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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 3, 2020 

View from the North 40: Redefining leadership the old-Turkmenistan way

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov — who has also been known to bust a move singing rap — has written a poem to honor Turkmenistan’s wheat and the farmers who grow it. “I wish...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 26, 2020

Blackfeet shut border with Glacier for rest of season

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted Thursday to close the reservation’s western border, shared with Glacier National Park, for the remainder of the tourist season. The border closure, which...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 26, 2020

View from the North 40: It's an all-out invasion of erratic winged-flappers

The annual migration of miller moths is officially in full swing, and researchers at Colorado State University have said we should expect to see abundant numbers this year. Unfortunately, their...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 19, 2020

View from the North 40: Only one thing is absolute in my uncertainty theory calculations

When I say that I’m a simple person, I mean I’m just a step or two upslope of simpleton-simple. I like things to be straight forward in simple terms. Complicated things are best dealt with if...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 12, 2020

View from the North 40: Newsflash: Nature does not disappoint

This has been a completely weird decade so far this year, even if you only look at what nature has given us: A viral pandemic, murder hornets, 18 inches of snow in June, a major waterway failure in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 5, 2020

View from the North 40: What's a meadow for?

It’s easy to love my pasture in spring when the vegetation is just getting a good hold of the season — the place is blanketed in green, and looks like a lush, manicured lawn punctuated with...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 29, 2020

View from the North 40: Satire is no joke, Nimrod

Satire is the only superpower I wield with any sort of natural grace and effectiveness. It’s likely that this shouldn’t be something to brag about, but I would argue that what satire lacks in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    May 22, 2020

Rocky Boy sets free COVID testing clinic

Editor’s note: This version corrects the days of the week listed. Rocky Boy Health Center is holding two days of free COVID-19 testing for all members, ages 2 and older, of the Rocky Boy Community...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 22, 2020

View from the North 40: It's the attitude of the platitude

I know a lot of people have been upset lately about the fact that regular events are being canceled in the name of social distancing for a pandemic that hasn’t hit our state very hard. So, whether...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    May 22, 2020

Graduate brings awareness of MMIW to ceremony

Public awareness of the inordinately high number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls has come increasingly to the forefront as a serious issue in the United States, as well as Canada,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    May 18, 2020

Rocky Boy goes into Phase One of re-opening

The Chippewa Cree tribal council announced Friday that the tribe is implementing a Phase One re-opening plan, and Rocky Boy Health Center has entered Phase One plans for its services, as well. The...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 15, 2020

View from the North 40: Do I count myself lucky? Or yucky?

I don’t want to be that person who doesn’t count her blessings — gratitude, after all, has been scientifically proven to be practically a cure-all for what ails your attitude — and yet, here...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 8, 2020

View from the North 40: When life gives you a pandemic make pandemonium

At some point in my adult life I took a moment to contemplate my small circle of friends and realized that somehow, instinctively, I had assembled an awesome apocalypse team. It’s held true since...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 1, 2020

View from the North 40: It's called self-isolation not hide and do nothing

Whether you are still trying to fill the void of things canceled or postponed because the the pandemic, you are still being strict about self-isolating, or you just long for those weird and wacky...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    May 1, 2020

Tick season is in full swing

While many fishing access sites and state parks in Montana are set to re-open today, the state is also in peak tick season, but information is available on what to do to avoid ticks, remove them if...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 24, 2020

View from the North 40: An evolution of the resolution process

One of the many age-old questions is this: Is it better to do the right thing for the wrong reason, or the wrong thing for the right reason? But I’m here to ask this sidebar question: If you do the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 17, 2020

View from the North 40: The pandemic can't keep a good laugh down

I am very pleased to announce that despite, and sometimes even because of, the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still generating odd news. This fact alone made getting up and putting clean clothes on...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    April 16, 2020

Workshop on growing cold-hardy berries set for internet broadcast

Anyone interested in learning more about how to grow cold-hardy berries in Montana can tune in to a four-part series of web broadcasts by the Montana State University Western Agriculture Research Cent...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    April 14, 2020

Modern ranching carries on with help of technology

As prices for cattle continue to trend low and the beef market gets more turbulent between producers and meatpackers, spring yearling bull sales, operating under social distancing guidelines, are...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 10, 2020

View from the North 40: I am redefining my comfort zone

Knowledge gives me comfort — but I think that’s true of everyone. Think about parents with their first child. Everything the child does is interesting or worrisome, and studied for understanding....

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    April 8, 2020

Tribes finding a way to stay connected during social distancing

As COVID-19 restrictions on social interaction continue to keep family, friends and communities separated and to halt normal activities and events, Native and Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 7, 2020

Keep communities safe, healthy and strong

I am one of the least likely people to participate in what I normally call “Rah-Rah” stuff — those spirit-lifting, come-together, team-building exercises to rally the crowd — so this op-ed is...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    April 7, 2020

Just 20 seconds of your life

The Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health recommend a thorough cleaning of your hands, repeatedly throughout the day, as well as avoiding touching your face to keep from gettin...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 3, 2020

View from the North 40: Schrodinger was obviously onto something

This week’s recurring theme in my life is the thought experiment called Schrodinger’s cat. I’m going to do my best to explain the background of Schrodinger’s cat, but right off the bat, I want...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 27, 2020

View from the North 40: Tuesday and the safe place

The second winter after my husband, John, and I were married, we took in a stray cat that showed up on our place. She was a beautiful blue-eyed, sealpoint, Siamese-cross with lots of white markings,...

 

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