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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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Chinook Senior Center

    Apr 10, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center We had a great number of people here last Friday, March 29th for the Birthday party! We also had quite a number of people here on Mon., April 1st to help Steve Edwards celebrate his 80th birthday! It is no surprise to many of us that he was born on April 1st. He is quite a jokester. In fact, he came with a “Snow Snake”. Gads, that guy never quits. We all gifted him with the best “White Elephant” gifts that we could imagine. There were a couple of kind people who brought him something nice, but all...

  • HarlemLibrary

    Apr 10, 2024

    Tonight the Harlem Library and the Montana Library Network are hosting the virtual program “Rockhounding with Neil Maier, Hellgate Mineral Society” from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. You may join via Zoom at https://bit.ly/Rockhounding or come to the watch party at the library. The Book Challenge for April is to read a book about outer space, astronauts or aliens. The library will close early at 12:30 P.M. on April 16 so staff may attend training. “Friends & Fun,” a socializing time for adults, meets on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Join us for food, g...

  • National Public Health Week was April 1-7

    Blaine County Health Department|Apr 10, 2024

    Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health Public health is more than just health care. It’s the steps we take to make sure our neighborhoods and environment are free from pollution. It’s making sure our food and water are safe to eat and drink. It’s also the relationships we foster in our communities. We’re all interconnected. When we all come together to support public health, all of us — individuals, families, communities and the public health field — can achieve the goals of public health. What is civic engagement?...

  • Journal Jots

    Apr 3, 2024

    Sonshine Church School Sonshine Church School is on Fridays from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Wallner Hall Harlem Library The Book Challenge for April is to read a book about outer space, astronauts or aliens. In other space news, the library will be celebrating the total solar eclipse which happens on April 8 although in our part of the country we will only have a partial eclipse. Friday, April 5 Carly will be outside of the library (weather permitting) handing out information and protective viewing glasses. On Monday, April 8, beginning shortly aft...

  • Chinook sends 10 to Academic Olympics

    Mar 27, 2024

    The High School Academic Olympics took place on March 20th at Glasgow High School. Chinook competed in the Class 1 section against teams from Sidney, Plentywood, Glasgow, Fairview, Malta, and Wolf Point for a total of 70 students. Chinook advisor, and math teacher, Gerald Llante, took 10 students to represent Chinook High School; Quentin Edwards, Aislinn Handy, Hallie Neibauer, Alexus Seymour, Mekayla Brown, Carson Kelly, Bailey Billmayer, Ayden Alisch, Carter Alisch, and Walter Schoen. Three...

  • Harlem roaring students

    Mar 27, 2024

    In an unbelievable coincidence, not only one entire class was chosen for ROARing students, but a second entire class won their grade level slot as well! That distinction goes to Mrs. Kinyon"s 4th grade class. Congratulations for earning an extra recess with Principal Bigby - Way to rule, ROARing 4th graders!...

  • It's Spring Cleaning Time!

    Mar 27, 2024

    It’s Spring Cleaning Time! The Chinook Zion Lutheran Church LWML is collecting items to send to the Orphan Grain Train (https://www.ogt.org/), a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 71 different countries including the USA. We will be loading the trailer April 21. They will take: • Bars of soap (bath and travel size) • Plastic soap box holders • Toothbrushes • Sturdy combs • School supplies (kid’s backpack, spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, sheets of construction...

  • Rev. Ritch Grimes installed as Co-pastor by Milk River Churches (MRC)

    Steve Edwards|Mar 20, 2024

    The Milk River Churches (MRC) installed Rev. Ritch Grimes as a new Co-pastor at the four congregations' joint monthly service. The MRC include two Presbyterian congregations in Havre and Chinook and the United Methodist and American Lutheran churches in Chinook. The monthly joint service is held the first Sunday of each month and is hosted by a different church each month. The joint service includes communion and a potluck following the regular worship service. The four congregations joined toge...

  • Chinook Blood Drive was held on March 5th

    Press Release|Mar 20, 2024

    At our recent blood drive on Tuesday March 5th we had 43 presenting donors with 40 units collected. Because of your generosity 120 lives will be saved. We encourage anyone who is healthy, willing and able to come help give the gift of life. Donors with all blood types are needed. Remember, blood is a perishable product that can only come from blood donors like yourself. So please, come roll up your sleeve and give the gift of life. One donation can save up to the three lives. There were no new donors at this blood drive, but we always...

  • HarlemLibrary

    Mar 20, 2024

    Be sure to join us tomorrow evening, March 21, at 6:30 P.M. for the program “The Geology of Blaine County” presented by Rod Benson. Rod grew up in Harlem, lives in Helena, and teaches high school science in Hays. He is currently in his 42nd and final year of teaching. Rod has learned as much as he can about the geology of north central Montana, and he has hiked many miles, exploring and photographing our beautiful landscape. During his presentation he will explain how oceans, volcanic activity, and ice ages shaped the Blaine County area. Ref...

  • ChinookSeniorCenter

    Mar 20, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center We have finally gotten the Foot Clinic back in session, after several attempts. I am very glad for that, as are the people who definitely need that service. We are rescheduling them for Mon., April 1st. If you have not been contacted, but would like to schedule an appointment, please call us as soon as possible. Monday, April 1st is also the birthday of Steve Edwards. It comes as no surprise to me that this man was born on April Fool’s Day. If you see him out and about, please feel free to play a t...

