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The New Threat to Iraq's Christians

X Story Stream recent articles In March of 2017, with the battle for control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, raging just miles away, I was driven into the town of Karamles, recently liberated from ISIS control. Together with a journalist friend, the parish priest of the town and an American adviser to the Catholic Read More…

Wicks sworn in for Farris-Olsen’s seat on Helena City Commission

Resident Kali Wicks became Commissioner Kali Wicks effective Monday night as city commissioners confirmed the Liberty County native and senior manager of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana to replace Rob Farris-Olsen on the Helena City Commission. “I have been particularly impressed with Ms. Wicks’ commitment to this community,” said Commissioner Read More…

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The New Threat to Iraq's Christians

X Story Stream recent articles In March of 2017, with the battle for control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, raging just miles away, I was driven into the town of Karamles, recently liberated from ISIS control. Together with a journalist friend, the parish priest of the town and an American adviser to the Catholic Read More…

Wicks sworn in for Farris-Olsen’s seat on Helena City Commission

Resident Kali Wicks became Commissioner Kali Wicks effective Monday night as city commissioners confirmed the Liberty County native and senior manager of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana to replace Rob Farris-Olsen on the Helena City Commission. “I have been particularly impressed with Ms. Wicks’ commitment to this community,” said Commissioner Read More…

Wyoming county assessor implements overlooked tax

JACKSON, Wyo. — Hundreds of Teton County businesses could owe more in taxes this year as the Teton County Assessor’s Office seeks commercial personal-property taxes that have gone uncollected for years. “This is not anything new,” Assessor Melissa Shinkle said. “This is just a matter of catching up because it hasn’t been done for years Read More…

Billings Gazette

Wyoming lawmakers add money for school security, maintenance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators have endorsed allocating nearly $5 million for security improvements at K-12 schools. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Joint Appropriations Committee added the money to a supplemental school construction bill on Friday. Local districts would identify projects they need. Del McOmie, director of the State Construction Department, says a Read More…

State superintendent proposes ban on teacher-student sex in wake of case involving 18-year-old

In November, Montana’s Board of Public Education revoked the license of a former Ronan middle school teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a high school student who was 18.  It’s a devastating career impact for a teacher, effectively wiping out their ability to teach in Montana. But the state’s top school Read More…

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is the latest high-profile departure from the Trump administration

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post at the end of the year, in the latest high-profile departure from President Donald Trump’s administration. When announcing it on Twitter, Mr Trump did not give a reason for Mr Zinke’s departure but the former congressman from Montana has come under scrutiny for his use of Read More…

Fecal contamination found in Crow Reservation water system, officials say

BILLINGS — Federal investigators say tests results on a public water system serving 1,300 residents on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation have indicated fecal material contamination that exceeds safety standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General said in a memo released Thursday that the contamination was found in tests conducted in April and May on the Read More…

Ex-Miles City athletic trainer accused of abusing as many as 100 boys charged with possessing child porn

Former long-time Miles City high school athletic trainer James Eric “Doc” Jensen was arrested Thursday and jailed in Custer County on 10 counts of possessing child pornography. Some of the pornographic images were of boys as young as age 9, the charges state. The 78-year-old Jensen is being held on $100,000 bail. “The criminal investigation Read More…

MSU business college seeks internships for students

Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship is seeking local and regional businesses and nonprofit organizations that are willing to offer students practical business experience in return for research, issue analysis or operational advice during spring semester, which runs from Jan. 9 through May 3. Participating students will be enrolled in a Read More…

As Trump replaces Obama-era water rules, Montanans are split

The Trump administration closed the spigot on Obama-era water regulations Tuesday, sparking a mixed reaction from Montana industry and conservationists. Stakeholders have long been split over the EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Water Act, which under President Barack Obama meant traveling upstream to regulate water quality even on some streams and water bodies that didn’t Read More…

Conservationists to Montana regulators: Don't OK bankrupt company's coal mine expansion

Conservationists are warning Montana regulators against permitting a 10-square-mile coal mine expansion in southeast Montana for bankrupt Westmoreland Coal Co. Opponents to the expansion question whether Montana should be giving Westmoreland a green light to break new territory at the Rosebud Mine near Colstrip, given the company’s poor financial condition. The Colorado-based mining company has Read More…

