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 By Kim Heninger    Opinion    October 17, 2019 

Building a foundation for lasting relationships

"It is not the survival of the fittest, it is the survival of the most nurtured," Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D Today I would like to share the evidence-based research on marriage from world renowned...

 

Preventing medicine poisoning and overdose in Seeley Lake

Did you know that every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a call about a potential medicine poisoning for a child age five and under? And in around 86 percent of emergency...

 
 By Tyler Gernant    Opinion    October 17, 2019 

Understanding your tax bill

October in Missoula County means one thing to most people … tax bills! Hopefully, that’s not actually the case for most people, but in the Clerk and Treasurer’s Office, it certainly is. Throughout August and September, local taxing...

 

Reconnecting and Remembering

Every summer we try and reconnect with a few folks in the Swan. We stay at Evie Andersons on Charles Road. Son-in-law Lane and sister Wendy now own it. Usually try and visit with Butch Harmon. We...

 

Was it necessary?

I was extremely upset, even angry, when I learned the sow grizzly bear that had three cubs roaming around the Swan Valley, had been captured and killed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...

 

Annual Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15

It's that time of year again to review your health insurance needs and look at options. Get ready for Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (AEP) Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, Medicare's next annual open...

 

Weedkiller, green tomatoes & soaker hoses

Q: Without using weedkiller spray, how can I clean up a weedy bed where I want to plant bulbs this fall? So far I have been digging and that is hard work. For the winter, can I cover the bed with a mu...

 

You're not me

There are many ways we experience other people. First and foremost, other people are different than we are. We experience the differences quite strongly in many instances. Here is an example. Walking...

 

SSHS off and running

Hello from Seeley-Swan High School. We have had an exciting first month of school. Students, staff and myself are settling in to the new year. Students were able to have a great service learning day...

 

Caring for our natural resources

With summer’s end drawing near and fall weather rolling in it is a good time to reflect on this past season. A quick reminder however that Placid Lake State Park and the Salmon Lake State Park day use area are still open and will remain open until...

 

What's up with the brain and exercise?

Those of you who know me know that I enjoy talking about the brain and how it plays an enormous role in our lives. Our feelings, thought patterns, habits and much more are all formed and processed in... Full story

 

Parenting in Montana

You know those days when, as a parent or caregiver, you feel like you don't know what to do to help your child or feel frustrated with your child's behavior? Most parents have experienced these...

 

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...

 

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