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COVID-19 continues to cause problems across Montana.  We have seen a pretty substantial increase in cases in Jefferson County over the past few weeks.  One of the casualties was the NRA Rodeo in Boulder.  The Health Officer wouldn’t approve it, the Health Board doesn’t have an appeal process… Read Article

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The words, “I have the right to/not to (fill in the blank),” are being heard around the United States a lot these days.  It’s true.  We Americans have a multitude of rights as compared to billions around the world. Read Article

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It’s cool this morning.  There is a different feel to the air.  The days are slowly getting shorter, my bird dogs are getting restless and I am listening for that first bugle of a bull elk down in the river bottom. It’s that time when I, and all hunters, anxiously prepare for the glorious da… Read Article

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Sometimes when I am trying to get to sleep, I think of a really great idea.  When I get up in the morning the “great” idea I had the previous night turns out to be a really dumb idea.  I think this applies to the “Local Journalism Sustainability Act” you are trying to sell.  Early in your ar… Read Article

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On July 3, the Press & Journal, a weekly newspaper in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, produced its last issue after 166 years of local publication. The Independent-Enterprise in Payette, Idaho, shut down June 24. The New Sharon (Iowa) Sun closed June 18. The Merkel (Texas) Mail ended its 1… Read Article

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We would like to publicly thank all the generous people that made a contribution to our grave marker/flag holder project this spring.  Read Article

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We need representatives who work for us and Senator Steve Daines clearly doesn’t.  All you have to do is look at his campaign donations to see why. Daines has taken more than $2 million from corporate special interest groups during his time in Congress (https://search.maplight.org/contributi… Read Article

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I heard that the two new “Welcome to Boulder” signs cost $24,000. Some one please tell me that is not true. I know a local, really good, fabrication company that could have made 10 for that cost.  Read Article

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Thanks to Drew Dawson for penning the insightful opinion, published on July 29. I agree; we must each do our part to recognize our own biases and work to overcome them. I particularly liked Drew’s closing sentence: “I am, it seems, still learning – and, hopefully, growing.” It’s a never-endi… Read Article

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As a candidate for House District 75, I have been asked by voters about my position on the Black Lives Matter movement. I believe that this current movement for racial justice is a reminder of how much work we still have to do.  Read Article

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This letter is to commend Jefferson County Public Health Officer Joan Van Duynhoven and the public health staff. They are doing a thankless job and doing it very well. The job of the Health Department is to oversee the general well being of the community and every decision they have made so … Read Article

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Recycling is important to me! I see other people also trying to recycle and that is great! I know it is not easy and it does take some effort. Recently, I took cans to the Boulder Transfer Site (lovingly called “The Dump”). I was appalled at the number of bags of cans in the recycle containe… Read Article

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Last month, as the nation grappled with the George Floyd killing and an outpouring of protests, The Monitor invited readers to share their views on race, Black Lives Matter, and justice. What does this moment mean to you? How does it relate to your own experience of race? What can be done? H… Read Article

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The Jefferson City Community Day and Kid’s Day at the Firehall will be cancelled this year.  Support has been greatly appreciated.  See you next year!    Read Article

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It was with dismay that I read the article in last week’s Monitor  about the tension between our county health department and county commissioners regarding COVID-19 protocols. Granted this virus is new to everyone, and, human nature being what it is, our first response is most likely going … Read Article

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As I look out my window, the smoke from the Bush fire is belching upward behind the fabled profile of the Superstition Mountains. The fire has closed Highway 87 that joins the Phoenix metro area to Payson, one of its exurbs.  Some small communities are evacuating.   Read Article

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Kudo’s to the Jefferson County Solid Waste people for a great job setting up the temporary waste disposal area for Montana City.  The transition was obviously well-planned and executed rapidly.  It seemed like one day we were going to the old site and the next day the new site was up and run… Read Article

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As a former resident of Boulder for many years and one of the founders of the Animal Shelter and Care Committee (AS&CC) I was very disappointed that the animal shelter levy failed. For the last 12 years the AS&CC has held many spay/neuter and low cost shot clinics, held fundraisers, … Read Article

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Remember when the Republican Party’s motto was Compassionate Conservatism? Since this Party has morphed into the “Trump Party” with former Republicans unabashedly supporting a self-serving leader who acts and wants to be king — that motto is currently a joke. This is not the type of compassi… Read Article

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We, at Boulder Hot Springs (BHS), want to thank everyone for all the calls, messages and emails letting us know how important these healing waters are to you and asking when we are re-opening. Receiving your supportive words has been affirming to our mission of maintaining BHS and making it … Read Article

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The Boulder Fair and Rodeo has long been a wonderful weekend of fun, friends and tradition, and it helps the local economy as well. We all love and enjoy it. Read Article

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With gratitude I write to express my deep appreciation to many friends and neighbors for your support with advice, signs, contributions, information and encouragement during the unique 2020 Primary Election campaign. Special thanks to campaign Treasurer Lynora Rogstad and Terry Churchill for… Read Article

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When I was in seventh grade, an older schoolmate said something that has stayed with me through the nearly half-century since. “I don’t have anything against Blacks,” he declared. “But I wouldn’t want my sister to marry one.” Read Article

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The Animal Shelter and Care Committee would like to thank those who voted in support for the Commissioners animal shelter levy. Although it failed, the facts still remain — Jefferson County truly needs these services and funds to accomplish those goals.  Read Article

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We want to thank all of you for your kindness, prayers, cards, and attending Laurie’s Memorial Service.  — The Laurie Vossler Family Read Article

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The COVID 19 crisis can make everything else, including the Census, seem less important.  But completing your Census form only takes 10 minutes and will benefit and influence our community for the next ten years. Read Article

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I truly want to thank all of the folks in this town who have helped me out during this time of me being handicapped: L& P Grocery, Boulder Post Office, Town Pump, Boulder Cash, Ruby and Tom, John and Debbie, Frank, Chad, Bonnie, Alex  and John Bonan and my family. I especially would like… Read Article

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We are at a good place in history, and we are at that good place because we are facing adversity together. It is sad to think that many had to die to spur us to action, but good times don’t seem to move us forward as a people, bad times do. Read Article

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I appreciated your editorial (“Montana is Mars, New York is Venus”) in the June 3rd Monitor.  Many of us here in Jefferson County have connections to friends and family in places like New York, Boston and Chicago to name a few. It is difficult to maintain proper protocol about pandemic issue… 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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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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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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