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Census could result in second congressional seat

June 19, 2019 at 7:19 am

The entire state of Montana has only one member representing us in the United States House of Representatives. For most of our history we have had two. That changed in 1992 when the 1990 census resulted in Montana’s loss of a Congressiona...

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Fighting for the Jewel, in 1970

June 19, 2019 at 7:06 am

This week G. George Ostrom has selected a classic column from April, 1970. Why has Ostrom decided to T-off on the Forest Service?Here is just one of a hundred reasons. Many of my friends and I spent years, and years, trying to convince the ...

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Thoughts on the Forest Service, from 1970

June 12, 2019 at 8:27 am

This week G. George Ostrom has selected a classic column from April 3, 1970. As everyone should know, the biggest issue of today is preservation and restoration of our environment.A very great responsibility for conservation lies upon the U...

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Sutherland always brought a smile

June 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

It’s not very often that a person actually looks forward to checking out groceries at the store, but Sandy Sutherland always made it a little bit nicer.Sutherland passed away late last month and Columbia Falls lost one of its shining stars...

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Parks deserve investment

June 05, 2019 at 7:38 am

Montana’s national parks have never been more popular. The surge in park visitation has added millions to our state economy and helped create new employment opportunities for Montanans. However, more tourists visiting our parks have increa...

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North Fork meetings, tour, on tap

June 05, 2019 at 7:40 am

From cold, nasty weather to more summer-like conditions. I love it! The weather has been great. The grass is green. Wildflowers are blooming. The threat of flooding seems insignificant. The county has graded the road. We are obviously seein...

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Worker shortage

June 05, 2019 at 7:41 am

This week G. George Ostrom has selected a classic column from March 13, 1970.Some psychologists insist that those who write books, paint pictures and build bridges do so out of a subconscious desire to achieve immortality and this desire is...

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A real nailbiter

May 29, 2019 at 7:09 am

This week G. George Ostrom has selected a classic column from April 5, 1968.Our nail-chewing four-year-old daughter Wendy has been the only one in the family who consistently bites her fingernails.This habit has caused me some concern, so t...

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52 ticks

May 29, 2019 at 7:10 am

I’m not sure there is such a thing as a “normal” spring on the North Fork. If there is, this May is certainly not normal. A couple of nice days doesn’t cut it. They have only made me more unhappy with cloudy, windy, gray days with short bla...

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Thoughts on resort tax, school renovations

May 29, 2019 at 7:21 am

Over the past few months a couple of big ticket items have come up in Columbia Falls. The first is the reconstruction and/or renovation of the city’s two elementary schools.The second is the prospect of a resort tax to pay for emergency ser...

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