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Wilderness Study Areas are making Montana wildfires worse

This past year saw devastating wildfires across Montana-but none was so destructive as the Lodgepole Complex fire in Garfield and Petroleum counties. The Lodgepole fire was the largest in the...

 

Drought harms more than just the landscape

Drought impacts wildlife, too. As we enter the season of complaining about the snow and cold, reminders of this summer’s drought remain in the form of haystacks, cows and pocketbooks that are all far too thin. The same is true for deer and other...

 

Letter to the editor

As we move into the holiday season, telephone scammers are growing more aggressive. I received a phone call last evening. Caller ID said "Private Caller" but the man on the other end said he was from "Windows Tech Support", apparently in India, based...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Del Dague’s NFL letter of September 29th. Del Dague you were spot on about the NFL. 23 years ago I was offered a flying job here in the state of Washington; a job that I could not refuse. So, that’s when I...

 

A 4-H letter

4-H week is here and it is time to celebrate and look at the memories that we have made over the past year. We need to look at all we have gained from 4-H and look at where we would be if we hadn’t been in 4-H. This organization has done a lot for...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: I am writing you about the closures of roads and trails in the Long Pines and Ekalaka Hills (Custer National Forest) from 10-15 to 12-1. This time period takes in all of rifle season. By doing this, 100,000 acres of forest land is being...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Eric, As freshman class advisor, I feel that some clarification is necessary regarding the freshmen not decorating the library window for homecoming. The real issue was lack of pre-planning and miscommunication, not unwillingness of the library...

 

Letter to the editor

To the head of the NFL and all the players who don’t have enough respect to stand at attention for the national anthem: The men and women who enlisted, were drafted, or served our country gave their lives, limbs, health, and time so that these few...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, “And now,” as Paul Harvey said, “for the rest of the story. . .” In response to the thumbs down to the Ekalaka Public Library regarding the homecoming window, we need to be aware of certain facts (which were not included in the l...

 

The choice: either we manage the forests or they will manage us

Montana's crisis isn't too much water or hurricanes – it's fire. It's smoke filling Big Sky Country and filling our lungs, communities being evacuated, structures lost and tons of fuels just lying o...

 
 By Wanda Pinnow    Opinion    August 4, 2017

Letter to the editor

Dear Friends, On July 21, 2017 Judge Morris granted R-CALF a preliminary injunction enjoining USDA from continuing to allow Montana Beef Council (MBC) to receive their half of the $1.00 checkoff per head of cattle sold, which is paid by all...

 

The epidemic that's hurting us all: meth

On my most recent telephone town hall with 28,000 Montanans, nearly 95% agreed that meth is a problem in Montana. Certainly, Barbara from Billings knows this to be true – she shared with me that her...

 
 By Darcia Patten    Opinion    July 14, 2017

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, I wanted to drop a note to let everyone know about some upcoming events being sponsored by Powder River/Carter County Farm Bureau. On August 4th Jim Larson will be down to present a MT Ag Safety meeting for everyone’s work comp...

 
 By Joyce Harkins    Opinion    June 30, 2017

Letter to the editor

What an honor to welcome a professional harpist to Ekalaka, MT! We do not often get to witness amazing talent such as this in our corner of the world. Please consider spending July 4th with the residents at the nursing home. As I spend time getting...

 

Health care improvements thwarted by politics

Too often, real policy improvements get drowned out by political talking points. That is the case right now as nearly all of the health care discussion in Montana is about one flawed health care bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. In...

 

The future of Montana agriculture

On June 1, Great Falls was the center of our nation's agriculture conversation as I hosted the Montana Ag Summit, a conversation about the future of jobs in our state's number one economic driver:...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Opinion    June 9, 2017

Rain, rain go away

Back in third grade, I remember reading a story about a little boy who grew tired of rain ruining his weekends. So he chanted: Rain, rain go away. And he got his wish. The sky cleared, the sun came ou...

 
 By Daniel Schrock    Opinion    May 12, 2017

Letter to the editor

On behalf of current and future Carter County High School students, I want to thank the community members who came out to vote in support of our school and its students. The confidence and support that was placed in the Board of Trustees and the...

 
 By Eva Grimes    Opinion    May 5, 2017

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, As many have heard, Stompin’ Grounds Coffee House is hosting the Diamonds & Dog Tags Formal Gala on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day. I have rallied my friends and fellow business owners to help with this large undertaking. Veterans...

 

Letter to the editor

Last Monday, April 10th my grandchildren’s dog broke his lead and came in to town from where they live on Chalk Buttes Road. He was headed back home when his broken tie down was caught in the wood pile of Lance Barrere. Mr Barrere, hearing a...

 

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