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    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Cascade County in central Montana has issued a public health order limiting indoor events to 250 people and outdoor events to 500. The Cascade City-County Health Department issued the order Friday that also requires organizers of events with 100 to 500 people submit an event packet for approval before the event can take place. The Great Falls Tribune reports that officials say the restrictions are reasonable and intended to protect the community from the coronavirus....
    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An inquiry by the Missoulian has found that 20 people have died in custody since the Department of Corrections agency quietly decided to stop issuing public notices of deaths 10 months ago. The review found 15 of those deaths have occurred this year, a number higher than 2018 and 2019 combined, authorities said. At least two in DOC custody have died this year by apparent suicides. Sixteen of the deaths involved prison inmates; the other four...
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two more people have died as a result of a coronavirus outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings, bringing the number of deaths associated with the facility to five, Yellowstone County health officials said. The new deaths were announced Friday, as the state reported a single-day record of 127 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the third time the state set a record this week. A man in his 90s died Thursday in a Yellowstone County hospital...
    THE world is yours, or should we say Jorge Masvidals. The UFC star is the main event on the fight card at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, where he takes on Kamaru Usman for the welterweight championship. 19Inside Jorge Masvidals Scarface-inspired Miami mansion 19Movie character Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino, is an inspiration for MasvidalCredit: Alamy 19Masvidal once dressed up as Montana for a press conference before UFC 244Credit: AP:Associated Press And just like his inspiration...
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three people have died following a coronavirus outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings, Yellowstone County health officials said Thursday, as the state reported a single-day record of 96 confirmed cases of the virus. A woman in her 70s died Monday, a woman in her 80s died Wednesday and a man in his 90s died Thursday, bringing the states COVID-19 death toll to 26. All were patients at Canyon Creek Memory Care, which has reported...
    The race for Montana’s at-large House seat is heating up as a new poll shows Democrat Kathleen Williams and Republican Matt Rosendale running neck-and-neck less than four months before the election. Williams and Rosendale are knotted up at 47 percent each, according to an internal poll from the Williams campaign that was obtained exclusively by The Hill. Another 6 percent of likely voters say they are undecided. The poll marks an improvement for Williams, who trailed 43-48 in the same...
    By AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney has been fined the maximum of $1,000 for violating state ethics laws by participating in a campaign-related video conference call from his state office this spring, the commissioner of political practices said Wednesday. Cooney, who is running for governor, has said he participated in a Democratic Governors Association call on his personal laptop in his office at the Capitol on April 13 because he was on...
    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court said Wednesday that a federal judge was right to restore protections for about 700 grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region of the Rocky Mountains, after federal officials sought to turn over management of the animals to states that would have allowed them to be hunted. The ruling means federal wildlife officials will have to do more to justify their proposal to lift protections for bears in portions...
    Campsite in southern Montana. Mathew Wilson/Business Insider In December 2018, I drove from New York to California with my family in an RV camper. During the trip, I gained an appreciation for how diverse and varied Americas landscape can be. In Montana, I saw snow-capped mountains that towered above the surrounding countryside. Visit Insiders home page for more stories.  In the winter of 2018, my family and I decided to travel across the country in an RV...
    Bunsen Peak, Yellowstone National ParkVenu Gupta and family For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones newsletters.My parents came to the United States from India in 1973. I grew up believing that camping equaled two things: (1) being outside in the sun and therefore getting darker, a cardinal sin (colorism, anti-Blackness, all of it) and (2) living in a way they tried to leave behind when they came to America: many people in small spaces,...
    A woman has gone viral after she posted a video of herself refusing to wear a mask at a hospital in Toronto, Canada. Hide Letitia Montana posted the video to her Twitter on July 4. She said she was at the St. Joseph’s Health Centre to get help with a suspected broken finger. Hide “I was asked to wear a mask, which I refused to do,” Montana said. “As a result, hospital staff asked me to leave and...
    Bunsen Peak, Yellowstone National ParkVenu Gupta and family For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones newsletters.My parents came to the United States from India in 1973. I grew up believing that camping equaled two things: (1) being outside in the sun and therefore getting darker, a cardinal sin (colorism, anti-Blackness, all of it) and (2) living in a way they tried to leave behind when they came to America: many people in small spaces,...
