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Counties say they'll buck governor on collecting full school property tax

Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press A dispute over whether a Montana statute intended to cap property tax growth applies to a state-level school property tax escalated this week as several county governments said they plan to buck... — Updated 9/29/2023


Montana students invited to 2023 Constitution Contest

Press release HELENA — Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen announced the 2023 U.S. Constitution Contest Monday during a Constitution Day celebration in the rotunda of the State Capitol. Constitution Day is celebrated... — Updated 9/19/2023


Company gets $2.6 million to relinquish oil lease on Montana land that's sacred to Native Americans

MATTHEW BROWN The Associated Press BILLINGS — A Louisiana company will receive $2.6 million to relinquish the last remaining oil and gas lease on U.S. forest land near Montana’s Glacier National Park that’s sacred to Native... — Updated 9/7/2023


FWP Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council meeting set for Aug. 29

Press release Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council — CAC — will meet near Saco from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs meeting room. The... — Updated 8/23/2023


FWP seeking public comment on several environmental assessments

Press release HELENA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on several environmental assessments, or EAs. For more information, including how to submit comments, people can visit https://... — Updated 8/23/2023


Registration open for Montana Historical Society Conference

Press release State history enthusiasts are invited to gather Sept. 28-30 for the 50th annual Montana History Conference at the Delta Colonial Hotel in Helena — the same location they convened for the first time in 1974. Then,... — Updated 8/17/2023


Scholarships program available to Montana tribal members in film production

Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce, in partnership with Accelerate MT and The Media Training Center, has announced an opportunity for enrolled members of Montana’s tribal nations, a new scholarship progr... — Updated 8/17/2023


Carcinogens found at Montana nuclear missile sites as reports of hundreds of cancers surface

TARA COPP The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Air Force has detected unsafe levels of a likely carcinogen at underground launch control centers at a Montana nuclear missile base... — Updated 8/8/2023


Governor vetoed bipartisan fix to Medicaid waiting list

Mike Dennison KFF Health News Montana state Sen. Becky Beard thought she’d found a fix for a shortage of assisted living care options for Montanans who can’t afford to pay for it themselves — a shortage she became aware of... — Updated 7/18/2023


Montana Pride derailed by anti-drag bill, lawsuit says

Mara Silvers Montana Free Press LGBTQ+ advocates, nonprofits and businesses are suing the city of Helena for allegedly withholding permits for upcoming Pride events in light of the 2023 state law banning drag performances and... — Updated 7/18/2023


Montana water supply outlook good so far

Press release BOZEMAN — As the state enters spring and the typical snowpack peak season, the water supply outlook is currently good across most of Montana. That can be attributed to consistent and mostly above normal... — Updated 4/12/2023


Republicans vote down long- term property tax relief bill

Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press House Republicans voted down a Democrat-backed bill Wednesday that would have used income tax credits to ease the squeeze placed on lower-income homeowners and renters by rising property taxes.... — Updated 2/16/2023


China blasts US over response to Chinese balloon incursion

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ceremonial parliament has accused American lawmakers of trampling on the sovereignty of other nations after the U.S. passed a measure condemning a suspected Chinese spy balloon’s intrusion into U.S.... — Updated 2/16/2023


Lawmakers debate free speech, respect for transgender students

Alex Sakariassen Montana Free Press Lawmakers in the Montana House engaged in pointed debate Wednesday about respect, faith and the ability of transgender, nonbinary and two-spirit students to feel safe in public schools. The discu... — Updated 2/16/2023


US, states weigh farmland restrictions after Chinese balloon

Matthew Brown and Sam Metz Associated Press HARLOWTON - Near the banks of Montana's Musselshell River, cattle rancher Michael Miller saw a large, white orb above the town of... — Updated 2/8/2023


China says balloon is for research, accidentally strayed

Emily Wang Fujiyama, Tara Copp and Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry said today that a balloon, seen over locations including Montana, that the U.S. suspects of conducting surveillance was a... — Updated 2/3/2023


House passes bill to fund training missing persons search teams

by Elinor Smith University of Montana Legislative News Service HELENA — The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would provide $61,000 of the state’s money to pay for a grant program for training local,... — Updated 1/13/2023


House looks at bill to expand sexual assault exam training

by Elinor Smith University of Montana Legislative News Service HELENA— The House Judiciary committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that supporters say would address substantial problems with how Montana responds to sexual... — Updated 1/13/2023


Bill to bring oversight to addiction recovery homes sees first hearing

by Mara Silvers Montana Free Press A bill that would bring a degree of regulation to Montana’s sober living homes and incentivize operators to seek accreditation from industry organizations produced conflicting testimony in a... — Updated 1/12/2023


W.R. Grace offers $18.5M to settle Montana asbestos claims

HELENA (AP) — The owner of a former vermiculite mine in northwestern Montana that spread harmful asbestos in and around the town of Libby has offered $18.5 million to settle the last of the state’s claims for environmental dama... — Updated 1/11/2023


Court order changes wolf hunting season, effective immediately

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks HELENA – On Tuesday, a District Court in Lewis and Clark County issued a temporary restraining order impacting some of Montana's wolf hunting and... — Updated 11/16/2022


Judge in Montana orders arrest of neo-Nazi website founder

MISSOULA (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday ordered the arrest of a neo-Nazi website publisher accused of ignoring a $14 million judgment against him for orchestrating an anti-Semitic harassment campaign against a Montana... — Updated 11/10/2022


Updated: How to vote in Montana's Nov. 8 election

Alex Sakariassen Montana Free Press The 2022 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and as absentee ballots have already gone out, odds are that scores of Montanans are already busy filling in their votes. If you’re not registered... — Updated 10/24/2022


5 things to know about Montana's 'born alive' ballot initiative

Matt Volz Kaiser Health News Montana voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to approve a ballot initiative declaring that an embryo or fetus is a legal person with a right to medical care if it survives an abortion or delivery. The meas... — Updated 10/20/2022


Montana man charged in 1993 slaying in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Montana man has been charged in a woman’s 1993 slaying in West Virginia, police said. Ricky Louie Woody of Billings, Montana, 59, was charged earlier this month in the March 1993 death of Melissa... — Updated 10/19/2022


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