Montana News

Montana Capitol in Helena.
William Marcus

A committee of legislative finance leaders got good news on the state budget Monday. After a derailment of state finances leading to a special session last November, the latest budget report from the Legislative Fiscal Division indicates indicates that state finances are improving.

However, there’s nothing the legislative committee can do to reverse the budget cuts made this winter.

Watercraft inspection station sign.
Katrin Frye

State and tribal agencies are opening mandatory boat check stations this week to screen incoming watercraft for invasive species, like zebra and quagga mussels.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will open an inspection station at its regional office in Kalispell Thursday, March 15. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will open the Ravalli check station on Friday, March 16. The station along I-15 in Dillon will open Saturday, March 31, with more stations opening on a rolling schedule leading up to Memorial Day.

Bison Protesters Banned From Yellowstone For 5 Years

Mar 12, 2018
Bison at the Stephens Creek Capture facility north of Yellowstone Park in 2015.
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Three people who were arrested while protesting the slaughter of bison near Yellowstone National Park have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and are banned from the park for 5 years.

For the first time in more than a decade, Green Party candidates will appear on Montana’s ballots for Congress this fall. 

When the state’s candidate filing deadline passed at five o'clock this evening, three Green Party candidates joined the crowded field of Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians seeking Montana seats in the U.S. House and Senate.

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss (R) with Nick Checota of Logjam Presents during a Curtiss campaign stop at the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT, March 12, 2018. The amphitheater is built on the site of a closed timber mill.
Edward O'Brien

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss is highlighting her economic development chops as she seeks re-election. With reporters in tow today, Curtiss met with a handful of business owners at the revitalized Bonner mill site just east of Missoula.