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Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition


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  • Fire in Blaine County grows despite rain and calming winds

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    While the Coal Ridge Fire in Blaine County has grown significantly, Tuesday night rain and calmer winds seem to have kept the fire from spreading more uncontrollably. A release from the Montana Bureau of Land Management Wednesday said the fire has now been mapped at 1,200 acres, up from the previous estimate of 450 acres the day before, having burned 790 acres of private land. The release said 166 acres of Bureau of Land Management managed lands, including areas within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and...

  • What to know about smoke, heat and health

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Keely Larson and Bowman Leigh Montana Free Press When wildfire smoke billows from its source and lingers in the air, the haze brings coughs and questions for many Montana residents. Among them: How should I interpret air quality ratings? How does smoke affect my indoor air quality? Is it safe to walk my dog or head out for a hike today? Montana Free Press put those questions and others to public health officials and researchers. While the answers are sometimes tricky to navigate — and leave plenty of space for personal c...

  • Montana's community choice school commission takes shape

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Alex Sakariassen Montana Free Press A new autonomous state commission established by one of Montana’s recently passed charter school laws is beginning to take shape this month, even as a district court judge in Helena weighs whether to block the law’s implementation. Tuesday, Gov. Greg Gianforte named Cathy Kincheloe of Whitefish and Trish Schreiber of Helmville as his appointments to the seven-member Community Choice School Commission, which will be tasked with authorizing and overseeing new charter schools under House Bil...

  • Quick pics: Blue supermoon lights up the lake and the sky

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

  • Youth pheasant hunt set for Sept. 9 near Billings

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Statewide youth hunting event set for Sept. 23-24 Staff and wire report Ahead of a statewide youth hunting event, the Yellowstone Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever is hosting a free youth pheasant hunt on Saturday, Sept. 9, at a private shooting preserve near Billings. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be at the event with hunting and access information and giveaways. The event is open to hunters aged 15 and younger who have successfully completed hunter education and...

  • Grants available to benefit Blaine County

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Press release HELENA — The Montana Community Foundation announced a grant cycle to benefit communities and residents of Blaine County. Grants will be made from the Blaine County Community Foundation Fund, established at the Montana Community Foundation by Warren Ross in 1997. Financial support for this grant program also comes from the Ross 87 Ranch Endowment Fund, established by Warren Ross as well. Grant applications will be accepted from Aug. 15 trhough Oct. 15, 2023. Applicants must be either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or a...

  • Obituaries - Edward J. Schepp

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Edward J. Schepp, 79, passed away unexpectedly August 27, 2023. Ed was born April 10, 1944, to Anna and Ed Schepp in Devils Lake, North Dakota. Ed and his family relocated to Havre, MT, in 1951. Ed graduated from Kremlin High School. Proceeding high school, he joined the National Guard. In 1965, he moved back to Montana where he had two children with his wife, Marie Orr, Tammy Jo and Charlie/Edward John Jr. They later divorced and Ed moved back to Havre, MT, where he welcomed... Full story

  • From the Courts - Federal District Court: Two plead in intimidation case on Fort Belknap

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana GREAT FALLS — A man and a woman who had been excluded from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation admitted charges Wednesday after they were accused of stealing from a store and assaulting a store employee, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich. Dustin Alan Robbins, 38, and Nicole Lynn Hicks, 37, both transients, pleaded guilty to intimidation. The defendants face a maximum of 10 years in prison a $50,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris pre...

  • For the Record, Aug. 31, 2023

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Havre Police Officers investigated a report of theft, forgery or fraud made at the police station at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday. -- Officers making a motor vehicle stop at 9:55 a.m. on 16th Avenue arrested Sashay Joe Standing Rock of Box Elder, 44, on a Justice or City court warrant. -- Officers responding to a call from Havre High School at 12:19 p.m. Wednesday issued summonses to a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old on charges of purchase or possession of intoxicating substances by a...

  • Blue Ponies set for home opener against Browning

    Kason Clark|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    The Havre High volleyball team got off to a solid start this season after taking third place at the tip-off tournament in Lewistown this past weekend. Now the Blue Ponies will play in their first full matches of the year as they will play Browning at home and then East Helena on the road this weekend. As the Ponies head further in their first year under head coach Cassie Krueger, the new coach hopes to use these matches to further establish the identity of this team this...

  • Skylights host Medicine Hat Friday in a scrimmage

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    The Montana State University-Northern volleyball team had a long, but successful road trip last weekend to Arizona. But with Frontier Conference play a mere three weeks away, there's no time to rest. Northern sits at 3-4 on the young season, and the Skylights will take a quick break from non-league play when they host Medicine Hat College for a scrimmage Friday night at the Armory Gymnasium. And while the match doesn't count towards Northern's overall record, it's another chan...

  • Cats, Griz both setting the bar high this season

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    After seven long months, big time college football is about to return to Montana. And when we say bigtime, we mean Montana and Montana State football. And the wait for the new season is finally over. Both the Bobcats, the reached the FCS semifinals a year ago, and the Grizzlies, who reached the second round of the FCS playoffs, kick their seasons off at home this Saturday. Montana hosts Pioneer League stalwart Butler Saturday at Noon in Missoula, while the Bobcats kick off...

  • New photography business opening soon in Atrium

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Sondra Eacker just moved to Havre and opened a family photography business. Eacker and her husband, Anthony, as well as their two children, Aubrey, 8, and Tanner, 6, sold their home in Kalispell and bought a home in Havre this summer. "We absolutely love it here. We are thrilled to become members of the community... we were looking for a smaller slower pace for our family and Havre is perfect," Eacker said, "My husband is a born-and-raised Montana boy who served his country...