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  • Newborn bison calf euthanized after visitors at Yellowstone National Park put it in their SUV

    05/16/2016 7:32:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 124 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | May 16,2016 | Anica Padilla
    HELENA, Mont. - A newborn bison had to be euthanized after visitors at Yellowstone National Park put the calf in the back of their SUV, National Park Service officials confirmed Monday. The visitors put the calf in their vehicle last week because of their "misplaced concern" for the animal, officials said in a statement. The father and son reportedly put it in their SUV and drove it to a ranger station because they thought it was too cold. " These actions... resulted in the death of a newborn bison calf," officials stated. "...interference by people can cause mothers to reject...
  • Montana court strikes down last piece of anti-immigrant law

    05/15/2016 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    Herald Courier ^ | 05/11/2016 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has barred state officials from reporting the immigration status of people seeking state services, striking down the last piece of a voter-approved law meant to deter people who are in the U.S. illegally from living and working in Montana. The court's unanimous decision on Tuesday upholds a Helena judge's 2014 ruling in a lawsuit that the law denying unemployment benefits, university enrollment and other services to people who arrived in the country illegally was unconstitutional. The Montana Legislature sent the anti-immigrant measure to the 2012 ballot, where it was approved by 80...
  • Hillary first campaign office opens in the Treasure State [MONTANA]

    05/14/2016 4:32:00 PM PDT · by This_far · 6 replies
    abcfoxmontana.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Stefanie Ponte
    Hillary Clinton supporters gathered in the Helena office, which is located just above the U.S Bank on Last Chance Gulch. (OH, it's ABOVE a US Bank????) Bless her heart, she's not making them tunnel anymore.
  • Montana AG Tim Fox weighs in on Keystone XL lawsuit

    05/14/2016 7:08:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 5/14/2016 | TOM LUTEY
    Montana and five other states say resident Barack Obama overstepped his power by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developers are now suing four presidential cabinet members. The states along the pipeline’s route filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week arguing that Congress, not the executive, has the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. The pipeline, which would have crossed the Canadian border, was being developed by TransCanada, which is now suing the government. Because of the resident’s representations to the rest of the world that America would lead in reducing its carbon footprint, that that was the sole reason...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • Shocking New Video Shows What Is Really Going on at Yellowstone

    04/20/2016 8:53:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 97 replies
    www.charismanews.com ^ | 10:00AM EDT 4/18/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Over the past week, our planet has been hit by large earthquake after large earthquake, and according to Volcano Discovery, there are 38 volcanoes around the world that are erupting right now. We have seen a dramatic spike in global seismic activity that is unlike anything that we have seen in ages, and that is why what is going on at Yellowstone is so incredibly alarming. Geologists tell us that a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have up to 2,000 times the power of the Mount St. Helen's volcanic eruption of 1980, and approximately two-thirds of the country...
  • Montana couple making out in a bar fail to realize it's being robbed

    04/15/2016 7:23:25 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 10 replies
    AOL ^ | 4/15/16 | Aol.com Editors
    For these two starry-eyed lovers, there was nothing that could interfere with their passionate lip-lock on Monday night -- even if that something was an armed robbery. As captured by surveillance cameras, the couple remained unfazed as they sit at the bar, wrapped in each others embrace, while three robbers approach the register.
  • Tennessee State Legislature on Track to Sue Federal Government Over Refugee Resettlement

    04/13/2016 5:07:38 PM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/13/16 | mp leahy
    The Tennessee General Assembly is on track to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program on Tenth Amendment grounds after Senate Joint Resolution 467 cleared its last substantive hurdle in the Tennessee House Finance Committee. The resolution sailed through the committee on a voice vote, and is now headed to the Calendar and Rules Committee, which will schedule a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives some time during the next seven days. The resolution is expected to pass in a landslide, as 74 of the House’s 99 members have already signed on as sponsors. In...
  • Many Western states seek ways to lower high suicide rates [gun-grab pretext redux]

    04/02/2016 9:14:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2016 12:05 AM EDT | David Crary
    Throughout the interior West, states in a belt from Montana to New Mexico are looking for ways to lower their highest-in-the-nation suicide rates, although gun-specific initiatives are a touchy topic. In Montana, with the highest rate, suicide prevention coordinator Karl Rosston acknowledges some frustration as the toll rises, including the recent deaths of several teenagers who used guns from their own homes. “People are afraid we’re trying to take away guns, which is not the case,” Rosston said. “I understand the sensitivity of it, but I’ve got to ask the questions when we have kids who shoot themselves.” …
  • Bison coming 'home' to Montana Indian reservation

