Citing brucellosis, Montana ranchers oppose environmentalists’ free-roaming bison plans

Brucellosis is an infectious disease transmittable to cattle, primarily through oral contact with an infected fetus, calf or placenta. The disease causes a near 90 percent abortion rate among young cows, and the small number of calves that do survive are often weak and unlikely to thrive. David Murray Great Falls Tribune “Not on my property:” Central Montana ranchers say […]

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Forest Service confiscates private property despite willingness of landowners to negotiate

The government’s claim that it, and hence the public, had a right to use the property without purchasing or negotiating with the family for an easement, meant that Wonder Ranch had to file a lawsuit against the government to quiet title to the property—meaning eliminate the government’s claim to a prescriptive easement. Terry Anderson Property and Environment Research Center USFS Claims Easement through […]

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Interior pick Zinke: Western warrior or Green Decoy?

Green Decoys: Activists or organizations which adopt the appearance of rugged individualists; hunters, sportsmen, anglers, etc., but are, in fact, fronts for extreme green foundations pushing radical, anti-development ideologies and the increased federal control of lands, waters, and natural resources.   Editorial by Suzan Ellis Jones Like most Republican Conservatives, I have watched the selection of Trump’s cabinet appointments with great anticipation […]

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Feds imprison veteran for making improvements to his own property

The EPA alleged Robertson allowed dirt from the ponds to enter a tributary of nearby Cataract Creek.  The federal agency subsequently charged and convicted Robertson of three counts of destruction and degradation of publicly owned property.  He was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison.  Veteran serving time in federal prison for digging ponds DENVER — Friends of 77-year-old […]

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Feds launch attack on Montana ranchers’ property rights

There was an alternate proposed route that didn’t cut through the ranch’s front yard. The Forest Service could have reached an amicable conclusion with the landowners. But that wasn’t enough for the Forest Service. Nope, the bully never stops. The Forest Service, by fiat, claimed an easement through the ranch. Forest Service trying to seize private land from Montana ranchers […]

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Judge caves to Montana enviro group, halts logging operation

The trees have gotten so dense that they are crowding out other plant life as well as creating the potential for an explosive crown fire, the agency explained. A final environmental impact statement for the project was issued in April 2015. Judge halts red lodge logging proposal A federal judge has granted a Montana environmental group’s request for a preliminary […]

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OPINION: Feds impede access to public lands in Montana

We have example after example where politicians are “all talk no action.” Federal agencies have a “block public land access for a radical environmental agenda” and opposition to hunting opportunity. Government agencies, politicians detriment to public land access I am not one who will accept the ill-conceived notion that politicians and government agencies have done much for public land access […]

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Forest Service puts 32,000 miles of roads off-limits to public

Nearly One-Third of Forest Service Road Mileage Closed in Montana by Ron Catlett Media Trackers ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS A report last week to the Montana EQC showed that 9,784 miles — or about 31 percent — of the 32,000 miles of federally managed roads in the state were closed. An AP article on the report initially greatly understated the closure mileage, […]

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Montana lawmakers suggest tribal hunts for growing Yellowstone bison herds

Montana lawmakers push for tribal bison hunts in Yellowstone By MATTHEW BROWN from Capital Press  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislative committee that wants to limit Yellowstone National Park’s growing herds of bison from leaving the park sent a recommendation Thursday to park officials for American Indian tribes to be allowed to hunt bison inside the park. The committee’s […]

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Columbia Falls mills killed off by federal ‘no-logging’ policy

Weyerhaeuser closing Weyerhaeuser announced in late June that it would close its plywood and lumber mills, citing a shortage of logs.   By KATHERYN HOUGHTON as published by Daily Inter Lake  Hours after Weyerhaeuser Co. officials told plywood workers the mill was closing Thursday — a day earlier than expected — a hard hat left behind rested on a fence […]

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