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Citizens Across Montana Are Angry


By Tim Ravndal (Opinion)

In recent changes with Governor Bullock’s executive order/directive, business owners and families with children continue to lose faith in the public trust.

With hospitals vying for covid funds it is apparent that the priority is health care funding. Insurance companies working from home collecting premium accounts subsidized by federal covid funding continues to take center stage. Enter the mask directive and we see the frustration mounting by the hour. Business profits have tanked and local businesses are closing.

Governor Bullock is sitting on millions of tax dollars that are supposed to be hitting the streets in his viral shutdown.  These funds are supposed to help families and businesses across Montana. Unfortunately, those funds are being doled out to special interest parties with many associations with political campaigning.

Bullock is working from his office campaigning for United States Senate, and the people that are awake can see the truth. Unfortunately, the quest for power is shared throughout the political landscape leaving the people behind.  Most all local government officials are hiding in fear with a hand extended to receive funding from a bankrupt federal government.  Montana Legislators fear losing to tyranny and they too have tuck and run syndrome.

The provisions of the covid directive are crushing businesses.  Families are experiencing major problems to keep the household together resulting in further social decay. If you can relate to this scenario and are fed up with being told that this is no longer America, I urge you to get off the couch and be heard.

An event coming up in Helena on September 11th 2020 will deliver a message of courage.  Citizens are going to stand united to highlight the need to return to a representative form of government.  The event is without a doubt going to light the brushfires in the minds of patriots and give them an action plan to put into effect at home.

Citizens from across Montana will join with friends and neighbors to stand against tyranny. This my friends…is the key to freedom and liberty. Because the mainstream media is only giving the talking points of the medically and socially dependent industries it is imperative that the people of Montana are given a chance to see they are not alone in seeking the truth. 

See you at the Capitol on Patriot Day September 11th 2020

The views, opinions, or positions expressed here by the authors and those providing comments are the recordings of the individual rights of the people.  Some comments, opinions or positions posted here may not agree with Montana Viewpoint. 

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NRA Faces Tyranny

The National Rifle Association takes on Letitla James both individually and in her official capacity as attorney General. (Hereinafter referred to as “James”)

Action has been filed in court on August 6th 2020 demanding a jury trial. The attack by James against NRA is at best a political campaign promise for the office of AG in New York.

When an official uses the office as a foundation for immunity and basks in common deference to actions from that desk there is concern my many.

James calling the NRA a terrorist organization and a criminal enterprise promising legal action against any business that supports NRA including charitable foundations. Judicial threat without evidence further erodes the foundation of due process.

It is apparent that James is following the practice out of New York as her predecessor Eric Schneiderman defied his own political party loyalty and warned the NRA that this was coming.

Back in 2017 Schneiderman clearly stated he was opposed to NRA’s stance on the second amendment. He openly admitted there was political pressure was placed on that office by powerful political interests.

They are still blaming NRA for President Trump’s 2016 victory and have vowed to weaken NRA as a political force in 2020.

With the corruption under the spotlight in New York, James has been under fire with close perceived ties to Cuomo. The New York Times even ran for cover in August 2019 and endorsed James’ opponent in the AG race.

“The New York Democratic Party political machine seeks to harass, defund, and dismantle the NRA because of what it believes and what it says.”

This lawsuit has been filed for declaratory and injunctive relief under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

If a political operative can legislate from the bench or employ a personal objection from that high level political position the citizens rights are lost.

The case filed will move forward with NRA calling for justice on behalf of the members of the organization and the future of America.

The views, opinions, or positions expressed here by the authors and those providing comments are the recordings of the individual rights of the people.  Some comments, opinions or positions posted here may not agree with The Conservative News From Montana.  We will do our best to provide a venue for the people of Montana to have your voices heard.  Social Media, including Facebook may not want your position heard so Please take a moment and consider sharing this article with your friends and family. Thank you.

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Montana Capitol Project Begins Construction

In the 2019 Legislature elected representatives brought forward legislation that would recognize the multiple tribes in front of the Montana Capitol Building.

