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Accessing the Hospital

Dear Editor, Isn't it surprising of all places that the hospital has NO handicap accessible curbs? Yes, you can get on their property if you use the driveways- go through the water puddles and hope... Full story

 By Alison Fox    Opinion    April 14, 2021 

After HB 677, Let's Come to the Table Rather Than Resort to Government Intervention

The Montana State House Agriculture Committee last week voted unanimously to table HB 677, a bill that would have prohibited certain nonprofit organizations from buying agricultural land. This... Full story

 By Mike Lang    Opinion    April 14, 2021 

Conservative Power and Priorities in Helena

For sixteen years, conservative policies have met their demise via Democrat governors' veto pens, blocking significant progress to move Montana forward. But now, Republicans in Helena are poised to... Full story


Thank You MDU

Dear Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep thanks and gratitude to Montana-Dakota Utilities for the quick response to our emergency in Hinsdale. On Friday March 19 at 5:30... Full story


Legislative Update from Speaker Pro Tempore Casey Knudsen

Last week, the House passed our main budget bill (House Bill 2) to fund state government for the next two years. It will now go to the Senate for further consideration. As it stands, it is one of the... Full story

 By JAMES HOWLAND    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Celebrate National Library Week

This week is National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. The t... Full story


For the Majority, Not the Wealthy Few

Dear Editor, The Gianforte Administration and the GOP majority in the legislature campaigned and were elected because they said they would bring jobs to Montana, support small businesses and improve... Full story

 By Jon Tester    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Targeted COVID Package Will Reopen Our Economy

One year into this pandemic, Montanans are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our vaccines are safe and effective, COVID cases are falling thanks to the tireless efforts of... Full story



The Valley County Conservation District has been trying to alert their constituents, and others, about how the federal government is succeeding in taking the vested water rights away from the Federal... Full story


A Clean Bill of Health for American Prairie Reserve's Bison, and A Fresh Start With Phillips County

This month, American Prairie Reserve shared with the Phillips County Conservation District that, as before, our bison herd has been given a clean bill of health. As Senior Bison Restoration Manager... Full story

 By Jon Tester    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Building KXL Will Bring Jobs and Opportunity to E. Montana

When I disagree with my party, I defend Montana and say so.  President Biden's decision to cancel the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline was a mistake-one that I am fighting tooth and... Full story


Denying The Climate Crisis Will Only Make It Worse

Dear Editor, We all know what happens to the frog in a gradually warming pot of water. Too slow to react it eventually boils to death. Since the Industrial Revolution humans have been steadily... Full story


Helena Tries to Circumvent Public Input on Wildlife Mangement

Every two years, tens of thousands of Montana hunters gather in community centers, school cafeterias, and church basements to comment on proposed deer and elk hunting regulations.  It's Montana... Full story

 By TOM PUCHELRZ    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Public Shut Out Of Wildlife Decisions By Legislature And FWP

Montana hunters are being shut out of major decisions on future access to elk. The new approach in Helena, led by Speaker Wylie Galt and Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Hank Worsech, is to spring... Full story


Gathering for the News

Do you remember when we didn't have 24 hour access to the news? Maybe the news was accessible many hours of the day, but most families gathered around the radio in the evenings. Some of you may... Full story


Updating VC's Growth Policy

Dear Valley County, The Valley County Commissioners have asked the County Planning Board to undertake an update to the Valley County Growth Policy. The current policy was first adopted in 2006. The... Full story


On the FWP Commission

Dear Editor, In the February 24th Courier article about Andrew McKean being ousted from the FWP Commission, Senator Lang is quoted defending his vote to not confirm Andrew. He seems to defend what... Full story


Stories from the Strong: Anxiety

The Valley CARE Coalition proudly presents stories from Valley County residents who have struggled, continue to struggle, or have found peace surrounding mental health, substance use disorders, or... Full story


From Senator Mike Lang On SD 17

This week marks the mid-way point of the legislative session, 45th day. It corresponds with a deadline requiring bills that do not have money associated with them to be sent to the opposite chamber of the legislature. Many great bills survived the... Full story


A Thank You to My Community

Dear Northeast Montana, This Friday, coming home from the District Tournament in Malta, Zora and I had car trouble. It was late; it was dark; the temperature was 8 degrees and falling. There were all... Full story


Inclusive Policies, Not Exclusive

Dear Editor, As a high school library assistant, I witness the importance of making every student feel safe, welcome and supported. HB 112 would ban transgender students from participating in athletic... Full story


From Senator Mike Lang On SD 17

Feb 21, 2021 Moving of bills has been slow. We are required by law to have the Senate bills referred to the House at the end of the 45th day, March 3rd. Committees and the floor sessions will be long... Full story


Weekly Legislative Update from House Speaker Pro Tem Casey Knudsen

February 19, 2021 HELENA- We are less than two weeks away from Transmittal which is the halfway point of the legislative session, which is the time when all general House bills must be voted on and... Full story


Remembering Strong Women

I am thinking of "Strong Women" today. Over the years we have heard a lot about Women's Rights, strong women, etc. I found an old, old photo of a township plat showing all sections of land with the...


Take the bull by the horns, legislature: Pass Country of Origin Labeling in Montana

Dear Editor, Consumers have the right to know the origin of their beef purchases, and ranchers have the right to a fair and competitive market. This is a reasonable expectation. However, since 2015... Full story


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