Tuesday, August 03, 2021


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Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Life at 20 below

There is something about being out in weather that is colder than 20 below that is both alarming and exhilarating.

Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
Advice to new residents

To the multitudes now moving to and visiting Montana, please resist the temptation to recreate, the chaos and unsavory aspects and expectations you left behind.

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
The worst birthday

A classic G. George Ostrom column from July 2009...

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Remembering Duke

Another action-packed, mostly fun-filled weekend on the North Fork. It all started on Friday with a big memorial for Duke Hoiland. Although this was not technically a fun event, it was a solemn tribute to a man w...

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Rosendale defends vote against Juneteenth

In theory there is nothing wrong with a celebration of emancipation.  The freeing of the slaves was one of the great steps forward for this country, an end to the darkest chapter in American history.  But we don’...

Updated 1 month ago

Without a doubt, summer is the busiest time of the year on the North Fork—at least for the human animals. Before the Fourth of July we have already had a history tour in Glacier Park conducted by the McFarland an...

Updated 1 month ago
GOP defends outdoors record

The rights to hunt, fish, and access our public lands are ingrained in Montana’s Constitution, our state’s heritage, and in the hearts and minds of the people you elect to represent you in Helena.  Republican le...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Is he from the Deep South or Montana?

I think it was the 1977 Montana Republican state convention, and the speaker standing before the delegates was newly elected Congressman Ron Marlenee. Facing criticism from some of the hard right element of his ...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Thoughts on Inside Road

For years Glacier Park swore that they would repair and reopen the Inside Road. This went on for so long that I, and others, believed they were just kicking the can down the road until they could just abandon the...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Fistfight with a griz

Human conversations are amazing in the way odd or forgotten subjects pop up out of nowhere. That’s the way it is in my coffee chats with Over the Hill Gangers. Someone last Tuesday recalled the Glacier Park hiker...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Of ribs and rescues

A classic G. George Ostrom column from 1994. Beside the trillion wild flowers, billion trees and shrubs, million displays of lichens and moss, hundred thousand rills, riffles, and waterfalls, Glacier Park has t...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Firefighters deserve a decent wage

“It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone West.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Cold comforts

So the other day I rolled out of bed early and me and the kid went to Glacier. It was not warm outside, but the sun was shining so it wasn’t bad, either.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Historic road trip

Since I turned seventy years of age I have not been fond of birthdays and now, at 84, I really dislike them. Nevertheless, this year I received one of the best birthday presents I can remember.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Vain justices?

Do you remember reading The Emperor’s New Clothes in grade school? It was about a vain emperor who gets exposed to his subjects.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
On losing the seat

Thirty years ago, Montana lost one of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives we had held for 80 years. The mathematical formula that was used to determine the distribution of Representatives after Census ...