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 By Jo    Opinion    September 22, 2021

Dear Jo: 9/22/2021

Dear Jo, What do you do when your spouse comes home after 30 year of marriage and simply does not want to be married anymore?! No reason, no big problem, no affair. How does a person come to terms with this?! Signed, Pissed off and confused Dear Piss...

 

Falls Prevention Awareness Week in September 20-24

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. Further, about 1,900 Montanans were hospitalized due to unintentio...

 

Dear Editor: People Kill People?

Dear Editor, So, some of you still hold to the addiction induced belief that “guns don’t kill people…” That may be true in an alternate universe using alternative facts showing that people are in control, but not in this universe. In this...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    September 15, 2021 

Go Ask Jo: 9/15/2021

Dear Jo, I have been waiting for so long to meet someone who I am attracted to. I am definitely attracted to the new man in my life. We have a problem though. He has a habit of scratching his, well, you know. He not only does his scratching in...

 

Dear Editor: Afghanistan and Our Wars

Dear Editor, So, Afghanistan. The War on Terror. America’s “Longest” War. Right? Not even close. Not even in the ballpark. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs say non-native Americans, AKA U.S. Army, waged war on Native America from...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    September 8, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 9/8/2021

Dear Jo, Halloween is coming. I love Halloween. I watch the shows, love the decorations, I even dress up. The reason I am writing is I have had some people say that Halloween is too close to evil, the devil, that to celebrate it means opening myself...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    September 1, 2021

Dear Jo: 9/1/2021

Dear Jo, I have a business idea. It, in my opinion, is a great one! I love to garden and know that chickens can help control pests and fertilize at the same time. If I could bring pet chickens to peoples gardens, for a fee, gardens would benefit...

 

Dear Editor: Turn to the Centerfold

Dear Editor, What can happen by uncaring and repetitious behaviors like Pool Pals Gun Raffles, Chamber of Commerce Multi-gun raffles, Little League Gun Raffles, Veteran’s Gun Shows, Gun sales, gun shops, gun vending machines on every block? NRA...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    August 25, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 8/25/2021

Dear Jo, I am a Christian. I say this because I recently had a discussion with a family member about my love of crystals, rocks and minerals and their healing properties. Scientists have proven that everything gives off energy vibrations. The...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    August 25, 2021

Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended & Available for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals

Montana health care providers can now offer third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to certain immunocompromised individuals following new recently announced federal recommendations. “This is great news because we know the impact...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    August 18, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 8/18/2021

Dear Jo, I went to a local fair this past weekend. I am a 50 plus woman. I only mention this because “back in the day” I would be dancing my butt off at the fair. Back then, men asked women to dance; no one stood around like at a high school danc...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    August 11, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 8/11/2021

Dear Jo, What happened to dressing up to go out on the weekend? Why are we content to head out in our dirty work clothes, sweaty and straight from our jobs, skipping the clean up and fresh duds? I am as guilty as anyone! Signed, Comfortably Sloppy...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    August 4, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 8/4/2021

Dear Jo, I live in a small town (I know, duh). Well, I want to date, at least I think I do. The problem is, if I date someone local, everyone will know my business? Do I need to avoid this? Should I only date people out of town? Should I even care?...

 

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,...

 

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