Heavy Equipment Staged At Capitol Ready To Begin Work

HB524 is a law that was passed in the 2019 Legislative session called the “Tribal Flag Circle”. That legislation revised existing laws providing for the installation of an American Indian Monument. This project will place tribal flags in front of the Montana Capitol.

An advisory committee was established as part of the legislation that was signed by Governor Bullock. The addition of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe was also part of the legislation.

The state of Montana shall erect on the grounds of the capitol complex, in recognition of American Indians’ contributions to this state and nation, either or both of the following: (1) a monument, including specific recognition of the contributions and sacrifices made by Montana’s past, present, and future American Indian war veterans, in consultation with the advisory committee established in 22-2-602;b(2) the flags of the tribes in Montana as authorized by the governor.”

The new law changed Montana statute that provided for “Temporary” display of the Circle of Flags. The proposed project design has not been seen but the Montana department of engineering under the department of administration has approved the project to move forward.

The project manager we spoke with today known as “KC” stated that the project will begin breaking ground on 7-14-2020. The removal of concrete and infrastructure will use care to preserve the granite steps that lead up to the main entrance to the Capitol building. The project will also be faced with the relocation of electrical and plumbing.

KC noted that there are water lines that run close to the Meagher Statute that will be a challenge. The need to preserve the Meagher Statute will be a high priority.

The project was approved with an initial price tag of $644,000.00 that Montana taxpayers will fund expecting completion by mid October 2020.

The top Montana official for the project is Administrator Russ Katherman. His position is Administrator for the Architecture and Engineering division of the Montana Department of Administration. Mr. Katherman was not available for comment at press time.

Diamond Construction of Helena is the primary contractor that was awarded the contract to demo and prepare the site for the new monument.

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Officials Table County Fair

Broadwater County Health Board held their official meeting on June 19th 2020 to discuss health issues the people are facing in the county. The Covid-19 virus is taking headlines across America causing local officials to curtail events based on guidelines established by Montana Governor Steve Bullock.

Commissioner Delger and Commissioner Folkvord both voiced their concerns regarding the request from the fair board to move forward with the annual event.

Sheriff Wynn Meehan brought forward the “Guidelines suggested by the National Rodeo Association. The NRA is advising caution while providing an outline for holding a safe event with a personal responsibility clause in the guideline.

Sheriff Meehan advised the board members that his office is not in a position to infringe on the rights of the citizens. He also said he understands that the need to adjust the planning of the event is in order. Sheriff Meehan repeatedly stated he will not violate constitutional the rights of the citizens.

County Nurse Theresa Munson cited the current covid-19 statistics claiming there is no confirmed cases in Broadwater County but she is very cautious in opening the doors of Broadwater County to the outside.

Broadwater County Health Nurse Theresa Munson

County Health Officer Dr. Campbell stated he is okay with asking citizens if they are feeling alright but putting them on a list is not.

Members of the County Fair Board were present at the meeting hoping to get an official answer. Between the Fair and Rodeo there is planning already committed to, with a substantial funding commitment on the table.

The scheduling of the fair and rodeo are highly dependent upon commitments of entries for both contestants and the public.

The health board not having a concrete plan before them decided to table their decision on the matter. The board agreed to look at already established plans in other counties if possible. It was decided to revisit the issue and make a decision next Friday June 26th 2020.

Members of the health board agreed to a visit to the fair grounds, to get a hands on look at the facility in assessing the ability to comply with the guidelines set for social distancing. Saturday night rodeo is the night where participation will be a difficult challenge to be considered with possible limits on public participation.

The locally sponsored Walleye tournament is also on the table before the health board awaiting approval. The plan for following the covid-19 guidelines is in the process but no decision was made by the health board to proceed.

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Political Fallout

Letter To Editor

Sorry…. Not sorry. Let me start off with this it did not just start three years ago. It’s been going on for years without any consequences for corrupt politicians. I don’t give a crap who this offends but I stand by it.

War is coming! You the Government!! You are all a bunch of cowards! You raised the cost of living so high that both parents are always at work, rather than spending time with their children (single parents stand no chance)😥.

You took God out of schools. Parents were told ‘No you can’t discipline your kids’. Well, now most of those kids are rude and out of control. You shall reap what you sow! We have taken a whole generation and turned them into selfish, entitled brats who have no respect for people, property or authority!

