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Our View - Pandemic will continue while vaccinations lag

It’s astounding. Some people seem to have the attitude that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. It is not. In response to a story published last Friday in Havre Daily News about Hill County Commission approving the county health... — Updated 7/23/2021

 

View from the North 40: Space, the final investment opportunity

When I see people celebrating three multi-billionaires racing to get into space I have that same visceral trigger I get when I watch scary movies and nobody, but nobody, turns the light on when they walk into a dark room. I know it... — Updated 7/23/2021

 

Looking out my Backdoor: It's a doggy dog world

My friend Peggy used to ask me, in her booming voice, "What's your motive?" She caused me to examine stuff I'd really rather have left swept into the bulge under the rug. Peggy is g... — Updated 7/22/2021

 

Shoulder seasons not meant for public lands

In Montana private land elk hunting is moving toward 11 weeks for people who can pay thousands of dollars for trophy bulls, while others are left to hunt cows in deep snows and bitter cold when they’re struggling to survive the w... — Updated 7/22/2021

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Adventures everywhere

Years ago, I had trouble with my septic system. If you’ve ever had that kind of trouble, you know what kind of trouble it can be. I was living in my old farmhouse out in the... — Updated 7/21/2021

 
 By Dane McGuire    Opinion

Mac on Movies: Marvel's "Black Widow" decent, but standard fare

I have been a fan of comic books and their movie adaptations since the first “Spider-Man” film featuring Tobey Maguire came out in 2002 I was roughly 7 or 8 years old then, so... — Updated 7/21/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - Need to take care of viaduct safety issues

Dear Hill County commissioners Diane McLean, Mark Peterson, Jake Strissel, There is a preliminary upgrade plan being drafted on a seven-mile stretch of Highway 232. I was surprised to learn at the open house, last Thursday, that... — Updated 7/20/2021

 
 By Dane McGuire    Opinion

Mac on Movies: 'Space Jam 2' flop is a matter of perspective

As someone who grew up on "Space Jam," I walked into Havre's Cottonwood Cinema 4 this past weekend fully prepared to hate "Space Jam 2: A New Legacy" but some 48 hours removed, I... — Updated 7/20/2021

 

Biden and Tester plan to rein in the corporate ag monopolies

President Joe Biden signed 72 directives in a series of executive orders to try to rein in corporate abuse and to create a more competitive marketplace. These directives are instructing agencies to investigate anticompetitive... — Updated 7/16/2021

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: If I get to pick my magical windfall, I'm going big

Barrington, New Jersey resident Louis Angelino III has earned the title of Cleaning Fairy after a Cherry Hill, New Jersey, couple arrived home to find that Angelino had mistakenly... — Updated 7/16/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - Reminder for Jon Tester!

Sen. Jon. Tester, If you vote yes for the confirmation of David Chipman,  that’s a no vote for you, in your up coming election. Responsible gun owners will not forget to vote no for you. Roy Johnson Heron... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

How many times have you said …

If only I could live my life over knowing what I now know? Well, guess what. If you woke up this morning still breathing, you can indeed. Live your life over. Start right now.... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript - Lost in the move

I’m not sure when a house becomes a home, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet. My husband, Peter, and I have moved into the new place. All our stuff is here, but that does... — Updated 7/14/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - Support Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

Editor, In 2017, Montana’s outdoor recreation economy generated $7.1 billion. Two years later, Montana Sen. Jon Tester introduced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act — BCSA — a piece of federal legislation to bolster Mo... — Updated 7/13/2021

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North40: In the end, the heart wants what the heart wants

This whole thing started, as many trips down the rabbit hole of research do, with a random shared post on Facebook. This one shared a lot of cool things about horses, my passion,... — Updated 7/9/2021

 

From the Fringe … If it's this hot and dry, then fireworks should not have been allowed in Havre and Hill County

Are we in a drought or aren’t we? Is it dry here or isn’t it? The National Weather Service and USDA both say we are and say it is. And it’s those kinds of institutions that I... — Updated 7/9/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Birdsong, toe trucks, garden buckets and other lore

You know how I love the rains, right? As with grandchildren, I love them more when they behave. You know. Sunshine days and rain in the early evenings. Another morning listening to... — Updated 7/8/2021

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Six-dog party

It was a good party. Of course you would expect me to say that, since it was our going-away party and I am bound to be biased. But there were six dogs and plenty of food and lots... — Updated 7/7/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - Help give back to veterans and the community at Beaver Creek Jam

Editor, Havre is definitely one of those places that is filled with pride and support for their small-town community. It is also one of those places that holds very few events because of its small population — which is why a... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: I'm just following the letter of the law

I just spent a week on a tractor cleaning my corrals and doing some dirt work, which gave my brain far too much time to get lost in philosophical contemplation, and this week my... — Updated 7/2/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Some like it hot; some like it not

My back yard is full of baby doves foraging. Worms? Could be any number of bugs. They have a huge, juicy selection. All sizes, all colors. Last night we had a Bi... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Good memories

My husband, Peter, is looking around our empty living room. “I’ll always have good memories of this place.” “I will too,” I assure him. We are packing up the last of our... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: A soft-fleshed human in an inhospitable land

Weed, bug and heat season is not the time to be made of soft, fleshy parts — and, yet, here I am. Again. There’s this one part of spring that I really look forward to each... — Updated 6/26/2021

 

From the Fringe … Let's all leave no trace

Last Saturday night, I did something I am pretty proud of. I summited Mount Otis in exactly 28 minutes from my car to the bench at the top. I don’t know if this is a good time, a great time, or nothing to write home about, but... — Updated 6/25/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: And the rains, they came.

To the tune of “Just Another Manic Monday,” the rains, they came, “just another rainy Monday,” Tuesday, Wednesday. Every day, the rains, they came. I’ve no idea why that o... — Updated 6/24/2021

 

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