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Richland County Courthouse in Sidney, Montana, 2008.
Larry D. Moore (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

A recent Montana legislative report says tax revenue from oil and natural gas production is expected to drop more than 28 percent this fiscal year, which will impact state and county budgets.

McMullen Hall at Montana State University Billings
University Relations, MSU Billings / Yellowstone Public Radio

Some university faculty in Montana want the option of requiring students to wear face coverings when the fall semester starts.

A decorated reception space at Montana Wildflower Weddings north of Red Lodge, Montana.
Courtesy of Lauren Kluver Photography

 

June typically kicks off Montana’s busiest wedding season. But this year, couples and small businesses are navigating the ripple effects of COVID-19. 

Reopening gyms and fitness studios in a uniform and consistent way has been difficult for public health officials because every facility is different. Now counties are saying the governor’s guidance on reopening doesn’t answer all their questions.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock extended the state’s stay-at-home directive for today until April 24. But that’s no easy ask for people with nowhere to isolate. Nick Mott reports on what the pandemic means for people experiencing homelessness in Montana.

Christian Bautista, a junior at MSUB, studying abroad in France.
Courtesy Christan Bautista

A Montana State University Billings student studying abroad in France when the coronavirus started to spread in Europe made it home last week after a chaotic journey. He took precautions as he traveled, like wearing a face mask, but now he's experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 illness.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Logo
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (Public Domain)

Montana is reporting no in-state cases of the novel coronavirus. But as concerns over COVID-19 have claimed a slew of college basketball tournaments Thursday, including one in Billings next week.

Lynn Donaldson, Stella Fong, Louis Habeck

Cooking in a landlocked state, away from the coastal tides of trends, three James Beard Foundation semifinalists for Best Chef of the Northwest: Dave Wells of Chico Hot Springs Resort, Jeremy Engebretson of Lilac on Montana Avenue in Billings, and James Honaker of Bistro Enzo located in Billings’ West End stand solidly under the Big Sky.

Stella Fong

Susan Carlson remembered the poinsettias and the flocked Christmas tree at the Northern Hotel. When she was a little girl in the early 60s, this iconic hotel held the dreams of sugar plum fairies especially during the holidays. She was always in “anticipation” when she dined there with her great grandmother Emma Evers, grandmother Dorothea Wolfe and mother Bette Lindsey. The thought of going there excited her. Being there made her happy. Thinking about returning, reignited the sensations of anticipation. In time, her daughter Emily, and son Gary joined the event so looked forward to, so anticipated.

Sean MacEntee / Flickr

The latest in a series of federal grants could help Billings increase its number of flights and attract new airlines.

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