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The truth about nonsense

June 13, 2018 at 8:03 am

Have often quoted Plato, who said “Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs.” I am a believer, so for maybe 20 years I’ve played around with the idea of a poetic nonsense children’s book where-in I’ve written “fun fun...

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Killer trucks, skeeters and summer

June 13, 2018 at 8:04 am

This last week, it has seemed almost like summer is here. The river is well below flood stage and green instead of muddy and I met 10 raft trailers on the road Tuesday. Also, one red belly dump truck who was driving like he was paid by the ...

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Legislators should help solve problems

June 06, 2018 at 8:06 am

Whether your family has lived in Big Sky Country for decades or you’re a first-generation Montanan, all of us are united by the promise of our Montana values: hard work, rugged independence, and a commitment to join together and lift each o...

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About ‘talking dirty’

June 06, 2018 at 8:01 am

I just finished reading an interesting study by a leading university that determined many people who cuss when frustrated are actually better adjusted to easing their distress and tension. In other words, some of that is healthy. The big pr...

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John stories

May 30, 2018 at 8:52 am

The John Frederick memorial was moved from the hostel to Sondreson Hall because of the possibility of high water. Some years, even if there is no real flood, the water comes up high enough that the hostel is an island and just the possibili...

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Teaching above and beyond

May 30, 2018 at 8:52 am

A big-time advertiser on Montana television has an ongoing program asking people to enter the name and background of “their favorite teacher.” Those chosen are then publicly honored statewide. I’d always planned to enter a name, but waited ...

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Bun pun fun

May 23, 2018 at 9:27 am

I just finished reading a very special National Geographic from a few years back, which featured Yellowstone Park and much of Montana. I had forgotten the widely discussed cover shot was a large scenic from Grinnell Lake in Glacier Park. It...

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Mitchell’s pot shot a sad state of affairs

May 23, 2018 at 9:32 am

The sad story of county commissioner Phil Mitchell ended earlier this month. For those of you not familiar with the case, there were some cottonwood trees growing in a county park next to Mitchell’s property in Whitefish.Mitchell finished t...

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RAC becomes a mess

May 23, 2018 at 9:28 am

I am so mad I could spit. Several weeks ago, we heard that RAC grants had been appropriated for another two-year period. I am in favor of the Secure Schools funding and it has poured several million dollars into Flathead County. I had high ...

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Thoughts on flooding

May 16, 2018 at 7:36 am

A few days ago, the North Fork River and its tributaries were running bank full and muddy. Today, Trail Creek is still high, but mostly clear. The river is still high and while not clear, neither is it really muddy. There are hints of green...

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