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  • Letters To The Editor

    Jun 27, 2024

    To the Editor: As our nation’s birthday rapidly approaches I am so excited about this year’s 4th of July celebration in Broadus, which is highlighted by the theme UNITED WE STAND. Jessica Malone, you are such a talented lady. As we celebrate the 4th with various activities reflecting unison of purpose, I also think of another theme which is commonly associated with our great country, and this is: IN GOD WE TRUST. I hope as each of us has a chance to lift our eyes to the sky, whether that be during a community aerial photo op or watching bea...

  • Letters To The Editor

    May 30, 2024

    Editor, Researching candidates is a daunting task before the primary elections, due to the number running on the Republican ticket. A group of conservative Republicans including myself locally have done some research on the candidates and offer the following recommendations, based on their past history, voting records, actions and statements. This list, in my opinion, represents the best constitutional and moral values that reflect their actions. All positions are not covered. US Senator: Brad Johnson 2nd Congressional district: Elsie Arntzen...

  • New Study Confirms the Economic Value Physical Therapy Brings to Patients and the U.S. Health Care System

    Oct 26, 2023

    A guest editorial By Stephanie Weyrauch, PT, DPT, MSCI The only pain management clinic in Billings announced this week that as of January 2024, it would close. The closure of St. Vincent’s Pain Management Center puts a significant strain on our community. It increases the load on our primary care providers (PCPs) and leaves many patients without the proper care they need. Additionally, many PCPs lack the time and training necessary to properly serve these patients. With such a large population to serve comes longer wait times, which leads to i...

  • Trauma Culture Rooted in My Family - The Unwritten Rules

    Aug 31, 2023

    Legacy is a platform, created through the Powder River County Youth Issues Coalition for exploring an individual's experience with mental wellness, especially trauma. Our hope is that a better understanding of the human experience, creates compassion and empathy for those who struggle and encourages all to seek a path for healing. Our vision is that the stigma and barriers for seeking care/treatment/wellness are broken and the paths for hope and recovery are cleared. Trauma has been...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Aug 3, 2023

    Dear Billy, I read your recent article about the EMS and traffic in this area. I have written to the Department of Transportation twice and they said they were going to analyze the situation. It is tragic that 5 young people have had to die on Highway 212 in the last year and a half, and there is not any indication of any improvement in the future. It is 100 miles from Ashland to Alzada with not 1 passing lane. I used to go to basketball games in Broadus, it is 30 miles to my turnoff and I would count 30 semis in the 30 miles. If I go toward...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Jun 1, 2023

    Editor, “Transforming our World; the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, sounds progressive, doesn't it? That's the stated goal for a UN agenda presently being promoted and implemented around the globe, that would change our way of life as we know it. Some goals are: Combat Inequality; means wealthier (freer) nations share wealth with poorer ones. Change Consumption and Productive Patterns; means eat less meat, frozen foods, dictate what you consume. Restrict ownership of vehicles, appliances, and land. Control Healthcare; means dec...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Mar 9, 2023

    Dear Editor, With Montana being #3 in the union with deaths by suicide, and the fact farmers and ranchers are 2 to 1 more likely to commit suicide than other professions, suicide is a subject that needs to be addressed. Our neighboring states of Wyoming at #1 and South Dakota at #7 in suicide rates makes this an even scarier fact. Also, with it being calving and lambing season and agriculture in general being a highly dangerous occupation, we need to do everything we can to try to improve our odds and try to reduce suicide rates. If you...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Feb 16, 2023

    As many of you know, my mother Ellen Gilger was placed in the care of the Powder River Manor in June of 2021 for end of life care. There were problems! I filed a complaint to DPHHS, and my allegations were validated. The inspection survey is a public document that can be viewed by all on the DPPHS website. Ellen was neglected for at least 8 hours which directly resulted in bed sores. There were 4 major incidents. My brother visited mom and found her in an uncomfortable, precarious position in her chair. The call button was not accessible. It re...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Nov 10, 2022

