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$1.2M secured to combat veteran homelessness

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently announced $1.2 million in federal funding for the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, a statewide service organization focused on helping prevent and end veteran homelessness in Montana.  “The Volunteers of America Northern Rockies does great work across the Treasure State helping veterans and their families put a safe roof over their heads,” said Tester. “That’s why I’m proud to have helped secure this important investment that’ll support Montana’s continued fight to end veteran homelessness and connect more folks with the tools they need to...

Historic Montana job growth continues in August

News from the office of Governor Greg Gianforte HELENA — On Friday, Sept. 16 Governor Greg Gianforte announced both the number of Montanans working and the size of Montana’s labor force grew to new all-time highs in August, according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (B...

Supreme Court Justice Ingrid Gustafson makes campaign appearance in Polson Supreme Court Justice Ingrid Gustafson makes campaign appearance in Polson

  POLSON — A sizeable showing of Lake County’s legal community, along with around 30 interested voters, showed up at Glacier Brewing in Polson last Thursday to hear from state Supreme Court Justice Ingrid Gustafson. The incumbent is seeking to hold on to her post on the high court in a ra...

Interior Department issues guidance to strengthen tribal co-stewardship of public lands, waters

News from the Departmemt of the Interior WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior released new guidance to improve federal stewardship of public lands, waters and wildlife by strengthening the role of Tribal governments in federal land management. New guidance from the Bureau of Land Management...

Polson welcomes new commissioner Polson welcomes new commissioner

POLSON — Jen Ruggless got her first taste of serving as a Polson city commissioner last Monday after winning a three-way contest against Jenn Bagley and Scott Biggs for a Ward 1 vacancy.  Ruggless had sought the position in 2021 and lost to Jake Holley by 24 votes. She applied to fill a vacancy...

Federal law enforcement agencies liable when officers commit sexual violence

News from the ACLU of Montana HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court ruled in L.B. vs United States that Federal law enforcement agencies may be held liable when officers commit sexual violence on the job. This ruling comes in a case involving a federal officer who sexually assaulted a Native American...

CSKT Honors Anita Matt, Dixon District Tribal Council Member

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will fly flags at half-staff in honor of Anita Matt, Dixon District Tribal Council Member, who passed away on Aug. 22.  Council Member Matt served in her position as the Dixon District representative since 2016. Prior to being elected to offic...

Governor Gianforte convenes public safety roundtable

News from the office of Governor Gianforte BUTTE – On Aug. 24, Governor Greg Gianforte convened a public safety roundtable with local officials, treatment providers and law enforcement officers in Butte as the crisis at the U.S. southern border drives up drug interdictions, drug use and crime in M...

$15M invested in climate-smart agriculture, community agriculture, invasive species

News from USDA BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will invest $15 million this year for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic program. Through CIG, grantees work to address our nation’s water quality, water quantity, air quality, soil health and wildl...

Conservation Program funding application date set

News from USDA BOZEMAN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). To be considered for fundi...

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