Reimbursement dollars meant to support coronavirus-related expenses
The county already has received roughly $472,605 in federal pandemic reimbursement funds and officials estimate taking in up to another $680,000 from Washington, D.C., by the New Year, with the lion’s share likely going to law enforcement.
The line outside the Libby Assembly of God started to form an hour before dawn on Oct. 28. By 10:30 a.m., when volunteers with Lincoln County Food Box Distribution began doling out meal crates, rows of cars parked bumper-to-bumper filled the lot.
Ardith Christine (Hutton) Myhre, 90, passed away Oct. 21, 2020, in Libby at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. She was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Libby to Harold (Happy) Hutton and Evelyn (Mauer) Hutton on the family homestead.
After decades of tending to Libby’s residents, delivering their children and treating their ailments, Dr. Gregory Rice finds himself labeled a socialist, accused of pushing Marxist propaganda on local schoolchildren.
While handing down two partially suspended 20-year sentences to a Eureka man who sexually assaulting underage girls for years, District Judge Matthew Cuffe said he hoped the victims felt some measure of justice.
With Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court all but certain, Democrats are toying with ways to reform the court. Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to suggest a bipartisan commission to study the options. Unfortunately, the proposals all have serious flaws. Either their constitutionality is doubtful or they would undercut the tremendously valuable role that the court plays in protecting liberty and equality.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has lodged complaints against four Flathead County businesses alleging the entities violated COVID-19 directives by failing to ensure employees and patrons wore masks and that the establishments displayed proper signage related to COVID-19 protocols.
Activists packed the North Lincoln County Annex to protest perceived government overreach in public health responses to the coronavirus pandemic during an Oct. 21 meeting of the board of commissioners.
In response to Brian H. Walsh (“Bullock will protect our right to bear arms,” Oct. 2): If Gov. Steve Bullock has as good a record on the Second Amendment, as you claim, why does the NRA give him an "F" rating?
What is most alarming about these times? We each have our answer. For me it has to be the utter lack of critical thinking displayed by our citizenry and the dumbing down of the mass of Americans. I was reminded of this as I read the current batch of “Letters to the Editor.”
I have caught westslope cutthroat trout in the Elk River with gill plate damage from excessive selenium exposure. The explanation for the defects in these fish was first given to me at one of the fishing shops in Fernie. They described what the damage looked like and how selenium caused it. They also asked me, as I fish there often, to document when and where I caught other cutthroats with the same damage.
We need a senator who represents the working class, middle-class, seniors and veterans. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is one of the richest senators in the senate. He has sold out to China and given tax breaks to the rich as well as subsidies to corporate America.
Libby City Council held off on giving its blessing to the construction of a proposed restroom for the Flower Creek cross country ski area after learning the facility deviated from its original proposal.
As two lifelong Montanans, we are grateful to have grown up in a state as beautiful, welcoming and close-knit as ours. Together, we feel a deep responsibility to be involved in our community, so that we can protect the parts of Montana that we love most for generations to come. Teresa serves as a school board trustee and works professionally in economic development. Casey is a former public school teacher and serves as the Minority Leader in the Montana House of Representatives.
How many of you like to fish or have a relative who does? Well, something’s fishy in Lincoln County and it’s not just the trout. You see, the rumor’s been confirmed. Republicans Steve Gunderson (R-Libby), running again to represent House District 1, and state Sen. Mike Cuff (R-Eureka) were up to something that did not get past the people from every single sector in our state legislature. In fact, it seems everyone was stymied by their reaction.
Under the county’s voting plan, election officials mailed out the bulk of ballots on Oct. 9. While most residents should have received their ballots within 10 days, Chris Nelson, election administrator, said some were not delivered because voters failed to update their address.
On Oct. 19, officials with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced that there were 136 active cases in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Health Department, however, reported only 68 that day.
Democrats are trying to make the case as to why they should be elected this fall, and if their vision for America’s future is frightening to you, you’re not alone. In the past few weeks Democrats have made defunding the police a top priority. All you need to do is see the reports that have come out of Seattle and Portland to know what a dangerous idea that would be.
