A Remarkable Project

To the Editor:
Regarding the cleanup of the old mine tailings in Cooke City, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Tom Henderson recently said: "The removal of tailings from the impoundment is over 80 percent complete. This upcoming year should see all the mines wastes placed in the repository at the site, and possibly the placement of the final cap over the repository. Reconstruction of Soda Butte Creek and
Miller Creek will occur this year. I expect that the major work at the project will be complete this year,
but expect there will be additional re-vegetation work and final site work will be conducted in 2014. The project work is being done by Knife River." This $20 million project by DEQ would not have occurred without the efforts of Beartooth Alliance, an affiliate of Northern Plains Resource Council, at Cooke City, Montana. The threat of the unattached dam above Cooke City washing out from large snow melt or rainfall into the town will now be eliminated. Also the poor water quality that ran down Soda Butte Creek for years will not continue. The creek will run in its original channel with clean water and good fishing. It has been a truly remarkable project. Thank you Montana DEQ and the Beartooth Alliance.

Sincerely,

Nellie Israel,
NPRC delegate,
former chair of Beartooth Alliance
Joliet

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
    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.
  • Saturday, December 16, 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.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Take a break from your holiday shopping and spend your afternoon playing bingo! Come out, join the fun, and celebrate the holidays on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
    Red Lodge Dance Group looking for new members. Beginners very welcome. Need not be a couple, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at Roosevelt Middle School Cafeteria.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 - 12:00pm
    The Red Lodge Community Blood Drive will be held Dec. 18 at St. Agnes Catholic Church.  Appointments are offered from 12 noon - 5 p.m. and can be made online at www.bloodhero.com. Walk-ins are also accepted if time allows. Contact Christie at (406) 210-8678 for questions or to make an appointment.