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 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    July 17, 2019 

Dear Dietician: Coffee

Dear Readers, For many of us, it's a morning must-have, almost a medical necessity. We just aren't functional until we've had that...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 17, 2019 

Baseball in Helmville

During the post-WWII years and into the late 1950s almost every town in Montana had a sandlot baseball team. Baseball was in its heyday with Mantle,...

 

Dear Dietician: The National Institute of Health

Dear Readers, A few weeks ago, I printed a column on ultra-processed foods. The National Institute of Health (NIH) performed a study and found that...

 
 By Hillary Sward    Columns    July 10, 2019

Modern Malta offers much to explore (Part 2 of 2)

Malta has an appealing downtown that includes a state-of-the-art movie theater with surround sound joined by a healthy, self-sufficient variety of...

 

Blackfoot Valley Fishing Report July 10

The 4th of July Festivities are over, the crowds have slightly thinned, the weather has been wet and cool, but the fishing remains hot! With all the...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 10, 2019

A Belated Thank You

I've been back in the US for over a year, now, and it's time to correct a wrong I left unattended for most of that time. It's embarrassing. I've had...

 
 By Roger Dey    Columns    July 3, 2019

Barbecue fundraiser benefits planned skate park

A barbecue fundraiser to benefit the planned Lincoln Skatepark drew an estimated 200-300 people to Hooper park Saturday, June 29 to support efforts...

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    July 3, 2019

Dear Dietitican: Calcium

Dear Dietitian, I read your last column on calcium where you recommended that we get the mineral in our diet rather than pills. Is it better to get...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    July 3, 2019

My Smart Mouth: Wolves at the door

One of the hottest debates I have witnessed in this part of the country during my lifetime has been on the “re-introduction” of wolves. Please note that I place the term “re-introduction” in...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    July 3, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Memorable Day

Celebrations can be great fun. I know that most of us today are celebrating the founding of our country. July 4, 1776 is one of the greatest days in man’s history in my opinion. The best one was...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 3, 2019

Visa Anxieties

Emotional weariness and physical weakness are the only things that keep me from foolishness any more. Like I've written, I have the propensity to inve...

 

Dear Dietician: Excess calcium

Dear Dietitian, I am sixty years old, and I've always been health conscious. I eat right and exercise three times a week. Recently, I've read that...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 26, 2019

The Struggle To Fit In

The summer before my eighth grade (1960), my mother, who still had hopes for me, got the idea that I would do well to attend my last year of grade sch...

 
 By Hillary Sward    Columns    June 26, 2019

Old west beef empires launched town of Malta (Part 1 of 2)

U.S. Highway 191 climbs a steep grade out of the Missouri River bottoms north of the bridge at the James Kipp Recreation Area. As it gains the upper...

 

Dear Dietician: Processed Foods

Dear Dietitian, My daughter is on a health kick and complains that I use too many processed, convenience foods. She insists these foods are unhealthy...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    June 19, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Looking for a better Deal

Well, according to some “experts” the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors is over. They were dethroned by the Toronto Raptors in six games. I must confess I am not an NBA fan by any means, but I...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 19, 2019

Barbed Wire Bonding

As kids, we were always anxious to help our fathers (it was always the fathers those days) in their work. We were participating in the adult life,...

 

Dear Dietician: Steamed Vegan

Dear Readers, A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on nutrition myths. There were some myths specific to cancer, one of which read: Myth: An-all...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 12, 2019

What the transistor hath wrought

In the early 1980's I attended a lecture by Dr. Timothy Leary, the professor and LSD advocate. He said that the world has gone through a number of...

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    June 5, 2019

Dear Dietician: Childhood Obesity

Dear Dietitian, My son is in the fourth grade and is beginning to form unhealthy eating habits. He eats junk food while sitting in front of the...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    June 5, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Frustrating Thoughts

This week’s column is going to be a bit different. I must admit it is hard to focus as I have so many frustrating thoughts running through my brain. Over the past decade or so we often hear about a...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 5, 2019

False Accusations and Foolish Kindness

Throughout my life, the only recurring nightmare I ever had was that of me, huddled in a corner, surrounded by an angry crowd screaming accusations....

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    May 29, 2019

Dear Dietician: Crohn's disease

Laura Broussard, the Family Nurse practitioner at Parker Medical Center, submitted her resignation to PureView Health center early last week. Pureview...

 

This is Montana: Missouri headwaters are central to Montana history (Part 2 of 2)

When the Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis in September 1806, fur trappers already were on their way to the new country. In North Dakota, after...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    May 29, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: More thoughts on A biblical view of anger

One area in my life that I feel God has made some good changes in me concerns anger. I can remember too many times in life when my “temper” got the best of me. It was not this impersonal...

 

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