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Comment Period for Greater Sage-Grouse Scoping Extended by BLM and Forest Service

Posted Date: 
February 7, 2012
Contact: 
Mitch Snow, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are seeking public comment on issues that should be addressed in Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (SEIS’s) that will evaluate and provide greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states.   To address requests for additional time to provide comment, the two agencies have extended the public scoping period an additional 45 days and will continue to accept scoping comments through March 23, 2012.

Conferees Complete Work On FAA Reauthorization Bill

Posted Date: 
February 1, 2012

A final agreement has been reached between the House and Senate for the Airport bill.  The most important part for Montana is that the Essential Air Subsidy will not be phased out, as was being considered.

NACo materials available online for National County Government Month - April

Posted Date: 
January 26, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, jphilipps@naco.org, 202-942-4220

National County Government Month, celebrated each April, provides an outstanding opportunity for you to talk proudly about programs and services that help the residents of your county.

County Funds: Returning Secure Rural Schools Act title III

Posted Date: 
January 26, 2012
Contact: 
Rick Alexander, Secure Rural Schools Act, National Program Manager

New information has been posted on the Secure Rural Schools Act web site about how to return unobligated title III funds to the U.S. Treasury.

Medical Certifications Change for Commercial Drivers

Posted Date: 
January 17, 2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration adopted new regulations requiring state drivers licensing agencies to add medical certification status to a drivers CDL records.

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; Harold Blattie, MACo Executive Director

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.