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Articles from the August 6, 2023 edition

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  • Letter: Thanks for participation

    Updated Aug 9, 2023

    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my neighbors in Senate District 40, in both Lewis and Clark and Powell Counties, for their participation in the recently held Montana Department of Revenue Town Halls. Staff at the MDOR held an open town hall in Deer Lodge on July 17th. About 50 residents, along with a Powell County Commissioner and me, attended to relay our concerns about the new property value appraisals and estimated property tax amounts. Those estimated tax...

  • National officials should spark prescribed burns on federal lands to mitigate extreme fire seasons

    Madilynne Clark, Mountain States Policy Center|Updated Aug 9, 2023

    As the summer heat intensifies, peak fire season is migrating north, but the critical practice of prescribed burning continues to avoid the western states. Oregon (4), Idaho (5), Montana (9) and Washington (10) suffered more acres burned than most of the United States in 2022, all ranking in the top ten states of acreage burned in 2020 to 2022 (rank refers to 2022). Utah (21) and Wyoming (22) trailed slightly behind. Despite the ongoing fire danger and consequences,...

  • Sheehy's political positions at forefront during 'America First' town hall

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Montana Free Press|Updated Aug 9, 2023

    Montana U.S. Senate candidate Tim Sheehy was in Gallatin Gateway Thursday for a town hall moderated by the America First Policy Institute, a right-wing think tank founded by former advisers to former President Donald Trump. And while his team ushered Sheehy away after the event and declined to field questions from Montana Free Press - questions that would have addressed, for example, how he plans to ethically run for Senate while continuing to serve as CEO of an aerial...

  • Closures issued in response to Sidney Fire as closures lifted for Rogers Pass Fire

    News Release, USFS|Updated Aug 9, 2023

    HEART BUTTE, Mont., Aug. 8, 2023 - The Sidney Fire is estimated to be just under 50 acres and is burning approximately 21 miles southwest of Browning in Pondera County. The Rocky Mountain Ranger District trail crew first reported the fire late in the afternoon on Aug. 1. "It is necessary to close trails adjacent to the fire for public safety," said Rocky Mountain District Ranger Mike Munoz. Forest order # 01-15-01 -23-17 closes several trails on the Rocky Mountain Ranger...