Category Archives: Montana

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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April 3 update: Bullock expects to extend directives to stay home, close schools, restrict eateries to April 24; airport screenings begin in Great Falls; city suspends multi-animal permit inspections

Gov. Steve Bullock said during an April 3 press briefing that his directives that are set to expire April 10 will likely be extended. Those directives include the order to stay home; close public schools; restrict restaurants, bars and other public places; close non-essential businesses; self-quarantine for incoming travelers; and more. Bullock said he hasn’t extended them yet, but anticipates

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73 Guardsmen activated to COVID-19 response efforts in Montana

Seventy three Montana Army and Air National Guard men and women have been activated for state active duty by Gov. Steve Bullock in response to COVID-19. Guardsmen will be used in 11 cities and 17 locations within those cities around the state beginning duties April 3, according to a release from the Montana National Guard. March 31 updates: 9th case assigned

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March 30 update: New presumptive positive in Cascade County, unconfirmed; Bullock orders quarantine for incoming travelers; 4 COVID-19 deaths in Montana; 177 cases statewide; county clerk and recorder’s office by appointment only; municipal court changes

Cascade County City-County Health Department There’s a new presumptive positive case, a male in his 80s, in Cascade County tonight. “The individual is isolated. Our infectious disease team is conducting a contact investigation, and will identify and reach out to anyone who may have been exposed. Since this case has not yet been confirmed by the state lab, Cascade County

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March 27 COVID-19 updates: 7th case assigned to Cascade County; law enforcement offers more info on stay at home order; airport office closed, flights ongoing; library stops curbside; GFPD lobby closed; Benefis ask for N95 masks, other supplies; total of 121 cases in Montana now

Cascade County City-County Health Department Tonight, a seventh confirmed case of COVID-19 was assigned to Cascade County. Cascade County City-County Health Department said tonight that the case is a man in his 50s who tested positive in another Montana County, but is a Cascade County resident, so his case is assigned to Cascade County. “But we have learned that the

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The History Museum, C.M. Russell Museum receive Montana History Foundation grants

The Montana History Foundation announced 29 grants to 27 communities on March 25, including two projects in Great Falls. The grants this year total $164,800 toward history projects statewide, bringing the total of grants funded since 2012 to $1,008,875. A $3,500 grant was awarded to the C.M. Russell Museum for the Russell Trail App. The app will “encourage and facilitate

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March 20 COVID-19 updates: Library offering curbside pickup; Malmstrom AFB raises health protection level; Cascade County declares emergency; county jail still accepting offenders; Bullock orders closures of dine-in food and beverage businesses; Showdown closing; GFPS food drive today at Bison Ford; Great Falls Rescue Mission adjusting operations

According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services there are now 21 cases of COVID-19 across the state, none in Cascade County. One of those cases is counted in Montana though the woman was tested and remains in Maryland. A state tracking map shows the confirmed cases are as follows by county: Madison County: 1 case Flathead

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Montana on shortlist to receive new C-130 aircraft

The 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard has made the shortlist to receive C-130J model aircraft to replace the current older C-130H models. Funding for the C-130Js has been a point of contention for Montana’s congressional delegation and the National Guard as the Trump administration has reprogrammed $196 million of that funding for construction of the border

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Montana National Guard troops transport 8 Montanans who had been quarantined in Georgia

Gov. Steve Bullock activated eight Montana Army National Guard soldiers for state active duty to assist in the arrival and transport of eight Montanans returning from quarantine at Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia. The eight Montanans were quarantined at the Dobbins due to being in proximity of an individual with COVID-19 on a cruise ship. Two Montanans remain at

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March 15 COVID-19 updates: Gov. Steve Bullock directing public K-12 schools close through March 27 to prevent spread of COVID-19; GFPS closing, offering distance learning; Great Falls private schools closing; City of Great Falls canceling some public meetings

Gov. Steve Bullock announced March 15 that he’s directing the closure of all public K-12 schools, social distancing measures and limiting visitation at nursing home facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “As governor, it is my top priority to protect the health and safety of Montanans, particularly our most vulnerable, at a time when we face the potential for

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