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Solar eclipse wows Pompeys Pillar crowd

With their eyes protected by special glasses, a crowd gathered at Pompeys Pillar National Monument (behind group) to watch Monday’s solar eclipse. Ham radio operators used the eclipse to test how radio waves were affected the changes in solar energy. (Jonathan McNiven photo)

Originally published in the 8/25/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News

POMPEYS PILLAR — Monday’s solar eclipse wowed people who gazed up at the sky, but on the ground at Pompeys Pillar, ham radio operators from the Yellowstone Radio Club were listening for responses to their broadcasts at the national monument.

For Bob Hall, a ranger for the Bureau of Land Management and longtime ham radio operator, Monday’s solar eclipse was a mix of the mystical with pure scientific data.

“Hams, by their nature, have a scientific bent,” Hall said. The ham radio operators on Monday were part of a nationwide

Real bird family host ‘Custer’s Last Stand’

Images taken from Custer’s last stand in previous years. (Jonathan McNiven photo)

Originally published in the print edition on 6/16/17.

GARRYOWEN — Custer is coming again to be killed by the Native Americans. Don’t miss the 141st commemoration of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, hosted by the Realbird family.

This is the 27th annual reenactment for the Realbirds. It is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on June 23, 24 and 25.

The Battle of the Little Big Horn Reenactment is held on the banks of the Little Big Horn River in the vicinity of Sitting Bull’s Camp, where a portion of the battle with Gen. George Custer was fought. The Reenactment is located at Exit 514 on I-90. There will be signs directing you from there.

The battle has also been called Custer’s Last Stand and the Battle of

Meanderings 6-16-17 Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood

Jonathan McNiven & Garth BrooksOriginally published in the 6/16/17 print edition of YCN.

Originally published in the 6/16/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News.

Well folks, there are many things going on right now that affect many of our local readers so stay tuned as we are on the big issues, whether it’s Homesteader Days coming up, or the new Lockwood High School that the local school board decided they are proposing to the local voters this November to the Garth Brooks concerts this last weekend.

But before I tell you about my last weekend encounters with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, I want to inform our subscribers that I’ve learned how loyal and valuable our readers look forward to receiving their paper each week “On Time.”

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