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Some readers know that I lead a dual life: While I own The Monitor and live in Montana for part of the year, I also have a job based in New York that requires me to remain tethered there, as well.  Read Article

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   On behalf of Jefferson High School, I would like to extend a giant thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their support in promoting literacy at Jefferson High School: L&P Grocery, The Sweet Spot, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lorie Carey, Linda Allen, Cassidy Parsons (coupon… Read Article

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We need Montana senators who are willing to research the issues and stand up for what is good and right. I believe Whitehall’s Jim Buterbaugh is the person to represent those of us in Jefferson County, SD 38. For several years Jim has been involved with numerous gatherings and educational me… Read Article

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We are supporting Marta Bertoglio for House District 75.  We believe Marta has the skills to truly represent this district as well as the state of Montana.  Marta is a rural Montana native, who understands the issues and challenges facing our rural and frontier communities.    Read Article

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When I first listened to Greg DeVries during his candidacy, one thing was clear to me: The man knew nothing about the rule of law in the state of Montana. He is a missionary-evangelist at heart, not a person who can be trusted to navigate any of the issues vital to civic process. He proved t… Read Article

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I am a lover of animals and am absolutely devoted to pet rescue. I’m writing this as my latest rescue kitty, a glorious furry Maine Coon cross adopted from the Lewis and Clark shelter not long after my adored very old rescue kitty from New Jersey died, is batting at my keyboard (editor, plea… Read Article

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I am in favor of the animal shelter to be built. I am not only looking at this from the human aspect but also from the animal’s side. Pets should be spayed and neutered for animal control and also shots given to them for their health and safety. I had a cat for 18 years and now adopted one t… Read Article

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All animal shelters and rescues have the same broad goal and are dedicated to stopping animal homelessness in our communities. Animal shelters and rescues play an important role in every community because they provide a temporary safe place for animals in need to reside. Read Article

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We support Greg DeVries for HD 75 because he is trustworthy, pro-life, committed to cutting government spending, and will continue to fight against government overreach into our freedoms. Read Article

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During The Monitor’s April 26 candidate forum, Rep. Greg DeVries responded to a question about the 2017 legislature funding cuts for community-based mental health services and possible solutions to address mental illness in our community. He stated that many mental health issues stem from sp… Read Article

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As you are reading this, most of you have received your ballots and of some of you have even mailed them back. If you are still deciding, please consider Jim Buterbaugh for  Senate District  38. Jim is a long-time resident of Whitehall and will represent Jefferson County well. Read Article

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Things are getting a little more back to normal at the Courthouse.  All offices are open and staffed.  Each department head and elected official put together a detailed plan of how they will deal with safety to their staff and to the public.  Service may be somewhat slower as new criteria an… Read Article

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In 2019, I served with Greg DeVries in the Montana House of Representatives. It’s time for new representation for Jefferson County. Read Article

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The Jefferson County government currently spends about $10,000 per year on animal shelter services.  We taxpayers are being asked, when we vote in June, to increase this spending to $265,365 per year.  The proposal  is that we give this money every year to a “not for profit” group, most like… Read Article

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I recently participated in a gathering of organizations involved in narrative change. (Like nearly all meetings these days, it was held via Zoom. I’ll admit that the novelty of that technology – Chat! Share screens! – is wearing thin.) Read Article

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The Jefferson County Commission is putting forward an animal shelter mill levy on the up-coming June ballot for the sole purpose to establish the needed funds for an  animal shelter facility, animal services and to continue the Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program in Jefferson County. The faci… Read Article

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Many of you will have noticed the internet chatter reflecting on the impressive COVID-19 responses in countries led by women.  The nations of Finland (Samma Marin), Germany (Angela Merkel), New Zealand (Jacinda Ardern), Taiwan (Tsai Ing-wen), Iceland (Katrin Jakobsdottir), Norway (Erna Solbe… Read Article

