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Poetry in the news

September 20, 2017 at 8:22 am

With all the discouraging news weíve had lately, especially scary fire stuff from Glacier Park, I took two hours looking back in the records this week to find a column that could bring on a smile or two. Actually found a lot of them but hav...

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The woods

September 20, 2017 at 8:25 am

There was a recent study that said walking in the woods is better for you than just walking, say, down a city street.I have to believe that, as someone who tries to walk in the woods as much as possible. I figure I get out about 200 days a ...

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Climate change in front of us

September 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

As cooler temperatures and precipitation finally bring a hint of relief to smoke-weary Montanans, the unusual nature of summer 2017 is coming into focus and the influence of climate change is impossible to ignore. Extreme weather has no dou...

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Fire Stuff and Things

September 13, 2017 at 8:53 am

Wild fires are all the news now and like everyone, Iím ready for snow. Much public criticism of Glacier Parkís handling of Sperry Chalet loss, some justified others questionable. In my 11 years of forest fire fighting and instructing, never...

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Wildlife after a fire

September 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

So it was just getting dark and I was busy setting up cameras along the shore of Lake McDonald, waiting for the big run of the Sprague Creek Fire. Everything was going fairly smoothly, which is to say I had completely forgotten any sort of ...

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We need to manage our forests

September 08, 2017 at 9:46 am

Montanaís crisis isnít too much water or hurricanes Ė itís fire. Itís smoke filling Big Sky Country and filling our lungs, communities being evacuated, structures lost and tons of fuels just lying on the forest floor waiting for a spark to ...

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A threatening fire season

September 06, 2017 at 10:08 am

The smoke persists. Glacier Park is on fire, along with many other places in Montana. Until this week the entire North Fork was spared except for a minimal risk from the Gibralter Fire across the Whitefish Divide miles west of us. Gibralter...

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Labor Day history lesson

September 06, 2017 at 10:07 am

Last week was busy. Had relatives visit and spent many hours mourning the loss of my beloved Sperry Chalet, one of the most magical spots on Earth. So! Am running a bit of our past we should all enjoy.Montana has been a state for about 128 ...

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Sperry faux pas

September 06, 2017 at 10:06 am

Last Thursday night was breezy and warm and I went to shoot a couple of soccer games as the Wildcats played Bigfork.Shooting games in Bigfork is kind of fun, because itís a nice drive and Bigforkís fields have some of the best views in mayb...

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What money canít buy

August 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Had a bad week in my basement den for writing columns. After only 45 years of service, the big fluorescent lights on the ceiling gave out completely. Had to get a handyman to replace them.Good excuse to rerun a column done in August of 1996...

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