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Articles from the October 29, 2015 edition

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  • Looking out my back door: The elephant in my living room

    Updated Oct 30, 2015

    I periodically scanned the news and checked the satellite images, waiting for Hurricane Patricia. It was much easier for me to focus on the dangers of the hurricane than to pay attention to the elephant stomping around my living room. My friends aided and abetted in my avoidance, unknowingly, of course. At six in the morning Nancie and Lani called me from Etzatlan near Guadalajara. “No, I’m in no danger in Mazatlan. In fact, if Patricia follows her projected path, you are likely to see more wind and rain than we do.” All d...

  • A big holiday thank you

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Press release The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce relies heavily on volunteers to help with the variety of activities, organized by the many committees of the Chamber, and other events the Chamber is involved in. The upcoming holiday season is no exception. Many community members work each year behind the scenes to ready the community for the holidays, and some of those folks were busy this past weekend. Over the weekend Montana State University-Northern basketball players and...

  • Havre man deals with Smithville house fire

    John Kelleher|Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Josh Kaupang lost his trailer house and all of his possessions in a fire Saturday morning, but he's pleased the blaze spared his five children. Havre firefighters spent two hours Saturday morning fighting the fire in Smithville that is believed to have been caused by a faulty water heater. Kaupang's children, ages 14, 10, 7, 6 and 3 months were not at home at the time. Kaupang was with his girlfriend, who was making plans to move in with him. Now he and the baby are living...

  • Hi-Line Living Preview: Standing ready to scare in Havre

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

  • Quick Pics: Hangin' out on the outskirts

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

  • Fair board praised for work in tough times

    Alex Ross|Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Hill County Commissioner Jeff Lavoi commended the Great Northern Fair Board for its resilience and service to the county, during a special planning meeting of the board at the Havre-Hill County Library Wednesday night. “This board has handled a bunch of tough situations lately,” said Lavoi, who went on to thank the board for their work. The expression of gratitude comes less than a week after the death of fair board Chair Alma Seidel Sunday, and fallout from the abrupt dismissal of fairgrounds Manager Mike Sharp. Earlier thi...

  • For the Record, Oct 29, 2015

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Havre Police Department Derek Paul Converse, 31, of Havre was arrested on a charge of probation violation after a 24/7 Sobriety Program violation at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday at the police station. —— Officers were called to assist Rocky Boy Police Department at 3:08 p.m. Wednesday. No details were provided. —— Officers were called to investigate a report of a man shoplifting at a 1st Street business Wednesday at 4:52 p.m. —— Officers were called Wednesday at 5:13 p.m. to investigate a hit and run crash on Cleveland Avenue. ...

  • Obituary - Harriette Stieler

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Harriette Stieler, 93, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes. Cremation has taken place, and graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Calvary Cemetery with Father Daniel Wathen officiating. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Harriette’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at Full story

  • Agenda: Hill County Park Board

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Hill County Park Board will meet at the Timmons Rooms in the Hill County Courthouse Monday, Nov. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. 1. Approval of minutes; 2. Approval of agenda; 3. Guests and public comments on agenda items only; 4. Cabin business; 5. Old business: Lodge repairs discussion; Rules and Regulation Committee update; Blackie Coulee update; Lions Campground update; Lions Campground pavilion funding; Cabin inspections; Dark Skies; Beaver ecology discussion; 6. New business: Park apparel logo; 7. Cabin Owner’s Association R...

  • Man pleads guilty to possession of 65 grouse in Phillips County

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    From FWP Mernice P. Alkire, 72, of Mesa, Arizona, pleaded guilty to violations involving unlawful possession of game birds, waste of game birds, and taking an over limit of game birds in Phillips County. Alkire was found with 65 sharp-tailed grouse in his possession. FWP game wardens from Region 6 conducted a search warrant, revealing the over-possession limit of grouse and waste of game bird violations. The legal possession limit for sharp-tails is 16. “With such a gross over possession limit, many opportunities were t...

