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Planning for future bicyclists makes sense

By Margaret Gorski, Stevensville, candidate for HD-88   This spring I attended a forum hosted by Hamilton’s Bitterroot College on the need to work together to address emerging water issues in the valley. At break, feeling optimistic, Representative Ed Greef and I were talking about the importance of the proposed multi-use trail on the Eastside…

Planned Stevi airport project good for town

By Craig E. Thomas, Chair, Stevensville Airport Board   32S has received a grant from to FAA for the improvement of our, the Town of Stevensville, Montana, airport. The improvements include resurfacing and widening of the existing runway, a new taxiway, a new automated weather observation station, replacement of the old PAPI, and other improvements….

I-181 will serve many thousands of Montanans

By Alzheimer’s Association-Montana Chapter; Bob Brown, Former Republican Montana State Senator and Former Montana Secretary of State, Whitefish; Dr. Dennis Dietrich, MD- Neurologist, Great Falls; Monte Dolack, Missoula Artist; Pam Hillery, ALS Patient and Former City Council Member, City of Havre; Patty Mazurek, Alzheimer’s Advocate and wife of former Montana Attorney General, Joe Mazurek; Montana…

Support for Zinke’s forest management plans

By Sen. Pat Connell, SD-43, Hamilton The past few days, Montanans have seen a debate develop regarding Congressman Zinke’s vote for a proposal that would create a pilot program for states to manage portions of US Forest Service (USFS) land. As a nationally certified professional forester and current State Senator who represents a district surrounded…

Breach of trust by Forest Service

By Jeff Lonn & Michele Dieterich, Hamilton   The United States Forest Service continues to ignore public input and destroy trust with their planning of the Westside project south of Hamilton. At a meeting last week, Bitterroot National Forest made it clear that before releasing the final decision, they had already lined up workers to…

Protecting public access, Montana jobs

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   Earlier this month near the banks of the Yellowstone River, I joined dozens of hunters, anglers, hikers, bikers, boaters, skiers and wildlife watchers to announce a vision for Montana that I believe is one of a governor’s fundamental responsibilities: protecting access to our public lands. Sadly, we’ve seen that…

A Forest Travel Plan that protects water, habitat and access

By Dave Chadwick, Montana Wildlife Federation; Kathy Hundley, Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen; Hilary Eisen, Winter Wildlands Alliance; Dave Campbell, Bitterroot Trout Unlimited; Kylie Paul, Defenders of Wildlife; Kirk Thompson, Montana Wilderness Association; Chris Ryan, Retired, Regional Wilderness Program Manager, USDA Forest Service Region One   Most of us don’t have just one way we…

GMO foods must be properly labeled

By James Minckler, Missoula We are being poisoned by the GMO “foods.” We have the right to know. This is an open letter to Senator Steve Daines in response to his vote on Senate Bill S.2609 to not properly label GMO foods. There are some facts about Genetically Modified “foods” everyone should know before consuming…

Support for current form of Hamilton government

By Al Mitchell, Hamilton   Making a change, simply for the sake of change, rarely works out. As a former Hamilton city councilman, I am perplexed by the Hamilton Study Commission’s recommendation to change our form of government from mayor-council to a charter-based system with a council and City Manager. Throughout the study process, there…

Re: New Bitterroot Forest Travel Plan

By Michael Hoyt, Corvallis   Every day it is becoming more apparent that our planet’s wild lands must be preserved if the human species is to survive. Those lands filter the water we drink, help supply the oxygen we breathe, and buffer changes to the climate. Wilderness areas contribute to the lifeblood of our planet….