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Experience “The Gift” of Johnny Cash

The World didn’t know what to do with Johnny Cash when he found fame, and most of us still don’t. A country music Icon turned activist, Cash became the vision of the American condition to the weak, downtrodden and weary. Experience the story of an imperfect man battling to better an imperfect World.

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Between Two Bugles

We hunkered down along the trail as the leaves crunched in the distance.   Something big was moving, then it bugled again leaving no doubt what it was coming our way.   Seconds later, another bugle, this time behind us.  Adrenaline poured through our veins.   Today was off to a great start.   We’d left the truck barely…

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Start Your Day with a Tribe of Mentors

Advice is easy to come by, great advice, not so much. Thanks to bestselling author and podcaster Tim Ferris, you can start your day with easy to digest nuggets of advice from a collection of the most successful people in the World. The variety of contributors to the Tribe of Mentors is as varied as…

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Canna Connection Starts the New Year with 8 Strains over 30% THC

DisclaimerAll Cannabis reviews done by MontanaBugle.com are independent and no compensation was received from the licensee being reviewed. Thanks for trusting MontanaBugle.com for your cannabis news and reviews. Recreational cannabis sales start for everyone over 21 years old in the state of Montana on January 1, 2022. Cannabis production license holders have spent the last…

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Bugle Radio is on the Air!

It’s a combination of music and mischief from Madison County, Montana and it is live for your listening pleasure today. Join Montana Bugle publisher Mati Bishop in an exploration of American music and life in Montana. It’s exclusively on Spotify and you must be a Spotify Premium listener to get the full versions of the…

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Fat Guy vs The Inka Trail

In February of 2015, my wife and her best friend decided that we were all going to trek over the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.  A trip to Peru had long been on my wife’s friends bucket list and now we had our reservation and were all set to visit Machu Picchu in style.  It…

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Coffee Grounds in My Oatmeal: An Opportunity for Mindfulness

My morning routine in the fall and winter starts by putting a kettle of water on to boil.  I then create the most incredible oatmeal that I can with ingredients from our cupboard and pantry.  Apricots, apples, coconut flake, almond butter, walnuts, berries, flax seed, chia, whatever I can find.  It is kinda like playing…

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Catch Bugle Publisher Mati Bishop on NPR Discussing Rural Reaction to the Capitol Invasion

Montana Bugle Publisher Mati Bishop was interviewed by Nate Hegyi of Wyoming public radio about reactions from rural communities in the American West to the invasion of the US Capitol on January 6. Read or listen to the piece here https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rural-westerners-are-saddened-not-surprised-insurrection-us-capitol?fbclid=IwAR2AqnHkVYd4j43OWxUc9KpTk3_XZBZQJ_h8gcEB3Xi4zVwZVPMtc6K5M7o#stream/0

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Zen and the Art of Skeet Shooting

Good skeet shooters think very little when they shoot successfully.   They say pull, react to the situation and the clay disintegrates.   It’s akin to a Zen meditation where the mind is not the driving influence of the action.   Often when they miss, they know exactly what happens, usually before they pull the trigger.   Their mind…

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Creating Facts for Every Belief

Look at history and you see countless examples of facts changing with human understanding.   If this was not true, we still would believe the Earth was flat and in the center of the Universe.   We have evidence now that those things are not true.   The facts have changed.   Or have they? There are still people…

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A Hidden Gem at McAllister Inn

The navigation system in the car indicated that we had five miles to go before our destination when the sign for McAllister Inn caught my eye and made my heart sink.   The roadside strip motel was a far cry from our usual off the beaten path accommodation choices.   Mel had chosen this one and she…

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Microbrew Bar Crawl Miles City Style

The bar tender at the Trail’s End on Main street stood behind the array of microbrew taps like gambler appraising a block of old-school one-armed bandit slot machines looking for a winner.   His first pull was a peach wheat beer from Meadowlark Brewery who proudly brews in Sidney.   It won.   The light, peach forward flavor…

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The American Bill of Responsibilities

Our founding fathers laid a groundbreaking path forward for us as a nation that values freedom and liberty when they created the bill of rights.   The first 10 amendments to the Constitution only create half the foundation needed for us to manage the wealthiest populace in the history of the World.   With rights come responsibilities.  …

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Modern Hippy Heaven at Norris Hot Springs

I was fascinated by the wood bottom of the large soaking pool at Norris Hot Springs.   Convinced at first that I would get splinters, then soothed by the feel of the mineral water treated planks on the bottoms of my feet.   It was just one of many small touches that add up to make Norris…

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The Kootenai Project Chapter 2 – Questions without Answers

“Americano?”“Yep.”“Big one?”“Yep.”“To go?”“Yep.” The scene played out pretty much the same every morning.  Neil Roberts stopped for coffee between 8-8:15 every day on his way to work.   Sheila Priest ran through the basic questions that highlighted the only subtle changes in Neil’s daily routine.    Today was going to be a bit different.   “They…

