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Fired road supervisor’s grievance denied

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners denied a grievance request from former Road and Bridge Department Supervisor David Ohnstad. Ohnstad asked the commissioners to reconsider his termination and reinstate him as supervisor. Ohnstad was terminated for allegedly making false statements concerning culverts on the Upper Woodchuck Road paving project. He was also accused of…

Planning board gives thumbs down to prayer at meetings

By Michael Howell At its last meeting on Wednesday, March 7, the Ravalli County Planning Board discussed the possibility of scheduling a prayer as part of the regularly scheduled items at the beginning of each meeting. Planning Department Manager Terry Nelson, who had the item placed on the agenda, said, “The last meeting there was…

Real reason for higher gas prices

Gas prices are rising at the pump and becoming the center of our national focus. Who gets credit for this unwelcome news? Suspects include Iran, the Straits of Hormuz, and of course the oil companies, flush with their billions in profits. But we need look no further than recently occupied Wall Street for the prime…

Reasons to abolish death penalty

I am moved by Warren ‘Dite’ Little’s letter in the Missoulian, March 12, 2012. As a parent who has had her own son die before his time, I share some of the devastation he lives with. I also appreciate the long years he has been involved with this issue in various ways. But I do…

Refreshing facts about Obama

I’m a natural skeptic. Always have been. As a child of the Depression and now a great grandmother, I’ve always been one to question and demand facts when things seem screwy. So imagine my initial shock, followed by escalating skepticism, when I was told that there were fewer nonmilitary federal employees now under President Obama…

My ten reasons to re-elect Pres. Obama

1. Character – Pres. Obama is a statesman, reasoned, mature, optimistic, morally responsible, doesn’t kneejerk or saber-rattle, unflappable in the face of crisis, unfair slurs, and a deadlocked Congress. 2.  The economy – Dow Jones is at 98% of its pre-recession high, unemployment has fallen for 11 months, 4 million jobs have been created, and…

False claims

Montana State Senator Bruce Tutvedt of Kalispell should stand up for the truth, not right wing blather. I fear he was intentionally misleading in his Ravalli Republic letter on 3/11/12. As a public servant he’s doing a disservice to Montanans, and should personally correct his erroneous statement regarding the South Carolina Boeing plant. In his…

Thanks to River’s Mist

  The Stevensville High School Art program would like to publicly acknowledge the River’s Mist Gallery in Stevensville, owned by Gretchen Spiess. Gretchen donated her gallery for the month of March for a high school art student exhibit. There were more than 40 works by students. Gretchen threw a reception for the students on First…

Regs provide essential protection for small business

By Brian McGregor, owner, Silver Dollar Saloon, Butte A guy walks into a bar and says, “ouch.” Now, you might be thinking that’s a really bad one-liner.  Actually, I was just recounting the start of my day. I walk into the Silver Dollar Saloon – the bar I own in Butte – every day, and…

Diaper drive In a neighbor helping neighbor effort, First Baptist Church in Stevensville is collecting diapers and wipes for those in need. Drop off your donations at First Baptist Church office, located just south of 402 Church Street in Stevensville, during the month of March. Diapers and wipes will be distributed by Pantry Partners after…