Monday, June 30, 2014

Oh what fun! Get to watch grand kids at swim lessons today :)

A precious reminder of why we work so hard to preserve the blessings of Liberty for not only our own, but future generations.

Friday, June 27, 2014

I'll be there! Will you? 8am-4pm Trout Creek, MT

Tri-State Veteran Stand Down To Take Place This Saturday In Trout Creek, MT

Military veterans will gather at the Trout Creek Community Park this coming Saturday for the 3rd annual Tri-State Veteran Stand Down. The Veterans Administration will have a number of people on hand to work with military veterans wanting to learn about health care benefits, or seeking more information on other benefits for which they may qualify.
While this year's attendance is expected to be down from last year, a good turnout is still anticipated. In both 2012 and 2013, the Tri-State Veteran Stand Down was held at the Sanders County Fairgrounds, in Plains, MT. Both years drew more than a thousand veterans and their families from Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington. However, due to a conflict of interest with using the fairgrounds facility, the 2014 event has been moved to Trout Creek, located on Route 200, approximately 20 miles northwest of Thompson Falls.
The late rescheduling of the 2014 stand down and the change to a smaller facility is expected to impact the number of former military attending this year's get together. There will also be less in the way of surplus clothing, sleeping bags, footwear, cold weather gear, and other gear for redistribution, at no charge, to the veterans attending. Still, all making this first stand down in Trout Creek should take home a duffel bag filled with items that can be re-purposed. Local and state food banks will also distribute a truckload of food, plus a free breakfast and lunch will also be served to those who do attend.
Tri-State Veteran Stand Down organizer Billy Hill, of Trout Creek, reminds all vets planning to be at this event on Saturday, June 28, " Be sure to bring your form DD-214, discharge, V.A. or military I.D. - you'll need the identification to qualify !"
Hill hopes to make Trout Creek the permanent home for this annual event. This year's stand down has been scaled back somewhat to insure that it runs smoothly, and that every military veteran attending receives proper attention and assistance. Whether the event can be held in this small rural community, and returned to full scale in 2015, depends largely on the success of the one-day stand down this Saturday.
Hill says, "Volunteer help is always appreciated."
The 2014 Tri-State Veteran Stand Down will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fwd: First fruit...

First fruit...

Sure was good to get a snack from our garden today :)Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Northern Ag Network reports on Transfer of Public Lands

MT GOP: Transfer Federal Lands to the State::

"Reducing catastrophic wildfire conditions, protecting multiple use access, restoring healthy forests and range lands, and increasing economic productivity are among the top priorities identified in the resolution which requests elected officials begin planning for an orderly transfer to state ownership along with development of a management plan that better reflects Montana values."

Washington’s Militarized Land-Grabs Targeting the Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota

| Global Research::

"“The difference between this situation and the Bundy Ranch conflict? It will be the first time in the history of our Country that the Cowboys and Indians pose a united front against a federal government that is used to winning battles by first dividing and then conquering.”"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

That Scientific Global Warming Consensus...Not!


"Since 1998, more than 31,000 American scientists from diverse climate-related disciplines, including more than 9,000 with Ph.D.s, have signed a public petition announcing their belief that"…there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” Included are atmospheric physicists, botanists, geologists, oceanographers, and meteorologists."

Monday, June 23, 2014

MTGOP unanimously supports transfer of public lands

Billings, MT – A resolution in support of granting federally managed public lands to the state met with overwhelming approval at this year’s MTGOP state convention, June 19-21 in Billings, MT.

After hearing the legal, environmental, and economic facets of transferring federally managed public lands to state-based ownership, hundreds of Republicans from throughout Montana voted unanimously in favor of shifting public land management away from Washington DC control.

Reducing catastrophic wildfire conditions, protecting multiple use access, restoring healthy forests and range lands, and increasing economic productivity are among the top priorities identified in the resolution which requests elected officials begin planning for an orderly transfer to state ownership along with development of a management plan that better reflects Montana values.

Dissatisfaction with federal bureaucracy has been brewing across the west for years, but the movement to transfer ownership and management responsibilities to the states gained serious momentum after Utah passed a Transfer of Public Lands Act in 2012. Numerous non-partisan organizations around the West and the nation, like National Association of Counties and the American Farm Bureau, have adopted resolutions supporting the transfer of public lands to willing western states.

With strong bi-partisan support, Montana’s 2013 legislature ranked federal public land management as the state’s number two overall study priority. Senator Jennifer Fielder, R - Thompson Falls was appointed to head up the bi-partisan legislative working group tasked with identifying problems and exploring solutions.
"The legislature has considered a lot of ideas on how to correct the serious problems resulting from a failing federal land management model.” Fielder said."Transferring federally controlled public lands to state based management is the topic that has attracted the most attention. It makes sense that the public lands in Montana should be managed by Montanans because we are the ones directly affected by these decisions. Those of us who have done our homework on the transfer of public lands proposition realize it is legal and economically feasible, it’s been done in other states, and it’s really the only way to avoid further subjecting Montana to the continuing onslaught of dysfunctional federal land management policies. It is simply a matter of presenting the facts and amassing the political courage necessary to manage these lands more responsibly.”

Earlier this year lawmakers from throughout the west gathered at the Utah state capitol to discuss land transfer logistics. Fielder says it’s a big idea that is hard for some people to grasp at first. But careful review of the evidence indicates transferring federally managed public lands to the states would be highly beneficial to Montana and the nation as a whole. "The reasoning described in the MTGOP resolution sums this issue up very well. I encourage everyone to read it and join us in this inspiring movement toward more sensible governance.”
"One thing that has become clear through this process is we are not alone. Numerous communities, public land users, sportsmen, cattlemen, and industries throughout western America are suffering from unacceptable levels of access restrictions, economic depression, catastrophic wildfire conditions, and declining -- but preventable -- forest and range land health. Many states are working toward increasing local control.” Fielder noted."Washington DC’s priorities just don’t align with the realities of the west. We can and must do better.”

Comprehensive information about Transfer of Public Lands is available at The Montana Republican Party's resolution of support can be viewed here:

Ken Ivory tried the traditional route of educating him, but I thought Seal Commander Ryan Zinke needed a little harder nudge toward transferpubliclands

All in all, we had a great convention for TPL at MTGOP Convention June 19-21, and a good visit with the Republican nominee for Congress - Ryan Zinke - who spent a lot of time talking with Rep Ken Ivory and learning all about the background for Transfer of Public Lands.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Garden is all set for summer!

It looks like dirt, but soon it will be pumpkins, squash, melons, berries, onions, potatoes, broccoli, beats, carrots, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, garlic, and herbs