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  • Responsibilities of citizenship during pandemic

    Updated Mar 31, 2020

    As the death toll from the novel coronavirus rises, we are brutally faced with the reality that public policy directly affects the number of Americans and Montanans who are victimized by this modern plague. And also by the reality that, because of its nature, public policy is not always driven by cold hard facts, science and evidence, but is at least partially driven by politics. In some ways that is bad, but in other ways it is good and necessary. This is a time when people are called upon to join the communal effort to... Full story

  • Our View - Common sense, following guidelines, will beat COVID-19

    Updated Mar 26, 2020

    The novel coronavirus 2019 and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is now confirmed to be in Hill County. It probably was a matter of when, not if, it would be confirmed here. The important thing for people to remember is to continue the practices health officials and the government have been urging and requiring for more than a week now in Montana. The disease can cause serious illness and even death, but most people who acquire the virus will have relatively mild symptoms or... Full story

  • We can all stick together through the crisis

    Updated Mar 23, 2020

    Havre is a place we are proud to call home, where we enjoy spending our time and giving back to our community. We have been a part of many community activities and we are always willing to help when we can. We’ve been in your community for more than 100 years. We pride ourselves in bringing you the best local news and sports coverage. We will continue to be there for you. During this COVID-19 time, we ask you to share some core values with each other. We can all benefit from being helpful, friendly, courteous and kind to o...

  • Editors Note: Daily News apologizes for missing Reagan-Lincoln Day Dinner

    Tim Leeds|Updated Mar 5, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version corrects the birthday of President Ronald Reagan and the home town of auditor candidate Troy Downing. I have to apologize to voters and to the Hill County Republican Central Committee, Republican candidates and Republicans around the state. Monday was Presidents’ Day, set to coincide with the birthday of Republican President Abraham Lincoln Feb. 12 and the birthday of the nation’s first president, George Washington, Feb. 22. It also sets the time for the local fundraising event the Reagan-Lincoln D...

  • Editorial - The arsonist in charge of the fire department

    Updated Aug 13, 2019

    Imagine for one unsettling moment what it would mean to Montana if Glacier, Yellowstone, the Bob Marshall, the Beartooth Mountains, and all other lands and waters belonging to the American people were sold off. It would spell the end of our outdoor way of life, including our ability to hike, hunt, fish, mountain bike and snowmobile; send our economy off of a cliff; and ruin the livelihood of our family ranchers. Who in their right mind would advocate for something so destructive as selling off our public lands? Believe it or...

  • County clerks of court: Keep Rex Renk's experience in the Montana Supreme Court

    Updated Nov 2, 2018

    Experience counts, and nowhere is this more true than the current race for the Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court. Rex Renk has been in the office for over 24 years and the Chief Deputy for 23 years. His knowledge and expertise are vital in the continued smooth running of this important state office. When we, as district court clerks, have a question or an issue involving the Supreme Court the first call we make is to Rex. We have come to rely on his intelligence, professionalism, and desire to serve all Montanans regardless...

  • Remember to vote on Election Day

    Updated Nov 2, 2018

    On Jan. 11th of this year, I wrote a check for $15, filled out a form on the Secretary of State’s website and signed on the dotted line to become a candidate for the Montana Senate in District 14. Since that cold winter day over 290 days ago, I’ve had the unique opportunity of traveling the highways and dirt roads of this sprawling rural district, which encompasses a large section of northern Montana, from the Canadian border to neighborhoods in northern Great Falls. In addition to putting thousands of miles on my truck, I’v...

  • Our View: People need to stop the nickel-and-diming to death of Amtrak

    Updated Jun 11, 2018

    The National Rail Passenger Corp. — aka Amtrak — seems to be trying to drive passengers away, and people across the nation need to let their voices be heard. Thursday, a couple went to the Havre Amtrak station — ticket agentless since June 1 due to the wisdom of the corporation — to put their grandson on the train to go to Glasgow. They found out that not only was no one there to sell them a ticket, but also their grandchild couldn’t get on the train any longer unless an adult rode with him, since no ticket agents were ther...

