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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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The Yenne Rocks

April 18, 2018 at 6:58 am

The history of Glacier National Park! The history of Flathead Lake and County! Yeah! The early days of our whole area are interwoven with the famous “Yenne Family.” Heaven know we media folks have covered the Yennes time and time again, inc...

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Thoughts on cars

April 11, 2018 at 7:32 am

George is out this week, so we bring you this column from 2005...Do you believe people drive cars, which reveal their individual personalities and character? This week’s Parade magazine has an article that says so. Among other things, it st...

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‘Salvaging’ the old homestead

April 04, 2018 at 8:23 am

I have always had an interest in the history of the North Fork, especially the homestead era. The early homesteaders had to be tough and resilient to eke out a living, even with 160 acres of “free land.”Many of the homesteaders did not succ...

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New bill helps forests

April 04, 2018 at 8:26 am

With dysfunction in Washington, D.C. near an all-time high, it’s nice to see the Montana delegation help lead the way to a badly needed deal to help our federal forests. Last week, in spite of a four-inch “blizzard” in our nation’s Capitol,...

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April Fools’ Business

April 04, 2018 at 8:24 am

Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs.That bit of wisdom is one of my top-10 favorite all-time gems of philosophy. It obviously did not originate in Washington D.C., so it must have been a Greek named Plato.I am wr...

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Old wood tick yarn

March 28, 2018 at 7:43 am

Starting 30 years ago, I began reporting wood tick info in this column to help protect and amuse my fellow wanderers. Go back with me to April, 1988:What brownish little bug, about the size of a match head, hatches out by the billions every...

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Newsprint tariffs hurt the news

March 28, 2018 at 7:43 am

Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those...

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That other George

March 21, 2018 at 8:31 am

In my younger days, often spent seeking new and different adventures, it was not on my “bucket list” to go out drinking beer with some strange guy pushing a hundred years of age and let him drive. But that is exactly what happened in Sherid...

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