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There’s a better way than ‘staying away’

By Rep. Ed Greef, HD-88, Florence   There’s a better way than ‘staying away’. Voters from both parties are expressing their frustration with the national election by wondering if they will even have the heart to vote this time. All of us likely have pondered the thought, and now must soon turn the ache we…

Veterans service center worth the investment

By Tim Peterson, President, VVSC Board of Directors   Annually, for every dollar Ravalli County residents invest through the mill levy to support the Valley Veterans Service Center, the county’s economy sees about at $450 return on its investment. In 2014 veterans brought about $38 million into Ravalli County through VA benefits. That same year…

A vote for Trump is a vote against status quo

By Joyce McConaha, Stevensville   Bob Brown, former Montana Secretary of State, is upset, it seems, by Donald Trump’s ego. It seems to me that it would take a monumental ego to consider oneself capable of being President of the United States. What about the ego, political and financial machinations of Hillary, who considers herself…

Candidate forces voter to cross over for first time

By Bob Brown, Whitefish, former Montana Secretary of State and State Senate President   I am saddened to write this opinion piece, but after much thought, I must. In my long life I have never voted for a Democrat for president. That will change this year. The country can survive Hillary’s chronic deceptiveness. It might…

Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act misunderstood

By Gary MacLaren, former State Representative, Victor   A number of recent letters across the state have criticized Congressman Ryan Zinke for voting FOR H.R. 2316, the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act. H.R. 2316 is intended to “generate dependable economic activity for counties and local governments containing National Forest System land by establishing a demonstration program…

Marsy’s Law for Montana can save lives

By Debra Ricci, Missoula   It was starting to drizzle rain when Terry carried Patty’s badly beaten and unconscious body to the shallow grave he’d dug for her. He threw her body in the grave and returned to their house. She regained consciousness, was able to claw her way out of the grave and crawl…

Not a fire problem, a land management problem

By Dale Bosworth, former U.S. Forest Service Chief, David A. Mihalic, former Yosemite & Glacier National Parks Supervisor, and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke   While reasonable people might disagree on any number of issues, we agree that Theodore Roosevelt was right. Our public lands belong to all Americans and are best managed under federal protection….

Thank you to Roaring Lion firefighters

By Wally and Judy Grewe, Hamilton Many of us affected by the Roaring Lion fire are now trying to get back to our normal lives or what may be the new normal. We were one of the lucky ones. Our home was not damaged and is totally intact along with other outbuildings. However, many of…

Praise for the many heroes of Roaring Lion Fire

By Ron and Jean Stoker, Hamilton   We all know there are unknown heroes among us, but many became known the Sunday afternoon of the Roaring Lion Fire. We live on North Gold Creek Loop and our heroes are the local fire departments, Forest Service, Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, perhaps other agencies we are not…

Hamilton Farmers Market celebrates 25 years

By Rod Daniel, Board Member, Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative   Twenty-five years ago, in the summer of 1992, Ravalli County Museum Director Helen Bibler started a farmers market in front of the museum in Hamilton.  Saturday was the slowest day of the week at the museum, and Helen figured having local farmers peddle their veggies…