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Finding Brandon

February 21, 2018 at 7:29 am

Probably because of a life-long love of art and an awe of artistic talent, I was stopped by a display of school kids’ drawings in a bank lobby about 28 years ago. Among those art works from Peterson Grade School was an excellent rendition o...

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Cold is cold

February 21, 2018 at 7:28 am

It is definitely winter in Columbia Falls, with more and more snow, low temperatures and a cool breeze moving the snow around. It is even more so on the North Fork. Trail Creek, without a doubt, has more snow and lower temperatures than Col...

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‘Bleed Blue’ week at high school

February 21, 2018 at 7:29 am

Columbia Falls High School invites the community of Columbia Falls to be part of our second annual Bleed Blue Week, Feb. 26-March 2. Businesses are asked to fly their blue flags throughout the week and community members are invited and enco...

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Thoughts on the Interlocal

February 14, 2018 at 8:23 am

We are rapidly approaching the Winter Interlocal. It will be held Feb. 21 at Glacier National Park in the Community Building. By now, individuals and private residents should have sent their concerns to Bill Walker so that he can give advan...

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A grizzly spray memory

February 14, 2018 at 8:21 am

If you check the 911 reports in the Daily Inter Lake, or any other state news source, you know it is getting fairly common for a few crooks and some “off center” dingbats to use bear spray for other purposes. It is a growing “weapon of choi...

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Guide helps the Blackfeet

February 14, 2018 at 8:29 am

Glacier Adventure Guides owner Greg Fortin recently showed some kindness to the Blackfeet Tribe.Fortin, whose been a guiding in Glacier Park and the Flathead and Kootenai Forests for years, last month found out that families on the Reservat...

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I love you?

February 07, 2018 at 8:17 am

Got to talking things over with “First Wife Iris” last week and it came up that we are approaching our 60th anniversary in April. I often tell people the secret of our long marriage is simple. If Iris says “jump,” I say “how high?” That sto...

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Something to grouse about

February 07, 2018 at 8:20 am

I dug the snow out of my ear and wiggled my shoulder back into place and wondered what had happened.I had been watching a ruffed grouse high in a cottonwood tree eating buds.Then I tripped over a rock-hard snowbank.The camera and lens were ...

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Wilkie Hastings

January 31, 2018 at 8:25 am

Whenever we have a lot of snow, like now, I always think of Wilkie Hastings. He was an older gentleman (at least to a teenager) who lived in a small cabin, about 8-by-14 feet, on Trail Creek. I snowshoed in to see him one winter when we had...

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A surprise meeting

January 31, 2018 at 8:24 am

It was an accidental get together… certainly not planned, but it turned out all right. Regular readers will recall my column for Jan. 10, just a few weeks back, was a serious criticism of Montana’s newest Congressman in the U.S. House of Re...

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