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Rep. Kerry White (RTEA-Bozeman) said he had hoped to join Cliven Bundy in his armed stand-off against the BLM in Nevada.

GUEST POST: HJ 13 Straw Man

by Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb is an avid fly fisherman, big game hunter, and author who loves to spend as much time as possible in wild country. 

1.5 million acres of public land in Montana is off limits to the public. But that won’t be the focus of a legislative committee’s work under HJ 13, sponsored by Representative Kerry White (R-Bozeman). In fact, those acres of locked up public land were clearly taken off of the table by the sponsor, who only wants to focus on the closed system roads on forest service lands – some 9,000 miles.

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fire near Glacier National Park, MT

GUEST POST: Dispelling Timber Industry Wildfire Myths

by George Wuerthner George Wuerthner is an ecologist and has published 38 books including Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy. He lives in Bend, OR. As wildfires roll across the Pacific Northwest, many in the timber industry and beyond are hoping to capitalize on…

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GUEST POST: Making Congress Responsible for Wildfires

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  UPDATE: as of 8/16/2105 at 4:00 pm  Gov. Steve…

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GUEST POST: An Open Letter to Steve Daines

Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime activist for peace,  justice and equality, has  written to newspapers since 1964. 

Dear Sen. Daines –

Regarding the following statement from a letter of yours to a constituent:

“While some believe increased levels of CO2 from human activities in our atmosphere are a major factor in planetary warming trends, others observe that there may be other factors.”

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Guest Post: The Threat of Federal Regulatory Preemption Another Provocative Nugget Of Food For Thought:

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  (Fourth in a series of four.) When we talk about,…

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Time for Some Smith River Memories

It’s nearly the weekend, dear readers. Weekends in June mean a Smith River trip for many lucky Montanans.  And the Montana Environmental Information Center has a new video out which captures how we feel about it.

 

From MEIC:

Montana’s Smith River is renowned worldwide for its clean water, rugged canyon scenery, and incredible trout fishery. The Smith is Montana’s only permitted recreational river. The permitted section of the Smith River winds 59 miles through a remote canyon in the Big Belt Mountains. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks classifies the Smith River’s fishery as high-value, owing to its bountiful population of rainbow, brown, westslope cutthroat, and brook trout. The canyon walls of the Smith also boast some of the best examples of Native American pictographs in Montana.

 

But all of this could be at risk:

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