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A mad dash for Hatches

September 02, 2019 at 3:51 pm

The past couple of years, around mid-August, Hatch chili peppers have found their way into the produce departments at local groceries. It’s a short window for this particular variety of hot pepper that’s gained popularity with local folks w...

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King salmon in Montana

August 22, 2019 at 8:20 pm

The uneducated angler might argue that there is no such thing as a “King” salmon in Montana…Take that bet! Just like in the Great Lakes, there are freshwater Chinook (or King) salmon populating the waters of Fort Peck Reservoir in Eastern M...

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‘Angering the gods’ is risky business

August 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm

One rightfully could call this year’s spring and summer weather in the Flathead fickle. While local long-timers know June is considered “the rainy month,” this year glorious dry June weekends jump-started our warm-weather recreating.July, h...

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Seeing an old farm in a new light

August 11, 2019 at 3:00 am

Sometimes, finding one’s “happy place” is as simple as rediscovering a backyard.Such was the case for my brother Rodney and his wife Sharon, who have spent all of their 30-plus years of married life on a second farm my father bought in the ...

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A battle of wills — Manpower vs. horsepower

July 28, 2019 at 3:00 am

The goal was simple enough. Get the old fishing boat sitting behind the garage, fire up the old boat motor and head to Smith Lake. My husband Jim would tool around fishing for the pike and perch Smith Lake is well-known for, and I’d paddle ...

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‘Norway in a Nutshell?’ You betcha!

July 21, 2019 at 3:00 am

I’m going to Norway in September with my adventure-seeking daughter (the one who currently is on a 1,000-mile road trip to the Arctic Ocean through the Northwest Territories) and I’ve been trying to put myself in a Norske state of mind.The ...

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Jackson, even in June, is worth visiting

July 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

Grapple was collecting on the hood of our pickup as we rolled into Wisdom, Montana, on our way to Jackson Hot Springs for a long weekend.Capricious storm clouds pummeled the Bitterroot Mountain Range rising above the Big Hole Valley and ski...

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Whither the whitefish

July 11, 2019 at 3:00 am

Lake Superior whitefish are back! There have been anglers bumping into a few here and there over the last three weeks or so, and the big schools have yet to fully materialize, but they’re coming! In fact, just a couple of days ago, the lak...

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Mom’s diaries chronicle minutia of life

July 07, 2019 at 3:00 am

I was in Minnesota for a week the end of May to spend time with family and make daily visits to my mother at the memory-care facility where she resides. One of the ongoing tasks has been to sort through the boxes of Mom’s stuff that have ac...

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Lakers help preserve Flathead’s pristine waters

June 30, 2019 at 3:00 am

For more than 60 years the Flathead Lakers organization has advocated for clean water and a healthy ecosystem for Flathead Lake and the Flathead Valley watershed.Recently, the Lakers partnered with the Flathead Land Trust to raise money sup...

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