Oct 24, 2011 7:15 PM by Dax VanFossen (KAJ News)
KALISPELL- Emotions are running high in the Flathead Valley, after word spread that the US Forest Service would possibly force the removal of a statue of Jesus Christ on Big Mountain.
An group based out of Madison, Wisconsin pushed the issue
after one of their members who lives in the Flathead Valley complained about the statue.
The Forest Service has since softened their stance and is now suggesting a public comment period for the statue.
Monday, we posed our own public comment session in Kalispell.
"First of all I don't think they know what they're getting themselves into with the bull headed Flathead Valley, so I think they're in trouble."
"In all honesty, I understand where they are coming from, but they don't live here, and I don't think it's any of their business."
"They need to leave that thing alone, it's a national monument, It should stay where it's safe, because people like me go up there, look at it and it's beautiful, who does the Forest Service think they are, taking that down."
"We believe the statue is alright there, should be there, people love it, people use it, I don't think anyone from another state, should be able to dictate how we live in our state."
"My dad passed away last year, he was a groomer on Big Mountain for close to 30 years, and when I went with him grooming, when I was a small child, that was our favorite, favorite spot, we'd eat lunch, and after I stopped going grooming with him when I got older, he still sat up there, during his lunch break and he fed the deer and that was our favorite spot, and I will sit up there until I am old and gray."