Baucus in Malta Friday

Aaron Flint posted on October 28, 2010 09:01 :: 1616 Views

A group that formed after documents showed plans to create another national monument in Montana is urging wide attendance at a meeting in Malta Friday. 

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) announced the Malta meeting earlier this week where he said he wants to discuss a small business “jobs” bill.  

But The Montana Community Preservation Alliance is urging everyone to take advantage of the opportunity and have their concerns heard on issues they feel are important to them.

The MCPA sent out the below news release: 

Urging everyone to attend the October 29th meeting with Max Baucus in Malta, Montana. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 29th at 11 a.m. at the Tin Cup Bar & Grill.

It is located on the Marian Hills Golf Course at 1652 US Hwy 191 South of Malta, MT.

It is important that everyone attend this meeting to express how the possible Treasured Landscapes National Monument land designation will affect the communities of not just Phillips and Valley Counties, but all of Montana. Max can stop this monument designation if he wants to. If the monument goes through, it’s because Max Baucus didn’t want to stop it.

This will be an opportunity for everyone to ask their questions on many topics. We urge you to attend this meeting and show Max that we are not feeling heard by Washington D.C. including by him.

For more information about this meeting, please contact Tara at  

For folks who will be attending this meeting: you are likely to hear two things.  One, the senator will say that he is against a new monument designation.  Two, he will give you assurances that there are no plans in the works to do so.  What you need to remember: he said both of the above lines the last time leading up to the creation of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.  The folks in Malta need clear answers as to whether Baucus would support the exemption of Montana from the federal Antiquities Act which allows these designations to happen without local approval in the first place.  If he’s opposed to the creation of a monument, then why doesn’t he back that opposition with the full force of law?  Otherwise,  he is merely telling the folks in Malta and Lewistown one thing, while sitting back in Washington, DC and allowing something else to occur.      

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