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Havre-area students graduate MYCA despite program interruption

Press release Dillon - A commencement ceremony for Class 42 of the Montana Youth Challenge Academy took place June 27 on the campus of the University of Montana Western in Dillon. Graduates local to...

 

Legal Tip of the Week - CARES Act

Did you know that the CARES Act protects some tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent through July 25?  The CARES Act protects tenants in federally covered rentals from eviction for non-payment of rent through July 25. After July 25, a...

 

Legal and financial planning among free July webinars to help Alzheimer's caregivers

Press release A free webinar designed to help families living with Alzheimer’s disease make critical legal and financial decisions is among the series of programs offered at no charge by the Alzheimer’s Association in July. The Alzheimer’s Asso...

 

The Espinoza decision opens the door to legislation supporting religious education with public money

by Chris Aadland Montana Free Press The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday Montana incorrectly excluded religious schools when it created a 2015 tax incentive program to help families pay for private school tuition. In a 5 to 4 decision split between...

 

MSU Extension discusses estate planning and documents during COVID-19 pandemic

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people might be giving serious thought to estate planning affairs should they fall sick. According to Montana State University Extension educators, the process is not difficult and...

 

Attorney general offers tips on unemployment fraud identity theft

Press release HELENA — Across the country, state unemployment programs have been targeted by criminals taking advantage of the pandemic by illegally obtaining benefits through fake claims and Attorney General Tim Fox has issued tips to help...

 

Girl scouts delivering outdoor experiences virtually

Press release BILLINGS — From the backyard to the backcountry, Girl Scouts has a long and storied history of getting girls outdoors. This summer, for kids and parents faced with limited outdoor options due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scouts of...

 

Justice Department observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

District of Montana U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme joined U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr and the entire Department of Justice Monday in observing the 15th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Department echoes voices around the world...

 

MSU research team receives grant to study invasive grass management

By Reagan Colyer MSU News Service BOZEMAN — An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Montana State University College of Agriculture received a grant to develop an integrated management framework for cheatgrass, an invasive species in Mo...

 

Test of backup emergency siren set for next week

Press release Hill County Sheriff’s Office and Havre Police Department will be testing the backup emergency warning system sirens Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. The sirens are located near the cemetery on the west end of Havre and near Legion Park....

 

Weddings & Engagements - Carbajal, Schroeder married

Jasmine Ortiz Carbajal and Tyler Anthony Schroeder were united in marriage Friday, May 1, 2020, at the Hill County Courthouse with Honorable Justice of the Peace Audrey Barger officiating. The bride,...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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