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 By Chris Stout    Opinion    April 21, 2016

See the BCSP Through to Washington D.C.

SEELEY LAKE - Two years ago, “Outside Magazine” named Seeley Lake Elementary the best place to work in the entire country. Having one of the largest outdoor recreation publications pay us this honor was a testament to the amazing colleagues,...

 

Overtime Pay Rules Will Cause Big Problems for Montana Nonprofits

New rules related to overtime pay being proposed by the US Department of Labor (DOL) are cause for concern in Montana’s nonprofit community.  The changes will cause significant increases in payroll costs and inevitably leading to a reduction of...

 

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines 

Submitted by Brian Sweeney, Communications Director with the Western Environmental Law Center, Taos, N.M. MISSOULA – On April 4 the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the...

 

Time for Montana Delegation to Step Up and Finish What Has Been Proposed

SEELEY LAKE - Snowmobiles and Seeley Lake go hand in hand during the winter months. Our community sees an average of 125 inches of snow per year…making it a perfect destination for folks looking to unload their sled for a few days and venture into...

 

BCSP is a Win for All Interests and Stakeholders

The wood products industry has a rich heritage in Montana. Our forests have sustained Montana families for decades. Pyramid Mountain Lumber’s sawmill operation has provided employment for many in Seeley Lake and wages paid have provided countless...

 
 By Matthew Bunk    Opinion    March 10, 2016

A Victory for Freedom of Information: Decision to Release Booking Photos has Statewide Implications

Despite Montana’s strong public information laws, news organizations in many Montana counties have long fought for the public’s right to access the photographs taken of accused criminals when they are booked into jail. Thanks to a recent...

 
 By Bill Wall    Opinion    March 10, 2016

Grants Available for Fuels Reduction

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake is an amazing and beautiful place, surrounded by millions of acres of forests and wilderness. These forests are natural habitat for our incredible diversity of wildlife and provide migration corridors for many of these...

 

Use IRS Free File for Free Online Tax Prep & E-Filing

It's time to file our tax returns.  Last year I discovered www.IRS.gov/freefile.  It provides free online tax preparation and e-filing for people earning $62,000 or less a year.  The IRS...

 

Daines Reflects on Year Ahead

WASHINGTON D.C. - I want to send wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Montanans- especially to our men and women in uniform, serving our country far from home and in harm's...

 

Working to Expand the Veterans History Project in Montana

One out of every 10 Montanans is a veteran, which makes Montana home to more veterans per capita than almost any other state in the nation. It is one of my greatest honors to serve Montana’s veterans in Congress. Every one of these men and women...

 

Sometimes Our Images are Borrowed but This Scene has Its Own Portrait in my Heart 

It was a scene straight from a Leanin' Tree Christmas card. The five-by-five bull elk was moving uphill on a well-traveled path through lodgepole pine while snowflakes as large as dollars and wetter...

 

District Ranger Feigley Shares Highlights from Past Seven Months

It has been just over seven months since I came to Seeley Lake to serve as the Forest Service District Ranger for the Seeley Lake Ranger District. I wanted to share my expectations, experiences and...

 

Arkansas Forest Bill Bad for Montana

Though the smoke has cleared from Montana’s skies, we’re far from extinguishing another major problem facing our forests: the crisis of how we pay for fighting forest fires while continuing to fund essential Forest Service programs that sustain...

 

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