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Montana’s natural resource jobs depend on rail transportation

  By Mark Lambrecht, Executive Director, Treasure State Resource Industry Association We’ve seen a lot of hand-wringing over coal trains lately.  But frankly, railroads are an essential part of Montana’s growth, more now than probably since the first tracks were laid in the state more than 100 years ago.  Whether coal trains, grain trains, lumber…

Re: Stevi weapons ordinance

  I remember there being some discussion in the past of wanting to put cameras at the park because of crime problems. Now I’m being told I can’t protect myself there? I have had an incident in the past of being at a park in Stevensville with my younger children where I didn’t feel comfortable…

The real challenge

  Considering the strong opposition on the part of some of our politicians to the United Nations Arms Treaty 2013, my dear, sometimes quirky husband was trying to think exactly what it is that makes the United States a special place, and he finally said: Guns. That seemed a little extreme to me, and after…

Bitter salad

  If our five Ravalli County Commissioners stay true to form – tone-deaf to the concerns of the citizens who elected them and fawning on the big-money developers – then the Legacy Ranch sub-division will be a part of our future whether we like it or not. So let’s stop complaining and get on with…

Re: Legacy Ranch

  In response to Mr. Ciliberti’s comment from the letter he wrote, (May 30, 2013). He stated: “Most of the water pumped for domestic (household) usage (90%) will be recycled back into the ground water.” This is from the Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology: The 10% he is referring to is called “consumptive use,”…

Thanks to fire stomper

  Good Samaritan, Donald Slaughter, while riding shotgun in a friend’s truck just south of Lolo last Thursday, spotted an unattended 15-foot by 15-foot fire burning. He jumped from the truck as hundreds of cars passed by. Donald broke out into the “Mexican Hat Dance” and stomped the whole fire out in his tennis shoes!…

On financing education

  My attention was drawn to financing higher education by the Guest Column in the Sunday, June 2, 2013 Missoulian. I would like to add that Montana does a terrible job in financing all education. I have lived in the Bitterroot Valley for almost fifty years and the legislature has never in that time fully…

  Summer camp Tobacco Free Ravalli and Western MT Addiction Services Prevention present the Above the Influence Summer Camp for 6-8 graders. Coming up July 22-24, three fun-filled days devoted to developing your strengths and finding your inspirations. Games, activities, great food, movies and more will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each…