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Montana Submits Comments on EPA’s Sweeping ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal

House Speaker, agricultural community, counties, homebuilders voice opposition to proposal Yesterday, the Montana Attorney General’s Office submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding proposed rules that would dramatically expand their regulatory authority over all waters in any way connected to navigable waters. “The referenced rule-making proposal…

Attorney General Fox Thanks Legislature for Work on CSKT Water Compact

Today, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox thanked the legislature’s Water Policy Interim Committee for its work on the proposed Water Rights Compact between the State of Montana, the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, and the United States. This afternoon, the committee concluded a two-day work session on the compact. “Members of…

Department of Justice Operation Results in Arrests for Sexual Abuse of Children

Last Friday, agents with the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) arrested two individuals in Glendive for attempting to have sex with a child. Dawson County Attorney Olivia Rieger has charged Steven Cory Unger and John Allyn Parker with one count each of Sexual Abuse of Children. The suspects were arrested after…

Statement Regarding Dismissal of Chessman Reservoir Lawsuit

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox issued the following statement in response to the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to halt a forest-management project around Helena’s Chessman Reservoir. “The dismissal of this lawsuit is good news for the tens of thousands of Montanans who rely on Helena’s fresh water supply. It’s also good news for…

Attorney General’s Office Encourages Public Comments on Community Medical Center’s Proposed Sale

Today, Montana’s Office of Consumer Protection launched an online form where anyone interested in Community Medical Center’s proposed sale can submit comments easily. The form is available at https://dojmt.gov/consumer/for-consumers/cmc-public-comments/. On Tuesday, Community Medical Center of Missoula announced that it had signed an asset purchase agreement with Billings Clinic and Regional Care Hospital Partners. Because the…

Attorney General Fox Appoints New Montana Highway Patrol Chief

Today, Attorney General Tim Fox appointed Lieutenant Colonel Tom Butler as chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. The appointment to chief is accompanied by a promotion to the rank of colonel. Butler, a native of Clancy, is a graduate of Montana State University and has been with the Highway Patrol since 1992. He rose through…