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Please feed the bears

Lambert "Frog" DeMers stalked an escaped black bear over clipped lawns, slinking along the wooden sidings of suburban homes. Every time he peeked around the trunk of a leafless tree, the cub...

 

Grizzly Bears delisted, relisted

Grizzly bears were put back under protection by the Endangered Species Act by a U.S. District Court order Sept. 24. The ruling only affected grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which spans through Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Planned...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    July 13, 2018

The final bell

The hallway clock in Ekalaka Elementary is trapped at 9:46. Made in Minneapolis, Minnesota by the Miller Program Clock Company, it is self-winding and powered by two 1.5 volt dry cells, each roughly...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    July 13, 2018

A portrait of an artist as a young, young man

Local artist and entrepreneur Gage Stieg stopped by the Eagle office Tuesday to discuss his recent business venture and his philosophy on drawing cool stuff. Well renowned for his Star Wars drawings,...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    July 6, 2018

Tornadoes straddle county line

After thirty years of work, everything was gone in 7 minutes, Julie Davis said. A tornado touched down south of Camp Crook Thursday night, destroying one home on Doug and Julie Davis' property. No one...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    July 6, 2018

Electric crews restore power

Southeast Electric Cooperative, Inc. crews were out until midnight Thursday, June 28 maintaining lines, rerouting power and repairing storm damage. The crews were back out by 6 a.m. Friday. The majority of power outages occurred at 8:50 p.m....

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    July 6, 2018

Bradys serve final congregate meal

Shannon and Tina Brady served their last meal at the Carter County Senior Citizen Center Friday, on a morning Shannon described as "peaceful." The Bradys have been serving sandwiches, soups, fish,...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    July 6, 2018

New generator for Ekalaka public schools

Ekalaka public schools have received a grant through Montana Disaster and Emergency Services in the amount of $64,631.50 to be used for a new generator. Carter County was not required to match the...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    July 6, 2018

Into the woods on a full stomach

An odd mixture of activities brought adventurers, eaters and adventurous eaters to the Custer Gallatin National Forest Saturday to witness what happens when you mix an atlatl, a dutch oven and...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 29, 2018

Ernest Tooke Memorial Match Bronc Ride

There's a lot of noise outside a rodeo chute, but it's a TV playing in the other room, muffled and nonsensical unless you've seen this Eastwood flick before. The chute is tight; the rider and horse in...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 29, 2018

If it's too loud, you're too old

During the Thursday, June 21 Reading Rocks summer session, kids entered as readers and left as marchers. Valerie O'Connell read "Little Pig Joins the Band" to the six young musicians. "Little Pig Join...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 22, 2018

Plesiosaur patrol

Carter County Museum employees visited a friend last Friday when they dug into a plesiosaur buried in the southern part of the county. Even with GPS coordinates, they had difficulty finding the fossil...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 22, 2018

Dig a hole, fill it up

Mountains towered up on either side... One in the distance was like a church with gable and steeple... - 1865 diary of Lyman G. Bennett, civilian engineering officer Sherry Farwell remembers his...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 15, 2018

Sunday drive

The traffic-cone orange fire suit has room for two and the helmet makes my head a goldfish in a fishbowl. Five separate straps join in my lap, holding my upper body against the back of the seat while...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 15, 2018

Burgers, beers, bags, bidding: benefit

Main Street was closed off in Ekalaka Saturday night as Carter County flashed its green, corned some holes and danced until closing time, all while raising $8,600 during the Nies benefit. Auctioneer...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 15, 2018

From the grave to the cradle to the clamshell

The Carter County Museum has so many fossils, they would spill out of the museum's back room like a cartoon character's stuffed closet if they were all stored on site. Approximately 80 percent of the...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 8, 2018

Watkins crawls past Walker

Anyone who didn't cast a ballot missed their chance to make a difference. Mike Watkins became the unofficial District 3 Republican nominee for Carter County Commissioner this November after defeating...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 8, 2018

Smoldering disagreement ignites

The town of Ekalaka has decided to ask the legal system to determine whether it or the Ekalaka Volunteer Fire Department Corporation has ownership and control of the town's fire service and whether...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 8, 2018

Spring cleaning, summer buying

When Hank Leffingwell woke up Saturday morning, he didn't think he would be up against a swarm. "They hit us like a bunch of piranhas," he said. The Community Wide Garage Sale was a quick success for...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 1, 2018

God and family

Last Friday, Pastor Jon Champlin's family and members of his congregation threw him a surprise birthday party. His wife, Kati Champlin, says he caught on after becoming suspicious of why she was...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 1, 2018

On top of the hill and hide-away

Jo Kittelmann threw a kitchen boa around her neck, a three-foot-long cloth with red dish towels at the head and tail, and explained its usefulness. Instead of a wet tea towel over the shoulder, the...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    June 1, 2018

School is out, awards are in

Kindergarten graduates let the show begin at the Spring Awards Assembly with a rambunctious circus routine that included acrobatics, jumping rope and trick ring toss. After the entertainment, the...

 
 By Ryan OConnell    Local    May 25, 2018

Ekalaka man guilty of aggravated assault

A jury found Jedediah Keith Larson guilty of aggravated assault on May 17, according to court documents. Larson was also found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of partner or family member assault. He...

 

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