Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Banking woes send consumers looking for safer alternatives, some Indiana communities resist a dollar chain store "invasion," and a permit to build an oil pipeline tunnel under the Great Lakes is postponed.


Republicans say it is premature to consider gun legislation after the Nashville shooting, federal officials are unsure it was a hate crime, and regulators say Silicon Valley Bank was aware of its financial risks.


Small towns respond creatively to their sometimes hidden housing and homelessness crisis, a new national weather prediction system expected next year will help close the gap between urban and rural forecasting as severe weather events increase, and more rural communities can apply for a CIRD design project to boost economic development.


Miles Community College is a small college in eastern Montana. (David Schott/Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, March 27, 2023

Report: Students Happy with College's 'Digital Transformation'

Digital learning has become the new normal for colleges since the pandemic, and a report finds community college students are largely satisfied with …

Blackfeet Community College is in Browning, Mont. in Glacier County near the Canadian border. (David Adamec/Wikimedia Commons)
Grant Boosts Student Parents at MT Tribal College

A grant is helping student parents at a college in northwestern Montana. The Aspen Institute has announced Blackfeet Community College and seven …

An increase in hunting has pushed some elk off public lands and onto private lands. (prochym/Adobe Stock)
MT Bills Could Improve Elk Management, Increase Hunting Opportunities

A package of bills in Helena is aimed at improving elk management in Montana. The six bills are bipartisan efforts from lawmakers, hunters and …

The Prairie Potholes region is considered some of the most important waterfowl habitat in North America. (DeVane/Adobe Stock)
Federal Funds to Conserve, Restore America's 'Duck Factory'

The Interior Department is investing funds in protecting what some call America's 'duck factory.' The Prairie Potholes are marshes and wetlands that…

Ranchers say imported beef hurts the market in the United States from local producers. (Laura/Adobe Stock)
USDA Rule Would Reform 'Made in USA' Meat Labeling

Ranching and agriculture groups say the federal government has taken a positive step in ensuring truth in labeling on meat from the United States…

The Gallatin River in southwest Montana is a tributary of the Missouri River. (melissadoar/Adobe Stock)
Montanans in DC Urging Protections for Iconic MT Rivers

Montanans are in Washington, D.C., to call for greater protections of some of the state's most iconic rivers. Anglers, business owners and river …

The pygmy rabbit occupies an estimated 10% of its historic range. (serikbaib/Adobe Stock)
Groups Call for Endangered Species Protections for Pygmy Rabbit

Advocates have filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save the smallest rabbit species in North America, the pygmy rabbit…

A diversity of lands exist in Montana, from forests to sagebrush. (Mark/Adobe Stock)
Preserving Wildlife, Climate Critical Topics for 2023 Farm Bill

As hearings on the 2023 Farm Bill begin, a push is on to ensure biodiversity is part of the conversation. A Senate hearing on the bill's conservation …

Legislation prohibiting ranked-choice voting will have its first hearing in Helena in the House. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)
Bill Would Ban Ranked-Choice Voting in MT Elections

Montana lawmakers are considering banning a way of running elections known as ranked choice voting. Under this election system, people rank their …

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. (dragonstock/Adobe Stock)
Study: Heart-Related Deaths Spiked in Pandemic's First Year

A new study finds cardiovascular-related deaths increased during the first year of the pandemic. American Heart Association data finds there were …

Montana lawmakers have attempted in past sessions to end medical aid in dying but failed. (vasanth/Adobe Stock)
Poll: Overwhelming Support for Medical Aid in Dying in MT

A poll shows in large numbers, Montanans support medical aid in dying. Under Senate Bill 210 in Helena, physicians could be charged with homicide if …

A $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help improve pedestrian and road safety in Kalispell, Mont. (digidreamgrafix/Adobe Stock)
Biden Admin Focuses on Rural U.S. with Infrastructure Projects

By Kristi Eaton for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Big Sky Connection for the Public News Service/Daily Yonder Collaboration…


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