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Starting work as a senior freshman legislator

It is strange, after serving 14 years, to be a “freshman” representative in the House. However, as a “senior” freshman, I chair Joint Education Finance and vice-chair Full Appropriations. These familiar committees are where I held leadership...

 

First week of legislature completed

We finished the first week of the 66th Legislature. The Opening Ceremony was great. Judy was in attendance this session having missed the first day of the 2017 session because of a storm. Our friends and campaign treasurer, Junior Scheuerman and his...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for cleaning trees on Fifth Ave.

I would like to publicly express my thanks to the Montana Department of Transportation crew that has been working to clean up the trees on Fifth Avenue. They removed two old, half-dead unsightly trees on the boulevard near my house. These trees were...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 11, 2019

View from the North 40: Spoiler alert: It's more gross than funny

Fatberg, it’s like an iceberg, but made of fat. It’s a thing. You can look it up. In fact, you can look up the word definition in a 28-volume Oxford English Dictionary — which is arguably the premier authority on words in the English language...

 

Help end the use of polluting items

Communities across the country are implementing regulations and/or bans on items such as styrofoam, straws and plastic bags. Why are they doing that? Pretty much because it is toxic and a “principle litter” — meaning it’s everywhere. Plastic-...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Every day a different day

This morning I walked down to Tony’s On The Beach for breakfast. I called it a walking meditation because naming it such makes me feel better about my small steps, snail pace. Once again I am in...

 

Havre Nice Day: Still waters run deep

Growing up, my father wasn’t much of a fisherman — never had that knack — and like father like son, I never was a big fan myself. But my little brother, he was a fisherman. I mean, by the age of 6, that boy could outfish most full grown men. I...

 

Looking forward to legislative session

January 2019, yes, it is! I want to wish each and every one of you the best of the New Year. By the time you read this, Judy and I will already be in Helena and the 2019 Legislature will already be in session. I am excitedly anticipating session...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 4, 2019

View from the North 40: If I were in charge of world records ...

A couple in Wyoming has received confirmation from Guinness World Records that they are the fastest two-man tent assemblers on record in the entire world. Yes, that’s a thing, and Elizabeth and Daniel Minton did it in just over a minute. No,...

 

Trapping needed to manage population in Beaver Creek

Beaver populations have been managed on Beaver Creek Park for decades using legal harvest methods, mainly trapping. I accompanied my dad when he trapped the park in the 1950s, harvesting as many as 88 beaver in one season. Beaver have continued to...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: The Mystery of the Purloined Scarf

The episode began innocently enough. I had walked over to see Carol about something so mundane I don’t even remember. She came out of her door with a stunning pink scarf wrapped around her neck. I...

 

Get rid of 60-vote rule in House

One of us is a Democrat; the other is a Republican. We each served more than a quarter of a century in the Montana Legislature, mostly at the same time. We also held positions of top leadership in both the Senate and House of Representatives. We have...

 

Democrats ready to work in 2019 Legislature

If there’s one thing Montanans can unite behind, it’s that we’re sick and tired of self-serving politicians who are all talk, no walk. As the House minority leader for the 2019 Legislative session, I couldn’t agree more. Montana families...

 

Letter to the Editor - Beavers in Beaver Creek Park – Enemy or ally?

It depends on who you ask. Are beavers a nuisance or an invaluable Mother Nature-provided stream ecosystem engineer? Like many things in our biological world, both attitudes are partly right and partly not right. Beavers cut down trees, flood areas,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 28, 2018

View from the North 40: How Principal Grinch gave back Christmas

I know, the Christmas presents have been opened, half of them are already broken or the batteries drained. The tree and all the decorations have come down. The Christmas songs have been cut off, cold turkey, at midnight Dec. 25. It’s over....

 

Letter to the Editor - A change is needed in the House

Thank God a group of Republican legislators have taken the initiative to rid Montana House of Representatives of a 30-year supermajority experiment that has contributed to hyper-partisanship disdained by most of Montana’s citizens. The Montana...

 

Road bill fine would improve access

Last fall during the political season, everyone running for the Montana Legislature touted their credentials as being for public access. But what does that really mean? For Montana’s hunters, anglers, hikers, and other outdoors enthusiasts, it...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Endings and beginnings

Christmas has been celebrated. The first day of the New Year lurks around the corner. We arbitrarily close out one year, stamp it “over and done” and with trepidation open the flaps of the box...

 

Letter to the Editor - Tree topping not acceptable

Editor, Tree topping, or removing a major part of a large tree’s crown by cutting branches to stubs or to the trunk — see photo on the front page of the Havre Daily News 12-20 paper — is never an acceptable part of proper tree maintenance. If...

 

Letter to the Editor - A letter to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.

Arthur Eugene Beckes sent a letter to Sen. Steve Daines Dec. 21 and allowed the Havre Daily News to reprint it here Sen. Daines, The Trump administration has lost Jim Mattis, a reasonable man in a post that absolutely requires reason. If this...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    December 24, 2018

Christmas spirit again shines through

As this happens every year, by now I should be expecting it — or just keep my mood happy in anticipation. Once again, I let the spirit of the season escape me. I was at work Friday, using another person’s workspace because my computer’s hard dr...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 21, 2018

View from the North 40: When the law enforces economics terms

The law of diminishing returns says that if all the factors in a process remain the same, except one, and that one is steadily increased, eventually a tipping point will be reached and everything will start failing, lose its luster, fall to wreck and...

 

Letter to the Editor - Sunnyside trade fair a success

Editor, Wooden signs, hand-crafted ornaments, homemade dog treats and welded metal work awaited lucky buyers Dec. 13 at the Sunnyside Intermediate School trade fair. Thanks to the community’s stunning generosity, those items and much more — all...

 

Improve economy through collaboration

The people of the Nakoda and Aaniiih Nations in north-central Montana have a saying about our home. We often say this land is as close to heaven as you are going to get. For many years we have invited visitors to experience Fort Belknap. We have...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: In my garden of earthly delights

Angels and snakes, metaphorical. Every garden has each. While moving my water sprinkler, I stepped in a nest of fire ants. Stepped out quickly, swiping ants off my legs, onto my arms, off my arms,...

 

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