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Monthly archive

February, 2017

  • Rod Jensen, Chair of Lower Valley Energy (LVE), which manages Beartooth Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BEC) while BEC searches for another manager, continues to give his unofficial perspective on the future of energy cooperatives. Jensen said he is against subsidies of any kind to members because it creates “a warped market.” He said he...
  • The Joliet J-Hawks conquered all before them to take the 6 B District Trophy in Red Lodge last week. The J-Hawks defeated a feisty Roundup Panthers 47 – 35 after trailing at the half 15-11. This was just the calm before the storm as a pile up of points from the J-Hawks totally stunned the Panthers who were left limping by the end. Everything...
  • Entrepreneur Elon Musk predicts there will be a full home service energy battery invented in 5-10 years. He notes there will be terrific opportunities for utilities but some write about it “terrifying utilities.” We asked Rod Jensen, Board Chair of Lower Valley Electric (LVE), the current management company for local Beartooth electric...
  • The USFS Record of Decisions for the Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management and Nichols Creek Road Reconstruction (GRLA plan) project for the Custer-Gallatin National Forests was recently held up by court injunction due to a lack of consideration of the latest lynx data. Alliance for the Rockies had filed the lawsuit challenging the...
  • To the Editor,   An open letter to Montana’s Congressional Delegation, On Jan. 27 President Trump issued an executive order that suspended entry into the United States by aliens from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. The order also blocked Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until...
  • To the Editor, We are just a few weeks into the Trump administration, but already it has become painfully clear that Senator Steve Daines is a rubber stamp for Donald Trump’s agenda, rather than an independent Senator committed to representing the people of Montana. On 14 significant Senate votes, including 10 for Trump nominees, Daines has...
  • To the Editor, In 2016 I traveled to Dickson, North Dakota for a Department of the Interior hearing concerning preventing the waste of methane from oil and gas drilling on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. An overwhelming number of those who gave testimony were in favor of updating regulations to prevent methane loss when drilling on these...
  • Joy Banchero was born Nov.15, 1929 in Port Angeles, Washington. Joy lived with her Grandparents “The Nansens” until age 9 when she moved to Ballard, Washington to live with her mother Gladys and stepfather Maury Piehl. Joy graduated from Ballard High School in 1947. Joy served in the Marine Corps Reserve during the Korean War. Joy met...
  • Terry A. Riley went on his final trek on earth to his heavenly trek with the Lord on Jan. 23, 2017. Terry was born on April 1, 1943 in Billings, Montana to Jack J. Riley and Mary I.(Rankin) Riley. Terry grew up in Red Lodge, Montana except for a year spent in Geyser when his Uncle unexpectedly passed away. Terry graduated from Red Lodge High...