Columns

Reporting on ‘reports’ in 1968...

January 23, 2019 at 7:25 am

This week we bring you this classic G. George Ostrom column he selected from 1968...Was readin’ about a ski bum report last week. The report is 72 pages long, cost $106,000 and was carried out by the Colorado Division of Commerce and Develo...

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Thoughts on habitat

January 23, 2019 at 7:36 am

I ask you this: Why is it that when I want to take a photo of a trophy-sized deer, elk, moose, bighorn of mountain goat, I go to Glacier National Park?Glacier has a full suite of predators, big and small. It has wolves, mountain lions, blac...

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Remembering Tom Sluiter

January 16, 2019 at 7:16 am

Sad news on the North Fork this week as we were informed of the unexpected death of Tom Sliuter.The Sluiters, Tom and Jenny, have been long-time North Fork landowners. While Tom was teaching school, of course, they were part timers and conc...

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About kids and guns, in 1964

January 16, 2019 at 7:19 am

This week we bring you this classic G. George Ostrom column he selected from 1964...Feller said to me today, “George, I like your funny columns best.”Just for the record, I too like my “funny” columns the best because they’re more fun to wr...

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Making money watching the news in 1968...

January 09, 2019 at 7:45 am

This week we bring you this classic G. George Ostrom column he selected from 1968...Have you ever noticed how some dollars are harder to make than others?Last Friday evening, Iris interrupted my watching of the Huntley Dinkley Brinkley Repo...

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Ostrom was a chronically chronicler back in 1971

January 02, 2019 at 7:51 am

This week we bring you this classic G. George Ostrom column he selected from 1971...What do you know? Time to begin the ninth year of the Hog Heaven chronicler. A chronicler is one who chronicles chronically.What to write about is always a ...

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An aging population means no North Fork beach party this year

January 02, 2019 at 8:00 am

I hate to admit it, but the older I get, the less I like change. Thus, I really like both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at Sondreson Community Hall. Typically, from 80 to 100 people are present for Thanksgiving and about 60 attend Chri...

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The long walk to count the Christmas chickadees

December 26, 2018 at 7:55 am

So a couple of weeks ago I did a route for the Christmas Bird Count in Glacier National Park, which is to say I hiked to Avalanche Creek up the Going-to-the-Sun Road from Lake McDonald Lodge and then back down the McDonald Valley Trail back...

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Zinke’s legacy was no friend to public lands, they claim

December 26, 2018 at 7:54 am

In the 1990s, a lawyer named Karen Budd-Falen drafted a land use plan for a New Mexico county rejecting public ownership of national public lands. In the plan Budd-Falen writes, “Federal and state agents threaten the life, liberty, and happ...

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Worries about the Republic and a big birthday bash

December 26, 2018 at 7:55 am

As I sit down to write this column, the government is shut down – again. In the end, when they hammer out a deal, all of the government workers will be paid in full with no monetary loss. A shutdown just provides those workers with more pai...

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