Latest Montana News

Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Apr. 22, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy...

Governor signs religious freedom bill allowing challenges

Apr. 22, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s governor on Thursday signed a bill that codifies the right of people to challenge government regulations that interfere with their religious beliefs. The legislation, by Republican Sen. Carl Glimm, requires the government to have a...

Montana transgender bill advances, other measures vetoed

Apr. 22, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature voted Thursday to advance a bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating in school and university sports according to the gender with which they identify. The governors of North Dakota and Kansas vetoed similar...

Montana Senate advances bill banning vaccine requirements

Apr. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate voted Thursday to advance a measure banning the use of vaccine passports and prohibiting workplaces from requiring vaccinations as a condition for employment. Dozens of supporters of the measure, mostly unmasked, packed the Senate...

Crow Tribe to approve cannabis ordinance in Montana

Apr. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Montana is expected to enter the cannabis industry after approving an ordinance last week to oversee its own cultivation and sale of marijuana, and benefit from the revenue. Crow Tribe Chairman Frank White Clay is...

Montana extends programs to address tribes' missing persons

Apr. 22, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte signed this week several bills meant to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Montana, extending programs established in 2019. Native Americans make up only around 7% of Montana’s population but a...

US ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June

Apr. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department is cancelling oil and gas lease sales from public lands through June amid an ongoing review of how the program contributes to climate change, officials said Wednesday. The action does not affect existing leases, and...

Governor signs bill allowing direct patient care contracts

Apr. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill Wednesday that allows health care providers to contract directly with patients for certain basic care, such as annual checkups, office visits, vaccines, bloodwork and stitches, in an effort to reduce health care costs. ...

Grizzly victim knew risks of living with bears, friends say

Apr. 21, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are part of life in the gateway communities bordering Yellowstone National Park, and backcountry snowmobile guide Charles “Carl” Mock knew well the risks that come with working, hiking and fishing among the fear-inspiring carnivores, his friends...

Utility to build $250M gas-fired power plant in Montana

Apr. 21, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — NorthWestern Energy has announced plans to build a $250 million power plant in Montana as part of an effort to increase its power capacity in the state. The utility announced plans Tuesday for the 175-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Laurel,...