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February 24, 2020 in County News

USDA Awards $3.3 Million to Southern Montana Telephone to Improve Broadband Access in Rural Beaverhead County

WISDOM, Mont., Feb. 24, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Charles Robison joined Congressman Greg Gianforte to announce USDA has invested $3.3 million in…
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February 21, 2020 in Grants

AMDD Announces Spring 2020 Crisis Matching Grant Opportunity

AMDD will rerelease the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the County and Tribal Matching Grant and Mobile Crisis Unit Program in early Spring 2020. This will provide an opportunity for…
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February 20, 2020 in Safety Corner

2020 Risk Management Safety Awards

The MACo WCT/PCT Risk Management Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Midwinter Conference in Great Falls.  MACo recognizes those counties exhibiting a continued commitment to…
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February 16, 2020 in Risk Sharing

Rickey Mart Memorial Agent Appreciation Award Presented to Pat Greany

The seventh annual Rickey Mart Memorial Agent Appreciation Award was awarded to Pat Greany of Leavitt Great West Insurance at the recent MACo Midwinter Conference held in Great Falls.  Unfortunately,…
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February 14, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Yellowstone County Seeking Equipment Operator II in Custer Area

Yellowstone County, Billings, MT is hiring for an Equipment Operator II in the Custer Area. Applications available on the Yellowstone County website.
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February 13, 2020 in Grants

State 911 Grant Program Open for Applications SFY 2020

The Montana Department of Administration has officially opened the 9-1-1 Grant Program for submittal of applications for SFY 2020.  Linked below is the new grant application form.  Grant applications must…
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February 12, 2020 in Grants

Funding Available: Reclamation & Development Grants Program

The DNRC Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is now accepting grant applications for both: RDG Planning Grants, up to $50,000; and RDG Project Grants, up to $500,000.
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February 10, 2020 in Grants

2020 HAVA Grants

On December 20, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 into law. The Act includes $425 million in new Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds, made available to states…
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February 7, 2020 in County News

Montana PTAC Funding Opportunity/RFP

The Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at Big Sky Economic Development in Billings is requesting proposals from eligible entities interested in operating a full-time Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)…
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February 4, 2020 in State News

Public Health Agencies Respond to New Coronavirus

Public health agencies at all levels are responding to a new coronavirus originally identified in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province of China. Since the detection…
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February 4, 2020 in NACo

NACo 2020 Achievement Awards Program

NACo is closing in on their 2020 Achievement Awards deadline, coming up on March 30th. In celebration of 50 years of county innovation, they are encouraging counties, parishes, and boroughs…
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February 3, 2020 in County News

2019 Consumer Price Index (CPI)

We have updated our Consumer Price Index spreadsheet for 2019. The result is that the Annual CPI change for 2019 is 1.8%.
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February 2, 2020 in County News

MACSS County School Superintendent of the Year Award Open for Nominations

The Montana Association of County School Superintendents (MACSS) will be recognizing one of its members each year with a new award. Because County Superintendents work with so many individuals and…
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February 1, 2020 in County News

New Year, New You…Same W-2 Tax Scam

Tax season is in full swing, which means criminals will go to great lengths to separate you from your money, your identity, or anything of value that is within their…
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January 17, 2020 in Grants

MLIA Grant Program Open & Accepting Applications for FY 2021

The Montana State Library is pleased to announce that the MLIA Grant Program is now accepting applications for state fiscal year 2021. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, February…
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January 15, 2020 in State News

Complete the Free National CyberSecurity Review (NCSR)

For those of you that are looking at grant funding this coming year, you have less than 30 days left to sign up and complete the free National CyberSecurity Review…
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January 15, 2020 in County News, NACo, National News

Montana Commissioners in DC

View pictures of Commissioners Joe Briggs, Cascade County, and Greg Chilcott, Ravalli County attending landmark events at the White House.
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January 14, 2020 in State News

The Montana Water Summit 2020

Mark your calendar for the second biennial Montana Water Summit, March 3-4 in Helena! The goal of the Montana Water Summit is to provide information, spur discussion and explore solutions…
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January 14, 2020 in National News

FY 2020 Federal Spending Agreement

On December 20, 2019, the President signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94), which reauthorized SRS payments for FY19 (payment year FY20) and for FY20 (payment year FY21). …
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January 8, 2020 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Mary Rose Cloninger to the Health Care Trust

Mary Rose Cloninger joined MACo’s Health Care Trust team as the Member Services Specialist/Office Coordinator on January 6th. She has a diverse background working in different areas of the healthcare…
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January 8, 2020 in Association News

Pre-order your Directory of County Officials

The 2020 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available for pre-order at a cost of just $15.00.  Look for a digital edition, coming soon!
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January 6, 2020 in Association News

2020 MACo Committee Members Appointed

Annually, the MACo President appoints committee members based on interest of the membership.  President Shane Gorder, Richland County Commissioner, along with the assistance of the MACo Executive Committee and others,…
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January 5, 2020 in State News

DNRC Energy Summit

Montana DNRC's Energy Summit will take place February 13, 2020 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. The summit was designed for farmers and ranchers to help them understand their…
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January 4, 2020 in Obituaries

