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Though they had few opportunities to see one another in flesh throughout the 2020-21 school year, seven of eight graduating pupils from Laurel Prescott’s all-remote kindergarten class gathered Tuesday morning for a graduation ceremony that featured them reading, singing and sharing their fut…

A theft from a Four Corners medical marijuana dispensary vehicle led to kidnapping charges for the owner’s cousin, who attempted to retrieve the stolen thousands of dollars from an employee he believed had stolen the cash.

BOZEMAN — As more contagious and potentially lethal versions of the pandemic-causing coronavirus make headlines, Montana State University scientists have some good news: A local variant appears to undermine, not enhance, the pathogen’s ability to overcome the human immune system.

MISSOULA (AP) — The Montana Board of Regents has approved multiple tuition hikes over the next two years for both resident and out-of-state students at campuses across the Montana University System.

Little official light has yet been shed on the weapons incident last week that caused a shelter-in-place order at all Belgrade schools.

BILLINGS (AP) — The Montana Department of Corrections has reported about half of the people in custody are choosing not to get vaccinated for COVID-19, despite being held in communal living situations that increase the risk of infection.

BOZEMAN — Registration is now open for the Montana Farm to School Summit: Digging Deeper, to be held Aug. 11-12 in Helena, with early bird registration and discounts ending Monday, May 31. The conference is co-hosted by Montana State University’s Montana Team Nutrition program.

The Gallatin County Commission will likely put together focus groups in coming months to decide how to spend more than $22 million the county is set to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Three finalists hoping to succeed Matt Kelley as Gallatin City-County health officer will be interviewed in virtual a public forum today (May 20) at 6 p.m.

Mask mandates and other public health requirements for businesses to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana are no longer enforceable, after Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed legislation substantially limiting the authority of local health boards.

The Belgrade City Council is poised to pass a resolution making it clear that it will comply with new state law related to emergency health regulations so that Belgrade is not penalized financially when receiving future federal appropriations.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania put on ice hundreds of state government regulations during the pandemic, but policymakers are starting to weigh whether any of the suspended or revised rules should be jettisoned for good.

HELENA (AP) — Montana’s Legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment — a measure that could block a Great Falls health system from requiring its employees to get COVID-19 shots.

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A new state law that strips authority from local health boards to impose mandates on their citizens has left the Belgrade City Council wondering how – or even whether – it will consider taking a stance on regulatory matters concerning COVID-19.

BILLINGS – Compared to 2019, the proportion of first-time campers across the U.S. grew five-fold, while the number of households that own RVs grew by 2.6 million, according to the latest research from Kampgrounds of America’s annual North American Camping Report.

Gallatin County residents can now sign up directly for COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the county as availability of doses widens.

Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley will be leaving his role with the health department to lead a statewide public health nonprofit.

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The Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted Monday to extend the county’s face mask mandate into May to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

BOZEMAN (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and first lady Susan Gianforte have tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s office announced.

After a full year of COVID-19 restrictions and initially being physically closed to the public, next week the Belgrade Library will hold its first used book sale in a year.

Vaccine clinics are being held Friday in Belgrade and Manhattan schools for teachers and other staff who wish to receive COVID-19 immunizations.

A Belgrade company that spent the early months of the pandemic making mobile morgue trailers for customers like FEMA has begun the shift to making mobile vaccine trailers.

As local organizations offer online appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, residents are running into technical issues that are making it challenging to secure an appointment.

How do vaccines work, how have Montanans helped, and what are the implications for COVID-19? Dr. Mark Jutila, MSU Regents professor of microbiology and immunology, will offer insights into these questions in the second virtual presentation of the Winter/Spring 2021 Science Inquiry Series.

Despite an order from the state’s attorney general to dismiss a case, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health joined the county’s health officer in continuing its lawsuit against the Rocking R Bar for violating a 10 p.m. closing time ordered by the board to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

BOZEMAN – Preparations to distribute COVID-19 vaccines at Montana State University are continuing, with the first doses administered to frontline health care workers on campus last week.

HELENA (AP) — Montana health officials reported 556 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, continuing a decline in daily reported cases of the virus.

HELENA — Incoming Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signaled he won’t continue a statewide mask mandate in place since July, though he said he plans to wear a mask himself and get vaccinated against COVID-19.