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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