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A lot of students and fans missed a good show

Apparently, there are a lot of people who don't care to watch athletes perform unless they think they're going to win. A mostly empty gym on Saturday morning proved that point to me.  Oh, there were some dedicated parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles in the stands of Glacier High School that morning. But at 9 a.m. the student and fan sections for Ronan High were pretty thin. It was the last day of the Northwestern A Divisional basketball tournament, held in Kalispell. After two emotional days of basketball games, the Saturday session of three sets of boys and girls games started with the loser-out contest at the wee hour of 9 a.m.  I know some high school students w...


Mining, energy bans not yet binding, permanent

The recent headlines just about said it all: "B.C. Bans Mining and Energy Extraction in the Flathead." This announcement and that of senators Baucus and Tester's to introduce similar legislation, and the subsequent Memorandum of Understanding between B.C. and Montana on the Flathead represent a huge shift in...


Seat belt use is a simple, basic rule

Every year across the United States, there are more than 40,000 deaths on our highways. While the causes may vary, one fact remains; many could have been saved had they done one simple thing: buckle the seat belt. While buckling up has always been considered a personal choice, drivers need to consider the...


Let us know about your summer activities

It's been warm and sunny enough that you can almost see the end of winter. Even though it's still three weeks away, we're already preparing for the spring and summer season here at the Valley Journal.  Now is the time that we put together those crucial spring and summer planners that valley residents...


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 c...


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...


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