montana: Yurt Living - Simplicity At Its Finest - 05/28/14 02:12 AM
Many people dream of big, fancy houses - others white picket fences; however, many people are beginning to think inside the yurt.
For those of you that do not know what a yurt is, here is a quick rundown. A yurt is essentially a large circular building that is comprised of one room initially. After a platform is built, a yurt can be constructed in a single day. Platforms are generally wooden patio type designs, but many options are out there.
The wall stucture is built of wood in lattace form, while the roof is comprised of rafters. The protective shell is a … (0 comments)

montana: One Grizzly - 70 Dead Sheep - 06/29/12 12:06 AM
"If you ever, ever, dare to stop a grizzly bear, You will never meet another grizzly bear." Mary Austin.
I LIVE IN MONTANA, spent most of my life here. It comes as no surprise to me that grizzly bears can be downright mean. Big and mean.
Those of us who have lived here long enough to understand the situation get just a bit tense when wandering into areas most often left to the grizzly. I have always told myself those hairs standing up on the back of my neck were just part of the wilderness experience.
I don't know how … (8 comments)

montana: Kindness Writer Shot in Montana - 06/12/12 10:54 PM
A MAN HITCHHIKING across America to write a book titled "Kindness in America" was shot in rural Montana Saturday. Fortunately for the author, the shooter was from Washington. Locals in Montana usually don't miss.
Ray Dolin, 39, approached a vehicle outside the small town of Glasgow, Montana thinking he was being offered a ride. Instead, a man from Washington, allegedly under the influence, fired at Dolin as he approached. Dolin was hospitalized with a wound to his arm.
According to an article in the Missoulian, the alleged shooter, Lloyd Danielson was returning from Washington to work in the North Dakota oil fields … (3 comments)

montana: In Montana, Wolves Falling Victim to Lions - 05/29/12 02:17 AM
IN MONTANA, the return of wolves has been a controversial issue. As in the past, the last thing ranchers want to see on the landscape is a wolf. But apparently, the wolves have more to fear than ranchers.
According to a report in the Missoulian, two wolves that had been collared in the past by wildife managers have been recently killed - by mountain lions. Biologists know mountain lions are the cause of the wolves' demise by the puncture wounds in their skulls.
Two other wolves met a similar demise last year and another was killed by a mountain lion in … (0 comments)

montana: Reunited With an Old Friend - 05/13/12 11:22 PM
EVEN WITH the mild winter that just passed, in Montana the arrival of 70-some degrees and a blue sky is welcomed as if it was the return of a long-awaited friend.
Sunday was one of those days, a day for shorts and short sleeves, a day to be spent in the woods or alongside a river. 
I hesitate to write the "summer" word. It is only May (although is was about as beautiful as a day in May can be) and I have spent way more than enough time in Montana to know that summer won't be here for another month and the weather will prove … (0 comments)

montana: Al-Qaida eyes Montana's Real Estate - 05/04/12 02:32 AM
AL-QAIDA has its terrorist eye set on Montana's mountains and the real estate that has been built here. 
In a Friday article posted in the Missoulian it was reported that Al-Qaida is suggesting to terrorists that they set wildfires in Montana. The suggestion comes in the Al-Qaida magazine Inspire.
The suggestion apparently was inspired by the bad fire season here in 2000 when wildfires burned nearly 1 million acres and numerous homes. The Inspire article, which includes instructions on how to build a fire bomb that could start the blazes, prompted warnings and promises from Montana law enforcement.
"We are an equal opportunity law enforcement agency," … (4 comments)

montana: Beware The Boom - 04/24/12 11:44 PM
BEWARE the oil boom. Real estate prices go through the roof, pipelines begin to dot the landscape and scams, residential complaints and crime become commonplace in what were quiet communities.
Examples of the downside to booming growth currently can be seen in eastern Montana and North Dakota, areas in the middle of the biggest boom they have seen in decades.
The on-going development of the Bakken oil fields has created tens of thousands of high-paying jobs and brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the small towns scattered across the area.
Some areas in North Dakota have reportedly seen their population jump … (6 comments)

