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Take a harder look, the public is watching

After reading the recent article in the Aug. 26 edition about the Forest Service withdrawing their project in the Scapegoat Wilderness, I couldn’t restrain myself any longer. The Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks appear to be...

 

Realtor commissions raise housing costs and promote government growth

Realtor Kevin Wetherell has noted home prices in the Seeley area have jumped by 53%...to an average price of $399,000. So much for affordable housing in Seeley Lake.  What he does not mention, discuss or analyze is the impact realtors’ sales...

 

My reply to my Dear BCSA Followers

The 80,000 acres that you crave is already under the protection of the US Forest Service. That is right, no subdivision will be put there! The ONLY thing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act would do is to keep those nasty, raggedy people out of...

 

Protect our public lands and outdoor economy with BCSA

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) is a bill introduced to Congress by Senator Jon Tester that will further protect the Blackfoot River by expanding protections to its headwaters as part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. The BCSA...

 

Work with others' strengths for the good of the community

Thank you for the heart-warming article even in the face of the fire tragedy. Chief Dave Lane made such positive comments on the efforts of neighbors and the community members coming together for the good of all. As he said, it wasn’t perfect but...

 

Focus letters on local communities

Dear Roxie Sterling, The change to our Letters to the Editor policy restricting letters to local issues is not meant to cancel conservative voices. This change equally affects letter writers from all political views and opinions as it pertains to...

 

Thank you for your support

SEELEY LAKE - We would like to say a big thank you to all who helped support us on our journey this summer for Junior Olympics track. Especially all the businesses who donated and the individuals who came and supported our car wash. We greatly...

 

National issues are local issues

Dear Nathan and Andi – I can see that we have a difference of opinion. I consider the issues of voting laws, free speech, gun rights, school curriculum, immigration, the Constitution of the United States of America, masks and vaccines, etc. all of...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 29, 2021

Sewer Board headed in right direction

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board is sorting out its priorities and finally heading in a good direction. I appreciate the work done by Beth Hutchinson who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Seeley Lake to ensure a sensible wastewater...

 
 By Lauraine Lowe    Opinion    July 22, 2021

Save our deputy

SEELEY LAKE – Why are a select few attacking our Deputy Sheriff who’s a decent family man and who’s part of our community? Deputy Ryan Dunster is an asset to us all here in Seeley Lake. The complaints against Deputy Dunster are so petty it’s...

 
 By Andrea Morgan    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Lessons to be learned - not political platform to be used

I am lucky enough to live outside of Ovando, between the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the mighty Blackfoot River. My entire community is deeply shocked and saddened by the recent bear attack. I offer my sincere condolences for the victim, her...

 

Response requires honestly

SEELEY LAKE - On June 29 my son and father were in a vehicle wreck. As a father it’s terrifying to hear. I called my son who was complaining of his stomach hurting from the seat belt and his leg that was hurting from hitting the dash and tried...

 
 By Roxie Sterling    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Fight the good fight for our children and our country

I know why the left wing Democrats, left media, big tech and the swamp can’t open their own door. It is because their Pinocchio nose is longer than their arm from all the lies they tell. So sad. We were a color-blind America until the radical left...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    June 3, 2021

Patriotism and Memorial Day observation

Sadly, during the misguided war in Vietnam, we subjected thousands of our young men and women to a senseless war, putting them at risk of bodily harm and death for a failed international policy of containing communism. The policy was bankrupt from...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    June 3, 2021

Hold Health Department accountable

SEELEY LAKE - Voters unanimously defeated a $35-million albatross sewer proposal but the message seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Now the Sewer Board wants to charge resident homeowners $250/year for each parcel in the district. Many residences...

 
 By Roxie Sterling    Opinion    June 3, 2021

The donkey fits - use the power of your vote

The Democratic party chose the donkey as the symbol of their party. They chose well. It fits them. Biden came into office through cheating. Immediately he costs thousands of Americans their jobs. Biden has cost many Americans and illegal aliens...

 

Clean trail makes for smooth ride

SEELEY LAKE - With the departure of snow on the Dog Town trail, the residual of snow plowing and graveling was most evident. Tuesday, May 8, the Missoula County road crew swept the whole trail from the Dog Town bridge to Highway 83.  I’m sure...

 
 By Mike Lindemer    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Please take a stand against cap on credit card fees

As a longtime rural small business owner in Seeley Lake, I know firsthand how important it is for our business to accept electronic payments from our customers. We appreciate that our customers are able to have secure and efficient transactions every...

 
 By Kate Goodwin    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Get it done - Support the BCSA

Everyone in Montana uses our outdoors but not everyone has the same vision for how to manage it. Do we want forest restoration or recreation areas for snowmobiling? Sometimes what’s best for an angler isn’t what’s best for a backcountry skier...

 
 By Forest Mercill    Opinion    May 20, 2021

Support the Lincoln Prosperity Proposal with us

This past snowmobile season started out a little slowly here in Lincoln. Snow was thin but stoke was high, and as soon as the clouds started dumping, we started riding. Snowmobiling is a way of life here; it's a family-friendly activity, a way to...

 
 By Riley Egen    Opinion    May 13, 2021

BCSA - Bring the 'we mentality' to rest of Montana's delegation

It’s easy to see why so many are fed up with modern politics and the “us versus them” rhetoric. Thankfully, a trip up the Blackfoot Valley puts this chaotic world into perspective with stunning mountains, clean waters, expansive ranchlands and...

 
 By Dee Schmitz    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Above all remain helpful and kind

SEELEY LAKE - You hear people talk about Seeley being such a friendly/helpful place. I hope after this virus is done, people are still helpful. Leaving the grocery store last Tuesday, I observed an elderly lady struggling with her (passenger) door...

 

It's time for Congress to pass the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

For over 15 years, we’ve shared this goal: Congress passing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA). Thanks to the continued support of Senator Tester, we are back on track to reach this goal, with hopes that this is the year when all of...

 
 By Joseph Biby    Opinion    April 29, 2021

Safeguard our Wildernesses

After 20 seasons guiding wilderness treks and river journeys in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, I have witnessed significant changes in wilderness visitors. As a teenager I hiked from Ovando to Essex, scrambled in the Mission Mountains and skied from...

 

Consider these points about vaccinations

If you are vaccine hesitant, whatever your reasons, here are five points of information that you owe it to yourself to consider. They are from Dr. Tom Frieden, an American infectious disease and public health physician and former head of the Centers...

 

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