Monthly archive

January, 2014

  •   To the editor,   I am a relative newcomer to Dillon. My husband and I bought a home and moved here in 2011, because we loved the setting, the town, and the people. But it has been hard not to see that something terribly wrong has been going on with the ex-Mayor, the Council, and the Executives he appointed (lawyer, treasurer). We...
  •   Initially, I considered the Dillon City Council’s actions last week another example of the group’s sometimes shortsighted gamesmanship in which the consequences of their actions are never really considered.  As the days passed, I’ve come to the conclusion that it was a devious, well thought out ploy to spin city...
  • Shortly after the Jan. 15 Dillon City Council meeting, Councilperson Dan Nye collapsed onto the sidewalk in front of City Hall. Nye, 58, suffered what was eventually determined to be a mild stroke. Nye was first transported to Barrett Hospital and HealthCare and then taken by air ambulance to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Nye, Dr. Michael...
  • The stormy dawn of a new era broke for Dillon’s City Council Jan. 15, when an overflow crowd packed City Hall and watched the Council reject new Mayor Mike Klakken’s two new appointees to his staff. Though Klakken beat three-term incumbent Marty Malesich by 10 percentage points in November, his appointments of Jim Dolan as city...
  • Here at High Country News, some of us recently had a lively discussion about our slogan: “for people who care about the American West.” After 43 years, is it still the best phrase to convey who we are and what we do? We added the “American” to that slogan some years ago, realizing that in an increasingly globalized world,...
  •   Ruth Kasper Haugland went home to Jesus, her Savior, on Jan. 7, at age 78, in Dillon, shortly after receiving a diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. She is survived by: husband Garth; daughter Loree (Kevin) Morgan; grandchildren David and Natalie McKay; daughter-in-law Amy Haugland; and grandchildren Regina (fiancé Nick True)...
  •   Doris Raph passed away Jan. 5, 2014 at Barrett Memorial Hospital in Dillon, Mont. She was born Oct. 13, 1930, in McMinnville, Ore., the only child of Lauren and Millie Kelly. Graduating from Shelby (Mont.) High School, Doris was united in marriage to Jack Tanner and they had four boys; Craig, Brent, David and John. They were later divorced...
  •   To the editor: When you buy a new toaster and it doesn’t work, you take it back and get a replacement. When you have an old toaster and it quits working, you replace it with a new toaster. Well! The citizens of the United States have been toasted by a Congress that does not work and should be replaced. The present Congress has been...
  •   To the editor: Israel, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and so on, not only did the settlers steal the land they felt they had a God given right to the land. The rights of the indigenous folk were not a consideration; they were never a matter of serious concern.In the U.S., tribal people defending their homes were called...