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  • More people recycle, location moved

    John Kelleher|Updated Nov 11, 2013

    Hi-Line residents are getting so into recycling plastics, e-waste, cardboard and paper that there's not enough room at the existing monthly collection location. Starting this month, recycling will be held at Holiday Village Mall. Candi Zion, chair of Recycle Hi-Line, the group that organizes recycling efforts, said that starting Saturday, Nov. 16, people can drop off recyclable materials at Holiday Village Mall. The collection point will be open the third Saturday of the month... Full story

  • Judge considers fine against American Tradition Partnership

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Nov 10, 2013

    HELENA — A Montana judge will decide without a court hearing whether to hit a conservative political group with a hefty fine for improper campaign spending after American Traditional Partnership's lawyer asked to be removed. District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock said Friday he would rule based on briefs filed in the proceedings against the political group known for challenging state campaign finance laws and targeting moderate Republicans. The state attorney general's office is seeking more than $300,000 in fines against ATP a... Full story

  • Fed officers remove 3 tribal councilors

    Updated Nov 10, 2013

    BROWNING (AP) — Federal officers including from the Department of Homeland Security entered a northern Montana Indian tribe's headquarters to remove three councilors at the center of a factional impasse. The Flathead Beacon ( ) reported Saturday officers with military-style rifles acted on a tribal judge's order to remove Blackfeet councilors Bill Old Chief, Paul McEvers and Cheryl Little Dog. Turbulence has plagued the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council since at least 2012 when Old Chief, McEvers a... Full story

  • Hi-Line Living: Step inside the Wizard's Alcove

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 10, 2013

    Wizard's Alcove, on the west end of 1st Street in Havre, offers role-playing and card-playing gamers a place to pit their skills and decks against other enthusiasts. Jamie Bassett owns Wizard's Alcove and the car audio shop connected to it. He said that there is usually a game going at the Alcove every night. Monday is the biggest night for Dungeons & Dragons players. D&D is a popular role-playing game created in 1974. In the almost 40 years of its existence, the game has... Full story

  • Ponies' season ends in Columbia Falls

    Updated Nov 9, 2013

    The Havre Blue Ponies pulled off a comeback win last week against Miles City, but they couldn't duplicate it Saturday in Columbia Falls. The Northwestern A champion Wildcats (9-0) ousted the Ponies from the playoffs, 47-7 in the Class A quarterfinals Saturday. The Wildcats scored 26 unanswered points in the second half, after leading HHS 20-7 at halftime. The Ponies' lone score came on a 1-yard Parker Filius run just before halftime. Havre ends its season with a 6-5 record.... Full story

  • High court reverses pot conviction over evidence

    Updated Nov 9, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the conviction of a Beaverhead County man for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, saying he was convicted based on insufficient evidence. The court ruled in a 4-1 decision that state prosecutors presented the testimony of just one witness, who said Anthony James Burwell provided her with marijuana in exchange for baby-sitting his two daughters while he went to work in summer 2011. Jennifer Jones told authorities that the night before she was supposed to b... Full story

  • Veterans Day ceremonies are 11 a.m. Monday

    John Kelleher|Updated Nov 9, 2013

    The traditional Veterans Day ceremonies will be held at Town Square at 11 a.m. Monday. Scott Prindiville, quartermaster of the Veterans of Foreign War chapter in Havre, said the service will be held to thank those from all generations who have volunteered to serve in the military. The simple ceremony will be highlighted by an invocation and brief talk by VFW Commander Bill Bilger at the veterans monument in Town Square. The ceremony will recess to the Elks Club, where William... Full story

  • Skylights claim outright Frontier title for the first time in 22 years

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    There were moments of trepidation. Moments of uncertainty. But the Montana State University-Northern volleyball team is was simply too good and too poised not to win the Frontier Conference regular season title on its home floor. The No. 25 Skylights topped the Rocky Mountain College Battlin' Bears 3-1 Friday night in front of a record crowd at the Armory Gymnasium. The Skylights beat the bears by scores of 25-12, 23-25, 28-26 and 25-21 to finish a remarkable 15-1 in... Full story

