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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Montanans being robbed of insurance coverage

By Duane Krowen, Victor Sarah Palin was right, she said that Obamacare would lead to death panels that would have the power to withhold healthcare, and lead to deaths of some people. And it has. But the death panels aren’t in Washington, they are in the state governments that refuse to expand medicaid, including Montana….

Letters to the Editor

How about equitable floodplain regulations!

From Hamilton to past the Florence Bridge, excepting choke points of bridges, and emergency 310 riverbank protections, the Bitterroot River flood season involves cut banks of sandy aggregate, eroding away, to fast moving bedloads often to make very large deposits upon old gravel bars. Want to see for yourself how cutbank erosion works? Go to…

Kudos to Hamilton School Bands

On December 16th my wife and I had an opportunity to attend the concert by the Hamilton School Bands conducted by Shawn Thacker. We were so impressed by the ability of all the groups to perform not only the difficulty of the pieces presented but the professional way they presented themselves. Teacher Thacker needs to…

Strong flood plain regs make sense

I hope the good people of this valley are paying attention to what our planning department and our commissioners are about to do to our Bitterroot River. Under the guise of having to be compatible with the new, higher resolution, FEMA maps (which is required for landowners wanting FEMA flood insurance), they have discarded the…

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…