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Decision to rescind funding agreement is disappointing

Editor, Regarding the ruling that rescinds the funding agreement maintaining the Bison Range, I am grievously disappointed. It’s difficult for me to believe that in the years of dispute prior to this agreement that such an important document would not stand up under thoughtful review. There was simply too much at risk for both sides: US Department of the Interior and Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes. I believe that there is a larger story beyond the NEPA required “categorical exclusion.” Native Americans have a 14,000 year spiritual relationship to this land, which includes all forms of life and that which sustains it. Does the letter of the law trump this? Wit...


Vote for Toole for PSC

Editor, We have the opportunity to choose our next public service commissioner on election day, and yet many people don’t know about the candidates or even what the Public Service Commission does for us in the State of Montana. We are in the fifth PSC district and Ken Toole is asking for your vote a...


Frugal fashionista finds versatility in vintage plaid

I won’t mince any words. I hate plaid. I’ve never been one to dilly dally with my emotions and this one is quite clear to me.  Yes, it’s almost tangible, this utter, undignified, unethical hatred of the material I was forced to wear every school day of my childhood. It reminds me...


Flu vaccines available early for seniors

The Area VI Agency on Aging would like to let seniors more than 65 years of age know they are eligible to receive flu vaccinations early, before flu season ramps up.   Medicare clients can get the flu vaccine at no cost. There is no coinsurance or copayment applied to this Medicare benefit, nor is it...


Toole is best candidate for PSC

Editor, Claims by Republican challenger Bill Gallagher that incumbent Ken Toole, his opponent for the Public Service Commission, has a conflict of interest because Toole has mutual fund investments in companies that are regulated by the PSC are ludicrous.   Any individual who has a retirement fund...


Thanks for supporting Farmer’s Market

Editor, As a vendor at the Polson Farmer’s Market I was very moved by the letter Maureen Theiler sent in the other week. She is a great example of the support the community has given to the market.  I would just like to take a moment to thank all those who have made the market such a success...


Polson council provides welcoming atmosphere

Editor, Over the last seven years I have attended quite a few Polson Council/Commission meetings. The atmosphere at the meetings has definitely changed for the better in the last nine months. The commissioners and the city manager listen to and answer questions from the public and engage in discussions, w...


Cold case keeps family suffering

Editor, Sept. 22 was Robert Norbert Jensen’s birthday. I know because I baked his cake. On Oct. 17, 2005, he was reported missing. Some time later, his remains were found in the forested areas outside St. Ignatius.  No one has been charged in what has been determined a homicide.  His...


Walgren supports Kendley

Editor, I, like many of you, have heard of the investigations related to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and like many of you I wonder, who can I trust? I also know that most of the state knows and is watching what happens. So what are we to do? Many of you have come to me with your similar ...


Response from commission would bring balance

Editor, The following is an open letter to the Polson City Manager, Mayor, and City Commission.  A report in the Valley Journal, Sept. 23, 2010, referred to a letter written by the Polson Chamber of Commerce board indicating a lack of transparency and failure to communicate at recent city commissi...


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