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  • Local mask mandate's end officially announced

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Mar 24, 2021

    Hill County Commissioner and Board of Health Chair Mark Peterson released an official announcement Monday that the local mask mandate has been rescinded upon reaching the agreed-upon threshold of an average of 10 or fewer new cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks. At least one member of the board has reservations about that meaning the mandate automatically ends. The announcement signed by Peterson said that last week the county had 4.33 new cases per day per 100,000 and the week before...

  • Park Board committee hears public testimony on beaver trapping

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Mar 24, 2021

    Editor’s note: This version clarifies that cabin owner Fran Buell was not speaking as a member of the Montana Trappers Association and removes a characterization of Lou Hagener as a long-time advocate of non-lethal beaver control. The Hill County Park Board's Rules and Regulations Committee held a meeting Monday evening to hear public testimony regarding the future of the board's methods of beaver population control. Hill County Commissioner Mark Peterson lead the meeting a...

  • Griz spring games will be on TV, have some fans

    George Ferguson|Updated Mar 23, 2021

    This who have dearly missed Griz football - thew wait is almost over. And now Griz fans will also know just how they can watch them Montana football team play two games, and when. Last week, the University of Montana announced that the Grizzlies will have a limited number of fans in attendance at its two spring football games, kick times have been confirmed, and Cowles Montana Media will provide a statewide broadcast with a world-wide stream available. In partnership with the...

  • USDA invests $218M in land and water conservation

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    From USDA WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Thursday USDA Forest Service will invest more than $218 million to fund Great American Outdoors Act projects to conserve critical forest and wetland habitat, support rural economic recovery, and increase public access to national forests and grasslands. Leveraging the Land and Water Conservation Fund provided by Congress, this investment will improve public access by funding strategic land acquisitions. Funds will also support work with state agencies t...

  • USDA accepting applications to Quality Loss Adjustment Program

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Information taken from Farmers.gov USDA’s Farm Service Agency is now accepting Quality Loss Adjustment Program applications through April 9. Signup opened Jan. 6. USDA is implementing the Quality Loss Adjustment Program to provide financial assistance to crop producers who experienced quality losses caused by qualifying disaster events in 2018 and 2019. USDA announced Jan. 5 that the Quality Loss Adjustment Program will assist producers whose eligible crops suffered quality losses due to qualifying drought, excessive m...

  • National Ag Day is March 24

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Information taken from National Ag Day website National Ag Day was started in 1973 to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society. The day is sponsored by the The Agriculture Council of America that was created the same year. ACA lists its core values as part of its belief that every American should: • Understand how food and fiber products are produced. • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a stron...

  • State and local COVID-19, March 23, 2021

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today’s update was 103,452 with 348 new cases, 880 active. The number of active hospitalizations was 47. The number of deaths was 1,419. Blaine County Health Department reported Monday evening being notified of 2 new cases from Friday through Monday, with 752 total, 3 active, 24 deaths. Hill County Health Department reported Monday evening being notified of no new cases, 1,930 total, 4 active, 42 deaths. Rocky Boy Health Center reported March 11, also r... Full story

  • Our View - County totally mishandled the mask mandate

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Watching the county commission handle whether Hill County should have a mask mandate has been like watching The Keystone Cops. Except it isn’t funny. The chair of the Hill County Board of Health, Hill County Commissioner Mark Peterson, said Monday the mask mandate is over. Whether he had the authority to do that is another question, but more on that later. After COVID-19 numbers and deaths shot through the roof in the state and in Hill County last fall and early winter, the county issued a mask mandate and shortly afterward G...

  • Triangle Communications scholarship applications due April 1

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Havre Daily News staff Triangle Communications has announced that its scholarship deadline is fast approaching. “We encourage all students to apply,” the cooperative announced in a release. The release said Triangle provides up to 37 high school and three college $1,000 scholarships. To be eligible, applicant must be a subscriber or a dependent of a subscriber who receives landline telephone, broadband or mobile telephone service from Triangle Communications. People can apply online at https://www.itstrian...

