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  • Farm Bureau Urges Federal Agency To Rethink Removing Ag From Refuges

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong concern at the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove agriculture from Refuge lands. In a letter to the federal agency, the state’s largest general agricultural organization pointed out that hard-working, family businesses raise food and fiber on a combination of private, federal and state land and some of those families have cooperative agreements on wildlife Refuge lands. MFBF President Cyndi Johnson explained that with 22 wildlife refuges in Montana, such as the C.M. Russell W...

  • The New BLM Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

    May 8, 2024

    Dear Editor, Flushed with their success in using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to shut down the western U.S. timber industry (has anyone heard how the spotted owl is doing?), the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) bragged they would use the same ploy to shut down grazing on the federally managed western range lands. They were not successful but for the last 30 or so years the Federal and State governments have spent over a BILLION taxpayer dollars to 'save' the sage grouse. Now the Bureau...

  • BLM Seeks Public Comment For Montana and North Dakota Oil And Gas Lease Sale

    For the Courier|Jan 3, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas State Office has opened a 30-day public scoping period to receive public input on 26 oil and gas parcels totaling 5,053 acres that may be included in a July 2024 lease sale in Montana and North Dakota. The comment period ends Jan. 29, 2024. The parcels the BLM is analyzing, as well as maps and instructions on how to comment are available on the BLM’s ePlanning website at: As authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act, BLM will apply a 1...

  • Governor Gianforte Leads Western Governors In Opposition To BLM's Efforts To Change Grazing Policies

    For the Courier|Dec 6, 2023

    On Nov. 30, leading a group of western governors, Governor Greg Gianforte opposed an attempt by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to change its grazing policies without collaboration and urged them to pause changes immediately. In a letter to BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning, Gov. Gianforte and four other western governors expressed their frustration with the BLM’s various attempts to change policy without collaboration, eroding the public’s trust. “It is disappointing and frustrating to exclude cooperators from regulatory policy discu...

  • Outdated Federal Oil And Gas Leasing Programs Affect Public Lands

    Oct 11, 2023

    Dear Editor, Montana's public lands are central to our way of life and our outdoor businesses, but outdated federal oil and gas leasing programs have long exploited these landscapes, harming our communities and economies. Thankfully, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed reforms to improve this broken system, ensuring a balanced approach to our public lands' use and providing taxpayers a fair return. The BLM's reforms balance the many uses of our public lands and prioritize...

  • Bureau Of Land Management To Host Virtual Opportunity To Learn About Restoration Landscapes

    BLM Montana-Dakota State Office, For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas is giving the public an opportunity to learn about Montana’s restoration landscapes through a virtual town hall on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mountain Time. The BLM is slated to invest $26.9 million from the Inflation Reduction Act for ecological restoration and resiliency of critical wildlife habitats and watersheds on public lands in Montana. This funding will be focused in three restoration landscapes: The Blackfoot-Clark Fork Restoration Landscape managed by the Missoula F...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled By Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Sep 27, 2023

    1 Years Ago Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, brought in over 250 community members to celebrate Frazer School's adequate yearly progress (AYP) accomplishment for the 2012-13 school year. The school made a 20 percent gain in reading and math and also was above the AYP attendance threshold of 80 percent, with the elementary at 87 percent and the junior high and high school at 81 percent. There's no one answering the phone at the Glasgow Field Office of the Bureau of Land...

  • BLM Missouri Basin Resource Advisory Council Meeting Set for Miles City On Sept. 18, 19

    For the Courier|Sep 13, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management Missouri Basin Resource Advisory Council will meet Monday, Sept. 18, and Tuesday, Sept. 19, for their regular business meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the BLM office located at 111 Garryowen Road in Miles City. Start times are 10 a.m. on Sept. 18 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 19. To accommodate broader participation, the meetings will provide both in-person and virtual attendance options. Individuals that prefer to participate virtually must contact a resource advisory council coordinator by...

