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Message to Montanans from Governor Bullock

By Governor Steve Bullock, Helena   When the snow started falling all across our state last week, Montanans got to work. We shoveled sidewalks for our neighbors who couldn’t. We pulled out jumper cables for stranded strangers. We helped pull trucks out of ditches. As Montanans, these actions aren’t new or surprising to any of…

Commissioners commended for effort to collaborate

By Skip Kowalski, President, Bitterrooters for Planning   I want to commend the Ravalli County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for proposing establishment of a broad based, collaborative committee to provide substantive input on public land issues. A collaborative group that works together and truly represents all interests in the county would go a long…

Understanding grizzly bear management

By Jeff Hagener, Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks   In some ways, 2016 will go down as a landmark year for grizzly bear management. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its proposal to delist grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area after a federal court rejected a 2007 delisting rule. The grizzly…

Legacy Ranch – another reason for planning

By Skip Kowalski, President, Bitterrooters for Planning   It has recently come to our attention that the Legacy Ranch Subdivision proposal is history. This proposal has been in the works for a long time stirring fear among residents, creating uncertain economic return for the developer and predicting probable adverse impacts to fish, wildlife and water…

Selfish interest versus public interest

By Jim Rokosch, former Ravalli County Commissioner, Stevensville   The October 26th edition of the Bitterroot Star covered the commendable progress of the Town of Stevensville’s efforts to update the town’s growth policy in order to plan for the future of the community and balance the challenges growth presents with the existing values the community…

Both parties used to get things done, together

By Bob Brown, Whitefish, and Dorothy Bradley, Clyde Park   We began our service in the Montana legislature forty-six years ago when political differences were as real and sharp as they are today, but when the practice of politics wasn’t as political. Then there were old New Dealers who represented a viewpoint not unlike Bernie…

Corvallis district between rock and hard place

By Wilbur Nisly, Tonia Bloom, Dan Wolsky, Jennifer Channer, Kathi Harder-Brouwer, Ginny Hoffman and Adam Sangster, Trustees of the Corvallis School District   Several op-ed pieces and letters to the editor have appeared in local newspapers recently expressing support for Corvallis teachers and emphasizing the importance of the education of the community’s children. We couldn’t…

Stevensville should not rush into river property swap

By Darlene Grove, Stevensville   The Stevensville Town Council has before them a proposal from the Capp Family, owners of the Fort Owen Ranch, to trade land in the River Park for a Fishing Access Site. It is imperative that all interested citizens of the community become aware of the implications of this trade and…

Stevensville sets an example for Ravalli County

By Skip Kowalski, President, Bitterrooters for Planning   Credit goes to Stevensville for updating its growth policy. Who knows where it will go or how well it will be received, but the community is at least making an effort to look toward the future. Planning for growth should be viewed as something positive and not…

Corvallis board needs to recognize teachers’ value

By Michael Hoyt, Corvallis   Education is the foundation of our society. And unlike what occurs in many states where the state assumes the lead role in education, the ultimate responsibility for quality public education in Montana rests with the local school board. Our Montana Constitution places both the supervision and the control of public…