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Candidate forces voter to cross over for first time

By Bob Brown, Whitefish, former Montana Secretary of State and State Senate President   I am saddened to write this opinion piece, but after much thought, I must. In my long life I have never voted for a Democrat for president. That will change this year. The country can survive Hillary’s chronic deceptiveness. It might…

Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act misunderstood

By Gary MacLaren, former State Representative, Victor   A number of recent letters across the state have criticized Congressman Ryan Zinke for voting FOR H.R. 2316, the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act. H.R. 2316 is intended to “generate dependable economic activity for counties and local governments containing National Forest System land by establishing a demonstration program…

Marsy’s Law for Montana can save lives

By Debra Ricci, Missoula   It was starting to drizzle rain when Terry carried Patty’s badly beaten and unconscious body to the shallow grave he’d dug for her. He threw her body in the grave and returned to their house. She regained consciousness, was able to claw her way out of the grave and crawl…

Not a fire problem, a land management problem

By Dale Bosworth, former U.S. Forest Service Chief, David A. Mihalic, former Yosemite & Glacier National Parks Supervisor, and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke   While reasonable people might disagree on any number of issues, we agree that Theodore Roosevelt was right. Our public lands belong to all Americans and are best managed under federal protection….

Thank you to Roaring Lion firefighters

By Wally and Judy Grewe, Hamilton Many of us affected by the Roaring Lion fire are now trying to get back to our normal lives or what may be the new normal. We were one of the lucky ones. Our home was not damaged and is totally intact along with other outbuildings. However, many of…

Praise for the many heroes of Roaring Lion Fire

By Ron and Jean Stoker, Hamilton   We all know there are unknown heroes among us, but many became known the Sunday afternoon of the Roaring Lion Fire. We live on North Gold Creek Loop and our heroes are the local fire departments, Forest Service, Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, perhaps other agencies we are not…

Hamilton Farmers Market celebrates 25 years

By Rod Daniel, Board Member, Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative   Twenty-five years ago, in the summer of 1992, Ravalli County Museum Director Helen Bibler started a farmers market in front of the museum in Hamilton.  Saturday was the slowest day of the week at the museum, and Helen figured having local farmers peddle their veggies…

Planning for future bicyclists makes sense

By Margaret Gorski, Stevensville, candidate for HD-88   This spring I attended a forum hosted by Hamilton’s Bitterroot College on the need to work together to address emerging water issues in the valley. At break, feeling optimistic, Representative Ed Greef and I were talking about the importance of the proposed multi-use trail on the Eastside…

Planned Stevi airport project good for town

By Craig E. Thomas, Chair, Stevensville Airport Board   32S has received a grant from to FAA for the improvement of our, the Town of Stevensville, Montana, airport. The improvements include resurfacing and widening of the existing runway, a new taxiway, a new automated weather observation station, replacement of the old PAPI, and other improvements….

I-181 will serve many thousands of Montanans

By Alzheimer’s Association-Montana Chapter; Bob Brown, Former Republican Montana State Senator and Former Montana Secretary of State, Whitefish; Dr. Dennis Dietrich, MD- Neurologist, Great Falls; Monte Dolack, Missoula Artist; Pam Hillery, ALS Patient and Former City Council Member, City of Havre; Patty Mazurek, Alzheimer’s Advocate and wife of former Montana Attorney General, Joe Mazurek; Montana…