Opinion: Unleash the love, fund essential services

One of my favorite songs as we celebrate Valentine’s Day is the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” with its lyrics: “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done … Nothing you can make that can’t be made … love is all you need.”

Let’s show our love and stop the devastating cuts to essential public services in Montana. Short term, consider emergency supplemental appropriation. Find the money. Stop the bleeding. Save lives. Continue Reading →

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Suit over Bearcreek drug bust ends with cash payment

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A resident of Bearcreek who sued the city of Red Lodge and its former police chief over what she said was an illegal drug raid has dropped her suit and accepted an offer of $25,000 from the defendants.

Tiffany McKinney, then 25, filed the lawsuit in February 2016, saying she had been wrongfully arrested and injured during a drug raid that targeted a separate house on the property she lived on in Bearcreek. Continue Reading →

Budget cuts spell end of state’s free tax-filing service

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In a cost-cutting move, the state Department of Revenue has discontinued an online service that allowed Montanans to file individual income taxes for free.

Instead, the state is now directing taxpayers to the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of  tax software companies that partner with the IRS to enable many taxpayers — many, but not all — to e-file their tax returns for free. Continue Reading →

In mid-winter, dreaming of better days on the links

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Football is over. Baseball hasn’t started. Basketball is in full swish and pucks slide effortlessly across frozen water and spilled blood. It’s a transition time of the year when sports fans flip through the TV channels searching: searching for something. More is needed than sitcom reruns and dreary news headlines. Something important is missing in life. Continue Reading →

Red Lodge sisters respond to former prosecutor’s lawsuit

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In their responses to a lawsuit filed against them by the former prosecutor for the city of Red Lodge, two sisters have filed counterclaims, saying that Joel Todd abused the legal system in an attempt to stifle legitimate public criticism.

Todd filed his suit last month, accusing Diane Dimich, a member of the Red Lodge City Council, and her sister, Mary Cameron, the coordinator of the Carbon County DUI Task Force, of conspiracy, libel, slander and interference with a prospective business relationship. Continue Reading →