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Articles with the Tag: Flathead water rights

Irrigation board talks strategy on water compact Irrigation board talks strategy on water compact

ST. IGNATIUS – After the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact passed through the Montana Senate last week, lobbyists for the Flathead Joint Board of Control were optimistic that they could keep the bill from passing in the House of Representatives.  The board, which represents ...

Water compact finalized, public speaks out Water compact finalized, public speaks out

RONAN – State officials were expected to vote Monday night on sending a proposed water compact to the state legislature that would settle the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water claims, after listening sessions were heard in Ronan and Kalispell over the weekend on the matter.  ...

Irrigation commissioners delay compact resolution vote Irrigation commissioners delay compact resolution vote

ST. IGNATIUS — Flathead Joint Board of Control members tabled a resolution of non-support for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact on Dec. 23, because commissioners could not agree on final language for the document.  The board agreed to finalize the language later in the week. Co...

Consultant details role in lawsuits, compact Consultant details role in lawsuits, compact

ST. IGNATIUS – A Helena-based engineer told irrigation commissioners Nov. 12 that he believes he can provide critical insight into how the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project currently runs and could be improved, as the irrigation districts attempt to gain control of the project through lawsuit and obta...

Irrigators listen to Water Compact presenters

RONAN — Last week more than 80 irrigators and elected officials gathered in Ronan to hear presenters from multiple state agencies explain the intricacies of the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact.  The compact is a reserved water rights settlement agreement between the Trib...

Education vs litigation: Water Compact proponents, opponents take different approaches Education vs litigation: Water Compact proponents, opponents take different approaches

WESTERN MONTANA – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes hosted a day-long informational session for state legislators in Helena last week about a proposed water compact that would impact much of western Montana.  At the same time, irrigators of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project expresse...

Flathead Joint Board reorganizes

ST. IGNATIUS — Rumors were flying about a protest planned by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal members at the May 13 Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting.  There was no protest, and the FJBC board members voted on board officers, swearing in new members Jerry Laskody, Mission District,...

Writ stops FJBC vote on water use agreement Writ stops FJBC vote on water use agreement

Retired attorney Lloyd Ingraham, Ronan, surprised the Flathead Joint Board of Control on April 16 with a writ signed by District 20 Judge C.B. McNeil preventing the FJBC from voting on whether to adopt or reject the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project water use agreement. About 50 people crowded the Flathe...

Irrigation candidates answer questions Irrigation candidates answer questions

LONE PINE — At a regular meeting of the Lone Pine and Camas irrigators, each candidate for Flathead Irrigation District 4 trustee had 10 minutes to field questions from the audience.  Susan Lake and Shane Orien are running for the position held by Paul Hunsucker, who is vacating his seat. La...

Jackson’s bill to extend compact remains alive

HELENA — Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-SD 5, has the only water compact bill still alive in the 2013 Montana Legislature. Senate Bill 265 would extend the water compact deadline by two years, and it has passed the Senate. “It’s had executive action in the House of Representatives. Now it needs...


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