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Montana should foster local home-grown breweries

  Throughout the 63rd legislative session, members of both parties have touted their efforts to create jobs and strengthen Montana’s economy. Whether it is reducing tax burdens on small business or making new investments in education, there is good news coming out of the legislature. But occasionally ideas emerge that are contrary to the goal…

Stevi substation location not finalized

  For a number of months, NorthWestern Energy has been working to find a suitable location for a new electric substation in the Stevensville area. The substation is intended to help NorthWestern continue to provide reliable electric service to the community and the Bitterroot Valley. We are near our service capacity limits in the area…

Evaluating opinions of Haslip and Keele

I’ve been reading with interest the back and forth letters between Jerry Haslip and Van Keele. Mr. Keele and I have some differing views, but on this one Van nails it, while Jerry’s passionate arguments fall flat. Jerry’s initial letter urged Republicans to “…stand steadfastly against any debt ceiling increase without very significant spending cuts,…

We have a right to know the truth

  I hadn’t realized until I read the Bitterroot Star last week that our commission was protesting the $25 filing fee to object to the Forest Service’s water right applications as a violation of citizens’ rights to participate in government. To quote the Star: “The county claims that to charge a $25 fee to file…

Insuring skateboards not a problem

  As our community continues to move forward on the path of providing a free, public skatepark for the Bitterroot, one of the questions that some are asking is about liability insurance. Getting the park insured isn’t difficult at all, as all the other towns and municipalities in Montana with a skatepark can attest. Most…

Report from Helena – Week 12

  It was an historic day. The voting board showed all green, not a single red, or no, vote. Not even one! As the voting took place, which is just a matter of 10 seconds or less, there was a noticeable amount of glances going from one side of the isle to the other during…

Wednesday, April 3   BPL preschool story time Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, April 3 to enjoy “Ten!” with storyteller Sally Blevins. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free and open…