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The owners of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant are now required to study how the city of Colstrip will keep its supply of drinking water if the plant ever shuts down.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed that requirement into law Wednesday.

Colstrip relies on the power plant owners to transport drinking water over 30 miles from the Yellowstone River.

Town Mayor John Williams stood in front of the legislature this year to ask for help in securing that flow if the plant closes

“We are very dependent upon that source of water for our town supply.”

Draft Montana Campus Concealed Carry Policy Draws Concerns

May 13, 2021

Public comment on a draft policy to implement a new law that allows students to carry concealed firearms on Montana university campuses was overwhelmingly negative Wednesday.

The Montana University System draft policy allows people 18 years and older to carry guns most places on campus, including in student dorms, but not in child care centers, high-hazard labs and anywhere alcohol is served.

A sign outside of the Bitterroot Valley Community College in Hamilton, MT.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Trustees of the new Bitterroot Valley Community College district took their oath of office this week. They’re now preparing to build the state’s first independent community college in more than 50 years. 

President Donald Trump and then-Montana Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at a July 5, 2018 campaign rally in Great Falls, MT.
Sally Mauk / Montana Public Radio

Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale joined with the majority of his party to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as the No. 3 U.S. House Republican leader, according to a spokesperson for Rosendale.

Cascade County continues to see its number of COVID-19 cases rise and is now the largest hotspot in Montana.

Cascade County Deputy Health Officer Bowen Trystianson says people ages 20 to 39 are by and large driving the growth in cases. There are also some workplace clusters cropping up.

School hallway.

Gov. Greg Gianforte Wednesday signed into law a significant increase to a tax credit for donors to school choice scholarship programs. The program benefits both public and private schools, but the bill eases restrictions on what private schools are required to do in order to receive funding. 

The Montana Supreme Court has denied an order asking all seven justices to recuse themselves from hearing a case regarding the state court administrator. It’s the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Republican legislative leaders and the judicial branch. 

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has no valid reason to require a man to register as a sex offender based on his conviction for having gay sex in Idaho in 1993, a federal judge has ruled.

Resort Wants To Use Treated Wastewater To Supplement Snow

May 12, 2021
A woman skiing on a snowy slope.

An exclusive Montana resort wants to turn sewage into snow so that its rich and famous members can ski its slopes in a winter season that’s shrinking because of climate change.

The Yellowstone Club — a ski and golf resort just north of Yellowstone National Park that counts Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel among its members — has asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for a permit to allow it to use wastewater for snowmaking operations on its ski slopes.

Gov. Gianforte signs SB 297 with (seated left to right) Sen. Jason Ellsworth, Jessica Foster, Rep. Sharon Greef, and Mark Grotbo, Dominic Farrenkopf, Victoria Clark, and Jason Pond, May 11, 2021.
Gov. Gianforte's office

Funding for projects to expand high-speed Internet across Montana is moving forward under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte.