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After attending the Basin Water and Sewer District meeting Oct. 6, I was stunned, as was everyone else that attended.  Read Article

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Now that the election season is full upon us I, like you, have had my mailbox jammed full with large and glossy pieces of light cardboard informing me about the merits and flaws of the various candidates. While I am glad that the Post Office is making money off of politicians instead of havi… Read Article

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Most are so weary of politics that we fill post office trash cans with political ads and mute them on TV. Why are politics consuming and often destroying our families, friendships and communities? Primarily, I believe, because over the last 50 years our society negated teaching our children … Read Article

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Here is why I am not voting for Tom Woods for Public Service Commissioner. Electing Tom Woods would result in higher power bills for me and my family. How do I know this? Because after spending eight years on the public dole as a state legislator, Tom Woods has a clear record of supporting b… Read Article

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Marijuana legalization in Colorado has cost them not only in dollars, but in lives, increased crime and mental health issues.  Here are the facts:   Read Article

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Our youth are the future of Montana and they are in jeopardy. There are already many opportunities for young people to be led astray, not the least of these being availability of illegal and unhealthy substances. The passage of I-190 and CI-118 in this November’s election would make it legal… Read Article

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Some nice changes in Jefferson County recently; cool weather has replaced grasshoppers with fall colors, a little rain has cleared the smoke from the skies, and the Panthers hard work finally paid off with a win. The one thing that doesn’t change is Democrat candidates telling us not to trus… Read Article

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — When Harlandale Independent School District in south San Antonio shuttered its doors in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, Melissa Casey’s first thought about her students was, “How are all of their basic needs going to be met?” Read Article

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Jefferson County Election Administrator Bonnie Ramey wrote this “point-counterpoint” in response to questions from residents concerning the decision to hold a mail ballot election in November. She addresses oft-heard comments and concerns about mail ballots versus voting in person at the polls. Read Article

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Steve Bullock’s ads could leave one wondering if he is really running for the Senate, or another term as governor.  Such a list of self promoting brags.  I take particular note of his claim of “conservative budgeting.”  I was still a member of the Montana Senate during Bullock’s first two ye… Read Article

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We are so grateful for the support of the 24th annual Boulder CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 20.  We have already received $1,500 in contributions from our generous neighbors and friends to support the hunger-fighting efforts of Church World Service, both here at home and around the world.   Read Article

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As the summer comes to a close and the weather begins to cool off, our weekends usually are filled with trips to the stadium or the gymnasium. Fall sports in Montana are some of the most anticipated events of the year. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are risks that need to be co… Read Article

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I want you to know why I am voting for Bryce Bennett for Secretary of State and why you should vote for Bryce as well. I am a volunteer who works to register voters. Through my work, it became very evident the voter registration form was discouraging Montanans from registering to vote by its… Read Article

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Do you know how the upcoming ballot measure, which calls for legalizing recreational and commercialized marijuana in Montana, if passed, will negatively affect our youth?  Read Article

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Edie McClafferty is a committed and hardworking public servant for Jefferson County. Not only has she served our District 38 well, she has also been a teacher for the Butte Public Schools for many years. She cares about public schools and opposes sending our hard-earned tax money to private … Read Article

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Oregon voters have long cast their ballots by mail in many types of elections, including for local, state and federal offices. They started doing so in 1987 – and have voted exclusively by mail in all elections since 1998. Read Article

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I have to chuckle when I see all the ridiculous ads trying to make Kathleen Williams out as an extremist. Kathleen has a legislative record that shows she has worked with both parties to get common sense things done for Montana. She’s a strong defender of public lands, will fight for our hea… Read Article

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Elsewhere in this paper, you will find an advertisement from Jefferson County seeking a new Health Officer, a part-time health professional charged with working with officials and agencies to “ensure health program efficiency and compliance with laws, rules and regulations…enforce health cod… Read Article

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Once again, I want to thank the people of Boulder for helping me during this difficult time in my life. I want to first thank Roy Tomich for offering to mow my yard and when his lawn mower broke down he finished the whole property with his weed eater. What a great friend and neighbor! He cla… Read Article

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Boulder Mayor Rusty Giulio has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, Sept. 20 as CROP Walk day in Boulder and urges residents to participate. The CROP Walk got its start at the end of World War II when people wanted to share the country’s abundance with European war victims. Today, the loc… Read Article

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Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, commemorates 233 years of America’s most important document — words we live by. Our 1787 Constitution preamble set the nation on its course:  “We the People…in Order to form a more perfect Union…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” … Read Article

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At our regular Commission meeting on Sept. 1, we gave preliminary plat approval to the Malyevac Minor Subdivision near Whitehall and did a boundary relocation for lots 42 and 47 in the Meadowlark Ridge Subdivision at Jefferson City.  We did our public hearings for the permissive levy for hea… Read Article

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As someone who grew up in the foster care system I am particularly interested in how our state government oversees the care of youth.  Whether it is kids who live in foster care or teens residing in religiously-based youth ranches: it is the state government’s job to make sure our children g… Read Article

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You don’t hear this from former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt or the usual suspects whose goal is to end many water diversions from the Colorado River, but it’s true. Rural landscapes and wildlife need ranching and irrigated agriculture to survive. Read Article

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I’m excited to vote for Melissa Romano for Superintendent of Public Instruction this fall. Montanans are justifiably proud of our quality schools. We need a superintendent who shares that pride and will work to make our schools even better. Melissa Romano is the strong, articulate leader Mon… Read Article

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The Jefferson County Rodeo Association says thank you to our generous sponsors, members and volunteers for putting on a great community event. Thank you to all of the spectators and parade participants. Congrats to our silver bullet winner, Sally Buckles, along with our parade winners; 1st p… Read Article

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I was saddened and concerned when I heard that Joan Van Duynhoven will no longer be the Jefferson County Health Officer as of Aug. 31.  Read Article

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As a longtime teacher who has heard every complaint under the sun about how horrible school is, how boring, arbitrary, irrelevant and unfair, I find myself somewhat taken aback by the fierce pressure to return to regular classroom instruction. Read Article

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“I would like to ask why the word ‘black’ is capitalized in several of the recent articles in the Monitor, but the word ‘white’ is not?  I do not want to add fuel to anything, but it caught my eye.  Is it grammatically correct?  If so, then wouldn’t both words be capitalized?  I have seen it… Read Article

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Well, here we are, 2020, with a President messing with our mail, a trusted service dating back to the founding of our country.  I’m not surprised, given his hiring criteria.   Read Article

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It’s not too early to make sure your voice will be heard in the November election. Whatever your positions on the issues of the day, the best way to influence the direction of your county, state and nation comes down to one thing. Vote. Read Article

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Research from Stanford University shows that teenagers and young adults who vape face a higher risk of COVID-19. And while the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services works to control the coronavirus spread and proposes a flavored vape ban rule, a group of 20 legislators launc… Read Article

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I love the Post Office as much as I love the flag that flies over it. In every city or small town in Montana the American flag flies proudly over the buildings that house the oldest public service in America. It was founded in 1775 and Benjamin Franklin was its first postmaster. I do not und… Read Article

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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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