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Articles from the December 20, 2023 edition

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    Dec 20, 2023

    When you are waiting for something special, time seems to come to a stand-still. For children anticipating Christmas, it can feel like an eternity waiting for Santa to make his world-tour. For adults rushing to get every last holiday detail in place, Christmas can come too soon. And yet the span of days for the children is the same span of days for adults, making our experience of time relative to our frame of reference. Einstein had a theory when it came to our experience of time. He called it the Special Theory of Relativity. Einstein...

  • Blaine County Library

    Dec 20, 2023

    Blaine County Library would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. The library will be open 12-4 Friday December 22nd and closed Monday December 25th in observance of Christmas. We will be open regular hours the rest of the week. We will be closed Monday January 1st for New Years Day. Other than Story Time, we are done with programs until after school starts in January. Story Time will continue as regularly scheduled. We will have updated information on programs in a couple of weeks. There is still time to checkout one or more of the...

  • Museum Memo

    Dec 20, 2023

    The weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday have been quiet at Blaine County Museum, but they have not been completely without excitement. Wednesday, December 13th Jack Mattingly spoke about the history of the Chinook United Methodist Church, other Methodist churches around the county, and their ties to famed Methodist circuit rider Brother William Wesley Van Orsdel. Mattingly was hosted by the Chinook Senior Center, and a crowd of 32 attended this event. Senior Center Director Ginger Hansen has been a fabulous partner to the museum in...

  • Chinook SeniorCenter

    Dec 20, 2023

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center!! We have had an amazing week, filled with so many fabulous people, in this community! We had our Memorial tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 8th. It was attended by many who hung a Cardinal or a Candle in memory of someone that has reached Jesus, before us. We were absolutely delighted to have our own, super talented, always delightful Sherri Miller play for us. We are so very blessed by her. I told her that I was “putting her under contract”. She laughed. I was SERIOUS. We also had our first, annual Fun...

  • Death Notice - Andrew Wayne "Stubby" Sears

    Dec 20, 2023

    Andrew Wayne “Stubby” Sears - 63, passed away due to complications from injuries sustained at home on Monday, December 11, 2023, in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Wake services began at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2023, and continued until his funeral service, which were at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2023, all at the Mission Rec Center in Hays. Burial followed in the St. Paul Mission Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Stubby’s online memorial page to send a card or leave a message... Full story

  • Death Notice - Teaunce James Brockie

    Dec 20, 2023

    Teaunce James Brockie - 17, passed away due to injuries sustained in an auto accident on Thursday, December 14, 2023, in Ogden, UT. Wake services began at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2023, and continued until his funeral service, which were at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, all at the Hays Lodgepole High School Gymnasium. Burial followed in the Mission Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Teaunce’s online memorial page to send a card or leave a message of condolence for h... Full story

  • Enjoying learning opportunities in the city

    Steve Edwards|Dec 20, 2023

    Alert readers may recall I often lament the annoyances of spending extended time in the Seattle area when my wife and I take on our dog-sitting duties each fall. The daily hassles of living amongst four million other people wear me down. I enjoy our time with family, but our extended stays can be difficult at times. The upside of being in a big city is having access to cultural and educational experiences that are rarely available in small towns or rural areas. During our current five week stay...

  • 'Beeters 4-0 After Blasting Shelby 64-35

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Chinook Sugarbeeters played in front of the hometown fans for the first time this season when they hosted the Shelby Coyotes on Saturday night. The 'Beeters have ran away from their first three opponents and were looking to make it four in a row. By the time the final horn sounded, Chinook had secured a 64-35 win over the Coyotes to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the District 1B Senior Hallie Neibauer wasted little time getting the Sugarbeeters on the scoreboard, connecting from distance...

  • Hawks Edge Turner 54-51 & Tornadoes top Big Sandy 74-68

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Turner Tornado boys basketball team was back at home playing their District 9C and home opener Friday night as they welcomed the Chester/Joplin-Inverness Hawks to town. When the dust settled, it was Chester/J-I that came away with a hard-fought 54-51 win over Turner. Saturday night, the boys headed west to Big Sandy to take on the Pioneers in another District 9C tilt. Turner came up big on the road and secured a 74-68 win over the Pioneers. The Tornadoes record now sits at 3-3 overall, 1-1...

