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  • Rain bringing more flooding, roads closed

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jun 4, 2013

    More than four inches of rain in a week in north-central Montana may have helped ease worries of drought, but are bringing back other worries with flooding occurring, roads closed and flash flood warnings in effect in some locations. Rain with few breaks over the last six days has dropped close to five inches of rain at the National Weather Service reporting station at the Havre City-County Airport, once again putting most of Beaver Creek Golf Course under water, flooding...

  • Rain dampens wildfire forecast in many areas

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — Heavy rains east of the Continental Divide have dampened predictions for an early and active fire season in Montana, although the southwestern area of the state could face problems during late summer, the governor was told Monday. The forecast came as Gov. Steve Bullock kicked off wildfire awareness week with a briefing from more than a dozen state and federal land managers and fire experts. Bullock noted that half of all wildfires are caused by people. Activities around the state during the next week will h...

  • GOP group launches 'dark money' initiative

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers is launching plans for a ballot measure aimed at shedding light on so-called "dark money" in politics. The effort is led by legislators who have been billing themselves as the "Responsible Republicans" in ongoing battles with conservative foes in the GOP ranks. Some of the veteran lawmakers were targeted last year with attack mailers from anonymous groups in contentious GOP primary battles last year. State Sen. Bruce Tutvedt of Kalispell said Monday that voters deserve to know w...

  • Blackfeet judge expunges DUIs of senator's brother

    MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    HELENA — Months before a state senator and Blackfeet leader allegedly fled a sheriff's deputy who suspected him of drunken driving, a tribal judge expunged two DUI convictions from the record of the senator's brother and said the tribe shouldn't have reported them to the state. Those erased convictions by Chief Judge Allie Edwards had the effect of reducing a felony charge to a misdemeanor in the case of Shawn Augare, who had been facing his fourth DUI for a stop on Dec. 31, 2011, in Glacier County off the reservation. As a...

  • For the Record, June 3, 2013

    Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Havre Police Department A 47-year-old Havre woman in the 24/7 Sobriety Program was arrested for violations of conditions of release Friday at 8:14 a.m. at the police station. ——— Officers investigated a report made Friday at 10:05 a.m. of a bad check written to a 1st Street business. ——— Officers investigated a report made at 10:58 a.m. Friday of a window broken out at a 2nd Street residence. ——— Officers investigated a motor vehicle crash on 3rd Street reported at 12:39 p.m. Friday. ——— Officers investigated a report m...

  • AG getting 11.3 percent pay raise, starting July 1

    Updated Jun 3, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — Many of Montana's elected officials will receive a pay raise on July 1 based on the average salary received by people with the same jobs in five surrounding states. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Attorney General Tim Fox will see the largest increase, of 11.3 percent, to $115,817. The pay for Gov. Steve Bullock, Lt. Gov. John Walsh and Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will remain the same. Bullock's annual salary is $108,167; Walsh's is $86,362 and Juneau's is $104,635. Secretary of State L...

  • Rain wreaking sports havoc

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Just as the high school spring sports season came to a close, the weather has taken a drastic turn for the worse. School is out, it’s baseball season, golf season, it’s camping and fishing time, yet the weather along the Hi-Line is getting in the way, in a big way. Heavy rains and thunderstorms brought sports to a near standstill this past week and for much of the weekend. The Havre North Stars American Legion baseball club did get in its Sunday doubleheader with the Medicine...

  • Summer Sports Camps

    Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Lights Football Camp Montana State University-Northern football coaching staff is putting on a day came for grades K-8. The camp will run June 3-5 with grades K-4 going from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and grades K-5 going from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per camper and they can register at 8 a.m. June 3 at the Armory Gymnasium lobby, or by going to www.msun.edu/athletics. Lights Basketball Camps Northern head coach Shawn Huse is offering three youth basketball camps this summer. Lights Basketball Camps are open to all interested boys...

  • North Stars flooded by Medicine Hat

    Daniel Horton|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Some days a team just doesn’t have it, in any way shape or form. And unfortunately for the Havre North Stars American Legion baseball team, that day was Sunday. The North Stars played two Northern A league games on Sunday afternoon at the Legion Field in Havre. Havre struggled to start both contests, and fell twice in the doubleheader against the Medicine Hat Knights. The Knights defeated the North Stars 16-2 in the first game, and then 11-0 in the nightcap. Both games e...

