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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 28, 2015

View from the North 40: Pamville News Roundup

Editors at Pamville News are bringing readers a healthy dose of international news items to freshen their morning. ABCNews.go.com reports the 20th Air Guitar World Championship started Thursday in...

 
 Opinion    August 27, 2015

Looking Out My Back Door: August in Montana on a cheeseburger a day

When I lived in Harlem, Shirley, Bev and I gallivanted around the country whenever we felt the strong urge to get out of Dodge, to shake out the metaphorical cobwebs. Since we “solita” women find cooking for one less than fun, someone would take...

 
 Opinion    August 19, 2015

Community Focus: Daines: Obama's Iran deal lacks transpancy

If Iran’s ultimate goal is to obtain a nuclear weapon, the deal reached by the Obama administration sets Iran on a course to do so. From the time this deal is agreed to, Iran has ten years to fill their coffers with tens of billions of dollars...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    August 17, 2015

Editor's Note: Gary Wilson leaves a legacy

Historians tell us that we need to know where we came from if we are to know where we are and where we’re going. If that’s the case, we in Havre and the Hi-Line know a lot more about ourselves because of the work of Gary Wilson. Wilson wrote...

 
 By George Ferguson    Opinion    August 14, 2015

Community Focus: We need to speak out against animal cruelty

Picture yourself in this situation. You’ve just pulled up to your local garbage disposal site. You’re ready to unload whatever you brought with you. And there, amongst the foul smells and the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 14, 2015

View from the North 40: Ugly creature is as ugly does

Having spent last week’s column bemoaning man’s inhumanity to the ugly creatures of the world, I must confess that my husband, John, and I are no less guilty of our own prejudices in favor of beau...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Looking out my back door: Misadventures of a Montana woman, some legendary, some 'phone-y'

Oh, dear, my troubles began with air travel. I managed to get me and my bionic parts through security in Mazatlan and through both customs and security in Dallas/Ft. Worth. To me, that is a big deal....

 
 By Rep. Ryan Zinke    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Comunity Focus: Wilderness bill won't put out wildfires

Right now, there are nine active wildfires in Montana, burning thousands of acres of our cherished national parks, forests and grasslands. Hundreds of thousands of acres in California are burning too. This is in part because of the dry and hot...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 7, 2015

View from the North 40: The ugly creatures great and small

Cecil the lion, yes, I’ve been avoiding the topic. It’s a matter of prudence and respect to the issue. In case you are among the 1 in 1.02567 million people who doesn’t know what I’m talking...

 
 Opinion    August 7, 2015

Comunity focus: Health centers help out many Montanans

This week marks National Health Center Week and there is no better way to recognize the work of Montana’s Community Health Centers than to tell the story of our patients. Holly lives in the Flathead Valley with her husband and her mother. Five...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 6, 2015

Looking Out My Back Door: The sky is falling - Where is the magic umbrella?

My friend Cheryl’s children are urging her and Dave to move right now from their long-time home in Tillamook, Oregon to the inland side of the Cascades. Why? Because they live at sea level between t...

 
 By Lori Roberts    Opinion    August 3, 2015

Community Focus: Havre community was a hero for this program

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped with our summer reading program at the Havre-Hill County Library. “Community Heroes” has been a great success. I appreciate everyone who has made this summer a success beginning with the U.S....

 
 By Pam Hillery    Opinion    August 3, 2015

Community Focus: Keep on working for a better Havre

Two years ago last week we received my diagnosis: “highly suggestive of ALS.” As the last two years have played out, clearly the suggestion was correct. I walked in to the Mayo Clinic in July 2013; I sit in my wheelchair today and for the rest...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 31, 2015

View from the North 40: It's all fun and games with someone else's money

My personal frugality is legendary … if you can call using an old towel dangling from three strips of duct tape as a curtain over the window in the front door a legend, rather than low-class,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 30, 2015

Looking out my back door: Life is a movable feast ... and ... like waiting for a bind date

One never knows, right? It’s one thing to plan. For example, today I mop the floors. Then a friend stops by and suggests, “Let’s go to Callecita for seared tuna and guava pie.” Are you going t...

 
 Opinion    July 29, 2015

Our vets gave us everything, we owe them the best

My daughter is a Navy diver, my son-in-law is an active duty Navy SEAL, and I spent 23 years as a Navy SEAL, leading countless young men through BUDS training and commanding thousands more men and women in Iraq. I know the sacrifices our veterans hav...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Montanans should be able to trust financial advisers

“First do no harm” — that is the physician’s creed. It is their guiding principle that means whatever the advice or procedure, the patient’s well-being is their primary consideration. Shouldn’t that same guiding principle apply to your...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 24, 2015

View from the North 40: Genius for a day - 1 day

You ever have those days when it becomes obvious that you might have a knack for being a genius? I don’t. Well, I didn’t until one glorious day this week. It all started when I bought a bag of...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 23, 2015

Looking out my back door: Do not go gentle into that good night

I’ve been accused more than once of being Polly Perfect or Goody Gertie Two-Shoes. “It’s your smile. You always see the bright side. You think life is always wonderful.” (Accusation often...

 
 Opinion    July 22, 2015

We need to protect our land

Montana’s National Forests and public lands have been a treasured part of our state’s heritage for generations. Growing up in Bozeman, I spent weekends hunting in the Bridgers, backpacking in the Beartooths and fishing the rivers and streams of...

 
 Opinion    July 10, 2015

View from the North 40: Yes, again …

Mosquitoes. I know, and I swore with actual swear words that I wouldn’t write about them this year, but these aren’t just any mosquitoes. These little guys are so strangely small and cunning that they were just asking for it. These are...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 9, 2015

Looking out my back door: We all live in a yellow submarine

Sky of Blue, Sea of Green; those words from the great American spiritual, “Yellow Submarine,” make me homesick for my Montana. What? Yes, of course, the song is originally English but so is much...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    July 6, 2015

Noel was one great guy

Noel Davidson died last week, and Havre lost a tremendous developer, a community leader and above all a fine fellow. Noel packed 200 years of living in his 97 years. People all over town recall Noel as the man who built their family's first home. He...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Looking out my back door: Life's changeS - One size does not fit all

I intend to unload some of my philosophy on you. I’ll call it the gospel (small “g”) according to me (small “m”). I am not important enough to rate a big “M.” So if you want to take...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 2, 2015

View from the North 40: Help me! I'm melting, melting … meltiiing

I would like to take this time to go on record as formally declaring that hot weather sucks. I know, that’s pretty strong language for not a very profound revelation. In my defense, though, if I...

 

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