Editorial

Government cost-cutting, not taxes, is the answer

October 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

Droughts. Firestorms. Crashed commodity prices. Coal fired energy plants shutting down. Stores on main street closing. One doesnít have to look far to see Montananís suffering. When the executive proposes tax increases as the preferred solu...

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2017 Fire Season On The Kootenai National Forest

October 06, 2017 at 9:17 am

It was just two years ago I wrote a similar letter summarizing the fire season and thanking all the people in the communities affected by the fires. It is hard to believe Iím doing this again, thinking that 2015 would have been one of those...

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How do you Ďcompromiseí when you are falling off a cliff?

September 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

When did politics change? Or did it?Those questions arise in the wake of former Montana Gov. Marc Racicotís address to Flathead Valley Community College last week in which he lamented ďa driftĒ from the principles on which the nation was fo...

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Cyber attack a wakeup call

September 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

For most of us, the last week in Flathead County has seemed like something out of a movie.The idea that an anonymous hacker or hackers could shut down 19 school districts as well as several private schools and multiple day-care facilities f...

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The American West is burning

September 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

Hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma and Maria are unstoppable. They rip at our coastlines and tear at our hearts. The yellow, orange, red, even purple colors on the Doppler radar and weather maps this summer have been horrific to see, but thatí...

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Facts matter when it comes to addressing wildfires

September 19, 2017 at 3:00 am

Montana is on fire, weíve been breathing smoke for months, and itís human nature to look for someone or something to blame, such as environmentalists or the Forest Service. But the fact is we canít log our way out, we canít fight our way ou...

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Fuel and fire: A case for federal forest management and reforms

September 19, 2017 at 3:00 am

For most Montanans, this is not just another fire season. The 2017 season started early and is predicted to continue until a season-ending event such as rain or snow by November. Unfortunately for the thousands of people evacuated from thei...

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Montanans deserve answers on DPHHS priorities

September 15, 2017 at 3:00 am

Montanans need only to look at the front page of any statewide paper or turn on the local evening news to know that our state is experiencing a budget deficit made much worse by a severe and long fire season.But members of the Legislature h...

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Montanans stepping up to help support Montana Red Cross

September 08, 2017 at 3:00 am

When times are tough, Montanans rise to the challenge. Thatís what we do. And thatís been the case during a difficult wildfire season that has touched all corners of our state.Neighbors have helped neighbors, donating hay, offering up a saf...

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Recognize the emotional toll of wildfire smoke

September 08, 2017 at 3:00 am

As a mental health professional, I have been counseling people through challenging times for 45 years. One of the techniques I teach to alleviate anxiety is deep breathing, but the toxic soup of smoke that surrounds us is causing people to ...

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