Archive for September 6th, 2007

by jhwygirl

I don’t know if it really is the real John Sinrud posting comments in Rebecca’s recent Republicans vs. Reality, but if it is it only illustrates/affirms the hypocrisy that is prevalent in Montana’s Republican party.

In Rebecca’s post, Mr. Sinrud posted this:

why can’t one build in the wui but be required to have a defendable area around the house/buildings which will reduce the amount of time that fireman will have to defend the structure and put more people on the lines to contain the wild/forest fire. These are just a few items that need to be looked at. People like Sirota and others just want to demonize others that think differently than them.

SB 51 was proposed to address a good bit of what Mr. Sinrud speaks about in that comment, yet Mr. Sinrud voted against it. Here’s its synopsis:

AN ACT REVISING GROWTH POLICY AND SUBDIVISION LAWS; REQUIRING GROWTH POLICIES TO EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL FOR FIRE AND WILDLAND FIRE; INCLUDING FIRE AND WILDLAND FIRE AMONG THE NATURAL HAZARDS THAT LOCAL SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO REASONABLY ADDRESS; REQUIRING SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS TO IDENTIFY AREAS UNSUITABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT UNLESS CERTAIN MITIGATION MEASURES ARE TAKEN, INCLUDING USE OF CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES PROVIDED IN DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY ADMINISTRATIVE RULES; PROHIBITING A GOVERNING BODY FROM INCLUDING CERTAIN BUILDING REGULATIONS IN SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS; REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY TO ADOPT RULES THAT IDENTIFY CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES TO MITIGATE FIRE HAZARDS; REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION TO ADOPT RULES TO ADDRESS DEVELOPMENT IN THE WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE; AMENDING SECTIONS 76-1-601, 76-3-501, 76-3-504, AND 76-13-109, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN APPLICABILITY DATE.

SB 51 passed, despite his vote, and was signed into law this past May.

So now local governments are required to have growth policies address wildland urban interface (WUI) issues. They are also required to have subdivision regulations that identify areas unsuitable for development without certain mitigation measures implemented. It will require, by nature of requiring those regulations, to have local governments enforce those mitigative measures. It further requires the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to adopt rules to address development in the WUI.

Mr. Sinrud also voted against another wui bill – SB 167, which required counties that don’t adopt wui regulations to reimburse the state or any general fund appropriation expenditure made by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for wildland fire suppression within the county’s geographic area.

That one also passed despite his efforts.

So one bill requires counties to regulate development in the wui by requiring mitigative measures, and the other bill says that if you don’t do it, the state isn’t picking up the tab.

In fact, both SB 51 and SB 167 is practically a role-call list of 23 (and 25 for SB167) Republicans in the House who voted against these common-sense bills.

Keep that in mind when you read this other comment of Mr. Sinrud:

Another point: this is what is wrong with politics why can’t people in all areas sit down and work for a positive change in our world.

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by Jay Stevens

You might remember Anthony Dailey, the 23-year-old man who killed Missoula biker, Stacie Ann DeWolf.

Back then, I was calling for his head because he dared plea “not guilty” at his arraignment hearing. In reality, as commenter “Ty” noted, all defendants should plea “not guilty” at their arraignments. Since that time, interestingly enough, I’ve noticed that newspaper and television media love to report on “not guilty” pleas at arraignment hearings, especially in the cases of unusually lurid crimes, like Dailey’s. Seems the press knows its clientele likes to be p*ssed off at criminals and reports these things even though it’s not really “news.”

But today’s Missoulian does bring us news in the case: Dailey has pled guilty to the charges levied against him, including felony vehicular homicide, a charge that brings as much as 50 years in prison.

Apparently Dailey’s plea was not the result of a plea bargain.

I’d like to say that I’m relieved the book is closed on this case, but there’s an empty space in the city that was once – and still should be – occupied by Stacie Ann DeWolf. Justice was served, but the punishment has yet to be crafted that can bring back the dead.




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