Archive for July 9th, 2008

by jhwygirl

Well, started this post to mention that “I heard it through the grapevine” that there was a fire out by Bearmouth today, with several trucks on the scene (hasn’t that burned, like, every year for the past 4 years?!)….and I went looking on the local news website to see if they had reported on it.

Couldn’t find anything on that fire, but apparently the state’s got a helicopter on Mt. Sentinel because of a fire over off of Central which, it looks like, has taken off up the hill and over the ridge. That, from KPAX.

Like they said in the paper the other day, all it takes is a couple of 90 degree days and some winds, and everything will dry out. I left town last week with green hills, and I came back to ‘getting brown’ hills, and now they really are browning out.

When did they close Mt. Sentinel last year?

by Pete Talbot

Sen. Jon Tester voted the right way but Sen. Max Baucus didn’t on the FISA bill.

I was just starting to warm to Max after his work on the sale of Plum Creek lands to conservation groups and his effort to halt Medicare cuts, and then he votes to shred the Constitution in favor of big telecommunications.

(Unfortunately, Sen. Barack Obama also voted with Baucus to grant immunity to the phone companies that tapped U.S. citizens’ telephones. Sen. John McCain made a bold, leadership move and didn’t vote at all.)

Tell Sen. Tester thanks.  As for Sen. Baucus, the serious challenge from Bob Kelleher must have scared Max into voting with the Republicans.  And Sen. Obama, I’m disappointed.

by jhwygirl

While the Department of Livestock’s regular meeting (the first since the loss of Montana’s brucellosis-free status) is scheduled for July 21 & 22nd (agenda pending), there will be a conference call this upcoming Thursday, July 10th, at 11 a.m.

Here’s the brief agenda. Note that you can access the call by calling 1-888-556-4635, and then entering 1277 for the access code.

There’s also been some developments in the brucellosis world since my last post on the subject:

2 Cows in Daniel, Wyoming tested positive for brucellosis within days of Montana having lost its brucellosis-free status. Just want to note, here, that there aren’t any bison roaming down in Daniel.

–Conservation groups, meanwhile, have sued the feds to stop the feeding of wildlife on the National Elk Refuge. Just want to note, here, that the primary wildlife fed at the National Elk Refuge are, well, ELK.

Maybe cattleowners should sue the State of Wyoming for its feedgrounds? Or at least for their losses? Hey – it’s just an idea!

–Finally, the MT DOL has updated its information on brucellosis with two tidbits – first, testing is ongoing – it doesn’t appear that they’ve found any more brucellosis – and second, there does not appear to be any connection of brucellosis to Mexican Corriente cattle, despite the hollarin’ of some.

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