I was born in the southern U.S. and raised by a 21 year Marine Corps Vietnam Vet and his hard working, successful, Tennessee born bride. They set the bar pretty high for their three kids...so I decided to just walk under it and go into radio at age 16. After years of "town to town, up and down the dial", I made my way to Billings in 2005. That turned out to be the best decision I ever made. It lead to a great job, and the love of my life, my daughter, Eliana. I'm happy to be raising her in a place with a great mix of conservative family values and progressive ideas about inclusion and embracing the differences in people (provided they are not too liberal or from California).
You Don’t Need A Fancy Ride for a Good Time
I don't know who was driving it, but here's what I imagine his day was like. He figured he couldn't let such a nice Saturday go by without doing some fishing. He throws his gear on this beat up beast and heads out to a convenience store to grab the fishing necessities: live bait and a six pack. He spends a couple hours on the Yellowstone, but doesn't pull in anything worth keeping, so he swings in to the steak house to grab something decent to eat and some beer that's colder than the ones he's packing with him.
“Dad Skills” On The Decline
My dad has taught me a lot over the years. He's still better than I am at pretty much all of it, but the basic "dad skill" I have, I owe to him. Apparently, these little things I take for granted are on the decline across the country.
Carnival At Rimrock Mall
I've loved carnivals since back when I thought being a carnie was probably the greatest job in the world. These days, even though I question the safety of the rides and the life choices of some of the employees, I still get a nostalgic feeling wandering around and will probably ride a few things with the kid.
Who’s The Packrat In Your Family?
She doesn't want to part with anything. I put things in the pile to sell and as soon as she notices it's, "Hey, you can't sell that. I love that!", even though it's been in her closet, untouched, for two years.
New Clothing Can Go Several MONTHS Without Being Washed
For the many Montanans on a cistern (and for lazy people who hate doing laundry), it could be big news.
20 Bucks To Never Lose Your Keys Again
Hopefully I'll never need it, but my brain seems to be getting duller in these areas as time goes on, so we'll see. At this point, it's a cheap insurance policy.
Use a Flip Phone For a Week and Get Paid $1,000
Once again, a company is offering money to get someone to give up their smartphone for one week. If you, like me, instantly said "No problem. I'd do it in a heartbeat.", then you're probably not the kind of person they're looking for.
Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match This Weekend
Forsyth, Montana is a pretty quiet town most of the time. There is however, an annual tradition that certainly makes some noise: The Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match.
Five Things People With Respiratory Problems Can Do To Deal With Wildfire Smoke
Obviously they cause death and destruction for the immediately affected area, but for people who have asthma or other respiratory conditions, they can cause serious breathing problems even for those hundreds of miles away from the flames. I have someone in my family whose asthma can be a real problem and there were many days last year where she simply had to stay indoors because the air quality was so poor.
Prairie Dogs As Pets?
They can damage crops, but their tunnels can lead to issues with livestock as well. I was reading this article which discusses the pros and cons of prairie dogs. In the article, a Texas veterinarian says there are three or four times a year where he has to treat or euthanize a horse or cattle that has fallen because of a prairie dog hole. That's some expensive damage and an obvious reason for ranchers to want rid of them.
Will Pence’s Visit Help Billings’ Meth Problem?
Will Pence's visit on Wednesday (6/12/19) help Meth addiction in our state? The quick answer is no. The visit itself won't do anything, which is why I am hoping he lays out an actionable plan that makes sense. This problem isn't just a Montana issue, it's an American epidemic. It has wreaked havoc in my hometown and I would really love to hear a solution that makes sense. Not only have a heard a plan that I think will work, I can't even conceive of one.
Disgusting Treatment of Cattle
I don't normally share videos like this, but we have so many Montanans who work with cattle I really want to hear their opinion. Is this normal? Have you witnessed anything like this before? I have no shame in being a carnivore, but the guys in this video look like heartless sociopaths.