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Category Archives: Guest comment

Social Security is a vital economic engine

By Pat Williams, Missoula Imagine if tomorrow morning’s headline was this: “Four hundred thousand to get one half billion dollar boost in income.” The underlying news story announces that hundreds of thousands of people here in three states of the Northern Rockies whose good earning jobs are behind them will share $500 million each year…

Cure more important than cause; let’s move on

By Larry Campbell, Darby I read Mike Mercer’s LTE with a chuckle, not that it is funny, but sometimes you gotta laugh. He suggests that, yes, climate change is real, but doesn’t believe humans are causing it. This is the latest ‘last refuge’ of flat-lander climate change debaters. It is beside the point. Many disasters…

Come speak up for stream access

By Andy Roubik, Corvallis In November, I made a portage request to the county commissioners regarding Mitchell Slough from Victor Crossing north to the main stem of the Bitterroot River. This public waterway has been obstructed over the last several decades. The biggest challenge to this public water way was a legal one. New landowners…

Circle 13 skate park project update

By Tom Kresan & Thad Widmer, Circle 13 Working Group   The Circle 13 skatepark crew has been working hard to get all of our ducks in a row, so we can start moving forward on raising money for our much needed skate park. Tom and Thad switched hats again in July and took 10…

‘What’s in the checkbook?’ Town of Stevensville’s financial report

By Gene Mim Mack, Mayor of Stevensville   You may have seen the notice from the State of Montana (posted in a recent issue of the Bitterroot Star) which referenced the due date for the Town of Stevensville’s audit. This notice is required to be posted by State law and it only tells part of…

Climate change is real and it’s here

By Van P. Keele, Hamilton   Climate change is real. We know it because we’re living it right here in the Bitterroot – earlier snowmelt, raging wildfires, record high temperatures, warm winters, low river levels. To deny human-caused climate change, and to obstruct in combating or mitigating it, is morally, religiously, economically, and environmentally wrong….

Support for Tom Maclay’s ‘dream’

By Peter MacLachlan, Hamilton   When Mr. Maclay’s ski area proposal was presented to us a few years ago, as a long-term addicted alpine (downhill) skier, I wanted it to happen. Having been a wilderness skier mainly in the Bitterroot range since the early 1960′s, and as a member of the Rocky Mountaineers, we cut…

Commissioners have done it again

By Bill Lyon, Stevensville Well, our Ravalli County Commissioners have done it again and voted against the overwhelming desire of the people by approving the Legacy Ranch subdivision. We can only hope that the State people have more intelligence than our local commissioners and turn this down. One of our commissioners even went on television…

GOP obstruction costs us all

By Marty Essen, Victor What do gun deaths and environmental destruction have in common? Three letters: GOP. As I type this, yet another mass shooting is in the news. Even so, little will be done to prevent the next gun-related tragedy. Sure someone in congress will introduce some regulation, but ultimately it will fail or…

‘Legacy’ would have negative effect on agriculture

By Jill Davies, Director, Sustainable Living Systems I am submitting our report: “Bitterroot Valley Food System Community Food Project – Assessment and Planning”, dated 2009, for the record in the Legacy Ranch Subdivision decision making process. This report documents the steady loss of agricultural lands in Ravalli County to development projects over the past four…