Op Ed

The Flathead County Health Officer Selection Debacle

It has been two years since the Flathead County Health Board started its search for a replacement health officer and based on actions from the board and recommendations from outside recruiting firms, the board will not be making a permanent selection until 2023. The Flathead County Health Department has been seeking a Health Officer for…

St. Pat’s and Montana Hospitals Sue to Force COVID Vaccine on Workers

While other states see workers suing their employers over forced vaccinations, Montanan’s have been protected by HB-702, passed by Republicans in the most recent legislative session. HB-702 prohibits discrimination based on a persons vaccination status or possession of an immunity passport. Employers, government agencies, and public accommodations cannot require vaccination status as a barrier to…

Missoula Parents and School Employees Raise Legal Funds For Mask Lawsuit

After Missoula County Schools Superintendent Rob Watson shutdown in-person access to school board meetings and finalized mask requirements for students and staff, despite overwhelming demands for parental choice, Missoula parents and school staff are stepping up their fight against the school board’s unscientific mask mandates. Missoulian and parent Joseph Suchanic took to GoFundMe just over…