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Gazette opinion: Time to refuel America’s Highway Trust Fund

America’s transportation program is running on empty.

June 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Texting while driving in Montana is dangerous, but not illegal.

June 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Federal highway funds hit rough patch

The next congressional budget crisis is barreling down a road near you.

June 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

State’s future federal highway funding uncertain

HELENA — Some state highway construction projects are still up for bid in mid-November, but the state transportation director said the agency doesn’t know how much federal money it will receive in the future.

October 01, 2013 6:30 pmLoading…

State plans to arm trucking officers

HELENA — The state Transportation Department intends to arm 35 officers from its Motor Carrier Services Division, a move that drew opposition from the lobbyist for Montana’s trucking industry.

October 01, 2013 5:10 pmLoading…

Group seeks Bullock's support to expand passenger rail service

HELENA — Some advocates of reviving passenger rail service in the West urged Gov. Steve Bullock to take up the issue with his counterparts in the Western Governors’ Association.

July 16, 2013 6:30 pmLoading…

Montana ranks 5th in national highway study

HELENA — Montana’s highway system is ranked fifth best in the nation in overall performance and efficiency, despite having the highest fatality rate in the country, a study has concluded.

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Montana transportation department celebrates 100th anniversary

Montana transportation department celebrates 100th anniversary

HELENA — The Montana Department of Transportation this week begins celebrating its 100th anniversary as the state agency that oversees construction and maintenance of the highways and bridges that connect communities here.

June 17, 2013 12:15 am Photos


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Some major highway projects slated for this year

HELENA — Here are some major state highway projects that already have begun or will be started this year, according to state Transportation Director Mike Tooley.

May 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Law enforcement increasing patrols for seat-belt use

State and local law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols as part of the national “Click It, Don’t Risk It” seat belt enforcement effort, which began Monday and continues through June 2.

May 20, 2013 11:53 amLoading…

Bullock releases Cabinet, staff salaries

HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock has released the salaries for members of his Cabinet and staff.

January 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Bullock names directors for transportation, natural resources

Bullock names directors for transportation, natural resources

HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock on Thursday appointed two more department directors — Mike Tooley to head the state Department of Transportation and John Tubbs to lead the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

December 13, 2012 11:21 am Photos


Highway Patrol Chief Michael Tooley retiring

Highway Patrol Chief Michael Tooley retiring

HELENA — The leader of the Montana Highway Patrol has retired after almost four years as chief and nearly 28 years with the agency.

December 12, 2012 1:42 pmLoading…

Fatal drunken crashes on rise so far this year in Montana

At first, said David Mirisch, his wife thought the approaching headlights were on a frontage road. Then she realized they were in her own lane of Interstate 90, coming straight toward her, fast.

August 19, 2012 10:25 amLoading…
Montana Highway Patrol swears in 10 new troopers

Montana Highway Patrol swears in 10 new troopers

HELENA - Montana Highway Patrol Col. Mike Tooley told 10 newly sworn troopers Friday that their shining badges and accompanying numbers are symbols of honor but also responsibility.

August 18, 2012 1:00 pmLoading…

Bullock goes above and beyond

The reason I support Steve Bullock is that he's gone above and beyond the regular duties of attorney general and fought daily to improve public safety in Montana. For example, he's led the fight to reduce drunk driving in Montana. Bullock coordinated the effort to expand the 24/7 program sta…

July 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Speed, lack of seat belt use drive up crash toll

So far, 2012 is on a bad run.

March 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
MHP trooper named finalist for international award

MHP trooper named finalist for international award

Derek Werner, a Poplar native and trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol based out of the Wolf Point area, has been named one of the top four Troopers of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

February 26, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: New law supports safety for smallest travelers

Eight years ago, the Montana Legislature inadvertently deleted child safety seat enforcement from the state code.

June 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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