    Letter to the Editor: Veteran’s Day brings back a lot of memories of the older vets I knew when I was a young child. It seemed like they were old men. However, in years many of them may not have been 60 years old. These vets had seen service in WWI (the Great War to End all Wars). They had seen a lot of action and very bad things happening. Many of the vets had been wounded and/or gassed on the battlefield. This war saw the first use of airplanes and motorized vehicles in the military. Montana had a very large volunteer enlistment; Montana h...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Oct 27, 2022

    To the editor: Our elected representatives take an oath to uphold our Constitution. Should we not then rate them according to how closely they keep that oath? If your spouse only kept the marriage oath 70% of the time, would that be acceptable? Matt Rosendale's record is one of only a handful of representatives that maintains a 100% score on constitutional issues. Examples of his votes: voted NO on HR 2225 that passed 345 to 67, which cost every American household $614, voted NO on HR 391, which cost each household $23, voted NO on HR 4373,...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Oct 13, 2022

    Editor, You had an article about horses for the Boer War. One of the horses shipped by train to Miles City from Washington was supposed to be with that band of horses, but he jumped the corral and ended up in the Cossitt Family. Here’s a true story of him - thought you might print it. Thanks, Helen Cossitt, “Stacey Sue” Satan Lives Again In the hills of Montana old Satan ran wild Am here to tell about it, when I was a child He came out here like a chalk-eyed ghost Ridin’ the train from the far west coast Boxcars of horses unloaded in Miles C...

  • A Call To Action

    Oct 13, 2022

    Guest Editorial submitted by Pat Phillippi, Powder River County Treasurer Once again, the State of Montana is pushing more costs down to the local, county level. The County Treasurer’s offices across the state have always had a partnership with the Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division to provide the service of licensing and renewing motorized vehicles for the residents of our counties. The counties have always provided the building, staff and utilities as their share of the costs of the service. The Department of Justice has always p...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Aug 18, 2022

    As some of you know, this is my second summer at the Powder River Chamber’s Visitors Center. A couple of days ago, a fellow stopped in, lip curled in a sneer, and announced that “Broadus is sure a funky little town.” Broadus is my town, so I gave him my dead fish eye look, and he quickly backtracked. But Broadus is indeed a junky town, thanks to the efforts of a handful of folks. Their dereliction has an adverse affect on our entire community, with piles of broken down junky vehicles strewn about for everyone to witness. I remember some years...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Apr 28, 2022

    Billy, What is a sealed bid process? There are typically 5 steps in sealed bidding: Prepare the invitation for bid. The government (in this case School Board) must describe their requirements clearly, accurately and completely. Publicize the invitation for bids. Submission of bids- opened at the time and place stated in the invitation for bids. Evaluation of bids without discussion. Contract Awarded. The publicly opened bid most advantageous to the government (lowest bid) will be awarded the contract. This is the bid process for government...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Apr 21, 2022

    (Ed: The following was emailed to the PR Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber and Examiner wanted to share Carlos’ email with the community.) I would like to send the town of Broadus a Big Thank you. It’s a beautiful thing what you are doing for my fellow Truck Drivers. May God bless you all. Carlos Zepeda...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Apr 14, 2022

    Letter to the Editor: I am introducing myself as a candidate for the Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustee position for District #2. I recognize that the demand for faster and more reliable technology has never been greater. The need for telecommunications has vastly grown over the past few years. As a society we have shifted to using communication technology in day-to-day activities including, but not limited to entertainment, networking, working from home, on-line shopping, and learning. I also recognize the challenges of...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Mar 24, 2022

    Billy: Thanks so much for astutely capturing for all posterity the momentous picture of Broadus’ endearing tradition of the Broadus Hawk warriors being escorted by the city garbage truck onto the next victory! Sometimes Cass leads; sometimes Cass follows. Either way, it’s perhaps an event worthy of the Guinness Book of Records? I can’t imagine another town in the state, the nation, perhaps the whole Universe with such an endearing tradition. Thanks for the laughs! Go Broadus! Go Hawks! Go Cass! Dee Mobley...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Nov 25, 2021

