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Articles from the May 1, 2024 edition

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    Press Release|May 1, 2024

    Friends of the Pool and Park Local Chinook Resident, John Shelstad, recently donated $100,000 to the Chinook Pool and Park project. The committee is beyond grateful for John's generous donation as he has made such an impact on the project and its successful completion. Heather DePriest, President of the Foundation states "John surprised us with his wonderful donation and we can't thank him enough for his financial support of the project. The project is so important to the future generations of...

  • Havre Trails Announces 2024 Hike Schedule

    Donna Miller|May 1, 2024

    Havre Trails is again partnering with Hays-Lodgepole High School Science Teacher Rod Benson to offer a hike to Hole in the Wall and Mission Ridge in Mission Canyon just outside of Hays, Montana. The hike will take place on Sunday, May 5. Hike Contact, Lindsey Bennett explained that this event is a fundraiser for Mr. Benson's archery program at Hays-Lodgepole School. Expected to take three-four hours, the hike is 4.8 miles total and will offer views of unique rock formations like Hole in the Wall...


    Karolee Cronk|May 1, 2024

    Spring is here, bringing with it the time for spring clean-up. Recently the Harlem Civic Association sponsored a clean-up day for the town. Harlem High School’s track team did a great job cleaning under very windy conditions on the scheduled day. Two days later, when the weather was more cooperative, other Harlemites also worked cleaning up paper and trash. The Civic Association then picked up the bags of garbage. Following the clean-up, hot dogs, nachos and bars were furnished by the Civic group. Soon the Harlem Main Street light poles will b...

  • Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation Donors Fully Match Schellin $100,000 Donation

    Press Release Friends of the Pool and Park|May 1, 2024

    Friends of the Pool and Park This past January, the amazing Schellin Family put out a challenge to donors to match a donation of up to $100,000 for the Chinook Pool and Park project, and donors came out in full force! The family set a deadline of March 31st, and by late March, the donation total match amount neared $89,000 of the $100,000 match amount. A final donor put the match up over $100,000 when a local longtime Chinook resident, John Shelstad, made a very generous $100,000 donation to the project. The Schellin Family and the Friends of...

  • Congregations continue custom of collaboration

    Steve Edwards|May 1, 2024

    On Sunday, May 5, the four congregations that make up the Milk River Churches (Chinook's American Lutheran, United Methodist and Presbyterian and Havre Presbyterian) will hold their monthly joint worship in the Commercial Building at the Blaine County Fairgrounds in Chinook. The service will include a special presentation by the students who attended the Friday morning Sonshine program this past school year. Sonshine was created in 2017 and is supported and directed by the Chinook Alliance...

  • Letter To The Editor

    May 1, 2024

    To Whom It May Concern, In regards to the upcoming school board elections, I would encourage voters of School District 10 to vote for Justin Liddle. First and Foremost, Justin is a lifetime Chinook area resident with children enrolled in the Chinook Schools. I have known Justin for most of my life, and in my opinion he is a hard working, honest and straight forward man. As a parent of school aged kids myself, I feel strongly that Justin Liddle shares my values and beliefs of how to raise children. Thank you, Todd Mord, Zurich...

  • Chinook Stockgrowers hold presentation

    Press Release|May 1, 2024

    Chinook, MT: This past week the Montana Stockgrowers Association held a presentation called the “Producer Profitability Initiative”. This program is a grassroots movement started by cattle ranchers and led by cattle ranchers who have a vision to create a sustainable future for the American livestock industry. This initiative is intended to encompass ranchers of all ages, management styles, operations large and small. Bear Paw Livestock hosted the event and provided space for a crowd of producers to meet and discuss several issues per...

  • Journal Jots

    May 1, 2024

    Harlem Library May is Mental Health Awareness Month; so the Book Challenge for May is to read a book about mental health, either fiction or nonfiction. Summer Reading will soon begin! The theme this year is “Adventure Begins at Your Library!” The kickoff event this year will be a Summer Reading Costume Party on May 20, 4 - 6:30 P.M. If you would like to donate to our Summer Reading Wishlist for 2024, you may order from https://tinyurl.com/SRP24. The Book Club is taking a break until fall. Blaine County Library Teen Scene every other Wed...

