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Letter to the Editor - Why an anti-trapping billboard here now?

Editor, Hopefully most of the citizenry of Havre have become aware of the billboard along the highway east of Havre.  If not, please check it out. The billboard was paid for by an anti-trapping organization, “Trap Free Montana P... — Updated 5/14/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion 

View from the North 40: Just be sure to slap a slogan on it

We’ve all got answers to life’s problems, but they ain’t all interesting, so today I want to talk a little bit about innovative solutions. Remember the Suez Canal fiasco a... — Updated 5/14/2021


Better connected under the Big Sky

Without a doubt, improving access to high-speed internet was necessary before the pandemic, but since COVID hit, the “digital divide” in Montana has only become more apparent. Tuesday May 11, Gov. Greg Gianforte signed “The... — Updated 5/14/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: 'Riding Along in My Automobile'

We Americans are so tethered to our cars. It’s as though there is an umbilical cord between our brains and the ignition switch. When I first moved to Mexico, driving my vehicle... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: The treat lady

Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly wh... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: It could be called mental therapy

I’ve never been good at training two horses at the same time, and yet here I am, on the verge of my rocking chair on the porch years, breaking two horses to ride, and they couldn... — Updated 5/7/2021


The 67th Legislature: Historic and successful

Montana voters spoke clearly last November. They elected Republicans up and down the ticket, giving legislative Republicans a clear mandate to make good on our campaign promises of protecting the Montana way of life, improving... — Updated 5/7/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor: In the grand scheme of things

We are one week plus days past our second vaccination shots and feeling great. Carol said, “I wonder if the syringe had anything in it. Ben sent me a cartoon, unsigned, so I’ve... — Updated 5/6/2021


Montana's comeback depends on HB 397

Montana is facing a housing crisis.  A lack of affordable housing is keeping working Montanans out of homes and forcing families to pay up 50 percent or more of their monthly incomes in rent. Lumber prices and labor shortages... — Updated 5/6/2021


Letter to the Editor - Library foundation seeking help with elevator repair

Editor, As the Havre-Hill County Library is slowly opening after the COVID-19 shutdown, the library staff has discovered another hurdle. The passenger elevator can no longer be repaired with a quick, inexpensive repair. The... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Still naggin

It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing. Andre... — Updated 5/5/2021


Letter to the Editor - What will free-roaming bison do?

Editor, What will free-roaming bison do? This is a hotly debated question in Montana now. But we can look to Utah for an authoritative answer. In 1941, 18 bison from Yellowstone National Park were released in the remote Henry... — Updated 5/4/2021


Loretta Loftus

“You Bugger!” This is my favorite expression used by my dear friend Loretta Loftus who passed away last week. I counted it a real coup when Loretta and her husband Kermit walked into Community Alliance Church one Sunday. They... — Updated 5/4/2021


Open carry on campus -  Not a Second Amendment issue

Concealed weapons on campus? HB102 directly raises that issue. But in spite of arguments to the contrary this is not a Second Amendment issue as it relates to campuses. What is at issue is the Regents constitutional right to... — Updated 5/4/2021


View from the North 40: Birds of a feather invade homes together

We’re all getting excited up here that it finally feels like spring, but some homeowners in Southern California are having a hard time with the backlog of migratory birds coming home to roost. UPI reported Wednesday that a... — Updated 4/30/2021


Here is some advice to those that are graduating from Northern

• Take the time to thank the people who have helped you to get to this point in life. • Appreciate the path you have taken to get where you are right now. Life is a journey not a destination and everyone has their own journey.... — Updated 4/30/2021


Letter to the Editor - Larson asks for vote to continue on school board

I ask for people’s votes to let me continue in the position on the Havre School Board I was appointed to this year. My tenure as a 40-year veteran educator will help bring education and experience to the board. I taught special... — Updated 4/29/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my back door: Fantasies of Phenomena

I was going to write about the morning symphony, featuring “Variations on a Theme at Sunrise” with Bell-ringing Bird on timpani. This music assured me that the huge black cloud... — Updated 4/29/2021


In for the long view - long-term

Management of natural resources needs to be a long-view and long-term proposition. This is not to say that some short-term issues cannot be addressed with temporary short-term action. In managing uses, economic opportunity and... — Updated 4/29/2021


Letter to the Editor - Kennedy Stiffarm: I ask for your vote for the school board

Editor, My name is Jessica Kennedy-Stiffarm. I am a candidate for the Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees. I am a mother of three and my children attend school in the district. I am married; my husband’s name is Pete. We both... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: New systems

I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body. I was covered with tufts of orange fur. It was not a good look, and it felt worse than it looked.... — Updated 4/28/2021


Letter to the Editor - Thanks for your work during the pandemic

During the past year, federal employees nationwide and 12,898 active federal and U.S. Postal workers of Montana have dedicated themselves to keeping our country running while weathering a global pandemic. They continue to provide... — Updated 4/27/2021


Working on bills close to the end of the session

Week 16 was a marijuana-intensive week. Early in the week, we were given an overview of what was in the 260-some page SB-701. There were many questions and some of the last-minute requests were also addressed. Fortunately, a... — Updated 4/27/2021


Governor aids extremists with bison decision

For decades, Montanans of all stripes have worked to create a responsible and commonsense pathway for the restoration of wild bison outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. But Gov. Greg Gianforte just sunk those... — Updated 4/27/2021


Protecting Montanans' liberty in Helena

Freedom was at the forefront last week in Helena. This week at the Legislature, we made significant progress in ensuring freedom and protecting liberty for Montanans all across the state. House Bill 702 prohibits discrimination... — Updated 4/27/2021


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