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Interior Secretary signs CSKT water compact

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.

Montana hospitals in ‘dire’ straits as COVID rages

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.


Lawmakers question judges about ethics standards

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath and District Court Judge Mike Menahan explain to lawmakers how Montana investigates complaints against judges and field questions from Republicans about their own conduct.

What does the science really say about masking?

On Aug. 31, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services claimed in an emergency rule that the science on mask effectiveness in reducing viral transmission is “not conclusive.” But according to infectious disease specialists, the literature is abundantly clear: masks work.

Montana right-to-work group sues COPP

On Monday, Montana Citizens for Right to Work filed a lawsuit against Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan. Its complaint asks a federal court judge to block Mangan from enforcing a campaign law it alleges is unconstitutional.

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