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Articles from the August 22, 2013 edition

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  • Montana panel offers Baucus tax reform ideas

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — A panel advising U.S. Sen. Max Baucus on his plan to rewrite the nation's tax code told him on Thursday that the government should maintain deductions that benefit the poor, small businesses, education, retirement savings and innovation. Baucus is working with the chairman of the House, Ways and Means committee, Republican Dave Camp of Michigan, on a plan to get rid of many tax credits, deductions and loopholes viewed as unproductive. They also want to reduce tax rates. Baucus said he hopes the effort will resul...

  • Reinforcements arrive in as Lolo fire threat rises

    MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    HELENA . (AP) — Reinforcements arrived in western Montana as dry thunderstorms and high wind gusts forecast for Thursday made it tougher to predict which way a pair of wildfires threatening 1,200 homes would turn. Since topping the nation's priority list Wednesday, the number of people assigned to the two fires west of the town of Lolo has jumped from 260 to 508, and air and engine support has also increased. That includes Montana National Guard helicopter crews and troops assigned to relieve local authorities at r...

  • Hi-Line YouthBuild program closing down

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    The successful YouthBuild program, housed at Montana State University-Northern, which was designed to help at-risk students acquire their GED and certifications attractive to possible employers, is quickly on its way out. Robert Anderson, the YouthBuild representative at Montana State University-Northern, said the program wasn’t able to receive the funding through the Department of Labor grant. “It’s just one of those things,” Anderson said. According to Dorothy Stonema...

  • Skylights get back to work with six matches

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    The season-opening match last weekend didn’t go according to plan for the Montana State University-Northern volleyball team. But the good news is, the Skylights have six matches over the next three days in order to get things headed in the right direction. Northern, which lost its season-opener to Midlands University last Friday in Great Falls, will compete in the Cascade/Frontier Challenge the next three days in Spokane. The Skylights will take on six teams from the NAIA C...

  • Golf season is short, but memories are plenty

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    The summer is a double-edged sword for me in so many ways. Just like when I was a kid, and never wanted the new school year to start, summers still fly by way too fast for me. On one hand, it’s good because I love my job, and I love filling the fall and winter sports pages full of local sports. I love writing about what local high school and college kids do in sports each and every weekend, and let’s face it, outside of baseball and some recreational sports there just isn...

  • Stand-alone photo: Bountiful harvest

    Lindsay Brown|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    Combines pass across a field of wheat Aug. 15 near U.S. Highway 87 north of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation....

  • Our View: YouthBuild's demise is sad for the Hi-Line

    Updated Aug 22, 2013

    Almost 100 Hi-Line young people have obtained their GEDs and vocational training through Montana State University-Northern's nationally acclaimed YouthBuild program over the last four years. Many of the young people have gone on to jobs in the construction trades. YouthBuild members constructed homes for people on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, and they helped out with projects for a variety of community programs, such as Recycle Hi-Line and Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump. All of this is coming to an end. The federal money t...

  • For the Record: August 22, 2013

    Updated Aug 22, 2013

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated a 10:38 a.m. Wednesday call about a bicycle with pegs and wheels stolen from off it on 10th West Street. ——— A 25-year-old Havre man was arrested for partner or family member assault after officers responded to a 1:35 p.m. Wednesday call about a male who broke down a bathroom door and was screaming on 4th Avenue. ——— Officers investigated a 2:11 p.m. Wednesday report at the police stations about a lost driver’s license and passport. ——— A 27-year-old Havre woman was arrested on Gr...

  • Richardson pleads guilty, sentenced on sex charge

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    A Havre businessman was in the Hill County jail this morning, serving the first 10 days of a two-year sentence on a misdemeanor sex charge. Howard Richardson, born in 1961, pleaded no contest Tuesday in state District Court in Havre to a misdemeanor count of sexual assault, amended from a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent. Under the no contest plea, Richardson admitted he likely would be convicted by the evidence but did not admit to committing the crime. It is treated by the court, however, as if the...

  • Rocky Boy gets federal housing grant

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    The tribe at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation is getting more help to improve living conditions on the reservation. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Rick Garcia announced Wednesday that the Chippewa Cree Tribe was one of two Native American tribes in Montana receiving $900,000 grants to improve or create housing and economic development for low- to moderate-income families. The other grant, through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Gra...

  • Yakima man sentenced for local drug sales

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 22, 2013

    A Yakima, Wash., man will spend nearly six years in federal prison for selling massive amounts of drugs in north-central Montana. The Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force announced Wednesday that Xavier Luis Rodriguez, 25, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Yakima for selling at least 5 pounds of methamphetamine and 100 pounds of marijuana in the region of Havre and the Rocky Boy’s and Fort Belknap Indian reservations. U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice sentenced Rodriguez to 70 months in prison followed by five years of s...