I am proud that Montana Republicans nominated me to represent them at six previous National Presidential Conventions. While there, and irrespective of my personal choice, I was honor bound to vote the preference of “We the people of Montana” as expressed in the voting booth.

  • By Bob Brown

The best political advice I ever received was from the late United States Senator Lee Metcalf.  It was during the Vietnam War, and I was in Washington, D.C. with my fellow Montana State University student leaders, Kelly Addy from Shelby and Bob Quinn from Big Sandy.

  • By Jesse Laslovich

Last September, John Andrews suffered a brain aneurysm and was airlifted via helicopter by Life Flight Network from Anaconda to Missoula. He was charged $34,200, his health insurer paid almost half, and Life Flight Network billed him the balance - $18,678. Upon arrival in Missoula, St. Patri…

  • By Dr. Russ Cargo

New rules related to overtime pay being proposed by the US Department of Labor (DOL) are cause for concern in Montana’s nonprofit community.  The changes will cause significant increases in payroll costs, inevitably leading to a reduction of services to nonprofit clients and patrons.    

  • -by Neil E. Harl (AgPR)

In a totally unexpected  development, there is a tax provision, passed late Last year, that affects farmers and ranchers (and other small businesses) in a highly significant way. Tucked away in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, passed by Congress and signed by the President, it signals the …

  • -by Neil E. Harl (AgPR)

In a totally unexpected  development, there is a tax provision, passed late Last year, that affects farmers and ranchers (and other small businesses) in a highly significant way. Tucked away in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, passed by Congress and signed by the President, it signals the …

  • By Pam Ellis MTCARES Treasurer & Jean Lemire Dahlman Forsythe farmer, rancher

Heard a lot about the “war on coal?” How about the “Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative?”

  • By Mary K. Rutherford • MCF President, CEO

The incredible generosity of Montanans during 2015 was a clear testament to the commitment our friends and neighbors have to the future of our state. Because hundreds of donors continued to pursue their high-reaching philanthropic goals, Montana nonprofits, worthy projects, and promising stu…

  • By Bob Brown former MT Secretary of State, & State Senate President.

“Brokered” political conventions are neither good nor bad.  Sometimes they are simply necessary.  That could be the case with the Republicans this year, as it was in 1952 and 1976.

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On the announcement that Arch Coal is suspending their application to build the Otter Creek Coal Mine near Ashland.

I, Roger Warner, would like to apologize. On Monday, March 7, 2016, I lost garbage going westbound on Hwy. 16 between county roads 126 and 127. Instead of doing the right thing and cleaning it up immediately, I neglected the mess until authorities brought it to my attention via citation. My …

Agriculture Week, March 13-19, is a time to celebrate agriculture in classrooms and communities across the country. The 2016 theme is "Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet."   Ag statistics show that farmers have used careful stewardship that has spurred a nearly 50 percent decline in e…

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  • By Gary Moseman Montana Freedom of Information Hotline Inc. board member

For years news organizations have relied upon an organization called the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline to provide legal advice and assistance when confronted with closed or improperly advertised meetings or sealed documents.

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  • By Jimmy Reed

EDITOR’S NOTE: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His latest collection of short stories is available via squarebooks.com (662…