Follow Montana Free Press’ live coverage of the June 2 Montana primary election featuring updates, analysis, results and commentary from reporters Eric Dietrich and Mara Silvers, contributing writer Alex Sakariassen, and MTFP Editor-in-Chief John S. Adams.


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Eric Dietrich

Data Reporter

Providing election results, real-time data analysis, and graphics.

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Mara Silvers

Reporter

Covering the hotly contested gubernatorial and attorney general races.

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John S. Adams

Editor-in-Chief

Monitoring the U.S. Senate primaries and providing insight and analysis on key down-ballot races.

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Alex Sakariassen

Contributor

Tracking the U.S. House races and key legislative contests.


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Recommending new rules for schools

The Office of Public Instruction has convened two task forces to review the regulations governing teacher preparation and licensing. It’s a routine process, but with many Montana schools struggling to fill teaching positions, it could have a major impact on K-12 education in the state.


Lungs on fire

The smoke and heat pummeling Montana have driven people to seek refuge at libraries, movie theaters, museums and other indoor venues. In areas with low COVID-19 vaccination rates where people have largely abandoned masks and physical distancing, health officials are concerned the result will be COVID outbreaks.

MTFP launches MT Fire Report

With an expansive drought drying out vegetation across the state, 2021 is shaping up to be a particularly active year for Montana wildfires. MTFP’s new Fire Report has information on the location and size of fires reported across the state, as well air quality ratings for Montana communities with monitoring stations, updated hourly.

Political district-drawing commission finalizes its sideboards

Montana’s districting commission adds legislative district criteria to previously adopted guidelines for dividing the state into U.S. House Districts. On their list: Equal population, compact, contiguous, in compliance with the Voting Rights Act — and maybe even competitive.

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