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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 13, 2017

View from the North 40: The universe's pre-Halloween scary vibe

The universe is getting a jump start on Halloween this year, and it’s doing a pretty good job of setting up a good creepy vibe. Let’s just jump right in with the spiders, the biting spiders. Huntsville, Alabama’s Fire and Rescue Station 17...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 6, 2017

View from the North 40: The real challenge surviving a power outage

A total of 44 hours without power starts out all fun and games, but after a while things get real, and nothing spoils the mood like real. The great winter storm of early autumn 2017 kicked into gear Monday, overwhelming our electricity with its... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    October 4, 2017

Range Recover: Raising grass from the ashes

The 22,000-acre East Fork Fire burned range land for many Bear Paw Mountain ranchers and threatened that of many more, but burned areas in the longterm could be beneficial to the range land and some...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    October 4, 2017

Fire recovery resources available

Producers with rangeland affected by the fire — whether pastures, shelters and water sources were burned, disturbed by firebreaks or traffic from firefighting equipment, or stressed by overuse from changes in grazing rotation and drought — can...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    October 4, 2017

Ecologist talks managing heavily burned and disturbed rangelands

The 2017 drought may be the silver lining for rangeland hit by the East Fork Fire, a rangeland plant ecologist at Montana State University said, but some burned areas might require special attention from landowners to help them recover quality, healt...

 

View from the North 40: An ongoing battle, no one is winning

Straight up front I have to say that I do not believe in the use of torture. Torture is inhumane. Torture is an ineffective tool in bringing about true change. And I believe that the pain inflicted with torture actually scars the spirit of the...

 

View from the North 40: And on the 319th day ...

Break out the second layer of clothes, dust off the galoshes, turn up the thermostat and take out the parka, we finally got rain, a cold first-of-the-fall dribbling soaker. I couldn’t be happier unless it was snow. I thought I’d go a lifetime wit...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    September 14, 2017

Steve Heil Car Show returns to Festival Days

Editor’s note: Due to an editor’s error, information about this show was misreported in a story on Page 11 of the Festival Days special section in Wednesday’s edition of the Havre Daily News. The Steve Heil Memorial Car Show is returning to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    September 8, 2017

Miller celebrates 100 years of 'awesome'

Last Sunday, a century to the day after her birth, Marybelle Miller attended her 100th birthday party with friends and family at Sweet Home in Chinook, where the Havreite has lived for the past year....

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    September 8, 2017

Hi-Line Living: Main Street attractions

Havre is seeing work from local people, businesses and organizations to bring color and vigor to the downtown community and the local economy. Main Street Projects Inspired by a presentation from the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 8, 2017

View from the North 40: Just leave the prima donnas at home

All I’m saying is that it’s a good thing it’s not against the law — legally, biblically or otherwise — to covet thy neighbor’s horse, or I would’ve been busted last week — thrown in the hoosegow, tossed out the pearly gates or otherwi...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 1, 2017

View from the North 40: The need to gather what is mine

In the face of impending doom, my instinct is to collect up everyone precious to me, like a hen gathering chicks or me filling my plate with my 20 favorite treats in a dessert bar. Mine. Mine. Mine. You are all mine. Come here to me. At the first rep...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    September 1, 2017

Havre Pride cleanup next week

Havre Pride fall cleanup will be a weeklong affair this year, Monday through next Saturday, said Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Director Jody Olson. Members of the Chamber board decided to put the garbage bins out, at the parking lot at Fifth Avenue...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    August 29, 2017

FLATLAND LOGGING

Marvel Logging occupies a former mechanic shop east of Havre. The stack of delimbed pine logs that occupy a portion of the parking area sit in stark contrast to the backdrop of Milk River Valley...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 25, 2017

From the North 40: Conundrum: Both to object and serve

I suppose it’s a form of oppositional defiance disorder, a compulsion to both stick it to The Man and not become a The Establishment that makes me shy away from things labeled as “your duty” and “your responsibility.” I see it in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    August 21, 2017

Undaunted Monument: Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

For two consecutive Saturdays in early spring groups of volunteers, guided by Friends of the Missouri River Breaks Monument and Bureau or Land Management staff, headed out to the upper end of the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 18, 2017

View from the North 40: When the going gets tough, get wordy

This has been a tough week, so to get through it I thought long and hard about what the people I know and respect do to cope with adversity: They play to their strengths — meditation, prayer, binge eating. So I turned to the only thing I have...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 11, 2017

Not so much an epic battle, but it's a war

One of the struggles for those who train combat troops is to condition soldiers to run forward, attacking, when ambushed rather than retreat. Experts say fleeing causes chaos which feeds into the effe...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    August 8, 2017

Hays Community Pow-wow set to start this week

The 2017 Hays Community Pow-wow and related events are set for Wednesday through Sunday in Little Peoples Canyon, also called Mission Canyon, on the southern end of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Powwow committee Secretary-Treasurer Alicia Werk...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 4, 2017

If good luck is all you have, take it

“Well, that was a lucky water break.” Trust me, if you have to say you had a water break, it’s best to have a lucky one. Way back in the early days of Pam and John, we had a water break under the trailer house we were living in. It flooded the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 28, 2017

View from the North 40: It's all right there in the numbers

Data analysts say, if you torture the numbers long enough, they’ll tell you anything. I just read that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled the statistics and crunched the numbers, and the official data says more people in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 21, 2017

View from the North 40: From the bottomless hole of on-hold

Today I would like to take a departure from my usual frivolous subject matter to touch on the serious topic of people’s worth, specifically, the value of my own life. How much is my life worth? Is it worth, for example, $750? When I was a small...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    July 21, 2017

Milk River Indian Days are set for next week

The 53rd Annual Milk River Indian Days at Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is gearing up for the weekend of July 28-30, but even before the opening grand entry next Friday, different tribal organizations will be hosting events for a youth day...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    July 17, 2017

Olson takes over as new director at Havre chamber

The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has hired Jody Olson to take over as executive director of the Chamber. Olson and her husband, Brian, had become so enamored with Havre during...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 14, 2017

Just how dry is it in Pamville?

Any ideas I might have had for this week’s column were immediately erased in the moment I realized my home was not going to burst into flames, burn to the ground and start a wildland fire that obliterated the Hi-Line. I’m sure you can imagine...

 

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