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Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago

17 million words (or so): that’s all she wrote

Well, dear folks, the time has come for me to put down my pen — back away from the computer is more like it — an...

Updated 10 hours, 27 minutes ago
A sundry history with Yellowstone

The recent news of the devastating flooding in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding towns had me thinking back to the summer of 2007 when I rode my bike into the park on the same highway that suffered ca...

Updated 1 week ago
New sawyers cut it up

When our dad suspected my brother and me of late-night carousing, he’d wake us up early to go get firewood.

Updated 2 weeks ago
Much ado about mulching

Anyone who’s lived in Northwest Montana for more than a few years is familiar with its typical rainy season — June. So far this month, that “wrings” true like a wet rag.

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Ronan, C-Falls, Glacier and ‘a good time’

Kris Salonen reiterated this week that she loved basketball more than track as a high school athlete at Great Falls High. “But I was better at track, so I did that,” she said.

Updated 3 weeks ago
After the pen comes the pitch

As the minutes speed by until my turn, I am alternately amused and jealous of the quicker wits in this classroom at Flathead Valley Community College, the host venue for monthly gatherings of the Montana Screenwr...

Updated 3 weeks ago
Stellar jumps, sprints — and hoodies

Covering track and field is not supposed to hurt, but here I am nursing a swollen knee and it wasn’t for any sort of, you know, effort.

Updated 4 weeks ago
The Recession Queens

In 2009, when my daughter Talia was going to college in Seattle and living in a dorm, my sister and I concocted a scheme (Actually, my sister Barb recollects the getaway was solely my idea and that I was the one ...

Updated 1 month ago
Marker effort drives for safety

“Someone said, ‘We need to get with this white-marker program,’” Bob Bigler remembers of that American Legion meeting in 2005. “Well, I could help with that.”

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Spring water safety

During the last couple of weeks there have been three tragic drownings of local folks enjoying some of Northwest Montana’s rivers and lakes.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Taking the long way home

Nine years ago, after my husband had completed work on an 18-month job in New Jersey, I flew out there to join him on a cross-country road trip back to Montana

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Love of trees takes root

Kalispell Parks and Recreation pulled out all the stops for the 150-year anniversary of the tree-dedicated day in the United States.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The hummingbird, the opossum and the tarantula

Few would consider southern California a hotbed for wildlife — at least of the natural animal/plant kingdom variety.

Updated 2 months ago
For officeholders, the ears have it

The 2022 race for Flathead County commissioner has four contenders in the upcoming election. What makes it such a hot seat? I also wondered, What does a county commissioner do all day?

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Food, a universal human right

I had intended this column to be about my memories of Easter Sunday growing up in Columbus, Ohio.

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Some jobs start after the buck

“You and I, we could sign up and ride in the rodeo next weekend,” emergency medical technician Kim Vierra told me about the amateur rodeo staged between Kalispell and Whitefish.