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Roy McKenzie moved to Montana in 2017. Roy is the Publisher of Western Montana News. Get in touch with him on Truth Social (@royalton) or Telegram (@royaltonpatrick).
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Steve Rossiter is a 21-year Missoula resident and a retired aviation professional from federal civil service.
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Julie Martin is a registered nurse of over 30 years, enjoys writing, fighting for liberty and the privilege of living in Montana.
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Missoula Mom has lived and worked in Missoula for over five years. She and her husband have children who previously attended Missoula County Public Schools who are now homeschooled.
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Travis "William Skink" Mateer is an artist and citizen journalist documenting the New Normal in Missoula, Montana. Read more of his work at Zoom Chron.
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Roger Mitchell has lived in Western Montana for over a decade. His trade is residential construction and enjoys writing about current events, politics, religion, and philosophy. Read more of his work at Poor Roger's Almanac.
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Montanans for Health and Family Rights (MTHFR) Legal Defense is a 501(c)(3) non-profit set up to protect medical and health freedom, parental rights, individual rights, informed consent, and medical privacy for all Montanans. Follow them on Facebook and Telegram.
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Dean Crabb is a Flathead resident and is running for election to the Montana Public Service Commission to represent District 5.
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Kirk MacKenzie lives in the Flathead and is the founder of Defend Rural America, a national movement to bring focus and resources to preserve America's prosperity, sovereignty, and security. Follow him at DefendRuralAmerica.com
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Dr. Dave Ingram is longtime Kalispell physician married to Ann, a valley nurse practitioner with two grown children, educated in the valley. He has been involved in medical staff leadership, youth sports, and currently is a library board trustee running for House District 7.
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Jane Rectenwald is a founding member of the Montana Election Integrity Project and an elected member of the 2006 Missoula Local Government Study Commission.
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Justin Clapper is the Editor in Chief of The Flathead Conservative.
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Background

In December 2020, I learned that the Missoula County Health Board voted in new “COVID-19 Rules" to ensure that outgoing Governor Bullock's orders regarding SARS-CoV-2 were preserved.  Knowing that masks and lockdowns do not work and remembering something about checks and balances of authority from civics class, I knew that a tyranny was being set upon Missoula County citizens.

I did some research and found a lawsuit that was filed against former Governor Steve Bullock and the Department of Public Health and Human Services for their response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A group named Stand Up Montana organized the suit. A trial lawyer from Missoula, Quentin M. Rhoades, took the case. The lawsuit made many allegations against Bullock and the DPHHS. It included scientific study and analysis that reviewed the efficacy of masks and lockdowns to control the spread of the virus.

The allegations were not being covered in the Missoulian or any other Lee Enterprises papers, nor were they being covered in KPAX or the independent local blogs. The implications of the allegations were that the Bullock administration policies regarding the SARS-CoV-2 virus were not only scientifically unsound but detrimental to public health.

When I called the County to express my displeasure with the County Health Board actions I received a polite call back from the County Health Department saying that I could submit my evidence to them via email. I did so shortly after going back through bookmarked data and compiling it into a more narrative format.

I shared the lawsuit and additional studies and charts with the Missoula City Council, Missoula County Board of Commissioners, Lee Enterprises, KPAX, and Missoula Current, but they all ignored me. I even tried to share this information on the County Health Department and County Facebook pages. Crickets.

I tried to bring this to the attention of several individual reporters including reporters from the Missoulian and from NBC Montana, but they ignored me.

So many of us have been seeking accountability surrounding the decisions from our elected and unelected officials for their response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Due to censorship, hyperbole, and ongoing lack of accountability we also know how challenging it has been to present a counter-narrative to others to restore our liberty.

Our friends have told us to our face or whispered behind our backs that we are wrong. Or crazy. Or anti-science. Or that we wish death upon their progenitors. We see the people walking outside with their masks on. In their cars alone, masked. Healthy, masked.

We have seen the teachers being belligerent about returning to teach children as their jobs are virtualized so there is nothing to go back to. The "labor leaders" who have stood by and allowed America's work-force to suffer the most stifling and egregious workplace encroachments upon workers in the 21st century.

I am sickened by what has been perpetrated on the American people under the guise of "public health" because certain individuals do not like who the President of the United States is.

I decided to start sharing more information about it in a place where it could not be deleted or banned or “fact-checked.”

I started the blog to be a source of science-backed claims that people could reference and share with friends so they are armed with information.

I also want to document, for posterity, the decisions that were made and the people who are responsible for those decisions so that when the time for accountability comes, there will be no shelter for their deeds.

—Roy McKenzie

Contribute

There is still a lot to be done. As this farce unwinds itself, there is information coming from all directions that Missoula County citizens need to know about. Whether it is continued, relentless tyranny by the county or actions at the legislature to make sure the people responsible can never do this to us again, the people need to know.

Local media has completely failed the people of Missoula. It also bears responsibility for the continued enforcement of this tyranny and has refused to engage seriously in researching any counter-narrative or additional science. The best they have done is repeat the numbers from the county health department. The worst they have done is tie people with contrary views on masking with violence at the Capitol.

They have intensified and amplified the fear.

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