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Prairie Lights: Some readers buffaloed by April Fools’ fun


Some years back, I wrote an expose of an article that ran in the now-defunct Weekly World News. The article claimed that Montana Highway Patrol officers had gunned down a Bigfoot, also known as a sasquatch, after the brute terrorized a New Zealand couple in Beaverhead Rock State Park near Dillon. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Despite injuries, Laurel bison run considered a big success

LAUREL — Despite injuries to numerous participants and several spectators, Laurel city officials were beaming with pride Thursday after a wildly successful “Running of the Bison” event. “It was fantastic,” said Laurel Mayor Mark Mace, who came up with the idea for the dangerously alluring event, which he hopes will become an annual affair. “Sure, some people were hurt, but we’re a tough bunch, and everyone agreed it was great for Laurel.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Turner biographer gives revealing interview

Last Best News was barely a week old when I ran my review of Todd Wilkinson’s biography of Ted Turner. A year later I find myself thinking of Turner on a regular basis, having learned from Wilkinson, who lives in Bozeman, what a huge variety of important projects Turner is deeply involved in. If I had a Christmas wish for the whole world this year, it would be that Turner has a very, very long life. Whether or not you’ve read the book yet, check out this revealing interview of Wilkinson by Marc Bekoff, a writer and evolutionary biologist. The lengthy interview was published by Psychology Today and touches on many of the most interesting parts of Wilkinson’s book. Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Why not The Dude, or Rooster, for senator?


News of Jeff Bridges’ U.S. Senate candidacy has been spreading like wildfire over the past couple of days. OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. As far as I know, word of his candidacy has been reported only by Last Best News. And there may not be a candidacy. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Turner bio an intimate look at a very large life

Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, by Todd Wilkinson, 2013. Lyons Press, 371 pages, $26.95

There are a lot of big names in this book besides Turner’s. Todd Wilkinson has revealing conversations with Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Kofi Annan and Jane Fonda, among others. (more…) Continue Reading →

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