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Future of Montana and Bitterroot agriculture depends on the CSKT Water Compact

By Hans McPherson, McPherson Farms Farmers and ranchers depend on our water to irrigate our crops, to water our livestock, to care for our families, and to run our businesses. Water doesn’t just play a pivotal role in our everyday lives, it is central to our ability to exist and maintain our livelihoods. The importance…

Letters to the Editor

Calm waters getting rougher

It’s been fun getting to know the new legislators. Hard working, friendly and happy are most, only a very few make you wonder why they even bothered running. Like last session, the first few weeks are spent learning, for the freshmen, and getting through our committee’s the policy and non spending type bills. We are…

Support for CSKT Water Compact

Do you have thousands of dollars sitting in your bank account? More importantly, do you have thousands of dollars, sitting in your bank account, that you have no better use for than paying an attorney to go to Water Court? Hopefully the answer to the former is yes, and the latter is no, because Montana’s…

Opposed to CSKT Water Compact

Again I find myself questioning my State and Federal Government’s thought process regarding the controversial 2015 CSKT Water Compact. Fellow Ranchers and State Legislators have somehow decided that my family’s ranch is somehow less important than that of my neighbors, purely because of acreage or the need to work two jobs to cover the expenses…

Current systems aren’t working

I think we should expand Medicaid! But first we must steal people’s money in order to give out that stolen “free” money to others. Why? So we can provide a “boon to our economy” as Van P. Keele says “likely create 540 well-paying jobs and add over $22 million in labor income.” All with stolen…

Montana Whatever Association?

Montana Wilderness Association has been playing amateur politician for many years. MWA uses their ephemeral and subjective assessment of ‘political reality’ to rationalize repeatedly sacrificing ancient, enduring wildlands rather than doggedly pursuing their former mission to protect Montana wildlands. They have made deals with the devil and are now apparently surprised at the results. An…

Flood plain folly

Here are a few thoughts regarding the recent decision by the Ravalli County Commission to revoke restrictions on building within the flood plain. The definition of flood plain is “those areas that are prone to flooding.” That makes sense. The flood fringe, where the commission will now allow building, is part of and entirely within…

Re: EA on the Darby Lands Project

Interested people who are concerned about our wildlife and the condition of our forest lands: It is now time to get your comments in to the Forest Service. This present FS project is not about logging. It is about road closures and creating ORV trails. These road closures are just old spur (logging) roads for…

Comment needed to protect forest

Do you hunt or fish? Care about clean running water? Wildlife? Healthy watersheds? If you do, then it’s important you comment on the Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) Darby Lumber Lands (DLL) project. The BNF just released its DLL Environmental Assessment (EA). The 28,758 acre proposed watershed restoration and motorized recreation project will do lots of…

Town wants to annex properties

In attending the 02/04/2015 Stevensville Planning Board meeting, there were four items placed on the agenda by Mayor Mim Mack. It was stated to a large attendance that these items were in the very early discussion phase. In my opinion and many years of experience, there is a desire to annex one to three areas…

Expand Medicaid now

Expanding Medicaid in Ravalli County and all of Montana is something that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Montana legislators should pass it and have Governor Bullock sign it as quickly as possible. Forget that it’s part of Obamacare. It’s the right thing to do for some 70,000 Montanans, and it’ll be a boon to…