  • Ken Blatt has some explaining to do

    Glen Stump|Updated Jun 3, 2013
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    For some time, urban tribal members have sat in silence, listening to and reading news media reports about complaints, whistle blowing and investigations that include Ken Blatt's high profile public statements of indictments as well as challenging the council action to terminate him for cause. I have known Ken for some time. He is a product of Moccasin Hats in Helena. He is an enrolled member of the tribe. We haven't dug into who enrolled him the the tribe. He is an established auto mechanic. Known to have a forceful...

  • Governor did the right, tough thing vetoing HB 12

    Franke Wilmer|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    In four terms in the Montana legislature few decisions have been as difficult as whether or not to uphold Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto on House Bill 12. It passed with bipartisan majorities in both chambers. It appears to be a bill every Democrat, including the governor, would want to support. It increases funding to health care providers who serve the most vulnerable, many on Medicaid. Funding for increases to these providers was cut in 2010 as we struggled with the economic devastation of the Great Recession. Many programs t...

  • Margaret Turner Clack's work can be seen in Havre today

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    The Montana Historical Society is planning a yearlong celebration of women's contributions to Montana next year, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the state. The H. Earl Clack Museum plans to join the celebration and got off to an early start Saturday. As part of Living History, the museum held tea parties honoring Margaret Turner Clack, H. Earl Clark’s wife. Judi Dritshulas, the museum board’s chair, portrayed Margaret Turner Clack. She passed around pictures of the Clacks. In each one, Mrs. Clack wore beads, so i...

  • Thanks to stranger for her kindness

    Angela Ernst|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    I had an experience Saturday morning. It was called kindness. A woman in a black, Saturn SUV bought my Venti, double shot, almond mocha latte at the coffee shop. When I went outside to see what friend was buying my drink, I discovered it was a total stranger. When I asked why she was buying my coffee, she responded by saying, "I just wanted to pay it forward this morning." I gave the woman a hug and went back inside smiling. While I know nothing of this person other than she is kind, giving and thoughtful, it was enough to...

  • Our View: No one should be above the law

    Updated Jun 3, 2013

    State Sen. Shannon Augare was apparently right when he said that Glacier County sheriff’s deputies had no right to arrest him for drunken driving when they stopped him on U.S. Highway 2 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. County Attorney Carolyn Berkram said deputies have no such authority inside the boundaries of the reservation. Who has what authority on the reservation has always been a complicated matter. According to many authorities, if a white man is beating up a Native American on the reservation, tribal a...

  • Bradley Wirth Bailey

    Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Bradley Wirth Bailey, 35, of Great Falls, died on May 31, 2013, at Missouri River Manor from complications stemming from the condition which he had struggled with his entire life. He was surrounded by family and friends as he passed away peacefully. A funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. Schnider Funeral Home of Great Falls is handling the arrangements. Born in Shelby, Mont., to Jan and Bob Bailey on July 8, 1977,...

  • John Rodney Four Colors Jr.

    Updated Jun 3, 2013

    John Rodney Four Colors Jr., whose Indian name was “Ah-si-niw Nah-pe-sis,” meaning Rock Boy, 57, died Friday afternoon, May 31, 2013, at his home in Wild Rose Village of natural causes. His wake service will begin Saturday at 4 p.m. and continue through Sunday, with his funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday, all at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Linda Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Boy Cemetery. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holla...

  • Council panel favors plans to renovate softball fields

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Havre City Council is poised to spend $77,356 to help the Havre Softball Association make renovations to its slowpitch complex. The remaining CTEP program money the city will receive, $50,644, will go to help Hill County pay for major repairs to the landmark county courthouse building. The county had asked for $100,000 for the project. The city’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee is proposing that the softball field renovations have priority. City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to decide whether to go along with the c...

  • Northern's Limbaugh named Outstanding Advocate

    Shelby Stormer|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    James Limbaugh, chancellor of Montana State University-Northern, has received the Outstanding Advocate Award from Montana Associated Students. The award was presented at the May meeting of Board of Regents in Great Falls. The award is handed out annually to the most deserving administrator, staff or faculty member who has demonstrated hard work and shown consideration for students. Montana Associated Students is comprised of student body presidents and vice presidents at each of the eight campuses in the Montana University...

  • Living history: Visitors hear of Havre's rich past

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Crowds turned out at historical locations throughout HIll County Saturday, as the annual Living History celebration took place. Havre Beneath the Streets, the Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump, Fort Assinniboine and the Frank DeRosa Railroad Museum opened their doors to visitors to get the word out about what local museums have to offer. At the same time, crowds gathered at the Great Northern Fairgrounds for the Everything Antique Show. At Fort Assinniboine, visitors heard l...

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