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March 17, 2018

In the many years of operating our family guest ranch in Seeley, we’ve come to appreciate the importance of working together with elected leaders who understand our unique issues in a rural community as well as our vision for sharing Montana’s unique outdoor places with generations to come.

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss has both the policy expertise and the personal experience to understand the vital role our guest ranches play in our economy as well as upholding our rural outdoor way of life.

— Jack Rich, Seeley Lake

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March 16, 2018

We need leaders who have vision, experience and are willing to listen and pursue sensible solutions to complicated challenges. Now as we head into what is looking like a record-breaking year for our music venues and launching a new conservation effort to restore the Blackfoot River, I look back and am grateful to have had Jean’s willingness to see the dream and help us work through any snags along the way. 

I respect Commissioner Jean Curtiss’s work ethic and leadership. She has my full support.

— Nick Checota, Logjam Presents, The Wilma, The Top Hat, Kettlehouse Amphitheater

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March 12, 2018

"I thought it was important to be able to communicate with folks about some of the projects I've been involved in in the economic development area," Curtiss said. "This is really a rehab of an old mill site. As people drive by they sometimes think it doesn't look like there's much going on there. Well, it's all happening inside and then it's being shipped all over the country and the world."

Chronic log shortages led to the closure of the 170-acre Stimson plywood mill back in 2008. The Bonner property was purchased three years later and is now home to over 17 businesses employing over 400 people. Those businesses range from a brewery and wood chipping facility to trailer and pedicab manufacturers.

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March 12, 2018

Curtiss, who is in her third term, said she was around when the Stimson Lumber Co. announced they were laying off employees and closing down back in 2008.

“I’m here to see all the activity going on,” Curtiss said. “It’s really exciting.”

Steve Nelson and Mike Boehme of Bonner Property Development were the local owners that bought the property after the mill closed and attracted businesses to the site. Today, the former mill is host to hundreds of workers, a bitcoin mining operation, a pre-painted siding business and many other niche endeavors.

“It’s pretty amazing to see what’s going on out here,” Nelson said.

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February 22, 2018

"By working hard and working together, there’s so much we can accomplish to keep Missoula County one of the best places on earth to raise a family, run a business or recreate in our open spaces."

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February 22, 2018

Curtiss formally announced her campaign Wednesday, saying her "five point vision" for Missoula County includes sustainable business, "attainable" housing, common sense conservation and working for the county's "most vulnerable" residents, including newborns, foster children and people facing mental health issues.

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February 21, 2018

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February 17, 2018

One of the many reasons Jean believes we can and should continue to pursue all tools available to support these collaborative, voluntary conservation projects.

 “Her great-grandfather first homesteaded the land in the late 1800s, and it’s been a working ranch ever since. The idea of chopping it up into lots for houses and roads and manicured lawns doesn’t sit well with her, so that’s why she’s spent the last year working to preserve the land as it is forever.”

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