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Re: “Here's what Ryan Zinke committed to at his confirmation hearing

I continue to believe that being against the transfer or sale of federal public lands might be the lowest of low bar to hope that Zinke would step over. Hard to tell what his position on the matter really is, especially in the context that Trump is establishing the most anti-public lands, anti-environmental administration in history. The Trump Administration is essentially going to be a government for and by Big Oil, and Zinke will fit right in, especially considering he raked in $350,000 in oil, gas and fracking campaign contributions in just a couple of years.

Has anyone ever heard Ryan Zinke speak in favor of the Endangered Species Act? Has he ever once voted to better fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is charged with overseeing ESA issue? Has he voted many times to gut the ESA? Yes.

It's not like Zinke's 3% VOTING record with the League of Conservation voters came out of thin air. And it's not like LCV is some far left group, they are pretty mainstream. Also, he earned an "F" 9% rating from the National Parks Conservation Association, again, a very middle-of-the road group. These voting records were earned based on actual votes, not on some rhetoric or statement.

Oh, yes, but Zinke really likes Teddy Roosevelt. He brought up Teddy at least as many times during his hearing as he brought up being a former Navy Seal. I saw a blog post yesterday in which someone said that if you look honestly at Zinke's real voting record on the 'conservation spectrum' you will find that he is much more closely aligned with someone like Rob Bishop then he's aligned with Teddy Roosevelt.

Groups such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (both of whom get Trump money and have, perhaps as a result, seen huge increases in their budgets the past few years) would do well to stop pushing this "Zinke is Teddy reincarnated" BS and be more truthful and straightforward with the American people.

America's public lands, wildlife and wilderness legacy is at threat folks, and if anyone thinks Zinke, and his future boss President Trump, are going to protect (rather than exploit) that legacy is just being delusional.

Here's another good read about the hearing that Indy readers may be interested in.

Media normalizes climate science denial of Trump nominee for Interior Secretary

Now youre a hero if you dont imply that the worlds top scientists and governments are conspiring to deceive everyone

SOURCE: https://thinkprogress.org/media-normalizes…

Posted by Matthew Koehler on 01/19/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Obama should close the McKittrick loophole

Oh my God it had a radio collar? Such damning evidence, I'm sure 99 out of 100 Americans can pick out a radio collar at 200 yards, so yes lock them all up!!

especially lock up that dude who shoots a wolf that is in the location of his recently killed livestock, that rancher must be the most evil person I've ever met. A true drain on society, raising grass that converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, and providing you beef.

The #$%@ out of here with your California bull $#!t.

Posted by Rj Dieken on 01/19/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Student retention: UM's other (other) problem

People in Missoula have known about the Admin problems at the U for years now. Will we finally do something about it?

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 01/19/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Youth Dynamics expands teen addiction treatment to Missoula

We've got to get this country off of opium.The drug companies are getting us hooked. When the doctors realize this, they abandon us. Then we head to the street for the cheap stuff.

Most of it's coming from Afghanistan. We need to get our military out of that country. Then we need to clean up the corruption in Congress and turn that body's attention to Big Pharma and the evils they perpetrate against us.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 01/19/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Obama should close the McKittrick loophole

are you aware that Eagles are often killed by these wind mill electrical generation sites? along with many other bird species? the DOE and USFW allowed a certain number to be killed, since it was inevitable that such happenings occur. However the government revised that allowable number to be Doubled- yes doubled, before punitive action results. Why are you not concerned with the Eagle deaths but yet are worried about wolves?

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Posted by Paul Middleton on 01/19/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Hey Betsy DeVos, you don't need a gun to get a bear out of your school—just ask Bozeman

a Black bear and a grizzly bear are two different animals.. Do some research before you write a dumb article. In the north east we have had just one black bear attack and it was back in 1960 s.. If you even get a glimpse of a black bear consider yourself lucky.

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Posted by Bob on 01/19/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Masters of their universe

Randy is a much appreciated model builder and manufacturer. Quality workmanship, modestly priced and devoted to making his customer happy. Thanks to the Missoula News for not painting model builders as nut cases interested in crashing toy trains. That stereotype image is very old. This is the world's greatest hobby. And building structures is my primary interest and has been for over 70 years.

Posted by Darryl Huffman on 01/19/2017 at 6:04 AM

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