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Support for Zinke’s forest management plans

By Sen. Pat Connell, SD-43, Hamilton The past few days, Montanans have seen a debate develop regarding Congressman Zinke’s vote for a proposal that would create a pilot program for states to manage portions of US Forest Service (USFS) land. As a nationally certified professional forester and current State Senator who represents a district surrounded…

Breach of trust by Forest Service

By Jeff Lonn & Michele Dieterich, Hamilton   The United States Forest Service continues to ignore public input and destroy trust with their planning of the Westside project south of Hamilton. At a meeting last week, Bitterroot National Forest made it clear that before releasing the final decision, they had already lined up workers to…

Protecting public access, Montana jobs

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   Earlier this month near the banks of the Yellowstone River, I joined dozens of hunters, anglers, hikers, bikers, boaters, skiers and wildlife watchers to announce a vision for Montana that I believe is one of a governor’s fundamental responsibilities: protecting access to our public lands. Sadly, we’ve seen that…

A Forest Travel Plan that protects water, habitat and access

By Dave Chadwick, Montana Wildlife Federation; Kathy Hundley, Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen; Hilary Eisen, Winter Wildlands Alliance; Dave Campbell, Bitterroot Trout Unlimited; Kylie Paul, Defenders of Wildlife; Kirk Thompson, Montana Wilderness Association; Chris Ryan, Retired, Regional Wilderness Program Manager, USDA Forest Service Region One   Most of us don’t have just one way we…

GMO foods must be properly labeled

By James Minckler, Missoula We are being poisoned by the GMO “foods.” We have the right to know. This is an open letter to Senator Steve Daines in response to his vote on Senate Bill S.2609 to not properly label GMO foods. There are some facts about Genetically Modified “foods” everyone should know before consuming…

Support for current form of Hamilton government

By Al Mitchell, Hamilton   Making a change, simply for the sake of change, rarely works out. As a former Hamilton city councilman, I am perplexed by the Hamilton Study Commission’s recommendation to change our form of government from mayor-council to a charter-based system with a council and City Manager. Throughout the study process, there…

Re: New Bitterroot Forest Travel Plan

By Michael Hoyt, Corvallis   Every day it is becoming more apparent that our planet’s wild lands must be preserved if the human species is to survive. Those lands filter the water we drink, help supply the oxygen we breathe, and buffer changes to the climate. Wilderness areas contribute to the lifeblood of our planet….

Mother, daughter concerned over judicial candidate

By Madison Alexander, Escondido, CA A couple of years ago, at age 19, I worked as a nanny for Rob Myers and his wife. Reading the article where Mr. Myers states that he believes in honesty and integrity in his actions prompted me to share some things about the Rob Myers I knew. I stayed…

Does MT special ed funding pass constitutional test?

By Rep. Kathy Kelker, Billings   John (not his real name), a 5-year old in a Billings public school kindergarten class, was born with disabilities that affect his physical dexterity and his ability to speak clearly. He has been eligible for special services since birth and receives special instruction as well as speech, occupational and…

Praise for defeat of anti-clean water amendment

By Dave Chadwick, Executive Director, Montana Wildlife Federation   Last week the US Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to block efforts by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the Clean Water Act. The amendment, by Senator John Hoeven (North Dakota), would prevent the EPA from implementing the…