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Western Officials Discuss Taking Land From Feds

April 19, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials from nine Western states say it's time they take control of federal lands within their borders. The lawmakers and county commissioners met at Utah's Capitol on Friday to discuss their joint goal of wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

Browning, Blackfeet Utility Dispute Goes to Court

April 19, 2014

GREAT FALLS — Browning officials say Blackfeet tribal leaders are mailing false billing notices to residents in an attempt to take over the towns' water, sewer and garbage services. The town filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging fraud and racketeering by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. The complaint alleges that a tribal attorney stole the town's utility customer lists.

Lost Bird

April 19, 2014

1:16 p.m. A man called in searching for his missing bird. 4:22 p.m. A Trails End Drive resident reported that someone let their dog out and then reported it as loose. Apparently, this is an ongoing problem.

LETTER: All Four GOP House Candidates Support Conservative Values

April 19, 2014

I am writing about the pro-life and pro Second Amendment stance of the current Republican candidates for the U.S. House seat. Matt Rosendale, Elsie Arntzen, Corey Stapleton and Ryan Zinke are pro-life and pro Second Amendment, all support defunding Planned Parenthood with federal dollars and believe that life should be protected. Ryan Zinke is the only one of the four who actually carried and presented a pro-life bill for Right to Life of Montana, the Unborn Victims of Homicide bill, which is no

County Denies Beekeeper License to Sell Raw Honey at Farmers Market

April 19, 2014

A Flathead City-County Board of Health meeting on April 17 had a not-so-sweet outcome for one Kalispell beekeeper. Arvon Fielding of Never Give Up Apiary in Kalispell has been told he can no longer sell his bees’ raw honey at local farmers markets because of a new interpretation of state code by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, which requires him to obtain a retail food license. In March, Fielding was denied a license after county health inspectors visited his facility an

LETTER: Campaign Litter

April 18, 2014

It is sad to see that campaign signs have again started to litter our roadsides. The campaign rules state that campaign signs cannot be displayed in zoned areas more than 30 days before the mailing of absentee ballots for any election. Therefore, campaign signs should not appear in zoned areas before May 5 for the upcoming primary. There are no regulations or guidelines for un-zoned areas of the county. We who live in the county have to suffer the campaign litter endlessly in many cases. Ryan Zi

Baucus Casts Wide Shadow Over Montana Senate Race

April 18, 2014

HELENA — Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early resignation after being named U.S. ambassador to China may have bolstered Democratic prospects of retaining the seat they've held for a century, thanks to the value of incumbency. Baucus' China appointment by President Barack Obama allowed Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat,

Montana Leaders Condemn Keystone Delay

April 18, 2014

HELENA — Montana officials are condemning a new delay in the decision whether to approve construction of an oil pipeline from Canada. The U.S. State Department said Friday it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline. Part of the pipeline would run through Montana, and reaction was swift from Democrats and Republicans. Democratic U.S. Sen John Walsh called on President Barack Obama to show leadership and end the uncertainty by making a decision. Republican U.S

Big Government Meets the Fourth Amendment

April 18, 2014

The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution attempts to protect us from unreasonable search and seizure. Generally speaking, that has meant that what is personally private should not be disturbed by the federal government unless there is an overriding public need, typically one involving a national security issue. Who decides, and under what set of processes, what is “reasonable” and just what constitutes “search” and/or “seizure,” is open for debate. The question first becomes, “How

Judge Halts Further County Action on FEMA Grant

April 18, 2014

A district court judge has ordered that the Flathead County Commission can take no further action on a federal grant that would provide a group of homeowners with money to mitigate the erosion of a bluff near Whitefish Stage Road. Last month, the commission voted to stop the process of a $400,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant. FEMA had agreed to pay $298,000, and the homeowners whose property is in danger of sloughing away paid the matching $102,000. The county's role would