Sunday, August 09, 2020


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Updated 1 week ago
Traveling salesmen enriched our lives

“Mom, the Rawleigh man is here,” I remember calling out to my mother every couple of months during my childhood. It was my duty to alert her of any incoming traveling salesmen — and there were several regulars — ...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Potential land easements could increase public access in Northwest Montana

If you are a camper, hiker, hunter, angler, 4-wheeler, huckleberry picker or just like the outdoors, you are about to be given a huge gift of land for recreation use.

Updated 2 weeks ago
Border business a bit bewildering

Three years ago I went on the shortest-ever shopping trip to Canada — around 30 minutes.

Updated 3 weeks ago
Life as we knew it

A coworker and I were taking a short walk on Wednesday in the Inter Lake neighborhood to refresh and regroup, and were mulling over the news of the day. The governor had just issued his directive mandating masks ...

Updated 4 weeks ago
Travels with Chet

Back in the summer of 1977 while I was in college and my brother Steve was in his first year of grad school, our dad wanted to “test drive” a 40-foot Winnebago to see if RVing was the kind of thing he’d enjoy in ...

Updated 1 month ago
Condiment war: Ketchup versus mustard

Every Fourth of July, when hot dogs inevitably are on the menu at most family picnics, the battle between ketchup and mustard resurfaces at the Hintze household. Actually it’s an ongoing spat.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
A life well-lived, and left well

In mid-March my 93-year-old mother, who had so far lived independently in her own home in Cincinnati, was hospitalized. Though I made the 911 call due to her severe back pain (incurred while folding bedsheets) it...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Dad’s love of music lives on

Dad’s been gone 11 years, but his music still plays in my mind.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Everything’s ‘just ducky’

In the wake of a global pandemic, protests and political pandemonium, my recent forays to do some springtime birdwatching have provided me with a much welcome respite.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
‘Stepping’ into the Fitbit routine

My daughter Heather gave me a Fitbit for Mother’s Day, so I am now among the millions of people who are slaves to the wearable fitness tracker strapped to their wrist.

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Change is good!

Well, with two of the biggest weekends for fishing in Northwest Montana behind us (traditional opener and Memorial Weekend back to back) it looks like the weather is finally going to give us that last little push...

Updated 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Time for anglers to hit rivers; don’t forget new regs

For the most avid of anglers, especially for fly anglers who live to drift and/or wade the moving waters of Montana, this weekend is a holy one.

Updated 3 months ago
A tribute to mothers of all ages

It’s been an extraordinary year so far for everyone as the COVID-19 pandemic has dropped the bottom out of our normal lives. Even as we inch our way toward what seems normal, everything is different than our pre-...

Updated 3 months ago
Spring best season for wildlife watching

Last week I had a tough choice to make. Should I spend some time at my lake cabin and do some fishing and turkey hunting or head east and spend a few days on my farm?

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Fishing, a sure cure for the blues!

I doubt that is a newsflash for anyone, but in times like these, sometimes it pays to state the obvious.