Bridger farm: Growing healthy food for local consumers

BRIDGER — Marguerite Jodry was majoring in music at the University of Montana when she found her way into the local food movement.

She worked in Sheridan, Wyo., on an AmeriCorps-VISTA food project, then worked as an intern at the Amaltheia Organic Dairy in Belgrade, where she arrived amid the kidding season. “I was a goat midwife,” she said.


New video makes a case for responsible oil development


Deb Thomas of Clark, Wyo., talks about the many disadvantages of living near six oil wells — the air and water pollution, the dust, noise, lights and heavy traffic.

Bob and Mary Johnson talk about living in the midst of the Bakken oil boom on their North Dakota farm, and their hopes that the same kind of development doesn’t come to the Red Lodge area, where they retired. Continue Reading →

One Time Boy


Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana

I have never been so anxious to meet another kid in my life. My parents have told us for years about the family that is about to come and visit. They have a boy my age. And several years ago, this boy shot and killed his younger brother when they were playing in the family barn.  I have been curious about this boy ever since. Continue Reading →

Rushing into print before the nonexistent deadline

Ed Kemmick

When I went into the Last Best biz, I thought one of the great advantages of this new kind of journalism would be the lack of deadlines.

Working at a newspaper, you live and die by deadlines. You’ve got a physical product, a bundle of newsprint and ink, that has to be published every day of the year. To get a paper on the subscriber’s doorstep in the morning, the paper has to be printed the night before. Continue Reading →