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Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

The political climate in this country has become so polarized that average people are being forced to choose sides within their own political parties. We have politicians who are no longer looking for solutions but instead looking for a fight.

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Guest opinion: Stop Congress from privatizing our public lands

What if I told you there was a plan to take away your freedom to access Montana’s most cherished outdoor spaces and give you a big tax hike on top of it. Sounds like a pretty bad deal. Yet, that’s exactly what Congress and others are up to. Think I’m kidding?

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Guest opinion: GOP aims to sell our public lands to highest bidder

Elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the state of Montana. Unfortunately, that oath is being cast aside when it comes to upholding the Montana Constitution and our public lands.

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Guest opinion: Montana business benefits from federal public lands

The 27 million acres of public lands in Montana lend lifestyle and amenity advantages to communities and small businesses, driving entrepreneurs and outdoorsmen alike. Around 64,000 jobs and countless small, community-oriented businesses thrive thanks to our federally managed public lands, c…

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Environmentalists call for 'do-over' on management plan

A coalition of environmentalists and landowners is calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to rewrite its proposed management plan for federal lands around Buffalo, arguing that the current draft would roll back protections aimed at preventing oil and gas development on areas unsuitabl…

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U.S. Senate candidates differ on public lands philosophy

U.S. Senate candidates differ on public lands philosophy

The Gazette asked: Should federal public lands in Montana remain in U.S. ownership, be sold to private owners or transferred to the state?

May 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Stand up for Montanans' access to public lands

John Brenden (April 17 guest opinion) pretended to be a “friend” of public recreationists while promoting a Bureau of Land Management land exchange with his political supporters, the Wilks brothers.

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Guest opinion: Proposed BLM land exchange a good deal for all recreationalists

Montana outdoor enthusiasts have it pretty good. With over 32 million acres of state and federal land open to all sorts of recreational opportunities, we truly are an outdoors mecca.

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Survey: 3 of 4 in Montana oppose selling public lands to pay down federal deficit

Survey: 3 of 4 in Montana oppose selling public lands to pay down federal deficit

MISSOULA — More than three out of four Montanans oppose selling public land to reduce the federal budget deficit, according to a new survey of Rocky Mountain region voters.

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Comment open on tax breaks to allow access to state lands via private property

MISSOULA — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would offer tax incentives to private landowners who provide public access to state lands.

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Guest opinion: Stop overlooking prairie's natural value

My lifelong interest in the sport of falconry makes me passionate about Eastern Montana’s wide-open spaces, and, especially, wilder expanses of native prairie. Falconry is an ancient and demanding pursuit, but often the most challenging part is finding a suitable landscape with good, native …

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Appeals court: BLM must consider more grazing plans

GREAT FALLS — The Bureau of Land Management must consider a wider range of grazing alternatives, including some that provide more protections for public land, when it reviews permits in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

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BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BUTTE — The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.

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Employers optimistic about Montana economy in 2013

Employers optimistic about Montana economy in 2013

Montana’s economy looks poised to ride some strong waves in the coming year, as local and regional employers forecast future growth.

December 16, 2012 1:20 am Photos

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Montana agencies propose 4,500-acre land acquisition

GREAT FALLS - State agencies are proposing to buy a combined 4,500 acres of ranchland near the U.S.-Canada border.

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Citizen board recommends BLM sterilize wild horses

Citizen board recommends BLM sterilize wild horses

SALT LAKE CITY — The federal agency charged with managing wild horses and burros that roam freely across 11 Western states should consider sterilizing some mares to control booming mustang populations and protect rangelands, a citizen advisory panel recommended Tuesday.

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Teton County ranch owner wants public banned from road

GREAT FALLS — A ranch owner in Teton County in Western Montana has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare a road through the private ranch to public lands off-limits to the public.

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Bullock says he'll fight for public access

Bullock says he'll fight for public access

HELENA — Democratic governor candidate Steve Bullock pledged Tuesday to veto any bill that would weaken Montanans’ access to public lands, rivers and streams throughout Montana, while protecting private property.

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Wyoming lands office spends $150K to clean up parcel in Bighorn Basin

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments says it recently spent almost $150,000 cleaning up litter from a small parcel of state land in the Bighorn Basin.

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BLM backs wild horse sanctuary west of Laramie

BLM backs wild horse sanctuary west of Laramie

LARAMIE — The Bureau of Land Management is backing a proposal to open a wild horse sanctuary in the Centennial Valley.

August 29, 2012 2:35 pmLoading…

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