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Love thy neighbor

January 03, 2018 at 7:45 am

Maybe I should have been a preacher. I feel a sermon coming on. Actually, my role in life may be what one of my loving fans called me. She jokingly said, “George! You often serve mankind as an unelected trouble maker.”This week, the column ...

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Wilderness Act is clear on bikes

January 03, 2018 at 7:48 am

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1928, Bob Marshall, a Forest Service employee and wilderness champion, started a walk at Echo Lake near Bigfork. By the end of the day, he arrived at the Elk Park Ranger Station up the South Fork of the Flathead. It was...

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Remembering a very good year

December 27, 2017 at 6:58 am

From a news person’s perspective, there didn’t seem to be all that much real good stuff to recall at this year’s end and I, personally, did not accomplish anything to enhance my reputation for great modesty. Therefore, we are taking the fun...

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Bi-partisan audit committee does good work

December 27, 2017 at 7:01 am

News from the Capitol in Helena unfortunately often emphasizes the partisan nature of modern politics. But today, we—a Senate Democrat and a House Republican—want to share something we both strongly support, a bi-partisan success story that...

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Gianforte touts tax bill

December 27, 2017 at 7:01 am

Santa came early for hardworking Montanans. Republicans have kept their promise to the American people and delivered tax reform that will let you keep more of what you earn. In just a couple of months, you’ll see more of your hard-earned mo...

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Holiday Form Letter!

December 20, 2017 at 7:39 am

Greetings and salutations!The Peterson family had yet another wonderful year! Rico spent another year complaining, sprawled out on the couch. When he’s not on the couch leaving a trail of hair, he’s fighting. This summer he lost a tooth and...

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Holiday events plentiful up the North Fork and an unwanted ‘guest’

December 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

Like most places, the North Fork has multiple cycles that repeat themselves year after year. The biggest are the seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter. Each season, in turn, activates cycles of human activity: fishing season, hunting sea...

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State’s first ‘White Man Christmas’

December 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

The following is a rerun column from December, 1986:English teenager Ross Cox and his band of fur traders reached the confluence of the Flathead and Clark’s Fork River below Flathead Lake on Dec. 24, 1813. Another trader, McMillan, who also...

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Loss of funding to Flathead Basin Commission disappointing

December 13, 2017 at 8:15 am

I am very disappointed that Montana has cut funding to the Flathead Basin Commission. That commission has generated more funds and done more good than most state agencies, so we should probably not be surprised that it is easy to dismantle....

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A free law lesson

December 13, 2017 at 8:14 am

There is ongoing talk around the Flathead Court House about adding another judge, partly because of the increasing amount of civil lawsuits. A big percentage of the non-criminal court battles involve “breach of contract.” To help cut down o...

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