You deem people with terminal illnesses and some with only a few months to live…fit for work!!! You allow our veterans of war to go homeless and hungry but give out millions to foreign aid!!! You save drug addicts over and over again but refuse to give free diabetic supplies to those who need them to stay alive.

You bend over backwards to be politically correct, too scared to say enough is enough, in case you offend someone. You put the retirement age up so people must work until they drop.

You take care of prisoners and give them everything under the sun (food, medical, education, representation, money, rehabilitation) yet you charge the elderly, those that have paid their debt to society and their families, to go broke caring for them either at home or in a nursing home…THINGS NEED TO CHANGE!

Written by Marcy Fortner here in Montana

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Wolves Have No Mercy

By Tim Ravndal

It has been now nearly a quarter century since the Federal Government brought to Montana an invasive species known as the wolf.

Animal Rights Activists took to the streets from New York to Los Angeles with a cry to save the wolves. In that quest, the National Park regulators looked the other way and rubber stamped the plan to re-introduce wolves into Yellowstone National Park

As the plan moved forward, ranchers, farmers, hunters and families across Montana looked at history and called foul to the federal government officials. The quest for responsible wildlife management then came home to rest with Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. (MFWP)

In the next several years, MFWP took the ostrich in the sand approach claiming they had no jurisdiction to intervene in the introduction. In communities across Montana the truth continued to rise in what was being done with still no response from Montana elected officials.

Here we are in 2020 where the species that was introduced into Yellowstone has migrated many miles from the park. They are multiplying at rates that exceed the prey base available and still MFWP sits idly by only looking at selling licenses.

The failure to take an aggressive approach to wolf management has resulted in a catastrophic impact to the economy and the future of wildlife in Montana.

Looking at the species in question, there is documented historical records that show the re-introduction is not the species that existed in the United States when Montana became a territory and later a state. The species now here is a hybrid that has no biological connection to the management of wildlife in Montana.

We now are looking at a new Governor of Montana along with multiple other high level offices that will be filled in November. Will these elected officials protect the rights of the people or will they continue to march down the road of political and social correctness?

If you like deer and elk hunting in Montana and love to stand with ranchers to protect Livestock and private property rights, do not help promote a political agenda that is destined to ruin Montana. In November remember who is going to stand for the people and those who only stand for the system that is working the system for the system.

WHO AND WHAT IS—BLACK LIVES MATTER?

By Paul Valleley

Black Lives Matter might be viewed as a grassroots movement of concerned people gathering together.

Black Lives Matter is a corporation whose real name is Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF). (Yep…it is one of those capitalistic corporations they profess to hate)

The following information is on their web site. It is a nationwide corporation! BLMGNF has chapters in Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Lansing, Long Beach, Memphis, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, South Bend and in Canada in Toronto, Vancouver, and Waterloo. (If you were impressed by how all those recent riots erupted simultaneously from a grassroots movement…well…maybe not so grassroots.)

BLMGNF is a not-for-profit corporation but not tax exempt, so donations are not tax deductible.

Except…if you go to its website and want to donate, you are transferred to ‘ActBlue Charities’ which will take
your donation, give you a tax deduction, and then distribute your donation to BLMGNF. Sort Of.

Who is ActBlue?

Taken directly from ActBlue’s web page, “Our (ActBlue) platform is available to Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and nonprofits that share our values for no cost besides a 3.95% processing fee on donations. And we operate as a conduit, which means donations made through ActBlue to a campaign or organization are considered individual donations.

ActBlue consists of three parts: ActBlue Charities facilitates donations to left-of-center 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Act Blue Civics is its 501(c)(4) affiliate; ActBlue is a 527 Political Action Committee. These three have raised over $5 billion dollars in the sixteen years since it started. If it’s 3.95% transaction fee has been applied to all donations, that equates to over $197 million.

So, ActBlue is a Democratic Party front affiliated with BLMGNF. If only it was that simple and stopped there.

Per Business Insider Australia, “ActBlue…distributes the money raised to Thousand Currents, which is then granted to Black Lives Matter”.

