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Local health boards left in limbo after powers rolled back

News from Kaiser Health News MONTANA — A year after a new Montana law stripped local health boards of their rulemaking authority, confusion and power struggles are creating a patchwork oversight system that may change how public health is administered long after the pandemic is over. The law, w...

Ninepipes Museum celebrates co-founders Ninepipes Museum celebrates co-founders

News and Photo from Ninepipes Museum CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will celebrate its co-founders, Laurel and Bud Cheff Jr., at two events planned for June and July. Laurel Cheff will be the featured artist at the First Saturday event held on June 4 at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 ...

Montana’s economy 7th strongest in nation

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte today announced Montana’s economy grew an inflation-adjusted 6.7% in 2021, the seventh largest rate of growth in the country. It also marks the sharpest rate growth in Montana in more than 40 years. Montanans’ ...

2021 a record year for local economic development 2021 a record year for local economic development

RONAN — Mission West Community Development Partners recently released their 2021 Community Impact Statement, revealing what they call a record-breaking year of success. With a mission of “community focused economic development,” MWCDP serves Lake, Mineral, and Sanders Counties as a local...

Long waits for Montana State Hospital leave psychiatric patients in jail

News from Katheryn Houghton Kaiser Health News MONTANA — A woman experiencing delusions sat in Montana’s Cascade County jail for 125 days while waiting for a bed at the state psychiatric hospital. A man with schizophrenia spent 100 days last year in the Flathead County jail on the hospital&r...

Mission Valley Power explains rate changes Mission Valley Power explains rate changes

PABLO — Consumer rates at Mission Valley Power have changed as of April 1. What that means for different groups of consumers has left some confused. Jean Matt of Mission Valley Power explained the changes, and the ways in which they impact everyone.  The power company had a rate study conducted...

USDA extends deadline for Hog Program

WASHINGTON — Hog producers who sold hogs through a spot market sale during the COVID-19 pandemic now have until April 15, 2022, to submit their applications for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP). SMHPP, which is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assi...

Omicron cases rise, personal story shared Omicron cases rise, personal story shared

LAKE COUNTY — As of Friday, Jan. 28, I have the dubious distinction of becoming a statistic: one of approximately 233 active COVID cases in Lake County, and 15,713 statewide. I’m also a fully vaccinated and boosterized person who was still susceptible to an infection that “broke through&rdq...

Medical centers work to vaccinate employees by March 15 deadline

LAKE COUNTY — Two local medical centers, St. Luke Community Healthcare in Ronan and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, are renewing efforts to get staff and contractors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 15, the date set by a federal vaccine mandate recently upheld by the Supreme C...

At-home rapidCOVID tests available for free

UNITED STATES — All residential households in the U.S. are now eligible to receive four at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for free. Announced last week by the White House and fulfilled by USPS, the ordering site has now gone live: One order of four tests can be made per ...

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