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 Local    June 3, 2020 

Staying connected while staying home

The COVID-19 outbreak requires us to change our daily habits, stay indoors unless absolutely necessary and — if we have to go outside — maintain significant physical distance from other people. These restrictions may exacerbate an already growing...

 
 Local    June 3, 2020 

Montana families able to find free summer meals via text message

Press release HELENA — Many of the same meal programs that served families during COVID-19 school closures will continue throughout the summer months, and they just became easier for families to find thanks to the opening of a texting service. The...

 

State officials encourage safe handling of live poultry

Press release Raising backyard poultry has become an increasingly popular activity in Montana. Spring is a common season to purchase and begin raising young birds, and many feed stores in Montana sell chicks and ducks. While benefits to raising...

 

MDT reminds political candidates about proper sign placement

Press release HELENA — Campaign season is a busy time for candidates and their staff. Political signs are a traditional method of advertising, but proper placement of these signs goes beyond campaigning. The Montana Department of Transportation is...

 

Senators: Trump reverses on Guard COVID active duty

From the offices of Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines Montana’s U.S. senators have said the Trump administration has reversed course on plans to limit the length of service for National Guard members during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving them...

 

Orphaned grizzly cubs going to Bearizona Wildlife Park

Press release Working jointly, staff from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found a home for three grizzly bear cubs that were orphaned last month. The cubs will be placed at Bearizona Wildlife Park, located in...

 

USDA to provide $1 billion in rural business and ag producer loan guarantees

Press release WASHINGTON —U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic....

 

Tester demands administration reverse 'hard stop' on Guard deployment for COVID-19

Note: This was issued by the office of Sen. Jon Tester WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is blasting the Trump Administration’s move to issue a “hard stop” on the deployments of more than 40,000 Guardsmen and women, including...

 

Reduced port-of-entry hours to continue in Idaho and Montana

Press release SWEETGRASS, Mont. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to operate six ports of entry in Montana and one in Idaho at reduced hours due an agreement signed by Canada and the United States to extend the “essential only...

 

Court blocks law restricting mail-in ballot collection

Press release MISSOULA — Yellowstone County District Court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a state law that severely restricts Native American people’s right to vote. The action means the law is blocked pending the outcome of a...

 

SBA COVID loans available to U.S. agricultural businesses

Press release WASHINGTON — U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced Monday that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal...

 

MSU poll finds Westerners give governors and local governments high marks for handling of coronavirus crisis

By Carol Schmidt, MSU News Service BOZEMAN — A recent online poll of residents in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and Utah found that a clear majority of respondents gave their governors and state local government high marks for their response to...

 

MSU poll finds Westerners worried about coronavirus' financial impacts but taking actions to prevent spread

By Carol Schmidt, MSU News Service BOZEMAN — A recent online poll of residents in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and Utah found that respondents are supportive of coronavirus pandemic restrictions, but are also worried about its economic...

 

Payments starting to hospitals with high COVID-19 admissions, rural providers

From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a release Friday that it is processing payments from the Provider Relief Fund to hospitals with large numbers of COVID-19 inpatient admissions...

 

Gubernatorial debates set for Saturday

Press release Ron Davis, Chair, Greater Montana Foundation and Greg Pace, Chair, Montana Broadcasters Association, announced that the two groups will hold debates for the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor Saturday. The night will...

 

Public encouraged to submit comments on removal of brucellosis from bioterror list

Montana Department of Livestock HELENA — The Montana Department of Livestock is encouraging the public to submit comments to remove brucellosis from the select agent — or bioterror — list. Diseases on the select agent list have severe...

 

HHS launches COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal

Press release The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, launched a new COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal today, allowing health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or...

 

Voters urged to take 'My Voter Page Challenge'

Press release HELENA — Montana’s 56 county election administrators are asking voting-age residents to take the online “My Voter Page Challenge” at http://VotingInMontana.com, created by the Secretary of State’s Office. The challenge helps...

 

Election administrator gives mail in ballot information

Press release Hill County will be conducting the June 2 Federal Primary Election as an all-mail ballot election. With the spread and concerns over COVID-19 and per the directives issued by the governor’s office, people and the government have an...

 

Social Security administrator urges recipients with dependents to update info for payments

Press release Social Security Administrator Andrew Saul told Social Security recipients who don’t file tax returns Monday that they need to make sure information is correct to receive the $500 per dependent payment to which they are entitled. “So...

 

Attorney General seeks nominations for crime victim advocate award

Press release HELENA — The Montana Attorney General’s Office is seeking nominations for the annual Matthew Dale Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award.  Any Montanan working with crime victims is eligible, including law enforcement personnel,...

 

MontanaPBS continues to provide free resources to support students learning at home, educators

BOZEMAN - As schools across Montana remain closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, MontanaPBS and the Montana Office of Public Instruction will continue to support home learning for students by del...

 

DLI warns Montanans to protect personal information during UI claims process

Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Labor & Industry advises people applying for Unemployment Insurance benefits that individuals misrepresenting DLI may capitalize on the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and attempt to secure...

 

Daines selected to sit on bipartisan White House task force to reopen America

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Steve Daines U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Thursday he was chosen by President Donald Trump to join a bipartisan White House Task Force to provide counsel to Trump to safely reopen America i...

 

GOP leadership critiques Bullock's coronavirus response and asks for plan to restart economy

Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press HELENA — As the COVID-19 pandemic has upended Montana in recent weeks, Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, has drawn little criticism from elected leaders in either party as he instituted a series of increasingly...

 

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