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  • EPA Knew About Montana Contamination [3 yrs.....]

    07/18/2011 10:18:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Associated Press via ^ | 10:38 am MDT July 18, 2011 | By The Associated Press
    <p>BILLINGS, Mont. -- Federal regulators knew potentially contaminated bark and wood chips were being sold from a Superfund site in the asbestos-tainted town of Libby, Mont., for three years before they stopped the practice.</p> <p>That revelation comes in a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.</p>
  • Complaint Against Montana Shooting Sports Association President Dismissed

    07/16/2011 7:23:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 15 July, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Missoula, MT --( You may remember that following the 2009 legislative session, Helena Mayor and lobbyist for the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (MSPOA), Jim Smith, filed a complaint against me with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (CPP). In that complaint, Smith alleged that I had violated Montana law by illegally lobbying the Legislature without having been registered as a lobbyist with the CPP. I responded that I was merely exercising my First Amendment rights to speak to legislators and to you. Montana law requires people to register as lobbyists if they are paid to influence the Legislature...
  • A Gun Activist Takes Aim at U.S. Regulatory Power

    07/14/2011 4:41:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies ^ | 14 July, 2011 | JESS BRAVIN
    MISSOULA, Mont.—With a homemade .22-caliber rifle he calls the Montana Buckaroo, Gary Marbut dreams of taking down the federal regulatory state. He's not planning to fire his gun. Instead, he wants to sell it, free from federal laws requiring him to record transactions, pay license fees and open his business to government inspectors. For years, Mr. Marbut argued that a wide range of federal laws, not just gun regulations, should be invalid because they were based on an erroneous interpretation of Congress's constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce. In his corner were a handful of conservative lawyers and academics. Now,...
  • Oil boom causes housing shortage in northeastern Montana

    07/11/2011 8:30:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | July 11, 2011
    Contractors in northeastern Montana are building 72 mobile housing units in Miles City to alleviate what officials say is a serious housing shortage for oil field workers based in Bainville. "We're out of room," said Garth Harmon of Blaze Enterprises, a Bainville native who is developing the camp. "We've got people already every place we can shove them." ... A boom in oil activity in the Williston Basin
  • Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Into Yellowstone River

    07/02/2011 7:00:43 PM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 2, 2011 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    An ExxonMobil pipeline running under the Yellowstone River in south central Montana ruptured late Friday, spilling crude oil into the river and forcing evacuations. The pipeline burst about 10 miles east of Billings, coating parts of the Yellowstone River that run past Laurel — a town of about 6,500 people downstream from the rupture — with shiny patches of oil. Precisely how much oil leaked into the river was still unclear. But throughout the day Saturday, cleanup crews in Laurel worked to lessen the impact of the spill, laying down absorbent sheets along the banks of the river to mop...
  • Feds won't give assurance on medical pot

    07/01/2011 4:11:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    AP ^ | July 01, 2011 | BETH DeFALCO
    The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws... Deputy Attorney General James Cole said a 2009 memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden did not give states cover from prosecution. Starting in February, 10 U.S. attorney's offices have asserted they have the authority to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws. Prosecutors, the states complained, are not even willing to declare that state employees who implement such laws are immune from prosecution.
  • Even More Howling Madness ( Wolves , ESA, and )

    06/26/2011 8:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 06-22-11 | Dave Skinner
    Well, sporties, are you ready for 4,200 to 7,300 wolves in the Northern Rockies? Back in April, you’ll remember that Congress stuffed a “bipartisan” rider (Section 1713) into the 2011 Appropriations omnibus (Public Law 112-10). This rider supposedly de-listed Rocky Mountain gray wolves outside Wyoming, by reinstating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) so called “2009 Rule,” shot down by federal judge Donald W. Molloy last August. Section 1713 went into effect May 5. The same day, two lawsuits were filed before Molloy by Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR)/Wild Earth Guardians (WIGs) and Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)....
  • Elk Foundation makes move in wolf legal case

