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Legislative Notes   Legislative Notes

Timber is at the top of the natural resource world for Northwest Montana’s lifestyle and economic health. I learned that many decades ago.  Late in the day, Dad would unload his crosscut saw from the work panel. I got to carry his lunch bucket to the house. My younger sister and I shared the half sandwich he had saved. Other tree fellers brought their long-toothed crosscuts for Dad to file on his chest high sawhorse built only for filing. Mom kept track of those extra dollars. Us kids knew where the family income came from. Much later when managing sawmills and plywood production, I learned more economics. Eventually I realized how many families lived from logs and lumber; ...


A Taylor’d Approach

How often do we consider how differently we all view the world? Our views aren’t only formed by our own life experiences, but by the way our brains work at a fundamental level. They work so differently, and yet we tend to assume they all work the same. A good friend recently asked me if I think in v...


Water rights

Editor, The Montana legislature is considering SB 72, sponsored by Sen. Fitzpatrick. The bill would make significant changes pertaining to “the powers, duties, terms, designations, appointments, operations, and jurisdiction of the Montana Water Court.” It amends MCA 85-2-114, entitled “J...


Slices of Life

I went to many birthday parties when I was a kid. I don’t remember most of them. One I do remember, vividly, however, is the party to which I didn’t receive an invitation. It was in celebration of one of my good friend’s tenth birthdays. I was unaware of the occurrence of such a mega event,...


Legislative Notes

What do hunting, huckleberries, honoring our veterans, and accountability for taxpayer money have in common? Two things. The first is that they’re all strongly supported by Montanans. The second is that we’re already well on our way to putting big wins on the board this legislative session that i...


Valley Views

Affordable housing shortages. Rising food and childcare costs. Protecting our state constitution. There are a number of pressing issues facing Montanans that our representatives could (and should) be addressing during the 68th Legislative Session, issues that we elected them to handle. Instead, we’re l...


Choose love

Editor, Our present lives as humans on earth are filled with increasing chaos, confusion, and the development of advanced methods of killing each other. This can surely threaten our continuing human existence on planet earth. There is a clear and empowering answer to all this. It involves the ‘power...


Read the bills

Editor, A recent public relations piece from the ever-ready opportunist Senator Tester announced he introduced legislation to strengthen the border. I want to point out to Senator Tester and his constituents he just voted for the massive Omnibus Bill that set spending records. In that Bill, on Page 753, t...


A Taylor’d Approach

For this New Year, I splurged during a sale and bought myself a countertop ice maker.  I’ve never lived in an apartment with an ice maker built into the freezer. Ever since I left home, I’ve just used those little freezer ice trays, and mostly gone without ice at all because they never fe...


View from the Library

Happy New Year!  We are all so excited for 2023 and the wonderful updates and changes it will bring to our building with our renovation project. We hope you are excited as well. We will continue our music in the library series after our renovation is complete. We have several programs scheduled for J...


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