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No good arguments to keep DMRs regulatory

On April 24 the Lake County Commissioners voted 3-0 to repeal the Lake County Density Map and Regulations that had been in effect since 2005. Controversial when enacted, the repeal was also controversial. Although the majority of public comment was in favor of retaining the DMRs as regulatory, the Commissioners determined that the regulations and map could retain their usefulness if moved to advisory status in the new 2018 Lake County Growth Policy. My vote to go in a different direction than what public comment dictated was similar to what happened when the DMRs were adopted. At that time, public comment was three to one opposed to adoption of the map and regulations. The Commissioners cho...


Contemplating love Contemplating love

Today I ask that we consider the concept of love. It’s a universal human characteristic; we all want to love and be loved. It may not be as essential as the air we breathe, but it’s close. Love is a dichotomous entity. It’s neither up nor down, but perhaps a little of both. Love is funny...


General April gardening notes General April gardening notes

This winter was a “longie” with lots of snow, a situation which voles love. In our market garden we discovered damage from voles on Campanula medium (Canterbury bells) – just the ones stored in pots in sawdust, but not those in the ground. Also some potted Primulas, strawberries, and Echina...


General April gardening notes General April gardening notes

This winter was a “longie” with lots of snow, a situation which voles love. In our market garden we discovered damage from voles on Campanula medium (Canterbury bells) – just the ones stored in pots in sawdust, but not those in the ground. Also some potted Primulas, strawberries, and Echina...


Please support ‘Proactive Living Facility’ organization Please support ‘Proactive Living Facility’ organization

April is Autism Awareness Month. Living in our great community of Ronan, many people are aware of autism and know someone who is affected by it. Our son Jake is one such person. Jake was born in 1994 and progressed normally. He was a beautiful baby and we doted on him as parents do. He was (and continues ...


Perch biting on east side of Polson Bay Perch biting on east side of Polson Bay

Fishermen: It looks like the perch have finally begun to bite at the east side of Polson Bay. Though I haven’t been there myself as I head up to Finnian Slough to catch bait fish, I’ve seen a cluster of boats on the south central part of the bay. A reminder that I’m paying .35 each for lega...


Montana can do better than CoreCivic

Community diversion and re-entry programs rehabilitate offenders, save state tax dollars, and prevent mass incarceration. These programs help drug and non-violent offenders obtain treatment and get a job, rather than emerge from prison as hardened criminals. That much is clear. It’s also clear that ...


Liquid gold brings clarity Liquid gold brings clarity

In many parts of the world people walk miles just to access it. Here in the U.S. we may take it for granted because for most of us it comes from the tap with the flick of a wrist. Some of us buy it bottled. Some of us like it with a slice of lemon or lime. Some prefer iced, others straight up. It is the b...


‘Alcohol, Corsets & the Vote’ topic of April 20 humanities program at library

National Library Week is April 8-14. We are offering our annual “Food for Fines” program during this week. If you have a few nagging library fines, this is your chance to clear them up. For each item of food brought in, we will waive $1 of your fines (not applicable to lost or damaged materials.)...


Farm, soil management practices can reduce carbon emissions

We hear about ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions every day. However, we do not hear enough about how we can capture carbon (carbon sequestration) through proper soil and land management. Healthy soils store carbon – enormous amounts of carbon. Forest soils store the most, followed by grasslands. S...


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