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  • Justice's wheels slowed as shutdown hits courts

    GILLIAN FLACCUS MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Oct 14, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — The government shutdown is slowing the wheels of justice in federal courts by delaying civil cases, forcing prosecutors to operate with skeleton staffs and raising uncertainty about the system's immediate future if the stalemate continues past Thursday. That's when federal courts officials expect the reserve funds they have been using since the Oct. 1 start of the shutdown will run out. Criminal cases, which are required by law to go to a speedy trial, are still moving ahead, as are most bankruptcy cases and a... Full story

  • Solomon, Rice butt heads at forum

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Oct 14, 2013

    A cordial and short debate for the mayor race ended with a jab from Mayor Tim Solomon to Bob Rice Thursday. Solomon, in his closing statement at the candidate forum sponsored by the Havre Daily News, brought up a concern about former mayor Rice’s eligibility to run for mayor. Solomon said Rice had moved out of town after he was defeated four years ago. Solomon recalled Rice saying during the campaign he would leave if he was defeated. Democrat Solomon said the law requires t... Full story

  • More Montanans carrying concealed weapons

    Updated Oct 13, 2013

    BOZEMAN (AP) — The number of Montana residents with concealed weapons permits has more than doubled since 2008. The Montana Department of Justice says that about 38,000 people have concealed weapons permits as of Oct. 5. That's up from about 18,000 in 2008. Applicants for a concealed weapons permit must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a Montana resident for at least six months. The permits don't allow concealed weapons to be brought into government buildings, financial institutions or where alcoholic beverages a... Full story

  • Costly Medicaid computer project behind schedule

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Oct 13, 2013

    HELENA . (AP) — The rollout of an expensive, new computer program that will run complicated Montana Medicaid payments is behind schedule and has forced the lead contractor to seek an extension. Meanwhile, state officials — based on experience with software problems — negotiated a contract stating they don't have to pay Xerox until the $70 million program is finished and working. The Medicaid Management and Information System is scheduled to replace a system that is more than 30 years old. The old system is unable to keep... Full story

  • Saturday's Prep Football: Hawks romp in Great Falls

    Updated Oct 12, 2013

    SATURDAY’S GAMES CJI 50, Great Falls Central 20 Valier 70, Augusta 6 Tri-Cities 82, Bridger 18 Wibaux 58, Scobey 0 Lincoln 58, Lima 25 North Star def. Heart Butte, forfeit Geraldine-Highwood 61, Box Elder 28 Winnet-Grass Range 55, Fromberg-Roberts 6 Froid-Medicine Lake 72, Hays-Lodgepole 8 Clark Fork vs. Westby-Grenora at Reed Point West Yellowstone at Lone Peak Custer-Hysham at Northern Cheyenne... Full story

  • Retirees sue over teachers' pension cutbacks

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Oct 12, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — Montana's largest union, and six retirees and current employees in the Teachers' Retirement System sued the state Friday over cost-saving cuts to their pension payments, a move retirees argue is unconstitutional. The lawsuit involving the Montana Education Association - Montana Federation of Teachers has long been expected. Another is expected against the major pension plan that covers public employees. The retirees warned lawmakers earlier this year that they would oppose any reduction in their guaranteed i... Full story

  • Friday's Prep Football: Ponies storm back to beat Eagles

    Updated Oct 11, 2013

    For a time, clinching a Class A playoff berth in their final home game of the season looked a little bleak for the Havre Blue Ponies. But some fourth-quarter magic happened, and the Ponies stormed back from a 14-point deficit to beat Lewistown 25-21 on Friday night. The Eagles led 21-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but on the first play of the final period, senior Tristan Manuel threw a halfback pass to Nate Rismon, who made a circus catch in the endzone, and that pulled... Full story

  • Lawyers: Wrong standard used in Indian voting case

    GOSIA WOZNIACKA Associated Press|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will soon decide whether American Indians in rural Montana were wrongly denied on-reservation satellite voting offices that the plaintiffs say are needed to make up for the long distances they must drive to reach county courthouses. Attorneys representing tribal members and the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday told judges in Portland that a federal judge used the wrong legal standard when he denied a request to establish satellite election offices on three r... Full story

  • Bullock: Montana won't open national parks

    Updated Oct 11, 2013

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state will not pick up the tab to reopen Glacier National Park during the federal government shutdown. Bullock said Thursday that it's long past time for Congress to end "this reckless and job-killing shutdown" Earlier Thursday, the Obama administration said it would allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks after a handful of governors made the request. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he reached an agreement to pay $166,000 a day to the I... Full story

  • Fire Prevention Week

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    Fire Prevention Week brought students from various schools in the Havre area to see the inner workings of the Havre Fire Department. “We’re taking them around the grounds and the guys give them a little bit of a fire safety talk,” Have Fire Department Chief Dave Sheppard said Tuesday. “We have coffee mugs and cookies available, and we’re doing drawings for smoke detectors and coffee mugs.” “We’ve had quite a few people come out for our open house from 3 to 7,” said Tim He... Full story

  • Our View: Darts and Laurels for Oct. 11, 2013

    Updated Oct 11, 2013

    Laurel — The Montana Public Service Commission is required to hold formal hearings on topics such as the sale of utility assets. They are formal occasions when corporate attorneys question utility executives under oath. But recently the commission has been holding informal hearings on location, where local people can come and ask questions of utility representatives. That's what they did last Friday when representatives of Devon Energy and NorthWestern Energy appeared at the Eagles Club to answer questions about the p... Full story