What is Thousand Currents (Formerly International Development Exchange)?
Again, per Business insider Australia, “Thousand Currents” is a 501(3)(c) non-profit that provides grants to organizations that are…developing alternative economic models…”. (Is anarchy now an alternative economic model?)

Thousand Currents essentially acts as a quasi-manager for Black Lives Matter:
‘It provides administrative and back office support, including finance, accounting, grants management, insurance, human resources, legal and compliance,’ (Executive Director Solome) Lemma said”. Finance, insurance, human resources, legal and compliance? It sounds like General Motors!

What is the significance of the above?

Black Lives Matter is not some fly-by-night fad that is going to loot and destroy and then disappear into the ash heap of history. It is a multi corporation, big business which is heavily associated with and supports the Democratic Party and it is here to stay. Arguing whether Black Lives or All Lives Matter is meaningless and distracts us from what it is trying to achieve. It is a left-wing political movement that will have a significant impact on the Democratic Party programs for the foreseeable future

Socialism and Communism are intimately linked to these efforts while the US Constitution and especially the Bill of Rights have no place in their plans. Patrisse Cullors, one of Black Lives Matter’s co-founders is widely reported as saying, “We are trained Marxists”

The president of Greater New York Black Lives Matter said that if the movement fails to achieve meaningful change during nationwide protests, it will “burn down this system.” Not the peaceful change we celebrate under our Constitution but violent change. For those of us who like our Constitution, this is a challenge thrown in our face.

If you have wondered why politicians have danced around criticizing Black Lives Matter, now you know.

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Senator Fielder Runs For Public Service Commission

Opinion By Tim Ravndal

Serving in the Montana Legislature Senator Fielder has made strides with the defense of natural resource management here in Montana. Because there are many factors in natural resources under high levels of input regulated by the Public Service Commission (PSC) she is now taking a run at the PSC to serve the citizens of Montana.

Senator Fielder has been an active participant in the American Lands Council promoting the beneficial use of our natural resources here in Montana.

Protecting the sources of energy and to continue to maintain a voice for the people, Senator Fielder is seeking a chance to serve as a board member of the PSC defending the Constitutional Republic of America.

Her opponent is Moinica Tranel, an advocate of environmentalism and the enhancement of green energy. Her position is backed by environmental groups that oppose natural resource energy like coal.

She acknowledges backing by socialist and environmental organizations and states: “As the mother of three daughters I am deeply invested in the future of our democracy and our planet.”

The District 4 PSC position covers a large portion of Southwest Montana. The candidate that is elected to this position will be charged with representing the people of Montana against many factors and entities seeking control of natural resources and energy development.

The above post is not endorsed by either candidate and is not part of the campaign of either of the candidates. The opinion on this race is shared to distinguish the contrast between eco~extremism and proper resource management for the benefit of the people of Montana.

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Townsend School District Adopts Initial Reopening Plan

The Townsend School District board met Tuesday evening to discuss and adopt an initial plan to open schools in Townsend. Fear brought on by the Covid-19 has most all elected and appointed officials running for cover. In Broadwater county, elected officials have closed doors to distance employees from the potential threat of contact with anyone infected with covid-19.

The board members and school officials all openly acknowledged there is a high level of uncertainty regarding the health and safety in the schools. Both students and faculty, according to the draft plan, will need a substantial amount of intervention to ensure all that can be done in the name of safety.

School Superintendent Eric Wilkerson provided the school board members a summary overview of the draft plan.  the draft plan has been in the works between officials in the school district.  No public meetings were held on the draft plan until the meeting on August 4th in the school community room.

Internal ongoing discussions led to the initial release of the draft plan to the Broadwater Health Board from the contracted county sanitarian moments before that meeting opened last week.  No copies of the draft plan were available for the public.

In the plan, a process to effect safety in the school would be accomplished through a series of adjustments providing for social distancing where feasible. The plan goes on to bring into force the use of face masks on students and staff when social distancing could not be met.

