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Articles from the August 31, 2018 edition


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  • Watson to lead Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana

    Updated Aug 30, 2018

    BOZEMAN, Mont. – Tom Watson recently assumed the position of state conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana. In that job, Watson will be responsible for NRCS operations within the state, including the administration of conservation technical assistance to private landowners, conservation financial assistance programs, conservation easement programs, the Natural Resources Inventory, water supply forecasting, soil survey mapping, and t...

  • FFa news

    Jaelee Strangford|Updated Aug 30, 2018

    The Carter County FFA Chapter is gearing up for another exciting year. Two members of our chapter attended the Alumni Leadership Camp in Highwood this year, Gracie Tooke and Jasmine Erickson. They have brought home valuable leadership skills and connections. Later in the summer, in August, the 2018-19 officer team comprised of Caleb Fix, Tori Tooke, Jaelee Strangford, Hannah and Heather LaBree, and Gracie Tooke, took a day trip to Billings for the annual officer retreat and a whole lot of fun. The officer team has finalized t...

  • Bulldogs start season strong

    Updated Aug 30, 2018

    CCHS started this year's football season on the right foot with a strong win against the Froid/Medicine Lake Red Hawks last Friday. The Red Hawks came out in a tight formation and were stuffed repeatedly by the Dogs run defense. Blues first score of the season came via safety when junior Mick O'Connor sacked Walker Ator in the end zone with 4:29 left in the first quarter. On the next series, O'Connor recovered a fumble and gave the ball back to the Bulldog offense. Freshman...

  • Pups take on Froid/Medicine Lake

    Updated Aug 30, 2018

    The Ekalaka Junior High Pups kicked off football in Ekalaka last Friday afternoon when they took on Froid/Medicine Lake. The game was close and low scoring in the first half, 6-6. In the second half, Blue was unable to find the end zone, eventually losing 6-27. The Pups were able to get some yards threw the air as eighth graders Tucker Tooke and Sean Wolenetz combined to complete a total of four passes. Tooke was the only Pup to find the end zone. He scored on a 23 yard run....

  • Letter to the editor

    Darlynn Williams, RN, Tobacco Prevention Specialist|Updated Aug 30, 2018

    It is a well-known fact that secondhand smoke is dangerous. The Montana Clean Indoor Air Act protects our residents from the harmful effects of the toxins in secondhand smoke by banning the use of cigarettes and combustible tobacco in public indoor spaces. Unfortunately, there is a new threat to our clean air: e-cigarette aerosol. People have been led to believe that the aerosol released by e-cigarettes is harmless water vapor, when in fact, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, it contains nicotine and ultrafine particles...

  • Department of Revenue urges Montanans to check for unclaimed cash, property

    Updated Aug 30, 2018

    HELENA – Every year in Montana, millions of dollars and other personal assets go unclaimed. And every year, the Montana Department of Revenue encourages individuals and businesses to check whether some of that might be theirs. The unclaimed property can come from a variety of sources such as forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks and money orders, insurance policy payments and unused gift certificates, as well as stocks, bonds and the contents from safe deposit boxes. By law, the Montana Department of Revenue holds u...

  • Letter to the editor

    Dr. Kris Spanjian|Updated Aug 30, 2018

    I-185 will save lives As a retired ICU physician, I know the end-stage consequences of tobacco use: heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, dementia, COPD, emphysema, and cancers – not just lung cancer, but also throat, stomach, pancreatic, colon, liver, kidney, and bladder cancers, to name a few. It was difficult to repeatedly see these horrible diseases, and their devastating consequences on patients and their families. Initiative 185 will place higher taxes on tobacco and vaping products. Hopefully, this will d...

  • Bright Ideas

    Lois Lambert|Updated Aug 30, 2018

    I have just completed a three week medically imposed restriction from my wheelchair and days in my bed. I had two problems: A return of jaw pain and an open pressure sore on my bottom. Let’s tackle the jaw pain first. I had slowly been reducing pain medicine since the May 11 radiological treatment of jaw pain. One pain reliever requires abstinence from alcohol. In my case, that means wine. The last Monday of every month during the school year is book club where conversations about books are accompanied with snacks and w...

