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A ballot shows the Republican candidates for the Montana Secretary of State primary election June 2, 2020.
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The Montana Secretary of State oversees elections and election laws, maintains records on legislation and business filings, and serves on the state Board of Land Commissioners, among other duties. Seven candidates are vying for the position in the primary election.

Cooke City, Montana
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Several days after Yellowstone National Park reopened its two Wyoming entrances to visitors, the park lifted the gates at its north and northeastern Montana entrances for through-traffic only. It may provide relief for some business owners during Memorial Day weekend.

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.

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With mail-ballots for the upcoming June 2 primary election hitting mailboxes this Friday, candidates are taking advantage of online forums to get their message out to voters. This weekend, the Montana Farmers Union, Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana Cattlemen Association and the United States Cattlemen Association, hosted candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat in a virtual debate. It focused on agriculture and rural issues.

MTPR's Corin Cates-Carney spoke with Yellowstone Public Radio's Nicky Ouellet about how the candidates tried to stand out from the pack.

A temporarily closed sign is posted in an art gallery in Bozeman, Montana, March 18, 2020.
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Montanans who are self-employed, independent contractors or gig workers impacted by COVID-19 are now receiving unemployment payments.

Host Jim Sargent on the left, Democratic candidate Mike Cooney on the top right and Democratic candidate Whitney Williams on the bottom right during the virtual debate Apr. 27, 2020.
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The Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary candidates debated virtually Saturday on agriculture and rural issues, each facing off against their respective party members.

The debate was hosted by the Montana Farmers Union, state and national cattlemen’s associations, and Northern Plains Resource Council.

A sign in the window of a restaurant in Bozeman, Montana outlines service options during COVID-19, Apr. 9, 2020.
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The Gallatin City-County Health Department said Friday it’s working with business owners and faith groups to coordinate a gradual reopening of non-essential services.

Aerial view of Bozeman, 2008.
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Rental scams in Montana and across the U.S. have been on the rise for years, but COVID-19’s slow-down of in-person property viewings and interactions with landlords may make it even harder for people to figure out what’s legitimate online.