Latest Montana state government News

Montana orders 650,000 rapid COVID-19 tests for residents

Jan. 13, 2022 19:19 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has ordered 650,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to be distributed to residents through county health departments, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Thursday. “As the state of Montana, like the rest of the nation, faces a new surge with the omicron...

Groups try to block Montana laws they say hurt Native voters

Jan. 12, 2022 19:21 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Organizations that participate in get-out-the-vote efforts on Montana's Native American reservations are asking a judge to temporarily block two laws they say are part of an effort to disenfranchise Native voters. Last year, the Republican-controlled Montana...

Montana increasing wildland firefighter hourly pay to $15.50

Jan. 10, 2022 17:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana is increasing its base pay for seasonal firefighters to a minimum of $15.50 per hour to help recruit and retain highly qualified personnel, Gov. Greg Gianforte and the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said Monday. ...

Avalanche blocks I-90 on Montana side of Lookout Pass

Jan. 07, 2022 18:43 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Three small snowslides on Friday, and concerns there might be more, led the Montana Department of Transportation to close the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Lookout Pass overnight, while avalanche warnings were in place in western Montana and for the Cooke City area...

Hunters kill 20 Yellowstone wolves that roamed out of park

Jan. 06, 2022 17:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Twenty of Yellowstone National Park's renowned gray wolves roamed from the park and were shot by hunters in recent months — the most killed by hunting in a single season since the predators were reintroduced to the region more than 25 years ago, according to park...

Montana Supreme Court reverses attempted homicide conviction

Jan. 04, 2022 18:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a Miles City man's conviction for attempted deliberate homicide for threatening to stab a bar owner in the heart while the defendant sat handcuffed in the back of a law enforcement vehicle. The justices, in a 4-1 decision...

Ëfforts to clear marijuana convictions have mixed results

Jan. 01, 2022 08:23 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — When voters approved recreational cannabis in the fall of 2020, they also created a path for people previously convicted of now-legal actions to have their records cleared. While some say the process has worked well and quickly, the pace of requests hasn’t...

Former billionaire suing Montana over forced bankruptcy

Dec. 30, 2021 18:33 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former billionaire has filed a lawsuit against Montana's Department of Revenue seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages along with attorneys fees after a federal judge ruled the state wrongfully tried to force him into bankruptcy to collect taxes the state said he...

Montana producers prepare for recreational marijuana Jan. 1

Dec. 27, 2021 19:03 PM EST

FOUR CORNERS, Mont. (AP) — Anticipation for Jan. 1 hangs in the air of a parking lot here where four cannabis dispensaries sit shoulder-to-shoulder. Next month could mean a budding business plan blossoming into its full potential, or it could bring possible failure in an industry...

Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot warns republic is at risk

Dec. 18, 2021 10:19 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot warned that fidelity is in jeopardy in America, not only in regard to the state and national constitutions, but to the country’s spirit as well. He also said there are serious warning signs that the U.S. Constitution and republic are at...