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Public comment period for refuge management open

News from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service BISON RANGE – Since 1908, when the National Bison Range in western Montana was established by conservation visionary President Theodore Roosevelt, this cherished 18,800-acre national wildlife refuge has continued to play a vital role in the conservation...

U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic' U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic'

People driving south on U.S. Highway 93 outside of Missoula will pass a billboard with the word “Missing” in prominent letters next to a picture of a Salish woman.   Jermain Austin Charlo was last seen on June 16 in Missoula, according to the information on the billboard. The Dixon reside...

Irrigation fees set to increase next year

LAKE COUNTY – The cost of farming within the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project could increase in the coming year if irrigation taxes go up as planned. The Bureau of Indian Affairs manages the project for the United States government and has increased the operation and maintenance fees to $33.50 per...

FJBC votes on irrigation fees, districts discuss legal issues FJBC votes on irrigation fees, districts discuss legal issues

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control approved an increase to the operation and maintenance fees irrigators will pay for water in the 2018 season during the July 11 meeting. Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Manager Pete Plant presented a proposed $7.50 increase for fees earlier this y...

Irrigation election ballots to be unsealed

ST. IGNATIUS — Election ballots that weren’t sent out during the Flathead Joint Board of Control May mail-in election are soon to be unsealed to see why they didn’t go out. According to Lake County Election Administrator Kathie Newgard 754 ballots were held due to a new requirement that one...

Briefs for April 6, 2016 Briefs for April 6, 2016

Library to host humanities speaker News from North Lake County Public Library POLSON — North Lake County Public Library in Polson will host the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program “Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Women in Science” with Mary Jane Bradbury on Thu...

Irrigators to pursue project turnover in dual appeal, negotiation process Irrigators to pursue project turnover in dual appeal, negotiation process

RONAN – The Flathead Joint Board of Control will appeal a federal lawsuit to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to regain local control of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project.  The board’s attorneys said Aug. 25 that they will also try to work out an agreement outside of the...

Irrigation fee increase possibly delayed for another year

ST. IGNATIUS – A proposed rate hike for Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators might be off the table until next year’s tax bills go out.  Flathead Joint Board of Control Irrigation Commissioner Shane Orien said Aug. 25 the board’s office was informed that because a proposed ...

Water Court stays adjudication of Flathead Basin until 2017 Water Court stays adjudication of Flathead Basin until 2017

BOZEMAN — Adjudication of water claims in the Flathead Basin will not take place until after January 2017, per a July 27 order issued by Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea, though the state of Montana will begin examining some claims that have been filed in two local basins. The judge issued the stay to...

Irrigation commissioners refuse to pass BIA-suggested assessment

ST. IGNATIUS — Irrigation commissioners for the Flathead Joint Board of Control refused to increase assessments on their constituents last week, despite a request from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to do so. It is unclear what the ramifications of not instating the 29 percent operations and maintenan...


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