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Rationale for Fairgrounds levy ballot measure

By Fairgrounds Levy Committee: RAN Pigman, Quinn Kirkland, Jenna Hendrickson, Margaret Andersen, Margaret Yuhas, Linda Stoll, Deborah Rogala, Rod Freeman, Jeff Carter For over 120 years, the Ravalli County Fairgrounds have provided the citizens of, and visitors to, the Bitterroot Valley with important public space – space to congregate with friends, neighbors and family. The…

Kudos to democracy

By Mary Fahnestock-Thomas, Hamilton   What a great experience! Last night I attended the public meeting and hearing with the Montana Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) on the proposed wastewater permit for a proposed large retail construction just south of Hamilton, at the junction of Highway 93 and Blood Lane. Thanks to the response of…

Stevi town government much better now

By Joan Prather, Stevensville   Referencing the letter from Mr. Michalson regarding the $1200 wage plus $400 honorarium the Mayor earns: I am writing this in hopes that people will appreciate the efforts of the Mayor and Town Council of Stevensville. To do that, let me take you for a walk down memory lane. Mr….

ICAARE, big jets and dark money

By Chuck DeWitt, Informing Citizens About Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE) For 19 years the mission of the bipartisan members and supporters of Informing Citizens about Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE) has been to support a safe airport while limiting its capacity for larger jets. Given (1) the appalling lack of transparency of the recently published, federally…

True cost of Stevensville town recycling plan

By Doug Soehren, Vice President, Ravalli County Recycling, Inc. Thanks to Mayor Mim Mack and the Town Council for their historic vote to support community recycling in Stevensville. In so doing they have joined thousands of municipal governments all across the country and around the world who recognize recycling as one of the essential elements…

Real freedom at work comes from forming a union

    By Al Ekblad   Today, all workers have the right to choose to stick together and collectively bargain with their employer for a better life. Even employees’ who have never exercised that right still have it. The key element to true rights is that those rights are there when you need them.  …

Community eligibility provides free school meals, helping fight hunger in MT

By Kristen Lothrop, Montana Food Bank Network For many families across Montana, the start of the new school year comes as a relief. Back-to-school means back to school meals and the assurance that their children will have access to up to two nutritious meals every school day through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast…

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…