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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 27, 2015 

From the North 40: It's the sounds of morning

I think that because my typical day starts before most people’s does, before the noise of civilization in motion, it’s the sounds of morning that captivate me most. I am used to the beloved... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 26, 2015

In my next life, I would love to have hair

Recovery from surgery has multi-faceted aspects. In my considered opinion, most aspects don’t bear the attention we tend to give them. The grim reality is that we get to go through the discomforts,... Full story

 By Marc Racicot    Opinion    February 26, 2015

Water compact benefits CSKT, all Montanans

The CSKT Water Compact is just one of the many important negotiated agreements that our state has entered into over a long period of time with the Indian tribes of Montana. Through the years, numerous water compacts and other state-tribal... Full story

 By Clay Vincent    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Few problems seen with urban chickens

As the Hill County sanitarian and a lifelong pet owner, I would like to make my thoughts known on the issue of urban chickens. I have owned dogs or cats all of my life and only until recently did I... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 20, 2015

From the North 40: Plumbing avoidance issues

When you suffer from what I like to call random obsessive compulsive disorder, as I do, there’s no telling what idea, concept, image, worry, question or song your brain is going to take hold of and... Full story

 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Guest column: Montana's health care answer

(The following piece is writtenn by Sen. Fred Thomas, Rep. Art Wittich, Rep. Nancy Ballance, Rep. Ron Ehli, Sen. Matt Rosendale, and Sen. Cary Smith, Republican members of the Montana House.) We recently introduced our Big Sky Health package, which... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 19, 2015

A look at Carnival, the Mardi Gras of Mazatlan

The 117th annual Carnaval. This year the theme is Los Suenos del Rey Momo — the Dreams of the King. Momo — a mythological Greek god who wore masks of satire, mockery and censure, the god of... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 13, 2015

View from the North 40: Queen of exposure patrol

The Montana legislative Judicial Committee quickly shot down an indecency law referendum proposed this session. In this display of infinite wisdom, it has also shot down my chance at a job upgrade. Th... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 12, 2015

My motto: All dreams fall from the same sky

Upbeat. Uplifting. Positive. I like to fill my weekly articles with humor and hope. Re-read the title, an ancient Hopi expression. That’s all the hope I have to give you. This is my second week... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 6, 2015

View from the North 40

Because we have now reached a critical point in the aging process of our white trash mansion, my husband and I are now considering the possibility of looking into maybe sometime soon upgrading, or... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 5, 2015

I Left My Hip in Sinnn-a-lo-a

With a bit of lyrical jiggling, I could write a new hit song. OK. So I’m not Tony Bennett. OK. So not all my good ideas work. I’m happy to be back in my casa. My bionic knee, Ruth, acquired in... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 30, 2015

View from the North 40: It's a warm and fuzzy guilty feeling

Cognitive dissonance is just fancy talk for the brain hurt you get from thinking two conflicting thoughts at the same time. I think by natural design I would have no problem with this occurring... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 29, 2015

Looking Out My Backdoor - A hip bionic woman is getting a tire change

Holy Smokies. I never know which way the ball will bounce when I get up in the morning. Hey, keeps me on my toes. When I saw my x-ray, I knew I’d soon have to go under the knife, become more bionic... Full story

 Opinion    January 27, 2015

'Je suis abusé' - Creating a world without 'Charlie'

Mark Douglas The radical attacks in Paris touched the world. In hopes of minimizing the pain, people around the world, in the streets, in parks, and in the virtual commons of Facebook, declared “Je suis Charlie” — “I AM Charlie.” Recently,... Full story

 Opinion    January 27, 2015

Pace picks up at Legislature

Sen. John Brenden Hello again from the Capitol. We are now starting our fourth week in Helena, and the pace is getting faster. Gov. Steve Bullock has a proposed two-year budget of almost $4.5 billion in the general fund. This is $359... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 23, 2015

Peace in gallons per minute

I recently took a trip to visit friends, “those” friends, the kind of married friends who get along — even while installing plumbing. It’s sick and a measure of my capacity for tolerance that... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 22, 2015

In Seattle, Harlem, Mexico: Getting to know you

When I moved from Montana to the Seattle area in 1984, not my first relocation by any means, I knew it would take a while to develop friendships. Two years later, coffee outings with a couple of women... Full story

 By John Kelleher    Opinion    January 19, 2015

Years later, guilt from bullying

I’m glad to see an increased effort on anti-bullying campaigns in area schools and youth organizations. It was a long time coming. Havre Public Schools and most schools in the area, the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, Scout groups and many... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 16, 2015

View from the North 40

It’s no secret. I’ve discussed this openly, even here in my column: One of the great ironies in the history of the world, or my own life — whichever is greater — is that I have to read the new... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 15, 2015

Longing for one of those rough Montana winters

Hi John, I understand the weather is a bit on the rough and tough up there. I’ll not talk about the weather down here. Hello Sondra, That’s what a little time in Mexico does to you. You’ve lost... Full story

 Opinion    January 9, 2015

View from the North 40

With Christmas and New Year celebrations behind us, we are now entering the dark days. Days with long, black nights and the freeze of winter settled into the cold, hard ground. And days upon weeks upon months in which time stretches out before me lik... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Resolved: I will eat more chocolate in 2015

Against my better judgment, I made a New Year’s resolution. There’s a first time for everything. To me, New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than tongues flapping empty air. No matter how... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 2, 2015

View from the North 40

Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to love horses — sure, it sounds like a catchy country tune, but really, don’t. Just don’t. Horse people say things about loving horses — how they’re... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Gifts of Christmas past: Traditions change with moves

For years I have had fun devising unusual “Charlie Brown” Christmas trees. My last several years in Washington, I used a gigantic Montana tumbleweed for my tree, carefully boxing it up for... Full story

 By Andy Carlson    Opinion    December 26, 2014

A great time for music in Havre Public Schools

This time of the year in Havre Public Schools the sets take center stage. From the first-graders singing up at the mall to the Hi-Liters touring around the community, Havre Public Schools’ “Tradition of Excellence” in the arts is at its... Full story


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