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Telehealth forever?

Telehealth programs went from rare to 'non-optional' during Montana's COVID year. The policies that allowed that will be up for grabs in 2021.

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A snowblind eye

Two new lawsuits argue that U.S. wolverines face imminent threats in the face of a warming climate, reduced snowpack and population isolation, and that the federal government downplayed those threats in its October decision to deny protections for the species.

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COVID trends dip with holidays, and vaccines, on the horizon

During a Thursday press conference with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Bullock said COVID-19 test positivity rates had dropped from a peak of about 20% in November to approximately 14% today. Some of the state’s larger counties, like Gallatin and Yellowstone, have also seen daily case count decreases of up to 38%, Bullock said.

Out of retirement and into the fire

Two weeks after the Flathead City-County Health Department’s current leader announced she was stepping down because of a “toxic environment,” a former public health officer is coming out of retirement to take the reins of the department at the center of one of the state’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks.


Lawmakers continue rules debate

Lawmakers who sit on the House and Senate rules committees convened virtually and at the state Capitol this week to debate how the upcoming legislative session should operate as COVID-19 continues to spread across the state.

Nipped in the bud?

Many conservative lawmakers oppose the legalization of marijuana, an illegal drug under federal law. But they are discovering obstacles to simply passing bills to reverse the initiatives when state legislatures return to work in January. Some marijuana opponents, realizing the limitations to altering a constitutional amendment, are turning to the courts or local officials to undo the measures or at least blunt the effects of legal pot.

Gianforte holds first press conference

During a Friday press conference, his first since being elected, Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte offered few hints about what policies he may pursue or support once he’s sworn in on Jan. 4.

Slow-rolling lynx recovery

A coalition of conservation organizations has sued the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on grounds that the government has failed to prepare a recovery plan for Canada lynx a full 20 years after the species was designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Whitebark pine proposed as ‘threatened’

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday that the whitebark pine tree, which faces threats from invasive species, climate change and wildfires, be protected with a “threatened” designation under the Endangered Species Act.

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