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The Corner

This last summer I walked the streets where once, I drove a maroon colored Mercury, Up and down Main, it was so endlessly, Good to kids back then, an accepted stunt. Learning to drive on icy street, no fuss, It was as fun as fun might always be,...

 

The Corner

The Miles City tournament back then, We students looked forward to it, excite, It, a taste of adult’s freedom, of nights, Where we, as teenagers...no books...nor pens. We’d go to the games, to watch our own men, Playing against Sacred Heart, a...

 

Cooking in the West

I just cannot resist helpful hints (now known as hacks) or tips on how to remove every stain known to man or cure anything from warts to arthritis with a home remedy. Sometimes though, I have to question the effectiveness and efficiency of the...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, even though we are a bit AFTER Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be nice to share a poem about love. A bit late, but still appropriate: author and date, unknown: “Love is a smile that warms the heart,...

 

Cooking in the West

One of the few good things about winter on the ranch is that you can wear coveralls. They are called “coveralls’’ because they hide a multitude of sins like Christmas cookies, fudge, eggnog, and winter comfort foods. You can wear your...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, February reminds us of Love! Valentine’s Day might be printed in red on some calendars, but there are dozens of names that may fill out the rest of the dates on many friends’ calendars. Chuckle along...

 

Chamber notes

submitted by Carter County Chamber of Commerce After discussions about seemingly perennial fire concerns and the core mission of the organization, the Carter County Chamber of Commerce voted at its December 2021 meeting to discontinue its practice...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: What do ‘we’ see when we look up? In January, SNOW? Moisture is needed, that’s for sure, ‘Twould help Spring grass to grow. As Winter ends, there’s sleet and haze, sometimes that too shows up. But it’s still...

 

Cooking in the West

I heard on the radio the other day that children get their intelligence from their mothers. That might explain what has happened to my brain. Perhaps I drained part of it for the first child and the rest for the second. I can almost buy that...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, what fun to dine with tiny tots: [not their real names], Ida, 18 months old and big brother, Evan, age 4, and their grandparents. Both tots are so cute and well mannered, fresh from heaven, curious, just...

 

Cooking in the West

Out here in the western agricultural world, there has never really been a need for the women's movement. Women have pitched in to make farms and ranches work since before barbed wire, and they didn't have to burn undergarments to gain respect....

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, humor is everywhere. We can look at health, exercise and even Alzheimer’s, - which, we’re told, that even dogs can get! One way to slow Alzheimer’s, is to go for a walk – with your dog. Fresh air...

 

Cooking in the West

After watching four seasons of "Yellowstone", we have come to the realization that we have been ranching all wrong for our entire lives. . . or else maybe the show is not quite as authentic as co-writer Taylor Sheridan thinks it is. He is quoted as...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, we’re into a New Year, a clean month, a bright new day. Thank You, Lord. William A. Quayle, in his book “God’s Calendar,” has some fascinating musings about months. Some for January are: “The Cale...

 

Cooking in the West

As I get older, it becomes harder and harder to find a winter sport that I can participate in, because I don't dare risk my knees, hips, skull, etc. So when our friends, Keith and Holly Williams from Virginia, suggested a snowmobile outing, it sounde...

 

Carter County Public Health corner

We are excited to share some news and opportunity for parents of students in grades K-12 at Ekalaka Public Schools. Dental Appointments—ugh. It can be hard to take care of getting this done for your kiddos even though it’s just once or twice a...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, New Years can be like a fresh start! Our Mom delighted in opening up a new Diary/Journal which she faithfully kept until You called her home. We were also delighted in looking at the bright new calendars, c...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a New Year has dawned; we’ve already flicked the calendar to the New Year, so now we come face to face with the fact that our days on earth are numbered. As we turn to this clean, fresh, new page on the...

 

Cooking in the West

This morning we woke up to several inches of snow and below zero temperatures. As I drank my coffee, I perused the posts of my Facebook friends who live in Arizona. A couple of them invited me to come down to stay with them, but I doubt if they mean...

 
 By Vicki Fix    Voices    December 24, 2021

Mayor's Notes

Four years ago in January, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Being mayor of Ekalaka taught me a few things. Of course, the number one thing is that you cannot do a job like that without the...

 

Cooking in the West

2020 and 2021 have not been easy years for anyone, but especially not for Santa Claus. I wrote this poem to underscore that despite the state of our country and our world, we can still celebrate good and love and joy and remember that Jesus is the...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: Lord, just sharing: author and date, unknown. “Our Inn was at the edge of town – we heard the noisy throng move down, and as they came, I saw Pa frown. We heard a tired ‘Hello!’ call; a woman on a donkey small,...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

Would you like to end your year or start the new one by getting your FLU or COVID vaccine including Booster? We have appointments available Tuesday, December 28th. Please call us at 406-775-6332 to reserved your spot. This holiday season is unlike...

 

Cooking in the West

The poem I want to share this week was written by Chuck Rein, who ranches with his wife Pam on one of the most beautiful outfits on the planet in the shadow of the Crazy Mountains west of Melville, Montana. Chuck wrote this poem several years ago...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, mending day happens; there are socks, shirts, jeans, you name it and it probably needs mending. Besides clothing, there is upholstery, fences, relationships, and even broken hearts to mend. Mending...

 

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