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Category Archives: Guest comment

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…

Support needed for Performing Arts Series

By Alan Hill, President, Performing Arts Council Board of Directors   After a whirlwind 10th anniversary performing arts series, the BPAC board is on the proverbial tee box of the 18th hole staring into a 40-mile-an-hour headwind. For five years the Performing Arts Council has operated under a 501 (c) 3 status with guidance from…

Horror of abuse through eyes of one child

By Sarah Corbally, DPHHS Child and Family Services Division Administrator   Looking out the window, and cautiously waiting for the moment when his father gets home, the fear begins to set in. Many reoccurring questions start to develop in his head; “What will he do this time? Was it my fault? Will it hurt?” Fear…

A remembrance of a true patriot

By Chris A. Linkenhoker, Corvallis She was easy to find in a crowd. Her silver Caucasian “afro” was stunning. It matched her passion for doing good. She had superior intellect and a heart to match. She loved animals, which is a good start if you want to be known as a good person. She was…

Proposed dam purchases good for Montana

By Bob Rowe, CEO, NorthWestern Energy   D.D. Hardy’s recent letter in the Bitterroot Star raised questions about NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of the PPL Montana hydroelectric facilities. I will address some of the questions raised in the letter. PPL Montana bought the dams from the Montana Power Company in 1999 – in the aftermath…

Time to prepare for future disasters

By Suzy Foss, Ravalli County Commissioner, Hamilton Over a week ago I called for a meeting with all of our emergency management partners to start a discussion concerning possibilities the coming spring thaw might bring. We have not had a snow load like this since before the fires of 2000. In 2001 we had several…

End of the line for three commissioners

By Stanley Schroeder, Hamilton We appreciate that Commissioners Burrows and Foss publicly apologized, on February 18th, for having voted to appoint Valerie Stamey to Treasurer. It was long overdue, but better late than never. In contrast, Commissioner Stoltz remains unable to man up for his part in this blatant failure to perform basic work background…

Obamacare a success in spire of Daines

Rich and proud tea party Representative Steve Daines says he’s fighting hard to protect Montanans, and all Americans, from the scourges of Obamacare. What does that mean? Who will suffer? To what lengths will Daines go to achieve this? As to lengths, Daines is willing to shut down our federal government. Remember last October when…

Watching our ideologues, and ourselves, fail

By Mark Behnke, Darby Four years ago here in the Bitterroot, a group of approximately 200 local citizens declared quite publicly just how radical their political beliefs were. It was breathtaking. They revealed themselves to be far-right extremists holding beliefs that almost all Americans would regard as just plain paranoid. If not delusional. They even…