    06/26/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KPAX News ^ | Jun 24, 2011 | Mark Holyoak
    MISSOULA- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed a note it plans to appeal any decision that adversely affects a state's right to manage fully recovered wolf populations. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is expected to decide whether Congress acted within Constitutional bounds when it delisted wolves in parts of the West. "We are protecting our right to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any decision that results in another setback for conservation and science-based wildlife management," said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. An unfavorable ruling may stop wolf hunts planned for this fall in both Montana...
  • U.S. still wasting billions on jobless aid

    06/23/2011 10:23:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 22, 2011 | Jeffry Bartash
    Billions of dollars are still being wasted by the U.S. government on improperly paid unemployment benefits despite a federal crackdown. Over the past two years the states and U.S. government have made nearly $30 billion in improper payments to individuals who were not qualified to receive benefits. ... The number of people receiving a weekly benefit check, for example, more than tripled to a record 12 million in January 2010 from 3.4 million in December 2007... Total claims are now running just under 8 million. As a result, the cost of unemployment insurance skyrocketed from $32 billion in the year...
  • Extremists finding fertile ground in Northwest US

    06/22/2011 6:55:53 PM PDT · by decimon · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 22, 20111 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    KALISPELL, Mont. – With its jagged peaks, glistening lakes and lush valleys, the Inland Northwest — stretching from eastern Washington to Montana's Glacier National Park — is a stunningly beautiful and remote part of the country. It also is a cradle for sometimes-violent anti-government activity — a reputation most recently rekindled by the search for David Burgert. The former Kalispell militia leader is accused of opening fire on sheriff's deputies on a remote logging road in Lolo National Forest. After a lull following the demise of the Idaho-based neo-Nazi Aryan Nations in 2000, anti-government and white supremacist groups and individuals...
  • Poll: Montana Senate Race Remains Tight

    06/21/2011 8:07:03 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 21, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    A new poll found Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) running statistically even in his 2012 challenge to Sen. Jon Tester (D). Democratic firm Public Policy Polling reported Rehberg taking 47 percent and Tester 45 percent, further evidence that this is one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.
  • Montana wheat crops hit with fungal diseases

    06/20/2011 4:56:13 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | Saturday, June 18, 2011 6:30 pm
    HAVRE — Wet weather has left wheat crops in north-central Montana vulnerable to fungal diseases, officials say. Hill County Extension Agent Joe Broesder said the main battle is with stripe rust fungal infection, but tan spot and powdery mildew are also prevalent. "If the weather would straighten out, it would help with the others," Broesder said told the Havre Daily News. Arleen Rice of Taylor Aviation said the company has had to bring in more planes for aerial spraying. "You can walk out in the fields right now and the bottom of your boots turn red," she said. "We have...
  • Freedom in the 50 States; An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

    06/17/2011 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 48 replies
    Mercatus Center, George Mason University ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jason Sorens, William Ruger
    This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. It updates, expands, and improves upon our inaugural 2009 Freedom in the 50 States study. For this new edition, we have added more policy variables (such as bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, Massachusetts’s individual health-insurance mandate, and mandated family leave), improved existing measures (such as those for fiscal policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and asset-forfeiture rules), and developed specific policy prescriptions for each of the 50 states based on our data and a survey...
  • TSA blocks private airport screeners

    06/14/2011 4:47:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 14, 2011 | C.J. Ciaramella
    Earlier this year, the Transportation Security Administration halted a program that allowed airports to privatize their screeners, citing safety concerns, but airport administrators say TSA stopped the program with little warning and without adequate justification. The Daily Caller spoke with three Montana airports — Glacier Park International Airport, Missoula International Airport and Bert Mooney Airport — which all said they were encouraged by TSA to apply to for the privatization program — known as the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). All three airports’ applications were denied in January. One airport director even said TSA agents actively protested the airport’s attempt to...
  • Undersheriff: Montana Manhunt Target a Survivalist

    06/14/2011 5:57:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 75 replies
    MISSOULA, Mont. – Authorities searching a 30-square-mile swath of rugged Montana forest for a former militia leader and survivalist say the man was prepared for his shootout with sheriff's deputies and left several caches of food in the area.
  • 9th Circuit judges asked: 'Will you choose tyranny?'

