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Articles from the May 7, 2019 edition


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  • Governor signs bills requested by Havreites

    Derek Hann|Updated May 8, 2019

    Editor’s note: This version corrects the home town of Rep. Mary Caferro, D-Helena. HELENA - Montana's governor was signing two bills today with ties to Havre. Seven months after first receiving a letter from the Montana Department of Agriculture, Keeley Wilson, owner of the homemade pet treat business Ladybug Bites, watched first-hand as Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 607 into law. HB 607 was the first bill signed today by the governor. "Are these made out of l...

  • Park board moves forward on setting up matching grant fund

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 7, 2019

    The Hill County Park Board held its annual reorganizational meeting in Beaver Creek Park Monday following a potluck lunch featuring burgers and Rocky Mountain Hot Dogs, discussing issues from the planned budget from next year to setting up a Frisbee golf course on the park and creating a grant fund administered by the board. The board’s Finance and Planning Committee has discussed using money put into a capital improvements fund to provide matching grants to people and organizations that want to make improvements to Beaver Cr...

  • Quick Pics: HMS Band thanks Taylor

    Updated May 7, 2019

  • Havre approves new HRDC housing proposal

    Derek Hann|Updated May 7, 2019

    Havre City Council met Monday and approved supporting a new affordable housing development sponsored by the District 4 Human Resources Development Council as well as approving blocking the 100 Block of Second Avenue May 25 for the 7th Annual Wounded Warrior Ride. Mayor Tim Solomon said this morning that the council approved signing a letter of support for the tax credits to fund the HRDC housing project. The proposal is to erect the housing development, called Havre Hills, in the same general area as HRDC’s Buffalo Court a...

  • Students learn about trees at delayed Arbor Day event

    Derek Hann|Updated May 7, 2019

    More than 300 second-graders from around the area attended Havre's week-late Arbor Day event Monday at Simon Pepin Memorial Park, to learn about planting trees and take home their own tree to plant at home. "The whole idea is helping our community," former Havre Parks and Recreations Director and Task Force for Urban Reforestation member Dave Wilson said. "... The whole thing is that trees make our environment more pleasant and much more enjoyable to live in. They provide so...

  • For the Record, May 7, 2019

    Updated May 7, 2019

    Havre Police Department A Washington Avenue caller reported Monday at 2:42 p.m. that a white Dodge Stratus involved in a hit-and-run crash was headed north on Boulevard Avenue. -- A press tool was reported found on Bullhook Boulevard Monday at 3:36 p.m. -- Albert Kenneth Fisher of Havre, 78, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after a caller near the post office reported Monday at 7:41 p.m. that a man needed help. Fisher was also named as the involved party in a...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly business meeting

    Updated May 7, 2019

    The agenda for the Hill County Commission weekly business meeting Thursday at time includes: Public comments on non-agenda items Public comments on agenda items Claims Employment Tax adjustments One Resolutions Contract: Industrial Park haying Fire panel at detention center Dues – Montana Oil Gas and Coal Counties Fire District Trustees appointment for Gildford Build Grant Contracts County permit approval Subdivision/survey approval...

  • Sage Grouse Oversight Team meets May 14

    Updated May 7, 2019

    From Montana Department of Natural Resources HELENA — The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team will meet Tuesday, May 14, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in the Montana Room at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation headquarters, located at 1539 11th Ave., in Helena. MSGOT members will consider executive action on two items related to the proposed Mud Springs Wind Project in Carbon County. Those items include a determination on areas of the project that potentially pre-date Executive Order 12-2015, and would be ...

  • MSU soil expert says not all soil test kits provide accurate results

    Updated May 7, 2019

    MSU News Service BOZEMAN — There are several factors that gardeners need to consider when choosing a soil test kit to make fertilizer decisions, according to a Montana State University Extension soil expert. Among those factors, according to Clain Jones, MSU Extension soil fertility specialist and professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, are how soil is prepared, the actual test used, how results are presented, cost and the accuracy of results. Test kits generally measure nitrogen, p...

  • Obituary - Marilyn I. Sutherland

    Updated May 7, 2019

    Marilyn I. Sutherland, 70, passed away due to natural causes at her residence on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Wake services began at 3:00 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019, with funeral services taking place at 11:00 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Sutherland Family Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Marilyn’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her fami... Full story

  • Quick Pics: 'Bits and Pieces' at Artitudes

    Updated May 7, 2019

  • Letter to the Editor - Celebrate a real gift of life for Mother's Day

    Updated May 7, 2019

    Mothers are a gift of life. Many women of the 19th century believed they had a responsibility to care for the casualties of society. For example, organized women in the Appalachians improved sanitation. In 1858 Anna Jarvis encouraged women of both the North and South to care for the wounded in the Civil War. In fact, so many states had an official Mothers Day that in 1872, Julia Ward Howe, proposed an annual Mother’s Day for Peace. For the next 30 years, many celebrated such on June 2. In 1913, Congress established Mothers D...

