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  • Plagiarism report unlikely to affect Senate race (Montana)

    10/11/2014 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 11, 2014 4:29 AM EDT | Matthew Brown and Matt Volz
    Sen. John Walsh’s name has been removed from the U.S. Army War College’s academic rolls and grinded (sic) from a plaque listing the members of the graduating class of 2007 after the college stripped him of his degree for plagiarism. The announcement that the war college revoked the Montana Democrat’s 2007 master’s degree on Friday marked the end of a swift-moving controversy that began with a newspaper story in July and led to Walsh’s withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race weeks later. The lingering question is what effect the academic review board’s plagiarism report will have on the Senate race...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's degree after plagiarism finding ( Montana )

    10/10/2014 5:13:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | October 10, 2014
    The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate, a college spokeswoman said. ... The board found that then Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his Master's Degree and status as graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," War College spokeswoman Carol Kerr said in a statement.
  • Thompson: Associate of Dallas Ebola patient under close monitoring ( second case )

    10/01/2014 8:28:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 105 replies
    WFAA ^ | October 1, 2014 | Marjorie Owens
    DALLAS — Due to close contact with a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus, a second person is under the close monitoring of health officials as a possible second patient, said the director of Dallas County's health department Wednesday morning in an interview with WFAA. Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says all those who've been in close contact with the diagnosed patient are being monitored as a precaution. However, Thompson pointed to one person in particular as a potential second case. "Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents, the fact that...
  • St. Patrick Hospital 1 of 4 sites in U.S. ready for Ebola patients ( Montana )

    09/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those. .... And any hospital equipped to care for a tuberculosis patient can care for an Ebola patient, according to Dr. George Risi, an infectious disease specialist who recently returned from spending 20 days in a Sierra Leone Ebola ward. Accompanied by St. Patrick’s intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley, Risi helped local clinic staff care for up to 95 patients at a time. While untreated Ebola kills more than 70 percent of its victims, more...
  • TAPS and Keystone Have Similar Environmental Issues But One Critical Difference

    09/25/2014 9:46:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/25/2014 | Allen Brooks
    The proposed 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska may be the second most famous crude oil pipeline in American history after the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline. One has yet to be built while the other has been operating since 1977, but the two pipelines share a common history marked by environmental controversy in its approval process. The TAPS line, as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline became known as, was proposed in 1969 to move the recently discovered Alaskan North Slope oil to the Lower 48 market via tanker from the Port of Valdez. The Prudhoe Bay oil...
  • ( DC ) Judge Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves

    09/24/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement Tuesday saying that he expects the state to seek a stay of Jackson’s decision. He said the state will seek an emergency rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow continued state wolf management. ... Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled that wolves no longer needed protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • Bozeman City Commission surprised by new rescue armored vehicle [Montana]

    09/23/2014 6:08:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    KECI, ^ | ‎9‎/‎23‎/‎2014‎ | Jennifer Ready
    A rescue armored vehicle arrived at the Bozeman Police Department in May, but city commissioners said they didn't know about it until this week. City Commissioner Chris Mehl was driving on a ride-along Friday night, when he was at the police station and saw a 14-foot-8, 17,000-pound rescue armored vehicle. "I was surprised, you can imagine. Surprised," said Mehl. The Bozeman Police Department purchased the armored vehicle, also known as the Bearcat, in May for a little more than $250,000 through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Mehl said normally the city commission looks at any large expense,...
  • ( Montana ) Missoula doctor, nurse return from treating Ebola patients in Africa

    09/21/2014 6:07:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Missoulian ^ | September 19, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    Dr. George Risi had to pass a dozen armed checkpoints to leave Sierra Leone – four of which ordered him out of the car so a guard could take his temperature. The Missoula infectious disease specialist is still checking his thermometer twice daily since his return from 20 days of volunteer work in an Ebola virus ward. He and fellow Missoulian intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley cared for up to 95 patients, from babies to grandparents, suffering from the often-fatal disease. ... While untreated Ebola tends to be 70 percent fatal, Risi said about half of the patients in...
  • Convicted Eco-Terrorist Leads “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol” in Montana

