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  • 13 killed in Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage

    The Associated Press|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Navy reservist went on a shooting rampage Monday inside a building at the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard, firing from a balcony onto office workers in an atrium below, authorities and witnesses said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman. Authorities said they were looking for a possible second attacker who may have been disguised in an olive-drab military-style uniform. But as the day wore on and night fell, the rampage increasingly appeared to be the work of a lone gunman. Invest... Full story

  • Police chief to retire

    John Kelleher|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    Havre Police Chief Kirk Fitch will retire Sept. 27. Fitch announced his retirement plans this morning. He was named chief in December 2011, replacing Jerry Nystrom. “After serving as an MP in the U.S. Army and continuing my law enforcement career with cities in three states, it was time to focus on my health and family,” Fitch, 56, said in a press release. He headed the police department in Maricopa, Ariz., before starting at the Havre post January 2012. Fitch stated he is grateful to Mayor Tim Solomon for the opp... Full story

  • Racicot declines US Senate bid

    Updated Sep 16, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot says he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus. The Republican said Monday said he has been discussing the idea with supporters over the past few months, but ultimately decided against running. Racicot said that he is encouraging U.S. Rep. Steve Daines to run for Montana's first open Senate seat since the 1970s. Racicot said he thinks Daines would "represent Montana exceptionally well." Daines has said he is considering a race that so far has no a... Full story

  • Big-business leaders talk tax code at Montana summit

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    BUTTE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Monday that his effort to revamp the tax code helped attract some of the business world's biggest names to Montana for a jobs conference that touched on taxes, energy development and many other issues. Baucus opened the Montana Jobs Summit in Butte — an old mining town almost a century removed from its heyday — with the leaders of companies such as Google Inc., Facebook, Ford Motor Co., FedEx Corp., The Boeing Co. and others. Several thousand business people, politicians, acade... Full story

  • Rapes reported at 2 MSU fraternities

    Updated Sep 16, 2013

    BOZEMAN (AP) — Two people reported being raped in separate incidents at two Montana State University fraternity houses. The university emailed an alert to students, faculty and staff on Monday afternoon detailing the reports. MSU police responded to a report of a rape at the Sigma Chi fraternity at 1:24 a.m. Sunday. The victim was drinking with new friends at the house and reported being taken into a room and sexually assaulted by two unnamed men. At 3:45 a.m. Sunday, MSU police received a report from a woman who said she h... Full story

  • Havre Festival Days schedule of events

    Updated Sep 16, 2013

    Friday, Sept. 20 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Friends of the Library Book Sale, Havre-Hill County Library Meeting Room. Noon to 6 p.m. — Hi-Line Quilt Guild Festival of Quilts Show, Former Vets Club, corner of 4th Avenue and 2nd Street. 6 p.m. to Sunday 6 p.m. — 48-hour Softball Tournament — 6th Avenue Memorial Softball Complex. 6 p.m. — Pasma-Peck Dinner, Eagles Club: Cocktail hour at 5 p.m. 7 p.m. — Havre High School Blue Ponies Football vs Glendive Red Devils, Blue Pony Stadium. 7:30 p.m. — Hill County Community Foundation, ... Full story

  • George Ferguson Column: Lights should revel in Saturday's complete game

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    I know all the football cliches: It’s only one win. It’s a long season. Just have to play ’em one game at a time. Yes, when you love football as much as I do, and you’ve covered coaches for as long as I have, you’ve certainly heard them all. But on Saturday afternoon, on a sun-drenched and breezy day at Blue Pony Stadium, it was time to throw cliches’ out the window. It was time to call just call the Montana State University-Northern Lights’ 45-27 win over the Eastern Orego... Full story

  • Rematch no match at all

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    The rematch between the Montana State University-Northern Skylights and the Carroll College Fighting Saints didn’t go down to a dramatic fifth set. It wasn’t the blow-for-blow slugfest that last November’s Frontier Conference championship match was. And yet, none of that mattered to the Skylights. Instead, for most of a four-set victory, the rematch turned out to be a coronation for MSU-N as the Skylights dominated the Saints in their home opener Friday night in front of a... Full story

  • At least 12 dead in D.C. shooting

    Updated Sep 16, 2013

    Eds: Adds name of dead gunman. Restores background. With AP Photos. ≈ BRETT ZONGKER ERIC TUCKER LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as two gunmen launched an attack Monday morning inside the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the heavily secured military installation in the heart of the nation's capital, authorities said. At least 12 people were killed. One gunman was dead after he fired on a police officer, and police hunted for a second possible att... Full story

  • Griz get revenge; Cats roll at home

    Associated Press|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Jordan Johnson threw five touchdown passes as Montana erased an early North Dakota lead to defeat the Green and White 55-17 on Saturday night at the Alerus Center. The No. 11 Griz (2-0) reeled off 33 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 just minutes after the opening kickoff. Johnson, who completed 15 of 19 passes for 354 yards, threw 3 TDs in the first quarter and two more late in the game. North Dakota (1-2) scored first on a Joe Mollberg p... Full story

  • HHS harriers race fast in Malta

    Daniel Horton|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    As the cross country season continues to march on, the Havre High boys and girls continue to show improvement. After running at the Cut Bank Time Trials last weekend, the Central A Blue Ponies’ season debut, the Ponies competed in Malta Saturday. And continuing to improve on their times and performances, both the HHS boys and girls ran very well. The Blue Pony boys were expected to be at full strength for the first time this young season, but ran in week two with just five varsity runners. They still ran very well, f... Full story

