Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland formally executed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact Friday, finalizing a long-running effort to negotiate an agreement that reconciles the tribes’ historic treaty rights with Montana’s modern water rights doctrine.
Hundreds of public-submitted maps have been filed as the state’s Districting and Apportionment Commission gets to work drawing Montana’s new congressional districts.
This week, hospitals from Billings to Missoula are instituting or preparing to institute a “crisis standard of care” under which medical services and supplies are rationed. While case numbers are still slightly lower than they were last winter during the virus’ previous peak, hospitals are being overwhelmed with COVID patients.
The U.S. State Department notified state and local leaders on Wednesday of the number of refugees they should expect. The notification prompted strong statements from leading Montana politicians, including many who said welcoming Afghan refugees was morally correct after a chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces.
With COVID-19 continuing to complicate the fall semester, Montana university students and faculty appeared before the Board of Regents Wednesday to demand masking and vaccination mandates across the state’s campuses.