In reference several guest editorials in major papers around Montana questioning the durability of our stream-access law, the corporate mouthpieces behind those articles completely ignore state’s rights and the Montana constitution. They are trying to discourage the public from observing the upcoming Montana Supreme Court hearing in Bozeman on April 29 in the Strand Union Hall on the Montana State University campus.
Our stream-access law has been upheld in six previous cases, one of which was sent to the U.S. Supreme Court. They refused to hear the case because stream access was well founded in state’s rights. Our opponents are gambling that the newer right-leaning justices on the high court will ignore the rights of the vast majority of Montana citizens and give in to our very wealth adversaries.
In the Seyler Lane Bridge Case, wealthy landowners strung an electric wire from a dedicated county bridge near Sheridan as well as the Seyler Lane Bridge with an electric wire 2 feet above the surface and completely across the Ruby River. This was done in 2005, long before the PPL ruling by the high court. Kennedy took ownership of the bridges and a portion of the river regardless of its legality.
Hopefully, the public will not be misled by their rhetoric and attend the Bozeman hearing. Please try to participate.
Lorry Thomas, president
Anaconda Sportsmen’s Association