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Call for ‘special’ Flathead Irrigation District meeting

Editor, Over a year ago BIA announced that it would increase required irrigator O&M fee payments next year by $4.50 to $33.50 per acre. Although there are good reasons to have actively challenged the magnitude of that increase, the now defunct FJBC and its three continuing irrigation districts did little. Faced with a Lake County filing deadline for next year’s O&M fee, the Flathead Irrigation District (FID) decided at its Aug. 13 meeting to not implement the BIA fee increase. Jocko and Mission districts made a similar decision the previous month. Good news. Hold on. If the districts refuse to pay the BIA increase, BIA is likely to respond with actions that will di...


Facts about the numbers

Editor, Mission and Jocko Irrigation Districts passed a resolution for operation and maintenance costs for the 2019 irrigation season to remain at $29 per acre. We refused the $4.50 increase. The Flathead District has not made a final decision. Here’s reasons for this decision. 1. In 2017, a $3 i...


Get to know candidate, positions

Editor, Sometimes something just “hits one the wrong way.” Catherine Vandemoer’s letter in the Aug. 8 issue of the Valley Journal hit me the wrong way. By Ms. Vandermoer’s reasoning, no one is able to represent all the people of Lake County if he – or she – happens to b...


McDonald will serve us well as commissioner

Editor, Lake County needs strong leaders who will carefully act to maintain safe and sanitary living conditions for all its residents. From what I have learned about Caroline McDonald, I am confident that she has the right background and experience to be the perfect choice to serve Lake County as a commis...


Rosendale is best choice

Editor, I’m writing to tell you why I support Matt Rosendale to be the next United States senator from Montana. Our current senator, Jon Tester, supports socialized, government-run health care. Montanans see every day how bad Obamacare is: higher premiums and deductibles. Plans have been canceled an...


Tester has earned a third term

Editor, East coast developer Matt Rosendale would be a disaster for Montana as senator. His negative attack ads against Senator Jon Tester are simply ridiculous – he might be more accurately describing himself with his “gone Washington” verbiage. When Rosendale was running to be Monta...


Working together essential to progress

Editor, Logic? “Future economic stability of Lake County depends on the election of those whose loyalty is not divided between two governments.” I think not. Both governments mentioned in the readers letter are part of Lake County. Both are sovereign nations. We need in fact to eliminate co...


Decker is logical choice

Editor, The future economic stability of Lake County depends on the election of those whose loyalty is not divided between two governments. The only governmental entity that is responsible for Lake County is the County Commission, a political subdivision of the State of Montana. The government of the C...


Injustice everywhere

Dear Editor, Martin Luther King wrote from his jail cell, “Injustice anywhere leads to injustice everywhere.” In America today, injustice can be defined in how much money you have to spend on lawyers and lobbyists. Injustice can be defined on America’s court system’s judges refusin...


Enjoy gift of live theater

Editor, Our community has a true gift in Karen and Neal Lewing, who again are treating us to a summer of outstanding live theater right here in Polson. “Foxfire” opened July 26 and plays through Aug. 12. The entire production is excellent. I encourage you to bring your family and friends to...


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