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Op/Ed: Legislature's attack on public hunters

The Montana Legislature is leveling one of the most aggressive attacks on public hunters we've ever seen under the guise of protecting gun rights. HJ...

 

Opinion: If It's Not Broke, Don't Fix It

Critical Thinking is the OBJECTIVE analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement. It is a core academic skill and arguably a core life skill as well. Unfortunately, critical...

 

Letter: Other facts to consider

Dear readers: I wish to express my viewpoint in light of Don Niemeir's opinion and words to me in the January 28th BVD. I appreciated his candid...

 

Letter: Thank you for Vaccination Clinic

I would like to give a big shout out and thank you to all the personnel from Helena and those in Lincoln who made the drive-thru COVID-19 clinic...

 

Commentary: Another bill to weigh in on Outfitter bill would forever change Montana hunting

Do you hunt with out of state family and friends? Do you hunt private lands without an outfitter or guide? Have you been applying for a Missouri...

 

Letter: All about politics

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Neimeir made several good points in his letter in response to Liz's, but the one that I feel compelled to echo, endorse,...

 

Letter: This bill is dangerous for Montanans

Sportsmen Beware. SB-143 Montana voters passed I-161 in 2010 to limit guaranteed outfitter tags. The current legislature (sponsor Jason Ellsworth (R)...

 

Op-Ed: Expanding access to affordable health care

If the past year's challenges posed by the pandemic have taught us anything, it's that Montanans in all corners of the state need increased, more...

 

Letter: Gathering concerns: a response

Dear Liz Cain, Your response to my Christmas letter has just been brought to my attention. My first reaction was, aren't you glad that we both live...

 

The New President's Toughest Job: A Polarized America

If the months since the November elections have shown us anything, it’s that the US is more deeply divided than we’ve experienced in a very long...

 

Letter: What a difference a couple weeks can make  

We know most folks that come in our little country store, the rest are strangers for only a short time. Wearing a disguise or a mask, alarm bells woul...

 

Op-ed: State Parks see record year

As one of the most challenging years in Montana history comes to a close, we want to call Montanans' attention to the important role our state parks...

 

Letter: Don't encourage gatherings

Don Niemeir, what is wrong with you? Maybe you should stick to preaching the gospel, which I hear you're very good at, because you seem to know...

 

Letter: Christian Nation

Tomorrow we celebrate the most important day in the history of the world and the holiest day in the Christian world: The birth of Jesus Christ. My one hope is that as a Christian nation, we can do a...

 

Letter: Companion animals

Dear Editor, America is suffering from a mental health tragedy. Forty percent of Americans – and a whopping 75 percent of young adults – are...

 

Op-Ed: Leave It Better Than You Found It

As I wrap up my four-year term as your State Auditor, I'm reminded of a common lesson Montana parents teach our children: leave things better than...

 

Hey Howdy Hey": The BVD and Lincoln

Just wanted to send out a little Hey Howdy Hey of thanks to the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. When I left Lincoln this last time it was mainly because I...

 

Op -Ed: Pandemic underscores need for reforms in healthcare transparency

The COVID pandemic has brought healthcare affordability into the spotlight like never before. The question is whether this crisis will be an impetus...

 

Thank You Santa's Workshop helpers

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make Santa’s Workshop 2020 a reality for our local kids, and for all of the flexibility around getting the crafts to the kids who would have...

 

Op-Ed: Today's Mines Must Obey Today's Laws

Montana is not the only place with an economy that depends on its rich natural resources, though I would argue that it is the most spectacular. And I...

 

Editorial: Uncomfortable realities

Last week the BVD published a story regarding COVID-19 cases in Lincoln, based on information provided by Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance President Aaron...

 

Letter: Thanks for story, LVA

Thank you to the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch for publishing the Nov. 12 article, "Ovando Residents Donate to Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance." We have...

 

Opinion: Educate new state residents on Montana Values

Montana conservatives had an historic night on Election Day. After taking out a slew of Republicans in the primary – some voting with democrats...

 

Commentary: Conserving grizzly bears takes self-responsibility

Randy Newberg doesn't carry a sidearm. Clocking some 100 days every year exploring the unbound-and often bear-laden-pockets of the American...

 

Commentary: Flattening the curve on Chronic Wasting Disease

It's cool this morning. There is a different feel to the air. The days are slowly getting shorter, my bird dogs are getting restless and I am...

 

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