  • Our View: Government needs to be transparent

    Updated May 14, 2018

    The Havre Daily News is seeing an occurrence happening more-and-more frequently that it believes is a serious problem. In any representative democracy — and certainly under Montana’s laws and Constitution — public elected and appointed officials are the servants of the public, not the other way around. In the past year, some elected and appointed agencies have been deficient in letting the public know what they are doing. A little more than a year ago, the local fair board hired a new fairgrounds manager without letti...

  • Editor's Note: Reporting the news isn't always pretty

    Tim Leeds|Updated Feb 9, 2018

    The Havre Daily News is in the job of reporting news, reporting the facts, to its readers. We don’t always like what we have to report, and sometimes we have to make judgement calls on what we print. People don’t always agree with us. We printed a story Monday about a candidate for the U.S. Senate — who has registered as a planned candidate with the Federal Election Commission and has attended several events as a candidate — causing a lockdown when he tried to pull some children from school, in violation of a custody ruling...

  • Our View: Thanks to Shodair for caring for children

    Updated Jan 26, 2018

    Shodair Children’s Hospital deserves great thanks and praise for the work it has been doing for more than a century — and continues to do — caring for children in Montana. The hospital held an outreach reception in Havre Monday to let people know what it does to help children, and what they can do to help it in its mission. The hospital began in 1896 in Helana as an orphanage, primarily taking in parentless children brought from the east to the west on “orphan trains.” As time changed and more and more children were plac...

  • A Montana Dr. King Day lesson for us all: the warmth of shared human community in action

    Updated Jan 15, 2018

    Many of us breathed a collected sigh of relief after the dust settled in Whitefish at the end of Dr. Matin Luther King Jr. Day last year. It’s been a year of intense upheaval, including the murder of a civil rights activist at a White Nationalist march in Charlottesville, North Carolina. That scene could have been in Montana’s beautiful mountain town, but it wasn’t, and there are lessons that we must carry forward. In some ways, last year’s national White Nationalist uprising began with a threatened armed march by Nazis o...

  • Our View: Congress needs to renew CHIP, health funding

    Updated Dec 15, 2017

    Enough is enough. Why has Congress delayed refunding basic health insurance and medical service to millions of people in the nation and thousands in Montana? With focus on issues like the attempt to repeal and replace the health care reform program known as Obamacare, the fact that the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides low-cost health insurance to children in families that make too much to qualify for Medicaid was hardly even noticed at first. Something else that hardly anyone has mentioned is the failure to f...

  • Serving our veterans is a bipartisan responsibility

    Updated Nov 10, 2017

    On Veterans Day, we pause to remember the enduring sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and their families, the bravery they showed in service to our nation, and the unwavering responsibility we have to them when they return from war. From the Greatest Generation of World War II to the veterans of Vietnam and Korea, those who came before us courageously defended our freedoms and helped make America the nation it is today. And now, after more than a decade entangled in...

  • Our View: Reporting suicides in the news

    Updated Oct 16, 2017

    Dr. Marc Whitacre, who is facing Havre High School teacher Lindsey Ratliff in the race for Ward 3 in the Havre City Council election, is working to bring attention to the high suicide rate in the state and this region, and the Havre Daily News applauds him for his efforts. Montana is often in the running for the state with the highest suicide rate per capita in the nation, and is sometimes the top state for suicide rates. It is a tragic, disturbing issue which needs examination, and the Havre Daily is ready to work alongside...

  • Our View: Thank-you is not enough on fire response

    Updated Sep 1, 2017

    The Havre Daily News extends thanks and praise to the response to the East Fork Fire in the Bear Paw Mountains. Residents in the original area of the fire jumped to action from the start, and since the fire burned out of its original area and mushroomed from Wednesday on, the response by officials and the community has been incredible. While the battle is far from over, the coordination of efforts on multiple fronts of the fire, of multiple agencies and volunteers, the outpouring of support from the community shows why...

