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Rural electric co-ops should embrace new carbon reduction rules

By Roy O’Connor, Missoula Electric Co-op & Fergus Electric Co-op, Dan Vermillion, Park Electric Co-op, Tim Crawford, Fergus Electric Co-op, Mark Fix, Tongue River Electric Co-op, Robin Tawney Nichols, Missoula Electric Co-op, Richard Espenscheid, Beartooth Electric Co-op, Steve Thompson, Flathead Electric Co-op, Jan Metzmaker, Flathead Electric Co-op We are members of Montana’s rural electric co-ops….

Think about what you buy

By Mary Fahnestock-Thomas, Hamilton So – some people in the Valley would really like to have a big box store come in to provide jobs and to make it no longer necessary to drive to Missoula to get cheaply the kind of stuff available at, well, Walmart. And other people in the Valley believe it…

BRID wants what’s best for water users

By Elaine Culletto, Office Manager, Bitter Root Irrigation District The Bitter Root Irrigation District services 16,665 irrigated acres along a 72-mile stretch from Lake Como to the Eagle Watch area. The district’s Board of Commissioners are elected officials who take an oath of office to follow Montana State Code Law. Montana water law is recorded…

Keep Walmart out of the Bitterroot

By Carla McDonald, Stevensville I was hired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the Main Street Manager for Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in particular to keep Wal-mart from coming in in the late ’80’s. Their business practices have caused a Blue-Ribbon committee to keep them from taking over small town areas such as ours….

Considering Eastside Hwy improvements

By Margaret Gorski, Stevensville   Last Tuesday I attended the open house on the proposed improvements to the Eastside Highway (Secondary 203) from Florence to Stevensville. If you have not heard of this project, now is the time to study it and give the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) your comments. The MDT’s opening proposal…

Open primaries are the Montana way

By Jim Shockley, Victor A few Republican Central Committees have sued the state asking that the Republican primary be closed to all but registered Republicans. The suit is based on the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; i.e., the right to freely associate. How freer can association be than when anyone can participate in our…

Rationale for Fairgrounds levy ballot measure

By Fairgrounds Levy Committee: RAN Pigman, Quinn Kirkland, Jenna Hendrickson, Margaret Andersen, Margaret Yuhas, Linda Stoll, Deborah Rogala, Rod Freeman, Jeff Carter For over 120 years, the Ravalli County Fairgrounds have provided the citizens of, and visitors to, the Bitterroot Valley with important public space – space to congregate with friends, neighbors and family. The…

Kudos to democracy

By Mary Fahnestock-Thomas, Hamilton   What a great experience! Last night I attended the public meeting and hearing with the Montana Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) on the proposed wastewater permit for a proposed large retail construction just south of Hamilton, at the junction of Highway 93 and Blood Lane. Thanks to the response of…

Stevi town government much better now

By Joan Prather, Stevensville   Referencing the letter from Mr. Michalson regarding the $1200 wage plus $400 honorarium the Mayor earns: I am writing this in hopes that people will appreciate the efforts of the Mayor and Town Council of Stevensville. To do that, let me take you for a walk down memory lane. Mr….

ICAARE, big jets and dark money

By Chuck DeWitt, Informing Citizens About Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE) For 19 years the mission of the bipartisan members and supporters of Informing Citizens about Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE) has been to support a safe airport while limiting its capacity for larger jets. Given (1) the appalling lack of transparency of the recently published, federally…