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Articles from the August 26, 2020 edition

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Time to Shine! Street Lights get an Upgrade

A work crew from Northwestern Energy was in Chinook this past Friday replacing street lights with LED bulbs. The crew replaced old, worn out lights on Main (Indiana) Street in downtown Chinook....

 

Grants Available to Benefit Blaine County

The Montana Community Foundation, Inc. (MCF) announces the opening of a grant cycle to benefit communities and residents of Blaine County. Grants will be made from the Blaine County Community Foundation Fund, established at MCF by Warren Ross in...

 
 By Donna Miller    News    August 26, 2020

4-H Reports Successful Livestock Sale

Held both virtually through Frontier Live Sale and in-person at the Blaine County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 15, the Blaine County 4-H Livestock Sale is in the books. According to on-site...

 
 By Kody Farmer    News    August 26, 2020

After 50 Years, Swift Fox Return to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation

The Swift Fox once were very common throughout Montana and Southern Canada, but numbers quickly diminished significantly in the last quarter of the 1800's and early 1900s. This rapid decline was due...

 

Blaine County Beacon: Taking a Leap of Faith Requires Belief and a Fundamental Trust

Living the life you want often means making some big changes. For Cassie Johnson, that meant a change of career. Regardless of how outside the boundaries of reason others thought her decision to give...

 
 By Donna Miller    News    August 26, 2020

Montana Historical Society Encourages People to Answer the Call from History

Committed to the preservation of history, former Blaine County Museum Director, Jude Sheppard has been serving as a member of the Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees since her retirement. The position allows her to remain connected to the...

 

Journal Jots

Harlem Library The Book Challenge for August is to read a book set in another time. When you have completed the challenge contact the library to be entered to win a gift certificate from a local business. The Book Club will meet online via Skype....

 
 By Kody Farmer    News    August 26, 2020

Back to School: Be aware of School Bus Safety on the Highway and in front of the School

Well it's that time of year again and school is back in session. School might be a whole new ball game for the parents, students, teachers and staff, but ensuring their safe trip to and from school fa...

 

Earl Russell Furlong

Earl Russell Furlong, 72, passed away at home in Great Falls, MT on July 30, 2020. Earl was born on October 1, 1947, to Russell "Bing" and Evelyn (Earl) Furlong in Great Falls, MT. His education journ... Full story

 

Lilah Skoyen Orlando

Lilah Marion Skoyen Orlando passed away peacefully on March 13, 2020. She was born September 20, 1927. She was the daughter of John and Clara Skoyen who had moved from Wisconsin to the Chinook north... Full story

 

Harlem Library

The library will leave the Wi-Fi on when the library is closed beginning September 1 to assist with a greater need to access the Internet because of the COvid-19 pandemic. Users may obtain the password at the front desk in the library. Please...

 

Chinook Senior Center

The weather has been pretty nice, although really dry. Looking for a really nice rainstorm to cool things off and wet it all down. Keep those fires from starting. I hope everyone is doing well, and we miss seeing you at the center. We have a new...

 

Hogeland Happenings

Jim, Helen, Susan, and Emily Billmayer had dinner at the Mark Billmayer home in Chinook on Sunday last week. Anita, Lucas, Brooke, and Bridget Reed, Linda Hauge, Susan Billmayer, Hilary Richman, and Diana Maloney visited Jane Krass on Sunday...

 

Alan J. Bachini

60, passed away at Northern Montana Hospital on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held when Alan’s friends and family can gather to celebrate his life. Family suggests memorial contributions in... Full story

 

Blaine County Library

The Blaine County Library Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday August 31st at 4:00 p.m. in the library meeting room. All patrons age 5 and over are required to wear a face covering to enter the building. The library made...

 

Alert reader identifies artist of old mural in Kuhr's Clothing Store

Alert "Journal" reader Shirley Gardipee, who lives in Shelby, read the recent "Journal" (August 5, 2020) story about the unknown artist of the 40-foot long western mural in the old Kuhr Clothing...

 

Montana 2020 Census Partners Increase Outreach Efforts to Get an Accurate Count for Montana

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce today detailed some of the increased 2020 Census outreach efforts made possible by statewide partners through funding allocated by Governor Steve Bullock from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. With 41...

 
 By Greg Jergeson    News    August 26, 2020

Zoom Meeting with Candidate Successful

Though a technology unfamiliar to many, the Blaine County Democratic “Zoom” meeting with Secretary of State Candidate on August 19 was a success, according to Democratic Chairman Greg Jergeson. Participants got the chance to visit with Senator...

 

Letter to the Editor

Blaine County has a long history of fair and non-partisan administration of our elections. Over the years that I appeared on the ballot, I had occasion to work with the chief election officer, our Clerk and Recorder, on how our elections were...

 

2020 Blaine County 4-H Cat, Rabbit and Poultry Results

Congratulations to all 4-H and FFA participants....

 
 By Donna Miller    News    August 26, 2020

Revised Fair Format Taught Some Promising Points

The 2020 Blaine County Fair took place in a revised format that provided data from which the Blaine County MSU-Extension Office has begun to assess the event for what worked and what didn't. Ag/4-H...

 
 By Donna Miller    News    August 26, 2020

Zurich Elementary Goes Hybrid and Welcomes a New Teacher

Zurich Elementary School began their first day of the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, August 19, with nineteen students and one new staff member: K-2 teacher Sherry Hofman. Originally from Belgrade, Montana, Hofman has taught since 2017 in...

 
 By Kody Farmer    News    August 26, 2020

Labor Day: A End of Summer Celebration, or a Holiday with Bit More Meaning?

Summer in Montana is generally defined in two ways. The first being, it starts the day the kids get out of school and ends the day they go back. For some that certainly is the case. For most though...

 

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