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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 3, 2020 

View from the North 40: Schrodinger was obviously onto something

This week’s recurring theme in my life is the thought experiment called Schrodinger’s cat. I’m going to do my best to explain the background of Schrodinger’s cat, but right off the bat, I want...

 

We can weather this storm if we do our part

COVID-19 continues to be at the forefront of our current health battles and plans.  We have one documented case of COVID-19 in Havre, but almost assuredly there are more. We still do not have the testing capabilities to test everyone with...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: How to survive and maintain sanity in the 'new normal'

Now that I gained your attention, I confess, I have not a clue. Neither to survival nor to sanity. I’m fishing for answers. I figured if I cast out a line, I might hook you and you could tell me!... Full story

 

The Postscript: Parked out back

Joe’s red truck is parked behind his house. It hasn’t moved in days. Joe gets in his red truck every morning and drives around. He’s a member of every fraternal organization, a regular at the br...

 

Lawmakers also in new day with COVID-19

We are in a new day, legislating and politics as we knew it has become learn-as-we-go. The face-to-face meetings are no more, web-based conference is the new meeting protocol. Webex, Zoom, Skype, Conference Call and Facetime are my new norm. It... Full story

 

From the Fringe … Havre Daily accepts the challenge of fighting COVID-19

It’s been said often in the last few weeks that we’re in a battle with the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. And while it took a little while longer, the battlefront has arrived in Montana, and even here in Hill County. And, with Montana... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 27, 2020

View from the North 40: Tuesday and the safe place

The second winter after my husband, John, and I were married, we took in a stray cat that showed up on our place. She was a beautiful blue-eyed, sealpoint, Siamese-cross with lots of white markings,...

 

Montana must act to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails

In the face of a public health crisis more serious than any of us have seen in our lifetime, we all feel vulnerable. In our best attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, we listen to public health experts and close schools, cancel gatherings and...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Old dogs learn new tricks

How quickly we progressed from refusing hugs and handshakes, to isolating in voluntary quarantine. In the mornings when Leo came to work our gardens, he calls out, “Sondrita, are you alive....

 

The Postscript: Waiting for the sun

An enormous box arrives at our house. It is filled with food and cleaning supplies and, yes, toilet paper. I feel guilty. But the truth is, these supplies were ordered months ago. My husband, Peter,...

 

Lands Council offers help on managing beavers in Beaver Creek Park

The Lands Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Spokane, Washington. We are dedicated to the preservation and protection of forests, water and wildlife in the Inland Northwest. Since 1984, The Lands Council has been a community...

 

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...

 
 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,...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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