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Ports Of Entry To Remain On Limited Hours

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Reduced hours of operation at six ports of entry between Montana and Canada will continue through August 20. Travel between the two countries is restricted to essential-only amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Public Affairs Specialist Lynn Hurst confirms that limited hours of operation will continue for the ports of Raymond, Opheim, Morgan, Turner, Del Bonita and Piegan in Montana and Porthill in Idaho.

Hurst also confirmed that the port of Wild Horse north of Havre will continue on its winter hours, seven days a week. And the seasonal port of Chief Mountain between Glacier National Park and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park will remain closed due to the current travel restrictions.

The limited hours continue after Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf posted to Twitter July 16.

“Based on the success of the existing restrictions and close collaboration with Mexico and Canada, will continue to limit non-essential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico until August 20," Wolf said.

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Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.
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