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Articles from the January 18, 2019 edition


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  • Bulldogs fall to Spartans at home

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    CCHS battled on Friday, but the boys were unable to beat Class B Baker for a season sweep. They did win earlier in the season in Baker, but this time struggled to score on the Spartans' zone defense and lost by 7. Jared Pardee scored a game-high 21 points. Mick O'Connor added 11, many of which came from the free throw line. CCHS 9 20 26 44 Baker 8 23 33 51 CCHS: Jared Pardee 21, Mick O'Connor 11, Caleb Fix 5, Turner Tooke 3, Seth Kennedy 2, Ryan Rychner 2. Baker: Jacob Wang...

  • New bus for Ekalaka Public Schools

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Ekalaka Public Schools students are traveling safer now after the purchase of a new bus. The old activities bus, which was fully depreciated, had broken down on multiple trips over the last two years, including during a basketball tournament last year and when the CCHS Bulldogs were traveling home from a football game in Savage this fall. The Ultra Coachliner sits on a Freightliner M2 chassis, is powered by a Cummins diesel engine and sports an Allison transmission. The...

  • Blue wins weekend contests

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Lady Blue beat Baker handily last Friday. The Dogs out-rebounded the Spartans (38-19), won the turnover battle (18-35) and had more steals (19-12). Fourteen of Blue's 38 rebounds were offensive and 5 went for putbacks. Claire Callahan led in rebounds with 7 and Heather LaBree led in points with 15. Six Bulldog players scored in the contest. CCHS 10 24 31 50 Baker 9 13 19 27 CCHS: Heather LaBree 15, Claire Callahan 11, Whitney Kittelmann 9, Tori Tooke 7, Hannah LaBree 5, Gracie...

  • We can lower the cost of medication in Montana. Here's how.

    multiple authors|Updated Jan 17, 2019

    by Matt Rosendale, Dr. Al Olszewski, Kristin Hansen Everyone agrees that the high cost of prescription medications is a huge issue, but there hasn’t been a serious attempt to solve the problem in Montana. We’re changing that by bringing forward legislation we estimate will save Montanans about $8 million in the first year alone. Allow us to explain. Prescriptions make up about 20 percent of health care costs, and they’re one of the fastest-growing cost drivers in health care. While there are many reasons for this, a prima...

  • City bands embodied early Montana communities

    Gary L. Gillett, Missoula City Band, Missoula Community Big Band|Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Note: This is excerpted from "The Missoula City Band: Stories in Time." By the mid-1890s, the City Band had emerged as the default 'go-to' organization in town for civic events. By 1894, it played at virtually every public function. On Oct. 17, 1894, Republicans opened their campaign at the new Bennett Opera House (across the street from the now razed historic Missoula Mercantile) with "the blaze of bonfires, the boom of anvils, and the melodious and stirring melodies by The...

  • Montana to issue February SNAP food benefits early due to partial government shutdown

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced today that February food benefits are being provided early to thousands of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients due to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown. DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan said the department will work diligently to load benefits onto SNAP recipient Montana EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards on January 17, 2019. Normally, benefits are issued to recipients throughout the first week of each month....

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes it just happens that there is a special day, a day when we notice a couple dozen wonderful things to cherish and treasure and enjoy. If we borrow an ingenious word, we can call that list, LIFE SAVERS. Then up pops a list to share with You, Lord. Are You ready or the list? Here we go! Letter from faraway special cousins… a drive on the prairie… blue sky above… this winter months weather like a clam before a storm… awe-inspiring cloud cover… about a ‘thousand’ cattle on the h...

  • Legal Tips

    Jennifer A. Williams|Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Here is part three of my four-part series of articles dedicated to providing the you, the community, with information regarding basic estate planning documents, forms, and what to do with the information. In this article, I talk about Powers of Attorney. POWERS OF ATTORNEY A Power of Attorney form is a written authorization for a person to handle property or financial matters for another individual. The person signing the Power of Attorney form and giving someone power over his or her assets is called the "principal." The...

  • Bright Ideas

    Lois Lambert|Updated Jan 17, 2019

    In days gone by, people would take a team and wagon and travel cross country to Miles City twice a year for supplies - twice a year in good weather. Brice travels to Baker every 10 to 14 days for bananas for me. If you buy too many, they just get black and squishy, too few and you run out. So he’s on the road in winter if driving conditions are favorable. Reviewing road conditions and weather forecasts, he chooses the best day to travel and makes the 35 mile trip. Everyone does that now, since Ekalaka’s grocery store burned d...

  • Hat Tips

    Dean Meyer|Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Hello, I always wanted to be a cowboy. And for a time, I thought maybe I had made it. I was riding saddle broncs, albeit poorly, roping a bit, riding on roundups and chasing cows through the willows. I was breaking a colt to ride once in awhile and could do a c-section on a cow tied to a tree. I had spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle (actually that is an old song) as I go riding merrily along (that’s the rest of the song, hum it, you’ll like it). But back to my story. Whenever you think you are good at something, or maybe one...

  • Ruth Benjamin

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Ruth Evelyn Benjamin, age 99 of Miles City, passed away peacefully at the TLC Personal Care Home in Miles City. Ruth was born on April 9, 1919 in Ekalaka. She was the daughter of John Frederick and Sarah Bell (Powell) Johnson. She attended grade schools in Ekalaka and graduated from Carter County High School. Following school, she helped her parents out on the family place until she met Wesley James "Jim" Benjamin. Jim and Ruth were married in 1941 in Baker, MT. Over the...

  • Lumber lost

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Traffic was backed up on Highway 7 last Thursday after a semi carrying a load of lumber went off the side of the road and tipped over. The wreck happened near the Medicine Rocks Church turnoff, about twelve and a half miles north of Ekalaka. The driver of the semi sustained only bruises....

  • Winter Ag Series

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Dr. Emily Meccage discussed her research with alternative forages at Fallon/Carter County Extension's Annual Winter Ag Series on January 8 in Ekalaka and January 9 in Baker. Other program topics included making alternative forages work for you, managing the risk of prussic acid, ranchers 'rules of thumb' and rangeland restoration and management. To learn about other upcoming programs the extension office offers, email falloncarter1@montana.edu or call (406)...

  • Old jail moved

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    The old jail building in Ekalaka that sat behind the courthouse and next to Dahl Memorial was torn down a few weeks ago. After the west wall was removed, the steel jail inside was pulled out and taken to one of Carter County Museum's warehouses. It is unclear when the jail was built; a fire at the manufacturer destroyed older records. Many believe that the steel cells were originally used on a boat. The picture from 1919 below shows the jail building. It is the white...

  • Verizon to purchase Mid-Rivers cellular network

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Mid-Rivers Communications has agreed to sell its cellular network assets to Verizon. Included in the deal are the Mid-Rivers mobile wireless sites in areas where Verizon does not currently have coverage. Mid-Rivers' retail cellular operations will end when the cellular network is turned over to Verizon sometime later this year. The sale only includes the cooperative's cellular network and does not include the cellular customers or other landline or broadband network assets or...

  • Landowners have until March 15 to apply for access tax credit program

    Updated Jan 17, 2019

    Landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands Program. This program is designed to provide recreational public access to state or federal (Bureau of Land Management or United States Forest Service) land where no legal public access currently exists. In exchange for access across the private lands, landowners will receive a tax credit in the amount of $750 per agreement and up to a maximum of $3,000 tax credit per year. Landowners decide...

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