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Daily Archives: 5:10 pm

Local sample – here’s a sample

By Carlotta Grandstaff Bayonne, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced today that, effective July 4, the state of New Jersey would assume local control of the Statue of Liberty. The iconic emblem of freedom, which has welcomed countless immigrants to American shores, and which has been standing in New York Harbor since the…

No ‘refuge’ for beavers at Lee Metcalf Refuge

By Kimi Smith, Stevensville The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for wildlife. A place to go and enjoy. I walked on Kenai Trail and hoped to see a beaver. They are so neat to see and watch when they have a lodge and kits. Beavers take down trees and use them to…

The brain, ethics and trapping

  In the last ten years more has been learned about the brain and how it functions than in the preceding several centuries. In the 1960’s, neuroscientists were able to divide the brain into three parts. Two of these, the basal ganglia and the limbic system share common structure and functions in all mammals from…

Recreational brutality

    Despite claims to the contrary, trapping is a form of recreation for profit, not wildlife management. Recreation also includes such things as hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, skiing, rafting, etc. Why some individuals consider torturing and maiming animals, then killing them for a few bucks as recreation, is beyond me. I don’t see animal…

Support for local control

  As a citizen of Ravalli County, Montana, I have been fighting government intrusion and non-management of our public lands for 20 years. As a county commissioner I have been denied by USFS forest supervisors and rangers the right provided by the 1976 Federal Land Policy Management Act, the ESA and NEPA to coordinate our…

Energy policy?

  The first time I ran for the legislature, a community leader asked me that question. “What did I feel the Montana state energy policy should be?”  My answer was, “Uh, don’t really know, but I’m sure the rates are too high.” Like me four years ago, most of us probably have not given the…

Another Dust Bowl?

  Added to the direct costs inflicted on us by the inept, realtor-dominated county commissioners there are indirect costs that negatively impact both our fiscal and physical well-being. In about 1999 some of us on the west side engaged a contractor to oil a stretch of our road thereby protecting our health and property from…