Editorial

Shaping the Flathead’s future

December 10, 2017 at 3:00 am

Two long-term visions for the Flathead Valley — the Kalispell downtown plan and the U.S. 93 South Whitefish corridor plan — at long last have been adopted by our local government leaders. Both will chart the course for how those areas will ...

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Brave firefighters head into danger

December 08, 2017 at 10:53 am

Although Montanans understand fire danger better than most, we still are overwhelmed by the insanely dangerous wildfires burning in the Los Angeles area this week. The pictures are terrifying. The uncertainty is even worse, and most of us n...

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FVCC shows oomph as economic force

December 06, 2017 at 10:51 am

A recently completed fiscal study on Flathead Valley Community College confirmed what many of us already suspected — the campus and its students are a major force behind Northwest Montana’s economy.The independent study showed that the coll...

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Asbestos court is welcome, overdue

December 03, 2017 at 3:00 am

It’s been a long and often agonizing ordeal for sufferers of Libby asbestos-related disease to get compensation through the legal system.W.R. Grace & Co. exposed thousands of people in the Libby area to the toxic, needle-like asbestos f...

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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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