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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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Missoula authorities searching for walk-away

Missoula authorities are searching for a woman who walked away from the Missoula Correctional Services’ Pre-Release Center Friday night. According to a news release, Jessica Stejer walked away from the center’s designated smoking area at 9:30 p.m. She was last seen wearing a tank top and blue leggings and was on foot. Stejer is a Read More…

Nearly all of Montana is in drought

More than half of Montana is in some stage of drought, according to weather data released Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor lists nearly all of Montana in drought or trending toward drought, with the exception of a sliver of the southwest corner of the state. Only 2.7 percent of Montana is experiencing normal conditions. Drought Read More…

Nearly all of Montana is in drought

More than half of Montana is in some stage of drought, according to weather data released Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor lists nearly all of Montana in drought or trending toward drought, with the exception of a sliver of the southwest corner of the state. Only 2.7 percent of Montana is experiencing normal conditions. Drought Read More…

Ex legislator implicated in dark money scandal has 1 week to prove he can't pay $60K fine

Former Montana legislator Wesley Prouse is out of jail after agreeing to release financial documents related to penalties from a political corruption lawsuit. Prouse has a week to produce financial documents showing whether he has the wherewithal to pay a $59,066 penalty owed to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. The Shepherd man was jailed Read More…

Ex legislator implicated in dark money scandal has 1 week to prove he can't pay $60K fine

Former Montana legislator Wesley Prouse is out of jail after agreeing to release financial documents related to penalties from a political corruption lawsuit. Prouse has a week to produce financial documents showing whether he has the wherewithal to pay a $59,066 penalty owed to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. The Shepherd man was jailed Read More…

Bond request issued for drilling in Paradise Valley's Emigrant Gulch

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has requested a reclamation and revegetation bond payment of $154,000 before it will issue an exploration license to Canadian-based Lucky Minerals to begin exploratory drilling in Paradise Valley’s Emigrant Gulch. Lucky Minerals has proposed drilling 46 holes an average of 1,000 feet deep over the course of two years. Read More…

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…

Those who've studied Confederate fountain's history weigh in on removal plans

Some who have researched the history of the century-old Confederate monument prominently displayed in a Helena city park say local leaders are making a mistake by removing it.  “I don’t think it’s a good idea to remove the monument,” Bruce Whittenberg, director of the Montana Historical Society, said the day after the Helena City Commission Read More…

Train cars come loose, blocking access to Helena Valley subdivision

Approximately 40 rail cars came loose and blocked a Helena Valley subdivision’s access route Thursday. Burlington Northern Sante Fe is storing the cars on tracks along Lincoln Road northwest of Helena. The reason for the cars coming loose is under investigation, said BNSF representative Ross Lane, who apologized on behalf of the company for inconveniences 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…

Montana nature reserve buys 46,000-acre ranch, advances goal of establishing wildlife park

BILLINGS — A sprawling central Montana nature reserve has purchased a 46,000-acre (186-square kilometer) ranch bordering a federal refuge as it advances toward its goal of establishing a Connecticut-sized park where bison and other wildlife can roam freely. The American Prairie Reserve announced Wednesday it had purchased the Two Crow Ranch about an hour north Read More…

Montana nature reserve buys 46,000-acre ranch, advances goal of establishing wildlife park

BILLINGS — A sprawling central Montana nature reserve has purchased a 46,000-acre ranch bordering a federal refuge as it advances toward its goal of establishing a Connecticut-sized park where bison and other wildlife can roam freely. The American Prairie Reserve announced Wednesday it had purchased the Two Crow Ranch about an hour north of Lewistown Read More…

Budget Cuts Are Coming

Budget Cuts Are Coming August 16, 2017 In response to a revenue shortfall, the legislature is set to put into motion massive cuts to public health services funding. The proposed funding cuts include a decrease in reimbursement to mental health agencies of 41 percent for case management services, as well as 3.5 percent for all Read More…

Relay for Life 2017

Relay for Life 2017 – The Glasgow Courier Relay for Life 2017 August 16, 2017 Janice Shanks / For the Courier janice shanks / for the courier Dewey Doucette leads a group during the 2017 Relay for Life on Aug. 12. You might be interested in: Rendered 08/16/2017 10:08

Federal budget cuts concerning for Montana, coalition says

Supporters of community redevelopment, wildlife and public lands, energy efficiency and agriculture spoke out in Helena Tuesday against budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. Clean Air Montana, a coalition of organizations pushing for conservation policy and climate action, held a press conference Tuesday morning as part of a three-city tour. Helena City Commissioner Andres 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…