PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 

Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 

Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Water "Rustling" - New Montana "Crime"?

March 5, 2007

Taking cuts just isn't fair. That's what the farm group Northern Plains Resource Council says about an out-of-state company's request to use two billion gallons of Montana water each year for coal bed methane production, and then sell or ship much of the leftover water to thirsty areas, some in other states. Rosebud Creek rancher Clint McRae says senior water rights holders like him would likely see their wells run dry to benefit the new request. He says letting a private company sell Montana's public water is a dangerous precedent.

"There are places that are really looking for water, such as Denver and Las Vegas. We don't need to be cutting senior water rights holders out of something that's very valuable here so somebody can water in Las Vegas."

Fidelity Exploration and Production Company says shipping the water to areas that need it makes sense. Discharging water after production can damage some Montana lands because of the water's salinity level.

McRae notes the big catch in all of this is that once the out-of-state company has a water right for production, it's permanent. He says that doesn't ring right with many Montanans concerned about long-term use of limited water resources.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MT