Both MT House candidates agree: Yellowstone is more valuable than gold

They may not see eye to eye on much, but both candidates for Montana's lone House seat agreed this week: Yellowstone is more valuable than gold.

Emigrant Peak, in Montana's Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone. Both candidates for Montana's lone House seat this week opposed a risky proposed gold mine here, as well as one on Crevice Mountain, a half mile from the park border. (Photo Bill Campbell.)

Emigrant Peak, in Montana's Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone. Both candidates for Montana's lone House seat this week opposed a risky proposed gold mine here, as well as one on Crevice Mountain, a half mile from the park border. (Photo Bill Campbell.)

Both Greg Gianforte (R) and Rob Quist (D) released statements this week aligning themselves with hundreds of local business owners who want to protect their livelihoods from risky gold mines proposed just north of Yellowstone National Park.

"These mines do not have the support of the community," Gianforte said in a statement yesterday. Quist said in a statement Monday: "Our economy and way of life depend on preserving our outdoor heritage."

Those 335+ local business owners that make up the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition released this statement yesterday:

The Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition is thrilled that both candidates for Montana's lone House seat are standing with our community, Senator Tester, and Secretary Zinke, and agreeing: Yellowstone is more valuable than gold. We look forward to working with our next Representative to permanently protect the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

Montana is holding a special election May 25 to fill the House seat left vacant when Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was confirmed Secretary of the Interior. Zinke opposed the mines as House member and continues to do so as Interior Secretary.

Big thanks to all of our electeds, appointeds, and potential electeds for standing with locals against these risky mines. Thank you for agreeing: Yellowstone is more valuable than gold.

-- Joe Josephson, Montana Conservation Associate