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Montana appeals school choice tax credit ruling allowing religious schools

The Montana Department of Revenue will continue to fight a court ruling that money from a tax credit program can benefit religious schools. District Judge Heidi Ulbricht ruled in May that the department incorrectly excluded religious schools from the program, which is funded by donations that can be offset by up to $150 in nonrefundable Read More…

Helena air quality reaches level considered unhealthy for all groups

For the first time this summer, Helena’s air quality briefly reached a level considered unhealthy for all groups Wednesday afternoon. Hourly reports from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality show the local air quality frequently reaches levels considered moderate and unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as people with asthma and other respiratory disease, as wildfire Read More…

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Montana appeals school choice tax credit ruling allowing religious schools

The Montana Department of Revenue will continue to fight a court ruling that money from a tax credit program can benefit religious schools. District Judge Heidi Ulbricht ruled in May that the department incorrectly excluded religious schools from the program, which is funded by donations that can be offset by up to $150 in nonrefundable Read More…

Helena air quality reaches level considered unhealthy for all groups

For the first time this summer, Helena’s air quality briefly reached a level considered unhealthy for all groups Wednesday afternoon. Hourly reports from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality show the local air quality frequently reaches levels considered moderate and unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as people with asthma and other respiratory disease, as wildfire Read More…

Crow Tribe votes on tribal constitution, despite court objection

A tribal judge on the Crow Reservation has upheld the validity of the Crow Tribe’s 2001 constitution, ruling against Tribal Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid’s effort to hold a reservation-wide referendum on the governing document. The vote went ahead as planned Saturday, however. Not Afraid’s senior policy adviser, former chairman Cedrick Black Eagle, said Tuesday Read More…

Colstrip ash pond cleanup will cost $138M, Talen Energy estimates

Talen Energy has put a $138 million price tag on capping Colstrip Power Plant’s toxic coal ash ponds. The co-owner and operator of the southeast Montana coal-fired power plant submitted the required estimates earlier this month to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. Capping the ash pods is only one portion of a three-stage cleanup Read More…

Top political cop still using lawyer turned candidate who violated campaign finance laws

Helena – More than two months in to his term as Commissioner of Political Practices, Jeff Mangan, is still using the services of a Billings lawyer his office previously found to have violated Montana’s campaign finance laws. In October 2016, then-Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl found that Billings attorney John Heenan and his political Read More…

Tim Fox: Montana has a significant stake in the outcome of the coal-leasing case

Attorney General Tim Fox on Thursday filed to intervene in a federal district court lawsuit on behalf of the state of Montana, defending the U.S. Department of Interior’s reversal of the Obama Administration’s moratorium on federal coal leases.   The lawsuit filed by Citizens for Clean Energy and the states of California, New Mexico, New Read More…

MT small-business lobby supports repeal of `Obamacare’

HELENA – While U.S. Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal “Obamacare” has been criticized for potentially undercutting coverage for thousands of low-income Montanans, at least one group is firmly behind it: The state’s primary lobby for small businesses. “What we’re looking for is a health-care system that is affordable, flexible and predictable,” says Riley Johnson, state Read More…

Billings attorney Kurt Alme will be nominated as Montana’s U.S. Attorney

HELENA – Billings lawyer Kurt Alme has been recommended as Montana’s next U.S. attorney, the chief federal law officer in the state, whose appointment by the president must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., made the recommendation Thursday to President Donald Trump, saying Alme is the “right person for the job.” Read More…

Much ado about nothing

It’s become difficult to decipher between reality and alarmism these days. To add insult to injury, President Trump can’t seem to take two steps without being ridiculed from every direction. The latest point of contention has been his decision to disengage from the Paris Climate Accord (PCA). But is all the noise justified? Perhaps not, Read More…

Tester’s Hypocrisy on Dark Money

In April Senator Jon Tester joined an unsuccessful partisan effort to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. To justify his actions, Tester said at the time, “With Judge Gorsuch on the bench, I am deeply concerned that dark money will continue to drown out the voices and votes of citizens.” It seems Read More…

Wyoming Conservation Corps tackles summer projects

Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) members Chris Folsom and Lola Philips work on the Casper Rotary Club Park trail on Casper Mountain, one of the first WCC projects of this summer. (WCC Photo) Projects ranging from building trails in the Shoshone and Bridger-Teton national forests in northwest Wyoming to building a yurt at Glendo State Park Read More…

More than 50 confirmed injured in Glacier Camp deck collapse

KALISPELL –Kalispell Regional Healthcare officials confirmed on Sunday that over 50 people were injured and transported in Saturday’s deck collapse at Glacier Camp, south of Lakeside. 36 of these patients were treated in the Flathead area, with 9 at North Valley Hospital and 27 at Kalispell Regional medical Center. Significant numbers of orthopedic and neurological injuries Read More…

Mayor says commission won’t pursue moratorium of tall buildings in downtown Bozeman

Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor said this week that he doesn’t intend to act on a request by neighborhood preservation activists that the city place a moratorium on major downtown developments. “I haven’t found any interest in the commission in discussing a moratorium,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I think we’re pretty comfortable with the Read More…

Bullock refuses to answer infrastructure questions at fundraiser

Billings – Governor Steve Bullock refused to answer questions about infrastructure funding from a constituent at a fundraiser. Mr. Bullock appeared at a democrat political fundraiser at a private golf club in Billings on Thursday. Bullock’s representatives told those present that the Governor would not be answering any questions on infrastructure funding. The 2017 legislative Read More…

Rob Quist’s drug use becomes issue in final days of campaign

Revelations of Democrat congressional candidate Rob Quist’s drug use have taken center stage in the final days of the campaign to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke. Earlier this week, a national media outlet uncovered court documents in which Quist confessed to regularly using marijuana. When the news reports became public, his campaign cancelled a previously-scheduled interview Read More…

Rob Quist

Court records reveal Rob Quist has genital herpes, uses recreational drugs and suffers from depression

Democrat congressional candidate Rob Quist’s venereal disease, drug use, and marriage problems were revealed to the public this week when a national media outlet uncovered documents from a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Quist. The documents show, among other things, that Quist suffers from depression, has genital herpes, tested positive for tuberculosis, uses recreational drugs, Read More…

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Republican Lawmakers Deliver on Republican Values

As the 2017 legislative session has come to an end, we want to make sure that Montanans have a clear view of what’s happened the past few months in Helena. The mission of the Senate and House Republicans from Day One has been to help create more opportunities for all Montanans by making our state Read More…

Polls show Gianforte ahead of Quist

Two recent publicly-available opinion polls show Republican Greg Gianforte besting Democrat Rob Quist in the special election to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke. The latest poll was released this week by the Emerson College Polling Society. That poll shows Mr. Gianforte leading with 52%, Mr. Quist with 37% and longshot, Libertarian candidate Mark Wicks with 5%. Read More…