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Edd Blackler is sorely missed

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Edd Blackler, a founding member of ESP, died, Aug 18, 2020 of cancer. See for his obituary.

He was very influential in getting ESP off the ground, and was dedicated to keeping it alive and influential. But that’s only the beginning. He loved Bigfork and was very active in helping to make it even better. See much more detail in his obituary link above.

Be Financially Prepared for Natural Disasters

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

by Catherine Haug, August 2020

Here in NW Montana, we face forest fire risks every summer. We also have risks of earthquakes. For those who live in or near a flood plain, there is risk of flooding, especially in the spring. In the winter, you could be shut-in due to heavy snowstorm or black ice storm.

It makes sense to be prepared!

The following notes are from an article in the Daily Inter Lake, but Jesse Rigler of Edward Jones in Kalispell, MT. Sorry I didn’t write down the date of the article. (more…)

Protect yourself, your home, and family from harmful EMFs produced by the new 5G networks

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

By Catherine Haug, March 15, 2020

For those not familiar with the abbreviations in the title:

  • EMF = Electromagnetic Field radiation such as those emitted from wireless communication equipment/devices;
  • 5G = Fifth Generation cell phone technology

You may have heard about the dangers of 5G wireless technology because it penetrates deeper and goes farther than any of the previous generations. This is especially true for the 600-megahertz band that’s been opened up for T-Mobile’s 5G network, according to an article on Mercola’s website (1).

We are all exposed to EMFs, even if we don’t have/use cell phones. It is everywhere. However, the new 5G wireless technology has increased the risk from EMFs significantly.

What should you tackle first, to protect you,  your home, your family and your pets from the dangers of EMFs? Read on… (more…)

Citizens for a Better Flathead: Dead or Alive

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

By Catherine Haug, October 2019

You may have heard that Citizens for a Better Flathead (CFB) board voted to shut down (hibernate) the organization due to lack of sufficient funding (see Daily Interlake article, Aug 30, 2019 for more detail). They have been a vital, vocal land-use advisory group since 1992.

Then Mayre Flowers called a meeting of long-time supporters to discuss their vision for the future of the organization. That meeting was held on October 1, 2019.

If you believe in the work of CFB, please consider supporting the organization – financially and/or volunteering – if they do decide to start-up again. Read on for examples of CFB’s past work, and Mayre’s notes from that Oct 1 meeting. (more…)

Glass Recycling/Repurpose Fundraising Opportunity

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

By Cat, Sept 14, 2019

For almost a year, we have not been able to recycle our used glass. But that’s about to change.  On Saturday, September 28, 10 AM to 6 PM, we can bring our glass (cleaned and sorted by color) to Flathead Recon on Columbia Falls. Recommended donations are between 20 and 25 cents per pound; 20% of the donations will be donated to Flathead Recon, and 80% to a nonprofit – Powdered Soul – that “creates volunteering and entrepreneurship opportunities for kids during the summer to help them pay for their winter sports activities.” (1) Read on for my notes. (more…)

What you can do to reduce your use of plastic

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Plastic water bottles (PETE)

By Catherine Haug, March 2019 (photo, right, from Wikimeda Commons)

Plastic water bottles are one of the biggest contributors to environmental and ocean pollution. If you use plastic water bottles, consider the negative environmental impact they have, and then invest in a water filter for your kitchen/bath sink. Costs too much, you say? Check out the Drinking Water Base blog’s article and Water Calculator that compares bottled water cost and environmental impact, with that of a water filter. (2)

But there are lots of other options to avoid use of plastics, too. The following suggestions are from Dr. Mercola (1) on “Living without Plastic,” with notes by Catherine in blue text:

  • [Get a water filter for your kitchen sink];
  • Use reusable cloth shopping bags for groceries;
  • Avoid processed foods (which are stored in plastic bags with chemicals). Instead, buy:
    • fresh produce, and [use cloth or other recyclable bags] instead of  plastic bags;
    • meats [wrapped in butcher paper instead of styrofoam and plastic].
  • Buy foods in bulk when you can;
  • Store foods in glass containers or mason jars rather than plastic containers and plastic freezer bags;
  • Take your own leftovers container to restaurants;
  • For coffee to go: bring your own mug;
  • For water to go: bring [filtered] drinking water from home in glass water bottles instead of buying bottled water;
  • [If you love soda pop, buy brands bottled in Mexico in glass bottles];
  • Request no plastic wrap on your newspaper and dry cleaning;
  • Avoid disposable utensils and straws;
  • Consider switching to bamboo toothbrushes and brushing your teeth with coconut oil and baking soda to avoid plastic toothpaste tubes;
  • [Buy cleaning products (dish or laundry soaps, etc.) that come in glass containers or paper boxes];
  • Opt for non-disposable:
    • Razors;
    • Washable feminine hygiene products for women;
    • [Washable, cotton “adult diapers” for men/women]
    • Cloth diapers;
    • Handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues;
    • [Cloth, preferably cotton] rags in lieu of paper towels; and
    • Infant toys made of wood [or cloth] rather than plastic.

Read on for other things you can do to avoid plastics. (more…)