    09/20/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ron Catlett
    Rod Coronado, a convicted eco-terrorist, is the leader of the controversial “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol,” a new environmental group that plans to shadow legal Montana wolf hunters during the state’s fall and winter wolf season and document the hunts with a video camera. Coronado, a resident of Michigan, is a radical environmentalist who “sank whaling ships nearly 30 years ago in Iceland and later went to prison after torching a Michigan State University lab in 1992 for conducting research for the fur industry” according to The Buffalo News of Buffalo, NY. He also serves as a spokesman for the radical, militant...
  • New petroleum technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

    09/15/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The Powder River Basin, well known for its abundant coal supply, is experiencing a turnaround in oil production. Production has rebounded from a low of 38,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2009 to 78,000 bbl/d during first-quarter 2014. Although U.S. oil production growth is occurring primarily in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basins, the Powder River Basin is among other regions of the country that have also benefitted from the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The increase in Powder River Basin oil production is largely attributable to production growth in the Turner, Parkman, and Niobrara-Codell formations, which...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Musings: After Hiatus, Keystone XL Pipeline Battle Resumed Friday

    09/09/2014 9:17:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    PPHB via Rig Zone ^ | September 09, 2014 | G. Allen Brooks
    In the chambers of the Nebraska Supreme Court in Omaha, a hearing was held Friday about the decision by Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie F. Stacy claiming that the law under which the state’s governor had approved the route of the Keystone XL pipeline was unconstitutional. The judge, in a case brought by three landowners, decided that LB1161, the law passed by the state’s legislature at the end of its session in 2011 that shifted the approval of the pipeline route from the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to the governor, was unconstitutional, and as such the judge instituted a...
  • Trial of man who shot exchange student to stay in Missoula

    08/27/2014 10:57:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Aug. 27, 2014 | Kathryn Haake
    District Judge Ed McLean has denied a motion to change the trial venue for Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of fatally shooting a German exchange student in his garage last April. In a 208-page motion to move the trial, Kaarma’s attorneys argued that local media reports have tainted Missoula’s jury pool by painting Kaarma as a “cold-blooded killer.” Katie Lacny, who filed the motion, argued her 30-year-old client has been held captive in his Grant Creek home and received death threats as the media “aroused sympathies and created a community outcry against” him. “The pretrial publicity has stirred up...
  • Montana to appeal judge’s immigrant law ruling

    08/24/2014 1:37:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | Matt Volz
    <p>Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling that a voter-approved law requiring immigration checks of anybody applying for state services goes against federal immigration laws.</p> <p>The 2011 Republican-led Legislature wrote the proposal meant to deny government jobs and assistance to people who are in the U.S. illegally. Legislators sent the plan to the 2012 ballot, where the referendum passed with nearly 80 percent of the vote.</p>
  • ABC News Lauds Montana Moonbat Senate Candidate

    08/23/2014 4:20:55 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 50 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 23, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Just how far kooky left does a Democrat candidate have to go before ABC News will cease hyping him or her? Apparently so far left that we can't even imagine. Writing articles for a far left socialist website or posting a profile photo of a former chairwoman of the Communist Party USA on your Facebook page is still not kooky enough to deter Benjamin Siegel of ABC News from writing an adulatory article about just such a person, the Montana Moonbat herself, Democrat Senate candidate Amanda Curtis. Here is Siegel gushing over her in a way that you just know...
  • Montana U.S. Sen. Candidate Mocks Gun Owners, Christianity, the Bible, and the Family

    08/23/2014 8:15:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/22/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Montana State Senator Amanda Curtis (D-76 Dist.) is running for U.S. Senate and will no doubt be trying to run away from her past statements mocking guns, Christianity, the Bible, and the family. She just stepped into the race in place of John Walsh, the Democrat candidate who had to step down amid a plagiarism scandal.
  • Meet Amanda Curtis. She’s a gun control-supporting vlogger.

