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Legislature Joint Rules Committee meeting called for Thursday

A press release issued late Monday morning said Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville, has called a Montana Legislature Joint Rules Committee meeting for Thursday morning at 11. This will be a hybrid meeting held out of Room 317 in the State Capitol and...


The China conundrum

CHRIS AADLAND Montana Free Press Editor’s note: This version has been updated to include a comment from a Daines campaign spokesperson. It’s campaign season in Montana — and the political mudslinging is already giving our airwaves and social...


Infant found safe, Amber Alert canceled

Law enforcement officials announced this morning that the AMBER Alert for Lucas Warner has just been canceled. The Lincoln County Sheriff's office located baby Lucas this morning and he is safe. The... Full story


Montana mask directive amended to include K-12 schools

By Patrick Johnston At a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Steve Bullock announced that he is amending the directive he issued July 15 that requires people in counties with four or more active... Full story


Governor to allow counties choice to conduct mail ballot election

Gov. Steve Bullock today issued a directive to ensure all eligible Montanans can safely vote in the 2020 November general election by allowing counties to expand voting by mail and early voting. ITALIC See more on this in Friday’s Havre Daily News...


Montana rodeo goes on, bucking fears on Fort Peck Reservation

Katheryn Houghton, [email protected], @K_Hought Kaiser Health News WOLF POINT - Cowboys lined the metal chutes that released bucking horses and their riders into the arena, Miss Rodeo...


Bullock mandates masks in public settings

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive effective today requiring people in public settings and gatherings of 50 or more people where social distancing is not possible to wear a mask or cloth face... Full story


State coronavirus map update, June 8, 2020

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 1,371 with 44 new cases, which does not include five positive rapid tests in Hill County. The number...


U.S. Census Bureau hiring in Montana

It is not too late to apply for a part-time position with the 2020 Census. Working as a temporary census taker is a great way to earn extra income and help the community.   The Census Bureau is currently recruiting thousands of census takers, also...


Infant abducted in Poplar found, Amber alert canceled

Updated 5:45 a.m. July 1 Officials announced the Amber Alert issued Monday for an infant abducted in Poplar has been canceled. A release issued Tuesday night said 1-year-old Malachai Talley has been located and is safe. No other details were... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    State News    May 29, 2020

Train crash kills one, injures several, strands passengers

A crash between a westbound Amtrak train and a tractor on the eastern edge of Montana Friday morning killed the driver of the tractor, injured several Amtrak passengers and employees and delayed the trains running both westbound and eastbound on the...

 By Tim Leeds    State News    May 28, 2020

Governor: Yellowstone entrances opening Monday, working with plan for Glacier

Gov. Steve Bullock said today during a press conference that the Montana entrances to Yellowstone National Park are planned to open Monday and, while no date is set, the state is working with Glacier... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    State News    May 19, 2020

State to enter Phase Two of re-opening June 1

Citing success in keeping down the spread of COVID-19 in Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock said today the state will enter Phase Two of the state re-opening plan starting June 1. Bullock said people need... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    State News    May 5, 2020

Governor announces first round of grants from $1.25 billion in federal aid

Editor's note: This version corrects the website where people can view the grant programs. Gov. Steve Bullock announced today the first round of grants from the $1.25 billion the federal government... Full story


Shopping Angels starting Montana group to help in COVID-19 pandemic

Aidan White is leading the efforts for Shopping Angels Montana to connect vulnerable populations to volunteers wanting to support them. Shopping Angels is an international volunteer program founded... Full story


State to begin processing UI claims for self-employed Montanans

HELENA - The Montana Department of Labor and Industry announced Tuesday that Montana's self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    State News    April 22, 2020

Governor outlines phased 'Reopening Montana' plans

In a press conference at noon today, Gov. Steve Bullock announced his plan for a phased reopening of the state, with restrictions remaining in place through the first phases. "Our new normal is going... Full story


Bullock: Phased reopening will be worked through next week on potentially for after April 24

Gov. Steve Bullock is saying in a press conference that Montana will be working next week to set up a phased re-opening if the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to drop. He said that because...


MontanaPBS to live stream COVID-19 special tonight at 7

MontanaPBS will continue with the third installation of their live broadcast special "Answering Questions About Coronavirus" tonight at 7. Thes program will be available to view on-air, online via... Full story


Bullock extends stay-at-home directive, announces new directives

In a press conference call today Gov.Steve Bullock announced that he will be extending the stay-at-home directive to reduce exposure to novel coranavirus 2019 through April 24. He also announced that... Full story


Governor plans to extend stay-at-home directive

Gov. Steve Bullock said in a press conference today he will be issuing a directive next week extending the stay-at-home directive and other measures he has ordered to try to slow and reduce the... Full story


MSU Extension to offer weekly webinars about the coronavirus and its effects on the economy

MSU News Service BOZEMAN - Montana State University Extension will offer several webinars that discuss economic effects from the current COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars will be offered from 2 to 3... Full story


Governor prohibits evictions, foreclosures during stay-at-home order

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said today he has issued a directive prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent during his stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and... Full story


Governor details stay at home, links to new directive

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a letter to Montana residents Thursday about his "stay at home" directive including a link to the directive itself: "Today I today issued a Directive requiring Montanans to... Full story


Governor orders statewide in-facility shutdowns tonight including bars, restaurants

Gov. Steve Bullock today announced measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana, closing dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses and other activities that pose enh... Full story


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