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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....

 

Havre Nice Day: Long walk, short drive

The other day, I had an unusual conversation with a gentleman, and the nature of that conversation stuck with me. I was driving on U.S. Highway 2 when I stopped for a man who asked for a ride to Rod’s Drive In. Once he had gotten into my vehicle,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 7, 2018

View from the North 40: A news roundup to start the month

When life gives you hard news, read here for the soft and fluffy stuff. Things get crazy in the capitol In the nation’s capitol at the end of November Gavin Clarkson, a New Mexico resident, and his fiancee had their request for a marriage license...

 

A tempest in a teapot

We narrowly averted a minor crisis on Rancho Esperanza this week. A waterline broke, flooding the entrance road into our gringo enclave, which we fondly call Colonia Americano. This is a dirt road I am talking about so running water can do a...

 

Politics wrongly threatens conservation program

In 1987, the Montana Legislature directed Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to establish a statewide wildlife habitat system to better conserve “our wildlife resources and pass them intact to future generations.” This program,...

 

Montanans would benefit from simple majority Montana House rules

I never planned on being “Old Man Jones,” but time never stops. I am currently the longest serving Republican in the Montana House, having served eight years as senator and six years as representative. I have served under the Senate simple majori...

 

Keeping it Real: Stranger in a strange land

When the first snow fell back in the beginning of October, I looked outside my window at my snow-covered car and thought to myself: We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. (Confession: My second thought was of my dad because the black of my car with...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 30, 2018

View from the North 40: Like I said before 'meh fwote huhwts'

My purpose here today is simply to explain to you why the tonsils are the stupidest organ in the human body. I know this comes as a shock to everyone who thinks that title belongs to the appendix but, with all due respect, that internal organ must...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Do you ever have one of those days?

Maybe you don’t but I have a tendency to automatically and immediately attach a judgement to various happenings during my day. You know—that’s good; that’s bad. Usually I catch myself and...

 

State must step up fight on opiod crisis

On a daily basis, we are inundated on both the local and national level with news of how the opioid epidemic continues to infiltrate communities across this country. Previously, over-prescription of chronic pain-relieving opioids was believed to be...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 23, 2018

View from the North 40: A kilogram by any other measurement

In a world where it seems the only thing humanity has in common is our divisiveness, scientists from around the globe have met and shown the world that people of the human race come together in one voice to tell the world they can accurately measure... Full story

 

Support Montana food banks in final Farm Bill

Every month, food pantries, meal programs and other partners of the Montana Food Bank Network distribute over a million pounds of food to those who are struggling in our communities. The impact of these programs is immediate and enormous, helping to...

 

Managing CWD will take cooperation from all Montanans

Montana hunters have been afield pursuing deer, elk and other big game, just as we have done for decades. But new this year is the knowledge that chronic wasting disease — CWD — is present in our state’s mule deer and white-tailed deer. Last...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Romancing the snow

My daughter Dee Dee sent me pictures of Antoinette building a snowman, the falling white fluff thick on the ground, the tree branches covered with hoar frost. For a moment, just a moment, mind you, I...

 

Shop local, dine local supports our small business heroes

Every year after Thanksgiving, Americans kick off the holiday shopping season with big stores advertising deal after deal. Not long ago, Americans during the holiday season typically would visit locally-owned small retailers in a downtown area to...

 

Already down to Helena for the Legislature

Although the session doesn’t start until January, this past week, I was in Helena for the legislative caucus elections. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity last term to be involved in this part of the procedure. It was interesting to see...

 

Unchecked power is not a healthy democracy

Montana appears well down the road to becoming a one party Republican, deeply conservative state, like the states that surround us. Jon Tester’s survival was an anomaly best explained by his personal popularity and his opponent’s weakness. In...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 16, 2018

View from the North 40: Not waving, but drowning, yet laughing

Sometimes I believe all the people who love me beyond my faults, and those people who just don’t know me well enough, when they say, “Oh, it’s too bad you didn’t have kids. You would’ve been a great parent.” Nope. My animals, aka the...

 

Looking out my Backdoor - 'Same to mango-everyday more better'

In other words, “The older the mango, the sweeter the fruit.” Words by which to live from Leo’s Aunt Cuca, 100 years old. Sundays she walks five kilometers to church, refusing rides from neighbo...

 

Thanks to everyone who voted

The elections are over and many will probably say they are happy to have it over with: the calls at dinner time, the basket full of flyers and knocks at your door in the middle of the evening news. As a candidate, we also get to a point of feeling...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 9, 2018

Zen and the art of winter preparedness

Just like I prepared our property for winter by clearing the driveway verge of vegetation that would cause drifting and other problems when the snow and cold hit, my mental and emotional preparedness for winter weather was impeccable this fall. By mi...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    November 9, 2018

Clearing up some confusion

Confusion seems to have arisen in the area about a possible connection between The Havre Daily News and the website The Havre Herald. The answer about the connection is simple: There is none. Three former employees of the Havre Daily News, who had...

 

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