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  • Saving Jesus in Montana

    07/20/2012 12:15:13 AM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    Columbia Magazine ^ | 1/27/2012 | Brian Dowling
    Saving Jesus in Montana - A statue of Christ in a national forest, Knights argue, is a historic landmark, not a constitutional problem Big Mountain Jesus, a statue placed in 1954 to honor World War II veterans, has recently been challenged as unconstitutional. On an overcast day at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in northwestern Montana, a horizontal wall of clouds meets Big Mountain near the top of a chairlift, next to a life-size statue of Jesus. The statue stands with outstretched arms, blessing the Flathead Valley that spreads for miles below. A large question undergirds the debate on whether a religious...
  • Knights of Columbus Joins Legal Defense of 10th Mountain Div. War Memorial(Includes Statue of Jesus)

    07/19/2012 11:46:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Knights of Columbus Joins Legal Defense of 10th Mountain Division War Memorial - Montana memorial on Forest Service land includes statue of Jesus It’s a war memorial that has commemorated the valor and sacrifice of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division for more than 50 years. The Knights of Columbus — represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — has asked to intervene in a pending lawsuit to defend the memorial’s right to exist on public land in Montana.The war memorial near Whitefish, Mont., includes a large statue of Jesus. It was erected by Montana members of the Knights...
  • Guenther: Senator Max Baucus - Small Business Assassin

    07/12/2012 7:26:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 11, 2012 | Robert J. Guenther
    Not content with masterminding Obamacare, which taxes, regulates, and disincentivizes the healthcare industry into nothing more than a capitulatory utility under government control, Democrat Senator Max Baucus used the recently passed transportation bill as the vehicle to exterminate thousands of jobs with the stroke of Barack Obamas pen. In addition to the $400 million the senator earmarked for his states highway system, the Montana senator mischievously added a separate and unrelated special interest earmark to the transportation bill as a nod to his Big Tobacco benefactors at Altria, a parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris. How did he appease...
  • Fishy: Obama Administration to Close Nine Border Patrol Stations

    07/11/2012 5:52:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Just one month after President Obama signed a back door amnesty executive order for hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens, his administration is now planning to shut down nine Border Patrol stations, something the people living in border states, Border Patrol agents, local Sheriffs and some Congressman are up in arms about. Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal...
  • Closure of Border Patrol Stations Across Four States Triggers Alarm

    07/11/2012 11:37:23 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/11/2012 | By Judson Berger
    The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves. * * * [One] soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los AngelesU.S. Customs and Border Protection says it's closing the stations in order to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to the border. * * *
  • Ranch becomes focus for Russian adoption outrage

    07/11/2012 7:54:13 AM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/11/12 | MATT VOLZ
    The Russian government officials arrived with a Moscow television crew in tow at the gates of a ranch for adopted children in remote northwestern Montana and demanded to be let inside. Among them was Russian children rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, the man who was calling Joyce Sterkel's Ranch For Kids Project a "trash can for unwanted children" on his website. Whether it was a made-for-TV confrontation for viewers back home or a serious bid to gain entry, Sterkel kept the two dozen children inside and away from the gate. The Russians didn't try to enter the property, but Astakhov vowed...
  • Top 10 most likely GOP Senate pick-ups

    07/09/2012 11:54:58 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 54 replies
    Since the GOP is likely to lose Maine (Olympia Snowes seat) and have competitive races to defend seats in Massachusetts (Scott Brown) and Nevada (Dean Heller), they better hope to pickup five or six Democratic seats. Here are 10 seats currently held by the opposition that Republicans can win...
  • Obamacare Democrats Find Themselves in GOP Crosshairs

    07/07/2012 12:31:46 PM PDT · by Qbert · 19 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 28 Jun 2012 | Henry J. Reske and Paul Scicchitano
    The Supreme Courts decision to uphold Obamacare puts a number of Senate Democrats who voted for the healthcare overhaul and are seeking re-election in the crosshairs of the GOP. Of the 60 Democrats and independents that voted to approve President Barack Obamas healthcare law, 15 are up for re-election this year. The GOP needs to pick up four seats to take control of the Senate should Obama win re-election; three should Mitt Romney win, as his GOP vice president would break the tie. Of those seeking re-election, the GOPs best chance for pickups are most likely in Florida, Missouri, Montana,...
  • Wilderness groups sue U.S. Forest Service over plan to use helicopter

