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 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    June 29, 2022 

An eventful exit from Flathead Lake

The sign read “Caution: Water over road,” a warning that filled me with dread considering we were in a car with only a couple of inches of clearance. During a visit to Flathead Lake last week...

 

It may take years to get back to Cooke City again

Cooke City felt like a very long ways from anywhere when I arrived there 52 years ago. I had driven over the Beartooth Pass from Red Lodge, and was still awestruck when I rolled into town. I had...

 

Hoping to get a little batty this summer!

I was working in my garden last week when I heard the first mosquito of the season. He buzzed my ear, and in an unsuccessful attempt to squash him I slapped myself upside the head. It will be long...

 

Opinion on gun violence in schools

There is a common denominator in school shootings: America’s rifle, the AR-15. Built to throw a lot of lead, this mass-produced, cheaply made weapon was designed for the military, but has been embra...

 

Goodbye Old Mike, my friend

A couple of old friends of mine passed away recently. Memorial services are planned for later this summer. I grieved when I heard the news, wishing that I’d stayed in closer contact, but now they we...

 

They look and sound like you and me

Homelessness isn’t much of a problem in the little town where I live. We offer few services to the passing-through poor and don’t have a shelter. Although we’re surrounded by thousands of acres...

 

Still able to float my boat

I hadn’t been fishing in a while. Not like this anyway. For three days in a row, my friend Mike and I fished Fort Peck Lake from morning ‘til night with little interference other than time out to...

 

Everything changes, including me

I’m not a guy who dwells on the good old days. Everything changes. Including me. But really, it‘s hard to ignore. Does everything have to change for the worse? Bitter cold combined with drought...

 
 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    May 4, 2022

The Rock Creek Library is nearly complete

During a meeting of our cabin owners association last fall it was suggested that one of those little free libraries would be a good addition to the community. A board member immediately spoke up and...

 

It's the lazy man's time of year

It’s hard to turn on the TV or open the laptop without being inundated with tips on how to get ready for spring. Prepare those vegetable beds now! Check this list before you put that boat in the...

 

Camping in April; I used to know better

My memory is beginning to fail. I used to know better. You don’t camp in Montana in April. I forgot that. A couple of weeks ago Barb and I hooked the pickup to our camper trailer and drove south to...

 

The secret is already out

I recently read an article questioning the ethics of journalists who write about the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Fearing the park is being loved to death, the author wrote that stories...

 

I guess I'm just lucky

I guess I’m just lucky to have survived this far. The recent deaths of a backcountry snow-biker, and a horn hunter hit me particularly hard. I didn’t know either victim, but I knew what they were...

 

I don't want you to be disappointed

I recently read that Kalispell is the fastest-growing town of its size in the nation. Bozeman isn’t far behind in third place. Apparently both towns offer what newcomers are looking for: mountainous...

 

My fear is becoming a realization

When we bought our cabin on Fort Peck Lake I had one immediate fear: the lake would leave. Entering our seventh season at the cabin my fear is being realized. The bay out our back door is rapidly...

 

Homesick during our vacation

Radio cranked, the family truckster humming along at 110 while the high Nevada desert passes by in a blur, I was suddenly struck by a wave of homesickness. I sure miss Montana. Plastic grocery bags...

 

I've been told nearly all of my life...

I’m befuddled by the legions of folks complaining about their loss of freedoms. Maybe I’m just naive, but I don’t seem to have lost any. For a third of the year I wander the landscape...

 

No doubt about who is in charge

I can tell from my dogs’ behavior that hunting season ended some time ago. From September through December they behave as if well trained. They sleep a lot, rarely get into mischief, and seldom...

 

Two very different Montanas

There are two very different Montanas. One is booming economically with skyrocketing home prices as newcomers flock there to get a piece of the Big Sky. It’s the Montana that’s pictured in...

 

Wolves are what elk used to be

It doesn’t seem so long ago that folks were all worked up about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. There were worries that the predators would devastate the elk herds, then...

 

Barb wasn't going to ride tandem

While visiting with an old friend recently I happened to mention my snowmobiles. He took a step back, a shocked look on his face. “You have a snowmobile?” he asked. “Two, in fact,” I told...

 

How did they know what I was drinking?

I’ve never been much of a conspiracy theory guy. I don’t believe there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll. I don’t think the moon landing was a hoax. I’m not convinced that the covid...

 

Mixed emotions about extending bird season

I have mixed feelings about a recent proposal to extend the upland bird season one more month. While I’d love to keep hunting until the end of January, my wife, I’m sure has other thoughts. The...

 

Newspapers going the way of the pay phone

Barb and I were invited to speak to students during career day at the high school last week. The author of more than 115 books, she had quite a bit to say. As a former newspaperman I didn’t. As much...

 

It's been a while since I saw a bear

It’s been a while since I saw a bear in my neighborhood. We had them in our yard once in Bozeman as evidenced by the scat they left. I have a wonderful photo of a black bear running full tilt...

 

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