Week of July 19, 2024

Saturday storm causes widespread damage

Jul 18, 2024

On July 13th, a severe thunderstorm event with winds reportedly exceeding 100 mph swept through the county - and entire region - causing widespread damage to trees, crops, outbuildings and many homes. Downed power poles south of town caused some to be without power for multiple days following the storm. The city transfer site was open Sunday morning for crews and individuals to dump loads of fallen trees, debris and branches. Outside of Ekalaka, there were additional reports...

LaBrees named 2024 Days of '85 parade marshals

Jul 18, 2024

Anna Heggen LaBree In 1884, Anna Heggen LaBree's grandfather Edward Heggen filed his homestead three miles NE of Ekalaka. He and his brother George helped build some of the first buildings in Ekalaka. George Heggen's broad ax used for these buildings is currently in the Carter County Museum. Anna, the daughter of Elmer and Alice Heggen, grew up in Carter County, graduated from Carter County High School and went to college in Billings. Anna has been an active member of the...

Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect in the Long Pines

Jul 18, 2024

The lack of moisture on the Sioux Ranger District has created the need for the Custer Gallatin National Forest to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Long Pines area in both Carter County, MT and Harding County, SD. The area continues to be in drought conditions – severe drought –where vegetation and grasses are dry. Furthermore, there is no significant moisture predicted in the weather forecast. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions go into effect immediately. Stage 1 Fire...

  • BLM issues decision on herbicides to control noxious and invasive weeds

    Jul 18, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management is approving seven herbicide active ingredients to control noxious weeds and invasive species on public lands. The decision published recently in the Federal Register, and BLM field and district offices can now begin considering the use of these tools in efforts to control and eradicate noxious weeds and invasive plant species on the public lands they manage. "One of BLM's highest priorities is to promote ecosystem health, and one of the greatest...

  • Guiding principles for mule deer management plan released for public comment

    Jul 18, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking for public feedback on work from a citizen advisory council tasked with developing guiding principles for developing a new Mule Deer Management Plan. "We know how concerned people are with mule deer numbers across the state," said FWP Director Dustin Temple. "Our focus is developing a new plan that will guide our efforts to manage herds well into the future. The council's work is a critical first step for our planning process." In...

  • Rural fiber plan speeds up again

    Jul 18, 2024

    Mid-Rivers accepted a new Universal Service Funding (USF) offer and a new associated build-out obligation in late 2023, providing revenue certainty for the next fifteen years and allowing the cooperative to cut the timeline nearly in half for the remaining rural fiber build-out. The new Enhanced A-CAM support program includes an historic 100 percent build-out obligation in traditional rural service areas, with an aggressive deadline of December 31, 2028. This presents a...

  • Visit Southeast Montana announces new executive board

    Jul 11, 2024

    Visit Southeast Montana announces the new Executive Board of Directors for fiscal year 2024-25. Jessica Malone, chair, represents Powder River County; Sabre Moore, past chair, represents Carter County; Morgan Belveal, vice-chair, represents Musselshell County; and Ali Baue, secretary/treasurer represents Treasure County. Michelle Williams, executive director of The Depot in Billings, joins the Board of Directors as representative for Yellowstone County. Other members of the...

  • EPEDC celebrates $200,000 grant from Montana Department of Commerce

    Jul 11, 2024

    Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) is pleased to announce the receipt of $200,000 from the Montana Department of Commerce under the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Grant Program. This significant grant award will bring crucial support to businesses across the Eastern Plains region The funding will play a pivotal role in driving economic growth and sustainability within the 5 county region. By providing essential resources for local businesses, the...

  • MSU Extension's Local Government Center providing resources to local government review studies

    Jul 11, 2024

    Montana State University Extension’s Local Government Center will provide support to the 43 municipalities and 12 counties in Montana that are participating in the decennial local government review. The MSU Extension Local Government Center will provide training for study commissioners, including a July 24 online training, and support municipalities and counties through the process, according to MSU Extension Local Government Center Director Dan Clark. Clark said Local Government Center staff want to “take the...

  • Mountain lion limited draw license application deadline nears

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mountain lion hunters who are applying for a Limited Mountain Lion License need to apply online no later than 11:45 p.m. MDT on July 22, or at an FWP office no later than 5 p.m. on July 22. For those hunters who apply for a Limited Mountain Lion License and are not successful in drawing that license, they are not eligible to purchase an Unlimited Mountain Lion License. Unsuccessful Limited Mountain Lion License applicants are eligible to purchase an over-the-counter Restricted Mountain Lion License, which is valid during...

  • Yellow tag paddlefish season ends short of harvest target

    Jul 11, 2024

    The 2024 paddlefish season for the yellow tag area of the Yellowstone and lower Missouri rivers ended June 30, short of the harvest cap of 1,000 fish. The overall harvest estimate was 782 paddlefish, and female paddlefish represented 43 percent of the total harvest. Harvest estimates for the past two seasons were 776 in 2023 and 769 fish in 2022, continuing the trend toward a more dispersed fishery since open river passage began with the new Intake Bypass Channel near Glendive. It was also an average year for tag sales,...

  • Letter to the editor

    Jul 18, 2024

    Dear Editor, Please accept this statement as a formal retraction of my letter submitted in the June 20th, 2024 Edition. Thank you, Libby...

