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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

Dam safety should be priority

This could happen: Up at the upper reaches of the West Fork at about 10 p.m. as the campers were starting to prepare for a good night’s sleep the water below Painted Rocks Reservoir began to change consistency and color. Being an earthen dam the color of the water started to change more rapidly by…

Red Cross needs your support

Texas residents are once again facing devastating flooding and hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country are there operating or supporting 17 shelters, providing meals, assessing damage, offering emotional support and distributing relief supplies. Since the beginning of the year, numerous storms have ravaged the state. Thousands of people have evacuated their…

Support for Water Compact

The CSKT Water Compact is much more than just a piece of legislation—it is a negotiated agreement that ensures the future of agriculture in our state. Without the Compact the Tribes would have to define their water rights through litigation in the Montana Water Court—a costly, time consuming and uncertain process that would have dire…

Certified planner needed

In the joint interest of residents, taxpayers, landowners, and land developers, it’s time for Ravalli County to have a certified planner as head of the Planning Department! A certified planner fully competent in the opinion of the County Attorney! A Certified Planner selected by County Commissioners communicating with the public, in a manner allowing public…

No Syrian refugees!

So many still think bringing Syrian refugees here would be ok! Wake up and see what the Muslims are doing here in our country. There is a college professor in Tennessee who teaches Islamic studies and is very popular, of course, with Muslims students. Just so you know, this man, Abu Ammaar Yasir Kazi, is…

Wolf quota politics

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission are two different critters. Our FW&P Department presents wildlife management proposals to five governor-appointed F&W Commissioners. Commission meeting minutes regarding wolves, 2007 through 2015 are available, 406-444-7826. Get a copy, it’s interesting history. At their July 14, 2011 meeting, Schweitzer…

Support for partisan elections

Every human being has the unalienable right to choose. An unalienable right is any function of human nature that is exercised naturally and yet does not disadvantage any other human being from exercising their natural functions. If I choose to drink Coca Cola as opposed to Pepsi Cola that is a choice I make that…

Partisan LGSC created partisan ballot measure

Votes on the upoming LGSC Ballot are final! No LGSC Ballot in November! What’s with the 5-0 votes by our County Commissioners? Independent minded voters will vote preference for Ravalli County to be governed by three Commissioners! (Being governed by five Commissioners of the same political party led to the real reasons for appointing an…

Don’t spray dandelions

A few days ago I drove by Daly Elementary School and saw many children frolicking on the playground among hundreds of Dandelions going to seed. So obviously they had not been sprayed. Then I went to the court house and walking across the lawn I noticed Dandelions sagging over, drooping down, in the throws of…

Support for Hoffman

Despite days of opposing testimony from Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the scientific community, river front property owners and concerned citizens, the County Commissioners, including JR Iman and Greg Chilcott, voted in 2015 to repeal our longstanding flood plain regulations and allow building IN the flood plain. One scientist compared building in the flood plain to…