A proposed ballot initiative in Montana would add one sentence to the state Constitution, "forever" preserving the right of Montana citizens to hunt and fish. However, that right "does not create a right to trespass on private property or diminution of other private rights."
The race is on for retiring Colorado Republican
Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s U.S. Senate seat, and a Republican
beer magnate and Democratic attorney are neck-and-neck — on
spending. Leading up to the August primaries, Pete Coors
had raised $2.17 million and Ken Salazar, $2.9 million.
Most of that money came from outside Colorado, according to the
Boulder Daily Camera. Coors supporters included
the owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball team and the Palms
Casino in Las Vegas, former Vice President Dan Quayle and an
executive from Miller Brewing Company. Salazar received some beer
money, too: Anheuser-Busch pitched $4,000 to his campaign.
Under state law, Oregon currently manages all
its state forests to "maximize permanent value" — and at the
moment, that means selling timber for profit. Now,
Oregonians for a Balanced Tillamook, a coalition of fishermen,
environmentalists and landowners, has sponsored a ballot initiative
that would redefine "value" to include conservation and recreation
values. If passed, Ballot Measure 34 would direct the state Board
of Forestry to balance sustainable timber production with watershed
and wildlife protection.