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Articles from the January 19, 2024 edition


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  • Legislative Report

    Jerry Schillinger|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    1-13-24 Representative Schillinger Reports, Happy New Year! We’re getting some good old fashioned January weather! My last report, was at the end of April as the end of the 68th Montana Legislature drew near a close. After an abrupt and unexpected motion to Sine Die (adjourn), was passed in the Senate on the 88th day of session, we in the House recessed, reorganized, took care of the business we were able to at that point, and voted to adjourn as well at about 10 p.m. that e...

  • Gov. Gianforte announces run for second term

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit, montanafreepress.org|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Gov. Greg Gianforte will seek re-election, he announced on MTN News Tuesday. He will again be joined by Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras on the ballot, he said. Gianforte, a Republican, was elected by a wide margin in 2020, breaking a 16-year streak of Democrats in the Montana governor’s office. In the last four years, he’s presided over two legislative sessions featuring substantial GOP legislative majorities, helping to shepherd through income tax cuts, charter school expansions, restrictions on abortion and LGBTQ health care and...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    January 15, 2024 When it’s springtime at Capitol and Tie Creek, it might just be 30 below. The winter has come to Capitol and Tie Creek. Karen Odell took a look at the forecast, and decided to go in to Wolffy’s at Camp Crook to stock up on some groceries, and to send out her mail. The warning weather prediction was that the temperature would soon drop, drastically. Previously, even up through the New Year, things had been mild, but everyone knew it just couldn’t last, and everyone was right. Early on Saturday morning, the t...

  • CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    1-08-2024 The Board of Carter County Commissioners met in regular session on January 08, 2024, in the Carter County Commission Board Meeting Room of the Carter County Courthouse at 214 Park Street in Ekalaka, Montana. Rod Tauck, Chairman, Mike Watkins, Vice Chairman and Pamela Castleberry, member were present. The meeting was called to order at 9 a.m. by Chairman Rod Tauck. There was no public comment. Guests to the meeting: Bob Jacobs Maintenance and Judy Wright Clerk and Recorder Human Resources (HR). Diesel generator...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    I heard on the radio the other day that children get their intelligence from their mothers. That might explain what has happened to my brain. Perhaps I drained part of it for the first child and the rest for the second. I can almost buy that theory--except for the fact that I have another theory that makes more sense to me: the Full Brain Theory. I believe my brain is like a computer that has no memory left. My brain is full, and my folders cannot be compacted. In fact, my brain is so full that according to the bathroom...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, good news or good messages abound. For example, unsettled weather plays havoc with roads so when family or friends have visited and we’ve all had a jolly good time, it’s good news when they let us know that they’ve arrived safely back home. It’s good news when tires only need to be rotated, not replaced or when ‘Marylee’s’ grades go up, or when friend ‘Annemarie’s’ blood tests come back with a good report, plus a dozen other ‘pieces of good news’ that reach us. And for ‘little ones...

  • Brixtel Defense announces opening of branch facility in Glendive

    Brendan Heidner, Ranger-Review Staff|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    From Virginia to the Big Sky, Glendive picked up a new industry set to ramp up operations at the beginning of February following an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with local and state officials at the new facility on January 10th. Brixtel Defense, an ammunition manufacturer, this week announced that the industrial business has opened a facility in Glendive, marking a $125,000 million investment in the state. The company's Chief Executive Officer Andy Mansoor, Glendive Mayor...

  • Gary Gorder

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Celebration of Life for Gary Gorder was held January 16 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker, with Don Buerkle officiating. Burial will be at Bonnievale Cemetery. Gary Gorder, 62, of Baker passed away on January 8, 2024 in Billings, MT. Gary "Moose" Gorder was born June 17, 1961 in Casper, Wyoming. Shortly thereafter the family relocated to Baker where he grew up and attended Baker Public Schools. Gary took on many jobs and developed new skill sets with each. He worked at the...

  • More basketball games rescheduled

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    CCHS basketball games scheduled to take place last Friday, January 12 versus Plevna and Saturday, January 13 at Terry were rescheduled due to winter weather and dangerously cold windchill temperatures over the weekend. Varsity games at Terry were played on Tuesday night. Stats were not yet available by press time Wednesday morning. In boys action CCHS lost to Terry, 38 to 70. The CCHS varsity girls also lost Tuesday night, 42 to 50. An already full rest-of-basketball season...

  • Montana schools receive email threats

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Numerous school staff at districts across Montana received email threats Tuesday night. The threats were not believed to be credible. Ekalaka Public Schools announced Wednesday morning that schools in Ekalaka would continue with their regular schedule. “We are aware that school officials across the state received threatening messages. These messages were not specifically targeting Ekalaka Public Schools. We have been in contact with local law enforcement, and we will take measures as a precaution, but we do not believe t...

  • Record lows January 13-14

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Ekalaka hit a record low for January 14th on Sunday when the official temperature reached -38 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. The average temperature for the day was also a new record, -25. The previous record low for a January 14th day in Ekalaka occurred in 1972 when the mercury dipped to -32 degrees. Saturday was also a new record low for a January 13th day in Ekalaka at -37. The previous record of -28 also occurred in 1972...

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