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Articles from the August 25, 2023 edition


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  • Proposed ballot initiatives would mean big changes for Montana elections

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit, montanafreepress.org|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    A coalition of former Republican officials and a longtime third-party candidate are pushing a pair of constitutional amendment ballot initiatives for the 2024 cycle that would fundamentally alter Montana’s elections in what they describe as an effort to “reform our broken political system.” The most substantive proposal would create a system of top-four open primaries for most state and federal elections in Montana, regardless of party. That would replace the current system — in which a voter can participate in the partisa...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    The vicious mosquitoes attacked in full force, this week at Capitol and on Tie Creek. Dick and Erma Albert went to Rapid City on Wednesday, and stayed over for an appointment on Thursday morning. On Friday, they went to the Old Timer’s Picnic at Camp Crook and enjoyed the lamb and roast beef. They watched a little basketball at the Trevor Odell memorial three-on-three tournament, but after getting some ice cream from the Ladner ladies, they soon moved to the coolness inside the Community Hall. They went to the Saturday b...

  • Montana's unemployment rate below 3% for 21st consecutive month

    Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced Montana’s unemployment rate in July is below 3% for the 21st consecutive month. The only other time Montana’s unemployment rate was below 3% was for three months in 2007, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gov. Gianforte also announced Montana’s total employment reached an all-time high, with nearly 563,000 Montanans working in July. Since Gov. Gianforte took office in January 2021, nearly 40,000 jobs have been created in Montana, the state’s unemployment rate has dro...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, there are ‘rules’ everywhere you look, everywhere you go, everything you try to do, there always seems to be rules. On the road, at the border, and at work, there are rules, regulations, forms to be completed and guidelines to follow. Even silly computers try to tell ‘us’ what we can or cannot do, to what it can or cannot do! Ralph K. shares this passage from Romans 12:9: “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.’ Then he adds, “Are these just another set of...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Going back into the classroom has forced me to start going through the tubs of teaching materials that I have collected over 41 years in education. I have dusty tubs of outdated teaching materials that I could not possibly part with when I stopped teaching English and then again when I stopped teaching guidance and library. Seventeen years ago, my husband who has hauled those tubs around for 17 years, told me they should just go to the burn barrel, and he was definitely right. One summer I had to move and downsize my County...

  • Be aware of Montana property tax rebate scams

    Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Montana taxpayers applying for a property tax rebate should be on the lookout for suspicious or fraudulent activity. The best way for Montana taxpayers to avoid scams is to apply for the property tax rebate online at GetMyRebate.mt.gov as soon as possible. The application period is open and ends on October 1, 2023, but the Department of Revenue encourages Montanans not to wait. Montana property taxpayers do not have to pay for any information required to apply for the property tax rebate. Similar to fraudulent tax returns,...

  • 4-H news

    Updated Aug 24, 2023

    submitted by Suri Johnston, Reporter The Gumbo Gophers had their monthly meeting on August 2nd in Alzada. Roll call was "are you ready for fair?". We decided the slogan for our float at the fair would be, "The Gumbo Gophers are Branded #1." We also decided who would do what job for the barbecue. After the meeting, we had our annual fireman's barbecue and silent auction. Elizabeth Hall made balloon animals, there was a dunk tank and a corn hole tournament. A big crowd was in...

  • Geraldine "Geri" Marie (Welch) Sanchez

    Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Geraldine "Geri" Marie (Welch) Sanchez passed away on July 15, 2023, at the age of 86. She was born on November 20, 1936, in Ekalaka to Delbert "Jerry" Welch and Eleonora Frye. She started her career as a one-room schoolteacher outside of Glasgow, MT where she met the love of her life, Zacarias "John" Sanchez. They had been married for 55 years. John preceded her in death in 2018. They lived in Great Falls, MT where their first child, John, was born. They then moved to...

  • Back to school

    Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Students attending Ekalaka Public Schools headed back to their respective classrooms last Thursday for the 2023-2024 school year. Total enrollment this year, as of July 25th, is 130 students. There are 71 children in grades K-6, 21 in grades 7-8, and 38 in grades 9-12. Volleyball teams are set to start their seasons on Thursday in Terry. Junior high and high school football are both scheduled to play the longtime rival Longhorns in Wibaux on Saturday....

  • First two days of Fallon homicide trial complete

    Hunter Herbaugh, APG Montana|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    First day of Fallon homicide trial focuses on night of the incident Witness testimony and evidence largely focused on reconstructing the scene of the crime on the first day of the first trial related to the homicide of Fallon resident Isaac Carrier, as prosecutors and the defense attempted to frame when and where the crime occurred and who was there that night. On trial is Jake Burghduff, a South Dakota resident accused of participating in the murder of Carrier and setting a f...

  • 2023 Carter County Fair awards

    Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Ag Education Grand Champion, Heidi LaBree Auction Cake Grand Champion, Lily Schallenberger Reserve Champion, Matthew Claeys Beef Project Grand Champion, Selah Johnston Reserve Champion, Colyn Higgins Buck Rabbit Grand Champion, Selah Johnston Reserve Champion, Rose Rost Cake decorating Grand Champion, Natalie Foxley Reserve Champion, Natalie Foxley Cat Over 1 year Grand Champion, Mia Klaboe Reserve Champion, Suri Johnston Chicken Duo Grand Champion, Elizabeth Hall Reserve...

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