Category Archives: Montana

Air Force release draft environmental assessment for GBSD testing phase

The Air Force has released the draft environmental assessment, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, to evaluate potential environmental effects associated with the implementation of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent test program. The GBSD program would modernize the aging U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III system. The Air Force is planning to replace all 1970s Minuteman III ICBM weapons

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Can Montana get a grip on addiction?

By Mara Silvers | Montana Free Press In late January, when Mary Windecker got up to testify in front of the budget committee considering how to fund Montana’s addiction and mental health treatment programs, her words cut through a typically bureaucratic proceeding to present an uncomfortable bottom line. “You’re all familiar now with some of the statistics across the state,”

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Montana Guard troops returning home from D.C.

Members of the Montana National Guard arrived in Helena on Jan. 26 after spending just over a week in Washington, D.C., supporting security operations for the inauguration. “Our Montana National Guard soldiers deployed rapidly to Washington, D.C. to help ensure a peaceful transition of power, and accomplished that mission with success. On behalf of Montanans, I thank them for selflessly

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U.S. pursuing 5-year extension to New START, treaty that regulates ICBMs

The Biden Administration is seeking a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, which is set to expire on Feb. 5. New START, ratified by Congress in 2010 and entered into force in February 2011, limits strategic nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia, including the intercontinental ballistic missiles at Malmstrom Air Force Base and

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Same-day voter registration debated

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press Debate at the Legislature turned to the issue of voter rights Thursday morning, as members of the House State Administration Committee heard testimony on a proposal to end same-day voter registration in Montana. Proponents said the change would calm Election Day chaos for local election administrators and reduce the likelihood of voter fraud.

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Lawmakers consider limiting authority of local health officials

By Chris Aadland | Montana Free Press This story originally appeared here on Montana Free Press. Wading into a public debate that has grown heated on social media, the House Local Government Committee held a hearing Thursday afternoon for House Bill 121, which would limit the authority of public health officers and health boards, and give elected bodies more power

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Montana Guard activated for inauguration; C-130s from Great Falls to transport troops

Gov. Greg Gianforte has activated 165 Montana Army National Guard troops to support the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. next week. The activation is in response to a request from the National Guard Bureau and federal authorities, according to a release from Gianforte’s office. “The Montana National Guard has a long, proud history of supporting our state and nation. I’m

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Cascade County will maintain Bullock’s COVID-19 restrictions

The Cascade County City-County Board of Health voted today to adopt the Nov. 20 local health order, which incorporates the board’s COVID-19 restrictions that went into effect Nov. 1 and former Gov. Steve Bullock’s directives, to include the mask mandate and requiring bars, restaurants and others to close at 10 p.m. That means that all of those restrictions will remain

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Hronek selected to lead Montana military department, National Guard

Maj. Gen. Pete Hronek has been selected to serve as the Montana Adjutant General and lead the Department of Military Affairs under Governor-elect Greg Gianforte. Hronek previously served as commander of the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls. He’s been the assistant adjutant general from 2018 to 2019 and chief of staff for the

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