January 30, 2017
President Trump’s hiring freeze hits our public lands. January through March is usually peak hiring season for seasonal jobs in our national parks. The nationwide hiring freeze imposed by President Trump is already creating chaos at national parks and forests in Montana, as reported by the Helena Independent Record and Flathead Beacon.
As the Center for Western Priorities told the Beacon, the lack of communication and details surrounding the freeze is “clumsy mismanagement at best and, depending how long this goes on, woefully irresponsible at worst.”
Public lands rally today in Helena
Defenders of public lands will rally at noon today outside the Montana state capitol. Governor Steve Bullock will headline the rally, along with outdoor business leaders and Trout TV host Hlilary Hutcheson.
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Editorial: Congress shouldn’t butcher methane rules
Op-Eds from Nevada to Maine blast attempts to undermine the Antiquities Act
Largest coal factory in the West could close as wind and solar keep growing
Quote of the day
“Ultimately, a healthy democracy depends on science. The pursuit of truth, having an informed citizenry, and the free and open exchange of ideas are all cornerstones of our democracy.”
Photo: Fire fighters at Glacier National Park, Flathead Beacon