  • AG Knudsen To Federal Appeals Board: Overturn BLM's Illegal Bison Grazing Decision

    For the Courier|Sep 6, 2023

    Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen called on a federal appeals board to overturn a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) final decision that rubber stamped a controversial and locally opposed change of use permit to allow bison grazing on several allotments in Phillips County. In an appeal filed Aug. 25, Attorney General Knudsen, who is the state’s chief legal officer, calls on the federal appeals board to overturn the BLM’s July 28, 2022 Notice of Final Decision authorizing American Prairie Reserve (APR) a general permit to graze in sev...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Reece Hunsley|Aug 23, 2023

    1 Years Ago: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 The Glasgow High School Educational Trust said this week that it is honored to announce a recent gift of $10,000 from former Glasgow resident and longtime Glasgow School District Clerk Eunice (Burrus) Moen. She made the gift in memory of her daughter Lila Moen Sanders, who died of a brain tumor in 1981, and in honor of her daughter Phyllis Moen Sanguine. Both girls graduated from GHS in 1954. After being rebuffed in their attempt to vote a candidate onto...

  • Bureau of Land Management Seeks Nominations To Missouri Basin And Western Montana Resource Advisory Councils

    For the Courier|Aug 16, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for its Missouri Basin and Western Montana Resource Advisory Councils for existing and upcoming member vacancies. All resource advisory councils consist of 15 citizens with diverse interests in public land management, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, and energy industry representatives. The councils provide advice to the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues. “We’re looking for members who are passionate abo...

  • Valley County Receives $1,335,998 In PILT Funding In 2023

    For the Courier|Jul 26, 2023

    In June, The Department of the Interior announced that more than 1,900 state and local governments around the country will receive a total of $578.8 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes funding for 2023. Because local governments cannot tax federal lands, annual PILT payments help to defray the costs associated with maintaining important community services. Valley County received $1,335,998 in PILT funding in 2023. This compares to $1.186 million in 2022 and $1.153 million in 2021. Valley County was listed as having 1.122 million acres of feder...

  • Farm, Forestry, Environmental and Hunger Advocates

    For the Courier|Jul 19, 2023

    Twenty groups representing agricultural, environmental, forestry, wildlife, nutrition and hunger advocates have launched the “Farm Bill for America’s Families: Sustaining Our Future” campaign to urge passage of the 2023 farm bill this year. Farm Bill for America’s Families brings together stakeholders who support the farm bill and recognize its profound impact on the well-being of all Americans. The campaign seeks to engage consumers, leaders and lawmakers alike on the importance of the farm bill and highlights five core objectives: food securi...

  • Governor Gianforte Blasts BLM's Unlawful Federal Overreach With Conservation Rule

    For the Courier|Jul 12, 2023

    Governor Greg Gianforte on June 26 provided further opposition to a proposed rule by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which would alter the use of BLM lands to the detriment of recreation, livestock grazing, responsible resource development, and public access. The proposed rule seeks to define “conservation” as a use within the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), which requires BLM to manage its lands on the basis of multiple use and sustained yield. In a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and BLM Director Tracy Sto...

  • Rep. Rosendale Releases Public Comments On BLM Rule

    For the Courier|Jul 12, 2023

    Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) submitted public comments to the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management on their proposed Conservation and Landscape Health rule that will lock up swaths of public land for “conservation leases.” “This rule is just another example of the Biden Administration weaponizing the government to appease radical environmentalists at the expense of the people of Montana,” said Rep. Rosendale. “This expansive rule will limit recreation, timber, grazing, and important energy development on public la...

  • BLM Repairs Culvert On Beaver Branch Road

    For the Courier

    Beaver Branch Road reopened to vehicle traffic June 30, after Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff from the Glasgow Field Office replaced a culvert damaged by spring runoff. A small section of the road near Grub Dam and Reservoir in Valley County was temporarily closed on June 26 to facilitate the culvert replacement work. The repair site is located about 17 miles southwest of Glasgow. During the construction, Glasgow Field Office staff planned to close the section of road between Grub Dam and... Full story

  • Glasgow Bureau of Land Management Mike Borgreen Wins Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Gold Star Award

    For the Courier|Jul 5, 2023

    The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA) is proud to announce that Mike Borgreen, a dedicated biologist and current acting field manager from the Glasgow Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been awarded the 2023 RSA Gold Star Award for his exceptional contributions to conservation and land stewardship. The RSA Gold Star Award is presented annually to individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible land management practices in the ranching...

