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Articles with the Tag: Water rights

Trump signs water rights bill into law, not everyone celebrates

After the Montana Water Rights Protection Act went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Sunday, Dec. 27, and was signed into law many celebrated, including state and tribal leaders, but not everyone joined the festivities.   Mission Irrigation District Commissioner Tim Orr was one of those not c...

Montana leaders praise Montana Water Rights Protection Act being signed into law

News from Senator Steve Daines  MONTANA — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester celebrated their bipartisan bill, the “Montana Water Rights Protection Act,” being signed into law by President Trump on Sunday, Dec. 27.  Several Montana leaders issued statements in suppo...

Briefs for March 4, 2020

Warm meal served at Soup’s On     POLSON — Polson Community Church will serve lunch on March 12 at Journey Be Christian Church, 101 Seventh Ave. W, at the SW corner of First St. W. The church’s phone number is 406-883-6160. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and will con...

Montana sovereignty threatened

Editor, The Montana Water Rights Protection Act was recently introduced to the U.S. Senate as an “amendment” and “fix” to the flawed 2015 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact.  Senator Dr. Al Olszewski, of Kalispell, who is running for Montana State ...

Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT Water Compact Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT Water Compact

MONTANA — Standing before reporters at a press event in the Montana Capitol on Jan. 15, State Sen. Al Olszewski called a long-negotiated water compact between the state of Montana, the federal government, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes “the most divisive issue in modern Montana h...

Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact

MONTANA — Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  First in a Nov. 18 letter from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to Montana S...

Legislation offers chance to file claims

News from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation HELENA, Mont. – As part of its work to implement House Bill 110 (HB110), which was passed by the 65th Legislature, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is notifying all property owners in the state of...

FJBC addresses election issues, fills vacated commissioner seat during meeting FJBC addresses election issues, fills vacated commissioner seat during meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – Dave Vincent was sworn in to serve on the Flathead Joint Board of Control on Tuesday, April 18, during the regular meeting that addressed election issues, water rights adjudication, an employee resignation, and high school scholarships. Commissioner Vincent was chosen by the Flathead ...

Blackfeet approve water agreement

News from the Blackfeet Nation BROWNING — A majority of Blackfeet Nation voters Thursday approved a water rights agreement with Montana and the United States. An unofficial count had 75 percent of the votes in favor, approving the Blackfeet Water Compact and Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Ac...

Irrigation board contemplates budget Irrigation board contemplates budget

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control is considering hiring a consulting firm to help sort out the issues with the water rights adjudication process before the issue goes to Montana Water Court. “We are here today because a couple months ago the DNRC sent out letters with adjudica...


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