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Participate and be counted in the census

That knock on the door might not be a man with a big, 6-foot check from the lottery division. But by answering it, you could be helping our state or our valley win a piece of the lottery. The 2010 Census is about to begin and if you're a Flathead Reservation resident, that means you'll be having someone come knocking on your door, asking if you can spend a few minutes with them. Please do so. That little bit of time answering 10 questions should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. In March, census forms will be delivered by mail to nearly every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico, with the exception of areas like the Reservation. For this census, Tribal Council chose ...


Publisher's retirement marks end of long, successful career

Most people outside of the newspaper industry don't understand what a publisher is or what he does. Heck, I'll bet there's a big part of those who do work in newspapers that can't fully appreciate the crucial role a publisher plays. A publisher is the CEO of a newspaper, the buck-stops-here person who ste...


Don't let a dog drag you into trouble

I marvel at how my Labrador retriever loves the water, even when it's close to freezing over.  When Rita and I run by an irrigation canal or creek, she often stops and sniffs the frozen surface, then looks at me with a forlorn look that hints of her disappointment. She just doesn't seem to understand...


Isn't it time to limit government spending?

It's just a one, followed by a three and a five and a bunch of zeroes. But all those little digits add up big. This year's predicted federal budget deficit — the amount of money the federal government will spend that is above and beyond existing federal surpluses and what tax revenues are collected ...


The race for education dollars is on

There's a race that began on Tuesday that I'm wondering if many people in Montana are aware of. It's a "Race To The Top" program that President Obama claims will revitalize and reinvent our education system. Unfortunately, there are more questions than there are answers at this point, which is why Montana...


Join representatives for property tax discussion

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, there will be a Lake County town hall meeting for anyone interested in solutions to our property tax problems. Several of the legislators from our area that are working on solutions will join me in the second floor conference room of the Lake County Courthouse in Polson. Because we wi...


Curl up with the real thing

I read somewhere that this is supposed to be the year of the electronic book.  It was probably a seed planted by Amazon.com, which just happens to sell a nifty electronic tablet — the Kindle — that stores innumerable books electronically. And it only costs $489, plus shipping. I’...


Terrorism needs to be tackled

Editor, The most recent apparent terrorist plot played out aboard NW Flt. 253 by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is one more example of closing the barn door after the horse has run out. How many of these events are going to take place before we, as a nation and as a world, are going to mount a seri...


Generosity keeps the hungry fed

In this area of small communities it seems every year special things happen in our quest to help our neighbors. The Bread Basket Board continues to be amazed by the caring and generosity of people living here who do so much to help their neighbors whether it be those needing help feeding their families, yout...


Reacquaint yourself with good winter driving habits

Winter weather has returned with a vengeance after a reasonably mild holiday season. We had a nice layer of snow and cool, not cold temperatures to help make Christmas nice and snowy, albeit a grey day. But, now it looks like we're back into a cool spell after a messy rain/snow mix that made roads fairly ...


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