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DPHHS officials encourage safe handling of live poultry

News from DPHHS MONTANA — Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) epidemiologist Rachel Hinnenkamp said that while raising backyard birds has become an increasingly popular activity in the state, there are health risks to be aware of. She said live poultry can carry germs such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can cause humans to get sick with symptoms including diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, and sometimes vomiting. “Healthy poultry, including chicks and ducklings, can carry and shed bacteria such as Salmonella or Campylobacter without showing any signs of disease,” Hinnenkamp said.  It’s important to remember to wash your hands af...

Governor reminds students to apply for FAFSA

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte recently urged high school seniors in Montana to continue to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), despite issues resulting from the U.S. Department of Education’s delay in launching the 2024...

DPHHS hosts Disability Employment Conference

News from DPHHS GREAT FALLS — The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is hosting a Disability Employment Conference May 14-16 at the Great Falls College Heritage Hall.  “This conference will provide Montana businesses with information related to the value of hiring...

Veto override push on long-debated marijuana money bill falls short Veto override push on long-debated marijuana money bill falls short

A veto override effort on a much-debated marijuana revenue bill that initially passed the Montana Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support last year has failed, according to poll results released Friday afternoon. The override poll, conducted by a mail ballot by the Montana secretary of state&rsqu...

Montana Wildlife Federation welcomes groundbreaking new rule

News from Frank Szollosi, Executive Director, Montana Wildlife Federation MONTANA — (April 18) marks a historic shift in the management of America’s public lands with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s finalization of the Public Lands Rule, redefining the management of approximately...

MT SBA Working Capital Loan deadline approaches

News from USDA SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — Francisco Sánchez Jr., associate administrator for the Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience at the Small Business Administration, reminds small nonfarm businesses in 15 Montana counties and neighboring counties in Idaho of the May 6, 2024, deadl...

Governor deploys Montana National Guard to help secure southern border

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — On April 2, Governor Greg Gianforte announced a deployment by the Montana National Guard (MTNG) to support the state of Texas in its efforts to secure the southern border of the United States. The announcement coincided with the governor signi...

Public Service Commission announces ‘Safe Digging Month’

News from the Public Service Commission HELENA — The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), in cooperation with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) are highlighting April as “Safe Digging Month” in Montana and across the United States.  &ldquo...

Senate President subpoenas ballot initiative from Secretary of State

News from Lyle Schmauch, Communications & Policy Manager, Senate Republicans,  MT Legislature HELENA — Montana Senate President Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, today issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen for Constitutional Initiative 14, the proposed ballot issue to p...

Democratic legislators host listening session in Pablo

PABLO — Montanans from several communities spoke to Democratic state legislators participating in a listening session at the end of March at Salish Kootenai College. CSKT member and former State Health Director Anna Whiting Sorrell facilitated the meeting and asked legislators to draft a bill to con...

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