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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…

Montana Magazine folding after publishing nearly 50 years

Montana Magazine is folding after nearly 50 years of publishing stories and stunning images of the state’s people, geography, history and culture, owner Lee Enterprises announced. “Unfortunately, the dynamics of the publishing business have changed and the magazine has reached the end of its distinguished run,” general manager Matt Gibson wrote to subscribers on Tuesday. Read More…

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Virginia Tech shooting victim to speak at MSU; talks about incident

BOZEMAN — Kristina Anderson was 19 and a sophomore studying international relations when she was shot three times during the April 16, 2007, mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Thirty-two people were killed during the massacre, including Anderson’s French professor, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, and 11 of Anderson’s classmates. At least 17 others were wounded. After spending the 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…

Montana State University enrollment nears 17K

BOZEMAN — Montana State University continues to set enrollment records, with nearly 17,000 students this fall. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the university in Bozeman saw its enrollment increase by 199 students over last fall, to 16,902 students — a 1.2 percent increase. School officials said Monday they’re doing a better job of encouraging freshmen students Read More…

Woods Bay Grill essay contest canceled

A one-of-a-kind competition near Bigfork has been canceled, after the hoped-for number of entries failed to emerge. Last year, the Woods Bay Grill’s owners launched an essay contest with a unique prize: ownership of the family-style diner. They were ready to let go of the business, but wanted to use the essay contest to find someone who would Read More…

Helena commission considers more restrictions on smoking, vaping

Helena’s city commission is considering proposals intended to help keep tobacco products out of the hands of minors and prevent smoking and vaping near indoor public places.  Self-service sales/flavored tobacco While Montana law already prohibits those under age 18 from purchasing tobacco products, one of the proposals aims to make it harder for minors to Read More…

NAMIWalk participants join together to take 'one little step' for mental illness awareness

On Sunday afternoon, upwards of 2,000 people crowded into Memorial Park to participate in the 15th annual Montana NAMIWalk event in support of mental illness awareness and advocacy efforts. Put on by the Montana Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the event is NAMI’s primary fundraiser and awareness builder. “There’s so many people Read More…

From Five on Black and Mirch Masala to Dee-O-Gee, Montana businesses come to Billings

Montana has rich soil for growing a business, but the state’s size and rural DNA can be intimidating for brands looking to expand.  Despite that, this fall two Montana-famous businesses have announced their plans to open up their first storefronts in Billings, generating some genuine excitement among residents and business leaders in town.  A third Read More…

Montana's tribal college presidents share ways they're preserving Native languages

Four tribal college presidents say their institutions are trying new methods to preserve — maybe even expand — the number of people who can read, write or speak their tribal language. The four presidents — David Yarlott of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Richard Littlebear of Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Carole Falcon-Chandler of Read More…

Miles City reacts to lawsuit accusing former high school athletic trainer of systematic abuse

MILES CITY — Downtown Friday night in Miles City in between the sounds of traffic are the sounds of football—music, cheers, cannon blasts for every Cowboy touchdown—carried over the loudspeakers from Connors Stadium and drifted down into the streets. A lawsuit filed earlier in the day alleged that a former employee of Custer County District Read More…

Montana State University Billings' new provost comes from same institution as new chancellor

Montana State University Billings has named a new provost and second-in-command. Melinda Arnold was named as the new provost late Friday afternoon in a press release. She is the interim associate provost at the University of North Texas in Dallas, the same institution from which current MSUB Chancellor Dan Edelman was selected. She replaces former Read More…

Community events, announcements and student news published Friday, Sept. 21

ExplorationWorks launches new exhibit ExplorationWorks’ newest installation is in place and ready to explore. Engineer It! is a hands-on exhibit that explores the many components of civil engineering. Test your design and building skills, learn about local engineering projects, and discover the role that engineering plays in the world around us. Some of the exhibit Read More…

National anti-abortion group rallies for Kavanaugh in Helena

A national anti-abortion group was in Helena Thursday to rally support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as part of a tour through seven “battleground states.” About 30 men, women and children holding signs that read “I Vote Pro-Life” and “#ConfirmKavanaugh” joined representatives from Susan B. Anthony List for a brief demonstration outside Democratic U.S. Read More…

Fort Harrison VA Hospital highlights improvements in patient care data

The Fort Harrison Veteran’s Affairs Hospital showed major improvements in several areas of patient care, according to a presentation at the facility on Wednesday. Fort Harrison has seen quality improvements in its Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning, a nationwide set of benchmarks designed to measure VA hospitals against each other. SAIL is designed to Read More…

“Montana Towns: Then, Now, Tomorrow”

Two Rivers Economic Growth will host Montana Conversations program “Montana Towns: Then, Now, Tomorrow” with storyteller Hal Sterns during the Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Cottonwood Inn and Suites in Glasgow. Social will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the program following at 7 p.m., followed by Read More…

Young Entrepreneur Workshop

On Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon until 5 p.m., at the Cottonwood Inn, SCORE.ORG will host a young entrepreneur workshop. This is an all inclusive workshop, serving pizza for dinner, that will aid in directing young people in effective startup and growth. Included but not limited to groups like 4-H, FFA, FCCLA and truly anyone Read More…

Sean R. Heavey Sues Netflix Over Copyright Infrigement

A.J. ETHERINGTON THE COURIER Glasgow-based, professional photographer Sean R. Heavey filed suit against Netflix in Federal Court in Great Falls, Mont. on Sept. 13. The suit alleges Netflix used Heavey’s copyrighted photo, dubbed the “Mothership,” numerous times in three separate “original” Netflix productions. According to the suit, Heavey registered the photograph with the United States Read More…

Montana Magazine folding after publishing nearly 50 years

Montana Magazine is folding after nearly 50 years of publishing stories and stunning images of the state’s people, geography, history and culture, owner Lee Enterprises announced. “Unfortunately, the dynamics of the publishing business have changed and the magazine has reached the end of its distinguished run,” general manager Matt Gibson wrote to subscribers on Tuesday. Read More…

12-year-old arrested in Billings house fire that hospitalized 6

A “joint investigation” determined the fire had been intentionally set, according to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon by BPD Lt. Dave Cardillo. Investigators eventually “identified, interviewed and subsequently arrested” a 12-year-old boy on suspicion that he started the fire intentionally, the release says. The case has been turned over to the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Read More…

Money offered to help with fire mitigation

Teton County Fire Chief Steve Rose is encouraging rural homeowners who live in areas that abut the national forest to consider applying for cost-share revenue to help make their homes more resistant to fire danger. In collaboration, the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services program and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation are offering Read More…