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 By Stephen Real    Opinion    December 11, 2018 

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....

 

Letter to the Editor - Library hayrides ready to roll

Editor, It’s that time of year again! Your Havre-Hill County Library will be hosting their annual Holiday Hayride Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Join us for an afternoon that will be sure to get you and your whole family into the Christmas spirit....

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Martin family hosts Christmas Cap and Glove drive

The Martin Family of Hays, along with our employees at Martin’s Grocery, are all sponsoring a Christmas a Cap and Glove drive for all ages. Our winters can get pretty harsh out here, and we see so many people going without, so we decided we would...

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Nominations for Elliott Award sought

Editor, The Blue Pony Booster Club is in need of nominations for the Dr. Jim Elliott Memorial Award. Dr. Elliott’s family gave the first award in 2001 and purchased a plaque that hangs in a trophy case at the Havre High School’s west foyer with t...

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you, Northern Montana Hospital special care section

Editor, A short time ago we experienced the death of a family loved one. The last few days of his life were spent in the comfort care section of Northern Montana Hospital. This was a very difficult time that was made bearable by the exceptionally...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you for your love and care at our celebration of life

Editor, It was wonderful to see all the friends who came to the celebration of life of Ruth Ervin. Your support and love was outstanding and heartfelt. Thank you, Eagles Club and your staff. You made a hard situation successful. And the Hi-Line...

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to all for helping when needed

Ediitor, We would like to thank the wonderful mall employees and the very kind couple that helped my husband when he needed medical assistance at Holiday Village Mall on Monday. Also the EMTs and ER staff were so kind, knowledgeable and efficient....

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Come join the fellowship of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner next year

Dear Editor, For decades in Havre a team of people organize a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, this past Thursday was no exception. Our current mission statement is like the first celebrated Thanksgiving in 1621, that meal 397 years ago was arranged...

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor - People lighting candles worldwide Dec. 9 in remembrance

To all bereaved parents, grandparents, siblings, and those who support them, The North Central Montana Compassionate Friends, along with the National Compassionate Friends, is participating in the 22nd annual World Wide Candle Lighting in remembrance...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thirty-seven-years-old and going strong

I’ve surpassed 25 consecutive years of joining as many as 800 of my closest friends in savoring the turkey and all the fixins during the annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner, first in St. Jude’s Social Hall and then in the Parish Center. 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...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to Zinke on Badger-Two medicine

Dear Editor: The Badger Two-Medicine on the Rocky Mountain Front is a sacred area for the Blackfeet Tribe and one of Montana’s most spectacular landscapes This week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took an important step forward in protecting this...

 

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