Back in 1960, Lincoln County was timber, mining and farming. There was a fairly stable population, jobs were available, and both small and large ranches. Along with the Corps of Engineers planning Libby dam, and looking at flooding the lands near the Kootenai, by the middle of the decade our communities became boomtowns, needing housing… Continue reading Economic Drivers and Housing Shortages
“Expert: A man who makes three correct guesses consecutively.” -Laurence J. Peter
Black bear dens in northwest Montana come in a variety of types. The most common den consists of where a large tree toppled over years ago, bringing up a large amount of soil with the roots. Black bears will hollow out an area under the fallen tree where the trunk meets the roots. Usually, these… Continue reading Bear Hibernation Part III
Perhaps you’ve heard the distinctive call of the sandhill cranes recently? -Patches We’re actually in at the very south edge of the breeding range for Sandhill Cranes. They’re not particularly picky eaters- they’ll eat snakes, frogs, insects, seeds… Often, we’ll see them in the spring, hunting frogs in shallow water.
School Board Elections scheduled for May 4, 2021. Those interested in running should contact the school clerk.
Saturday, Lincoln Electric Coop held their annual meeting as a drive-in meeting at Lincoln County High School. As with last year’s meeting, it was drive-in, with attendees tuning their radios to listen in. Unlike last year’s smoke, this year’s meeting was cold, wet, and windy. At 9 am when the meeting started, there were 97… Continue reading Lincoln Electric Held Annual Meeting
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It’s time to plant alfalfa again. I’m pretty sure that I last planted this field when I was in high school, in the mid-sixties, and it has run out. But the world is a different place now, and many new varieties have developed in the past half-century. I like alfalfa – it gets a couple… Continue reading Time to Plant Alfalfa
The mind is not a vessel to be built, but a fire to be kindled. -Plutarch
I like foresters – they have some fun tools. In grade school, I learned how to use an increment borer to determine a tree’s age and it’s rate of growth. Later, I learned how those tools, coupled with beams in cliff houses and other old dwellings in the American Southwest helped develop the specialized science… Continue reading Measuring Forest Canopy