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  • Hotshot killed in Ariz. remembered at Ekalaka funeral

    Updated Jul 14, 2013

    EKALAKA (AP) — One of the 19 firefighters killed by a wildfire in Arizona has been buried in a cemetery in the tiny eastern Montana town where he spent most of his childhood. The Billings Gazette reports ( that more than 1,800 mourners attended the funeral Saturday of 24-year-old Dustin DeFord. He was one of the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed when a windblown wildfire overcame them in Yarnell, about 60 miles north of Phoenix, on June 30. DeFord was remembered for his desire to join an e... Full story

  • Relay for Life: Laughter, tears, hugs

    John Kelleher|Updated Jul 14, 2013

    Angela Twombly has had skin cancer three times. Since 2004, she has fought back by taking part in Relay for Life, the annual all-night effort to battle cancer. This year’s Relay will be tonight at Havre High School’s track. Twombly will speak tonight, one of three cancer survivors who will tell the emotional story of how they learned they had cancer, what they did to fight back and what can be done to help those who are learning now that they have cancer. Then, as she has don... Full story

  • Ousted tribal leader will show up to work Monday

    MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Jul 14, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — The ousted president of Montana's Northern Cheyenne tribe says he will show up at a tribal council hearing Monday to challenge its decision to remove him from office while he was in a Billings hospital having surgery. John Robinson was released from the Billings Clinic on Thursday after an emergency appendectomy, only to find that he had been voted out over his move to fire the head of a center for neglected and abused children who had been accused of child abuse. Robinson was taken to the hospital by ambulance... Full story

  • Jurors clear George Zimmerman

    KYLE HIGHTOWER MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press|Updated Jul 13, 2013

    SANFORD, Fla. — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Zimmerman, 29, blinked and barely smiled when the verdict was announced. He could have been convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter. But the jury of six women, all but one of them white, reached a verdict of not guilty after deliberating well into t... Full story

  • Texas, Quebec disasters prompt local planning

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 13, 2013

    Recent disasters, including a train explosion in Canada and a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, illustrate the need to be prepared. That’s what Hill County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator Joe Parenteau told the members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee at its monthly meeting this week. “We’re just seeing more and more examples of things that happen,” Parenteau said. Parenteau updated the LEPC about the explosion of a fertilizer plant in the town of West... Full story

  • Schweitzer decision boosts GOP chances in Senate

    KEN THOMAS Associated Press|Updated Jul 13, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans received a boost in their attempt to win back the majority in the Senate next year when a former Democratic governor bowed out of Montana's open Senate race, a development that could further hamper President Barack Obama's agenda during his final two years in office. Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday he would not run for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus in 2014, dealing a blow to Democrats who considered the popular ex-governor their best chance of keeping the o... Full story

  • Byron Keith Wright

    Updated Jul 13, 2013

    Byron Keith Wright, 59, passed away Thursday evening at the Northern Montana Hospital of congestive heart failure. His wake service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church with his funeral service 9 a.m. Monday at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church with Father Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Havre where he will be laid to rest with his mother Julia. Services and arrangements have been entrusted... Full story

  • Schweitzer rejects Senate bid

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Jul 13, 2013

    HELENA — Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday morning that he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, an announcement that complicates Democratic efforts to retain their majority in next year's elections. Schweitzer told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to leave Montana and go to Washington, D.C. He had been considered the Democrats best candidate for holding onto the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus next year. Schweitzer said he felt compelled to consider the race only b... Full story

  • Tester, Daines at Senate hearing in Havre

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    U.S. Sen. Jon Tester convened a hearing in Havre today of the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee he chairs, with Rep. Steve Daines, a member of the House Homeland Security committee also attending. Hensler Auditorium in the Applied Technology Center at Montana State University-Northern was pretty well packed for the two-hour hearing. The hearing started with testimony from Hill County Sheriff Don Brostrom, Border Patrol Havre Sector Vice President of the Border Patrol National Council Nathan Burr and Havre Area Chamber of... Full story

  • Stand-alone photos: 2013 Rotary Youth Golf Camp

    Lindsay Brown|Updated Jul 12, 2013

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  • Bobcats, Grizzly players touted with major FCS preseason honors

    George Ferguson|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    A pair of Montana college football players have been named to prestigious preseason lists for the upcoming 2013 Football Championship Subdivision season. Montana State senior quarterback DeNarius McGhee has been named to the preseason Peyton Award Watch List. McGhee has been a finalist for the award the last three seasons, and is considered one of the top returning quarterbacks in all of the FCS. He finished seventh as a freshman in the 2010 balloting, ninth last year and 13th... Full story

  • Twenty years ago, seems like just yesterday

    George Ferguson|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    Remember when you were a kid, or if you’re a youngster now, and you counted down to Christmas or to your birthday? And because you wanted that day to come so badly, it seemed like the countdown went on forever. Well, I actually still count down to Christmas because it’s my favorite holiday, but as an adult, time sure doesn’t seem to stand still like it used to. In fact, the years seem to go by faster and faster. This weekend marks the 20-year reunion for the Havre High Class... Full story