    03/27/2016 12:23:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Yahoo / Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2016 | AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than 140 years ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions. The shipment of animals from Alberta's Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation follows a 2014 treaty among tribes in the United States and Canada. That agreement aims to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions once roamed. "For thousands of years the Blackfeet lived among the...
  • David Miliband’s International Rescue Committee to seed Montana with refugees

    03/24/2016 5:52:57 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 14 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | March 24, 2016 | Ann Corcoran
    The Mayor, city council and county commissioners of Missoula County Montana have given their blessing to the New York City-based International Rescue Committee headed by former British Foreign Secretary and globalist David Miliband (good friend of both George Soros and Hillary Clinton) to begin the colonization of Montana with third world refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia beginning in Missoula.
  • Mormons against the Donald

    03/24/2016 5:43:32 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 23, 2016 | J.A.
    For those hoping to block Mr Trump, Mr Cruz's triumph in Utah is a rare fillip. He had been expected to win the state; it was unclear that he would pass the 50% threshold required to take all its delegates—in particular because of uncertainty over the effect of Mr Kasich in splitting the anti-Trump vote. The trouble for Mr Cruz, who has now won eight states to Mr Trump's 21, is that he only seems able to win in places, such as Utah, with rare concentrations of evangelicals, Mormons or the otherwise ultraconservative. And there are not many such places...
  • Montana GOP officials fight to 'close' primary, in complication for Trump

    03/21/2016 7:21:59 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2016
    Montana Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in as early as this week and force the state to “close” its upcoming primary so only GOP voters can participate -- in a case that could pose complications for Donald Trump. The Republican front-runner so far has done better in "open" primaries, where members of both parties can vote, than in "closed" primaries limited to Republican voters only. Montana, set to vote June 7, has had an “open primary” since 1912. But state GOP officials want to change all that, in a bid to keep out Democrats and other...
  • Bullock's use of state plane displays duplicity ( Montana )

    03/10/2016 12:25:21 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    missoulian ^ | 3-10- 2016 | Brad Tschida
    On Feb. 16, Gov. Steve Bullock flew to Missoula from Helena to conduct “state” business, which also happened to “conveniently” coincide with a campaign event, using the state’s turboprop airplane, at a cost of not less than $1,000/hour. A 115-mile drive, it’s probably an 80-mile flight; not the type of flight for which this plane is designed. More offensive is that he’s flying to a destination that includes a campaign event, using state equipment/taxpayer funds to do so. This has been an ongoing practice of this governor (the same modus operandi recently used for campaign events in Billings and Bozeman)....
  • More Bozeman Students Buying School Lunch After District Leaves Federal Program

    02/29/2016 7:23:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Montana Public Radio ^ | February 27, 2016
    More students are buying lunches at Bozeman schools since the district abandoned the National School Lunch Program after deeming the nutritional rules too strict. Revenues in the fall semester increased nearly $50,000 compared to the previous year. Last year the school board voted to let the high school drop out of the federal program, saying the nutritional guidelines were costing the cafeteria customers. Bozeman Public Schools Food Services Director Bob Burrows says the high schoolers weren't purchasing school lunches because they knew they wouldn’t get enough food. According to Burrows, the USDA set a one-size-fit- all approach for how many...
  • USFW Takeover of Alaska Hunting & Refuge Lands

    02/23/2016 10:20:24 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Ammoland ^ | February 14, 2016
    If you like to hunt and fish you better pay attention to this proposal. The feds are creating their own little fiefdoms on Alaksa refuge lands. The proposed regulations grant too much authority to refuge managers. They literally have dictatorial powers. It certainly sets up the right environment for corruption. They are even trying to make it difficult for the public to testify. The environmental extremists showed up at the Fairbanks meeting in force. It appears their plan is to get these regs passed and install their man as manager. (It makes one wonder what the Bundy's issues were in...
  • Jury denies Gardiner woman seeking money for daughter with cystic fibrosis

