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Letter to the editor

During this time of uncertainty, people need people and we need each other. As we have read and listened to the news, the healthcare system may potentially become overwhelmed with COVID-19, not to mention the daily maintenance of the health of the...

 
 By Elsie Arntzen    Opinion    March 27, 2020 

Schools and families lead their communities through unprecedented circumstances

This week, I had a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to discuss national responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and how the U.S. Department of Education can assist Montana...

 

Letter to the editor

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts." It can be discouraging to see Washington DC sewer-style politics creep into Montana elections. Here we are, still eight...

 

Letter to the editor

A little over a year ago, a brilliant lawyer helped secure the future of our family ranch. Raphael Graybill, in his role as chief legal counsel for the governor, went to battle for private property rights and public access in front of the Montana Sup...

 

Music education in Ekalaka in the 1940s and 50s

During the dry Depression years, my parents, Lee and Mildred Coons Lavell, traveled all over Montana, Idaho and Washington looking for work for my dad. The only thing predictable about our lives was another brown-eyed-baby born every two years....

 

Letter to the editor

From a 2018 national survey of 524 principals, assistant principals and other school based leaders it was found that only 33% of K-12 schools offer a stand alone civics course. Only 24% of school districts require passing a civics exam. The survey...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, Beef born, bred, fed and processed in the US is considered the best in the world. Married to a Rosebud County rancher for the past 40 years, I know we take pride in raising a first class fine and healthy herd of cow/calf pairs. You can...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear People of the Great State of Montana, Hello! I am a third-grade student in Northern Virginia. Our class is learning about the United States, and I will be teaching our school about the state of Montana. In the month of May, I will create a displ...

 
 By Vicki Fix    Opinion    February 14, 2020

Mayor's Notes

Happy New Year! After realizing that the last two years have flown by, I thought I might reflect on what is happening in your Town Council. In January we welcomed Jim Mackay to the council. He has...

 

My cancer story

I retired after forty years of flying a number of different aircraft and on the 26th day of August 2006 at the age of 68, was the last day that I have flown an airplane. As you may or may not know, in order to hold a commercial pilot certificate one...

 

Letter to the editor

I am a rancher, registered nurse, past Republican Chair of the Montana Legislature’s Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee and a Senior Citizen. A fundamental conservative principle is to care for our children, our elderly and...

 

Letter to the editor

Senate District 19, The first year of my term as your Senator has now come to a close. A lot has happened in that year and I want to take a moment to recap it. The year started with Montana’s 66th Legislative session. During the session I...

 

Letter to the editor

My father, a Carter County rancher, would be anxious each November when he would sell his calves, about 100 miles away to the livestock ring in South Dakota. A good price would allow for another year of operation. In my research I came across a...

 

Mayor's Notes

The council has been very busy with several projects this past summer. • The pool was open regularly and swimming lessons went very well. Thank you to Claire Callahan, Max Larson, Emily O'Connell,...

 
 By TJ Smith    Opinion    August 9, 2019

Letter to the editor

Meatless Mondays for your school lunch program? Meat grown in a petri dish from a foreign lab? These are questions we need to ask Governor Bullock. By his executive order, Montana is now obligated to advance the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement....

 

Letter to the editor

What is the US Climate Alliance? It is a domestic group formed specifically to undermine President Trump’s excellent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Now, by executive order, Part-time Governor Steve Bullock has undermined all o...

 
 By Daniel R. Wood    Opinion    May 3, 2019

Letter to the editor

The recent announcement by Greg Gianforte that he is seriously considering another run for Governor is problematic. He barely won against a gun grabbing liberal entirely out of touch with Montana values. Now Greg wants to run for Governor? Tim Fox...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Opinion    May 3, 2019

Letter to the editor

Dear Eric, I am writing to correct a mistake I made in one of my stories. I told about an airplane crash that took the lives of two local men. I correctly identified one as Bud Hansen but incorrectly identified the other as Clyde Sandon. It was...

 

Letter to the editor

14 March, 2019 Dear Patients of Fallon Medical Complex, As many are already aware, I have decided to pursue another opportunity and will therefore be departing my practice as a physician assistant at Fallon Medical Complex as of May 15th, 2019. Those...

 

Gianforte to Washington Governor: Your policy has "devastating impacts" on Montana

WASHINGTON – At a congressional hearing last week, Congressman Greg Gianforte blasted Washington Gov. Jay Inslee for his anti-coal agenda that would kill Montana jobs and drive up electricity rates...

 
 By Corky Harkins    Opinion    April 5, 2019

Letter to the editor

Paul and Nancy Brence put a post of the flooded spring creek at their place last week, and it brought back memories when I was nine years old. The winter of ‘51-’52 was deep snow, and by March 15th it has started to thaw. Dad (Odis) decided him...

 

Montana Legislature looks to raid local government revenues & direct money to the Office of Public Defender

An amendment attached to House Bill 2 (the state’s budget bill) provides the legislature the opportunity to reduce local government revenues and divert them to the Office of Public Defender (OPD). OPD is a state agency that has nearly doubled in...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Opinion    March 8, 2019

Montana Tales and Trails

Winter will end. Trust me. But what will we see when all that white stuff disappears? A landscape green from melting snow littered with dead deer? Probably not. Yes, February was brutal for much of th...

 

Catch and keep or let them swim away

It’s often said that Montana is like a small town with long streets. Montanans may be separated by hundreds of miles but it’s amazing how many mutual friends you find you have after talking with someone for five minutes in this giant small town....

 
 By Vicki Fix    Opinion    February 15, 2019

Mayor's Notes

One year as mayor, boy did it go fast! Some of the things we accomplished this year were: • Replaced some outdated sewer pipe under the bridge; • Put a new furnace in the Town Shop so that it can...

 

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