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County Leadership Institute Applications

Posted Date: 
January 17, 2012
Contact: 
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

CLI FAQs  |  CLI Nomination Form

The National Association of Counties is accepting nominations for the 2012 County Leadership Institute until Feb 15th.  If any Montana Commissioners are interested in attending, please contact Harold Blattie, MACo Executive Director, no later than Feb 10th. 

Certification of Secure Rural Schools Act Title III Expenditures in 2011--Deadline February 1, 2012

Posted Date: 
January 11, 2012
Contact: 
Rick Alexander, SRS Ntl Program Manager

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 as reauthorized in Public Law 110-343, requires each county that receives funds under Title III of the Act to submit an annual certification that the funds have been expended for the uses authorized under section 302(a) of the Act. 

Office of Surface Mining, Bureau of Land Management Schedule Meetings with Stakeholders on Proposed Consolidation

Posted Date: 
January 6, 2012
Contact: 
Adam Fetcher, DOI; Christopher Holmes, OSM; Jeff Krauss, BLM

WASHINGTON -- The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a series of meetings around the country soliciting input on the proposed consolidation of OSM within BLM.

Forest Service Seeks Nominations for Planning Rule FACA Committee

Posted Date: 
January 5, 2012
Contact: 
Tony Tooke, Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination

Please consider the following opportunity to serve. The Forest Service have reserved a place for an elected county official on the committee. RRY

National Forest Counties & Schools Coalition Winter Udpate

Posted Date: 
December 12, 2011
Contact: 
Bob Douglas, Executive Director, National Forest Counties & Schools Coalition

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year from the Board of Directors and staff of the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition.  At the NFCSC it has been a year of challenges both fiscally and legislatively, but we are still alive and moving forward with our mission.  We have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to in our collective future.

IRS Announces 2012 Standard Mileage Rates, Most Rates Are the Same as in July

Posted Date: 
December 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Federal Agencies Announce Initial Step to Incorporate Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans

Posted Date: 
December 8, 2011
Contact: 
Mitch Snow, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) today announced the initial steps in a formal planning process to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2011

Posted Date: 
December 6, 2011

A Proclamation by the President of the United States

On a serene Sunday morning 70 years ago, the skies above Pearl Harbor were darkened by the bombs of Japanese forces in a surprise attack that tested the resilience of our Armed Forces and the will of our Nation. As explosions sounded and battleships burned, brave service members fought back fiercely with everything they could find. Unbeknownst to these selfless individuals, the sacrifices endured on that infamous day would galvanize America and come to symbolize the mettle of a generation.

Tester and Risch work across party lines to establish equal footing for renewable energy

Posted Date: 
November 1, 2011
Contact: 
Andrea Helling (Tester) 202.228.0371, Kyle Hines (Risch) 202.224-8078

(U.S. SENATE) – With wide-ranging support from sportsmen to local governments, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today introduced a bipartisan bill that streamlines permitting for renewable energy projects on public lands.

Senate Permit Negotiations Break Down

Posted Date: 
October 31, 2011
Contact: 
Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter

Last-minute Senate negotiations to delay court-ordered permits for some pesticide users appear to have broken down at the end of last week, meaning U.S. EPA will have to begin issuing the new permits immediately.