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Coronavirus relief funds awarded

News from the office of Governor Steve Bullock MONTANA — Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture today announced that over $1 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program. The grants are designed to provide relief to small and medium-sized food and agriculture businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Agriculture drives our economy in Montana, and the COVID-19 crisis has shed new light on the importance of our local food systems,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “The adaptability grants directly support producers and value-added food and ag businesses affected by the pandemic. From Mis...


Wounded Veterans Recreation Act passes

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester U.S. SENATE — After sustained efforts from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Senate unanimously passed S.327, the, legislation to make all veterans with service-connected disabilities eligible for a free, lifetime entry to United States national parks and othe...


Governor announces $1M in coronavirus relief funds

News from the Office of the Governor   MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture announced that over $1 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program. The grants are designed to provide relief to small and medium-s...


Lake County sees increase in active COVID-19 cases

Lake County has seven active cases of COVID-19 with the most recent case reported on June 22. The state of Montana has counted 12 cases total in the county since March 26 when the first case was reported.  Two children in the age range of zero to 9 have been reported to have the virus, and another ch...


Annual Pedal to Plate bicycle tour postponed due to COVID-19 Annual Pedal to Plate bicycle tour postponed due to COVID-19

LAKE COUNTY – For the past two years in late summer, a string of cyclists has ridden around the Mission Valley from farm to farm, sampling producers' goods and taking in the beauty of the region. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Pedal to Plate tour has been postponed to 2021.  &ld...


Lifting Voices: Tackling Montana’s 2020 census challenge

MONTANA — With Montana’s response rate in the 2020 census lagging the national average, the state’s census promoters have an uphill climb to retool get-out-the-count efforts that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so, the stakes of ensuring the state has the most complete...


Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow canceled

News from CSKT ELMO — The Kootenai Tribe, also known as the Ktunaxa Ksanka Band, will not hold their annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow at the Elmo powwow grounds this year. The Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is a Native American gathering featuring drumming, dancing, camping and traditional dress....


Public asked to report any information on early morning shooting in Ninepipe area

Lake County law enforcement are looking for several suspects involved in a shooting incident that occurred during the early morning hours of June 18 in the Ninepipe area. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said that the 911-dispatch center received a call at 4:15 a.m. concerning an armed robbery. “The rep...


MSU Extension discusses financial power of attorney during pandemic

MSU News Service MONTANA — If a person falls ill during the COVID-19 pandemic, many questions may need to be answered about their finances.  Montana State University Extension educators suggest creating a financial power of attorney to help protect a person’s assets if they are hospi...


Montana grant recipients announced

News from OPI MONTANA — The Office of Public Instruction announced grant award recipients under the Montana Comprehensive Literacy State Development Project. Polson and Ronan school districts are receiving MCLSD funding. Last year, Montana received a five-year, $50 million federal Striving Read...


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