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To irrigators, water users

Editor, Tuesday night at the County Community center in Ronan, a meeting was called by the Flathead Irrigation District with the Mission Jocko District attending and our Lake County Commissioners present. Subject in discussion was the collection of irrigation taxes levied twice a year on fee landowners. Our county commissioners gave their reason for the action they took, not to collect taxes after November 2022. I don’t think many people heard why this action was taken.  1 - It was not the Lake County Commissioners who, in Washington, DC. at 2:30 a.m. in December 2020, attached the CSKT Compact to the Covid bill. Steve Daines was responsible for this action, and right after...

Consider local interests

Editor, Whose interests does Ryan Zinke support? Communities? Businesses? Apparently big businesses. A report from the Dept. of Interior Inspector General office revealed that he intentionally misled investigators (who work under a Trump-appointed Inspector General) while he was the Secretary of the In...

Double check information

Editor, The season is upon us, and misinformation campaigns are stepping up. As voters, we should check the facts with a variety of reliable sources and take it to heart when people who are asking for our votes lie to us.   The popular Inflation Reduction Act has triggered lies from high places: ...


Editor, I want to thank the two gentleman employees of Salish and Kootanai Housing Sewer division for their prompt response to my concern of a drainage problem. I appreciated their professional and friendly manner.  They assisted me in locating the problem even though it was not the fault of S&K ...

Play on words

Editor, When I was a boy back in the 1930s and ‘40s, my brother and my way of responding to the adults telling us what to do or what not to do was to speak in Pig Latin. The words “Pig Latin” become “igpay atinlay.” They would often hear “Easeplay ebay iotquay,” o...

Consider Monica Tranel

Editor, If you’re not yet familiar with Montana Western District Congressional Candidate Monica Tranel, prepare to be impressed. I’ve seen her several times on the campaign trail and each time I’m struck by her integrity, grit, and tenacious work ethic. Raised on a ranch in eastern Monta...

Support veterans

Editor, We are fortunate to have Monica Tranel as a candidate for our new Western District for the House. She lives in Montana, gets out to talk to people, and is a strong supporter of veterans. These are her words: “I’ve talked with veterans from Columbia Falls to Victor, and heard their need...

What can one do?

Editor, What is one to do when one discovers your rights are being violated by the one who oversees that the Tribal Laws of the Flathead Indian Reservation are to be abided by, and has the power to prosecute you in the court of law if you were to violate the Tribal Laws? Judge refused to let me present...

Talk about taxing

Editor, ExxonMobil and Chevron reported historic profits from the last three months. Exxon made $17.9 billion last quarter, up 273% from the same time last year, while Chevron made $11.6 billion. Together, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, and TotalEnergies are expected to announce $60 billion in profits fo...

See and feel

Editor, My spiritual teachings are so important to me. They go like this, see what you think:  “Life is eternal. Our time here one earth is a classroom. It is relatively short but filled with wonderful opportunities to learn and grow in harmony with God’s love.”  The tric...

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