Opinion: In the aftermath of violence, silence from ‘leaders’

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A presidential response condemning white nationalists and Neo-Nazis should not be this difficult to formulate, and the silence from Montana’s state and congressional leaders should not be this deep and profound.

On Saturday, white supremacists marched down the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, waving Confederate flags and bearing Nazi symbols, where they were confronted by counter protesters understandably offended by the outward show of bigotry and hate. Continue Reading →

Absarokee chips in to fund swimming pool upgrades

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ABSAROKEE — If you’ve ever seen a slumped-shouldered sullen kid in the summer sun who didn’t have a place to swim, you know how Absarokee kids felt 50 years ago when parents kept them out of deep irrigations ditches and rapid running rivers, the only places a youngster could find cooling water.

Those were dangerous places with the sluggish but heavy pull of water in the ditches and the swirling water that could tug a swimmer from a river’s edge to the rapids. Continue Reading →

City Lights: Voter fraud is just the tip of the iceberg

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Last month, I had occasion to criticize Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, who seemed to be determined to cast doubt on the validity of our election processes.

I thought it was a strange goal, given that the secretary of state is the chief elections officer for Montana. I wondered, was it something like having Scott Pruitt lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he seems bent on dismantling? Continue Reading →

Affordable senior housing project planned for Heights

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GMD Development of Seattle is partnering with Homeword, a Missoula-based nonprofit, to develop a 136-unit affordable senior rental community, known as Heights Senior, in Billings next year.

A neighborhood meeting on the project has been scheduled for Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane, according to a press release from Homeword. Continue Reading →