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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 27, 2015 

From the North 40: Doomed to domestic disaster

Despite my long, sordid history of being unable to snap out of my obsessive obsession with, well, random obsessive things, I had fully planned on writing this week about something besides my house... Full story

 Opinion    March 27, 2015 

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Havre Police did a great job in capturing an escapee last week. Eric Bruce Fowler escaped from a Warm Springs drug and alcohol center for addicted inmates. He ended up in Havre. When local police tried to apprehend him, he took off in a... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Se bilingue - I speak food in different languages

In the months I have been in Mazatlan, I have collected referrals for several ways to enhance my poor command of Spanish. But all seem to be formal classes. No thank you. If small children point and...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 20, 2015

From the North 40: My best laid, half-cracked plans

Today’s column is brought to you by anxiety, a wholly owned subsidiary of deep dilemma, which is on a mission to provide my every thought a bumpy ride on the worry bus to crazy town. The problem is... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 19, 2015

Crooning the homesick blues for Montana

I woke up homesick. I want real weather, I said to myself. I’ll take any distraction to keep myself from dealing with the deeper problem. Weather, indeed. Tip of my iceberg. Winter’s never been... Full story

 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Guest column: Gun lobby wants to promote fear, grab headlines

Lynn Hamilton Another litany of constitutional arguments from the gun lobby, Senate Bill 143, The “Higher Education Rights Restoration Act,” is designed to promote fear, grab headlines, undermine confidence in government institutions and public... Full story

 Opinion    March 13, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Leroy Keller should make us all proud. He donated blood this week, just as he has done frequently for almost 60 years. As of this week, he has donated 35 gallons of blood. That's a record for the Havre area, and we’d bet it’s close... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 13, 2015

From the North 40: It's the sounds of morningIt's classically, quizzically, me

Last week I explored, in part, the idea of who knows me better: the people doing the health screening who said I’m now short and fat, or my Chinese Zodiac which says I’m “vain and high... Full story

 Opinion    March 13, 2015

No last-minute safety net crunch

March is upon us and with the change of calendar comes the dawn of springtime and many decisions for Montana farmers. And this year, these decisions include several important choices on federal safety net programs that could make a big difference... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 6, 2015

View from the North 40: Can you screen me now?

Health screenings are meant to tell you, and others, important things about yourself, but really, I’m more than just a list of numbers on a page. Why just this week I took a 12-question quiz and... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 5, 2015

Looking Out My Backdoor: Saga of sexy sunglasses

Ai-yi-yi! I don’t know what to do. One minute I’m happily married, the next minute I’m headed for divorce court. You know how I’ve been purging drawers and cabinets, throwing away useless,... Full story

 Opinion    March 4, 2015

It's now halftime at Montana Legislature

Rep. John Brenden, R-Scobey It is halftime at the Legislature and they call it transmittal. The Legislature has a few days off until March 5. This is when all the general bills have to be passed from one house to the other in order to be heard in... Full story

 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


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