Archive for July 23rd, 2008

by jhwygirl

The Wild West Institute’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the USFS for communications between the USFS and Plum Creek Timber for “any and all communications between the US Forest Service and Plum Creek Timber Company regarding forest-road agreements, including discussions as they relate to real estate development,” is apparently in-transit, awaiting approval signatures before being delivered to WWI.

A “partial response,” according to the USFS personnel that handle such FOIA requests.

WWI’s initial request went out May 13th. On May 30th, the USFS asked that the request be modified because it was too large, and WWI complied (on June 2nd). Since then it’s been a waiting game.

Under U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(i), FOIA requests are to be answered within 20 days.

Tick, tock….tick, tock…

With that kind of turnaround by the USFS, maybe there’s nothing to worry about. Rey will be out of office before they can get anything done, and Tester’s requested GAO report will reveal whether Missoula and the rest of the counties concerned about these “clarified” deeds have any legal concerns – despite Rey’s allegations that MEPA and public input wasn’t required.

by Rebecca Schmitz

Even the best campaign advertising doesn’t get much better than this:

“I wondered what kind of help they would need, and when I got over to the campsite I couldn’t believe it,” [Betsy] Hands said. “The fire had traveled along this root system and there was this large black area that was generating a lot of heat.” [snip] Together the two hiking groups scrambled to douse the blaze, which was about 300 feet from the lake. Using their waterproof stuff sacks and an abandoned rubber raft to carry water, it took the hikers about 90 minutes to put out the fire.

Yes, that’s HD 99’s Representative, Democrat Betsy Hands. When not using discarded outdoor recreation equipment to fight fires set by slob campers, Rep. Hands is one of our best advocates for energy independence and conservation. She’s up for re-election this year. Her opponent, Jedediah Cox, is one of the three College Republicans who want to represent Missoula in the Legislature.

Unless Jedediah plans on fighting wildfire this summer with a cracked Nalgene bottle and a fishing creel, he can’t top this kind of exposure.

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