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The Boulder Kiwanis Club is very thankful to everyone who supported our annual fireworks sale. All of the proceeds were used to buy the wonderful Fourth of July fireworks display put on by our local fire departments.  Without your support this celebration display would not happen! Read Article

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The building that once housed the last drugstore in Walden, Colorado—a town of fewer than 600—is now a barbecue restaurant, where pit boss Larry Holtman dishes out smoked brisket and pulled pork across the same counter where pharmacists dispensed vital medications more than 30 years ago. Read Article

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The race for Montana’s soon-to-be-established second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is starting to take shape, with Democrat Laurie Bishop and Republican Al Olszewski officially announcing their candidacies this month. Read Article

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K–12 education is a primary force that forges and changes our society generation after generation. We all are involved—through children, grandchildren, paying taxes or perhaps as teachers, administrators, staff, elected trustees or volunteer service providers. And much is happening in the ed… Read Article

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An interesting phenomenon is occurring in many rural spaces: Even though the population has been steadily declining for the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the number of households. Kelly Asche, a research associate for the Center for Rural Policy and Development, wrote in an Ap… Read Article

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K–12 education is a primary force that forges and changes our society generation after generation. We all are involved—through children, grandchildren, paying taxes or perhaps as teachers, administrators, staff, elected trustees or volunteer service providers. And much is happening in the ed… Read Article

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In economic development circles, mention of Wink, Texas, can prompt knowing looks. In 1961, Wink, population then 1,863, was on the downhill side of a boom-and-bust oil economy. According to news reports at the time, it applied for $336,000 in federal urban renewal funds to clean up its blig… Read Article

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To fellow Montanans who say there is no threat to our voting rights in our country: Please consider that in 2021, 389 bills were proposed in 48 state legislatures to suppress our right to vote. In our own state of Montana, we saw four new laws enacted that restrict our access to voting: SB 5… Read Article

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You know I write few letters to the editor, and you know that I read your paper carefully, but the long piece, How to Vaccinate a Rural County? It Starts With Trust, insulted my sense of value to the extent I thought I’d lend my hand to the two hours writing this might take. Nonsense. Read Article

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Last month’s “Sweeping the Sidewalks” and the Cemetery preparation for Memorial Day were very productive. Volunteers at the Boulder Cemetery included Gyle Nix, Rhonda Craft, Sally Buckles, Deanie Ramey, Colleen Llewellyn, Steve McCauley, & the JHS Honor Society. If we missed anyone, plea… Read Article

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One hundred thirty thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Bozeman, Montana. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $3,000 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their household’s paychecks if they make the median income for … Read Article

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“The story of Boulder’s ‘Bryher Patch’/youth garden,” by Rochelle Hesford got me thinking — about thanking! It really does take a village to implement and sustain projects like community gardens. According to Hesford’s piece, it seems like many Boulder folks (and beyond) were able to benefit… Read Article

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The Bryher Patch/Youth Garden, which closed this month, has been a place where kids dug in the dirt and ate their vegetables (and sometimes worms) that they grew. This project’s goal was to teach kids about real food. The Youth Garden has been a project of our 21st Century Community Learning… Read Article

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Did you know the Jefferson County Sanitarian and County Health Board want to create a Clancy Special Management Area using the current Clancy Water & Sewer District (CWSD) boundary that runs between the Legal Tender Bistro on the north end to the Elkhorn Rehab Hospital on the south end a… Read Article

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Thanks to The Monitor for the wonderful graduation and Year in the Life of JHS section last week.  I was drawn to read every word — from the student interviews to the school staff’s challenges during this past year.  I am also inspired and hopeful of our future.    Read Article

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Why doesn’t the Boulder Hot Spring let everyone who wants use the springs for healing? The Hot Springs are a gift from the Creator, are they not? Do we not all come from the same source?  Read Article

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For those who have never had the honor or privilege of attending a military funeral, I cannot adequately express how beautiful, sacred, and honorable the ceremonial traditions and customs of the United States Military are.  Read Article

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I read with great interest the article, “Gold Rush: County plans for $2.4 million windfall” (May 12). It appears the folks planning how to spend — or is it invest? — this windfall have overlooked where this money is really coming from. It is being stolen from our kids, grandkids, and great-g… Read Article

