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Appreciation for Bitter Root RC&D

By Tim Peterson, Corvallis Most of you that are around my age have heard the adage “Behind every successful farmer, is a wife that works in town.” I’d like to take that a step further with “Behind many of the successful ventures in Ravalli County, is the Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, commonly…

Letters to the Editor

Support for Medicaid bill 249

Having followed the Medicaid expansion debate since 2012, I am more convinced than ever that Montana would benefit greatly by passing HB 249. This bill will establish the appropriate administrative structure to implement health care coverage for approximately 70,000 Montanans including 2,846 people right here in Ravalli County. I have read the bill and found…

Thanks from Friends of NV Library

What a night. What an author-filled, decadent chocolate, lots of good conversation and laughter night it was. A record-breaking number of 24 congenial, personable, wonderfully talented authors attended the 20th Annual Chocolate and Authors Fundraiser at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville, on the 20th of February, with the theme of “20,000 Leagues Under…

Support for Hamilton Players

Are all of you aware of one of the most remarkable resources we have here in the Valley? One that brings us laughter, joy, and tenderness; also song, drama, creativity; along with delight, community and instruction? It is our own Hamilton Players Community Theater! Everyone needs to get onto this Band Wagon and go to…

Big Sky Health is Montana answer for healthcare

We recently introduced our Big Sky Health package, which was developed over two years to address our state’s most serious healthcare concerns. Montanans have spoken loud and clear, for years, that they don’t want to accept overreaching federal healthcare programs like Obamacare. Instead, Montanans want a solution that works for our state’s unique population. Our…

Re: Montana Health Care

Boy, was I excited when I read the headline in our local newspaper “Big Sky Health Plan is a Montana Answer.” Reading further, I found out that it’s a Republican proposal that will carefully utilize limited federal funds that have been previously wasted. This in contrast to those important disbursements needed to assist military budgets,…

Punches start landing

Last week I said the atmosphere felt like two boxers circling each other… this week the blows started landing. Committee hearings, sometimes contentious, hallways filled with passionate folks ready to plead their views. Legislators looking somewhat ‘stunned’ and committee chairs trying to give everyone a few moments to testify. At 9:45pm the House Education committee…

Mayor wants more authority

For the last few months a number of items have been placed on the Town Council Agenda. The common thread to most of the items is an increase in the Mayor’s authority and a reduction in the authority of the Town Council. Since the Mayor rarely states why any of the proposed changes are a…

Commissioners headed where?

I had an epiphany – As the season of Easter approaches, those within the Christian realm will hear sermons and or at least think about life after death – what happens when physical existence ceases and where does the “soul” go – Heaven, Hell or ??? The seasons keep passing for us Bitterrooters and our…

No apology necessary

Republicans generally believe in and support the First Amendment. Selective rights appear in the view of a few small minded members of the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee, who strenuously objected when two members of that organization spoke with local press. When did that become a crime in this country? At a recent Central Committee…

Policy, not politics, should fuel public land debate

As avid sportsmen, we recognize the value of our public land in Montana. But we also recognize our responsibility as citizens to see that our public lands are properly managed. It’s simply not enough to just “keep it public”. Unfortunately, many on the political left have decided they aren’t interested in improving the management of…