Want to help coal miners? Plan for the Future!

By Drew Callaghan

 

Announcing its plans to eliminate rules reducing carbon pollution from power plants, the Trump administration framed the repeal as necessary to prevent the demise of the coal industry and its miners. Predictably, environmentalists refuted this rationale, but they aren’t alone. Robert Murray, CEO of coal giant Murray Energy Corporation, is on record saying Trump “can’t bring

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The federal government is a terrible neighbor and a worse landlord

By William Perry Pendley, 3/17

 

Recent news stories from across the country have revealed the federal government as the worst possible neighbor for Americans who value property rights: the rule of law, the power to exclude others from their land, and the ability to use land on which they pay taxes. A tale out of Washington State, however, involving

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Let’s implement innovative solutions to our challenges!

 

By Becky Beard

HD 80 Representative

Elliston, MT

 

If you’re not a Montana farmer or rancher, do you know what the state of Montana’s top industry is? Frequent responses include the following: tourism, mining, or even timber. The answer, in fact, lies in Montana’s wide-open spaces. The miles and miles of ripening crops and the acres after acres

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THE WISE ONES

By J. Dudley Butler

 

Memorial Day weekend is always a special time for me… NOT because my birthday falls within it but because I can reflect what prices have been paid for my freedom. I get to watch the documentaries about World War II and the greatest generation.

I truly see a vastly different generation than those of today. Forbes

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Why isn’t Ag invited to the party?

 By Terry Fleck

It certainly can be a head-scratcher. Most Americans celebrate innovation when it comes to communication, transportation, and medical breakthroughs. Break out the party horns.

But where’s the excitement when it comes to technology and food? Why isn’t agriculture invited to the party? It’s largely because of the way those in the ag community have traditionally approached the

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Fixing the ESA

By Ron Stoneberg

Hinsdale MT

Most people agree that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is broken. The concerns and issues originally addressed by the Act were real, and its goals were very popular. The intent of the Act was valid, but problems have arisen with implementation. Unfortunately, the Act did not differentiate between federal- and state-owned and/or managed

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Protection of public lands boosts local economies 

By Drew Callaghan

My wife and I recently ventured from our home in Montana on a two-week road trip to the Southwest. The excursion took us deep into Utah’s majestic canyon country and the West’s ongoing clash over our federal public lands, a conflict most recently inflamed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to shrink a number of our national monuments. While the environmental,

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Cattle Market Reforms Needed

Cattle Market Reforms Needed

By Gilles Stockton

Stockton Ranch, Grass Range, MT

Call me a “wet blanket” or a “Debby Downer” or whatever you might think is the appropriate simile, but I am not too impressed with the China beef deal. China will not be buying that much beef, for the very simple reason that we do not have it to sell. This

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Montana should use state law to Implement the Milltown Dam Water Right

By Catherine Vandemoer, Ph.D.

The following article discusses the on-going implementation of the CSKT Compact-generated off-reservation Milltown Dam water right. Recall that the Compact authorized two actions with an immediate effective date: (1) implement the adaptive management plan for the Flathead Irrigation Project through the CITT (Compact Implementation Technical Team), and (2) implement the off reservation “co-owned” Milltown Dam water right, which

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Straight Talk

By Dawn Caldwell

Nebraska Beef Producer & Vice-Chair, Federation of State Beef Councils

I’ve spent a lot of hours in the skid loader piling cedar trees this week, and it’s given me a lot of time to think.

The divisiveness in our country dominating the news is beyond saddening. We know from history that, when people within a country

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Fowl play results in stolen identity

By Warren Meyer

Reva, SD

In 2015, U.S. cattlemen were victim to the 20-billion-dollar identity theft initiated, in large part, by that so-called superficial producer/ devious packer organization known as NCBA. Many ranchers were just beginning to recover from the game rule changes that eliminated $400 plus cow/calf profits and created whopping $200 per carcass packer margins in

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New Day Needed

New Day Needed

By Chuck Rein
Big Timber, MT, rancher

I have been contemplating why now there is so much concern, conflict, and angst over access to public lands. Mention “public access” in almost any crowd, and negative thoughts begin to flow, no matter what “side” you are on.
I grew up in a time when such was not the case. So, what has changed?

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The obvious reality…

The obvious reality…

By MT State Rep. Bill Harris

I think this is a good time to share the obvious reality concerning the Lodgepole Fire Complex.
First of all, the lightning fire started in Sandage Coulee, NOT in Lodgepole Creek. Sandage Coulee is located in the center of a so-called Wilderness Study Area. This Wilderness Study Area only includes a few thousand acres

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More about the liberal media…

By Sherry Fields

Joliet, MT

I wonder nowadays at the great joy people like Michael Goodwin take in screaming about “the liberal press” (see Letters to the Editor in July 6 issue). There is cable and TV news and, more and more, the Internet… Lumping those all together and calling them “liberal” strikes me as just a form

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Parity

By Elmer E. Lemke

Bentley, ND

Since Donald Trump has promised to abide by the Constitution, we as farmers should hold him accountable to that promise – that farmers receive parity prices for their production as required in the U.S. Constitution. Subsection 5 of Section 8 was adopted in order to establish “for ourselves and our posterity” a

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Don't buy it…

By Stephen Anderson
Alma, KS

Back in 2014, all the “experts” were predicting fantastic cattle prices through 2018. Years of low cattle prices, extended drought, and ranchers retiring or just giving up had reduced the U.S. cowherd to near 70-year lows. Farm and ranch publications were packed with rosy predictions by everyone who thought they are someone.
Ranchers, farmers, young beginning couples, independent

