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 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Guest Opinion: Locking Out All People From Half The Land & Water Forever

President Biden is pursuing a “Half Earth” policy to permanently lock up half of the earth’s land and water against any human use by 2050. Its name “50 x 50” means 50% by 2050. In 2019 the Center for American Progress published an...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    May 25, 2022

Guest Opinion: Paving County Roads And Reducing Taxes

During this primary election season, a promise has been made to pave the county roads (not by any current county commissioner). Along with that are promises to reduce spending and taxes. Do these promises add up? Richland County has about 70 miles...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Guest Opinion: Defending Richland Co. In The State Capital

In this primary election season, critics say we need to stop local government representatives such as the mayor of Sidney and the county commissioners from “running to Helena.” Would this serve the people or neglect our interests? Let’s...

 

Guest Opinion: Would We Defend Our Courthouse From Riots And Firebombing?

We should tolerate firebombing federal courthouses in Portland no more than we would tolerate firebombing the law and justice center in Sidney. Both house our courtrooms. We bring our cases to both places. Remember the irrigation case? It would have...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    July 8, 2020

Richland County Officials Release Statement Regarding Fair Cancellation

The Richland County Commissioners received a recommendation from the County Fair & Rodeo Board to cancel the 2020 fair and rodeo because of coronavirus and COVID-19. The Commissioners gave notice...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    June 3, 2020

Environment Council Puts Rules Limiting Radioactive Waste Back On Track

The Montana Environmental Quality Council has reversed course to let safeguards for disposal of radioactive waste go into effect. The Department of Environmental Quality had proposed rules setting a limit of 50 picocuries per gram for TENORM waste...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    May 27, 2020

Environment Council Puts Rules Limiting Radioactive Waste Back On Track

The Montana Environmental Quality Council has reversed course to let safeguards for disposal of radioactive waste go into effect. The Department of Environmental Quality had proposed rules setting a limit of 50 picocuries per gram for TENORM waste...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    May 20, 2020

Environmental Council Set To Derail Protections Against Radioactive Waste

The Environmental Quality Council has sidetracked six years of citizen work to protect Montana against radioactive waste from out of state. At its April 2020 meeting, the Council voted 10-to-6 to file an informal objection to protective rules propose...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    May 13, 2020

Environmental Council Set To Derail Protections Against Radioactive Waste

The Environmental Quality Council has sidetracked six years of citizen work to protect Montana against radioactive waste from out of state. At its April 2020 meeting, the Council voted 10-to-6 to file an informal objection to protective rules propose...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    April 22, 2020

Commissioners Fight to Keep Safer Radioactive Waste Disposal Rules

For four years, the Board of County Commissioners of Richland County (Duane Mitchell, Loren H. Young, and Shane Gorder) has been in the fight to protect us from the risks of radioactive waste material. The material is called TENORM, an acronym...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    March 4, 2020

Public Comment To MDU And PSC: Talking To Plugged Ears

Large numbers of Richland County people have given public comment about closure of MDU’s Lewis and Clark Station at Sidney. We did this four times to MDU and three times to the Public Service Commission. Richland County Commissioners have filed...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Summary Judgment In Irrigation Case Cause For Celebration With Caution

Federal district court judge Brian Morris issued his summary judgment ruling in the lawsuit that threatened to end irrigation in the lower Yellowstone valley. The ruling is cause for joy and celebration with caution. The ruling is a solid win for our...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    May 2, 2018

Reasons For Both Optimism And Pessimism In Irrigation Hearing

The federal district court in Great Falls heard arguments on motions for summary judgment in the lawsuit by Defenders of Wildlife against our irrigation project. Summary judgment means judgment...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    April 4, 2018

Hearing April 19 Threatens To Terminate Irrigation From Existing Intake Weir

Despite claims to the contrary, the lawsuit against the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project is not a suit only to stop a new weir and fish bypass. It threatens to terminate irrigation from the existing Intake weir. In response to my previous...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    News    April 4, 2018

9th Circuit Reverses Federal District Court Injunction Against Irrigation Project

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed the federal district court in Great Falls in the case by Defenders of Wildlife against the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project. The district court had issued a preliminary injunction...

 

Buffalo Commons by Way of Pallid Sturgeon

Because I grew up as a dry land farmer, when the Buffalo Commons was proposed in 1987, it didn’t take long for me to realize what was really going on. While on one side, it involved repopulating the Great Plains with buffalo, on the other side, it...

 

First Impressions Of Appellate Argument In Irrigation Project Case

The U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the appeal from the federal district court’s preliminary injunction against improvements to the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project on March 5, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Video of the arguments is...

 

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