HELENA, Mont. -

The head of the Montana Mining Association is suggesting members punish a Bozeman outfitter for an article about a mining development planned by a company for which she lobbies.
    
MMA interim executive director Tammy Johnson wrote in a May 2 memo that a Field and Stream article makes "outlandish claims" about the proposed copper mine near White Sulphur Springs.
    
The article's author is former Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures employee Sarah Grigg. She quotes Trout Unlimited's conservation director as saying the Tintina Resources project would be a big deal for recreationists and agriculture if it dewaters the Smith River.
    
Johnson writes MMA members should consider outfitters other than Yellow Dog in response to the article.
    
Johnson says the memo is not reflective of her role as a lobbyist for Tintina.