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  • Baldy Mountain fire being contained

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    The Forestry Department at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation reported this morning that the fire near the top of Baldy Mountain is being contained and poses no immediate danger. “The fire is looking really good, mostly just interior smokes,” said Chippewa Cree Tribe Fire Management Officer Jason Lodgepole. Lodgepole said the fire was started last week by a lightning strike and was just over three acres. He said on the first day of the fire, Saturday, Aug. 8, a small squad from the Rocky Boy Volunteer Fire Department hiked up th...

  • Turner Public Schools plans full re-opening with some adjustments

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Turner Public Schools is going back to school this fall at full capacity. “Our re-opening plan we are fairly close to business as usual with some precautions built in,” Turner Public Schools Superintendent Tony Warren said. With small class sizes, he said, they are able to spread the students out within the classroom pretty easily. He said additional cleaning protocols have been set in place based on recommendations by the Blaine County Health Department and the Centers of Disease and Prevention guidelines. There is an opt... Full story

  • New first grade teacher to start at Highland Park school

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Highland Park Early Primary School has a new first grade teacher from Washington. "I miss working with children," Lauren Todd said. "The COVID pandemic has been crazy, not being able to work one-on-one with kids, and I'm really hoping that the school board decides we can come back and work with kids, but if it's online then it'll be online too." She grew up in Spokane, Washington, she said, and moved around a little until she met her husband, and they moved from Washington to...

  • Box Elder starting school with distanced learning

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Box Elder Public Schools is continuing with distance learning at least for two weeks for its upcoming school year. Box Elder Public School Board of Trustees held a meeting Monday and voted to start the year with distance learning it is planned to operate the schools at 25 percent capacity after Labor Day, Box Elder Superintendent Jeremy MacDonald said. “As far as safety precautions, we are taking information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Rocky Boy Health Center, Hill County, public health, Office of P...

  • Museum and buffalo jump visitation down during COVID-19 pandemic

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board held their monthly meeting and discussed the significant drop in visitation the museum and Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump have experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our numbers are significantly down from last year,” Museum Manager Emily Mayer said, “Last year, we had 574 visitors to the museum and this month we had 97 … the virus is certainly hitting our visitation very hard.” She said visitation to Wahkpa Chu’gn is also down, with 28 people requesting tours this month while last ye...

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 5,104 with 97 new cases.

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 276 with 77 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 194,412 with 1,007 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 77. The number of recoveries was 3,542 and the number of active cases was 1,485. People can visit the state tracking map online through a link at or at .... Full story

  • Correction - For the Record

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Due to errors in the police dispatch log provided to The Havre Daily News, an entry in the Havre Police Department section of For the Record on Monday’s edition of the Havre Daily News misreported that arrests were made at a party reported at 10:12 p.m. Saturday. Havre police later corrected that summonses on a charge of minor in possession were issued to all people younger than 21, one person was issued a summons on a charge of unlawful transactions with children and one was issued a summons on a charge of unlawful t... Full story

  • Mosquito, weed districts cancel August board meetings

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Havre Daily News staff After discussions about protecting the health and safety of board members and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hill County Mosquito District Board and Hill County Weed District Board have decided to cancel their monthly meetings, the boards reported to the Havre Daily News. Both the Aug. 17 Mosquito Board and the Aug. 21 Weed Board meetings have been canceled....

  • Clerk and recorder's office: Mailers encouraging mail-in voting are legal

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Havre Daily News staff Hill County Clerk and Recorder’s Officer reports it has received numerous phone calls regarding election mailers from third-party groups. It is legal for groups to send voter registration and absentee ballot application requests to voters, a release from the office said. People who receive one of these mailers and want to send it to the clerk and recorder’s office need to make sure it is addressed to be sent directly to the Hill County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 315 Fourth Street, Havre, MT 59501...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission business meeting

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    The Hill County Commission will hold its business meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. with the following agenda: Public Comments on Non-Agenda items Public Comments on Agenda Items Claims Employment Tax Abatements Resolutions 20-2634 — Family Planning Grant Increase 20-2635 — General Mail Ballot Ordinances Contracts Kone Contract COA Contract Collective Bargaining Agreement (Hill County Road Department) Board appointments Fire District appointment Policy updates County permit approval Subdivision/survey approval Certificate of Sur...

