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  • MPS Installs New Board Members

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 29, 2024

    The Malta School District met on May 15 at 7 p.m. with a newly elected Chairperson of the board, and two new members. In a special meeting at 6:15 p.m. prior to the regular meeting, Katie Brown and Kyle Kluck were administered the oath to their positions as newly elected school board members by Darlene Kolczak. Following the swearing in ritual, Kluck and Brown and board members Angel DeVries, Jessica Oyler and Katey Marquis voted and DeVries was selected as Board Chairperson, Marquis was...

  • Zortman Has a New Community Center

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 29, 2024

    When the Malta School District decided to sell the Zortman School, which has sat empty for about 30 years, the town of Zortman jumped on the opportunity to buy it. The Zortman Volunteer Fire Department purchased it at a minimal price and then the work began. Allen Berg, Zortman Volunteer Fire Department Chief, and those willing to put in labor, manpower, elbow grease and time, have made the first steps to turning the school into the Community Center. They have been scrambling and scurrying to ge...

  • VFW Pinewood Derby Held

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 29, 2024

    The VFW Buster Deo Post 4067 held a day to honor one of its' own, Dusty Prestwich, with a pinewood derby, on Saturday, May 18th. The family of Dusty, including his son, Chet, mother and step-dad, Cori and Ric Lamb, and the Lamb's, including Jalen, Janina, Landon, Jaden, Sophia, and Annaliya. VFW members and officers, Derek Oshio, Michael Kelsey, and Jim Layton were the committee delegated to manage the event. Thirty-four pinewood cars created by the young and (not so young) elderly. The...

  • Memories for Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|May 29, 2024

    1 yrs ago June 4, 2014 It is going to be a revved-up weekend in town as the 11th Annual Car Show hosted by the First State Bank, along with the PCMS drag strip races, would add excitement, bright cars and perhaps a little noise to the village of Malta. And don’t forget people…the weekend will bring in visitors from many states and Canada. Two Whitewater Penguins and a pair of Dodson Coyotes unleashed upon Great Falls for the State Track and Field meet. Kourtney Simonson set a new personal and school best in the 400. Jeret Warren, also bea...

  • Looking Back and Closing Out

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 29, 2024

    With nearly a year as the "new" band director and music director, Mr. McKenney and Mrs. McKenney McKenney took the time from their busy end-of-the-year schedule to summarize the year in a glance and a glimpse. Mr. McKenney said the year has been a nice transitional year for the family, they have made tome adjustments to their new lifestyle and the students have been outstanding. "We feel very welcomed by them and we look forward to building upon this years work." Coming to Malta from a AA...

  • 2024 Graduation Ceremonies Held Across Phillips County

    Kari Hould and Pierre Bibbs, PCN Staff and Publisher|May 22, 2024

    Last week the four high schools in Phillips County including Malta, Whitewater, Dodson, and Saco, held graduation ceremonies for their senior classes of 2024. Dodson started things off with their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 6 p.m., which featured graduations for the Class of 2024, Class of 2028 (Middle School), and Class of 2036 (Kindergarten). Whitewater started soon after, at 7 p.m. on Friday night, graduating their Class of 2024 and Class of 2028. Saco's graduation ceremony was...

  • "Now The Race Is On" For County Commissioner

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 22, 2024

    Two candidates have filed for the position of County Commissioner for the upcoming election, ballots which are due by June 4th. Bruce Christofferson, incumbent, has filed for re-election, and is being opposed by Kip Young. Both have filed on the republican ticket, so the candidate winning the primary race will be declared the winner, and there will not need to be a run-off come November. So, yes, the race is on...and as of Wednesday, May 23, (aka "paper day"), there will be 13 days before the...

  • Memories for Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|May 22, 2024

    1 yrs May 19, 2014 Malta golfer, Keenan VanWichen took the top honors of the 16th Annual Jack Brogan Memorial Golf Tournament at Marian Hills. He followed the footsteps of his brother, Spencer, who won the tournament twice in previous years. The tournament opened with “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes by Dr. Mike Gibson of Havre. Malta didn’t just hire any “Average Joe” for the job. Former standout coach and Athletic Director, Scott King, informed Nick Oxarart he is Malta’s newest head coach. Nick Oxarart will be the first coach in over h...

