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Articles with the Tag: Water Compact

Judge rules on legislature’s vote regarding water compact

LAKE COUNTY – District Judge James Manley ruled the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Montana Water Compact to be unconstitutional concerning a certain section regarding immunity. The Flathead Joint Board of Control brought the lawsuit against the State of Montana. “We value our const...

Water judge applicant comments sought

News from Montana’s Judicial Nomination Commission BOZEMAN — Douglas John Ritter has reapplied for the position of associate water judge. The Judicial Nomination Commission is now soliciting public comment on Mr. Ritter’s application. The application may be viewed through a link availa...

Water compact needs more negotiation

The CSKT-Montana Water Compact flowed into the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing as Senate Bill 3013 on Thursday, June 29, in Washington, D.C. and hit a slight hurdle. The Department of Interior recognized the support for resolving Indian Water Rights claims in Montana but they could not support the...

Tribes say water settlement will trigger new jobs, growth, critical irrigation projects

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes PABLO – Legislation recently introduced by Senator Tester will not only bring certainty to Montana water users, but will be a boon to the state and local economy, according to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The legislation, which ...

Irrigation district swears in members Irrigation district swears in members

ST. IGNATIUS – The latest irrigation meeting had potential for problems amid election controversy, but when law enforcement stopped by to check on things, the meeting was civil. The Flathead Joint Board of Control is made up of irrigation districts that routinely hold meetings where board members vo...

Briefs for April 27, 2016

Irrigation board votes to cancel election   LAKE COUNTY — The Flathead Joint Board of Control commissioners voted to cancel the Irrigation District Election during a meeting on Thursday, April 21, with a nine to two vote due to what they claim is a violation of Montana State Election Laws by...

Irrigation election candidates weigh-in on issues

The Flathead Joint Board of control has seven candidates vying for positions in three districts during the upcoming election on May 3. In the Flathead Irrigation District, Division 2, incumbent Wayne Blevins is on the ballot with Janette Rosman.  Wayne Blevins, 54, started ranching 34 years ago. H...

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...

Montana Water Court deadlines may complicate compact journey

LAKE COUNTY – As the Water Rights Compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes makes its way through the federal branch of government in the United States Congress, several deadlines could complicate the journey. Gov. Steve Bullock signed the bill at the state level in April 2015 containi...


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