Columns

Drinking with doctors

May 16, 2018 at 7:35 am

This month is a busy one for me because of umpteen family birthdays, including “First Wife” Iris, our two daughters, great-grandson and, of course, Mothers Day. Result? I needed to find a fun column for olden days. Our trip back this week i...

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State Parks deserve investment

May 09, 2018 at 8:48 am

With our rivers running high and our hillsides lush and green, I’m guessing our summer recreation season here in Montana is going to break another record.That means it will be even busier than last year. We can expect more people on the tra...

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Game wardens and whangdoodles

May 09, 2018 at 8:49 am

OK, so my memory of almost ninety years isn’t perfect. Last week, I wrote a few recalls of noted writer Pat McManus characters and mentioned his haunting game warden, “Smee.” What happens? A fellow Hungry Horse columnist, Jerry Smalley, als...

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The wordsmiths

May 02, 2018 at 6:57 am

Last week, it was a lot of fun remembering good times spent with Patrick McManus, “world class” storyteller. Since then, a couple of readers have asked about him. Needless to say, they were both young. At least one said she was going to get...

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Making a case for quiet skies in Glacier

May 02, 2018 at 6:57 am

Last year, Glacier National Park visitors were treated to a rare experience – quiet skies. And visitors noticed. Friends for a Quiet! Glacier grew out of a need to help the Park make that permanent, just like the Glacier National Park Mana...

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Snow slowly receding in North Fork

May 02, 2018 at 6:59 am

I doubt my last column wishing for sunshine had anything to do with it, but the sunny skies and warm days were sure to lift the spirits.Now, in addition to the main North Fork Road, Trail Creek Road is bare for over three miles. Big Creek/C...

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The McManus legend lives on

April 25, 2018 at 8:15 am

He was at least among the top two “outdoor humor writers” I have ever read. Patrick F. McManus died this month in his native state of Idaho. He grew up in the boondocks, there with his sister, “The Troll.” He taught in a state college, but ...

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Parks’ deferred maintenance deserves action

April 25, 2018 at 8:17 am

The week of April 21 through 29 marks National Parks Week, a time to celebrate the natural wonders and unique cultural heritage our Parks protect and put on display. This year’s National Parks Week couldn’t come at a more opportune time—th...

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Gutting the Migratory Bird Act

April 18, 2018 at 7:06 am

The snowy winter has proven to have a silver lining this spring if you’re a birder. Areas that are normally dry are flooded. Wetlands that have been suffering the past few years are now full.It’s resulted in a spring bird migration in the F...

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Thoughts on flooding

April 18, 2018 at 6:59 am

Every year at this time, folks like to start worrying about the possibility of a flood. This is especially true when the snowpack is 130 percent of normal or more, like it is now.My comments are the same as every other year. While the snowp...

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