  • •Blaine County Blessings•

    May 1, 2024

    My mom, Betty Billmayer, has been a blessing to me my entire life. One day that stands out as an extra special blessing is the day she also became a blessing to my daughter Alia. A few days before my due date my mom traveled to Seattle to be here to support me after the new baby arrived. The evening she arrived I went into labor around midnight. My husband woke up my mom to let her know but as soon as she came into the bathroom to check up on me we realized we weren't going to be leaving the...

  • Harlem Library

    May 1, 2024

    Happy May Day from your library! May in Mental Health Awareness Month and our Book Challenge this month is to read a book about mental health, either fiction or nonfiction. If you have completed April’s Book Challenge be sure to notify the library to have your name entered to win a gift certificate from a local business. Thanks to all of you who have made donations to the library recently. If you have gifted us with books, Summer Reading items, supplies, or monetary donations we appreciate you and your support of the library. Summer Reading w...

  • Chinook Senior Center

    May 1, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center We continue along with all of the adventures that we can muster. We thoroughly enjoyed Tom Thackeray, yesterday, who drove up from Roundup to share his poetry, and stories of growing up with us. He is a delightful narrator. He also sold every single book (2 of which he has published) that he brought with him. A big Thank You to Debbie Davies, who originally told me about Tom and wanted to share that with us. I am always glad to present activities that people can choose to participate in, however, I...

  • Carol Falcon Chandler

    May 1, 2024

    Carole Falcon-Chandler (Bitéθaaʔ-Dancing Woman) was born January 23, 1939, to George and Mae (DeCelles) Falcon. Born and raised at Fort Belknap Agency, Carole was the youngest of three children, following her brother, Ron, and sister, Carmen Jean. Their parents both worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs – George as a maintenance man and Mae as a secretary. When Carole was eight years old, her mother died, and Carole was raised by her father with help from her aunts (Theresa Dece... Full story

  • Robert Jacob Plumage

    May 1, 2024

    Robert Jacob Plumage, at 22, a resident of Spokane, WA passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2024 at his Spokane home. Robert was born on January 30, 2002 the son of Jesse Joe and Laurel Gene Kuuleiloke (DeRego) Plumage. Robert was raised in the community of Mountlake Terrace where he attended school in Snohomish County and Shoreline, WA. He was a gifted athlete and successfully competed in a wide variety of sports including football, basketball, LaCrosse, track, and cross-country. As a boy, he... Full story


    May 1, 2024

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Danny Joe Kegel after a long battle against Parkinson's. He peacefully, and finally free of pain, departed this life on March 21st at the age of 76. Dan was a dedicated farmer and rancher who tended to the gifts of nature and God to provide for his, and his family's, prosperity. He spent countless hours nurturing crops and caring for livestock, embodying the timeless traditions of agriculture. He worked hard, persevered, and forged a deep c... Full story

  • Lights Sign Chinook Standout Jackson Nordboe

    Press Release from golightsgo.com|May 1, 2024

    Last Wednesday afternoon, Chinook High School senior forward Jackson Nordboe officially signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Montana State University-Northern. He was surrounded by family, friends, teammates, and coaches at the Floyd-Bowen Gymnasium when he made his proclamation. "Jackson is a guy who has always been around our program whenever he can be ... during the season, and in the off-season at our Summer League and camps," Northern coach Shawn Huse said. "His passion for...

  • BLM issues decision on Left Coulee Access

    Press Release|May 1, 2024

    SOUTH BLAINE COUNTY, Mont. – Bureau of Land Management officials signed a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for a travel plan amendment opening a 0.6-mile primitive road in the Left Coulee area of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument’s Bullwhacker region, providing legal public motorized and mechanized access to that area. In 2023, the Square Butte Grazing Association and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks finalized a Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) through a private parcel along Cow Creek. The BLM con...