I’ve always liked dogs, but I never thought of myself as a quote-on-quote dog person. My parents are definitely not dog people. When I was just a kid, I started begging for a dog. My pleas fell on deaf ears, until one day, 8-year-old Abby sat them down and explained that I knew their reasons for not wanting a pet, but that I felt like I didn’t belong in the family if we couldn’t have a dog.
I was gone all last week – Mike and I drove to Kansas, participated in one of my best friend’s wedding and spent quality time with my family. Then we turned right around and spent another 20 hours driving back.
I learned an important lesson in horsemanship two weeks ago. I learned how vital it is to always practice good rein management.
Last weekend I spent a morning at a gun range outside of Logan. By noon, I was certified to hunt in Montana. Yep, I was there for my hunter education field day.
I love my job, I really do. Occasionally, however, it gets difficult. I’m not talking about the stories I report, though whenever I have to go to court or end up at the scene of a crash, those moments are hard. No, this week, I’m talking about the fine line between press releases, news and advertising.
The sweet relief of returning home
Hi readers, I’m so tickled by all the positive support Madison County is showing to our senior community. Last week in Twin Bridges, the senior and community center broke ground. In Ennis, a group of volunteers are building a senior center with their own hands. It’s amazing.
Sharp pencils. Crisp, lined paper. Crayons and colored markers. A new backpack. I was one of those kids who was always excited for the start of each school year. I was painfully shy, though, so the first day always brought a weird mix of enthusiasm and utter panic. What if I don’t have the right supplies? What if I don’t make any friends? What if I don’t have a place to sit at lunch? What if I forget my lunch!?
Smoke in the air
In last week’s paper, the issue of public access around the Ruby Reservoir was made apparent. It’s an issue that makes me sad – a lot of what makes Montana so wonderful is the public’s ability to explore and benefit from our natural resources. Our lakes, our rivers, our forests and our mountains are our greatest asset.