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How cold was it?

This past winter we had some normal cold spells. It's winter in Montana folks. Watching the TV and to hear the weather people ramble on you'd think we lived in the Arctic. Oh, that's right all the...

 

Budget and infrastructure legislation

HELENA - Last week, the State Budget passed out of the House and is now on its way to the Senate Finance and Claims committee. As Finance and Claims begins having hearings on the budget, the legislature will receive another update on the State’s...

 
 By Tom Browder    Opinion    March 28, 2019

Double Arrow Ranch - Common areas and a possible trade with Missoula County

One attraction to the many homeowners who have purchased lots on the Double Arrow Ranch is the extent and variety of the common areas. These are lands owned by DARLOA, the homeowners association, and are available to all residents for their...

 

Nobody just reads the Bible

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) I get tired of...

 

Medicaid Expansion is Socialism

Traditional Medicaid was created to lend a hand to our most vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, the governor, Democrat legislators and more than a few Republican legislators are trying to prop up an entitlement program for the able-bodied, Medicai...

 

Make Montana communities safer with Senate Bill 52

Sexual assault knows no boundaries of age, race or social class. It is a plague on our society, endangering people from all walks of life. For more than two decades, my professional career focused on helping survivors of sexual assault in various...

 

Support House Bill 697 today and fix tax inequality

The current Republican majority in the state legislature has been proud in following its idea of no new or increased taxes. And they have expressed initial satisfaction in “cutting fat” from various department budgets while “retaining...

 

To hook to the sewer or not

SEELEY LAKE - If you have been unable to attend a sewer meeting since November 2018, you will never know what has gone on if you read the notes taken at the meetings.  They do not give you any detailed information.  I know the past president made...

 

Why I hate the .357 magnum

The reason I hate the .357 so much is partly because of the handguns it is available in. Many of the firearms manufactured in the .357 are works of art by themselves. Some of them are so nice and so...

 

Seeley Lake wood stoves and winter air quality

SEELEY LAKE - Recent cold snaps have been instructive about the role weather plays in Seeley Lake's winter air quality. Since the wood stove change out program of 2012-2014, Seeley Lake winter air...

 

God's fashion for marriage

It’s fascinating to look back over the decades at what couples dressed like. Every era over the past century had common fashions and trends that help us know what period history a couple lived in. What makes it possible to identify past eras is...

 
 By Dusty Weber    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Medicaid expansion lacks real compassion

Why should someone who works and cannot afford insurance pay for the insurance of someone else who does not work at all? Continuing to fund Medicaid Expansion with tax revenue from Montana's struggling workers lacks real compassion. Try not to...

 

Daines supports improving rural broadband

Editor, Without access to broadband internet, students are unable to keep up in the classroom, patients are denied the promise of telemedicine tools and rural businesses are locked out of the global economy. Thankfully, Senator Daines stood up for...

 

State and local Infrastructure Act up for discussion

Things are starting to pick up again here at the legislature after transmittal. House Committees are starting to hear all of the Senate bills that were sent to the House during transmittal. Most of the “Big Issue” bills, from tax increase bills...

 

It's going to work out

I think it's going to work out I think in the end I'm going to be okay I think this because I know I won't always be happy but I also know I won't always be sad I'm okay with that, in fact I think it'...

 
 By Adam Shaw    Opinion    March 14, 2019

It's high time for us to protect the Blackfoot for future generations

There are rivers and streams every angler holds dear. We wince when their names are mentioned in public, fearing that the word will get out on our secret honey hole and that our next fishing trip will feature fewer trout and more people prodding its...

 
 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Montana's vital conservation fund reauthorized

In late February, the U.S. House of Representatives moved to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), approving a sweeping package of public lands bills that includes a measure to permanently reauthorize the program for the first time in...

 

Truth or consequences

What is meant by truth or consequences? Well, at one time, this was the title of a game show. The consequences in the game show were fun and humorous. In addition, throughout the centuries...

 
 By Todd Fife    Opinion    March 14, 2019

On becoming merciful

Some things in life should go without saying, but there is always the occasional person who just needs a not-so-subtle reminder. Here are a few examples of what I am talking about. These are actual warning labels: On a propane blowtorch: ‘Never...

 

Ensure Medicaid Expansion continues

It’s helpful to be at the same line of work long enough to be able to be proven wrong. I’ve been working with NAMI Montana to improve Montana’s mental illness treatment system for the past ten years. We’ve been really active on the local,...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Raised bed and path woes

Q: We are starting our first garden of raised beds in Seeley Lake. How much do we have to worry about soil contaminants in our garden beds? Is there some way to keep the soil in good health from year...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    March 7, 2019

With your help we can meet our $5,000 goal for Meals on Wheels Seeley Lake

Hear the band? Join the March... Join us as we march into spring with our local Meals on Wheels (MOW) campaign March for Meals - Seeley Lake. March for Meals – Seeley Lake is the annual fundraising...

 
 By Brian Atwell    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Empathy Turtle

He felt everything displayed by people He loved how he felt when they were happy He had the greatest power of all Empathy It was the Empathy Turtle Now, the Empathy Turtle loves people And a close...

 

ROCKS is building Hill-16 Trails

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake ROCKS is thrilled to be building non-motorized, multi-use recreation trails near Placid Lake State Park in the Hill-16 recreation area. We cleared more than two miles of old...

 

Successes at the half way point

We have now finished the 45th Legislative day and are officially halfway through the legislative session in Helena. Most members of the Legislature have a week or so break as the general bills are all transmitted over to the opposite legislative...

 

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