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 By Ellie West    Opinion    September 21, 2022 

Coaches Corner: Power in the Pen

If there is one thing I learned from my Dad, it is always to write a personal thank you note to those who gave you a gift or someone who has done something kind or extraordinary for you. He always told me that a verbal thank you is never enough. I... Full story

 

Column: Announcing is tough

I love to watch football and was a little more than fired up to watch the Denver Broncos open the NFL season with a Monday Night Football matchup at Seattle. It turns out it was a very bizarre game with an awful ending. Even worse, I had to listen...

 

Coaches Corner: Facing storms in your life

“Not all storms come to disrupt your life; some come to clear your path.” -Unknown. What happens when you see a storm brewing and moving into your area? Do you have a feeling of fear that comes over you as you run for cover and perhaps hide?...

 

Column: Did I really just panic buy Sriracha?

At the onset of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, I would cringe whenever I would go to the store and see people loading up their carts with toilet paper. I had no idea why everyone thought they needed excessive amounts, and it was frustrating when I... Full story

 

Column: The morbid joy of funeral sandwiches

Every so often, I get in a bit of a rut when it comes to the nightly dinner menu, and we seem to be eating tacos and spaghetti a bit more than we probably should. While there is certainly nothing wrong with either, we probably eat them more than we... Full story

 

Our View: Hats off to the historical society

During the summer of 2021, I had a wonderful experience working at the Three Forks Visitors Information Center. It served as a great way to promote the Three Forks area and meet and visit with many of the people who were visiting the area. During thi...

 

Coaches Corner: Fall shows us that change can happen

As the summer months wind down, we enter into a new season - Fall. You step outside, and you can feel it. There is something different in the air. The cooler temperatures, the cozy sweaters, the warm...

 

Guest Editorial: Give it back

During the 2021 Legislature, we set a budget to adequately fund state government operations. It turns out that the State Treasury received a lot more tax revenue than we projected. In almost every area, tax receipts have exceeded our expectations. Th... Full story

 

Column: Ragtime Cowboy Joe

There are not too many things I enjoy more than watching college football on a beautiful fall day. I even love watching a game or three when it’s ten below outside, and the wind shakes the house. I’d pick a good college game over the NFL anytime.... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    August 31, 2022

Coaches Corner: Follow your Heart

Throughout history, many cultures have emphasized the importance of following or listening to our hearts. When we speak of the “heart,” we are not referring to the physical organ but our spiritual heart. Our heart is the key to our deepest...

 

Guest Editorial: Scholarships support more Montana students

The start of the 2022-23 school year marks the dawn of new educational opportunities for students across Montana. The Tax Credits for Qualified Education Contributions Program will send its largest ever number of scholarship recipients to... Full story

 

Column: Where in the world is the sesame seed remover?

The summer before my senior year of high school, I was 17 and thought I knew EVERYTHING. Looking back two-plus decades, I did not know much about ANYTHING. At the end of my junior year, I decided to get a job and the best option at the time was fast... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    August 24, 2022

Coaches Corner: Importance of Self-Care

Self-Care seems to be a buzzword in recent years. Oxford dictionary defines self-care as taking action to preserve one’s health. Self-care includes everything you do to take care of your well- being in your physical, emotional, mental and... Full story

 

Op-Ed: Law enforcement fighting human trafficking, but needs more resources

It’s a horrific reality for Montanans to consider, but human trafficking takes place every day in our state. The odds are most of you have seen it but didn’t know. Last month, a man involved in a sex trafficking ring in Billings was sentenced to... Full story

 

Column: Trouble Passing

There are so many wonderful things about living in Southwest Montana. One of my favorite things is the absolute beauty, and often, when the weather allows, I prefer to take an alternate route to the Interstate. I find the views to be better and the p...

 

Letter: Update from Rauser

Dear Editor/Broadwater County Residents It's been a few months since my last letter. I figured I better give an update on how the campaign has been going. I want to thank everyone for the continued support. It's been truly overwhelming. I have been f...

 

Our View: Thanks for all you do firefighters

“Fire season” is a scary time for residents across the Treasure State. With the temperatures in the 90s for what seems like weeks and open burning banned in the Three Forks area, we wanted to take some time to thank all the area fighters and let...

 

Column: Vacations Past

Being an adult in the summer is far different from childhood innocence, where it was a magical time, often being outside from the early morning to when the streetlights came on. Instead of enjoying the weather and putting hundreds of miles on my... Full story

 

Guest Opinion: It's Time for FWP to Follow the Law on Elk Management

Montana’s elk population has tripled over the last 40 years. For decades we have exceeded the sustainable objective levels in most hunting districts. FWP’s goal is 92,000 elk in Montana, but today there are an estimated 175,000. That excess elk... Full story

 

Column: Trash Roulette

While the Voice hits newsstands on Wednesday, the paper is usually about 95 percent done by noon on Monday, so I generally start getting things together on Tuesday for the next edition. I generally like to have a column that is something...

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    August 3, 2022

Coaches Corner: Anything is possible

Since 2020, there seems to have been a shift in people's lives and professions. How often do we think about our purpose and passions but never take action? Returning from a women's retreat, we were talking about our intent. A question came up, and I...

 

The Prairie Doc: Bring home memories, not ticks

Recently our family went on a camping trip. Our kids loved how we canoed our supplies across a lake and set up our campsite. My wife and I were reminded how much work it is. Soon our children were experiencing more mosquitos, flies, caterpillars,...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Column: With a shoe

When I lived for a short time in the Front Range area of Colorado, I quickly found out the residents of the state have crazy love for locally grown peaches and green chili. It is not uncommon to see green chili put on burritos, burgers, omelets, and...

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Coaches Corner: Choose Happy

About eight years ago, I first heard the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams while at work on an airplane. With no passengers on board, we played the song as it set the tone for our day. I knew it would be a hit. The song is full of positive...

 

Our View: Thank you Three Forks

We wanted to use the editorial space this week to thank some of the amazing people of Three Forks for their kind gestures over the past couple of weeks. For those who don’t know, our daughter Mya passed away unexpectedly on June 30 at 20. While it... Full story

 

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