Montana Viewpoint: We must uphold, defend the idea of America
August 19, 2019
The America we inhabit today is vastly different than the America of the Founders, except for one thing: the preceptsRead more.
Elementary, Dear Watson: Nobody works harder than these teachers
August 19, 2019
I’ve always assumed teaching elementary school was – well, pretty easy. How hard could it be? The kids aren’t oldRead more.
Reporter’s Notebook: Failing to answer City Council Q&A is a disservice to voters
August 17, 2019
This year's elections will see one of the most philosophically diverse crop of City Council candidates in recent memory, andRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: Guy Lombardo, bee stings and hydroplane races on Flathead Lake
August 17, 2019
The day started with a baseball game – Ronan defeated Thompson Falls 9-0, breaking T-Falls’ 14-game winning streak. But thatRead more.
Sustainable Missoula: Trump’s ‘extinction plan’ threatens Montana’s wildness
August 16, 2019
We have a simple ask: Stop extinction. Our elected officials must stand up for Montana’s wildlife by defending and strengthening theRead more.
Marty Essen: Republican Party shows total disregard for honesty
August 15, 2019
While hypocrisy and Republicanism go together like the NRA and mass shootings, the real problem with today’s GOP is theirRead more.
William Perry Pendley: ‘The arsonist in charge of the fire department’
August 14, 2019
Who in their right mind would advocate for something so destructive as selling off our public lands? Believe it orRead more.
State Commerce director: Apply now for community infrastructure grants
August 13, 2019
Many of Montana’s aging public facilities are far behind in keeping up with routine maintenance, and the result in someRead more.
Mary Sheehy Moe: Montana’s most critical teacher shortage is in special education
August 12, 2019
Complex, pervasively misunderstood students; uncompetitive pay; high caseloads; unfunded programs disappearing; gaping holes in the support team … what elseRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: The ever-so-humble beginnings of Montana football
August 10, 2019
The newly assembled university football team showed promise that October afternoon in 1897, even though many of them had neverRead more.
Sustainable Missoula: Can trees really save the planet? It’s complicated.
August 9, 2019
We’ve been digging into these recent studies with local climatologist Nick Silverman, and we find ourselves wondering: How can theRead more.
Reader commentary: Rock Creek threatened by BLM’s draft resource management plan
August 8, 2019
In the public lands east of Rock Creek, there are ravines, ridgelines, and high mountain cirques that provide shelter andRead more.
Gannett-GateHouse merger raises more questions about the news industry
August 7, 2019
The best and the worst thing about entering the news business today is that they have no idea where itRead more.
Montana Viewpoint: Cities, states bribe Amazon … with taxpayers’ money
August 6, 2019
When a large company decides to expand or move its headquarters, it takes many factors into consideration; the labor market,Read more.
Health Beat: Partnership Health Center a source of connection, love in troubling times
August 5, 2019
To celebrate National Health Center Week, I want to share Missoula’s best kept secret: Partnership Health Center (PHC.) Instead ofRead more.
State Senate leader: Citizenship question on Census is Montana’s path to 2nd U.S. House seat
August 5, 2019
For years, Democrats have pushed the nauseating narrative that a citizenship question is racist. Citizenship is not a racist angleRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: Gaspard Deschamps led the way for 8 generations … and counting … in Missoula Valley
August 3, 2019
The business houses of Missoula were just opening on the morning of October 20, 1920, when news reached the city.Read more.
Mary Sheehy Moe: Missing the walruses, and the bearable lightness of being
August 2, 2019
Over years of overseeing continuing education and serving on boards, I’ve watched a variety of other professionals interact as colleagues.Read more.
Sustainable Missoula: Beat the heat without compromising climate goals
August 2, 2019
The stretch of cool, rainy weather in Missoula a few weeks ago now seems like a distant memory after severalRead more.
Reader commentary: Missoula’s downtown master plan must protect river, aquifer
August 1, 2019
The Missoula Downtown Master Plan has good intentions and many good ideas. One of my favorites is: "Better utilize the riverRead more.
Mary Sheehy Moe: ‘Montana rule’ crushes teachers’ spirits
July 30, 2019
A stuck teacher told me long ago when I was coaxing him to collaborate on a time-intensive, uncompensated project, “ItRead more.
Evan Barrett: In Trump era, Republican leaders lack courage and integrity
July 29, 2019
Where are the voices of conscience among the GOP leadership today? Surely and sadly not found in Montana’s two RepublicanRead more.
Gwen Jones: Tax structure must evolve to reflect changing economy
July 29, 2019
Property taxes are rising, not because local spending is out of control, but because our tax structure has not evolvedRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: You’re going to wish you lived on Briggs Street
July 27, 2019
Here's a taste of the character whose name graces Missoula's Briggs Street, circa 1893: “George Briggs’ imported bourbon may beRead more.
Sustainable Missoula: UM recycled 35K pounds of computers last year, with bigger goals ahead
July 26, 2019
Electronic and digital devices are all around us and increasingly influencing the decisions we make every day, but the downstreamRead more.
