Category Archives: Montana

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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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks issues updates under Bullock’s reopening plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released an update on April 24 regarding their operations in light of Gov. Steve Bullock’s phased reopening plan. Most of FWP’s sites typically open and operational at this time of year remain so, including all FWP fishing access sites, most state parks and those wildlife management areas that don’t have seasonal closures. 14th COVID-19 case

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Bullock set to release plan for phased reopening next week

Gov. Steve Bullock said on April 17 that he’s planning to roll out a plan next week for a phased reopening statewide. “We need to do this right,” Bullock said. First COVID-19 related death reported in Cascade County The stay home and school closure directives, among others, are set to expire April 24. After that, Bullock said the state will

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Local Census committee asking residents to complete their surveys, deadlines extended due to COVID-19

The Complete Count Committee is encouraging residents to complete their Census forms. As of April 12, the response rate for Cascade County is 48.5 percent. Within the City of Great Falls, the response rate is 53.8 percent. Montana’s total response rate so far is 39.8 percent. According to the committee, the city’s response rate for the 2010 Census was 75

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Who — and why — Montana tests for COVID-19

This story originally appeared April 6 on Montana Free Press By Eric Dietrich | Montana Free Press  HELENA — Jim Murphy, Montana’s chief epidemiologist, has heard the same stories most everyone in the state has heard about residents who’ve made unsuccessful attempts to get themselves tested for COVID-19. But even as national headlines worry over testing backlogs in some parts of the

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Legal dispute between county, state over transfer of inmates sentenced to state prison from county jail continues

The Montana Department of Corrections filed an objection in Cascade County district court on April 9 asking the court to vacate it’s April 2 order to transfer 11 inmates from the Cascade County jail to DOC facilities. Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki had filed motions on April 1 asking the court to order the transfer about two dozen inmates who

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DEQ issues decision on Tintina mine applications

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued its Record of Decision for the permit applications submitted by Tintina Montana, Inc., for the Black Butte Copper Project. Tintina proposes to construct, operate, and reclaim a new underground copper mine to be located approximately 15 miles north of White Sulphur Springs in Meagher County. Tintina submitted applications for an operating permit

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Trump approves federal funding for Montana Guardsmen supporting COVID-19 response

President Trump has approved Montana’s request for funding for National Guard operations in the COVID-19 response. Trump issued a memo on April 7 announcing that Montana, and several other states, will receive funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover costs associated with using National Guard troops for the COVID-19 response. Bullock extends stay home, school closures, dining-in directives

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