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Passenger rail conversation comes to rural Montana Passenger rail conversation comes to rural Montana

RONAN — The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA) held a series of six community engagement meetings throughout rural Montana last week, including one at the Ronan Boys and Girls Club. Community members gave their input on the possibility of the restoration of passenger rail service through southern Montana.  Passenger rail service ended in the southern part of the state 43 years ago, part of the ever-decreasing infrastructure and routes throughout the US. However, in 2020, community members from 12 Montana counties came together to form the regional passenger rail authority. Since then, eight additional counties have been added, making the BSPRA the largest transportation ...

Ronan selects firm to complete downtown planning projects

News from the Ronan Chamber of Commerce RONAN — The City of Ronan announced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that it has selected KLJ Engineering to complete a downtown master plan and economic development strategic plan for Ronan’s greater downtown district. The firm was selected a...

US 93 rumble strip installation completed

ews from Big Sky Public Relations RONAN — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in partnership with HighMark Traffic Services Inc. announces completion of the roadwork project on US Highway 93 (US 93) between the Interstate 90 (I 90) Wye Interchange and Big Arm. Rumble strips were added to ...

New healing center opens in Polson New healing center opens in Polson

POLSON — Ladies Night in Polson’s downtown also saw a ribbon cutting event for a unique new business in town: the Satori Holistic Healing Center. “It went really well. I bought way too much food, but it was really good,” laughed owner Brianna Seidel, as she spoke of the grand openi...

USDA to aid organic dairy producers

News from the USDA BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces assistance for dairy producers with the new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). ODMAP is established to help mitigate market volatility, higher input and transportation costs, and unstable feed supply...

Senate Bill 109 redefines PSC District boundaries Senate Bill 109 redefines PSC District boundaries

News from the Montana Public Service Commission HELENA — Following the passage and signing of SB 109, the Montana Public Service Commission announces the creation of new boundaries for the five PSC districts. SB 109, carried by Senator Keith Regier and signed into law by Gov. Gianforte, uses th...

Valley Views

As the Montana Insurance Commissioner, I am often asked about high premiums in certain lines of insurance. One example is rising premiums in wildfire risk areas. This makes intuitive sense − if the risk of fire and loss is higher, the premium increases to ensure the insurance company can cover their po...

Governor negates months of work with PL 280 funding veto Governor negates months of work with PL 280 funding veto

LAKE COUNTY — HB 479 would have provided $5 million over two years from the Montana Department of Justice to Lake County for reimbursement of a portion of the costs of Public Law 280. Additionally, the bill would have created a task force that would recommend a permanent solution to funding of PL 280 t...

GNP vehicle reservation system begins

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park reminds visitors that vehicle reservations are required May 26 through September 10 for those entering the park by vehicle or motorcycle from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at west side entrances including the North Fork, Camas and West entran...

Celebrate National Trails Day Celebrate National Trails Day

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Do you want to give back to your local trails? Celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering at a pair of local state parks in early June. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting a pair of events on Saturday, June 3. Teams will tackle tr...

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