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Innovations bring broadband to Native American, rural populations

Nowhere is the lack of broadband internet more pervasive than on our nation’s Indian reservations. According to the latest statistics from the Federal Communications Commission, only 49 percent of Montanans who live on tribal land have access to a broadband connection. Compare that to the nation where 92 percent of Americans have broadband access, and to Montana as a whole, where that figure stands at 77 percent. Clearly, more needs to be done. While access to broadband has been slowly expanding into more rural areas of Montana, the fact that so many Montanans — and especially Native Montanans — don’t have access is a serious problem. Those Montanans without br...


Commissioner concerned about property tax halt on land being put in trust

The Dec. 1 edition of the “Missoulian” included an article entitled, “Lake County Targets Tribal Tax Exemption.” This exemption, granted by the Montana Department of Revenue, halts collection of property taxes for a maximum of five years while properties purchased by the Confederated ...


When life isn’t a bummer – not really When life isn’t a bummer – not really

It’s such a bummer when on a normal day when you have nothing else planned you get a phone call from your daughter asking if you can babysit your granddaughter for an hour or two and you, of course, say yes then proceed to spend that babysitting time just cuddling and listening to her coo and giggle. M...


Getting round to it Getting round to it

They are making the rounds on busy roadways in cities and towns across the country. Stop signs are just so last millennium. The newest trend in traffic is the roundabout and it has me terrified. The name sounds so friendly, so casual: roundabout. I’ll come to your house roundabout six-ish. Let&rsquo...


Opioid overdose still higher with regulations

On a daily basis we are inundated on both the local and national level with news of how the opioid epidemic continues to infiltrate communities across this country. Previously, over-prescription of chronic pain-relieving opioids was believed to be the main cause of this crisis. This led to state and federal ...


What’s in a smile? What’s in a smile?

It depends on whom you ask. As for Mona Lisa and the reason behind her mysterious smile, we’ll never know. But there is one thing I do know about smiles; they wield power – in a good way. If you offer a genuine smile it is guaranteed to make the recipient feel better. It’s a fact. In fac...


Lake County public library holds activities

POLSON – The Lake County Public Library will be hosting a Vintage Christmas Adult Coloring Program on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. Give yourself the gift of an afternoon of coloring in the meeting room at the library. The mood is relaxed and you’ll have good company. A Classic Christmas Movi...


Plumbing insights Plumbing insights

At our house, we recently experienced a season of plumbing. TGIO. Thank goodness it’s over (I hope). It started with a water heater that refused to heat water, which was a problem. Obviously. I’m not much for cold showers. Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. A cold shower is one thing. No s...


Space-themed programs planned at library

We are now into our second year of our NASA @My Library Grant and we have three exciting space-themed programs coming up. On Nov. 24 Bryce Penta will call in to talk about Phytoplankton from Space. On Nov. 26 at 12:45 p.m. join us in our meeting room for the Mars InSight Landing Watch Party. Then on Dec. 1 D...


Muddy messes Muddy messes

My kids give me gifts, often without even knowing it. This weekend, I received a pair or actually a pair of pairs. Pants, that is. Two pairs, which totaled a pair. To further play with words, the pants were paired with a request. It was one of the most simple, albeit complex, requests I’ve ever rece...


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