Articles from the March 31, 2023 edition

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Kindergarten roundup

Ekalaka Public Schools is hosting a kindergarten roundup on April 12 for any student who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2023. Please bring your future kindergartener to the main office at 8 a.m. along with the child’s birth c...

 

Upcoming school elections

Hawks Home School District No. 1 and Alzada School District No. 56 will both be holding mail ballot only elections on Tuesday May 2, if not canceled. Only active electors will automatically receive their mail ballot. Inactive electors must request a...

 

2nd public meeting for Ekalaka Community Plan scheduled for April 5th

Area residents are encouraged to attend a second public meeting for the Ekalaka Community Plan on April 5th, beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting, hosted by High Plains Architects of Billings, will take...

 

Bill would give landlords tax break for renting below market

Supporters of a bill that would exempt Montana landlords from paying full property taxes if they rent their property below market value told the House Taxation Committee Monday that the bill could offer a much needed solution to the housing crisis,...

 

Construction to begin on southeastern Montana bridges this spring

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Sletten Construction will begin the Southeast Montana Bridge Preservation project this spring. This project will rehabilitate 11 bridges in...

 

USDA announces additional assistance for distressed farmers facing financial risk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that beginning in April it will provide approximately $123 million in additional, automatic financial assistance for qualifying farm loan program borrowers who are facing financial risk,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, ‘D.S.’ shared about both Palm Sunday and Easter! She said, “Thinking back some years ago about Easter time, we remember that we stood in church on Palm Sunday watching the children parade through the aisles,...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 31, 2023

Cooking in the West

A couple weeks ago at the Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce Banquet, rancher, Chuck Rein was named Ag Person of the Year. Chuck ranches and runs an outfitting business with his wife Pam and his son Charlie and his family on one of the most...

 

Legislative Report

3-24-23 Legislative day 56, Tuesday March 21st we convened our Floor session at 8 a.m. to begin presentation and debate on House Bill 2, which I described last week in some detail. HB2 is the...

 

The state of election integrity in the Montana Legislature

The 2023 session has a long way yet to go, but as of late last week, the special committee tasked with probing election integrity in Montana has all but completed its work. After returning from this month’s transmittal break, the Joint Select C...

 

Deadline for deer and elk permit applications is April 1

Hunters have until April 1 to apply for deer and elk licenses, but they shouldn’t wait for the last minute. Get it done now. Hunters who are applying for special licenses and permits need to have a valid email address. Hunters can apply for p...

 

Reminder: leave baby animals alone, and be mindful of diseases

Each spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks receives calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife. It’s important to remember that FWP does not accept, hold or rehabilitate moose, deer, elk and most other animals. Often times, pe...

 

Reminders for shed hunters

With warmer temperatures and snow quickly disappearing, shed-antler hunters are anxious to get into the field. Buck deer and bull elk and moose grow antlers each year, some to magnificent size, which drop off to regrow each spring. Hunting for and...

 

FWP accepting applications from landowners for Block Management

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications from landowners who are interested in participating in the 2023 Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between landowners and FWP to help manage wildlife and public...

 

FWP opens public scoping on proposed new wolf management plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and conduct public scoping on a proposed action to develop a new wolf management plan. The 2003 Montana Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and associated EIS...

 

BARK awards

Ekalaka Elementary held a program for third quarter academic excellence and monthly BARK behavioral awards on Tuesday at the school. Following are award winners from the program: Perfect Attendance fo...

 

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