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Ben there, Done that

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, I have been pleasantly surprised by humanity. As more and more of the world goes into lockdown to try and flatten the curve in local areas, I have noticed some really amazing and hopeful things in our world.  In the busyness of everyday life, people in our modern world have developed a sort of collective social isolation where we may be physically present but not fully present. So much of life is superficial and surface with no real connection or substance. Although, as we are confronted with a common challenge, a strange shift is taking place. Suddenly, the world as a whole is taking a reset, a step back or a breather. What is happening ...


Slices of Life

As of this writing, at least 251 million people in at least 30 states, 81 counties, 15 cities and one US territory are living the reality of a stay-at-home directive. A month ago, hardly any of us had contemplated the concept of a stay-at-home directive. I’d never even heard the term. Now, I’m li...


Medical doctor says stay at home, help slow COVID-19

The entire world is now grappling with a pandemic the likes of which has not been seen in over a century. COVID-19 has now come home to Montana, as was expected. It cannot be stopped, but we have a chance to slow its transmission and reduce the number of severe illnesses and deaths in our communities. Thi...


Public lands more precious than ever

Montanans are doing our part in this very difficult time to help each other out and curb the spread of the COVID 19 virus. We come together and look out for each other, as we always have in times of crisis, and in this case that means practicing social distancing to slow the spread of this disease.  ...


Tips from teachers: remote learning

COVID-19 has upended lives across Montana, making many of us rethink the future of our world. One uncharted territory is education. Montana has closed schools to families physically while maintaining education and nutrition services. Many are tackling distance learning. Some Montana students do not have inte...


Slices of Life

Before we were married, my husband had a roommate from Africa – Sierra Leone to be exact. And this roommate introduced him to a dish called peanut butter stew. It’s made with an unlikely, but sumptuous culinary trio: chicken, peanut butter and a mix of hot spices called African spice. Stick with ...


Valley Views

Mission and Jocko districts oppose Daines’ 3019 bill and have sent four letters to him in the last year with no response, with our concerns, asking for a meeting. Our opposition comes from the unconstitutional takings of property rights and the Unitary Management Board that take us out of Montana an...


Ben there, Done that

By now, the chances that you haven’t heard about the COVID-19 virus are nearly zero. This new strain of coronavirus emerged from Wuhan, China, and has now reached many of the countries around the world, including Europe. Being in Switzerland, not far from northern Italy where the virus entered the cont...


Irrigation districts grapple with fee increase

Last week, the Flathead Irrigation District paid $192,250 for their half of the payment for the 2019 Flathead Indian Irrigation Project operation and maintenance costs with a $4.50 increase or $33.50 per acre or $16.50 for half an acre.   The Mission and Jocko Districts paid their half of the fee at ...


Slices of Life

It happened again last week. We had to reset our clocks because of Daylight Saving Time. I’m not sure if we are saving daylight now. Really though – and I’m trying not to sound cynical here – who cares?  We aren’t changing anything except our clocks when we change our cl...


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