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This summer, the Trout Creek bridge over the Clark Fork River will be repaired by the Montana Department of Transportation. Driving over that bridge...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    January 23, 2020 

Montana Viewpoint

Well, it has come to this; President Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives and...

 

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So begins another political season. Democratic presidential hopefuls have been at it for months with debates and commercials and campaign materials. A...

 

Street Smart

President Trump’s decision to take out Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has generated a great deal of controversy. While no one can predict what the...

 

Our Viewpoint

Police department personnel in Hot Springs, Plains and Thompson Falls, and the Sanders County Sheriff’s Office strive to protect the people and prop...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    January 9, 2020

Montana Viewpoint

As you know, the impartiality of decisions and observations of members of the U.S. intelligence...

 

Our Viewpoint

With the new year comes new resolutions and a fresh start. When we saw our cartoon this week (right), however, it hit us — the 2010s are gone. How d...

 

Street Smart

Last week I attended my youngest granddaughter’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. This was...

 

Our Viewpoint

Look both ways before crossing the street. Don't run with scissors. Treat others how you want to be treated. All important lessons for our kids as we...

 

Street Smart

Last Thursday night I watched the Baltimore Ravens stomp the New York Jets. The Ravens are a...

 

Our Viewpoint

The holiday season is in full swing. Last weekend, Thompson Falls presented its annual Christmas on Main Street and Trout Creek lit their town tree....

 

Montana Viewpoint

How can two different people have totally opposite opinions on the same thing? Well, it’s pretty...

 

Our Viewpoint

There are so many activities, festivals and bazaars around the holiday season. Volunteers put in hundreds of hours to put on events for our...

 

Street Smart

As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room thinking about Thanksgiving two days past. I’m in...

 

Our Viewpoint

Earlier this year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) started communicating with Montanans about chronic wasting disease in deer. Several deer in...

 

Montana Viewpoint

There was once a colorful character named Bat O’Callahan who lived near my home town of Trout...

 

Our Viewpoint

This week, we've heard several people talking about impeachment testimony. People questioning whether we've watched the hearings and what we think wil...

 

Street Smart

I’ve been following this whole impeachment process against President Trump pretty closely and I th...

 

Our Viewpoint

When you get frustrated or think that there is too much negativity in the world, go hang out with elementary students. We're just going to go ahead...

 

Montana Viewpoint

Of all the petty annoyances in life, few things seem to set people to fuming and fussing more than...

 

Our Viewpoint

Late last month, the NCAA voted to allow college athletes to be compensated. The move was influenced by the state of California's earlier decision to...

 

Street Smart

Last week was Red Ribbon Week at our schools. For those that don’t know about it; Red Ribbon Week...

 

Investing in public spaces helps towns

Growing up in Sanders County, you didn't want out-of-staters to move in for fear that they would come and change everything. As we have spent most...

 

Montana Viewpoint

The worst thing about a Congressional closed-door hearing is that the opposition does not get any...

 

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In last week's Ledger, we wrote about a plan to open a Veterans Service Office (VSO) in Sanders County. Two groups, Joint Operation Mariposa in...

 

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