    08/21/2014 7:45:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | Jaime Fuller
    Curtis last summer attended a Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally, which aimed to pressure then-Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to support expanded background checks. Curtis's brother killed himself playing Russian roulette when he was 16. "If Montana has 2.5 times the suicide rate of states with comprehensive background checks, maybe we should try that out,” she told the Montana Standard at the time. A year later, the Montana Standard wrote an article mentioning that newly christened candidate Curtis had attended the rally. She told them, “I haven’t said anything that average Montanans wouldn’t agree with. I have simply stated that guns...
  • Ridiculous: Dems ‘Doing Really Well In Montana,’ Will Hold Senate Majority

    08/19/2014 12:29:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is simply living in an alternate universe. While yelling into the clouds over the Koch Brothers’ evil plot to destroy America, he said today that Democrats “are doing really well in Montana.” And is optimistic that they'll maintain control of the Senate (via the Hill): Reid predicted Democrats would lose a seat in South Dakota, but was optimistic about Montana despite Sen. John Walsh's (D-Mt.) recent decision to drop out of the race after a plagiarism scandal. We are doing really well in Montana," Reid told reporters on Monday. … If the election were held today, we'd...
  • AP Conveniently Overlooks Moonbat Declarations of New Montana Senate Nominee

    08/18/2014 12:39:14 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 18, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    What does it say about the Montana Democrat Party that they nominated a flat out moonbat to be their Senate nominee? Perhaps they knew that since they were going to lose that seat anyways, they would entertain us with a laughable candidate. Just by reading the Associated Press description of the new Senate nominee, Amanda Curtis, hastily chosen in the wake of the John Walsh plagiarism scandal, you would have no idea that she has issued statements that are both bizarre and offensive. According to AP she is a fresh face with "blue-collar roots." However, a video of Amanda Curtis...
  • Meet Amanda Curtis (MT Senate Hopeful)

    08/18/2014 8:35:45 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/16/2014
    Video at link
  • Montana Democrats pick state lawmaker as U.S. Senate candidate

    08/18/2014 7:08:06 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 6 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | August 16, 2014
    Democrats in Montana on Saturday nominated a one-term state representative, Amanda Curtis, as their candidate for U.S. Senate to replace incumbent Senator John Walsh who quit the race following a controversy over his suspected plagiarism. Delegates at a special convention chose Curtis, 34, a teacher in Butte, over rancher Dirk Adams, according to a Twitter posting by the Montana Democratic Party . The state party did not respond to an email and phone call about the nomination. Curtis will face U.S. Representative Steve Daines, a Republican, and Libertarian Roger Roots in the mid-term election this November. Walsh had been appointed...
  • Meet Amanda Curtis (replacement Dem U.S. Senate Candidate for Montana)

    08/16/2014 5:30:55 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    1 minute, 49 seconds - offered without comment on my part, other than to add she is a 34 yr old teacher who is anti-gun in a state like Montana. Wonder how much that will be discussed in the 90 days before the election.
  • Montana Dems select new Senate candidate

    08/16/2014 11:41:34 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 16, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Montana Democrats have chosen a new candidate for the U.S. Senate race after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations over his thesis at the U.S. Army War College, the Associated Press reported. The new candidate is a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis, who is a first-term representative from Butte. She has less than three months to make her case to voters over her Republican opponent Rep. Steve Daines. "If we win here in Montana, outspent and outgunned in a race where we were left for dead, it will send a message to Washington, D.C., that we want...
  • Are Montana liberals mimicking the Tea Party?

    08/13/2014 9:54:08 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 13, 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Brigham argues that a significant contributing factor to Baucus’s decision to bow out was the threat of a primary challenger from the left. “If the Left wants to make a stink and veto somebody, we have the power to do that,” he said. “For local progressives, they saw, ‘Hey, when we stand up and complain, we got Baucus off the ballot. We can do that again,’ ” he added. He argued that progressives now have a chance to get their own candidate at the Aug. 16 special nominating convention. Grassroots organizers often have more success getting their candidates elected at...
  • Breaking: Sen. John Walsh (D, Montana) cuts and runs.

