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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…

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…