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US: Montana (News/Activism)

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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...