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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fire/ Illegal Fish/ Wild Places/ Health Care/ Drones/ Buffalo

Lost Horse
“The lightning caused Lost Horse fire is located ten miles southwest of Hamilton in the Bitterroot Mountains near Brandy Peak. It was discovered July 25 at approximately 4:00PM. The fire is burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain, near the top of the ridge - making it inaccessible on foot for firefighters and preventing helicopters and rappellers (from helicopters) from being able to safely land and access the fire. Terrain includes steep cliffs, rock outcroppings, screes, and boulder fields with rocks the size of vehicles. Even if firefighters could access the remote location, they cannot dig fire line through rocks weighing several tons.”

FWP Roadside Check Stations Find Illegal Live Fish in Boats
“Watercraft inspection stations at Coram, Ronan and Thompson Falls in northwestern Montana; at Wolf Creek north of Helena; and at Hardin south of Billings have turned up more than 58 live fish in water-filled tanks used on a variety of fishing boats to keep bait and caught fish alive. Fish found being transported on Montana roads in boat "live wells" included yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye.”

Missoulian: Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
There are three types of unmanned aircraft system operations: Civil, Public and Model Aircraft.

HR 5098: Ensuring Medicaid and Medicare Access to Providers Act
“In general.--In the case of any month beginning in 2014 or 2015, the term `applicable large employer' shall not include any employer who is a specified Medicare and Medicaid provider with respect to the calendar year in which such month begins.”

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tax Credit and Immigrants

“Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the child tax credit, to: (1) increase from $110,00 to $150,000 ($75,000 for individual taxpayers and married taxpayers filing separately) the threshold amount applicable to married couples fiing joint tax returns above which such tax credit is reduced, and (2) allow an inflation adjustment to the threshold amounts and the $1,000 credit amount beginning after 2014.”- CRS summery

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bakken Scammer/ CIA Poland

Jonathan Lee Oliver, a 41-year-old Missoula resident, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for diverting money he received from customers in eastern Montana, North Dakota, and other places, and using the money to buy himself a house, several vehicles, two jet skis, a luxury motor home, a diamond engagement ring, and various other items.
In today’s Chamber judgments, which are not final1, the European Court of Human Rights held,
in both cases, that Poland had failed to comply with its obligation under Article 38 of the European
Convention on Human Rights (obligation to furnish all necessary facilities for the effective conduct
of an investigation);
in both cases, that there had been:
a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment) of the
Convention, in both its substantive and procedural aspects;
a violation of Article 5 (right to liberty and security);
a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life);
a violation of Article 13 (right to an effective remedy); and,
a violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair trial).