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‘For God and Country’ ‘For God and Country’

Yes, Virginia, believe it or not there has been an American Legion presence in Ronan for over 90 years. As evidenced by the photos and charter on display at the Garden of the Rockies Museum in Ronan along with the original Post flag. The American Legion was first founded in 1919 by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and other Veterans of World War One. Soon after in 1926 Ronan followed suit when it received its charter as Mount Harding Post #124. In the picture at the Ronan Museum you can see several Dough Boys in their uniforms posing with their respective Post flags. The original Post faded out in 1991 for unknown reasons until 2002 when a new charter was applied for and became established as Ronan P...


Geraniums, Christmas cacti make interesting holiday gift plants

Most of us are quite familiar with common garden geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) with their brightly colored blooms and leaves. We usually grow these outside for summer bedding color. Other (and not as well-known) geraniums are grown for their scented leaves. They can be grown outside for bedding or put into mi...


Solutions for jail crisis exist

Editor, Three years into a four-year term and with an upcoming election, the Lake County Sheriff has a renewed sense of urgency over his “dysfunctional” jail. Recently, representatives from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) provided the results of a two-day jail audit in a “tow...


Keep Wilderness Study Areas protected

Editor, The following is an open letter to Senator Steve Daines regarding removing protection from a half-million acres of Montana public lands. Senator Daines, we’ve recently become aware of your intention to introduce legislation removing protection from Montana’s Wilderness Study Areas. We ...


Taking hope in ‘little things'

Editor, Little things mean a lot. My Pennsylvania brother recently rescued an injured flying squirrel in his forested yard. With paralyzed hind limbs, the little guy looked like “a goner,” but Charlie decided to “roll his tiny dice” when the plucky squirrel bit his gloved finger. S...


Vote C. Douglas Morigeau for tribal council

Editor, The need for an assisted living facility that is family-friendly is desperately overdue on our reservation. Our people in need have to use local rest homes (when there’s an opening) or go off the reservation for adequate care. Dignity in death surrounded by your loved ones is not being...


Remind elected officials of their oaths

Editor, I am appalled at the lack of morals in our elected representatives. Too many have focused on LGBTQ and abortion issues, and elected mostly men and a few women with no moral compass regarding the care and well-being of the vast majority of their constituents. To deny healthcare, to plunder our dwin...


Geraniums, Christmas cacti make interesting holiday gift plants

Most of us are quite familiar with common garden geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) with their brightly colored blooms and leaves. We usually grow these outside for summer bedding color. Other (and not as well-known) geraniums are grown for their scented leaves. They can be grown outside for bedding or put into mi...


Perch fishing good on the Flathead

Fishermen:  In the past, any good perch fishing that I knew of on Flathead Lake was over near the middle of October. My wife and I had our children coming from all over the country to spend their Thanksgiving vacation with us, because in my limited perspective of the ideal, I’m of the mind that...


Compact litigation shouldn’t be funded by FJBC

Editor, Jerry Laskody asserted that “once again my interpretation of the facts” regarding the Montana Supreme Court ruling in Flathead Joint Board of Control vs. Montana was “incorrect” (Valley Journal, Nov. 29). He argued that “The FJBC suit did not address the unconstitutio...


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