Columns

Of locks and rocks

October 16, 2019 at 7:42 am

A classic George Ostrom column, from June, 1989...I’ve been requested to not report this week about Dan Lundgren’s wife Corinne and my wife Iris locking themselves out of their car on Going-to-the-Sun Road last Sunday.The girls were both we...

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The joys of cooking

October 16, 2019 at 7:50 am

So the other day I’d had a couple and when I was done grilling whatever it was I was grilling I cut a squash in half and threw it on the grill, skin side up, just for fun.Then I went back into the house and did what I usually do after I’ve ...

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Griz gas and porkypines

October 09, 2019 at 7:25 am

A classic George Ostrom column, from June, 1989...How ironic! It was just a year ago when a sheriff’s officer made headlines by accidentally triggering one of those pressurized bear repellant cans and completely emptied out the Missoula Cou...

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Sun Road plan deserves a closer look

October 09, 2019 at 10:20 am

Twenty years ago, the Going-to-the-Sun Road advisory committee had its first meeting. The committee was formed with a lot of help from Montana’s congressional delegation after the Park Service proposed closing the road for two straight summ...

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Summer of parties in the North Fork

October 02, 2019 at 6:59 am

Normally, when I turn in a column, I tend to forget about it and seldom read it again – even when it appears in the paper. If I ever to go back to it, it is likely to be at least months, and sometimes years later. This might be to check on ...

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Sympathy

October 02, 2019 at 6:59 am

A classic George Ostrom column, from May, 1989...There is not much tolerance in our hearts for the violent criminal, but there are evil doers who somehow elicit that crumb of sympathy. Shortly after a San Diego bank robbery last week, Eric ...

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Thoughts on Inside Road

September 25, 2019 at 7:57 am

Until this summer, I could not imagine missing an entire summer on the North Fork. Then it happened. I missed my first Interlocal, even though when I heard about it, there were no surprises.The Forest Service spent $300,000 to kick the rive...

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Weathering storms

September 25, 2019 at 7:57 am

A classic George Ostrom column, from February, 1989... The citizens of McGrath, Alaska were relieved last Friday when the temperature warmed to 59 below zero. With weather like that, anyone who goes outside turns into a solid citizen and th...

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Now is the time to build

September 18, 2019 at 8:39 am

For a decade or more our Montana legislature has grappled with the increasing need to renovate both Romney Hall on the MSU campus in Bozeman and the Montana Historical Society museum facility in Helena.A compelling case has been made for bo...

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Airstream Blues

September 18, 2019 at 8:57 am

You see some interesting things waiting in line at the entrance to Glacier National Park. A couple of years ago I saw a bus with a brake problem that was spewing black smoke and looked like it might catch completely on fire at any moment.Ev...

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