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Category Archives: Guest comment

Outrageous county settlement raises questions

By Tom Boland, Florence Being new to the valley and being generally interested in what’s going on around me, I decided to spend a morning reading “the Court File” to learn what all the hubbub is about with the Big Sky Development v. Ravalli Co. Commissioners case. Yes, sadly, that’s my idea of a good…

Protecting our future by preserving our past

By Tim Fox, Steve Bullock, Patty Mazurek, Marc Racicot, and Mike Greely Last year, 11 million visitors came to Montana. While the reasons they chose Big Sky Country as their vacation destination are as varied as our landscape, it’s safe to say some of them were drawn by the gold rush history of Bannack and…

Goodness prevailed at veterans event

By Jean Israel, Hamilton I read the letter from Tamara Hall of Bozeman who was our keynote speaker for the Bitterroot Veterans Night Celebration and Concert on November 11 at Hamilton High School. Unlike Ms. Hall, I met with Jack Barry many times to plan this event. Yes, I too was shocked and dismayed to…

Proposal to get our citizens to vote

By Carlotta Grandstaff, Hamilton Allow me to introduce my grandfather, Joe Foley. As a young man and soldier of the Great War, he was gassed on a European battlefield. He suffered the effects for the rest of his life. “President Wilson sent me to war,” he often told me, “but I never held it against…

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…