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A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Bozeman fairgrounds, January 6, 2021.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Montana universities are offering students and staff the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the spring semester. The clinics aim to inoculate those who may not be on campus long enough for a two-dose vaccine.

Campus Conceal Carry Polarizes Students at Montana State

Feb 26, 2021

Starting this summer, students at universities in Montana will be able to carry concealed firearms around campus. The change is polarizing students who have different visions for what makes a campus safe.

Montana State University senior Chance Kind is on his way out the door of his Bozeman apartment.

“Keys, wallet, phone. Double-checking my knife. Pens. My pencils. Got my Glock, let’s go.”

The University of Montana campus.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s flagship universities released their spring 2021 enrollment numbers this week, with both  reporting fewer students than a year ago. MTPR's Aaron Bolton reports on how those schools are faring through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic took a bigger economic toll on women than men last spring, according to survey results from Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Utah. The new findings from Montana State University researchers mirrors a national concern about equity in the workforce.

Megan Terry is a landscape architect in Billings. When the pandemic hit in mid March, she and her husband converted their guest bedroom into a home office where they could work remotely and help their kids with online learning.

A PCR testing station at Montana State University
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Spring semester begins this week for students in the Montana University System. Asymptomatic students living in campus residential halls will be able to be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing for students without symptoms will take place over the two weeks of the start of the spring semester for those campuses with substantial residence hall populations.

Montana State University released a report Tuesday warning that rising temperatures, wildfires and other effects of climate change could increase the likelihood of lung disease in vulnerable populations, exacerbate existing conditions like asthma and hurt farmers’ mental health.

Results released Friday from Montana State University’s pre-election poll show Montanans across all party affiliations are feeling more uncertain about the safety of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

Montana Universities Report Dip In Fall Enrollment

Sep 21, 2020

Editor’s note 9/16: This article has been edited to include MSUB Interim Chancellor Rolf Groseth’s response to the question of how many students are positive on campus and edited to reflect that it was unclear Tuesday if the administration was aware or unaware of the existence of positive cases.

Montana State University-Billings on Tuesday announced a drop in fall enrollment due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

MSUB says it saw a decrease of just over nine percent in total enrollment from last fall.

Advocates for Montana inmates say their fears of COVID-19 outbreaks within correctional facilities are coming true. They’re demanding state officials take bigger steps to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further.

Signs in hand, organizers stood outside the governor’s residence in Helena on Wednesday afternoon denouncing what they call inaction on behalf of the incarcerated.

Congressman Greg Gianforte on Sept. 1 toured Montana State University’s new COVID-19 testing site for students, as well as a lab that tests hundreds of samples from around the state in a day.

Next to a big white tent at Bobcat Stadium, Director of Emergency Management Haylee Gerow says students with COVID-19 symptoms can walk or drive up for a nasal swab and be on their way in about three minutes.

She says they’ve swabbed around 10 students per day since it opened Aug. 27 at noon. On Aug. 31 this week, that number bumped up to around 30.