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  • Proposed Ballot Measure I-191 Receives Virtually No Signatures, Fails to Qualify for the November Ballot

    CHUCK DENOWH, No On I-191 Coalition|Jun 29, 2022

    Following months of widespread, bipartisan opposition, proposed Ballot Measure I-191 received virtually none of the required 30,000 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. Friday, June 17th was the deadline for all proposed Montana ballot measures to gather signatures. Requests to the five largest Montana county election offices showed only 10 signatures were submitted of the 30,000 needed, and those 10 appear to be collected online, something the Montana Supreme Court ruled against in a case involving the I-191 proponent in May....

  • Guest Opinion: APR's Ranch Buying Spree Has Negative Impact on Montana Taxpayers

    CHUCK DENOWH, United Property Owners of Montana|Jan 5, 2022

    The ink is dry on another historic cattle ranch in the Upper Missouri River Breaks consumed by the non-profit organization American Prairie Reserve (APR). With a deal to acquire the 73 Ranch, another piece of Montana’s history and leading industry has been gobbled up by the billionaires that fund APR, at the expense of Montana taxpayers. Non-profits claiming to be conservationists rob taxpayers in a couple of different ways. Donations to APR to purchase ranch property come with lucrative tax deductions. With their privileged tax status, every d...

  • Guest Opinion: Proposal Would Set Terrible Precedent

    CHUCK DENOWH, United Property Owners of Montana|Sep 8, 2021

    An important deadline approaches for Montanans fighting to stop the American Prairie Reserve from decimating the agricultural economy of Eastern Montana. The Bureau of Land Management will take public comment until September 28 on APR’s proposal to “rewild” their federal grazing allotments by removing them from agricultural production. The stakes of this proposal are high due to the precedent it would set. Specifically APR has proposed to change seven federal grazing allotments, totaling 57,000 acres of public land, from cattle grazing to op...

  • Montana's Elk Management Needs An Overhaul

    Chuck Denowh, Rural Montana Foundation|Mar 17, 2021

    Elk management in Montana is broken. FWP’s estimated elk numbers exceed sustainable population objectives in three-quarters of hunting districts, and have for years. It’s not uncommon for hunting districts to have five times the number of elk that they should. Over the last decade FWP has done far too little to bring elk populations down to sustainable levels. And in some districts they’ve intentionally limited hunting opportunity, for instance by limiting permits, despite chronically over-objective populations. In fact, these limited permit di...