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  • Ryan Building evacuated Thursday afternoon

    Ryan Berry|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Employees at the Ryan Building were forced to evacuate today at about 4 p.m. after someone reported an "electrical smell" somewhere on the second floor of the building. Havre Fire and Police Departments have the scene at 48 Second Ave. under control, and police report that there were no injuries and no actual flames. Second Ave. is blocked off between First and Second streets, and westbound traffic on Second Street is going down to one lane near the Ryan Building. The exact...

  • Hill County enacts burn ban

    Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Press release Hill County Commission today approved enacting a burn ban in the county effective 12:01 a.m. Friday. The commission issued a statement on the ban: Open burning refers to burning outside in the open air. By definition, open burning is a fire where any material is burned on the ground or in an open receptacle other than a furnace, incinerator, or other equipment connected to a stack or chimney. Open burning includes burning yard debris, brush, construction debris,...

  • MSU awarded federal funds for statewide tech 'gap' grants

    Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Troy Carter TechLink Staff Writer via the MSU News Service BOZEMAN ­— Montana State University has been awarded a federal grant to create a public-private partnership for growing tech companies in Montana. The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced July 23 that it had awarded $750,000 to MSU’s Prospect Montana, a newly created program to promote high-tech economic development statewide. The three-year funding will support three complementary efforts to see high-tech companies grow and create jobs in communities ac...

  • Library wraps up summer reading program with Landing Party

    Derek Hann|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    With summer winding down to an end, the Havre-Hill County Library's Summer Reading Program is wrapping up this week with its Landing Party Friday. The summer reading program encourages children to read and learn during the summer, Havre-Hill County Children's Librarian Ashley Martin said. During the summer, children often lose some reading skills from not attending school and once school is back in session, teachers have to spend time getting their students back up to speed....

  • Moms in the Making coming to Havre

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Mary Waltner of Havre is bringing the Moms in the Making program to the area, meeting the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in her home. “The heart of this organization is to encourage those who are currently waiting to be a mom,” Moms in the Making President and founder Caroline Harries wrote in an introduction to the program, which she founded in 2013, as a faith-based fertility support group, while she was trying to become a mom. The purpose is to support women who are struggling with infertility, Wal...

  • Inaugural Biz and Brews event set for Saturday

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Havre’s first Biz and Brews, which is intended to become an annual event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., starting in the Holiday Village Mall at Vizsla Brewing. Businesses are partnering with the local breweries and distillery to offer drinks during stops at participating Chamber businesses. “The goal of this event is to encourage people to shop local and explore what the great businesses of Havre have to offer,” member of the Events Committee Vice President of the Chamb...

  • Shakespeare in the Parks returns to Havre

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Shakespeare in the Parks is returning to Havre, performing "The Merry Wives of Windsor" Saturday at 6 p.m. on the east lawn of Montana State University-Northern. "The goal is to bring the highest possible caliber professional performance to communities that deserve it and to offer it for free to the public," Shakespeare in the Parks Artistic Director Kevin Asselin said. "People bring their kids, grandparents and multigenerational audiences, so that has been the mission for 47...

  • Obituary - James B. O'Connor 1933-2019

    Updated Aug 8, 2019

    James B. O'Connor was born on a small wheat farm outside of Box Elder, Montana. He was one of four children born to Byron and Juanita O'Connor. While still in grade school, his family left the farm and moved to Great Falls, Montana, where Jim graduated from Great Falls High School. After high school Jim attended the University of Montana, where he became a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Later he transferred to Northern Montana College (now Montana State... Full story

  • For the Record, Aug. 8, 2019

    Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Havre Police Department A Fifth Avenue caller reported at 9:51 a.m. Wednesday that someone on a BMX bike stopped and looked in their house windows during the night. -- A two-vehicle crash was reported Wednesday at 1:46 p.m. on First Street West. -- Matthew Richard Phillips of Havre, 44, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, after a caller at a Second Street business made a complaint Wednesday at 4:59 p.m. -- Claudine Chiefstick of Havre, 55, was arrested on charges of t...