    07/04/2012 10:53:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | June 28, 2012 | PERRY BACKUS
    Two wilderness groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow an irrigation company to use a helicopter to fly in materials needed to repair a dam in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater filed suit in U.S. District Judge Donald Molloys court in Missoula last week. The groups say the agencys decision to allow the irrigation company up to two helicopter flights to the Fred Burr Dam site violates the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws. The irrigation company wants to replace a deteriorating catwalk and log boom on the nearly century-old...
  • Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet (poll)

    06/26/2012 10:42:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    gazette ^ | June 26, 2012
    Green agenda targets slurry bombers As fire rages out of control on the edge of Colorado Springs, threatening lives and property, it is time we listen to those who have warned us about the negative effect environmentalists and President Barack Obama have had on the federal governments ability to fight fires. Much of whats burning is the Pike National Forest, which is federal property. Yet it took almost three days to get federal fire fighting aircraft off the ground to begin dumping meaningful loads of slurry to slow the fires growth. Because the Forest Service has a shortage of planes,...
  • U.S. Senate passes farm bill, but Tester's Sportsmen's Act removed

    06/22/2012 5:39:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Missoulian and ap ^ | June 22, 2012 | Rob Chaney and JIM ABRAMS
    Sen. Jon Tester was not allowed to bring an amendment inserting his Sportsmens Act of 2012 into the bill. That bill combined 20 Democratic and Republican bills for improving hunter access to public lands, funding shooting ranges, and supporting fish and bird habitat programs. It was among about 300 proposed amendments that Senate leaders pared down to 70. ... The bipartisanship seen in the Senate may be less evident in the House, where conservatives are certain to resist the bills costs, particularly for food stamps. Food stamp spending has doubled in the past five years, and beneficiaries have grown from...
  • Dem activist slugs GOP congressmans wife with campaign sign

    06/21/2012 7:58:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 19, 2012 | Caroline May
    Its all fun and games until somebody gets slugged with a campaign sign at least in Montana, where following the first U.S. Senate campaign debate this cycle, a Democratic activist hit one candidates wife with a rolled up sign. The debate at Bucks T-4 in Big Sky, Mont., between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester, Republican challenger Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg and Libertarian Dan Cox reportedly focused on the election issues of the day: jobs, the economy and health care. The real fireworks, however, took place after the event when an attendee got into a physical altercation with Jan Rehberg, the...
  • Montana: Romney 51%, Obama 42%

    06/20/2012 4:26:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 20, 2012
    Montana remains in the Romney column again this month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney with 51% support to President Obamas 42%. Five percent (5%) like another candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 49%, Tester (D) 47%

    06/19/2012 4:02:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 19, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg remains slightly ahead of Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in Montanas U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Rehberg with 49% support to 47% for Tester. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while another two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • Gay-marriage backers seek to turn tide in votes in 4 states

    06/18/2012 4:53:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Gay marriage dominates the list of social-issue ballot measures going to voters this year, with amendments for and against same-sex unions up in four blue states: In Minnesota, voters will be asked to amend their state constitution to say that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Amendments like this have already passed in 31 states, including North Carolina in May. The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment was put on the ballot by lawmakers in 2011, a few months after Republicans took over the state Legislature for the first time in 38 years. In Maine, gay-marriage...
  • 'Kindness In America' Hitchhiker Actually Shot Himself

    06/16/2012 8:17:06 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 18 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 6/15/2012 | Dashiell Bennett
    This week's award for Easy Irony went to a man who claimed he was shot while hitchhiking across the country to write a book about "Kindness in America." Now gets a new award for admitting that he actually shot himself. On Monday, Ray Dolin of West Virginia grabbed national headlines when he claimed that he was hiking on Highway 2 in Montana gathering stories for a memoir about how nice people are when a man in a pickup truck pulled over and then shot him in the arm. What a story! Police even arrested a 52-year-old man under...
  • Obama threatens to veto HR 5326 (bill to protect gun owners from Obama gun control)

    06/12/2012 12:28:00 PM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    It comes as no surprise that the Obama Administration out out s Statement of Administration Policy saying that President Obama's senior advisors would recommend he veto HR 5326.(Among other things, the bill will prohibit Obama from his desire to back-door reclassify and then ban the sale and possession of C&R firearms). Apparently, one of the reasons the President would veto HR 5326 is because of an NRA-backed provision preventing funding for the new and unauthorized multiple reporting and registration plan proposed by BATFE. On April 26, the House Committee on Appropriations approved this general provision offered by Cong. Rehberg (R-MT)...
  • Sioux, Cheyenne celebrate new historic landmark

