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  • Deal struck to avoid default and open government

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 16, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end. The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in morning trading. "This is a time for reconciliation," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of the agreement he had forged with the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. M... Full story

  • Financial crisis means Rocky Boy gov't will shut down Thursday

    Matt Volz The Associated Press|Updated Oct 16, 2013

    HELENA — The Chippewa Cree Tribe has declared a financial disaster due to the federal government shutdown. Spokesman Wade Colliflower said Tuesday if the budget stalemate in Congress isn't resolved by Thursday, the tribal government will completely shut down. The exception will be the Rocky Boy's reservation's police department and health clinic, which will be fully staffed. Colliflower says senior citizens will receive meal deliveries, propane and firewood as the weather turns colder. But nearly all other tribal offices a... Full story

  • Daines raises more than $ 1M as he ponders Senate

    Updated Oct 15, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines' new fundraising totals show he has more than $1 million on hand as he considers a run for the U.S. Senate. Daines' totals released Tuesday for the most recent quarter show he has taken in $640,000 as interest has grown in his possible Senate candidacy. So far he has spent little of the money. The Republican has said he is considering running for the first open Senate seat in the state since the 1970s. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has announced he is retiring at the end of 2014. Republicans e... Full story

  • Rosendale promises conservative House campaign

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — Republican state legislator Matt Rosendale says his campaign for the U.S. House will champion conservative ideals. Rosendale announced Tuesday that he will be running for the U.S. House after also first considering a U.S. Senate run. Republicans expect current U.S. Rep. Steve Daines to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus in 2014. The race for the Republican nomination in the House could be crowded. Former state Sen. Corey Stapleton of Billings is already running and others are considering it. R... Full story

  • Havre man killed in early morning crash

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    A Havre man died this morning on the scene of a crash a few miles east of town, the Montana Highway Patrol reported. The name of the victim had not been released this morning. The crash report says the 29-year-old Havre man was westbound on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway access road at 3:30 this morning when the Isuzu Rodeo he was driving drifted off the road and entered into the ditch on the north side of U.S. Highway 2. The vehicle vaulted off of a private approach road accessing the highway and the Isuzu then... Full story

  • Blackfeet chairman asks Augare to step aside

    MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — A Blackfeet tribal councilman and state senator accused of fleeing an officer during a traffic stop has refused a request by the tribe's chairman to remove himself from his duties until his legal troubles are behind him. Chairman Willie Sharp Jr. made the request of Sen. Shannon Augare, D-Browning, in a letter Friday, asking Augare to "respectfully step away" from tribal business so he can be involved in defending himself against the charges he faces. They will "determine what avenue is to be taken" regarding A... Full story

  • Homecoming thanks from freshman class

    The Class of 2017|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    The Havre High freshman class would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who helped make the homecoming float possible. The Brenna family, Sharon McDonald, Melissa Oberquell, Julie Hassa, the Farinas family, Angela Twombly, Angi and Cliff, E-1 Towing, Bobby Wolf and Gary Crossler. If we inadvertently failed to mention your name it wasn’t intentional and please know we appreciate your help. Without your time and involvement it wouldn’t have been possible … thanks so much. The Class of 2017 Havre High Schoo... Full story

  • Our View: Congrats to people who preserve Fort Assinniboine

    Updated Oct 15, 2013

    Fort Assinniboine has for decades been the hidden jewel if the Hi-Line. A group of volunteers has been working to restore buildings at the fort, which closed it doors in 1911 after protecting the Hi-Line 32 years. It is one of the best maintained forts of its era in Montana. Many of the original buildings are still standing, thanks to the dedicated efforts of volunteers and donations from local and state organizations. The fort attracts people to the area every year. People enjoy seeing the buildings that once housed... Full story

  • New recycling trailer parked at Memorial Park

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    Havreites and neighbors now have the option of taking their recycling out at any time of the day. Pacific Steel and Recycling and the city of Havre placed six recycling bins at the parking lot of Memorial Park Friday. “We’re trying to get people in the habit of recycling,” Mayor Tim Solomon said. The six recycling bins are mounted on one trailer that city crews will monitor and empty when it is full. “I think people will have to get used to (recycling),” Solomon said. “On... Full story

  • For the Record, October 15, 2013

    Updated Oct 15, 2013

    Havre Police Department A 29-year-old Harlem man was arrested for shoplifting after officers received an 8 a.m. Monday call from a 1st Street business about a male, noncombative shoplifter. ——— Officers investigated an 8:19 a.m. Monday call from a 1st Street West business about a baggie of what looks like drugs found in the parking lot over the weekend. ——— A 40-year-old Havre woman was arrested for shoplifting after officers received an 11:56 a.m. Monday call from a 1st Street business about a female, noncombativ... Full story

