Survey Shows Majority of Montanans Like Local Control of Public Lands



With federal control of Montana’s public lands growing more contentious due to questionable decisions by the feds, a majority of residents are now looking for an on-site manager.
A recent survey conducted by the University of Montana and Stanford University found that a clear majority of Montana residents now support transferring some public lands, which are controlled by the federal government, to the state. The poll shows that local control is favored by 59 percent of those surveyed.

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Montana 40th Richest State


Montana is the 40th richest state in the nation. It just misses being in the ten poorest, according to the 2016 State Economic Competitiveness Index, recently released. Adjacent to Montana, however, are two of the richest states, North Dakota and Wyoming, ranked 3rd and 4th, respectively.

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Inside the Patch by Dennis Blank, Editor Oil Patch Hotline


As the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation fumbles around with a proposed useless regulation to define 2,320-foot setback between drilling rigs and occupied dwellings, it seems like a useless exercise in futility.
There is hardly a breath of new oil and gas business in the state – clearly measured by the fact that their monthly agenda this month took less than a half hour. Why are these appointed board members wasting time on a rule that has been rejected by state legislators and strongly opposed by industry?

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Grant Supports Rural Healthcare


The Helmsley Charitable Trust announced grant awards designated for training and supporting rural healthcare providers in Montana. The announced funding, coupled with the funds awarded in November totals $42 million provided to rural healthcare facilities and programs.

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Studying Wolf Dialects


A team of researchers from universities around the world, including Montana State University have been studying the dialects in the howling behavior of wolves and other canid species.” A recent report from MSU concludes that howling wolves have dialects, one group from another, as well as across species.

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