  • Hat Tips

    Dean Meyer|Updated Aug 30, 2018

    Hello, Sometimes things are much more difficult than they appear on TV. I don’t care if you are solving crimes, cleaning the oven, curing a cold, dieting or anything else. Take a suicide for instance. Now, on TV, if you want to commit suicide, it is a relatively simple deal. Grab a hose, put it over your exhaust pipe, in the window, and bam! Now, I’m not encouraging suicide. It’s the hose part that bothers me. How can this person find a hose that easy in an apartment in a city? One time we had a water tank froze up for about...

  • Astrophotography workshop at Medicine Rocks State Park rescheduled

    Last Friday, Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced that the Astrophotography Workshop with Nathan Satran at Medicine Rocks State Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m. The event was originally planned for August 18 but was postponed because of low visibility due to smoke. Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography for recording photos of astronomical objects, celestial events, and areas of the night sky. Learn the techniques for...

  • VFW District 6 meeting to be in Ekalaka, September 8

    Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars and auxiliaries from District 6 will come together at the District Fall Meeting hosted by Post 7885 and auxiliary in Ekalaka, Saturday, September 8, 2018. The meeting will be held at the St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall at 314 Church Avenue in Ekalaka, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Registration will run until noon. Lunch will follow and will be served by the Carter County FCCLA chapter for post and auxiliary members and guests attending. The business meeting for VFW District 6 will be...

  • Carter Charter shopping trips

    Updated Aug 30, 2018

    On August 7 the Senior Club voted to turn the first and third Thursdays of each month into a “Let’s go shopping day” via the Carter Charter. Trips are contingent on driver availability and having at least four riders. The cost per rider will depend on the destination: Baker - $10, Bowman - $12, Belle Fourche - $15, Miles City - $18. Riders need to agree ahead of time on their destination and call Billie, the dispatcher, at 775-6383....

  • Picture day at Ekalaka Public Schools, Sept. 6

    Picture day at Ekalaka Public Schools will take place on Thursday, September 6 in the grade school gym. Pictures for preschool aged children will begin at 9:30 a.m.. Grade school pictures will take place next and 7-12 grade students will follow. Leslie Bohle of Plevna will be taking this year’s pictures....

  • Blood drive on Patriot Day

    Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001. We all recall the heroes of that day, and this year we can fulfill the call to service of our fellow citizens by donating blood. There is a hero inside each of us, ready to make a difference when others need our help. When you donate blood, you are a hero, and you can get that feeling over and over again...

  • Ekalaka Public Schools adopts FY 2019 budgets

    Daniel Schrock, Ekalaka Public Schools Superintendent|Updated Aug 30, 2018

    The Ekalaka Public Schools Board of Trustees approved the FY 2019 Budgets for both the Carter County High School and the Ekalaka Elementary School. Mills went from 22.75 in the FY 2018 Elementary District budget to 21.59 in FY 2019 budget. In the High School District mills dropped from 12.80 for FY 2018 to 12.17 in FY 2019. Mill values are based upon taxable valuation. We are blessed in every sense of the word in Carter County in having a high taxable evaluation; more so in the CCHS District at $52,244,099, compared to that...

  • Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show

    The twenty-ninth Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show will be held on Sunday, October 7 at the Alzada Community Hall in Alzada, Montana. The theme for the 2018 annual show is “Why we do this… .” The theme was prompted by the friendships and continuing support the show has received since it began to celebrate the Montana Centennial in 1989. Seven people and one group will be featured at the event and organizers expect over fifty other performers and artists to participate. The honored poets are Kevin Adams, Caspe...

  • Story time starting

    Updated Aug 30, 2018

    Mrs. Amy Walker’s CCHS Child Development Class will be starting Story Hour on September 6. Story Hour will be held every Thursday at Ekalaka Public Library, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Children ages 3-5 who are potty trained are welcome to attend!...

  • A pioneer trek

    Kristine Gifford|Updated Aug 30, 2018

    When Heather LaBree, 17, Ekalaka, hears stories about the pioneers, she now has a firsthand understanding of what they went through. In May, she, six youth and six adults from the Ekalaka area participated in a reenactment of a pioneer handcart trek sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The Ekalaka group drove to Miles City on May 30 where they met with approximately 190 other teens and leaders from Eastern Montana. The next morning the group...

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