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Fight loosing Amtrak ticket agents

The recent decision to close Shelby and Havre’s Amtrak ticket counter will have huge impacts not only on the passengers that board in Havre, but the Havre and Hi-Line economy. Many people come from all over the region to board Amtrak in Havre....

 

Vote yes to continue supporting Montana's universities

For the past 70 years, Montanans have supported our state’s public colleges and universities by voting “yes” to renew the 6-Mill Levy that appears on the voting ballot every ten years. This small portion of our state property tax bill...

 

Cutting Amtrak wrong for Montana

It was recently announced by the leadership at Amtrak that they will be eliminating ticket agent positions in Montana at both Havre and Shelby, citing budget problems and the proliferation of online ticket sales. This move is short-sighted, will...

 

Legislature needs to fix game warden funding

Unlike most government agencies, which are funded by tax dollars, the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is funded almost entirely by a combination of hunter and angler license sales and federal excise tax dollars on guns, ammunition, fishing...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 18, 2018

View from the North 40: PSA on grass and weed management

Vegetation management for me is almost like the old adage “it’s a blessing and a curse,” but more like both a curse and a curse. If I apply the full weight of my efforts, I cannot get the good grasses and plants to grow, and I can’t get the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 17, 2018

'I Love You - You're Perfect - Now Change'

The delightful musical comedy by the above name is about people in love. It’s not quite the same thing, but my perfect love is my garden. Not a month ago, I said to Leo, my garden helper, “I’ve...

 

Support education by supporting six-mill levy

This November, I will be voting to reauthorize the six-mill levy.  The six-mill levy makes higher education more affordable for Montana citizens throughout the state. Students are footing nearly two- thirds of the cost of Montana’s institutions...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 11, 2018

View from the North 40: Here kitty, kitty. Nice kitty. What th-

Do you ever read or hear some news on an obscure topic about which you know a thing or two because, hey, life can take you in strange directions, but you hear the thing and you know some stuff and you wonder how did those people come out of that...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Looking out my Backdoor: My romance with trains

I’m angry. It’s selfish of me, but I worked myself up into a right little snit when I heard Amtrak is cutting service in Havre. Please, no, not an unmanned station. Selfish, I admit. In my...

 

Amtrak needs to improve, not cut, service

In an article about the closing of the Amtrak ticket offices in Havre and Shelby in the May 7 Great Falls Tribune, Havre city councilwoman Sarah McKinney is quoted as saying that if Amtrak can justify the savings, it is “probably OK,” and added,...

 

View from the North 40: A heaping helping of foodie news

Of all the special interests I have pursued over the years, I think it’s a fair and honest assessment to say that food is by far my favorite and longest-lasting hobby. Not only do I love food, I love all kinds of foods from cheap, highly...

 

Let's sit around a campfire and talk conservation, secretary

Did you ever hear the joke about the Army Ranger, the Recon Marine, a Navy SEAL, and a Delta Force member sitting around the campfire? If not, we’ll have to save that one for another day. Instead, let’s say it’s an Army Ranger, a Navy SEAL and...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Looking out my Backdoor: Out behind the barn

Broken bones. Missing parts. Titanium joints. Scraped eyeballs. A gimp, a limp and a cane. Moving more slowly every day. “Pain is a brute dictator,” said Dr. Backman, the quiropractico I saw this...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 27, 2018

View from the North 40: Goodbye Brock Creek Road, farewell Garrison Junction

Some moments, those profound life moments, come at you like a truck wreck in the making, in slow motion, from a few miles out. You always knew that the road would be slick ahead, but you thought it wouldn’t happen for many miles. You thought...

 

A healthier Montana means a healthier workforce

We can’t have a competitive workforce without a healthy workforce. And a healthy workforce depends on the individual health of each of its citizens. Until recently, too many of our fellow Montanans lived each day knowing that access to health care...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Simply life and the little things

My friend Dick is gone from our lives. We feel sad. We feel relieved he no longer suffers. We feel guilty we couldn’t take away his pain and confusion. We will miss him, his kindness, his...

 

Convince Gianforte to oppose harmful cuts to SNAP in House Farm Bill

The Montana Food Bank Network is extremely disappointed that the House Agriculture Committee made no changes to Chairman Conaway’s harmful restrictions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) in his Farm Bill...

 

Response to public lands and development

Montana is at a crossroads.  Will we continue to preserve and protect our access to public lands and waterways?  Or, will we allow wealthy corporations and ultra-rich individuals pick apart our access to hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and...

 

View from the North 40: Laugh me a river

It’s a pretty sure sign I’m in a crabby mood when I read the headline “Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos,” and my brain says “Meh, whatever.” The story seems to have all the elements I would normally find...

 

Things we can agree about

We perhaps agree that we will continue to use some form of energy for industry, home heating and lighting and transportation. We need energy to continue to live a lifestyle similar to what we have now. We will continue to eat. Food production will...

 

Montana is not Washington, D.C.

Montanans expect a lot out of their elected officials, as well they should. Without regard to political party, they expect us to work together when we can and explain our differences with honesty when we cannot. They expect us to spend less time on...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Seeing through other eyes

We don’t see ourselves. We aren’t able. Even surrounded by walls of mirrors, we only see glimpses and reflections. And I’m talking broad scope here. Not just the outside package of who I am....

 

Interior Secretary Zinke must intercede in the bison restoration issue

The Bureau of Land Management just completed a series of public scoping meetings on the American Prairie Reserve’s request to convert 17 federal grazing leases from cattle to bison. The take-away from these meetings is that BLM is trying to...

 

HHS Key Club rewarded for another successful year

The Havre High Key Club would like to take a moment and share with the Havre community a summary of the past year of service. Our 47 members owe many thanks to a supportive Havre Public Schools administration and staff who encourage and supported...

 

Need facts to look at American Prairie Reserve request

The Bureau of Land Management is asking for the public’s help in determining what it should analyze as it considers proposed changes to several grazing leases. American Prairie Reserve, or APR, controls private properties tied to 18 BLM grazing...

 

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