I started this website with a very specific purpose; to write to people in southeast Montana about the issues the media wasn’t covering regarding the Tongue River...
It's official. The proposed Tongue River Railroad is done. Today the Surface Transportation Board issued a decision officially ending the Tongue River Railroad. On November 25, 2015,...
By now the demise of the Otter Creek mine is old news. I thought I should write something about it but I didn’t. Talking to a good...
Each sunny day upon my way A goat I pass; He has a beard of silver grey, A bell of brass. And all the while I am in sight He seems to muse, And stares at me with all his might And chews and chews.
Upon the hill so thymy sweet With joy of Spring, He hails me with a tiny bleat Of welcoming. Though half the globe is drenched with blood And cities flare, Contentedly he chews the cud And does not care.
Oh gentle friend, I know not what Your age may be, But of my years I'd give the lot Yet left to me, To chew a thistle and not choke, But bright of eye Gaze at the old world-weary bloke Who hobbles by.
Alas! though bards make verse sublime, And lines to quote, It takes a fool like me to rhyme About a goat.
Once an applicant decides to use a third-party contractor to assist in the preparation of the environmental document, the next step in the process is to select a third-party contractor. SEA maintains a list of approved third-party contractors, comprised of individuals and firms with expertise and experience in environmental review of rail or transportation projects. (10) When an applicant expresses an interest in using a third-party contractor, SEA furnishes the applicant a copy of the third-party contractor list. The applicant indicates which contractor from the list it would prefer to use by formally requesting in writing SEA's approval of that contractor. (11) (SEA means Section of Environmental Analysis)So, in the first scenario, ICF writes something that Arch Coal and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) don't like. Then, the next time Arch Coal and BNSF see ICF International on the list of potential contractors to pick for the development of the EIS for an energy project, they will probably pick a different one. End of story. ICF would lose large industry contracts. The second scenario is that ICF International will say exactly what they state in their white paper. They will say that the global and domestic market for coal is rebounding and will be strong in the future and so the building of the coal ports and the Tongue River Railroad makes sense from a market standpoint. At that point, our agency staff will have to decide if they agree with that analysis. But, as we all know, agencies are underfunded, understaffed and definitely are not experts on global coal markets. So, they will most likely accept the conclusions of ICF. My hope is that the really nice and thoughtful people that I have met from ICF International who are working on the EIS for the Tongue River Railroad take the time and do their research on coal and coal markets and not rely on this 7-page white paper completed by their colleagues. Because if this is the level of analysis that we can expect to get in our EIS, we're all screwed.
"The donor, Norm Asbjornson, represents the spirit of generosity that makes Montana great."Maybe he didn't know that Mr. Asbjornson was the largest donor to WTP or most likely, it's just politics. No permanent friends, no permanent enemies. I'm not naive. I'm not saying that MSU shouldn't have accepted the money or that it shouldn't be celebrated. But what I am saying is that the media should have pointed out Mr. Asbjornson's connection to WTP. The money Asbjornson gave to MSU was generous and important and will impact Montanan's for generations. But he also actively supported an organization that badly damaged Montana's democratic processes and institutions. Those actions will have negative repercussions on Montanans, and arguably will have more impact than his donation to MSU, for generations to come. Just thought someone should point that out. (For more information about WTP and their illegal activities, just go to Frontline and read their great coverage of the group and dark money in politics.)
me falling asleep in front of the wood stove with 4 dogs curled around me and 6 baby goats in a cardboard box next to the stove at 3:00 a.m., on Christmas Eve, in my Carhart bibs.Goat Pimp, a horny goat buck is difficult to control. So here we are, the end of February, Perfecto bred the does when he should have, we are having kids when we planned to, and we are faced with another major winter storm leading us to convert the tack room into a kidding area. But one thing is different this year. Mike is home so if anything goes wrong, he’s the one that has to deal with it.