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Friday, April 29, 2016

Prison deaths/ National Park Vandalism

Assessing Inmate Cause of Death: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and National Death Index
“Provides a technical review of the coverage and quality of inmate cause of death data collected under BJS's Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP). Records of inmates who died in jail and prison from 2007 to 2010 were matched to the National Death Index (NDI). This report examines match rates, compares underlying cause of death, and assesses sources of disagreement between the DCRP and NDI.”

36 CFR Ch. 1 (7-1-12 Edition) Trespassing, tampering and vandalism

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rock Creek Meadow/ Montana Power Shut-offs

Missoulian: Land deal puts Rock Creek meadow in public hands
LWCF Priority Recreation Access funding used to acquire public access to the Sapphire Mountains
“Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Supervisor Melany Glossa announced the recent acquisition of 800 acres which secures public access to national forest lands and the Sapphire Mountains.  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) was instrumental in working with the Burnett family to obtain an old homestead – Zekes Meadows - and a neighboring section of land in the Rock Creek headwaters.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mountain Water Rates/ Yellowstone Stamp/ Child Protection/ Grizzly No. 211

Missoulian: Yellowstone stamp 1 of 16 honoring National Park Service anniversary 
Postal Service Previews Last of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial
“A stunning photograph of two bison silhouetted in Yellowstone National Park’s winter morning sun was previewed today as the last of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The uniquely designed stamp pane containing all 16 stamp images will be previewed later this week.”

Missoulian: Commission: State child protection agency needs more funding
Protect Montana Kids Initiative
"The initiative includes the creation of the Protect Montana Kids Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the Governor on an evidenced-based, comprehensive set of recommendations to align the Montana Child Protection System with national standards and best practices in the field of child welfare."

Officials Identify Grizzly Killed in November Incident
“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has confirmed that the male grizzly bear shot in late November 2015 was the bear known to researchers as No. 211. No. 211 was killed in the Little Trail Creek drainage north of Gardiner, Montana on the Gallatin National Forest, an event under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
No. 211 was recognizable because of distinctive scars on the right side of his face likely the result of typical fights with other male grizzlies for females during mating season or to claim deer and elk carcasses. No. 211 was known to many photographers and wildlife watchers. For this reason, his life was often documented in the media.

In his prime, No. 211 weighed approximately 600 pounds. At his last capture in 2015, he had lost nearly half of his body weight, weighing in at only 338 pounds. His body condition was probably linked to his advanced age of 25 years. Less than 5 percent of male bears born in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem survive to 25 years.”

Friday, April 22, 2016

Paris Climate Talks/ Earth Day

Missoulian: More than 170 states set to sign landmark climate agreement
'We are in a race against time,' says Ban, as leaders sign landmark Paris climate accord
“As world leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York this morning to officially sign the Paris Agreement on climate change – the landmark accord that sets outs a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous global warming –Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Member States to move quickly to join the accord at the national level so that it can enter into force as early as possible.”

Earth Day