Is Beluga Whale on the menu in heaven?

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Is Beluga Whale on the menu in heaven?

OK, The Man has been thinking about what to say and as my fingers hover over the keyboard, I still don’t find the words.... But here goes.... Dennis Downey was my friend and I am proud to say that... And as ...

Above and beyond: An act of kindness is a powerful thing

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Above and beyond: An act of kindness is a powerful thing

If we let them, current day events could be quite depressing. Everywhere we look, there are fires, hurricanes, the battle for turf between blue and red, and tiny little foreign dictators with a big hat and few cattle. Congress is ...

What I learned . . .

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on What I learned . . .

Gallatin High School in Bozeman, Mont., was quite a progressive school in 1936. We had classes that few high schools had. We had a shop class that taught us manual skills and a print shop that taught us how newspapers ...

Now playing: Independent movie Neither Wolf Nor Dog creating buzz

October 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Now playing: Independent movie Neither Wolf Nor Dog creating buzz

By James Day The little movie that could is opening Friday, Sept. 15 at the Palace. Steve Simpson’s self-distributed Neither Wolf Nor Dog, a low-budget picture shot in 18 days on a South Dakota Indian reservation, has been creating buzz all over ...

Old Glory and more: Time to celebrate the spirit of America

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Old Glory and more: Time to celebrate the spirit of America

July is the time of year when a lot of people do a lot of flag-waving, and I’m one of them. But there’s more to America than Old Glory. Much more. I just turned 64 – I know, I don’t look ...

Coaching whirlwind: Foxes engage in steady series of hires

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Coaching whirlwind: Foxes engage in steady series of hires

There has been a flurry of sports activity at Silverton High in the past few weeks. And it’s not limited to the district and state competition going on in eight sports. The Foxes have been hard at work hiring new coaches ...

Moving up: Ex-Foxes star to play Division I baseball

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Moving up: Ex-Foxes star to play Division I baseball

Ex-Silverton High standout Anders Green will continue to pursue his baseball dreams at the highest level. Green, a 2015 Foxes graduate who just finished two star-studded seasons at the College of San Mateo in California, will move on to Dallas Baptist ...

The wonder of it all …

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The wonder of it all …

Every once in a while, I am reminded of the fact that I’m not in charge. Neither are you. I get up early most mornings, and what I often see blows my mind. The stars splashed across the sky, from horizon ...

Job sharing: Rise, Palmer split AD duties at Silverton High School

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Job sharing: Rise, Palmer split AD duties at Silverton High School

Silverton High will use a two-person approach to filling its athletic director position this fall. The job came open when assistant principal and AD Wade Lockett was promoted to principal. Now, Lockett has announced that James Rise and Kevin Palmer will ...

What ‘fake news’ is . . . and isn’t

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on What ‘fake news’ is . . . and isn’t

A great deal of confusion has been generated over the past year about the term “fake news.” As a purveyor of a column that could be labeled as such, I will try to clear up any confusion that politicians and others ...

Runners get ready: Kennedy girls likely state meet contenders

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Runners get ready: Kennedy girls likely state meet contenders

Kennedy High School returns all five runners from the 2016 cross country squad that won a district title by 42 points, and veteran coach Steve Ritchie thinks the squad is capable of improving on its fourth-place finish at state. Leading the ...

Human kindness: Something special is in our genes

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Human kindness: Something special is in our genes

It was 16 cents, but what it meant to me was worth a lot more. I was at the convenience store the other day, buying a pint – of 2 percent milk, that is. I buy milk almost every day to ...

All stars: A newspaper lovers’ guide to columnists

May 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on All stars: A newspaper lovers’ guide to columnists

God, I love newspapers. Not the faint whispers of journalism you see stumbling along these days, but real, robust newspapers packed full of insightful and important things that I need to know. I’m talking about The New York Times, The ...

Nurturing types: Stories about caring for the young and not-so-young

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Nurturing types: Stories about caring for the young and not-so-young

Miss Becky is leaving the building. Mic drop. After 12 years of hugging, loving, and teaching three and four year old little darlings, Becky Detherage is hanging up her pre-school hat. Becky started James Street Christian Preschool at the Assembly of God ...

A life changer: Sweet, sweet music memories

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Music & Band | Comments Off on A life changer: Sweet, sweet music memories

I remember the day that changed my life.  I was in ninth grade and a friend and I got tickets to a concert. It wasn’t just any concert. Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Temptations were the featured acts. By ...

The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

It’s the beginning of March. It’s been cold. Usually wet. We’ve seen our share of rain. Even snow this year. The sky is dark and gray, gray, gray, and the days have been short. It’s the time of year best ...

Sliderules: The tool of the titans… some called them nerds

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Sliderules: The tool of the titans… some called them nerds

I was cleaning out my desk drawers at home the other day, and ran across one of the most powerful computers ever invented. It was an Acu-Math No. 500, also known as a slide rule. I showed it to my 20-year-old ...

How I see it: Please, don’t make excuses for bad behavior

February 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on How I see it: Please, don’t make excuses for bad behavior

This is a hard column to write because it represents things I care deeply about. Some people will agree with me, some won't. Let me politely say, "I don't care." God bless Vic Gilliam and his family. Red or blue, conservative ...

Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

I try to take good care of my car. Every 3,000 miles or so I have the oil changed. I used to do it myself, but I find crawling under a car is less inviting as a I slip past ...

Give your best: SHS senior Megan Mannion selected Future First Citizen

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School | Comments Off on Give your best: SHS senior Megan Mannion selected Future First Citizen

By Kristine Thomas Silverton High School senior Megan Mannion clearly followed the advice given to her by her parents, John and Inga Mannion. Whether it’s competing on the volleyball court or softball field, organizing an event for the Associated Student Body, studying ...

A few thoughts: Good work, hard work and a new baby

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A few thoughts: Good work, hard work and a new baby

It does my heart good to see anybody but especially young people step out of their comfort zone to help others, selflessly, compassionately and without the need for accolades.   Ismael Caudle, Mateo Miller and Rieve Randall are three Silverton Cub Scout ...

Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

A few years ago, I invented a new health care system that would be far superior to Obamacare, Medicare and all the other forms of care we taxpayers are now forced to finance. With Donald Trump’s election as the next ...

People out loud: The truest gifts

December 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People out loud: The truest gifts

In Acts 20:35, Paul quoted Jesus in saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” This is the season of giving, although in the true sense of Christ’s words, giving knows no season and gifts don’t always include pretty ...

Celebrate: Traditions keep us going

December 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Celebrate: Traditions keep us going

The celebration of the start of the Christmas season in Silverton was a huge success, especially for the kids. They were jumping, shouting, some tugging at their mothers’ arms waiting for the switch to be flipped, promising everything their hearts ...

Bullseye on their jerseys: Kennedy, Silverton ready to defend titles

December 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Bullseye on their jerseys: Kennedy, Silverton ready to defend titles

“I think that when you are the defending state champions, you definitely have a large target on your back,” Kennedy High girls basketball co-Coach Kerry Hall told Our Town. “We have told the girls this season that every team is ...