Columns

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Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Of Art and Cake

I received a call from Hungry Horse artist Nick Oberling last week. He lamented that Glacier wasn’t open to loca...

Updated 1 day, 20 hours ago
Oatie, high water and a search

Beautiful sunny weather for most of this week. I really enjoyed getting out on my ATV with temperatures in the mid-70s on the North Fork. That ended Saturday night with a massive thunderstorm about midnight. Now,...

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Grizzlies more concerning than a flood

It happens every year, but while still possible, a flood is by no means certain, maybe not even likely. Historically highest river levels occur in June, usually after the 6th. This first little push of runoff cle...

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Germs and Grizzlies

So last week I called up the county commissioner’s office to get the login and password for the Thursday meeting.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Should the North Fork have a July 4 parade?

The coronavirus seems to go on and on, disrupting normal routine even though there are no North Fork victims and only a few in Flathead County. Even so, lots of things are changed and most of us continue to be at...

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Gassed

My friend Paranoid Pete has one of those kegerators in his basement.

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
More thoughts on permits

Having a cluster of special permit requests to the Forest Service certainly created a firestorm of comments from North Fork landowners. Like my neighbors I oppose any more permits for commercial activity on the N...

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
On fishing

A Classic G. George Ostrom column from 1973.

Updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Opposes permits

I am really tired of writing about the coronavirus, but I did not expect the U.S. Forest Service to step in with a big controversy, all in the last two days.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Paranoid Pete and other tales

“What’s up Paranoid Pete?” I asked. “You look a little flush.”

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
The end of the beginning

Finally, there is some good news about the coronavirus. New infections are dropping and fatalities have leveled off.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Virus life not much different

The coronavirus has not really made my life much different. We always keep the fridge and the freezer filled with enough groceries for a couple of weeks. Only fresh produce and milk are needed more often and it’s...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
1918 flu swept through North Fork

It is a lot easier to practice “social distancing” on the North Fork than it is in town. Up here we can always go for a walk, play with the dog outside, or even sit on the riverbank and watch for geese. As an old...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hang in there

For those of us old enough to remember or to watch reruns of the 1950s classic Dragnet, we can easily recall Sgt. Friday’s quote, “Just the facts, ma’am.” That quote became locked into America’s lexicon, highligh...

Updated 2 months ago
And we get to live here

It seems there is only one topic. Coronavirus. Personally, I am sick of all TV news. The talking heads give us only the bad news. Then they go into a long litany of “what ifs.” The real news about the coronavirus...