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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...

 
 By Parker Heinlein    Opinion    May 22, 2019 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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