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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 26, 2014

View from the North 40: When a fish tale is more than a little fishy

Sometimes I feel crazy about my animals, really. Tuesday I spent 45 minutes riding my horse with my dog along for the adventure, then spent one-and-a-half hours cleaning mud and weed seeds off my dog. Why? Because, that was the responsible thing to d... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton Local columnist    Opinion    September 25, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: When I grow up, what will I be

In a note to a friend I mentioned that I have lived my life in chunks. The years on the ranch. Years raising my children. Years re-covering furniture. Years in theater. Years in city government. Those sorts of chunks. Some chunks overlap. Some... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 19, 2014

View from the North 40: Price of home-ground magic

High on the list of life’s elixirs, those magical potions that bring a spark of, well, magic to food, to gatherings, to life itself, is horseradish. Yes, glorious, creamy, rip your sinuses right... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Vagaries of wind and weather

Egads! Another hurricane. Last week Hurricane Norberto blew past, waved “hello” and left unwelcome gifts of havoc. This week, Hurricane Odile, not to be left behind, followed the same path.... Full story

 
 By Bill Thackeray    Opinion    September 15, 2014

Community Focus: A great educational leader

I was very pleased with your recent front-page article describing the changes that have taken place at Hays-Lodge Pole School under the supervision of a new school board and a highly qualified new school superintendent, Margaret Campbell. As your... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 12, 2014

View from the North 40: When tragedy stalks my house

One of the greatest tragedies to an enlightened mankind, which, as a group, develops a strong sense of attachment, is dealing with loss. This can be loss of loved ones or co-workers, loss of a home or... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 11, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Letters home about rain, floods and water

Dear Richard, Across the street the sewer main sprung a vicious leak. Nasty, smelly water is burbling up, sending a gray putrid pool down the street my way. The break is right on the corner of Calle del Pulpo and Tiberon. Actually, I don't know... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 5, 2014

View from the North 40: The Gods of Irony love horses

The Gods of Irony have their own random agenda, and they rarely interact, intervene or interfere on purpose with a human - unless of course, that human has horses, then they're fair game. Horses are... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 4, 2014

Kicking, and embracing, the e-world with panic

Drag me kicking and screaming to the latest electronic devices and I obviously want nothing to do with them. My cellphone — the dumbest one I can find — is smarter than I am, and has functions I... Full story

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    August 25, 2014

The real fight against ALS

There has been a lot of jocularity in recent days because of the national craze of challenging people to have ice cold water poured over their heads as a way of raising funds for the fight against ALS, the dreaded neurological disease. If the craze m... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 22, 2014

Can't we at least be frenemies

War doesn’t do as much for humanity as it used to. We’re all so angry and ill-tempered it’s tiresome. Where's the unity? After World War I and its exciting sequel World War II, the war... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 21, 2014

Choices we make and second-guess later

Actually, there is no “we.” I am the one wondering if I lost my last wing nut. I’m down in the dumps, crawling along the bottom of the pit, rolling in slime and garbage. Well, it sort of feels... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 14, 2014

Hometown county fair, Anywhere, USA

I attended the Dawson County Fair with my daughter Dee Dee and her family. It was touch and go whether there would even be a Saturday night rodeo. Black clouds had rolled in, covering the sky,... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 8, 2014

Ideal vs. real: Cage match

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or what we call just another day here in Pamville. What I intend to do when the Internet goes down: read a book, get ahead on writing assignments. What... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 1, 2014

Yes, that is so super cool

We’ve all met those people, those cool people who are so super cool that they don’t even know that they’re cool or that you are a changed person just by having met them. Should you ever have... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 31, 2014

Lexi rides the Empire Builder - toot toot!

Hi, my name is Alexandria. Call me Lexi. Grandma took me on train from Seattle to Wolf Point so I can spend time with my cousin Antoinette. Call her Toni. I am 6 years old. Toni is 8. Grandma asked... Full story

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2014

Our View: Senator, plagarism is a very big deal

Sen. John Walsh, D-Montana, has been caught red-handed plagiarizing a report for his master’s degree. The New York Times did a tremendous public service by discovering and reporting on the plagiarism at the Army War College. Since then, many voters... Full story

 
 By Caleb Hutchins    Opinion    July 28, 2014

Requiem for Creative Leisure

I met my wife for the first time in Creative Leisure. I had gone to Creative Leisure to rent a movie that had just come out - it may have been "Shaun of the Dead," or "Kill Bill," or some other cult... Full story

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2014

Our View: senator, plagarism is a big deal

Sen. John Walsh, D-Montana, has been caught red-handed plagiarizing a report for his master’s degree. The New York Times did a tremendous public service by discovering and reporting on the plagiarism at the Army War College. Since then, many voters... Full story

 
 By Caleb Hutchins    Opinion    July 27, 2014

Requiem for reative Leisure

I met my wife for the first time in Creative Leisure. I had gone to Creative Leisure to rent a move that had just come out — it may have been “Shaun of the Dead,” or “Kill Bill,” or some other cult classic from the early 2000s — and I... Full story

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2014

Requiem for Creative Leisure

I met my wife for the first time in Creative Leisure. I had gone to Creative Leisure to rent a move that had just come out - it may have been "Shaun of the Dead," or "Kill Bill," or some other cult... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 25, 2014

As American as ketchup pie

Nothing says Americana quite like the Midwestern heartland and good ol’ American ketchup, and nothing says America’s heartland needs you more now than ever than a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Weathering wear for the worst

I’m freezing. I’ve been shivering since landing at Sky Harbor in Phoenix last Wednesday. Phoenix is even hotter than Mazatlan. This being summertime, I didn’t expect frigid air in Phoenix. I... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 18, 2014

Too real for action reels

Maybe I watch too many movies and I’ve become jaded, bored by the action movie formula, but thoughts of reality keep intruding on my action/adventure cinema experience. In a scene where thieves... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 11, 2014

The devil is in the details

I am willing to entertain the idea that the devil is real and he is working in the manufacturing business as a design concepts innovation engineer. Yes, I just made up that job title, but with the dev... Full story

 

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