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The N.F.L. Kneels to Trump

The owners of the National Football League have concluded, with President Trump, that true patriotism is not about bravely standing up for democratic principle but about standing up, period. Rather than show a little backbone themselves and support the right of athletes to protest peacefully, the league capitulated to a president who relishes demonizing black Read More…

Impeachment Unlikely When Consumers Confident in Economy

President Trump is in no danger of being impeached and removed from office. I say this with confidence despite having no knowledge of what Special Counsel Mueller and his team may find. That’s because impeachment is a political process rather than a legal process. As a result, things that happen outside the world of government Read More…

ND ballot measure commission wraps work, forwards four proposals

BISMARCK — A panel examining North Dakota’s ballot measure system forwarded four proposals Tuesday, May 22, but efforts to amend the policy-by-petition process may just be getting started. The Initiated and Referred Measures Study Commission wrapped up its work at the state Capitol Tuesday. Its recommended changes now move to Legislative Management, the committee that Read More…

Wyoming Approves Hunt For 22 Grizzly Bears

Wyoming Wednesday approved its first grizzly bear hunt in 44 years. State wildlife commissioners voted unanimously to do so. Commissioner Mike Schmid commended the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for it’s work drafting the management plan. “They’re going to manage these animals well, and just like they have everything else in this state, so I Read More…

Cruzado defends $32 million Romney renovation

Montana State University’s president says renovating Romney Hall isn’t sexy, it’s mundane deferred maintenance. At the Montana Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in Havre, MSU President Waded Cruzado defended the Bozeman campus’ request to the governor and 2019 Legislature for $32 million to modernize the historic building and turn it into classrooms. Given the huge Read More…

GOP Senate primary heats up in Montana

Montana’s GOP Senate primary is ramping up in the final stretch, as candidates jockey to face Sen. Jon Tester (D) in November. State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who was recruited by the GOP after several top-tier contenders passed on the race, is still seen as the front-runner, with national outside groups putting up more than $1.8 Read More…

Grandma sues government for $1M for taking grandsons ‘BIA gave tribal council the middle finger,’ attorney says

A Glendive woman who claims the Bureau of Indian Affairs violated a tribal order when it handcuffed her and removed her two grandsons from the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in 2015 filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in which she is seeking $1 million in damages. BIA agents used an “invalid Minnesota warrant” to seize Patsy Read More…

Hotels on the Rise

Since the beginning of 2016, in a two-and-a-half year span, Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls have added six new hotels with 500-plus rooms and more than 300,000 total square feet, counting four completed hotels and two scheduled for completion this summer. Now another new hotel is coming to Kalispell with the recent application of My Read More…

Montana’s ‘Disclose Act’ Remains Intact After Ninth Circuit Opinion

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals released an opinion this week in a longstanding debate over Montana Political Practices law. Montana Attorney General’s office spokesman Eric Sell explains. “The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion yesterday [May 22] upholding Montana’s campaign disclosure laws, these were laws passed by the 2015 legislative session called Read More…

Attorney General Fox Leads Coalition Supporting Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, along with the attorneys general of Ohio and Washington, led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state and territory attorneys general calling on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and stem diversion. The coalition sent a Read More…

Club For Growth spends $1.16M supporting Rosendale and attacking Fagg in GOP primary

HELENA – Another outside group is making significant ad buys in Montana’s U.S. Senate Republican primary – this time to support state Auditor Matt Rosendale and go after one of his opponents, former state District Judge Russell Fagg of Billings. Club for Growth Action, whose affiliated political action committee has endorsed Rosendale in the four-way Read More…

Zinke visits Fort Peck, talks about pivot

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with ranchers and farmers affected by the Lodge Pole Complex Fires. Zinke made his first stop on a 10-day tour at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center on Sunday. He started with a few words about the U.S. and energy independence. “We should be energy dominant,” Zinke said. “That’s a wise Read More…

Lincoln County set to receive $4.10 million

Lincoln County will soon receive $4.1 million in payments from the U.S. Forest Service, thanks to reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program. Approximately two-thirds of that amount will go into the county’s road budget, with the remainder going to local school districts, according to Lincoln County Commissioner Jerry Bennett. Under the SRS program, created Read More…

Sperry rebuild clears major hurdle

The National Park Service on Thursday granted a key permit for the rebuilding of Sperry Chalet. The project has been moving quickly through the regulatory process. Last month, the Park Service released a draft environmental assessment with four options for rebuilding the chalet that burned last summer in the Spraque Fire. Of these, the “preferred Read More…

Glacier coach wins national spirit award

Glacier High School football coach Grady Bennett has been named the Most Spirited Coach by Varsity Brands. The announcement was made Saturday during the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards. Glacier High School will receive $3,000 as part of the award. The award recognizes a successful coach who makes the connection between athletic involvement, academic achievement Read More…

Developer of biggest home in Billings charged with faking his own abduction in Virginia

BILLINGS — The developer of the largest home ever built in Billings is facing federal charges for allegedly faking his own abduction in Virginia in a scheme to “disappear” with his mistress last month. Larry Price was charged in U.S. District Court in Virginia with giving false statements to investigators. Price, who developed the 26,000-square-foot Read More…