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Grants Available to Benefit Blaine County

August 24, 2021 – The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) announces a grant cycle to benefit communities and residents of Blaine County. Grants will be made from the Blaine County Community Foundation Fund, established at the Montana Community...

 

Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season: Be a Good Steward of the Land

Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, livestock being shot, and more. With upland bird and mourning dove seasons beginni...

 
 By Press Release    News    August 25, 2021

Hunter education classes offered in Harlem and Box Elder

HARLEM/BOX ELDER- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for Harlem and Box Elder. All hunter education classes are free of charge. • Harlem- starting Aug. 23, 5 p.m. at the ECNA Church • Box Elder-starting...

 
 By Press Release    News    August 4, 2021

Public Comment Sought on Fresno Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan A public open house will be held in Havre on Aug. 16

The process of developing the first Fresno Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan is nearing completion, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a draft plan developed by FWP and a 9-member Advisory Committee. Comments will be...

 
 By Press Release    News    August 4, 2021

Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought Producers can list hay for sale or donation using Montana Hay Hotline

As severe drought conditions and wildfires persist across the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers of the availability of the Hay Hotline, an online tool that connects those interested in buying, selling,...

 
 By Press Release    News    July 7, 2021

Governor Gianforte Ends State of Emergency in Montana

Governor Greg Gianforte today ended the state of emergency in Montana he declared in January 2021 to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. “Months ago, the light at the end of the tunnel was distant and dim. As we’ve worked together to...

 
 By Press Release    News    July 7, 2021

Gov. Gianforte Calls on USDA to Declare Montana a Drought Disaster Area

With every region of Montana facing severe to extreme drought conditions, Governor Greg Gianforte today called on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to identify all counties in Montana as primary natural disaster areas. “As we continue to...

 
 By Press Release    News    June 30, 2021

Fort Peck Reservoir water levels are down…what does this mean for the fishery?

FORT PECK – Anglers and boaters recreating on Fort Peck Reservoir this year have noticed that water levels are lower than they have been the last several years. More shoreline is exposed, boat ramps are longer (all ramps are currently usable), and...

 
 By Press Release    News    June 30, 2021

Montana's Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.6% in May

HELENA, Mont. – Montana’s unemployment rate declined again, falling to 3.6% in May, down from 4.0% in January and down from 9.1% one year ago. The unemployment rate for the U.S. was 5.8% for the month of May. “Montanans who were sidelined durin...

 
 By Press Release    News    May 26, 2021

Montana Farmers Encouraged to Participate in Wheat & Barley Varieties Survey

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding producers to participate in the upcoming Wheat and Barley Varieties Survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics...

 
 By Press Release    News    May 26, 2021

Former Chinook Residents Gift $100,000 to Northern

Montana State University-Northern shares that Mrs. Hazel Gearheart, of Kennewick, WA, has gifted the University $100,000. Gearheart, a former resident of Chinook, has designated the funds be used to...

 
 By Press Release    News    May 19, 2021

HAVRE ELKS LODGE AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

Havre Elks Lodge #1201 recently awarded six scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Lodge Scholarship Chairman Bob Nieuwenhuyse announced that recipients of this year's local Elks Most...

 
 By Press Release    News    May 19, 2021

Legislature Expanded Education Opportunities for All Montana Families

Education has been one of the most disrupted sectors by COVID-19. The ripple effects of school closures and remote learning have further put pressure on families and our economy. The Legislature responded by giving more flexibility to students,...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 28, 2021

MSU Extension offers certification program to boost remote work in rural areas

BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension will soon offer a program to help rural Montana residents gain skills needed to work from home as a remote employee, freelancer or entrepreneur. “This educational program will help people living in...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 28, 2021

State Officials Kick Off Strengthening Families Month Activities

HELENA – Lt. Governor Kristen Juras, Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) Vice President of External Affairs John Doran were joined by various organization...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 28, 2021

Gov. Gianforte Signs Bills Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Crisis

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today signed two bills to help address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) in Montana. “Montana faces a tragic trend of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons, and we must bring...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 28, 2021

Governor Gianforte Boosts Trades Education With New Law

MISSOULA, Mont. – At the construction site for SCHEELS, Governor Greg Gianforte today signed into law the Montana Trades Education Credit (M-TEC) to expand trades education in the state. “Many jobs require specialized skills, and M-TEC ensures...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 28, 2021

FWP TO CONTINUE OFFERING ONLINE HUNTER, BOWHUNTER EDUCATION CLASSES

During the last year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offered hunter and bowhunter education classes online due to COVID concerns. Since last spring, more than 17,000 Montanans completed the online courses, which is nearly double the number of...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 14, 2021

Celebrating Young Children for 50 years!

Family Connections is marking the 50th Anniversary of the National Association of the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child with the tradition of doing themed days this week, April 10-16th. This is the 50th year...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 14, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act has provided Montana with funding for COVID-relief

Montanans need healthy, fresh food to work hard, care for their loved ones, and enjoy their communities. Kids, seniors, working parents, individuals with disabilities, and those living in rural and...

 
 By Press Release    News    March 31, 2021

Chinook to begin Major Improvements Project

The City of Chinook is about to begin a major improvements project on the water distribution system. The project consists of the following elements: Replacement of approximately 3,330 feet of aging water main including new valves, fittings,...

 
 By Press Release    News    March 24, 2021

Blaine County Health Department

The Blaine County Health Department is sharing COVID-19 updates related to changes from the CDC and the Governor’s recent announcements. Vaccine Distribution As of April 1, 2021, any Montanan who wishes to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine is...

 
 By Press Release    News    March 24, 2021

Invasive mussels found in aquarium moss balls sold in Montana Customers asked to dispose of moss balls properly

Invasive zebra mussels found another avenue for potential infestation of Montana waters. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks was notified Wednesday that zebra mus-sels were detected in aquarium moss balls sold at a pet store in Washington state. FWP...

 
 By Press Release    News    March 24, 2021

USDA Extends Application Deadline for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline from March 5 to April 9 for agricultural producers to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program because of recent winter storms and some clarifications to program rules....

 
 By Press Release    News    March 24, 2021

Montana FSA: USDA Extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity for...

 

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