    06/11/2011 9:55:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10 June, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Montanans protecting their state's Firearms Freedom Act have filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asking whether the judges there will choose a "tyrannical" Washington or a federal government restrained by the Constitution. Quoting Alexander Hamilton's statement that the federalism system was intended to suppress "attempts of the government to establish tyranny," the brief filed by the Montana Shooting Sports Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and MSSA President Gary Marbut of Missoula states: "The government may argue that it is not, in its current incarnation, tyrannical. The national government usually abides by the law, typically protects its...
  • Briefs Filed in MSSA v. Holder AKA – Montana Firearms Freedom Act

    06/10/2011 6:20:16 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 9 June, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Missoula, MT --( Briefs are getting filed in MSSA v. Holder before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is MSSA’s lawsuit to validate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. This a challenge to federal power asserted under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to regulate every human (and non-human) activity under the guise of regulating “commerce … among the several states.” As more briefs become available, we will continue to post them at the link below. Appellants (those of us appealing the adverse decision of the federal District Court) include MSSA, the Second Amendment Foundation, and...
  • Guest opinion: Stand up for property rights, suspend HB198 law

    05/29/2011 10:49:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | JOHN VINCENT&#8204;
    It didn’t take long for NorthWestern Energy’s chief lobbyist to challenge the grassroots effort to suspend the recently passed House Bill 198 anti-landowner, pro-corporate eminent domain law. He knows NorthWestern, the governor and the Legislature have lost political control on this critical issue, and that it will now be up to the people of Montana to decide whether or not they want to keep this onerous law on the books. He is, of course, is doing his job by looking out for what’s best for NorthWestern Energy. But what’s best for Montana and Montanans? And, in this case, what’s fair...
  • No charges to be filed against Ronan-area man who shot grizzly(MT)

    05/24/2011 5:23:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 23 May, 2011 | VINCE DEVLIN
    RONAN - No charges will be filed against a Ronan-area landowner who shot and killed a female grizzly bear that had killed chickens on May 14. It was one of two grizzlies killed in Montana that weekend. Pablo Espinoza, chief of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Fish and Game Department, said Monday that authorities determined the death of the grizzly was a justifiable self-defense shooting. The bear had been on the man's property earlier in the day and was shot when it returned. Tribal officials are encouraging landowners who have, or could have, similar problems with bears to attend...
  • Prosecutor: No charges in fatal alley shooting(MT)

    05/21/2011 7:39:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 May, 2011 | GREG TUTTLE
    A Billings woman involved in a fatal gunfight in a South Side alley last year will not be charged, according to Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito. In a letter this week to Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, Twito said an extensive investigation into the shooting death of 19-year-old Arthur Mario Santos Banda on Nov. 13 supports the claim of self-defense made by the 24-year-old woman. The woman, identified only by the initials S.M., told investigators that she was standing in the rear entry of her residence at 515 S. 35th St. when she fired a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol numerous...
  • Sell a few rabbits, earn $200 – Obama fines you $90,000

    05/20/2011 8:00:25 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 66 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | May 20, 2010 | Steve McGough
    That’s right. I’m putting this right at the feet of the president himself. A family in Missouri has been fined more than $90,000 by the US Department of Agriculture for selling more than $500 of the furry creatures in less than one year. The families profit was a whopping $200 for the year.
  • Thorium, US energy independence and Obama´s Sputnik moment

    05/17/2011 8:28:24 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 41 replies ^ | MAY 17TH, 2011 | Carlos Calwianka, staff writer
    Back in the 1950´s RC Briant, a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, worked to develop a long range nuclear powered plane to carry atomic bombs and first proposed reactor fuel be dissolved in liquid fluoride salts. A test reactor proved Briant´s idea both feasible and advantageous. Later Alvin Weinberg, Director of Oak Ridge saw that molten fluoride salt could harness thorium-an abundant if slightly radioactive substance-and a 2nd reactor -the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was built and operated for several years. It proved control rods were unnecessary and a liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) could be safe and serve...
  • FWP: Bear shot near Missoula case of "self defense"(MT)

