Columns

Starvin’ stud

October 17, 2018 at 7:38 am

Another classic column from G. George Ostrom. This one is from Aug. 16, 1968.I’ve never attempted to keep a list of the different modifications thrown my way by part time comedians but the other day a fella who is a captain in the highway p...

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Fond remembrance of Emmerich

October 17, 2018 at 7:37 am

Scott Emmerich was one of the finest people I have ever known. Like most North Forkers, I first met him in his capacity as Polebridge Subdistrict Ranger. He was a marvel. In part he was like the old time rangers. He could cover miles in the...

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The North Fork Forum

October 10, 2018 at 8:19 am

A little of a year ago, a new group calling themselves the North Fork Forum was formed. To my knowledge, they have not elected officers. They are just a loose group of North Fork landowners who talked about doing something to benefit the co...

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The talent show

October 10, 2018 at 8:25 am

Editor’s note: George Ostrom is still on the mend and asked us to run this column from April 17, 1970.This was the week of the annual Hedges School Talent Show wherein 45 or 50 small members of the bubble gum chewers and tennis shoe wrecker...

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An ode to big red

October 10, 2018 at 8:08 am

So the boy and I were wandering around in the woods the other evening when I heard a distinctive knock-knock-knock on a piece of wood.There is only one bird big enough to make this knock — the pileated woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in ...

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A message to the proofreader

October 03, 2018 at 7:45 am

Most regular readers, and even some irregular readers, are aware of my often putting “what do you think” at the end of a column. My purpose in that is to encourage folks to respond by letter to Box 3 Columbia Falls, 59912, or e-mail to lwil...

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On golf

October 03, 2018 at 7:47 am

Editor’s note: George Ostrom is still on the mend. He wanted you to read this piece from 1968...My father-in-law, Bill Wilhelm, likes to golf, so once each year I borrow a set of clubs and play 10 or 20 holes with him. Last Friday was THE d...

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Thoughts on rescues

September 26, 2018 at 8:38 am

Editor’s note: George Ostrom is still recovering from an illness. We bring you this column from 2009...Recently attended the 31st annual A.L.E.R.T. Banquet. The ALERT team has documented 1,300 “life salvages.” Exactly how many of those woul...

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A North Fork fire experience

September 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

Saturday, August 11, 2018: Lightning punctuated local radio chatter as our neighbors tried to pinpoint strikes from the predicted dry storm. For now, darkness shrouded the forest as duff incubated the embers. Sunday morning, the smell of fr...

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Post fire thoughts

September 19, 2018 at 8:19 am

So far, so good. Nothing in this week’s weather, or in the seven-day forecast, has caused the fire danger to increase. Our fires are not dead out, but do not pose much of a threat to make a run.Even when they are dead out, there will be a l...

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