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Our downtowns… vanishing into ‘the cloud’?

By Michael Howell Small town downtowns have become a thing of the past in many areas of the country where they succumbed to a pattern of traffic-oriented strip mall development along the roads going into and out of the communities. The highly successful 35-year old Main Street America program (http://www.mainstreet.org/) was developed to help these…

Tenley’s wish comes true

By Michael Howell Last Thursday was not exactly an ordinary day at Stevensville Primary School. There were a lot of ‘characters’ around. Mary Poppins was there. She seemed to be in charge. But there were lots of other Disney characters present as well. Even a few Disney Dinosaurs from “Toy Story.” It was in fact,…

High Court to hear arguments in ‘big box’ store permitting case

By Michael Howell Oral arguments before the Montana Supreme Court in the case challenging the waste water discharge permit issued for a large retail store development in the Bitterroot have been set for March 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Helena. The case involves a wastewater discharge permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)…

Tester visits the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Senator Jon Tester took a little time out last Thursday from a conference at the Mansfield Center in Missoula to make a quick visit to the Bitterroot. He showed up to address a fairly large but hastily convened gathering of supporters at the Mine Shaft, a coffee house and café located on…

Support for special congressional election by mail

By Regina Plettenberg, Ravalli County Election Administrator and President of Montana Association of Clerk & Recorders   Many letters and opinions have been written about running the upcoming May 25th Special Congressional Election by mail. I have been running elections for our county for going on 19 years now. When I first started, elections were…

Against HB501

A pro-Israel bill moving through the Montana Legislature (House Bill 501) would ban Montanans from doing business with companies supporting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, which is working to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. House Bill 501’s sponsor, Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen, incorrectly labels the BDS movment as anti-Semitic –…

What about the dams?

I was moved by the letter written by Dallas Erickson (2-22-17) regarding the two dams south of the valley. I would like to see a response in the very near future by the County Commissioners, the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation. The County Commissioners have heard these encouragements to have an…

Save our park!

Springtime is near and soon children and families will be headed to Claudia Driscoll Park to play at Canyon Hideaway, climb on that tank in front of the National Guard Armory Building or listen to a concert at the Band Shell. Everybody loves a great park and we have one right in our town. There…

Fear

The word fear is being used a lot lately in all forms of media and I guess it is time for me to make a contribution. But first I need to set the stage. I am 75 years old, the oldest of three, and was born into a family business of a dance hall and…

It’s good to shake things up

I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but I have to applaud the general shake-up resulting from his election. People, families, cities, states, countries, and even the world needs a good shake-up now and again to help us reassess our values and goals. Generally, I think that rules, regulations, and organizations grow out of perceived…