    08/07/2014 4:12:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/7/14 | Moe Lane
    Should have done it a week ago, frankly. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., announced Thursday that he is dropping out of the Senate race after it became clear that he could not overcome the fallout from a plagiarism scandal. “The 2007 research paper from my time at the U.S. Army War College has become a distraction from the debate you expect and deserve,” Walsh said in a statement. “Distraction.” Yes, I imagine that plagiarism and academic fraud probably would qualify as such. As to the plagiarist’s replacement, well… I don’t know what’s more depressing for Democrats: that their best hope to...
  • Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race (Montana)

    08/07/2014 1:16:00 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 70 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 8/7/14 | Charles S. Johnson
    HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper. Walsh, a Democrat, said he decided to drop out of the race. He had canceled campaign events this week as he and his family discussed what he would do. The New York Times reported July 23 that Walsh had plagiarized large portions of the research paper in 2007. Walsh will serve out the rest of his Senate term, which ends in early January 2015. “I...
  • Montana papers call for Walsh to end Senate campaign

    08/04/2014 3:42:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 4, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    "Having repeatedly said that he wants to do the honorable thing, Walsh should stop campaigning and do his utmost to serve Montanans well in the remainder of his brief Senate appointment. That is the honorable course," writes the Gazette's editorial board. "We call on Walsh to devote all his time to serving as U.S. senator and bag the campaigning." The Missoulian went a step farther, suggesting that he could also immediately resign. "Walsh could resign his Senate seat immediately. [Gov. Steve] Bullock could then appoint a temporary replacement who isn’t running for election, as many Montanans had hoped he would...
  • An ‘Easy Gallop’ Gets Easier for Turning Montana Senate Seat Red

    08/04/2014 9:47:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 4, 2014 | Rod Kackley
    Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) was basking in the national spotlight of delivering the GOP’s response to President Obama’s weekly radio and internet address July 27, while the man whose job he wants, Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.), was reeling from charges of plagiarizing a healthy portion of his U.S. Army War College master’s thesis. The contest has never been a contest, although Walsh did pull closer to Daines just before the plagiarism scandal broke July 23. Daines is slaughtering Walsh in the polls. The latest survey of likely Montana voters from Public Policy Polling, which leans toward Democrats, has the Republican...
  • Tribe: Remove ‘halfbreed’ from Montana place names

    07/30/2014 8:09:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 7:19 PM EDT | Lisa Baumann
    The time has come to remove the words “halfbreed” and “breed” from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around Montana, according to leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Nicholas Vrooman, who works with the tribe, presented a bill draft to that effect during a recent meeting with the State-Tribal Relations Legislative Committee. The words are racist terms that demean American Indians, he said. […] The bill would require state and other agencies to identify places with the terms and remove them from maps, signs and markers when age or vandalism calls for an update. It...
  • Judge rules Boulder County lacked legal authority to create subdivision paving district

    07/28/2014 8:27:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Times-Call ^ | 07/27/2014 | John Fryar
    Formation of district and imposition of assessments 'invalidated' by ruling . Boulder County commissioners didn't have the legal authority to establish a Local Improvement District created to charge rural residential subdivision property owners the bulk of the costs of rehabilitating those subdivisions' paved county roads, according to a Friday Boulder County District Court ruling. The Board of County Commissioners "exceeded its jurisdiction and abused its discretion in authorizing and forming the Subdivision Paving Local Improvement District and imposing assessments on properties within the District," Senior District Court Judge J. Robert Lowenbach wrote. ... The judge further ordered Boulder County to...
  • Senate Hopeful Wants EPA Administrator to Visit Montana Coal Town

