Columns

Fire danger is high in Flathead

July 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

When I commented on the woods being drier than normal on July 1, I did not expect a two-week hot spell. Fire danger is already very high and we should act as if it is extreme.A small lightning fire just south of Moose Creek created an excla...

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Really old reporting

July 19, 2017 at 8:04 am

The Kalispell Weekly News, which I bought in 1974 and built from the smallest of Montana’s 72 weeklies into the largest, was started in the Flathead Valley not long after the Daily Inter Lake.I did not pay a lot of money for the paper and o...

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About secret stuff

July 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

Can’t remember, but two years ago I either did or did not send in a column about long-ago activity involving what had been a very hush-hush arrangement between the Forest Service Smokejumpers at Missoula and the U.S. Central Intelligence Ag...

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Fourth of July in North Fork

July 12, 2017 at 7:31 am

Wow! As you could tell by Chris Peterson’s great pictures last week, we had another great parade in downtown Polebridge on the Fourth of July. My favorite floats were the North Fork Outhouses and the Redneck Red Bus. Both were prizewinners,...

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Feeling Lucky

July 05, 2017 at 8:26 am

So there I was the other day thinking to myself, “Self, you know what? You haven’t had a good test of your gastrointestinal tract since you had that boilermaker for Christmas breakfast back in 2008.”So I pulled into the Burger King parking ...

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Shannon Ostrom

July 05, 2017 at 8:24 am

Not doing a regular column this week. My family will be holding a memorial service with family and friends for son Shannon on Thursday, July 6 at 3 p.m. in the Buffalo Funeral Home, followed by a dessert reception.A full obit ran in the dai...

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Robust fire season still possible

July 05, 2017 at 8:25 am

I know that a lot of people think we will have a light fire season since we had such a wet spring. It is not necessarily so.True, it seemed like an awfully wet spring. In fact, May was very wet which caused grasses and low shrubs to grow fa...

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Son Shannon

June 28, 2017 at 7:23 am

The column below originally appeared in late June, 2012. It is reprinted here in honor of the columnist’s son, who passed away this week.It was summer 1979 while son Shannon was climbing the highest peak in Europe, the towering 15,781-foot ...

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Foxes, turkeys relative newcomers in North Fork

June 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

Every once in a while, someone tells me the North Fork is special because all of the wildlife that ever lived here is still present. Every once in a while, I have to point out that they are mistaken. Mountain sheep (bighorns) and goats used...

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Zinke conservationism is suspect in Trump era

June 21, 2017 at 7:48 am

President Dwight Eisenhower once said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”Reviewing President Trump’s recently released budget proposal, it inspired a slightly revamped ver...

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