• Youth hunting

    One of the great opportunities for youth growing up in Montana is to become conservation-minded by participating in hunter education courses and taking advantage of specially-designed hunting opportunities. While school was out for fall break last weekend, many kids spent time in the fields and hillsides with family on hunting adventures. Montana Fish, Wildlife and

    Read the full article

  • Work weekend

    “All able-bodied males who share the name Hawkes or are married to a Hawkes parented by J. Robert and Brenda F. Hawkes and are 12 years of age and older are hereby duly notified of the Fifth-Annual, Four-Times-Never-Before-Held Work Weekend. Please be advised of the following schedule – arrival 10/09/14, work 10/10 – 10/11, return home

    Read the full article

  • Community support

    Valley Drug & Variety in Stevensville, Montana, is an old-fashioned pharmacy, soda fountain and variety store that makes an interesting statement every time a cashier purposefully returns change using two-dollar bills – you see how that money travels around the valley. Without a dominant industry that imports wealth, we who live in the Bitterroot just keep

    Read the full article

  • Sprinkle Pink

    Hamilton is covered in pink – from business windows to football player’s socks – all in an effort to increase awareness of cancer, early detection and preventative treatments. My heart breaks when I think of the suffering of those ravaged by cancer – but then I have to stop and remember that I’m a cancer

    Read the full article

  • A sense of place

    We took a quick trip with our kids last week in our home on wheels. I love that we can have an RV adventure, wear the kids out, then change them into jammies, tuck them into bed and travel back home in peace. As we left the Bitterroot Valley, we drove south to Lost Trail

    Read the full article

  • Mending fences

    Autumn in the Bitterroot Valley is arguably the most beautiful time of year. The city limits of Hamilton are a grid of tree-lined streets that create a canopy of gold and red that’s breathtaking. Our historic courthouse has been transformed into a beautiful museum and is home to a summer series of farmer’s markets that

    Read the full article

  • Wood Hawkes

    One of my favorite autumn traditions is the day our family cuts and gathers wood for winter. We have the option of heating our home with either a wood stove or electricity, but you can’t beat the soothing heat that comes from a wood fire. Every year, we drive up the West Fork of the

    Read the full article

  • Coming home

    This past week we’ve celebrated Hamilton High School’s homecoming events, which is not just for students and alumni but for the entire community. From daily costumes to window painting on Main Street, it’s a party atmosphere everywhere – especially at Friday night’s impressive bonfire. A school levy was supported by the community last spring and Homecoming

    Read the full article

  • March Madness

         The college sporting world isn’t the only organization with a lot going on this month.  April Hawkes may not have made the Sweet Sixteen this year, or flown over the hill, but she certainly had a ball on her birthday.        Calving season on the Two Dot Ranch in Idaho is her favorite time

    Read the full article

  • Valentines Day

         April Hawkes loves to be taken out on Valentine’s Day.  This year was no different, as it’s one of her favorite holidays.  While many a sweetheart may be satisfied with a short drive to a local eating establishment, her husband knows it won’t be quick, but there will be a lot on their plates.

    Read the full article