  • Our View: Darts and Laurels: A laurel and a dart to Zinke on monument review

    Updated Aug 24, 2017

    The Havre Daily News is giving both a laurel and a dart to the Montanan in the highest government position in the country, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Kudos to Zinke for saying he will recommend several monuments, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, not be changed. A dart for recommending one, Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, be downsized and for participating in a review that is a waste of time and money. President Donald Trump ordered Zinke review 27 monuments of 100,000 acres or...

  • Our View:

    Updated Jun 23, 2017

    The job of the Havre Daily News is to report to its readers what happens — fun, pleasant and exciting but also unpleasant, disturbing and upsetting. The paper tries to get the information to its readers as effectively as it can, including using social media. Earlier this week, a vehicle crashed through the wall of a local casino. The driver was taken to the hospital, where he died. The Havre Daily posted a photo a notice on Facebook and filed a story and photo on its website. A family member raised two complaints — first, fin...

  • Our View - Is no one interested in serving the city?

    Updated May 10, 2017

    It is an interesting time. People seem very interested in talking about what officials they like and who they don’t; what policies and proposals they like and what they don’t, and even sharing their own ideas on what should be done that hasn’t been proposed. And yet no one is showing any interest in stepping up to help their fellow residents in Ward 2 and their community in general by doing precisely that, making the decisions for the city. The seat in Ward 2 has been open since April 2 when alderman Brian Barrows resig...

  • Our View: Kudos to those who help and serve our tourists

    Updated May 8, 2017

    May 7-13 is National Travel and Tourism Week, and the Havre Daily News wants to thank the people who make tourists feel welcome in our area. And it fills a major need. Not only does it continue the reputation of the Golden Triangle as a laid-back, friendly, welcoming area — a nice reputation to have — it brings major cash to everyone. The University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research found that in 2015, nonresidents spent more than $37 million in Hill County while visiting here. Using an oft-c...

  • Our View - A newspaper's job is to report the news

    Updated Apr 21, 2017

    The Havre Daily News has great respect for the people who volunteer countless hours to serve on boards that make local events and facilities like the county parks, the local museums and the county fairgrounds work. People work tirelessly with little thanks, and often criticism, on those boards, in the chambers of commerce, in service groups and organizations and just to volunteer at events and to help people. All of those people should be commended and thanked. But The Havre Daily News believes they always have to do one...

  • Our View - Legislature needs to pass museum, infrastructure bonding bills

    Updated Apr 3, 2017

    The sad legislative story of the Montana Historical Society Museum goes back to before Montana was a state — though the story wasn’t sad then. The Montana Historical Society was chartered by the Territorial Legislature in 1865, 24 years before Montana became a state, because those leaders believed the history and heritage of the area needed to be preserved. Since then, the society has collected items and documents ranging from millions of dollars worth of Charles M. Russell artwork to documents ranging from territorial docume...

  • Our View: A laurel and a dart for Windy Boy's charter school bill

    Updated Mar 17, 2017

    Kudos to Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, for trying to do something to improve education on Indian reservations and throughout Montana. Windy Boy cites the high dropout rate and discipline problems at reservation schools as one of his reasons for introducing his bill on charter schools in Montana. Windy Boy said Montana needs to put charter school regulations in statute, rather than including the regulations in administration rules of Montana, and said doing so might help Montana pick up money that could be coming down...

  • Our View:

    Updated Mar 14, 2017

    Republican leaders have now shown two sides of a coin in their opposition to mail ballots in the election to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke — and both sides are wrong. Rep. Forrest Mandeville, R-Columbus, chair of the House State Administration Committee, sent a column out to newspapers saying the election has been turned into a political football, and he would oppose using mail ballots in the election because, he says, making it easier to vote will suppress votes. Even though the m...

  • Our View:

    Updated Feb 24, 2017

    One week after Rep. Jeff Essman, R-Billings, the state Republican Party chair, apologized to Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, for official GOP Facebook and Twitter posts insulting the freshman legislator, Essmann now has irritated some officials from his own party. Essmann issued an “Emergency Chairman’s Report” Wednesday saying that, somehow, getting more people voting by using a mail ballot in a special election for Congress would favor Democrats — so Republicans should contact their legislators and tell them to vote against...

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