Month: March 2015

The Three Threats of the CSKT Water Compact

by Dr. Ed Berry The CSKT Water Compact debate includes includes three “threats.” 1. Opponents claim the CSKT “threatens” them. Compact opponents claim the CSKT’s required legal alternative to file 10,000 water rights claims is a “threat.” Compact opponents pound their chests and shout, “No one threatens me! I’ll fight the Injuns in court.” These opponents would stand in …

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JR Iman: Vote for the Compact

by JR Iman, President, Painted Rocks Water Users Association The Bitterroot Valley includes a diverse community of businesses and a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. A fundamental requirement to business success and property values alike is an assurance that core assets are viable and reasonably reliable year after year. For those of us involved in Bitterroot …

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Senator Jackson wants all Montanans to risk their future on his personal opinion

by Dr. Ed Berry There’s the story about two hunters, Fred and Joe, who see a bear running towards them. Joe takes off his boots and ties on his track shoes. Fred says, “Why put on your track shoes? You still can’t outrun that bear.” Joe says, “I don’t have to outrun that bear. I only have …

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Alfred DuMontier: Support the Compact

by Alfred DuMontier, Arlee, Montana Nobody should have to waste their hard earned money on unnecessary and avoidable litigation. Not passing the CSKT Water Compact will make it necessary for water users to appear in court to defend their water rights. This will cost taxpayers millions and individual farmers and ranchers thousands, not to mention the decades …

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Nonconservation of Angular Momentum of a Weight on a String

Several physicists have asked me for a pdf copy of my 1963 publication.  “Nonconversation of Angular Momentum of a Weight on a String“ In addition to the pdf copy, below is a a more readable version because the print on in the pdf is hard to read. In a separate post, I tell you the heretofore …

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Walt Sales: Support the Compact

by Walt Sales, Manhatta​n, ​Montana The future of our water resources hangs in the balance. The decision that legislators make on the CSKT Water Compact will either provide water and property rights certainty or condemn thousands of farmers, ranchers, and irrigators to decades of legal battles and millions of dollars of unnecessary legal costs. Unfortunately, out-of-state activists …

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Take the Politics out of Climate Change

by Dr. Ed Berry, also in Daily Inter Lake, March 22, Page D2 Eric Grimsrud (Inter Lake Mar 17) wrote correctly, Earth’s climate is controlled by three variables: solar radiation, Earth’s reflection (albedo) of solar radiation, and atmospheric greenhouse gases. Everything else Grimsrud wrote you should forget. Grimsrud claimed it is easier to predict long-term …

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Montana and CSKT support Water Compact

Farmers, ranchers, irrigators, and water users from across the Flathead Valley gathered this afternoon to show their support of the CSKT Water Compact. Nearly fifty individuals attended to listen to Governor Bullock’s address to the CSKT Tribal Council on legislative progress, including the status of the CSKT Water Compact. “I’m here simply to show my …

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Rick Hill: CSKT Compact is fiscally responsible

by Rick Hill, Montana Congressman 1997-2001, Candidate for Governor 1012 After extensively reviewing the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai water compact agreement and its related appendices, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for the legislature to approve the water compact negotiated by the state of Montana and the Tribes. There are certain …

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Hertha Lund: Why I support the Compact

by Attorney Hertha Lund, published in Western Ag Reporter on March 12, 2015, PDF here.  There are few rural Montanans who haven’t heard about the CSKT Water Compact. I’m a Montana rancher and lawyer who is working for a group of Montana irrigators. My clients support the Compact and believe its approval is essential to their future …

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Water Compact Decision Tree

by Dr. Ed Berry Compact opponents think, incorrectly, their every complaint against the Compact is a reason to reject the Compact. This is not true. Many complaints against the Compact, even if valid, are not reasons to reject the Compact. To be a reason to reject the Compact, a complaint must relate to the fundamental question: …

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Congressman Ryan Zinke votes NO on Boehner’s cave-in to Obama

by Dr. Ed Berry The Blaze reported 75 US House Republicans (see below for their names) voted with 182 Democrats to pass the US Senate’s “clean” version of the DHS bill without the provision to defund Obama’s unconstitutional immigration plan. The final vote was  257 to 167. The 167 were all Republicans. Montana’s Congressman Ryan Zinke was among them. Now …

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Compact opponents threaten Montana

by Dr. Ed Berry On March 2 in Kalispell, Montana, three Montana Senators – Janna Taylor, Mark Blasdel, and Bob Keenan – and two Montana Representatives – Randy Brodehl and Keith Regier – told us why they oppose the CSKT Water Compact SB 262, but they could not give one valid reason for their opposition. Not attending, wisely …

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Governor Marc Racicot supports Water Compact

by Dr. Ed Berry In a public letter published on March 1, former Montana Governor Marc Racicot announced his support of the CSKT Water Compact. Racicot was Montana’s governor from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was Attorney General. Racicot confirms the wisdom of supporting the Compact. Governor Racicot confirms the critical facts about the Compact that …

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