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Editorial

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Updated 3 months, 1 week ago

Seeking balance amid Montana's visitation boom

Montanans’ attitude toward the state’s thriving tourism sector is starting to sour — a troubling trend that indu...

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Nothing unusual about governor’s mountain lion hunt

Gov. Greg Gianforte garnered national attention last week following reports of his recent mountain lion hunt north of Yellowstone National Park. Turns out, it’s much ado about nothing.

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Conference keeps discussions on mental health going

Attendees at last week’s Character Conference at Glacier High School witnessed a powerful display of courage from the night’s two guest speakers.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
More multi-family units will ease Montana housing crisis

It’s no secret that the Flathead Valley has faced a lack of affordable and workforce housing for years. But it’s a problem that has become more acute in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic as more and more people h...

Updated 4 months ago
Public Law 280 funding obligation falls to state

Lake County has handled law enforcement responsibilities on the Flathead Reservation since the early 1960s, not long after Congress passed Public Law 280.

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Zinke’s disregard for ethics obligations disappointing

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was put on the defensive last week following the release of an inspector general report that concluded Zinke misused his Cabinet position to leverage his stake in a Whitefish ...

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Consequences of federal wage order

A lawsuit filed by rafting outfitters in Colorado has shined a light on the implications of a new federal rule that significantly raises the minimum wage for federal contractors, and puts some local businesses in...

Updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Board training should be a prerequisite

Serving on a publicly appointed or elected board comes with much responsibility.

Updated 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Septic facility among county’s most pressing needs

When it comes to planning ahead for the Flathead Valley’s current and future growth, time is of the essence.

Updated 5 months ago
Displaced residents highlight need to be bold on housing

The harsh reality of the Flathead Valley’s housing crisis is set to avalanche onto the streets after about 100 long-term guests at the FairBridge Inn received notice that they will need to be out of the motel by ...

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
Instead of criticizing, lend a hand

The chorus of groans was audible as the omicron wave crashed into the Flathead Valley last week, dragging in its wake wide-reaching impacts on our local schools, businesses and health-care system. It’s like the ...

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Innovative tax credit program could use innovation

A few local school districts managed to get a sliver of the $1 million in funding made available in a state program offering tax credits to people who donate to public schools — but not without some frantic mouse...

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Resilience, fortitude carry the Flathead into 2022

We’ve stepped into the new year in a very different place than we were a year ago.

Updated 6 months, 1 week ago
Proper elk management requires collaboration

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ proposal to alter its elk management strategy drew a “firestorm” of public comments over the last month.

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Board overreach is gutting our library

Eyebrows were raised recently when ImagineIF Library Board Vice Chairman Doug Adams announced at a standing-room only board meeting that he would like the li...