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valley voices — Real people; real opinions. valley voices — Real people; real opinions.

LaRenzo Roan Bear, Pablo, 10/4/19     "A president hiding information from congress and from the judicial branch, the supreme court, that is a very high crime. Information needs to be free to the public and to the decision makers. Also, after that information has been taken by congress, the supreme court needs to be involved so they can set precedence and allow a foundation to be built on when a president needs to be impeached."   Kaele Ivanovitch, Pablo, 10/4/19   "A president hiding information from congress and from the judicial branch, the supreme court, that is a very high crime. Information needs to be free to the public and...


Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms

Grass could soon replace the evergreens that blanket the base of the Mission Mountains, according to a new study. As summer weather gets hotter and dryer, ponderosa pines and Douglas fir seedlings in the northwest United States are less likely to survive to maturity, a study from the University of Montana...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

On June 10, 1969, John Noel was on a bus to Butte, Montana, courtesy of an invitation letter from the President. He was inducted into the Army on June 11 and immediately shipped out by bus to Fort Ord, California. John looked around when he got off the bus and thought, “Wow, this isn’t going to b...


Ballot barriers: How advocates plan to take recreational marijuana to Montana voters

MONTANA — At least three separate groups are organizing to legalize recreational marijuana in Montana on the 2020 ballot, a process complicated by rules regarding citizen initiatives, expense and a peculiarity of the state constitution. The groups are taking varied approaches to getting their initia...


Local woman spearheads clean water project for Moroccan people Local woman spearheads clean water project for Moroccan people

Turn on your tap and chances are clean drinking water will start to flow but that isn’t the case for everyone. Shelley Cleverdon discovered a limited water supply in Morocco while on vacation in 2016 and the decision to help changed her life. She said the landscape on the north side of Africa was be...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When John Fay was in high school, he decided college was not for him. He also wanted to see more of the world besides Ronan, so he was interested when the military recruiter came to his high school. His dad and other relatives had been in the Navy. His dad said, in the Navy, you get three meals and a dry bed...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Chris Dawson’s decision to join the military was pretty easy.  The Los Angeles, California, judge gave him three days to decide: either join up or put on handcuffs. He joined the Navy. On Feb. 14, 1965, Chris was sent to the San Diego, California, Naval Training Center, unit 143 for 12 weeks. B...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Sharline decided to join the military and spoke with the recruiter in Kalispell, she checked out all branches of service. Out of defiance, she didn’t want the Army, Coast Guard or Marines because her family had joined them. She wanted something different. At the time, the Navy offered benefits for...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

(Editor’s note: This series of articles honors our Veterans of Foreign Wars as they share their military service experiences with the community. This 46th article is about John Moon.)   John Moon’s military career started in 1966 at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, where two y...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

While living his life, Geof adheres to several mottos. The most important is, “Take care of my family.” He came to the United States with his wife as a teacher. After several jobs in education and other occupations, he decided he really wanted to work in the medical field.  He wanted a good ...


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