Dear Montana, Thanks For Nothing

Tuesday’s midterm elections weren’t a slam dunk for either party, not by anyone’s estimation. Democrats managed to avoid another apocalyptic election meltdown and keep their base from flipping out by flipping the House, if barely, and Republicans added slightly to their already slight majority in the Senate. We sent at least three Red State fake Read More…

Bullock appoints longtime democratic operatives to state boards

Helena – Governor Steve Bullock has appointed two longtime Democratic legislators and political operatives, Hal Harper and Dave McAlpin, to prestigious state board positions. On Monday, Governor Bullock’s office announced the appointment of Hal Harper to the Judicial Nominations Commission and Dave McAlpin to the Tax Appeal Board. Mr. Harper is a longtime Democrat state Read More…

Watchdog probe of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent to Justice Department, reports say

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has been referred an investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, raising the possibility for criminal charges, according to the Washington Post and CNN. The probe was one of several the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General had opened into allegations that Zinke, who heads the agency, used his office for personal Read More…

Montana Chamber Foundation receives second Gianforte Family Foundation grant

Helena – The Montana Chamber Foundation announces its second grant from the Gianforte Family Foundation to achieve its 10-year strategic plan, Envision 2026. The goals of that plan are to increase jobs, per capita income, and gross state product, through focusing on workforce, entrepreneurship, business basics and infrastructure. “We are grateful for the continued support Read More…

Kavanaugh gives Republicans a chance to win in Montana

ENNIS, Mont. — Louie Baur confessed he doesn’t know much about Matt Rosendale, after meeting the Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester as he glad-handed supporters and posed for selfies along Main Street in this historic hunting outpost. But Rosendale has President Trump’s seal-of-approval in Montana’s suddenly competitive Senate contest — and that’s good enough Read More…

Trump, defiant, unloads on ’60 Minutes’

President Donald Trump defied climate scientists, intelligence specialists and even his own defense secretary on Sunday evening, capping a week of freewheeling press engagements with a sprawling prime-time network television interview in which he portrayed himself as an isolated but eminently empowered commander in chief. “I felt comfortable at the beginning, other than it was Read More…

Another NASA space telescope shuts down in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Another NASA space telescope has shut down and halted science observations. Less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope went offline, the Chandra X-ray Observatory did the same thing. NASA said Friday that Chandra’s automatically went into so-called safe mode Wednesday, possibly because of a gyroscope problem. Hubble went Read More…

7 cited after sit-in, protest at Montana GOP office in Missoula

MISSOULA – Seven people protesting the Senate vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh were cited after occupying the Montana GOP office on Friday afternoon. Protesters with the Western Montana Democratic Socialists of America arrived around 2 p.m., sat down in the office and refused to leave. Meanwhile, several other protesters stood outside waving signs against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Read More…

Kalispell Regional Healthcare Settles Whistleblower Case

Kalispell Regional Healthcare has reached a much-anticipated settlement with the Department of Justice in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging its physicians received illegal compensation in exchange for patient referrals to in-house services, according to a federal court order filed Wednesday. The order, submitted by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, dismisses the case with prejudice — meaning Read More…

Montana GOP Senate candidate’s office dropped fines against donor: report

The office of Montana state auditor Matt Rosendale, who’s running for the Senate in November, dismissed fines and dropped sanctions against a donor to his political campaigns, according to a report from the Montana Free Press. Rosendale’s office dropped the fines and dismissed two of three allegations against Friedell LLC, a bail bond company, a day after the Senate Read More…

Montana Reinsurance Program May Cut Premiums Up to 20%

Montana is moving ahead with the idea of creating a reinsurance program for the state’s health insurance market.  The program may reduce premiums between 10 and 20 percent, said Governor Steve Bullock and Department of Administration Director John Lewis. A bipartisan workgroup will evaluate new ways to address high insurance prices for Montana residents. The Read More…

Trump administration targets Chinese and Russian companies over illegal shipments to North Korea

The Treasury Department announced new actions Wednesday directed at Chinese and Russian companies that the department said have facilitated illicit shipments on behalf of North Korea. The department announced designations against one individual and three companies. Those businesses include a Chinese logistics company and its affiliate in Singapore, as well as Russia-based Profinet and its Read More…