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Articles from the May 28, 2023 edition

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  • My Answer: Christ is tolerant

    From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham, Billy Graham Literary Trust|Updated May 30, 2023

    Q: Is it true that Jesus Christ is intolerant (or narrow), as some Christians claim? - I.J. A: In loving, compassionate intolerance Jesus says, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction... [and] narrow is the gate... which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). Intolerance seems to many a divisive word. But consider the intolerance of a pilot who maneuvers his plane through the storm, realizing...

  • BLM rule proposes to put conservation on 'equal footing' with other uses

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Updated May 30, 2023

    Through June 20, the Bureau of Land Management is accepting comments on a public land proposal that the agency put conservation priorities - e.g., ecological health and the "resilience of renewable resources" - on equal footing with long-established agency objectives such as livestock grazing and oil, gas and coal leasing. More specifically, the proposed rule would establish conservation as a "use" under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in an effort to "protect...

  • Bill defining 'sex' as binary becomes law

    Mara Silvers, Montana Free Press|Updated May 30, 2023

    Gov. Greg Gianforte's office announced Saturday that the Republican governor has signed into law Senate Bill 458, legislation that inserts binary, reproduction-based definitions of "male," "female" and "sex" into dozens of parts of state code. The final version of the policy - the subject of heated partisan debatethroughout the legislative session and a lobbying effort by one of Gianforte's children - distinguishes males and females by the presence of XY or XX chromosomes and...

  • Guest Opinion: Taking on China to defend our Montana way of life

    Senator Jon Tester - D, U.S. Senate|Updated May 30, 2023

    With the weather finally warming up here for spring time, I've been spending a lot of time out on my tractor finishing up planting. Every year, I plant my fields with crops like wheat, barley, peas, and millet. The days are long – Sharla and I start early in the morning and work late until the job is done – but as Montanans know, hard work is rewarding and always reminds us how lucky we are to live here in Montana. Our Montana way of life is what makes us The Last Best Pla...

  • Sculpture in the Wild to mark 10th season of new installations

    News Release, Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild|Updated May 30, 2023

    LINCOLN, MONT. – This summer marks the 10th season of Lincoln's award-winning sculpture park Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild. BPSW celebrates the rich cultural, environmental, and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. The 26-acre park hosts 18 art installations by artists from Germany, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark, the USA, and the Northern Cheyenne nation. Celebratory events will be happening throughout the summer. Below are some h...

  • Rural-focused gathering for policymakers, funders and partners planned for June 13 in Townsend

    News Release, MSU News Service|Updated May 30, 2023

    BOZEMAN - Rural-focused policymakers, funders and partners are invited to participate in a Reimagining Rural gathering on Tuesday, June 13, in Townsend. Reimagining Rural is a program offered through Montana State University Extension that invites community members in small towns to hear new ideas for rural community vitality. The events are meant to inspire and motivate attendees to imagine a brighter future for their towns. The June 13 event will showcase effective ways of...

  • New Benches at Hooper Park Commemorate Bob Purdy

    Sue Howsmon|Updated May 30, 2023

    Visitors to Hooper Park will notice a few additions thanks to Doug and Laurie Richards and the Bob Purdy Softball Tournament. The Richards have this past week completed installation of three park benches and one aggregate trash container. The idea for park benches has been brewing with Laurie and Doug for a couple of years now, with a permanent plaque on each in tribute to Bob Purdy who lent his spirit, and love of community and kids in everything he did. "Bob loved kids here...

  • Obituary: Marilyn Sewell

    Updated May 30, 2023

    Marilyn Gail Sewell Oct. 14, 1936 - Nov. 4, 2022 HELENA - Marilyn Gail McNeil-Shelton-Sewell, 86, a lifelong Montana resident, passed away Nov. 4, 2022. A graveside memorial will be held on May 30, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. in Helena at Forestvale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Marilyn's friends and loved ones reserve a quiet moment of reflection for her. Marilyn was born in Polson on Oct. 14, 1936, the first of two children born to Glen McNeil and Beatrice... Full story