WASHINGTON (AP) — Shelving his objections, President Donald Trump has signed a $2 trillion-plus COVID-19 and annual federal spending package providing relief for millions of Americans, even as Congress returns to confront the White House on remaining priorities in a rare end-of-session showdown.
In recognition of his exemplary service to his community and school district, Keith Haggerty will represent Montana as the state’s nominee for the U.S. Department of Education’s Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) award.
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A Christmas tree stands outside the intensive care room where a man stricken by COVID-19 lies unconscious, a machine breathing for him. A few feet away, a plastic snowman adorns the door of another patient whose face is barely visible behind ventilator tubes.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers rejected Tuesday contentious rule proposals for the Legislature that would have consolidated power in Republican hands. The result leaves the House to operate under rules that were in place the previous session when the legislative session begins in January.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television as part of a growing effort to convince the American public the inoculations are safe.
Lincoln County Health Board member Jim Seifert sketched out an audacious plan to press local businesses to adopt pandemic measures at the tail end of a Dec. 16 informational meeting for residents interested in learning about the panel.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana environmental regulators have forced the owners of a power plant to provide a $285 million cleanup bond, a move some local organizations hailed as a victory for conservation.
HELENA, Mont. — Incoming Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signaled he won't continue a statewide mask mandate in place since July, though he said he plans to wear a mask himself and get vaccinated against COVID-19.
After voters approved two legalization measures in November, many of Montana's medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to seek licenses to sell their products for recreational use beginning next fall.
The leader of a group of residents opposed to pandemic restrictions admonished Lincoln County commissioners for not taking their proposed remedies, which included disbanding the health board, more seriously.
Libby Public Schools administrators have found themselves with a large pot of money they need to spend — and fast.
Superintendent Ron Goodman said the district has $340,000 in coronavirus relief funds that need to be spent by the end of the month.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers in Montana rejected proposals Wednesday by Democrats to require masks at next month's legislative session or meet remotely, opting instead to form a panel that will assess what's needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Hampered by restrictions and quarantines, many sports teams and performative artists this year are left wondering if they'll have a chance to compete. For the Logger Speech and Drama team that kind of uncertainty is nothing new.
Eager skiers and snowboarders will have to wait another week before hitting the slopes at Turner Mountain. While scheduled to open on Dec. 19, volunteers had to push the date back a week due to a lack of snow.
Asking for community backing to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the county’s top doctor got plenty of praise from Lincoln County Health Board members Dec. 9, but no clear endorsement for future measures.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — At the winter meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, Lori Roberts introduced a new tool to keep the peace between grizzly bears and humankind — "bear smart communities," inspired by the model used in British Columbia, Canada.
After months of holding out against the novel coronavirus, the Libby Care Center confirmed two residents had tested positive for the virus in late October. As staff worked to isolate those infected, a Libby woman — along with her border collie — hatched a plan to raise morale in the center.
Officials thought they were dealing with a technical glitch at first.
Troy residents reported a delay when contacted 911. Calls to the local dispatch center had to be transferred to dispatchers next door in Libby.
Officials ultimately identified the reason for the lag, but it has raised a larger shortcoming in the county’s emergency services network.
MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Arguments over mask requirements and other restrictions have turned ugly in recent days as the deadly coronavirus surge across the U.S. engulfs small and medium-size cities that once seemed safely removed from the outbreak.
An administrative law judge has ruled in favor of actions taken by the state Department of Public Health and Human Services to remove 27 children in July 2019 from the Ranch for Kids, a private alternative adolescent residential/ outdoor program located near Rexford.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Thursday that residents can expect diminished health care if hospitals fill with COVID-19 patients and the state has to initiate crisis standards of care.
A 59-year-old man arrested after his vehicle got stuck on the edge of a U.S. Border Patrol agent’s private driveway last month pleaded not guilty to multiple charges related to drunk driving in Lincoln County District Court.
Thank you to our local medical professionals, health-care workers, health department personnel and all who are working to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which has resulted in the deaths of over 238,000 people in our country.
Robert “Bob” Rudman was one of eight children born to Mary and Theodore Rudman and was the fifth of seven sons born in South Chicago. A sister, not the youngest of the siblings, was born in upstate Michigan. Bob was born on Oct. 29, 1928. He died Nov. 23,2020. His father was born in Croatia and immigrated to America in 1905. His mother also was of Croatian heritage, but born in Chicago.
Rural America’s low population density provides us access to beautiful, wide-open spaces and a remarkable quality of life, but it creates significant challenges in the delivery of health care services. Folks in remote locations face a shrunken supply of primary-care physicians, specialists and emergency room doctors, hampering their efforts to seek treatment for complex concerns.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will go to health care workers in the state's major hospitals, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday.
Hospitals first in line for the vaccine are in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula.
The Flathead City-County Health Department is in flux after the Interim Public Health Officer Tamalee St. James Robinson announced she will step down at the end of the year — a decision that set a tight deadline for a hiring team to secure her replacement in the midst of a pandemic.
After hearing that customers have refused to wear masks while shopping at local businesses, Troy Mayor Dallas Carr responded with a simple question.
“You keep your shirt and shoes on, so why not a mask for a short amount of time you will be in their store,” he wrote in a Nov. 30 letter addressed to Troy residents.
Nathaniel Ryan McDonald pleaded guilty to a single count of stalking in Lincoln County District Court on Nov. 16 for allegedly planting an electronic monitoring device in his estranged wife’s home over the summer.
With just over a month left to finish spending federal coronavirus aid, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Wednesday he is redistributing nearly $13 million to K-12 schools to cover costs related to COVID-19, including staffing, transportation, cleaning, personal protective equipment, and computers and other devices needed for students.
Flathead City-County Health Department Interim Public Health Officer Tamalee St. James Robinson resigned from her position Friday, citing inaction and a general lack of support from elected county officials and the Board of Health.