Category Archives: Montana

Montana Nurses Association slams state rule on school mask mandates

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press The Montana Nurses Association expressed serious concern Sept. 8 over the legality and scientific accuracy of an Aug. 31 emergency rule issued by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The rule told public schools they “should consider” parental concerns when imposing face mask mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

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Great Falls area state parks seeking volunteers

Great Falls area state parks are seeking volunteers for three upcoming maintenance projects in September. On Sept. 11, Giant Springs State Park will host a community trail volunteer work day for the 9/11 Commemoration Day of Service. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Ryan Trailhead along the north shore and will include trimming overgrown vegetation along the trails

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DPHHS issues emergency rules on masks in public schools

Gov. Greg Gianforte said Aug. 31 that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services issued an emergency rules regarding masks in school. “Montana students deserve to be back in their classroom in as normal and safe an environment as possible. Montana parents deserve to know their voices are heard in schools when health-related mandates for their children are

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Some hoot-owl fishing restrictions lifted on Missouri River

Hoot-owl fishing restrictions on the Missouri River between Holter Dam and the Cascade city boat ramp been lifted, effective Aug. 17. Under the hoot owl restrictions, fishing was not allowed from 2 p.m. to midnight each day but improving environmental conditions have allowed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to lift the restrictions. Hoot-owl fishing restrictions implemented for Missouri river “FWP

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Cities grapple with what legal weed will mean

by Justin Franz | Montana Free Press With five months until Montana’s adult-use marijuana market opens up, municipalities from Kalispell to Billings are figuring out what legal cannabis will look like in their communities. Voters legalized general-use cannabis for adults last November and the Legislature sorted out additional details during its session this spring. It’s now up to municipalities to figure out things

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Cotton confirmed for AFGSC command, 4th star

The U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton for command of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He’ll also pin on his fourth star. He is currently the deputy commander at AFGSC and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base from 2009-2011 when he was vice commander and commander. Former Montana military commanders selected for

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Lower Holter Lake reopening to recreation Aug. 6

Lower Holter Lake will re-open to recreational boating and other uses effective at 8 p.m. Aug. 6. The closure order was issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Aug. 4. Portion of Holter Lake closed for firefighting operations; community meeting planned for Aug. 6 in Cascade The firefighting planes scooping water from the lake are being reassigned from the

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State reports most COVID-19 hospitalizations are unvaccinated patients

State health officials released data Aug. 5 regarding the hospitalizations in Montana related to unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Adam Meier said in a release that COVID‐19 related hospitalization data from the past eight weeks from June 5 to July 30 shows that 89 percent of Montanans who were hospitalized had not received the

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