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Legislature's work on criminal justice and public safety

Public safety has been a significant and growing concern in our communities for the past several years. The 2023 Legislature heard these concerns loud and clear and acted to make our state a safer place to work, play, and raise a family. We took on...

 

Re: School Equalization Mills

Governor Gianforte: The Montana Supreme Court clarified the state’s ability to accrue ‘banked mills’ when the calculation required under MCA § 15-10-420 results in mills above the cumulative cap of 95. While that opinion was directly in...

 
 By Jan Lombardi    Opinion    December 7, 2023 

Are you happy about your new property tax bill?

I’m definitely not. Everywhere I go, people are grumbling about how much their property taxes increased. But if you think nobody is happy, you’re wrong. Governor Gianforte and the Republican legislative supermajority raised our property taxes....

 
 By Carrie Benton    Opinion    December 7, 2023 

December Seeley Lake Library news

With colder temperatures upon us, perhaps it’s time to swing by your local library and find a cozy book to enlighten the mind or warm the heart. Your local Seeley Lake Public Library has many brand...

 

Growing to love the Advent Season

Thanksgiving has come and gone; it is time to start reflecting on the Advent Season. After 21 years in Scotland, the Lectionary became a part of my Advent season build up to Christmas. I wish I could do the whole of the Advent writing to build the...

 

Teddy Roosevelt was right - about a lot of things

I have a sign on the bulletin space above my desk that says, ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” For me especially, and those who know me well would agree, that’s a good admonition. The quote is from Teddy Roosevelt. It’s...

 
 By Tom Browder    Opinion    December 7, 2023 

Seeley Lake Historical Society - Keeping the Past Alive

For more than 20 years, the Seeley Lake Historical Society has worked to expand our knowledge and understanding of the history of the Seeley Lake area. We do this by maintaining the Historical Museum...

 

Excited to Provide Prenatal and Primary Medical Care in Seeley Lake

My name is Dr. Jackie Ordemann and I am thrilled to share that I have joined Partnership Health Center’s Seeley Swan Medical Center team as a family medicine physician. I will provide primary medical care to patients of all ages, and I am...

 

The church necessary for salvation

As Advent begins, may we reflect upon Jesus, our Savior, who by the riches of God’s grace took on flesh by being born of the Blessed Virgin to be the perfect blood sacrifice for our redemption and for the forgiveness of sins (see Ephesians 1:7). By...

 

Smashed liver for Sunday dinner

After I finished high school, I underwent 16 years of additional training—college, medical school, surgical residency, surgical fellowship—before I started a real job. I was 34 years old and deep red broke. Finally, I thought, I am done with the...

 

The world record snow goose and other stories

In a way I felt sorry for the guy and in another, thought he got what he deserved. The incident happened in a small café in Macdoel, California, a small town in northern California below the Oregon...

 

Real estate market updates

Kevin Wetherell of Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc. Thus far in 2023, there has been a total of 34 homes sold, which is behind the pace of the 45 total homes that sold in 2022. The number of homes...

 

Let's Carry Our Recent Public Lands Lessons Forward

Residents of the Flathead Valley have recently been witnesses to what can happen in public lands management when the public isn’t adequately consulted before decisions move forward. I’m referring to the permitting issues for Holland Lake Lodge. I...

 

New Federal regs threaten Montana's rural banks

In the quiet corners of rural Montana, credit unions and community banks offer a unique ability to focus on bringing value to Main Street rather than Wall Street. These institutions have a vested interest in the success of their communities and...

 

Preparing Patients for Changes in Dental Care

New medical research continually changes and adjusts the way physicians practice medicine and treat patients. Dentistry is no different. Evidence-based recommendations in dentistry are based on high-quality studies that undergo rigorous review. As...

 

Our shared power in Christ

One of the primary struggles for the church today is an ancient struggle. This struggle is about power, specifically, confusion about divine power. Divine power as displayed in the life and ministry of Jesus is about power with others, power for...

 

A fly fisher's thanksgiving

Once again we'll be going to my friend Jim's place for Thanksgiving. Among other things, our camaraderie is rooted in flyfishing. And as is so often true of flyfishers, our commonality extends to...

 

Strengthening the integrity of Montana's elections

We’re now less than a year out from one of the biggest elections in Montana history. Next November, our ballots will be stacked with candidates for president, U.S. Senate, two congressional seats, governor, attorney general, secretary of state,...

 

Low Levels of Flathead Lake in 2023 Were and Are Avoidable

Flathead Lake is one of the most beautiful places on earth; however, this summer’s low lake levels severely impacted residents, irrigators, fishermen, recreators, marinas, land and dock owners and many other businesses directly or indirectly. The e...

 

Psychological Perspectives: Changing climate

The title of this column can be understood from several different points of view. For example, most often environmental changes that engulf the planet come to mind. There also is the environment that...

 

Strength in weakness

Admiral Horatio Nelson is one of England’s greatest heroes, yet his fame was gained not only due to his strengths, but arguably even more so from his weaknesses. Having lost his mother at the age of nine, he began his military career at the age of...

 

(Some of) the joys of fly tying

When I was a kid I was fascinated by trout flies. It seemed almost inborn. It started when I was about eight when my godfather showed me a box of flies that he tied. There was a sporting goods store...

 

Clearwater Resource Council meeting scheduled

The Clearwater Resource council is scheduling a community meeting on Jan. 9 at the Barn in Seeley Lake to present the finding of multiple years of aquatic monitoring of streams and lakes in the Clearwater Valley. Ongoing human activities in the...

 

Grateful for Loving Hearts

I am so grateful for Loving Hearts Thrift Shoppe. I recently got the prettiest teal colored jacket there, and a pile of other great items, at the $1 bag sale! When I got home and realized my new favorite jacket was reversible, and even prettier on...

 

Clarifying the facts as I see them on the 95 mill property tax increase

Recently opinion pieces and information sent to legislators regarding the counties decision to levy 77.9 mills instead of the State directed 95 mills has been circulating in both statewide newspapers, and internal legislative correspondence. It...

 

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