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Organic gardening notes for early spring

The ground is thawed in the valley and soon the foothills will be snow free. As soon as the earth dries out and wet turns to moist, you can work up the soil. Dry organic amendments can then be forked into your beds. Organic blood meal (13-0-0) is an excellent source of nitrogen and is quickly taken up by plants. Alfalfa meal (3-1-3) will enrich soil with a moderate amount of nitrogen, small amount of phosphorous, and a moderate amount of potash. Ground fish bone meal (5-16-0) also contains moderate amounts of nitrogen, but is a terrific source of phosphorous.   Well-rotted manure (usually about 3-1-1) will add a good amount of nitrogen and smaller amounts of phosphorous and potash, ...


Finding your courage Finding your courage

Cour•age n. 1. The mental strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty 2. The quality of being brave; valor I’m going to be bold and declare we’ve all got a fair amount of courage within us. But, like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, we may not recognize our own fe...


Organic gardening notes for early spring

The ground is thawed in the valley and soon the foothills will be snow free. As soon as the earth dries out and wet turns to moist, you can work up the soil. Dry organic amendments can then be forked into your beds. Organic blood meal (13-0-0) is an excellent source of nitrogen and is quickly taken up by pla...


Crushing it Crushing it

My family goes through a few – okay more than a few – aluminum cans. And even though we’ve always recycled and attempted to condense the cans the barehanded way, surplus metal was impacting our recycle bin in an overflowing manner. When the excess wouldn’t fit into the bin, the bags s...


A moment of silence

It’s my job to come up with words each week. It’s become almost a habit, but I’ve wondered what I’ll do when the words don’t come, as I suspect will happen at some point. So far, though, I’ve been able to find something to say. Or maybe nothing to say, but the words have b...


Effects of radiation during space travel topic of March 17 library program

It finally feels like spring has arrived in Polson. Don’t forget to turn in your winter reading logs by March 19 to be entered into our prize drawing. We have a full schedule of programming in March including an adult coloring program at 2 p.m. March 20 and a technology program on internet basics at...


Democracy only works out in the open Democracy only works out in the open

The second full week of March is always a busy one around Montana as the snow melts and the bears and residents come out of hibernation. The week of March 11 culminates with a Saturday St. Patrick’s Day with parades and other celebrations. Starting in the middle of the week is the giant Western A...


FOI hotline available to public

For years news organizations have relied upon an organization called the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline to provide legal advice and assistance when confronted with closed or improperly advertised meetings or sealed documents. The service also is available to individual citizens who believe they, t...


It’s up to us to fight drug problems

I am 71 years old and grew up in Montana. I only left for 8 years when I chose to join the Marine Corps in 1965. When I was going to high school in Browning I saw people freeze to death in that town from getting drunk and passing out on the street. I spent the last 18 years of my working life se...


Gun issues fueled by emotion

Emotions can be a dangerous thing and cause an individual or a nation to act irrationally due to misinformation. Adolph Hitler gained total control because the citizens had no weapons of defense. Hitler, who hated the Jews so badly, had his own people burn the Reichstag building, and used his controlled medi...


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