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State superintendent pitches revisions to teacher licensing

by Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press On Thursday, the Montana Board of Public Education conducted its first review of state Superintendent Elsie Arntzen’s proposed changes to regulations governing teacher licensing. The proposals were the result of a months-long regulatory revision process undertaken last year by a 24-member task force composed of teachers, administrators and other education stakeholders, and included a recommendation to

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FWP seeking public comment on proposals to increase trout in Belt Creek watershed; plant trees in Giant Springs State Park

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on draft environmental assessments for two proposed projects in the Great Falls region. The first project is to increase the number of Westslope cutthroat trout within the Belt Creek watershed. The species has “undergone substantial reductions in distribution and abundance throughout their native range. Genetically unaltered WCT presently occupy 6.2 percent

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County approves recreational marijuana in heavy industrial districts

Updated 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29 County Commissioners unanimously approved changes to the county zoning regulations to allow recreation marijuana in the I-2 heavy industrial areas, where medical marijuana is already allowed. Several people spoke, asking commissioners to deny allowing recreational marijuana due to health and safety concerns, but Commissioner Joe Briggs said denying it in zoning wouldn’t stop it from

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County set to take final action on zoning changes for recreational marijuana

Cascade County Commissioners are scheduled to take final action on changes to the county zoning regulations for recreational marijuana during their Dec. 28 meeting. Commissioners voted unanimously in November to accept the changes, starting a 30-day comment period, during which one comment was received in opposition to the the changes, according to county planning staff. Montana marijuana FAQ The changes

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State delays implementation of new election management system

Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen said this week that her office, in conjunction with county election administrators, decided not to implement the new election management system, ElectMT, at this time. The decision came after a scheduled meeting between the SoS’s elections division, a representative of the county election administrators and the software vendor, according a release. “The decision to

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DPHHS confirms Montana’s first Omicron variant case

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services officials have detected the Omicron variant through testing of positive COVID-19 samples from two Montana residents in their 30s with travel history to South Africa, according to a Dec. 20 release. The variant was confirmed on Dec. 20 through genomic sequencing performed at the Montana State Public Health Laboratory and at

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Petition launched regarding Arntzen’s leadership at OPI

On Dec. 15, a coalition of parents, educators and community advocates launched a petition in support of the decision by Montana’s AA superintendents to release a letter expressing their lack of confidence in Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. Montana AA school superintendents send letter of no confidence to Arntzen, state superintendent In less than 24 hours, the petition has been signed by

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Parental rights advocates come to Arntzen’s defense

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press A pair of public school board trustees from Missoula and Kalispell emailed a letter to state Superintendent Elsie Arntzen Tuesday refuting recent criticisms of her leadership of the Office of Public Instruction and praising her “steadfast support” for local school boards, parents and teachers. The letter, penned by Missoula County Public Schools Trustee

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Montana AA school superintendents send letter of no confidence to Arntzen, state superintendent

The superintendents of the Montana AA school districts, including Great Falls Public Schools, sent a letter on Dec. 6 to Elsie Arntzen, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, regarding their “disappointment in your leadership has our state’s chief public education officer” and “we express no confidence in your performance as Montana’s chief public education officer.” [READ: The full letter to

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