June 29th, 2021

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Fireworks and Fires

When we risk fire, we do not just choose that risk for ourselves. Rather, we choose that risk for our neighbors as well. As we approach the fourth of July, it’s time to start considering the fire danger. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there were 19,500 fires started by fireworks in 2018 (not…

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. -Victor Hugo

The Weatherman Said

It looks like we’re into some near record or even record breaking high temperatures.  Kalispell’s record high was 105 degrees back in 1961.  I probably handled that by heading into the creek.  Still, that’s fairly gentle, compared to Glendive in 1893, or Medicine Lake in 1937 – both of which saw 117 degrees.  As I…

Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

With the weather warming, it’s time to start thinking about heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Why avoid heatstroke? The short answer is that it can be fatal…

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Green Chile- A Recipe from Trinidad

One of the fun things about Trinidad, Colorado was the preponderance of foods that you just don’t find in the northwest.  This one, from the St. Joseph church cookbook, shows chile without a single bean. 1 ½ lb. pork or beef2 cloves garlic2 Tbsp flour1 small can green chiles Dice meat and fry.  When browned,…

Cicadas – not just Brood X!

While we don’t have periodical cicadas (genus Magicicada) this far west, we do have other types of cicadas, especially genus Okanagana. I’ve been hearing their males sing in the trees on my drive back from work over the past couple of weeks…

Single Chick Flocks

It has been a good year for raven hatchlings, as well as for Goose and Gander.  The Montana field guide explains that egg dates for ravens are probably early in April, and that the young have been identified flying around Fortine as early as June 8.  The typical clutch is 3 to 7 birds -…

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