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The Montana Night Sky

The highlights for the Montana night sky in June are brilliant Jupiter and even more brilliant Venus dominating the evening sky followed by Mars, which approaches the brightness of Jupiter by the end of the month as it heads toward its closest approach to Earth in 15 years

COMMODITY INSITE

In my last column I was emphatic about, “selling the rips and buying the dips” because most all markets appeared to be in wide trading ranges. In theory, markets that are in a fixed range, investors and traders should be selling at the top of the range and buying at the bottom.

Hollowtop Smoke Signals

At long last, the first warmth of spring is here. Ambling down a secluded country lane, I am alone — yet not lonely. The smell of verdant grass, carried on unseen currents, permeates my lungs.

Hanging wearily in the evening sky; the sun tips toward earth’s waiting cradle.

Swan Song

I was recently chatting with a friend about superstitions. I have never been a superstitious person; not really worried if a black cat crosses my path, I don’t feel the need to throw salt over my shoulder, nor do I open umbrella’s inside simply because it’s too complicated and just does not make sense.

Natural Resource News

Whether it’s forests or backyard trees, keeping them healthy is a priority for any landowner. For someone who grows trees for harvest, perception of tree health might be influenced by whether or not trees are growing at an acceptable rate per acre to produce a marketable product such as sawlogs.

This, Our Valley

It’s often safer to be in chains than to be free – Franz Kafka

In the early stages of retirement, I’m beginning to think that freedom is an over-rated concept.

Cowboy Poetry

When Sammy was just ten years old, his Dad gave him a chore, to gather up the chicken eggs. This job was grim, for sure.
You see there was a rooster who was guard of every hen. He strutted round the chicken fence. For sure, this was his pen.

Commodity Insite

After the Trump tariffs, aimed at China were put in place in early March, China retaliated this week. The result has been historically volatile price swings with the US commodity markets, US stocks and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

Earth Day 2018

In April of 1970 as a junior at Billings West, I joined 20 million Americans in celebrating the first Earth Day by sitting on a Grand Avenue curb protesting an 80 foot tall sign that had just been erected by Big Oil—the first of its kind in Billings and a clear example of visual pollution.

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