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Category Archives: Guest comment

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…

Republican Central Committee out of touch with the people

By Jim Shockley, Victor As Scott Boulanger said, he lost the Republican primary for the State Senate because the Democrats crossed over and voted in our primary. Scott was associated with Valerie Stamey (Treasurer of Ravalli County), the Republican Central Committee, and the three County Commissioners whose seats were up this election cycle: Suzy Foss,…

Fire fighting policies need to get back to basics

By Mick DeZell, Hamilton I recently read the series on “Wildfire Fatalities In The West”, published in the Missoulian. While many good points were made I have some thoughts that were in my view not emphasized strongly enough. First my background, I was born in Hamilton and with the exception of two years I spent…

Ownership of America’s lands belongs just where it is

By Jim Elliott, Trout Creek When you have hunted, hiked, worked, and snowmobiled—you name it—on Forest Service land for decades you can begin to feel as if you had an entitlement to that land. Call it the right of possession by proximity and use; but because no one knows that land like we do, or…

Elected officials should support practical land management solutions

Guest Comment By Skip Kowalski, Tony Jones, J.W. Westman and Casey Hackathorn Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments.  The proponents of these schemes…

Criticisms of Farm Bill deal valid

By Larry Campbell, Darby, and Stewart Brandborg, Hamilton Two of the select participants in Governor Bullock’s unannounced, closed meetings to nominate about 5 million acres of Montana’s national public forest for “streamlined” Farm Bill logging have recently published op-eds trying to justify Bullock’s then-secret process as well as to excoriate critics. Bruce Farling of Trout…

Please tell me it’s just a bad dream

By John Davenport, Hamilton There are many campaign signs around the county now obscuring the view. Once again it is the season for placards promoting the political pornography rampant in Ravalli County. Unfortunately, I have seen many posters for Suzy Foss, Jeff Burrows, and the inscrutable Ron Stoltz. Most of these signs are posted in…

Local sample – here’s a sample

By Carlotta Grandstaff Bayonne, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced today that, effective July 4, the state of New Jersey would assume local control of the Statue of Liberty. The iconic emblem of freedom, which has welcomed countless immigrants to American shores, and which has been standing in New York Harbor since the…

No ‘refuge’ for beavers at Lee Metcalf Refuge

By Kimi Smith, Stevensville The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for wildlife. A place to go and enjoy. I walked on Kenai Trail and hoped to see a beaver. They are so neat to see and watch when they have a lodge and kits. Beavers take down trees and use them to…

Introducing the Bitterroot Free Press Foundation

Star Editorial   By Michael Howell, Publisher, Bitterroot Star At the Bitterroot Star we are used to getting pats on the back and comments like “good job,” and “keep it up,” from people who appreciate the invaluable service supplied by an old fashioned independent weekly newspaper. People express appreciation for everything from the local high…