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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…

Rewarding the rich while punishing the poor

By Brian Schweitzer, Former Governor of Montana, Georgetown Lake, Anaconda Recently, AFP (Americans For Prosperity) conducted a sham public meeting in Dillon to condemn extending healthcare coverage to people in Montana who make less than $16,000. AFP is bankrolled by the Koch Brothers. The money spent to provide this healthcare would come 100% from the…

CSKT Water Compact will throw many ‘under the bus’

By Senate President Debby Barrett, Dillon As a rancher with deep roots on a family place in southwest Montana, I know something about the importance of history—and water rights. I also understand negotiation and compromise. That’s why I have served on the state’s Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission since 2011 and voted for some compacts….

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…