Jun
29
2015
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State audit reveals major error in accounting ???

“In my fourteen years on Audit this is the first time the financials for Montana shouts of incompetency within the department.”

Montana Senator Dee Brown

Montana Senator Dee Brown

Guest Articleby Senator Dee Brown, Legislative Audit Committee

The financial audit for the State of Montana revealed some disturbing problems today in front of the Legislative Audit Committee in Helena. The audit detailed that the Department of Administration does not have adequate internal controls to ensure accuracy of our finances, nor are they properly reviewed or issued in a timely fashion.

Some of the examples include: transportation expenses overstated by about $220 million, capital grants and contributions for Natural Resources understated by $445 million and transfers of about $47.8 million which were omitted entirely.

The hundreds of millions of dollars not accounted for properly are huge red flags for anyone reading the audit, but the one that made my eyes bulge was the overstatement of approximately $1 billion of accumulated depreciation related to infrastructure. Yes, that’s with a ‘b’ as in billion.

The errors have been (more…)

May
28
2015
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Utah Man Ordered to Pay Over $97,000 in Restitution to Montana State Fund

Pleads guilty to stealing workers’ compensation benefits for six years

HELENA –  Last week, Utah resident Benjie Leroy Christensen plead guilty in Lewis & Clark County District Court to felony theft for receiving Montana workers’ compensation permanent disability payments for six years while he was actually performing construction work.

In September 2014, Christensen, 52, was accused of defrauding the Montana State Fund for $97,352.71 in wage loss, medical, and prescription benefits he received from 2008 to 2014.  Christensen pleaded  guilty to the felony theft charge in District Court in Helena and was sentenced on May 21 to ten years at the Montana Department of Corrections; all were suspended and Christensen will remain on supervision.  He was also ordered to pay restitution to Montana State Fund in the amount of $97,352.71.

Assistant Attorney General Mary Cochenour alleged Christensen lied about (more…)

Apr
01
2015
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Vinegar could be key to Montana fly control

by Judy Killen – originally published in the Yellowstone County News.

HUNTLEY – They say you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but these aren’t your usual flies. In fact, the staff at the Yellowstone County Extension Service office at the courthouse in Billings is still trying to determine exactly what type of flies they are. Are they fruit flies? Vinegar flies? Steve Lackman, an agricultural agent for the extension service, said they gathered up a sample of the annoying insects and sent them to the Montana State University lab in Bozeman, hoping for a species confirmation. But the entomologist in Bozeman wasn’t sure what type of flies were in the sample and sent them on to Idaho for further analysis, Lackman said. A positive identification will help extension agents advise people what to do to control them, he said. And people are calling from all over Yellowstone County and other places across Montana.

Lackman said the Bozeman office heard from the extension agent in Hardin that the bugs are there. The Forsyth paper, The Independent Press, ran a front page story about the insect infestation last week and local television news is all over the topic. “They’re widespread, yet they’re spotty,” Lackman said. For now, you can trap more flies with vinegar and a little dish soap in a homemade trap: pour apple cider vinegar in a container, add a couple of drops of dish soap. Lackman said you could try using a funnel on top or cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or just leave it open.

The flies are likely attracted to compost, fruit, manure piles, any “material that is decomposing,” Lackman said. Emptying the trash regularly goes a long ways toward keeping the pesky insects at bay.

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Jan
09
2015
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Yellowstone County Deputy involved Shooting Press Release

Today’s Date: 1-9-15

From: Sheriff Mike Linder – Yellowstone County Sherriff

On January 8, 2015, at approximately 4:35 PM, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to a reported burglary at a residence on Justice Trail, south of Huntley Mt. At the time of the report, the homeowner did not know if the suspect(s) were still in the residence. While en-route to investigate the burglary, the responding Deputies observed an older model SUV leaving the area that matched the description of a vehicle which was reported stolen out of Billings earlier that day. The Deputies attempted to follow the vehicle on White Buffalo Road but got stuck in the snow. The stolen SUV drove out of sight.

With the help of local citizens, The Deputies were able to free their (more…)

Oct
25
2014
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Yellowstone County News Changes Owners

ycnmainbannerHuntley, MT – Jonathan and Tana McNiven of rural Huntley have purchased the weekly Yellowstone County Newspaper from Pete and Rebecca Robison of Huntley effective October 1st. The McNivens plan to keep the paper in the same location and format for the time being. Jonathan, a 1997 graduate of Huntley Project High School, is a current sitting (more…)

Sep
01
2014
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Ramblings of a Conservative Cow Doctor

Swatting At Flies – By Krayton Kerns

Good lessons are learned the hard way. It was late August several years back and we lead a nice horse with a nasty chest laceration into the surgery room at our clinic. I explained the treatment approach to the owners and began cleaning and resecting dead tissue from the injury. My assistant noticed the pony’s flanks blanketed with thousands of tiny flies, so to be helpful she grabbed a bottle of fly spray and launched a chemical sortie on the little buzzers. This was bad. Thousands of flies instantly jumped ship and sought refuge on every other warm blooded creature in the room; namely us. The little insects attacked my eyes and mouth and debriding the wound while slapping at flies quickly became impossible. Finally, we moved the surgery to the parking lot.

This little lesson came to mind a week ago when I performed a cesarean section to remove a necrotic (more…)

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May
10
2014
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Transfer of public lands would benefit Montana

By Senator Jennifer Fielder, R – Montana State Senate District 7

Chair of SJ-15 – Montana’s Study of Federal Land Management

 

It’s a big idea and it’s rightfully reaping big debate nationwide. Can and should states assume control of federally held public lands within our borders?

Many colleagues and experts throughout the west have studied the issue intensively, and we now believe there’s no reason why we can’t. The challenge is to get the facts on the table, put protections in place consistent with Montana values, and prepare our state agencies for an orderly transition. We also have to educate decision makers and compel Congress to honor the Constitution and the terms of our statehood enabling acts which require federal title to be extinguished.

The Nevada model for transfer of public lands would leave Wilderness, Indian Reservations, Military installations, National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and Dept. of Energy facilities under federal jurisdiction. Utah’s proposal is similar.

Montana’s study of public lands shows Montanans want more (more…)

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Mar
01
2014
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Montana Homsteader Days Released For 2014

 

Diamond Rio Band - Homesteader Days 2014

Diamond Rio Band – Homesteader Days 2014

The Huntley Project Lions Club announced the concert performers for Homesteader Days this year!

The 2014 Homesteader Days and Concert will kick off Friday night, July 11th with the gates opening at 5:30 pm.  Restless Heart will open at 7:00PM then the feature act, Diamond Rio at approximately 9:00PM  followed by The Bucky Beaver Ground Grippers till 1:00AM Saturday morning.

Saturday July 12 will kick off with the traditional Homesteader Days Parad

e starting at 11AM. General admission is $2 at the gate.  Fireworks at dark on Saturday as well.

About Diamond Rio:

Six-time Vocal Group of the Year, Diamond Rio won their first Grammy their first Christian album, The Reason on Word Records which also garnered the band their first (more…)

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