Editorial

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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National Day of Prayer observed in Libby

September 05, 2017 at 3:00 am

Sunday, Sept. 3 was declared a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana by President Donald Trump, following the lead of Texas Governor Gregg Abbottís proclamation for a statewide day of prayer in Te...

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One student at a time

September 05, 2017 at 2:00 am

By ELSIE ARNTZENWelcome back to school! After teaching for 23 years, this is my second year of not opening the classroom door to new students on the first day of school. Now, as State Superintendent, it is my privilege to serve all Montana ...

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Thank firefighters this Labor Day by supporting laws to protect them

September 05, 2017 at 2:00 am

This Labor Day, I join many Montanans in thanking our hardworking firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency responders who fight this summerís exceptionally intense, destructive wildfires. One way to express gratitude is to make su...

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Appealing your property tax

September 01, 2017 at 8:32 am

Summer is not the only major event that arrives in June of every year. Another annual occurrence is the appearance in mailboxes all over the State of new property appraisals from the Montana Department of Revenue. The receipt of this docume...

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Fire-wise citizens crucial to fighting wildfires

September 01, 2017 at 8:32 am

It is somewhat amazing when I look at a map of Montana fires that Lincoln County has remained relatively unscathed. Yes, we have had some pretty significant fires (Gibralter for one), but (knock on wood) no loss of life or structures. This ...

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