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  • MSIP: King Lear in Trafton Park

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jul 6, 2022

    On Wednesday, June 29, the curtain went up for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) version of King Lear. Before the show started, tour manager and actor Riley O'Toole, who has returned for his eighth tour with MSIP, greeted the crowd and thanked them for coming out to see the show and help MSIP celebrate its 50th year on tour. He thanked all of the sponsors and businesses that help make the tour possible and then thanked everyone in the crowd. "It is because of people like all of you that...

  • City Council Receives First Report on City Pool for the Season

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jul 6, 2022

    In a fairly straightforward meeting last Tuesday night, the city council got the first report on the City Pool by new manager Shay Garfield and assistant manager Izzy Siegle. They informed the council that over the first three weeks of the pool being open, they have made $8,614.77. A majority of which is from swim lessons and sign-ups. And another $1,020.72 from concessions. They have five sponsored days scheduled so far and there has been one pool party with another one on the schedule. The...

  • The Fair Must, Can, and Will Go On

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 29, 2022

    After the damage done by the high wind storm on April 5 and 6 of this year, the question of will there be any grandstand events this year at the 107th Phillips Count Fair has been answered. Yes!! The Friday night concert, Saturday derby/AMX races, and the Sunday Indian Relays and chariot races will all be held. PC Fair board member, Eric Wilke, told the PC News that the upper level of the grandstands will not be used. They have been considered unsafe. "We will be able to use the lower section of...

  • Milk River Mocha has New Owners and is Open for Business

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 29, 2022

    For all of those that have missed their drive-thru fix of caffeine on the west side of town at the corner of Hwy 2 and 191 North, the wait is over! New owners of Milk River Mocha, Matt and Shaelin Roberts, and Risa Crismore put out the open sign on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. and got their first taste of running a coffee shop. The three new owners originally come from the Libby, Montana area. Shaelin and Risa are sisters, and are also the children of the new owners of the Edgewater Inn, Challis...

  • Memories for Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Compiled by Mark Foss|Jun 29, 2022

    10 years ago- Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Local Athletes do well at Opheim Rodeo Phillips County Rodeo contestants did well at the Opheim Rodeo on Sunday. Guy Simanton of Whitewater, won the Saddle Bronc with a 64, and Alex Burnham of Saco, placed 4th with a 53. Jace Bishop, of Malta, won the Junior Breakaway with a 3.6. Justinn Marshall of Saco, won the Ladies Breakaway, with a 3.6, and Kirsty Stewart, of Malta, was 2nd with a 5.0. Isaac Farcia of Saco won the Bull Riding with a score of 81. Brenna Krueger, of Zortman, won the Junior Barrels,...

  • King Lear Invades Trafton Park

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 22, 2022

    On Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, which is celebrating its 50th year, will present King Lear. The tour, as always, started on June 15, with four nights of King Lear at Montana State University. This is followed by four nights this week, 22-25, of the other show they are doing, Twelfth Night, at MSU. They then hit the road for Hobson on the 27th and Lewistown on the 28th, before coming to Malta. The tour this year is 77 shows over a total of 85 days, ending in...

  • City Council Gets Update on Trafton Lift Station Cost

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 22, 2022

    At the June 14 Malta City Council meeting, Mayor John Demarais and the council received word that the cost for the new Trafton Lift Station came in at $200,000 over the original bid. “This actually isn’t too bad,” said Mayor Demarais. “When comparing other cities and the issues they are having. Prices are up all over. A new water tank in Cut Bank came in over a million dollars over bid. This is what the entire country is dealing with, and the city needs this new lift station.” The council approved the application for a loan in two...

  • Memories for Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Compiled by Mark Foss|Jun 22, 2022

    10 years ago- Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Malta District purchases Blue Bird bus The Malta School District is getting into the bus business. The district has purchased a 1999 Blue Bird coach bus from Bouma Truck Sales in Great Falls for $63,500. Malta trustees gave their permission for the purchase at last week’s board meeting. Supt. Kris Kuehn said the district hopes to have enough money left in the general fund at the end of June when the fiscal year ends to fund the purchase. District Business Manager Jane Knudsen said Monday it appears the...

  • Malta Swim Team Gets Going With Two Early Season Meets

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 22, 2022

    The Malta Swim Team has had two early meets this season to get things going. On June 4 and 5, the team was in Harlem for the Harlem Invitational. On June 11 and 12, the team traveled to Chinook for that Invitational Meet. Malta head coach Darrow Messerly said, “Things are going good for the early season. The kids are doing very well to start off the year, they’re working their butts off and improving every day.” In the female 200IM (ages 11-12), Taya Wilke took 5th in Harlem and 2nd in Chinook. Female 50 Free (9-10), Brooke Negus was 6th...

