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2012 

"If you ever, ever, dare to stop a grizzly bear, You will never meet another grizzly bear." Mary Austin.   I LIVE IN MONTANA, spent most of my life here. It comes as no surprise to me that grizzly bears can be downright mean. Big and mean. Those of us who have lived here long enough to understand...
06/29/2012
IF YOU FEEL a bit better about real estate in America, you have good reason. Judging from recent surveys and reports, conditions are slowly improving. While everyone seems to agree the improvement will take time, there is a growing feeling that the worst is behind us. As far as I am concerned, th...
06/28/2012
CASH STRAPPED CITIES are making it easier for you to get your message out - and giving you another venue to spend your advertising dollars on. Several cities in need of money are selling advertising space on manhole covers, fire hydrants and fire trucks, among other places. While the advertising ...
06/25/2012
I HAVE A BURNING QUESTION: What are Forest Service officials thinking? Here in the West where large fires already are destroying thousands of acres and burning hundreds of homes, new rules imposed by the U.S. Forest service have left many asking the same question. It seems that under the new regu...
06/22/2012
“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it" ~ Russell Baker   IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE to me that the first day of summer comes on the longest day of the year - it gives us more time to enjoy it. Today, June 20, 2012 will last for 23 hours, 56 minutes and four seconds. Nope, not 2...
06/20/2012
I'M NOT SURE if downtown Missoula is booming, but it sure is building. Construction is all around the downtown area with investors betting that owning space in Missoula is going to pay off. In the past it has proven to be a safe bet. Our community has a long history of supporting a vibrant downto...
06/18/2012
THIS WEEKEND I'm thinking about two things: my father and rhubarb. Behind the back yard I grew up in was a large wild rhubarb patch. I'm calling it a wild patch because it was free to be picked by any and all in the neighborhood. My dad was a big fan of that rhubarb and my mother was challenged t...
06/15/2012
A MAN HITCHHIKING across America to write a book titled "Kindness in America" was shot in rural Montana Saturday. Fortunately for the author, the shooter was from Washington. Locals in Montana usually don't miss. Ray Dolin, 39, approached a vehicle outside the small town of Glasgow, Montana think...
06/13/2012
Sixty-year-old, one owner, needs parts ... Make offer. Unknown   I TURNED 60 TODAY. I take comfort knowing it's the only time I'll have to do this and it will be over in 24 hours. So far, I greet the day with mixed emotions. For me, 60 always has been a line in the sand of sorts. Right or wrong, ...
06/11/2012
EVERYONE HAPPY TODAY? No, I didn't think so. Despite the fact we live in the wealthiest country in the world, we seem to have a hard time being happy. In a recent ranking the United States didn't even make it into the top 10 for happiest countries. Our neighbor, Canada, is ranked as the second ha...
06/08/2012
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