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Looking out my Backdoor: The rain in Spain(ish) and assorted nonsense

Rain, “lluvia” in Español, pinging on my Mexican tile roof, sounds like the clatter of typewriter keys hitting the platen. Do you remember that rapidly rattling noise? Woe is me. These old bones...

 

Letter to the Editor - Daines and Gianforte must take immediate action on CSKT Compact

Editor, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe Water Compact took over a decade to negotiate with water users on and off the CSKT nation. The CSKT will protect the rights of water users across Montana. It passed the Montana Legislature with...

 

Working together to stop the feral swine threat

Farming and hunting are two of the defining qualities of Montana. For decades, hunters and landowners have worked together to maintain our public wildlife, our working agricultural lands and our outdoor heritage. Landowners know hunters are the best...

 

The Postscript: Season's edge

“I like the edge season!” my husband, Peter, said, as we watched the moon rise over the mountains and felt a chill breeze rise with it. As far as I know, Peter invented this expression. He might...

 

Public takes a back seat to politics on the PSC

The Public Service Commission has always been a somewhat surly bunch. The PSC’s devoted staff has often had to deal with varying degrees of political game-playing, deception, threats and intrigue. Sure. Politicians politic. The question is, at the...

 

Seeing kindred spirits in Ireland

Though a “news junkie,” I’ve grown deeply weary of the unrelenting impeachment coverage, and so was grateful to escape for a recent vacation to the Emerald Isle of Ireland. I’m a typical...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to blood drive volunteers

Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the volunteers that help with the blood drive that takes place at the St. Judes Parish Center every other month.  Since the drive is also held during the school year...

 

Recycling may be in a slump, but its not dead

If you are recycling, you are well aware that many of the items you used to recycle can’t be taken by the recyclers or your solid waste program. This is the result of Americans sending filthy recyclables to China, our biggest recyclables customer,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 15, 2019

View from the North 40: Yes, these really are wonky times

Sometimes, in these modern times, it’s difficult for us to make sense of the world but, rest assured, I am here to tell you that there are very good reasons why things don’t make sense. The world...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: My 'almost-Mexican' fiesta

This was not my idea, to have a party. It was sloppily put together. Any party, even pot luck, takes a lot of work. I didn't really want to do it. I was tired and in pain from the long bus ride. Bah...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana politics

Editor, It was with amusement that I read the Havre Daily News article Oct. 7 quoting Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, basically blasting Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci for having an opinion Bachmeier didn’t like, and expressing that...

 

Celebrating our nation's heroes and hidden heroes this November

November is not only National Veterans Month but also National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and thank the more than 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. This November, we should honor and pay respect to both: those who served our...

 

Letter to the Editor - Remember Eldon Mooney Dec. 7

Editor, On 7 December, the Pacific Junction Railway Club at the Havre Rail Museum will honor Eldon Mooney. Eldon moved to Havre from Billings, where he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad the Burlington Northern Railway. In Havre he worked for...

 

The Postscript: Temporary worries

My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home. Peter ran out of lotion and for several days used...

 

All because of you

With your donations to Energy Share last year, you helped 2,885 Montana families who were facing energy emergencies. Causes of these emergencies included unexpected expenses, deaths in the family, non-working or unsafe heating systems, illnesses or i...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 8, 2019

View from the North 40:Even on a good day, it's all mayhem

“I just want my house clean enough so that if someone drops by unexpectedly, it doesn’t look like we’re six days into battling a poltergeist” — Author unknown. I don’t normally quote...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Adept in the ways of sloth

Nobody told us. Well, nobody told me. I’m from a family of workers, obsessive workers, one might say. In my family, sloth is a mere breath removed from slovenly and slatternly. Nobody ever said...

 

Letter to the Editor - Naber an example of what rural teachers should be

Dear editor: I was very pleased with Ila McClenahan’s interesting account of her teachers at the one-room elementary schools across north-central Montana. She was a student at Staton Coulee School while I was a student at rural Burnham School...

 

The Postscript: Good pear

My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky — but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to everyone for helping with speech and debate

Editor, The members of the Havre HIgh School speech and debate team want to thank everyone for stepping up and helping us by judging at our invitational tournament Saturday. Many of our regular judges took time from their Saturday to come and rank st...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 1, 2019

View from the North 40: Part 2 of the the two-part 'Ewww' series

Last week’s Part 1 of the “Ewww” series was about our resident over-the-door bat that made its way into our house, but this Part 2 really ups the ewww-factor, proving that we are not living the...

 

AmeriCorps celebrates 25 years of service

Happy 25th Anniversary AmeriCorps! Each year, over 75,000 people serve in AmeriCorps across the US. Since 1994, national service has improved lives and landscapes, while transforming those who commit to serve. Service to others is an American...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Beware the devious AI toothbrush

“This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth. This is the way we brush our teeth, so early in the morning.” News headlines to nursery rhymes, that’s me. When I read...

 

The Post Script: More owls

First, I noticed the owl. “Peter! Did you see the owl?!” Our last Airbnb in Spain had a ceramic owl. So, when I found a similar owl—in a similarly inconvenient location—I took it as a good...

 

Supporting a community-led effort to boost eastern Montana tourism, business

As the folks responsible for promoting the vibrant, charming towns and stunning landscapes across our state, we know that Montana’s strong economy is driven in part by a thriving tourism and outdoor recreation economy. We also know that eastern...

 

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