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NACo's First Ever Cyber Security Publication is Now Available

Posted Date: 
October 1, 2013

Under the leadership of NACo Immediate Past President Chris Rodgers, NACo continues its commitment to educating, preparing, and connecting county leaders with the tools and resources they need to prevent and mitigate the effects of a cyber-attack.

Congress Approves One-Year Extension of Secure Rural Schools Program

Posted Date: 
September 30, 2013
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Last week the U.S. Congress passed legislation to extend Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding to counties and schools for an additional year (with payments disbursed to counties and schools in January of 2014). The funding was attached to the Helium Stewardship Act (H.R. 527)—which reauthorizes the sale of U.S. Helium reserves—and was approved by a margin of 97-2 in the U.S. Senate and unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives. SRS funding continues to be a top priority for the National Association of Counties.

SRS Deadline Reminder

Posted Date: 
September 10, 2013

County Commissioners & Clerks:  If you have any un-obligated  SRS - Title III money, you MUST obligate it by September 30 or you will be required to return it.  Please click to read more.

Federal Government Reverses Decision on Withholding Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States

Posted Date: 
August 27, 2013
Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director, Attorney General Tim Fox, Montana Department of Justice

Nearly $2.4 million on its way to Montana

(HELENA)—Attorney General Tim Fox announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior has reversed its decision to withhold Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States.  Earlier this month, Attorney General Fox  joined nine other western states protesting the sequestration of state funds under the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA).

National Forest Proposed Action Schedule - 3rd Quarter

Posted Date: 
August 8, 2013

Provided here are the schedules of proposed actions (“SOPA”s) for projects involving National Forests located in Montana, as well as a link to the Forest Service national SOPA page.  The SOPAs are for the current quarter and broken out by Forest.

Reclamation and Development Grants Program Planning Grants Now Available

Posted Date: 
June 20, 2013
Alicia Stickney, Reclamation and Development Grants, Montana DNRC

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is accepting a second round of grant applications to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects. 

Montana to Lose $2.5M in Federal Mineral Payments

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2013

HELENA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting $2.5 million in federal mineral payments to Montana over the next five months.

Dawson County Sheriff Donates Gift to Glendive Medical Center

Posted Date: 
March 11, 2013
Cindy Uken, Health Care Reporter, Billings Gazette

Glendive Medical Center has received a gift of property valued at more than $500,000 from Dawson County Sheriff Craig J. Anderson and his wife, Deb.

Montana Insurance Verification Memo

Posted Date: 
November 7, 2012
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties & Ronda Wiggers, Lobbyist, Montana County Treasurers Association

Intended Audience:  Montana County Commissioners & Treasurers

Many of you are hearing about a presentation to the treasurers by Brenda Nordlund, Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Division, Montana Department of Justice about the new Montana Insurance Verification System (MITVS).

Updated Secure Rural Schools Act FAQs Title I & Title III

Posted Date: 
September 4, 2012
Rick Alexander, Secure Rural Schools Act, National Program Manager

The links contained in this posting contain very valuable information, in particular the allowable uses of Title III County funds.  MACo encourages Commissioners, Clerks, and Sheriffs to read the information on through these links thoroughly to assure your county is in compliance with allowed uses and are following the appropriate processes required.