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Articles from the October 27, 2020 edition


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  • Hill County Health Department releases draft of Health Officer Order

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Oct 29, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version corrects the number of cases confirmed in Hill County Monday evening. The Hill County Health Department released Monday the draft of a health officer order set to go into effect Nov. 4 should the county’s rate of infection for COVID-19 not drop dramatically this week. “The speed at which our numbers are rising is concerning and putting great strain on the health care and public health systems in our community,” Hill County Public Health Director and Health Officer Kim Larson said this morning. “Slo...

  • Rocky Boy satellite voting office open today, Thursday

    Updated Oct 28, 2020

    Staff and wire report Hill County Clerk and Recorder's Office announced that the county Satellite Voting Office on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation will be open today and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is at New Stone Child College in the foyer of the Kenawash Building, 8294 Upper Box Elder Road. At the Satellite Voting office, people can register to vote, drop off their ballot, update their voter registration, receive a ballot and vote in-person.... Full story

  • Grant Evans joins the Havre Daily News

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Oct 28, 2020

    Grant Evans just joined the Havre Daily News team as a full-time reporter Monday and said he is is looking forward to meeting the people of Havre as he begins his work. Evans was born in Langdon, North Dakota, where he got his first taste of agricultural work, a subject he will now be reporting on as a reporter. "Growing up in rural North Dakota, you know, I worked the farm since I was 13 driving the grain cart, so I had a lot of experience farming," he said. After turning...

  • Havre schools going back to in-classroom teaching

    Kimberly Bolta|Updated Oct 27, 2020

    The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees decided today in a 6-1 vote to return to in-class teaching Wednesday. The students will return to the Phase 2 model the schools were using, with students broken into two groups, each attending class two days a week and having a remote learning day on Fridays. This week, Wednesday will be an “A” day, Thursday will be a “B” day and Friday will be an “all learner remote day.” Next week, the students will resume having "A" students in... Full story

  • Program launched to provide legal assistance for Montanans facing pandemic-related evictions

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    From Montana Department of Corrections HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce announced today a new partnership with the Montana Legal Services Association to form the Montana Eviction Intervention Project, a new program that will provide civil legal assistance for Montanans facing evictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This partnership is to make sure Montana renters have access to free legal resources that can provide information, guidance and support so people can stay in their homes and not have to wor...

  • Professor to explain the art and science of alternative photo processes

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    By Carol Schmidt MSU News Service BOZEMAN – When it comes to transformation, Montana State University photography professor Christina Z. Anderson is a triple threat. A noted artist and author, Anderson is an expert on alternative photographic processes and the magic that happens when art and science meet on a photographic medium. Through her own experiences, she has also become an authority about the impact of teaching -- the alchemy she said can occur when a student's life c...

  • Residents flock to Farmers to Families food distribution

    Kimberly Bolta|Updated Oct 27, 2020

    A line of cars backed from the Havre Community Food Bank back to near the viaduct Monday while people waited during District 4 Human Resources Development Council's second Farmers to Families Food Box program distribution. HRDC Housing Director Alma Garcia said the boxes are filled with food that farmers around the United States were not able to sell due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the food going to waste, it is being purchased through grants from the U....

  • Havre Elks holding annual Blanket Drive and Veterans Giving Tree

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Havre Daily News staff Havre Elks Lodge No. 1201, which is hosting their 2020 Blanket Drive for Thanksgiving and Christmas along with their annual Veterans’ Giving Tree, is inviting people to register themselves or others for the distribution programs. People who would like to register themselves, or their family, friends or someone else in need for blankets, comforters, sheets and other bedding available through the program, can call Brandy Kurtz at 390-0091. Anyone who wants to donate bedding — either new or like-new — c...

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 29,346 with 855 new cases.

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 1,245 with 350 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 481,322 with 4,997 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 305. The number of recoveries was 18,981 and the number of active cases was 10,060. Local cases by county: Hill: 38 new cases, 778 total, 300 active, 16 active hospitalizations, 456 recovered, 22 deaths Liberty: 3 new cases, 31 total, 3 active, 28 recovered, Blaine: 8 new cases, total, 129...

  • Hill County Weed District position open

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Press release Hill County has a board position open on the Hill County Weed District. The board holds five regular meetings, in March, June, August, October and December, normally held on the third Friday of the month. An annual meeting normally is held in Great Falls in January for continuing education. The weed board updates the county weed management plan on an annual basis for the management of noxious weeds. People who are interested in serving on the board are asked to send a letter to the Hill County Commissioners...

  • Obituary - Billy Bacon

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Billy Bacon, 73, passed away due to natural causes at Benefis Medical Center in Great Falls Sunday, October 25, 2020. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at Rocky Boy Cemetery.... Full story

  • Montana State Parks and Recreation Board announces October meeting via Zoom 

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Press release The Montana State Parks and Recreation Board will meet using Zoom, on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. Details on how to access the meeting will be posted at http://stateparks.mt.gov the day of the meeting. The Board will hear public comment and take action on the Somers Beach acquisition and state parks capital program projects. Additionally, the board will hear updates on the Missouri Headwaters State Park planning process and from the Montana State Parks Foundation. The meeting is open to the public and public co...

