Montana People

Drip. Drip. Drip.

The Washington Post has a story today about a government contract being awarded to a teeny-tiny Whitefish business. Whitefish Energy received the government contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power. The whole story is worth a read, particularly because of the absurdity that a company with…


Montana, Let’s Make Voting Great Again

Guest Post by Dan West Jan. 20 was my last day at work. Under the Obama administration, I served as a political liaison for NASA on Capitol Hill. I watched up close while 2016 revealed the strengths and weaknesses of our democracy. As the American…


GUEST POST: Knudsen, Gianforte, wrong on refugees 

   by Joseph Thiel       Joseph Thiel served on the Board of Regents of the Montana University System from 2011-2013. He is now pursuing his doctorate in education at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.                                   Politics is the art of the possible. Except, it…


Update on Cowgirl Blog Malware Attack

Hey readers – I wanted to update you on the status of some malware attacks that many of you were kind enough to help identify yesterday. Thank you! MT Temperance was able to shut down the onslaught last night. Apparently, there’s someone out there who feels…


GUEST POST:  Forward Montana: 25 Under 25

by Dan Lourie


Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime activist for peace,  justice and equality, has  written to newspapers since 1964. 


Twenty-five young women and men under the age of twenty-five, judged the cream of the crop out of seventy applicants, have been chosen as winners of Forward Montana’s “25 Under 25” competition. To read the descriptons of their devotion to making the world a better place is to not only be wowed, but also to truly gain confidence in our future.


My friend Kiah Abbey, FM’s head person in Bozeman, told me about the contest and I knew immediately to nominate a young woman who exemplifies the description of the contestants FM hoped to attract. More on her later, but here are excerpts from the intro to the contest.


GUEST POST: Raise a glass and wages this Labor Day

by Mary Ann Dunwell


“Salt of the Earth,” a 60s song by the Rolling Stones comes to mind as we near Labor Day. “Raise your glass to the hard working people,” “spare a thought for his back breaking work,” and “let’s drink to the salt of the earth.” These lyrics resonate today. Our state enjoys robust economic growth and full employment worth celebrating, but many hard working Montanans are not sharing in the economic prosperity that their hard work builds. Montana ranks in the 40s among other states for its low pay and low wage jobs. Many Montanans still live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet.


Mary Moe


by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT “It’s a new beginning!” I enthused to my grandson at the schoolhouse door two years ago. “Kindergarten! You’ll learn new things and make new friends. It’s going to be great!”…