Personal acts of kindness go a long way in difficult times. We felt its healing power in 2016, when my husband and I were victims of neo-Nazi cyber attacks here in Whitefish along with two other leading Jewish families.
Never in my lifetime of 66 years has the state of politics in our country become so reprehensible and overwhelming in its scope that one can’t help but feel completely hopeless. But giving up is not an option if we care about our children and generations to come, so where can we begin to heal? Right here at home.
I, Merlin Louis Marlow, have lived most of my life in south central Minnesota. I grew up in a conservative Republican household. When I was 13 in 1969, I fell in love with train travel. I became a railroad travel advocate.
A family story: My grandmother once explained to a neighbor why she could not help her get well, having been threatened by the town doctor to stop practicing medicine and warned to leave town or go to jail after a patient refused to buy his snake oil. Word spread faster than a fear agenda virus and the doctor left town as his traffic could not keep the dust blown off his shingle. In Lincoln County, such incompetence is rewarded with a government job with Gestapo levels of authority.
Lincoln County has strong representation in the Montana State Legislature. Please vote to return state Rep. Steve Gunderson to House District 1 and state Rep. Neil Duram to House District 2. This is the first time I won’t appear on the ballot in 10 years, as I am a midterm holdover in the state Senate. The three of us make a good team.
Montanans can rest assured that President Donald Trump and Sen. Steve Daines will uphold their values. Thanks to the president’s “Promises Made, Promises Kept” pro-growth agenda, Big Sky Country is well-positioned to return to the economic boom we were experiencing before the pandemic.
John “Bud” Clivious Chewning, III, 75, passed away Sept. 18, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 28, 1944, in Washington, D.C., to John Clivious, Jr. and Helen Elizabeth Chewning.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Lincoln County, first responder groups with already limited rosters are taking precautions to keep their members from coming in contact with the virus.
For state Rep. Steve Gunderson, reelection means an opportunity to clean house and “right the ship” in Helena. For his opponent, Marv Sather, ousting an incumbent offers the chance to serve as peacemaker of sorts on the state level.
This past summer, folks from across Montana and around the country fished for wild trout while the cool, clean waters of the Smith River flowed underneath them. They sat around campfires, telling stories of good times gone by, with friends and family while their kids played nearby, making wishes on stars. They sat under the shade of massive limestone cliffs, cooling off after a hike to the canyon rim, where they passed Native American cultural sites as they climbed to some of the most picturesque views in Montana.
Thousands of Montanans are waiting to receive emergency government assistance as the Montana Department of Labor and Industry grapples with an onslaught of fraud attempts on the state’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
Here in Montana we are granted the right to vote on ballot initiatives once they clear a number of hurdles, including having the related petition garner enough qualifying signatures. Not achieved, however, is the ability to hold public hearings on the proposed issue — such as is accomplished during legislative debate, fiscal review and the amendment process.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock urged local officials where coronavirus cases are surging to consider stricter measures including shutting down bars in some hotspots to halt the virus' spread. But he stopped short Wednesday of any new statewide restrictions, as the state's COVID-19 caseload continues to grow dramatically.
Kudos to Troy’s Shawna Kelsey for revealing “Selenium” Steve Gunderson’s attempt to sabotage and undermine the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s recommendation to limit Teck’s Canadian coal mines from spewing even more toxic selenium into Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River from their Elk River facilities.
Shawna Kelsey’s letter to the editor (“Gunderson appears to happily carry dirty water for Teck’s mining operations,” Sept. 25) was quite entertaining. Once again a Yaak Valley Forest Council member twists information and facts to justify the agenda of a radical group bent on rewilding northwest Montana.
I rely on the Postal Service to deliver several of my life-saving medications. The latest attempts by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the Trump Administration to disrupt our access to the mail may delay my latest delivery of medication.
A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and Republican Party groups to block Montana counties from holding the general election mostly by mail, saying claims that such a system could be marred by widespread voter fraud is "a fiction."