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Theodora Johnson, WLJ Correspondent

Jul 15, 2016
As Montana’s last and largest Indian water compact chugs toward the finish line, heated debate makes for a wild ride. For over a decade, the compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT or compact) on the Flathead Indian Reservation has been kneaded and pounded by state, tribal, and U.S.

Jun 20, 2016
Domestic sheep have grazed on the Gravelly Landscape of southwestern Montana since the 1860s. But the Gallatin Wildlife Association is suing to get those sheep removed. The group claims that domestic sheep are responsible for disease outbreaks among the bighorn sheep population, introduced to the area by Montana Fish and Wildlife in 2001.

Apr 8, 2016
Federal agencies, California, Oregon, and a corporation owned by Warren Buffet bucked local opposition last Wednesday when they signed two agreements aimed at removing four major dams along the Klamath River. According to local opponents, the finalization of the agreements was premature and excluded input from the public and affected stakeholders.

Apr 1, 2016
On March 11, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly unveiled a policy that will require “effective separation” of domestic sheep and goats from wild sheep across the West. The new guidance is similar to a U.S. Forest Service policy that is currently under litigation by the sheep industry.