  • Brief - Early childhood screenings available in April

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Havre Daily News staff Free Community Early Childhood Screenings, sponsored by Bear Paw Cooperative, are being scheduled April 6 and 7 for preschoolers in multiple area school districts and colonies. For COVID-19 safety purposes, appointments will be required and masks must be worn. Appointments are being made for Tuesday, April 6, for preschoolers in the Chester, Joplin, Inverness, Sage Creek, Cool Spring, Whitlash, Riverview, Liberty, Rimrock and Hillside school districts. Appointment times will be between 10 a.m. and 1...

  • Playwrights network invites people to browse Helena gift shop

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Press release The Montana Playwrights Network invites people to visit the Helena Avenue Theatre — HAT — at 1319 Helena Avenue, across from the Vanilla Bean, in Helena and browse its gift shop, the HAT Box, Saturday, April 10, from 1-5:00 p.m. The HAT Box has a large collection of unique crafts, antiques and collectibles for sale as part of a fundraiser in support of the Helena Avenue Theatre, home of the Montana Playwrights Network. All proceeds benefit Helena’s newest theatre and conference facility. The intimate and attra...

  • Obituary - Gary Owen Bowker

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Gary Owen Bowker, 67, of Rudyard, Mt., passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota surrounded by his family and loved ones. Gary was born June 16, 1953, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Owen and Gertrude Bowker. The family moved to Kevin, MT, where he completed grade school and then moved to Cut Bank, MT, where he graduated from Cut Bank High School in 1972. He followed his dreams by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he proudly se... Full story

  • Obituary - Jackie Ellen Donoven

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Jackie Ellen Donoven of Salt Lake City, Utah, 79, died Sunday, March 14, 2021, at her residence in the Coventry Assisted Living Center. She had been in declining health related to Corticobasal Syndrome which was diagnosed in 2015. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled in Montana for a later date. Jackie was born November 2, 1941, in Kalispell, Montana, to Jack and Ellen Merle (Krantz) Bullman. Following the death of her father in 1942, she... Full story

  • VA service officer conducting outreach

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Press release Steve Mulonet, service officer for the Montana Veterans Affairs will be visiting the following locations and times to meet with veterans who are interested in applying for benefits. Veterans interested in applying for benefits need to bring a copy of their DD214 discharge paperwork with them. Wednesday, April 7 Shelby Courthouse, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cut Bank County Extension Office, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8 Browning, Eagle Shield Building, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14 Glasgow, Glasgow VA Clinic, 1- 4 p.m....

  • For the Record, March 23, 2021

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    Havre Police Department A caller on First Street reported a possible fraud Monday at 8:12 a.m. -- Officers made an arrest during a vehicle stop on Eighth Street Monday at 1:12 p.m. No details on the charges were provided. -- Aaryn Jace Cantrell of Havre, 21, was arrested on charges of driving without insurance and driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license and on a Justice or City court warrant during a Monday 6:09 p.m. vehicle stop on Lincoln Avenue. -- An 11th...

  • Correction - State COVID numbers update

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    The total number of COVID-19-related deaths printed in Monday’s edition of Havre Daily News in the state COVID-19 update reversed the number of deaths for Phillips and Liberty counties. Liberty County has had one death and Phillips County has had 15 deaths.... Full story

  • Frontier Notebook: As expected, Frontier offenses a little rusty

    George Ferguson|Updated Mar 23, 2021

    How is the 2021 spring football season going thus far? Well, needless to say, the rust is obvious. Most teams haven't played in 15 months, and after two weeks of Frontier Conference games, it shows on the offensive side of the ball. Last Saturday saw Eastern Oregon shut out Carroll College 28-0, while College of Idaho beat Rocky Mountain College 10-3. The week prior, C of I scored 26 points against Northern, while Carroll beat Rocky 14-13. So, with two weeks of games in, the...

  • Parker Filius wins twice at NCAA national tourney

    Updated Mar 23, 2021

    It should have been his second straight NCAA tournament, but because of the coronavirus, former Havre Blue Pony four-time state champion Parker Filius made the most out of his first trip to nationals. This past weekend in St. Louis, Filius, a junior for the Purdue Boilermakers, went 2-2 at the national tournament, with a first-round loss, two consolation-round wins, and a loss two matches shy of All-American honors. Filius opened the 141-pound bracket with a 1-1 record...