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Category Archives: Guest comment

Fire fighting policies need to get back to basics

By Mick DeZell, Hamilton I recently read the series on “Wildfire Fatalities In The West”, published in the Missoulian. While many good points were made I have some thoughts that were in my view not emphasized strongly enough. First my background, I was born in Hamilton and with the exception of two years I spent…

Ownership of America’s lands belongs just where it is

By Jim Elliott, Trout Creek When you have hunted, hiked, worked, and snowmobiled—you name it—on Forest Service land for decades you can begin to feel as if you had an entitlement to that land. Call it the right of possession by proximity and use; but because no one knows that land like we do, or…

Elected officials should support practical land management solutions

Guest Comment By Skip Kowalski, Tony Jones, J.W. Westman and Casey Hackathorn Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments.  The proponents of these schemes…

Criticisms of Farm Bill deal valid

By Larry Campbell, Darby, and Stewart Brandborg, Hamilton Two of the select participants in Governor Bullock’s unannounced, closed meetings to nominate about 5 million acres of Montana’s national public forest for “streamlined” Farm Bill logging have recently published op-eds trying to justify Bullock’s then-secret process as well as to excoriate critics. Bruce Farling of Trout…

Please tell me it’s just a bad dream

By John Davenport, Hamilton There are many campaign signs around the county now obscuring the view. Once again it is the season for placards promoting the political pornography rampant in Ravalli County. Unfortunately, I have seen many posters for Suzy Foss, Jeff Burrows, and the inscrutable Ron Stoltz. Most of these signs are posted in…

Local sample – here’s a sample

By Carlotta Grandstaff Bayonne, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced today that, effective July 4, the state of New Jersey would assume local control of the Statue of Liberty. The iconic emblem of freedom, which has welcomed countless immigrants to American shores, and which has been standing in New York Harbor since the…

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…