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The end of the 2020-21 school year is arriving and a number of accomplishments have occurred. This past week, the JHS golf team brought home hardware with a second-place boys’ finish at the Class B Divisional golf meet in Bigfork. Preston Field finished third, Luke Eckmann tenth, and Marcus … Read Article

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Much of this issue is dedicated to honoring the young women and men who will graduate from local schools in the next month. That’s more than appropriate: This singular year and a quarter has been anything but normal for students. Read Article

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Recently I saw an article about public lands being threatened. This article was sent Montana-wide by the Montana Wildlife Federation. It was an interesting read that claimed there were several bills set out to take away, intrude upon or defund public lands. I have been following the goings o… Read Article

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A few dozen of the 721 bills that passed the Montana Legislature this year grabbed the public’s rapt attention — hot-button social issue bills and big-dollar spending measures that prompted headlines and drew, in some cases, thousands of public comments as lawmakers wrangled over their fates. Read Article

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Please email our Senators and ask them to oppose S. 1 because it gives the federal government too much authority over our local, state and national elections in ways inconsistent with Montana values and the U.S. Constitution. (https://www.tester.senate.gov/contact/; https://www.daines.senate… Read Article

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This is a heart-felt letter of commendation to Diana McFarland, former Monitor editor, as she leaves Boulder. Read Article

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=I joined the Basin Water and Sewer Board in March of 2015 along with MJ Williams. At that time, the three-member Board was in the process of raising the rates to help position the water system for improvements and to help qualify for state and federal funds.  When I recently reread the minu… Read Article

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Many thanks to the former Basin Water and Sewer District Board in Basin for their hard work and dedicated service to our community. MJ Williams, Joy Lewis, Mike Jellison and Dave Englund, along with former water operator Nissa Manley and former board member Brian Gasch, have worked for the p… Read Article

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The AS&CC Spay and Neuter Program would like to specially thank everyone for their constant help and support making our Low Cost Spay & Neuter program such a huge success. A big shout out for Cory Tebay of Western Veterinary Services for his constant help and support. Read Article

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Once again, the Rally for Public Lands at the State Capitol was proof that our public lands and outdoor way of life bind us. The numbers bear it out: 89% of Montanans visit public lands every year; 64% hunt or fish; 79% consider themselves conservationists; and 89% say public lands positivel… Read Article

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Sharp-eyed longtime readers of the Monitor may have recognized the byline on the April 7 article about Montana’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Writer Katheryn Houghton began her professional journalism career as an intern for the Monitor. She was a warmly welcomed addition to the sta… Read Article

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The Montana Legislature is working on plans to appropriate the nearly $3 billion American Rescue Plan Act funding package that Montana will receive from the federal government. Unfortunately, the Legislature is entertaining a controversial amendment in the bill to cut federal aid funds by 20… Read Article

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The great risk in asking people what they think is that they will actually tell you. But The Monitor’s annual survey of subscribers is a source of great joy and fascination for me: It provides a window into our relationship with our audience; points us toward trends and ideas that merit cove… Read Article

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Ms. Johnson makes an emotional plea in this week’s letters to the editor for voter suppression without any provision for voter integrity. Lets analyze her argument. Read Article

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 It should be noted that when the work on the kiosk was being done, it was said that upon its completion the poop collection station was to be reinstalled.  I have sent several emails to City Hall and each time, I have been advised that the Department of Public Works will reinstall it.  Now … Read Article

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The Boulder Fitness Club is in the process of relocating to the former high school gym on the west side of the Pietrasanta apartment building.  If you have exercise shoes or any other personal belongings at the Club, please remove them by April 15. Read Article

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Why is our state representative Marta Bertoglio supporting voter suppression bill HB176 which eliminates same day voter registration on Election Day?  60,000 Montanans registered and voted on Election Day over the past 15 years.  Montanans have shown their support for this same day registrat… Read Article

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The Jefferson County Public Health Department held a COVID vaccine clinic on Friday, March 19 at the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department Station at Montana City.   Read Article

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I am following with interest the discussion of SB 215, which its sponsors claim to be some kind of protection of Montanans’ religious freedoms. It seems some folks are interested in the subject but might not yet have read the proposed bill/s.   Read Article

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