Montana lawmakers will receive a briefing on forecasts of COVID-19’s impact on state revenues Wednesday morning. Lawmakers in the Revenue Interim Committee are expected to debate whether they should send letters to Governor Steve Bullock calling for action to address possible hits to state finances.

Lead singer Molly Rose from Underhill Rose on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
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Health concerns surrounding coronavirus pandemic and the gradual reopening of business and the return to normal has claimed more outdoor events.

Exterior of the Buffalo Block restaurant.
Stella Fong / Yellowstone Public Radio

Flavor Moments recently checked in with three Billings restaurants owners about how they stayed afloat during Montana’s month long stay at home order. In this week’s Flavor Moment, Stella Fong heads back to Bistro Enzo, Buffalo Block and Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion to hear how the first week back to sit down dining went.

A federal government lab nestled in a town of 5,000 people in the Bitterroot Valley is responsible for finding the first vaccines for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, manufacturing the nation’s supply of yellow fever vaccines during World War II and helping to develop a lifesaving Ebola vaccine as the disease debilitated West Africa.

Now Rocky Mountain Labs is turning its attention to COVID-19.

Starting June 1 Montana will no longer require out-of-state travelers to quarantine for 14 days. Gov. Steve Bullock also announced Phase 2 of the state’s economic reopening plan during a press conference Tuesday.

Montana takes another step toward reopening, with the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the country.

A sign near Gardiner, Montana, sits near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, May 16, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Big sky country and big adventures drew in over 12 million tourists to Montana last year. As the state moves to reopen amid low COVID-19 case numbers, some Montana communities have to weigh the economic importance of tourism with local safety.

Ballots for the Republican, Democratic and Green party primary 2020 election.
Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana counties have sent ballots for the Jun. 2 primary to every single active voter across the state. Elections administrators have embraced the so called all mail election because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kevin Trevellyan with Yellowstone Public Radio news asked various county officials how they’re handling the abrupt shift. He shares his reporting with Nicky Ouellet.

Unemployment insurance claim filings From Mar. 5, 2020 through May 9, 2020.
Montana Department of Labor and Industry

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry paid out more than $55 million in unemployment last week.

A stock image of a doctor wearing a stethoscope.

The Montana Veterans Administration Health Care System is one of the first VA providers in the United States to reopen doors to patients.

Sean Claffey, coordinator for the Southwest Montana Sagebrush Partnership, walks past curl-leaf mountain mahogany in the sagebrush steppe on land managed by the DNRC near Dillon, Montana, May 12, 2020.
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Sagebrush grasslands in southwest Montana have been disappearing for decades, putting ranchers and wildlife in jeopardy. A project is aiming to reverse this trend and engage a local workforce left in limbo by the novel coronavirus.