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Articles from the January 26, 2024 edition

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  • Landowner changes plea in illegal outfitting case

    Hunter Herbaugh, for the Eagle|Updated Jan 29, 2024

    A local landowner changed his plea in an illegal outfitting case on Monday, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge while two other charges will be dismissed. Sentencing was set for the same day but was pushed back to March 26. Tyree O’Connor pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of License, Permit, or Tag Offenses, by common scheme, a misdemeanor, in Sixteenth Judicial District Court on Monday, Jan. 22. He faces a maximum possible sentence of up to six months in the county...

  • Carter County High School and Ekalaka Junior High honor rolls

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL HS A HONOR ROLL (3.5 GPA or higher) Brynn Loehding Chace Loehding Corlan Laughery Danica Shepherd Ethan Mellon Jillian McGraw Jadyn McGraw Justin Wyatt Melton Kamryn Miller Kendall Kittelmann Kendra Tooke Nasya O'Connor Natalie Foxley Nicole O'Connell Madalyn Bechtold Roger Beach Tracy Wilson Travis Schallenberger JH A HONOR ROLL (3.5 GPA or higher) Alivia Foxley Allie Shepherd Ayla Yates Ella Wright Keli Melton Kira Kratzer Lily Schallenberger Oakley...

  • Miles City agriculture teacher competes at national Discussion Meet

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Todd Lackman, an agricultural education teacher from Miles City, represented Montana in the national Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet held during the 105th American Farm Bureau Convention in Salt Lake City. The Discussion Meet has competitors addressing pre-determined questions on current issues and developing goals and solutions. Lackman advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round in the tough competition. Discussions covered agricultural finance, sustainability, and engaging...


    Karen Odell|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    January 22, 2024 The deep freeze was broken on Sunday at Capitol and on Tie Creek. We had had nearly three weeks of below zero weather, that never seemed to even approach positive numbers. There was a few inches of snow on the ground that the sun’s warmth hadn’t even softened. The good thing was that the snow was still crystals and not ice. Sunday morning was hazy, but one step outside and it felt like spring, and already things were beginning to melt. Ronda Cordell got most of her taxes organized during the nasty days. She...

  • Gianforte invests $8 million to behavioral health crisis Montana

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    On Monday, Governor Greg Gianforte announced an investment of up to $8 million to improve community-based response services for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. As recommended by the Behavioral Health System for Future Generations (BHSFG) Commission, the investment represents the second allocation of $300 million in funding the governor devoted last year to reform and improve Montana’s behavioral health and developmental disabilities services systems. “With this investment, Montanans who are exp...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, ‘Elvina’, a supporting friend, stopped by, sharing some thoughts/actions, she’d been privileged to be part of; she thought she’d share: ‘You know, it snowed the other day so I shouldn’t have been surprised when the snowplow guy showed up – mercy, he was good, he got everything done like I like and in hardly any time at all! He was fast; reminded me of me elder brother – point him to a job, off he went; got it done in no time and did it perfect ‘You know, I’m near the ‘bottom’ of...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    I always dread when our kids ask us to babysit the grandpets, because it is more responsibility than I want to tackle at my age. I worry that one of the pets will get injured or worse yet--die on my watch. I am much less worried about keeping the grandchildren safe than the grandpets. In fact, I remember the first time our daughter Brooke asked us to “babysit” for her when she went on a little trip. She didn’t have children yet, but she brought us her boxer and her cat for the longest four days of my life! Boston, her boxer...

  • Baby Nies arrives

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Brett Roger Nies was born at 7:02 p.m. on December 21, 2023 to parents Matt and Ami Nies of Ekalaka. Brett joins excited siblings, Kylie and Luke. Brett weighed in at 6 pounds, seven ounces and measured 18.75 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Frank and Karen Nies of Ekalaka. Maternal grandparents are Robin Diede of Ekalaka and the late Tyler Markuson....

  • Sylvia Landa

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Celebration of Life will be held privately this spring when the Crocus bloom. Sylvia Landa, 76, passed away January 22, 2024 at Dahl Memorial in Ekalaka. Memorials can be made in honor of Sylvia to the Boyes Community Club in Boyes. Remembrances and condolences can be shared with the family at

  • Bonnie Hoover

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Bonnie Marie (Jenkins) Hoover was born February 28, 1934 to Joseph Ulysess Jenkins & Leona Mabel (Cloud) Jenkins in a sod hut in Lincoln County, Colorado. Her grandpa gave her the nickname of Cottontop. She went home to be with the Lord on January 18, 2024 at the age of 89. She and several of her siblings went to Fountain School in Colorado Springs, so they boarded with other families and went home on the weekends. The Jenkins family had a bull, that when as kids they would pu...

