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WYOMING’S ‘NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY VEHICLES’ COULD BE NAMED ‘BEST NEW ATTRACTION 2020’

CASPER, Wyo. — The National Museum of Military Vehicles opened near Dubois this summer. The museum is among nominees to become USA Today’s “Best New Attraction 2020.” People are able to vote for the museum on the “USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice” website. As of noon Tuesday, the National Museum of Military Vehicles is in third place in Read More…

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WYOMING’S ‘NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY VEHICLES’ COULD BE NAMED ‘BEST NEW ATTRACTION 2020’

CASPER, Wyo. — The National Museum of Military Vehicles opened near Dubois this summer. The museum is among nominees to become USA Today’s “Best New Attraction 2020.” People are able to vote for the museum on the “USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice” website. As of noon Tuesday, the National Museum of Military Vehicles is in third place in Read More…

2 US citizens detained for speaking Spanish in Montana store settle border patrol lawsuit

Two U.S. citizens have settled a lawsuit with Customs and Border Protection after they were detained by a Border Patrol agent who heard them speaking Spanish at a convenience store in Havre, Montana, and demanded that they show identification. The monetary settlement was announced on Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on Read More…

Peru’s Congress selects centrist lawmaker to be new leader, nation’s third president in a week

LIMA, Peru — Peru’s political crisis appeared on the verge of resolution Monday as Congress cleared the way for an elder statesman and consensus candidate to become the country’s third president in a week. People waved the nation’s red-and-white flag and blared horns outside the gates of Congress as Francisco Sagasti of the centrist Purple Read More…

2 Bozeman schools move to remote learning

MISSOULA, Mont. — Starting Wednesday, through next Tuesday, Bozeman School District administrators say Meadowlark Elementary will be on a remote learning format. Officials say a large number of staff members have to quarantine, so there is not enough coverage for classes and other positions. READ FULL STORY

Bullock Suggests Pulling From Rainy Day Fund To Avoid Cuts, Protect Services

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a two-year state budget on Nov. 16 that he says preserves essential services while boosting education and infrastructure spending. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan reports it’s the two term Democratic governor’s final budget proposal. During a news conference at the capitol, Bullock proposed using $75 million, or two thirds of the state’s rainy Read More…

Pandemic Continues To Ravage University Budgets: Illinois, Wyoming And North Carolina Schools The Latest To Be Hit

As the coronavirus surges in the U.S., now topping eleven million cases overall with new cases averaging 150,000 a day in the past week, university revenues are being pounded, leading to a new round of budget cuts and personnel terminations. Within the last few days or weeks, several major institutions announced new cost-cutting measures. University of Read More…

Camping World Announces Entry Into North Dakota with Agreement to Acquire Outlet Recreation

Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) (“Camping World”), the nation’s largest network of RV and outdoor lifestyle – centric retail locations, today announced an agreement to acquire the Outlet Recreation dealership based in the Fargo market. This acquisition marks the Company’s first location in North Dakota, with plans for the deal to close in December Read More…

Why Wyoming’s Governor Supports the State’s Crypto Banking Law

That’s when Kraken Financial became the first entity to receive a special purpose depository institution (SPDI) charter in the Cowboy State, giving the cryptocurrency industry insight into roughly how long it takes to become a bank. It’s also the first newly chartered (de novo) bank the state has approved since 2006.   While Kraken Financial still has some hoops Read More…

Montana CISO Shares State Security Actions and Priorities

Back in 2014, I first interviewed the technology and security leaders in “Big Sky Country” for this blog. A lot has changed in the past six years, including the state’s government technology and security leadership. But what hasn’t changed is a focus on excellence and professionalism in public service that continues to surprise observers around the country. Read More…

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Governor-elect Gianforte Names Key Transition Advisory Team for Two Agencies

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Governor-elect Greg Gianforte today announced his joint-transition advisory team for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The advisory team will identify and review candidates to serve as the next directors of the DNRC and DEQ and will forward their recommendations to Governor-elect Gianforte. Read More…

PHEASANT HUNTING SEASON UNDERWAY IN WYOMING; GAME AND FISH RELEASING BIRDS

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Wednesday that pheasant hunting season is underway in the state. The department raises and releases pheasants at locations around Wyoming. “If you are interested in keeping up with the releases for the Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA) outside of Riverton, Wyoming, you should check out Read More…

Typical person yanked $12,000 from 401(k) during coronavirus pandemic: Vanguard

Retirement savers appear to be taking advantage of relaxed rules around 401(k) withdrawals during the coronavirus pandemic. The typical 401(k) investor pulled $12,000 from their account in the form of a “coronavirus-related distribution,” according to a new Vanguard analysis of its client data. This figure represents the median withdrawal — in other words, the amount right in the middle Read More…

Montana Rail Link releases new locomotives honoring veterans, essential workers

MISSOULA – Montana Rail Link (MRL) announced Wednesday they released a special locomotive last week honoring veterans for Veteran’s Day. Additionally, MRL is also releasing a locomotive showing appreciation for essential workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Essential workers have played a critical role in keeping our communities healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” MRL Read More…

Wyoming halts contact tracing; Teton County can continue

Teton County health officials have received permission from the state to continue issuing quarantine orders for close contacts of COVID-19-positive patients. Although much of Wyoming and the nation is too overwhelmed to contact trace cases, Teton County still aims to conduct contact tracing as staffing and caseloads allow. — Eds. (updated 1 p.m. Monday.)   Read More…

Looting, skirmishes follow peaceful protests over police abuse against Black people and killing of Walter Wallace Jr.

After an evening of peaceful protests in the wake of the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr., tensions flared between officers and demonstrators Tuesday evening, and scattered looting broke out in several areas of the city, prompting police to request that residents of West and North Philadelphia, Kensington, and other areas remain indoors. Police and demonstrators Read More…

New group challenges Montana’s COVID mandates and plans to defend affected businesses

HELENA — A new grassroots organization has been created to help individuals and businesses challenge COVID mandates in Montana for what they call government overreach. The Freedom Protection Project was created by the organizers of the “Let Freedom Ring” concert that was held at the beginning of October in the Helena Valley. “A lot of Read More…