Category Archives: Montana

City Commission chooses not to pursue nondiscrimination ordinance; instead will draft resolution in support of protected classes, including LGBTQ+ community

The consensus among City Commissioners after a three-hour work session on Sept. 8 was that a nondiscrimination ordinance was not the route to pursue to address discrimination toward the LGBTQ+ community in Great Falls. They instead asked staff to start drafting a resolution that would state their support of protected classes of people, to include the the LGBTQ+ community, and

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Meeting on bighorn sheep plan for Little Belts canceled due to COVID-19

The public meeting scheduled for July 22 in Stanford regarding a proposal to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Little Belt Mountains has been canceled due to concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19. The public is still encouraged to submit comment on the environmental assessment, which can be viewed online at fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices. Public comment will be accepted through Aug. 3. “Historically,

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Bullock issues directive requiring masks in counties with 4 or more active cases, with exceptions; 4 new cases in Cascade County

Updated 9:45 p.m. July 15. Gov. Steve Bullock has issued a directive mandating face coverings in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in counties currently experiencing four or more active cases. Bullock is strongly encouraging the use of face coverings in counties with fewer than four cases. Cascade County announced four new cases on July 15, bringing the

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Task force recommends mask policy for Montana University System

The Montana University System Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force issued a recommendation July 8 for a face mask requirement on all Montana University System campuses. Work on policy details and an implementation plan will begin as soon as possible. GFC-MSU releases plan for fall return to campus Deputy Commissioner Brock Tessman, who led today’s meeting via Zoom, said that the Task

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FWP seeking comment on reintroducing bighorn sheep to Little Belt Mountains

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking public comment on an environmental assessment concerning a proposal to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Little Belt Mountains in central Montana. Historically, bighorn sheep were common in the mountain range, but were extirpated by the early 20th century, according to FWP. “The range still contains extensive high-quality habitat. A small number of bighorns

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Montana National Guard implements mask policy

The Montana National Guard implemented a policy July 6 requiring a cloth face covering be worn by anyone entering a Montana National Guard facility and by members and employees of the Montana National Guard “to preserve military and disaster response readiness for the people of Montana by preserving the health of our military and disaster response force during the COVID-19

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Draft feasibility study for region’s national heritage area now available for public comment

Big Sky Country National Heritage Area Inc. has released the draft feasibility study for a 45-day public review, with an Aug. 15 deadline to comment.  The feasibility study must prove that the proposed National Heritage Area has distinctive natural, historic, and cultural resources; as well as strong customs, folklife and traditions that represent our American heritage. The public is invited

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Vice chief of Air Force visits Malmstrom

Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. Wilson visited Malmstrom Air Force Base this week to learn more about the base’s efforts to maintaining mission readiness and caring for airmen and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Malmstrom release. “Wilson cancelled a scheduled brief in order to prioritize an open discussion with airmen regarding

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C-130 flyovers planned for May 6 to thank healthcare workers, first responders

On May 6, C-130s from the Montana Air National Guard will conduct flyovers in 21 Montana cities as a tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in the COVID1-9 response efforts.Two C-130s from the 120th Airlift Wing will fly as part of the Air Force Salutes flyover program with similar events planned throughout the nation, according to the 120th. “The

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