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A smattering of observed curiosities from western Washington state

It's that time of the year, my wife and I are back in Woodinville, WA (east suburb of Seattle) dog/house sitting while the owners spend some time in Florida. The couple owns an Airbnb we used several...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, This letter goes out to the members of the Bear Paw Credit Union. It pertains to the proposed merger with Altana Federal Credit Union. I am urging all members to vote no on this merger until all facts can be gathered. I received a...

 

Where the "Copper Kings" reigned

I recently wrote about my wife and I visiting the Merry Widow Health Mine in Basin, Montana. Before that stop we stayed three days in the Anaconda/Butte area and had the opportunity to learn about...

 

A first visit to the Merry Widow Health Mine

On a recent outing to southwest Montana my wife and I made an overnight stop in Basin in order to visit the Merry Widow Health Mine. Sherry, my wife, has wanted to visit Basin for some time as she...

 

Letter to the Editor

I am writing this letter in support of my daughter, Courtney Bell’s decision to recently resign from the Chinook School System where the school board recently passed a policy that said guns would be carried by some of their staff. I am proud of...

 

Ancient Order of the Deep: Lutefisk Eaters

When my wife and I moved to North Dakota we lived among a lot of Norwegians, a new experience for us. We'd never heard of lutefisk...and certainly never eaten it. We learned a lot about "lutefisk and...

 

God works for the good ---- Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, sometimes our thinking gets mixed up, we think the quality of our life is based on what happens to us, but that isn’t so - we’re forgetting that the quality of our life is how we respond. We probably know someone-including ourselv...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know Lord, it was precious to see a gentleman help a young lady gather her two little kids and help them into church while she carried a baby. He helped them cross the parking lot, helped keep them together, while their Daddy parked the car. The...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Cinco de Mayo and the American Civil War

Alert readers will be aware that tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo-the May 5th annual celebration of Hispanic culture and its role in the U.S. The holiday is based on an event in Mexico but not widely...

 

Pool & Park Foundation reassesses the Recreation District

We are writing today regarding the Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation and our efforts to improve the Chinook Pool and Sweet Park. We feel that there is some inaccurate information floating around and we would like to clarify some confusion that...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: Perhaps, some of the readers of the Journal can help with a project that I am currently working on. Bernice Ende wrote a book titled: LADY LONG RIDER. She was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2020, after being nominated...

 

Quiet Time - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know Lord, we hunger for sacred space and yearn for quiet time. We know that You are always ready and willing to meet us in that space. We must study, meditate, praise, and pray so that divine space becomes the highlight of our daily journey so t...

 

The Bitter Water • March Devotional

Good Morning, may you have a great and blessed day. Today I would like to encourage one another to keep your focus on th lord and what He wishes to continue to teach us. In these past 2 years many of us have faced trying times, not only with health...

 

My Answer

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Q: Is it true that Queen Victoria believed in Jesus Christ? A: In the biography of Queen Victoria there is a heart-warming story told. She went into the slums of London and visited the home of an elderly lad...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know Lord, today or maybe even this week, we might just feel like completing some winter projects or we might just pack them away for another day. The urge to clean and plant surges deep within us. No false sense of security here, we know the...

 

My Answer from the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It is disappointing when people say that Christ changed their life but there is no evidence. I don’t like hypocrisy, yet I like to accept people for what they are. My mother says that I am using this as an excuse. While I don’t agree with...

 
 By Press Release    Opinion    March 2, 2022

We need more Housing

Montana has been discovered. We were the second-fastest-growing state in the country last year. Our rapidly increasing population presents many challenges and opportunities, and it’s also driving a lot of unease among many of us who’ve lived here...

 

TESTER DELIVERS FOR MILK RIVER

At their meeting on Friday, January 21, members of the St. Mary/Milk River Working Group expressed great appreciation for Senator Jon Tester’s success in securing $100 million in the Bi-partisan Infrastructure Bill, which he helped negotiate, to ju...

 

Overcoming Toxic Emotions

You’ve experienced one or more toxic emotions. Anger, frustration, fear, guilt, bitterness, resentment, and sadness negatively impact you. Toxic emotions cause you mental and physical harm. Anger leads you to do or say things you’ll regret...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

What do ‘we’ see when we look up? In January, SNOW? Moisture is needed, that’s for sure, ‘Twould help Spring grass to grow. As Winter ends, there’s sleet and haze, sometimes that too shows up. But it’s still cold most everywhere – we ne...

 

"Free stay" for dog-sitting in Seattle turned out to be costly

Alert readers will recall a story I wrote last December for the "Journal" about a dog/house sitting adventure. The story recounted how my wife Sherry and I spent five weeks, rent free, in a very...

 

January - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, here comes a New Year, a clean month, a bright new day. Thank You, Lord. William A. Quayle, in his book “God’s Calendar,” has some fascinating musing about months. Some for January are: “The Calendar is God’s invention. The...

 

Mending? ------------ Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, mending day happens; there are sox, shirts, jeans, you name it and it probably needs mending. Besides clothing, there is upholstery, fences, relationships, and even broken hearts to mend. Mending clothing isn’t all that complicated...

 

Letter To The Editor

This past month has seen passage of one of the largest investments in American infrastructure in the nation’s history. Few states benefit more from this Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill than Montana. This is largely due to the work of our very own...

 

From the desk of Senator blasdel

Letter to U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale Senators and Representative, As we approach Christmas, we have one request to Montana’s federal delegation: please do everything in your power to stop the...

 

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