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Time to create a new high tech vision for our National Forests.

By Margaret Gorski, Stevensville   Senator Daines, you have been in the press a lot lately; 1) on the need for forest management reform to reduce the risk of wildfire and 2) about the High Tech Industry conference you recently held in Missoula. Thank you for promoting a call for action to solve Montana’s problems….

Public lands protections boost local economies

By Drew Callaghan, Missoula   My wife and I recently ventured from our home in Montana on a two-week road trip to the Southwest. The excursion took us deep into Utah’s majestic canyon country and the West’s ongoing clash over our federal public lands, a conflict most recently inflamed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation…

Gianforte, GOP vote to gut Wilderness Act

By George Nickas, Conservation Director, Wilderness Watch, Missoula   One thing most Montanans agree on is we love our nationally acclaimed Wildernesses and don’t want to see them harmed.  Whether we hike, fish, hunt, ride horsepack, or just stand in awe of these wild gems, Montana’s designated Wildernesses are the pride of our state. We…

Wilderness values getting tossed?

By Marilyn Saunders, Board Member, Bitterrooters for Planning   No one is making any more wilderness but our county commissioners must think wilderness is limitless and exploitable based on their recent letter to Sen. Steve Daines.   Last week, commissioners voted unanimously (Commissioner Doug Schallenberger was absent) to send a letter to Sen. Daines supporting…

Data supports opposite decision on Bitterroot Job Service

By State Representative Ed Greef, HD 88, Florence   Sad news for the citizens of Ravalli County as the decision to close the Bitterroot Job Service office would seem to be based on reasons other than the Department of Labor’s data. The data shows an office and county that are contributing substantial revenue to the…

Fires of 2017 a time for change

  Too many Montana citizens are suffering miserably from the numerous fires and toxic smoke created by a broken policy system that allows degradation to the human environment. This lingering smoke emanating from the 2017 epic fire season will have an everlasting negative impact on our lung capacity and will create other permanent harmful effects….

Standing with the facts about the Civil War

By Gary Milner, Corvallis   Dee Gibney’s comments about the Civil War need addressing. She states “… the Civil War was not about slavery, it was about the South gaining more power in Congress…” She also states “… I know my Civil War history better than most people.” That’s probably true and here are facts…

Manage forests for all, not just special interest groups

By Gary Taggart, Hamilton   I have been a resident for over 55 years, worked for the Sula Hot Shots as an international firefighter and was employed at several sawmills in the valley and at Stone Container Pulp Mill in Frenchtown over the years.   When we were logging, these types of fires came in…

Standing with the President

By Elaine Redman, Hamilton   A few weeks ago I saw in the Missoulian the guest column by Marty Essen, “The Cult of Republicanism.” I was so angered by what he had to say I thought about writing a response but was too busy trying to earn a living and I never got around to…

Face facts about state budget

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   As governor of Montana it’s my job to responsibly manage the state through everything from a difficult fire season and the challenges posed by increasing drought conditions to making sure we take advantage of the opportunities presented by our growing outdoor recreation economy. This includes making tough decisions during…