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Gianforte leads slate of anti-access candidates

To my fellow hunters and anglers, there are people trying to lock you out of your favorite spots. In November it’s time to vote like your access depends on it. Montana Republicans have nominated the most anti-public lands, anti-conservation slate...

 

Letter to the Editor - Golden Spike should follow the rules

Editor, Shame on you Heidi Hill for praising a business that is not following our governor’s legal and constitutional directives. Not only are his directives not illegal, our state’s Constitution has granted him use of emergency powers. The...

 

Letter to the Editor - A reply to Heidi Hill

I thank God you have no one close to you that is in the “immune compromised risk” grouping. I must read a different Bible than you, even though I sat in the same church you did for a number of years. My Bible says to submit to every ordinance of...

 
 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 Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: Never a dullish moment

In quiet desperation, this morning I joined the ranks of those who cut their own hair. Using nail scissors. I do not recommend it. If anyone should ask, I’ll say my favorite hairdresser trimmed it...

 

Daines a conservationist? Not so fast

Unless the political winds in Washington change quickly, Congress will soon send the Great American Outdoors Act — GAOA — to President Trump’s desk. Trump has assured he’ll sign it into law. This legislation represents a dramatic win for...

 

Montana's fish win and Montana anglers win with water rights protection Act

Spring is the time of abundant water. Westslope cutthroat, Montana’s state fish, sense rising flows and commence their age-old spawning migrations upstream to tributaries across Montana. It may seem like an odd time to think about water scarcity an...

 

The Postscript: The agate polisher

I don’t think it’s my imagination that Father’s Day seems like a last-minute add-on. “Oh! We have Mother’s Day. We probably should do something for fathers … ” On Mother’s Day, a bouquet of flowers or brunch seems to do nicely every...

 

Letter to the Editor - Woo hoo Tammy Walters

Editor, Thank you Tammy Walters, owner of The Golden Spike, for not bowing down to Governor Bullock’s unconstitutional and illegal mandates, and Hill County Health Department’s attempt to enforce them.  It is sad that fellow business owners and...

 

True inclusive Democracy cannot thrive at the barrel of a gun

America has some reconciling to do with white supremacy, not just the guys in white hoods, but the structures and practices that have kept white people in power and disproportionately hurt people of color. The social movement for Black Lives Matter...

 

Letter to the Editor - USDA's farm aid package leaves malt barley growers behind

Editor, The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, gives producers of certain commodities or livestock assistance for losses caused by the coronavirus. The USDA claims that CFAP includes coverage for malt barley, but the rules indicate differe...

 

Sage grouse ruling highlights need to improve public land management

In a recent U.S. District Court ruling by Judge Brian Morris, the American public heard loud and clear that the federal administration broke the law when it offered leases on public lands in critical Sage grouse habitat. This court decision speaks vo...

 
 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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Congress needs to increase SNAP

Editor, The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the best tools our nation has to combat the coronavirus crisis. Prior to this pandemic, nearly 110,000 Montanans struggled with hunger. With jobs and wages lost, this number...

 

Congress needs to pass HEROES Act

COIVD-19 is the greatest health crisis our state and nation has faced in over a century. As of the time of this writing, nearly 2 million Americans have become infected and 115,000 people have lost their lives. In Montana, we have benefitted from...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: Wonders of my world

Outside my big front gate, the one used for truck delivery and such, a clump of lantana took root voluntarily. Lantana wears one of the world’s most beautiful flowers, like rings on its fingers,...

 

Letter to the Editor - Support the renewable energy initiative for Montana's future

Dear Editor: One way the future will soon be arriving in Eastern Montana is through clean, renewable electricity production.   Currently, Orion Renewable Energy is doing the initial site/survey work for the Clearwater Wind Farm it intends to build...

 

The Postscript: A little awkward

It’s harder to keep in touch with people these days. Things are opening up, but it’s going to be a while before we hop in a car and visit people the way we used to. I met the pastor of my church...

 

Letter to the Editor - Celebrate our nation's flag on Flag Day

Editor, On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman singed the following into law: “The 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as ‘Flag Day,’ and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue annually a...

 

Havre-Hill County Library lists re-opened procedures

We are pleased to announce that the Havre-Hill County Library has re-opened to the public. Like the rest of the world, however, we have made many changes to our operations. We appreciate the patience of the community over these past few months...

 
 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 Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Looking out my backdoor: Looking for love in all the wrong places

He’s not feral. I assume the stranger is a him. He’s not a rack of bones. He yowled around beneath my bedroom windows three nights before I glimpsed him in his white coat with yellow patches....

 

'Imagine Your Story' at the Havre-Hill County Library

It’s time for the Havre-Hill County Library’s Summer Reading Program, and we are striving for a fun and safe summer. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story,” so this summer we are all about fairy tales, myths and legends. The magic...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion    June 3, 2020

The Postscript: The only dog in Minnesota

I want to make it clear that we are not adopting a dog. I won’t deny it is tempting. We decided not to get another dog because we travel. Dogs and airplane travel do not go well together. Now, howev...

 

Letter to the Editor - Another public health issue

Editor, While dealing with the devastation and uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet another public health problem has reared its ugly head. Racial prejudice. As a physician I can assure you we all look alike “on the inside” and as a...

 

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