Editorial

Make sure Montana is fairly represented

March 13, 2020 at 9:32 am

Beginning in Montana later this month, our great country will engage in one of the most significant national activities created by our Founding Fathers: the United States census. While the census is important in allocating federal funds to ...

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Overseas trade fights cost the U.S. economy and American taxpayer

February 28, 2020 at 9:25 am

Economists at the American Farm Bureau estimated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have provided American producers more than $4 billion annually in increased sales, but President Donald J. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agre...

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None dare call it spying

February 28, 2020 at 9:39 am

At our last work session, I was taken to the woodshed by my colleagues on the Montana Public Service Commission. Yup, a good, old-fashioned tongue lashing, led by that paragon of professionalism, Randy Pinocci. I obviously had it coming. F...

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Republicans need to remain united to win in 2020

September 13, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Rugged-individualism, an independent spirit, a strong work ethic, personal responsibility, and a commitment to our families and communities — these are the values that define conservatives across our great state. And these values are what I...

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Bits n’ pieces from east, west and beyond

September 10, 2019 at 11:27 am

East, west or beyond, sooner or later events elsewhere may have a local impact. Speech developmentSince children learn speech from their parents, and more children are instead paying attention to smart phones and tablets, children are showi...

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Voices in the Wilderness: In the Sun

May 17, 2019 at 11:58 am

I hiked down off the mountain at 3:44 in the morning. It was the day after the summer solstice and there was already a thin line of light blue along the horizon. I moved quickly and carefully down the trail, guided by my headlamp and the do...

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Regional innovation clusters promote business collaboration in rural communities

April 26, 2019 at 3:00 am

Small businesses in the Rocky Mountain region have new resources to help them commercialize technology, expand into new markets, grow their customer base and create jobs.Thanks to funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Mon...

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From the editor

April 06, 2019 at 9:50 am

A headline on the front page of the Friday edition of The Western News that should have read “inducted” instead made it to print with the word misspelled as “indicted.”Friday morning, I saw the mistake in the E-edition, and immediately corr...

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Adjust fire and drive on

February 22, 2019 at 9:04 am

You may wonder why there are no stories from our new reporter in this and following editions.As I’ve told others, it’s best to just be honest and open. In silence, rumors rule the day.The reason Rima Austin gave for leaving this past weeken...

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Voices in the Wilderness: Man versus nature

February 08, 2019 at 8:35 am

By Kelly Butts-SpiritoEugenio Montale once wrote, “The most dangerous aspect of present-day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the ex...

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