Columns

Fire in Canada raises concerns, then gone

August 08, 2018 at 8:40 am

Another busy, almost hectic week. Drove from Trail Creek to Polebridge to talk to residents who complained of someone shooting in the middle of the night. Interviewed neighbors who said they not only were not shooting at 3 a.m., but heard n...

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Grim reapers in gameland

August 08, 2018 at 8:40 am

George was unavailable this week, but sent us this article he wrote for Sports Afield in April, 1963:It was a fishing trip; none of us was armed, so it was several hours before we could return with a gun and end the tragic affair. A magnifi...

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More news of the Interlocal and kudos to the Heaphys

August 01, 2018 at 7:58 am

In the winter, I have to search for something to write about on a weekly basis. In the summer I am often overwhelmed with so much happening I can’t really cover it all. This was one of those weeks.Toughest were two memorials for longtime No...

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‘Fixing’ things

July 25, 2018 at 8:23 am

Editor’s note: George is out this week, so we bring you a column from 2009...Had forgotten that doing helpful little chores around the house could run into big money, but sure got a couple of reminders this month.Noticed a bulb in our dinin...

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Report from the Interlocal

July 25, 2018 at 8:03 am

We have been holding Interlocal Meetings for over twenty years now and, in my opinion, the one this week was one of the best ever. Not because I chaired the meeting in my usual inept way. Not even because the agencies, as usual, gave excell...

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Thoughts on crowds

July 25, 2018 at 8:24 am

Last week we had a story about the crowds on trails along the Sun Road — 50,000 people hiked the Hidden Lake Trail last July alone, Avalanche Lake Trail saw 42,000, the Highline Trail 30,000 and Iceberg Lake Trail had 20,000 visitors.Those ...

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Worries about fire

July 18, 2018 at 7:47 am

The long, wet, cold spring lured us into thinking that at least it would reduce the danger of a major fire season. Now, it looks as if the opposite could be true.Wet weather really made the grasses and shrubs lush and higher than some years...

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A tribute to Ostrom

July 18, 2018 at 7:44 am

Yes, this is where George Ostrom’s column belongs, but this is not George’s column. Twenty years ago, Kalispell was the scene of one of the biggest public birthday parties ever held in the valley. It was quite a party. Even a banner over Ma...

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Times for Rhymes

July 11, 2018 at 6:53 am

Got trail trouble this week up near the wilderness up by Seeley Lake. An outfitter had to euthanize a mule on popular trail number 35 going into the Bob Marshall. That reminded me of an incident years ago when illegal riders shot a crippled...

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Thoughts on the Fourth

July 11, 2018 at 6:59 am

The fact that there is a Fourth of July Parade at Polebridge is not really new news. The Parade is an annual affair which really has not changed much over the years. The parade is pretty short compared to other parades. The shortness is som...

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