  • Bigger than the game

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    The communities of Ekalaka and Baker came together during Tuesday night's basketball games in Baker to support longtime eastern Montana basketball referee Sarina Venable. Venable has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Leiomyosarcoma. In lieu of an entry fee, free-will donations were accepted at the game to help Venable and her family. Baker's junior class also held a bake raffle throughout the evening. In addition, fans of both teams were encouraged to ditch their school colors and...

  • Lady 'Dogs down Lady 'Horns

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    It was a busy eight days for Bulldog basketball teams. CCHS traveled to Terry on January 16th, to Jordan on January 19th, played at home on the 20th, and traveled to Baker on the 23rd. The varsity girls lost in Terry on the 16th, 42-50. Lady Blue was up by 14 points at halftime, but they were outscored 5-22 in the third. CCHS out-rebounded Terry, 47-32, but lost the turnover battle, 19-15. Lady Blue shot 58 percent on free throws, 22 percent from inside the arc, and 26...

  • JV Bulldogs pick up wins

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    There was no JV boys basketball game in Terry on January 16th, but on January 19th in Jordan, CCHS boys enjoyed both C squad and JV games. In C squad action CCHS downed Jordan, 42-27. Tiernan O’Connor led the way for Blue with 12 points; Gage Stieg added 10. CCHS C 16 24 36 42 Jordan C 4 7 17 27 CCHS C: Tiernan O’Connor 12, Gage Stieg 10, Kinch Rost 8, James Enos 4, Clay Rost 4, Cole Rost 2, Rylan Carroll 2. Ekalaka’s JV boys enjoyed similar success in Jordan, winning 54-37. Roger Beach was the game’s leading scorer and led t...

  • Bulldogs go 1-2 over last 3 conference games

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    The CCHS Bulldogs lost in Terry on January 16th and in Jordan on January 19th before defeating Wibaux at home on the 20th in what has been a busy slate of recent games. In Terry, CCHS was held to four points in the first quarter and could never quite catch up. The boys went on to lose, 38-67. Wyatt Melton led CCHS in scoring with 13 points. Terrier Landen Schilling led all scorers with 19. CCHS 4 16 24 38 Terry 11 24 54 67 CCHS: Wyatt Melton 13, Ethan Mellon 9, Eldon Morris...

  • 4-H news

    Meric Berg, Reporter|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    On December 3rd, the Puptown Wranglers had their monthly meeting at the Carter County Event Center. During the roll call, each member shared their favorite winter activity. In the meeting, our 4-H club discussed how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for the new 4-H year. The leaders explained how to make goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound, using a market beef project as an example. After the meeting, we played the Saran Wrap ball game. We also assembled trays of Christmas cookies, signed...

  • Livestock reports and payments due March 1

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Montanans have until March 1 to report the number of each type of livestock they own and to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock. This is the first year the payment due date has been March 1. The Board of Livestock has also changed per capita fee rates this year. Livestock owners must report and pay for what they own as of February 1, 2024. If you reported last year but no longer own livestock, you still need to submit a reporting form to let us know your livestock count is zero. Owners can...

  • Carter County Museum invites community members to reimagine Ekalaka's future

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Ekalaka is one of eleven communities across Montana chosen to participate in Reimagining Rural. The three-part program was created for small, rural Montana towns to bring fresh, new ideas about rural community vitality to the local people that make things happen. The event's first night is planned for January 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter County Museum. The program kicks off with Tara Mastel, Program Leader for Community Vitality at Montana State University Extension who...

  • Spray Day nearing

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Carter County Spray Day will be held February 8th, 2024 at the Carter County Event Center. Join the weed department from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for noxious weed related topics and lunch sponsored by Carter County Conservation District. Private applicator points will be available! Please RSVP to the Fallon/Carter Extension office (406-778-7110) by February 1st. For more information, please reach out to the Carter County Weed District at 406-775-6278....