    05/17/2011 5:23:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 16 May, 2011 | NA
    State officials say that a Missoula man shot a grizzly bear in self defense Sunday in the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area near Seeley Lake. Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks states in a press release that a female grizzly bear with two cubs surprised the man shortly after noon. The man first hollered at the bear, but the bear continued to advance toward him. When the bear approached to within eight yards, the man shot and wounded the bear. The man attempted to leave the scene, but the bear chased him, and the man then fired a second shot at five yards,...
  • Schweitzer continues veto spree with 15 more(MT,Constitutional Carry)

    05/11/2011 4:53:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 10 May, 2011 | MATT GOURAS
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) Gov. Brian Schweitzer has vetoed a gun-rights bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit in Montana cities.
  • Flash – Governor vetoes permitless carry inside cities(MT)

    05/11/2011 1:34:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    MSSA ^ | 11 May, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    I just got a call from the Associated Press wanting comment on the Governor’s veto of HB 271, to allow concealed carry without a permit inside city limits. According to the AP, the Governor vetoed 15 bills today, including HB 271. I told the AP something like, “It’s too bad the Governor sees people who are inside city limits as second-class citizens, and not as trustworthy as their country cousins who live outside cities. This does call into question the Governor’s longtime claim that he’s pro-gun.” I expect the Governor’s veto message (when it becomes available) to say that HB...
  • Montana tribes ready for historic return of buffalo

    05/08/2011 4:40:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 137 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2011 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – For the first time in nearly 140 years, the Indian tribes of northeastern Montana are preparing for the return of wild buffalo that are descended from herds that once thundered across the vast American West. The Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in coming months will claim dozens of buffalo originating from Yellowstone National Park, home to the last free-roaming, purebred bands of buffalo, or bison, in the United States. On Monday, Montana wildlife officials plan to inspect 5,000 acres at Fort Peck that have been readied for the arrival of the...
  • Bills on the Governor’s desk(MT Constitutional Carry)

    04/30/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    MSSA ^ | 30 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    There are three MSSA bills on Governor Brian Schweitzer’s desk. The Governor needs messages asking him to sign these bills. You can phone messages to the Governor’s office at 444-3111, or you can email the Governor at: I doubt that the Governor’s staff are actually reading the text of emails, so be sure to put what you want in the Subject line, such as “Please sign HB XX.” Here are the bills. HB 159, to prevent FWP from regulating ammunition. We asked for this bill because of FWP’s ill-conceived proposal last year to ban lead shot for upland game...
  • FLASH – permitless carry passes Senate 30-20(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:06:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s permitless carry bill, HB 271, has passed the Senate with a vote of 30-20. More properly said, the Senate has concurred in the conference committee report on HB 271 by a vote of 30-20. The conference committee version only affects concealed carry INSIDE the city limits of an incorporated city or town. Concealed carry outside city limits (99.4% of Montana) has not required a permit since 1991. Open carry inside city limits has never required a permit in Montana. The CC version of HB 271 allows a person to carry concealed (“wholly or partially covered by clothing or wearing...
  • URGENT – Suppressor bill, HB 174(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:01:08 PM PDT · by marktwain
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s bill to repeal the archaic firearm suppressor law criminalizing possession of a suppressor in the “field or forest,” HB 174, was sprung from the Senate Judiciary Committee today on a “blast” motion, a motion to override an adverse committee report. Senator Chas Vincent made and defended the motion (thanks Chas!!) All Democrats voted against the motion except for Senator Blewett (for), and all Republicans voted for the motion except for Senators Moore, Ripley and Tutvedt (they were against). The final vote was 26-24 – a squeaker. HB 174 will be up for Second Reading maybe this afternoon (Wednesday) at...
  • Montana judge rejects gay couple rights suit

