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Articles with the Tag: Flathead Joint Board of Control

Water compact team welcomes new member during meeting

PABLO – Before the Compact Implementation Technical Team started their meeting on Tuesday, March 15, they invited a new representative to the table. Another board known as the Flathead Joint Board of Control voted to appoint Wade Shepard, an irrigator and cattle rancher, to the CITT to represent irr...

Litigation strategy begins Litigation strategy begins

  ST. IGNATIUS - The Flathead Joint Board of Control started working on a litigation strategy to negotiate the terms and conditions of the low-block cost of power during the regular board meeting on Tuesday, March 8, in an effort to ensure that low power rates for irrigation use continue. The low-...

Power bills topic of Joint Board discussion

ST. IGNATIUS – Members of the Flathead Joint Board of Control expressed concern about power rates for all users during the regular board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  Prior to 1985, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license for the then Kerr Dam that allotted a low-cost block of ...

Water board attends closed meeting concerning power rates

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control attended a conference that could have effects on the cost of power for irrigators, although the results of the meeting were undisclosed.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hosted the conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this mon...

FJBC considers appointing rep to compact team

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control discussed the possibility of appointing a representative for the irrigators to the Compact Implementation Technical Team (CITT) at the last regular board meeting.  After the Montana Legislature ratified the CSKT Compact earlier this year, the p...

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 season almost at an end

News from the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project,  forwarded by the Flathead Joint Board of Control  The following is a brief summary of water availability for the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project and outlook per geographic area. Camas: Current storage is 59 percent of capacity. It is ex...

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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