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Steve Charter

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December 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: What they didn't tell you about Congress' public lands package

When Rep. Steve Daines and Sens. John Walsh and Jon Tester were busy celebrating the public lands package they snuck into a bill that was supposed to be about national defense, I wonder if they stopped to think about the landowners and taxpayers they threw under the bus.

December 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Fast Track wrong deal for Montana ag, workers

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. But you won’t see Montanans blowing out candles to celebrate.

May 14, 2014 9:32 amLoading…
Baucus introduces 'fast-track' trade legislation

Baucus introduces 'fast-track' trade legislation

A bill to grant the president “fast track” authority for negotiating trade deals was introduced Thursday, co-sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and two key Republicans.

January 09, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana officials should seek facts on coal exports

Just who is Montana Attorney General Tim Fox working for anyway?

December 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Comment today on COOL meat rule

Montana is an agricultural state where the population of cattle far exceeds the population of people. So it is a bizarre reality that much of the beef and other meat we consume here is born, raised and slaughtered outside Montana, even outside the United States.

April 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Keep agriculture as part of development review process

Vote no on SB147.

March 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Taxpayers deserve full value for public coal

Top-of-the-line value, bottom-line prices! Preferred customer sale! Deal of the Century! All of these slogans are normally associated with used-car sales, but they can also apply to the way our publicly owned coal is sold.

February 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Environmentalists pan proposed merger of BLM and mining agency

A proposal to consolidate some duties of a federal mining regulatory agency into the Bureau of Land Management was panned during a hearing in Billings on Monday.

January 23, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…

Lease of federal coal near Roundup under way

As the ownership of Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain coal mine changes hands, the existing underground operation is poised to more than triple its production and possibly add another large coal tract to its holdings.

October 18, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…

Bull Mountain land group appeals coal lease decision

A landowner group is challenging a recent federal decision to lease coal sought by Signal Peak Energy for its underground mine south of Roundup.

June 24, 2011 5:00 pmLoading…
Steve and Jeanne charter

Steve and Jeanne charter

Steve Charter holds photos of his wife, Jeanne, on Thursday on his ranch north of Billings. Jeanne was killed recently in an automobile accident. Steve's cow dog Bella looks out over the prairie waiting to go back to work. While the emotional toll of fatal accidents can't be measured, the Ce…

May 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Let's get to 25 by '25

The bill that offers the most support of all for local jobs and local revenues in this legislative session is Kendal Van Dyk's Renewable Energy Standard SB 332. Nicknamed "25 by 25," it requires 25 percent of Montana's electricity be supplied from cost competitive renewable sources by 2025.

February 25, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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