  • Lawsuit : Redistricting panel violated open meetings law

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    HELENA — Some central Montana residents argued in court Friday that that the state's legislative districting commission wrongly met in private earlier this year to assign senators. State District Judge Mike Menahan listened to arguments in a case that deals with a last-minute decision to adjust the assignment of some sitting senators to new districts, based upon feedback from a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Menahan said he hopes to make a quick decision in a case that he expects the state Supreme Court will ultimately d... Full story

  • Lawmakers look at NorthWestern Energy dam purchase

    MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    HELENA — NorthWestern Energy officials are saying their planned $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams will mean decades of stable customer rates after an initial increase. NorthWestern CEO Bob Rowe and vice president of supply John Hines outlined the utility's agreement to buy the PPL Montana dams to an interim legislative committee on Friday. The deal must be approved by state and federal regulators. Hines says the acquisition will mean an initial increase of about 5 percent, or $4 per month, on a typical r... Full story

  • Havre History: The Bull Hook unit of the Havre flood control project

    Keith J. Doll|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    (This is part 1 of a 2 part series.) In 1913, James J. Hill, founder and owner of the Great Northern Railway, was in Havre for the J.J. Hill County Fair, then located east of town. J. J. Hill Day was on Sept. 15 and after greeting the crowd, he said, as the Havre Promoter reported: "The first time I came to this part of the country was long before you had a name. There was a little brook running into the Milk River that we called Bull Hook. In looking over a location for... Full story

  • Havre in 1893: Hotels, veterans and nasty politics

    Emily Mayer|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    For this, the 44th installment of this series celebrating Havre's 120th anniversary of incorporation, we go back to 1893. The newspapers from that year are not complete, so we will visit 1893 for a while, then switch to 1898 again, then back to 1893 and the final installment will be from 1903, as that week is missing from both 1893 and 1898. In the social column of the Havre Advertiser's Nov. 9, 1893 issue, we find: City And State Hot and cold baths at the Elite. --- Chas. E.... Full story

  • For the Record, November 8, 2013

    Updated Nov 8, 2013

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated a motor vehicle crash on 2nd Street at 1:08 p.m. Thursday, where a blue pickup truck backed into a black SUV and took off. ——— A 1:57 p.m. Thursday call from Rich Street West about an employee that did not come home was investigated. ——— A noninjury motor vehicle crash between 4th and 3rd Avenue on 10th Street was investigated Thursday at 5:53 p.m. ——— A summons was issued to a dog owner after the dog almost attacked an officer at the police station at 6:50 p.m. Thursday. ——— A 4... Full story

  • Honoring our Montana heroes and heroines on Veterans Day

    Bob Brown|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    John Henry “Gatling Gun” Parker had earned his moniker by providing the covering fire for Teddy Roosevelt’s immortal assault on San Juan Hill. Nearly 20 years later his 6 feet, 3 inch frame made him an easy target while charging at the head of his command, the 362nd U.S. Infantry. As the heroic Parker went down with a wound, behind him came the cries “Powder River!” “Powder River!” Colonel Parker’s regiment, made up nearly entirely of men from Montana and known as the “Powder River Gang,” emerged from World War I as one... Full story

  • Medical imaging one of the top 10 medical advances

    Steven Liston|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    Today is International Day of Radiology. One hundred and eighteen years ago, German physicist, Wilhelm Röntgen, discovered the X-ray. More recently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans have revolutionized medicine, virtually eliminating exploratory surgeries, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and shortening hospital stays. Deaths from breast cancer and other serious illnesses have plummeted largely due to early diagnosis and treatment made possible by imaging scans. Most recently, lung... Full story

  • Our View: Darts and Laurels for Nov. 8, 2013

    Updated Nov 8, 2013

    Dart — Frank Cote from Blue Cross Blue Shield spoke at a forum sponsored by the Havre Area Chamber for Commerce Wednesday on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the Hi-Line and its businesses. He provided something we don’t hear about Obamacare much — facts. There was no political spin, just information that people could use in making up their minds on what to do. Obamacare is a hot-button issues, and there has been much more heat than light in discussions on the topic. Congratulations to the Chamber for spons... Full story

