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Community input sought from Seeley-Swan residents

Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is hosting listening sessions throughout Missoula County this summer to better understand and meet client needs. The listening sessions provide an opportunity for...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Opinion    August 4, 2022

Fall gardening options

Zucchinis may start showing up in people's mailboxes as Western Montana gardens are getting into the harvest season. Even though this is the pay-off time of year for gardeners, there's an option to...

 

Testing history, Part 2

In both 1993 and 1995, the Department of Geology at the University of Montana did a study called "Cumulative Effects of Domestic Sewage Disposal on Groundwater of Missoula County: An analysis of...

 

The I Ching or The Book of Changes

In this column, I decided to introduce an ancient Chinese text to emphasize a couple of psychological points -- that the human psyche (our psychology) is present in most of what we do and express and...

 

Give thanks

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. Psalm 107:8 NRSV "Don't forget to say thank you." "Did you say thank you?" "Say thank you." How often did we hear...

 

Keeping cool in the heat

Summer is here and many of us have animal companions who are more excited to get outside than we are! While there is nothing better than taking your dog for a hike or riding your horse in our...

 

Partnering with UM pharmacy program, offering medication reviews

Missoula Aging Services announced that it will be hosting weekly Medication Review appointments in partnership with the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The hour-long appointments will...

 
 By Sydney Young    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Who you gonna call?

Springtime brings new life to the world. Deer, elk and other wildlife species start having their young and are more actively feeding in urban areas. While it's easy to enjoy seeing newborn fawns and...

 

Social complexes

From previous articles, we've become familiar with psychological complexes, however, each was introduced from a personal perspective. Now, let me introduce complexes from a group, collective or...

 

Just vote!

Well, it's that time of year again to practice your right to vote. We have the freedom to choose those people who represent us in the US Congress, the Montana Legislature and in the courts. I am so...

 

Moving forward with legalization of adult-use marijuana

During the 2020 election, voters in House District 92 voted to legalize the sale of adult-use marijuana in Montana. Although the Libertarian in me supported legalization, I had not campaigned for or...

 

Volunteers needed to meet rising demand

Many of the programs and services provided by Missoula Aging Services (MAS) are made possible thanks to wonderful volunteers who are dedicated to giving back to the community. MAS has worked hard...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Adding mulch to vegetable gardens

Preparing for the gardening season invariably includes weed and water management. Useful tools, besides the hose and hoe, are mulches. Once vegetable plants have sprouted and are three to four inches tall, the use of a mulch can reduce weeding, keep...

 
 By Tanya Fyfe DVM    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Cat facts

After recently adopting a stray Siamese kitty and having one irreversibly damaged eye of hers removed by a colleague, I have since shared several photos and stories of her ridiculous antics on social...

 
 By Sydney Young    Opinion    May 12, 2022

Field Notes Pike project underway - Angler reports vital!

The northern pike (Esox Lucius) is at the top of the food chain in many of Montana's rivers and lakes. This adaptable species was first observed in Lindsay Reservoir (Dawson County, Montana) in 1950,...

 
 By Mary Dalton    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Ombudsman - Looking out for residents' rights

Maybe you've heard of the Long-term Care Ombudsman program, but maybe you're wondering what exactly they do, or more importantly how can they help ME? Regardless of age, if you or someone you know...

 

Do, do, do

There are many people who cannot stop doing. They must do, do, do, all the time, at least that's what they believe. This doing, this continual activity, can be understood in several ways. So, let's...

 

Testing History - Part 1

In both 1993 and 1995, the Department of Geology at the University of Montana did a study called "Cumulative Effects of Domestic Sewage Disposal on Groundwater of Missoula County: An analysis of...

 

Continuing to work for you

Going into the last Legislative session, the Republican majority delivered across the board. We implemented the first phase of our tax cuts to put money back in the pockets of workers and situate...

 

New resource specialist welcomed, predecessor thanked

Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is pleased to announce they have filled the Rural Resource Specialist position in the MAS Seeley-Swan Resource Center. Kristin Mason, of Seeley Lake, will be taking over...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Enhancing the garden ecosystem with spring planning

As the snow leaves and bare dirt is visible, gardeners are ready to dig in, literally. What we call the beginning of the growing season often starts with the garden cleaning up season. Gardeners are...

 
 By Sydney Young    Opinion    March 31, 2022

New year, new regulations

After last year's Legislative session, and the FWP commission meeting this spring, hunters can expect to see some changes to the regulations this year. Consult the newest edition of the regulations... Full story

 

Heartworms

With the return of spring soon upon us, we will be spending more time outdoors with our animal companions. This is an excellent time to discuss Heartworms! Heartworms are actual worms that are a...

 

More reasons to care

The Importance of Proper Liquid Waste Disposal Why do we care about correct liquid wastewater effluent disposal? Here are a few reasons: • Environmental protection: Improper wastewater effluent...

 

Another dream

I plan to present dreams from time-to-time to help us understand the origin and meanings of dreams. All dreams originate in the human psyche (human psychology). There are two major types of dreams:...

 

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