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 By Steve Edwards    News    July 18, 2018 

Chinook Volunteer Fire Department is seeking more 'Volunteers'

The Chinook Fire Department recently hosted locals to learn how to join the fire department. Chief Kraig Hansen said, "We currently have 17 firefighters (three women and 14 men) on our roster, we need...

 News    July 18, 2018 

Storm does plenty of damage across the Big Flat!

A severe thunderstorm ripped through Turner, Hogeland and surrounding area's last Tuesday. The storm contained high winds, large hail and rain and left a swath of destruction that included completely...

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 18, 2018 

Harlem Friends of the Library celebrated "Community Appreciation" last week

Library Director Colleen Brommer said there was a good turnout for the Community Appreciation staged by the Harlem Friends of the Library. Brommer said the Friends always try to host some sort of a...

 News    July 18, 2018 

Ever wonder what it's like? Life of a "carny" is more than just fun and games

By Steve Edwards BCJ News Reporters note: During the recent Blaine County Fair I was working at the Lions' Club pronto pup food booth. The booth was just across from where the Dreamland Carnival was...

 News    July 18, 2018 

Local Clinic Adds Behavioral Health Services Sweet Medical Center Now Offers Integrated Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHINOOK, MT. July 13, 2018 – With the addition of Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Dustin Ratliff, Sweet Medical Center (SMC) is now able to reach its goal of...

 By Marc Kloker    News    July 18, 2018 

Reser Reservoir being drained, FWP busy trapping and transferring fish

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Marc Kloker Information and Education Program Manager Communication-Education Division Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 6 Reser Reservoir, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reservoir located approximately 18 miles...

 By David Baier    News    July 18, 2018 

Working while disabled: Social Security can help

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE By David Baier While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who...

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 18, 2018 

Good weather, great turnout for Patient Appreciation/After Hours event

Nora Conner, Outreach Coordinator with the Sweet Medical Center (SMC), earlier said she was hoping for good weather and a large crowd for the Patient Appreciation/Business After Hours event held last...

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 18, 2018 

Letter that stimulated the story about John Deere Day and the stage in the Orpheum Theatre

Reporter’s note: My story about the old Orpheum Theatre’s stage and John Deere Day appeared in the May 9, 2018 issue of the “Blaine County Journal.” My motivation to research and write that story was based on a letter I received from Calvin B...

 By Carla Jenewein    News    July 18, 2018 

Chinook Blood Drive collects 30 units

Tuesday July 10, 2018 was the Red Cross Blood Drive in memory of Amanda Oehmcke. The drive was held at Wallner Hall. There were 38 donors presenting with 30 viable units collected. The family of...

 By Katie Noel    News    July 18, 2018 

Harlem Senior Center

Thank you to: Albertsons for the vegetable and fruit snackpacks; To: Bev Devaney for the fresh cherries; To: Barb McDonald for double-bagging the bags for the Food Bank; To: Elsie Bertelsen for the case of water; To: Misty Mohar for the green beans;...

 By Marlane Wenzel    News    July 18, 2018 

Chinook Senior Center

Thank you to The Eagles, 4-H and VFW for the donations of food this week. We appreciate your thinking of us. There will be a picnic for the YAVs (Young Adult Volunteers) this Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in the park. Thank you Lauren and Lacy for being...

 By Darin Hannum    News    July 18, 2018 

Sugarbeeter Shout Out

As Chinook Public Schools gears up for the 2018-19 school year, there are several topics I would like to address with everyone: things to do, staff placements and staff needs, weight room, corporate sponsor program and possible activity fee changes....

 By Jane Krass    News    July 18, 2018 

Hogeland Happenings

We had quite a storm on Tuesday afternoon. There was terrible wind, rain and hail with it. There was a lot of damage in parts of the Big Flat. Some were hit very hard and others not so much. Area residents are still picking up tree branches and debri...

 By Diana Maloney    News    July 18, 2018 

Turner Talk

Glenna Ammen took in the Fireman Picnic on Saturday. Brian, April, Avery, and Piper Fox traveled to Amery, WI for the Fox family reunion. April and Piper continued on to Milwaukee for Jacquelyn Dinuss...

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 18, 2018 

Barn branding at Shipwheel was more than just 'watching paint dry'

Officials with the Ohio-based Certified Angus Beef ® brand recently invited guests to "#BrandtheBarn with Us" at the Shipwheel Cattle Company south of Chinook. The barn branding and accompanying...

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 11, 2018

2018 Blaine County Fair: fun for all ages

The 2018 Blaine County Fair is history. As usual the weather was a big part of the fair, determining in large part the attendance at the fair and the success of the various outdoor events. Despite a r... Full story

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 11, 2018

Centenarian, former county sanitarian "Sanitary John" Herndon returns for a visit

Reporter's note: Last February I wrote a story about John Herndon who served as Blaine County Sanitarian from 1953 to 1983. Known locally as "Sanitary John," Herndon was famous for his stinky cigars... Full story

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 11, 2018

Bitterroot Valley: 50 mile garage sale; the smokeless smokestack and a few historical factoids

Reporters note: An invitation to a birthday party in Hamilton and my wife's attempts to learn more about our adopted state resulted in our visiting the Bitterroot Valley-the valley that runs south fro... Full story


WMA in Phillips Co. Vandalized, Wardens Seeking Information

Malta game warden Ben Morin responded to a complaint of signs being shot on Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Area 8 near Nelson Reservoir on July 6, 2018. Upon arriving, Warden Morin found multiple WMA and parking signs had been shot, and there was a...


Northern Montana Bear Paw Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Havre, Montana – Bear Paw Hospice is currently seeking new volunteers for their program. Bear Paw Hospice was founded in October 1996 and is a part of the Northern Montana Health Care Organization. Over the last year Bear Paw Hospice has served an...

 By Steve Edwards    News    July 11, 2018

Matthew Gurnsey, the 'Kilted Man' to perform July 17 in Chinook

Matthew Gurnsey, professionally known as the Kilted Man, will perform two times at the Blaine County Library on Tuesday, July 17. The two performances in Chinook will be part of a tour along the...

 By Marlane Wenzel    News    July 11, 2018

Chinook Senior Center News

Cancer Support meets July 17, 2018, at 11:30 with lunch at 12:00. Please join us and welcome Dustin Ratliff. Last week activity winners are as follows: Bingo: Marilyn Williamson and Irene Gauthier; Shanghai Rummy: Elizabeth O’Brien; Pinochle: High...

 By Katie Noel    News    July 11, 2018

Harlem Senior Center

Thank You: Albertsons for the strawberries, Robin Rhodes for the jigsaw puzzle and decks of Pinochle cards Rose, Irene, Kay, Robin, Gen, Elsie, Charlie, Keith, Ed and Chuck for riding the July 4th Parade float. The new show at Fort Peck Theater is...

 By Diana Maloney    News    July 11, 2018

Turner Talk

Cody, Austin, and Isley Welsh participated in the kids rodeo at the Blaine County Fair this week. Visitors at the Randy Maloney home on the 4th were Harlan and Jane Krass, Linda and Darel Hauge, Anita and Steve Reed and family, Hilary and Natalie...


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