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The Kootenai Project Chapter 1 – Predator and Prey

The wrestling slurping sound floated up the ravine as the creature fed by the small creek.  The hunter’s blood boiled.   It was the fucking wolves again.   Probably eating a calf elk.   He’d fix this one.    The creature moved, obscured by the brush and trees at the edge of the creek.   He…

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Sweet Potatoes for Athletes and Everyone

Sweet potatoes are the secret weapon when it comes to cooking for guests who are athletically inclined.  We’re not talking about the marshmallow covered yam dish that comes with Thanksgiving dinner, we’re talking about a flavorful and super healthy addition to my culinary arsenal that is higher in fiber and lower on the glycemic index…

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PBR is Not Your Grand Daddy’s Rodeo

The Professional Bull Riding tour is not your granddaddy’s rodeo.  It features Rank bulls, fearless riders and flaming dirt and bills itself as America’s original extreme sport.  The rodeo roots of the sport combine with pop culture, dance music and modern athletic training and conditioning to create a spectacle unlike any other.     The performance…

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2020, and the strange intersection of faith and politics

This is a special contribution to the Montana Bugle from Travis Mewhirter. Check out his website travismewhirter.com for more. I had one of the more bizarre interactions I’ve had in quite some time the other day. Not that this is unusual. It’s 2020, after all. Bizarre is the norm, especially when it comes to social…

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Destination Coffee: Aunt T’s Coffee Corner in Libby

Off the beaten path is exactly where Randa Holm and Aunt T’s Coffee Corner like to be.    In a town full of drive through espresso catering to those passing through on Highway 2, Aunt T’s is a sanctuary for folks who yearn to slow down, sit down and be at piece with their caffeine consumption.   …

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Olympic Climbing Set to Take the World by Storm in 2021

Olympic rock climbing is going to take the World by storm after its debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.    It’s simplicity combined with the drama and intrigue created when the best athletes in the World compete to make mind blowing move, after mind blowing move, is the stuff that prime-time sports ratings are made of.…

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It’s Time to Stop Winning

America is a nation divided.  It’s not a division of black and white, it’s a division of red and blue that is stretching the fabric of our society towards it breaking point.  The two-party political system has devolved to an us and them slugfest with each party working non-stop to land a blow against their…

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Elk and Wolves by the Numbers

How much of an impact are wolves having on elk herds and are hunters suffering because of them?   If you ask a hunter, the answer is of course yes.   Every season that doesn’t result in a kill is a victory for the wolves.   If you ask a conservationist, they are likely to point their finger…

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The Respect Brian Schmetzer Deserves

If Brian Schmetzer was anyone else and coached anywhere else, he would be hands down considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of American Soccer. He’s got the highest winning percentage of any Major League Soccer coach with over 70 matches coached. He’s led his squad to four of the last five league…

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Three Tips for Success When Selling Your Home

We are in a sellers’ market right now, but that doesn’t mean that selling your home is going to easy, unless you make the right moves with your listing.  Here are three tips that will help you ensure you get the best value for your property.  Pricing is EverythingA properly priced home will move quickly…

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“Uprising: The Fall of Man” Chapter 1

Old Man Stories & Starvation The inside of the cave was habitable.   Dark, drafty, but habitable.  Barely.  A small fire burned in the corner.   A single chair and a dilapidated cheap plastic patio table were the only furnishings.   “A visitor, at this hour?” said the old man not turning from his seat at the fire.  …

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Do You Have What it Takes to be the Fastest Shot in Montana?

Turn, step, draw, shoot.   It is the fifth stage of my first United States Practical Shooters Association tactical pistol event and I have made it this far without being disqualified.   This is the hardest stage yet, with the most opportunity to break the range safety rules and I’m a bit nervous on the starting block. …

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The Wolf in the Mirror

Jackson, WY  2016 The 3/4 moon danced in and out of the clouds creating shadows that danced over the cold barren landscape.    Hungry and weary from a difficult journey, a herd of elk arrived in the Elk reserve ready for an easy meal and relative shelter from the elements.   The moon went behind a cloud…

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Is Montana Booming?

Montana is firmly in the crosshairs of migrating tech workers with high paying jobs and disposable income to spend looking for a new home.   COVID-19, civil unrest, high costs of living and low quality of life has them leaving big cities around the country.   Their newfound ability to work remotely has them looking for new…

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Tom Waits Songs for Country Music Fans

Tom Waits has created some of the most amazing chronicles of the American condition every recorded.   He captures the life of ordinary and extraordinaire people in the same manner that John Steinbeck layered his novels with  raw emotion.   Sorting through the wild ride that has been Tom Waits  career to find the country masterpieces is…

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America Can Never Be Fair

Fair can never be an American value because fairness is in the eye of the beholder.   Any situation can be construed to be fair or unfair depending on the viewpoint presented.   That is why it is such an effective strawman argument on social media and in political discourse.   Whether it is concerning the appointment of…

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