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Category Archives: Guest comment

Mill Canyon clmbing concerns continue

By Gary Milner and Jennifer Knell, Corvallis, and others listed below From the newspaper we learned that Michael Moore and Dane Scott of Missoula are developing Mill Creek in the Bitterroot as a climbing destination. A blogger, Ken Turley also promotes the area via a website (Millcreek.blogspot.com). As local residents we see changes to the…

History of Bitterroot rock climbing provides insight

By Rick Torre, Philipsburg I have followed accounts of climbing activity at the north rim of Mill Creek. After  discussing recent editorials with Mill Creek’s Pro Wall first ascent climbers, I think it necessary to provide some insight through history. Bitterroot rock often lacks cracks and bolts are often necessary. Climbers also often leave fixed…

Lame duck airport follies

By Chuck DeWitt, Hamilton There are a lot of good reasons to oppose the current plan to lengthen our airport (RCA) runway, but probably the best is that it is supported by the three Commissioners who just took a shellacking by their own party (OK, one just got spanked as the lesser evil). So much…

Support recycling in the Bitterroot

By Suzanna McDougal & Becky Homan, Board Members, RCR   With spring cleaning still underway, many in our community realize that recycling is the best way to do this cleaning while also helping to keep items out of the Missoula landfill. Ravalli County does not give direct local-government support for recycling. Our nonprofit, citizen-operated Ravalli…

So why not have a Walmart?

By Cobey Williamson, Corvallis Allowing a Wal-Mart to be built in Hamilton is as good as giving up on the future of the Valley. It is admitting, wholesale, that we do not care to determine our own economic vision for Ravalli County and prefer rather to eschew the very independence people here claim to value…

Current airport expansion proposal flawed

By Rich Morrisey, Corvallis With minimal public notice and virtually no public awareness, our Commissioners are about to foist a major airport expansion on us. A revised and made to order Environmental Assessment draft has been tendered to the Commission and the public comment period expires June 30. The EA attempts to justify making the…

Republican Central Committee out of touch with the people

By Jim Shockley, Victor As Scott Boulanger said, he lost the Republican primary for the State Senate because the Democrats crossed over and voted in our primary. Scott was associated with Valerie Stamey (Treasurer of Ravalli County), the Republican Central Committee, and the three County Commissioners whose seats were up this election cycle: Suzy Foss,…

Fire fighting policies need to get back to basics

By Mick DeZell, Hamilton I recently read the series on “Wildfire Fatalities In The West”, published in the Missoulian. While many good points were made I have some thoughts that were in my view not emphasized strongly enough. First my background, I was born in Hamilton and with the exception of two years I spent…

Ownership of America’s lands belongs just where it is

By Jim Elliott, Trout Creek When you have hunted, hiked, worked, and snowmobiled—you name it—on Forest Service land for decades you can begin to feel as if you had an entitlement to that land. Call it the right of possession by proximity and use; but because no one knows that land like we do, or…

Elected officials should support practical land management solutions

Guest Comment By Skip Kowalski, Tony Jones, J.W. Westman and Casey Hackathorn Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments.  The proponents of these schemes…