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Articles from the March 19, 2021 edition


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  • COVID-19 vaccine open to all Montanans April 1

    Updated Mar 18, 2021

    At a news conference on Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all Montanans beginning April 1, 2021. "A few months ago, projections estimated Montanans 16 and older would be eligible for the vaccine as late as mid-July. Today, I'm pleased to announce that we're moving up that timeline. All Montanans 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 1st," Gianforte said. Gianforte encouraged Montanans to get a...

  • 5 Bulldogs receive all-conference honors

    Updated Mar 18, 2021

    With the conclusion of the Montana high school basketball season, divisions have announced all-conference and all-state selections. District 4C honors teams, as voted on by coaches, are below. Girls All-state Draya Wacker, So., Melstone; Heidi LaBree, So., CCHS; Kayla Kombol, Jr., Melstone; Ella Owen, Sr., CCHS; Lindsay Lawrence, So., Jordan; Abi Krantz, So., Broadus; Koye Rindal, So., Melstone. All-conference First team: Draya Wacker, So., Melstone; Heidi LaBree, So., CCHS;...

  • The Corner

    Erwin Curry|Updated Mar 18, 2021

    Some more of my pseudo-sonnets for my class of 1974 in the old white high school building, for this week. I haven’t gotten bogged down yet within writer’s block gumbo. When you write what you know, or at least what you think you know, the words flow like augered wheat. Memory lane, seems mostly overgrown, Not as if jackpine thick, but still obscured, But I’m winding my way, kicking pine cones, My heart lifts inches, beats far from austere. Kelly one of a kind, some glad, they groaned, Keith, utilitarian — he procured, Lynette...

  • Legislative update

    Jerry Schillinger|Updated Mar 18, 2021

    This is a bit of a catch- up issue since I was loafing during the transmittal break. We were in session March 1 & 2, before a 5-day break. I enjoyed getting home and was also able to meet with a good group in Jordan, as well as Circle, while there. The over- riding concern among citizens, whether in these meetings or other modes of communications, is Federal overreach and what can we do to protect ourselves from an aggressive Fed. An example, North of Sand Springs, the BLM,...

  • Is Ekalaka on the map?

    Updated Mar 18, 2021

    submitted by EPEDC Ekalaka is a welcoming community that is the gateway into Montana. What attractions does Ekalaka have to lure visitors to its rural community? In Ekalaka Montana lies a unique Dinosaur Museum, the Carter County Museum (CCM). This museum was the first county museum, as well as the first dinosaur museum in Montana. CCM is on the Montana Dinosaur Trail, where fourteen museums have a passport-style tour of Montana’s dinosaur museums. The museum hosts the Annual Dino Shindig which attracts dino lovers to the a...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Mar 18, 2021

    I love blogs that are honest and authentic, so I was elated when I stumbled upon a really entertaining blog written by Lindsey Habets of Conrad, Montana. Lindsey wrote a series of blogs from both of her toddlers' points of view that are humorous universal experiences of ranching mothers. Lindsey and her husband Jeff raise cattle and hay and their two beautiful children, four year old Hayden and two year old Hadley. The following is an abridged version of her blog entitled "Hello World, I'm a Terrible Two." Hello World, I’m a...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Mar 18, 2021

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, occasionally one reads something that needs to be shared. Such is the case with an article by Dr. A. Purnell Bailer from his column, ‘Bread of Life,’ which he wrote February 10, 1970. Quoting from that writing: “In 1934 Reinhold Niebuhr used a pulpit prayer of which a friend asked for and kept a copy, ‘O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other[1].’” “The prayer has been quoted...

  • Local ranchers diversify with meat processing shop

    Alissa Miller, Food and Agriculture Assistant, EDEDC|Updated Mar 18, 2021

    Farming and ranching have long been a part of Montana's past and its number one industry. With prices of livestock and crops ever changing, the next generation of ranchers have had to diversify their revenue to make ends meet and keep both parents at home to raise a family. With National Ag Day on March 23rd, it seemed liked a good time to meet with a local couple who is diversifying their revenue streams. Cassie O'Connor is from Broadus. She met her husband, Ry, in high...

  • Developmental screening, April 6

    Ekalaka Public Schools will be hosting a developmental screening for children aged 0-5 years on Tuesday, April 6, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the elementary school gym. This screening will help parents gain information about their child’s development and how to support the child’s progress. Children aged 3-5 years will be screened in the following areas: Concepts/Thinking Skills, Motor Skills, Speech/Language Development and Hearing. Children under 3 years will be screened by DEAP (Developmental Educational Assistance Pro...

  • FFA news

    Tanner Wright, Reporter|Updated Mar 18, 2021

    The Gumbo Gophers 4-H club held their fourth meeting on March 13, at McInerney’s. Members present were Selah and Suri Johnston, Natalie and Alivia Foxley, Elizabeth and Grace Hall, Keenan McInerney, Zander Oliver, Tylinn Thomas and Tanner Wright. Leaders present were Sharon Higgins, Terri Raye McInerney, Thebea Thomas and Lisa Borchgrevink. The guests present were Misty and Melissa Johnston, Staci Hall and Rhett Borchgrevink. Terri Raye gave each member a bowl to mix ingredients for quick bread. Each member added different i...

  • Employer, Fed restrictions could limit the ability of some to use marijuana at any time

    Hunter Herbaugh, Glendive Ranger-Review|Updated Mar 18, 2021

    (Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series about the recent legalization of marijuana in Montana.) With recreational marijuana use now legal, the regulations on its use make it much more comparable to alcohol. Every adult over 21 is welcome to use the formally prohibited substances but there are limitations to the freedom. It will, for example, remain illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. There are also likely limitations to the leeway one can take when it...

  • Know before you dig

    Updated Mar 17, 2021

    The BLM would like to encourage surface owners to properly verify their ownership of mineral rights before excavating sand, gravel, stone, or scoria on their property. Surprisingly, these materials may or may not belong to the surface owner. Millions of acres of private land in the Montana/Dakotas region involve a split estate; where the surface ownership is private, but the mineral rights are retained by the federal government or other entities. Surface owners need to be aware that previous court cases may have resulted in c...

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