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  • Concerns Regarding Fort Peck Rural County Water District

    May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, I would like to applaud Jody Sundheim Novak for her recent column in the Courier's Letter to the Editor section and giving the rest of us courage to publicly speak up about matters of great importance. If I were to take the Nashua Town Council name out of her letter and insert the Fort Peck Rural County Water District (FPRCWD) name, the story would almost be exactly the same. However, FPRCWD Board members took their efforts to a much lower level by actually violating the open...

  • Fort Peck Rural County Water District Board Lack Of Transparency

    May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor: The letter to the Editor in the April 24 Courier written on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Fort Peck Rural County Water District is another example of why Mary Kaercher and I are running for positions on the Board. We oppose Board practices that are NOT transparent and contrary to Montana law. Although this letter is purportedly from the Board – for the purpose of providing "relevant facts and evidence" related to "two candidate statements" that were "distributed" – the...

  • Strengthening Families Month Is a Great Opportunity to Help a Local Child

    Apr 24, 2024

    Dear Editor, April is Strengthening Families Month, a time to promote the safety and well-being of Montana's kids. If you've seen any blue pinwheels, these are the symbols of this month and drawing attention to the issue of child abuse. Communities around the state and country put them up in April. When a child enters foster care due to abuse or neglect, this begins a legal process to determine what will happen to the child. This is where a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) comes in....

  • Notice to Fort Peck Water District Customers

    Apr 24, 2024

    Dear Editor, The Board of Directors of the Fort Peck Rural County Water District have been made aware that two candidates for the Director election have distributed candidate statements with many references to the current Board of Directors actions and inactions. The Board is preparing a rebuttal statement to provide all of the relevant facts and evidence related to their statements. This will be available to the public on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Board meeting minutes and financial...

  • Montana's Unemployment Rate Remains Near Historic Low

    For the Courier|Apr 24, 2024

    On April 19, Governor Greg Gianforte announced that Montana’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in March as employment levels increased. “Montana’s economy is thriving thanks to our pro-jobs, pro-business policies,” Gov. Gianforte said. “While we continue to battle inflation, many businesses are hiring and providing good paying jobs. Our administration will continue to develop workforce opportunities so every Montanan has a chance to fulfill the American dream.” Since Gov. Gianforte took office in January 2021, nearly 41,000 jobs have been c...

  • Concerns Regarding Town Council Of Nashua

    Apr 17, 2024

    Dear Editor, I am writing to express my deep concerns regarding recent events that have come to light regarding the Town Council of Nashua. The purpose of this letter is to shed light on the serious issues that have been identified, namely the missed municipal election and the conduct of Town Council meetings. Prior to the regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting on April 8, it was revealed that there would not be a municipal election this year. Astonishingly, this oversight had gone unnoticed,...

  • Gianforte's Next-Door Neighbor Slammed With A 70% Tax Hike

    Apr 10, 2024

    PAID POLITICAL CONTENT Governor Greg Gianforte’s next-door neighbor in Bozeman is considering selling the family home she grew up in, after the governor slammed her with a nearly $5,000 property tax increase in 2023. “I checked online right when [the bill] came out and went, ‘holy crap—there it is!’” Deborah Newville, a Montana resident, says in an emotional video released by candidate for governor Ryan Busse. Newville recently moved back into her modest family home in Bozeman, directly across Manley Road from one of Gianforte’s homes. Public...

  • Competent and Effective Leadership Matters

    Apr 10, 2024

    PAID POLITICAL CONTENT Dear Montanans, This is a hopeful time for so many of our students. The future is bright as graduation nears and families beam with pride, anticipating their child walking across that stage. As a legislator, a former classroom teacher and the mom of a high school student, though, I must admit I worry. Are we doing enough to make sure all our students have the opportunities they deserve? That is why I'm running to be your next State Superintendent of Schools. We've...