    06/11/2012 8:29:01 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 11 June 2012 | Lorna Thackaray
    LAME DEER For 1,000 years or more, native peoples have etched their histories and prophecies on the sandstone faces of Deer Medicine Rocks near what is now Lame Deer. Barely visible bighorn sheep, warriors on horseback and a grizzly bear roam the soft, sheer faces of the rock outcrop just off the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. And on an early June day 136 years ago, a Sioux artist carved a vision that had come to Hunkpapa medicine man Sitting Bull after a torturous Sundance ceremony. In the dream, soldiers with grasshopper legs fell from the sky into the Indian camp....
  • Wildlife groups sue US over lead bullets

    06/07/2012 4:47:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    AFP - ^ | 08 June 2012
    Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The practice can cause lead poisoning in species such as the endangered California condor, eagles, swans and more. A petition by 100 environmental groups to the EPA in March, asking for the agency to regulate the components of ammunition used in hunting under the Toxic Substances Control Act, was refused amid strong opposition...
  • Hollywood producer too conservative for Montana high school?

    06/09/2012 2:29:38 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 18 replies
    Dailyinterlake.com ^ | May 26, 2012 | Gerald Molen
    Gerald Molen, of Bigfork, MT, is a longtime Hollywood producer and worked on such films as Schindlers List, Jurassic Park, Twister, and Minority Report. If someone had told me that a school in Montana would bar an invited speaker from presenting his or her speech before a high school senior class, I would have said, no way, not here, not now, not ever. But then I would have been wrong. Obviously the Ronan school district didnt get the word that in America, especially in Montana, people that reads all people have a right to free expression and freedom...
  • 'Schindler's List' Producer Claims Graduation Speech Censorship

    06/08/2012 1:11:52 PM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 6/07/2012 | Paul Bond
    UPDATED: A high-school principal told Oscar-winner Gerald Molen he could not deliver his speech because he is a "right-wing conservative;" on Friday, a district official apologized. Gerald Molen won a best picture Oscar for co-producing Schindlers List with Steven Spielberg and has produced such Hollywood blockbusters as the first two Jurassic Park films and Twister. Hes a former U.S. Marine and is a sought-after motivational speaker. our editor recommends Hollywood & Politics: 'Schindler's List' Producer Gerald Molen on His Obama-Probing Documentary Universal's Ron Meyer to Speak at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Commencement So hes not accustomed to...
  • Daines, Gillan stake out leads in Montana's U.S. House primary races

    06/05/2012 11:23:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Missoulan ^ | June 5, 2012 | Mike Dennison
    Bozeman business executive Steve Daines won the Republican primary Tuesday night in the race for Montanas open U.S. House seat, while state Sen. Kim Gillan of Billings staked out a solid lead in the seven-person field in the Democratic primary. With more than half the precincts partially reporting, Daines led the three-way Republican primary with 71.5 percent of the vote, beating out Eric Brosten of Helena, who had 18 percent, and Vincent Melkus of Hardin, who had 10 percent. Gillan led the Democratic primary with 31 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, followed by state Rep. Franke Wilmer...
  • Media Trackers Uncovers Massive Ballot Irregularities in Montana

    05/20/2012 8:45:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    RedState ^ | 05/17/2012 | Sean Davis
    In at least two counties in Montana, the home of a competitive U.S. Senate race that could tip the balance of power in the upper chamber, massive mail-in absentee ballot irregularities have been uncovered by Media Trackers Montana, a non-partisan investigative research organization with operations in five states across the country. In Broadwater county alone, where Sen. Jon Tester received only 35 percent of the vote in the 2006 general election, up to 600 erroneous mail-in ballots have been reported. Over a dozen Billings-area voters have complained that they received incorrect ballots. Yellowstone county officials have also reported numerous complaints...
  • 'Existential threat' to Western U.S. states (FedGov wants water rights)

    05/15/2012 7:45:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 14, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The Obama administration has launched a new battle over water rights that threatens not only the the economies of arid Western states, which largely voted against him in the 2008 election, but their very existence. WND reported last month that the federal government was creating obstacles for Tombstone, Ariz., to restore its water supplies following last years forest fire and monsoon-triggered floods in the nearby mountains. The federal government said crews could not use machinery to rebuild pipelines and spring-water collection systems. Now, a letter contradicting longstanding federal practice asserts a claim to water in arid Western states, such as...
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 53%, Tester (D) 43%

