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COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake for Eligible Montanans by Age Group - 04-27-21
Credit: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Montana state health officials say more Montanans aged 59 and younger need to roll up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine. State numbers show the younger the age demographic is, the worse the vaccination rate is.

Annual Change in State Personal Income, Adjusted for Inflation: 2007–20
Pew Charitable Trusts /

Montanans saw a greater increase in the money they took home in 2020 than nearly every other state in the country, according to a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The weeping wall on Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
David Restivo, NPS (PD)

The first entry reservation tickets for Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road will be available the morning of April 29.

As the 2021 legislative session winds down, Montana Republican lawmakers are putting the pieces in place to ensure they can continue their investigation into the judicial branch.

Cryptocurrency coins

A new law in Missoula County could help write the future of cryptocurrency regulation in the U.S. In February, county officials adopted what they believe to be the first permanent zoning policy for cryptocurrency mining operations, which requires them to generate renewable energy and stay clear of residential areas. 

Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines released a joint public-service announcement April 27, 2021 encouraging all Montanans to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
April 27, 2021 screen capture from

Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines Tuesday released a joint public-service announcement encouraging all Montanans to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Coffee shop closed by covid-19 with workers picking up and cleaning inside.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will open applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund on Monday, May 3. 

The federal grant program will provide $28.6 billion to restaurants and other food and drink establishments — including bakeries and food trucks — that have suffered during the pandemic.

A slate of bills to cut taxes in Montana is moving to Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte for consideration. Gianforte campaigned on the promise to cut taxes for the state and advocated for several of the proposals in his budget. 

Rep. Llew Jones (R) - Conrad
Montana Legislature

Montana lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allocate money for the creation of a politically-appointed panel that would decide which patients can receive reimbursement from Medicaid for abortion care. 

A vape device with flavor liquids.

A bill that would stop local governments in Montana from enacting bans on sales of flavored vaping products is making its way to Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk.

The Legislature advanced the policy after Missoula's city council passed a local ban on the products because of health concerns.