Feb
24
2017
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Ed Walker to run for lone Montana US House Seat

Ed Walker, of Billings, has announced his run for Ryan Zinke's replacement in the Montana Special Election.

Ed Walker, of Billings, has announced his run for Ryan Zinke’s replacement in the Montana Special Election.

Originally published in the Yellowstone County News print edition 2/24/17.

BILLINGS — Ed Walker, 46, of Billings, a former Montana state legislator, is throwing his hat in the ring for the election to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat which will be vacated with the resignation of Republican Ryan Zinke, if and when he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of the Interior.

Walker, who was elected to the state Senate in 2010 in Senate District 29, said that he recently toured the state and visited with Republican delegates who will potentially select their party’s candidate. Those conversations leave him confident that he can win the seat, he said.

“They are looking for someone who believes in the core principles of all Montanans. . . someone who is genuine. . . and for someone who can win,” he said. Walker believes that he has the record of a winner and has the experience to raise the funding necessary to run a successful campaign.

He is also very confident he holds the core values that all of the delegates said they wanted to see in a candidate. There are differences in issues the delegates are concerned about, from (more…)

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…)

Sep
15
2013
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Montana and Montana State Football Schedules 2013

Montana State Bobcats LogoThe Montana State Bobcats and the University of Montana Grizzilies (Griz) Football Schedules and seasons are well underway.  If you are looking for the next game, next team, date, or provider broadcasting the game, look no further than Montana’s Trailhead to bring you that information.

Here at MontanasTrailhead.com,  we are going to focus on both teams each year and follow them with schedules, and periodic (more…)

Apr
09
2013
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The coal export opportunity for Montana

Montana Coal Truck Carrying CoalAs the coal debate heats up on the west coast, our state is left hoping and waiting for the approval of five proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest.  Our state economy is closely connected with the coal industry—keenly feeling the ups and downs of this industry.  And, right now, the proposed Pacific Northwest terminals will aide in supplying our state a new export market for sustained, long-term economic growth.

Montana has always had the largest coal reserve in the country with over 119 billion tons of coal—simply an unfathomable amount of coal that provides our state a built-in economic opportunity.  At the moment, coal, directly and indirectly, provides almost 5,000 Montana family-wage jobs with a payroll of over $273 million.  Our state has reaped the benefits of coal production; our unemployment rate is decidedly lower than the national average and our state had a budget surplus of $426 million.  This financial well-being stems, in large part, from our coal industry.  And, in order to keep this economic gain, the coal industry must continue to grow.

The five proposed Pacific Northwest terminals will aide our state (more…)

Apr
08
2013
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Montana State University and Bobcats New Logo

This is the New Logo for Montana State University Bobcats.

This is the New Logo for Montana State University Bobcats.

Montana State University Systems President Waded Crusado announced the new Montana State University Logos and updated branding info for the Bobcats.  The logos will be the first new logos at Montana State since 2004.

“Our coaches and student-athletes are enjoying an era of tremendous and dynamic success, and we want our logo and marks to reflect this,” said MSU Director of Athletics Peter Fields. “Our new logo captures a feeling of (more…)

Apr
05
2013
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Montana Governor’s response to Chaos in the Montana Senate

Montana Governor Steve BullockMontana Governor Steve Bullock reacted today after the Montana State Senate broke down communications between parties as democrats tried to use a procedure which is called a “A call of the Senate” in which all voting and speech stops and ceases until all members or Senators of the Senate are present or accounted for.  It appears that democrats, who were not happy about certain ballot initiative bills that were being voted on third reading, tried to halt progress by a “call of the Senate” procedure but were not recognized before the third and final vote today.

Today was the final day for revenue bills and referenda bills to pass the Montana Senate and House or fail the legislative process due to failure to meet the deadline.  In an attempt to halt voting and request a “Call of the Senate” by Senate Democrats, the Senate went to third reading before recognizing the “Call of the Senate” motion to locate an apparent missing Senator Augier who apparently went back to Browning for the weekend.

The Montana Republican Party released (more…)

Dec
24
2012
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Military Couple Marry by Proxy with Montana Law

So if you didn’t think it was illegal to marry by proxy, Montana was in the spotlight when two Military personnel married using an old Montana Law.  How did they do it when both of them were not present? They both signed an affidavit and used a stand in couple from Montana to complete the law and ceremony.

U.S. Army specialist Michelle Williams and Sgt. Drew Fidler tied the knot this summer for their own wedding but were not present because they were serving our country in the military.  Even though they could not get married in war zones, Drew and Michelle took to the internet for a creative way to get married when they found a non-denominational minister Marty Stuehler in Montana. He is one of the few people in the country who perform “double-proxy’’ marriages.

Montana is the only state that allows (more…)

Nov
18
2012
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Decker Coal Mine to Lose More Jobs

Montana’s Decker Coal Mine has announced that they will be laying off some 70 coal mine jobs from the surface mine near the Wyoming border in mid-January, according to managers at the Mine.

It was reported that A spokesman for mine operator Ambre Energy North America attributed the layoffs to “ongoing expense management activities,” but offered no details. It is co-owned by Ambre-subsidiary KCP Inc. and Western Minerals LLC, a subsidiary of Cloud Peak Energy.

Not a good sign for the future of Montana as it appears that more jobs are lost, as in the Curett Plant in Billings, MT who also announced the closure of it’s power plant (more…)

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