  • Montana Army National Guard to assist with operations at Montana State Prison

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    From Montana Department of Corrections Responding to a request from the Montana Department of Corrections, Gov. Steve Bullock and Major Gen. Matthew Quinn have activated the Montana Army National Guard to provide operational assistance at Montana State Prison where staff and inmates have been impacted by COVID-19. The facility saw its first positive cases among staff and inmates earlier in October. Since then, 61 staff members and 166 inmates have tested positive for the virus. The facility has a total of 701 staff members an...

  • For the Record, Oct. 27, 2020

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Havre Police Department Travis Vaughn Standing horn of Havre, 42, was arrested on charges of failure to register as a sexual or violent offender and resisting arrest, after a caller on Washington Avenue reported a trespasser Monday at 9:09 a.m. -- A hit and run crash was reported in the Havre area Monday at 5:20 p.m. -- Monday at 6:53 p.m., a Fifth Avenue caller asked to speak with an officer about a theft. -- A caller at a First Street business reported at 8:28 p.m. Monday...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission business meeting

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    The Hill County Commission will hold its business meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. The meeting agenda is: Public comments on non-Agenda items Public Comments on Agenda Items Claims Budget Adjustments Drug court Employment Resolutions Ordinances Contracts PILOT agreement Task Order #12 Beaver Creek Dam Spillway and Stilling Basin Improvements Board Appointments Policy Updates County Permit Approval Subdivision/Survey Approval County needs Bid package — Control panels at detention center MACo Wellness Program and blood c...

  • COVID spikes exacerbate health worker shortages

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    By Katheryn Houghton Kaiser Health News COVID-19 cases are surging in rural places across the Mountain States and Midwest, and when it hits health care workers, ready reinforcements aren’t easy to find. In Montana, pandemic-induced staffing shortages have shuttered a clinic in the state’s capital, led a northwestern regional hospital to ask employees exposed to COVID-19 to continue to work and emptied a health department 400 miles to the east. “Just one more person out and we wouldn’t be able to keep the surgeries going,...

  • Vote, and vote no on CI-118 and I-190

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Please vote. (I know many of you already have. Thank you!) That said, please vote no on CI-118 and I-190. Proponents of these initiatives receive millions and millions of out-of-Montana dollars. … over two-thirds of it. They say that marijuana is "just like alcohol." It's not ... it's opposite. The classic "Bell-Shaped Curve" exists for alcohol use: a few use none (or very little); most have "moderate" use; only a few are "heavy" users. There is a "U-shaped Curve" for marijuana: there is either no or rare use, or there are he...

  • Montana League of Cities and Towns: LR-130 removes local decision-making

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Election ballots hit Montana mailboxes recently and many voters are scratching their heads in confusion over one measure in particular: LR-130. But, as confusing and poorly written as this measure is, the answer on how to vote on it is simple: Montana voters should vote “NO” on LR-130. The bipartisan Montana League of Cities and Towns, which represents all 127 incorporated municipalities in our state, opposes this dangerous measure, and you should, too. LR-130 is the product of lobbyists and politicians in Helena who wan...

  • We are the people of liberty

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    We are the people of liberty. The family of freedom. In our bloodstream is the inheritance of our common ancestors – men who jump off the pages of human history. Ancestors who, with a terrible fury, consumed the tyrant and built a mighty nation on tyranny’s grave. Imperfect men to be sure. But called by God to change the world. And so they did. On this sacred soil they established a country called America, that would be forever free. We are the people of liberty. The spiritual bloodline of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and...

  • Hi-Line Volleyball: Fort Benton caps perfect season in newly formed District 7C

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 27, 2020

    The time is now for all area volleyball teams, as the postseason has officially arrived. Of course, area teams had one last week of matches before tournament time. The action started last Tuesday in what was a busy week for the Harlem Wildcats. Harlem had shut down for a couple of weeks due to COVID-19, so upon its return, the Wildcats played several makeup matches. Tuesday, the Wildcats lost a pair of 2B matches to Glasgow, before returning to beat Poplar twice Friday....

  • Hi-Line Football: Moving On: Pioneers blast Longhorns

    Aarron Thompson and George Ferguson|Updated Oct 27, 2020

    It has felt like forever since the Big Sandy High football team was back in the Class C Six-Man playoffs, but since last year's tough loss to the Jordan Mustangs in the 2019 semifinals, the Pioneers were ready to make up for that shortcoming in 2020. And the first step to that victory for Big Sandy head coach Larry Jappe and the Pioneers came out with a 57-6 win over the Wibaux Longhorns Friday in Big Sandy. When it came to the bout against the Longhorns, the first quarter...

  • Hi-Line Sports Schedule

    Updated Oct 26, 2020

    TUESDAY High School Volleyball Havre vs Sidney 2, p.m. THURSDAY High School Volleyball Havre vs Hardin, 4 p.m. District 7C Match 1 12 p.m. FB Match 2, 3 p.m. FB Match 3 3 p.m. BS Match 4 6 p.m. FB Match 5 6 p.m., FB District 2B at Malta District 1B at Fairfield FRIDAY High School Volleyball District 7C Match 6, 12 p.m. FB Match 7, 12 p.m. BS Match 8 3 p.m. FB Match 9 3 p.m. BS District 2B at Malta District 1B at Fairfield SATURDAY High School Football Fort Benton vs St....