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New protected lands are good for wildlife and all Montanans

By Skip Kowalski – President, Montana Wildlife Federation Montanans are fortunate people. The Crown of the Continent is one of the most magnificent natural areas in the world. In many places, the land still looks a lot like it did when Lewis and Clark portaged the Great Falls and ascended the Rockies. The lands in…

Relaxing of flood plain regulations suspect

By Sarah Roubik, Corvallis In 2013, FEMA revised the maps of the floodplain of the Bitterroot River and told our county that we needed to update (not change) our current flood plain regulations by January 2015. They used the aerial photographs from 1995. Since that date, the river has crossed into the flood fringe 34…

Board should welcome open, public comment

By Gene Mim Mack, Stevensville As was reported in last week’s Bitterroot Star, I tried to object to the rehiring of the girls volleyball coach at Stevensville High School during the Board’s vote on the subject. I say “tried” because even before I could say anything I was gaveled down by the school board chair…

Montanans being robbed of insurance coverage

By Duane Krowen, Victor Sarah Palin was right, she said that Obamacare would lead to death panels that would have the power to withhold healthcare, and lead to deaths of some people. And it has. But the death panels aren’t in Washington, they are in the state governments that refuse to expand medicaid, including Montana….

CMC board decision does disservice to community

By Dale Woolhiser, Missoula As an alumnus of the University of Montana who, through charitable giving and volunteerism, supports much within the Missoula community and across Montana, I am offended by the recent decision of the Community Medical Center’s Board. The Board has reached, after what I believe was an extensive amount of research and…

Relaxing floodplain restrictions doesn’t make sense

By Jim Rokosch, President, Bitterrooters for Planning Have you ever seen the Los Angeles River? I’ve only seen photos, but they were enough for me to move “visiting the Los Angeles River” from my bucket list to my chuck it list. If you haven’t, don’t bother putting it on your own bucket list because it’s…

Outrageous county settlement raises questions

By Tom Boland, Florence Being new to the valley and being generally interested in what’s going on around me, I decided to spend a morning reading “the Court File” to learn what all the hubbub is about with the Big Sky Development v. Ravalli Co. Commissioners case. Yes, sadly, that’s my idea of a good…

Protecting our future by preserving our past

By Tim Fox, Steve Bullock, Patty Mazurek, Marc Racicot, and Mike Greely Last year, 11 million visitors came to Montana. While the reasons they chose Big Sky Country as their vacation destination are as varied as our landscape, it’s safe to say some of them were drawn by the gold rush history of Bannack and…

Goodness prevailed at veterans event

By Jean Israel, Hamilton I read the letter from Tamara Hall of Bozeman who was our keynote speaker for the Bitterroot Veterans Night Celebration and Concert on November 11 at Hamilton High School. Unlike Ms. Hall, I met with Jack Barry many times to plan this event. Yes, I too was shocked and dismayed to…

Proposal to get our citizens to vote

By Carlotta Grandstaff, Hamilton Allow me to introduce my grandfather, Joe Foley. As a young man and soldier of the Great War, he was gassed on a European battlefield. He suffered the effects for the rest of his life. “President Wilson sent me to war,” he often told me, “but I never held it against…