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Officials meet for infrastructure discussion

POLSON — On Wednesday, Nov. 17, officials from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Lake County and the Montana Department of Transportation sat down at the Polson Red Lion Inn to discuss infrastructure concerns regarding Lake County roads. Also joining the conversation were Montana Lt. Governor Kristen Juras and Director of Indian Affairs Misty Kuhl. With the passage and implementation of the Montana Water Rights Protection Act (MWRPA) back in December 2020, the MWRPA permits the tribes to carry out specified activities related to the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project (FIIP), such as rehabilitating structures, upgrading irrigation facilities and restoring streams that ...

$27M available to help with home heating bills

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Together with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Governor Greg Gianforte announced on Nov. 16 that $27 million in federal funding is available to help Montanans with heating bills this winter and to weatherize more homes....

Nearly $1.7M for rural Montana Housing & Economic Development secured

U.S. SENATE — Jon Tester recently announced $1,689,616 in United States Department of Agriculture funding will improve access and quality of affordable housing, Tribal Colleges, and economic development in rural Montana. “These resources will ensure that folks across Montana have access to aff...

Governor requests greater flexibility in ERA fund use to address housing crisis

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — On Nov. 15, Governor Greg Gianforte called on Congress for greater flexibility in using Emergency Rental Assistance funds to address Montana’s housing crisis. In a letter to Montana’s Congressional delegation, Gov. Gianforte wrote,...

Landmark federal study on MMIP Crisis released Landmark federal study on MMIP Crisis released

News from the offices of Senator Daines and Senator Tester  U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester both announced the long-awaited release of a landmark study by the federal government on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People crisis. Tester and Daines called for this stu...

State seeks broadband engineer

News from the office of Governor Gianforte  HELENA — The State of Montana announced that it is requesting qualifications for a professional engineer, licensed in the State of Montana, to assist with carrying out ConnectMT Program’s mission of deploying broadband throughout Montana. T...

Governor seeks nominations for veteran commendation

News from the office of Governor Gianforte  HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte recently launched the 2021 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation and seeks nominations for the award. “Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms and our way o...

Unofficial results for municipal elections announced

LAKE COUNTY — Excitement and optimism were the themes struck by three incoming mayors chosen by voters during last Tuesday’s municipal elections in Lake County. The vote saw two incumbent mayors lose their seats and the race for a council seat in Ronan end in a tie vote.  According to uno...

Lawsuit challenges vaccine mandate for Montana employers

News from Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte issued the following statement on Nov. 5 supporting a lawsuit filed by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, other state attorneys general, and employers seeking to block President Biden’s illegal vaccine mandate for private em...

COVID-19 third leading cause of death in Montana

News from DPHHS The Department of Public Health and Human Services has released a new report that ranks COVID-19 associated deaths as the third leading cause of death in 2020 and will likely hold the same ranking for 2021. State health officials note the death record information for 2021 is considere...

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