Archive for June 9th, 2008

by jhwygirl

Live, on C-Span, right now, he’s reading his 35 count resolution of impeachment.

I had to commemorate this with a post.

It’s about time.

Go Dennis!

UPDATE: Apparently a lively beginning – upon initiating his floor speech this evening, Kucinich turned to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and said “The House is not in order,” to which Ms. Pelosis pounded her gavel, and Kucinich then continued with his resolution. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said numerous times that impeachment is “not on the table.”

by jhwygirl

A second cow in Montana has tested positive for brucellosis, resulting in what will likely be a loss of the brucellosis-free status for the state’s livestock.

The first cow that tested positive had been found in May 2007 in the Morgan Ranch herd, which had wintered in Bridger. That herd had to be destroyed. In that situation, the likely source of the transmission was elk.

Governor Schweitzer has been an advocate for a split-state status for the state’s livestock. The Montana Cattleman’s Association has supported that initiative – while the Montana Stockgrower’s Association has not.

(UPDATE: The Missoulian has a story on this which states that had the split-state status been adopted, less than 5% of the state’s cattle would have been affected by the additional testing required. Now, all of the state’s cattle is affected. Wonder what the Cattleman’s Association has to say about that?)

I’ve had interest in the hysterics of the pseudo-brucellosis/bison threat for years – more than a decade, actually. It’s interesting that bison have been hazed back into the park from this area, yet elk roam freely. Paradise Valley, to note, is a bit of a distance from the area where bison typically leave the park.

Wyoming had previously lost its brucellosis-free status due to the transmission of elk to domesticated animals – which experts largely agree is due to its widespread use of elk feedgrounds (both the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming, and the numerous state-run feedgrounds in the surrounding area).

But for the first time in 74 years, in February, the US Dept. of Agriculture had declared all 50 states to be brucellosis-free.

Loss of the brucellosis-free status means that all cattle will have to undergo a testing and vaccination program prior to sale or transfer.

by Jason Wiener

With provisionally cast ballots and hand-counted ballots, the final unofficial totals in the Democratic primary for Missoula County Commissioner are as follows:

Michele Landquist 6,943 (129)
Dennis Daneke 6,901 (83)
Jeff Patterson 4,232 (41)
Write-in 141 (4)

The number in parentheses is the number of votes picked up from provisional and hand-count ballots. Still, more than 7,000 ballots had no vote in this race.

Congratulations Michele. Best wishes to Dennis and Jeff.

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