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Category Archives: Letters

Ninety-six percent carbon-free power

This article is in response to a recent guest comment calling for more out of state mandates to our local cooperative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting additional carbon emission reduction rules. The guest comment came from several non-local, under informed individuals who have been circulating this article across the state to drum up…

Burrows’ true colors?

County Commissioner Jeff Burrows failed to distinguish himself before Ravalli County’s legislative delegation when they met on Dec. 9. In fact, Commissioner Burrows confirmed the public’s worst suspicions about politicians generally. The meeting between the board of county commissioners and Ravalli County legislators was billed as a “Meeting with Legislators and Legislators Elect to discuss…

Hell Gate Treaty forbids off-reservation water rights contained in CSKT Water Compact

The claim of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) for off reservation water rights on rivers in the CSKT Compact is based on the 1855 Hell Gate Treaty, Article III: “The exclusive right of taking fish in all the streams running through or bordering said reservation is further secured to said Indians; as also the…

Parking issue

I am a 73 year old retired businessman. I moved to Missoula County last year after spending 40 years in California and Colorado. While I love Montana and never plan on leaving the state, I’m shocked by the amount of Handicapped parking spots. In both of my previous states, Handicapped Parking areas have adjacent parking…

Hurry to Burnt Fork Market!

Bubba says run, don’t walk, down to the brand new $2 million investment, Burnt Fork Market, in Stevensville and check out this beautiful supermarket. As you enter this art gallery of food, turn left and visit Billy in the deli. Billy is chef extraordinaire and makes the best soups on the planet. Try his Moose…

Exonerated

My name is Shad Pease, former Deputy for the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office. After ten years proudly serving the members of this community with dignity and respect, I resigned in August of 2013. That resignation came on the heels of a year of disheartening and disenchanting incidents within the S.O. that culminated in my deep-seated…

Slob hunters wreaking havoc

I am 65 years old and have been a avid hunter and fisherman all my life. My years away from home during the Vietnam Era made me yearn for the outdoors. I built a new home five years ago south of Stevensville, north of Bell Crossing. Every year about the middle to the end of…

Three Mile Center nominations still open

At the Three Mile Community Center business meeting on November 20, it was decided that officer nominations would still be accepted up to the next business meeting on December 18. To submit nominations, call Allen Marden, 701-425-2944 or Ed Spencer, 406-214-6331. Absentee ballots are available for members. Coffee hour is M-W-F from 7:30 to 9…

Failed fair levy is wake up call

Well, the election is over and the fair levy failed. Perhaps everyone “bit the bullet” so to speak, even the fair board. Let’s look at things to consider if it had passed. First, property owners would, once again, pay the bills. Letting all in free, for instance. Why, when the parking lots were overflowing and…

Walmart provides choice

Regarding the controversy over Walmart (maybe) coming to Hamilton. Author/advisor Alexander Green perhaps explained it best: “Business is about freedom and individual choice, not coercion. If you don’t like a particular company or its policies, you don’t have to work for them, sell to them, or buy from them. Every business exists to serve people.”…