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Friday, September 1, 2017

Sperry Chalet, Russian Consulates, Harvey Aid


Sperry Chalet, tinted slide, NPS Archive


Missoulian:  Glacier Park's historic Sperry Chalet burns down; overnight burnout on Lolo Peak
Sperry Chalet was lost and the firefighters are safe
“Thursday afternoon at approximately 6:00 pm, the main building at the Sperry Chalet was lost to the Sprague Fire. A highly skilled group of firefighters were staged at the Sperry Chalet over the last week. Those firefighters had an extensive hose lay, sprinkler, and pump system installed to protect all of the structures associated with the Chalet. The high winds experienced Thursday afternoon pushed the fire to the north and east. The firefighters were supported by 4 helicopters and made a valiant stand to save the structure. They were unsuccessful in saving the main Sperry Chalet. The firefighters remain on site, ARE SAFE, and are actively engaged in protecting the remaining structures.”

Historic Lodges and Chalets
“The chalet (was) located near the trail junction to Sperry Glacier. It was built of native stone, which has helped it survive being occasionally pummeled by winter avalanches”.

“In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, we are requiring the Russian Government to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City. These closures will need to be accomplished by September 2.”


“The bill targets critical programs such as aviation security, border and immigration enforcement, customs activities, protection against cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, and efforts to stop the smuggling of drugs and people into the U.S. The legislation also includes $1.6 billion for physical barrier construction along the U.S. southern border.”

Thursday, August 31, 2017

State Budget Cuts, Proposed Tax Cuts

17-7-140. Reduction in spending.
(1) (a) As the chief budget officer of the state, the governor shall ensure that the expenditure of appropriations does not exceed available revenue. Except as provided in subsection (2), in the event of a projected general fund budget deficit, the governor, taking into account the criteria provided in subsection (1)(c), shall direct agencies to reduce spending in an amount that ensures that the projected ending general fund balance for the biennium will be at least:
(i) 3.5% of all general fund appropriations for the biennium prior to October of the year preceding a legislative session;
(ii) 1.875% of all general fund appropriations for the biennium in October of the year preceding a legislative session;
(iii) 1.25% of all general fund appropriations for the biennium in January of the year in which a legislative session is convened; and
(iv) 0.625% of all general fund appropriations for the biennium in March of the year in which a legislative session is convene


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