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Mission Valley candidates vie for city offices Mission Valley candidates vie for city offices

The normally quiet Lake County Elections Office was abuzz last week, with extra staff on hand to stuff around 20,000 ballots into envelopes for upcoming municipal elections. Some were shipped last Friday to meet the deadline for mailing ballots to military and overseas voters, and the majority goes out this ...

Gov. Gianforte appoints local to Invasive Species Council

News from the office of Governor Gianforte  HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte announced Martin Charlo of Pablo to the Invasive Species Council. Charlo has served in a variety of capacities over the last decade for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. He currently serves as treasurer ...

Montana fully authorized to use ARPA funds

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate — During a recent Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen confirmed to U.S. Senator Jon Tester that the state of Montana is authorized to use all currently received American Rescue Plan A...

Governor sued for blocking release of public records

News from Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, Upper Seven Law HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte is facing legal action for refusing to release records from the legislative session, according to a new lawsuit filed today in Helena. The lawsuit seeks release of “Agency Bill Monitoring Forms” created ...

A fair economic recovery is possible, affordable

In Washington, Congress is debating how to help families get back on their feet after a challenging 18 months. However, with so many Montanans still struggling, we cannot afford to return to the way things were. We need to move forward to something better.  While businesses are grappling with the fal...

Legislative Notes

This month, U.S. Senators began the markup of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution package. This rubber-meets-road moment seems to have given pause to some in their party whose votes will be needed to get a bill through Congress and across the President’s desk.   Among them is Monta...

Interior Department, Intertribal Timber Council collaborate on wildland fire management

News from the Dept. of the Interior WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior recently announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Intertribal Timber Council. As climate change propels larger, costlier and more complex wildfires, this agreement emphasizes the importance of co...

MT unemployment rate hits 14-year low

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate hit a 14-year low, dropping to 3.5 percent in August. The national unemployment rate for August is 5.2 percent. “With Montana open for business and more Montanans returning to good-paying jobs, our econo...

Tester announces $679,000 UM College of Health

  News from the office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $679,441 in new Federal Communications Commission pandemic relief funding for the University of Montana College of Health in Missoula to purchase telemedicine kits. The kits will enable critical, re...

Youth coalition files lawsuit to challenge voter suppressio

By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, Upper Seven Law BILLINGS — Montana Youth Action, Forward Montana Foundation, and Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG) have filed a lawsuit challenging three recently passed laws that restrict young Montanans’ access to voting. The challenged bills i...


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