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Three Mile irrigation subdistrict not needed

  By Bob Cress, Shane Brooks, Ron Wandler, Jim Rokosch, Citizens for Fair Water, Stevensville It has been brought to the attention of Citizens for Fair Water that BRID subdistrict supporters have recently been telling Three Mile water users that if they do not sign the petition for the subdistrict, that they will not get…

A case for a county growth policy

By Skip Kowalski, President, Bitterrooters for Planning   Congratulations! We stopped Legacy Ranch – for now. This proposed mega-development adjacent to the Eastside Highway between Florence and Stevensville would have established a new municipality in Ravalli County, one that would have dwarfed several of our existing communities. The housing which would have provided for hundreds…

Keeping our government in the light

By Gary Moseman, board member, Montana Freedom of Information Hotline   The week of March 13 is a busy one, including St. Patrick’s Day parades and shenanigans (especially in Butte) and the Western Art Week shows, sales and parties in Great Falls. The nationally televised backdrop to those events will be the year’s biggest round…

Local churches extend message of welcome

By Rev. Brenda Satrum, Faith Lutheran Church, Hamilton; Fr. James Connor, St. Francis Catholic Community, Hamilton & Darby; Rev. Dudley Rose, First Presbyterian Church, Hamilton; Rev. Richard Reynolds, St. Paul’s & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Churches, Stevensville & Hamilton; Pr. Wendy Campbell, First Christian Church, Hamilton   As the people of the Bitterroot Valley debate who…

Replace hate, misinformation with love, knowledge

By Hazel Smith, Stevensville   Many Americans like me have been appalled at the hate speech and misinformation that has been directed towards Syrian refugees. From recent research I did for a program for a United Methodist Women’s group, I learned the following facts which are verifiable at FactCheck.org. 1) 48.2 million people have been…

Montana’s angling industry needs climate action

By Robin Cunningham, Dan Vermillion, and Ed Tompkins As Montanans we live close to the land. Our unique way of life is directly tied to the quality of our lands, waters, fish and wildlife. We are persons who are counting on cold, clean waters, and an abundance of trout. The quality of that resource directly…

A call for renewed civic commitment

By Dale A. Burk, Stevensville As we move further and further into the New Year, those of us who have been a part of this community’s flow into the future for a long time now have become painfully aware that we are at a critical time of change in how we get things done in…

Irrigators’ ‘Stupid Bowl’ about to begin

By TC Richardson, Stevensville I never thought I’d be confessing my stupidity in the newspapers, but I just found out that I am suing myself and am likely to pay for both lawyers! My only defense is that it didn’t happen all at once; more like the recipe for boiling a frog, it happens over…

Collaboration necessary for progress

By Edward Monnig, Missoula In preface to commenting on Stewart Brandborg’s opinion piece on wilderness issues (December 16), I would like to acknowledge with gratitude the service that he and others like Howard Zahniser, Mardy and Olaus Murie, and Aldo Leopold rendered in establishing the framework of our National Wilderness Preservation System. These men and…

Time to put ‘Christ’ back in Christian

By Claire Kelly, Stevensville It is past time to put ‘Christ’ back into ‘Christian’. In four weeks, 2016 voting will commence with the Iowa Caucuses. News pundits predict Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, who claims to be an Evangelical Christian, will win that primary, because he is the favorite of Evangelical Christians who dominate Iowa…