    05/03/2012 4:05:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 3, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg holds his largest lead yet over Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in Montanas U.S. Senate race. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Rehberg ahead of Tester 53% to 43%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and another two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on Senate

    05/01/2012 2:33:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/01/12 | Alexander Bolton
    GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on SenateBy Alexander Bolton - 05/01/12 05:00 AM ET Third-party groups allied with the Republican Party have vastly outspent Democratic incumbents and their backers in Senate battlegrounds. The disparity in advertising firepower threatens Democratic control of the Senate and could have an impact on the presidential race as well. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a first-term Democrat from Ohio, has been the primary target of outside groups, which have outspent his allies by a ratio of 10-1 this election cycle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS and 60Plus Association have funded the bulk of...
  • Tester leads MT-Sen, GOP ahead in House race

    05/01/2012 4:52:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    PPP's first three polls on the Montana Senate race found the same thing every time: a 2 point lead for Denny Rehberg. Over the last six months though there's been a shift and Jon Tester now leads Rehberg by a 48-43 margin. Tester's moved into the lead because of shifts with Democrats and independents. What was an 86-10 lead with Democrats is now 90-7. He's been able to consolidate his base some. And although he already led independents by a 46-41 margin he's pushed that advantage up further to 48-36. Montanans are closely divided in their feelings about Tester with...
  • Morning Joe Lets Schweitzer Skate on Polygamy Swipe At Romney

    04/26/2012 6:35:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There could be only one good reason to have Dem Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on Morning Joe: to grill him on his ugly anti-Mormon swipe at Mitt Romney. Schweitzer recently said that Romney would have trouble attracting women voters because "his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico." So naturally I waited for Mika Brzezinksi, Mark Halperin, Cokie Roberts--anyone!--to raise the question of Schweitzer's slur. And waited. It never came. View the video here.
  • Testers Bounty - Montana Dem tops in K Street Cash

    04/13/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    The lobbying industrys favorite senator has turned Big Bank protections into a flood of campaign cash. Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) received nearly $300,000 from lobbyists in 2012, making him the top recipient of K Street dollars, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Tester has denied the fact on multiple occasions, saying it is not true. But a Washington Free Beacon review of campaign contributions reveals that Tester leads all Senators in lobbying cash. He is also flush in contributions from Wall Street firms and big banks, ranking second in the Senate for commercial bank donations, third for credit...
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 47%, Tester (D) 44%

    04/03/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 3, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg still maintains a very narrow advantage over Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in Montanas closely contested U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Montana Voters shows Rehberg with 47% support to Testers 44%. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and three percent are undecided.
  • A look at defense law in Montana

    03/29/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    ktvq.com ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Drew Trafton
    BILLINGS- Even in Montana, more than 2,000 miles away from Florida, the controversial shooting death of 17-year- old Trayvon Martin is sparking debate via social media. Much of the debate is centered around the self defense law, popularly known as Castle Doctrine-- which allows a resident to protect their self and property, which is being touted as a justification for the shooting. Clearly, many of the details which will tell the full story of that tragic event have yet to be released. But as the debate rages on closer to home, it raises the question of what defense law states...
  • Obamas Outrageous DOL Rules Will Restrict Minors From Working on Family Farms Killing Farm Life

    03/21/2012 9:40:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies
    gateway ^ | March 21, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is committed to killing off the family farm an American tradition. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced the Preserving Americas Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Senator Thune spoke out against the Obama Administrations proposed labor rules for youth who work on farms and ranches on the Senate floor. The Obama Administrations rules are so strict they would...
  • Senate transportation bill funds more federal government land grabs

    03/19/2012 5:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    NetRightDaily.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country. The bill may or may not be taken up by the U.S. House Representatives depending on if they choose to write a separate House bill, but hopefully what will be left out of any final version is an amendment by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. His amendment funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the tune of $1.4 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 quite a jump from the $323 million it...
  • Amendment to highway bill sideswipes Little Tobacco

    03/18/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Nobody mentioned tobacco last week when the U.S. Senate adopted an amendment to the $109 billion federal highway bill. But tucked into the 5,600-word amendment to provide aid for rural schools was a single paragraph that would settle a two-year-old fight between Big Tobacco and a small Ohio company that builds a do-it-yourself machine that allows smokers to get their cigarettes a lot cheaper. The amendment would reclassify tobacco shops that offer the machines as tobacco manufacturers, imposing on them new regulations and higher taxes, and it opens a window into the ways of Washington, where the powerful and the...
  • Right To Bear Arms week observed in Montana

