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HELENA — This is what life used to be for Bowen Greenwood, the 38-year-old executive director of the Montana Republican Party:
HELENA — Retired Helena Justice of the Peace Wally Jewell is not the only person to raise concerns about Montana’s four-year-old Office of the State Public Defender, but his critiques are among the most biting.
HELENA — Billings’ leading tourism-promotion outfit is aiming to pick up the state contract to promote tourism for all of southeastern Montana — the area previously promoted by Custer Country, which gained headlines this spring for mismanagement.
HELENA – Anthony St. Dennis was accused of beating a homeless man to death near a Missoula foot bridge in 2007. Dustin Strahan was implicated in the crime, too.
HELENA — The Montana Republican Party is using the threat of “graphic, explicit” sex education for Montana grade-schoolers to drum up support for its legislative candidates this fall.
HELENA — Led by one of Montana’s most successful industrialists, a group of nonprofits has launched a drive to bring large private donations to Montana’s cash-strapped early childhood educational system — where the average teacher makes less than $17,000 a year.
HELENA — This is what Sen. Trudi Schmidt, D-Great Falls, doesn’t like about medical marijuana: Would-be “caregivers” laughed at a gravely ill woman Schmidt knows because the woman had never been stoned before.
HELENA — Limit the number of medical marijuana patients that a caregiver can sell pot to? Ban caregivers from selling pot to one another?
HELENA — Montana hunters will be able to harvest more than twice as many wolves in the upcoming hunting season as were allowed for hunting last year.
HELENA — Montana is fat, but compared with the rest of the country, we look pretty darned good.
HELENA — Alcohol is too easy for kids to get and the sanctions against underage drinking are basically meaningless, a group of teenagers told lawmakers here Wednesday.
HELENA - If you drink big, you'll pay big if a bill proposed today by Yellowstone County officials becomes law.
HELENA - Montana's traveling cannabis caravans, responsible for signing up thousands for medical marijuana cards in the last year, will be a thing of a the past if a group of lawmakers here get their way.
HELENA — Montana leaders lauded a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday upholding individual gun rights, but one of the state’s top gun rights activists said the ruling is not as important here, as Montana already has strong gun rights protections.
HELENA — A panel of lawmakers is starting to “get into the weeds,” as one state senator put it, and is hoping to write first drafts of possible laws by the end of the summer addressing Montana’s medical marijuana controversy.
HELENA — The thing is, Montana is just cooler than Minnesota.
HELENA — The state Department of Corrections will be paying about $150,000 this summer to move into a new downtown headquarters building here, leaving behind one of the most troubled buildings on the state campus.
Hardin’s economic development authority is patching broken pipes in the city’s never-used Two Rivers Detention Center in hopes of finally landing a contract for the 464-bed jail, the agency’s executive director said Wednesday.
HELENA — Leaders of Montana’s Department of Corrections told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency is working to clean up the way it monitors millions of dollars in contracts following a blistering audit earlier this year.
HELENA - Leaders of Montana's penal agency told lawmakers this morning the department has cleaned up the way it handles millions of dollars in contracts following a blistering audit.
HELENA - The resignation of top officers at the troubled Custer Country tourism promotion group on Thursday paved the way for the non-profit corporation to start fresh.
HELENA — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., unveiled a counterversion of his logging and wilderness bill Thursday, reinserting mandates to log tens of thousands of forested Montana acres that a Senate committee earlier axed from its draft.
HELENA — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., unveiled a counter version of his logging and wilderness bill Thursday, reinserting mandates to log tens of thousands of forested Montana acres that a Senate committee earlier axed from their draft.
HELENA — Montana’s official water watchers confirmed Wednesday what almost anyone living here already knows: June has been really wet.
HELENA — Montana’s professional pharmacists say they don’t want to get into the medical marijuana business, scuttling the suggestion that lawmakers could firm up Montana’s controversial pot scene by making pharmacists dispense the drug.