  • A Letter To The Citizens Of Montana

    Apr 3, 2024

    Dear Editor, County Commissioners from across Montana appreciate the widespread support that Senate Bill 442 enjoyed throughout its legislative process. Marijuana revenues are new to Montana, and the bill's thoughtful distribution of this higher-than-expected new revenue stream included some funding for county roads. Bipartisan and impactful legislation backed by such a wide variety of Montanans is a rarity, and we commend Senator Lang and the bill's many proponents for their efforts. Even...

  • Students Need To Fill Out The FAFSA

    Apr 3, 2024

    Dear Editor, Montana's Future is at Risk As of the writing of this guest editorial, there has been a 30 percent decrease in FAFSA submissions by students and their parents across the United States compared to last year. In Montana, the decline is also substantial at 25 percent. What is FAFSA and why is it important? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and students must complete it prior to applying for federal grants, work-study, and loans. Colleges and universities use...

  • Smoke House

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|Mar 27, 2024

    A friend and I were discussing Burma Shave signs the other day. I know that I have done this before, but thought I would start out with one again. STAND A LITTLE CLOSER TO YOUR RAZOR FOR A CLOSER SHAVE. With that behind us thought I would ask how many of you had access to a smoke house in days past? A lot of folks butchered and processed their own meat in days past. If you or your family did the chances are you may still have that old building standing. I doubt if that smell ever left the building. I rather enjoyed the smell but not all do. I...

  • Women's History Month Celebrates Women's Contributions To The Nation's Economy

    Mar 20, 2024

    Dear Editor, This year we observe the 37th anniversary of Women's History Month, which is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture, society, and business. Women have been the driving force behind America's economic rebound from the pandemic, creating 50 percent of all new businesses since 2020. In 2023, women opened more than 1,200 new businesses each day including women of color who experienced some of the highest business growth rates in American history. This post pandemic...

  • Cabrera Running For Congress

    Mar 20, 2024

    Dear Editor, Ming Cabrera is running for Congress in the Eastern Montana District. Ming has been in business for many years in Billings and Eastern Montana. Ming was born and raised in Montana graduating from Huntley Project in the mid-1970s. He has a history of being a contributor to his community and our state. Ming has earned my respect and I hope you will consider voting for him in the upcoming primary election. John Daggett Glasgow, Mont....

  • Montanans: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Responsibly By Planning For A Sober Ride Home

    For the Courier|Mar 13, 2024

    Valley County Sheriff’s Office, Glasgow Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) are encouraging Montanans to plan for a sober ride home before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrations and festivities at bars and restaurants are common for St. Patrick’s Day, and celebrations may happen during the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Law enforcement partners across the state will be increasing patrols and making DUI arrests to help all Montanans get home safely. Under the Vision Zero goal, Valley County Sheriff’s Office, G...

  • AG Knudsen Warns Of Common Scams During National Consumer Protection Week

    For the Courier|Mar 13, 2024

    Attorney General Austin Knudsen is warning Montanans of frequently reported website-based scams – including law enforcement, bitcoin investment and tech support scams during National Consumer Protection Week which ran from March 3-9. “Our Office of Consumer Protection is here to help Montanans protect their hard-earned money from scammers, but please remember to stay vigilant and educate yourself on the common fraud schemes on the rise in our state,” Attorney General Knudsen said. A law enforcement scam is carried out by phone fraudsters calli...

  • Rogers' Food Store

    Gwen Cornwell, For The Courier|Mar 13, 2024

    Our Courier Editor opened the door for this article by one of the items in "Yesterday's Memories" mentioned in the issue of Feb. 28, 2024. Of course, I do remember the Rogers' Food Store and many of the other grocery stores that Glasgow had in days past. Our community had an abundance of small grocers, which I would like to address at a later date. Of course, back in the day, we did not have convenience stores like Holiday or Ezzies, where you could stop and grab a quick gallon of milk or other...

  • Women's History Month

    Feb 28, 2024

    Dear Editor, As we celebrate women's history month, we acknowledge Rebekah Grace Rose Barsotti, a woman who embodied courage for inspiring women everywhere to take a stand against domestic violence. We also acknowledge Selena Not Afraid, whose body was found three weeks after she went missing in 2020 and her case remains unsolved. We believe every woman matters. Rebekah's Story Thirty-three-year-old Rebekah, a vibrant young woman, dared to start a new life after a partner/family member assault...

