Editorial

Liquor license changes are promising

December 01, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Thirteen years ago, we wrote an editorial that began, “Montana has a problem with the way it distributes liquor licenses.” Last week, the state Legislature took a big step toward solving that problem.Actually, there have been several proble...

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A vote of confidence in local economy

November 29, 2017 at 3:00 am

The announcement last week that United Airlines has decided to add direct summer round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Kalispell is welcome news.It is especially heartening that the airline is making the investment without requiring a guar...

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Basin Commission needs our help

November 26, 2017 at 3:00 am

The news that the Flathead Basin Commission is a fiscal orphan, cast off by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, is worrisome indeed.In the past year, the importance of the commission to Northwest Montana has been demonstra...

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Shop at local small businesses

November 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

Saturday is the day to “shop small” in the Flathead Valley and support the backbone of our local business community.We’re glad to see the momentum Small Business Saturday has gained since it started just seven years ago. The national moveme...

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Legislature gets job done — maybe

November 19, 2017 at 3:00 am

Just as some college students seem to work best under the pressure of a drop-dead deadline, the Montana Legislature pulled the equivalent of a caffeinated all-nighter last week and turned in a budget-crisis solution that deserves high grade...

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Rankin School is appropriate tribute

November 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

We learned this week that the elementary school under construction in South Kalispell will be named after Jeannette Rankin, Montana’s first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.While there were a number of strong suggestions for the school’s...

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It’s the people’s Constitution, not the court’s

November 12, 2017 at 3:00 am

Not everyone agreed with Montana voters when they approved Marsy’s Law as an amendment to the state Constitution, but the vast majority did, and we certainly think the voters knew what they were doing.Fully 66 percent of them approved the v...

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Veterans: Our thanks for your service

November 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Flathead Valley residents have many opportunities to pay their respect to military veterans as Veterans Day assemblies are held today and Saturday throughout the valley.Many local schools are staging programs today, and on Saturday the Unit...

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Special session is a necessity

November 05, 2017 at 3:00 am

It appears that Montana legislators may at last be close to accepting the necessity of a special session as a means to solving what is a significant budget crisis.We hope so.According to published reports earlier this week, the governor’s o...

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Gov. Martz was a Montana original

November 03, 2017 at 3:00 am

Former Gov. Judy Martz was a fighter to the end.Martz died Monday after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, but during her career as a politician she never shied away from a fight either. That probably came in part from her life gro...

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