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A rash of mailboxes in rural areas surrounding Butte have been broken into in the last month or so. Butte police are getting ready to issue warrants for arrests in connection to the crime.

A summer of raging Montana wildfires has us thinking about the air we breathe. But more than that: Think air quality monitoring, oil spill prevention, toxic clean-up, pollution regulations, healthy ecosystems and drinking water safety are important? I do. That's why my family has accepted an invitation from Moms Clean Air Force to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.

We will ask them to oppose the 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protect Agency’s budget proposed by the Trump administration. Budget cuts to the entity addressing public health and environmental threats are shortsighted and irresponsible. For our land, for our kids.

I hope we can steady ourselves on that Montana common ground — where everyone waves on a dirt road, bull trout are revered, and the Big Sky expands our perspectives. Because on that patriotic, sturdy foundation, we can get stuff done.

I look forward to talking with those we elected to represent Montana values. In our state, we define “rich” a bit differently — our currency is in mountains, our industry in recreation, our savings in rivers, our equity in the next generation. Our representatives need to represent.

Nici Holt Cline,


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