    04/21/2011 7:43:16 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    AP ^ | April 21, 2011 | MATT GOURAS
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of the gay couples, arguing that the guarantees in the Montana Constitution of equal protection, privacy and dignity should require the state to afford the legal rights to the gay couples. The ACLU said it...
  • Home Stretch – final push needed(Montana Constitutional Carry)

    04/19/2011 7:20:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    MSSA ^ | 18 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Home Stretch – final push needed April 18, 2011 The Legislature will adjourn this coming week. We have several bills in some sort of limbo that need a final push. Here’s the wrap-up. HB 271, permitless carry. Senate concurrence with the conference committee report will come before the Senate on Second Reading tomorrow (Monday). See my previous email about HB 271. All senators need to be urged to vote to acceptthe conference committee report on HB 271. SB 371, ammunition component manufacture. SB 371 was amended in the House to restore two incentives for manufacturers that had been stripped in...
  • Immigration group takes issue with Montana’s proposed referendum

    04/19/2011 7:19:14 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 19 replies ^ | April 19, 2011 | Michael Noyes
    HELENA – A proposed referendum to require proof of citizenship to receive some state services in Montana has drawn the attention of a national immigration organization. On Thursday the Immigration Policy Center, a research and policy center in Washington, D.C., issued a media release that said such a move would be “costly and unworkable.” “The true costs associated are unknown because the damage to the state’s reputation and economy through lost tourism and business aren’t calculable until after the fact,” according to the release. House Bill 638 is sponsored by Rep. David Howard, R-Park City. Howard said the measure is...
  • ‘60 Minutes’ Casts Doubt on Book (3 Cups of Tea)

    04/17/2011 12:36:22 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 16th, 2011
    An investigation by “60 Minutes” casts doubt on the accuracy of the inspirational bestseller “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson, saying it is filled with inaccuracies. It also says that Mr. Mortenson’s charitable organization, the Central Asia Institute, has taken credit for building schools that don’t exist.
  • Stimulus money for rural broadband was spent where it wasn't needed

    04/17/2011 5:22:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana) ^ | April 17, 2011 | By Michael Becker
    A new report says that $64 million in federal stimulus money meant to bring broadband to rural parts of Gallatin County was awarded to an area that already had ample access to high-speed Internet service. Of the 9,035 households in Opticom's proposed service area, the report's authors claim, only 136 are "unserved" by broadband, according to definitions established by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service, or RUS, which awarded the stimulus money through its Broadband Initiatives Program. Two other broadband projects were highlighted in the report, one in northwestern Kansas and another in northeastern Minnesota. Together, the three projects analyzed account...
  • Acting As Tea Party Members, Democrats Post Racists Fliers Around Butte County

    04/16/2011 10:02:16 AM PDT · by OneVike · 55 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/16/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Acting as if they are Tea Party members of Butte County, Democrats have been going around posting fliers with racists images on them.  It seems that those who are comfortable with national unemployment at double digits, Chico unemployment at 12.3%, unemployment for 18 & 19-year old's above 25%, inflation nearing double digit annually, and $5 gasoline prices that have made most families cancel summer vacation plans, are so afraid of the Tea Party that they want to disrupt it's rally being held in Chico's Downtown Plaza on Monday April 18th. It's the same old tactics being used by the...
  • Wolves to come off endangered list within 60 days

    04/15/2011 5:23:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 15 , 2011
    Federal wildlife officials say they will take more than 1,300 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list within 60 days. It marks the first time Congress has taken a species off the endangered list. Idaho and Montana plan public wolf hunts this fall. Hunts last year were canceled after a judge ruled the predators remained at risk.
  • The House GOP Reunites [with knives out for Michele Bachmann]

