Jul 17

Flathead Lake on My Mind

by Steve Smith Somebody recently asked me if I think the publication of acclaimed author Jon Krakauer’s book “Missoula” dealing with cops, courts, jocks, rape and rapists would diminish interest in my newly published and less controversial book, “Flathead Lake on My Mind.”

Jul 17

Summer Reads

by Barbara Theroux Summer is a time for reading, or perhaps this is the year that you decide to build a Little Free Library. Several such libraries, places to exchange books, are appearing across Montana. Read more about the movement in this new book:

Jul 17

Missoula 150: Where They Lived

by Kim Briggeman They’re gone now, most of them – the downtown homes of the men and women who built Missoula around them. There’s a tire store on the corner of Orange Street and West Pine, where Judge Frank Woody, Missoula’s first mayor, lived with his wife Sarah. The city home with a cupola on […]

Jul 17

Senior Running

by Dillon Kato At this year’s Boston Marathon, his 10th, Missoulian Tom Halverson said he was surprised to run into a fellow Montanan who had also come across the country for the race, Governor Steve Bullock. “It was during the legislative session. If a guy like him has time to train for a marathon, anyone does,” he said.

Jul 17

Dearborn River: Easy Day Hike

by Rob Chaney CRAIG – The Dearborn River offers your paddling Goldilocks a classic three-bears set of options. The upper third coming out of the Scapegoat Wilderness is Baby Bear, with a little stonewalled water park just outside the wilderness boundary popular with summer swimmers and a dramatic canyon near Bean Lake along its 16-mile reach where kayakers […]

Jul 17

Ptarmigan Tunnel: Moderate Hike

by Sherry Devlin GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – Legend has it, park rangers opened the doors of the Ptarmigan Tunnel one spring to be greeted by a hungry – read, grumpy – grizzly bear. Seems the bruin had denned in the tunnel, not realizing there would be no escape once winter’s snows blocked all retreat.

Jul 17

Froze-To-Death Plateau: Strenuous Hike

by Martin Kidston ABSAROKEE – It’s a long way up to Froze-To-Death Plateau, like 26 switchbacks rising 3,000 feet in roughly two miles. But as the saying goes, there’s only one way up, and that’s to take it one step at a time, elevation be damned.

Jul 17

Protect Grandkids

by Bart Klika As a bystander, I wanted to help, but how? Should I go talk to the dad? Should I ignore the situation altogether – after all, shouldn’t I mind my own darn business? In the end, I smiled at the father and said, “I have been there before.” If you are like me, you continually find yourself […]

Jul 17

Medicare: Preventive Care Services

by Sue Bailey Question: I have heard that Medicare covers some preventative care services and they might be free. Is this true? Answer: As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare has increased the number of preventative services and in many cases has eliminated the previous deductibles and co-insurance associated with the services. The following is a list […]

Jul 17

Diabetes: Tour de Cure Raises Research Money

by Carla Cox About 9.3 percent of people in the United States have diabetes, and Montana is right there. It’s rare to find an individual who is not touched by someone with diabetes – a relative, co-worker, friend. The human body likes to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels at a certain level, between 70 and 99 mg/dl. Diabetes occurs […]