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Since our current Attorney General is termed out, we need a new conservative leader in that position to make sure we always have an advocate and top cop for the people. Out of all the candidates running for the position, I believe Jon Bennion is the right fit with the right priorities. Read Article

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I arrived in Boulder in November 2018 with a $50 Town Pump card in my wallet. Google had given me the impression that the gas station was the closest thing Boulder had to a coffee shop, a state of affairs I lamented to my former boss; she bought me the card as a going away gift. Happily I so… Read Article

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Just before midnight last Oct. 11, John Blodgett’s police scanner crackled with an alert. Because John is never without his scanner, and because he rarely shuts it off, he rose from bed and got dressed. Read Article

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The Electoral College is an attempt to make the election of the United States President fair to all fifty states, regardless of the population of the state. The concept of the Electoral College actually goes back to Roman times. In 1788, Alexander Hamilton wrote about the idea of electors in… Read Article

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The recent outbreak of the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, has been devastating to nearly everyone. It has become a global pandemic sending a massive wave of fear to nearly everyone across the planet. The times in which we live are scary and uncharted. Nobody knows what … Read Article

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Right-wing media outlets would have you believe that a Democrat administration will be disastrous for this country if Trump — a Republican in name only, if you think about it — does not win a second term. Read Article

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As a former student of Montana City School — I graduated from eighth grade in 2016 — I can attest to the fact that I received a good education. However, I believe that now, more than ever, given the current economic uncertainty, it is important to reconsider the necessity of the levy we are … Read Article

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I have a calendar stuck to the side of my fridge. Most days I scrawl notes across the squares to keep my family’s life in check: Dentist appointment, vet appointment, storytime at the library. But lately, the squares are empty and we’re hunkered down at home, confined by COVID-19. Read Article

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February was a blur. My parents and I caught Influenza A after attending an event together. It left me pretty much unscathed, save for feeling extra run down and uncomfortable for a few days. But my parents got sick. Really sick. Call-an-ambulance-at-four-in-the-morning-because-you-cannot-ca… Read Article

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Here we are, adjusting to this new world of “social distancing.” Not long ago, if you walked into a bank with a mask on, everyone would raise their hands and tellers would stuff money into bags. Read Article

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I am writing in support of Marta Bertoglio for HD 75. I have had the privilege of knowing her since growing up together in Deer Lodge, and now share a community where we live and raise our families. Read Article

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I am writing in support of Marta Bertoglio to be our representative in HD 75. I served with Marta on the Montana City School board for four years and witnessed firsthand her leadership skills and community representation. Read Article

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I really look forward to the results of The Monitor’s annual audience survey — not because I think everyone will love everything we do (um, you don’t) but because I know I’m going to learn a lot about our community: What people think is important, what news they need, and how they feel about… Read Article

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Since normal Easter Egg hunts will not be able to occur due to the COVID-19 threat, why not invite children to draw Easter eggs on paper, color them in and then post the artwork in home windows so families can drive around and “hunt” for eggs while practicing social distancing? Read Article

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The Boulder Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the community for supporting local businesses and for doing your part to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These are challenging times for everyone but Boulder is a resilient community and we will win this fight. Read Article

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Setting aside Sen. Edie McClafferty’s failure to respond to my calls to her (“McClafferty on veterans: Setting the record straight,” March 25), she still hasn’t explained why she didn’t vote for legislation not to tax the retirement of military veterans. “Not all bills pass, especially if th… Read Article

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In the past week, Jefferson County joined the rest of the planet in playing out a classic civic dilemma pitting public safety against economic well-being. It’s worth exploring what happened to better understand the forces at play, decisions that were made and not made, and the potential impa… Read Article

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Last week Peter Gardzina of Clancy wrote expressing dismay that his Senator, Edie McClafferty (D. Butte), voted against House Bill 130 sponsored by Rep. John Fuller (R. Kalispell) to exempt military pension income, military retirement income and survivor benefits starting at 10% exemption in… Read Article

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