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Daines Joins Colleagues in Demanding Answers After Release of Suspected ISIS Terrorists at Southern Border into the U.S.

Montana’s  Senator Steve Daines joined a group of Republican senators in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding answers after individuals with suspected ties to ISIS were apprehended at the southern border, underwent vetting and were then released into the United States. “We write to express our grave concerns regarding reports Read More…

Congressman Zinke responds to Biden Task Force to remove Snake River dams

The Biden Administration has announced the launch of the Columbia River Task Force by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), aimed at implementing President Biden’s longstanding plan to remove dams on the Snake River system. These dams currently supply western Montana with affordable and reliable electricity, constituting between 60-70% of the power in the Pacific Read More…

Corvallis Woman named Montana History Teacher of the Year

Jenifer Powell has been named the 2024 Centennial Bell Montana History Teacher of the Year. Powell, who teaches seventh-grade social studies at Corvallis Middle School, was recognized for her exceptional dedication and passion for educating students about Montana’s history. “Jenifer excels at creating an engaging learning environment that promotes critical thinking, curiosity, and a deep Read More…

Gianforte, Chamber of Commerce Highlight Montana’s Business Climate

Governor Greg Gianforte underscored Montana’s thriving economy and recent initiatives to enhance the state’s business environment during his address at the Big Sky, Bright Futures Economic Summit in Bozeman, where he joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce. “With record business creation and a historically high employment rate, Montana’s economy is moving forward,” Governor Gianforte emphasized. Read More…

2024 Employer of Choice Award Winners

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has announced the winners of the 2024 Montana State Employers Council Employers of Choice Award. This annual accolade celebrates employers who demonstrate exceptional dedication to attracting and retaining employees, thereby nurturing a vibrant workplace culture. “Montana’s small businesses are integral to our economy and our way of life. Read More…

BlueCross BlueShield of Montana to Continue as the State Plan’s Medical  Administrator

The Department of Administration (DOA) announced its intention to award the contract for the state’s health plan’s medical Third-Party Administrator (TPA) to BlueCross BlueShield of Montana (BCBSMT), the incumbent provider. In March 2024, the DOA issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit competitive bids for TPA services for the state’s medical plan serving employees Read More…

Attorney General Knudsen announces appointments to the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force

Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced today the appointments to the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force. The task force aims to overcome jurisdictional obstacles and identify underlying causes contributing to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous persons. During the 2023 legislative session, Attorney General Knudsen supported House Bill sponsored by Rep. Tyson Running Wolf, Read More…

Knudsen warns of jury duty scam

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) at the Montana Department of Justice has received reports of fraudulent activities where scammers impersonate law enforcement officers. These scammers contact unsuspecting Montanans, claiming there is an arrest warrant due to missed jury duty, and then coerce victims into transferring thousands of dollars. The scammers instruct individuals to visit Read More…

NYC mobster killed in accident

Antonio Conigliaro, an 86-year-old former captain of the Genovese crime family known as “Tony Cakes” and “Tony the Dessert Man,” tragically lost his life last week in Brooklyn. He was fatally struck by a New York City Department of Transportation truck while crossing a street on June 12. Authorities reported that Antonio Conigliaro, 86, was Read More…

How much should you keep in your checking account?

Everyone ponders the same question, whether a billionaire or someone living paycheck to paycheck: How much should I keep in my checking account? For billionaires, deciding on a checking account balance is more of an academic exercise than a necessity. Conversely, for those constantly grappling with cash flow issues, it’s a crucial and serious matter. Read More…

Billings airport adds new airline

Billings City and Billings Logan International Airport have jointly announced the commencement of seasonal air service to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, facilitated by Sun Country Airlines. The service is set to commence this Wednesday, June 19, and will operate through late August. The inaugural flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul is scheduled to arrive just after 12 Read More…

Glendive Police Chief Faces Charges for Hunting Violations

Glendive Police Chief Jeremy Lee Swisher is facing potential felony charges following allegations of hunting violations on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and tampering with witnesses, according to court documents filed last Thursday. The filings detail accusations that Swisher possessed three mule deer buck racks harvested illegally on the reservation. An investigation conducted by Montana Read More…

Siphon at St. Mary Canal fails

The Milk River Project announced on Monday a “catastrophic failure” of the St. Mary siphon located on the St. Mary Canal, north of Babb. According to reports, the incident occurred while personnel from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation were monitoring a crack in the structure. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but the damage is described Read More…

Comparing Biden’s Economy to Trump’s Economy

The economy is set to be a pivotal issue in the 2024 presidential election, highlighting the stark differences between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. Consider the American economy as a bag filled with a variety of policies and economic indicators, with inflation being a prominent one. Although inflation has retreated from its Read More…

New Vermont law requires fossil fuel industry to pay for ‘climate change’ damage

(The Center Square) – Vermont is the first state to enact a law requiring the fossil fuel industry to pay for “climate change cost recovery.” The bill became law without Republican Gov. Philip Scott signing it. In a May 30 letter to the Vermont General Assembly, he explained why. “Vermont – one of the least Read More…

Daines: “Enough is Enough”

U.S. Senator Steve Daines Joined a group of his Republican colleagues in a commitment to block President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats’ agenda that is threatening the Montana way of life. “Enough is enough. Joe Biden and his Democrat allies weaponized our judicial system and undermined the American people’s trust in our government. I will Read More…

