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courtesy of John Roberts

In grade school in Malta, Montana, eleven-year-old John Roberts — the trombone player, not the Supreme Court justice — watched as the band director, playing a blues solo, muted the bell of his trombone with a handleless toilet plunger. Roberts's destiny was sealed. "I guess that's my personality right there. I guess I gravitate towards things that are brash and obnoxious."

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.

A poll released by Montana State University-Billings October 28 shows a tight race for Montana's U.S. Senate seat.
Big Sky Poll

Montana State University-Billings released a poll Wednesday that puts the Montana races for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House tighter than most previous polls showed.

Montana Capitol, Helena, MT.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

In the race for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, Republican Matt Rosendale is hitching his wagon to President Donald Trump, even as the president's national approval ratings worsen.

Montanans first supported the 6-mill tax for higher education back in 1948.

Every decade since then, voters have reauthorized the levy which raises about $20 million annually from a property tax dedicated to the state university system. On average, that tab amounts to $12 on every $100,000 in property value. The 6-mill levy goes before voters for the eighth time next month.

University of Montana alumnus, Sam Forstag, describes the 6-mill levy as a proud Montana tradition.

“It affects the music we make, the books we write, the culture that we produce.”

Demand For Wind Energy Workers Remains Bright

Jul 27, 2017

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects wind energy jobs to grow at a steady clip, in fact faster than average for all occupations. City College is helping train those workers for the renewable energy sector.

Sustainable Energy Instructor Francisco Saldivar says he believes Montanans have a leg up in the job pool.

Two members of the Montana Board of Regents were at MSU-Billings Wednesday, May 10, 2017, to hear from faculty, staff and students on how to keep higher education affordable and accessible.

The regents are scheduled to meet later this month to set tuition and fees for the coming two years.

New Poll Shows Bullock 12 Points Ahead Of Gianforte

Oct 25, 2016
A portion of the latest poll from MSU-Billings

A new poll from MSU-Billings released this afternoon shows Governor Steve Bullock and Congressman Ryan Zinke with substantial leads over their opponents.