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Truth or consequences

What is meant by truth or consequences? Well, at one time, this was the title of a game show. The consequences in the game show were fun and humorous. In addition, throughout the centuries...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Raised bed and path woes

Q: We are starting our first garden of raised beds in Seeley Lake. How much do we have to worry about soil contaminants in our garden beds? Is there some way to keep the soil in good health from year...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    March 7, 2019

With your help we can meet our $5,000 goal for Meals on Wheels Seeley Lake

Hear the band? Join the March... Join us as we march into spring with our local Meals on Wheels (MOW) campaign March for Meals - Seeley Lake. March for Meals – Seeley Lake is the annual fundraising...

 

Successes at the half way point

We have now finished the 45th Legislative day and are officially halfway through the legislative session in Helena. Most members of the Legislature have a week or so break as the general bills are all transmitted over to the opposite legislative...

 

The 'Man Flu' and other maladies

Let's talk today about one of the most horrible illnesses known to, well-MAN-the man flu! As a man and a previous man flu sufferer, I can tell you-it's awful. While my wife (and women in general) may...

 

Remembering

Cutt'n timber all over the country you get to see and hear some things that you'll never forget. On that burn over at the North Fork of the Blackfoot where me and Elden Rammell were sentenced to cut,...

 

Building the budget up

We are two weeks out from the deadline for General Policy bills in the legislature. These are policy bills that do not have any dollars associated with them. Every committee has been having full hearing schedules trying to work through them all and e...

 

Can a leopard change its spots?

Of course a real leopard cannot change its spots but the question refers to psychological spots, such as personality characteristics, behaviors, emotions, values, beliefs, childhood influences and...

 

The importance of the MMR vaccine

I want to talk today about a vaccine. Wait...don't roll your eyes! This one is important, especially in light of the recent outbreak of measles that you have probably been hearing about. I feel it app...

 

A lot happening in the Legislature

HELENA - There are now 900 introduced bills with around 100 or so already having been killed by committees. By the time the legislature ends, we should have somewhere around 1,500 bills having been introduced or having been drafted and had a hearing....

 

All the way {back} to me

The foamy sweat rolls under the curry comb as I watch each line the blade makes in the red color of your winter coat. It's unusually warm for January. You cock your hip and lick your lips standing...

 

What is a Personal Emergency Response System? Do I need one?

Dear all, A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is a device you can wear either around your neck as a pendant or on your wrist like a large watch. Simply put, the purpose of the PERS is to...

 

Excitement along the way

Can’t remember if I told this here story many moons ago or not, so here goes. Me and Butch was cut’n timber near Haines, Alaska. When we quit the job we decided to drive down the Alaska Highway. Haines Junction was the first stop in the Yukon...

 

Significant change coming for infrastructure bills

Things are off and running now at the legislature as an avalanche of policy bills are hitting committees and receiving hearings. In the infrastructure committee, we have just finished hearing all the projects in the Long-Range Building Program (HB5)...

 

Policy bills hitting the Legislature

HELENA - Things have started to pick up this week in the Legislature as committees have started taking executive action on the bills they have been hearing in committee and the Appropriations Subcommittees are in full swing. There are around 450...

 

Clear as mud: Antibiotic stewardship in dentistry

As the marvels of antibiotics became known and their use grew, our understanding of their limitations did as well. Through decades of antibiotic overuse we are now seeing the rise of super bacteria,...

 

Negotiating

Negotiating means that two or more people meet in open discussion and eventually settle on agreeable terms for a particular arrangement. Negotiations are not new. Throughout history, people have...

 

Worn

Coming home always stirs up memories. Traveling down old roads in favorite, familiar places does that. I let my mind run its course through those memories, linger in the dents and curves and worn...

 

Some history and my time

Many moons ago we lived for a spell in the old Mount Emily railroad logging camp near Starkey, Ore., not far from Ukiah. Anyway, I was cutt'n timber up the Grande Ronde River. It paid 57 cents a log...

 

Did you know about the I Ride Seeley Lake Van Service?

Dear Seeley-Swan residents, Happy New Year! This month I am highlighting the I Ride Seeley Lake Van Service. This is an excellent service provided to us by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation,...

 

Let's talk about back pain prevention

Let's talk about one of the most frequent reasons people visit their doctor – back pain. Statisticians tell us that one in five clinic visits are related to back pain and I believe it! I think...

 

Cultural complexes

Psychological complexes were presented in previous articles but always from the point of view of an individual. You can think of a complex as a collection of experiences focused around a psychological...

 

ROOTS program available for those 60+

Dear Seeley-Swan residents, The benefit program I'm highlighting this month is ROOTS. ROOTS is available for anyone 60 years and older who has limited income. It's a fantastic program offered by the...

 

The elusive bigfoot

A strange event once took place near the northern California town of Burney. It happened in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the town's claim to fame was Bigfoot and was sure to be found there. The...

 

Words are contagious

Since words are not a type of illness or disease, how are words contagious? The answer becomes obvious when we listen to religious leaders, teachers, parents and political figures. We experience the...

 

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