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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ISIL and Russia

Missoulian: US faces shortcomings in coalition-building for anti-IS war
Department of Defense Press Briefing by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in the Pentagon Briefing Room
“We're at an inflection point right now, an important moment in the fight against ISIL, and we think there is an opportunity to accelerate this campaign and deliver the lasting defeat to ISIL that we and the rest of the coalition feel is not only necessary, but necessary sooner rather than later.”

Monday, February 8, 2016

National Park Budgets/ Teacher's Income

Missoulian: Glacier Park maintenance backlog still growing
National Park Service Budget
“The National Park Service develops a budget each February for the next fiscal year, which starts October 1. Our budget—published in what we call the Green Book—defines our goals and objectives and the funding necessary to accomplish them. The NPS budget is rolled up into the budget for the Department of the Interior and then with the rest of the Executive Branch and submitted to Congress for its review and approval.”

 Occupational Outlook Handbook: Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Flint Water

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 was aware of dangerously high levels of lead in Flint drinking water in April 2015, yet failed to act until January 2016 when they were forced to intervene.

EPA has an obligation to act under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) if the state is not in compliance with national standards of oversight and enforcement of public water systems.”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Zika/ Montana Dairy Fees/ Privatizing Air Traffic Control

Missoulian:  Proposed fees for Montana dairy producers might be more than smaller ones can bear
Notice of Proposed Amendment - Department Fees.
“The Brands Enforcement Division proposes to increase fees to assure fees are commensurate with costs of services as required by 81-1-102(2), MCA. The proposed $150 fee increase on dealer and agent license fees would potentially affect 300 dealers and agents for a cumulative increase of approximately $45,000. The market license fee increase would affect 13 markets for additional revenue of $3,900.  An increase in lifetime horse inspections, implementing a $250 charge for lifetime inspections books provided to approximately 20 qualified deputy local inspectors and implementation a $10 per hundred head of cattle grazing permit would potentially affect approximately 15,000 producers seeking livestock services on approximately 952,000 head of livestock for a cumulative fee of $95,200. The proposed increase will total approximately $144,100 annually, based on these numbers. The dealer and agent fee has not been increased for over ten years; market license fees have not been raised since their inception and in the past the department supplied lifetime horse inspection books free of charge.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Weather and Travel/ Groundhog Predictions/ Drafting Women

Missoulian: Severe driving conditions on I-90 to Lookout Pass
Montana Department of Transportation: Travel Conditions

Missoulian: Pa. groundhog 'Predicts' early spring
Groundhog Day Forecasts and Climate History
“Even though he’s been forecasting since 1887, Phil’s track record for the entire country isn’t perfect. To determine just how accurate he is, we’ve compared U.S. national temperatures with Phil’s forecasts. On average, Phil has gotten it right 40% of the time over the past 10 years.”

Monday, February 1, 2016

African American History Month

“America's greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to expand the reach of freedom to all. For too long, our most basic liberties had been denied to African Americans, and today, we pay tribute to countless good-hearted citizens -- along the Underground Railroad, aboard a bus in Alabama, and all across our country -- who stood up and sat in to help right the wrongs of our past and extend the promise of America to all our people. During National African American History Month, we recognize these champions of justice and the sacrifices they made to bring us to this point, we honor the contributions of African Americans since our country's beginning, and we recommit to reaching for a day when no person is judged by anything but the content of their character.”

African American History Month website
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

MT Supreme Court & Mountain Water/ Migrant Children/ Heir-Tracing Antitrust

Missoulian: Montana Supreme Court to hear Mountain Water arguments at UM
Oral Argument - Supreme Court Case No. DA 15-0375, City of Missoula v. Mountain Water Co., and Employees of Mountain Water Co.
Date     2016/04/22 - 2016/04/22
Time    08:30 AM - 10:10 AM
Location          George Dennison Theater, University of Montana
Contact name   ED SMITH
Contact phone (406) 444-3858
Event type       Standard event

Missoulian: Senate subcommittee examines migrant children abuse
Portman and McCaskill to Hold Hearing on HHS Placement of Migrant Children and Protection Against Human Trafficking
“U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today announced that they will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in SD-342 titled ‘Adequacy of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children from Human Trafficking.’”

Missoulian: Justice Dept. targeting collusion in heir-tracing industry
President of Heir Location Services Provider to Plead Guilty for Agreement Not to Compete
“The owner and President of a Massachusetts-based heir location services provider has agreed to plead guilty to allocating customers with another heir location services firm, the Department of Justice announced today.

Richard A. Blake Jr. will plead guilty to conspiring to eliminate competition in the heir location services industry between 1999 and 2014.  Heir location services firms identify people who may be entitled to an inheritance from the estate of a relative who died without a will.  The heir location services firms then help heirs secure their inheritances in exchange for a contingency fee paid out of the inheritances they are due to receive.”