Monday, May 23, 2022


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Updated 5 months, 1 week ago

Dumpster diver

I figured a mouse or a rat.

Updated 4 days, 22 hours ago
The test run

So I did a test a week or so ago of the walking route I’ll have to take if I don’t have a ticket to get into Glacier.

Updated 4 days, 23 hours ago
Remembering Walter

When a North Forker passes over the Great Divide, it is common practice for the community to hold a Celebration of Life the following summer.

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Cleanup day coming up

Not much happening on the North Fork – yet. Spring continues with a mix of rain, snow, sun and mud. The potholes continue to breed and the county grader works at eliminating them. I’m not sure who is winning.

Updated 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Griz takes a rest on the pavement

It is still weeks away from summer on the North Fork, but we are experiencing a full dose of spring. I can now drive into my cabin after leaving the driveway unplowed since November.

Updated 1 month ago
Big bear tracks

Spring continues! Winter one day cold and windy the next. At least the snow is mostly wet and melts quickly. Additionally, it helps melt underlying snow in a proper manner which reduces the threat of flooding l...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Daines talks wolves

Idaho and Montana’s successful recovery of the gray wolf was a significant achievement in species conservation. In less than 10 years, not only were biological recovery targets for gray wolves met, they were exce...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
The early years

Spring is pretty much the same every year on the North Fork. Runoff from the winter snow, weather that ranges from warm to cold, precipitation from rain to sleet to snow. Water and mud everywhere and no telling w...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Party planning

Pretty much the same on the North Fork this week as last. Warming weather with mostly sunshine. Potholes breeding faster than rabbits, water running down the road and lots of mud. No doubt that will continue for ...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Deadly and difficult truths

The two of us became acquainted when we organized Montana’s first “Earth Day” on the MSU campus in Bozeman in 1970. One year later we both showed up in the Montana legislature, representing different communities...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Johnson reflects on Con-Con

Fifty years ago, at age 23, I covered the Montana Constitutional Convention for the Associated Press. It was a dream assignment.

Updated 2 months ago
Young Republicans talk housing crisis

We are five of the youngest lawmakers in the Montana Legislature. At 20, 21, 24, 29, and 31 years old, we are in various stages of renting and home ownership, and all of us are concerned about the housing crisis ...

Updated 2 months ago
Odds and ends

A couple of interesting odds and ends I’ve heard in the past few months.

Updated 2 months ago
Least favorite time of year

The last full week of March and it finally feels like spring is close.

Updated 2 months ago
Montana oil expert weighs in on issues

As the Ukraine invasion enters its fourth week our gas and diesel prices now eclipse the old record set in 2008. Mindless partisan haranguing on causation and solution play out with hackneyed ‘Trump did it bette...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Oh great, we’re a nuclear sponge

You know, since we’re on the precipice of World War III I figured I’d better make a plan in case things go south and I have to evacuate to another part of the country or the world.