Monthly archive

October, 2013

  • Alice Patricia (Pat) Orman, 84, of Laurel, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, after a long battle with pancreatitis. She was born Dec. 14, 1928 in Regan, N.D., the daughter of Patrick and Alice Patton. Pat was the youngest of six children raised on the family farm. She attended Canfield grade school and Regan...
  • A celebration of Verna Brastrup’s life was held on Oct 20 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Great Falls.  Verna Ilene Lannoye Brastrup of Great Falls, passed away Oct. 18, 2013.  This amazing woman was just shy of turning 92. She was born Nov. 18, 1921 in Churches Ferry, N.D. to George and Lilly (Siverson) Lannoye. She was raised...
  • To the Editor, As a single mother who worked at Red Lodge restaurant as a second job, I am aware of the changes in childcare that have adversely affected today’s parents. In the early 1990’s we entrusted our children to the care of someone we knew to be naturally good with children. That person typically took in several kids at a low, hourly rate...
  • With the Red Lodge mayoral elections around the corner, Nov. 5, the two candidates, Ed Williams and Tom Weaver, are preparing their battle lines and hoping their vision for Red Lodge is the one chosen. But is it their vision? What is a mayor’s role in city government and a town’s future? It is surprising to realize that a mayor has little real say...
  • Since my significant other recently received his hunting license, I am now entering a semi-intimidating new cooking realm of wild game preparation. While on a trip to Eastern Montana, he went pheasant hunting and successfully shot a bird. As a Los Angeles native, I have found that those types of trips seem to really emphasize the Montana...
  • To the Editor, Though “Walking” Tom Weaver is an appealing Red Lodge personality and tempting write-in candidate for mayor, the better choice for the job is Ed Williams. I say this having successively served, over 10 years, as Red Lodge planning board president, city planner, and City Council member. Those jobs taught me that Mayor...
  • To the Editor, The CNN recently printed a series of inaccuracies about fracking, first by its own reporter Eleanor Guerrero and then by Dr. David Lehnherr, who is affiliated with the Montana Conservation Voters, a group known for its tireless hostility to all beneficial uses of natural resources.     One big question is why the CNN is committed to...
  • On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Montanans for Healthy Rivers met to discuss the future of Montana’s rivers. It was not a presentation, but a forum to listen, held by a coalition of citizens, businesses and groups. Especially praised were the “last, best, free-flowing rivers in Western Montana” but the forum welcomed discussion about all local rivers and...
  •   When Andy Van Ornum bought his house on S. Adams in 1980 he didn’t figure Red Lodge’s mining history would come up to haunt him but lying beneath his backyard are two 100-year old coal shafts once belonging to the Red Lodge Coal Company. Over the years the shafts, one 80 feet in length, the other 50 feet, and running eastwards...
  • To the Editor, Following is the text of a letter to the editor regarding the Southern Montana bankruptcy reorganization plan that is being pushed forward despite the lack of information from an investigation required by the US Bankruptcy Code.  After review of Southern and SME minutes and other documents, I believe that the plan is seriously...