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Friday, August 4, 2017

Employment Rates, Wildfire Smoke and Health

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary
“Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 336 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 45 areas, and unchanged in 7 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-six areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and two areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 342 metropolitan areas, decreased in 39 areas, and was unchanged in 7 areas. The national unemployment rate in June was 4.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.1 percent a year earlier.”

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fires, Drought, Russia, Selling Endangered Species

Can I sell it?
“Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the legality of selling an item made from an endangered or threatened species in interstate or international commerce may depend on a number of circumstances, including the age and origin of the item and whether the species is native to the United States. The Endangered Species Act is the only Federal wildlife law that addresses the concept of an “antique,” and the statute specifies that such items must be at least 100 years old. “

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Montana Still on Fire

Map of Montana showing air quality.

Liberty Fire
“Today, fire crews will continue to build containment line on the fires east perimeter along the Boles Meadow burn scar using the existing road system. The priority is to keep the fire west of the Boles Meadow scar and away from the communities of Placid Lake. Resources will be focused on the eastern flank while additional containment lines are scouted on the south flank. Containment lines on the north and west flank will be improved and additional contingency lines well be constructed as resources become available.”

Monday, July 31, 2017

Montana Fires, Yellowstone River Irrigation Project, Supreme Court Cases on Young Offenders

 Montana Wildfire Map
Montana Wildfire Map

Sapphire Complex- Lolo National Forest
Sunrise Fire –Lolo National Forest
Lodgepole Complex-Miles City
Montana Department of Revenue
Tax Relief and Assistance for Loss Due to Natural Disaster, Including Fires, Floods and Drought
“The Montana Department of Revenue reminds Montana property owners whose homes or other property are damaged or destroyed during wildfire or other natural disaster that they can apply for property tax assistance. To apply, property owners need to complete Form AB-25. Forest land owners should do Form AB-26.”- State Agency Coordination Center report 7/28/17