Gov. Greg Gianforte on Thursday announced a statewide effort to expand the availability of monoclonal antibody treatments as Montana continues to see high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, primarily among unvaccinated residents.
Public school enrollment dropped 2.4% in Montana during the pandemic. Now, preliminary data from the Office of Public Instruction indicates that the number of K-12 students in the state not only rebounded this fall but is slightly higher than pre-COVID levels.
In Montana, the volume of tests since early August has regularly exceeded the state lab’s capacity, resulting in wait times that can last up to seven days.
A majority of Republican lawmakers last month requested the creation of a special legislative committee to investigate Montana’s 2020 election. Now, a legal memo states that GOP leadership lacks the authority to meet that demand, but raises the possibility of alternative avenues.
Three weeks after Amtrak’s Empire Builder derailed along a remote stretch of track on Montana’s Hi-Line, killing three and injuring scores more, a dozen lawsuits have been filed by passengers injured in the deadliest railroad accident in the United States since 2017. But those lawsuits might run into trouble because of a never-before-tested clause recently…
The state’s first major winter storm dropped snow on parts of southern Montana early this week, signaling the final act of an active fire season that had prompted Gov. Greg Gianforte to issue a wildfire emergency declaration in July and mobilize hundreds of National Guard troops to assist in suppression efforts.