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October 2014

BEST DAY OF THE YEAR

While some people may choose Thanksgiving or other holiday as their favorite weekend of the year, mine is the time we ship cattle from the ranch. I grew up in Lemhi County in Idaho on a family ranch that’s close to celebrating it’s centennial. Last weekend, my kids became the fifth generation to work the ranch…

YOUTH HUNTING

One of the great opportunities for youth growing up in Montana is to become conservation-minded by participating in hunter education courses and taking advantage of specially-designed hunting opportunities.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Valley Drug & Variety in Stevensville, Montana, is an old-fashioned pharmacy, soda fountain and variety store that makes an interesting statement every time a cashier purposefully returns change using two-dollar bills – you see how that money travels around the valley. Without a dominant industry that imports wealth, we who live in the Bitterroot just keep…

SPRINKLE PINK

Hamilton is covered in pink – from business windows to football player’s socks – all in an effort to increase awareness of cancer, early detection and preventative treatments. My heart breaks when I think of the suffering of those ravaged by cancer – but then I have to stop and remember that I’m a cancer…

A SENSE OF PLACE

We took a quick trip with our kids last week in our home on wheels. I love that we can have an RV adventure, wear the kids out, then change them into jammies, tuck them into bed and travel back home in peace. As we left the Bitterroot Valley, we drove south to Lost Trail…

MENDING FENCES

Autumn in the Bitterroot Valley is arguably the most beautiful time of year. The city limits of Hamilton are a grid of tree-lined streets that create a canopy of gold and red that’s breathtaking. Our historic courthouse has been transformed into a beautiful museum and is home to a summer series of farmer’s markets that…