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Recently I saw an article about public lands being threatened. This article was sent Montana-wide by the Montana Wildlife Federation. It was an interesting read that claimed there were several bills set out to take away, intrude upon or defund public lands. I have been following the goings o… Read Article

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Please email our Senators and ask them to oppose S. 1 because it gives the federal government too much authority over our local, state and national elections in ways inconsistent with Montana values and the U.S. Constitution. (https://www.tester.senate.gov/contact/; https://www.daines.senate… Read Article

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This is a heart-felt letter of commendation to Diana McFarland, former Monitor editor, as she leaves Boulder. Read Article

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=I joined the Basin Water and Sewer Board in March of 2015 along with MJ Williams. At that time, the three-member Board was in the process of raising the rates to help position the water system for improvements and to help qualify for state and federal funds.  When I recently reread the minu… Read Article

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Many thanks to the former Basin Water and Sewer District Board in Basin for their hard work and dedicated service to our community. MJ Williams, Joy Lewis, Mike Jellison and Dave Englund, along with former water operator Nissa Manley and former board member Brian Gasch, have worked for the p… Read Article

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The AS&CC Spay and Neuter Program would like to specially thank everyone for their constant help and support making our Low Cost Spay & Neuter program such a huge success. A big shout out for Cory Tebay of Western Veterinary Services for his constant help and support. Read Article

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Sharp-eyed longtime readers of the Monitor may have recognized the byline on the April 7 article about Montana’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Writer Katheryn Houghton began her professional journalism career as an intern for the Monitor. She was a warmly welcomed addition to the sta… Read Article

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Ms. Johnson makes an emotional plea in this week’s letters to the editor for voter suppression without any provision for voter integrity. Lets analyze her argument. Read Article

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 It should be noted that when the work on the kiosk was being done, it was said that upon its completion the poop collection station was to be reinstalled.  I have sent several emails to City Hall and each time, I have been advised that the Department of Public Works will reinstall it.  Now … Read Article

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The Boulder Fitness Club is in the process of relocating to the former high school gym on the west side of the Pietrasanta apartment building.  If you have exercise shoes or any other personal belongings at the Club, please remove them by April 15. Read Article

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Why is our state representative Marta Bertoglio supporting voter suppression bill HB176 which eliminates same day voter registration on Election Day?  60,000 Montanans registered and voted on Election Day over the past 15 years.  Montanans have shown their support for this same day registrat… Read Article

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The Jefferson County Public Health Department held a COVID vaccine clinic on Friday, March 19 at the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department Station at Montana City.   Read Article

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I am following with interest the discussion of SB 215, which its sponsors claim to be some kind of protection of Montanans’ religious freedoms. It seems some folks are interested in the subject but might not yet have read the proposed bill/s.   Read Article

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While the 2021 Montana Legislative Session is only part way done, we feel it’s important to take a moment and thank Representative Marta Bertoglio for her work in protecting the health and safety of the communities we serve. Recently, Rep. Bertoglio stood up for common sense and protection o… Read Article

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I had to read Senator Edie McClafferty’s reply to Susanne’s inquiry three times. I am pretty sure that it is what Orwell called double speak. In other words, it deliberately distorts or obscures the meaning of what was being said. Read Article

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Whew! The election’s over.   And hooray!  We don’t have to watch thousands of political ads and get asked to contribute... until the next election cycle, which starts in less than a year. Read Article

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We pay into the Social Security System while employed and expect a nominal payback upon reaching retirement age. In 1984, federal legislation was passed allowing the IRS to tax our Social Security income up to 50% which again was increased to 85% in 1993. Back then, a married couple filing j… Read Article

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Should we all become cowboys, wearing white hats and carrying guns, setting off to save the world in Netanyahu fashion, bombing Palestinian neighborhoods as revealed in a documentary film titled, “Jenine, Jenine.” Ethnic cleansing is after all, all part of Torah Doctrine — “Kill every man wo… Read Article

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I wish to add my voice to all those who have expressed gratitude to the Jefferson County Health Department for their tireless efforts to keep us all safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, I have great appreciation and respect for our county health board and officer for issuing a m… Read Article

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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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