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Articles with the Tag: Helena

Ever-changing Colstrip bill receives Senate approval, but concerns linger

HELENA — A bill that would scale back the Montana Public Service Commission’s regulatory authority over the Colstrip generating plant is one significant step closer to becoming law. The Senate voted 32-18 to approve Senate Bill 331 on second reading Wednesday. The proposal has morphed numerous...

Website ranks Republican lawmakers on party loyalty

Is that good for Montana? HELENA — Montana’s child protection system has a problem, Rep. Eric Moore told fellow lawmakers on the House floor March 25. The ranks of child protection staff, the state social workers tasked with the unenviable job of deciding when to remove children from the care ...

School meal participation rises statewide, locally

ST. IGNATIUS – It’s easy for St. Ignatius students to be fueled up and ready to learn thanks to the two hot meals they’re offered at school each day — free of charge. “Not being hungry is one of our most important considerations for students as far as academic achievement,&rd...

Colstrip bill: lawmakers discuss benefits of selling plant Colstrip bill: lawmakers discuss benefits of selling plant

HELENA — More details have surfaced about new legislation that would allow NorthWestern Energy to buy a bigger share of the Colstrip plant for a bargain. Senate Bill 278 would allow an electric utility to purchase more generation capacity in a Montana coal-fired plant for no more than one dollar, bu...

GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt

HELENA — A Republican plan to give Montana a more reliable process for funding state buildings, rural water systems, and other infrastructure projects took a step forward last week as a legislative committee reviewed a proposal designed to guide infrastructure policy in the future. House Bill 553, k...

Nominations sought for ServeMontana Award

From The Governor’s Office of Community Service  HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting nominations for the ninth annual ServeMontana Awards, the office announced today. The ServeMontana Awards recognize and thank Montanans for their everyday contribut...

Justice Dept. seeks to close loopholes, clarify DUI laws Justice Dept. seeks to close loopholes, clarify DUI laws

Legislators in Helena are preparing for a complete overhaul of the state DUI code, hoping to simplify laws and change Montana’s dialogue when it comes to drinking and driving.  The Montana Attorney General’s office is suggesting several bills aiming to clarify confusing rules, close looph...

Justice Dept. seeks to close loopholes, clarify DUI laws

Legislators in Helena are preparing for a complete overhaul of the state DUI code, hoping to simplify laws and change Montana’s dialogue when it comes to drinking and driving.  The Montana Attorney General’s office is suggesting several bills aiming to clarify confusing rules, close looph...

Where the jobs are: Mapping Montana’s economic landscape Where the jobs are: Mapping Montana’s economic landscape

Spread out Montana’s 676,000 jobs evenly, like sprouts in a Kansas cornfield, and each worker would have 140 acres to plow. But the state’s economy, like its topography, isn’t particularly flat. Just as the landscape directs where we can build homes and businesses, economic geography sha...

Montana waters test negative for mussels Montana waters test negative for mussels

HELENA – This year was record-setting for Montana Fish Wildlife and Park’s statewide partners in the rigorous battle against Aquatic Invasive Species. “Our AIS staff and partners have done fantastic work to increase our watercraft inspection and monitoring efforts,” said Tom Woolf,...


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