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The summer fades

Summer time is slowly slipping away. The heat for a while almost got us. Not much smoke appeared because of the rains – what a blessing. We don't need another 2017. So we wait for the leaves to...

 

Missoula County - The Last Best Place

It really goes without saying, but Missoula County is an amazing place. And in a county that is home to 119,000 souls, spanning terrain from rugged wilderness to the second largest city in Montana,...

 

Annual vegetables & flowers & deer repellant

Q: We will be traveling next year and so not gardening in Seeley Lake. A friend will water the perennials enough to keep them alive but what can we do about annual vegetables and flowers? We don't...

 

Mass shootings, what can be done?

These mass shootings occurring around the country are doing grave damage to one of our most cherish freedoms. Millions of people believe that gun control laws are the answer to the problem. But that...

 

Estate planner offers no cost appointments, Oct. 30

In past years Dr. Marsha A. Goetting, Montana State University Extension Family Economics Specialist, has presented programs about the need for all Montanans to take action and plan their estates. If...

 

Fantasy, reality and psychology

In previous articles, the difference between fantasy and reality was introduced but always from the perspective of specific psychological concerns. This article introduces the deeper psychological...

 

Suicide prevention in our community

I always like to get the bad news first, then follow with the good. So I'll start there. Most of us are aware that Montana has the highest rate of suicide in the nation. Most of us have been touched i...

 

Old Ray never eats alone

Over in central Oregon near the little town of Monument is Cupper Canyon Ranch, there once lived Ol' Ray Ackerman. My cutt'n partner got me hooked up with Old Ray, thought I might get to hunt muleys...

 

Dental tips for summertime fun

It's summertime! The time for fun in the sun, swimming in the lake, hiking those beautiful Montana Mountains. It's time for barbecues and picnics. It is also the time for iced lattes and ice cream,...

 

Guns, I just love 'em

I have had a life long "love affair" with firearms. I just love the darn things. Why this is I cannot say. It's just a distinct part of me. The firearms I like most are really special works of art...

 

What does Pandora have to with anything?

Well, given the condition of our country and other countries in the world, I'd say everything! The Pandora myth involves Pandora's Box - although originally, it was a jar. In the sixteenth century,...

 

Dealing with ants, tomatoes and potato scab

Q: Can you tell me how to kill the ants in my garden? A: I know of nothing short of nuclear attack that would kill ants, but I can tell you how to get them out of the garden easily, as long as you...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    August 1, 2019

It's time to think about your Medicare coverage!

As we approach Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, 2019, it's time again to start thinking about your Medicare coverage. Open enrollment is when Medicare beneficiaries should...

 

A fly'n bolt

Many moons ago whilst living out of the old Mr. Emily log'n camp in eastern Oregon, I was cutt'n timber for a man known as R.W. He resided on a little ranch near a place called Cove. I was the last...

 

Why I love the .44 Magnum

Describing why I love a particular gun or cartridge isn't easy. Where do I begin? First, the pistol and cartridge were built in a joint venture between Smith & Wesson and Remington, made...

 

Too much of one thing

You might be familiar with the country western song "Too Much Fun." The singer asks: "What's that mean? It's like too much money; there's no such thing." These lines are certainly misleading. Can a...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    July 4, 2019

2019 Senior farmers' market coupons now available

Happy Fourth of July! Along with our gorgeous summer weather, we in the Seeley-Swan Valley have something new to celebrate! Seniors who are 60 years of age and older, residents of Missoula County and...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Encouraging native plants and bolting lettuce

Q: How do we encourage native plants like lupine, Oregon grape and arnica for a natural yard? We keep an area unmowed, and we also need to think about fire resistance. A: I am assuming that you have...

 

Noticing

2 Imagine two people coming into your meeting. One has a gold ring and fine clothes, while the other is poor, dressed in filthy rags. 3 Then suppose that you were to take special notice of the one wearing fine clothes, saying, “Here’s an...

 

Escape to the backwoods

Ya hear a lot these days about bullying in schools. Nothing new under the sun. There was a lot of us who went through it. Some older boys and girls are just plain mean. And tweren't raised right...

 

Should you handload your own ammo?

I know most of you reading this do not hand load your own ammo. Let me attempt to convince you that you should. These are my reasons. First is always economy. It doesn't matter what cartridge you want...

 

Individualism versus individuation

The word individuation is not heard very often. On the other hand, individualism is commonly expressed in our culture. Many people consider the two words to have the same meaning but the two words are...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Apply for the Medicare Savings Program

The beautiful weather is finally here and we can get outside and enjoy! It's also a great time to save money on Medicare by applying for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP)! If you have or qualify for...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Hardening, aphids & quackgrass

Q: What on earth does it mean to "harden" a plant? A: It is gardeners' slang for helping an indoor plant to adapt itself to outdoor weather. The same techniques are used for plants grown in a...

 

Thanks for the ride...

It's been a ride here, friends. A good one... I've decided to hang up the reins for now on my column "Cowgirl Ramblings" and turn the page on this chapter of my book. My life is a little busy, my...

 

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