Editorial

State should reconsider action against Hecla Mining Company

April 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

The Lincoln County Commission wants to share our dismay with a recent decision by Montana DEQ and the Governor’s office to file a violation against Hecla Mining under the “permit prohibition” provision of the Montana Metal Mine Act. We supp...

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We Montanans treasure our protected areas

April 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

Lately we’ve heard a lot from our politicians about public lands and specifically Wilderness Study Areas. I’ve worked on public lands challenges, and wilderness protection, for nearly six years in NW Montana. This is a topic I know somethin...

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Congress cannot over- or under- compensate counties

April 06, 2018 at 2:00 am

As the chair of the “Federal Land Payments Subcommittee of the National Association of Counties”, I feel it my duty to write this letter after hearing and reading about Mineral County, Montana sending a tax bill to the United States Forest ...

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Canadian newsprint is not the enemy — tariffs are

March 27, 2018 at 3:00 am

Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those...

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Lifting public health emergency would be detrimental

March 20, 2018 at 9:33 am

Recently there has been talk that the EPA should withdraw their public health emergency (PHE) declaration at the Libby asbestos site. This comes as Superfund site clean-up in town slowly draws to a close. I believe the idea to withdraw the ...

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It’s time repair and rebuild our Constitution

March 16, 2018 at 3:00 am

Apparently our nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of upgrades and repairs to the extent where the consideration of funding this program is now being actively discussed. But there are a growing number of people who are beginning to feel...

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Our budgetary fate is in the hands of leaders who have shown no restraint

February 27, 2018 at 8:33 am

Thomas Jefferson favored amending the Constitution by “taking from the federal government the power of borrowing. “ He also favored a requirement that taxes would have to be sufficient for each generation to pay its own debts. Managing debt...

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Standing up for community health

February 27, 2018 at 8:31 am

Community health centers, including Northwest Community Health Center here in Libby, provide access to quality care to one in 10 Montanans. Community health centers are vital across rural America. That’s why, after Congress let them sit in ...

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The safety of our children and communities

February 16, 2018 at 8:27 am

Washington, D.C. is broken. Our representatives choose time and again to bend to the interests of lobbyists and corporate donors at our expense.I have spent my entire career as a consumer protection advocate, fighting for people who have b...

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TV white space tech will help expand broadband coverage

February 16, 2018 at 8:27 am

The digital divide is real and it’s widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those living on tribal lands have no options to access broadband Internet, and the longer this probl...

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