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This sales tax makes sense

January 15, 2020 at 7:24 am

I will fully admit I’m not fan of sales taxes. When I moved to Montana some 22 years ago, I came from outside Buffalo, New York, where we had sales tax, property tax, income tax and a 10 cent per quart tax on motor oil, in addition to a hef...

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Let it snow

January 15, 2020 at 7:31 am

A black Christmas and a brown New Years. No more in mid-January. Nearly 2 feet of fresh snow at Trail Creek and although the soft powder is settling we keep having more falling and it appears that it is going to snow everyday for the next w...

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Shooting fish in a barrel

January 15, 2020 at 7:34 am

A classic G. George Ostrom column from May, 2005We’ve all heard that old expression, “Easy as shootin’ fish in a barrel.” From the way the cowboys and miners in my childhood used that descriptive statement, I learned early on that a guy who...

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Snowbird

January 08, 2020 at 7:34 am

Last week it was my intent to talk about what I liked about winter as a boy and young man and compare it to now when I am in my 80s. Got so wound up in the 1950s there was no room to write about the present. It did remind me a lot of great ...

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Zoom on the newspaper

January 08, 2020 at 7:45 am

A classic G. George Ostrom column from Feb. 1, 1990Iris and I took care of our two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter this weekend, Friday through Tuesday. It was the first time we’ve been in charge of such a small person for that long since...

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Roosevelt, an appreciation

January 08, 2020 at 7:45 am

We had no television at our ranch because my father thought its absence would encourage his kids to read. I’m extremely grateful to him. I remain an avid reader of history, and discovered Theodore Roosevelt during my childhood years.“Theodo...

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Winter memories

January 01, 2020 at 8:26 am

When I was a boy, winter was a favorite time of year. When I was twelve or so, my buddies and I would hike from our homes on Kalispell’s east side and camp at Lone Pine. At that time there was no organized park. In fact, I don’t remember ev...

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Wishing this news was fake

January 01, 2020 at 8:28 am

The big news last week was when Weyerhaeuser announced it was liquidating its 630,000 acres of lands for $230 an acre to Southern Pines Plantation, a real estate firm out of Macon, Georgia.Weyerhaeuser, in typical corporate fashion, didn’t ...

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Feet First

January 01, 2020 at 8:32 am

A classic G. George Ostrom column from October, 1989.One of my old college professors said everything written for the public should either entertain, inform or educate. I plan to do all those things this week. You are about to learn “HOW TO...

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Looking forward to Forest Management

December 24, 2019 at 11:02 am

As I write this column, it is four days until Christmas. Despite forecasts of a big snowstorm, it turned out to be all rain in Columbia Falls and there is no snow on the ground. Some snow (about six inches) fell on parts of the North Fork, ...

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