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Marijuana money pours into state coffers, debate sparks about who should control spending Marijuana money pours into state coffers, debate sparks about who should control spending

MONTANA — In 2020, the state of Montana joined a pack of 20 other states and the District of Columbia when it legalized recreational marijuana. Montana voters passed ballot Initiative 190 on a thin margin of 57% for and 43% against.  The legalization came with a brand-new pipeline of tax money ...

Superintendent expands MAST pilot program, seeks public comment

News from OPI HELENA — Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is expanding the Montana Alternative Student Testing (MAST) Pilot Program to grades three through eight in math and reading for the 2023-2024 school year. Due to this expansion, the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is seeking a Field Test Flexi...

USDA Grants available

News from USDA BOZEMAN — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants until May 26, 2023, to fund Montana projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Conservation Innovation Gr...

Montana Indian Child Welfare Act gets a Senate hearing Montana Indian Child Welfare Act gets a Senate hearing

MONTANA — Roberta Duckhead Kittson Nyomo said she and her brother were among the last Native American children adopted out of Thompson Falls before the federal Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978. The siblings were sent to live with a non-Native family. Nyomo remembers them lacking empathy.&nbs...

Tester addresses law enforcement, mental health

MONTANA — In a recent press call, Senator Jon Tester addressed bipartisan bills in the works to support Montana’s law enforcement and measures to be taken to support the mental wellbeing of Montanans.  During the week of March 22, Tester backed the “Recruit and Retain Act,&rdqu...

Perkins sentenced for assault Perkins sentenced for assault

POLSON — A Kalispell man was committed in Polson District Court on March 22 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended. Douglas James Perkins, 34, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of partner or family member assault during a change of plea hearing held...

Valley Views

Montana’s state Legislature is proposing a host of extreme anti-wildlife bills despite widespread, diverse, strong, and credible opposition to these unnecessary measures. The onslaught on wildlife by locally elected officials began in 2021 and continues in this legislative session with the introduct...

New record low: MT’s unemployment rate falls to 2.4%

News from the MT Dept. of Labor and Industry HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate set a new all-time low in February, declining 0.1% to 2.4% according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. The February rate of 2.4% is t...

Superintendent Arntzen opens stronger connections grant for healthy students

News from OPI HELENA — Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is opening the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) Stronger Connections Grant Program on March 27 through Montana’s digital Egrants system. In June 2022 the federal congressional BSCA awarded the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) $4.8 ...

FWP accepting applications from landowners for Block Management

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications from landowners who are interested in participating in the 2023 Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between landowners and FWP to help manage wildlife and pu...

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