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Dear Editor: Support Ronning

Dear Editor, I would like to encourage you and our fellow eastern Montanans to vote this Fall from our hearts. Republican, Independent, Green, Libertarian, Social Democrat, Trumpster, and Democrat are shorthand labels more serving the convenience of...

 

Finishing Stretch for Whitehall's First Replacement Mural

The month of October is an exciting time for those involved in the Whitehall Mural Project. Artist Kit Mather has been working diligently day after day and essentially has given up her entire summer...

 

Montana Decides: If It Moves (or Doesn't), Tax It

Most of you recall the famous quote from Ronald Reagan, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if...

 

DPHHS Urges Montanans to be Fall Aware

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials report that nearly one in three Montanans aged 65 and older have reported falling at least once in the last 12 months. “Falling is not a normal part of aging, but knowing a...

 

Montana Decides: When You Find Yourself in a Hole - Stop Digging

It was suggested that I could strengthen the logic of my last article, "To Record or Not to Record; Is that the Question?" which remains available at https://montanadecides.substack.com if you have no...

 

To Record or Not to Record: Is That the Question?

Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter on January 8, 1789, “that wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Jefferson’s intent was that if citizens were...

 
 By JON EBELT    Community    August 31, 2022

Take Steps to Avoid Contracting West Nile Virus

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile virus (WNV) detections in positive mosquito samples in Dawson and Lewis and Clark counties. The first horse infected with WNV this season was also confirmed earlier...

 
 By Jo    Community    August 24, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 8/24/2022

Dear Jo, I enter my address into Google Earth and I can see my house perfectly. But when I go outside, I can’t see myself - I can see the cars on Google Earth but not myself! I’ve even gone out with my laptop and tried to reflect something shiny...

 

Governor Gianforte, DPHHS Invest $18 Million To Increase Access to Child Care

Governor Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Charlie Brereton announced an $18 million investment to fund 31 child care innovation grants across the state. “For too long, Montana’s working families...

 
 By JOHN KREIS    News    August 17, 2022

Whitehall's Mural Project Continuing Forward

As the summer continues on, so does the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce's mural restoration/renewal project. The first mural to be replaced is located on the south side of Jefferson Fresh Foods. Artist...

 

JVCF Opens Annual Grant Cycle

The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation is calling all area non-profits. The opportunity to apply for monetary grants is fast approaching. As in past years, the Whitehall Community Library under the direction of Library Director Jeannie Ferriss...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    August 17, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 8/17/2022

Dear Jo, I was just daydreaming and thinking a lot today. I was thinking about how crazy it is that a person has walked on the moon and on Mars. Do you think a person will ever walk on the sun? I know it’s really hot but I am thinking if they went...

 

Never Hike Without This Perfect Accompaniment

I have long been known to have pet peeves about the debris hikers drop along trails, but one piece of litter has become more annoying: the ubiquitous facial tissue. A used tissue lying boldly in the middle of the path could indicate a person who...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    August 10, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 8/10/2022

Dear Jo, I was brought up in a fairly strict household, but ever since I moved out of my father’s house, I have progressively gotten better! The further I distance myself from said household, both geographically and spiritually, the more my status...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    August 3, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 8/3/2022

Dear Jo, It is hot, hot, hot! I have sweat in places I cannot mention. I never thought I would say this, but I am thinking of trying those new deodorant products for private areas. I actually saw one that is called “Lionbutter!” What?! I keep...

 
 By AL JOHNSON    Community    July 27, 2022

Memorial Rod Run Brings in Dozens of Beauties

The Bill Baycroft & Bob Casagrande Memorial Rod Run, held Saturday, July 23 in Legion Park, brought in dozens of classic cars and trucks to Frontier Days. Al Johnson, the Rod Run coordinator,...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    July 20, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 7/20/2022

Dear Jo, This weekend I was invited to attend a baby shower for a coworker's daughter. Several other coworkers attended as well. None of us had actually met the daughter. When we were introduced to the daughter, we all congratulated her on her...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 7/13/2022

Dear Jo, How can I, a vegan, convince my neighbors to stop BBQs? So far I am eight days into being a vegan and have never felt better! But with summer here, my neighbors are all having BBQs and enjoying each other's company...and I can’t be a part...

 
 By JON EBELT    Government    July 13, 2022

Montana Tobacco Quit Line Launches New Behavioral Health Program

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has launched a new program to help persons with behavioral health conditions successfully quit tobacco products. “Many individuals with behavioral health conditions want to stop smoking...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 7/6/2022

Dear Jo, Well, it is summer. People run around in too little clothing, drive too fast and everywhere you go there are MORE people. I just want people to behave better. As a matter of fact, they could all stay home and make my day. Signed, Prefers...

 
 By JON EBELT    Business    July 6, 2022

Final Application Period for Child Care Stabilization Funds is July 1-31

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier is encouraging child care providers to apply for Child Care Stabilization funds during the final application period July 1 – 31, 2022. The online application will go live...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 6/29/2022

Dear Jo, Have you ever listened to a song and had thoughts that you wish life could be that way? Movies make me feel the same way. I feel incredibly happy when the movie is happy, sad when the movie is sad...all the emotions. Am I naive to believe...

 

Freedom in the West, But Not For Women

I moved to Wyoming a few years ago for its outdoor recreation, but I also liked the state’s history of championing equal rights for women. As early as 1869, it codified women’s voting rights, 50 years before the 19th Amendment did the same...

 

Naked Eye Events in the Night Sky

All of the planets will be up in the night sky from the 16th of June at 4:35 AM through the 27th of June at 4:40 AM. When all the planets rise they will create an arc across the Eastern sky from 91 degrees on the 16th to 107 degrees on the 27th. The...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Go Ask Jo: 6/22/2022

Dear Jo, I own a small business. I love my store and feel protective of my space, but I also feel like I am welcoming as well. A customer came in with their dog. I allow dogs, I love dogs, and I do feel there is the assumption customers will control...

 

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