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Support Josh Slotnick

I enthusiastically support Josh Slotnick who is running as a Democrat for the Board of Missoula County Commissioners. Josh has been my friend, farmer and colleague for nearly 20 years. Without a doubt, he is one of the most hard-working and...

 
 By Vicki Watson    Opinion    February 22, 2018 

Josh Slotnick for County Commissioner

MISSOULA - In the 35 years that I’ve been privileged to live in Missoula County, I have been delighted to see how our community embraced regrowing our local food economy and protecting our farmland. One of the people who worked to make this happen...

 

Change Needed in Law Enforcement Services

My name is Travis Wafstet. I am an Independent candidate for the Office of Sheriff/Coroner in Missoula County. I am writing to address the residents in Greenough, Potomac, Seeley Lake and Condon.  For many months your communities have not received...

 

Mental Illness

Mental illness is not a new phrase but it is one that has been in the news and on the lips of many people since school shootings began. The most recent tragedy in Broward County, in Fort Lauderdale,...

 
 By Kelly Moore    Opinion    February 22, 2018 

Have You Had Your Financial Check-Up Lately?

Wellness Checks. We’re constantly reminded of the importance of getting one. It is a preventative action that normally takes little time and effort to complete. The resulting peace of mind usually outweighs the dread of visiting your health care...

 

New Beginnings

In 1979, Len Kobylenski purchased the Buckhorn Camp and changed the name to the Mission Mountains Mercantile. To prove that fact is stranger than fiction – the only document to survive the devastating fire two years ago was the original Buy/Sell...

 
 By Ron Cox    Opinion    February 15, 2018

WSAs Are Still Wildlands

Some of my Wilderness-friendly friends are bent out of shape because politicians want to release Montana Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) of that status, envisioning instant clearcuts and oil fields. Concern has been expressed that the action is being...

 

Winter Funk

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know when to just pull my lip over my head and swallow… Riding my horse is a wondrous salve for my salty soul. The salty soul is...

 

New Beginnings

The Mission Mountains Mercantile, one of the upper Swan Valley's landmarks, was destroyed by a devastating fire nearly two years ago. Owner Len Kobylenski decided to rebuild and a new version of the...

 
 By Todd Fife    Opinion    February 15, 2018

Blessed Are the Meek

When Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, He began with the Beatitudes. These are the ‘blessed are the’…verses found in the fifth chapter of Matthew. These describe the Christ-like attributes that I imagine He is asking us to develop—He bein...

 

Capitalism and Natural Resources: Finding a Balance

Back in 1898, near the headwaters of the Missouri River in what is now Glacier National Park, my great grandfather found and drilled the first oil wells in Montana. He also found the school teacher in Altyn (who was 33 years younger) and on their win...

 

Ensuring Outdoor Recreation

Montana’s booming outdoor recreation industry is dependent on having ample wild and wonderful places. We cannot manufacture new wild places. Now is not the time to shrink our public lands, now is the time to protect our public lands. One important...

 

Don't Feed the Deer

When I lived in the Swan and before I hauled my ponies and mule over to winter on the bench out of Fairfield to my great friend old Mormon Sam, I needed considerable hay. Elden Rammell once introduced me to an old timer on the Helmville cutoff named...

 

Next Legislature Must Stand Up for Montana

Montanans are now seeing the real-life consequences of budget decisions made by the Republican legislators who make up the majority of our state legislature. Over the next year, 28 property assessment offices will be closing their doors in addition...

 

The Wisdom of King Solomon

Early in his life after he had taken over as King from his father David, God said to Solomon, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.” (1 Kings 3:5) Solomon replied that because he was young he wanted wisdom to discern between good and evil to be...

 

Montana Senators Champions for Small Business

Small businesses can use all the help they can get, most especially representatives in Washington who stand up for them and represent their interests. Montana’s small businesses are lucky that they have such champions in Senator Tester & Senator...

 

Support Russ Fagg

I have known Russ Fagg for over 25 years. When you know someone a long time, you see what they are made of. Russ served as a Montana district judge for 20 years in Yellowstone County. Judges have the title "Honorable" in front of their names. This...

 

Dog Off Leash and No Voice Control

SEELEY LAKE - To the cross country skier who allowed his dog to jump all over mine as my dog and I were trying to walk to the start of the Morrell Falls USFS road: As your dog continued to jump on and at mine, you watched but did nothing. I asked...

 

Fire Department Growing and Changing

SEELEY LAKE - A lot has happened here at the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District in the last couple of months! We are growing and changing and improving every day! Our call volume continues to grow which means we have been able to help more people than...

 

Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project Thanks Tester, Calls on Daines to Support Blackfoot Bill

SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act will receive a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Feb. 7. Members of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP) reiterated their thanks...

 

Health and Support Guides Available

Hi. I have exciting news today! The new "Seeley Lake Community Health and Support Guide" is in print and being distributed this week. It is a collaboration of Seeley Lake Community Foundation,...

 

Saints or Sinners - Christian Hypocrisy

A friend once told me that when he had invited a neighbor to church, the neighbor’s response was, “Why would I want to go to church? They’re all just a bunch of hypocrites.” My friend responded jokingly, “Don’t let that stop you, we’ve...

 
 By TJ Smith    Opinion    January 25, 2018

A Different Light on Cry for Carbon Tax

Primary greenhouse gases are water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitros oxide, ozone, CFCs, and HFCs. Of these, which is the most significant? You may be surprised to learn that it is not carbon dioxide, but rather water vapor! Just how significant is...

 

The Ride

I can feel the power of the engine Shaking under the hood The power overtaking my cold body From the cool crisp winter breeze And the fresh powder The riveting smell of exhaust When boondocking in...

 

Virtuous Ambition

Montana’s three political parties control access to the General Election ballot. Montanans can influence their parties by grassroots electing 3,186 precinct persons in 56 counties. In 2014 no one filed for 2,630, or 82 percent.  Of the 571 positio...

 

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