COVID-19

Plastic entrance of Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion to accommodate takeout orders.
Stella Fong / Yellowstone Public Radio

 

Bars and restaurants found some creative ways to stay in business during Montana’s mandated month long business closure. In this Flavor Moment, Stella Fong of Flavors Under the Big Sky checks in with three Billings eateries about what it took to stay afloat.

The city of Missoula will get $1.1 million in federal grants to support environmental cleanup and property rehabilitation in and around a contaminated Montana Rail Link Park site.

A cow looks up on a farm near Bridger, Montana.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio


While economists warn of potential meat shortages in grocery stores this month, livestock producers are struggling to find ways of getting their animals to market for a fair price. Many ranchers in Montana are seeking out more local options and hoping for reforms in the industry. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Rachel Cramer shared her reporting with Nicky Ouellet.

A welcome sign for Crow Country.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The U.S. Treasury Department says it will begin distributing billions in coronavirus relief funding to tribes. The announcement Tuesday comes more than a week after a congressional deadline to get $8 billion to tribal governments.

The U.S. Census Bureau says that area offices in 13 states will reopen for limited field operations this week, including one in Billings. MTPR reports Montana is one of a few states where the Census count has experienced severe setbacks in light of the pandemic.

Illustration of flyover routes.
Montana Air National Guard

The Montana Air National Guard will fly over hospitals across the state on May 6 to salute the first responders on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Ellen Theater in Bozeman.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Monday marked the reopening of restaurants, bars and casinos in Montana after a month and a half of mandated closures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In downtown Bozeman, some eateries are opening at half capacity and with new social distancing guidelines.

The class of 2020’s final weeks of school are bound to be memorable amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, though not for all the usual reasons. Some Bozeman Field School students shared their experiences as seniors graduating during a pandemic.

An "Open" sign for a business.
Deb Beatty Mel / Public Domain


Under phase one of Montana’s reopening plan, restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos can open their doors Monday. Counties across the state are taking varying approaches in what’s required for businesses.

Public comments on how the relief funds should be distributed throughout the state.
Montana Department of Commerce

A council of city, county and business leaders appointed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is recommending the state allocate its $1.25 billion in federal relief money into three categories of state and local governments, economic assistance and unforeseen impacts.

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