    02/16/2016 11:41:09 AM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    bozemandailychronicle.com ^ | February 16, 2016 | Whitney Bermes Chronicle Staff Writer
    A Gallatin County jury ruled against a Gardiner woman who was seeking money for her daughter born with cystic fibrosis. After about two hours of deliberations, the 12-person jury ruled that Livingston HealthCare nurse Peggy Scanson and Bozeman OBGYN Dr. William Peters did not violate their standard of care with Kerrie Evans. The verdict came on the ninth day of the trial, held before Gallatin County District Judge Mike Salvagni. Evans sued in 2011 after her daughter, now 5, was born with cystic fibrosis. Evans’ attorneys Casey Magan and Russ Waddell argued that during Evans’ pregnancy, Evans had chorionic villus...
  • Christian Refugees 2 Christian Nations, Muslim Refugees 2 Muslim Nations, That's Only Fair

    02/15/2016 4:11:19 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/3/2016 | Kenya Sinclair
    'Our city is failing because of the refugees. We have 22 different languages spoken in our schools.' ... Obama administration plans to send refugees to smaller Montana cities. Over 120 Montana citizens faced snow and ice on Monday to protest outside the Missoula County Courthouse. ... protesters voiced concerns over an increase in refugee-related crimes, including rape, and the inability for Muslim men to treat women with respect. "Amarillo is overrun with refugees," Karen Sherman, a citizen of Missoula, Montana stated. "Our city is failing because of the refugees," Sherman continued. "We have 22 different languages spoken in our schools....
  • ‘Welcome Back Carter’ ( Destroying good paying jobs and )

    02/12/2016 12:06:40 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2016 | William Perry Pendley
    Obama on federal coal mining is a throwback to Carter administration failings. resident Obama's plot to use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to kill federal coal mining with a thousand paper cuts is not the first time he has used NEPA to try to end energy development. Disturbingly, his scheme is a throwback to President Carter and a decade-long moratorium that ended only when President Reagan took office. Meanwhile millions of Americans, vast regions and the nation's economy will suffer. In 2009, the Obama administration settled a "sweetheart lawsuit" by environmental groups by agreeing to a NEPA study on...
  • Reagan Era Energy Lessee Files Brief: No Right to Cancel Its Lease ( BLM : Montana )

    02/12/2016 11:42:32 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Fairfield Sun Times ^ | February 2, 2016
    A Louisiana man issued a federal oil and gas lease in 1982, but denied the right to explore his property since approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, recently responded formally to a brief filed by the United States government in which it argued that it has authority to cancel his lease and will cancel his lease as soon as its proposed schedule for doing so is approved by the federal court. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) represents Sidney Longwell of Baton Rouge, whose company Solenex, LLC owns the Reagan-era lease, and which sued Secretary of...
  • George Will on Primary Race (video)

    02/05/2016 5:55:09 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | February 4, 2016 | George Will
    George Will on Primary Race (video)
  • Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

    02/04/2016 7:02:30 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 4 2016 | Ben Lockhart
    The Utah Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, claiming the agencies' strategy to disallow new mining on or near greater sage grouse habitats is a breach of "numerous federal laws and regulations." The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order voiding the federal government's land-use plan amendments submitted last year that would directly prohibit new hard rock mining on 233,300 acres in Utah. "The state of Utah claims that the 2015 federal plan amendments disregarded the hallmark of federal land management -- multiple use and sustained yield --...
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 41 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • Cruz lashes out at Rubio, Trump in NH

    02/02/2016 1:08:02 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 158 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | February 2, 2016 | AP
    <p>Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is lashing out at Marco Rubio and Donald Trump on immigration while facing New Hampshire voters for the first time since his Iowa caucus victory.</p> <p>Cruz charged that Rubio led the fight for "amnesty" for immigrants in the country illegally. He also said Trump didn't do anything to fight immigration reform as the debate raged on Capitol Hill in 2013.</p>
  • Plan to infuse small towns with Muslim migrants meets resistance

    01/30/2016 1:50:59 PM PST · by amorphous · 52 replies
    WND ^ | 30 Jan 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Another big battle is brewing over Syrian "refugees" sweeping into small-town America. Rural folks in Montana are pushing back against plans by urban elites to plant hundreds of Muslims from the Third World into Helena and Missoula. They plan a protest rally at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the county courthouse in Missoula. And if the pattern holds of similar rallies in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Fargo, North Dakota, a contingent of pro-refugee people will show up to counter protest. Of all the 50 states, there are only two that have not received their "share" of the nearly 1...
  • Montana's ObamaCare Expansion: Over Budget On Day 1.

