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Governor announces additional support for destination communities 


News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced further efforts to protect communities heading into phase two of the Reopening the Big Sky Plan on June 1, including additional resources for community testing and contact tracing in high-visitation communities, an informational campaign to educate visitors on responsible travel, and a grant program for small businesses across the state to implement safety measures. “As we enter the next phase of Montana’s reopening, we are asking the same of our visitors as we do from Montanans: heed state and local guidelines, engage in public health precautions, and exercise patience as tourism c...


Graduation season begins with Arlee ceremony Graduation season begins with Arlee ceremony

ARLEE – The COVID-19 pandemic changed the traditional progression of end-of-year activities for the graduating class of 2020. In Arlee, they didn’t get a prom or a class trip, but the 31 graduating students did get a ceremony. On Sunday, May 24, Arlee seniors took the traditional walk, with or...

UCC asks public to continue social distancing

News from the Lake County-CSKT Unified Command Center   LAKE COUNTY – South Flathead Lake and the Mission Valley attract summer visitors from all over the country and globe. While Lake and Sanders County have successfully kept COVID-19 numbers low, cluster infections occur quickly when proper ...

Charlo graduates 24 students during COVID-19 pandemic Charlo graduates 24 students during COVID-19 pandemic

CHARLO – The seniors at Charlo High School graduated on Sunday afternoon during an in-person ceremony that was held outdoors on the school’s football field with social distancing guidelines. “I want to thank everyone who has gotten us through this crazy year,” said Superintendent S...

Montana to enter phase 2 of reopening plan on June 1

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced the state will move to phase two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan and will lift the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine beginning June 1 as Montana continues to have the lowest number of positive COVID-19 case...

Online portal launched to make voter registration more accessible during pandemic

News from Western Native Voice MISSOULA — Four Montana organizations recently launched an online portal to encourage voter registration. The Forward Montana Foundation, Montana Women Vote, MontPIRG, and Western Native Voice have a long history of registering eligible Montanans to vote at events, in ...

Elementary school roof construction finishes, other projects continue Elementary school roof construction finishes, other projects continue

ST. IGNATIUS – With students out of the building, construction crews are still working at the St. Ignatius High School to update the facility. “The elementary envelope is complete, and the old gym ceiling is currently being replaced,” said St. Ignatius School District Superintendent Jaso...

Garden program earns school sustainability award Garden program earns school sustainability award

LAKE COUNTY – Local schools in Arlee and Polson earned state recognition focused on conservation and sustainability practices. In the spring, a corner of the Polson Middle School grounds becomes lush with food plants. The garden, and programs that utilize the space, earned PMS the SMART Green School...

MSU alumnus applies engineering skills to coronavirus preparation

MONTANA — As the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic was rising in the U.S. earlier this spring, Montana State University engineering alumnus John Greenheck was in a good position to help. After earning his bachelor’s in civil engineering from MSU in 1999, he had spent more than 14 years sp...

For the rural elderly, it can take a village For the rural elderly, it can take a village

Editor's Note:  Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, ...

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