montana: Spring Cleaning in Missoula Focuses on Its River - Again - 04/19/12 01:30 AM
A RIVER still runs through the city of Missoula, Montana and folks here are once again preparing to spend a day making sure that while it's running it doesn't do so through litter and debris. 
For the ninth spring in a row, Missoulians will gather along the river to spend a morning picking littler from its banks. In return, the workers will get free coffee, a sense of community pride and clean river banks. Judging from the turnout every year, there are hundreds of city residents who feel they are adequately compensated for their efforts.
The Clark Fork River flows through the heart of Missoula … (0 comments)

montana: Hey Dude! Wanna Buy a Ranch? - 04/08/12 10:44 PM
If you have any clients who are cowboys or cowgirls at heart, this listing might be right up their alley - or down the right trail. The 8,500-acre Lazy K Bar Dude Ranch is for sale. Along with a lodge and 30-some cabins and outbuildings, this ranch comes complete with a creek, lots of snow and an 11,000 foot mountain peak.
The asking price? Nine million dollars. Owners of the ranch say that price undervalues the property by about a third.
According to a recent article in the Missoulian, Paul "Tack" Van Cleve listed the ranch about a month ago and already has received … (0 comments)

montana: Route to the Sun Travels Through Much Snow - 04/06/12 02:08 AM
Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park is all about Plowing Through the Snow again this spring.
This week snowplows began their annual effort of clearing a witnter's worth of snow from the road through Glacier Park. They have their work cut out for them.
Currently there is more than 10 feet of snow covering some of the road in higher elevations. Even at lower elevations, the snow is something more than a foot deep. 
Apparently, those snow levels are just about average.
According to a recent article in the Missoulian, the effort began on April 2 with snowplows encountering up to … (2 comments)

montana: Cashing In On the Beauty - 03/11/12 11:21 PM
As a resident of Montana, I don't often need to be reminded of the importance of the natural beauty surrounding those of us living here. But a study just released illustrates just how important a pretty view can be for our economy.
Apparently, we can, at least to some extent, quantify in dollars and cents the value of a spectacular view.
According to a Michigan State University researcher, visitors to Glacier National Park in northwest Montana spend more than $100 million a year in the communities surrounding it. That spending supports nearly 1,700 jobs that are sorely needed in struggling communities like … (4 comments)

montana: First Friday in Missoula - 03/01/12 10:57 PM
IT IS the first Friday of the month and here in Missoula that means locals will be heading downtown for another First Friday celebration of the arts.
Between 15 to 20 galleries, museums and other downtown businesses will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to give Missoulians an opportunity to check out new exhibits, visit with artists and business owners and to enjoy another busy evening downtown. 
Along with all of the art to be viewed, there will be music to listen to, appetizers and drink to indulge in and a chance to run into friends, family and co-workers.
This month's … (0 comments)

montana: Montana Town For Sale - 02/21/12 10:21 PM
WHY just buy a house when you can buy the house and the town it resides in? Along with being a homeowner, you could become mayor too! Even better, it's in Montana.
The town of Pray, Montana is for sale. The asking price is $1.4 million. For that the buyer gets the five acre townsite including several commercial buildings, a post office and several other outbuildings. Currently there are several hundred people living in the area who have a Pray mailing address.
Making it even better is that the town is located in the heart of Montana's Paradise Valley, alongside the Yellowstone River and just … (4 comments)

montana: At home in Montana - wintertime or not - 02/06/12 12:59 AM
I live in Montana. It is February. The pale light of the short days of winter, temperatures below freezing and snow crusted with frost define my part of the world. That won't change anytime soon.
I sit in the office, considering where to call. Enough buyers come into our service that almost anywhere in North America is an option. So I look for leads in Florida, southern California, maybe South Carolina and Arizona. I pull up websites of faraway agents featuring patios and pools, green grass and best of all, beaches and oceans.
For the next eight hours, I live vicariously … (3 comments)

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