  • Malta Public School Elects New Board Members

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 15, 2024

    With a 58% turnout of voters in the Malta School District School Board Election held via mail-in, the voters cast their votes and elected two new members to serve on the School Board. Two positions, both 3-year terms, were on the ballot. Lynnel LaBrie, Phillips County Clerk and Recorder, provided the unofficial vote results to the PCN. The two new members of the Malta School District will be Katie Brown and Kyle Kluck, who received 442 votes and 632 votes, respectively. Incumbent board member, Carter Clausen had 398 votes, Clayton Jesson had...

  • Dodson School Election Results

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 15, 2024

    On Tuesday, May 7, the Dodson community cast their choices for members of the School Board, for two three-year terms. Bonnie Lankford decided to retire after years of serving on the board and her three-year term was up for election. The three-year term of Lisa Campbell was also up, and she had signed a petition for re-election. Other community members filing were Montie Banks, Michael Ereaux and Robert Williamson. As per the unofficial vote results provided by Lynnel LaBrie, Phillips County Clerk and Recorder, the results determined Robert...

  • Dodson Supt. Weitz Retiring

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 15, 2024

    You may have heard the saying, "All good things must end" and that is no exception to the teaching and administrative career of Gray Weitz, who will be leaving the school, community and state as he retires soon from Dodson Public Schools. As this chapter in the Life of Gary Weitz begins to unfold, he has accomplished as much in his career as one might hope to accomplish. He has been active in school districts spanning across Washington, Oregon and Montana, ranging is size of 6700 students down...

  • Whitewater School Trustee Election

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 15, 2024

    Whitewater School District was one of three schools within the county to hold School Board Elections on May 7. 2024. Incumbents Allie Olsen and Steve Young were both seeking re-election to their positions. They were being challenged by Sarah (Dunbar) Skubanni and Paul Skubanni. After the votes were counted, Olsen and Young retained their seats on the board, with Olsen receiving 47 votes and Young receiving 33. Sarah Skubanni received 20 votes and Paul Skubanni received 10....

  • Memories for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|May 15, 2024

    1 yrs ago May 21, 2014 It seemed like bad luck was the only kind of luck that Beth Casebolt attracted. Between a broken leg, house remodel repairs, and a black mold diagnosis in their home, Beth was diagnosed with cancer. On the bright side, she and her husband Garry were closing in on the process of adopting their granddaughter, Emma. A benefit to aid her was set up. The Malta School Board was updated on the new boiler system that will be installed at the elementary school this summer. The estimated budget for the project is $95,000. Gregory...

  • Local Day of Prayer Event Well Attended

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 8, 2024

    Amid the blessing of pending rain and gusts of wind, the decision to move the local Day of Prayer from the Courthouse lawn to the warm and ever-welcoming River's Bend Assisted Living Center was a wise one. About 50 people joined in prayer, worship and fellowship as the intentions for peace and answers across our nation were offered. Pr. Orvin Solberg shared, "Our heavenly Father is not caught unaware. Through prayer, we are able to tap into his wisdom, strength, protection and peace. He stands r...

  • Senior Soup was Super!

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 8, 2024

    On Saturday, April 27th, the Senior Citizens stirred up eight flavors of soup that pleased the guests. The crowd flow into the Center was constant, as though they called ahead to be assured there would be seating. An array of delicious desserts also met with the approval of those attending. The soup dinner was a fund raiser to help with the costs the Center will incur as new LED lighting fixtures are installed. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Seniors are one step closer to...

  • Jam Session Brings Back Familiar Faces

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 8, 2024

    With doors wide open, the music from the monthly jam session at the VFW Post 4067 filled the spring air adding toe-tapping songs with passer-bys. With the crowd that attended, bartender Jamie Ulrich was kept busy hopping to and fro, tending to the refreshment requests. Five birthdays were celebrated as well throughout the afternoon. A special lunch was provided by Erna Schlieve in celebration of her sister Joy's special day. She and a crew prepared and served gourmet delights, Philippine flavore...

  • Wiebe Family Observes 60 Years!

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 8, 2024

    April 5th is a day Sandra and Lester Wiebe will not soon forget. On that day, in 1964, Lester took Sandra to be wife and the bond and love have lasted 60 years, and they are looking forward to many more together. Sandra had as her maid of honor, Sharon Dyrdahl Hill and her junior bridesmaid was her sister, Lexie. Nancy Ruud Cole had the honor of being the flower girl at the celebration. Lester chose his brother, Harold, as his best man, and brother, Richard, as a groomsman. His nephew, Arne...