Letter to the editor: Veteran disgusted by president’s prejudice, hate
July 25, 2019
As a combat veteran of over four decades of service, from Vietnam to Afghanistan, I feel nothing less than disgustRead more.
Montana Viewpoint: ‘Send them back’ isn’t new, but vile nonetheless
July 24, 2019
“Send them back” is nothing new. It has been around for most of our nationhood, showing that rudeness and intoleranceRead more.
Mary Sheehy Moe: Here’s why teachers deserve 12 months’ salary
July 22, 2019
The average teacher’s salary in Montana in 2018 was $54,034. The average starting teacher made $31,484. And teacher shortage orRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: Western Montana Fair’s Commercial Building stands tall
July 20, 2019
Documentation submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, in the application for the Missoula County Fairgrounds Historic District, describesRead more.
Sustainable Missoula: Montana’s public lands are critical for climate progress
July 19, 2019
Montana’s public lands are priceless. They’re an economic lifeblood, a source of clean water and air, home to thriving fishRead more.
Montana Association of Rabbis appalled by Daines’ support of president’s ‘rhetoric of hate’
July 17, 2019
The Montana Association Of Rabbis (MAOR), representing rabbis in Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, and Whitefish, is unanimously appalled by the ongoingRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: Missoula’s fair was a long time coming, but worth the wait
July 14, 2019
The 1914 fair opened at 10 a.m. on September 29 and by noon there was a continuous line of cars motoringRead more.
Mary Sheehy Moe: Budget cuts turn teaching into crowd control, strip away innovation
July 12, 2019
In 2008, facing a national recession and the city’s entanglement with Electric City Power, Great Falls voters rejected the schoolRead more.
Sustainable Missoula: Montanans simply throw away too much trash
July 12, 2019
Montanans throw away 7.26 pounds of trash per person per day, but the rest of the country only throws awayRead more.
Letter to editor: Dakota Hileman represents voice of a new generation
July 9, 2019
Dakota Hileman is challenging Gwen Jones, who is running for reelection in Ward 3 for Missoula City Council, and heRead more.
Montana Viewpoint: Moderate Democrats are winners, not traitors
July 8, 2019
To denigrate someone for sharing the political beliefs of the people they represent is foolish. To denigrate someone for helpingRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: Thornton brothers tended Missoula residents at Third Street hospital
July 6, 2019
It turns out there were actually two hospitals just a few blocks apart on South Third Street West in theRead more.
Sustainable Missoula: What can we do about plastic pollution?
July 5, 2019
As we continue to work toward Zero Waste, we must always ask: Is this a truly sustainable solution “without dischargesRead more.
Fourth of July: National parks challenge our definition of patriotism
July 4, 2019
For me, and I suspect for many, national memorials elicit conflicting feelings: pride in our nation’s achievements, but also guilt,Read more.
Veterinarian: Every dog has its day, but it’s not the Fourth of July
July 3, 2019
The Fourth of July can be a miserable day for dogs. The fireworks make scaredy-cats out of many canines. That’sRead more.
Montana Voices: Support a reliable, cost-effective, carbon-free future
July 2, 2019
Reliable and cost-effective, carbon-free energy paired with storage can be our future. We don’t need the air-polluting, soil-poisoning, health-harming energyRead more.
Gwen Jones: City will give preference to contractors who hire registered apprentices
July 1, 2019
On Monday night, June 17, the Missoula City Council passed a resolution that addresses workforce shortages in the trades. Specifically,Read more.
Mary Sheehy Moe: Underfunded schools are losing teachers at alarming pace
July 1, 2019
This year, Great Falls lost more teachers to resignation than to retirement. Some are willing to take sizable cuts inRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: Whither the Missoula River, gone but not forgotten
June 29, 2019
We just call it the Clark Fork – the river that runs through Missoula. But for more years than not,Read more.
Sustainable Missoula: Recycling is not the solution to plastic pollution
June 28, 2019
Understanding all of the problems of plastic is a profound and complex task. The big problem is this: There’s tooRead more.
Skye Borden: It’s time to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund
June 27, 2019
For the sake of places like Wild Horse Island and Lindbergh Lake – and for the many special places we’veRead more.
Montana Viewpoint: Oregon legislators’ flight incites vigilantes across the West
June 24, 2019
An inflammatory statement by an Oregon state senator has encouraged a militia organization's members to insert themselves in a situationRead more.
PSC Chairman: Montana must increase reliable baseload power, or risk brown-outs
June 24, 2019
Out-of-state and foreign interests are applying increased pressure on lawmakers and consumers to replace baseload power with wind, solar andRead more.
Harmon’s Histories: Downtown Missoula’s Union block an architectural treasure, then and now
June 22, 2019
It was a massive undertaking for its day. When construction began in late 1890, it was estimated Missoula’s “Union block”Read more.
Sustainable Missoula: Sustainability is a culture that includes and responds, UM institute teaches
June 21, 2019
Before the Schwanke Honors Institute students head out next weekend, they’ll be designing climate projects of their own to tryRead more.