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Guest Opinion: APR's Proposal To BLM Would Set Terrible Precedent

An important deadline approaches for Montanans fighting to stop the American Prairie Reserve from decimating the agricultural economy of eastern Montana. The Bureau of Land Management will take public...

 

Bragging On Our Community

Fellowship Food Bank gives away food six days a week. This constitutes thousands of pounds of food to hundreds of hungry Richland County residents. Our greatest need (usually) is frozen beef and non-perishable food items. However, we made the...

 
 By Jordan Hall    Opinion    August 11, 2021

Letter To The Editor

In 2018, Medicaid Expansion was on the ballot and Richland County voters against funding the welfare program by 67%, an overwhelming majority. In 2019, former Rep. Joel Krautter crossed party lines to...

 

Oil And Gas Operations Can Fuel Montana's Economic Recovery

Aug. 3 - It is no secret that Montana is full of natural resources. Access to an abundance of fossil fuels and renewable resources makes our state one of the nation’s largest energy suppliers, and our communities have long benefitted from the...

 

Leasing & Tax Policy Proposals Threaten U.S. Energy Independence

By Senator Steve Hinebauch (R-Wibaux); Senator Kenneth Bogner (R-Miles City); Representative Jerry Schillinger (R-Circle); Representative Brandon Ler (R-Sidney); and Representative Bob Phalen (R-Glendive) In Montana, we are far away from the hustle...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Home! This Legislative Session was different than other sessions in a couple different ways. First, there was concern over the Covid virus that originated in China. It was reasonable, at first, to be scared of it because we didn’t...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We had a busy week in the Legislature again. In Fish, Wildlife and Parks we had a resolution to approve the Governor’s appointees to the Board of Outfitters. One of them was Wagner Harmon, a rancher and outfitter from...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! In Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee we heard a bill, HB334, that more specifically explains the rights of students that need an exemption from immunizations, whether it is for medical or religious reasons. There is a...

 
 By Jon Tester    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Guest Opinion: 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 our frontline health care workers, and Spring is on...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! This week in Fish and Game committee I presented SR88 which was a Senate resolution to appoint four commissioners to the Montana Fish and Game. I am excited about the diversity that we have with these four commissioners. These...

 

Guest Opinion: Does Democracy Still Work?

Is democracy going to fail? Experts have predicted that in the past, and now it seems more likely than ever. The Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. The relevance of this document is at risk of becoming irrelevant, and the American form of...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! It looks like spring is on its way. We will be needing some moisture soon. We have had some emails from concerned folks wondering about some news stories regarding illegals being flown into Montana. It is disturbing that the...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We started the 2nd half of the Legislative session on Monday, March 8. After doing a marathon day with almost 100 floor bills on March 1 it was nice to be back on a regular schedule. There is a lot of concern in the...

 

Matthew House Shelter Donations Needed

Richland County Emergency Shelter Coalition – Matthew House is a non-profit housing facility that runs strictly on donations. The shelter is used for single or family residents of Richland County that have nowhere to go. The shelter provides an...

 

Representative Rosendale's Op-Ed On HR-1 "For The People Act"

As a country, we’ve just come through easily the worst election of my lifetime and one where obvious weaknesses in our system were exposed. Most Montanans I talk to are eager to put those passions behind them and get back to normal. Turning down th...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We are halfway through the legislative session. All the bills without money on them had to be transferred from the Senate to the House, and vice versa, so it has been kind of hectic this week. In Fish and Game committee we had...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We are well aware of the power outages in Eastern Montana and it has been the subject of discussion around the legislature. Almost every source of power had trouble during the ice storm in the south. Wind, solar, nuclear and...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! In Fish and Game committee we confirmed the Governor’s appointment for Director of FWP, Hank Worsech. A couple words that were used by the proponents to describe Mr. Worsech were “integrity” and “fair”. We also...

 

Guest Opinion: Rep. Brandon Ler Legislative Update Weeks 5 & 6

Hello from Helena! The House of Representatives continues to be busy hearing and voting on important legislature. I appreciate all of the input I’ve received from Richland County residents on each of these important proposals. We recently heard HB...

 

Bicoastal & Washington DC Elites Despise Middle America

It has become increasingly obvious that the Bicoastal and D.C “elites” despise Middle America. Unfortunately, they are now the policy makers for the whole country. President Biden seems obliged to appease the elites at the expense of the rest of...

 

Facts Matter

State Senator Steve Hinebauch has written that the Jan. 6 riots in the Nation’s capital were caused by ANTIFA disguised as Trump supporters and that identifying the “far right” as those that caused, “problems” during the administration...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! This week in judiciary committee we heard four pro-life bills. HB136 the Pain Capable Bill, HB140 which allows a pregnant mother to see the ultrasound of her baby before an abortion, HB171 which puts restrictions on abortion...

 

Guest Opinion: Rep. Brandon Ler Legislative Update Weeks 3 & 4

Hello from Helena! It is incredible to be a lawmaker in Helena this session-and I use the term “incredible” in both its positive and negative connotations. On the positive side, the House of Representatives moved five important bills to the...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! The bill that received the most interest that my committees dealt with this week was in Senate Fish and Game, SB111. This bill is aimed at giving people with physical disabilities the opportunity to use crossbows during...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Update

Greetings from Helena! We are starting to see more bills come before the committees and onto the floor. A couple bills we heard in Senate Health and Human Services committee were SB100 and SB108. SB100 deals with the corruption involving welfare...

 

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