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Guest Editorial: Shopping small this 2022 holiday season supports Montana's essential businesses

  The pandemic confirmed the critical role that small businesses play in our daily lives.  It sounds cliché, but locally owned small businesses truly are the heart and soul of our cities and towns. The holiday shopping season is a crucial time...

 
 By JACK H. SMITH    Opinion    December 7, 2022 

Column: Peaches, where are you?

Seven years ago, Melissa and I decided to buy a newspaper in Montana. I came up with my cat Peaches a few weeks before Melissa. When my parents arrived with Melissa and the girls, it literally looked like the Beverly Hillbillies had just moved into... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    December 7, 2022 

Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Giving Tuesday

In 2012, Giving Tuesday was born out of the need to counteract the outrageous spending after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is an important date as we have an opportunity to honor the value of generosity in giving back. This global movement is... Full story

 

Our View: Stroll a great night in Three Forks

This week's Christmas Stroll is a wonderful opportunity for area residents to come together in downtown Three Forks. There are plenty of chances to get some amazing local gifts, but the annual Three... Full story

 

Coaches Corner: The Blind Horse

Thanksgiving is behind us, and we are gearing up for Christmas. This year, I have realized that not everyone enjoys or even celebrates the holidays. Perhaps, it may be challenging for some who may have lost their job or a loved one, are going... Full story

 

Coaches Corner: What sparks a light in you?

"You often feel tired, not because you've done too much, but because you've done too little of what sparks a light in you." ~Alexander Den Heijer This quote is accurate, especially during the holiday... Full story

 

Our View: Importance of shopping local

While shopping locally is a great idea throughout the year, it is even more critical during the holiday season. While many will be looking to get some fantastic deals on gifts on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity to... Full story

 

Column: Constructing the perfect Thanksgiving plate

Along with a slice of New York style pizza and a perfectly cooked piece of prime rib, Thanksgiving dinner has to be my favorite meal. While some people might not put in as much thought as I do about constructing the best plate possible on... Full story

 

Steve Daines: I'm thankful for Montana

As a fifth-generation Montanan, I didn't choose Montana - Montana chose me. Over 100 years ago, my great-great-grandmother homesteaded 23 miles east of Conrad, and that's how my family made it to... Full story

 

Our View: Drive for the conditions

Last week was a perfect example of how bad the roads can get with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. With winter weather underway, many area residents will face the daunting challenge of commuting or a trip with inclement road conditions. It is... Full story

 

Column: Cruise ships make me nervous

Owning a weekly newspaper makes it difficult to take a more extended vacation, and it has been years since I’ve taken more than three or four days off. I’m certainly not complaining because I have had a lot of jobs that I have hated, and I... Full story

 

Coaches Corner: Gratitude all year

Several years ago, I saw a post about a gratitude jar. Each day throughout the year, you write down what you are grateful for that day and drop it in the jar. At the end of the year, you open and read each gratitude. I loved the idea, so we adopted... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    November 9, 2022

Coaches Corner: Gifts and Talents

On my growth journey, I, like many of you, may have tried to discover your gifts and talents. You may have had the same questions I have had over many years. What gifts and talents do I have to offer to anyone? It wasn’t until I started to embrace... Full story

 

Our View: Helping out the Food Bank

Later this month, families will be coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity for friends and family to spend time together and enjoy a full turkey dinner, it can also be difficult for some who cannot af... Full story

 

Column: Loving the 'Soup Sundays'

One of my favorite parts of the week is our home’s weekly Sunday dinner. When fall rolled around this year, it was nice to be able to introduce soups back to the menu. We all love soup, but it is not the same when it is 95 degrees outside, the... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    November 2, 2022

Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Friendships

A “friend,” according to the dictionary, is “a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations.” It comes from the Old English freond, of Germanic origin, and is related to Dutch...

 

Guest Editorial: 50 Years of the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act turned 50 on October 18th. Over the past five decades, it has proven itself as one of the most successful environmental laws on the books. It has cleaned up contaminated waterways, helped to assure that the drinking water coming...

 

Column: I would like you to be my captain

I’ve been trying not to spend too much time on social media.   If I’m online for more than a few minutes, it starts to hamper my productivity and raises my anxiety levels, which I don’t need at this point in my life. One of the double-edged...

 

Letter: Carlson should be reelected

Jennifer Carlson is doing an exemplary job serving MT House District 69 (Manhattan and Three Forks) and should be reelected. I have never met a political candidate I have wanted to support more. As a young, married mom, I feel Carlson represents me,...

 

Letter: Rauser humbled by support

Dear Editor/Broadwater County Voters, I am writing my final letter to the editor for this election. I want to thank each and every person that has donated, reached out, and helped spread the word. I am humbled by all the support. I would like to summ...

 

Letter: Vote for Hamilton

Letter to the Editor I am writing in support of Rocky Hamilton, a true servant leader, for HD 69. As a Manhattan Police Sergeant, he passed up his own raise to make sure new officers were paid more. Who does this? Only someone that cares more for...

 

Letter: To Broadwater County Voters

I’ve been told I am dying and won’t make it through another term and that am currently too physically ill to perform the duties of County Commissioner.  I am sorry to disappoint anyone, but I am not physically incapacitated, and I am not...

 

Letter: Support of Hamilton

 Montanans have a tradition of working together to build great communities. As life long residents of Gallatin County, Paul and I have witnessed that first hand.  We support Rocky Hamilton for HD 69. Rocky has over ten years experience in law...

 

Letter: Funk supporting Hamilton

With all of the noise in national politics these days it’s easy to forget the importance of local elections, in particular, who we want to represent us in the Montana legislature. In HD 69 we have a choice between extreme right Republican Jennifer...

 

Letter: Former Mayor supports Hamilton

I am writing as both a former Mayor of the Town of Manhattan and also a member of the Police Commission. I have had the opportunity to know Rocky Hamilton, who is running for Representative of House District 69, for several years. He gained a lot of...

 

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