  • The Endangered Species Act Is Broken

    Feb 28, 2024

    Dear Editor, The Founding Fathers had many contentious debates over the powers of the United States versus the States. Their goal was to avoid any suggestion of creating sovereignty. Section 8 of the Constitution of the USA limited the roles and powers of the Federal Congress to International issues, declarations of war, interstate commerce, etc. In Amendment X the powers not specifically delegated to the United States are reserved to the States. The Founding Fathers tried to design a system...

  • To The Glasgow Community:

    Feb 21, 2024

    Two weeks ago, your Glasgow Elks Lodge 1922 hosted the Montana mid-year Elks convention, with 135 in attendance. The meeting was a huge success, and I think it is proper to give credit where credit is due. The businesses in the Glasgow community stepped forward with advertising and financial support that attendees from other communities found to be "amazing" for a town of our size. The comments on all the motels were simply super. The visitors reported the community to be friendly, courteous...

  • Gypsy Comes To Life

    Feb 21, 2024

    Ladies and Gentlemen: I grew up in the Lustre Farm Community north of Frazer. My dad, Arnold Sonsteng, was a pioneer. He homesteaded there in 1916. Dad had 15 children – 10 boys and 5 girls. I happen to be the 13th child. I am a 1951 Glasgow High School "Scotties" graduate. My brother, Stanley Sonsteng, worked at the Glasgow Courier for many years. My brother-in-law Ivy Knight worked for the Courier as well. Back in 1953, I married a Texan who stationed at the Air Force Base in Great Falls. A...

  • Senate Bill 442

    Feb 21, 2024

    Dear Editor, In my family there is a wide swath of political views and when you are in the same room as we were for the Holidays, the juvenile name calling stops and thoughtful discussions can occur. What these discussions revealed was that while we have many differences, there is also agreement. Well, if I'm being honest, there was some juvenile name calling too, we are family after all. But back to my point, I wonder then, why don't we at least have the things we all agree on? For example, we...

  • Dement Beach

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|Feb 21, 2024

    Remember Dement Beach? Not many have even heard of it. Dement Beach was a recreational facility located about 10 miles north of Opheim or approximately six miles north of Glentana. I have remembered this recreational facility in the past but it does amaze me that many of the local residents of Opheim and Glentana haven’t heard of it. I am fortunate to have several original pictures of this resort as well as finding old news items concerning it. In my young days of living in that area it was a great place for ice skating parties. Speaking of i...

  • Through With Chew Week is Feb. 18 – 24

    Feb 14, 2024

    Dear Editor, Each year, Through with Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use whether it be chew, dip, pouches, or snus. This year, Valley County Health Department is encouraging people who use smokeless tobacco to set a quit date and quit for good. According to the 2022 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Montana has the third highest prevalence of adult male smokeless tobacco use in the nation (13.2 percent), just behind West Virginia (14.5 percent) and Wyo...

  • Official Response From Tanner Smith Regarding Kolstad Family Case:

    Feb 7, 2024

    “I’m a father of 5 myself and I too have had interactions with our Montana CPS. Having said that, the CPS here in the Kalispell area are fair, honest and a great group of folks doing an extremely tough job. What happened with this case is a tragedy that could have been avoided. The state legislature and I passed HB37 which would have required a judges warrant to remove a child. That would have been another set of eyes on a case and a check and balance on a rogue CPS worker Governor Gianforte vetoed that bill? I voted YES to put parents’ 1st and...

  • Youth Mental Health And Nicotine Use

    Feb 7, 2024

    Dear Editor, Two health crises among youth - a mental health crisis and a vaping public health crisis - pose increasing threats to a generation of young people. They are also linked in ways many may not realize, according to a body of peer-reviewed studies. Sincerely, Valley County Tobacco Education Specialist Teri Meche For more information, contact her at 406-228-6261. Article information is from Truth Initiative. Truth Initiative is America's largest nonprofit public health organization...

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