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Questions about dam purchase

  As a customer of NorthWestern Energy, I have paid rather close attention to the proposed purchase by NorthWestern Energy of dams owned by Pennsylvania Power and Light. This proposed sale/purchase between them is subject to review by the Montana Public Service Commission. I have questions concerning this transaction and do not believe its approval…

CSKT Water Compact – we must get it right

  I am seeing letters, opinions and discussions going back and forth on the potential impacts of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact. One of the latest letters implied that although the current agreement may not be acceptable to all and some may be unhappy, the compact may be acceptable enough. This…

We’re being lied to about Obamacare

  We are all being lied to by various radio ads, sound bites and talk show hosts that assume and tell us we all must sign up for Obamacare! The US Code clearly states, from Title 42 – The Public Health and Welfare, Chapter 157 – Qualify, affordable health aare for all Americans, Subchapter VI…

Time to prepare for future disasters

By Suzy Foss, Ravalli County Commissioner, Hamilton Over a week ago I called for a meeting with all of our emergency management partners to start a discussion concerning possibilities the coming spring thaw might bring. We have not had a snow load like this since before the fires of 2000. In 2001 we had several…

Congrats to KECI

Congratulations to the reporters and staff of KECI television for their Sunday night 30 minute segment entitled, Scandal in Ravalli County, dealing with the ongoing County Treasurer debacle. Excellent in depth research and honest reporting of a situation that has consumed the Bitterroot and made the county a laughing stock throughout the state. Yet there…

There but for the grace of God go I

  Celia, your comments and remarks were just slightly overstated and a bit over-the-top. No pun intended, but don’t you think you were putting just a little bit of extra mustard on this particular hotdog of yours? Degradation, and disparagingly denigrating one, is not how you buy your way into another’s good graces, i.e., it’s…

Hiring process

  It seems to me that the election process is flawed. We are hiring these people to serve all the people within the designated political boundaries of their respective districts. In all my years of voting for candidates for office I have never received a complete truthful resume from any candidate. All I have ever…

Janet (Jan) Arlene Ames

  Janet (Jan) Arlene McKenzie Ames, 80, returned to her heavenly home on February 24, 2014 while wintering in St. George, Utah, from her home in Victor, Montana. She was born May 9, 1933 in Burbank, California to Marjorie Evelyn Bond McKenzie and Leslie Henry Franklin McKenzie. She married Jim Bill Ames on November 17,…

Florence fire chief under investigation

  By Michael Howell The Florence Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees has launched an investigation into allegations of mismanagement and possibly criminal actions by past and present employees including current Fire Chief Charlie Lambson. Accusations of mismanagement and possible criminal activity have surfaced and resurfaced at the department over the last few years. The…

Forest Service making headway in protection of Wildland-Urban Interface

  By Michael Howell Acting Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest Dan Ritter gave the Ravalli County Commissioners an update on the agencies activities designed to reduce the fire hazard in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) along the Forest Service boundaries. Ritter said that due to the prevailing winds being almost always from the west, the…