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Delicious sights, sounds and turkey in southeastern Montana – May 1, 2014, Missoulian

May 1, 2014
By Greg Tollefson Once again, the last weekend in April found me in the southeast corner of Montana with my pal Homer on a sentimental journey to one of our favorite places on the planet, the Tongue River Valley. We make the long trip ostensibly because it’s wild turkey season, and hunting turkeys is a great way to explore the nooks and crannies of that under appreciated part of the state. This year, we were joined by friend...
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Billings Gazette opinion: Fresh perspective good for Coal Board, state – Aug. 5, 2013

August 5, 2013
For years, some Yellowstone County leaders concerned about access to coal impact funds have asked Montana governors to appoint a county resident to the Coal Board. County Commissioner Bill Kennedy and Rep. Margie MacDonald, D-Billings, were among those who asked Gov. Steve Bullock to appoint the first Yellowstone County resident. “There’s a misguided myth that Yellowstone County is not impacted,” MacDonald said last week. “We’ve always wanted a voice on the Coal Board,” Kennedy said. That concern...
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Editorial: Preserve renewable energy standards – Helena Independent Record, March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013
In 2005, the Montana Legislature had the forethought to pass renewable energy portfolio standards that defined renewable energy and required state utilities to have a portion of their energy portfolio derived from these sources. The legislation started the portfolio requirements at 5 percent, increasing to 15 percent by 2015. Currently, the two largest public utility companies in Montana — NorthWestern Energy and Montana Dakota Utilities already are at or near that 15 percent level. However, since the legislation passed,...
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Billings Gazette opinion: Keep tax credit that spurs wind energy growth – Nov. 25, 2012

November 26, 2012
When businesses harness Montana’s wind energy, private landowners, local and state governments and workers share the benefits. More than a dozen wind farms scattered across Montana have a total electricity generating capacity of 647 megawatts. They represent $1.3 billion in capital investment, creation of 1,319 construction jobs and 86 permanent jobs. Together, they paid $5.4 million in taxes in 2010. By 2018, these same wind farms will be paying $8.9 million in property taxes as abatements expire. Wind...
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Opinion: Enough notice is the law, not an option – Great Falls Tribune, Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012
For a little while Wednesday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission planned at its Thursday meeting to consider an easement to allow the Tongue River Railroad to build across a state-owned Miles City fish hatchery at its Thursday meeting. The Tribune’s John S. Adams inquired about the status of the agreement. After that, the item was pulled from the FWP Commission’s agenda. There is nothing wrong with public entities changing items on their meeting agendas. Sometimes reports...
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Editorial: Train impact study worthy of discussion by Bozeman officials – Bozeman Chronicle, Aug. 9, 2012

August 13, 2012
Bozeman city commissioners may have been a bit too hasty when they opted out of getting involved in a study to determine the effects of increased coal train traffic on cities between eastern Montana coal fields and the West Coast. The issue failed to earn a place on a City Commission meeting agenda when the issue didn’t muster the support of the mayor or at least three of the five commissioners. As a result, the commission will not...
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Tongue River Railroad veers off track – Missoula Independent, June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012
By Matthew Frank South of Miles City, the Tongue River bends through Mark Fix's 9,700-acre ranch. He's trying to stop a coal-hauling railroad from running through it, too. Last week, Fix and other ranchers along the river notched a victory when the federal Surface Transportation Board ruled that the Tongue River Railroad Company must reapply for a permit to carry coal from the isolated Otter Creek tracts in southeastern Montana, a decision that will at least further delay...
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Bozeman Chronicle editorial: Train traffic could have ill effects for Bozeman – April 5, 2012

April 9, 2012
Coal mined from one of the largest coal deposits in the world could more than triple the amount of train traffic that goes through Bozeman in the coming years. Communities in eastern Montana and Wyoming would benefit from a coming coal boom that some see shaping up. Cities on the West Coast and Asian nations would benefit from the bounty of energy that coal would produce. But what would Bozeman get? Instead of the average of 15 trains...
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