Mining City Messages

Bridging the Digital Divide along the Continental One

  mt-logoFish, Wildlife and Parks, in an honest endeavor to bring Montanans into the digital age, is setting up an online system for citizens hoping to harvest road kill. Approximately 56% of Americans own smartphones though I can't say where Montanans stack up there.

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Airplanes Landing in the Street

I just love it when airplanes land in the street. It can happen in lots of places, not just in Deadly Reckoning. Evel Knievel is smiling down on the pilots that do it, I know.

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This is part of the deal.

  Waking up to snow this September morning, I was also reminded of the vagaries of life in the west by a story on the front page of the newspaper, "Mountain Lion killed in Anaconda."  I've seen a couple of mountain lions in my time out west. They are beautiful, sleek, and powerful. I hate the thought of having to put one down. That said, would I want one prowling around the deck in my backyard. N-O. When a wild animal is found in a neighborhood in the middle of the day, it's a sad event all the way round. 

Where Do Writers get their Ideas?

Often I don't have to go much beyond the newspaper (with all due respect to the victim). For example, an article in the Standard this morning reported body parts found in a car wash in Livingston.  Car washes are largely automated and therefore unattended here in Montana.

car wash


In this case that includes no surveillance cameras. 

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Paperback copies of Deadly Reckoning

   Paperback copies of Deadly Reckoning are now available for purchase on the Internet at

Road Kill - the healthy alternative

  The news from Montana that makes it into the NY Times frequently generates a mild rant on my part about how the eastern news behemoth likes to write with tongue in cheek about the Treasure State. Roadkill as a menu item is the latest example.

roadkill zone

The Montana Legislature did indeed pass a law this last session that makes it legal for someone to harvest antelope, deer, elk or moose that have been hit by a vehicle. Since about 7,000 animals end up this way, the menu expansion has merit. Even PETA agrees: "If people must eat animal carcasses, roadkill is a superior option to the neatly shrink-wrapped plastic packages of meat in the supermarket."


PETA finding common ground with the Montana Legislature, now THAT' S worth writing about!

An alternate universe

Am following with interest the legal challenges over Huguette Clark's will. The story is high on my list for making it into the next novel in the Mining City series. Only in my version Butte gets some of the money to restore the Art Chateau to its former glory!

huguette clark

Butte born 'poor little rich girl'

Marian at the Butte Archives



made in montana

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