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Broadwater County looking for full time weed & mosquito coordinator

Monday, December 18th, 2017

 

Broadwater County (Townsend) is soliciting qualified applicants for a full time Weed & Mosquito Coordinator for Broadwater County.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture related field is preferred, but not required.  Applicants must also have or be able to acquire, possess and maintain a Montana Pesticide Dealer’s and Regulatory Pesticide Applicator’s License, A Mosquito Abatement License, and A Montana Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Inspector’s License within six (6) months of employment.   Must possess a valid Montana Driver’s License and be physically fit to perform physical duties as they arise.  Applicant must be able to pass a background check.  Starting wage is $18.40-$20.70/hr. DOE. Position has great medical benefits, paid sick and vacation, and retirement benefits.  Applications and job description can be picked up in the Accounting Office of the Broadwater County Courthouse at 515 Broadway, Townsend MT  59644. Applications and job descriptions can also be obtained by sending a request to: mbeebe@co.broadwater.mt.us. All completed applications, electronic and regular, must be received in the Accounting Office by January 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM. A complete job announcement can be found here.


Lewis & Clark County (Helena) is looking for a weed coordinator

Monday, December 18th, 2017

 

Lewis & Clark County (Helena) is looking for a weed coordinator. The job announcement can be found here.


Help Us Fundraise

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

 

You can help us fundraise this season. Learn more here.


Christmas Humor

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

 

A little Christmas humor this season here.


Voting Ballots are due on December 22, 2017

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

 

Voter packets will be mailed out by December 1st and for those with email addresses, the ballots will go out via email on December 1st as well.


61st MWCA Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

This year’s conference will be held in Great Falls, Montana at the Heritage Inn on January 9 – 11, 2018. Registration has begun. If you wish to make your hotel reservation, please contact the Heritage at 406-761-1900 and ask for the MWCA block.

Register online

Hard copy registration form

Agenda

2018 Conference presenters & descriptions

Real Colors Workshop description

Silent auction donation form


DowDuPont and Bayer once again key sponsors for the 61st Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

A big thank you to Trent Brusseau with DowDuPont for sponsoring at the Platinum level, to Mike Bisciglia & Steve Saunders with Bayer Crop Science for sponsoring at the Gold level and to Fred Raish and Chuck Wilcox with Alligare for their Silver level sponsorship. Each of these sponsorships are appreciated beyond measure. We still have coffee break and education speaker sponsorships available. Please see the sponsor form for more information.


New website is coming

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

We are currently in the process of finalizing the new and updated website. The board will decide the final process soon, but we hope to launch a new site on December 1st. We apologize for the delay and assure our members this will be well worth the wait.


MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND PROJECTS 2014–2016

Monday, August 21st, 2017

 

Montana State University: Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service
REPORT FOR THE MONTANA NOXIOUS
WEED TRUST FUND ADVISORY COUNCIL
MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND PROJECTS 2014–2016
JUNE 2017


Bill to fight invasive species scraps boat decals for fishing license increases, bicycle fee

Friday, March 31st, 2017

 

TOM KUGLIN tom.kuglin@helenair.com Mar 30, 2017 Updated 15 hrs ago LINK

HELENA — A bill to fund Montana’s fight against aquatic invasive species now includes increases to the price of fishing licenses and a new fee for out-of-state bicycles, but drops decals for motorized watercraft.

Senate Bill 363 aims to generate $11 million over the next two years to double the number of watercraft inspection stations, check all out-of-state boats and implement mandatory decontamination at Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs, two of the state’s most popular. Mussel larvae were detected at Tiber last year and suspected larvae were discovered at Canyon Ferry.

Once established, mussels clog hydropower, irrigation and water treatment infrastructure. They also filter plankton which sends ripples through the ecosystem impacting fish and other aquatic life.

There is no known means of eradicating mussels once established. The best current measures, experts say, are to prevent their spread through inspection and education.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby, on Thursday apologized to fellow senators for the shape of the bill, which was heavily amended in committee shortly ahead of transmittal deadline.

Vincent introduced multiple amendments on the floor, saying he wanted to do as much work on SB363 before it goes to the House.

The bill came to the floor tapping fees on hydropower, irrigation and both in-state and out-of-state motorboats.

Senators voted to approve Vincent’s amendments to drop fees on irrigation and watercraft in exchange for a $15 bump to nonresident and $2 bump for resident fishing licenses. Successful amendments also included putting sunsets on the funding mechanisms, passing the full burden of hydropower fees onto customers and putting excess revenue into an invasive species trust to fund future work.

Sen. Scott Sales, R-Bozeman, then introduced an amendment to put a $25 fee on out-of-state bicycles. Sales criticized cyclists when speaking on a different bill he called them “rude” and “self-centered” for his perception of their sharing of the road.

Sales told the floor he had heard from cyclists and believed they should have some “skin in the game” as AIS impacts recreation that lures tourists to Montana.

Sen. Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena, questioned the seriousness of the amendment before it passed 26-24.

The amended bill then passed second reading 29-21. In must pass third reading to pass to the House.

Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin