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Gazette opinion: What’s on Legislature’s agenda for 2015?

The start of the 2015 Montana Legislature is more than nine months and two elections away, but the list of potential legislation is already 76 bills long.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Hidden gems: Montana state parks need attention

Gazette opinion: Hidden gems: Montana state parks need attention

Quick: Name the five parks in Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5, which includes Yellowstone and surrounding counties in south-central Montana.

August 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Montana Senate rejects Sexton to oil and gas board

Montana Senate rejects Sexton to oil and gas board

HELENA — Critics said they couldn't confirm Mary Sexton to the state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation because they worried the former Department of Natural Resources and Conservation director would hinder development.

April 25, 2013 11:56 am Related Loading…
Montana Senate panel opposes Sexton confirmation

Montana Senate panel opposes Sexton confirmation

HELENA -- On a party-line vote, the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee on Thursday recommended that the Senate not confirm Mary Sexton of Choteau to the state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation.

April 18, 2013 9:11 pm Related Loading…

Bullock appoints ex-DNRC head to oil-and-gas board

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed his predecessor's natural resources director to the state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation.

April 01, 2013 6:07 amLoading…
Montana reviews oil pipeline easement request

Montana reviews oil pipeline easement request

HELENA — The Montana Land Board is preparing to sell easements to a Canadian company so that the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline can run through the state as it crosses some of Montana's most important rivers.

December 14, 2012 2:39 pmLoading…
Land Board approves Milk River Ranch purchase

Land Board approves Milk River Ranch purchase

HELENA -- Montana’s Land Board on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of the 4,505-acre Milk River Ranch for $5.7 million.

November 19, 2012 3:22 pm Photos

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Land Board approves acquisition of ranch north of Havre

Land Board approves acquisition of ranch north of Havre

HELENA -- Montana’s Land Board unanimously approved the purchase of the 4,505-acre Milk River Ranch for $5.7 million.

November 18, 2012 11:00 pmLoading…
State to give county property near fairgrounds worth $640,000

State to give county property near fairgrounds worth $640,000

The nine-acre parcel next to the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, which is surrounded by a rusty chain-link fence and three strands of barbed wire, is an eyesore for many area residents but an opportunity for others.

October 06, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…
Citing dangerous conditions, Montana extends wildfire season indefinitely

Citing dangerous conditions, Montana extends wildfire season indefinitely

Citing lingering drought, high fire danger and continued occurrences of human-caused fires across Montana, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has extended the legal wildfire season into October.

September 27, 2012 6:37 am Related Loading…

PPL says state should forsake riverbed rent case; state not backing down

HELENA — A spokesman for power-generator PPL Montana said Thursday it’s time for the state to admit defeat in its lengthy effort to collect rent from PPL for its hydropower dams, and put an end to the eight-year-old legal case.

March 08, 2012 5:45 pmLoading…
Montana State Parks seeks own commission

Montana State Parks seeks own commission

As the Montana State Parks system nears its 70th anniversary in 2014, lawmakers and Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks staff are wrestling with how the system should be organized and where it should be housed.

February 16, 2012 12:15 amLoading…

Ice jam season just beginning; floods reported at Townsend

HELENA — The first major ice jam of 2012 is a reminder that damaging floods are a fact of life along many Montana rivers and streams, even in the middle of winter, and residents in flood-prone areas should take steps to safeguard their loved ones, property and possessions.

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Oil speculation spreading to Rocky Mountain Front

Oil speculation spreading to Rocky Mountain Front

HELENA -- Companies and individuals are snatching up leases on state and private lands along the Rocky Mountain Front and in central Montana in anticipation of a new oil boom that, while bringing economic development to small communities, could also create societal headaches.

November 14, 2011 10:15 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Want more money for schools? Tell your legislators

Calling Montana public school funding “complex” is an understatement.

September 22, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

Guest opinion: State land revenues essential to schools

In a Sept. 14 guest opinion, leaders of two Montana education associations questioned the accuracy of statements by Department of Natural Resources Conservation officials regarding how state trust revenues support K-12 education.

September 22, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

DNRC grants permit for Exxon pipeline replacement

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation issued a temporary construction permit Friday to ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. to begin construction on its replacement pipeline under the Yellowstone River.

August 26, 2011 11:55 am Related Loading…

Governor's panel will examine pipelines at river crossings in Montana

HELENA — In the wake of last month's 50,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline in the Yellowstone River, a new council created by Gov. Brian Schweitzer will examine whether the state needs more authority to regulate pipelines in the ground, its members said Wednesday.

August 03, 2011 5:02 pm Related Loading…
Exxon plans to drill 42 feet to replace pipeline under Yellowstone River

Exxon plans to drill 42 feet to replace pipeline under Yellowstone River

HELENA -- Montana officials say Exxon Mobil Corp. has applied for a temporary construction license to build a replacement for the pipeline that broke under the Yellowstone River.

August 03, 2011 1:31 pmLoading…
Rain, floods overwhelm farms, irrigation systems

Rain, floods overwhelm farms, irrigation systems

For years, Gordon Stoner’s rule for keeping the rain-soaked Northeast Montana soil from swallowing his tractor was to “turn when the ducks fly,” meaning nothing short of a pond would cause him to turn the wheel.

June 12, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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