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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 5, 2016 

View from the North 40: News Roundup: Word up, homies

Pamville News editors have meticulously scoured world news sources to bring readers highlights of importance. The nerds of India Yahoo News reported this week that Tata Motors Ltd., a car...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 5, 2016 

Looking Out My Back Door: The good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise

Ai-yi-yi, but I had a difficult day. My theory is that misery is contagious. My neighbor Ted from Edmonton was griping about the rock bottom value of the Canadian dollar, which has been on a steady...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2016

Guest column: Energy problem fixable

Just like a stopped clock that gets the time correct twice a day, PSC Commissioner Roger Koopman’s critique of my earlier column on the Montana response to the EPA Clean Power Rules had one thing right, I do like hamburgers, preferably made with...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2016

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Havre Public Schools have launched a great program “Hooked On Fishing — Not On Drugs.” Kids from Lincoln-McKinley Primary School were taken ice fishing Tuesday, offering them an introduction to a...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 15, 2016

View from the North 40: What are the odds of that reality?

I'm sure you've all heard the terrible news by now: I did not win the big Powerball jackpot. I know, you wanted it for me as much as I did. Thank you for that, but I'll be OK. Really. I didn't cry mys...

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2016

Guest column: Jergeson wrong on energy'

Those who view the Environmental Protection Agency as a planet-saving benevolent dictator will apparently go to any lengths to “prove” their point. An astounding article by former Montana Public Service Commission Chairman Greg Jergeson recently...

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2016

Guest column: Hold 'Occupiers' accountable

When it comes to militia members taking over Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Range, many people are confused by what’s perceived as a random act, or they pass it off as the actions of some renegade kooks. It’s dangerous to minimize events...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Next year country - next year people

While I have great respect for the past, I am not one to yearn for olden days. Not for me the re-enactments of historical events. I’ve no desire to escape today’s trials through romanticizing the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 31, 2015

View from the North 40: My firm resolution to be resolute

New Year resolutions don’t work. Don’t go there if you are faint of heart or weak of will. I remind myself of that every year and normally don’t flirt with this danger, but this year … yeah, c...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Looking Out My Back Door: I am more than ready to be home

Three weeks ago I left the sunny climes of Mexico for the frigid badlands of the Yellowstone River around Glendive, one of the strangest trips I’ve traveled. As the holiday season which ends the...

 
 Opinion    December 29, 2015

Guest Column: On the Omnibus, I did what I said I'd do

Yes; I voted for the 2,000-page spending bill which funds the government next year, known as the Omnibus. Yes; my staff and I read it. And yes; it was a difficult vote. I assure you, the easy thing to do in these situations is vote no. It’s easy to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 24, 2015

View from the North 40: Behold, the Christmas miracle

Last week I promised readers a tale of a Christmas miracle to warm the heart and make us all appreciate the joyous possibilities of the season. And, too, I promised the story of an attempted murder,...

 
 Opinion    December 24, 2015

Looking Out My Backdoor: I hope my poinsettia is still alive to this day

The day before I left Mexico I bought a poinsettia, my Christmas bush. I expected to celebrate Christmas in Mexico. I certainly never expected to spend this Christmas in Glendive, Montana. I certainly never expected to sleep so many nights at a motel...

 
 Opinion    December 24, 2015

Guest column: Brock: Sobering reality of the holidays

I received a call late Sunday morning from my daughter Amanda, and the fact she wanted to talk to me before her mother seemed odd. Amanda told me our friend, Larry, had taken his life and after exchanging small talk about how much we would miss him,...

 
 Opinion    December 18, 2015

View from the North 40: It's a bumpy ride toward a miracle

Hang on, this is going to be a two-parter because in order to understand my Christmas, you have to know the background, the dark side of the story. Think about it. If you didn’t know Ebenezer Scrooge’s cold-hearted, skin-flinty past, present and...

 
 Opinion    December 17, 2015

Guest column: NorthWestern Energy is slacking

California just made history by passing legislation to increase the amount of renewable resources powering that state to 50 percent by 2030. So why is NorthWestern Energy’s CEO Bob Rowe lamenting that America’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is a...

 
 Opinion    December 17, 2015

Looking Out My Back Door: Up, up and away

My daughter made arrangements to fly me to Montana so I could attend a family funeral last week. The previous week Dee Dee had undergone total knee replacement (it seems to run in the family). So blame the medications. Four airplanes? Count them....

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 10, 2015

Looking Out My Back Door: Inevitability of life

This morning I sat waiting in the pulmonia outside the Mercado in Historico Old Town Mazatlan. The streets swarmed with carts, buses, autos, pedestrians and bicycles. I squinched my eyes and reduced...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2015

Thank you to the community

I would first like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season from the Chamber Board of Directors and the Chamber staff. During this time of year, many people give unselfishly of their time to make the holidays a little more special for all of us....

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2015

Guest column: We should not accept refugees

Gov. Steve Bullock says he will look favorably on Middle Eastern refugees settling in Montana unless there are concerns about them posing a threat to our safety. Other governors have also made their opinions known regarding Middle Eastern refugees...

 
 Opinion    December 3, 2015

Looking Out My Back Door: Blowing in the wind

This morning a rainbow arched over Bird Island and plunged into the rocks at the southern edge, the most intense rainbow I’ve seen in years. I sat at the window wall in our 21st floor suite at the resort and watched for half an hour; just watched...

 
 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    December 1, 2015

Let's not make the LWCF another broken promise

Before Thanksgiving we had a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee about the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF. When talking with my colleagues from all over the country about LWCF, I ask them to imagine America without iconic...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2015

Outdoor recreation is the future, but are we ready?

Outdoor recreation is the wave of the future. While hunting and fishing is barely holding its own, visitation and recreation at our state parks is up. The 2.255 million visits last year set a record for the second straight year. In the first six...

 
 Opinion    November 30, 2015

Walking in Montana's winter wonderland

Melinda Barnes Winter has arrived, and with that comes snow. Most Montana communities have some kind of ordinance requiring snow removal from sidewalks, typically requiring the property owner or tenant to remove snow within a certain amount of time....

 
 Opinion    November 27, 2015

Questions about refugees are just not that simple

The author of the opinion piece entitled “Montana and Havre should welcome refugees” makes some thoughtful and valid points regarding available work and housing in our community and encouraging the residents of Havre to be welcoming and...

 

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