    01/20/2016 9:30:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    Montana legislators were able to shut down Democratic Governor Steve Bullock's attempts to expand ObamaCare in Big Sky Country for two years. But in 2015, with the help of Ohio Governor John Kasich and some legislative trickery, Bullock and his pro-ObamaCare allies got their way. A small group of moderate Republicans joined with the Democrats to change the legislature's procedural rules and yanked the bill to the floor for a vote. The bill passed narrowly, making Montana the only state in 2015 to legislatively authorize ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion. (Alaska Governor Bill Walker unilaterally expanded Medicaid in 2015, despite a clear...
  • UPDATED: Redesigned driver's licenses more secure, but could soon be rejected at airports

    01/06/2016 9:33:15 PM PST · by This_far · 7 replies
    Though Montana's newly redesigned driver's licenses and identification cards include increased security features, they still do not meet federal standards that might soon be required for air travel and access to federal buildings.
  • Man jailed after student threatened over "Star Wars" spoiler

    12/22/2015 11:11:26 AM PST · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/22/2015 | Staff
    <p>HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana man is charged with threatening to shoot a boy for sharing information about a subplot of the new "Star Wars" movie during an online conversation.</p> <p>Arthur Charles Roy, of Helena, was charged with felony assault with a weapon Monday during an appearance in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. He remains jailed with his bail set at $10,000.</p>
  • Rumsfeld Gets Horse in Mongolia Visit

    10/22/2005 9:37:54 PM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 7 replies · 647+ views
    My Way News ^ | Oct 22, 2005 | By ROBERT BURNS
    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) - A chat with a Buddhist monk. An encounter with a gift horse named Montana. A peek inside a yurt, the traditional felt tent home. A word with Mongolian veterans of the war in Iraq. No outpost is too distant, no audience too small for U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, globe-trotting to bolster support for Iraq, Afghanistan and the wider fight against terrorism. The roaming Rumsfeld dropped in Saturday for an official visit with senior leaders of this once communist nation of about 2.7 million, home of the legendary horseman-warrior, Genghis Khan. Rumsfeld wound up...
  • Common Core Computer Crack-up

    12/08/2015 7:47:11 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    What do Common Core and Obamacare have in common, other than the enthusiasm they engender in the White House and widespread disappointment they generate outside of it? Both programs have fatal computer glitches. "New Hampshire-based company Measured Progress, which developed online Common Core tests used in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota, has acknowledged a major glitch in the tests' rollout," Chris Neal reported in School Reform News. "Technical malfunctions, such as servers crashing during testing, resulted in only 37 percent of Nevada students being able to take their exams." "Meanwhile, Montana and North Dakota only managed to test 76 percent...
  • 28 states refuse Syrian refugees - AL, MI, TX, LA, AR, IN, IL, MA, MS, OH, FL, WI, NC, AZ, ME, NH...

    11/16/2015 9:47:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 443 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    "Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values," [Obama] said.Six Republican governors have announced that Syrian refugees won't be allowed to resettle in their states in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued statements Sunday saying that they wanted to prioritize the safety of the residents in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP presidential candidate; Arkansas Gov. Gov. Asa Hutchinson; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined them on Monday. "Michigan is a welcoming state and we are...
  • Montana reviewing refugee acceptance policy

    11/16/2015 1:16:53 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 2 replies
    MTN News ^ | 11/16/15 | MTN News
    Montana Governor Steve Bullock released a statement on Monday afternoon saying that state officials are reviewing the process of accepting refugees. “Montana will not allow any terrorist organization to intimidate us into abandoning our values. The safety of Montanans is my top priority. No Syrian refugees have been settled in the state and we have had no formal requests to do so," the governor's statement read. "Montana has a process in place for considering refugee settlement requests; we are reviewing those protocols to ensure that if a request comes, we take all appropriate steps to ensure that the safety of...
  • El Al flight makes emergency landing in Montana

    11/15/2015 1:24:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/15/15
    An El Al Israel Airlines flight from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Montana on Sunday after the pilot received an automated alert that the aircraft's engine was on fire, transportation officials said.The Boeing 777 aircraft, carrying 279 passengers and 20 crew members, landed on the runway of Billings Logan International Airport about 6 a.m. local time, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting supervisor Mike Glancy said.The pilot grounded the plane after a cockpit warning light switched on, indicating a fire in the right engine, Glancy said. After the plane landed, fire and transportation officials examined it but...
  • Only 1% of the Bakken Play Breaks Even at Current Oil Prices

