HELENA — A study of federal land management problems in Montana roiled a legislative panel Wednesday, as some members said the report has a “hidden agenda” of transferring ownership of federal lands to the state.
With 333,580 acres of federal land in Custer County, the U.S. government is a very large landowner, and quite possibly a major freeloader of local government services if Congress opts not to chip in this year.
HELENA — A federal ruling capping what it called “exorbitant” long-distance telephone rates charged to prison inmates across the nation won’t affect state prisoners in Montana, which already charges rates at or below the new cap.
HELENA — The troubled agency responsible for preparing Montana for emergencies has been beset by lawsuits by former employees, claims of a dysfunctional work environment and now complaints that overly burdensome and shifting regulations are causing headaches for several counties.
One of the most important items of business for the Billings City Council in 2012 will be tying up loose ends on one of the most contentious issues of 2011.
HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposed budget relies heavily on $95 million worth of transfers of money from other funds to beef up the general fund to balance his state spending plan for the next two years.
COLUMBUS — A Molt man who gunned down his neighbor during a dispute over a $35 debt was sentenced Thursday to spend at least 30 years at the Montana State Prison.
The father of a Molt man shot to death at the family's farm last month described his son Friday as "generous to a fault."
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