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Planning for future bicyclists makes sense

By Margaret Gorski, Stevensville, candidate for HD-88   This spring I attended a forum hosted by Hamilton’s Bitterroot College on the need to work together to address emerging water issues in the valley. At break, feeling optimistic, Representative Ed Greef and I were talking about the importance of the proposed multi-use trail on the Eastside…

Letters to the Editor

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…

Support for Marsy’s Law

I’ve spent my entire career in law enforcement and community corrections, over 38 years. In that time, I’ve worked with hundreds of crime victims. Yet even with all the years and all the experience, I can tell you that it never gets easier. Each new story you hear can be just as heartbreaking as the…

Thanks from Museum

It is with sincere gratitude that the Volunteer Board of the Ravalli County Museum says THANK YOU to the Ravalli County voters for supporting the Museum in its request for financial support. By voting for the passage of the mill levy you provided the Museum a reliable income stream equal to one third of its…

Secure your pets

True story from California: On April 10, drivers witnessed a German shepherd dog jump/fall out of a pickup truck on Hwy 99. The dog eluded capture among oleander bushes in the freeway median… for five weeks. When police officers finally snared her, she weighed 44 lbs, had a badly broken and infected leg, embedded foxtails…

Research shows different story

What is it about people on the far right that makes them so gullible when it comes to conspiracy theories? One would think that anyone with a reasonable amount of intelligence would actually do some research before writing letters to the editor with wild accusations, but obviously that’s not the case. Over the years, Dee…