  • Governor Gianforte: Proposed BLM Rule Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

    For the Courier|Jun 21, 2023

    Joining a group of western governors, Governor Greg Gianforte on June 15 opposed a proposed rule by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which would alter the use of BLM lands to the detriment of recreation, livestock grazing, responsible resource development, and public access. The proposed rule seeks to define “conservation” as a use within the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which requires BLM to manage its lands on the basis of multiple use and sustained yield. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland with five wes...

  • New Assault On Federal Grazing

    Jun 7, 2023

    Dear Editor, With all the checks and balances ingrained in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, it is incomprehensible how one election is totally destroying the foundation of our very successful republic. Wayne Hage, in his book 'Storm over Rangelands', extensively documented how the eastern industrialists coveted the natural resources of the western states and since the 1880's had been using the federal government to keep these resources out of the hands of the western settlers (i.e....

  • The BLM's Proposed Rule To End Ranching On Federal Grazing District Allotments

    May 3, 2023

    Dear Editor, The liberal Biden administration is, apparently, dropping the other shoe for the Montana federal grazing district ranchers. The first shoe dropped in 2014 when the federal solicitors argued in front of the Montana Water Court's Water Master that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had built the reservoirs and pits on the federal allotments therefore they owned the water and our cows were their beneficial use. Why the Montana Water Master agreed with them when he had to know they wer...

  • MSGA And Glasgow Stockyards Rollover Auction Raises Over $20,000 to Support BLM Litigation

    For the Courier|Apr 26, 2023

    On April 20, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) hosted a rollover auction at Glasgow Stockyards to raise funds for its appeal of Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision regarding American Prairie’s grazing allotments. The auction was supported by 34 donors and raised $20,100, the highest amount raised for the fund to date. Each rollover auction will raise funds for the MSGA Advocacy Fund, which allows for a collective voice for cattle ranchers advocating for change and accountability at the state and federal levels. This fund is...

  • Incident At FMDH Results In Officer Involved Shooting

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Apr 5, 2023

    At approximately 2:35 p.m., on March 29, an incident occurred at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH) involving a Valley County detention officer, sheriff deputies, a hospital employee and an inmate from the Valley County detention center, later identified as 47-year-old Jonathan Ryan Hamilton. Hamilton was originally arrested on a Blaine County arrest warrant in another state and was returned to Montana to face several criminal charges pertaining to child sexual assault. According to Valley...

  • BLM Resource Advisory Council Application Period Opens

    For the Courier|Apr 5, 2023

    Interested in volunteering your time to advise the Bureau of Land Management on public land management issues? BLM Resource Advisory Councils are citizen-based groups which assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues. Both the Western Montana and the Missouri Basin RACs are accepting applications until April 28, 2023. Resource Advisory Councils are chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and consists of 15 members who serve two to three-year terms. The BLM is looking to fill vacancies in...

  • Governor Gianforte Holds Roundtable With Ag Leaders

    For the Courier|Apr 5, 2023

    To mark Montana Agriculture Day, Governor Greg Gianforte convened a roundtable discussion with ag leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry on March 21. “Agriculture is Montana’s number one industry, and we’re committed to being a good partner to producers as they drive our economy, strengthen our communities, and feed the world,” Gov. Gianforte said. “With farmers and ranchers in mind, we delivered Montanans the largest tax cut in state history, and with farmers and ranchers in mind, we’re investing in value-added...

  • An Update Of The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Incident From Sheriff Tom Boyer

    Sheriff Tom Boyer, For the Courier|Mar 29, 2023

    Update To The Incident From March 29 The Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office has identified 47-year-old, Jonathan Ryan Hamilton, as the deceased person from the March 29, 2023, officer involved shooting incident, that occurred in Glasgow, Montana. Hamilton was originally arrested, on a Blaine County Arrest Warrant, in another state and was returned to Montana to face several criminal charges pertaining to child sexual assault. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families involved in these incidents. During the afternoon o... Full story

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