BLM to reconsider Montana oil, gas leases after settlement with environmental groups
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says it will reconsider more than 100 oil and gas leases in eastern Montana and western North Dakota, as part of a settlement agreement with environmental groups.
Montana leaders conducting survey on internet access
Montana leaders are asking the public to share information about their internet needs and access, as they continue their efforts to expand broadband service in the state.
Gianforte asking federal government to reconsider changes to endangered species rules
Gianforte submitted a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) last month, sharply criticizing their proposal to allow “experimental populations” of endangered or threatened species to be introduced outside their historic range.
Montana VA chief of staff submits resignation
The chief of staff of the Montana VA Health Care System has resigned, effective Friday.
Montana receiving $25M federal grant to plug orphaned oil, gas wells
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday that it had awarded $560 million to 24 states, from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year. That money will be used to start capping thousands of high-priority well sites.
Montana taking another look at scoring for broadband projects
A state commission says it wants to take more time to finish its scoring process before deciding how to divide up $260 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for upgrading broadband internet service.
Montana apprenticeship program growing; schools helping participants
DLI says the number of new apprentices has been growing for years: 183 in 2018, 286 in 2019, 381 in 2020 and 631 in 2021. They say they recorded 515 new apprentices and 41 new employer sponsors just in the first half of 2022.
Montana Board of Public Education begins considering accreditation changes
At a special board meeting, representatives from the Montana Office of Public Instruction gave their rationale for updates to the baseline standards for accredited schools in the state.
Montana lawmakers considering special session for tax rebates
In their request, the ten lawmakers said the budget surplus — projected to be well over $1 billion by the start of the regular legislative session in January — was a sign taxpayers had “overpaid” the state.
Economists’ midyear outlook forecasts changing Montana growth trends
Montana continues to have one of the highest rates in the U.S. of people moving in from other states. That’s had benefits for the economy, but it’s continued to put pressure on the housing market.