These are high times for Montana’s high-tech sector. According to the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, the industry is growing at almost 10 times the state’s overall economy, pays its workers nearly twice the median wage, and last year generated nearly $2 billion in revenue. But some say the industry has a glaring problem, and point to an August roundtable in Missoula featuring high tech executives and Congressman Greg Gianforte. Ten executives participated in that meeting with...
Women make up about 40 percent of the nation’s overall high-tech workforce; including positions in marketing, accounting and human resources, according to Christina Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business. But that figure shrinks to 15 percent when it comes to high level executive and specialized technical positions. Three Montana women talk about what it's like working in the state's high-tech sector.
This fall’s race for the U.S. Senate seat Democrat Jon Tester has held for two terms could very well come down to guys like Jim Henningfield. He’s 66 years old, retired after 20 years of working on aircraft in the Navy, including a combat tour, and he’s unhappy with the trends he’s seeing in politics.
Montana's House and Senate races are tightening, giving hope to the challengers; new ads trumpet Trump support and guns; and the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination process could be a wild-card in the congressional contests. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyse this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."
The University of Montana has completed its fall-semester census and reports a steeper-than-expected enrollment decline. Earlier this month UM anticipated a roughly 5 percent enrollment drop this fall compared to last. On Friday, it reported 10,962 students – a decline of almost 8 percent.
Senator Jon Tester says he’s concerned about Congress’ ability to pass numerous spending bills necessary to keep the federal government operating by the end of this month’s deadline. Last year a similar time crunch led to Congress passing a so-called omnibus bill. Critics say omnibus bills lack the transparency of passing multiple appropriation bills under so-called “regular order.”
A middle school teacher from Bonner has been named the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year . Montana’s Public School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen visited Bonner Thursday to announce that social studies teacher Dylan Huisken had been selected to represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year program next year.
Governor Steve Bullock is creating a bipartisan working-group to develop a plan to reduce premiums for people who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. A Montana Healthcare Foundation study found that reinsurance programs insulate insurers from very high claims and save consumers money .
Montana is preparing to replace its more than decade-old voter registration system as part of a federal grant program to improve election security. However, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says not all those improvements will be in place ahead of the 2018 midterms.
Over the weekend, the federal agency that investigates human health risks at Superfund sites offered free lead and arsenic testing in Anaconda . They collected blood and urine samples from two hundred willing locals. The tests will reveal if they’ve recently been exposed to dangerous amounts of heavy metals, and how.
Organizations that provide care for people with mental health problems in Montana say they’ve reached an agreement with the state health department to redesign a big portion of the system they work in.
Montana’s wildfire season is slowing down and trending well below average in the number of fires, acres burned and cost to the state. The forecast of the state’s 2018 fire bill is only a sliver of the cost of last year’s historic fire season, according to a report from legislative researchers published Wednesday .
President Donald Trump signed a bill sponsored by Senator Jon Tester Monday that will give additional resources to treat veterans in the criminal justice system across the country. Tester served as chief co-sponsor of the “Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act,” which passed the Senate unanimously in February of this year.
Tuesday, two states announced they’re suing the Trump administration just hours after it announced sweeping rollbacks of Obama-era regulations on methane pollution from oil and gas production. Attorneys general from California and New Mexico filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in California over the rule revision just hours after it was announced by the U.S. Interior Department.