As of March 27, Northern Transit Interlocal (NTI) decided to temporarily suspend all services due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes service for medical purposes as well. With recent cases of COVID-19 in local areas, the transit believes this is the best way to do our part to prevent the spread of this virus. 

NTI is keeping up with all notices from the Federal Transit Administration, Montana Department of Transportation, and following any Federal or State recommendations. 

Passengers can check in on the Northern Transit Interlocal’s Facebook page, website, the local newspaper or KSEN for the most recent updates on service. 

NTI plans on returning to full service as soon as it is deemed safe and hopes everyone understands these precautions are essential for the safety of our community.

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On April 2, Gov. Steve Bullock issued a Directive allowing Montanans to renew their driver’s licenses online and by mail and extended the deadline to complete title and registration paperwork to provide essential services without furthering the spread of COVID-19. 

The Directive will allow the Motor Vehicle Division to renew a driver’s license online or by mail as long as the license hasn’t been expired for more than one year. The renewal will last for two years.

The Directive also temporarily extends deadline to title and register vehicles transferred or purchased after March 16, and brings Montana commercial driver’s licensing requirements in line with federal licensing requirements that have been relaxed during the emergency.

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will begin streaming some of its best performances free online in showings scheduled throughout April and May. MSIP Live will show recordings of its recent plays every two weeks via Facebook. Shows will begin at 7 p.m. MDT and be available online for 24 hours.

A list of the performances and dates follow:

April 17: “You Can Never Tell”

May 1: “Henry IV, Part I”

May 15: “Twelfth Night” (Shakespeare in the Schools performance)

“We have remained focused on our mission of providing our communities with access to free professional theater,” said Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. 

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Montana State University Extension will offer several webinars that discuss economic effects from the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinars will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. each Thursday until April 23. The courses will be presented by MSU Extension specialists and economists from the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research to provide insight to how the Coronavirus is currently impacting the economy in their areas of expertise.

To register and participate in the webinars, visit http://farmpolicy.msuextension.org/covid19/.

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