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Monthly Archives: March 2013

History of animal control in county

  Animal Protection and Control is once again in the headlines since the Commissioners are proposing another dog ordinance. There have been several misstatements and misconceptions I would like to correct. Following is a short history of animal control in the Bitterroot Valley since late 1990′s. In fall of 2000, the Right to Farm group…

Sympathy over school closure

  This letter is especially for the Grantsdale students, faculty and parents. Growing up in rural Nebraska, I attended a two-room school with a total of 32 students. We were only three miles from town, but at that time (1960′s and into the 1970′s) there were numerous country K-8 schools that were close to town….

Debate continues

  I want to thank Jerry Haslip for his predictable responses to my letters regarding economic policies. I was especially encouraged that Jerry disputed very little. When he did, he provided no objective counterargument, only opinion. 1. I said government had shrunk under Obama in context of government workforce. Jerry says: “flat out false.” The…

County mistaken on water rights

  Ideology trumps facts in Commissioner Suzy Foss’ letter to the editor regarding the Forest Service application for in-stream water rights. Facts: The State controls water in Montana. The State legislated a process for the USFS to protect water on USFS managed public land by applying to the State for ‘in-stream’ water rights. There would…

Boxing event shameful

According to an ad and article in a local newspaper, there is a new way to make a sport more attractive so it will have a greater attendance. I hope the schools don’t pick up on this! The Eagles Boxing Club had beer and wine available for the adults at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds at…

PSC planning to curtail public’s right to know

  Every Montanan knows the experience of opening the utility bill and wondering how the rates were decided. Paying those bills is a challenge for many Montana families. To insure the fairness of rates, Montanans elect the Public Service Commissioners, charged with reviewing submissions from utilities and arriving at rate decisions that allow a fair…

Thank you, Ms. Foss

  I’d like to thank Commissioner Foss for coming up with a label I can finally live with. After decades of living and working in Montana, Idaho and Washington, working in the fishing industry, the logging industry, having my own nursery and restoration business, searching for my true identity, I’ve tripped over a lot of…

Report from Helena – Week 10

  The grain bin has been raided. The previous governor was fond of saying how good a job Montana did budgeting its money and always making sure we had grain in the bin. What the 63rd legislature has discovered is that upon opening the bin there is some missing grain. It has taken a few…

Re: Legacy Ranch subdivision proposal

  One of our own, Donald Morton of Victor, has reinvigorated a subdivision application that was first filed in 2006. The application for Legacy Ranch covers 395 acres between Stevensville and Florence, bordered on the west by Eastside Highway and directly across from the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. When fully built, it will have 619…

Remembering Senator Lee Metcalf

  By Evan D. Barrett, Director of Business & Community Outreach, Highlands College of Montana Tech Political anniversaries – it’s been 50 years since the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Had a Dream” speech; 45 years since both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated; 45 years since the riots in…