Columns

Thoughts on the Forest Service, from 1970

June 12, 2019 at 8:27 am

This week G. George Ostrom has selected a classic column from April 3, 1970. As everyone should know, the biggest issue of today is preservation and restoration of our environment.A very great responsibility for conservation lies upon the U...

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Sutherland always brought a smile

June 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

Itís not very often that a person actually looks forward to checking out groceries at the store, but Sandy Sutherland always made it a little bit nicer.Sutherland passed away late last month and Columbia Falls lost one of its shining stars...

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Parks deserve investment

June 05, 2019 at 7:38 am

Montanaís national parks have never been more popular. The surge in park visitation has added millions to our state economy and helped create new employment opportunities for Montanans. However, more tourists visiting our parks have increa...

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North Fork meetings, tour, on tap

June 05, 2019 at 7:40 am

From cold, nasty weather to more summer-like conditions. I love it! The weather has been great. The grass is green. Wildflowers are blooming. The threat of flooding seems insignificant. The county has graded the road. We are obviously seein...

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Worker shortage

June 05, 2019 at 7:41 am

This week G. George Ostrom has selected a classic column from March 13, 1970.Some psychologists insist that those who write books, paint pictures and build bridges do so out of a subconscious desire to achieve immortality and this desire is...

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A real nailbiter

May 29, 2019 at 7:09 am

This week G. George Ostrom has selected a classic column from April 5, 1968.Our nail-chewing four-year-old daughter Wendy has been the only one in the family who consistently bites her fingernails.This habit has caused me some concern, so t...

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52 ticks

May 29, 2019 at 7:10 am

Iím not sure there is such a thing as a ďnormalĒ spring on the North Fork. If there is, this May is certainly not normal. A couple of nice days doesnít cut it. They have only made me more unhappy with cloudy, windy, gray days with short bla...

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Thoughts on resort tax, school renovations

May 29, 2019 at 7:21 am

Over the past few months a couple of big ticket items have come up in Columbia Falls. The first is the reconstruction and/or renovation of the cityís two elementary schools.The second is the prospect of a resort tax to pay for emergency ser...

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Bad camps

May 22, 2019 at 7:38 am

Iíve camped in a lot of different places over the years. The first camping trips were in the backyard of my grandmotherís farmhouse under 200-year-old maple trees.I slept in an old canvas tent and one night a heifer jumped the electric fenc...

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A few bills you may have missed

May 22, 2019 at 7:40 am

Many bills during the 2019 legislative session grabbed headlines. Here are a few that passed quietly but will be of interest to Montanans.House Bill 443 (Fitzgerald-R) Are you a recreational beekeeper in the area? This bill would require a ...

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