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Hunters, anglers saw successes in the 2015 Legislative Session

By Kathy Hadley, President, Montana Wildlife Federation The last legislative session was a tough one on Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). There were plenty of bills introduced to cut back wildlife habitat programs along with a multitude of bills to transfer our public lands to the state. Despite those challenges, the session ended well…

Hamilton study commission wants to hear from you

By Lynette Helgeland (Presiding Officer), Robert Smaus and Melvin Monson Hamilton Local Government Review Study Commission The Montana Constitution provides for local review of municipal forms of government every ten years provided the electorate determines such a review is necessary. In the 2014 election, the City of Hamilton voters elected a study commission to undertake…

Legislative session characterized by compromise

By Bob Brown, Helena The recently adjourned session of the state legislature was characterized in both House and Senate by compromise and coalition. Democrats and Republicans teamed up to pass key pieces of legislation which largely resulted from negotiations between Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, and the few remaining traditional legislative Republicans. Coalitions are common in…

Efforts to combat sexual assault make up next chapter

By Missoula Mayor John Engen and UM President Royce Engstrom This week, Missoula residents are reading about our community in Jon Krakauer’s book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.” Around the nation, many others are learning about Missoula for the first time as the book hits the shelves and is covered…

Fight over Three Mile irrigation system not over yet

By Jim Rokosch, Stevensville “Whiskey’s for drinking. Water’s for fighting!” Most folks living in Montana have heard the familiar line more than a few times – it’s become a cliché in our arid landscape – and in most conversations, it draws some chuckles, laughs, and a few head shakes. Property taxpayers living in the Three…

Red Cross of MT recognizes volunteers

By Diane Wright, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Montana During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, the American Red Cross of Montana honored its volunteers and the work they do in communities across our state. We’re also encouraging Montanans to be part of our lifesaving mission by signing up to volunteer. Red Cross volunteers are…

Open letter to Hamilton Mayor, City Council

By E.M. Huffman MS, DVM, MPVM and Mike Wiles, Wiles Construction and Excavation, Hamilton From: The “uneducated, ill-informed, concentrated ignorance crowd” of county residents living along Nighthawk Lane We read the quotes in the March 25, 2015 Bitterroot Star characterizing opponents to proposed zoning the “donut area” surrounding the city of Hamilton as patently irresponsible….

Stevensville progress undeniable, no fooling

By Tim Hunter, Councilperson, Ward 1, Stevensville I am writing in response to the letter “Fool me once” in your March 21, 2015 issue, submitted by Bob Michalson. I would like to respond to a few of the points in the letter. • Regarding the sewer project referred to as being “over budget”, the remarks…

Appreciation for Bitter Root RC&D

By Tim Peterson, Corvallis Most of you that are around my age have heard the adage “Behind every successful farmer, is a wife that works in town.” I’d like to take that a step further with “Behind many of the successful ventures in Ravalli County, is the Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, commonly…

Future of Montana and Bitterroot agriculture depends on the CSKT Water Compact

By Hans McPherson, McPherson Farms Farmers and ranchers depend on our water to irrigate our crops, to water our livestock, to care for our families, and to run our businesses. Water doesn’t just play a pivotal role in our everyday lives, it is central to our ability to exist and maintain our livelihoods. The importance…