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Big Sky Rail submits Rural, Tribal Public Engagement Report

News from Maggie Tupper, Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority BILLINGS — The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA), completed and has submitted its Rural and Tribal Public Engagement Report to the Federal Railroad Administration. This project and its findings are BSPRA’s inaugural effort to formally and directly gather important public knowledge and judgements on passenger rail as a social determinant of health in rural and tribal areas. The project provides a baseline understanding of benefits and issues related to reestablishing passenger rail in southern Montana and creates a template for future public engagement related to long-distance passenger rail service. BSPRA w...


Local organizations provide additional support to families through pregnancy, postpartum

News from Eristina Moore, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Luke’s Community Hospital recently partnered with Helping Hands to educate new mothers and families on postpartum mood disorders by providing educational materials and a $25 i...


Ronan wood business awarded $997,912 grant

News from Tech Woods USA RONAN — Tech Woods USA, LLC (TWU), a small business producing hardwood furniture blanks in Ronan  announces it is the recipient of a grant from the U.S. Forest Service through the FY23 Community Wood Grants program to support the new TWU Mission Mountain Wood Innovati...


MVP secures federal funds to lessen impacts of rate increase, strengthen area reliability MVP secures federal funds to lessen impacts of rate increase, strengthen area reliability

News from Mission Valley Power PABLO — Mission Valley Power (MVP) is a federal utility managed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) under the authority of PL 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination Act. MVP is a non-profit utility. This year, MVP qualified for funding under the Bipa...


Grant opportunities available for Tribal business development Grant opportunities available for Tribal business development

News from the Montana Department of Commerce HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce announced recently that application periods for four grant programs aimed at bolstering tribal business development and strengthen indigenous entrepreneurship in Montana are now open. The grant funding is prov...


MT Food Bank Network welcomes No Kid Hungry Montana to organization MT Food Bank Network welcomes No Kid Hungry Montana to organization

News from the Montana Food Bank Network MONTANA — This summer, the No Kid Hungry Montana campaign moved to MFBN. The campaign will focus on ending child hunger in Montana and is a collaboration between MFBN and Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to ensure all children and families li...


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to Montana small businesses

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Small nonfarm businesses in 10 Montana counties and neighboring counties in Idaho are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-...


Secretary of State: new businesses climbs in July

News from Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen  HELENA — Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen announced this week that roughly 4,600 new businesses were registered in the state in July, continuing the trend of record business growth in Montana. This number compares to approximately 4,00...


All In Stitches bids community a fond farewell All In Stitches bids community a fond farewell

POLSON — This is the final summer for All in Stitches of Polson. It has taken years to build our community of friends and supporters and we treasure the memories and good times. In November 1999, Pat Binger opened the doors to All in Stitches. She had a dream of providing a safe space for people of all...


Billings Clinic, Logan Health to unite on Sept. 1

BILLINGS/KALISPELL — Billings Clinic and Logan Health announced on Thursday, Aug. 3, they will officially combine into a single, independent health system on Sept. 1, 2023. The regulatory review of the proposed combination of the two organizations has passed and both are committed to moving forward tog...


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