    03/10/2012 8:06:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    kxlh.com ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Evan Weborg
    The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and this week has been set aside to observe the Treasure State's second amendment rights. Helena Trap Club president Steve Noland says the second amendment is one of the foundations the state of Montana was built on. Noland says it is very important for people to stay active and to join organizations like the National Rifle Association as well as support their activities so that second amendment rights are preserved. Noland noted, "If you look at the history of the wars that we have been involved...
  • Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score

    03/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    The Brady Bunch has released their annual scorecard rating states based on how strict their gun laws are. The scorecard is a very useful tool to help rights groups understand how their state compares to others on a liberty scale; more points = less liberty. Alaska, Arizona, and Utah have all achieved the coveted Zero Points/Zero Stars on the Brady scale and are now competing to see which state will be the first into negative numbers which is possible through bonus points. Arizona and Alaska can reach a 2 point score by protecting carry rights on campuses of state...
  • Northern Lights thrill Montanans

    03/07/2012 6:56:47 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    kxlh.com ^ | 7 Mar 2012 | David Sherman
    The Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - made an appearance in some parts of Montana on Tuesday night.Vikki Higginbotham shared these pictures that were taken about 20 miles north of Great Falls toward Fort Benton (scroll down for larger views).We also received reports of people seeing the Northern Lights in Babb, Browning, Harlem, and Hingham.Vikki also shared a link to SoftServeNews.com, which provides information about more viewing opportunities: SoftServeNews.com/Aurora.htmBe sure to look skyward on Wednesday night, as there is a pretty good chance that they will be visible again. The Geophysical Institute of the Universty of...
  • Northern Rockies wolf population rose in 2011

    03/07/2012 6:33:32 PM PST · by Domandred · 7 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 3/7/2012 | Matt Volz
    HELENA, MONT. The wolf population in the Northern Rockies rose in 2011 despite the removal of federal protections and hunts held in Montana and Idaho, federal wildlife officials said Wednesday. The animal's numbers rose by more than 7 percent to 1,774 wolves, as state officials look for more ways to reduce the population under pressure from hunters and ranchers who blame the predators for livestock and big-game losses. Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/03/07/2025566/northern-rockies-wolf-population.html#storylink=cpy
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 47%, Tester (D) 44%

    03/01/2012 3:34:34 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 23, 2012
    Democratic incumbent Jon Tester runs slightly behind his leading Republican challenger in his bid for reelection in Montanas U.S. Senate race. A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg earning 47% support to Testers 44% in Rasmussen Reports first look at this contest. Four percent (4%) prefers some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided.
  • Richard Cebull Says He Sent Racist Obama Email

    02/29/2012 7:44:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 55 replies · 7+ views
    Billing Gazette ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Clair Johnson
    Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull apologized Wednesday for sending a racist email about President Obama from his office to a few friends. "To say it's inappropriate and stupid is an extreme understatement," Cebull said Wednesday afternoon in his courthouse chambers in Billings. "There is no doubt it's racist. It wasn't forwarded for that purpose," Cebull said. "If anything, it was political." The judge admitted he forwarded the racially charged email he received to seven friends, including his brother, on Feb. 20 from his office computer. The email eventually was forwarded to the Great Falls Tribune, which published it Wednesday....
  • Saudi student accused of rape has fled the U.S.

    02/25/2012 5:40:01 PM PST · by notatard? · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Feb. 24, 2012 | Gwen Florio
    A man accused of raping one University of Montana student and assaulting another earlier this month was contacted repeatedly by UM Dean of Students Charles Couture before fleeing the country. After Couture informed the man who was accompanied by his lawyer that he was being accused of sexual assault under the universitys Student Code of Conduct, the man left the area, UM President Royce Engstrom said Friday. In fact, the man a Saudi national studying at UM has left the country, Missoula Mayor John Engen said police told him earlier Friday.
  • Montana's Democratic governor slams jackasses in DC for Keystone delay

