Opinion

Opinion

Finding Solutions on Property Tax Reappraisal

In Helena, Democrats and Republicans are getting along nicely to mitigate the effects of the 2009 property tax reappraisal in a cooperative manner. The Revenue and Transportation Committee is entrusted with finding solutions for local businesses and homeowners to the property tax reappraisal. As one of the legislators on this committee, I see folks rolling […]

By Mike Jopek
Like I Was Saying

Miles Apart, Worlds Away

The prospects of British Petroleum drilling for coal-bed methane in the Canadian Flathead appeared to dim last week when Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., boasted that the oil behemoth had quivered under intense U.S. pressure. “I made it clear,” Baucus told a boisterous Kalispell crowd, “Ain’t no way that this is going to happen, period.” Cheering […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Public Officials Deserve Thanks for Protecting Flathead Water

Growing up within a bike ride of the Flathead River, I had no idea that my favorite river originated in British Columbia. I just knew that the Flathead River is special and its clean, cold waters were undeniable. As I grew older, I learned that the three forks of the Flathead come together in Bad […]

By Will Hammerquist
Closing Range

Jackrabbit Junk Journalism

If you were expecting a riff from me on the Whitefish doughnut war, sorry, but something else is jammed in my craw: Crummy science and even crummier science journalism. Around Valentines Day, the Associated Press reported on Wildlife Conservation Society scientist and University of Montana professor Joel Berger’s “discovery” that jackrabbits have disappeared from Yellowstone […]

By Dave Skinner
Like I Was Saying

Supers on a Slippery Slope

Ed Tinsley, so far, is the only Montana superdelegate to have pledged his support to a Democratic presidential candidate. The Lewis and Clark County commissioner has endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama – in a vote weeks premature. Obama is a formidable politician, but with the race between him and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton still […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Commissioners Ignore Public Input on Gravel Policy

On Feb. 7 county commissioners Gary Hall, Joe Brenneman and Dale Lauman voted 3-to-0 for the destruction of not only the quality of life for all the citizens of Flathead Valley, but the complete annihilation of neighborhood plans as we know them and the zoning contained within these plans. They voted to allow industrial operations […]

By Kip Willis
Like I Was Saying

Flathead Governments’ Looming Litigation

In the litigious Flathead Valley, there are myriad reasons – good and bad – to sue local municipalities. In recent months complaints have been filed over whether politicians live in the jurisdictions they serve; whether public meetings were, in fact, public; and the degree of slope upon which a landowner can build a mansion. Some […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Setting the Record Straight on Conservation Easements

Conservation easements are a hot topic. There is no shortage of opinion and some folks aren’t shy about voicing those opinions. I read newspaper editorials every day and believe, without a doubt, that the editorial forum remains one of the strongest bastions of America’s defense of free speech. I enjoy reading opinions reflecting philosophical beliefs […]

By Mark Schiltz
Closing Range

When Wildernists Fight, Montana Wins

Bill Schneider’s last column lives up to his “Wild Bill” marquee, with his wish for environmental groups to stop bickering and get Congress to pass a “wild bill” for Montana. Let ‘em bicker. First, the original Wilderness Act, signed by President Johnson in 1964, designated 9.1 million acres of big-W wilderness up front. Section 3(B) […]

By Dave Skinner
Like I Was Saying

Obama, Clinton to Bask in the Big Sky?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, emphasizing good news on a bad night, told supporters in the early goings of Super Tuesday to cheer up. He may have been trounced by his opponents in several states, but things were looking up in Montana. Montana? Mitt mentioned Montana? It was a desperate attempt to highlight good news; […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Republican Caucus Proved Montana Matters in Presidential Politics

When the Montana Republican State Central Committee voted back in August to create a Presidential Preference Caucus on Feb. 5, 2008, we made an educated guess that Super Tuesday essentially would determine the Republican nominee for president. One of the main reasons we decided to hold a Feb. 5 caucus, instead of waiting until the […]

By Erik Iverson
Like I Was Saying

All in the Family?

Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger’s relationship with his own political party is an awkward affair. The state’s Republicans are a large extended family and Bohlinger plays the brazen uncle who often riles his cousins. But the latest spat, contrary to previous ones, appears more calculated than predictable: reoccurring in-law infighting. Bohlinger is upset over the fact […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Conservation Easements Critical to Rational Growth

The Jan. 24 edition of the Flathead Beacon carried a column by Dave Skinner that seemed to suggest conservation easements were not “good news” for the Flathead Valley. The truth is conservation easements are very “good news” for the Flathead and its current and future residents and businesses. Conservation easements are good news for the […]

By Glenn Marx, Ken Siderius, Marilyn Wood
Closing Range

Dissing the Franchise

When you read this, the results from Super Tuesday should be in with the major parties settling on their guy or gal. I’m gonna have some fun here and put on my Great Carsoni swami hat: On the D side: Hillary Clinton. The Democratic establishment has too much vested in her and Bill to take […]

By Dave Skinner
Like I Was Saying

Embracing the Unexplained

It’s fitting that earlier this month the Great Falls Sox minor league baseball team opted to change its name to the Voyagers, an ode to UFO sightings – specifically from the grounds where the team plays and reoccurring cow mutilations happen nearby. Fitting because every so often the unexplained invades the news cycle in America […]

By Kellyn Brown

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.