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Updated 5 months ago

Uncle Sam wants you to get counted

As the country celebrates its birth as a nation, one of the most patriotic things Montanans can do is stand up a...

Updated 5 days, 20 hours ago
Wearing a mask protects from more than COVID-19

My husband and I have been wearing masks for a year now, since last October. Our doctors said our compromised immune systems should be protected. We got our flu vaccine and then diligently started wearing our mas...

Updated 5 days, 20 hours ago
Rethinking the Trump presidency

Back in 2016, when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made fun of the disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski, I really had hope for him and the future of our country.

Updated 5 days, 20 hours ago
Give thanks this year to the outdoors and its healing properties

I am thankful to have wild places to wander in and find the time. The natural time.

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
If you wear orange, why not a mask?

Why is it that many of the same people who refuse to wear masks in relation to COVID-19 will wear the state-mandated amount of orange during hunting season? Does being forced to wear orange not “infringe” upon th...

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Trust the medical experts and look out for the community

This is a copy of the message I left on the phone of our commissioner, Mark Peck, on August 4, 2020: I think we need to listen to the health and science experts regarding the COVID-19 virus. They have spent their...

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
A great venture in the Kootenai National Forest is before us

Did you know that Lincoln County ranks in the 97th percentile of all western U.S. counties in fire risk to our communities? That is the bad news, but the good news is that Lincoln County, the Kootenai National Fo...

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
I'll look out for you if you look out for me

I’m going to ask you to do some things for me, and I’ll do the same for you in return.

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
It's time for the community to show up

I moved to Libby in 1978. One thing soon became clear: When disaster strikes, people in this community come together and "show up."

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Constituents rely on accurate and timely information about commissioners meetings

I was very confused by the recent articles in The Western News about the county commissioner’s meetings, in specific the discussion about voting procedures. They appeared to contradict each other. This prompted m...

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Adults could stand to learn a thing or two from Mr. Rogers

If the challenge left behind for us from Mister (Fred) Rogers was for us to "be kind, be kind, be kind" and to "make goodness attractive," then why do we spend so much time fighting with one another over who is r...

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
We have a long history of caring for each other in Libby

The Sally Sauer Community Medical Fund was established in the early 1990s when Sally Sauer had a sudden illness that damaged her heart. Our community stepped up and did what we do best: We rallied together to hel...

Updated 1 month ago
This November, vote the team our children deserve

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 prote...

Updated 1 month ago
Fielder: Look beyond the political falsehoods to my platform and record

When the Missoulian endorsed me for Montana Public Service Commissioner, their bold headline declared: “Fielder is who PSC needs now.”

Updated 1 month ago
Gianforte raises red flags when he wields his wealth

Greg Gianforte’s campaign for governor should be flying an ethics caution flag.

Updated 1 month ago
After 16 years, it's time for a Republican administration in Helena

We don’t have to look very hard to know how the Mike Cooney Administration would work. For the past 16 years, Democrats have controlled the governor’s office. What do we have to show for it?