Legislation that would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund was passed by the U.S. House on Wednesday by a 310-107 margin.
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Two members of Congress have written a letter to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demanding that former Indian Health Services pediatrician and convicted pedophile Stanley Patrick Weber be stripped of his pension.
Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson hosted a roundtable meeting at his farm in Stevensville to discuss current agricultural issues and federal programs for agriculture with USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey and Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte.
The Milk River is the lifeline for Montana’s Hi-Line, providing irrigation water to 110,000 acres and drinking water for many communities, including Havre, Chinook, Harlem, and Malta.
But on May 17 a concrete drop structure failed on the St. Mary Canal northwest of Cut Bank putting these Hi-Line producers and residents in jeopardy of losing their water.
A U.S. House panel heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would name a mountain ridge east of the Paradise Valley for an Air Force crew that died when their plane crashed there in 1962.
The United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was at the Forest Service Smokejumper Center on Friday to sign a stewardship memorandum that contained a blueprint to modernize the U.S. Forest Service.
Perdue outlines aspects of the agreement officially signed on Friday.
The U.S. Agriculture Secretary visited Missoula Friday to announce a blueprint to prioritize work for the U.S Forest Service.
Supporters say it will modernize the agency and cut unnecessary red tape. Opponents, however, counter it will undermine the nation’s laws aimed at protecting the environment.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, came to Missoula on Friday to issue a wide-ranging memorandum that directs the Forest Service to “expedite environmental reviews to support active management” and “increase the productivity of national forests and grasslands.”
Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands.