Weekly Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19) Adapt to changes. You can generate what’s needed. Don’t rush, or risk breakage. Consider your moves before making them. Stick to reliable sources and foundations.


Taurus (April 20-May 20) Polish your presentation. Dress to impress. You’re stepping into the spotlight. Stay diplomatic, and improvise with a surprising turn of events. Graciously respond.


Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Nurture yourself. You may be feeling especially sensitive with recent changes or chaos. Meditate in seclusion. Tend your garden. Nature soothes your spirit.


Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Brilliant ideas arise in conversation. Get together with your team. Find hidden opportunities revealed by recent news. Go for distance rather than speed.


Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — An unusual career option appears. It may require a test. Accept new responsibility. Adapt to changes at the top. Find a lucrative opportunity.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Seminars, classes and conferences provide satisfying and lucrative opportunities. Travel and explore fresh terrain. Handle your chores, and then go discover something new.


Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Use what you’re learning to cut costs. Get practical with financial decisions. Choose long-lasting quality, and simplify. Discover a brilliant and unorthodox solution.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Go ahead and be spontaneous, but not reckless. Do something unexpected and nice with your partner. Strengthen bonds, and share a sweet unscheduled deviation.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — A little spontaneity can be fun. Put aside rigid routines and allow flexibility, especially with your work, health and fitness. Try a new trick.


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Grab a fun opportunity to do something new. Meet someone wonderful or discover a chance for adventure or playfulness. Whip up a little romance.


Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Find a fabulous bargain or happy surprise for your home and family. Windfall apples make a lovely pie. Take advantage of an unexpected opportunity.


Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Adapt your message to respond to breaking news. A surprise requires diplomacy to avoid misunderstandings. Write your views, and edit carefully. Document and organize.


Movie of the week

“Carlie’s Angels”

Directed by Elizabeth Banks

When a young systems engineer blows the

whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie’s

Angels are called into

action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.

Movie of the week courtesy of

Sunrise and Sunset Times

December 4                 8:16 a.m.     4:48 p.m.

December 5                 8:18 a.m.     4:48 p.m.

December 6                 8:19 a.m.     4:47 p.m.

December 7                 8:20 a.m.     4:47 p.m.

December 8                 8:21 a.m.     4:47 p.m.

December 9                 8:22 a.m.     4:47 p.m.

December 10              8:23 a.m.     4:47 p.m.

Montana Gas Price Update

As of November 25, gasoline prices in Montana are unchanged in the past week, averaging $2.69 a gallon according to Prices are 1.3 cents lower from a month ago and are 15.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average has fallen 2.2 cent per gallon during the last week and stands 5.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Recipe of the Week

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

This Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake has a crispy, baked pecan topping that pairs perfectly with the creamy texture of the pumpkin spice flavored cheesecake.



*24 oz. Cream Cheese; softened to room temperature

*1/2 Cup sugar
*3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

*4 eggs

*1 1/2 cups pumpkin

*2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

*3 tbsp. flour; sifted

*1 tsp. vanilla


Pecan topping:

*1 cup pecans; chopped

*1 cup brown sugar

*4 tbsp. softened butter



*1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

*1/4 cup sugar

*6 tbsp. butter; melted

*1/2 tsp. cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs, sugar , and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter. Firmly press crust into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan. Bake the crust for 6 minutes and remove from the oven.
  2. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy; beat in sugars, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Add the eggs 1 at a time; lightly beat until just combined. Lightly beat in the pumpkin and then, the flour. Don’t over-beat!
  4. Pour the cheese mixture into the prepared crust. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Begin preparing pecan topping around 10 minutes before timer goes off.
  5. Prepare the topping by combining the pecans, brown sugar, and butter. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the cheesecake. Return the cheesecake to the oven and bake for and additional 15 minutes.
  6. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in with the door closed for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Cover cheesecake and refrigerate in the pan overnight before.

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Simon’s weekly weather

Issued Sunday December 1, 2019 – 5:20 p.m.


(Wednesday through Saturday) No precipitation. Areas of valley freezing fog and low clouds. Lows in the teens to lower 20s except locally upper single digits in colder valleys with mid 20s around 5000 feet except upper teens Wednesday morning around 5000 feet. Highs in the lower 30s to lower 40s with mid 30s around 5000 feet except mid 20s around 5000 feet on Wednesday.


(Sunday) A slight chance of snow. Lows in the upper teens to mid 20s with mid 20s around 5000 feet. Highs in the 30s with mid 20s around 5000 feet




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Top 5 pop songs of the Week

  1. Circles by Post Malone
  2. Good as Hell by Lizzo
  3. Someone Like You by Lewis Capaldi
  4. Only Human by Jonas Brothers
  5. Beautiful People by Ed Sheeran


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An option that is good for hikers, wildlife, and communities

The Pacific Northwest Trail is a difficult yet incredibly awe-inspiring trail. Hikers from around the world have added the PNT to their agenda. It takes 60 days for those choosing to bust the trail. 75 days for those wanting to soak in the beauty and peaceful freedom. In the past few years women hikers have made a huge gain in popularity, creating women’s hiking groups and pages. These groups share an incredible amount of information. Choosing to hike alone or in pairs, wanting to tackle long arduous trails, many are looking toward the Northwest!

Making PNT a more accessible trail will allow more hikers to enjoy our beautiful country.

Placing the trail through Troy would provide many benefits.

– A jumping on or off point for those unable to spend 60-75 days on a hike.

– Provide a location for an actual shower. Restock supplies.

– A base for catching up, receiving packages and mail, meeting hikers from the trail.

– Providing availability for security, if needed, health issues and a rest.

– Provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of the small town, which many hikers on the Appalachian trail utilize and enjoy the small communities this trail provides.

Reading thousands of social media posts on All Women All Trails: Hiking and backpacking

(nearly 50,000 women strong) there are concerns of grizzly encounters. There will be encounters. There will be deaths of human and bear. Any possible way to minimize the danger should be seriously considered. A Southern Reroute of the Pacific Northwest Trail would benefit hikers, communities, and wildlife.


Jody Wiley Peterson

Troy, Mont.