  • Thanks to all who supported me

    Karen Datko|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    Congratulations and best wishes to Matt Boucher, who ran a fine campaign and defeated me in my bid to represent Ward 4 on the Havre City Council. I met Matt on the campaign trail and was impressed by his thoughtfulness. I think he will listen well to his constituents in Ward 4. I also would like to thank those Ward 4 voters who supported me. Despite my loss, I think my message resonated with voters on the East End. We often feel that we’re not getting our fair share of city resources. Our streets are in bad repair and the i... Full story

  • Second language soup for the brain

    Pam Burke|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    A while back I mentioned here in my column that I have zero ability to speak foreign languages, now, according to a pack of smart researchers, this failing has put the future health and well being of my brain in great peril. Scientists from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India, and from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland studied people in a memory clinic in India — a country where even the average person speaks as many as four languages (4!)— and they... Full story

  • Assinniboine Station issue causes Hi-Line power outage

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    NorthWestern Energy had a wiring issue that put a large area of Montana into the dark Thursday. “It was some sort of a wiring issue at the Fort Assinniboine Station,” said Butch Larcombe, a spokesman for NorthWestern Energy. “It’s an unusual occurrence,” he added. Larcombe said the wiring issue took place in a 161-kilovolt line and due to the large size of the line, a large area was out of power for roughly 45 minutes. The blackout spread from Chinook to Chester and went quite a way down toward Great Falls, Larcombe... Full story

  • Skylights ground Blue Hawks

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    Tonight is a big night for the Montana State University-Northern Skylights. It's a big night because Northern takes on Rocky Mountain College with a chance to claim sole possession for the Frontier Conference championship. And it's a big night because it's senior night in Havre, and the 2013 seniors aren't your ordinary volleyball seniors. However, before Northern look forward to tonight's match with the Battlin' Bears, the No. 25 Skylights had to remain focused and take care... Full story

  • Northern seniors have left their mark

    Daniel Horton|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    After what the Montana State University-Northern Skylights volleyball team has been able to accomplish in recent seasons, more specifically over the last two years, there is no taking away from each player's efforts, or from the program as a whole. But on the flipside, with five extremely talented seniors helping lead the way through the 2013 season, it is also easy to point out just how important this group of leaders has been. Kelsey Williams, Joni Nagy, Haley Russell,... Full story

  • George Ferguson Column: Don't miss out on the historic Skylights tonight

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    You guys did it with the Montana State University-Northern football team. You’ve done it more than once for the MSU-N basketball team. Now, it’s time to do it for Skylight volleyball. Two of the biggest attendance days in Northern history have happened recently, first in 2006 when MSU-N beat Carroll College in Havre in one of the most memorable football games in Lights’, and Havre history. The second such game happened two years ago, when the MSU-Northern men’s basketb... Full story

  • MSU-N women face Cowgirls, Lady Griz

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    The Montana State University-Northern women's basketball team passed its first road test with flying colors last weekend in Spokane, Wash. But, the next two road games for the Skylights will be unlike anything they'll see the rest of the season. Northern (4-0) strikes out to play a pair of NCAA Division I powers this weekend, starting with a game against the University of Wyoming Cowgirls tonight in Sheridan, Wyo. Northern then comes back to Montana to face the University of... Full story

  • Cats head to Cheney for huge clash

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    wo weeks ago, the Montana Grizzlies and Eastern Washington Eagles played what was then the Game of the Year in the Big Sky. The Eagles came out on top in Missoula that Saturday, but now, they're right back in the Big Sky Game of the Year. On Saturday, the No.4 Montana State Bobcats (5-0, 7-2) pay a visit to Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., to face the No. 3 Eagles (5-0, 7-2), and no less than the Big Sky title is at stake. Saturday's game is the biggest showdown perhaps ever... Full story

  • Ponies tangle with high-flying Cats

    Daniel Horton|Updated Nov 8, 2013

    Making the state quarterfinals is never easy in the Class A football ranks. And even with a tough opponent ahead of them this weekend, the Havre Blue Ponies are hoping the quarterfinals don't mean the end of the road for the surging Central A squad. Last Saturday at Blue Pony Stadium, the Ponies defeated Miles City 21-20 in the opening round. And things won't get any easier now that the Ponies head into the quarterfinals on Saturday in Columbia Falls. The undefeated Wildcats... Full story