    02/24/2012 10:40:42 AM PST · by epithermal · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2012 | Ben Geman
    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is expressing frustration with the debate in Washington over the Keystone XL pipeline, which he strongly supports. Ninety per cent of these jackasses that are complaining about the Keystone pipeline in Washington, D.C., one year ago wouldn't have even known where the Keystone was. While we were doing the heavy lifting here in Montana and in South Dakota and in Kansas and Oklahoma ... in Washington, D.C. ... all these great defenders had never heard of Keystone before, Schweitzer said in an interview published Thursday.
  • Forest Service Fees Found Faulty by Courts

    02/21/2012 10:53:00 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    KREX News ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Matt Kroschel
    In a ruling that is binding in nine western states and sets a nationwide legal precedent; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously last week that the U.S. Forest Service's recreation fee programs must allow citizens to park at trail-heads and go for a hike without paying a fee. The case (Adams v. U. S. Forest Service) was brought in 2008 by four hikers who visit the Coronado National Forest around Mt. Lemmon, near Tucson. The San Francisco Appeals Court found the U. S. Forest Service at fault for charging parking fees to people who go for a hike...
  • High court blocks Mont. campaign money ruling

    02/17/2012 4:28:35 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, February 17, 2012 6:58 PM EST | MARK SHERMAN
    The Supreme Court on Friday blocked a Montana court ruling upholding limits on corporate campaign spending. The state court ruling appears to be at odds with the high court's 2010 decision striking down a federal ban on those campaign expenditures. The justices put the Montana ruling on hold while they consider an appeal from corporations seeking to be free of spending limits. The state argues, and the Montana Supreme Court agreed, that political corruption gave rise to the century-old ban on corporate campaign spending. In the 2010 Citizens United case, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that independent spending by...
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the states wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • DEA inquiries into medical marijuana industry include legislators ( Montana )

    02/06/2012 10:34:15 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Missoulian ^ | January 30, 2012 | MICHAEL MOORE
    Diane Sands is used to having her name taken in vain. That's just part of being a liberal from Missoula in the Montana Legislature. But her name surfaced recently in a way that offended and troubled her at a profound level. A possible witness in a federal drug investigation was asked whether Sands might be part of a conspiracy to sell medical marijuana. The questions came from Drug Enforcement Administration agents from Billings who were investigating medical marijuana businesses, and Sands learned about the inquiry from the witness' attorney. "So now, if you're a state legislator who has been working...
  • Firearms Industry Booms In Montana

    01/17/2012 7:20:07 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 16 Jan 2012 | Katrin Frye
    Firearms manufacturers looking for a favorable, pro-gun political climate are moving to Montana. The Flathead Valley in the northwest corner of the state has had a steady gun manufacturing industry for decades, and it's now looking to expand. Despite 10 percent unemployment in the area, gun industry jobs have increased during the economic downturn. Manufacturers now say they can't find enough trained machinists for all the jobs they have to offer. From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. The firearms industry is booming in Montana. Throughout the economic downturn, the state's gun manufacturers have added jobs....
  • Farmers Sue (Democrat) Jon Corzine Over Missing Millions (Obama supporter and campaign financier)

    01/10/2012 4:26:11 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 2+ views
    abc ^ | 1/9/2012 | CINDY GALLI
    Montana farmers have filed a class action suit against former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, charging that the failed financial firm run by Corzine stole millions from their accounts to pay off its spiraling debts, and that Corzine's "single-minded obsession" with making MF Global a big player on Wall Street led to the firm's collapse. MF Global's clients included 38,000 wheat farmers, cattle ranchers and others who "hedged" their crop prices by placing millions in MF Global accounts. Those accounts were supposed to be "segregated and secure," according to the federal suit, meaning MF Global could not draw on those...
  • Court restores ban on corporate political money

    12/30/2011 6:07:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/30/11 | MATT GOURAS, Associated Press
    Helena, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Supreme Court is setting up a possible challenge to aspects of the high profile U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted political speech rights to corporations. The state court decided Friday to restore Montana's century-old ban on direct spending by corporations . . .
  • Gun owners pay top dollar for Polson woodworker's custom creations(MT)

    12/19/2011 4:43:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    billingsgazette.com ^ | 18 December, 2011 | Missoulian
    POLSON Its a highly specialized business, carving rifle and shotgun stocks out of blocks of walnut and maple and then custom-fitting them to each gun and gun owner. Kelly Clairmont said there are maybe 100 people in the United States who do it for a living. And four of them are right here in Polson, he said. And all four of them got their starts with Bob James, a longtime custom stock maker in Polson. The others eventually formed their own company, S&S Plus, while Clairmont in 2009 bought out James business, which is now called Montana Custom Guns,...