Thursday, January 27, 2022


To find our opinion based editorials, see below. We'll share opinion based editorial articles regularly for interested viewers.

Updated 1 month, 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...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Kalispell Chamber tackles child-care dilemma at critical juncture

The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead in addressing a severe shortage of child-care providers in the Flathead Valley and we applaud the effort to see what solutions might be found.

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Redistricting should follow east-west divide

The clock is ticking for the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Samaritan House plans address a crucial need

There’s a lot of rhetoric these days about the challenges of homelessness and the need for more affordable housing in the Flathead Valley — lots of talk but little action.

Updated 4 months ago
Health care workers deserve better

Sanders County’s public health officer resigned last week at the request of county commissioners. The egregious offense? Publicly advocating for the Covid-19 vaccine as a safe and effective way to stop the spread...

Updated 4 months ago
Evergreen sidewalk grant a win for the community

Evergreen community leaders deserve a round of applause for going the distance to secure a nearly $1 million state grant for the construction of long-awaited sidewalks along portions of two very busy highways.

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
It's time for community conversation about suicide

It’s difficult for most of us to fathom the deep despair that accompanies such a final, fatal act as suicide, and it’s even more difficult to talk about.

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Unintended consequences of Glacier’s ticketed entry

Glacier National Park achieved its intent with this summer’s ticketed entry system for Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hiring woes continue, but report offers encouraging signs

This Labor Day we honor the American worker and celebrate the symbolic end of summer — and what a summer it has been for the valley’s frontline employees.

Updated 5 months ago
Vaccine law hinders efforts to keep our community safe

The ongoing Covid pandemic resulted in some interesting laws passed by the Montana Legislature.

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
Increasing federal firefighter pay is money well spent

It likely came as a shock to many of us that new federal firefighters typically earn just under $13 an hour — less than the starting pay at many fast-food joints these days amid a nationwide hiring crunch.

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Infrastructure bill benefits Montana

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was approved in the U.S. Senate last week with a resounding 69-30 vote

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Work requirement for Medicaid enrollees is reasonable expectation

Throughout Montana, the question is the same this summer: Where have all the workers gone?

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Heroic response to Boulder Fire

The winds picked up, abruptly shifted directions, and within a few frantic hours Aug. 1 the Boulder 2700 Fire had jumped Montana 35 east of Polson.

Updated 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Hotel would be game-changer for Main Street

Kalispell business leaders have done an admirable job of keeping Main Street viable through the years, even as development has raged in North Kalispell and the nearby mall, in its heyday, tugged at merchants to l...

Updated 6 months ago
Extending border closure defies logic

When Canada announced that it would reopen its border to fully vaccinated Americans by Aug. 9, it was widely assumed the U.S. would follow suit.