We hope you can enjoy the holiday season in this very unusual year of 2020. We live in a beautiful Montana valley and can get away from all the hustle and bustle by simply driving about 10 minutes to the surrounding forests and mountains. Nature has a way of bringing some peace to many people. One of my favorite places is the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Stevensville. But I've found great moments at any Bitterroot National Forest trailhead, too. Hamilton's parks are easy to access and are right next to the Bitterroot River. Take a hike.

Other suggestions I've seen on the net include ways to stay safe during this pandemic. That includes, of course, wearing masks, washing your hands often and keeping your social group small - which can be tough to do. Try connecting by telephone or with the many different video services on the web.

The end of the year also brings memories of previous years. During those years, we amused ourselves with classic board games and puzzles. Dig around in your closet or storage unit and find that battered "Trivial Pursuit" or "Clue" or even "Monopoly" games. They're still fun.

As far as KLYQ Radio, we're taking some time off between Christmas and the New Year. Our regular Montana and local newscasts from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. will not be on the air during the week of December 28th. The "Talk Back" call-in show, hosted by KGVO, will be hour-long recorded shows from the past few weeks. We have some fine network programs to fill in for us. If a major event occurs, however, we'll be covering it.

KLYQ's popular "Event Show" will not be heard on Friday, January 1st, New Year's Day. However, everything comes back to a regular schedule on January 4th. In the meantime, we'll be adding information each day on our website - www.klyq.com. We thank you for listening and, in this case, reading our stories. This next year, KLYQ Radio will have been a Hamilton radio companion for 60 years. We'll be talking about that. Tune in. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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