A high level of concern was brought forward by the board regarding the school lunch program.  Traditional food service in the school would be abolished including a ban on students bringing their own food into the school. Service of prepackaged meals wold be handed to students by trained food servers.  The higher grade students leaving the school grounds is also a concern as they will face potential contact with infected individuals.

The cost of implementing the draft plan is under a spend it or lose it. Approximately $250,000.00 was allocated to the school district to adopt and implement the plan. That funding is not part of the “Cares” grant funding that is pending from the federal government. The school district must have that funding invested in the administration of the draft covid-19 plan by December or it would have to be returned.

It was stated that even though the directive from Governor Steve Bullock and recommendations from CDC call for 6 foot spacing, the school has multiple areas that cannot accommodate the 6 foot spacing. Mr. Wilkerson advised the board that the plan would try for a minimum of 3 feet. All areas that could not comply with the distancing would then be under a mask mandate.

The district plan calls for ALL staff, pre-approved visitors, and students wear face coverings (i.e. masks, /face shields) upon entering the building. Masks will be required in any school area where a minimum of 3 feet cannot be maintained., or as directed by the classroom teacher. Face coverings must be dress code appropriate (ie. No advertisements for alcohol or tobacco products, inappropriate language, etc.). Accommodations or exceptions to this requirement will be approved on a case by case basis.

Health Monitoring may subject staff, students and visitors to temperature checks and informal questioning. Staff will be required to sign an acknowledgement at the beginning of the school year that they are personally responsible on a daily basis to monitor health threats from their own exposure and must report any contact with a covid-19 positive individual. Ongoing testing is encouraged for staff and students is by the district plan. 

Rural students depending on busing are encouraged to develop alternate transportation to reduce the risks with bus contamination. The District is working on fogging equipment to treat and clean the buses on a regular basis to reduce the chances of contamination.

The plan goes further regulating traffic in hallways and the use of lockers. Playground physical distancing will be enforced and sanitation of playground equipment will be done on a regular basis. Technically the school will only be opened to students and staff. This lockdown includes family members that will need to be pre-approved to access the school.

In school instruction following the normal school day with approved district curriculum will be available to all students. The district is also offering full time remote learning to students that desire this model of instruction. It was noted at the meeting that students cannot opt in and out of the chosen method within the first 2020 semester.

Students that choose to utilize the remote learning will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities. All school activities under the guidance of Montana High School Association are restricted. All sporting events will have limited viewership and may be canceled if safety guidelines cannot be met. Contact tracing will also be put in place at all events.

The county health board will be in contact with the school district to monitor and direct any adjustment needs to the County Health officer for review. The plan adopted is named the “Initial” reopening plan and may be adjusted as needed as the covid-19 management outline changes.

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Dictator of Stevensville Speaks

By Tim Ravndal ( Opinion)

Mayor Brandon E. Dewey of Stevensville Montana fired off an official directive from his office to the Superintendent of the Stevensville School District Robert Moore and Chairman Greg Trangmoe of the Stevensville School Board.

Covid-19 has provided an open door to the usurpation of power by many officials. Here in the small community of Stevensville, Mayor Dewey appears to have placed the Constitution on the shelf.

The letter showing the officials of the school district his obvious dissent in their decision to not require masks as school reopens this fall.

In his letter he cautions against politicizing and misrepresentation even under the best of intentions. When we look at how the letter provides political doublespeak we find the true purpose of his letter

His talking points refer to Governor Bullock’s directive and he even cites 10-3-305(2), MCA. the language in his letter is divisive and is clearly biased both politically and socially.

“I implore you to immediately reconsider your direction on this matter.” ~ Mayor Dewey

His letter also gives indication that he is going to move with the city council on a mask/face covering throughout the community at their next meeting on August 13th.

If any of the residents of Stevensville have a copy of the Constitution they could give Mr. Dewey he is prime for some good reading.

Separation of power is paramount in a free society and to endorse an unconstitutional act that has no backing of law places that individual in violation of the public trust.

There is no provisions in Montana law that provide for a mandatory enforcement of masks. Unless the area is under quarantine, the provisions of law under title 50 and Title 10 do not apply.

I am not an attorney nor do I play one on the street so Mr. Dewey should consider taking a closer look at his oath of office as an elected official serving the people of Montana.

