Editorial

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Updated 21 hours, 58 minutes ago
Judicious use of unnamed sources sometimes warranted

Many say a story is only as good as its source.

Updated 1 week ago
Our wellbeing depends on one another

Now we enter the next chapter of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will be equally challenging to what we’ve already been through. We stay home; we shelter in place, as our governor has directed.

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Teachers ramp up for remote learning

Beginning Monday, households across the state will transform into classrooms as moms, dads, grandparents and siblings take on the role of teacher.

Updated 2 weeks ago
Resiliency of Flathead folks will see us through crisis

So here we are, chest-deep in the uncharted waters of the novel coronavirus pandemic that seems to have flooded every crevasse of our daily lives.

Updated 3 weeks ago
Be proactive to limit virus’ spread

The COVID-19 pandemic had not yet made its way to Montana as of this writing, but experts suggest it’s only a matter of time before the virus is confirmed within the state.

Updated 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Landfill upgrades worth the investment

Anyone who has waited in long lines at the Flathead County Landfill to drop off their garbage and recyclables is bound to be tickled pink about the $3 million upgrade underway to streamline the entrance and make ...

Updated 4 weeks ago
Trump reverses course on conservation fund

After submitting a disappointing budget proposal last month that called for gutting the popular and bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund, President Trump appears ready to reverse course — and then some.

Updated 1 month ago
Testing school water for lead is wise move

We’re of the mindset that when it comes to our children, every precaution should be taken to protect their health and wellbeing. The state of Montana has now mandated public schools across Montana to test drinkin...

Updated 1 month ago
Collaboration the right approach to homeless issues

For those of us who go to sleep each night in a warm bed and a roof over our head, it’s easy to ignore the problem of homelessness in the Flathead Valley. It’s also easy to dismiss this growing problem with the n...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Downtown plans differ, but worth pursuing

The downtown corridors of Kalispell and Columbia Falls were in the news last week as two very different scenarios take shape for those core areas. Both visions have merit.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Student smartphone policy gets dialed back

Seasoned mountain climbers will tell you that taking a step back is sometimes as necessary as moving forward. Progress — the whole point of the climb — is important, but so are the moments that allow you to refle...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Specialty plates on the chopping block

Montana’s bounty of more than 250 specialty license plates is set to be cut down substantially if the organizations promoting the plates can’t meet a new minimum threshold by this summer.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Lynx research important for ‘big picture’ decisions

An incredible amount of work has gone into studying the threatened Canada lynx, a rare and snow-dependent cat whose southernmost habitat stretches into Montana in an area called the Southwestern Crown of the Cont...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
County should study all options for space needs

Flathead County officials have wrestled with the challenges of an expanding county workforce for most of the past decade, and the county once again is faced with growing pains that need a remedy.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Time to make mental-health care a priority

Three years ago, a series of state budget cuts left mental-health providers and patients reeling.