    11/03/2015 10:38:50 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | NOV 3, 2015 | Art Berman
    Only 1% of the Bakken Play area is commercial at current oil prices based on my analysis that follows. Only 4% of horizontal wells drilled since 2000 meet the EUR (estimated ultimate recovery) threshold needed to break even at current oil prices, drilling and completion, and operating costs. The leading producing companies evaluated in this study are losing $11 to $38 on each barrel of oil that they produce, the very definition of waste. Although NYMEX prices are about $46 per barrel, realized wellhead prices in the Bakken are only $30 per barrel according to the North Dakota Department of...
  • Coal mine expansion stalls in lawsuit citing climate change ( Montana: WildEarth Guardians )

    10/31/2015 9:53:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 26, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN
    Judge stalls approved Montana coal mine expansion in 2nd successful suit citing climate change. The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal's contributions to climate change. Environmental groups sued the Interior Department after it approved an expansion of the Spring Creek Coal mine in 2012. The case marks the second time conservationists have used worries over climate change to successfully challenge approval of a coal mine after it had...
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    10/16/2015 12:07:47 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 13 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 10/16/2015 | Even Bleir
    The decision by officials at a high school in Montana to give up $117,000 in federal money and drop Michelle Obama's healthy lunch program has proved to be a popular and profitable success. Business has been booming in Bozeman High School's cafeteria since its board members voted to drop the National School Lunch Program in a bid to keep students from leaving campus to eat. The lunch program set limits on calories, fat and salt in lunches and mandated that more whole grains, fruits and vegetables should be served in order to curb the onset of childhood obesity.
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLM’s Proposed Withdrawal ( sage-grouse )

    10/10/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Western Mining Alliance ^ | October 9, 2015 | mucker
    On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (“BLM notice”), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as “sagebrush focal areas” in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The BLM notice commences a two-year temporary segregation period, prohibiting location and entry of new mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in these sagebrush focal areas. If the BLM decides to withdraw the area at the end of the segregation period, the withdrawal will last up to 20 years, but could be extended in the...
  • USFS Road Closures Balloon to 21,000 Miles in Montana Counting More Categories

    10/10/2015 12:08:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2015 | Ron Catlett
    accounting for roads that have been decommissioned along with roads considered “unauthorized,” the mileage of road closures on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land in Montana balloons to 21,951 miles. On Monday, Media Trackers reported that a study commissioned by the state legislature earlier this year and reported to the EQC last week found that 9,784 — or nearly 31 percent — of the nearly 32,000 miles of roads in Montana managed by the USFS were “level 1 roads,” meaning they are closed to motorized traffic and only open for “administrative use.” However, the 32,000 total miles of roads does not...
  • Deal approved to protect grizzly bear habitat in Montana ( Donald Molloy )

    10/10/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-10-2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A U.S. judge on Friday approved a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres of state forest lands that make up core habitat for federally protected grizzlies. The agreement resolves a lawsuit brought by conservationists after the state had sought to open 37,000 acres , mostly in the Stillwater State Forest, to timber harvesting despite what environmentalists said would be the destruction of prime grizzly bear territory. ... U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy in a decision last year found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by...
  • Transient with sword accused of attempting robbery

    09/22/2015 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Torcert · 8 replies
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | Sep 14, 2015 | Whitney Bermes
    A transient is behind bars after police say he attempted to rob a couple with a sword on Sunday evening on the west end of Bozeman. Diamond Jade Brock Lorenz, 21, is being held in the Gallatin County jail on a felony charge of attempted robbery. He will appear in Gallatin County Justice Court on Tuesday morning to have his bail set. According to charging documents: Shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, Bozeman police were dispatched to a field near the intersection of Fallon and Ravalli streets for a report of a robbery in progress. A man told police he had...
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • Seven years later, Keystone XL decision is due