Tim Ravndal
Townsend Montana

Broadwater County Commissioner Shuts Down Meeting

Governor Steve Bullock in March of 2020 issued an emergency order directive that opened the door to quarantine and isolation in Montana.  The order issued uses Title 50 of Montana law giving executive power over a declaration of an emergency.

In that authority ingress and egress, including the isolation and control measures in part are founded in the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services on down to local government Health Departments.

In executive order, there were exceptions listed but the directive reached into every business, bringing economic doom across Montana.  We have received reports from multiple businesses across Montana, that even after the covid-19 stimulus payments were distributed the economic stability spiraled causing businesses to close their doors.

In Broadwater County, the health board has taken the directive from the governor and modeled it after the demographics and health of the county.  In that adaptation, the County Health Officer Dr. Campbell has attended the meetings to stay apprised of their actions as related to the health issues in the county. Under Montana law Dr. Campbell is the authority in matters of health before the county, but it appears that the decisions are made by the board with the health officer there in name only.

On July 15th 2020, Governor Bullock issued an amendment to the original emergency order. In that amendment the governor extended restrictions across Montana counties that have 4 or more active cases of covid-19.  The amendment provides that these counties are now subject to a new mask requirement.

Broadwater County officials determined that the order was a law and all citizens in a public setting would be required to wear masks.  Even businesses that opposed the original directive and advisory document from Attorney General Tim Fox opposed the new restrictions.

The directive clearly points out the ability of private property owners to protect their rights.  That right is spelled out in the directive and extends to property owners the ability to protect the rights of their customers and the safety of the people of Montana.

However it was soon discovered that the directive placed a burden on local law enforcement further stressing local resources.  Sheriff Wynn Meehan of Broadwater County stated that there was an additional problem with the directive in that he is unaware of any law on the books to effect a violation against any citizen refusing to wear a mask.

On Monday July 20th 2020, Broadwater Commissioners held their first business meeting since the latest directive amendment was issued.  At the beginning of the meeting, Chairman Folkvord provided Broadwater County Attorney Cory Swanson the floor for public comment.

The comments regarding the covid-19 directive from the governor was outlined by Mr. Swanson.  Because the Redoubt News-Montana reporter was at the meeting to record the days decisions on behalf of the people of Broadwater County, his rights were immediately called into question by Mr. Swanson.

Undersheriff Brandon Harris reiterated the call by Mr. Swanson for Mr. Ravndal to put on a mask so the business meeting could continue.  Mr. Ravndal initially declined with a request to hear from the county commissioners on the matter and requested the right to address the commission after hearing from the commissioners.

Commissioner Folkvord asked Mr. Ravndal to put a mask on.  Mr Ravndal attempted to answer with an expectation that he would have the opportunity to raise questions before the board.  Without providing an opportunity for him or any other member of the public to weigh in Mr. Folkvord abruptly closed the meeting.

After the meeting was ended there was a direct discussion between Mr. Ravndal, Mr. Harris and Mr. Swanson outside of the building. In that discussion concerns regarding the authority of the directive over the rights of the citizens was repeatedly brought forward by Mr. Ravndal.

Mr. Ravndal repeatedly advised Mr. Swanson and Mr. Harris that his job is to cover the meetings as an investigative journalist for Redoubt News-Montana and is protected under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Because Mr. Ravndal is also a citizen of Broadwater County Montana he further advised that his rights are not forfeited under either premise.  Mr. Swanson disagreed on multiple points and he purported that attending a meeting both as a citizen and a journalist is improper.

Mr. Ravndal was advised by Mr. Swanson that he could file suit in district court if he disagreed with the order.  Mr. Ravndal responded again with: under what law would the county be specifically citing when depriving the citizens the right to choose to wear or not wear a mask?

The discussion concluded with Mr. Ravndal asking to either be issued a citation for violating law or make arrangements to resolve the grievances brought forward.   After meeting with the County Law Enforcement Mr. Ravndal was advised that the effort to get legal clarification from County Attorney Cory Swanson is in order.