  • Chinook Library

    Mar 20, 2024

    The Blaine County Library Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday, March 25th at 4:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. New movies ready for checkout are Wonka, Migration and The Color Purple. “Wandering Stars” by Tommy Orange is the follow-up to his best seller, “There, There.” “End of the Story” by A.J. Finn is a spellbinding thriller. “Never Too Late” by Danielle Steel is a stirring novel about a woman striking out on her own after loss as her adult daughters try to find their own independent paths in life. “The G...

  • Montana Masonic Foundation presents donations to Local Groups

    Mar 20, 2024

    (Top) Bro. David Sageser, Senior Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of Montana, presented a check for $4000 from the Montana Masonic Foundation to Patricia Loceo Reid to be used for technology. Pictured: Bro. David Sageser, Principal Danelle Gibson, Educator Patricia Loceo Reid. Bro. David Sageser, Senior Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of Montana, presented a check for $1000 to Librarian Bonnie Ortner in Harlem, MT to be used to purchase books for the reluctant reader. Pictured: Bro. Kevin...

  • Harlem ROARING Students

    Mar 20, 2024

    (Left) Mrs. Rhonda Baker's 5th graders were chosen as the ROARing class for the week ending January 18th. These students earned this distinction by staying Respectful, Organized, Always safe, and Responsible at all times, and have earned an extra recess with Principal Evelyn Bigby. Let's hope it warms up soon so these Lil' Wildcats can make the most of their well-deserved reward! (Right) Instead of just one student, Mrs. Bear's entire class was chosen to fill the 5th grade ROARing Student slot....

  • Youth Leaders Gather in Wolf Point

    Donna Miller|Mar 20, 2024

    On Tuesday, March 5, several schools representing District V were invited to attend the Montana Association of Student Councils (MASC) meeting. Mary Zuchowski, the current District V Advisor from Frazer, elected to hold the meeting in Wolf Point. Essentially an opportunity to network with other student councils from around the state, the meeting allows youth leaders to share projects and ideas viable for implementation as well as to vote for District Officers. Three student leaders from Chinook...

  • letter to the editor

    Mar 13, 2024

    To the editor: Help can’t wait when emergencies strike — not for the family displaced by a disaster, the patient in need of lifesaving blood or the deployed service member alerted to a family crisis at home. Every day, when our neighbors face emergencies like these, they rely on local volunteers, blood donors, financial supporters and community partners who deliver care and hope through Montana Red Cross. Last year alone, we helped more than 560 Montanans impacted by disaster by delivering food, shelter and clothing, and most importantly – a sh...

  • ChinookSeniorCenter

    Mar 6, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center March is upon us and it looks like our weather will be up and down! Having spent nearly my entire life in Montana, that is exactly what we would expect. We will be hosting the Blaine County Extension office, here at the Senior Center on Tues., March 5th @ 3:00 with their presentation of Feral Swine. The Foot Clinic is rescheduled for Thurs., March 7th. If you don’t already have an appointment, please call us at 357-2648. The schedule is nearly full. Friday, March 8th is the 90th Birthday Party for T...

  • HarlemLibrary

    Mar 6, 2024

    It’s time to Buy a Bag O’Books! During the month of March you may fill a grocery sack full of used books from the Reading Room for only one dollar! The Book Challenge for March is to read a book about siblings. We have a selection on display for you to choose from. Come to “Friends & Fun!” each Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. in the library meeting room. Get together for great conversation, games and refreshments. All adults are welcome. The Book Club is currently reading “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. The next discussion wi...

  • BlaineCountyLibrary

    Mar 6, 2024

    The 2023 Montana Book Award winner is The Lost Journals of Sacajewea by Debra Magpie Earling. In The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Author Debra Magpie Earling challenges prevailing historical narratives of Sacajewea. She brings to life a mythologized figure, while casting an unsparing light on the men who brutalized her and re-centering Sacajewea as the arbiter of her own history. Written in lyrical, dreamlike prose, The Lost Journals of Sacajewea is an astonishing work of art and a powerful tale of perseverance—the Indigenous woman’s story that...

  • Local Librarian Recertifies

    Donna Miller|Feb 28, 2024

    Ninety-five librarians and trustees earned their certifications through the Montana State Library (MSL) in 2023. Among those recertified was Blaine County Library Director, Valerie Frank of Chinook. The Montana Library Certification Program was established to promote continuing education and to recognize librarians and trustees who continue to expand their knowledge and skills to provide improved services for patrons and communities. Frank, who has been certified since 2003, was initially certified on the staff track and then became certified...

  • Chinook Senior Center

    Feb 28, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center Another great week was had here at the Chinook Social Senior Center! We have had another day of Gene Allen’s entertainment. It is always wonderful to listen to his talents on both guitar as well as vocals. I feel richly blessed when he tells me that he would love to come. We also had Dr. Marsha Goetting here, from Bozeman, last week for a very informative workshop on Estate planning. She is tremendously knowledgeable. I had met her last October at the Governor’s conference on Aging, in Great Falls, wh...

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