  • Letter to the Editor - SB 239 is bad policy

    Updated May 7, 2019

    Editor There’s been a recent push in the editorial pages urging the governor to sign Senate Bill 239, which would grant a tax holiday to companies who provide internet service. As a legislator, I opposed this bill because the industry consistently misrepresented the intent of it. The lobbyists said SB 239 would bring broadband to rural Montana. It won’t. This bill does nothing but give the telecom industry a tax break, which will eventually shift more of the property tax burden to homeowners. Here’s how. SB 239 does not s...

  • Economic development creates opportunity, prosperity in Montana

    Updated May 7, 2019

    Economic Development Week is a time to reflect on the many successes of public-private partnerships to grow businesses, create jobs and strengthen the economy. This year, Montana has something extra to celebrate with the bipartisan passage of House Bill 52. HB 52 reauthorizes Montana’s suite of integrated economic development programs until 2027 — tools like Certified Regional Development Corporations, Small Business Development Centers, the export trade program at the Department of Commerce, Growth Through Agriculture at...

  • Legislature passed gains for wildlife, habitat

    Updated May 7, 2019

    The 2019 turned out to be a success for wildlife legislature and habitat. We look back at a session that had more than 80 bills affecting our core issues of wildlife, habitat and access, and see many wins and a handful of losses when it comes to improving public access to public lands. First off, our best conservation and hunting access program, Habitat Montana, came out of the session intact and fully funded. Habitat Montana uses hunting license dollars to protect important wildlife habitat through conservation easements...

  • It's time to fix up the people's house

    Updated May 7, 2019

    In the waning hours of Montana’s 66thLegislative Session, good public policy squeaked through, including Medicaid expansion and an infrastructure bill. But, public works can’t fix the deferred maintenance of the outdated way these bills made it through. That takes political will. Montana’s current legislative system dates back to statehood. Yet, we face 21stCentury demands. As we stuff more into each session without evaluating how it’s working or making important updates, public transparency clouds, democracy fades and Mon...

  • MSU-N's Brandon Weber named Montana Little Sullivan winner

    George Ferguson|Updated May 7, 2019

    Saturday was a very big day for Montana State University-Northern star wrestler Brandon Weber. In the morning, Weber took part in MSU-N's 2019 graduation ceremony, and not long after he became a college graduate he received the highest amateur sports honor in the state of Montana. Saturday night in Billings, Weber was named the 2019 A.A.U. Male Little Sullivan Award winner. Weber was unable to attend the banquet, but his father accepted the award on his behalf. Weber is a...

  • Local Golf Report: Ladies league now started at Prairie

    George Ferguson|Updated May 7, 2019

    The Class B-C high school golf season has been a rough one of late, with so much weather not cooperating. However, after last weekend’s Chinook Invitational at the Chinook Golf Club, the Sugarbeeters and other area teams are next gearing up for state. Chinook, and other area Class C schools will head to the Double Arrow Resort Course in Seeley Lake next week for the 2019 Class C state tournament. Meanwhile, next week, Rocky Boy, Harlem and all Class B schools will be in M...

  • It's all on the line in Havre

    Chris Peterson|Updated May 7, 2019

    When it comes to the District 9C track meet, few teams prioritize it like the North Star Knights do and that's why when the competition is held again Wednesday at the Havre Middle School track, the North Star boys will come in as the five-time reigning champs. However, North Star isn't the only team with multiple titles recently, as the Fort Benton girls are also two-time defending champs and just as they did last season, both teams will look to successfully defend their...

  • Northern Montana Health Care Awards "C.A.R.E." Award to Ophus

    Updated May 7, 2019

    From Northern Montana Health Care Earlier this year NMHC presented the C.A.R.E. Award to Garrit Ophus, a member of the Northern Montana Health Care Information Systems Team. Ophus is a key member of this very integral department of NMHC. "Garrit is a tremendous force in our department. Garrit goes above and beyond. His attitude to do the right thing and quality of work shows in his work performance throughout the organization," said Candis Deruchia, VP of information systems...

  • Hi-Line Athletes of the Week

    Updated May 7, 2019

    Sydney Wilting, Havre High Softball Every softball player dreams of days like the one Havre High's Sydney Wilting had at last Saturday's Havre Invitational. In the Blue Ponies' sweep of Cut Bank and Conrad, Wilting went 4-for-6 at the plate with a whopping nine RBIs. She also blasted two home runs, including a grand slam Saturday morning. Wilting, who is also a standout in volleyball and basketball at HHS, had all nine of her RBIs come in Havre's win over Cut Bank. Jakob...