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Many of us here in Jefferson County are tired of party politics and feeling ignored by political elites who only care about their own agendas. These days it seems like elections are so partisan that no one really wins. We have to ensure that our elections are fair from the very beginning whe… Read Article

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Last week, the Democrats in the U.S. Senate voted to raise the debt ceiling to allow the government to continue paying their past debts, thereby avoiding a government default that would cause a catastrophic financial disaster for our country (per Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chair). If… Read Article

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We are writing in support of Jefferson High's upcoming bond election. Our kids attended JHS, so we had many years of attending events there, and multiple generations of our family are JHS alumni. Even though we are of retirement age, we have grandchildren who will attend JHS in the future. H… Read Article

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I support JHS’s bond because I support children. I support their education base that will guide them to becoming engaged citizens. This past week, I had the pleasure of taking students to the Last Chance Pow Wow in Helena. What struck me was that the theme, the reason to have the pow wow, wa… Read Article

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Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), our state has an opportunity to make unprecedented investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. We have a chance to catapult our state forward, but only if we have the workforce available to build that infrastructure. If there aren’… Read Article

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Kudos and more kudos to our new editor and The Boulder Monitor! The Monitor has taken on a great many improvements. I particularly congratulate you on your use of our friends and neighbors to share their passion, wealth of knowledge, and wisdom. Read Article

Freedom, Knowledge and Justice
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Constitution Week was September 17–23, and assemblies commemorating the 234th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution have been gathering across Montana and America throughout the month. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 915 in 1956 establishing this time of… Read Article

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This letter is a response to the "When free speech damages democracy" publisher's note in the Sept. 8 Boulder Monitor. I remembered a few times when the F-word was used to slander me. Read Article

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You may not like Joe Biden but he is our president. I may not have liked Donald Trump as president, but I didn't fly a flag or display a bumper sticker using vulgar language in front of children and adults to register my dislike. The office of the President of the United States must be respe… Read Article

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Texas’ new anti-abortion law is one of the most restrictive in the developed world. But no surprise that the brouhaha over women’s right to abortion services has nothing to do with honoring their personal autonomy and little to do with fetal mortality. Rather, the fight is grounded in partis… Read Article

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This morning an email from a high school classmate sparked recollections of a children's Bible school song from my youth, with verses: "Be careful, little ears, what you hear," "Be careful, little mouth, what you say," and "Be careful, little hands, what you do". Read Article

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Public health departments in Montana have been assessing how to balance the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance related to vaccinated individuals with Montana’s recent legislation prohibiting discrimination based on vaccination status. This summer, the CDC updated q… Read Article

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While watching the wonderful rodeo parade in Boulder, I was very disgusted when I saw the large grey flag with rude political words regarding our U.S. president, and in smaller letters referring to all those that voted for him, boldly flying on a pickup pulling the float for the Outlaw Saloo… Read Article

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If you were at the Rodeo Parade in Boulder on Aug. 28, you probably saw it: A silver pickup truck driving down Main Street, its bed festooned with two flags—one, the United States stars and stripes, the other bearing the words, “F--- Biden.” Read Article

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Thank you for bringing your wonderful exhibits to the Jefferson County Fair! Thank you, especially, for your patience with the new online entry system. It was far from smooth. We are already working on next year's fair and working out the kinks, so entering your exhibits will be much easier.… Read Article

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The JCRA would like to thank YOU ALL for the support of our rodeos! Our loyal sponsors, attendees and volunteers made this year’s rodeos the best ones yet. Thank you to Vossler Excavating and L&P Grocery for purchasing the wood calcutta, and thank you to all of our Wild Ride and calf dre… Read Article

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The Boulder Kiwanis Club thanks everyone who supported our concessions stand at the 2021 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Car Show! The proceeds will be used to support our many projects for kids in the Boulder area. We received some very generous donations and truly appreciate the support we rec… Read Article

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For the past couple months, I have been cautiously optimistic that our county is moving toward a healthy trend related to COVID-19 illness. Case counts and hospitalizations have been down. Vaccination rates have consistently increased. Public health staff have focused time and energy on othe… Read Article

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We’re being invaded! More than one million people from about 140 different countries have illegally entered the United State of America since January. The southern border is a disaster in every way. Read Article

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July is America’s birthday month. We celebrate the 245th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this year. On July 4, 1776, 56 representatives to the Second Continental Congress from all 13 colonies signed the document. The vision for America was declared: "all men are created equal"… Read Article

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The right to vote is fundamental to the existence of democracy. Montana's Constitution, in Article II, Section 1, provides that "all political power is vested in and derived from the people ... and is founded on their will only." And Article II, Section 2, provides that it is "the people" wh… Read Article

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Hello, I am the new fire chief in Jefferson City. Just letting you know a little about myself. I have lived here in Montana for 29 years. I have lived in Jefferson City for 21 years. I have four children; two live here in Montana, one in Arizona and one in California. I am retired from my bu… Read Article

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As of this week, 46% of Jefferson County residents aged 12 and older had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s more than in many rural Montana counties, but lower than the state total of 49%, which in turn is slightly below the U.S. average. Read Article

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I find it interesting that the new Basin Water and Sewer District board is jumping on the government funding bandwagon. These same people, before they became the current board members, made it clear that they didn’t want to use any government money. The current board members and some communi… Read Article

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Right now, our access to voting is being chipped away in Montana and across the country. Did you know that for the past 15 years, over 60,000 Montanans registered and voted on Election Day without a single case of voter fraud? This access to voting is now gone. Starting this year, did you kn… Read Article

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I would first like to thank Jane Lee Hamman for the wonderful column, "America's Vision: The Declaration of Independence," published in the July 28 issue of The Boulder Monitor. As a member of the state Board of Public Education, she will also avow the importance of September 17.  Read Article

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I enjoyed Jodi Makela’s poem about Joe Archibald in last week’s Boulder Monitor. As a former editor of the newspaper and at risk of being accused of bias—never a good time for a journalist—I will admit to favoring the line, "The Boulder Monitor always broughten." Read Article

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My husband and I took a tour recently which took us through Boulder and we decided to stop at The River cafe. We have lived in the western part of Montana for 50 years and are checking out the lovely backroads of our home state. We were so impressed with the local folks we met in our brief s… Read Article

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It has been a few issues ago that Aleka Kroitzsh, reporter for The Boulder Monitor, interviewed me and printed the article regarding the reopening of The Heritage Center after being closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Thanks to her and your newspaper for this. Read Article

JHS Happenings
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As the month of July is nearly ending, the busy schedule of prepping Jefferson High School for the coming school year continues.  The custodial crew has been working diligently with cleaning, waxing and painting.  The girls' locker room floor has been stripped and removed of all paint, then … Read Article

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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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