    07/26/2014 10:33:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 25, 2014 | Rod Kackley
    Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) invites — no, Daines demands — Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency visit the town of Colstrip, Mont., to see for herself the impact of her agency’s Clean Power Plan on that community. So far, he has not received her RSVP. This time next year, he could have a lot more pull with the EPA. Daines could be forgiven if he is doing some early packing. He can’t be too worried about winning the November Senate election. Rasmussen Reports gives him an 18-point lead among Montana voters in his bid to replace Sen....
  • John Walsh: From the Military to Politics

    07/24/2014 7:09:43 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | DAVID S. JOACHIM
    Senator John Walsh, Democrat of Montana, was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock in February to fill the seat vacated by Max Baucus, a six-term senator who stepped down to become the United States ambassador to China. Relatively new to politics, Mr. Walsh, 53, was elected lieutenant governor in 2012 after more than three decades in the National Guard, which included a combat tour in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He had already declared his candidacy for Mr. Baucus’s seat in November’s midterm elections when Mr. Bullock selected him in the hopes that raising his profile would enable the Democrats to...
  • Montana Senator John Walsh used plagiarism to get promoted

    07/24/2014 6:06:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/24/14
    The Democrats knew retaining Max Baucus’s Senate seat was going to be a challenge. In an attempt to hold onto that seat, Max Baucus was convinced to retire from the Senate and was shipped off to China as Ambassador. A new Senator was appointed by the Democrat governor to fill out Baucus’s term and to set him up to defend the seat using the power of incumbency. On paper it looked like a good plan. The replacement was the serving lieutenant governor John Walsh. Walsh was superficially an attractive choice. He was a career National Guardsman, rising in rank from...
  • Democratic Senator Hit With Plagiarism Allegations

    07/23/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it seems “Papergate” just ensnared Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh. Mr. Walsh was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock to replace outgoing Sen. Max Baucus, who decided to become the Obama administration’s Ambassador to China. Walsh is described by the New York Times as having something the Democrats lack in their political ranks: a seasoned military record. Walsh is a decorated Iraq War veteran, but his reputation might be marred by a final term paper he wrote in obtaining his master’s degree, where a substantial portion was written without crediting anyone (via NYT): An examination of the final paper required...
  • Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own

    07/23/2014 2:54:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says his time in uniform informs his views on a range of issues. But one of the highest-profile credentials...
  • Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own; Senator John Walsh of Montana...

    07/23/2014 1:08:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • Mountain West Banks Closing in Great Falls [ Montana ]

    07/21/2014 10:10:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    kfbb ^ | Jul 17, 2014 | Joe Biega,
    Following a merger between Mountain West Bank and First Interstate Bank, several Mountain West locations will be closing across the state ... While the merger of the two well known Montana banks is still pending, Interstate Bank has announced a list of banks that will be closing or relocating
  • EDITORIAL: Sage-grouse politics

    07/10/2014 8:32:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The fate of a chicken-size bird carries huge economic and political stakes across the West. The sage grouse, long a threat to the thriving energy sector, is also a threat to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The ground-dwelling bird, which has habitat across Nevada and 10 other states, could be listed as a threatened or endangered species as soon as next year. Such a designation would place burdensome restrictions on the use of tens of millions of acres by ranchers, farmers, and oil and natural gas producers. Environmental organizations that want a halt to ranching and fossil fuel development are...
  • Senate moves forward on sportsmen bill

    07/07/2014 5:19:28 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    The Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bipartisan hunting and fishing bill on Monday – but not before facing objections from liberals who criticized the chamber for failing to act on gun-control measures. Senators voted 82-12 Monday evening to move forward on the sportsmen’s legislation, which would boost hunters and anglers through an array of provisions such as helping to build shooting ranges and loosening federal regulations on lead fishing tackle and bullets. The package is a political boon to the host of red-state Democrats up for reelection this year including the bill’s chief Democratic sponsor, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan. Sen....
  • Feds doubt climate change's impact on wolverines

