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Tester introduces bill to protect rural postal service

News from the office of Senator Tester  U.S. SENATE — In response to the United States Postal Service (USPS) finalizing the decision to relocate Missoula’s Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) outgoing processing operations to Spokane, Washington, on May 2, U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced his Protecting Access to Rural Carriers for Every Location (PARCEL) Act – legislation to prohibit unnecessary and harmful consolidation of mail processing operations nationwide. “The Postal Service is critical to Montana’s small businesses, seniors and veterans – and shortsighted decisions like relocating Missoula’s outgoing mail processing...

WIC Farm Direct teams up with local ag producers to increase access to fresh fruits, vegies

News from Montana DPHHS WIC agencies prepare for busy summer as they celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary With the farmer’s market season starting up, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is inviting local farmers to sign up for the Montana Women, Infants, and Ch...

Irrigators face predicted dry season ahead Irrigators face predicted dry season ahead

CHARLO — Local farmers and ranchers met with the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project team on April 15 to discuss water levels. Skye Cooley, a hydrologist, shared information about snowpack in the area. “We currently have about 74 percent to 78 percent of our average snowpack,” Cooley said...

New polling locations announced for upcoming election

News from the Lake County Election Office LAKE COUNTY — Election judge training was completed on Saturday, April 27 and on April 29 Lake County Commissioners appointed 124 election judges and designated polling places for the 2024-2026 election cycle.    Polling place location changes...

Disability Rights Advocates, Quality Ed Coalition seek to enjoin harmful bill

News from Upper Seven Law HELENA — On April 22, 2024, the Montana Quality Education Coalition and Disability Rights Montana filed a motion to stop the state from giving already scarce public-school money to private individuals and private school vendors. During the last legislative session, the...

Tax relief programs deadline extended to June 1

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — On April 15, Governor Greg Gianforte announced the deadline to apply for two property tax relief programs would be extended to June 1 to give Montanans with a substantial hardship extended time to apply for relief. “Property taxes are to...

DPHHS officials encourage safe handling of live poultry

News from DPHHS MONTANA — Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) epidemiologist Rachel Hinnenkamp said that while raising backyard birds has become an increasingly popular activity in the state, there are health risks to be aware of. She said live poultry can carry germs such as...

Governor reminds students to apply for FAFSA

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte recently urged high school seniors in Montana to continue to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), despite issues resulting from the U.S. Department of Education’s delay in launching the 2024...

DPHHS hosts Disability Employment Conference

News from DPHHS GREAT FALLS — The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is hosting a Disability Employment Conference May 14-16 at the Great Falls College Heritage Hall.  “This conference will provide Montana businesses with information related to the value of hiring...

Veto override push on long-debated marijuana money bill falls short Veto override push on long-debated marijuana money bill falls short

A veto override effort on a much-debated marijuana revenue bill that initially passed the Montana Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support last year has failed, according to poll results released Friday afternoon. The override poll, conducted by a mail ballot by the Montana secretary of state&rsqu...

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