Call to arms: Red Lodge to petition Congress over budget cuts

Congress’s decision to go ahead with $85 billion sequestration cuts will leave the economy of Red Lodge in dire straits when it goes through on March 1 according to town leaders. Yellowstone Park is expected to lose $1.75 million from its annual operating budget which will effect the opening of the Beartooth Highway, a major tourist draw and tourist artery, by a month. Yellowstone Park plows the road from Cooke City to the Wyoming State line without any financial compensation. 

 
Red Lodge Mayor Brian Roat spoke with Park Superintendent Dan Wenk earlier this week and was told by Wenk that “he will do his best” and may be able to cut that opening time “by a couple of weeks.”
 
Chamber of Commerce director Patty Davis said the delay would be a “huge chunk out of our window.”
 
Seventy percent of visitors to Red Lodge go on to visit Yellowstone Park.
 
The City Council and the Chamber of Commerce urge people to contact their local representatives to generate awareness of the impacts of these cuts on Red Lodge and find a way to get money to plow the Beartooth Pass.
 
Please contact the Red Lodge Area Chamber with any questions.
 
To email representatives about this the budget cut:
 
The Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, feedback@ios.doi.gov or send to Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240. Phone (202) 208-3100. 

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
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    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
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    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
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    The Red Lodge Carnegie Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  The library will be open on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25.
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    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.