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 By Alex Sakariassen    News    June 16, 2021 

OPI asks feds to approve COVID relief spending

HELENA - The Montana Office of Public Instruction submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday outlining how it intends to spend $382 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. The...

 By Alex Sakariassen    News    June 9, 2021

Taking control: City and county leaders statewide are struggling to come to terms with rollbacks of municipal authority

After months of legislative debate, Montanans are beginning to glimpse how new laws passed by the 67th Legislature are poised to impact their lives. For county and municipal leaders, those impacts amount to a notable reduction in their ability to...

 By Alex Sakariassen    News    May 26, 2021

Regents will take constitutional carry to court

The Montana Board of Regents announced last week it will push for a judicial review of the state's new "constitutional carry" law, which is poised to allow students and university staff to carry conce... Full story


Arntzen's State of Education address: Superintendent of Public Instruction highlights legislative priorities including special education funding and at-risk students

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen highlighted several legislative priorities for the state's public schools Thursday, including a push to offer increased funding security for special needs students in Montana.  Arntzen's statements...


Public lands: promises and peril

Throughout 2020, political contenders of all stripes made the same straightforward promise, one that's now as familiar to Montana voters as spring runoff or November snowstorms: to be a champion for public lands. This election-year refrain arrived...

 By Alex Sakariassen    News    July 29, 2020

Slow COVID-19 test results complicate life for public health workers and patients

In mid-June, as Montana's COVID-19 case count began its summer climb, the Missoula City-County Health Department announced it would begin testing asymptomatic frontline workers. The declaration...


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