News from December 2016

    Daines, Tester, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling

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    Daines, Tester, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling Cottonwood Decision Harms Commonsense Forest Management Projects December 9, 2016 U.S. CONGRESS —U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today underscored the urgency in reversing the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service by introducing bipartisan bicameral legislation to do just that. The bill seeks to codify the Obama administration’s position that federal agencies are not required to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service at a programmatic level when new critical habitat is designated or a new species is listed. “Congress needs to take urgent action to reverse the disastrous activist court ruling for the sake of forest health, recreation, and watershed and habitat protection,” Daines stated. “By seeking a simple fix and codifying the Obama... Read More

  • Veterans Day bulls: Service members receive donated Elkhorn tags for hunt of a lifetime

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    TOM KUGLIN, Independent Record It is perhaps the most coveted elk tag in Montana and 1st Sgt. Roger Dover and Spc. Will Hikes each had one in their pockets as they headed out to hunt the morning of Veterans Day. The Elkhorn Mountains south of Helena hold some of the finest bull elk in the state and also some of the longest odds of drawing a permit. Last year nearly 11,000 hunters applied for the 120 permits — a 1.11 percent chance and often considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But a law passed in 2013 allows a permit holder to transfer his or her hunting privileges to a Purple Heart recipient. When a husband and wife from Three Forks both drew they decided to do just that. Enter Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, the charitable arm of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association specializing in hunts for children with life-threatening illnesses, women with breast cancer and military members. The organization has donated more than... Read More

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