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 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    June 26, 2019 

Remembering Spot

I buried Spot yesterday. Planted her in the strawberry patch in the side yard where we can see her grave from our bedroom window. Her death, while long anticipated, was more difficult to deal with tha...

 

Staying put, for now

I’m not sure if I have written anything about this but…Our house is unofficially off the market. It looks like we are setting up to rough it through at least one more winter here in Malta. Simply put, we need to redo the siding on our house....

 

She loves me anyway

My wife and I got in a fight last week. She accused me of purposely not putting her on fish. I told her that was preposterous. Nothing makes me happier than watching her catch fish. Then why aren’t...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Art's to the rescue

We are no longer sleeping on the floor! A couple of years ago a wheel gave out on our bedframe. I sat down too hard and heard a pop! This should have been a sign that I was getting too heavy. I...

 

Counciling Corner for June 19, 2019: You Can Overcome Feelings Of Shyness

From the American Counseling Association Each of us, at times, feels anxious about a situation we’re currently in or about to enter. If such feelings are the norm for you, you may feel you’re “shy” and may find you’re labeled as such by...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    June 12, 2019

That's my boy

I was going to write about how I purchased my first pair of Jordan brand shoes at age 31, but I have a more important story. PJ started tee-ball! It is his first time playing in a real baseball game....

 

Not happy with PCMS treatment

I helped bring the Phillips County Motorsports to Malta starting in 2002 and remained actively involved with the organization until 2017. During those 15 years, some of my positions included Director and President until my departure. I am writing...

 

Should I stay or should I go?

Isn’t this a wonderful spring? Days of rain mixed with days of snow, cold, and lots of wind. It’s enough to make people leave. But take my word -- they’ll regret it. I know very few folks who...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Yes, I went to State C Track...

I see it coming. This week I had the chance to cover the 2019 State Class A-C Track and Field Meet in Laurel, MT. At this event were the three Class C teams that are covered in the PCN. I know it’s...

 

Hitting deadline and cooler heads

Though the deadline at the PCN is noon, don’t wait until the last minute to submit stuff, because space fills up quickly in the pages of the paper. A guy from the Montana Department of Revenue found this out last week when he sent a late E-mail...

 

Counciling Corner for Mar 29: You Don't Want To Give Up

Life is full of challenges. Some big, some small, but all can dishearten us at times and make us feel overwhelmed and discouraged. While the goal of some challenge may be important to you, it can be easy to lose sight of that goal when things get in...

 

Spray weeds the right way

Dear editor, We all would like to do our part to help prevent cancer, right? So here is a proposal for all of us: neighbors, school personnel, city crew. If you plan to spray poison on your weeds, how about protecting all of us humans (including...

 

Someone's watching?

I like flying under the radar. Or I did. It’s hard to do so these days. My dogs can’t even go unnoticed any longer. I recently received a message via facebook that my “springer spaniel dog Ruth...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    May 22, 2019

10 years of pain

I’m a man. So the thought of anyone touching my feet makes me uneasy. I cringe at the thought of getting a pedicure or a foot massage. Even going to a podiatrist is a no-go. That being said, I...

 

Of his many talents, add coffee brewing

Man, Pierre can make a cup of coffee! If you follow the PCN’s Sport editor on social media, or read his columns here, you’ll know that Mr. Bibbs has taken up the new hobby of roasting and grinding fresh coffee beans (adding to his resume of...

 

Best fishing of the year

It’s time. The best fishing of the year is happening right now. But don’t hesitate. It will be over in a flash. There’s a narrow window of time each spring when the rivers are clear and the cadd...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    May 15, 2019

The Census is important

Selling a home is a waiting game. There is a slim chance that we may be here for a while; as long as you’ll have us, we will be happy. Thinking about the possibility of change can be both exciting a...

 

Scaring children and animals one tan at a time

With MMA, Memorial Day, FSB Car Show, and high school graduations all in the coming days, Summer is here! I tried to force the issue last Friday, sporting shorts and no socks, a plain white tee and a sunny disposition. Mother Nature had different...

 
 By Ron Stoneberg    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Should we 'leave it to nature?'

A wise sage once said something like, "failure to learn from history will generally result in repeating the failures". This is what is happening in northeastern Montana. You have probably heard about the American Prairie Reserve's (APR) plans for an...

 
 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    May 8, 2019

My pro-elk bias

I’m not a joiner. I prefer to remain impartial or at least give that impression. No one can say I wrote this or that because I belong to a certain organization or know a secret handshake. I pretty m...

 

Largest construction in county by preservation organization

Dear editor, Traveling down highway 191, 6.5 miles past the DY junction you can see the large dirt spoil piles on the right-hand side of the road. On the left-hand side is a utility box. The power and phone to this utility box were trenched 6.5...

 

Dog owners called out after droppings left in the cemetery

Dear editor, Please, out of respect for our deceased family members, please keep your dogs on a leash, or better yet, no dogs should be allowed in the cemetery at all! Your dogs are pooping on someone’s family grave. How disrespectful! Disgusting!...

 
 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    May 1, 2019

When it omes to tags, I'm rarely successful

I had such high hopes. Following the same routine I always use when applying for special tags, I clicked “send” and settled in for the wait, visions of big bucks and bulls dancing through my head....

 

My pet was definitely cuter than yours

There’s a photo of Spot at our cabin on the lake when she was 14. She’s plopped down in the kitchen doorway looking cute. Our friend Elizabeth took the picture, had it framed, and gave it to us...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    April 24, 2019

Peezy in Montana Part 2

It seems like I just got here. June 22 will mark the seven year anniversary of my feet touching Montanan soil. My first meal in Montana was at a gas station, Blue’s BBQ to be precise. It’s ironic...

 

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