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Archive for year: 2021

Mild Weather having negative effect in Augusta area

Mild weather continues to have a negative impact on hunting success within the greater Augusta area based on data collected at FWP’s Biological Check Station in Augusta, where overall hunting and harvest levels continue to remain slightly behind normal through the first two full weeks of the general rifle season.   As of November 7, a total of...

Chief Plenty Coups Honor Guard Visits Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

This morning the Chief Plenty Coups Honor Guard had a smudging and recited the Chief Plenty Coups speech and prayer at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The Flag Bearer of the Chief Plenty Coup Flag Ellsworth Goes Ahead talked about it on Voices of Montana. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021...

Montana Expected To Receive $3 Billion Through Infrastructure Bill

The $1 trillion plus Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will become law when President Joe Biden signs it. Montana is expected to receive $2.82 billion for highway projects with an additional $225 million set aside for bridge replacement in the state. About $144 million will go to airports in Montana. Whether there is a timeline on when mo...

BNSF Railway Files Lawsuit Over Vaccine Mandates

BNSF Railway filed a lawsuit Sunday against its major unions over its mandate to require all its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific have filed similar lawsuits. The unions which have filed some of their own lawsuits in response argue that the railroads should have negotiated with them before...

Impact Statement Released For Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service recently released the revised Helena–Lewis and Clark National Forest Land Management Plan and final environmental impact statement. The 2.9-million-acre forest is expected to drive management for the next 15 years. The plan recommends protections for 45 rivers or streams as wild and scenic wh...

Iowa Deer Test Positive For COVID-19

A recently released Iowa study found about one-third of 280 captive and free-ranging deer had tested positive for COVID-19 raising concerns about deer being a reservoir for the virus to mutate. Jennifer Ramsey wildlife veterinarian for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks calls the recent research concerning because there’s a lot of uncertainty ab...

BLM Digitize Easements Of Montana Land With Public Access

The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have digitized easements identifying access routes to 450 tracts of public land including about 29,600 acres in Montana and Idaho that had previously  been identified as landlocked. Efforts are also underway via legislation introduced in Congress. Both the House and Senate are considering the MA...