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  • Whitefish Property Owners File to Change Lake’s Racist Name

    08/31/2020 3:25:21 PM PDT · by Twotone · 80 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | August 31, 2020 | Andy Viano
    The residents of a Whitefish neighborhood surrounding a pleasant lake with a racist name filed documents in Flathead County District Court earlier this month to officially rename it Lost Loon Lake. The petition, submitted by the City of Whitefish on behalf of 12 of the 21 lakeshore property owners, is the latest development in a years-long effort to change the name of Lost Coon Lake, citing coon’s use as an offensive slur for African-Americans. And that name, according to court filings, was a “compromise” solution after an initiative began in the 1980s to rename what was then (N-Word) Lake. “Locals...
  • Bullock ads claim support for the Second Amendment

    08/24/2020 3:08:47 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 16 replies
    The Missoulian ^ | August 24, 2020 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    With an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association, it is no wonder that Bullock is spending so much money trying to convince Montanans that he shares their values. He just hopes that people will forget about his gun control stances when he ran for president last year.
  • Trump To Withdraw Nomination Of Anti-Environmentalist As Public Lands Director

    08/15/2020 2:55:29 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 29 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 8/15/20 | Hilary Hanson and Chris D’Angelo
    President Donald Trump will withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley as director of the Bureau of Land Management in the face of criticism over Pendley’s anti-environmentalist views and advocacy for selling off federal lands. A White House official confirmed the news Saturday, a day after Outdoor Life broke the story. The decision is almost certainly influenced by the awkward position in which Pendley’s nomination put Republican Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Steve Daines (Mont.) ― two close Trump allies facing tough reelection bids. Both earned rare points with the conservation community with the passage of a major public lands...
  • This election will determine future of private gun ownership in US

    08/13/2020 9:48:54 AM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 47 replies
    The Missoulian ^ | August 13, 2020 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Montanans cherish their freedoms. It would be ironic if Montanans provide the deciding votes that kill the Second Amendment and Americans’ right to defend themselves and their families.
  • States scramble as low census response rates threaten political power

    08/11/2020 3:15:09 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 11, 2020 - 06:00 AM EDT | BY REID WILSON
    With just weeks until the Census Bureau faces a critical deadline to finish counting 330 million Americans, cities and states are racing to get through to hard-to-reach communities who risk being left out of the final tally. At stake are billions of dollars through hundreds of federally administered programs - and political power for the next decade. Some states are so close to the cutoff point at which they would earn or lose a House seat in the apportionment that will come from census figures that just a few thousand missing people could mean a smaller congressional delegation. "The census...
  • Montana to spend $530K in coronavirus relief money on Census

    08/10/2020 2:45:05 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 5, 2020
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is spending $530,000 in coronavirus relief money to boost Census outreach efforts with two months left in the once-a-decade population count. The U.S. Census Bureau is ending its counting efforts on Sept. 30, a month earlier than the extension that was announced this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the bureau said Tuesday. The state is partnering with the Montana Nonprofit Association, Western Native Voice and Forward Montana to help contact people who have not already responded to the census, officials said. The state's 56% self-response rate is behind the national average. An accurate count...
  • Poll gives Democrats bad news in key Senate Race

    08/03/2020 12:00:17 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 3, 2020 | David Knowles Editor
    Republican Sen. Steve Daines holds a 6 point lead in his reelection race with Montana Democratic Governor Steve Bullock in a race that will help decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, according to a poll released Monday by Emerson College. Daines received 50 percent support in the poll while 44 percent said they would vote for Bullock. Five percent of those contacted said they were still undecided in the race. Like other traditionally Republican strongholds, Montana is being looked at to see whether support for President Trump has softened, giving Democrats a better chance of retaking control...
  • Lincoln Project targets Senate races in Alaska, Maine, Montana with $4M ad buy

