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Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Apgar Lookout: This early season jaunt a great way to get in shape, with views

The Apgar Mountain Lookout Trail is one of those trails to hike first thing in the season because it’s easy to get…

Updated 22 hours, 10 minutes ago
Horse Gulch could have been prevented

Writing recently on X (formerly Twitter), Frontier Institute President and CEO Kendall Cotton observed that Montana’s Horse Gulch Fire is burning in a portion of Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest that was slat…

Updated 1 day ago
Property tax inequities

In Flathead County, property taxes have increased well beyond inflation for residential homes and businesses. I was appointed to the Governor’s Property Task Force to dig deep into the cause of such escalations and…

Updated 1 week ago
Going deep on CFAC

Going deep is an essential next step in order for Columbia Falls and Flathead County residents to begin to really understand and raise meaningful questions about the proposed leave-the-toxic waste-in-place cleanup …

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
In a jam, and it’s great

Like most other folks in the Flathead Valley, my sweet cherry trees failed this year. Some failed in the terminal sense: They died entirely, while others just came out of last winter’s cold blast looking awfully si…

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
The tipping point?

I’ve been conflicted about tips lately. Whenever you check out nowadays it seems like they’re asking for a tip. Should I tip the girl who handed me a muffin out of the case at Coffee Traders the other day?

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Sheriffs for Swanson

Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to protecting public safety, maintaining order, and upholding justice. Our jobs are intrinsically tied to Montana’s judiciary. When law enforcement and prosecutors can …

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
They’re not ‘dark money’ groups

As the Executive Director of the Montana Nonprofit Association, a membership association that supports more than 850 organization across the state, I’m dismayed by multiple recent incidents of political leaders and…

Updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Two Medicine Redux

Driver, why is this place we’re going to called Two Medicine? As a Glacier Park Lodge shuttle driver I am asked that question about once a day during the summer season, which means that over a summer I get it aske…

Updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago
An appreciation for Susan Nicosia

Last Monday marked city manager Susan Nicosia’s last full meeting with the Columbia Falls city council.

Updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Claims Gianforte raised your taxes, gave himself a cut

Gov. Greg Gianforte raised your property taxes. And he did it deliberately, in order to give the wealthy and corporations huge tax cuts. That’s a simple truth that our governor doesn’t want you to hear, but it’s im…

Updated 1 month ago
A perfect storm of catastrophes

Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
The web of life

Biodiversity is simply the web of life that includes us. Montana lists over 300 species at risk or potentially at risk. That is evidence that the global biodiversity crisis is a Montana crisis as well.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
The web of life

Biodiversity is simply the web of life that includes us. Montana lists over 300 species at risk or potentially at risk. That is evidence that the global biodiversity crisis is a Montana crisis as well.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Life after losing an election

Having lost an election, I know it hurts to lose. I know, too, that there is a good life beyond losing because I’ve been living it for the past 20 years.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Opinion: Superintendent explains levy impacts

The past four months have been a whirlwind of communication efforts to ensure that everyone had the information they needed to make the best decision they could make for themselves during the May elections.