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50 Years of the Clean Water Act: More Must Be Done

The Clean Water Act turns 50 on October 18th. Over the past five decades, it has proven itself as one of the most successful environmental laws on the books. It has cleaned up contaminated waterways, helped to assure that the drinking water coming ou...

 

Guest Opinion: Broad Coalition Supports Gustafson and Rice for Supreme Court

Absentee ballots will soon be mailed out for November’s election. Two of the most important elections on the ballot are for Montana’s Supreme Court. We, as a group of Montana attorneys, former and current elected officials, and concerned...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 10/2/2022

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 05:02:28 Burglar Alarm: W Legion St 10:16:33 Larceny/Theft: Lost Moose Bend Rd 12:10:03 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): Waterloo Rd 12:33:44 911 Open Line: S Brooke St 13:42:03 Reckless Driver: W Legion St 14:11:03 911 Hang Up...

 

So What's This Thing Called the American Dream?

They called him Reinhart, but he would one day change his name to Ralph to sound more American than German. Huddled with his parents and three siblings in steerage class, he arrived at Ellis Island at the age of one. He grew up in Brooklyn, while...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 9/25/2022

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 00:44:39 Shooting: Pipestone Pass 08:02:26 Stranded Motorist: I-90 11:13:54 House Check: Makowski Ln 14:41:06 Criminal Mischief: W Legion St 16:39:44 Traffic Stop: Hwy 69 17:33:42 Sex Offense: S Brooke St 19:55:03 Traffic Stop:...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 9/18/2022

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 07:51:47 Suspicious: N Whitehall St 07:55:43 911 Hang Up: I-90 09:51:49 Motor Vehicle Accident (Injury): I-90 11:11:38 Animal: Delmoe Lake Rd 11:34:57 Fire/Smoke Vehicle: I-90 14:01:39 Shooting: Hwy 55 14:38:54 Fire/Smoke...

 

Montana Decides: If It Moves (or Doesn't), Tax It

Most of you recall the famous quote from Ronald Reagan, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if...

 

Why We Called for Legislative Special Session

When you order a pizza and the total comes to $25 and you hand them a fifty dollar bill, have you ever had the restaurant tell you that they are going to keep your change in case their expenses are higher in the future? We know this sounds absurd,...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 9/11/2022

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 08:00:47 911 Hang Up: Paul Gulch Rd 09:52:53 Fish/Game Violations: Cottonwood Rd 11:16:09 Harassment: Edwards Addition Rd 14:14:09 Medical: Edwards Additions Rd 17:50:35 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 18:11:16 Traffic Stop: I-90...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 9/4/2022

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 09:05:55 Medical: Hwy 55 10:17:27 Larceny/Theft: Upper Rader Creek Rd 10:45:08 Criminal Mischief: Delmoe Lake Rd 12:40:53 911 Hang Up 17:03:08 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 17:13:59 Abandoned Vehicle: I-90 17:39:05 Str...

 

Labor Bypasses Dem, Throws Weight to Independent, in Rosendale's Race to Lose

U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale is predicted to have little trouble winning re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and recent developments in the race appear to only have buoyed the Republican’s bid for a second term. In early August,...

 

Montana Decides: When You Find Yourself in a Hole - Stop Digging

It was suggested that I could strengthen the logic of my last article, "To Record or Not to Record; Is that the Question?" which remains available at https://montanadecides.substack.com if you have no...

 

Governor Gianforte Announces Record Apprenticeship Growth in Montana

At a construction site in Yellowstone County, Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the number of new apprenticeships in Montana this year is on track to surpass the number for 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined. “A four-year college degree isn’t...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 8/28/2022

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 04:23:50 Medical: Sugar Beet Row 07:02:29 Motorist Assist: McKeown Ln 08:22:19 Stranded Motorist: I-90 13:00:01 Medical: East St 016:25:38 Traffic Stop: I-90 16:28:23 911 Open Line: Starvation Point Rd 17:23:32 Traffic Stop: Hwy...

 

To Record or Not to Record: Is That the Question?

Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter on January 8, 1789, “that wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Jefferson’s intent was that if citizens were...

 

Daines to Keynote Harvest Festival

Senator Steve Daines will be the keynote speaker Sunday, September 11, at the JeffCo Republican Fall Harvest Festival BBQ Banquet planned for 5 PM at The Barn at Kleffner Ranch, 305 MT Hwy 518, East Helena. The Lincoln Reagan Trump event will begin...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 8/21/2022

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 00:18:14 Traffic Hazard: Hwy 2 E 00:22:16 Disorderly: Hwy 2 E 00:52:20 Medical: Hwy 2 E 01:15:25 Agency Assist 01:48:06 Traffic Stop: Hwy 2 E 03:13:38 Traffic Stop: Hwy 287 04:47:00 Trespass: Hwy 2 E 04:53:50 Traffic Stop: N...

 

USDA Invests More than $1 Million to Improve Health Care for People Living in Rural Montana

USDA Rural Development Montana State Director Kathleen Williams today announced that USDA is awarding $1,079,000 in grants to improve health care facilities in rural Montana. “Access to quality, affordable health care is critical for Montana famili...

 

Governor Gianforte, DPHHS Invest $18 Million To Increase Access to Child Care

Governor Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Charlie Brereton announced an $18 million investment to fund 31 child care innovation grants across the state. “For too long, Montana’s working families...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 8/7/2022

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 04:51:43 Medical: N Whitehall St 08:55:22 Citizen Assist 10:07:54 Citizen Assist: I-90 10:21:32 Motor Vehicle Accident (Injury): I-90 13:54:21 Stranded Motorist 15:20:48 Medical: Hanson Ln 18:22:30 Traffic Stop: Hwy 359 21:08:45...

 

Town Did Not Kill Rotary Fish and More at Monthly Council Meeting

Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh started off the August Town Council meeting, held in the Town Hall, by dispelling a recent rumor. “The Town did not kill the Rotary Fish Pond’s fish. It is sad that it happened, but the Town did not have anything to...

 

Evacuation Preparedness in Jefferson County

It’s late afternoon in August, you look out your window and a typical bright summer day is suddenly growing very dark. You step outside and the air is filled with a thick brown haze blotting out the sun, and you can hardly make out your...

 

How Do You Know When a Road is Indeed Public?

If you encounter a closed road or trail (which is obviously not a federal highway, a state highway, or a city street) and you believe it may be a legally accessible road, here are some things you can do to check it out: FIRST, is it in a National...

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 7/31/2022

SUNDAY, JULY 31 06:33:35 911 Hang Up 11:00:43 Medical: Hwy 41 11:43:56 Trespass: Lower Rader Creek Rd 13:40:39 Trespass: Hwy 2 E 13:43:55 Stranded Motorist: I-90 16:52:51 Welfare Check: Makowski Ln 17:20:10 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 17:35:53...

 

Rules Hearing on Delaying Implementation of Madison River Commercial Use Cap Scheduled for August 2

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public hearing via telephone to collect comment on an administrative rule change that was proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its June meeting. The public hearing will be Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. and...

 

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