In The Mail

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Why Molly Bradberry is qualified for Clerk


Park County, I am writing to let you know how lucky you are to have Molly Bradberry as your Clerk of District Court. 

If you have had business or personal dealings with Molly you undoubtedly realized how kind, compassionate and thoughtful she is, that combined with strong communication skills and law credentials, are perfect for this job. Having been an attorney herself, she understands how the court process can affect involved parties and she is empathetic. 

At the suggestion of her predecessor, she was appointed by the Park County commissioners more than a year ago. Since then she has updated and modernized the office to make it run more efficiently, per requirements of the Montana Supreme Court and statute. Those changes helped law firms and the public alike with the new technology standards. Can you imagine how the court system might have stalled during the Covid pandemic had Molly not quickly transitioned to free electronic filing of documents for the public? That speaks to her compassion, and shows that she is a logical and dedicated public servant. 

She wants the court system to work for everyone, whether you are filing documents yourself, you are an attorney or getting a marriage license. Molly is a forward thinker and she is aware that Park County will continue to grow and change. Her policies for the office will be guided by her unquestionable integrity, her respect for the law and her understanding and ability to solve problems. 

I wish I had the opportunity to vote for Molly. I cannot because I live in Bozeman. I worked with Molly in Gallatin County at the Clerk’s Office and have known her for 11 years. Gallatin’s loss is Park’s gain. Give Molly Bradberry your vote and she will continue to represent Park County well.

Jolie Church



Disappointed work of civilians not relayed to local media


My Saturday hike up the Elephanthead did not turn out as I had planned. Two of my friends and I were first responders to a young lady who was crushed by a boulder. We stabilized her, communicated with dispatch on the helicopter landing zone location, and then spent 3.5 hours getting her off the peak, onto to the trail and up to the pass where we were finally met by medics. The three of us then hiked out at dusk with the victim’s friend and two of our Livingston Fire guys. 

Imagine my surprise to read the front page of the paper Monday that not only inaccurately described the series of events but also failed to mention the civilians who assisted in her rescue. I mean no disrespect to the workers who regularly save our lives, I am always thankful for their ongoing commitment to our safety. In this particular situation, however, there was a 4.5-hour gap between when the 911 call was made and when we transferred the victim to the helicopter. Acknowledging that there were strong women who leaned into a potentially tragic situation and contributed to the successful rescue is worth noting.

My coworker experienced a similar situation this last week. She was riding her bike on the frontage road when she came across a horrific car accident. Expecting to jump in as a health care provider, she quickly realized the situation was completely under control with civilians performing CPR, directing traffic, and expertly managing the situation. Unfortunately, the contributions of the citizens were also not reported in the story in The Livingston Enterprise. 

The lack of regard for relaying factual information is certainly concerning but the lack of acknowledgement and thanks to our community members who rise to these occasions is sorely disappointing. A civilian willingly exposing themselves to the danger and stress of an emergency situation is noteworthy, especially in our current climate of fear and social distancing. Let’s celebrate that Park County is full of capable, compassionate folks who are willing to help their neighbor in times of need. To all of the community members that have stopped to lend a hand, thank you. 

Darcy Cook



Open your heart and home to a child in need


 Currently, there are over 3,000 children in the Montana foster care system, a number that has increased dramatically over the years. With that said, we find ourselves holding a lot of uncertainty surrounding where those kids can go. There aren’t nearly enough foster homes to keep up with this high of need.

Each week, Youth Dynamics receives between 10 and 20 referrals for kids needing homes, but we are unable to place them. This leads to them staying in shelters, spending the night in offices, and being placed in group homes. Many of these children will have to move across the state, leaving everything they know in search of a place to call home.

 Opening your heart and home to a child in need is one of the most significant ways you can make a difference. Becoming a foster parent could give a child the positive support they need to flourish. Truthfully, one person can have a massive impact on a foster child’s life.

Right now, Youth Dynamics is currently looking for people who can help us battle the issue of not having enough homes. We want people who are able to provide long-term, and sometimes permanent homes for these children; but also, those who are willing to provide emergency short-term placements when needed.

 To get started, contact us today through our website at, call us at (406) 245-6539, or message us at Youth Dynamics of Montana on Facebook. Together, we can make a difference in Montana, one child at a time.

Kennedy Gavaghan

Family Development Coordinator/Youth Dynamics




Beyond comprehension


When I watch Trump smirking and making fun of science while people are literally burning to death in the wildfires, I scream and sob at his inhumanity. How can anyone vote to re-elect such a monster? It is beyond comprehension on any level.

Kelsey Kenfield