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Gianforte transition committee a warning on public lands access

Last week, Montana hunters and anglers got our first sense of the direction that Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte wants to take public land, access to critical hunting and sport fishing habitat, state parks and Montana’s $7.1 billion... — Updated 11/27/2020

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion 

View from the North 40: Put another saddle on the horsey, mate

That famous movie clip from “Man from Snowy River” showing the epic scene, with the hero launching his horse off the top of a mountain and galloping headlong down the... — Updated 11/27/2020

 

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2019

Editor, I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing Motorsports Act, H.R. 5434/S. 2602, in 2020. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a race car used exclusively at... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Working at gratitude

I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love that it is a holiday built around a full table and homemade treats. I love the recipes handed down on index cards that only get made once a... — Updated 11/25/2020

 

Clergy working to slow spread of COVID-19

We the undersigned clergy, representing diverse faith communities across the state of Montana, pledge to do all in our power to keep our congregations and communities healthy and safe in the midst of this pandemic. While we have... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

Word things – another casualty of 2020

I don’t remember not loving words. I could read and write before I entered school. Granted, it was pretty rudimentary stuff – because, y’know, I’m clever, but I’m not... — Updated 11/20/2020

 

COVID requires community action

The Montana Nurses Association continues to be incredibly proud of the Montana nurses serving our communities during the COVID pandemic. As they have done from the start, nurses are heroically serving at the front lines of the... — Updated 11/20/2020

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor: I have nothing to say

Some weeks are like this. Nothing happens. My mind is either too restless to settle or too restful to notice. My son Ben and his girlfriend, Kristen, are recovering from the COVID... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Freshly baked bread

“I’m going to bake bread!” my husband, Peter, announced. Inwardly, I said, “Oh, no.” Baking bread is not easy — until it is. Every person I know who bakes bread will... — Updated 11/18/2020

 

Well done, election officials

First off, I want to congratulate and thank our local county election officials for a job well done. All four of the counties in my district, Cascade, Chouteau, Liberty and Hill, have handled the new rules that were handed down... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: The mad, mad world of things and stuff

A May 31, 2017, headline on NBCNews.com says, “One in Four Americans Has a Clutter Problem.” I know that’s true because my husband and I are related to every last one of ones... — Updated 11/13/2020

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The creature from the white lagoon

My son and his fiancé are both sick with the dread coronavirus. I had not heard from him so I hounded him, knowing something was wrong. Ben managed to send me a two line email... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Dog celebrity

I am a celebrity among the neighborhood dogs. By now, I have been giving out dog treats on my daily walk for several months. If you think this has gone unnoticed among my town's... — Updated 11/11/2020

 

AARP Montana: AARP Montana thanks those who ensure free and fair elections

AARP Montana wishes to thank all of the County Election Administrators and staff across Montana for their tireless efforts and dedication to ensure the voting process ran smoothly this election season. We appreciate all the hard... — Updated 11/10/2020

 

Connecting globally in a time of pandemic

Mike Mansfield of Montana was a Marine, a miner, and a professor even before he began his political career. He served as Senate majority leader, and later as ambassador to Japan from 1977 to 1988, placing high value on integrity... — Updated 11/10/2020

 

Chancellor's Update: Northern is making gains

Dear Northern, When I step back and look at all the things we have accomplished this semester, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I can say with confidence that despite it all, we are making gains. We’ve seen our... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Patience is virtually non-existent at this point

Welcome to Friday, the 136th day of November, 2020, a mere 227 days after Tuesday’s 2020 election, and — as I write this in the wee hours of the morning — we are still... — Updated 11/6/2020

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end

The Governor of Jalisco pushed the Emergency Button. Only food stores and pharmacies are open for business. The numbers for COVID infections and deaths have doubled what they were... — Updated 11/5/2020

 
 By Kimberly Bolta    Opinion

Put down your phone

A question was asked to me recently, "Do you think we miss out on everything because we constantly view it through a lens?" My best friend and I were watching our kids play at the... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript - Early snow

This has been a year that defies explanations. I spoke with my parents a week or so ago. We have used Zoom and other types of video to communicate but, more often than not, I just... — Updated 11/4/2020

 

Be team players to stop the spread

COVID-19 cases in Montana are on the rise, with daily cases approaching 1,000. The public health crisis is real and Montana is now one of the most impacted states. In the early days of the pandemic, we enjoyed a false sense of... — Updated 10/30/2020

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

2020 - the mildewy wet-blanket of years

Since 2020 has proven to be about as funny as a pratfall that lands in an actual tiger trap, I’ve felt a little flinchy about humor, like my timing is off just a bit and I... — Updated 10/30/2020

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor - Aging exponentially

A couple weeks ago I wrote Kathy, “I have aged 10 years since I had surgery in January.” Today Kathy wrote me, “I’ve aged 20 years since this coronavirus pandemic.” Since... — Updated 10/29/2020

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Scary stories

It's the season for all things scary, and I found myself wondering how many people are actually looking for more things to frighten them this year. There is a new horror movie... — Updated 10/28/2020

 

We are the people of liberty

We are the people of liberty. The family of freedom. In our bloodstream is the inheritance of our common ancestors – men who jump off the pages of human history. Ancestors who, with a terrible fury, consumed the tyrant and built... — Updated 10/27/2020

 

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