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Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition


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  • Signs of spring are all around us!

    Steve Edwards|Apr 24, 2024

    By Steve Edwards BCJ News With the arrival of more moderate weather I’ve resumed my daily walks and no matter which direction I go I see more and more signs of spring. I see the Chinook city street crew running the sweeper to remove the materials put down to combat icy roads during the winter. Earlier, for several weeks, I heard the overhead honks of Canada Geese moving from one feeding and resting locale to another. And just recently I saw my first prairie crocus of the season. Seeing these l...

  • Young Professionals Program Hopes to Attract Interns

    Donna Miller|Apr 24, 2024

    It’s that time of year when Montana Actors’ Theatre (MAT) in Havre, Montana, reaches out to college students and recent college graduates about paid internship opportunities through their Young Professionals Program. According to Angela Pratt, who serves as Youth Activities Director with MAT, interns oversee MAT’s youth programs, including their touring KidsMAT Summer Children’s Theatre camps and an end of summer one-act playfest. “MAT provides housing, a generous stipend, and a great experience...

  • School trustee candidates share why they are seeking election

    Steve Edwards|Apr 24, 2024

    Several Journal readers asked the newspaper to share information about candidates for Blaine County school trustee positions to be filled at the election on May 7, 2024. By email all eighteen candidates for trustee were contacted, whether running opposed or unopposed. Each candidate was asked for their responses to four questions. Candidates are listed alphabetically with the responses they submitted. Kathleen Adams, District #12 Harlem (two three-year terms open), incumbent. 1. What motivated you to run for a school trustee position? The #1...

  • Blaine County Blessings

    Guest Column|Apr 24, 2024

    Have you ever noticed how easily conversations can turn negative? How it comes much more naturally to find something to complain about than something to be happy about? Of course, just turning on the news can almost always turn a good day into a bad day. Some of the ladies at the Chinook Alliance Church have been reading a book titled “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. In the book she encourages readers to write down blessings, things that bring you joy, that you’re thankful for. She made the statement, “Is the height of my joy depende...

  • 3 Local Students Awarded Elk Scholarships

    Apr 24, 2024

  • Chinook Community Chest Fund Drive to take Place on Wednesday, May 1st

    Apr 24, 2024

    This year’s Community Chest Fund Drive in Chinook will take place Wednesday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of Community Chest is to alleviate each organization from going door-to-door soliciting donations. The drive provides local funding for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Food Pantry, AAU Wrestling, Youth Baseball/Softball, Youth Soccer, MCT, Swim Team, Chinook Rod and Gun Club, and PAWS. Without area residents’ support, many of these programs would not be available to the youth in the community. Those that participate in these org...

  • Homesteading

    Betty Billmayer|Apr 24, 2024

    On April 16th members of Jim and Helen Billmayer’s family gathered at Sweet Nursing Home, where they now live, to share some family memories with other residents and staff. There are four generations in the picture—Jim and Helen, their daughter Linda Petrie, granddaughters Shannon Van Voast and Stephanie Silva and great granddaughter Gaya Silva. Helen is wearing a dress that was her Gramma Wallin’s. Helen’s father, Christ Christiansen, was born in Norway on February 15, 1888. He immigra...

  • Blaine County Rural Fire Department Gifted New Fire Truck

    Apr 24, 2024

    BCJ Staff The Blaine County Rural Fire Department received a donation of a new/used fire truck to be used for wildland fires in Blaine County. The truck comes equipped with safety features and firefighting equipment to effectively respond to wildland fires. The Engine is a Type 6 Engine with a 280 gallon tank. The donation came from the Bureau of Land Management Rural Fire Readiness Program. Rural fire departments are awarded trucks and equipment based on an application that is submitted to the...