  • Eagles leave Blue Ponies still searching

    Daniel Horton|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    Turnovers always find a way to impact a football game, especially late, and when playing from behind. That was the case on Friday night on the road, as the Havre High football team dropped to 0-2-1 on the season. In another non-conference matchup, the Central A Ponies faced their second consecutive Eastern A opponent. And after a 6-6 tie with the Miles City Cowboys last weekend, it was the Sidney Eagles who disappointed the Ponies’ weekend Friday night in Sidney. The Eagles defeated the Ponies 14-7 and improved to 3-0 on t... Full story

  • Blue Pony spikers get court time in Great Falls

    Daniel Horton|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    It is no accident that the Electric City Classic volleyball tournament has grown into one of the toughest prep volleyball tournaments on a lot of teams’ schedules. This weekend, the Havre High volleyball team got a reminder of just how tough the Great Falls tournament can be. Friday and Saturday, the Central A Blue Ponies were in Great Falls, facing a lot of tough teams. The Ponies got plenty of playing time, as they played seven matches in pool play Friday as well as two more matches in Saturday’s consolation bracket. In... Full story

  • MSU-Northern Game Day Notebook: Young running backs bust loose at home

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    In college football, often times running backs have to wait their turn, so to speak. Teams generally prefer to build depth with starting running backs as upperclassmen, while younger backs have time to grow and mentor under veterans. That’s not the case this season for Montana State University-Northern red-shirt freshman tailback Zach McKinley. And while he’s already been waiting a long time for his chance to shine, and he got off to a strong start through Northern’s first two... Full story

  • Blue Ponies go low at BCGC

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    The Havre High boys and girls golf teams were fortunate and excited to have three home dates on the schedule this season. The season of those three home dates came Saturday when the Blue Ponies hosted the annual Havre Invitational. The 18-hole Havre Invite, which also featured teams from Lewistown and Browning, was held Saturday at Beaver Creek Golf Course, and Blue Pony players certainly took advantage of playing on one of their two home courses. Havre sophomore Jerod Boles... Full story

  • Shining Bright: Lights 45, Mounties 27

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    Three seasons is a long time to go without a victory over a conference rival. Six games without one will make it seem even longer. But the long wait for a win over the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers turned out to be well worth it for the Montana State University-Northern Lights. Saturday afternoon, in their home opener at sunny Blue Pony Stadium, the Lights took out three years of frustration by throttling the Mounties 45-28 in a Frontier Conference clash. With the victory,... Full story

  • Use of public lands should be balanced

    Dave Mari|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    As the Bureau of Land Management updates its management plans for central and eastern Montana, some people have expressed opposition to applying any conservation measures anywhere. But the discussion needs to focus on how the various uses on our public lands will be balanced. The BLM is a “multiple-use” land management agency, meaning it manages our public lands and their various resources so they are utilized in the combination that will best meet the present and future needs of the American people. That doesn’t mean all u... Full story

  • Our View: It's time to commute Barry Beach's sentence

    Updated Sep 16, 2013

    Gov. Steve Bullock has an opportunity to show mercy, and we think display a sense of justice, by commuting the 100-year prison sentence of Barry Beach. Numerous investigative pieces, including a lengthy report on “Dateline NBC,” have questioned the appropriateness of his conviction for the 1979 slaying of Kim Nees on Fort Peck Indian Reservation. There are allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. Beach has spent most of the last 30 years of his life behind bars. Two years ago, Fergus County District Court Judge E. Wayne Phi... Full story

  • For the Record, September 16, 2013

    Updated Sep 16, 2013

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated a 9:25 a.m. Friday call from the university about a purse that had been stolen. ——— A 30-year-old Malta woman was arrested for shoplifting after officers investigated a 3:40 p.m. Friday call from a 1st Street business. ——— A summons was issued to a 16-year-old for sexual assault after officers investigated a 4:48 p.m. Friday request to speak to an officer at the police station. ——— Officers investigated a two-vehicle, noninjury car crash at 10:33 p.m. Friday at the hospital. ... Full story

  • Clean-up and recycle day was a success

    John Kelleher|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    The idea of cleaning up Havre and recycling items seems to be gaining steam in Havre. Candi Zion, chair of Recycle Hi-Line, said she hauled four pickup truck loads of plastic from downtown Havre to Walmart after Saturday’s Havre Pride Day. The she brought two more loads in her horse trailer. “They were all packed solid,” she said. Recycling is held every month at 1st Street and 5th Avenue. Twice a year, it is combined with Havre Pride Day, when volunteers sweep out into the c... Full story

  • Health department sets date for flu shots and disaster planning

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    The Hill County Health Department is continuing to prepare for emergencies, both by providing influenza vaccinations and by testing its readiness for disasters. The department has a flu vaccination clinic slated for Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Havre High School gymnasium from noon to 7 p.m. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccination each year. The Havre High location was selected to test the department’s emergency response plan designed to respond to a p... Full story

  • Garden volunteers supply soup kitchen, food bank

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Sep 16, 2013

    AmeriCorps members donated impressive amounts of food to the local soup kitchen and food bank after harvesting the community vegetable garden. As of Monday, 90 pounds of food from the community garden has been donated to the Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen and the Havre Food Bank. The food was harvested from the vegetable garden AmeriCorps members started earlier this year to “benefit the community through the local food bank and soup kitchen and as an initiative for sustainable f... Full story