Tuesday, June 25, 2024


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Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Fish management failures

Last week I drove to my cabin in the Thompson Chain of Lakes, planning to do some spring cabin chores and squeeze …

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Students learn how to go beyond Google

Many adults may not know the difference between primary and secondary sources. I had to look it up to be sure.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Students go beyond Google

Many adults may not know the difference between primary and secondary sources. I had to look it up to be sure.

Updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Of blooms and building booms

I appreciate these semiwild oases. Given how difficult it is to manage larger, popular spaces for the public good, it is these smaller parcels that may mean the most, especially for locals.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Writers dig into ways of China

He spoke flawless Mandarin. I felt a mix of jealousy and awe over his perfect tones, those quirks of pronunciation that give each Chinese word five different meanings.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Handguns and bear spray

Wow, it’s springtime in the Flathead. Last weekend was a great spring weekend with daytime highs in the 70s and 80s, plus bright sunny skies.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Make every birthday phenomenal

Success needs savoring. Milestones mean taking stock. We recently partied to mark the 130-year anniversary of Central School and the 25-year anniversary of its tenant, the Northwest Montana History Museum.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Farm life

I write this column from my farm in eastern Montana near Malta. This is my first trip of the year to my farm.

Updated 2 months ago
Kick out rote, kick up the roam

“Death Cafe”— it’s not your average cuppa. Intrigued, I headed to Whitefish on a recent spring afternoon to spend time in a coffee shop with 16 others discussing the end, our ends.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Spring firewood gathering

Spring is here in the Flathead with its ever-expanding variety of outdoor activities. Last weekend was just too nice to stay indoors, so I had to do a little hiking just to get out and soak up some spring sunshine.

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Burning questions answered

On my recent drives along U.S. 93, I had seen the plumes. Instead of cringing that it was wildfire, I’d smile because it meant someone was cleaning up a pile — a burn pile, that is, and a chore that many yearn to t…

Updated 3 months ago
Big bird saves the day

When we walked in earlier to the Lone Pine State Park visitors’ center, AmeriCorps program specialist Eryn O’Brien greeted us with a hearty, “Are you guys big birders?” She took our “no” in stride, and provided the…

Updated 3 months ago
2024 fish regs and non-native species

Wasn’t last weekend wonderful? With temperatures in the 50s, sunshine and no wind, I just had to dig out my dusty lawn chair, walk to the back yard, sit my butt down and soak up the glorious heat and sun. If this w…

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Fresh ears for young writers

It’s all good. I practically skipped with glee after these volunteer gigs, and the rejuvenating effects lasted for hours — just for bringing fresh ears to new writers.

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
2024 Montana hunting regulations

The much-awaited 2024 deer, elk and antelope hunting regulations are out for public review and implementation. This is one of Montana’s most popular publications, with 270,000 copies printed each year.