  • New meat-eater lurks in Clack Museum

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    A new resident has joined the paleontological exhibit at the H. Earl Clack Museum, and the museum board members said Monday they are looking for a name for the new dinosaur. Museum manager Jim Spangelo said that the casting of the head of the albertosaurus, mounted in the corner just inside the museum door, goes with specimens of the Tyrannosaurus rex relative on display in the exhibits the casting overlooks. “We already had albertosaurus (exhibits) in the museum … ,” Spang... Full story

  • Hansen declares in state Senate race

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    A two-term Republican state representative announced this morning she is shifting her campaign to the state Senate. Rep. Kris Hansen, R-Havre, said she has filed the paperwork to run in the newly created Senate District 14, which stretches from the Canadian border through Hill, Liberty and Chouteau counties into the northwestern edge of Cascade County. She said this morning that the redistricting, which also created a single compact district in Havre, gives the opportunity both to bring in a new Republican House candidate and... Full story

  • Rocky Boy board to appeal election ruling

    John Kelleher|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    The Chippewa Cree tribe's Election Board will appeal a judge's decision that would have cleared the way for Ken Blatt St. Marks to be sworn in as tribal council chair. The appeal could delay St. Marks' swearing in for several months as attorneys for both sides prepare their cases and submit briefs. Lynn Fagan, the Missoula attorney who represents the election board, said members felt strongly that letting Judge Dawn Bitz Running Wolf’s decision stand would lead to more uncertainty about rules and procedures in future e... Full story

  • Hi-Line Football Roundup

    Daniel Horton|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    It was another tough week for local football programs, and if it wasn’t for one team’s big second half, the Hi-Line would have gone winless on the weekend. The Northern C 8-Man Chester/J-I Hawks recorded the only local win over the weekend. Holding a slim 22-20 lead over the Great Falls Central Mustangs at the half, the Hawks went on to record a 50-20 win, also improving to 6-1 this season, sliding into second place in the conference, and ruining the Mustangs’ homec... Full story

  • Hi-Line Volleyball Roundup

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    District tournaments are a mere two weeks away. And whether it’s a conference match, or a non-conference tilt, every one of them count for area high school volleyball teams. And this past week saw many important matches up and down the Hi-Line. Last Tuesday, the North Star Knights grabbed a hold of first place in the 6C East standings with a four-set win over rival Big Sandy. The Knights beat the Pioneers in Big Sandy by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-15 and 25-20. In the huge win... Full story

  • What we saw, what we'll see

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    Only a few major sporting events took place in Havre this weekend. But boy oh boy did we see plenty. Starting with last Friday night’s football game at Blue Pony Stadium, so much happened there was bound to be a few things which didn’t make Monday’s sports pages. It’s worth noting that as Havre stormed back from its 21-7 deficit to beat Lewistown in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game, the Blue Pony defense deserves as much credit as Havre’s heroic effort on offense. Ye... Full story

  • Lights touted third, Skylights sixth in hoops

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    The Frontier Conference men’s and women’s basketball seasons don’t fully begin until January. But the conference released its 2013-14 preseason honors late last week. The Montana State University-Northern men are picked to finish third this season by the league’s coaches, while the MSU-N women were tabbed sixth. On the men’s side, Northern received 45 votes, finishing behind UM-Western and defending Frontier tournament champion Rocky Mountain College. Defending regular s... Full story

  • Lights climb to No. 18 in NAIA Poll

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 15, 2013

    The Montana State University-Northern football team finally had a week to rest. And though the Lights had their first of two bye weeks last weekend, Northern still made a move in the NAIA Coaches Poll. The Lights rose from No.24 to No. 18 in this week’s NAIA Poll, released Monday afternoon. Northern had a tough road trip to Ashland, Ore., coming up as the Lights take on red-hot Southern Oregon Saturday. MSU-N is currently 4-2 in the Frontier Conference and are alone in s... Full story

  • Hi-Line Athletes of the Week

    Updated Oct 15, 2013

    Trisha Big Knife, Rocky Boy Volleyball It’s been a difficult volleyball season for the Rocky Boy Morning Stars. But Trisha Big Knife helped bring a little excitement to the season last Thursday night. In Harlem, the Morning Stars won a four-set thriller, just their second victory of the season. And Big Knife was the catalyst. She totaled five kills on offense, but her all-around game helped propel Rocky Boy. Big Knife, who also excels in basketball, totaled seven service a... Full story