  • For the Record, Aug. 11, 2020

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Havre Police Department Someone stopped at the police station Monday at 7:46 a.m. asking to speak with an officer about a vehicle crash. -- Someone stopped at the police station Monday at 9:42 a.m. to report an identity fraud. -- A burglary was reported on Center Street at 4:52 p.m. -- Dixie Lynn Hernandez of Havre, 49, was issued a summons on unlisted charges after a Washington Avenue caller reported a found dog at 6:01 p.m. Monday. Hill County Sheriff's Office Gene William L...

  • New Havre High AD working hard to navigate the new normal so that Pony athletes, coaches get a chance to play this fall

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    The fall sports season is right around the corner for Havre High School. After the spring sports season was wiped away by the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of high school athletics was hanging in the balance. But, after the state of Montana went into Phase II of its re-opening plan, things were looking brighter. And recently, the Montana High School Association put forward a set of guidelines and restrictions in place for the fall sports season, as well as a plan to have at...

  • People can apply for part-time jobs with U.S. Census Bureau

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor and Industry are encouraging Montanans to apply now for temporary, part-time jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau to help Montana get an accurate count in the 2020 Census. “Jobs for the 2020 Census in Montana are about neighbors helping neighbors to get every Montanan counted and help our state plan for the next ten years,” said Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, who is the chair of the Montana Complete Count Committee. “Apply now – before time runs out...

  • Flattening the curve on chronic wasting disease

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    It’s cool this morning. There is a different feel to the air. The days are slowly getting shorter, my bird dogs are getting restless and I am listening for that first bugle of a bull elk down in the river bottom. It’s that time when I, and all hunters, anxiously prepare for the glorious days we spend pursuing our quarry in the forests and uplands of our Montana. But this year things are different, and as we take to the field we must acknowledge that difference and change our behavior for the sake of the hunt, our wil...

  • More - not less - Amtrak service is needed

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Thanks to the Havre Daily News for its coverage of “all things Amtrak” over the past three years including the destaffing of the local station and the pending threat to reduce service from daily to three days per week beginning Oct. 1. Interestingly, as of Aug. 7, the Amtrak website still allows passengers to book travel on the Empire Builder any day of the week after Oct. 1. Since it is unlikely that Amtrak will actually save money by reducing service due to the continuation of its fixed costs to operate the services, man...

  • Local Golf Report: Men's league playoffs begin tonight

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    There’s a lot going on in the local golf scene, and it starts with the upcoming playoffs at Prairie Farms Golf Course. Last week, the men’s league at Prairie saw its regular season come to an end with Wagner Plumbing earning high team Tuesday night, and clinching the regular season top spot in the Tuesday standings. The team scored 24 points and was composed of Dan Wagner, Barry Zanto, Barry Kato and Chuck Wimmer. Jeremy and Jeff Jensen shared low gross, each shooting eve...

  • Frontier Preview: Pass rushers, run stoppers abound in the new Frontier

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    With how high-powered offenses typically are in the Frontier Conference, it's incumbent upon teams to have stout defenses to try and combat that. And as they say, with defense, it all starts up front. So, if there's going to be a fall Frontier football season, fans can expect to see plenty of good defensive linemen in the league, and that includes the Montana State University-Northern Lights. After years of being young up front, the Lights return a great group of veterans,...

  • Burns receives Northern Montana Health Care Awards "C.A.R.E." Award

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Press release Northern Montana Health Care presented the C.A.R.E. - Compassionately Achieving Remarkable Excellence - Award to Kendra Burns, RN, a member of the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department Team at NMHC last week. Burns was nominated for this honor by one of her co-workers. Her nominator complimented Burns on her professionalism. "Kendra always remains professional and positive to her patients and co-workers. Many patients have reached out to give her kudos...

  • HHS releases July-December COVID-19 state testing plans

    Updated Aug 11, 2020

    Press release U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publicly posted Monday the July through December COVID-19 Testing Plans from all states, territories, and localities on The State Testing Plans serve as a roadmap developed in partnership with the Federal government for each jurisdiction’s monthly 2020 testing strategy for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The plans include details on responding to surges in cases and reaching vulnerable populations including minorities, immunocompromised i...