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NATRIUM NUCLEAR PLANT COMING TO WYOMING MAY NOT IMPROVE ON EXISTING WATER-COOLED REACTORS

CASPER, Wyo. — When Governor Mark Gordon announced this June that Wyoming has been selected for the construction of a new “advanced” nuclear reactor, he said it would be “game-changing and monumental” for Wyoming. The system that would be built at one of four sites in Wyoming is called the “Natrium” reactor. It was co-developed by TerraPower, founded Read More…

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Logan Health union nurses deliver strike notice

The union representing nurses at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, which rebranded this week as Logan Health, announced Friday they plan to strike from June 1 to June 3 “unless Logan Health bargains in good faith.” Nurses voted 372-199 in July 2019 to unionize as SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and have been negotiating for a union contract for Read More…

New database and portal aims to ‘streamline’ reports of missing indigenous people

MISSOULA, Mont. – The Blackfeet Community College unveiled a new portal that will help people report cases of Montana’s missing and murdered indigenous people. Kimberly Loring’s sister, Ashley Loring-HeavyRunner went missing on the Blackfeet Reservation in 2017. “When she went missing, there was a gap of when she was reported missing, because we had that Read More…

Governor selects new Wyoming public records ombudsman

Gov. Mark Gordon has tapped his constituent liaison to serve as Wyoming’s next public records ombudsman, his office announced.   Darlena Potter had served in the liaison role since September 2019. She has previously worked in state and local government, the governor’s office said. In her new role, she will attempt to resolves challenges over Read More…

EU summit to discuss Belarus sanctions after ‘state-sponsored hijacking’ of passenger plane

European Union leaders will discuss retaliatory measures against Belarus at a summit dinner on Monday night, after the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko scrambled a jet fighter to force a Ryanair RYAAY, -0.13%   RYA, -1.13% flight carrying a dissident journalist to land in Minsk on Sunday. The Irish plane was on a regular flight from Athens, Greece, to Vilnius, Lithuania, and was forced to Read More…

Bill Gates faces misconduct allegations

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Bill Gate’s resignation from Microsoft’s board was because of a romantic relationship with an employee. The Journal reported Sunday that a female Microsoft engineer alleged in a letter that she had a sexual relationship over the years with Gates. READ FULL STORY

Hackers behind Colonial Pipeline attack reportedly received $90 million in bitcoin before shutting down

LONDON — DarkSide, the hacker group behind the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, received a total of $90 million in bitcoin ransom payments before shutting down last week, according to new research. Colonial Pipeline was hit with a devastating cyberattack earlier this month that forced the company to shut down approximately 5,500 miles of pipeline in the Read More…

MT National Guard warns of scam using their name

FORT HARRISON — The Montana National Guard has received numerous phone calls regarding scams targeting civilians. According to the MT National Guard, these scams involve the sales of vehicles that don’t exist, asking for money to support deploying soldiers, and using the addresses of Montana National Guard facilities as business locations.  

Montana will launch Return-to-Work bonuses, and opt-out of federal unemployment benefits

Governor Greg Gianforte on Tuesday announced two measures to address the state’s severe workforce shortage and provide incentives for unemployed Montanans to reenter the labor force. A news release says that the State of Montana will launch a return-to-work bonus program, utilizing federal funds authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. Return-to-work bonuses will be Read More…

“Cocktails to-go” now permanent in Montana

Governor Greg Gianforte recently signed HB 226, making cocktails to-go permanent in Montana. A news release says that “this measure supports hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19 and provides increased convenience to consumers.” The law states: “Curbside pickup constitutes the sale of alcoholic beverages in original packaging, prepared servings, or growlers that was ordered online or Read More…

Josh Duggar, star of 19 Kids and Counting, pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

The eldest child in the former reality television family, the Duggars, was arrested Thursday for charges related to child pornography. The U.S. Marshals Service in Arkansas arrested Josh Duggar, whose family had been the center of the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting. He was charged with possession of and receiving child pornography and pleaded not guilty Friday. Read More…

WYOMING ADDS 2,000 TAGS TO UPCOMING ELK SEASON

Elk herds are thriving in Wyoming, which means more opportunity for more hunters. Last week, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) announced that the state wildlife commission approved the addition of 2,000 more licenses for the upcoming elk season. According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the “major herds are nearly 30% over objective” and there’s Read More…

OVER 160,000 WYOMING RESIDENTS MEDICAL DATA MISTAKENLY UPLOADED

A press release put out by the Wyoming Department of Health announced the mistaken exposure of lab test result data with the health information of over 160,000 Wyoming residents. The department said they became aware of the exposure of approximately 164,021 Wyoming residents on March 10, 2021, with a workforce member mishandling health information as early as November 5, 2020. READ FULL Read More…

Tester believes MT vaccinations will help convince Canada to re-open border

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) believes the U.S. can convince Canada to re-open its borders to normal traffic if more people follow through on getting their COVID shots. We’ve been telling you about the emotional turmoil facing residents in Montana’s border communities from the continued pandemic shutdown of the Canadian border. READ FULL Read More…

Housing crisis leaves out Montana’s middle

MISSOULA, Mont. — Housing prices in Montana continue to soar. There’s not enough property for sale and not enough units for rent. And in many cases, not enough money to pay for either. We’re working for you to find what it means to be stuck in the middle of what some are calling Montana’s housing crisis. Read More…

Female track stars appeal decision forcing competition with transgender athletes

A group of female high school track athletes is appealing a Sunday federal district decision forcing them to compete against transgender athletes. The case was dismissed by Judge Robert Chatigny on procedural grounds because the two transgender athletes in question have since graduated from high school, making the case moot. Chatigny wrote, however, that if Read More…

Armed Groups Step Into Venezuela as Lawlessness Grows

GUARERO, Venezuela — They bring drinking water to residents in the arid scrublands, teach farming workshops and offer medical checkups. They mediate land disputes, fine cattle rustlers, settle divorces, investigate crimes and punish thieves. They’re not police officers, civil servants or members of the Venezuela government, which has all but disappeared from this impoverished part Read More…