The views, opinions, or positions expressed here by the authors and those providing comments are the recordings of the individual rights of the people.  Some comments, opinions or positions posted here may not agree with The View From Montana.  We will do our best to provide a venue for the people of Montana to have your voices heard.  Social Media, including Facebook may not want your position heard so Please take a moment and consider sharing this article with your friends and family. Thank you.

Gallatin County Officials Called Out By Citizens

On Tuesday morning while the fog was still sleeping in the valley, citizens in Gallatin County were gathering to attend a public meeting regarding the covid-Lockdown.

Healthy By Force

The meeting was scheduled for 7am in one of the largest facilities offside the college campus. In the Commons facility, seating of up to 100 was in line with Governor Bullock’s lockdown order.

As the citizens gathered it was quickly noted that there were not near enough seats spread out for social distancing to accommodate all who were there. The temperature of the citizens began to rise.

The officials with the Health Board including County Commissioner Joe Skinner asked the citizens to comply with the rules set for the meeting.

The citizens refused to comply stating their rights were paramount to any rule that was imposed by the unelected body.

Sheriff Gootkin also at the meeting spoke to the citizens seeking a compromise so that the citizens could have the meeting and present their comments.

Individual Freedom

Wanting to be heard, many citizens continued to call on the officials to open the meeting and hear from everyone.

The citizens were not prepared to compromise their rights so the meeting was postponed until later that afternoon. Citizens at that point came very upset pointing out that the board could not make that change as it is a violation of the Open Meeting Laws of Montana and the Constitution.

Sheriff Gootkin agreed to have the Gallatin County attorney look into the proposed postponement.

Later that afternoon a board announced that due to the meeting law requirements of 48 hour notice, the meeting was rescheduled for 7:00am on Friday July 17th 2020 @ 7:00am.

To add more heat to the already boiling point of the citizens, the meeting for Friday was scheduled to be 100% virtual removing the chance for the citizens to directly engage in the process.

The meeting to determine the official status of Gallatin County position on covid-19 lockdown and the requirement for everyone to wear masks. It was not stated if that requirement includes bank robbers but is purported to be all inclusive.

The views, opinions, or positions expressed here by the authors and those providing comments are the recordings of the individual rights of the people.  Some comments, opinions or positions posted here may not agree with The View From Montana.  We will do our best to provide a venue for the people of Montana to have your voices heard.  Social Media, including Facebook may not want your position heard so Please take a moment and consider sharing this article with your friends and family. Thank you.

Broadwater County Audit Reveals Mistakes

Denning and Downey is an accounting firm located in Kalispell Montana. They have been engaged in performing the annual audit for Broadwater County for multiple years. On June 29th 2020 Angela with Denning and Downey participated in an exit interview with Broadwater County Commissioners.

The audit performed each year, discloses discrepancies in the accounting records. These discrepancies are identified and the county officials are tasked with making the corrections needed to comply with the local government accounting act.

Each year there is a full explanation in a final report from the auditing company for public review. Corrections or actions are documented in the final report where the county officials recognize the discrepancies and make necessary corrections.

Angela had the commissioners refer to the draft audit report on page 69. The 1st exception listed in the audit referenced $385,000 in a depository institution and that amount was not insured or guaranteed if the bank should fail.

Later discussion was about the lack of places to “invest” that amount for more than 0.3% Doug did say he would place a call and ask the amount covered for the county be increased


On page 60 – there was a question about the mills for the permissive health levy that is on the books with the Broadwater County Hospital District. Those funds are under review by the county.


The Public Safety budget was found to b $50,000 over projected budgeting and Search and Rescue department under public safety was $5000 over budget. No remedies for this were discussed in the meeting.


The Canyon Ferry Trust apparently rec’d a donation from a private individual and then transferred that amount to the county. It was advised that this action was not authorized and would need to be corrected.


The audit further found that there are multiple old outstanding warrants “I.e. checks that have never been returned to the accounting department for reconciliation. In cases like this there is a time frame that is followed to resolve these warrants and the Montana Department of Revenue is given a list of the outstanding warrants for publication.

There are questions still regarding the funding process of the Deep Creek process but the audit declared that they left that off the table.

Broadwater County Elected Officials Review Audit

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