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 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...

 
 By Helen Austin    Opinion    April 24, 2019

Whitewater News and Opinion for April 24, 2019

Whitewater community are all very sad, and shocked by the passing of our own Linda Berg. Sympathy to her big family and many friends, including myself. Linda was such a wonderful, helpful, kind...

 

Boats a priority, always have been

I put the canoe in the lake last weekend. Ice only covered half the bay, and I hoped a pike or two would be cruising the melting edge. I didn’t get a bite but it was good to be on the water again....

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Peezy in Montana Part 1

It is hard to talk about moving. We love it here. Ironically, thinking about it takes me back to when I moved here a little less than seven years ago. At that time, I was content with my job at...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Shirking responsibilities

Boy howdy! You know the old saying that goes “time flies when you’re having fun?” Well, I am not sure what time does when you’re only mildly amused, but the days of spring are quickly ticking by and guess what, boys and girls, high school...

 

Smallmouth in the bucket?

I was interested to read that the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to kill the smallmouth bass in a public pond in River Rock subdivision in Belgrade. FWP worries that the...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Blunder Man strikes again...from the News desk

Reading the front page of any newspaper should almost never include perusing opinions. The bad news is, this spot is opinion, mostly, except for the fact that I blundered big this week…no fake news there. As Monday morning ticks into the...

 

Legislators must address Alzheimer's epidemic

On April 2, Montanans will join hundreds of other Alzheimer’s advocates from across the country in our nation’s capitol, meeting with Senator Daines, Senator Tester and Congressman Gianforte. The resounding message will again be loud and clear:...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Slow Cleaner

I have to admit something. I am terrible at doing chores. No, not because I am a guy, but I think it has something to do with my attention span. Back when I was growing up, when it came to cleaning,...

 

Sen. Lang opposes port hour reduction

Living in Montana on the Hi-Line, the ports of entry are a valuable resource. They allow people and goods to flow freely from one side of the border to the other. So, I was deeply troubled to learn that --yet, again -- the powers that be in...

 

Thank you for speaking up about APR

Dear Editor, Congratulations too Brenda for taking the time to explain the intentions of the American Prairie reserve (APR). If the American Serengeti succeeds, Eastern Montana, as we know it, will be gone — so will the towns, schools, and...

 

Courage in a small package

Dear editor, The wolf shot near Glasgow was not officially acting like a wild wolf. FWP says that being near buildings, livestock, or domestic dogs is behavior more typical of a habituated or food conditioned animal, a released captive wolf, or a...

 

A new dose of reality

I’m losing my grip on reality. A few weeks into the recent cold spell I turned to the tube for solace. I needed a fix of Street Outlaws, Alaskan Bush People, and Beachfront Bargain Hunt to take my...

 

Wearing out its welcome

I was surprised to read Frances Kim’s guest editorial in which she wrote about feeling excluded from the Bozeman outdoor community. Kim wrote that, “the outdoors are inherently exclusionary.” I...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Heavy hand, heavier heart

If you have seen me moping around Phillips County lately, it’s because the whispers you have heard or seen are true; we are moving sometime in the near future. Though it will be a new beginning for...

 
 By Pierre Bibbs    Opinion    March 6, 2019

Reminds me of my childhood

It’s interesting being a parent at times. I enjoy watching my boys play together. Now that Lincoln is starting to get around by crawling or assisted walking we get to see the boys interact more and...

 

Snowed in and feeling fine

We were snowbound, and the middle of nowhere was an hour away. I was just fine with it. Barb and I met our friend Mike last week at our cabin on Fort Peck Lake for a few days of ice fishing. Actually...

 

What does sustainable ranching mean?

Have you noticed that 'sustainability' is the latest buzz word related to ranching? Ever wonder what they are talking about? I have attended several workshops and read many articles in an attempt to determine what they mean by 'sustainable...

 

Please slow down with the social media well wishes

I've been discussing this issue on social media lately with many of you and, tonight after reading about one incident in particular, I decided to write this letter. When a loved one of mine passes away, please DO NOT write about it on Facebook,...

 

MHSA asks parents, fans to 'cool it'

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Montana, this message is primarily for you. When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high...

 

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