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Articles with the Tag: Western Montana Water Users

Water rights process moves forward Water rights process moves forward

ST. IGNATIUS – The water rights adjudication process affecting the Flathead Indian Reservation reached another level in the past few weeks. At the Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Tuesday, irrigators reported receiving letters in the mail concerning water rights claims from the Montana Dep...

Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery

ST. IGNATIUS – Irrigation commissioners said last week that a lack of drought management plan and adequate staffing at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is exacerbating water delivery to Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators.  According to commissioners, individual ditchriders appear to be c...

Political practices complaint dismissed

HELENA — A complaint filed with the Commissioner of Political Practices by Alan Mikkelsen against the Western Montana Water Users Association was dismissed.  In the complaint filed on April 25, Mikkelsen alleged illegal campaign contributions had been made in the irrigation district elections a...

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...

Water rights compact dies in committee Water rights compact dies in committee

It was a fast and furious week for the controversial Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, State of Montana and United States  water rights compact.  Rep. Kathleen Williams, D-HD 65, Bozeman, took over House Bill 629 to implement the negotiated water contract when Rep. Dan Salomon, R-HD 12 ab...

Compact hits rough water Compact hits rough water

The passage of the controversial Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, State of Montana and United States water rights compact ran into another snag when Rep. Dan Salomon, R-Ronan, announced Friday he will abandon his bill to pass the water compact in the 2013 Montana State Legislature.  The votes...

Water rights compact moves to legislature Water rights compact moves to legislature

The week of Feb. 25 to March 1 was a busy one for the water rights compact on the Flathead Reservation. First, on Feb. 26, the nine-member Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission approved the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes/Montana water compact and sent it on its way to the Montana State Le...

Water rights compact forwarded to legislature

HELENA — Whether or not a proposed water compact for the Flathead Reservation will be finalized is now up to the state legislature following a Tuesday night meeting of the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission at the state capitol. The nine-member water commission approved the compact,...


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