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Rates are assessed by Interior Department

Editor, In a letter to the editor this incorrect statement was made “…. Only the three irrigation districts have the ability from the state and county to assess irrigation water costs.” This question and the answer were posted as part of the Federal Register announcement of the increases. (82 FR 37604) (Document #) “Comment: Several commenters expressed a position that, under the irrigation districts’ repayment contracts, only irrigation districts have the power to assess themselves. Response: As noted in the April 21, 2017 Federal Register notice, BIA is required to establish irrigation assessment rates that recover the costs to administer, operate, ...

Thank you, we plan to pay it forward

Editor, To the person who paid for our late lunch at 4Bs in Polson on Wednesday, July 4, thank you. You were gone before we realized what you had done. We are greatly appreciative and plan to pay it forward. Tom and Sandra Wyatt Polson

Current political environment dangerous to democracy

Editor, Does history repeat itself? Take a look at this from the “History Learning Site.” Back in 1925, the issue of a movement called “Blood and Soil” (Brut und Boden) nearly split the German Nazi party. This was ultimately resolved at the Bamberg Conference held in 1926. Hitle...

The future is what we make it

Editor, Trump is not the problem. America is not ruled by a king who can do what he wants when he wants and hand pick or dispose of his henchmen according to his mood. Well, maybe I am wrong. The checks and balances system in our government was set up to prevent such an occurrence by one in power but o...

Trashing the trash: let’s be responsible

Editor, Sometimes the government operates and runs things that rub me raw. But then again sometimes they do things that needs to be commended – like the public library and container sites. In the '70s we lived in the Swan Valley and had to haul our garbage to Missoula. It was sometimes a smelly s...

United we stand

Editor, We have lots to celebrate here, I thought, scanning the plethora of people enjoying Polson’s Fourth of July parade. The atmosphere was upbeat, vibrant and enthusiastic. Friendly smiles, good will and an optimistic spirit tell the story of who we are as Americans. On our nation’s bir...

Rosendale smear campaign undeserved

Editor, I wish to comment on the vicious campaign against Matt Rosendale, Republican candidate for senator, which is being viewed and broadcast on both TV and radio stations respectively. It is done in the same pattern which smeared Admiral Ronny Jackson by Jon Tester and as previously viewed it is certai...

Mining corporations should be responsible for cleanup

Editor, Here’s a question for Montanans: Do you think it’s acceptable for corporations to leave their hard rock mining sites in a state that requires perpetual treatment for the pollution they’ve created? “Perpetual.” That’s a long time. Who ultimately pays for that per...

Response, help deeply appreciated

Editor, The family of Alicia Lela Whitman would like to thank the tribal officers on scene, Lake County coroner and Ronan ambulance for their response and the Mission Valley Animal Shelter for taking our grandma’s dog “Chubs” and lending us a carrier to catch the cats. Also a huge tha...

Ninepipes Museum support appreciated

Editor, The support of our community friends, neighbors and businesses is greatly appreciated. Recently, Stuart Morton helped the Ninepipes Museum in a fundraising “Round Up” campaign at his NAPA and Cenex locations in St. Ignatius. The museum thanks Stuart and his patrons for their generosity...

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