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Lawyers know about precedent, defined as something that precedes or comes before: For example, a court decision that serves as authority for deciding subsequent cases involving similar facts or legal issues, or other precedents that serve as guides for administrative conduct and decisions. P… Read Article

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The 2021-22 flu season is here. Last year, Montana had no diagnosed flu. Those who follow flu trends are concerned we will see increased flu activity this year. Experts suspect it is possible that the very low number of flu cases last year may mean there are fewer people with immunity to the… Read Article

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People of all creeds, races and locations around the earth have given thanks for many millennia, following their own traditions of gratitude for life, safety, food, shelter, family and companions. In America, the earliest native settlers celebrated and gave thanks for bountiful hunts and har… Read Article

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People of all creeds, races and locations around the earth have given thanks for many millennia, following their own traditions of gratitude for life, safety, food, shelter, family and companions. In America, the earliest native settlers celebrated and gave thanks for bountiful hunts and har… Read Article

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As many of you have heard, COVID vaccination is now available to children ages 5–11. We have been listening to questions from parents and caregivers about getting their children vaccinated. I would like to share some of that information here. Read Article

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Veterans Day is a tribute to American veterans—a special day to remember and to honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans—including 1,268 living in Jefferson County and 85,350 in Montana, whose number of veterans per population ranks third among the 50 states. Read Article

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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To those of you who have been struggling with the uncertainty of this virus, know that the Health Department  has been struggled with you. We have struggled with how best to protect our community. We have debated policy and procedures. We have followed the best practices laid out by our coun… Read Article

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Eddie Mulick was the first person I met when I moved to Trout Creek, and that was largely because he owned what his matchbooks proclaimed was, “The Wayside Bar--finest bar in Trout Creek.”  It was also the only bar.  Read Article

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I’ve lost three hunting spots on corporate timberlands in the last two years. I’ve always appreciated the privilege of hunting those lands but knew they could be sold. One sale blocked a road leading to thousands of acres of US Forest Service where I’ve hunted for over 30 years. The hunt for… Read Article

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There’s one passage in William Kittredge’s The Next Rodeo that has sneaked into my brain and my way of thinking. It’s from the essay “Home”: “Looking backward is one of our main hobbies here in the American West, as we age. And we are aging, which could mean growing up. Or not. It’s a diffic… Read Article

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Thirteen-year-olds can AirDrop Simpsons memes from across the room, and artificial intelligence made chess masters like Garry Kasparov obsolete. But for all our technological advances, at home, we’re still cavemen.  Read Article

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Whatever grudging respect I had for U.S. Senator Steve Daines has been obliterated by his stunt of joining 11 other Republican Senators to question the validity of the 2020 Presidential election. His motives mystify me, but his action chills me. Trump, I at least understand. He wants to be P… Read Article

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December 15 marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago on that day the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation. Read Article

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Montana is not the only place with an economy that depends on its rich natural resources, though I would argue that it is the most spectacular. And I learned firsthand, making my living off the state’s timber, the importance of careful stewardship of the wealth that comes from our rivers and… Read Article

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With the passage in Montana of I-190 we have joined California, Washington, Oregon, and a few other “Liberal” states in making the purchase and use of marijuana jail time free. It has been about 100 years since its use became a social stigma, then illegal in the United States. Marijuana use … 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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