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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 29, 2016 

View from the North 40: More than clothing optional

What do you do when your life is literally too boring for words? You turn to the weird news of the world: While the temperatures have been hot all across Montana the past few weeks, the east coast...

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Bubbles from my fish bowl

I’m the fish, pacing my casita. I feel like I live in an aquarium. Bubbles rise from my mind. Occasionally I gasp for oxygen. Three weeks, every day but Sunday, blessed reprieve of Sunday, workmen swarm my yard. The projects creep forward. Abel and...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 22, 2016

View from the North 40: Not quite science-y science

I don’t want to be thought of as less than a serious amateur scientist, but at some point my home-based research projects always come to loggerheads with what is widely considered to be real life,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 21, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Muck's a good thing - mud is just fine

And “the best things in life are dirty,” the gospel according to Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) and Pardner (Clint Eastwood), words to live by from “Paint Your Wagon.” Amen. A lot of spiritual...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 15, 2016

View from the North 40: I swear yoga is for everyone

I started taking a yoga class for all the usual reasons: to work on strength, flexibility, balance, humiliation. Now, if I were writing this column strictly for my family to read, I could stop at...

 
 Opinion    July 15, 2016

Letter to the Editor: End of Havre DAV van is likely

Editor: The Havre Disabled American Veterans van has come to a point that it will no longer be able to operate for lack of drivers and a coordinator.   As of June 30 there is only one driver for the van and that is not enough to meet the needs of...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 14, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Oh no, don't let the rain come down

The lyrics, “Ah, ha, oh, no, don’t let the rain come down, my roof’s got a hole in it and I might drown” woke me as once more waters pounded my roof and the lake of run-off lapped against the...

 
 Opinion    July 13, 2016

Guest column: Finding common ground – the Montana way

Now that the primaries are over, many folks are taking the temperature of Montana’s political climate. It feels “hot” or divisive, and many believe it will only get hotter as the political season advances. They may also agree that the November...

 
 Opinion    July 11, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Beaver Creek Park is a Hill County gem

Editor: We were at Beaver Creek Park in June for our biannual Patera reunion at the Railroad Pagers campground. We arrived a day early so we had time to hike to some of the other camp sites and take a drive through others. As former Havre-area...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 8, 2016

View from the North 40: Leading edge of home decor

In pursuit of the perfect flooring for my some-day new-to-us home, considerable research and countless hours of analysis paralysis have led me to this: I’m bringing dirt floors back into fashion. Th...

 
 Opinion    July 8, 2016

Guest column: Havre band trip was a great experience

(Havre High School band member Amelia Beard wrote about the band’s recent trip to Washington, D.C.) The D.C. trip was amazing and the experience to march in the D.C. parade was absolutely outstanding. This is a memory I will never forget. This...

 
 Opinion    July 8, 2016

Guest column: Holocaust Museum tells incredible story

(Jessica Otto, a Havre High School band member, was impressed by her visit to the Holocaust Museum.) The most memorable part about Sunday was indefinitely the Holocaust Museum. At the beginning before you start the tour they give you a card asking...

 
 Opinion    July 6, 2016

Column: The feeling is just incredible

The Havre Daily News asked some members of the Havre High School Band to reflect on their trip to Washington over the Fourth of July holiday when they participated in the National Independence Day Parade. Band member Meggan Smith gave her thoughts...

 
 Opinion    July 5, 2016

Our View: Band represents best of a great community

OK, we’re a bit biased, but we think the Havre High School Blue Pony Marching Band stole the show at the Washington National Independence Day Parade Monday. The Blue Ponies made Havre proud by entertaining the hundreds of thousands of people who...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 1, 2016

View from the North 40:

The trouble with using sarcasm as your favorite communication device and then doubling down on that by writing a humor-based column is that it hurts your credibility. It’s not that people think...

 
 Opinion    June 30, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Blue Ponies are going to Washington, and they will be fantastic

Editor: The Blue Ponies are marching in Washington, D.C., on July 4. They are going to be absolutely fantastic. I have been hearing them practice over the past month and driven over to watch them for a few moments as they diligently practiced in the...

 
 Opinion    June 30, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: The birds, the bees and flush toilets

Every morning at first light a symphony of birds sings me awake. I don’t say it’s necessarily pretty birdsong. The New York Philharmonic it is not. But it is loud. And it is a mixture of voices of whatever birds are hanging out in this part of...

 
 Opinion    June 29, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Farmers benefit from CSKT water compact

Editor: Water is our state’s most valuable resource. Montana’s farmers and ranchers livelihood depends on access to water for their crops and livestock. I am writing in support of the Confederate Salish and Kootenai TribesWater Compact. Montana...

 
 Opinion    June 29, 2016

Guest column : Company is coming … Are we ready?

I love Havre in the spring and summer, and this year it’s so green and beautiful. A kind of new beginning. New calves in the field, robins and meadowlarks singing on the fences, budding trees, the spring and summer flowers are making their showing...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 23, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: 100 degrees of solitude

“So, Sondra, why aren’t you married?” Bonnie questions my back. There I am, lying unclothed on a bed, needles poking all over me, getting an acupuncture treatment for sciatica and related...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 17, 2016

View from the North 40: Lists aren't just for to-do

Something in the human mind loves lists: Top 5 businesses to work for and Top 5 not to work for; 10 most impressive acts of laziness in history; 24 things women over 30 shouldn’t wear; 24 things...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 16, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: When a crisis isn't a crisis

Back when people first began using e-books, I guess that is what one calls them, my daughter, Shea, said, “Mom, you are such a voracious reader. You should get one of these. You’d like it.”...

 
 Opinion    June 14, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Today is Flag Day - honor our country by honoring our flag

Editor: Havre Elks Lodge 1201 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks again was very proud and honored to be part of the community Memorial Day Service, melding our Flag Day tradition with their Memorial Day service, exemplifying the motto...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 10, 2016

View from the North 40: RIP week, long live next week

Tragedy has been stalking my household since last we met, and I feel beholden to offer my condolences during these sad times in which I am living. RIP my perfectly ergonomic computer mouse which has...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for help on Town Square

Editor: Spring rains came at the right time this year, and our Town Square is looking great. The reason for this letter is to personally thank the Havre Chamber Town Square Committee members for more than 16 years of dedication in this project. Havre...

 

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