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Thank you to Roaring Lion firefighters

By Wally and Judy Grewe, Hamilton Many of us affected by the Roaring Lion fire are now trying to get back to our normal lives or what may be the new normal. We were one of the lucky ones. Our home was not damaged and is totally intact along with other outbuildings. However, many of…

Praise for the many heroes of Roaring Lion Fire

By Ron and Jean Stoker, Hamilton   We all know there are unknown heroes among us, but many became known the Sunday afternoon of the Roaring Lion Fire. We live on North Gold Creek Loop and our heroes are the local fire departments, Forest Service, Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, perhaps other agencies we are not…

Hamilton Farmers Market celebrates 25 years

By Rod Daniel, Board Member, Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative   Twenty-five years ago, in the summer of 1992, Ravalli County Museum Director Helen Bibler started a farmers market in front of the museum in Hamilton.  Saturday was the slowest day of the week at the museum, and Helen figured having local farmers peddle their veggies…

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…