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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….

Mother, daughter concerned over judicial candidate

By Madison Alexander, Escondido, CA A couple of years ago, at age 19, I worked as a nanny for Rob Myers and his wife. Reading the article where Mr. Myers states that he believes in honesty and integrity in his actions prompted me to share some things about the Rob Myers I knew. I stayed…

Does MT special ed funding pass constitutional test?

By Rep. Kathy Kelker, Billings   John (not his real name), a 5-year old in a Billings public school kindergarten class, was born with disabilities that affect his physical dexterity and his ability to speak clearly. He has been eligible for special services since birth and receives special instruction as well as speech, occupational and…

Praise for defeat of anti-clean water amendment

By Dave Chadwick, Executive Director, Montana Wildlife Federation   Last week the US Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to block efforts by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the Clean Water Act. The amendment, by Senator John Hoeven (North Dakota), would prevent the EPA from implementing the…

No sidelines in fight against climate change

By Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network   On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. What was intended to be a college campus teach-in soon spread to every community and city…

Domestic and wild sheep both important to state

By Brian Solan, President, MT Wild Sheep Foundation & Dave McEwen, President, MT Wool Growers Association   We, the Montana Wool Growers Association (MWGA) and the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation (MTWSF), are representatives of Montana’s sheep industries, both domestic and bighorn.  On March 24, 2016 we met in Choteau to discuss our mutual interests in…

Meeting scheduled for Eastside Hwy planning

By Carlotta Grandstaff, Bitterrooters for Planning   The Eastside Highway is due for significant repairs in the north valley. That provides an opportunity for citizens to weigh in on two crucial transportation components that may get overlooked in the planning process: non-motorized travel and collisions with wildlife. The Montana Department of Transportation proposes to widen…

Looking to Montana governor for leadership

By Rep. Ron Ehli, House District 86, Hamilton   It is always amazing to me how, in the political arena, the good intentions and programs of some, can be misconstrued in such a way that will actually cause harm to the very people the programs were designed to protect. The clientele at MDC, the good…

Three Mile irrigation subdistrict not needed

  By Bob Cress, Shane Brooks, Ron Wandler, Jim Rokosch, Citizens for Fair Water, Stevensville It has been brought to the attention of Citizens for Fair Water that BRID subdistrict supporters have recently been telling Three Mile water users that if they do not sign the petition for the subdistrict, that they will not get…

A case for a county growth policy

By Skip Kowalski, President, Bitterrooters for Planning   Congratulations! We stopped Legacy Ranch – for now. This proposed mega-development adjacent to the Eastside Highway between Florence and Stevensville would have established a new municipality in Ravalli County, one that would have dwarfed several of our existing communities. The housing which would have provided for hundreds…