Category Archives: Montana

Lewis and Clark Festival in Great Falls this weekend

The 30th annual Lewis and Clark Festival returns to Great Falls this weekend. The event, hosted by the Lewis and Clark Foundation, runs June 14-16 and includes professional Native American dancers, a black powder rifle demonstration, a Bluegrass concert and a bus tour of the Great Falls Portage, among other activities. Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, along with Sacagawea and

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Montana Guard soldiers return after 9-month Afghanistan deployment

About 65 Montana Army National Guard soldiers with the 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are on their way home this weekend after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. That includes the director of the C.M. Russell Museum, just in time for Western Art Week, and a science teacher from C.M. Russell High School. Maj. Tom Figarelle was the operations officer for

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Bullock re-appointed to Council of Governors

Gov. Steve Bullock was re-appointed Feb. 21 by President Trump to the Council of Governors for a two-year term, according to White House release. Gov. David Ige of Hawaii and Gov. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas were appointed as the designated co-chairs. Other appointees include: Gov. Douglas A. Ducey of Arizona Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio Gov. Edward Miner Lamont, Jr.,

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Group defines region’s national significance as quest for National Heritage Area designation continues

There’s months of work still to do, but the group pursuing a National Heritage Area are nearing completion the feasibility study process. On Wednesday, the  Upper Missouri River Planning Area Planning Corporation held a meeting in Black Eagle to update the community on their progress at at least 100 people attended. Another meeting is planned for Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

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Legislative Roundup: House Rules, Medicaid and Public Lands Dominate First Week of Montana Legislature

by Shaylee Ragar UM Community News Service | University of Montana School of Journalism The 66th Montana Legislature opened for business Jan. 7 and lawmakers spent much of the first week discussing what they hope to see for hot topic issues and bills, like public lands and Medicaid expansion. After newly-elected Senators and Representatives were sworn in, the House voted on

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Moderates emerge as major players in Montana Legislature

By Shaylee Ragar Community News Service | University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA — A loose-knit, ever-evolving group of Republican legislators is making waves and causing headaches in the 66th Montana Legislature. They call themselves the “solutions caucus.” It’s not a traditional caucus by any means: No barriers to entry, no specified leaders, nor a roster. Simply put, it’s a

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Plans for Belt Creek cleanup continuing

Efforts to build a water treatment plant on Belt Creek are continuing. Earlier this week, staff from the Montana Department Environmental Quality updated Cascade County Commissioners on the project, which is slated to reach the 30 percent design mark in January. Project bidding is anticipated next summer with construction and initial plant operation occurring in fall and winter of 2019,

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Finding Neverland kicks off Broadway series, highlighting performing arts community in Great Falls

A touch of magic is coming to the Mansfield Theater stage this week, and star Ruby Gibbs is hoping audiences leave with the reminder that “you never have to lose that sense of play or that sense of wonder.” Gibbs plays Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland, her first national Broadway touring role. The story tells a romanticized version of

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