    09/22/2015 6:29:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2015 | Luke Hilgemann
    How’s this for American exceptionalism: It has now officially taken longer for the federal government to review the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit application than it did to build the entire transcontinental railroad 150 years ago. Yes, you read that right. Today marks the seven-year anniversary of what has become one of the most embarrassing examples of bureaucratic You’ve no doubt heard of the Keystone XL pipeline by now. On September 19, 2008, the company planning to build it filed a routine permit application with the State Department. The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada and...
  • Corker: WH foreign policy talks 'bizarre'

    05/23/2014 1:12:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Top White House officials have reportedly been holding private meetings with lawmakers this week to boost support for the president’s foreign policy strategy, although the outreach effort appears to have left some lawmakers confused and upset. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described a meeting with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and National Security Adviser Susan Rice earlier this week as “one of the most bizarre I've attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country.” “I know several of us were involved in a very bizarre discussion last night. This continues a very bizarre discussion,” Corker added, according...
  • Hillary Clinton Promises Views on Keystone Pipeline ‘Soon’

    09/18/2015 5:24:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2015 | LAURA MECKLER
    Mrs. Clinton has refused to say whether she supports building the pipeline, saying it would be wrong to weigh in because she was involved in the deliberations when she was in the administration. The White House has yet to announce a decision even though the issue has been pending for years. Asked again about the matter at a town hall Thursday, she said she has deferred because she thought it was “right thing to do.” But she said she thought it would have been decided by now and would give her view soon even if the issue remains unsettled. “I...
  • Yellowstone a magnet for fast-growing ranks of Chinese tourists (shooting range)

    09/06/2015 11:27:01 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 33 replies
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | 09/06/2015 | Gail Schontzler
    The thrill of shooting real handguns, rifles and machine guns attracts Chinese visitors by the busload — often 20 to 30 tour buses a day, says co-owner Eric Yarger. Shooting firearms — at a cost of $25 to $350 — is something they can’t do legally in China. Chinese tourists make up about 80 percent of the range’s summer business. It’s not unusual for Chinese customers “to shoot every gun we have,” Yarger said. “They can spend over $1,000.”
  • How a Top Obama Crony Moved From Idaho To a $2 Million Washington Estate

    09/04/2015 9:56:31 PM PDT · by This_far · 8 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | Dec. 23 2014 | Ken Silverstein
    Long before Jim Messina became a trusted aide to President Barack Obama and one of the most powerful men in Washington, he was just a simple boy from Boise. Now, after working in politics for just over a decade, he lives in a lavish D.C. estate. How this happened is a classic Washington Cinderella story. Raised in Idaho by a single mother, Messina moved to Washington in 1995, in his mid-20s, to take a job as a legislative aide for Max Baucus, the conservative Democratic senator from Montana (now ambassador to China). Baucus supported George W. Bush-era personal and corporate...
  • EPA says new clean water rules are still in effect even though judge suspended them

    08/29/2015 5:06:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The very same crew which recently dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge out of an abandoned mine and turned the Animas River in Colorado the color of a yellow banded poison dart frog for roughly a week has just issued a whole new set of rules to “protect” small pools of water. They would also like you to know that these rules are going into effect even though a federal judge put them on hold in 13 states, too. This new batch of regulations is going to “protect” bodies of water which may include the ditch in front...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • Convicted arsonist waits for new sentence ( Montana )

    08/20/2015 8:01:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | August 19, 2015 | PERRY BACKUS
    A Florence man charged with setting a series of fires nine years ago in Ravalli and Missoula counties that cost millions of dollars to fight was back in a Ravalli County court Wednesday. Jonah Mica Warr, 28, was recently released on probation after serving seven years of a 10-year federal prison sentence for setting the fires in 2006. Warr’s court troubles in Ravalli County date back to 2004 when he pleaded guilty before District Judge Jeffery Langton to a number of felony charges for possession of explosives and criminal mischief for blowing up mailboxes in the Florence and Stevensville areas....
  • Why Montana Is Going Backward on Medical Marijuana

    08/17/2015 5:08:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Michael Bodley | AUG 16 2015
    Gone are the flashing green neon lights advertising $200 ounces of pot. Gone are the caravans of cannabis doctors who signed up hundreds of people in a single day. The medical marijuana business in Montana boomed after voters legalized it in 2004. At one time, this state of only a million people had almost 30,000 patients and 4,900 providers. But the industry has been crippled by state legislators and a determined grass-roots opposition. And a state Supreme Court decision coming as early as October could all but wipe it out. Elizabeth Pincolini is a medical marijuana user and advocate, who...