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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 23, 2017 

View from the North 40: Just another soul-sucking adventure

A modern expression warns that “a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into.” I like that and the format applies to many of our specialty splurges. A monster truck is a hole in the mud you throw money into. See what I did there? A...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 16, 2017

How the Bright Knight saved LA

Once upon a time, when I was young, which was in an era far far away, I wanted to live anywhere except in a little no-account town in Montana where nothing happened, so when I had the chance to live and work in the Los Angeles area for a summer I...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 15, 2017

Fresno Walleye Challenge sees scores of competitors

The Fresno Walleye Challenge fishing tournament saw 81 teams vying for day and weekend money Saturday and Sunday at Fresno Reservoir and fishing for points that could go toward placing in Montana's...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 15, 2017

A spectrum of success

“He was hitting all the development milestones that you would expect, and then one day when we weren’t paying attention it just went away, and we assumed that he was just a quiet guy. Well, no,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 9, 2017

View from the North 40: Oh, Canada, you know how to woo me

Canada has officially become my first alternate for home country. Sure, Montana will always be the country that calls to my soul, but there’s a push in Canada to “update” their laws by making it not illegal to get in a duel with someone. In...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 8, 2017

Fresno Walleye Challenge set for weekend

The Fresno Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited still has a few slots open in this weekend's walleye fishing tournament and area youth have an opportunity to experience their own fishing adventure Friday in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Publications    June 7, 2017

Aiming for the midrange: Body condition scoring for beef cows

Though beef cattle producers constantly assess the condition of their cows and heifers, agriculture nutrition specialists say applying a more scientific approach, called body condition scoring, can...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 6, 2017

A life outside THE LINES

"Yeah, for sure," Miller said, chuckling. A lot. "Yeah, who would've known, right? I certainly didn't plan to end up here, but it's a good place to raise a family, and there's obviously work, and I'm...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 2, 2017

View from the North 40: When life give you hazards ...

So I lived beyond the summer cold, with some lingering signs, but life just keeps throwing it at me like I’m a fan, and I’m really thinking I should have something like worker’s compensation, but I wouldn’t have to work for it, just live for...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 26, 2017

View from the North 40: I'm sick of my uninvited guest

Dear Summer Cold, I hate to be rude, but I see why nobody likes you. I realize it was unrealistic of me to think you would just go away that first day. But, seriously, all you did was sneak in and annoy my tonsils until they became angry and red. You...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 19, 2017

View from the North 40: Free tickets to the funhouse

Visiting family is like looking at yourself in a funhouse mirror. You know you are seeing yourself reflected back, but everything is skewed, cockeyed and out of proportion. Some of the reflections scare you, but some make you laugh out loud. Half my...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 12, 2017

View from the North 40: Water, water everywhere, but not a thought to think

I could be writing about a lot of really interesting things that happened this week, but instead it’s all about the water. Again. This time, though, I now have it, but apparently don’t know how to use it. Sure, no one who really knows me...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    May 12, 2017

Vandeberg retiring after two decades of service to the Chamber

After 22 years as the public face and the driving force of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Vandeberg is retiring as executive director of the Chamber. Vandeberg said she had planned to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 5, 2017

View from the North 40: Water, water everywhere; every drop to drink

As I write this, I am exhausted, sun burnt, sticky and salty with dry sweat, gritty and muddy, but I am here to say that one of the greatest marvels of modern civilization is indoor plumbing — water that runs from a well, through buried pipes to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 28, 2017

View from the North 40: So ... pigs are man's best friend now?

James “Mac” McIntyre of Florida went to the South Pacific to find a pig, but got a dog, too — well, kind of. Huffington Post reports that McIntyre, a trained zoologist, has been many things in his life, a vet tech on a cattle ranch, a zookeeper...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 21, 2017

View from the North 40: When the numbers don't add up

I hope you’re good at math because I am going to employ my rudimentary mathematical skills to get this column done quickly so I don’t waste my valuable vacation time at a computer. I would love to be using my mathematical skills to be tallying...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 14, 2017

The North 40: You could live at 48.598870 -109.946392

Despite the fact that GPS navigation systems are notorious for misdirecting drivers into all manner of wrong locations — like the Swiss driver who had to have his van and himself airlifted by helicopter off a goat trail in the mountains (hand to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 7, 2017

View from the North 40: Don't buy the blue ones, they're renegades

In an era with an overabundance of women’s undergarments to choose from, I just want white cotton. You know, simple, no-lace, all-natural, plus a bit of elastic around the edges, non-granny-panties, white cotton underwear — those are, my theory...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    April 5, 2017

Hi-Line Farm & Ranch April 2017

After 2016, when cattle prices dropped to as low as half the prices seen the previous two years, cattle producers are working their way through a typical weather-diverse Montana winter and spring to g...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 31, 2017

I just can't kick the habit

A common joke among horse people goes like this: If you want to keep your kids off drugs, get them hooked on horses, and they’ll never have money for anything else. Sure, we laugh — we laugh as hard as the average layperson about the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    March 29, 2017

MT Angus Association helping midwest wildfire victims

In response to the more than 2 million acres of land burned, homes, buildings and fences destroyed, and countless livestock lost or injured in the March wildland fires that spread in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, the Montana Angus Association...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 24, 2017

Pamville News Analysis: The after-party party

We interrupt our previously scheduled column to bring you the latest news on the possible defection of a high-ranking Republican to the Democratic Party. Several national and international news outlets reported this week that former chair of the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 17, 2017

Humiliation is, apparently, addictive

It’s one thing to know something about yourself that is, let’s say, not a plus, like “I’m not awesome at geography,” but it’s another thing to have it demonstrated, repeatedly, to truly make you understand that you should be humiliated....

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 10, 2017

It's wordy, but there's food at the end

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” — Robin Williams Words and ideas are the stock in trade in Pamville this week. • Let’s start with the Environmental Protection Association vs. words. The Environmental...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 3, 2017

#Not my time-space continuum

Growing up an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, I was always comfortable with the idea of reality not being what we expect it to be and even looked for signs that I was living in or had slipped into an alternate reality. Well, folks, I...

 

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