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More questions than answers for REC member

By Suzanna McDougal, Hamilton I attended my first Ravalli Electric Co-op REC annual meeting in June. The Corvallis Gym held many members. I came with questions. At one point the members were asked if anyone had a question. Of the couple hundred folks that were there, no one responded. I believe that was because there…

Stevensville bike camp – an opportunity not to be missed

By Kathleen Meyer, Chair, Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee With a petition against such an idea circulating in town, the Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee will present their well-honed plan and ask for the approval of the Town Council at their Thursday, June 25th meeting at 7 p.m. Committee members, I among them, share the vision of…

Bullies attempt to stop local control

By Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder, Thompson Falls Over the past 3 years, the idea of transferring federally managed public lands to the states has swelled from a small town dream to a full-fledged national movement. As grass roots support grows, organized opposition bolsters their attempts to distort the truth and dirty the reputations of…

Halt use of dangerous glyphosate now!

By Judy Hoy, Stevensville Birth defects now common on newborn mammals, especially grazing animals and human babies appear to be caused by the synergistic effects of a combination of factors. Such factors are the result of exposure to pesticides, especially the most used herbicide in the world, Roundup/glyphosate. Factors include disruption of retinoic acid (Vitamin…

Hunters, anglers saw successes in the 2015 Legislative Session

By Kathy Hadley, President, Montana Wildlife Federation The last legislative session was a tough one on Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). There were plenty of bills introduced to cut back wildlife habitat programs along with a multitude of bills to transfer our public lands to the state. Despite those challenges, the session ended well…

Hamilton study commission wants to hear from you

By Lynette Helgeland (Presiding Officer), Robert Smaus and Melvin Monson Hamilton Local Government Review Study Commission The Montana Constitution provides for local review of municipal forms of government every ten years provided the electorate determines such a review is necessary. In the 2014 election, the City of Hamilton voters elected a study commission to undertake…

Legislative session characterized by compromise

By Bob Brown, Helena The recently adjourned session of the state legislature was characterized in both House and Senate by compromise and coalition. Democrats and Republicans teamed up to pass key pieces of legislation which largely resulted from negotiations between Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, and the few remaining traditional legislative Republicans. Coalitions are common in…

Efforts to combat sexual assault make up next chapter

By Missoula Mayor John Engen and UM President Royce Engstrom This week, Missoula residents are reading about our community in Jon Krakauer’s book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.” Around the nation, many others are learning about Missoula for the first time as the book hits the shelves and is covered…

Fight over Three Mile irrigation system not over yet

By Jim Rokosch, Stevensville “Whiskey’s for drinking. Water’s for fighting!” Most folks living in Montana have heard the familiar line more than a few times – it’s become a cliché in our arid landscape – and in most conversations, it draws some chuckles, laughs, and a few head shakes. Property taxpayers living in the Three…

Red Cross of MT recognizes volunteers

By Diane Wright, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Montana During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, the American Red Cross of Montana honored its volunteers and the work they do in communities across our state. We’re also encouraging Montanans to be part of our lifesaving mission by signing up to volunteer. Red Cross volunteers are…