    04/15/2011 4:38:14 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 44 replies
    NRO ^ | April 15, 2011 | NRO
    April 15, 2011 6:00 P.M. The House GOP Reunites After a contentious week, Republicans band together to pass the Ryan budget. Republicans finished out a rough week with a critical display of party unity on Friday afternoon. House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal — to cut $5.8 trillion from the deficit over the next decade and boldly reform Medicare and Medicaid — was passed with near conference-wide support. The final tally was 253–193 in favor of adoption, with every Democrat in opposition, but only four Republicans: Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Texas), Denny Rehberg (Mont.), and freshman...
  • Idaho, Montana Wolves Delisted by Congress

    04/15/2011 9:43:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    New West ^ | April 15, 2011 | Brodie Farquhar
    The U.S. Senate approved a must-pass budget bill on Thursday, removing wolves in Montana and Idaho from Endangered Species Act protections and placing wolf management under state game departments. A rider in the budget bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, returns the legal playing field back to 2009 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had delisted the wolves in Montana and Idaho. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, attached a similar measure to the House version of the budget bill. “This is a responsible step, and a...
  • World's oldest man dies in Montana at 114

    04/15/2011 5:32:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 15, 4:11 AM EDT | By MATT VOLZ
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Walter Breuning's earliest memories stretched back 111 years, before home entertainment came with a twist of the radio dial. They were of his grandfather's tales of killing Southerners in the Civil War. Breuning was 3 and horrified: "I thought that was a hell of a thing to say." But the stories stuck, becoming the first building blocks into what would develop into a deceptively simple philosophy that Breuning, the world's oldest man at 114 before he died Thursday, credited to his longevity. Here's the world's oldest man's secret to a long life: - Embrace change,...
  • World’s oldest man dies in Montana at 114

    04/14/2011 7:00:06 PM PDT · by massmike · 43 replies · 1+ views ^ | 04/14/2011 | AP
    Walter Breuning’s earliest memories stretched back 111 years, before home entertainment came with a twist of the radio dial. They were of his grandfather’s tales of killing Southerners in the Civil War. Breuning was 3 and horrified: "I thought that was a hell of a thing to say." But the stories stuck, becoming the first building blocks into what would develop into a deceptively simple philosophy that Breuning, the world’s oldest man at 114 before he died Thursday, credited to his longevity. Breuning died of natural causes in a Great Falls hospital where he had been a patient for much...
  • More Howling Madness

    04/14/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 04-13-11 | Dave Skinner
    the wolf soap opera and U.S. District of Montana Judge Donald W. Molloy’s pending ruling – which is STILL pending – circumstances in the high-stakes Endangered Species Act (ESA) political mix have gotten even nuttier. ... USFWS gave away the store in return: In parts 2 and 3, USFWS agreed to withdraw and resubmit for “public review” within 60 days the so-called “M-opinion” that interprets ESA’s statutory (and fuzzy) “significant portion of range” language. This interpretation is critically used to determine whether a species is to be listed as threatened, endangered – or not at all. Now, aren’t you just...
  • Should a 'green' state ship coal to China? [Longview, WA coal port]

    04/13/2011 4:10:27 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Stateline ^ | April 18, 2011 | By Josh Goodman, Stateline Staff Writer
    When the Board of Commissioners in Cowlitz County, Washington, met a few months ago, they had a surprising guest: Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. To point out the obvious, Schweitzer doesn’t usually attend local government meetings 400 miles outside Montana’s borders. Then again, county commissions in other states don’t usually make decisions that strike to the heart of Montana’s economic future. Schweitzer popped up in Cowlitz, a county on the Columbia River with a direct water route to the Pacific, to plead the case for a new port terminal there that would ship Montana coal to Asia. He was there to...
  • Coming Up: A Senate Vote On Obamacare

    04/09/2011 9:43:39 AM PDT · by Confab · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/9/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the more intriguing parts of the budget deal announced late last night was a commitment from Harry Reid to allow two floor votes on Republican legislative priorities, both of which would never have otherwise seen in the Senate chamber before 2013. The first is the effort to defund Planned Parenthood, a rider that got stripped out of last night’s final compromise, which would have an uncertain future in the Senate anyway. The second, though, holds a great deal more promise, and a great deal of political risk for Democrats: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed to remove the...
  • SB 371 Rerouted(MT ammo components)

