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A message apropos of the season

By Roger Mitchell, Stevensville Peace on Earth, good will toward men! At this time of year, when hearts soften and strangers are looked on more kindly, our outlook is influenced by a wish for world peace. Yet, it appears that, instead of growing more peaceful, the world is becoming more violent. Everywhere, it seems, people…

Today’s wilderness challenge

By Stewart Brandborg, Hamilton As a Montanan I am blessed to live in a place of incomparable beauty and wealth of natural resources. In appreciation of that I find myself moved to make a plea to thoughtful citizens to resist the corrosive effects of growing threats to the quality of life we enjoy. The Wilderness…

Commissioner’s explanation doesn’t ring true

By Patti Eldredge, Victor I appreciate Jeff Burrows’ editorial piece in October attempting to explain the commissioners’ $675K settlement with Big Sky Development in May 2014, and their $300K settlement with Morado Mountain in 2013. But it contains some inaccurate information and misinterpretations that I’d like to address. He says that Big Sky/Sandhill Ridge had…

Time to find cause of increasing birth defects

By Judy Hoy, Stevensville At their next meeting, the Ravalli County Board of Health will discuss the significant increase in birth defects on human babies and other young animals. They will also hopefully discuss what might be done to find the cause. The meeting will be held on December 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in…

Impact of shopping local highlighted this Saturday

By Wayne Gardella, SBA Montana District Director As the voice for our nation’s entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates all small businesses on a daily basis. When our small businesses do well, our communities do too. Therefore, as part of our annual tradition, I encourage you to join millions of Americans and “shop…

Time for Montanans to get health insurance coverage

By Janelle Gustafson, Acting State Director, USDA Rural Development Montana I love living and working in rural Montana. The open spaces, the feeling of community, and the strong agricultural heritage and values are just three of the many reasons that make me happy to call my rural community, home. And during this weeks’ Rural Health…

Volunteer drivers, a great way to help veterans

By Terrie Casey, Chief, Voluntary Service, VA Montana Health Care In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service…

Call to action for Stevensville Veterans Day program

For as many years as I can remember, I have always made every effort to attend the Stevensville Schools Veterans Day Ceremony. This is a commemorative ceremony put on by the students and faculty to show their sincere appreciation for the service or our local veterans to this great nation. The performances that these kids…

Open Letter to Ravalli County Local Government Study Commission

By Russ Lawrence, Hamilton As someone who attended a meeting of the Local Government Study Commission in April and has followed it closely since its inception, I appreciate the groundwork that was prepared in advance, identifying potential alternative forms of government and other relevant issues, including that of non-partisan elections. I don’t particularly care whether…

Subdivision lawsuit settlements explained

By Jeff Burrows, Chairman, Ravalli County Board of Commissioners This letter is in response to the misinformation and political hit pieces in regards to the Big Sky and Morado Mountain settlements. Both of these settlements were the results of botched decisions by a previous three commissioners (Jim Rokosch, Kathleen Driscoll, and Carlotta Grandstaff). The anti-development…