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Joshua L. Hufschmied

Hamilton  -  Joshua L. Hufschmied, 33, has returned home again after a brief sojourn of 33 years and 7 months.  Born in Hamilton on April 24, 1980, Josh will be missed by the very young and the elderly, he loved young children and old timers alike and was ministering to them when he passed.  Multi-talented,…

Verda Mae Rummel

Corvallis – Verda Mae Rummel, 89, of Corvallis, passed away at her home on Friday morning, November 29, 2013, losing her battle with lung cancer. Verda was born in Missoula on November 12, 1924 to Peter and Leona (Kolbeck) Verhonik. She was welcomed by older sisters Bethel and Phyllis. Verda grew up on Brooks Street…

‘Culture clash’ or cultural ignorance?

By Marina Weatherly, Art and Indian Education Specialist in Montana schools, Stevensville The Ravalli County Commissioners invited CSK tribal representatives to discuss transfer of the Medicine Tree site to Federal Trust. They came in good faith – not to seek permission, defend the validity of their culture, history and rights, or to be insulted by…

Hope for Democrats’ demise

  The fiscally irresponsible and disastrous Obamacare law is unraveling. Obama continues to demonstrate that he is deceitful. One wonders when liberals will abandon ship – Obamacare! Conservatives and many Independents never boarded that ship, but now polls show that moderate Independents are jumping ship. Liberals aren’t far behind! Liberal Democrats smell defeat looming in…

Stoltz doesn’t deserve reelection

  Commissioner Ron Stoltz is asking for our vote when he runs for reelection next year, but I don’t think he deserves it and here’s why: He didn’t campaign much during the last election, but when he did he promised jobs. It was a bait and switch pledge, because the first two actions he took…

Totally stunned

  That our Big Sky state refused to provide basic healthcare, for all, feels mean-spirited and uncivilized (Senate Bill 395 went down 51 to 49, against expanded Medicaid). The result keeps low-income folks, anyone making less than $11,490 per year, caught in a downward spiral of poverty. We can’t work because we can’t get treatment….

More county tricks

Wanna know what our Ravalli County Commissioners got up their sleeves now? If you can believe it, they’re plotting to take away our federal public lands—lands you and I hike, fish, hunt, ski, bike, snowmobile, and just plain relax on. This is not a mistruth or exaggeration. If the majority tea party commissioners get their…

Thanks from Operation Christmas Child

  I’m writing to thank Bitterroot Valley and North Fork, ID residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, combined with those of residents in Missoula, Mineral and southern Sanders counties, we were able to collect 6,759 shoeboxes—filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for Operation Christmas…

Tea-soaked bigotry

  Jan Wisniewski’s comments, and the commissioners’ apology for his comments, are irrelevant. What’s relevant are their own comments and behavior, which need a hand-delivered apology from them on their own dime. Racism always rears its ugly head when big money’s involved, and that’s what this is about, just like the tribes’ water compact which…

Thanksgiving reflections

  It’s early Thanksgiving morning; I sit on my couch, coffee in hand, dog sleeping next to me. My thoughts drift to what I’m thankful for. I go through my daily mantra: I’m warm, I’m dry, I’m safe, I have plenty of food, I’m comfortable. But beyond that, what comes to mind today is gratefulness…