    Letter to editor: Today I did something that turned out to be much easier than I ever expected! And I’m urging all of you to do it too. I called our congressmen and gave them my input on the upcoming Build Back Better bill (BBB - It’s as simple as picking up the phone and calling). Senator Jon Tester. (202) 224-2644 Senator Steve Daines (202) 224-2651 Congressman Matt Rosendale (202) 225-3211 The bill is slated to be voted on sometime before Christmas so I urge you to call soon. The sooner the better so that some kind of a coalition might for...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jan 14, 2021

    My young warrior, Wrestling is not for the faint of heart, but for those that accept the challenge, the rewards are so great. In practice a wrestler is conditioned to the point of total exhaustion knowing that is what is necessary to be able to wrestle up to 4 matches a day with only 45 minutes between matches. I’m no longer coaching. Frankie Schoonover is and has been the head coach for the last few years, with me being an assistant coach. The wrestling program is in good hands with a few wrestling alumni now assisting him. Proud to say t...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Dec 17, 2020

    Editor, As we approach the end of 2020 you may be thinking about donating to one of Montana’s charities. Your donation helps these organizations provide critical services and this year many need your help. In addition to helping charities, your donation can earn a tax deduction. It is critical that you have the correct documents with the correct language for your donation to qualify. IRS rules require that the correct documentation be obtained before the earlier of: a. The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution; or b....

  • Letters to the Editor

    Nov 12, 2020

    Dear Editor, I did not realize that Joe Biden has so many Relatives. Fritz Rehbein, Rozet, WY Dear Editor, This letter continues honoring our veterans. Between Korea and Vietnam War years there were people who served in the military and were well supported and honored. When Vietnam arrived, many were drafted and many volunteered for the military. They also served very well wherever they were. Many were well supported. However, an anti-war faction created lots of misery in the press and other ways. Our Vietnam Veterans served well and have made...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Nov 5, 2020

    Dear Editor; November 11th is Veteran’s Day. This is the 75th year after the end of WWII. As a very small child I remember being held and hugged by lots of veterans, WWI neighbors and many returning vets from WWII. While I was too young to understand the conversations, I could tell they really respected each other and helped each other. Many of the vets were home on leave and re-enlisting. Korea came and more vets left for service. All of the vets were honored for their services in my community of Butte Creek and the surrounding area. Over t...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Oct 29, 2020

    Ed: We print Letters to the Editor as written. Dear Editor, This is to let our veterans know that I am forever grateful to them for all they gave; that I have the freedom to write this article, the freedom to vote (next Tues.), the freedom to live where I want and engage in the occupation of my choice. I write this at this time because Veteran’s Day is here (Nov. 11) but I believe every day is Veteran’s Day. We don’t just enjoy our freedoms on one day. Thank you, veterans, for all you’ve given us. Sincerely, Annie Brimmer Editor: There’s...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Sep 24, 2020

    O’Donnell a No Show at PSC Meetings Being elected to represent the interest of the people of District 2 before the Montana Public Service Commission is a serious job. Tony O’Donnell, the incumbent representative, prefers to “phone it in” rather than put in the time and effort for effective representation. Although he started his term in 2017 with attendance at PSC meetings slightly over 80% he apparently lost interest in the position, attending only 66% of the meetings in 2018, 52% in 2019, and with an abysmal attendance rate of 25% in pre-COV...

  • Letters To the Editor

    Sep 3, 2020

    To the Editor, The other day, I saw an ad from Senator Daines’ campaign that falsely claimed Governor Bullock doesn’t support the Second Amendment. We all know Governor Bullock, and I think we can agree that’s just not true. Governor Bullock is a gun owner and life-long hunter. He clearly understands the importance the Second Amendment has to many Montana families, because it matters to his own family. I really respect that Bullock has always treated gun violence as a public health issue, and not a political one. He also supported bills on back...

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