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Hands Off the Rocks - Leave Them Be!

Hikers are flooding our public lands, so I ask the question: Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone? They stack them into monoliths, paint them, write rude words on them. Who looks at a magnificent 350-million-year-old rock and thinks:...

 
 By John Duford    Opinion    July 21, 2021

If It Works...Don't Fix It

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” says Paul in Romans 8:1. We would agree with nary a dissenter among us. The dispute arises when someone asks, “What must I do to be ‘in Christ Jesus’?” Then there...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 7/21/2021

Dear Jo, I just moved to Montana, to the Whitehall area. There is a street dance this weekend for Frontier Days. My question is this….what do I wear? Do people dress up? Do they wear jeans, skirts, what?! I don’t want to look like a “rhinestone...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 7/14/2021

Dear Jo, This is a stinky subject, really stinky, dog poo stinky! I live in Whitehall. I love our little town. I know that we need tourism to help our businesses. I even find it interesting to meet new people from sometimes faraway places. BUT, why...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    July 14, 2021

DPHHS Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Expand Behavioral Health Treatment Services

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier announced the agency is seeking public comment on its federal application to expand mental health and substance use treatment services through the Healing and Ending...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 7/7/2021

Dear Jo, Why do some people (okay, more than “some”) feel they have to get their “kicks” at someone else’s expense? I mean, SERIOUSLY?! Do they actually think about the repercussions before they ‘“steal candy from a baby?” Maybe...

 

DEQ Holding Public Comment for Draft EIS for Proposed Tailings Reprocessing Project at GSM

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts from a proposed tailing reprocessing project at the Golden Sunlight Mine (GSM). GSM is located...

 
 By Jo    Obituaries    June 30, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 6/30/2021

Dear Jo, I am so mad! If I hear one more time that I should just appreciate my life right where it is and not keep looking for more, I will scream! Why is it that all of sudden reaching for more is somehow not appreciating where you have come from...

 

Astronomical Event Visible This July 11-13th

Venus and Mars will meet up and be joined by the Moon. To see this event look West where the Sun will set about 9:55 PM on July 11th through 13th. You will see a bright Venus and right next to it will be a dimmer ruby Mars. On the 11th the Moon will...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    June 30, 2021

State Officials Report Alarming Trend of Fentanyl-Related Fatalities in Montana

State officials said today the alarming increase of fentanyl-related fatalities in Montana that occurred in 2020 does not appear to be slowing down thus far into 2021. The Montana Department of Justice’s State Crime Lab reported 41...

 

How To Love The Bear's World

Last spring, at the height of some of the most anxiety-ridden moments of the pandemic, my father read a poem to me over the phone. He’s 89 this year, and while he’s vibrant and healthy I don’t take for granted any opportunity to hear his voice...

 

Osprey Population Increasing in MT, But the Wildlife Management Success Story Includes Some Conflict

The recovery of the osprey population, a raptor that returns from the south each spring to the western 2/3s of Montana, is a success story that began almost 50 years ago when a widely used pesticide,...

 
 By John Leyzorek    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Dear Editor: Thanks for Balanced Article

Dear Editor, THANKS to Elizabeth Pullman for an excellent, balanced article on Steve Wagner and Jim Buterbaugh’s project. John Leyzorek Marlinton, West Virginia...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 6/16/2021

Dear Jo, I am a procrastinator, really. I put off anything I can until the last moment. I pick up the mail, put the bills under my fruit bowl and carry on. I see my prescription bottles emptying, know I should call, and still put off filling it...

 

What Do We Owe Wildland Firefighters?

"It's like having gasoline out there," said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone...

 
 By John Kreis    News    June 9, 2021

Whitehall Murals in Disarray - Can/Will You Help Us Save Them?

This year, appears to be more of a return to normalcy. Vaccinations and anti bodies seem to be giving protection and more confidence in activities and life. We are looking at things in our lives and o...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 9, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 6/9/2021

Dear Jo, I am a people pleaser, have been all my life. It literally pains me to have people not approve of what I am doing and how I am doing it. I know it is not healthy either physically nor mentally to be this way. How do I gather the confidence...

 
 By John Ebelt    Community    June 9, 2021

State and Local Health Officials Encourage Safe and Healthy Swimming this Summer

Spending time outdoors around water and in swimming pools is a great way to stay active and healthy during summer in Montana. The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), along with local health authorities, want to remind Montanans to...

 

Dear Editor: Corporation Taxes

Dear Editor, Regarding Terry Minow Big Sky 55’s article on big pharmacy: Corporations do not pay taxes no matter their tax rate. If Zoom, which no one had heard of pre-pandemic had it’s profits grow 600%, they would in theory be taxed at a...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 6/2/2021

Dear Jo, What is it that makes people think going ANYWHERE outside their homes in their pajamas is a good idea? Is it such a hardship to simply put on a pair of pants and a shirt to leave your home? Also, now that the weather is warm, people are...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 26, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/26/2021

Dear Jo, How can you tell if someone is really sorry? I feel like people say “I’m sorry” because they believe it will make me feel better or ease a tense situation, not because they genuinely are sorry. Signed, Sick of sorry Dear Sick, You are...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 19, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/19/2021

Dear Jo, I recently became a grandmother for the first time. My daughter-in-law does not believe in circumcision. I have known many men who have suffered later in life because they were not circumcised. Can I step in and let them know how strongly I...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/12/2021

Dear Jo, I believe that I am Flying Solo’s mom (letter in last weeks paper). She put her question very nicely, being loved is definitely not all bad. I think a family get-together, honest and open might help, but does not always work, feelings...

 

Housing Prices in the West are Over the Moon

One hundred thirty thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Bozeman, Montana. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $3,000 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/5/2021

Dear readers, I am going to post a Dear Jo which I have taken the liberty of rewriting to make the content ok to print. To my Dear Jo writer, I hope I both represent your question and give good advice! Jo Dear Jo, I have a big problem….My...

 

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