  • We didn't ask for it, but we might deserve it

    Pam Burke|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    I never thought I'd say this — ever — but I think Americans should be more like the people of France: We need a good old-fashioned French-fried riot. This point is best served with a little background information about my longstanding disdain of the French over their even longer-standing disdain of, well, everything not French — which is quite a bit if you look at a map of the world. I had no opinion of France or its people, many of which I'm sure are exceptional, until I was... Full story

  • Havre of the Past: Spanish-American War in full swing

    Emily Mayer|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    In continuing this series celebrating Havre’s 120th anniversary of incorporation, we find ourselves in this week 115 years ago, in 1898. For the 40th installment, the information comes from the Oct. 7, 1898, edition of The Milk River Eagle. In 1898, we were embroiled in the Spanish-American War, and many troops from Fort Assinniboine were sent to fight the Spanish in places such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. While the war lasted only 10 weeks, it certainly p... Full story

  • Chinook to hold benefit for woman battling cancer

    Pam Burke|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    After Brenda Bosch Napier's third diagnosis of cancer in eight years, local friends of the former Chinook resident are holding a benefit Saturday to help with expenses. Brenda, who lives in Forsyth with her husband, Herb Napier, and their two teenage daughters, was born and raised in Chinook and graduated in 1985. During her school and 4-H years in Chinook she became friends with Lori Unruh, and that friendship has lasted through the years and inspired the upcoming benefit,... Full story

  • For the Record, October 11, 2013

    Updated Oct 11, 2013

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated a 12:10 p.m. Thursday complaint at the police department about a business account from which checks were written and cashed in other states. ——— Officers investigated a 3:53 p.m. Thursday two-vehicle, noninjury crash at Havre High School. ——— Officers investigated an 11:50 p.m. Thursday call from 5th Street about the calling party’s daughter being assaulted. ——— A 30-year-old Chinook man was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia after... Full story

  • Council candidates call for cooperation

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    Before the mayoral candidates spoke at Thursday’s city election candidate forum at the Havre High School Theatre, the audience members heard from five City Council candidates, all of whom spoke without opponents, with a common theme of working together for the betterment of the city. Four of the candidates are running unnopposed and gave short introductory speeches. In Ward 4, two candidates new to running for office, Republican Matt Boucher and Democrat Karen Datko, are facing off in the Nov. 5 election for the four-year t... Full story

  • Pony harriers run well at Helena Invitational

    Daniel Horton|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    There is no doubt that the talent at the Helena 7-on-7 Preview Meet is some of the best running talent in the state. And while facing that high level of talent, the Havre High cross country runners were able to turn in some good times of their own. Thursday, the Central A Blue Ponies ran in Helena at the Bill Roberts Golf Course. The HHS girls had a strong team showing, finishing with 146 points and as the No. 14 team. The HHS boys also ran strong, finishing with 151 points and as the No. 21 team. The top girls teams... Full story

  • Grizzlies out to prove a point on the road

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    The Montana Grizzlies proved they could bounce back. Now they need to prove they can be a top-tier team on the road in the Big Sky Conference. After an embarrassing loss at Northern Arizona two weeks ago, Montana returned to the friendly confines of Washington-Grizzly Stadium where the Griz throttled Portland State 55-27 last Saturday. Now however, the No. 11 Griz (1-1, 4-1) go right back on the road for a game against the U.C. Davis Aggies (2-0, 2-4) Saturday night in David,... Full story

  • Blue Ponies hope to ground Eagles

    Daniel Horton|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    Sometimes just returning home can do wonders for a team coming off of a tough outing on the road. And as the Havre High football team comes out of a good practice week, one week after that tough road loss, the Blue Ponies are focused on getting back into the win column. Anytime the Ponies take the field they look for a win. But add in a devastating Central A conference loss the week before, a beatable conference opponent on this tonight’s menu, and nine seniors playing in thei... Full story

  • Sky High: Skylights smash Argos

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    When a volleyball team gets on a roll, when a team plays at such a high level, there can sometimes be little drama in wins, even in the biggest of rivalries. Such is the case right for the Montana State University-Northern Skylights right now. The Skylights are playing at such a high level that even an intense rivalry match with the Great Falls Argos Thursday night created very little in the way of drama and suspense. Instead, Northern methodically picked apart UGF on its way... Full story

  • MSU-N's journey begins with Concordia

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    It might be early October, and football and volleyball season has center stage right now, but it’s about to be showtime again in the Armory Gymnasium. On Sunday afternoon, the Montana State University-Northern men’s basketball team makes its season debut. The Lights, who finished with a 23-10 record and a third straight trip to the NAIA national tournament last spring, open the season against Concordia of Alberta at 2 p.m. And though it’s an extremely early seaso... Full story

  • Friday Night Lights: The Last Night

    Daniel Horton|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    All across Montana, high school football fields are simply a patch of grass and a couple of field goal posts. But Blue Pony Stadium in Havre is more than that. It is a historic and unique football field, played on by a proud program in the Havre Blue Ponies. And a talented group of HHS seniors will play their final regular season football game on the hallowed Blue Pony Stadium turf tonight at 7 against the conference rival Lewistown Golden Eagles. This season the Ponies have... Full story

  • HHS heads to Conrad

    Daniel Horton|Updated Oct 11, 2013

    On Saturday, the Havre High volleyball team will attempt to grab a third straight win. And on a weekend with just one match, the Central A Blue Ponies can throw everything they have at the nonconference match. Saturday the Ponies will travel to Conrad to take on the Class B Conrad Cowgirls for the second time this season. In the first meeting, just last week, the Ponies defeated the Cowgirls in five games by scores of 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25, and 16-14. That match was... Full story