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A Montana Public Radio Commentary by Evan Barrett.

Published newspaper columns written by Evan Barrett on this topic, which vary somewhat in content from this commentary, appeared in the following publications:

Great Falls Tribune, August 24, 2015

Missoulian, August 26, 2015

Montana Standard, August 26,2015

Montana Cowgirl Blog, August 27, 2015

Helena Independent Record August 28, 2015

Ravalli Republic, August 28, 2015

Billings Gazette, September 4, 2015


Evan Barrett, who lives in historic Uptown Butte, recently retired after 47 years at the top level of Montana economic development, government, politics and education. He is an award-winning producer of Montana history films who continues to write columns and record commentaries, and occasionally teach Montana history.