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Inconvenient facts…

Inconvenient facts… By Catherine Vandemoer, Ph.D. I read with interest Jim Peterson\’s commentary (in the March 23 paper) on the CSKT Compact in reference to a recent article of mine. Unfortunately, Mr. Peterson\’s comments wildly miss the points in my article and leave me wondering whether he actually read my commentary, the Treaty of Hellgate, or the Compact. Not only did he

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MT water compact levels playing field & protects MT water users

MT water compact levels playing field & protects MT water users

By Jim Peterson

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes water compact is the result of decades of difficult negotiations, wherein water users and the CSKT compromised to produce an agreement that would benefit all Montanans. But despite the wide range of benefits that the compact provides, there are still those that

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Montana Constitution 2-23-2017

Montana Constitution
By Jim Paugh
Coffee Creek, Montana

In 2010, the Montana Alberta Tie Line (MATL), a proposed business to transport electricity from Great Falls to Alberta, filed a Complaint for Condemnation against a landowner for right-of-way for their proposed electric transmission line. It was denied by the Ninth Judicial District Court on December 12, 2010, saying, “MATL does not possess the power

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National Bison Range issues…

National Bison Range issues…
By Elaine Willman

On April 5, 2002, the Department of Interior (DOI), inclusive of seven sub-agencies, listed 90 nationally-treasured public spaces, available to all Americans, for tribal government management, determining that these American national resources had “special geographic, historical, or cultural significance to self-governance tribes.” The national spaces established for ALL Americans included 41 national wildlife refuges, 34

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The ongoing bison problem…

The ongoing bison problem…By Maggie NutterUSCA COOL Committee ChairmanSweetgrass, MT

In reading Matthew Brown\’s February 3 article (http://bit.ly/2k5orKo) and a February 8 release from the Yellowstone National Park\’s Office of Strategic Communication, there are a few details that I think should be pointed out.

1. Brucellosis abortus in cattle has been eradicated all over the U.S. EXCEPT in a pocket around Yellowstone

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Montana Constitution

Montana Constitution

By Jim Paugh

Coffee Creek, MT

In 1972, the State of Montana got a new Constitution. Included was “Article IX, Section 3. Water rights. (1) All existing rights to the use of any waters for any useful and beneficial purpose are hereby recognized and confirmed.”

During the next eight years, the Water Court was formed, and rules and laws were established to

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Save Yellowstone bison from slaughter

Save Yellowstone bison from slaughter

By George Wuerthner

The proposal to butcher another 900 to 1,000 of Yellowstone\’s genetically-unique wild bison is a crime against the world\’s global heritage. It reflects badly on the people of Montana that they tolerate this annual slaughter to go on. It also exhibits poor judgment on the part of hunters, tribal members, and others who participate

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Wildlife DOES overgraze – 2

Wildlife DOES overgrazeBy Hal Hunter, Joe Fidel, & Pete Husby

In the Guest Column (by George Wuerthner in the January 4, 2017, issue of the Missoulian) titled “Bison should be allowed to roam, not reduced,” which was written in response to our Guest Column, the author argues that wildlife does not overgraze and that any significant impacts to the range resource

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Bison should be allowed to roam, not reduced

Bison should be allowed to roam, not reduced

By George Wuerthner

A December 30 (2016) Missoulian guest column contended that bison herds in Yellowstone needed to be reduced because of alleged overgrazing. Implicitly, the authors were condoning the continued slaughter of Yellowstone\’s genetically-unique wild bison to “save” Yellowstone. The debate about native wildlife grazing influences in Yellowstone, particularly elk, and the

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The Constitution is illusory, and slavery still exists

The Constitution is illusory, and slavery still existsBy Peter Rothing

Remember the quote from the Montana Supreme Court in Dorwart v. Caraway, as cited previously: “Constitutional rights that cannot be enforced are illusory. It is as if those rights cease to exist as legal rights. The importance of being able to enforce one\’s rights through the courts and to receive

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Hal Hunter

Editor\’s note: I received this material from Hal Hunter. Of course, I was interested in all of this, and thought you might be too. There are four articles that are provided for your consideration. LG

Linda, two recent guest editorials have been circulating in Montana newspapers: “Save Yellowstone bison from slaughter” (by George Wuerthner in the 12/20/16 issue of the Missoulian)

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Wildlife DOES overgraze

Wildlife DOES overgraze By Hal Hunter, Joe Fidel, & Pete Husby

Recent editorials and reports from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the National Park Service regarding elk and bison on the Northern Range (winter range) of Yellowstone National Park fail to recognize that the desired number of animals far exceeds the capacity of the range resource to support them. Four

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Down Dirt Roads 2-9-2017

Montana ConstitutionBy Jim PaughCoffee Creek, Montana

On November 4, 1986, the voters of the State of Montana passed an amendment to the Constitution (Constitutional Initiative 30). The basic purpose of this amendment was to allow the legislature to place some restrictions on liability compensation for attorneys. This initiative was passed by approximately a 52% majority at the election, according to the

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Montana Constitution

Montana ConstitutionPart 1By Jim PaughCoffee Creek, MT

This is the first of six articles that I have prepared explaining how our Montana state government has violated our Constitution.Montana\’s present Constitution was presented to the citizens of Montana at a primary election held on June 6, 1972. A separate constitutional election ballot set forth (in part): “IF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION FAILS TO

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Judicial treason and Supreme Court fraud

Judicial treason and Supreme Court fraudBy Peter Rothing For all of the reasons cited in all of these articles written by me, I had filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus with the U.S. Supreme Court, basically asking them to support and defend the Constitution and to uphold the Rule of Law by commanding the lower courts to give

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