    04/09/2011 9:36:08 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 8 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    SB 371, the powder, primer and brass bill has been reassigned to the House Appropriations Committee to review the fiscal consequences of the bill. It is scheduled for a public hearing before Appropriations at 9 AM this morning (Friday). This reassignment caught me off guard or I would have been there. If you want to look at the Fiscal Note attached to SB 371, there is a link to it from the Legislature’s Web page for SB 371 (or HERE). Here is my email from late last night to members of the Appropriations Committee. Gary ===================== Dear Committee Members, I...
  • MT: Montana Permitless Carry Bill to be Voted on by Full House & Senate

    04/08/2011 6:50:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 7 April, 2011 | NRA-ILA
    FAIRFAX, Va. --( NRA-supported House Bill 271, sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), passed out of the Conference Committee this morning and anti-gun Senate amendments were stripped out of the bill. In fact, HB 271 was made better than it was as introduced! The current language simply says that the prohibition on concealed carry does not apply to “a person who is eligible to possess a handgun under state or federal law.” Existing law allows any person who can legally own and possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state, including within...
  • Montana Rep. Says DUI Laws Are 'Destroying a Way of Life'

    There are victims of drunken driving. And, according to one Montana legislator, there are victims of drunken driving laws. While speaking out against a proposed bill that would make DUI laws more strict for repeat offenders, state Rep. Alan Hale, R–Basin, said drunken driving regulations hurt local businesses and are "destroying a way of life."
  • Montana store resists RadioShack's demand to stop gun giveaway

    04/01/2011 6:06:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 31 March, 2011 | Barry Shlachter
    An independent RadioShack store in Montana is standing firm, refusing RadioShack Corp. headquarters' demand to stop giving away a firearm with each satellite dish sale -- a 5-month-old promotion that has proved widely popular and garnered national attention. "Dish sales have tripled since October," when the promotion began, store manager Fabian Levy told the Star-Telegram on Thursday. "We got a call from a man in Texas asking if we knew of a RadioShack store with the same offer where he lives." (The answer is no.) "My phone has been ringing nonstop," Levy said from Hamilton, Mont., 40 miles south of...
  • Legislative update; 3/27(MT)

    03/30/2011 6:05:14 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 28 March, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    March 28, 2011 Here’s where we are to date: HB 174, suppressors. Still stuck (tabled) in Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators Hutton, , Murphy, Essman and Peterson need messages asking them to spring HB 174. Hutton, Murphy and Peterson all represent rural districts and have been getting messages from poorly-informed ranchers asking them to kill HB 174 to prevent “silent” poaching. The Montana Stockgrowers Association may be softening their opposition given real information about suppressors. I’ll paste below my analysis of opponent’s arguments. BE BRIEF. Legislators have very little time to consider messages. HB 271, permitless carry. Has been passed by...
  • SB 371, powder/primers bill hearing, 3/31, Thursday (MT)

    03/30/2011 5:59:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 30 March, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s # 2 bill, SB 371, our bill to encourage the manufacture of smokeless powder, primers and cartridge brass in Montana has been scheduled for its public hearing before the House Taxation Committee for Thursday, 3/31, at 8 AM, in room 152 of the State Capitol. Please contact Committee members and ask the to restore to the bill two features removed in the Senate; the tax breaks and the liability protection. come to the hearing if you can. The tax breaks won’t cost Montana anything because there is no such business in Montana now. If such a business starts, it...

    03/29/2011 5:27:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    MSSA ^ | 2011 | MSSA
    (This list downloadable in MSWord, .doc format) 1. Sheriffs First - Law Enforcement Cooperation. Many Montanans, both citizens and people in public office, are concerned about the lack of accountability of federal officers conducting law enforcement operations in Montana. In Montana, we know the county sheriff and he is elected and accountable locally. We believe the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, and ought to have the tools to implement that status. MSSA will offer a bill to require federal officers to obtain the written permission of the local sheriff before conducting an arrest, search, or...