Building Montana $400 million at a Time

h/t Big Sky Business Journal Hot Sheet
A lot of attention statewide is being focused on the Build Montana Act which is House Bill 5. The legislation is getting lots of attention because it involves almost every community in the state in a long list of infrastructure projects totaling $391.2 million.

Every legislator will be advocating for their community’s projects. In Yellowstone County there are nine grant requests involving county government and that of several towns, including a new bridge, and refurbishing of irrigation systems, school buildings and water systems.

The point around which much of the debate will swirl is whether the projects will be funded with cash, only, or should the state go into debt in order to do all of the projects, as the Governor wants to do. It’s been estimated that there is about $300 million available for the projects in cash. Governor Steve Bulloch wants to borrow about $212 million in addition to cash to fund all of the projects, which would double the state’s total debt.

Huckabee Will Visit Kalispell in March

Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will visit Kalispell on March 19.

Huckabee will be the keynote speaker for Stillwater Christian School’s annual fundraising banquet. People who attend must purchase tickets.

Event organizer Craig Hunnicutt says between 1,000 and 1,300 people each year attended past Stillwater Christian events.

Past notable speakers have included Tim Tebow and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

Huckabee served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007.

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School Of Outreach Program Coordinator to Speak To Dillon Kiwanis

Kiwanis_DillonChristina Peltier, a Program Coordinator for the Montana Western School of Outreach, will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Dillon Kiwanis.

Peltier will give a presentation on UMW’s X-Camp, an educational summer program for the area youth.

The Kiwanis meet each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Beaverhead Brewery, 218 South Montana Street in downtown Dillon. The program begins at 12:15. Visitors are welcome. Our speaker gifts are provided by Sportswear and Design. Continue reading

Microbrewers, Tavern Association Compromise On Brewery, License Bill

After battling during the 2013 Legislature, the Montana Brewers Association and Montana Tavern Association have agreed on a compromise bill that would allow microbreweries to own an on-premise sales license like bar owners.

The bill, which could be introduced as soon as next week, is sponsored by Rep. Pat Noonan, D-Ramsay.

“I’m just proud of the compromise,” Noonan said.

Under existing state law, a brewery cannot produce more than 10,000 barrels of beer annually and still operate a tap room that charges for beer.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/microbrewers-tavern-association-compromise-on-brewery-license-bill/article_30019824-e31e-541a-8a4d-2c4677db7f53.html#ixzz3PtuPIGex

Bills Aimed At Assuring Access to Public Lands in Montana

Legislation has been proposed to levy stiffer state fines on Montana landowners who illegally gate roads and require that they show proof of ownership before blocking access.

The two Great Falls lawmakers who are sponsoring the bills said in a statement that their goal is to improve public access to public lands by keeping roads they say are public open.

The bills are backed by wildlife and public access groups, and opposed by private property and ranching interests.

Private landowners and hunters and anglers increasingly are butting heads in court over remote roads into the state’s forests, mountains and rivers. At issue in these cases are whether roads crossing private land are public or private. The roads have become contentious because they often cross private acreage leading to public lands.

House Bill 304 is sponsored by Mitch Tropila, D-Great Falls, and would increase the penalty for gating a public road from $10 a day to $500 a day.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bills-aimed-at-assuring-access-to-public-lands-in-montana/article_bf085043-b9ae-532b-bcb7-03c39df51b56.html#ixzz3PtuosLJF

New Hunt & Fish Licenses; Deer & Elk Permit Applications Available January 26

Montana’s new 2015 hunting and fishing year begins March 1. Licenses will go on sale—and applications for resident and nonresident deer and elk hunting permits will be available—Jan. 26.

Deer and elk permit applications and information will also be available online at fwp.mt.gov; click “March 16—Deer & Elk Permits” beginning Monday, Jan. 26, at 9 a.m. The application deadline is March 16.

FWP urges hunters to apply online. “It’s fast, convenient and accurate,” said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena.

Nonresidents seeking to apply for big game combination, elk combination or deer combination licenses and deer and elk permits for the 2015 fall Montana hunting season can also apply online or download an application from FWP’s website. To request an application by mail, write to: Licensing Section; Montana FWP; P.O. Box 200701, Helena MT; 59620-0701; or call: 406-444-2950. Continue reading

Dillon Beaver BB @ Helena Capital 1-24-2015

Dillon BeaversFINAL SCORE: Dillon Beavers 52 – Helena Capital 41

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Dillon Lady Beaver BB vs Helena Capital 1-24-2015

Dillon BeaversFINAL SCORE: Lady Beavers 41 – Helena Capital 51

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Dillon Beaver BB vs Whitehall 1-22-2015

Dillon BeaversFINAL SCORE: Dillon Beavers 45 – Whitehall 43

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Dillon Lady Beavers BB @ Whitehall 1-22-2015

Dillon BeaversFINAL SCORE: Lady Beavers 51 – Whitehall 15

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