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Tucson hires Anna Rosenberry as new CFO & assistant city manager

The city of Tucson hired Anna Rosenberry as the new chief finance officer and assistant city manager. Rosenberry started March 21 and comes from Montana, where she had more than two decades of experience in local government finance.... Read more»

Biden administration to give fresh look into federal protections for gray wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it would be renewing their evaluation on the potential need for federal protections for wolves following a push from environmental groups to restore safeguards for the predators. ... Read more»

Lack of vaccine mandate becomes competitive advantage in hospital staffing wars

As of August 26, about 39% of U.S. hospitals had announced vaccine mandates, and across the nation, hospitals are weighing more than patient and caregiver health in deciding whether to mandate COVID vaccines for staffers.... Read more»

Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management.... Read more»

Wildfire smoke drives people in low-vaccinated areas indoors, raising outbreak fears

Smoke from wildfires and the heat have driven people to seek refuge in indoor public areas, and in areas with low COVID-19 vaccination rates where people have largely abandoned masks and physical distancing, health officials are concerned the result will be more outbreaks.... Read more»

Biden to meet with Western governors about wildfires, vows to raise firefighter pay

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will host a meeting next week of Western governors, Cabinet members and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials "to prepare for heat, drought and wildfires in the West."... Read more»

COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals

The nation’s pandemic hotspots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.... Read more»

Supreme Court ruling protects religious options in Arizona school choice

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a school choice case in Montana won’t open any new doors in Arizona, but will ensure that parents here continue to have religious options when they use the state’s school choice programs.... Read more»1

Returning to roots, Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers

Indian Health Service in Fort Belknap, Montana is seeking traditional practitioners, the first IHS positions of their kind in the state.Traditional healers at an IHS hospital or an urban Indian clinic could work with illnesses or problems that affect the community in a way that Western-based clinicians might not.... Read more»

Despite funds, lawmakers say tribes still shortchanged in COVID-19 aid

Native American tribes have been severely hit by the coronavirus but have received only a fraction of the help they need from the federal government, said lawmakers, who called the impact on businesses and health on reservations “particularly worrisome.” ... Read more»

FactCheck: Hospital payments & the COVID-19 death count

Q: Are hospitals inflating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths so they can be paid more? A: Recent legislation pays hospitals higher Medicare rates for COVID-19 patients and treatment, but there is no evidence of fraudulent reporting.... Read more»

Analysis

How to save elections from a pandemic — Utah shows the way

It’s never been clearer that the country needs to be able to vote by mail. Utah shows the way. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Grijalva, Dems have no choice but to investigate Trump admin's shenanigans

The Grijalva-Zinke spat is a small example of the question faced by Democrats as they suddenly have oversight power: Should legislative oversight equal executive shadiness, or does the the sheer scale of executive shadiness excuse it from accountability? ... Read more»1

Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs

As gray wolves multiply and come off endangered species lists in Western states, a new problem has emerged: Packs of wolves are harassing ranchers, their sheep and cattle. And states are trying to walk the line between the ranchers, who view the animals as an economic and physical menace, and environmentalists, who see their reintroduction as a success story.... Read more»

Documents found in meth house bare inner workings of dark money group

Found in a meth house in Colorado, the documents were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they were paid for by campaigns, and fliers and bank records from outside spending groups. One folder was labeled "Montana $ Bomb." (with video)... Read more»

Colorado will be first school added to Pac-10 since '78

The University of Colorado Buffaloes will leave the Big 12 and join the the Pac-10 conference. They may start a stampede - as many as 5 other teams may switch.... Read more»