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Absarokee chips in to fund swimming pool upgrades


ABSAROKEE — If you’ve ever seen a slumped-shouldered sullen kid in the summer sun who didn’t have a place to swim, you know how Absarokee kids felt 50 years ago when parents kept them out of deep irrigations ditches and rapid running rivers, the only places a youngster could find cooling water. Those were dangerous places with the sluggish but heavy pull of water in the ditches and the swirling water that could tug a swimmer from a river’s edge to the rapids. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Photo gallery: Stillwater getaway for the holiday

If you don’t have time to go to Yellowstone National Park this Memorial Day weekend, a closer, but enchanting trip up the Stillwater Valley might be a good alternative and one where you still can savor wildlife, from sandhill cranes to elk, and an eruption of wildflowers. Spring in the Stillwater Valley is busting out. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In the aftermath of Mr. Bear’s visit, no hard feelings


Bruce Keller and I had been gone just 50 hours from our home outside of Absarokee. High Chaparral has been a family sanctuary for nearly a quarter-century. We’ve had raccoons, mountain lions, lynx, elk, deer and antelope, and of course plenty of mice, squirrels, voles, moles and skunks. (Nick, the male Yorkie, has been “deskunked” almost as many times as he’s been taken to the groomer.) (more…) Continue Reading →

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A perfect day for the long loop home from Red Lodge

Sometimes the shortest way home just isn’t good enough. I had to be in Red Lodge Tuesday evening, and since I wasn’t too keen on driving home afterward—dodging deer in the dark on Highway 212—I spent the night at a friend’s house and left Red Lodge the next morning. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sustained by a secret


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

I hope we all don’t brag too much about our October 2014 weather. I have already warned the Fishtail coffee klatch on this, because we might regret it. Instead, in our out-of-state conversations, we should emphasize the depths to which the thermometer drops come winter, and we need to mention how many seasonal jobs we all have to work in order to live here. (more…) Continue Reading →

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