Hunter Biden juror says texts were key evidence

One of the jurors who participated in Hunter Biden’s federal gun charges trial told news outlets that the defendant’s familial ties to the president had no bearing on their decision-making process. The anonymous juror, a Delaware resident, deemed the prosecution of Hunter Biden as “a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.” Despite this sentiment, the juror and Read More…

Oregon man who spiked his daughter’s friends smoothies during sleepover sentenced to 2 years in prison

An Oregon man, Michael Meyden, admitted to spiking the smoothies of three of his daughter’s friends with sedatives during a sleepover last year and pleaded guilty to multiple felonies.  Meyden, 57, of Lake Oswego, confessed to three counts of causing another person to ingest a controlled substance in Clackamas County Circuit Court. District Attorney John Read More…

Chicago demands police officers pay off pension error

Thousands of Chicago police officers received an unexpected letter from their pension fund, delivering unwelcome news: due to a payroll error linked to the officers’ latest contract, approximately 3,000 individuals are now required to reimburse their pension fund, along with accrued interest. The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 7, representing the majority of rank-and-file officers, Read More…

Judge strikes down Florida ban on minor gender-transition

A federal judge, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle, delivered a significant ruling declaring a Florida law targeting gender-affirming health care for transgender minors and certain adults as unconstitutional. Judge Robert Hinkle,was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Hinke took Senior status in 2016. The law, enthusiastically supported by Republican state Read More…

President Biden appears to freeze at event

During a Juneteenth celebration at the White House on Monday, President Biden, aged 81, appeared momentarily frozen in place. Video footage captured Biden standing motionless while those around him, including Vice President Kamala Harris, engaged in applause and danced to the music. For approximately 30 seconds, Biden remained seemingly unaffected, his gaze fixed and unyielding. Read More…

Bill Gates moves ahead with Wyoming nuclear project

Bill Gates, along with his energy company, TerraPower, has initiated construction at their Wyoming location for a cutting-edge nuclear power plant, which he believes will fundamentally transform the way power is produced. Breaking ground in the small community of Kemmerer, TerraPower submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking approval for the construction of Read More…

Oregon, Wyoming Senators propose bill to expand grazing on federal land

(The Center Square) – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, introduced a bipartisan bill this week in hopes of supporting ranchers who graze their livestock on federal lands. Wyden filed the Operational Flexibility Grazing Management Program Act with U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming. “After embracing the Bureau of Land Management pilot program, ranchers in eastern Oregon worked closely Read More…

Hunter Biden, convicted of all 3 felonies in federal gun trial

Hunter Biden received guilty verdicts on all three felony charges tied to his 2018 gun purchase. Prosecutors asserted that the president’s son falsely claimed on a mandatory gun-purchase form that he wasn’t illegally using or addicted to drugs. During the three-hour deliberation over two days, Hunter Biden maintained a stoic demeanor. Upon hearing the verdict, Read More…

Daines Holding VA Accountable for Misusing Montana Taxpayer Dollars

U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined his Republican colleagues in calling out the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee corruption and sending a letter to the VA demanding the department repay nearly $11 million in unjustified bonuses that were distributed to senior executives within the VA and calling for the immediate dismissal of the responsible officials. “The egregious mishandling Read More…

Miller receives life sentence for injuring MHP trooper

HELENA– Jason Allen Miller was sentenced to life without parole for running over and seriously injuring Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Lewis Johnson in February 2023. In April, Miller was found guilty on all counts including attempted deliberate homicide, criminal endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, aggravated kidnapping, and a sentencing enhancement for the Read More…

What is Flag Day All About?

Flag Day, falling on Friday, June 14, 2024, commemorates the adoption of the American flag. This annual celebration pays tribute to the “Stars and Stripes,” officially chosen by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, amidst the Revolutionary War. Before this, colonial troops rallied under various banners bearing symbols like rattlesnakes, pine trees, and eagles, Read More…

Governor Gianforte Hears Come Home Montana Story in Drummond

DRUMMOND, Mont. – Joining Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Christy Clark, Governor Greg Gianforte earlier this week continued his 56 County Tour visiting Farmer Boy Eggs in Granite County to highlight a true come home Montana story about the Verlanic family. “For too long, Montana’s most valuable export has been our kids and grandkids,” Read More…

Attorney General Knudsen announces 2024 Law Enforcement Appreciation Poster Contest winner

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced Jeremiah Sifuentez, of Busby, as the winner of the third annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Poster Contest, during National Police Week. Jeremiah is a fifth-grade student at Spring Creek School in Decker. In his artist statement Jeremiah said he made the poster because, “I know without law enforcement Read More…

Montana AG leads state pushback against Mexico gun lawsuit

(The Center Square) – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a coalition of states in defending American firearm makers from being held responsible for Mexico’s gun violence. The government of Mexico says gun companies should be responsible for gun violence there because manufacturers know some of their products are trafficked into Mexico. In January, the First Read More…

Lawsuit Over Montana’s TikTok Ban Paused Pending Federal Law Challenge Resolution

After navigating the legal system for a year, the lawsuit challenging Montana’s TikTok ban is now officially on hold until courts resolve the federal law concerning the app. Originally scheduled for a federal appeals court hearing in September, the case involves TikTok, a group of Montana-based content creators, and Attorney General Austin Knudsen. All parties Read More…