Guest Opinion


Alfalfa conditions may result in bloat hazard when grazing

 By Sharla Sackman
Prairie County Extension Agent

Recently, MSU  Extension Specialists Dennis Cash and Rachel Endecott sent out a news release on grazing alfalfa in 2010. Following are some highlights from that article.

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Advancement in Wi-Fi technology may spell economic boost to area

By Bob van der Valk

  It is necessary to explain in somewhat confusing terms the revolutionary technology that will forever change lives in Prairie County. Bear with me and you will understand how Wi-Fi (pronounced /waɪfaɪ/) will influence your life in a very direct way.

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A positive school year takes the contributions of many

By Casey Klasna

  The 2010-2011 school year has started out very well and I am extremely pleased with the first three weeks of school.   The student body, staff, and coaches have created a very pleasant atmosphere. I am staying extremely busy with the transition to the new position and am making steady progress in getting the school going in the right direction with the help and guidance of you, the stakeholders.  

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Annual conference of counties shows support of change to PILT

By Todd Devlin

  In July of this year, I attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada. It is amazing the tremendous change in membership mentality and position in just one short year.

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Billings Chamber seeks to promote entire Custer Country region

By John Brewer, President of Billings Chamber of Commerce

  It has been a turbulent time for tourism promotion in Southeastern Montana’s Custer Country. We are all residents in this beautiful part of the country and want to see it succeed. Uniting and working together to develop a strong organization to lead economic prosperity via tourism promotion is the goal for many of us.

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Montana’s Tobacco Quit Line marks 6th anniversary

 By MaryAnn Clingingsmith

To Celebrate the 6th Anniversary of the Montana Tobacco Quit Line the quit line will extend its free Nicotine Replacement Therapy benefit (patches, gum, or lozenges) from two weeks to four throughout May. Beginning May 1, the quit line will add the smoking cessation medication bupropion, at a reduced cost of $5 per month for up to three months, as another quit line benefit. 

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What message does your wave send?

 By Stephanie Keltner

Have you ever noticed how people wave hello, as they drive by in their car, or perhaps walk past on the opposite side of the street? It can often be quite entertaining, if you stop to think about it. 

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Honor Earth Day by throwing away cigarette butts properly

 By MaryAnn Clingingsmith
Tobacco Use Prevention Coordinator

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Smell that? That’s the smell of clean air

 By MaryAnn Clingingsmith

        Protecting citizens from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is one of the most important measures a state can take to improve public health.  The 2005 legislature amended the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act to clarify that the rights of citizens to breathe smoke-free air takes priority over the desire to smoke.

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Open Government: A right that shouldn’t be taken for granted

 By Ian Marquand

        What would life in Montana be like without our open government laws? Imagine the city council making a new ordinance behind closed doors and simply decreeing it as a fait accompli. Imagine citizens forbidden to offer opinions about the county budget. Imagine local police activities and criminal prosecutions shrouded in secrecy.

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