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I just want to ride my bike

The feel of handlebars beneath your eager fingers, the wind rushing through your hair and the sense of sweet freedom with nothing but the open road in front of you... few moments in life rival the exhilaration of your first bicycle ride.  After receiving a bike as a gift for a recent birthday, I have re-discovered the joy of riding on two wheels.  It’s like running, only faster and with a whole lot less effort exerted. In fact, it feels like a guilty indulgence compared to beating the pavement with your sneakers. But what a joy. Fresh air, good exercise and speed. The speed is an added bonus. I can now cover twice the distance in half the time.  And I love m...


Wearing a new hat

Sometimes things just don’t work out. So, you adjust. That’s the simple answer as to why I’m filling in as interim editor for the Valley Journal.  Truth be told, I’m happy to serve our communities as editor, advertising sales representative, reporter, copy editor, graphic arti...


The suffering brought by Hurricane Katrina

Brace yourselves, Montanans. Between today and Sunday, you are going to be inundated with images of an American calamity. Maybe you already have been. You will be bombarded with pictures and words describing the destruction caused by the forces of nature and the follies of mankind. You will be reminded repea...


‘Timberjack’ highlights area’s logging history

POLSON - There’s a fairly good chance that when everyone — and this pretty much describes everyone who was there that night — in the Showboat Theater was seen leaving the intimate establishment smiling, they had a thoroughly grand time watching the featured film. The film, Timberjack, ma...


Sometimes a jaded viewpoint can highlight the need to get something done

Max Baucus knows how to work a room. That was my initial impression when I met Montana’s senior senator, a Democrat, who was in Pablo this past week to meet with the Tribal Council of the Salish and Kootenai Indians. Baucus and several key members of his staff were at the council’s meeting for...


Great stories, from parades to people, mark summer months

Several months’ of activities here and around need to be recognized. Tony Porazzo, Sewer and Water Superintendent, was involved in a critical accident on Highway 35. The result was critical injuries, which eventually led to the loss of the lower portion of his right leg.  One might think tha...


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 lectu...


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 ...


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