🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

Everyone at Montana Free Press wishes you a wonderful holiday as our reporters take a well deserved break to spend the next few days with friends and family. As you know, the news never stops, but we plan to be here for the long haul, so we’re resting this holiday weekend. The ability for a news organization to give its staff time off like this is rare, and it is due in part to your support. So we’ll be back at it on Monday — bringing the news you need — with fresh eyes and even more heart. This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for your membership.

If you have the capacity to make an additional contribution, know that your donation this holiday season will be matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $1,000.) Will you add to your support of independent, community-focused journalism?

🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

Everyone at Montana Free Press wishes you a wonderful holiday as our reporters take a well deserved break to spend the next few days with friends and family. As you know, the news never stops, but we plan to be here for the long haul, so we’re resting this holiday weekend. The ability for a news organization to give its staff time off like this is rare, and it is due in part to the generous contributions of our members. So we’ll be back at it on Monday — bringing the news you need — with fresh eyes and even more heart. This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for your readership, and we ask that you join MTFP’s membership in funding, independent, community-focused journalism.

During this holiday season, your one-time donation (or 12 months of your recurring donation) will be matched up to $1,000. Can we count on your support?

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UPDATED: Montana COVID FAQ

Montana’s COVID stats and circumstances continue to change rapidly, raising a near constant stream of uncertainties. MTFP is rounding up expert answers to your latest COVID questions. Now including a new survey so you can tell us more about what you need to know.

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Montana’s Office of Public Instruction reported to the Board of Public Education this week that the agency currently has nearly 25 vacant positions, 15 of which are in various stages of recruitment. But OPI said it faces challenges in finding new hires, and its assessment of staffing levels drew a critical response from key public…


Election officials caution against rushed software rollout

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is eyeing a rollout of Montana’s new statewide election system in January. But county officials say that due to ongoing development and a missed testing window in November, switching systems next year is too much and too fast, and could threaten the integrity of Montana elections.

How Montana got its new congressional map

Democrats wanted a competitive western district. Republicans wanted a simple split. The chair of Montana’s Districting and Apportionment wanted compromise. Here’s how that all boiled down to the state’s new U.S. House districts.

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