Mary Lee Dietz

Mary Lee Dietz passed away Jan. 4, 2020 at Fallon Medical Complex.  She was born in the maternity home in Belle Fourche, SD on Nov. 1, 1937, the daughter of…
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January 4, 2020 in County News

Cybersecurity Awareness: Cybersecurity While Traveling

In a world where we are constantly connected, cybersecurity cannot be limited to the home or office. When you’re traveling— whether domestic or international—it is always important to practice safe…
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December 16, 2019 in Association News

MACo Issues Refuse Operations Loss Control Guidelines

Loss exposures associated with the operation of container sites, landfills and transfer stations are significant. Liability losses (3rd party claims) suffered by MACo member entities have exceeded $1.5 million between…
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December 13, 2019 in Association News

MACo Now Offering ATV & UTV Training

MACo is now offering ATV & UTV training, available at no cost to MACo WCT and PCT risk pool members. Organizations requesting the training must provide a suitable course setting…
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December 10, 2019 in Association News

2020 New Year’s “Resolutions” & Reminders

It’s time once again for the Annual New Year’s Resolutions reminders! Every year it's good to review certain county duties and requirements, and the  first Commission meeting of the year…
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December 4, 2019 in Obituaries

Dale W. Lauman

Dale W. Lauman, 80, a third-generation Montanan and lifelong Somers/Lakeside resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer and other…
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December 4, 2019 in State News

How the 2020 Census Impacts Montana

For every Montana resident counted, the Census estimates the state will receive nearly $2,000 per person each year in federal funding. The $20,000 per person coming into the state over…
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December 2, 2019 in Safety Corner

Safety Corner: Distracted While Walking

Everyone has seen the commercials and the billboards warning people of the dangers of texting while driving. What about the dangers of using a cellphone while walking? There are many…
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December 1, 2019 in County News

Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click…
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November 21, 2019 in NACo

Action Alert: Sign Letter Urging Congressional Leaders to Support PILT & SRS

With 2019 nearing an end, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is leading a coalition of counties, school districts and other interested organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders…
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November 20, 2019 in Association News

Closing County Offices/Courthouses on Non-legal Holidays

We frequently get asked whether or not County Courthouses and County offices may be closed the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Good Friday, or any other day not specified as…
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November 18, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Park County Seeking Registered Sanitarian

Park County is seeking a Registered Sanitarian. Join their dynamic team as you take an education-based approach to improving the Health in our community. Starting wage is $20.88 DOE. Open…
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November 18, 2019 in County News

Board Leadership Training

Read All News Presented by MSU Extension's Local Government Center For counties looking to provide board education/instruction, the LGC offers a “Board Leadership” training for all public board members (city,…
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November 16, 2019 in County News

Cybersecurity Awareness: Identity Theft & Internet Scams

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes…
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November 14, 2019 in NACo

2020 NACo Achievement Awards Now Open

Applications are now open for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2020 Achievement Awards!  The Achievement Awards Program is a non-competitive awards program that seeks to recognize innovative county government…
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November 14, 2019 in Association News

Announcement! There’s Been a Name Change!

We’ve rebranded the workers’ compensation claims unit and are now the Injury Assistance Team. The goal of rebranding is to set ourselves apart from the standard workers’ compensation adjuster. Our…
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November 13, 2019 in Safety Corner

Safety Corner: Top 10 Ways to Build A Great Safety Culture

Do you want your County to experience lower absenteeism, a happier workforce, and lower staff turnover? The first step to reaching these goals is to develop a thriving safety culture…
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November 8, 2019 in Obituaries

Keith L. Benson

Keith L. Benson (age 89) passed away in Helena on November 8, 2019. He was born to Ed and Cora Benson near Hogeland on September 1, 1930 - the youngest…
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November 7, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Public Works Director

Cascade County is seeking a public works director. This position is under the general direction and with the concurrence of the Board of County Commissioners (County Commissioners), is responsible for…
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November 7, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Planning Director

Cascade County is seeking a Planning Director. This position is responsible for the administration and supervision of the Cascade County Planning Department, performs a variety of difficult, complex and specialized…
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November 7, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Deputy County Attorney – Criminal

Cascade County is seeking a Deputy County Attorney - Criminal. The Deputy County Attorney - Criminal performs complex legal, professional and administrative work. The work is performed in accordance with…
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November 7, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Information Technology & Services Director

Lewis & Clark County is seeking an Information Technology & Services Director. Under general administrative direction of the Chief Administration Officer and the City Manager, this position directs the day…
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November 7, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Planner

Cascade County is seeking a Planner. This position reports to the Planning Director and performs routine and complex administrative, technical professional work in planning programs for the County related to…
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November 1, 2019 in State News

Entitlement Share Growth for FY 2021

The Montana Department of Revenue has calculated the entitlement share growth factor for Fiscal Year 2021. For cities, counties, and consolidated governments, the growth factor for the entitlement share will…
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October 23, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Dawson County Seeking Correctional Officers

Dawson County is currently seeking correctional officers for the Dawson County Correctional Facility.
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October 23, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Dawson County Seeking Control Room Operator – Dawson County Corrections Facility

Dawson County is currently seeking a control room operator for the Dawson County Correctional Facility.
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October 18, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Interim Planning Director

Cascade County is seeking an Interim Planning Director. This position reports to the Planning Director and performs routine and complex administrative, technical professional work in planning programs for the County…
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