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Zinke explores ways to keep public lands well-managed

March 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a the final installment of an interview with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke held last month. In this section, Zinke describes his accomplishments and goals after one year in office.)Ryan Zinke is not your typic...

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MCCULLERS COLUMN: Different class, same goal for Libby softball

March 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

A year ago, Libby was nine outs away from a chance to play for the Class B/C state softball championship.Instead, Florence-Carlton exploded for seven runs over the final three innings to take home the first-place hardware.Libby will not hav...

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Finding joy is easier said than done

March 25, 2018 at 3:00 am

It’s been a long, hard winter, longer and harder than most.My mother-in-law passed away. My own mother had to transition to full nursing-home care after a couple of falls in her memory-care apartment left her hospitalized with a blood clot ...

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Zinke: ‘I believe in the American spirit’ despite the ‘attack dogs of the left’

March 24, 2018 at 7:32 pm

“Do right and fear no man.” That credo has served Ryan Zinke well in his tenure as secretary of the interior for President Donald Trump. Zinke has become a lightning rod for criticism from the Democratic left, and yet he continues to move f...

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MCCULLERS COLUMN: We keep nitpicking, and sports keep delivering

March 21, 2018 at 9:36 pm

Nothing will ever be perfect, and sports are no exception.There will always be corruption and scandal, incorrect calls and imperfect rules.Try as we may to achieve perfection (or anything close to it), flaws will exist as long as humans are...

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Hammering for hope and Habitat

March 18, 2018 at 3:00 am

On a blustery March morning, a handful of guys are shooting nail guns and hammering away at a framework of studs, ignoring the dark gray wall of weather headed their way.Like at most other construction sites in the valley right now, there a...

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Zinke unleashed: A candid interview with a ‘change agent’ in the D.C. swamp

March 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm

The secretary of the interior is no stranger to me. Ryan Zinke has been a local hero in the Flathead Valley for years — first as a prep football star in Whitefish, then as a military hero who served with the Navy SEALs. Later, he took an i...

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MCCULLERS COLUMN: Bring back meaning to all-state teams

March 14, 2018 at 3:00 am

Two blind tests expose the failings of the current format of Montana’s postseason honors.Player A ranked first in Class AA basketball this season in points, sixth in rebounds, ninth in assists and within the top six in the three shooting pe...

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Elderberry elixir: the cure for what ails us?

March 11, 2018 at 8:55 am

A co-worker of mine from the early 1980s sent me an intriguing email the other day. I hadn’t heard from him for years, but he remembered my Minnesota connection and sent me a copy of an article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune he knew woul...

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Basketball madness keeps this dad young

March 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm

I never thought I would care about anything related to basketball — in my mind it’s the most boring game ever invented, or at least a close second to curling.Get ball, pretend to pass ball right, pretend to pass ball left, pretend to throw ...

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