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Past articles by Michael:

Four candidates registered to run for Helena City Commission

With Emily Dean filing on Wednesday, four are in the running for the two Helena City Commission seats up for grabs in this fall’s municipal elections. → Read More

Department of Revenue opens bidding for Helena alcohol licenses

The competitive bidding process for Helena-area businesses to serve beer on-site is now open, the Montana Department of Revenue announced Thursday. → Read More

Lewis and Clark County considers switching to nonpartisan elections

Lewis and Clark County officials will decide in the next few months whether to eliminate party identification from their election system. → Read More

Helena city officials wrap discussion of preliminary budget prior to Monday presentation

Helena city officials held their final public discussion Wednesday of the first draft of the city budget for fiscal 2020 and 2021. → Read More

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announces 2020 bid for US Senate

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announced Monday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next fall, becoming the first to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines. → Read More

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announces 2020 bid for U.S. Senate

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announced Monday that he is running for election to the U.S. Senate in Montana. → Read More

Bullock rejects settlement disclosure bill, but orders some info to be published

Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a bill to open up information about state legal settlements Friday, but issued an accompanying executive order implementing some of the bill’s objectives. → Read More

Hanna's Act signed into law

The new law provides funding for a missing persons specialist to help coordinate searches — especially for missing Native Americans. → Read More

Meet the new CEO of the Helena Family YMCA

Playing Two Truths and a Lie with retired Lt. Col. David Oclander is tricky. → Read More

Hundreds take part in third annual Out of Darkness suicide prevention walk in East Helena

Tova Reddick-Starkel doesn’t just walk for Brayden Schaeffer. → Read More

Legislature passes bill to build new Montana Heritage Center in Helena

A bill creating the Montana Museums Act of 2020 and authorizing construction and funding of the Montana Historical Society’s Heritage Center project cleared the Legislature Thursday with a 58-40 vote → Read More

House committee passes Museums Act unamended, final vote looms

The state House Appropriations Committee passed the Montana Museums Act of 2020 without amendment Wednesday, all but confirming that the House's action this week will decide whether the bill reaches → Read More

Renovation of Helena library expected to start this fall

Lewis and Clark Library is planning to renovate its Helena branch for the first time in about a decade and a half, according to spokeswoman Patricia Spencer. → Read More

Senate refers Hanna’s Act back to committee prior to final vote

A bill that would have created Hanna's Act, named after a murdered Native woman, looked poised to clear the state Senate on Friday but was delayed as part of an → Read More

Legislation to fight opioid addiction crosses Montana governor's desk

A piece of legislation to combat opioid addiction in Montana finally got its day with Gov. Steve Bullock in a Wednesday bill-signing ceremony at the state Capitol. → Read More

Montana Legislature debates who should pay when animals are seized

A proposal to let the courts decide whether the owner of an animal seized by law enforcement should pay for that animal’s care pending a criminal trial was heard Tuesday → Read More

Hanna's Act — aimed at investigating missing, murdered Natives cases — revived

The state Senate Judiciary committee reversed itself Friday and moved to advance House Bill 21, more commonly known as Hanna’s Act, to the Senate floor. → Read More

Lawmakers just said no to recreational marijuana in Montana

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana use for Montanans 18 and older failed to advance Thursday from a state House committee. → Read More

Bullock tax proposals reach committees as deadline looms

As the deadline nears for revenue-related bills to move through a critical step in the legislative process, half of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's tax proposals — including an increase to → Read More

Montana state lawmaker goes all in on legal sports betting

Montana would join a growing list of states with legalized sports betting if a bill proposed in the state Legislature passes. → Read More