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The bathing bear

June 20, 2018 at 6:54 am

“Did you see where that grizzly had been digging along the trail?” I said to the guy who was now hiking in front of us.The guy didn’t seem too impressed by my tracking skills. He kinda shrugged and sorta wondered whether it was even a bear....

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North Fork news

June 20, 2018 at 7:03 am

OK, it is summer even if not officially until later this month. It has to be summer if dust abatement is being done by the county. The most ever north of Polebridge thanks to increasing numbers of private landowners signing up for the count...

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Ogling - the uncurable sin

June 20, 2018 at 6:58 am

It wasn’t long ago when I recalled in a column here about a past event wherein the Flathead County Commissioners ruled that “starting immediately” all women in the courthouse should wear clothing that came down over the knees. The ruling la...

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Thoughts on Williams, Rankin

June 20, 2018 at 6:54 am

In a minor upset, Montana Democrats have chosen Kathleen Williams to unseat Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. Maybe in the “year of the woman,” Williams will have greater success than recent Democratic nominees for the same office, Na...

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The truth about nonsense

June 13, 2018 at 8:03 am

Have often quoted Plato, who said “Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs.” I am a believer, so for maybe 20 years I’ve played around with the idea of a poetic nonsense children’s book where-in I’ve written “fun fun...

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Killer trucks, skeeters and summer

June 13, 2018 at 8:04 am

This last week, it has seemed almost like summer is here. The river is well below flood stage and green instead of muddy and I met 10 raft trailers on the road Tuesday. Also, one red belly dump truck who was driving like he was paid by the ...

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Legislators should help solve problems

June 06, 2018 at 8:06 am

Whether your family has lived in Big Sky Country for decades or you’re a first-generation Montanan, all of us are united by the promise of our Montana values: hard work, rugged independence, and a commitment to join together and lift each o...

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About ‘talking dirty’

June 06, 2018 at 8:01 am

I just finished reading an interesting study by a leading university that determined many people who cuss when frustrated are actually better adjusted to easing their distress and tension. In other words, some of that is healthy. The big pr...

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John stories

May 30, 2018 at 8:52 am

The John Frederick memorial was moved from the hostel to Sondreson Hall because of the possibility of high water. Some years, even if there is no real flood, the water comes up high enough that the hostel is an island and just the possibili...

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Teaching above and beyond

May 30, 2018 at 8:52 am

A big-time advertiser on Montana television has an ongoing program asking people to enter the name and background of “their favorite teacher.” Those chosen are then publicly honored statewide. I’d always planned to enter a name, but waited ...

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