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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…

Keeping our government in the light

By Gary Moseman, board member, Montana Freedom of Information Hotline   The week of March 13 is a busy one, including St. Patrick’s Day parades and shenanigans (especially in Butte) and the Western Art Week shows, sales and parties in Great Falls. The nationally televised backdrop to those events will be the year’s biggest round…

Local churches extend message of welcome

By Rev. Brenda Satrum, Faith Lutheran Church, Hamilton; Fr. James Connor, St. Francis Catholic Community, Hamilton & Darby; Rev. Dudley Rose, First Presbyterian Church, Hamilton; Rev. Richard Reynolds, St. Paul’s & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Churches, Stevensville & Hamilton; Pr. Wendy Campbell, First Christian Church, Hamilton   As the people of the Bitterroot Valley debate who…