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First week of legislature completed

We finished the first week of the 66th Legislature. The Opening Ceremony was great. Judy was in attendance this session having missed the first day of the 2017 session because of a storm. Our friends and campaign treasurer, Junior Scheuerman and his...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 11, 2019

View from the North 40: Spoiler alert: It's more gross than funny

Fatberg, it’s like an iceberg, but made of fat. It’s a thing. You can look it up. In fact, you can look up the word definition in a 28-volume Oxford English Dictionary — which is arguably the premier authority on words in the English language...

 

Help end the use of polluting items

Communities across the country are implementing regulations and/or bans on items such as styrofoam, straws and plastic bags. Why are they doing that? Pretty much because it is toxic and a “principle litter” — meaning it’s everywhere. Plastic-...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Every day a different day

This morning I walked down to Tony’s On The Beach for breakfast. I called it a walking meditation because naming it such makes me feel better about my small steps, snail pace. Once again I am in...

 

Havre Nice Day: Still waters run deep

Growing up, my father wasn’t much of a fisherman — never had that knack — and like father like son, I never was a big fan myself. But my little brother, he was a fisherman. I mean, by the age of 6, that boy could outfish most full grown men. I...

 

Looking forward to legislative session

January 2019, yes, it is! I want to wish each and every one of you the best of the New Year. By the time you read this, Judy and I will already be in Helena and the 2019 Legislature will already be in session. I am excitedly anticipating session...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 4, 2019

View from the North 40: If I were in charge of world records ...

A couple in Wyoming has received confirmation from Guinness World Records that they are the fastest two-man tent assemblers on record in the entire world. Yes, that’s a thing, and Elizabeth and Daniel Minton did it in just over a minute. No,...

 

Trapping needed to manage population in Beaver Creek

Beaver populations have been managed on Beaver Creek Park for decades using legal harvest methods, mainly trapping. I accompanied my dad when he trapped the park in the 1950s, harvesting as many as 88 beaver in one season. Beaver have continued to...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: The Mystery of the Purloined Scarf

The episode began innocently enough. I had walked over to see Carol about something so mundane I don’t even remember. She came out of her door with a stunning pink scarf wrapped around her neck. I...

 

Get rid of 60-vote rule in House

One of us is a Democrat; the other is a Republican. We each served more than a quarter of a century in the Montana Legislature, mostly at the same time. We also held positions of top leadership in both the Senate and House of Representatives. We have...

 

Democrats ready to work in 2019 Legislature

If there’s one thing Montanans can unite behind, it’s that we’re sick and tired of self-serving politicians who are all talk, no walk. As the House minority leader for the 2019 Legislative session, I couldn’t agree more. Montana families...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 28, 2018

View from the North 40: How Principal Grinch gave back Christmas

I know, the Christmas presents have been opened, half of them are already broken or the batteries drained. The tree and all the decorations have come down. The Christmas songs have been cut off, cold turkey, at midnight Dec. 25. It’s over....

 

Road bill fine would improve access

Last fall during the political season, everyone running for the Montana Legislature touted their credentials as being for public access. But what does that really mean? For Montana’s hunters, anglers, hikers, and other outdoors enthusiasts, it...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Endings and beginnings

Christmas has been celebrated. The first day of the New Year lurks around the corner. We arbitrarily close out one year, stamp it “over and done” and with trepidation open the flaps of the box...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    December 24, 2018

Christmas spirit again shines through

As this happens every year, by now I should be expecting it — or just keep my mood happy in anticipation. Once again, I let the spirit of the season escape me. I was at work Friday, using another person’s workspace because my computer’s hard dr...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 21, 2018

View from the North 40: When the law enforces economics terms

The law of diminishing returns says that if all the factors in a process remain the same, except one, and that one is steadily increased, eventually a tipping point will be reached and everything will start failing, lose its luster, fall to wreck and...

 

Improve economy through collaboration

The people of the Nakoda and Aaniiih Nations in north-central Montana have a saying about our home. We often say this land is as close to heaven as you are going to get. For many years we have invited visitors to experience Fort Belknap. We have...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: In my garden of earthly delights

Angels and snakes, metaphorical. Every garden has each. While moving my water sprinkler, I stepped in a nest of fire ants. Stepped out quickly, swiping ants off my legs, onto my arms, off my arms,...

 

Havre Nice Day: Santa: Believe it or not

I believe in a Santa, and no, not in that holly jolly Kris Kringle is slipping down my chimney at night kind of way, but in an embodiment of Christmas kind of way. “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind,” said Kris Kringle in...

 

Bush, last of a rare breed

I met President George H. W. Bush, our 41st President, when he was a former President campaigning in Great Falls in 2000 for his son, then Presidential candidate George W. Bush. I introduced myself to the former President at the event at the...

 

Christmas and legislative session almost here

It’s already December. Yes, Christmas and the legislative session are coming. In gearing up for Christmas (all holidays, really), Judy does the heavy lifting. This year, the legislative session is my undertaking. Since being elected, many of you ha...

 

Date set for annual Holiday Hoops blue Pony alumni basketball

Havre Public Schools Education Foundation’s 14th Annual Holiday Hoops Blue Pony alumni basketball game will be held Friday, Dec. 28, at Havre High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. Admission to the game is a non-perishable food item to be donated to the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 14, 2018

View from the North 40: The greasy gut-bomb called empathy

In case you are wondering, sympathy is defined as feeling compassion, sorrow for another person, and empathy is being able to sense other people’s emotions combined with the ability to put yourself in that person’s place. I like to think of it...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: How I got to be the BVM at 73 and then I died

For me, it was a fortuitous choice. I don’t sing in public. We were gathered on the festively decorated patio out by the pool. Yes, there is a pool on the Rancho. I don’t talk about it because I...

 

Keeping It Real: Traditions, old and new

Christmas is just 14 jolly days away. I’m sure some of you have or are still gathering presents for family and friends. Others are probably planning and preparing for family and friends to visit. For me, it reminds me of traditions my family had....

 

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