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Wylie Galt, Rep. R Martinsdale, has introduced HB 505, a goldmine for landowners and outfitters, which intends to take licensing of non-residents out of the hands of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This bill would establish landowner licenses for, not only cows, but also for bulls. Read Article

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The staff at the Jefferson County Public Health Department is small and, for almost a year now, they have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Out of a concern for others, they frequently work nights and weekends, without extra pay, to help keep our county healthy.  Many people do no… Read Article

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Thank you to all the nurses, staff and volunteers at the Jefferson County Public Health Department for all they are doing to deliver the COVID-19 inoculations to our Jefferson County residents.  We all appreciate what they are accomplishing.   Read Article

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In last week’s Monitor, our representative, Marta Bertoglio, had an article that I found very disturbing.  Read Article

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I’m a proud founding member of Big Sky 55+, a non-profit statewide group that advocates for older Montanans and for a healthy Montana. We are the newest members of Montana Unified, a coalition formed to fight for worker rights. Read Article

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Right now Republicans are working hard to take away voting rights from potentially 8,000 Montanans with House Bill 176 which eliminates same day voter registration on Election Day. This law has been in place for 15 years and in 2014 the majority of Montanans voted down an initiative to elimi… Read Article

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I have friends that think that President Trump was the worst thing that happened to the United States. I have friends who think President Biden is the worst thing that has happened to the United States. What if there was a way to put national politics in its place, and increase your influenc… Read Article

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Montana voters passed I-161 in 2010 to limit guaranteed outfitter tags. The current legislature, with sponsor Jason Ellsworth (R) SD 43, has introduced SB-143 which negates I-161, thus bypassing the will of Montana voters. This bill proposes to double the number of guaranteed outfitter licen… Read Article

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I urge citizens to contact state Representative Marta Bertoglio and state Senator Edie McClafferty to vote against HB102.  This bill allows anyone without any firearms training and no background check to legally carry a loaded concealed gun into towns and cities including bars and restaurant… Read Article

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Mr. Rosendale has shown his true colors. After the January 6th riot, destruction and insurrection at our Capitol, he was so spineless he chose to still believe Trump’s ‘stolen election’ lies. The first stance he took representing Montana was to disregard domestic terrorists mounting an insur… Read Article

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At times my heart is so heavy I can’t imagine how I am going to carry on without Bob beside me, but then I read all the wonderful notes of sympathy/support that were sent to me and my family and review the generous contributions that have been made in Bob’s name and I know I am not alone.  B… Read Article

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Just a brief, but sincere, thank you to all those who showed compassion and consideration these past several months. And a special thank you to those of you who showed up for work and performed your jobs with integrity, proficiency, and professionalism.If I didn’t thank you out loud, know th… Read Article

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First, I commend the Monitor for the high quality journalism provided week after week. When public trust of the press is waning, the Monitor’s standard of professionalism is a beacon. Read Article

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Over the last several months, we have seen many requests to support small businesses. The focus has mostly been on our restaurants who truly need our support. We also need to remember those other small companies in our community, like Michelle’s Toolbox. Michelle is a Boulder resident we rec… Read Article

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We have always known that Boulder was a special community, it has never been more apparent to us as it is now. We just want to say “thank you” to everyone who has thought about us, prayed for us, brought us meals, and cared about our son.  Read Article

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As we approach the end of 2020 you may be thinking about donating to one of Montana’s charities. Your donation helps these organizations provide critical services and this year many need your help. Read Article

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As evidenced in the responses to my prior letter, the Covid mask issue is an emotional one for many people. However, concern and patriotism do not address my two main points: Read Article

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The government is not trying to control you by requiring masks any more than by asking you to wear a seat belt or obey speed limits. It is about safety and health for all. Read Article

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Randy Newberg doesn’t carry a sidearm. Clocking some 100 days every year exploring the unbound—and often bear-laden—pockets of the American landscape, Newberg says when it comes to a bear attack, he’d leave his trust in an aerosol rather than a piece of lead.  Read Article

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In a recent rally, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem stated that her supporters were “happy because they are free.” Free from what - COVID-19? Is the new definition of freedom the all out resistance against wearing a protective mask or garment - especially if it can save lives? Using that lo… Read Article

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Public health should be a matter of science, not opinion. It should be based on fact, not politics. Yesterday, Montana recorded over a thousand cases of Covid19. This is why I was so disappointed in Stu Goodner’s uninformed and inflammatory letter to the editor last week. Those of us who wea… Read Article

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I’m an Army veteran who, as my dad and father-in-law who fought in WWII found out, relied totally on our fellow soldiers to have our backs and we had theirs. Patriotism. Selflessness. As kids, we saved dimes for war bonds. We had no car and walked everywhere or rode our bikes. My grandparent… Read Article

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I am so deeply appreciative of the opportunity to have run for House District 75. Although I lost my race, it was an honor to be the Democratic candidate for Jefferson County.   Read Article

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Over the past two decades we have traded in logical thought for feelings. This is true in the epic failure of the “flatten the curve” policies. Read Article

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As CO2 levels hit 40% above a hundred years ago, 415 parts per million, Montana’s summers are longer, hotter and drier. The record breaking fires in California are a preview of what’s coming to Montana. Farming is threatened as well. Yet some of our leaders insist on attempting to fool us ab… Read Article

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Many of you know we have a daughter-in-law in the Boulder community know we have a daughter-in-law from China and that her mother is suffering from bone cancer. Lily lives in Saudi Arabia. She wants very badly to go to China to see her mother. There is no longer a direct flight to her parent… Read Article

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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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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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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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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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