News From the Front, February 24

Photograph used by permission of the Billings Gazette. Photographed by Casey Page.  Calving season at Castle Mountain Ranch. Thanks to the Gazette and Casey for their help. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”  Plato “You can discover more about a person in an […]

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News From the Front, February 17

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” According to the internet, “Marcus Aurelius, or Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121 AD – 180 AD), was the Roman emperor from 161-180 AD. He is considered the last of the Five Good Emperors. Incredibly enough, he was […]

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News From the Front February 10

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Thomas Jefferson The week according to Jeff…   Dear Readers: President Jefferson gave a number of medals (pictures seen above) to Lewis and Clark as symbols of friendship for their use along the journey out […]

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Steve Hedstrom Reports from NACD Meeting

Greetings to the Conservation Districts of the great State of Montana, It is so good to be home after 6 days in Denver for the 2016 NACD convention. I hope to give all of you at least a short report of some events that occurred this session. The single most important item was election of new […]

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News From the Front 2/3/2017

“A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.” Winston Churchill   The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: Total number of Introduced Bills – 615 Total number of Introduced and Unintroduced […]

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Resolution 16-2 on National Platform

We’ve heard some unofficial news from the National Association of Conservation Districts national meeting. MACD Resolution 16-2 passed out of the legislative committee and will be part of the national association’s platform. Congratulations to Phillips Conservation District!

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News From the Front, January 27

“It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.” Calvin Coolidge The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: Total number of Introduced Bills – 508 Total number of Introduced and Unintroduced Bills – 2558 Those numbers are as of Thursday. That’s a load of bills. You and I could not […]

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News From the Front, January 20

Conservation Districts are all about the future. MACD Board Member Dean Rogge holds SWCDM Associate Director Ann McCauley’s son Beck. I think I know what Beck was doing.   The week according to Jeff “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”  ― Seneca, […]

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News From the Front, January 13

Thomas Francis Meagher* still guards the Capitol under the same moon he saw in the 1860’s.  He was, perhaps, Montana’s ultimate celebrity. See the last page of NFTF for details. The week according to Jeff “I’m not nearly as afraid of Friday the 13th as I am of the people who are afraid of Friday […]

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News From the Front, January 6

Does a healthy European Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia) seen adjacent to the Capitol last September portend a fruitful Session? Maybe, maybe not. We’ve recently seen a lot of white. It’s nice to see something green. The week according to Jeff Dear Readers: “There is nothing wrong in change, if it is in the right direction. […]

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