EDITORIAL: Tracking stolen property makes sense

February 19, 2017 at 3:00 am

Sheriff Chuck Curry last week presented the Flathead County commissioners with the draft of an ordinance that would require pawn shops within the county to use online software to connect their inventory to the Sheriff’s Office.Now the ball ...

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EDITOR’S 2 CENTS: President’s soft on Russia, hard on press? Must be FDR

February 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm

(WARNING: The following column contains historic references that may be disturbing to the mental health of anyone who grew up thinking that there is any such thing as a “safe space.” Read at your own risk.)The departure of Gen. Michael Flyn...

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EDITORIAL: TIF districts are valuable tool for cities

February 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

We were glad to see opposition out in force to House Bill 359, which would needlessly cripple city governments that use tax-increment finance districts as a means of funding renewal and redevelopment projects.Kalispell City Manager Doug Rus...

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911 funding remains critical

February 12, 2017 at 3:00 am

Some important local issues seem to linger unresolved for decades. The Kalispell bypass was one, and the courthouse couplet is another, but as important as those have been to the character and development of our community, they were not lif...

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EDITOR’S 2 CENTS: Trump and FDR: Precedents for a brash president

February 11, 2017 at 3:00 am

It’s no wonder that President Trump has been rebuked and challenged by those on the left for his unprecedented mix of brash outspokenness, stubborn determination to remake America, overweening confidence in his own abilities, and willingnes...

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DIL EDITORIAL: Trumbull Creek easement is great news

February 09, 2017 at 8:45 am

A 7,068-acre conservation easement in Trumbull Creek north of Columbia Falls was given a final signature of approval last week. Add that to the 3,022 acres in nearby Haskill Basin protected in a similar transaction last fall, and it equals ...

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Our justice system demands openness

February 05, 2017 at 12:00 pm

In a bit of parliamentary shenanigans our lawmakers are so good at, a state House of Representatives committee has cavalierly amended a bill to do exactly the opposite of what it was intended to do.House Bill 236 was introduced to clarify t...

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EDITOR’S 2 CENTS: A century of football: The ‘ideal’ and risk of ‘decadence’

February 04, 2017 at 3:00 am

The Super Bowl will be played today between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Longtime readers of this column will know that, as a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan, I had hoped for a different outcome even before the game is pla...

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Carnival gets a serving of Seuss

February 03, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Sneetches, Wockets and Nizzards will march alongside the yetis, penguins and divas at the 58th annual Whitefish Winter Carnival this Saturday.Parade-goers can expect a colorful display of floats and costumes with this year’s theme “One Fish...

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EDITORIAL: RSVP will be sorely missed service

January 29, 2017 at 3:00 am

We were disappointed to learn that the longstanding and valuable Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will cease operations this spring, apparently under the weight of shrinking funding and expanding administrative requirements.The county s...

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