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Outspoken rancher to discuss property rights during weekend rally

Gage Skidmore photo (PARADISE)- It's an appearance expected to sound a note of opposition to public land management policies. 

But a weekend appearance by outspoken Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy could generate more attention because of his controversial past than what could change in the future. 

A federal judge ordered charges dropped against Cliven Bundy on accusations that he federal authorities in a dispute over grazing rights. He'd been in prison for the past couple of years facing charges for the standoff at his Nevada ranch, along with his sons and Ryan Payne of Anaconda.  

Bundy was also a central figure in the armed standoff at an Eastern Oregon wildlife refuge two years ago. 

 The meeting Saturday evening in Paradise in Sanders County is expected to touch on the thorny issue of federal management of public lands. It's being sponsored by the Coalition of Western Property Owners. 

Other speakers include Shawna Cox, who participated in the Malheur standoff and Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder.

The Montana Wilderness Association is criticizing Fielder for aligning herself "with a dangerous fringe group that is violently trying to bring an end to public land ownership." 


Group files suit to force release of documents in public lands dispute

(HELENA)- A government accountability group has filed suit in Helena, accusing Senator Jennifer Fielder of Thompson Falls of breaking the law by not releasing documents explaining her work with a Utah-based public lands group. 

The Campaign for Accountability filed the suit against Fielder and the Montana Legislative Services Division Monday. 

The watchdog group has been pressing for the release of information about Fielder's work as CEO of the American Lands Council for the past year. CfA first sought the records last February, seeking to find out the extent of Fielder's work with the group, which advocates alternative management for public lands. 

The statement on ALC's website says the group seeks a "lawful, peaceful path to better, more accountable management of our public lands and natural resources."

In the suit, CfA maintains Fielder and the state are violating the Montana Open Records Act by not releasing Fielder's emails and other documents.