on Voting Methods For Better Governance

Voting – it's a right and duty none of us should take for granted or fail to exercise. But lately, it's been the topic of a lot of debate. From vote-by-mail to voter ID to guaranteeing trust in the...

 

Tester Secures $325,000 for Montana to Increase Compliance and Use of Sex Offender Registration

U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $325,000 in Department of Justice (DOJ) Adam Walsh Act grant funding for the Montana Department of Justice to reinforce the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). “Keeping Montanans safe from...

 

Montana Reaches Record High of Employed Workers, Unemployment Rate Falls to 14-Year Low

Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the number of employed workers in Montana hit an all-time high in September and the unemployment rate fell to 3.3%, a low not seen since June 2007. “Montana is in the midst of a historic economic recovery....

 

Rosendale's Bill to Clean-Up Damaged Forest Lands Passes Unanimously Out of Committee

Last week, the House Committee on Agriculture unanimously passed Congressman Matt Rosendale’s bipartisan bill to fund the remediation and restoration of damaged public lands. The National Forest Restoration and Remediation Act was introduced...

 

Working to Protect Montanans from Democrats' Tax and Spend Spree

Democrats, led by President Biden, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi, are rushing a reckless $3.5 trillion tax and spending spree bill through Congress that would reshape the very foundation of America and push the U.S. down the path of...

 

Congressional Districts Need to Reflect Competitiveness

When the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission adopted criteria and goals for dividing Montana into two Congressional Districts it included a goal of considering competitiveness in its decision-making. That made sense, for history is very...

 

Will Senator Tester Vote to Impose Critical Race Theory on Montana's Children?

Montanans overwhelmingly reject Critical Race Theory in our classrooms. Since Brown v. Board of Education, we’ve worked to live up to our founding ideals and we hold true to the principle of equal treatment for every student. President Biden’s...

 

Guest opinion: Gianforte Appointments Favor Private Wildlife

Growing up in rural Utah, I had incredible public hunting opportunities just like so many in Montana have enjoyed for generations. I spent time with family and friends, pursuing mule deer and elk on both public and private lands in what were the...

 

DPHHS Announces $31 Million For Child Care Providers

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that $31 million in federal funding is now available to Montanan child care providers via an online application. “Access to child care is an essential piece to the...

 

EPA Seeks Applicants for 2021 Environmental Education Grants

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available under the 2021 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program. EPA will award grants in...

 

FWP Auction Raises More Than $260,000 For Wildlife Programs

More than $260,000 was raised for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ conservation and restoration programs during a wildlife auction held Sept. 25 in Billings. The auction included antlers, horns, hides and skulls that were confiscated by FWP over...

 

Tax Refund Myths and Facts: Important Tax Return Update

1. Many taxpayers are still waiting to receive their 2020 Tax Refund due to unprecedented processing delays at the IRS and not at eFile.com. Details on the IRS Refund processing delays. 2. All of these sobering facts are no consolation if you, as an...

 

Tester Pushes Biden Administration to Treat Northern Border Crossings Equally, Open Border to all Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Following an announcement that the Biden Administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the U.S. by air next month while continuing to restrict “nonessential travel” across the land border indefinitely, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is q...

 

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