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Kalispell nurses union secures new labor contract

On Sept. 16, union officials announced that their members had voted to ratify their first contract with Logan Health in Kalispell. The deal includes a stronger voice in staffing decisions and an increase in wages and benefits designed to entice health care workers to stay in an area where housing prices continue to skyrocket. 

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.


Students urge regents to mandate vaccination

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.

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.

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