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Guest Editorial: Addressing Montana's economic challenges and opportunities

23 legislative session, Montana workers, families, employers, and elected officials are all facing a unique combination of opportunities and challenges that we haven’t seen before. In many ways, Montana’s economy is better than ever. Governor...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 6, 2022 

Column: Ketchup Sammies?

One of my favorite parts of summer in the Treasure State is being able to sit outside in the evenings. I have a beautiful view from my back porch, and I often spend hours in the evening enjoying it. When I’m doing this, I often like to get... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    July 6, 2022 

Coaches Corner: The World of Loneliness

Columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. recalls a conversation Marc Dunkelman had with his grandfather, a retired salesman, about how people discover good restaurants using an app. They talked about how to find good restaurants in an unfamiliar city. Marc was...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Column: We're Moving?

It is a little bit disheartening I did not have a cat as a pet until I was in my 30s. I was always told I was allergic growing up, and I could never spend time with any cats. I had no idea the joy I was missing. While living in Washington state, I... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Our View: Volunteers huge for Rodeo Dayz

The Three Forks community will come together in a little over two weeks for the annual Rodeo Dayz Celebration. It will be an excellent time for both area residents and visitors who attend the rodeo and various other events that take place over the... Full story

 

Guest Editorial: I-191 would devastate Montana's Ag industry

Agriculture is Montana’s top economic industry, generating approximately $4 billion last year alone. (citation: https://agr.mt.gov/ Topics/A-D/Ag-Facts). Our farmers and ranchers not only feed Montana but provide for people across the country and... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Column: The Flying Menu

I have the utmost respect for restaurant owners and employees. Having worked a few years at a Mexican restaurant in college, I was able to see a couple pour their heart and soul into the business with countless hours of hard work. At this time, I... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Coaches Corner: Change...Do you embrace it or dislike it?

“The secret of change is to focus ALL of your energy, not fighting the old but on building the new.” ~Socrates Change…Do you embrace it or dislike it? Most recently, within the last couple of years, many of us have faced challenges that brought...

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Coaches Corner: The Japanese Art of Kintsugi

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of taking something broken, like pottery, and then through a mixture of precious metals—gold, silver, or platinum— the pieces are put back together. They repair to such a point that their brokenness becomes part of...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Column: Mini Vacation

A few weeks ago, I made a three-day trip to my hometown in Wyoming for the first time since 2019. This was the longest I had ever gone without making the trip, and I had no trouble jumping out of bed at 5 a.m. so I could get on the road early. The fa...

 

Letter to the Editor: Cromwell thanks voters

Thank you Gallatin County for voting for me in the primary election. I am honored to have earned your confidence and support! With your vote, you are prioritizing Gallatin’s public safety and offender accountability. You are also supporting a moder...

 

The Prairie Doc: It helps to share your story

With the storm approaching, my wife texted me after work to come home right away. Within minutes, after I left the clinic, she called me again to tell me NOT to come home and to seek shelter immediately. At first, I thought I could make it home, but...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 8, 2022

Column: The lawn

The summer before I started junior high, I moved to a different part of town. While it was away from many of the friends I had grown up with, I enjoyed having a much larger house and the opportunity to meet new friends. This also meant new... Full story

 
 By Todd O'Hair    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Guest Editorial: While Montana businesses are in favor of comprehensive reform, CI-121 is neither comprehensive nor a reform

The Montana Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest business advocacy organization, representing small and large business from rural to urban communities. Improving Montana’s tax climate is part of our strategic plan, supported across the dive... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Coaches Corner: Celebrate Yourself and Others

Birthdays are so special, especially among children. I called my granddaughter last night, as today, would be her sixth birthday. Excitement mounts as her birthday quickly approached and it is finally here! It's her special day!! I could hear and...

 

2022 Memorial Day message from American Legion

From the American Legion National Headquarters Their mission was noble; evacuate desperate civilians yearning to escape a brutal regime. The 13 U.S. servicemembers who died during a terrorist bombing in Afghanistan last August will not be the last...

 

Opinion: Montana Farm Bureau opposes river control initiative

The Montana Farm Bureau has joined more than 50 groups in opposing I-191 which would subject large stretches of the Gallatin and Madison rivers to the same strict regulations currently found only in national parks and wilderness areas. The result...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Column: Working at home

Until March of 2020, I had never spent much time working from home. Occasionally I would write a story at home, but I preferred to do it at the office. I always tried my best to separate work from home and going to the office to write allowed me to d...

 

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to resident who bought meal

The New Horizons Group of Whitehall would like to thank the generosity of the kind lady who paid for our meal last Wednesday afternoon (May 11), at the Three Forks Peking China Restaurant. We were so pleasantly surprised, and we want to thank you...

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Coaches Corner: Living in Harmony

How do we live in harmony with others? We encounter people every day who are just more difficult to love. People in this category may have different beliefs, opinions, or viewpoints than we do, and we can often find ourselves frustrated or...

 

Guest Editorial: It's time to stop warehousing people with dementia at the State Hospital

One of us is a Republican legislator representing rural Gallatin County. The other is a Democratic legislator representing the city of Missoula. Despite our political differences, we are committed to taking action to end the crisis at the Montana... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Coaches Corner: Follow your Heart

Throughout history, many cultures have emphasized the importance of following our hearts 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...

 

Letter to the Editor: Hamilton running for House District 69

To the voters of House District 69: In the last legislative session, our lawmakers spent less time searching for solutions to problems our communities are facing, and more time on nationally-driven issues. Our district deserves better, and I am... Full story

 
 By Walt Sales    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Guest Editorial: I-191 restricts public access, agriculture, and more in Southwest Montana

As part of a multigeneration farm/ranch family in the Gallatin Valley, I understand the vital importance of protecting our land and water resources. Farmers' and ranchers' stewardship of the land and water is our livelihood. When I heard of the... Full story

 

Letter: Boyer running for Gallatin County Attorney

My name is Bjorn Boyer and I am asking for your vote to be the next Gallatin County Attorney. I am the only candidate in the Democratic primary that possesses the experience, leadership, and ideas to guide the criminal justice system in Gallatin... Full story

 

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