    07/29/2020 10:44:19 AM PDT · by RandFan · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29 | BY JULIA MANCHESTER
    The Lincoln Project, a GOP anti-Trump group, on Wednesday launched a $4 million ad buy targeting Senate contests in Maine, Alaska and Montana. The buy, which was first reported by Axios, will air for seven to 10 days in key markets in the three states. The ads in Alaska and Maine express support for challengers to Republican incumbent Sens. Steve Daines (Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (Alaska). The spots are dubbed "Real" in Alaska and "Strong" in Montana. The group endorsed Democrat Al Gross in its ad in Alaska ahead of the state's Democratic and independent primary on Aug. 18. Meanwhile,...
  • Jesus statue at Whitefish Mountain Resort vandalized (Montana)

    07/17/2020 9:11:11 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 27 replies
    Whitefish Pilot ^ | July 14, 2020 | Daniel McKay
    The Jesus statue that sits atop Chair 2 at Whitefish Mountain Resort (Montana) was vandalized. The statue was found Monday morning with brown painted skin tones and holding flags that read “Rise Up” and “#BLM,” according to a photo posted to Facebook, seemingly making reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. By Monday afternoon the flags were gone, but the paint remained. The resort on Monday released a short statement confirming that the statue had been vandalized, adding that the resort “strongly disapproves of vandalism.” WMR Spokesperson Riley Polumbus said she’s guessing the incident took place sometime over the weekend,...
  • GLACIER NATIONAL PARK’S “GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD” ON FOR ITS LATEST OPENING ON RECORD DUE EXCEPTIONAL SNOW AND PERSISTENT COLD

    07/10/2020 11:28:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Electroverse ^ | JULY 9, 2020 | CAP ALLON
    Snow clearing crews are still battling through Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road even as the calendar reads the second week of July. As of today, July 9, Montana’s infamous mountain pass remains closed. Two factors are responsible: 1) last winter’s above-average snowfall, and 2) persistent cold and terrible wintry conditions throughout the spring/summer of 2020. ... this year will likely break the current record for the road’s latest opening, which stands as July 13 in 2011. ... Serving as evidence of how the so-called climate experts can get it spectacularly wrong, let’s recall the predictions made by Montana’s National Park...
  • Glacier National Park is replacing signs that predicted its glaciers would be gone by 2020

    01/09/2020 5:38:28 PM PST · by Swarthy Greek Immigrant · 27 replies
    cnn.com ^ | Updated 2009 GMT (0409 HKT) January 8, 2020 | Christina Maxouris and Andy Rose
    CNN)The signs at Glacier National Park warning that its signature glaciers would be gone by 2020 are being changed. The signs in the Montana park were added more than a decade ago to reflect climate change forecasts at the time by the US Geological Survey, park spokeswoman Gina Kurzmen told CNN. But the glacier warning isn't being removed entirely, she told CNN. Instead, the new signs will say: "When they will completely disappear depends on how and when we act. One thing is consistent: the glaciers in the park are shrinking.
  • Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad

    07/08/2020 8:15:01 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07 08 2020 | Marina Pitofsky
    The Lincoln Project, a Republican super PAC, in a new ad slammed some of President Trump’s top GOP allies in the Senate, accusing a slate of Republican lawmakers of “cowardice” and “betrayal.” The ad, released Wednesday, states, “Someday soon, the time of Trump will pass. This circus of incompetence, corruption and cruelty will end. When it does, the men and women in Trump’s Republican Party will come to you, telling you they can repair the damage he’s done. They’ll beg you to forgive their votes to exonerate Trump from his crimes, ask you to forgive their silence, their cowardice and...
  • Protestor Topples 10 Commandments Monument, Drags it Down Street With Pickup

    07/01/2020 1:06:24 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 112 replies
    Montana Daily Gazette ^ | 07/01/2020 | Montana Daily Gazette
    Although Montana’s leftwingers claim that anti-police protests around the Big Sky State are peaceful and that citizens being on guard for potential lawlessness amounts to “intimidation,” it appears that there is indeed an ugly side to the activists. They just pulled down a monument to the Ten Commandments, chained it to a pickup, and drove off with it being dragged down the street. Flathead 411 posted a video (credit: Dusty Jones) of workers placing the monument, abandoned in the middle of the street across the yellow line, into a skid steer bucket to be transported out of the way of...
  • Supreme Court rules Montana scholarship program must include religious schools

