I-147: Overturning The Cyanide Ban In Montana (No. 201)

First Aired Thursday, September 16, 2004

Montana Focus kicks off its new season with this look at the bare- knuckles fight over the proposed resumption of cyanide leach mining for gold and silver. I-147 seeks to repeal its predecessor, I-137, which voters passed in 1998. Although supporters of I-147 have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, their initiative is tied up in court. 

EPISODE DETAILS - 1st Segment: Public Service Commissioners Jergeson, Raney, Mood, and Molnar talk about the fact that deregulation is here to stay, but can be modified to provide customers with more choices. One being, a PSC approval for NorthWestern Energy to proceed with a 20 year contract to buy wind powered energy from a 150 megawatt wind turbine farm near Judith Gap. In the legislature, Great Falls Rep. George Golie loses a bid to allow the electric city to create its own utility district. Rep. Alan Olson tried to advance a bill that would have allowed for companies like NorthWestern to generate as well as deliver electrical power to their customers. 2nd Segment: Chuck Johnson, Lee Newspaper Capitol Bureau Chief, looks at the wind farm proposal and the school funding issue facing the 2005 legislature. 3rd Segment: Governor Schweitzer wants to lure Hollywood producers to the Big Sky, but the jury is still out on incentives to keep them from heading across the border to Canada, where it’s cheaper to make movies about Montana. 4th Segment: And, film student Lacy Wittman visits a Jane Fonda workshop aimed at building confidence in young girls.