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An unofficial end to summer

September 15, 2019 at 3:00 am

Last weekend was all about synchronicity for me. Though it wasn’t what I would have preferred to do, my activities seemed to fall into perfect order with the planet’s inclination.I’d returned after Labor Day with a cold after a trip visitin...

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Oh, deer: a love/hate relationship

September 08, 2019 at 3:00 am

I knew it was a bad idea to create a new flower bed next to our house last spring, but I did it anyway.We downsized our front deck and something had to be done with the extra space. In hindsight some deer-resistant shrubs would have been th...

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Watching the rods…

September 05, 2019 at 9:55 am

Trolling is not for everybody. While it is the primary method we use to catch Lake Trout out on Flathead Lake, and big Gerrard Rainbows on Little Bitterroot, we get talk to many folks who say “trolling is boring.”I suppose trolling could be...

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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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