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Looking out my Backdoor: My 'almost-Mexican' fiesta

This was not my idea, to have a party. It was sloppily put together. Any party, even pot luck, takes a lot of work. I didn’t really want to do it. I was tired and in pain from the long bus ride....

 

Celebrating our nation's heroes and hidden heroes this November

November is not only National Veterans Month but also National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and thank the more than 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. This November, we should honor and pay respect to both: those who served our...

 

The Postscript: Temporary worries

My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home. Peter ran out of lotion and for several days used...

 

All because of you

With your donations to Energy Share last year, you helped 2,885 Montana families who were facing energy emergencies. Causes of these emergencies included unexpected expenses, deaths in the family, non-working or unsafe heating systems, illnesses or i...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 8, 2019

View from the North 40:Even on a good day, it's all mayhem

“I just want my house clean enough so that if someone drops by unexpectedly, it doesn’t look like we’re six days into battling a poltergeist” — Author unknown. I don’t normally quote...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Adept in the ways of sloth

Nobody told us. Well, nobody told me. I’m from a family of workers, obsessive workers, one might say. In my family, sloth is a mere breath removed from slovenly and slatternly. Nobody ever said...

 

The Postscript: Good pear

My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky — but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 1, 2019

View from the North 40: Part 2 of the the two-part 'Ewww' series

Last week’s Part 1 of the “Ewww” series was about our resident over-the-door bat that made its way into our house, but this Part 2 really ups the ewww-factor, proving that we are not living the...

 

AmeriCorps celebrates 25 years of service

Happy 25th Anniversary AmeriCorps! Each year, over 75,000 people serve in AmeriCorps across the US. Since 1994, national service has improved lives and landscapes, while transforming those who commit to serve. Service to others is an American...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Beware the devious AI toothbrush

“This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth. This is the way we brush our teeth, so early in the morning.” News headlines to nursery rhymes, that’s me. When I read...

 

The Post Script: More owls

First, I noticed the owl. “Peter! Did you see the owl?!” Our last Airbnb in Spain had a ceramic owl. So, when I found a similar owl—in a similarly inconvenient location—I took it as a good...

 

Supporting a community-led effort to boost eastern Montana tourism, business

As the folks responsible for promoting the vibrant, charming towns and stunning landscapes across our state, we know that Montana’s strong economy is driven in part by a thriving tourism and outdoor recreation economy. We also know that eastern...

 

A poem about the streets

In the beginning when Havre was made, The people dreamed of having their roads paved. They gathered together all the neighborhood folk, They made a proposal then let them all vote. They all pitched in, their home’s value share For Havre’s future...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 25, 2019

Part 1 of a two-part 'Eww' series

I live out in the country with my dog, cat and horses, visited daily by deer, birds of all timidness and ferocity, and mysterious predators that slink through in the night, but this ain't a Disney...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Phase of moon, juxtaposition of planets?

Ever have a day when everything you touch turns to mud? For one thing, it is raining. Tropical Storm Priscilla hovers off the coast in a direct line up and over the mountains to the west. Not far in...

 

Make the census count for Montana

One of the most important civic duties Montanans will participate in next year is filling out and responding to the 2020 U.S. Census. At just nine-questions long, the questionnaire might not seem like a big deal, but it is. It’s the census, done...

 

The Postscript: An autumn tale

My parents live in a cabin deep in the north woods. I know this sounds like the start of a fairy tale. Sometimes it seems a bit like one. There are bear in the woods. Deer run in herds. The seasons are far more pronounced and extreme than those I am...

 

Seeding Rural Resilience Act

I know firsthand that farming and ranching has never been easy. My wife, Sharla, and I still run our family farm outside of Big Sandy on the same land my grandparents homesteaded more than 100 years ago. For our family and producers across Montana,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 18, 2019

View from the North 40: The ancient cry of my people, or just my mother's voice

Language is both a science and a mystery. I am not here today to bring some kind of resolution to the issue, but I do want to add my perspective to the mix. Plenty of studies have been published to...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: October, Sweet October

Editor's note: See Festival photos at www.havredailynes.com. October is the sweetest month, well, unless one is up to one's hocks in snow, and not the first snow of the year at that! Betrayed by Septe...

 

October 2019

The weather in all four of the counties I represent has been just a bit marginal, a point you all have clearly witnessed. For the rural folks, clean-up and road repair has come very slowly as Mother Nature has not cooperated. So, please slow down...

 

Board again stops effort to assess Beaver Creek Park resources

It happened again for at least the third time since 2014. The Hill County Park Board or the Hill County commissioners have squashed an effort to secure an up-to-date natural resources assessment for the Beaver Creek watershed or Beaver Creek Park....

 

The Postscript: The kind of dog I am

When my husband, Peter, and I met, we each had a dog. Peter had a collie named “The Pretty Boy,” (Yes, “The” was part of his name) and I had a pound puppy, part golden retriever, part border c...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 11, 2019

View from the North 40: The scariest Halloween event … ever

I thought that this era — when all our embarrassing, stupid stunts get filmed, posted on the internet and commented on by uncharitable strangers — was enough to make me glad that I grew up in...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Micro slice of a simple life in paradise

When one lives in a tiny community, little things can tend to balloon into huge importance. When I say “small community,” I don’t mean a place numbered in four digits, where you might recognize...

 

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