HELENA — For the three candidates vying for spots on the Montana Supreme Court, Tuesday’s election wasn’t exactly a nail biter.
HELENA – State officials have placed Yellowstone County under a rabies quarantine after a horse in Worden came down with the disease earlier this month.
HELENA — Despite spending more than $24,000 to gather thousands of voter signatures, the group pushing to expand drug and alcohol treatment courts by citizen-passed initiative has scrapped its efforts.
HELENA — Montana is getting almost $1 million of federal stimulus dollars to expand the state’s already innovative weatherization training program, with program leaders saying they hope to build a two-year degree in weatherization that could be offered at colleges nationwide.
HELENA — Cracks in GOP cohesion have shown up in an unusual spot recently: a series of back-and-forth letters published in the Belgrade newspaper in which one House Republican calls his own leader, Rep. Scott Sales, of Bozeman, a “do-nothing, accomplish-nothing, never-get-engaged, poor-leade…
HELENA — A panel of lawmakers on Tuesday recommended tweaks in how the Legislature deals with news reporters while the Legislature is in session.
HELENA — Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Commissioner Robert Pierce was among the 62 percent of Montanans who voted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes six years ago.
HELENA — A prominent Ravalli County Republican wants to overturn Montana’s 2004 voter-passed law that legalized medical marijuana, saying the current setup controlling prescription pot is flawed.
HELENA — The state on Friday formally yanked its recognition of Custer Country, the disgraced tourism-promotion group for southeastern Montana, and at least one Custer Country leader walked away from the group, saying she wants to promote tourism in a way with “less baggage.”
HELENA — Leaders for southeast Montana’s Custer Country tourism group spent hours Thursday discussing how to pitch a new, improved nonprofit organization to the same state officials who this week canceled a $400,000 contract with the entity.
HELENA — A group of clergy and voting activists held a 45-minute impromptu prayer vigil outside Sen. Jon Tester’s Washington office Thursday morning before meeting with the Montana Democrat to urge him to drop his support for a gun rights bill.
HELENA - Leaders of Custer Country, the tax-funded tourism promotion group that includes Billings, broke state contracting laws and later lied about it to their own board members and a state investigator, a Montana Department of Justice probe has concluded.
HELENA — One of the biggest names in gun control is asking a federal judge in Montana to invalidate the state’s pioneering gun law which exempts Montana-made firearms from national gun laws.
HELENA — Ed Tinsley, a former Lewis and Clark county commissioner once considered a top pick for Montana’s federally appointed U.S. marshal, has been tapped to head Montana’s Disaster and Emergency Services Division.
HELENA — Diane Brandt, executive director of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, has a word to describe Montana’s high plains, and it’s not a variation of “flat.”
HELENA — Montana’s Highway Patrol troopers wrote almost 30 percent fewer citations for drunken driving last year than they did four years ago, a new report shows.
HELENA — The reports coming out of Custer Country lately have not been good.
HELENA — With more than 5 million acres of beetle-killed trees in the forests and little more than half its typical snowpack, Montana is staring down the barrel of a potentially devastating fire season, a new report says.
HELENA — Troy Morse, of Mark’s Lumber in Clancy, is barely audible as he talks about latter-day logging amid the din of his company’s enormous wood grinder.
HELENA — Sen. Jon Tester this morning sponsored a bill that would put most government documents online in a big, public database.
HELENA — A judge here has ruled that pumping up groundwater to develop coalbed methane beneath it, only to waste the water by letting it evaporate, violates Montana’s Constitution.
HELENA — Former Montana Supreme Court Justice John Warner, now overseeing a $9.5 million mental-health trust fund, has assembled the seven-member committee to help decide how Montana spends the money.
HELENA — Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., has not changed his office’s alcohol and work policies in the eight months since the congressman and two of his staff members were injured in a serious alcohol-related boat crash on Flathead Lake.
Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series on the three Republicans running for the U.S. House in the June 8 primary election.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on the three Republicans running for the U.S. House in the June 8 primary election.