  • Letter to the editor

    Jul 11, 2024

    I almost killed someone this morning. How's that for an opener? Terrifying, but true. I was driving back to town from the dump, almost to the four-way stop by the school when a woman and young girl on bicycles came around the corner (from the direction of the fairgrounds), and turned onto the dump road, riding past me without stopping at the stop sign. I was starting my right turn to head down to Main Street, when two young boys on bicycles shot through the same intersection (also from the direction of the fairgrounds) in...

  • Letter to the editor

    Jul 11, 2024

    Dear Editor – I have been reluctant to write a letter to the editor, as I know I don’t know all the facts or happenings at Dahl Memorial Hospital. I was very thankful that Dr. Grace Blair wrote a letter. With her knowledge of the medical field, I felt she was able to voice a professional opinion about the situation. Some of what she wrote were things I was concerned about and probably other have the same concerns. The DMH Board of Directors has a thankless task of watching over DMH. Its members have stepped up to...

  • Carter County Range Tour July 23rd

    Jul 11, 2024

    submitted by Carter County Extension Please join us for the Carter County Range Tour. This year we have Dr. Tim Seipel, MSU Extension Cropland Weed Specialist. He will be discussing herbicide resistance in kochia and Palmer Amaranth. We will also have Dr. Clayton Marlow from the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. Marlow will be discussing the decline in our woody draws, especially our woody ash draws, and what we can do to improve our woody ash draws. Attendees will...

  • James David Elmore

    Jul 11, 2024

    Funeral Services will be Thursday July 11, 2024, at 2:00 pm at the Richland County Fairgrounds Event Center with Pastor Greg Ledgerwood officiating. Refreshments and desserts will be served following the service. Visitation will be Wednesday July 10, 2024, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Sidney, MT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you volunteer, help someone in need and visit your parents and grandparents. Make the world...

  • Extended care news

    Cindy Enos | Jul 18, 2024

    June, 2024 On the 3rd day of June one of our newest residents passed away, Catherine Smith. Catherine lived here only a few short weeks. She is the grandmother of Willow Meyer, one of our nurses. Catherine was a very sweet gracious lady. Extending our deepest sympathy to her family. The 4th and 5th Dahl Memorial hosted a health fair. Overall, it was successful, all the lab work was able to be processed right here in our own lab. In years past everything had to be shipped out to a larger lab. Tuesday afternoon Bingo was on...

  • Conversations with God

    Jul 18, 2024

    Hello God, it's me, Mara: You know, Lord, we're into SUMMER- big time! Some out-of-state company popped in, wanting to view the City Scenes – said their grandparents used to live here – YEARS ago! So, off we went. They'd never been to this town so were surprised to know there was an Airport, even a Train Station, let alone Taxicabs, and more schools than their grandma had mentioned; many years back. More chuckles when they saw several benches along the streets for folks...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf | Jul 18, 2024

    The best job I ever had was working as a camp cook for Brett and Julie Todd of the K Lazy 3. This time of year I get very homesick for those mountain trips, but I also remember how difficult it could be at times. It was a truly fine and pleasant misery at times, but mostly it was an amazing experience that I feel lucky to have had. The only job description I ever received was from Guy Gravert, one of the guides, who told me, "The cook rides in the back and gets two buckets...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf | Jul 11, 2024

    Julie Kinsey was one of my teaching colleagues for 25 of the 30 years she taught at Big Timber Grade School. She and her husband Don were known for raising Columbia sheep on their place north of Big Timber, Montana. Julie lost her second battle with cancer on April 25, 2024. She was a good friend, remarkable teacher, and she loved to card, spin, and knit fleeces from their flock into beautiful creations. One of her many community services was knitting soft hats for cancer...

  • Conversations with God

    Jul 11, 2024

    Hello God, it's me, Mara: You know, Lord, fun things sometimes happen, if we notice. We were to meet Lilly at her favorite café in her town. We found the café, a parking spot, then went in, found her, with her back to us but we spotted her red-hair and giggled. Since it was noonish – the café was nearly full. Six folks sat four tables to our right. There was chatter all over, then we noticed a waitress bringing them their salads. The 'grandpa' spoke, "Bow your heads, we...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell | Jul 11, 2024

    July 8, 2024 Last week, Karen Odell got word that a storm might be on the way with large hail. She and Hywel looked out to the north, and watched the thermometer beside the window drop twenty degrees in three minutes. Then, when she heard a roar of wind, she looked out to see huge tree limbs circling high in the air, but before she and Hywel got through the kitchen, the roar stopped. When she looked out north again, a pile of limbs had landed, and the power line to the well house was under all those limbs. She finally...

  • Kapptie's Korner

    James Kapptie, Ekalaka Public Schools Superintendent | Jul 11, 2024

    School security is a concern for everyone, no matter the size of the school or its location, whether in a bustling city or a small town. One of the most common reasons parents cite is wanting their students to have cell phones during the school day "just in case." Let's explore what a catastrophic day might look like. An event happens, perhaps an attack or natural disaster. Parents immediately want to know if THEIR child is okay. We want to know their location and, most...

Ekalaka Airport weather info

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