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July and August brought lots of events, great sights and a little heat

Time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve been editor of this newspaper for a little more than a month, and I have acquired a lot of information about the area and its people.  I’m still learning the terrain but I’ve met dozens of interesting people and listened to several lectures.  I’ve attended a plethora of events throughout Lake County. I’ve sat at my laptop at various locations, soaking it all in while dealing with the everyday challenges a move to a new state and job require. By most accounts, it’s been a smooth transition. But this is more about what I’ve come to see in this area we call northwestern Montana, a huge sl...


As she completed her own journey through life, an angelic woman taught us well

"From the day we arrive on the planet And blinking, step into the sun There's more to be seen than can ever be seen More to do than can ever be done" From "The Circle of Life," The Lion King, Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, Performed by Elton John Alice Nenemay Camel arrived on this planet 90 ...


'That's The Poop' may turn stomachs, but it's good for the intestines

If the lightning storm that flickered over Flathead Lake this past Thursday night was a metaphor for the play, "That's The Poop," beware of the water. Indeed, the play, performed by the Port Polson Players and now running through Aug. 8 (Wednesday through Sunday) at the John Dowdall Theatre on the lake in...


Keep the pressure on to protect North Fork

The North Fork of the Flathead River (a.k.a. the Transboundary Flathead) continues to play in the news of late. The news media report that Gov. Brian Schweitzer and U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester are at odds over how to best protect our river, Glacier Park and Flathead Lake from upstream industrial ...


More than two decades later, another drug wreaks havoc on a town

On a late, warm and muggy night in the summer of 1989, a friend and I walked up and down Bryden Road in Columbus, Ohio, believing we could change the world. The friend, Cornell McCleary, was a street-savvy individual who grew up on the tough streets of Philadelphia. Cornell understood better than most how...


Litterbug’s trash disposal ruffles reporter’s senses

Mouth ajar and in shock, I sat up appalled.  “Did you just throw your bottle cap into the lake?” I asked. It was a statement more than a question. He threw the piece of metal over his head and into the Flathead Lake in one defiant motion of irreverence.  I couldn’t believ...


Defendant’s weird behavior didn’t preclude his right to a fair trial

The image many people have of a courtroom proceeding comes straight from Judge Judy and Law and Order. One is real and entertaining, the other surreal and dramatic. A lot of people draw their conclusions on the law mostly from their living room sofas. Nielsen TV ratings aside, that’s not how it work...


Even with technology and the Internet, libraries remain important

There are debates on certain issues where the most desirable outcome dangles delicately in front of voters. There are also debates where the wrong decision lurks like a concrete roadblock. The ultimate choice, depending on which path is chosen, can either define or doom a community’s chances for suc...


Journalist’s latest move encompasses the best of both worlds

In the fall of 2003, I boarded an Amtrak train in New Orleans bound for Chicago. My ultimate destination was Seattle, a breathtaking metropolis and a place where the temperate climate suited me well. That first leg on the City of New Orleans, a passenger train immortalized by singer Arlo Guthrie, proved f...


Understanding fireworks regulations

Welcome, summer. I trust all are done praying for rain. At least not the kind we had from May to mid-June. Having been overseas with my wife during May, my appreciation for this country is beyond words. I truly missed the Polsonites, especially those who (in a fun way) love nothing more than to deliver ho...


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