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Montanans financially impacted by COVID-19 receive emergency funds

News from the MDC HELENA — Montana Housing announced on Jan. 5 that more than $30 million in rent and utility assistance has been paid to support Montanans who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were at risk of housing instability. The federally funded assistance...

COVID update corner

MONTANA — As of Sunday, Jan. 9, there were 1,161 new cases of COVID-19 in the state with 23 new and 85 active cases in Lake County. Those numbers, gleaned from the state’s COVID-19 tracking site, compare to 22 new cases in the county on Dec. 31 and 815 new cases for the state overall on Jan. 3. &...

Study shows nursing labor market tightened, wages rose

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — A new study from a Montana State University researcher and his colleagues provides evidence that the labor market tightened for the nursing workforce throughout the first 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a period marked by falling employment and rising wages acro...

‘Calling Our Warriors’ documentary released ‘Calling Our Warriors’ documentary released

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Michelle Mitchell, head of the CSKT Tribal Education Department, says her own battle with COVID-19 inspired her to make the powerful new documentary, “Calling Our Warriors.”  “The idea came at a time when, after doing everything I could to keep myself an...

DPHHS confirms state’s first COVID-19 case caused by Omicron variant

News from DPHHS MONTANA — On Dec. 20 the Department of Public Health and Human Services officials have detected the Omicron variant through testing of positive COVID-19 samples from two Montana residents in their 30s with travel history to South Africa. The variant was confirmed through genomic se...

We need a coordinated global response to the pandemic

There is a board-game called Pandemic that has been around for years before Covid 19 circled the globe. In Pandemic, you and your fellow players are members of a disease control team. You must work together to develop cures and prevent disease outbreaks, for Pandemic is a cooperative game. The players all wi...

Head Over Heels reopens after pandemic shutdown Head Over Heels reopens after pandemic shutdown

POLSON — A local gymnastics gym, Head Over Heels, has reopened after being shut down due to the pandemic.  What began as a few private classes at the Mission Valley Christian Academy in the summer of 2010 by owners Jessica and Jason Edwards and their four children, grew to a full-fledged busine...

Entrepreneur opens new meat processing facility in St. Ignatius Entrepreneur opens new meat processing facility in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – Nestled beneath the picturesque peaks of the Mission Mountains, just off US Highway 93 in St. Ignatius, Mission Valley entrepreneur Donald Pierce recently launched a full-service meat processing facility. Since its grand opening back in October, D& J Meats has been inundated with ...

Schools receive $2.7 million for COVID-19 testing

News from the Office of the Governor HELENA – The state distributed $2.7 million in federal funding to public and private schools this fall to help them remain open during the ongoing pandemic. The funding is part of a federal school reopening program to provide all the resources necessary to o...

Signs point to workforce recovery, but long-term issues could persist

December marks two years since news of COVID-19 started to rumble global headlines, and in those 24 months people, businesses, and governments have seen more change than entire decades of the past. As businesses, families, and state leaders look forward into 2022, sometimes weary of words like “pivo...

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