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 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021 

D'Shane Barnett announced as new Missoula County Health Officer

MISSOULA COUNTY - Following a nationwide search, the Missoula City-County Board of Health selected D’Shane Barnett to replace outgoing Health Officer Ellen Leahy in June. He will begin his new role May 17. Barnett has worked in the American Indian...

 
 By Karen Laitala    Opinion    April 8, 2021 

Noxious weeds and the environment: A bigger picture

Although anyone who knows me knows that I'm a "certifiable" botany and native plants nerd, I love everything nature. In particular, I share a love of birds with one of my sisters. On a trip together...

 
 By Katheryn Houghton    News    April 8, 2021 

Montana sticks to its patchwork COVID vaccine rollout as eligibility expands

MISSOULA – Montana's COVID-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will...

 

Robert "Bob" C. Mock March 8, 1934 - March 28, 2021

MOSCOW, IDAHO - Robert "Bob" C. Mock of Moscow, Idaho died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. He was 87. Bob was born March 8, 1934 in Downey, Idaho to Clinton and Winnifred...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 8, 2021 

Lawmakers in tug-of-war over marijuana implementation

Three bills debuted in the Montana Legislature during the week of March 29 with vastly different approaches for regulating voter-approved recreational marijuana in the state, and all of them moved forward after a week of whirlwind hearings that...

 

Money Moves and Health Care Transparency Blues in Week 13 of the Montana Legislature

Montana House Approves Draft of Bill to Spend $3 Billion in Federal COVID-19 Relief; Senate Panel Advances Budget Ahead of a key deadline on April 8, the Montana Legislature is quickly advancing a bill to spend billions in federal COVID-19 dollars as...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    April 1, 2021

Trixi's Antler Saloon ventures into a new era with new owners

OVANDO - Ryan and Tiffanie Zavarelli are ecstatic to be entering into a new phase of their lives as they take ownership of Trixi's Antler Saloon from Ryan's parents Cindy and Ray Francis beginning...

 

Community Briefs

Prescribed burn planned for Game Range on Bandy Ranch WOODWORTH – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in coordination with the University of Montana is planning to conduct an 80-acre prescribed burn on the Bandy Ranch, on the east side of the Blackfoo...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 1, 2021

Montana State Budget Clears House of Representatives, Lawmakers Consider Criminal Justice and Ag Bills in Week 12 of Legislative Session

Montana House of Representatives Advances State Budget in Partisan Vote The state budget cleared another major hurdle in the Montana Legislature after lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed it down party lines on Wednesday, March 24, with...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 1, 2021

As GOP Lawmakers Drift Further Right, Custer Holds To Being 'A Reagan Republican'

Republican Rep. Geraldine Custer is not one to mince words. When a bill came up in February that would make it harder to vote by absentee ballot, the former Rosebud County clerk and recorder spoke up, and firmly. “This bill is probably the worst...

 
 By Andi Bourne    Opinion    March 25, 2021

Exercise your right to know

Last week was Sunshine Week. It is a week spearheaded by the News Leaders Association to help the public understand the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy. As the name implies, the goal is to shed light...

 

Bills are harmful to wildlife and hunting heritage in Montana

We are 53 Montana residents and professional wildlife biologists and managers with a total of 1,696 years of experience in wildlife management and wildlife habitat management. Among us are 18 retired employees of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks with...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 25, 2021

Gravel Pit Permitting, Mental Health Bills, Cigar Bars and More

“Open Cut 2.0” Bill would Ease Regulations on Gravel Pit Permit Applications A bill seeking to ease permitting requirements for gravel pits in rural areas and make it harder to call a public hearing on new facilities is drawing clear battle...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 25, 2021

Montana's Proposed "Pollinator Protection Act" Seeks to Help Save the Bees

Patty Sundberg remembers a time early in her 40-year career in beekeeping when a 5% annual colony loss felt like a big deal. Now, she said it’s all her company can do to hold that rate at 20% -- though, on bad years, it can swing even higher. In...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 18, 2021

Montana Legislature Kicks Off Second Half With Bills Combating Drug Trafficking, Limiting Gov.'s Emergency Powers and Expanding Prison Education in Week 10

Lawmakers Hear Bill to Combat Drug, Sex Trafficking in Montana A bill drafted with the help of former Republican state Senator Dr. Al Olszewski would add a new set of signs to Montana’s highways and airports greeting visitors with notice of a...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 18, 2021

"Hard Times, Hard Choices:" What you need to know about Montana's budget-building process

Hot off its first 45 days filled with contentious policies and partisan clashes, the 67th Montana Legislature is buckling down to the task of building the state’s budget for the next two years. While the budget is arguably the most critical bill...

 

Missoula Health Board to consider finalists for Health Officer

Following a nationwide search, the Missoula City-County Board of Health will consider four finalists to replace outgoing Health Officer Ellen Leahy when she retires in June after serving in that role for more than 30 years. There will be several...

 

SSHS graduate signs with University of Providence

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School 2020 graduate Terra Bertsch recently signed with the University of Providence in Great Falls to compete in track and basketball. Bertsch took a semester of...

 

Debra 'Debby' Magstadt Dec. 6, 1957 - Feb. 23, 2021

SEELEY LAKE - On Feb. 23 our sweet Mama Debra 'Debby' Magstadt passed away at her home surrounded by her family. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for 10 months but succumbed to...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 11, 2021

SSHS graduates receive Reach Higher Montana scholarships

HELENA – Seeley-Swan High School graduates Gabrielle "Gabby" Sexton and Nicole Williams were among 81 Montana students who received a $1,000 Reach Higher Montana Scholarship for use in the 2021-2022...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 11, 2021

As 2021 Legislature Wraps First Half, Here's What's Moving Forward

Despite all the challenges brought by the pandemic, lawmakers in the 67th Montana Legislative Session are wasting no time in pushing through a deluge of bills -- some new and untested, some vetoed numerous times before, but all being considered in a...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 11, 2021

Lawmakers Debate a Barrage of Bills, Key Deadlines Arrive, Right-to-Work Bills Go Down and the Judiciary Stays Nonpartisan

Montana House and Senate Adjourn for Mid-Session Break After Breakneck Floor Sessions After days of marathon sessions, the Montana House of Representatives and Senate adjourned for a nearly week-long break, having advanced more than 200 bills...

 

Working to protect Constitutional rights of college students

When I was the Business Manager and a Senator with the Associated Students of the University of Montana, we treated all student groups equally even if we had disagreements about their missions....

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    March 4, 2021

Free speech bills move on to State Senate

HELENA - Two bills sponsored by House District 92 Representative Mike Hopkins (R-Missoula) regarding freedom of expression on college campuses have passed the Montana House of Representatives and are set to move on to the Montana State Senate. If app...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 4, 2021

Week 8 of the Montana Legislature brings vaccine exemption and broadband expansion bills as lawmakers rush to meet key deadline

Lawmakers Race to Introduce Bills Before Key Deadline; House Committee Holds Marathon Hearings As the Legislature approaches the halfway point of the session -- and a key deadline for general bills -- one House committee heard more than 50 bills in...

 

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