May 11, 2018
MainStreetMontana.com

Maudlow, MT – A dam on an irrigation reservoir located just South of US12 in Meagher County has breached.  This will affect the water levels in the Sixteenmile Creek area of Gallatin County.  People in the area should use caution and closely monitor bridges and culverts.  It is encouraged to avoid driving and walking in flooded water as it can unexpectedly wash people and vehicles away.  Residents are also encouraged to avoid being in locations that could be cutoff by damaged roads.

Non-residents are encouraged to stay away from the Sixteenmile Creek area.

Questions on the dam failure should be directed to Meagher County.


 

     

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Friday, May 11, 2018 - A Trump official mocks Senator John McCain following his opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel. Also on the rundown: New Mexico and South Carolina slated to develop the next generation of nuclear weapons; plus moms in Nevada say all they want for Mother’s Day is a cleaner environment.



 

Are you headed to Butte this weekend?  Head to the Quarry Brewery for some drink, food, fun, and murder.....see you there. 


 



 

      

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Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Senate Democrats want to force a vote on net neutrality; fairness demanded for jailed women who can’t afford bail; and

Uncle Sam no longer wants to hear complaints about student loans. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.


 

Big Sky Connection

 

Eric Tegethoff

May 8, 2018

MISSOULA, Montana - A new poll shows overwhelming bipartisan support for public lands in Montana. The University of Montana's Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative has released the results of its third biannual survey and found Montanans are backing public lands in even greater numbers than they did in 2014 and 2016. 

Eighty-seven percent of respondents say conservation and public lands are important when they cast their vote, and 48 percent say it's very important. 

Rick Graetz, a professor at the University of Montana and head of the Crown of the Continent initiative, says people move to the state to experience its lands.

"People are getting a better understanding now of the value of these public lands and what they mean to the economy and the life quality," he says. "It draws businesses to Montana just because of the life quality that they offer."

Nine out of ten Montanans say they've visited a national public land in the past year and nearly half say they've been 10 or more times. For the survey, 500 registered Montana voters were interviewed. It was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates.

Support extends beyond national parks. More than three-quarters of Montanans also approve of the president's power to designate national monuments, as well as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which directs a portion of federal offshore drilling fees to conserve natural areas, wildlife and clean water. 

There are vocal opponents to public lands, with some suggesting they be transferred over to states. But, Republican pollster Lori Weigel with Public Opinion Strategies says it's important to put these loud voices in perspective.

"The vast majority really are feeling somewhat differently, and when given and explained some of the issues, they're reacting again and again very consistently throughout much of this data and even stronger towards conservation of these existing public lands from what we've seen in the past," she explains. 

The survey also found three-quarters of Montanans support a new national monument in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The Trump administration has proposed this designation because of Blackfeet Tribe sacred sites in the area.


 

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