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The perfect bird dog?

I’m going to upgrade my printer. Get me one of them newfangled ones that prints guns. But I’m not much interested in printing out one of those ugly little single shot pistols that have been...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    August 15, 2018 

I was on time, Granddaddy

So, yes, my last grandparent passed away a few weeks ago. Upon hearing that, the most common-sense thing to do was go to the funeral. That was not the most economical choice for us because honestly,...

 
 By Helen Austin    Opinion    August 15, 2018 

Whitewater News and Opinion for August 15, 2018

Whitewater NEWS 8-8. Sympathy to all who lost someone or lost their homes in fires. There have been terrible fires in California, Montana and many other places across the US. Be careful and a big...

 

Dealing with urban deer

It often happens that when you solve one problem you create another. Cities and towns all across Montana are struggling to deal with a growing urban deer population. The issue was brought up last...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    August 8, 2018

I have tasted greatness

It finally happened. Recently I wrote a three-part series of how I missed out on Taco Bell's Nacho Fries. I can finally say that I had a chance to taste the greatness that was those nacho fries. It...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 8, 2018

Winter blues in August

Another Phillips County Fair has come and gone and what comes next, though exciting in their own rights, sort of depress me. The end of this year’s fair marks the beginning of fall and then winter, and with each year that passes, I wonder how many...

 

Mosquito musing in Malta

I woke up this morning scratching a mosquito bite on my ankle. The last thing I remember before falling asleep was the sound of the fogger on the city truck driving by the house. I usually get up and...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 1, 2018

Ramblings before the fair

Belly-up at one of the burger booths…or all of them. Ranch Rodeo, Youth Rodeo or Indian Relay Races, what’s your favorite? Over at the stalls, the 4-H kids have their animals ready for the show and soon to be for sale…go clap them up and...

 

It's been a long wait

When I cased the shotgun on New Year’s Day the opening of hunting season was eight months away. It seemed like a very long time to wait. It always does. But this year especially, the wait seemed...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Is that a real word?

People often hate or fear what they don't understand. Something that freaks me out is a hairless pet. I guess when you're told your whole life that domesticated animals are furry and cuddly, you get...

 

Malta Lutheran Church Anniversary

The people gathered to celebrate 100 years God blessed them daily through toil and tears Joy was expressed as people sang and prayed with thanks to God for the Spirit displayed. Pastors who had served came from far away to share in the readings and p...

 

That is just how we fished

I started catching bass on a fly rod when I was a kid. Dad taught me how to cast. Growing up in southern Indiana I didn’t know too many other fly fishermen, but it was just how we fished....

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    July 11, 2018

The signs where there

Yes, my boy has glasses. A few weeks ago we took PJ to an optometrist just to make sure he could see well. I should have known that he would have to wear glasses at an early age, given that both his...

 

With conflicted emotions

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for small animals. Especially rabbits. So it was with conflicted emotions that I dispatched six young bunnies last week. I didn’t want to be that guy, but...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    July 3, 2018

Trying to stay hydrated

We will see how long this lasts. Believe it or not, when I lived in Florida, I tried my hand at jogging. I would huff and puff up and down the street for a two-mile outing while my band was not...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    June 20, 2018

It's a generational thing

“Back in my day, a handful of rocks and a stick where my only toys and as for an allowance, shoot, I was allowed to breathe and was damn happy about it.” – Generic Scolder of Todays’ Youth Every generation has them, people who swear up and...

 

Yellowstone warnings

Yellowstone National Park has always been a scary place. Grizzly bears, boiling hot springs, and raging rivers have taken their toll over the years, but this spring its bison and elk that are sending...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    June 20, 2018

No son, that's my toy

Every once in a while daddy needs a toy. Yes of course I buy things like drillbits and tool related items, but I'm talking about a real toy. When I was a kid they had some pretty cool toys but now...

 

A fondness for snakes

While out walking the dogs last week at the lake I encountered a trio of young folks shore fishing and asked if they were having any luck. “We only caught a couple of hammer handles,” one of the...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Get that bird!

If I was a bird hunter, I would already have the perfect dog. My three-year-old Cocker Spaniel Bruce has always hated birds. At times he can be seen or heard barking at grackles that nest in a tree...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    June 13, 2018

So much for that beard

That didn’t last long. It was only three weeks ago that I was bragging about my yeard (a beard grown for a year) and now, here I am, my face smooth as a baby’s butt (but not as fresh smelling.) The response from people has come in three:...

 

Putting it off

The deadline to apply for an antelope tag is only a couple of days away. I always wait until the very last minute. It brings me luck. Or at least I tell myself it does. My wife says I simply put...

 

On American Prairie

Dear Editor, I recently read an American Prairie Reserve (APR) article titled, 'Freese Scale for Grassland Biodiversity, Background Summary'. This strange document was designed to justify the program proposed by APR. They rate 10 'ecological...

 

A letter in support of APR

Dear Editor, I was a range management specialist for the Malta Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office for over 30 years. After retiring in 2007, I was hired by the American Prairie Reserve (APR). As such, I’ve had considerable professional...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    May 30, 2018

My Great failure, Part II

Back to my quest for Taco Bell fries. So, my first attempt at eating Taco Bell in Billings was mired in what I call “bell lust,” where I lost sight of the mission to eat Taco Bell’s French fry a...

 

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