  • Lady Cats Fall Short in Poplar & Fall 77-60

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Harlem Lady Cats were back in action this past Saturday as they took on the Poplar Indians. The Lady Cats made the trip east to Poplar for an early season conference clash before the holiday break. The Lady Cats were efficient offensively, but the defense struggled to slow down the Indians in a 77-60 setback. The Lady Cats had their running shoes on early as a fast-paced first quarter ended with Harlem down three 22-19 heading into the second quarter. Senior Emma Billmayer dropped in a pair...

  • Thunderbirds Edge North Star 38-34 in OT & Fall to Chester JI

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Hays/Lodge Pole Thunderbird girls basketball team hosted the North Star Knights Friday night in the Thunderbird's Edge District 9C and home opener. The Thunderbirds didn't disappoint the hometown crowd in securing a hard-fought 38-34 overtime win over the Knights. On Saturday the girls traveled east to Chester to take on the Hawks. The offense never got started in a 61-40 setback. Friday night against the Knights, sophomore Chaynell McConnell scored off a nice pass from junior Nina Fox for...

  • Tornadoes fall to Hawks & Pioneers in District 9C Action

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Turner Tornado girls basketball team hosted the Chester/Joplin-Inverness Hawks in their home and District 9C opener. After playing in Glasgow and Harlowton the previous two weeks, the girls were set to play games that counted towards the postseason. The Hawks got the best of Turner, securing a hard fought 47-45 win. Saturday, the Tornadoes hit the road to face the Pioneers in Big Sandy. Turner played hard but fell to the Pioneers 57-52. Turner now holds an overall record of 1-5, 0-2 in...

  • 'Beeters Come Up Short & Fall to Shelby 74-70

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Chinook Sugarbeeters were back on the court this past Saturday as they hosted the Shelby Coyotes in their home opener. The two teams met a week ago in a non-conference clash at the Coyote Classic with Shelby coming away with a 68-42 win. Saturday in front of the hometown fans, the 'Beeters were a very different team, playing the Coyotes tough in a 74-70 setback. Junior Carson Nissen dropped in a corner three off a nice pass from junior Landon Beck to give Chinook an 11-5 lead midway through...

  • Wildcats wrestle at Huntley Project & Chinook in Great Falls

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Chinook Sugarbeeter wrestling team was in Great Falls this past weekend while the Harlem Wildcats made a last-minute change to compete in the Huntley Project Invitational. This marked the last time the teams would see the mat before returning in the new year. The Wildcats got a strong showing all around. Senior Leon Champagne wrestled his way to a seventh-place finish at 152 pounds, going 5-2 in the two-day tournament. Sophomore Dustin Adams went 4-2 over the weekend and finished seventh at...

  • Wildcats fall to Poplar 73-64

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Harlem Wildcats made the trek east to Poplar to take on the Indians in a District 2B Clash this past Saturday. The Wildcats have been fun to watch early on and were so again this weekend. Poplar, however, took the first meeting of the season 73-64. Poplar took control early on, racing out to a 22-10 lead at the end of eight minutes of action. Senior Moses Lawrence scored six in the opening frame while sophomore Cody McCabe added four. The Wildcats won the second quarter 18-12 to cut the Indian lead to 34-28 at the break. McCabe connected...

  • Thunderbirds fall to North Star & Chester JI

    Kody Farmer|Dec 20, 2023

    The Hays/Lodge Pole Thunderbird boys basketball team played a couple tough games this past week. Friday, the team offered :23 of silence prior to the start of their contest with the North Star Knights. The moment of silence was in recognition of teammate Teaunce Brockie, who wore the number 23. The Thunderbirds fell to the Knights 64-37. On Saturday, the boys were in Chester to take on the Hawks and were defeated 78-32. On Friday, the Thunderbirds welcomed the North Star Knights to town in...

  • Forever Bobcats

    Evelyn Boswell MSU Mountains and Minds magazine|Dec 20, 2023

    When Dan Davies was growing up on a ranch south of Chinook, branding, stacking hay and three-day cattle drives were as much a part of his life as his three brothers, 25-mile trips to town and the occasional warm winter winds that gave Chinook its name. Butch Damberger, on the other hand, grew up 150 miles west in Cut Bank. The only boy in a family of three sisters, he lived in town where he was more likely to tackle buddies in a backyard than livestock in a corral. So how did these two become...