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 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...

 

Letter to the editor

I have a crazy idea, I am a crazy idea sort of guy. Anyway, you know how we used to have several news columns from various parts of the county. Now we are down to Capitol News. How about having a news column about people who used to live in Ekalaka,...

 

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...

 
 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,...

 

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