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Articles from the October 24, 2022 edition

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  • Kalispell doctor, retired executive square off for PSC District 5 seat

    Luke Seymour, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism|Updated Nov 7, 2022

    Voters in the Public Service Commission's District 5 are facing clear choices in experience and philosophy between candidates vying for a spot on the body that oversees the rates most Montana households pay for energy. Facing off in the district that stretches from Helena to the Canadian border are Republican Annie Bukacek, a Kalispell physician who made news as an anti-vaccine activist, and Whitefish Democrat John Repke, a recently retired executive with experience in the oil...

  • Op-Ed: Independent Gary Buchanan will get America back win track

    Susan Good Geise, Augusta|Updated Oct 29, 2022

    Americans, and Montanans in particular, are blessed to stand on the shoulders of giants. Fortunately for us, wise and brave leaders have shown us the way forward to fulfill the idea and ideals of America. While our country has fallen short of those lofty goals from time to time, those aims are true and worthy of pursuit. And America soldiers on. As a young girl I thrilled to the courage and wisdom of American leaders, long dead, whose thoughts and actions provided a road map t...

  • Letter: Rosendale A Solid Supporter of Gun Rights

    Updated Oct 29, 2022

    ‘A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’ The Constitutional right to keep and bear arms that is enumerated in the Second Amendment is not something that was written with the intent to be subject to exceptions. It wasn’t written to change with the times, but to stand the test of time. Our Founding Fathers knew how important this right was in their time, and how important it was to include it in the Constitution for the st...

  • Veteran Justice Rice seeks a fourth term; challenger D'Alton vows to serve just one

    Keely Larson, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism|Updated Oct 29, 2022

    One Montana Supreme Court contest is getting the most attention – and the most campaign cash – but there's another race on the ballot, too. That race pits Justice Jim Rice, the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, against Bill D'Alton, a Billings attorney who has pledged to serve only one term and hasn't raised a penny for his campaign. Rice won the nonpartisan primary with 78% of the vote to D'Alton's 28%. Both advanced to the November election. According to the mos...

  • Local officials brace for unpredictable Election Day turnout

    Emily Tschetter, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism|Updated Oct 26, 2022

    State election administrators are sending out more absentee ballots than ever, but local officials aren't sure how many Montana will cast votes this election. They stress that Montanans can still register to vote on Election Day and can use IDs that were acceptable in recent elections. Turnout for the primary was typical for a non-presidential election at just 39.4 percent of the state's registered voters, but some officials anticipate the high number of absentee ballots sent...

  • Proposed Pavement Preservation Project on MT 200 East of Bowman's Corner

    News Release, Montana Department of Transportation|Updated Oct 26, 2022

    Great Falls, MT - The Montana Department of Transportation would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to improve approximately 8 miles of Montana Highway 200 , between Bowman's Corner and Simms. The project begins at the intersection of Bowman's Corner and extends northeast, ending at the Lewis and Clark/Cascade County line. Proposed work includes a full width crack seal, seal and cover (chip seal), and new pavement markings. The purpose of the...

  • UM Research Chronicles Forest Recovery after Montana's 2017 Fire Season

    Raequel Roberts, UM News Service|Updated Oct 26, 2022

    MISSOULA – For a researcher who studies wildfire, University of Montana graduate student Kyra Clark-Wolf couldn't have had better timing. Clark-Wolf arrived in Missoula to start her graduate studies on the impacts of wildfires on forests at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation on July 4, 2017. Eleven days later, a lightning strike sparked the Lolo Peak Fire just south of the city, burning nearly 54,000 acres and leaving lasting and indelible images among M...

  • Politics raises the stakes in Gustafson-Brown high court race

    Keely Larson, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism|Updated Oct 24, 2022

    Montana voters will decide two Supreme Court races this fall, and one is attracting an unusual share of partisan attention. In that race, incumbent Justice Ingrid Gustafson, with 18 years of experience as a judge, faces challenger James Brown, current president of the Public Service Commission and former legal counsel to the Montana Republican Party. Although Brown has never been a judge, GOP endorsements have ranged from Republicans Gov. Greg Gianforte and U.S. Sen. Steve...