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Medical professionals weigh in on I-185

As members of the St. Luke Community Medical Staff, we see the short and long-term effects of tobacco use every day as we care for patients in the Mission Valley. Dental issues, mouth, throat and stomach inflammation, asthma, emphysema, heart disease, stroke and of course the various cancerous conditions that at the very least cause pain, anxiety and financial stress and more seriously can claim a life. In World War I, cigarettes were distributed to soldiers to reduce anxiety and were touted for health benefits. Today, we know better, and yet, the large tobacco companies continue to promote the sale and use of this often-lethal product. Although the push to transition to e-cigarettes or ...


Public comment on hazard mitigation needed Public comment on hazard mitigation needed

On behalf of the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the five-year update of the Lake County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). By providing input and direction as a project stakeholder, you can assist us by representing your int...


Life without A/a Life without A/a

All was admirable and acceptable – advantageous even – that a.m. I arrived at my work area early, adhered to my agenda and had accomplished an abundance of article assembly by afternoon. And then I had lunch – avocado salad with apples and almonds (apricot dressing). Upon finishing my fo...


October library programs offer something for everyone

October came barreling in this year at the library. We have had a lot going on and even more to come this fall. This month we are celebrating the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in partnership with Missoula Public Library. On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m., join us in our meeting room as we welcome...


Being rich Being rich

We all want to be rich. I know I do and I’ll be the first to admit it. But I’m not sure my definition of “rich” fits with traditional thinking. When you describe someone as rich, you are typically not talking about their fat content. That’s reserved for rich foods like triple ch...


Addressing the I-185 Healthy Montana Initiative

The advertising rhetoric surrounding I-185 — the Healthy Montana Initiative — has escalated with tobacco corporations spending millions of dollars to maintain tobacco use in Montana and to protect their financial profits. Their campaign ads are heavy on fear and short on truth. First, the prop...


Get off my banana Get off my banana

They nearly literally come from nothing – or so it seems. And then they multiply. You might start the week with just a few and end it with a proverbial swarm. They’re officially called drosophila melanogaster; it’s a big name for an itty-bitty fruit fly. I’ve always thought of them...


Too many fish, not enough time

Fishermen:  During the fall there are too many options and not enough time. With the fish working on building a nutritional surplus for winter, they become exceptionally active. The smallmouth bass are responsive to almost anything you throw at them, and the lake trout (mackinaw) have begun their pre...


A happy place defined A happy place defined

We all need a happy place, or at the very least can benefit from one – or a dozen, take your pick. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one happy place. Go ahead; grab a few. They’re free! A happy place doesn’t have to be a place, per se, but it can be. It is a state of mind so...


Anyone relate? Didn’t think so Anyone relate? Didn’t think so

Humans are united by common bonds. We might be tempted or maybe better put inclined to focus on differences, but we are all united in the human condition and we share more common experiences than we might realize (or even want to admit). I’ve written about these scenarios in the past, but my list wa...


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