    06/30/2020 7:39:07 AM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2020 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that barring religious institutions from a general state program violates the U.S. Constitution. The ruling was 5-4, with the conservative majority finding Montana violated the First Amendment when it excluded religious schools from a state scholarship program.
  • Never Trumpers cross line with party operatives by targeting GOP senators: 'Taking it too far'

    06/29/2020 7:28:44 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/2020 | Paul Steinhauser
    The "Never Trump" coalition of Republicans fighting to oust President Trump from the White House is making a risky play, just as the president's lackluster poll numbers are raising concerns on the right -- they're going after Republican senators too. The effort is being led by The Lincoln Project, a media-savvy outfit that spends most of its time hammering the incumbent president with scathing TV and digital ads. But along with targeting Trump, The Lincoln Project is now weighing in on the races of GOP senators facing tough reelections this year. ... The spot characterizes Daines – who’s facing a...
  • Trump says he'll campaign in Montana for Sen. Steve Daines

    06/24/2020 5:55:00 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 5, 2020 | Associated Press
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump wrote Friday he plans to campaign in Montana in support of Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ reelection bid. Daines is running against Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in a key battle that could help determine the majority party in the U.S. Senate. Daines, writing on Twitter, thanked voters for their support in Tuesday’s primary election and added: “Let’s win this in November!” ***
  • [MT] Group Claims Enough Signatures For Recreational Marijuana Vote

    06/20/2020 9:52:03 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 73 replies
    Montana Public Radio ^ | June 19, 2020 | EDWARD O'BRIEN
    A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Montana says it has gathered enough signatures to put the question to voters in November's election. The ballot committee, New Approach Montana, says it has turned in 52,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative to allow retail marijuana sales at a 20% tax rate. Organizers also turned in more than 80,000 signatures for an accompanying constitutional initiative that would allow the legal age buying age of marijuana to be set at 21. The committed collected signatures from all 100 state House districts, spokesman Pepper Petersen said, all while taking precautions to...
  • THE NPS REMOVES ALL “GLACIERS GONE BY 2020” SIGNS AT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA AFTER “LARGER-THAN-AVERAGE SNOWFALL OVER SEVERAL WINTERS”

    06/16/2020 4:45:40 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    electroverse.net ^ | JUNE 8, 2019 CAP ALLON
    Following years of heavy snowfall, the National Park Service (NPS) is quietly removing all visitor center signs that declare the glaciers at Glacier National Park, located in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, will be gone by the year 2020 due to climate change. With that doomsday deadline about to come and go in just a few months time, the service is rather sheepishly pulling all ‘2020 signs’ from its displays after the computer models it relied upon from the early 2000s, which convincingly foretold of unending glacial retreat, have turned out to be catastrophically inaccurate. “Larger than average snowfall over several winters...
  • First piece of disputed Keystone XL pipeline finished

    05/21/2020 11:59:53 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 1 replies
    KUTV (CBS, Billings, MT) ^ | May 21st 2020 | MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
    A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make it hard to finish the $8 billion project. The 1,200-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska was stalled for much of the past decade before President Donald Trump was elected and began trying to push it through to completion... Work finally started in April at the border crossing in remote northern Montana. That 1.2-mile section has now been...
  • Video: Governor Bullock Shuts Off Access to Montana Town, Police Arrest Travelers ( Just following orders)

    05/21/2020 9:52:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    a Montana resident attempted to drive to Cooke City when he was pulled over and harassed by law-enforcement who – obeying the orders of Governor Steve Bullock – refused to allow passage to the small Montana town. ... Governor Steve Bullock, who seems intent on hurting Montana’s tourism economy – which amounts to 3.7 billion dollars a year and brings in more money than both agriculture and energy – has the state’s parks on lockdown. ... Whereas Yellowstone National Park has been opened up, only the entrances on the Wyoming side are open to travelers. Governor Bullock, insistent on protecting...