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Ranchers strike back at stream access


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Ranchers strike back at stream access

The Associated Press

HELENA — Ranchers unhappy with the state's stream access law are moving a bill through the Legislature that tinkers with irrigation ditch rules despite strong resistance from anglers.

The Republican majority in the House mustered up enough votes Wednesday to endorse the measure 55-44.

The bill opens up an issue decided by the Supreme Court in 2008 declaring that a Bitterroot Valley slough is a public waterway. House Bill 309 supporters say they need to make sure such irrigation ditches are not open to public ac...

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