  • Memories for Wednesday, May 8, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|May 8, 2024

    1 yrs ago May 14, 2014 Everyone is welcome to come celebrate Ray and Arabelle McMullen’s 50th anniversary. Lunch will be served by the family at Trafton Park. County Extension Agent Marko Manoukian was at the Malta Elementary School promoting Arbor Day and demonstrating planting of trees and shrubs. Ronnie Erickson and Kyle Mitchell completed a film which will allow handicapped museum visitors to view the displays on the second floor. Their teacher is Delmer Henry. Twelve members of the Malta Golf Team qualified for State. Heading to Butte f...

  • MES Youth Show Patriotism

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 8, 2024

    Last week, Jim Layton, State Commander of The Department of Montana VFW, and Sharon Kindle and Kari Hould of the VFW Auxiliary met with the Malta Elementary kindergarten classes of Mrs. April Ost and Mrs. Janine Tuss, and listened as the youngsters recited the pledge to the flag for them. "It's never too early to start instilling a strong sense of patriotism and pride in our young people. Never," Hould said. "The county is fortunate to have schools that support reciting the pledge to the flag...

  • Chamber Holds 2024 Putt Crawl

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 8, 2024

    "The game was on" and they came with a grip and a grin to participate in the 2024 Putt Crawl sponsored by the Malta Chamber of Commerce. Seven teams geared up and made the trek from six different bars in an attempt to get the best score in the event. Three individuals, from three different teams, scored a hole-in-one at the VFW challenge. Mercedes Simanton, Jennifer Green and Justin (JP) Paul showed their skills and impressed the others and set the bar high. Paul said the course was the toughest...

  • Street Talk...for Wednesday, May 8, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|May 8, 2024

    Question: (At the Putt Crawl) How did you do and what was your technique? Mercedes Simanton: "I got a hole-in-one at the VFW and I have no idea how I did it!" Justin Paul: "It was really fulfilling to get that hole-in-one, I've heard it's the toughest hole on the course for this event. It felt good to get it, it was a nice solid swing, it felt great going through...so it was awesome." Jennifer Green: "I got a hole-in-one and I just swung. It's all in the swing of the pineapple." Katie Smith:...

  • Bessman Shares Story of Sons' Accident and Recovery

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 1, 2024

    “On July 27, 2023, my son, 15-year-old son, Forrest, miscommunicated to me what time he had to be at driver’s ed. His brother went to get him there in very awesome fashion and they ended up rolling on the Kid Curry Road, just before the (Dodson) Overpass.” Amber Bessman has spent just short of nine months living with, and dealing with, all the nightmares a mother never thought she would have to face. It is a story she shared in my office of what trials and tests of her faith she has encountered. Bessman said the word about the accident came...

  • PCHC's Streeter Passes Boards

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 1, 2024

    Morgan Streeter, of the Phillips County Clinic, recently passed her State Board Exams to become the newest licensed LCSW in Malta. She has been preparing and studying for the exam and has been working at the clinic. Streeter can see individuals for various types of concerns, including outpatient behavioral health therapy for youth and adults for individual therapy. At the monthly LAC (Local Advisory Council) on April 16 the group honored her with a cake. She can be reached for appointments by...

  • 9-8-8 Board A Success!

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 1, 2024

    For several months the Local Advisory Council (LAC), which works to promote well-being, mental health and assists with behavioral issues, has been working to fill 988 spaces on a board representing donors who contributed to the cause. 9-8-8 is the most recently activated toll-free phone number and it is a suicide help or crisis line. In an effort to bring awareness of the service the LAC created a tri-fold display. It was on display at various businesses where people could donate toward the...

  • Saco's Stahl Files For HD28

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 1, 2024

    It’s kinda like old hat to Wayne Stahl, a farmer from Saco, who threw his name into the ring to bid for the position as House of Representatives HD28 for Montana. This is not his first rodeo by any means. He has served as Town Councilman and Mayor for Saco. Wayne was also a County Commissioner for Phillips County. He served in the House of Representatives for four terms; the fifth term he worked for the Speaker of the House, Mark Blasdel. This year, though, with the re-districting of the area, he would serve brings not only new territory, it a...

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