  • Conservation con job: Why won't Daines fully fund the LWCF?

    Updated Aug 8, 2019

    There’s a simple principle savvy citizens use when evaluating politicians: to understand their priorities, don’t pay attention to what they say or how they vote during the re-election cycle. Focus on the voting record from earlier in their term. That’s an important thing for Montanans to remember about Sen. Steve Daines in all areas, but especially in relation to public lands, wildlife habitat and public access. His recent, re-election rhetoric doesn’t match his record. He’s currently crowing about his support for the Land...

  • Out my Backdoor: Strange days and strange ways

    Sondra Ashton|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Do you ever wonder if the big ol’ sun up there looks down and thinks, “Those are some mighty strange beings down on that little ball of mud, especially that one there, standing by the mango tree, looking up in the sky and trying to puzzle out the unfigurable”? (Not only can I anthropomorphize with the best, I’m good at making up words.) I can smell the moisture in the air. Morning is heavy with fog. The afternoon hot and sticky. The clouds split and gallop along the mountai...

  • Commerce's tourism grant program accepting applications

    Updated Aug 8, 2019

    From Montana Department of Commerce HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce is currently accepting applications for its Tourism Grant Program. Up to $750,000 will be awarded to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the State’s tourism and recreation industry. “Montana’s number one resource is our spectacular, unspoiled nature and our vibrant, charming towns, it’s what brings visitors here,” said Commerce Director Tara Rice. “These grants can help strengthen a community’s a...

  • UMW welcomes students for orientation and convocation

    Updated Aug 8, 2019

    From University of Montana Western The University of Montana Western’s Office of Residence Life announced the university has scheduled its New Student Orientation for Thursday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 25. The activities begin at 8 a.m. on Opening Day with the Montana Western Moving Company event. The community is invited to help new students and their families move into the residence halls on the Montana Western campus. Residence Life Director Michael Piazzola said this year’s program will include Convocation — the offic...

  • 2019 Frontier Conference Football Preview Series: LINEBACKERS

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Linebackers are tackling machines. That's just what they do. They see ball, and get ball. And it's no surprise that, the Frontier Conference has produced some of the best linebackers in the NAIA, year-after-year. And the 2019 season should be no different. That's because the Frontier has, in its possession, perhaps the single-best linebacker in all of the NAIA in Montana Western senior Jason Ferris. When you talk about tackling machines, Ferris is exactly that. On his way to...

  • Five things to watch this season in local high school volleyball

    Chris Peterson|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    The high school sports season is right around the corner and before you know it, local football, volleyball, golf and cross country teams will be back in action for fall sports. In terms of local volleyball, there are a number of teams that come into the 2019 season with high expectations after making a solid run a year ago. One of those teams is the Havre High Volleyball team, which will be looking to build on the progress it made last season. The Blue Ponies, along with...

  • OUTDOORS: FWP increases Region 6 deer quotas for upcoming season

    Fish Wildlife and Parks|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    Montana FWP Are you looking for more hunting opportunity this year? Due to the abundance of both mule deer and white-tailed deer, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologists elected to increase antlerless quotas in many of the hunting districts in Region 6. Every two years, FWP considers changes to all hunting seasons, proposes changes from the previous biennium and encourages public comment before the Fish and Wildlife Commission makes its final decisions. Part of...

  • OUTDOORS: Local shooters compete at Big Sky State Games

    Havre Daily News|Updated Aug 8, 2019

    For the Havre Daily News Out of the Milk River Valley, over the mountains to the mighty Missouri and south over the Mussleshell then on to the Yellowstone, all covered in bright yellow because this has been the year of the sweet clover, six Bullhook Bottoms Black Powder Club members traveled to bring back gold, silver and bronze from the 37th annual Montana Big Sky Games in Billings July 20. Those making the trip south were Cliff Plum, Brad Bender, Tom Brown, Kathy Lynch, Bob...