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Harold Blattie

Legislative fed-land study sparks accusations of 'hidden agenda' of transferring lands to state

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.

July 09, 2014 4:53 pmLoading…

New one-year federal budget deal left counties in the lurch

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.

January 23, 2014 4:00 amLoading…

Montana inmate telephone charges already in line with new caps set by FCC ruling

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.

August 12, 2013 5:01 pmLoading…

Montana counties say DES requirements overly burdensome

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.

April 09, 2013 3:29 pmLoading…

Council has lots of details to sort out following park district vote

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.

December 20, 2011 3:27 pmLoading…

Schweitzer's budget counts on $95 million in transferred funds

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.

November 16, 2010 5:21 pmLoading…
Molt man sentenced in killing

Molt man sentenced in killing

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.

October 28, 2010 10:20 pm Photos


Father recalls slain son as good-hearted man

Father recalls slain son as good-hearted man

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."

November 06, 2009 11:45 pmLoading…

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