    07/07/2014 1:55:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 7, 2014 | By MATTHEW BROWN, AP
    A top federal wildlife official said there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the so-called "mountain devil." There's no doubt that the high-elevation range of wolverines is getting warmer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Noreen Walsh said. But any assumption about how that will change snowfall patterns is "speculation," Walsh said. She told her staff to prepare to withdraw a proposal to protect the animals under the Endangered Species Act. Walsh's comments were contained in a May 30 memo obtained...
  • Boeing Fuselages In Montana River After Train Derails

    07/06/2014 10:28:10 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 21 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 04 July 2014
    SUPERIOR, MT -- A Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river. [Photo in Comments]
  • Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse

    07/05/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    AP ^ | July 5 2014 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    DENVER (AP) -- An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting and ranching on the 165 million acres of the bird's habitat across 11 Western states. Apart from the potential economic disruption, which some officials in Western states discuss in tones usually reserved for natural disasters, the specter of the bird's listing is reviving the centuries-old debates about local vs. federal...
  • Boeing fuselages in Montana river after train derails

    07/05/2014 1:58:16 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 69 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 7-5-14 | n/a
    SUPERIOR, MT -- A train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river. Nineteen cars on the westbound train derailed. Three of the cars contained aircraft parts and ended up in the Clark Fork River. Boeing said the train was headed from Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita to the Boeing final assembly plant in Renton. No one was hurt. The cause is under investigation. Boeing said the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was carrying six 737 fuselages, fuselage panels and a lower lobe for the 777, and a leading edge flight surface for the 747. Boeing says it...
  • NEWSPAPER REVERSAL: 'WE WERE WRONG' -- OBAMA WORSE THAN BUSH

    06/27/2014 4:27:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | June 27,2014 | JOHN NOLTE
    "The Billings Gazette," a Montana newspaper that endorsed President Obama over John McCain in 2008 (but went with Romney in 2012) admitted Friday that they were wrong -- Obama is in fact worse than his predecessor, George W. Bush. Apparently, the potential collapse of Iraq (and the disastrous worldwide consequences sure to follow) was the last straw. "[W]e were wrong," the editorial page notes,"We said things couldn't get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush. But, President Barack Obama's administration has us yearning for the good ol' days when we were at least winning battles in...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • Judge strikes down Montana immigrant law (Montana)

    06/23/2014 11:22:19 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Porterville Recorder ^ | 06/23/2014 | AP
    A Montana judge has struck down most of a voter-approved law requiring government officials to conduct immigration checks on anybody seeking services from unemployment benefits to crime-victim assistance. The law aims to deny services to people who are in the U.S. illegally. District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock says in his Friday order the law makes up its own definition of "illegal alien" and conflicts with federal immigration laws.
  • WAR ON WOMEN: Sexist Former Governor Schweitzer Once Raised Money for Romanoff( Colorado )

    06/22/2014 5:40:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | June 20, 2014
    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s searing criticism of Former Montana Governor Schweitzer’s ridiculously sexist comments inspired some pretty damning headlines yesterday. But, Coffman’s opponent, Andrew Romanoff, was silent on the matter. And, now we know why – Schweitzer was in Colorado seven months ago stumping for Romanoff. ... Calling Diane Feinstein a prostitute-turned-nun is probably not the way to win friends and influence people, so we have to ask – will Romanoff denounce his fundraiser buddy’s comments? We’ve reached out to his campaign for comment. They responded with [drum roll] silence. ... They say you are who your friends are. Perhaps...
  • Here’s Sen. Feinstein’s Curt Response to Schweitzer Likening Her to a Streetwalker

    06/22/2014 10:33:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 19th, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Brian Schweitzer, the former Democratic governor of Montana and aspiring 2016 presidential candidate, made some rather off-color remarks .. Schweitzer going after Senator Dianne Feinstein on surveillance issues by likening her to a prostitute on a street corner. Schweitzer found it amusing how Feinstein has been a champion of the intelligence community, and has now turned on the CIA for spying on congressional staffers. He said, “She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spying!…...