  • Youth Day

    Shelby Stormer|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    Bear Paw Credit Union Youth Day was held Wednesday at Pepin Park from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. The credit union partnered with Havre Parks and Recreation to create a fun, carnival-like environment that was free to participating kids and parents alike. Katie Wirtzberger, marketing specialist at Bear Paw Credit Union, said that Youth Day is believed to have been started several years ago in an effort to promote the Credit Union for Kids program. This is a savings account for children... Full story

  • Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels, July 12, 2013

    Updated Jul 12, 2013

    Laurel — A tree was planted at Montana State University-Northern last week as a tribute to the late Harrison and Arlie Lane. The couple provided an endless amount of volunteers work — to say nothing of moral support — to the Havre community over the several decades they lived here. A tree seems like a very appropriate tribute to the work they did. Laurel — Relay for Life takes place starting tonight at Havre High School. If you’ve never gone, stop by tonight. If you are becoming a little cynical, be sure to drop by. It is... Full story

  • Like a snake in the - what?!

    Pam Burke|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    While I hate to pass along blonde jokes that disparage me and my fair-haired people, there’s an old blonde joke that goes: A blonde and a brunette were walking along outside one day, and the brunette said, “Aww, look at that poor dead bird.” And the blonde looked up, searching the sky frantically, and said, “Where?!” If you don’t get it: This is funny because the dead bird wouldn’t be in the sky where the blonde is looking. The live ones are up there. Of course, if I have to e... Full story

  • NorthWestern Energy warns about collection scam

    Press release|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    NorthWestern Energy is again warning residential and business customers about an attempted scam involving collection on allegedly overdue utility bills. In recent days, an individual telephoned a NorthWestern Energy customer in Huron, S.D., claiming to be an employee of the company and demanding payment on an energy bill. The customer was told that if immediate payment wasn’t made, utility service would be terminated. The customer lost $300 after purchasing a prepaid debit card issued by a discount store and sharing the c... Full story

  • Havre of the Past: More Independence Day festivities

    Emily Mayer|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    The Fourth of July was well-recorded in the July 11, 1893 issue of The Havre Advertiser. This account describes the festivities at Fort Assinniboine. News From The Fort FORT ASSINNIBOINE, MONT., July 6, 1893. The glorious Forth was celebrated with a burst of patriotism better felt than described. The band and field music in full force paraded at first call (5 a.m.) and aroused every one to animation by stirring national airs. A salute of 44 guns, one for each state, was fired at noon, and from that ‘till evening mirth and jol... Full story

  • For the Record, July 12, 2013

    Updated Jul 12, 2013

    Havre Police Department A 1st Avenue caller reported Wednesday at 8:21 a.m. a rental broken into, and officers investigated. ——— Officers investigated an iPad theft reported Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the police station. ——— Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the police station officers arrested a 33-year-old Chinook man for violations of conditions of release. ——— A caller at a 2nd Street business reported a man and woman fighting Wednesday at 9:15 p.m., and after officers were called back to the business at 10:54 p.m. because the man h... Full story

  • Richard 'Dick' McClelland Hurd

    Updated Jul 12, 2013

    Richard "Dick" McClelland Hurd died June 29, 2013, in Yuma, Ariz., at the age of 78. He was born May 8, 1935, in Livingston, Mont., to Lillian (McClelland) Hurd and Herschell Dale Hurd. Dick had many interests in his busy life. He grew up in Bozeman, Mont., but spent his youthful summers with his grandparents in Jardine, Mont., near Yellowstone Park and in Big Sandy, Mont., with his grandparents, uncles and cousins on their farms. These experiences instilled a love of the... Full story

  • Ground breaks on Bullhook Clinic

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    Close to 60 local officials, residents and Bullhook Community Health Center employees and board members gathered across from Havre City Hall this morning to break ground on a multi-million dollar facility — a new state-of-the art clinic for the health center. Todd Hanson, chair of the Bullhook board of directors, thanked all for attending the groundbreaking. “It’s a project we’re extremely proud of, the directors for Bullhook Community Health Center … ,” he said. “This is seven years of dreaming and two years of focused pl... Full story

  • Patricia (Kinder) Thornton Newcomb

    Updated Jul 12, 2013

    (Editor's note: This obituary did not run on the scheduled date. The Havre Daily News apologizes for the error.) Patricia (Kinder) Thornton Newcomb, 71, “entered into eternal life” on April 27, 2013, in Carson City, Nevada. She is with her parents and sister, at peace, and no longer in pain. She was born on July 17, 1941. in Townsend, Mont., to Murvel and Ellen (Een) Kinder, and was raised on the Hi-Line in north-central Montana. She is survived by her sons, Murvel Tho... Full story

  • Giveaway House defendants respond

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 12, 2013

    The group of people accused of improperly representing themselves as members of the board of the Giveaway House have responded to the lawsuit, saying the people who filed the lawsuit are not members of a legally formed board because the directors who appointed that board had vacated their positions. A split in last year’s board led to the lawsuit, with one group that formed a board for Havre’s Community Giveaway House nonprofit corporation in February suing another group that formed in March, with each saying the other has... Full story