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Open a Montana medical savings account before Dec. 31 and save on income taxes

Have you had any medical expenses so far this this year that weren’t covered by your health insurance policy, a flexible spending account (FSA) or your Federal Health Care Savings Account (HSA)? If so, you can still open a Montana Medical Care...

 

Letter to the editor

On a daily basis we are inundated on both the local and national level with news of how the opioid epidemic continues to infiltrate communities across this country. Previously, over-prescription of chronic pain-relieving opioids was believed to be...

 

Letter to the editor

To the citizens of Ekalaka, As members of the Town Council, we would like to keep the public informed of the status regarding Mormon Avenue. We realize that the condition of Mormon continues to be a concern. We have explored several options in how... Full story

 
 By Ryan Tooke    Opinion    November 2, 2018

Letter to the editor

When I first thought of applying for the CEO position at Dahl Memorial, it was the possibility of building a new facility that excited me the most about the opportunity. When I left Ekalaka 20 years ago, I didn’t think my career path would take me...

 

Montana Veterans' Affairs: A Matter for Men Only?

Veteran affairs are a matter of growing concern as Montana’s veteran population is both growing and aging. This is no doubt a key reason why Jon Tester has made advocating on behalf of Montana’s heroes and wounded warriors a central feature of...

 

Letter to the editor

What is a Christian? Someone who has opened their heart to Jesus Christ and has accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. Are Christians perfect? No, only one man was perfect and led a sinless life, Jesus Christ. In today's society there seems to be a...

 

Letter to the editor

A vote for the continued support for 6-Mill Levy (LR-128, SB-85) would again help keep our most precious natural resources, our children, from looking for lower educational costs out of state. Some would like you to believe that 6-Mill is a new tax...

 

Make America. . .compassionate again?

What does compassion have to do with civic engagement? This is not an idle question, but—seeing as I am a political candidate for the first time in my life—it is one that came home to me with particular force recently. The scene was a cocktail...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    October 5, 2018

Community journalism matters because communities matter

“Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.” It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years. Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of ribbons being cut at bakeries, and donations...

 

This is not fake news

Nicole Haffely of Hillsboro will be inducted into a bowling hall of fame later this year. We know this because she was featured in a front-page feature story in the Hillsboro Banner. In Mayville, the Riverwood Addition development site is nearly...

 

Letter to the editor

The Ekalaka Board of Trustees recently authorized the purchase of a new activity bus and high school bleachers. Both decisions were based upon the professional opinion of many stakeholders with respect to safety and operational efficiency. The Bus...

 

Letter to the editor

I-185 will save lives As a retired ICU physician, I know the end-stage consequences of tobacco use: heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, dementia, COPD, emphysema, and cancers – not just lung cancer, but also throat, stomach, pancreatic,...

 

Letter to the editor

It is a well-known fact that secondhand smoke is dangerous. The Montana Clean Indoor Air Act protects our residents from the harmful effects of the toxins in secondhand smoke by banning the use of cigarettes and combustible tobacco in public indoor...

 
 By Vicki Fix    Opinion    July 20, 2018

Mayor's notes

It has been almost six months since I assumed office as your mayor. I started the year by taking a city government course online through MSU in Bozeman and, recently, went to a budgeting workshop in...

 
 By Mary Stange    Opinion    July 20, 2018

Letter to the editor

Last week, outgoing Senator Eric Moore offered in these pages “a factual perspective” on “the future of mining and Medicaid in Montana.” The picture he painted was grim, indeed: Unless the Republican-led legislature rushed in to quickly inter...

 
 By Eric Moore    Opinion    July 13, 2018

Letter to the editor

As usual, the Billings Gazette editorial board demonstrated its left wing bias and reluctance to ascertain the facts in its opinion piece opposing the opportunity for Montana voters to have a say in the fiscal future of their state. Montana...

 

Shaking up Shakespeare

"They have been at a great feast of languages and stol'n the scraps." So says the page to his illiterate friend, watching the writing-men at work. In "Love's Labour's Lost," the scholars are quickly...

 

Letter to the editor

Hello, my name is Jaelee Strangford and I am a local student here at CCHS. Earlier in the year, I got a letter informing me that I had been nominated by my former band teacher, Mr. Brad Wick, to go on a European Band Tour with Voyageurs...

 

Letter to the editor

A short while ago, I sent a letter to our Mayor, Mrs. Fix, stating my concerns about the Town of Ekalaka’s proposal to remove pavement from Mormon Avenue and replace it with gravel. To date, I have received no response from her. At the same time,...

 

Montana Energy Summit

America is in the midst of an energy revolution and Montana is well positioned to be a major player. That was the overwhelming consensus among Montana’s and the country’s energy thought leaders...

 
 By Bill Walker    Opinion    June 1, 2018

Alzada residents vie for county commissioner

As a lifetime resident of Carter County, I have a lot invested in the welfare of our county. I graduated from Carter County High School in 1969. I married my wife, Janet Dodd, whom is also a lifetime resident of Carter County, in 1972. We ranched in...

 
 By Mike Watkins    Opinion    June 1, 2018

Alzada residents vie for county commissioner

My family and I have operated a full-time outfitting business in southern Carter County since 1993 and have resided in Alzada since 1999. Our two youngest children went to school in Alzada prior to graduating from the Hulett school system, and I am...

 

Letter to the editor

To Whom It May Concern: I, along with many of you, learned last week of the horrible events in Casper, WY when officer Jacob Carlson was shot five times in the line of duty. Did you know that he has thus far received over 100 units of blood and...

 
 By Pat Strickland    Opinion    May 11, 2018

Letter to the editor

In regards to the town’s proposal to remove and discard the pavement on Mormon Avenue, the replacement of water and sewer mains, and the resurfacing of the street with gravel, I am totally against the idea. I have a number of concerns in regard to...

 
 By Pat Kalstrom    Opinion    March 30, 2018

Letter to the editor

To whom it may concern: There was a theft in Ekalaka! All that was taken was material and an heirloom quilt top that we know of. The quilt top was made by my mother. It is embroidered and hand quilted. The design is flowers. It’s not completed as...

 

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