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Washington Companies to terminate Montana Rail Link lease

Montana Rail Link, the Missoula-based railroad company owned by billionaire industrialist Dennis Washington, announced Monday that it will terminate a long-term lease of its tracks through southern Montana and return them to owner BNSF Railway. The deal means that BNSF, already a dominating force on Montana’s rail network, will again control the vast majority of…


Wildlife crossings, the Wyoming way

Over the past 17 years, Wyoming’s efforts to create wildlife crossings have garnered it three Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Awards from the Federal Highway Administration. Data, collaboration and political will have been key to Wyoming’s success.

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on two Biden vaccine mandates

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday heard nearly four hours of oral arguments about two Biden administration emergency mandates that would require, with few exceptions, COVID-19 vaccination of employees of large businesses and hospitals and clinics that receive federal funding — mandates Montana officials strenuously oppose.

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Montana to receive USDA assistance for school foods

This week, Montana’s Office of Public Instruction announced the pending arrival of $5.1 million in federal assistance for school lunchrooms plagued by supply chain problems. The funding, made available through the USDA, is earmarked for local food purchases and to bolster cooperative agreements with local providers.

As winter roars, MDT navigates a plow driver shortage

The Montana Department of Transportation employs 570 people year-round who maintain roads in the summer and fall and plow roads in winter. To help supplement their efforts, the state also hires 200 temporary plow truck drivers to work from about Thanksgiving to March. But this year, they have only been able to hire about 140.

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Environmental groups call for investigation of Hebgen Dam malfunction

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Montana Environmental Information Center and the Madison River Foundation say NorthWestern Energy’s operation of Hebgen Dam needs closer scrutiny after November’s malfunction and dewatering of the upper Madison River. They’re asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require an independent investigation.

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