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Non-renewal of school counselor’s contract draws protest

By Michael Howell Despite an overwhelming turnout in support of Stevensville High School Counselor Stephen Coop, a majority of school board members voted last week to follow the recommendation of school administrators and not renew his contract for the coming year. Coop has served as the high school counselor for the last three years. It…

FWP proposes non-native fish kill above Overwhich Falls

By Michael Howell Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has recently released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review of its proposal to remove non-native and hybridized cutthroat trout from the upper portion of Overwhich Creek and its tributaries in the southwest Bitterroot Valley, above Painted Rocks Dam. According to FWP fisheries biologist Chris Clancy,…

Attorney asks federal court to stop state’s investigation

Robert Myers, attorney and former candidate for Ravalli County District Court Judge, filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Missoula on May 4, asking the court to grant a preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing state law concerning criminal defamation because it is unconstitutional. Myers filed the lawsuit after he was informed that…

FWP explores other sites for Stevi fishing access project

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville received a letter from the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) concerning an assessment of three potential Fishing Access Sites located along the river near the Stevensville bridge. FWP visited the sites on April 26, with FWP construction and maintenance staff and FAS administrators and engineers…

Wildlife victories show how citizens and legislators can work together

By Bill Geer, President, Montana Wildlife Federation   Another acrimonious session of the Montana Legislature has come to end. Montana’s hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts had several successes in this session. We spoke up for wildlife and our outdoor heritage, we reached across political divides, and our elected officials heard us. In a tough…

Troubled by school board’s actions

I attended the SHS board meeting on May 9th. On the agenda was the contract non-renewal of the high school counselor, Mr. Steven Coop. It was standing room only! With many students, faculty, parents and community members standing for over an hour waiting to give testimony and praise for Steven Coop. We listened to each…

Support for Trump

I have noted the letters regarding the choice of a politician. Especially the one from a wife and her veteran husband advocating the continuance of the Obama’s affordable care socialist legislation. Sadly, it is anything but “affordable.” Anytime government does something that private enterprise should do, it does it extremely inefficiently and counterproductively. Remember now,…

Support for Trump

I have noted the letters regarding the choice of a politician. Especially the one from a wife and her veteran husband advocating the continuance of the Obama’s affordable care socialist legislation. Sadly, it is anything but “affordable.” Anytime government does something that private enterprise should do, it does it extremely inefficiently and counterproductively. Remember now,…

Support for Gianforte

It has been very interesting to me to read so many letters in your paper regarding Greg Gianforte written in the negative vein. The bulk of these contain false information spread during the fall election cycle. Isn’t it amazing that lies told often somehow turn into the “truth?” So, let’s correct some! First, (and probably…

Another option

It looks like Montanans have a choice to make for their sole seat in the US House of Representatives on May 25, 2017. One person that shoots at a TV set and the other that shoots at a computer screen. The other choice is, however, to write in your candidate for that office; possibly a…