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Dangerous liar

Early into FBI Director James Comey’s July 5, 2016 history-making speech detailing the results of the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, Comey appeared to verbally indict Hillary for her demonstrated lies and extreme security carelessness. Then, Comey reversed course and did not indict her because of lack of intent even though some e-mail…

Time for more control on West Fork fishing

An article in the July 10 edition of the Missoulian reported on possible restrictions on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River for next season. FWP personnel communicated on surveys from that stretch of river that indicated crowding and the recreating public was being displaced. FWP stated in the article that the state has no…

Compact will provide certainty and create jobs

In Montana, we pride ourselves on treating strangers as friends and solving problems as neighbors. Like most Montanans, I was raised that when a disagreement arises you work together to find reasonable common ground. The CSKT Water Compact and the federal settlement legislation that would ratify the agreement are, in many ways, prime examples of…

True patriotism

The other day I had a conversation with a Donald Trump fan, who not only denied that her candidate’s bigotry was an issue, she also claimed that voting for Trump was the patriotic thing to do. With that in mind, here’s my 4th of July patriotic rant: The word “patriotism” has been co-opted and distorted…

Daines right about coal

The Department of Interior has placed a sweeping moratorium on new federal coal leases in the United States. The stated objective of the moratorium is to pause the leasing in order to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) of this program. But there are strong suggestions that the true aim of Interior’s move is…

Dow’s deadly Milestone

Milestone is a range and pasture herbicide, manufactured by Dow Chemical, and intended to manage noxious weeds. A little goes a long ways, and it is widely used here in the Bitterroot, especially in hayfields to produce a weed seed free outcome. Although praised by the EPA for its persistence (meaning it requires less applications…

Ban fireworks

Two things happened last week in the Bitterroot Valley that unfortunately should never happen. First, the annual appearance of the fireworks shanties in almost every parking lot along Route 93 and second, our first wild fire of the season just west of Lost Horse Observation Point. While the fire, in this case, was probably caused…

Proud moment

We are so very proud of Ravalli County and the citizens who supported and participated in the funeral activities for Cpl George Simmons. There are so many folks to thanks but we have to personally mention Frank and Doug Mason. They were wonderful. We also thank the military color guards and all of the people…

Obama doesn’t deserve respect

More evidence being uncovered (not from the New York Times) of our profligate president and his incredible spending habits. Item – “Obama Family’s Travel Expenses to San Diego Cost Taxpayers $2,001,468.” Aha! Now we see through a glass darkly why our national deficit is reaching $18 trillion. Hard evidence: 1. Attended three high dollar fundraisers….

Support for Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

In Montana we are entering a new season. No, I am not talking about summer—I am talking about wildfire season. Increasingly severe fire seasons threaten our forests in Ravalli County, our wildlife, our communities, and our health. This needs to be taken seriously. Fire seasons are getting more aggressive and bizarre weather patterns are increasing…