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Rallying together as Montanans in times of crisis

Montanans are no strangers to challenging and unprecedented times. In 2017, we tackled the most expensive fire season on record and the largest since the big burn of 1910. Through economic downturns, we have made sacrifices in order to help...

 

Letter to the Editor - Stick to the facts while dealing with COVID-19

I am appalled the Havre Daily News chose to run Ann Coulter’s xenophobic, racist rant. This rhetoric is not harmless. It incites fear and hate and is the last thing we need when facing a crisis. Unfortunately, anti-Asian sentiment is already on...

 

Letter to the Editor - Our commodity markets are broken

During this crisis the American people instinctively knew what they needed: food. News showed empty store shelves as politicians warned not to hoard and promised plenty of food. If our market system were functioning, demand would increase the value...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 20, 2020

View from the North 40: The distance between you and me is a comfort zone

My hours spent actually in the office were moved around so I now come to work late at night or early in the morning, like, late-late or early-early when no one is there so that I can do my part to...

 

OPED: Rallying together as Montanans in times of crisis

Montanans are no strangers to challenging and unprecedented times. In 2017, we tackled the most expensive fire season on record and the largest since the big burn of 1910. Through economic downturns, we have made sacrifices in order to help... Full story

 

Looking out my Backdoor: We never know what the day might bring!

It’s probably been centuries since our world has been so united in purpose. We are concerned — concerned for our own health, our families, our neighbors, concerned for those around the other side...

 

SBA's disaster assistance to help Montana's small firms mitigate Coronavirus impact

Montana’s small businesses are the fabric of our economy and their success is dependent on the ability to freely market products and services to communities across the state. As Americans face the new reality of “social distancing” measures,...

 

The Postscript: Smelling like dog

It’s a very gray day. Today is exactly the sort of day I am most grateful for dogs. Walking in my neighborhood, everyone feels the need to share the latest dire news. Meeting in the street, we...

 

Sacrifice and social interaction the way to deal with COVID-19

There are myths of COVID-19 that need to be addressed. This is not another flu. Some data suggests that the mortality rate of COVID-19 is 10- to 30-times higher than seasonal influenza (flu). There are no drug treatments. There are no current...

 

Remember the right to vote - and exercise it

I want to remind adult Montanans with disabilities that we have the right to vote. With a very narrow exception for people with guardians who have explicitly had their right to vote suspended as part of guardianship proceedings, we have the right to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 13, 2020

View from the North 40: Some things quell panic better than others

If you want to know who to blame about this toilet paper hoarding craze in the midst of a pandemic that does not affect your gastrointestinal tract, blame a gang of knife-wielding men in Hong Kong....

 

Census 2020: Be sure to be counted!

Montanans, along with all Americans, will soon be asked to do something we haven’t done in a decade — fill out our Census form. Every ten years since 1790, citizens throughout the United States help determine how federal funds are distributed,...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for work on feral swine workshop

Editor, The Hill County Conservation District would like to thank the following for their additions to our feral swine workshop: • Our educated speakers for their knowledge and passion on the subject. • Stockman’s Bank, Infinity Bake Shop and...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Dancing to CCR in Español at the Old Folk's Home

My friends, who shall remain anonymous, sent me money to donate for them to a good cause of my choice here in Etzatlan. These good folks have visited me several times. They like my little chosen...

 

Who will be influencing management of our Beaver Creek Park?

Two of the current Hill County Park Board members’ terms will expire soon. The 2020 posting of these positions could be any time now in the Hill County Courthouse. The Hill County Park Board has nine positions. Six members of the park board have...

 

The Postscript: In defense of Pollyanna

I think Pollyanna might have gotten a bum rap. More than once in my life I’ve been accused of having a “Pollyanna attitude.” I didn’t actually know what this meant, except that it was not a...

 

Obituary - The Rev. VaunDalee DeLong

The afternoon of February 29th, 2020, the Rev. VaunDalee DeLong, retired, peacefully passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan, Montana. VaunDalee was born VaunDalee Evelyn Rhodes in Valley City, North Dakota, in 1943. She married Douglas Dean... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 6, 2020

View from the North 40: Voting is animal nature, one way or another

I have been working to better understand politics and — with Super Tuesday behind us and the Montana primary election still so far in the distance that we can’t see our relevance beyond our...

 

Letter to the Editor - Enter your soup to help the dog park

Editor, Do you make a soup, chili or stew that’s so delicious that you would love to share it with your community — and possibly win an award for the best soup in town? Now you have that opportunity. The Havre Dog Park Club will hold the Havre...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: Involuntary system purge

Day three with an unwanted, invasive, intimate companion — the flu. So weak, I feel like a newborn kitten without a mama. While alternative health methods have a long and checkered history of...

 

The Postscript: Push-ups with Bob

Bob suggested we all do push-ups. I guess I should mention that I don’t know Bob. Peter, my husband, knew Bob in high school. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure Peter and Bob were even close...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 28, 2020

View from the North 40: We're flush with philosophy today

Do you ever wonder if your priorities should be in the toilet? In a piece written for National Public Radio, Greg Rosalsky extolled the virtues of Japanese toilets, which are, apparently, miracles of...

 

Letter to the Editor - Deadline for quilt show entries closing in

Editor, There are only two weeks until the 28th Annual Quilt Show at the 71st Montana Seed Show.  The dates for the show are Friday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the band room at Harlem High...

 

Priority for our Beaver Creek Park

At recent Hill County Park Board meetings it was requested that livestock grazing be adjusted in our Beaver Creek Park during September to accommodate recreation, primarily in the south end of our park. As stipulated in our patent for Beaver Creek...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: The value of darning socks

Late in the day, I read a profound passage in a Swedish mystery novel. The daughter asked her father why life seems so much harder in these modern times. His answer was that we no longer darn socks....

 

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