A Montana University System task force has changed course on face masks, recommending that students and employees be required to wear face coverings this fall, rather than being urged to do so, to limit spread of the coronavirus.

Three dozen bars and restaurants in downtown Bozeman and around the city are voluntarily having their servers and employees who meet the public wear face masks to help limit spread of COVID-19.


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine, as Montana on Tuesday reported its highest daily total of confirmed infections since the pandemic began.

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SLAM, the free music and art festival that usually takes place during the first weekend in August, has officially canceled its big event. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be an SLAM this summer.

As the Montana University System reconsiders whether to require students and employees to wear face masks when campuses reopen next month, one of the most outspoken mask advocates is scientist Raina Plowright.

Montana businesses have received over 23,000 loans totaling more than $1.7 billion dollars through the Paycheck Protection Program so far, a CARES Act loan program intended to help small businesses make it through the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Sm…


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials reported another 121 confirmed COVID-19 cases from Saturday through Monday, marking one of the state's highest three-day totals as infections surge.

The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is seeing its monthly passenger numbers steadily increase after a massive drop-off earlier this year because of COVID-19.

Some hotel rooms are opening to guests in Yellowstone National Park this month and more concession employees are going to show up to help the world’s first national park reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.


Faced with a surge in coronavirus cases and public criticism, the head of Montana’s University System announced Thursday that officials will reconsider whether to require wearing face masks when some 40,000 college students return to campuses next month.

To give parents, teachers and students some idea of how public schools will operate this fall, the Bozeman School District released Wednesday a timetable for decisions — that all depend on what’s happening with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Montana’s University System is getting pushback from some faculty members who feel that wearing face masks should be required, not just strongly recommended, to limit spread of the coronavirus when students return in the fall.

HELENA — Despite an unemployment spike and an overall economic contraction, personal income in Montana has risen so far this year thanks to federal spending on coronavirus relief, according to a report published this week by Montana’s Legislative Fiscal Division.

Another 13 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Gallatin County on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 249, according to the Gallatin City-County Health Department’s website.

Several employees stood among wooden dressers, dining room tables, couches and chairs to greet Sen. Steve Daines as he visited the showroom for Black Timber Furniture in Four Corners on Friday morning.

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Gallatin County health officials said they’re seeing coronavirus transmission stemming from crowded settings like parties, bars and restaurants. Officials have also issued warnings to Bozeman establishments for not adhering to health orders.

At the request of the IRS, the Montana Department of Corrections intercepted and returned 56 stimulus checks sent to inmates from the federal government as part of coronavirus relief efforts.

As Caden Shrauger waited outside Wednesday, he waved to blood donors entering and leaving. He even greeted some of his teachers, who he hadn’t seen in person since before spring break in March.

Café M was bustling on Tuesday morning as customers lined up to order coffee, cars pulled up to the drive-thru and a few people settled into armchairs with their laptops.