  • FWP looks at adding elk shoulder season hunting district

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    From FWP Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks will ask the Fish and Wildlife Commission to add another hunting district when it meets Nov. 8 to consider the elk shoulder season pilot project for this year. Elk hunting district 391 would join 392, in the Big Belt Mountains; 445, 446, 449 and 452, on the east side of the Big Belts and the Castle Mountains; and 410, in the Missouri River Breaks. Comments on the proposed elk shoulder season pilot project will be taken until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. This year’s shoulder season pilot pro...

  • Havre-area harvest up some, down from average

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    From FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre game check station was fairly active over the weekend of the general deer and elk opener, with most species seeing an increase in harvest from the past few years. This is the third weekend that the check station has been open. Weather conditions over the opening weekend of general big game season were warm and dry with very little wind. There were 221 hunters in 113 parties checked, which was up 23 percent from 2014. Hunter numbers were lower Saturday, but activity picked up Su...

  • FWP reminds hunters BMAs are on private property

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    From FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is reminding hunters that although Block Management Areas allow public hunting — with permission — they are still private property, and most are working farms and ranches. Many hunters have been hitting the field since the Oct. 24 opener for general season deer and elk. However, remember that this time of year is also a very busy time for landowners. Cattle and other livestock are being moved from their fall pastures, and are often times brought near the home site for winter fee...

  • Home Debut: Lights take the floor

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 29, 2015

    The season started early for the Montana State University-Northern men’s basketball team. But, the Lights have had to wait to make their home debut. That wait is almost over, however, as the Lights are finally ready to take the court inside the Armory Gymnasium. On Friday night, Northern (2-0) will play host to Warner-Pacific University, and MSU-N will remain home to play Portland Bible College in a Halloween contest Saturday afternoon. This weekend’s games mark the start of... Full story

  • Confident Skylights hit the road

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Confidence is a big key to success in sports. And as the Montana State University-Northern volleyball team enters the last two weeks of the regular season, the Skylights are looking for confidence to help them notch a few more wins before postseason play. MSU-N will get that chance tonight when the Skylights (2-6, 10-14) visit Lewis-Clark State for a Frontier Conference showdown. Northern is also on the road to face rival Carroll College Saturday. While both matches will be...

  • Local Bowling Report: Hi Line Lanes Challenge on tap in November

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Oct 29, 2015

    The Hi Line Lanes Challenge Tournament will be Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. There is a $500 guaranteed first place payout.Also, new this year is $50 to the high scratch game and to the high scratch series, (games 1-2-3 or 4-5-6 only). The tournament is limited to 36 bowlers. Call the lanes at 265-5885 for your spot. On Sunday, the U.S.B.C. Youth league got underway with bowlers across the house. Especially, the Pee Wee’s numbers were way up. This is a bumper league that runs for six weeks by Marcia Lynnes. She would welcome m...

  • Frontier Notebook: Tech's Saraceni running wild on the league

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Two games are all that stand between one of the biggest Frontier Conference matchups in a while. But for that game, in Ashland, Oregon, to be as big as it can be, the Montana Tech Orediggers and Southern Oregon Raiders must make sure and win this Saturday. Yes, the No. 1 Raiders and No. 12 Orediggers, who sit tied atop the Frontier standings, are on a collision course toward each other, and they’ll meet Nov. 7 at SOU. But first things first, for that game to become the de fact...

  • Prep Football, Volleyball, College Standings

    Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Prep Football Playoffs Class A Dillon, Havre, Miles City and Whitefish receive first-round byes. First round Friday Hamilton at Butte Central, 7 p.m. Saturday Laurel at Billings Central, 4 p.m. Polson at Columbia Falls, 1 p.m. Sidney at Belgrade, 1 p.m. Class B First round Friday Colstrip at Thompson Falls, 7 p.m. Saturday Anaconda at Fairfield, 1 p.m. Glasgow at Baker, 1 p.m. Manhattan at Columbus, 1 p.m. Deer Lodge at Malta, 1 p.m. Huntley Project at Jefferson, 1 p.m. Cut Bank at Missoula Loyola, 1 p.m. Bigfork at Roundup,...