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Investments made to help restore Bison populations, grassland ecosystems

News from the Dept. of the Interior WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior recently announced $5 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to support the restoration of bison populations and grassland ecosystems in Tribal communities. The funding will support Tribally led initiatives to strengthen bison conservation and expansion, improved management of existing herds, and ecosystem restoration efforts in native grassland habitats. These investments advance the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautiful initiative. The funding advances the Department’s new Grasslands Keystone Initiative, unveiled as part of a restoration and res...


Volunteers sought for Lake County Board of Adjustment

News from Lake County Planning LAKE COUNTY — Lake County seeks volunteers to serve on the Board of Adjustment.  One member vacancy and two alternate member vacancies are currently open until filled.   This board hears and decides on zoning-related issues such as conditional uses, vari...


Court issues preliminary injunction to prevent authorization of private schools

News from Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, Upper Seven Law HELENA — On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, the First Judicial District issued a partial preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of House Bill 562 (“HB 562”). The district court found that the bill likely violates separation of powers p...


$1.3M+ secured for rural MT renewable energy development projects

News from the Office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — As a result of his Inflation Reduction Act, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week secured $1,375,897 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for 35 renewable energy infrastructure projects in Montana. Tester was the only member of...


Second annual Youth Hunting Story Contest launched

News from the office of Governor Gianforte  HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte announced on Aug. 28 the launch of the second annual Governor’s Youth Hunting Story Contest, open to Montana youth and apprentice hunters ages 10 to 17. “Last year, we received hundreds of submissions ...


ANTI Drugs Act endorsed by National Sheriffs’ Association

News from the office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — The National Sheriffs’ Association – a group representing thousands of sheriffs, deputies, and other law enforcement professionals – recently announced their formal support for U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan Assisting...


Nearly $5M for MT domestic violence shelters, crime victim services

BIG SANDY — As a part of his continued effort to ensure that Montana victims of crime have the resources they need to get back on their feet, U.S. Senator Jon Tester secured $4.9 million to maintain and enhance crime victim services in the state. The funding comes from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) a...


$11M+ to support housing, services for homeless veterans in Montana

News from the Office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced on Aug. 30 more than $11 million in funding to support homeless and at-risk veterans and their families across Montana. “The men and women who ri...


Prescription drug price cuts for Montanans announced

News from the office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — Montana seniors will see cheaper prescription drug prices on 10 common medications as a direct result of U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s Inflation Reduction Act. Tester’s law will lower the prices of 10 prescription drugs for Montana seniors...


Governor Gianforte proclaims September ‘Bear Aware’ month Governor Gianforte proclaims September ‘Bear Aware’ month

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — In partnership with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Governor Greg Gianforte today proclaimed September as “Bear Aware” Month in Montana. The governor’s proclamation can be viewed here and below. WHEREAS, grizzly bears ...


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