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 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    March 20, 2019 

The Whitlash Church, the "Lord's Acre Plan" and the "E Hanging M" brand

Whitlash, Montana. Columnist’s note: In the narthex (entrance) of the Whitlash Presbyterian Church there is a ‘centennial quilt’ on display. The quilt commemorates the church’s hundredth...

 

South of the Border; Ground Hog Day and Candlemas

From Whitlash. For readers who missed it, Ground Hog Day was Saturday (February 2). That's the day the furry weather prognosticator gives an insight as to how much longer winter will last. Growing up...

 

South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills

Dateline: Whitlash, Montana. In my first "South of the Border" column I wrote generally about the location of the Sweet Grass Hills (visible most days looking north from US Highway 2 from the...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    January 23, 2019

Harlem Seed Show will celebrate its platinum jubilee this coming March 14-16

Reporter's note: The Harlem Seed Show committee, the group that plans and stages the annual seed show, is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the upcoming three-day event. This year's show i...

 

South of the Border

Whitlash, Montana. Ministers new to a church typically make an early effort to identify and contact all the church and/or family members who are living in assisted living or nursing homes. The reason...

 

South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills

Columnist's note: Alert readers will recall that mid-December my wife Sherry and I moved to Whitlash. For the next year Sherry will be the "pastor in residence" for the Whitlash Community...

 

Event offered hassle-free holiday decorations and food ideas

Last week the Blaine County Library in Chinook held its 27th Annual Hassle-Free Christmas program. The event offers simple to make holiday decorating tips, holiday music and a Christmas-time story.... Full story

 

Community Thanksgiving serves nearly 200 guests

Betty Billmayer, one of the primary organizers of this year's Community Thanksgiving dinner in Chinook, wrote of last week's holiday gathering, "It was great but we couldn't have done it without all...

 

Locals prepare for licensure as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)

Blaine I, the ambulance crew that serves the Chinook area, started a planned 180-hour class to license new Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). The class began the first week of November and meets...

 

Connie Zanto serving as new Director at Harlem Senior Center

Connie Zanto was recently appointed the new Director at the Harlem Senior Center. The Landusky native who spent most her adult life in Malta replaced Katie Noel. Noel has served as director at the...

 

Bank Heist: First Escape Room on the Hi-line now open in Chinook

Alert locals may have noticed a new sign on the front of 516 Indiana-the north half of the brick building just south of Edwards Funeral Home. "hi-line escape" is the newest addition to the growing...

 

Retired Presbyterian minister and "Journal" reporter headed to Whitlash for a year

Reporter's note: In mid-December my wife, Sherry, and I will be leaving Chinook to live in Whitlash, Montana for a year. She'll be the "pastor in residence" at the Whitlash Community Presbyterian...

 

Chinook's 1950's era Diesel Diner to be repurposed in Rudyard

A short history of the Diesel Diner/Trail Café/Betty's Diner/Sugar Shack Alert "Journal" readers may recall a February, 2015 story about Chinook's original Diesel Diner. The 'rail car diner' was a st...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    October 17, 2018

Hi-line senior travelers visit the Black Hills of South Dakota

Reporter's note: During the second week of September 43 travelers from along the H-line enjoyed a week's bus tour to the Black Hills in South Dakota. The travelers represented 27 different...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    October 3, 2018

2018 Industrial hemp production in Blaine County: Part 2

Reporter's note: A story about the recent first harvest of industrial hemp in Blaine County appeared in the September 26, 2018 issue of the "Journal." That story described the 200 acres of industrial...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    October 3, 2018

Chinook's 2018 Community Dinner set for Thanksgiving Day on the 22nd

Betty and Mark Billmayer headed up their first Community Thanksgiving last year. The Billmayers are back to head the annual holiday dinner for a second year aided this year by Kathy O’Brien and Jay...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    October 3, 2018

Seasonal work in an Alaskan fishery: "the key to making money is overtime!"

Reporter's note: For a couple of years my wife and I lived in the Seattle area. Reading the local papers I was always curious about the ads for temporary help on fishing boats, on canning ships and...

 

2018 Montana Angus Tour a big success along the Hi-Line

The 44th Montana Angus Tour is history. This year's tour, sponsored by the North Central Montana Angus Association (Hill, Blaine and Phillips County Angus breeders), drew 200+ registrants from 17...

 

Blaine County Sheriff's race heats up with BBQs and pig roasts

With regular ballots to be mailed on October 12 and general election voting set for the polls on Tuesday, November 6, the two contested offices in Blaine County (sheriff and open county commissioner s...

 

Blaine County's first hemp seed crop harvested under new state guidelines

Dick Nicholson recently harvested 200 acres of industrial hemp. The crop is a first for Blaine County under a provision of the national Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the 2014 Farm Bill....

 

Road trip to Montana Preservation Alliance's 2018 "Roadshow" in the Flathead

Reporter's note: In our efforts to do Montana-based road trips, in early June my wife and I attended a four-day "Roadshow" put together by the Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA). The MPA is a...

 

Two new employees join the Blaine County Library staff

Patrons at the Blaine County Library in Chinook are being greeted by two new faces. Kelsey Buhmann Brown, who grew up in the Zurich area, and Kadie Dahl, a fairly recent newcomer to Chinook, have...

 

44th Annual Montana Angus Tour set for north central region, September 18-20

The 44th annual Montana Angus Tour is set for our area during September 18-20. The annual event brings together as many as 400 Angus breeders and others connected to the breed to view Angus cattle,...

 

The mystery foam at the Grande Villa's outdoor fountain is solved...this time

Alert readers may recall two photos in the September 5 issue of the "Journal" of the mysterious foam at the outdoor fountain at the southeast corner of the Grande Villa's grounds. Regarding the...

 

"New" fire truck delivered to Blaine County for rural fire protection

Two Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) employees recently delivered a rebuilt 2008 Freightliner Type II Water Tender to the Blaine County Shop in Chinook. The fire fighting equipment is...

 

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