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Briefs for March 27, 2019

Funding application deadline for easement program approaches BOZEMAN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Wetlands Reserve Easements. While NRCS accepts easement applications on a continuous bas...

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...

Senator asks Administration to prioritize funding for federal energy programs

News from Senator Jon Tester’s office  MONTANA – On the heels of one of the coldest Februarys in Montana history, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is fighting to help low-income families keep the heat on. Tester is calling on the Trump Administration to support the Low-Income Home Energy Assi...

Montana attorney general pushes for opioid prescription regulation Montana attorney general pushes for opioid prescription regulation

McKenna Fromm was a straight-A high school student, basketball player and member of student government in 2011.  By 2015, she was living in a spider-infested “drug den,” estranged from her family and deep in addiction.   Fromm said her life turned upside down after being diagnosed...

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...

GOP lawmakers considering new anti-abortion bills GOP lawmakers considering new anti-abortion bills

Anti-abortion legislation has failed consistently under Gov. Steve Bullock’s tenure, but three bills, and perhaps more, are in the works before the 2019 session begins. As he did in 2017, Sen. Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell, has requested a bill that would ban abortions after a fetus is considered &ldquo...

Lake County officials sworn into office Lake County officials sworn into office

POLSON – Seven recently elected and re-elected Lake County officials were sworn in for their new terms and took their oaths of office Wednesday afternoon. Dec. 19, in the main courtroom of the Lake County Courthouse.  Montana’s Twentieth Judicial District Judge James Manley presided over ...

Representatives answer to constituents Representatives answer to constituents

RONAN – With the next legislative session on the horizon, three representatives to the Montana State legislature conversed with local residents on topics ranging from healthcare to aquatic invasive species. Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! sponsored the forum. The local group works to promot...

U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic' U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic'

People driving south on U.S. Highway 93 outside of Missoula will pass a billboard with the word “Missing” in prominent letters next to a picture of a Salish woman.   Jermain Austin Charlo was last seen on June 16 in Missoula, according to the information on the billboard. The Dixon reside...


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