The Montana Public Service Commission decided, by unanimous vote, to strengthen rather than repeal a PSC rule requiring disclosure of public utility executive salaries. The PSC plans to amend the existing rule to provide a more transparent approach that better reflects state law.
The existing rule was intended to force public disclosure of a utility company's top three executive salaries, but in the commission's view, includes conflicting language that renders the rule ineffective.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced more than $40 million in housing counseling grants to 334 national, regional and local organizations. In Montana, the Montana Board of Housing, a state agency, received $494,339.
The funding is used to subsidize first time home owners in the purchase of housing.
Rural Well-Being in the Prairie Pothole Region: Linking Land-use and Economics
Land-use in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the northern Great Plains has been shifting at an extraordinary rate, including changes in agriculture practices, the recent boom in petroleum production, and rising tourism, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.
A federal judge in Butte rejected a challenge by motorized recreation groups to a U.S. Forest Service plan for Montana's largest national forest, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, that designated 322,000 acres as wilderness.
A coalition of off-road vehicles groups and local county commissioners sued the Forest Service in December 2010 in an effort to overturn the wilderness restrictions as stipulated in a 2009 forest plan revision. The revised plan allowed motorized-vehicle use across some of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest, but imposed new restrictions on areas of the East Pioneers, Lima Peaks, Snowcrest Range and Italian Peaks.
Montana students now have the opportunity to enroll in the first Montana-centered veterinary medicine program being offered in cooperation with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
Students can apply online through Oct. 2. Classes will begin in August 2014.
The Montana Chamber of Commerce released its 2013 Voting Review of the 63rd Legislative Session. The review is the most comprehensive look at the business and economic issues addressed during the 87-day session. Approximately 80 bills are included in the scorecard, which has received national recognition after past sessions.
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