Archive for October 22nd, 2008

by problembear

as the recession advances into fall,  food banks accross America are struggling to find enough food to provide emergency relief to increasing crowds of clients. NPR covered this tonight on All Things Considered. as unemployment increases it will only get worse. wherever you live- do what you can.

ways to help:

donate food

if you can afford it, write a check even if it is only $ 5.00 and send it to your local food bank.

if you can donate time- volunteer. even two hours a month will enrich your life.

not sure where to help? this link will help you.

by jhwygirl

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has stepped in to put a halt to the golden parachute bonuses and other compensation by AIG to its executives and former executives. He has also hinted that he might take steps to recover payments that have already been made once they received federal bailout monies.

Paulson refused to do this. Our Congress added weak clauses that made it look like those executives won’t be getting cash, but in actuality, any payouts would be reviewed by Paulson and his cronies – most of which are former Goldman Sachs employees who had already cashed in those bonus checks (including Paulson himself, who make $18 million in bonuses in just 6 months in 2006!)

Cuomo said “Once a company accepts tax dollars, there are different rules. These are taxpayers who did not voluntarily make an investment in these companies. In many ways it was a forced investment.”

Good to know someone is out there looking out for our taxpayer dollars.

Thank you Andrew Cuomo.

by jhwygirl

Certainly regular readers will remember my outrage here last year regarding the bison slaughter in Montana, outside of Yellowstone National Park, all in the the name of managing brucellosis. There are 9 previous posts, which you can get to by simply putting “brucellosis” in the little nifty search we’ve got over there on the right.

An environmental impact statement (EIS) – the highest level of NEPA review – was issued by the USFS in July by Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Kniffy Hamilton sanctioning, for 20 more years, elk feedgrounds within said National Forest. At the time, the Good Governor Schweitzer fired off a letter criticizing the decision, saying “Montana had done everything in its power to prevent the transmission of brucellosis to its cattle herd. Meanwhile, USDA has insisted upon application of antiquated herd-to-herd regulations for disease transmission in cattle that have nothing to do with transmission from wildlife. As a result, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming at best continue to experience a yo-yo effect with respect to brucellosis status. At worst, the net effect is a permanent loss of status.”

There were, apparently, two appeals to Hamilton’s decision – and in a news brief from Jackson Hole Radio’s Tom Ninnemann gives us the news that Schweitzer was one of the appellants to the EIS. From October 21st:

The Forest Service announced Friday its decision to uphold authorization of National Forest Land to be used for winter elk management activities by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. Regional Forester Harv Forsgren upheld the decision made by Kniffy Hamilton, Bridger-Teton Forest Supervisor, after reviewing two appeals received on the issue. Among those speaking out against the activities was Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. The Forest Service decision is to issue a 20 year special use authorization at five of the seven locations. The decision did not include two of the feedground areas because further information is required. Supplemental feeding of elk has been conducted in northwestern Wyoming since the early 1900s.

Finally, some good common sense is prevailing in the issue.

Schweitzer addressed the issue during the Butte gubernatorial debate last month, with what the Montana Standard described as part of some spirited verbal jollys. (It was a good debate, btw – and the Montana Standards has the debate broken down to 3 audio files, the first which includes Brown’s answer to the brucellosis question, and the second, which includes Schweitzer’s thorough and knowledgeable answer.)

While Brown took to criticizing Schweitzer for his support of the split-state status, Schweizer “jollied” back that he understood “science” and that the science supports evidence that brucellosis is coming from elk, not bison, and that having the entire state’s cattle industry suffer because of it wasn’t reasonable. He went on to say that the previously approved joint-agency bison management plan was outdated given the science and current evidence.

Bravo, Governor Schweitzer.

Brown kinda stood there, obviously uneducated beyond talking points which he fumbled through (“hmmm, let’s see, where is it?” – which drew some laughter – “oh – yes, ‘segregate and slaughter’ policy.”) Even more perplexing is that after fumbling through his criticism of the “segregate and slaughter” comment, he went on to champion the two Department of Livestock members who quit because of their support of the “segregate and slaughter” policy. I mean – does Brown even understand what is going on? All it takes is some newspapers…..perhaps the use of any one of the state’s great newspaper’s search engines?

Schweitzer’s work on this issue began when he first took office 4 years ago – and the split-state status has taken hold with the federal government, who are crafting a new plan which will recognize that brucellosis is found in and around the park, and allow cattle ranchers outside of the “hot zone” to be spared the additional expenses of testing and vaccination. This link, here, will take you to the Department of Livestock’s webpage on the new Draft Brucellosis Action Plan. Comment period, btw, has been extended to November 1st, due to high public interest.

In other developments, the state is forming a 7-member brucellosis task force, which is to include 5 citizens, including two ranchers and one rancher/outfitter, along with 2 “wildlife enthusiast, sportsman or conservationists.”

I give the Governor a big kudos for keeping this issue moving along since the massive slaughter and the discovery of the state’s 2nd case of brucellosis, which resulted in the loss of our brucellosis-free classification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He’s openly been critical of a key cause to brucellosis – Wyoming’s elk feedgrounds. That took some political mustering. All in all, there’s been a tremendous amount of work done since June….and hopefully it will have an impact this upcoming winter.

I want to mention here that The Missoula Independent’s Patrick Klemz did a fine piece on the brucellosis issue back in September, even daring to put the picture of an elk on the cover, along with the word “brucellosis” – something few media outlets, whether radio, television or print, have been pretty darn shy about doing. It stands as another fine example of The Indy’s fine, thorough and, well, independent report style.

by Jay Stevens

Whoo-whee! You just can’t make this stuff up!

A 61-year-old Silver Bow County woman got into a tussle with an aggressive deer after it attacked one of her poodles.

Carol Lince says it happened Monday at her home about 35 miles southeast of Butte.

She says she let her three poodles outside, and then heard one “screaming bloody murder.”

She went outside and saw a doe attacking the smallest dog.

Lince kicked at the deer’s hind legs to try to get the animal off her dog.

She says the doe rammed her with its head and pushed her into her fence. Lince started walloping the deer’s head with her fists until it eventually jumped her fence and ran off.

Lince says she sustained bruises where the deer rammed its head into her abdomen.

The dog was pronounced OK by a veterinarian.

by jhwygirl

As reported by Missoulian reporter Chelsie Moy.

Later hours (until 7 p.m.) begin today, and even one Saturday, with hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this upcoming Saturday.

Early voting is returning some crazy numbers, with nearly 1/3 of all currently registered voters having cast their ballots. That is just amazing.

Makes me want to cast my ballot early. I might have done that once…for me, there is something ‘community’ about heading down to the polls and casting that ballot. It’s also a bit of a chore to do it early. For myself, I won’t trust it to the USPS, so I have to hand-deliver my ballot. With the longer hours, I might just have to head on down to the courthouse and help make what is certainly going to be a long night for the county’s election officers that much easier.

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