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Letters to the editor

| May 3, 2023 12:00 PM

Trout Creek School

I am wondering why so many people are so worked up about our little school.

In the past the school was well run and the staff was treated fairly and with respect.

Oh yes, wait a minute, it should be “all about the kids”! After all if it weren’t for the children there would be no school in Trout Creek.

So let’s talk about the kids instead of each other. And by the way, I love archery and the programs.

But what happened to our music programs and our track and field program. We don’t have them any more, and the administration took them away because archery is more important. We do have two great coaches that took over the program.

But back to the kids. Are they getting a good education? Or is that not important? Should they have the other extra-curriculars taken away because of archery?

In the past two years we have lost about nine paraprofessionals, teachers and other staff; and we are losing more this year. Why? Because of our administration. And this seems to be a pattern from their past school employ.

Sometimes when you speak to someone you don’t know how they truly are and what they want to take credit for.

Don’t forget, education is more important than extra-curricular.

I work at Trout Creek School and I know first hand. There is an old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

— Elizabeth Glackin, Trout Creek

Foundation for Wildlife Management

My name is Glenn Schenavar, board member and Chapter Chairman of the Sanders County Chapter of the Foundation for Wildlife Management.

We are holding our annual banquet on May 13, 2023 at 20 Wilson Lane, the Bar JR Arena in Whitepine. Last year we raised $58,000 for our wolf reimbursement program. This year due to successful Sanders County and Flathead chapters banquet fundraising, we were able to take reimbursements in Region 1 and Region 2 to $750 per wolf.

Thanks for all the support from sportsmen and trappers! The Foundation for Wildlife Management currently has two chapters in Montana with a new start up in the southern Bitterroot. We are on the move and growing in numbers! Our mission is to bring down wolf numbers in the backcountry of Montana to let ungulate populations recover.

We have made progress legislatively all while working with MFP to not only bring down wolf numbers, but to also educate the public on out of control predation. Thanks to some recent donations we are putting up billboards in Montana and Idaho and have a documentary in progress to educate the public.

In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services stated, “in the 2009 delisting rule, the wolves would deplete game populations and cause chronic livestock depredations at around 1500 wolves.” Currently Montana has 1100 wolves with 800 of them being in Western Montana and in the entire Northern Rockies there are 3,338 wolves.

Wolves will consume 20 ungulates a year…you do the math! All species need to be managed, including wolves. Help support our banquet for wolf management!

If you choose to donate or have any questions about attending the banquet, please call or email me. Otherwise go to to buy your tickets to the Sanders County F4WM Banquet on Saturday, May 13.

— Glenn Schenavar