    A state that President Trump handily won by 20 percentage points in 2016 could help Democrats claw back power in the Senate. Two-term Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is pacing well against Republican incumbent Sen. Steve Daines ahead of November. And if Bullock finishes on top, Democrats only need another two or three seats to control the Senate, depending on Trump and Joe Bidens White House race. Bullock this week announced he raised $7.7 million between April and June, ending...
    Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge issued a ruling Tuesday that blocks the state from enforcing a voter-approved law that restricts the collection of absentee ballots during elections. Tuesdays ruling from District Judge Jessica Fehr came after the Billings-based judge temporarily halted the Ballot Interference Protection Act two weeks before the June primary election. The law passed by voter referendum in 2018 limits one person to turning in a maximum of six absentee ballots. Fehr wrote the...
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) unveiled an ad Tuesday attacking Montana Democrat Gov. and Senate Democrat candidate Steve Bullock for supporting a healthcare plan that could close rural Montana hospitals. The NRSC criticized Bullock, who is running to unseat Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), for his support of a health insurance public option which the NRSC described as government-controlled health care. A public option would allow for a government health insurance option to compete with private health insurance on the...
    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine, as Montana on Tuesday reported its highest daily total of confirmed infections since the pandemic began. Residents and staff of Canyon Creek Memory Care Community were tested July 3 after a staff member recently tested positive, said spokesman Chase Salyers with Koelsch Communities, the Washington state company that...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine, as Montana on Tuesday tallied its highest daily number of newly confirmed infections. Residents and staff of Canyon Creek Memory Care Community were tested July 3 after a staff member recently tested positive, said spokesman Chase Salyers with Koelsch Communities, the Washington state company that runs the facility. Two of the 43 residents...
    Child care provider relief. The Forum News Service’s Dana Ferguson reports (via the Bemidji Pioneer): “Thousands of Minnesota child care providers will be eligible for federal grant funds to offset the cost of guarding kids and staff against the coronavirus, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday, July 7. … Walz announced that he would put $56.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds toward grants for child care providers to help them pay for protections against COVID-19, the...
    However Daines actually voted to repeal preexisting condition protections during the GOPs 2017 effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Daines voted for the final failed Senate repeal effort, now known as the skinny repeal, which would have allowed states to waive some of the essential health benefits the ACA mandated insurance policies include. As CNN reported at the time, the skinny repeal bill would have caused seniors and those with pre-existing conditions to see a rise in...
    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has handed another blow to the disputed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key permit for the project. But Mondays order also puts on hold the lower court ruling out of Montana as it pertains to other oil and gas pipelines across the nation. The Trump administration had argued a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer permit program...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has handed another blow to the disputed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key permit for the project. But Monday’s order also puts on hold the lower court ruling out of Montana as it pertains to other oil and gas pipelines across the nation. The Trump administration had argued a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer permit program that has been in...
    A WOMAN was denied treatment in an emergency room because she refused to put on a mask - and promptly earned herself a Karen label. Letitia Montana recorded a video in St Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto, where she was seeking help for a suspected broken finger. 3 The staff at St Josephs refused to help the woman unless she put a mask onCredit: CEN/@LetitiaMontana 3 The staff reminded the woman that the Ministry of Health were enforcing the mask rulesCredit:...
    A WOMAN shared a video of herself getting denied treatment in an emergency room because she refused to put on a mask - and promptly earned herself a Karen label for the offense. Letitia Montana recorded a video in St Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto, where she was seeking treatment for a suspected broken finger. 3 The staff at St Josephs refused to help the woman unless she put a mask onCredit: CEN/@LetitiaMontana 3 The staff reminded the woman that the...
    Hes in over his head, and its only getting worse. As Laura Clawson wrote earlier, Pew polling has found that voter sentiment against impeached racist Donald Trump is dramatically higher in coronavirus hotspots. “Pew surveyed voters in late March and the same people again in late June, and found 17% of those who approved of the president in March now disapprove,” Bloomberg reported. “[T]hose who live in counties with a high number of virus cases were 50% more likely to say...
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials reported another 121 confirmed COVID-19 cases from Saturday through Monday, marking one of the states highest three-day totals since the pandemic began as infections continue to surge. Health officials announced 39 new cases on Saturday, 45 on Sunday and 37 on Monday, pushing the statewide total so far to almost 1,250 cases. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people...