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The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.
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Medical Marijuana Tax Revenues Exceed State Projections

The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections. New numbers show that marijuana providers paid a total of $380,000 in taxes in the first quarter of the fiscal year alone.

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Caution: Goats on road.
Sam Manno

For years now I have said jokingly, “a sick goat is a well behaved goat." Well the joke is on me.

To date some of the goats have managed to thwart my attempts to keep them in their pasture and safe.  To them the grass is greener not only on the other side of the fence but especially along the road.

Since they apparently believe, "the grass is greener" and "tastier" on the other side, I installed a sign warning the UPS driver, dog walkers and others passing.

The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.
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The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.

New numbers show that marijuana providers paid a total of $380,000 in taxes in the first quarter of the fiscal year alone.

Montana’s Public Service Commission is holding a public listening session in Havre Monday, October 30.

The regulatory body says it wants to identify opportunities for NorthWestern Energy to improve its incident response and communications with customers in the wake of widespread power outages across the Hi-Line earlier this month.

Glacier National Park Entrance At St. Mary
GlacierNPS

A section of the iconic road that traverses Glacier National Park will re-open Saturday after being closed in late August due to wildfire.

Going-to-the-Sun Road will open to vehicles from West Glacier to Avalanche by noon Saturday. Drivers should expect delays due to road construction. Some hiking trails will be closed at times for maintenance work.

North Fork Flathead River.
U.S. Forest Service

The Flathead National Forest is proposing an increase in fees for renting 12 cabins and lookouts and one campground. The proposal also includes a new fee for one campground.

Almost all of the money would go towards operating and maintaining local cabins and campgrounds. Public Affairs Officer for the forest Janette Turk said the forest needs to increase fees to pay for improvements like roads and daily patrols in campgrounds and new furniture and appliances in the cabins.

U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte says he believes comprehensive tax reform is the best way to help Montanans keep more of their money. The Montana Republican made that remark Friday on the Northern Broadcasting System’s "Voices of Montana" radio program.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Montana is giving the public a yearly review of its work tonight at Helena College. A spokesperson for the Montana VA says there is a shift with the department to be more transparent with its day-to-day operations.

Montana VA Health Care System Director Dr. Kathy Berger will deliver the "State of the Montana VA" address beginning at 5:30 p.m., October 20, at the Helena College Lecture Hall.

Meat processing plant file photo.
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Preliminary plans for the state’s largest slaughterhouse and meat processing plant are being laid in Cascade county.

Friesen Foods, an Alberta, Canada-based company, has purchased 3,018 acres of undeveloped farmland east of Great Falls to build the Madison Food Park complex, which Friesen says will employ 3,000 people and export thousands of tons of meat to consumer markets throughout North America.

Uptown Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

In Butte, the Environmental Protection Agency now says it's going to take a closer look at a neglected part of the big Superfund site there. But work at another remains stalled. Nora Saks got an update on what is and isn't happening with cleaning up in Butte from David McCumber editor of the Montana Standard.

Trapper Peak near Hamilton, Montana.
US Forest Service photo, by Roger Peterson

The Bitterroot National Forest wants to raise the price to use 14 campgrounds and three cabins. The proposed fees would affect campgrounds in the Stevensville, West Fork and Darby/Sula ranger districts including the Charles Waters Campground, the Magruder Ranger’s House and the Como Lake Campground.

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