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MVP announces rate increase

News from Mission Valley Power

LAKE COUNTY — Mission Valley Power (MVP) is experiencing increases in power rates charged by its electric power providers. As a federally owned utility, MVP is subject to 25 CFR 175 (power rates), which provides guidance on how rates charged by its power providers should be passed through customers. 

Due to increases in the costs that MVP must pay to procure power, and with further influence by current and expected market prices through the remainder of MVP’s fiscal year (which ends in September 2023), it is necessary for MVP to passthrough a .01072 increase in the electricity charge component that is charged to our customers and reflected in customers’ bills, for all rate classes, effective in bills dated starting in November 2022.

Given uncertainties in the volatile power markets, and as a nonprofit utility, MVP will review at fiscal year-end the rates charged by MVP power market providers to determine if MVP passthrough consumer rates had been too high or low during the year. Any justified passthrough rate adjustments would be made at that time. 

MVP still maintains some of the lowest electricity rates in the state of Montana.


Investigation of poached elk at Bison Range

News from the CSKT Natural Resource Department

CHARLO — An investigation was immediately opened when a poached bull elk was found disrespectfully dumped in the canal on the Bison Range with its head cut off. All efforts are being made to find out any information concerning this case and all leads are actively being investigated.

We cannot confirm at this time that this elk is the ionic non-typical elk known as “Harold,” who has been widely admired by many Bison Range visitors annually. Efforts have been made to locate Harold in one of his many typical hideout locations, and we have not been able to confirm his location. On average, around four bull elk die annually on the Bison Range due to injuries sustained from rut or natural causes.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Tribal Game Warden Garrett Fenton at 406-360-8193 or at

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