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 By Mark Douglass    Opinion    September 29, 2016 

Guest Column: Closure of CASA Montana state office will not effect local services to children

After more than a decade supporting local CASA programs and volunteer advocates with supplemental training, outreach, and statewide coordination, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Montana’s state office will discontinue operation October...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 23, 2016

View from the North 40: Welcome to Canuck-land, folks

Owners of a store in the village of Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, are employing some good ol’ colonial strategies to help out with a population problem that has become an employee shortage problem:...

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 22, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Cross your eyes and dot your teas

I like to write letters. I like to receive letters. It’s a lifelong habit for me. While I no longer have a mailbox, I do have an email account and a computer. While the pleasure is not even similar...

 By Sen. Steve Daines    Opinion    September 22, 2016

From the Capitol: Back to school

It’s that time of year again when the nights and mornings get a little cooler the leaves start changing color and the elk are bugling. Soon, it will be time to break out the snow shovel and winter coat. The changing season also means that across... Full story

 By John Kelleher    Opinion    September 19, 2016

Pam Hillery - A lot of life in 56 years

A massive sob came over Havre Thursday afternoon as word spread that civic leader Pam Hillery had died. She had meant so much to so many. On Facebook, in downtown conversations, in office buildings, people mourned her passing. Not that it was a... Full story

 Opinion    September 19, 2016

Why I stand for the national anthem

I will stand for the national anthem because I live in a free country. This freedom comes with a price. This freedom comes from the ultimate sacrifice. This freedom comes from hard work, deep thinking, intense arguments, powerful protests, and a...

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 15, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Churros in the plaza - snakes on the doorstep

My friends are back home in British Columbia. I signed up for three days of depression, lonely following our whirlwind of explorations and excitement. A vibrantly green lizard perches on my wall,...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 9, 2016

View from the North 40: How it's funny and not funny

Not that I was hyper-critical before, but now that I'm hyper-sympathetic to errors, I find myself thinking - far too often - "Ha, ha, haw, hmm, ooooh, man, I feel your pain." It really is pain I feel...

 By Sen. Kris Hansen    Opinion    September 8, 2016

Guest Column: Legislative commission looks at school funding

Last session, I sponsored SB 128, a bill that created the School Funding Interim Commission, and requires the legislature to examine the school funding formula at least every 10 years, if not more...

 Opinion    September 6, 2016

Recycle Hi-Line teams up to bring e-recycle event to Havre

Recycle Hi-Line has partnered with Pacific Steel and Recycling, and Collective Recyclers of Billings to host an e-recycle event Saturday, Sept. 10. This event will allow residents a safe and convenient way to recycle unwanted electronics. Typically,...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 2, 2016

View from the North 40: One plus one is not three

One of my horses is kind of loaned out to a ranch right now, and it’s like having a disturbance in the Force to be missing one of the living beings in my life. The two horses I have left are...

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 1, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Danger - enter at your own risk

Today, Kathy and her sister Crin fly into Guadalajara from Victoria, British Columbia. I’ve known Kathy for, I don’t know, maybe 15 years. When two friends recognize they are kindred spirits, who...

 Opinion    August 29, 2016

Family, friends and community a blessing

As I enter my fourth year post-ALS diagnosis, I can honestly say, I have been blessed by the Havre community, my family and my widespread friends. To hear what you mean to people is a true gift, one I will treasure to my last breath. While in the wor...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 26, 2016

View from the North 40: Pamville News: U.S. tests invasion tactics

With war in the Middle East bleeding the U.S. military budget dry, government officials have had to come up with creative ways to practice war craft, and officials launched their inaugural test run...

 Opinion    August 25, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend

Groucho Marx said it. I suppose there are as many book readers in Mexico as in any other country. What I know for sure, no supposition, true fact, is there are more dogs than people. I’ve wondered if dog ownership is a residency requirement. Even...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 19, 2016

View from the North 40: Supervillain, or just a serial killer?

The bodies are piling up and the continual scenes of carnage are starting to eat away at my soul, causing me to ponder the deeper implications of the bloody actions of my quarter-feral, yellow-tabby...

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 18, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Straining tea leaves through my teeth

My cousin Nancie will board the plane for her home in Washington today. Three weeks wasn’t enough time for her to finish the long list of tasks she set herself in her new casa. But she painted and...

 By Paul Dragu    Opinion    August 16, 2016

Reporter responds to counselor's concerns

When I read Mr. Kevin Zoren's letter to the editor about the article I'd written and we published Friday, "Man arrested in bizarre parking dispute," my first reaction was to seriously consider if I...

 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    August 12, 2016

From the Editor: Leeds hopes to continue tradition of getting out the news

I want to introduce myself, and my goals, to the readers of the Havre Daily News. Some of you already know me. My name is Tim Leeds, a former reporter and assistant editor at the Havre Daily, and I to...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 12, 2016

View from the North 40: Maybe read books - not minds

Back in the dark ages when I was young and the internet wasn’t even a twinkle in Al Gore’s eye, my contemporaries and I would imagine what it would be like to read people’s minds. We were...

 By Rhonda Petersen    Opinion    August 12, 2016

Guest Column: Realization of a long-time dream

Chances are if you called the Havre Daily News during the last 15-plus years, I was the one who answered your call. During my 17 years at the newspaper, I have answered the phone thousands of times helping customers and directing telephone calls to...

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 11, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: A-hit-me-over-the-head look

The workmen are finished. Thanks to daily rain my damaged lawn is repairing itself. No more mud and crud. My house is in order. Trees are planted. I’m weeding the neglected flower beds....

 Opinion    August 5, 2016

View from the North 40: The attraction is not the water

The Universe has been conspiring this summer to make me long for one of the few things I miss about living in the mountains of western Montana: Clear water. Lots and lots of clear, cold water. It gathers in lakes, vast and small, roils and surges in...

 By John Kelleher    Opinion    August 4, 2016

Kelleher column: It's the end of a great ride

A couple of months ago, Fortune magazine did one of its surveys on the worst jobs in America. For the third year in a row, newspaper reporter was listed as the worst job you could hold. The low pay, long hours, financial trouble of newspapers,... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 4, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Sorry, no story this week

My mind is a mess. Twenty-three days ago the men began work in my backyard, front yard, patio and, yes, even inside my house. Twenty-three days of mud and crud and cement dust, of men and tools and Me...


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