  • Summer Fun Starts at the Malta Swimming Pool

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 15, 2022

    The Malta City Pool opened last week with a bit of a delay due to cold and rainy weather. But things got going on Thursday, June 9, with the first day of open swimming! There is a new manager at the pool this year, but she is not a new face around the Malta pool. Shay Garfield takes the reigns this year. She is a 2017 graduate of Malta and a longtime lifeguard and member of the Malta Swim Team, coaching it for two years. "I'm really excited to be back at the pool," said Garfield. "We've got a...

  • Malta School Board Holds Its First Meeting of the Summer

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 15, 2022

    It was pretty much business as usual for the Malta School Board of Trustees as they get everything ready for the summer months and start planning for the next school year. The trustees got their new committee assignments. Personnel will be Carter Clausen and Jessica Oyler, Finance will be Clausen and Scott Meneely, Building will be Justin Lamb and Meneely, Transportation will be Kevin Koss and Lamb, and Curriculum will be Koss and Oyler. The student handbooks were approved for the next school year, with very minor changes, mostly grammatical...

  • Malta Swim Team Ready to Take on the Season

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 15, 2022

    At the end of last season, then swimmer/coach Darrow Messerly was saying that he had really enjoyed his time with the swim team and was wishing them well in the years to follow. Fast forward to this year and now, just coach Messerly, is back at the helm of the swim team. “I am excited about this year’s team,” said Messerly. “I can’t remember how many we had out last year, but we have grown to 27 swimmers this year. It’s a really good group and I am looking forward to seeing how they come together.” Last year’s team qualified...

  • First State Bank's 20th Annual Car Show

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 8, 2022

    A perfect day was the way many described Saturday, June 4. The weather was in the mid-70s, with good food, good music, and the number of entries in the car show that brought the numbers back to where they were pre-Covid. "It was a great day for the 20th Annual FSB Car Show," said show organizer Terry Skones. "We've had a great turnout today. Thanks to everyone for coming out and having a good day with us." With 90 vehicles entered into the show, vendors in the park, and businesses having...

  • Memories for Wednesday, June 8, 2022

    Compiled by Mark Foss|Jun 8, 2022

    10 years ago- Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Colgate Country Showdown Winners of KMMR’s annual country music talent show Friday night at the Malta High School auditorium were Tricia LaBrie, first place; Third Wheel, consisting of Daniel Morton, Kerri Morton, and Jeremy Beasley, second place; and Vince Mace, third place. LaBrie received the $500 prize and the opportunity to compete in the state competition in Great Falls. Second place was $200 and third $100. A total of eight contestants performed two numbers each. Three Penguins compete at State C T...

  • Despite the Rain, PCMS gets First Points Race in 2022

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 8, 2022

    After a perfect day on Saturday, June 4, for the test and tune session after the car show, the rain moved in overnight and had some wondering if the points racing on Sunday, June 5, would take place. "We have a new sweeper/vacuum truck at the track. This was the first test for it, and I think it passed," said newly appointed track manager Shane Carnahan. "We had standing water on the track when we got here this morning. We got it dried, cleaned, and ready for racing by 11 a.m." With a small...

  • 20th Annual Car Show Weekend Coming Up!

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 1, 2022

    The 20th Annual Car Show, sponsored by The First State Bank in Malta will be held this coming weekend with many events planned to keep everyone entertained. The weekend will start on Friday, June 3, with the 5th annual Color Fun Run sponsored by Malta Parks and Recreation. The 5k Run will start at 6 p.m. and the Mile Run will start at 7 p.m. Both starting points will be at Riverview Park. There will also be face painting, sand art, music, and food by A.E. Catering. Saturday morning, June 4, the...

  • Bronze Mustang Handed Out at Special School Board Meeting

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 1, 2022

    In a special meeting held just before the regular school board meeting, the board recognized Greg Skiff for his years of service on the board with a bronze Mustang. After the board accepted the canvass of the election, Board Chairman Carter Clausen stood and presented Greg Skiff with a Bronze Mustang saying, "I want to personally thank Greg for his years of service. We've been on this board for a lot of years together. We have seen a pile of changes in our years here. I believe it has been all...

  • City Council has Gone to the Dogs

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 1, 2022

    During the latest Malta City Council meeting on May 24, 2022, the council heard a report from Malta Public Works Director and City Animal Control Director Jim Truelove about several calls that have recently come in regarding dogs around town. Truelove told the council that two of the reports did contain bites in them. "Both of the bite reports were on kids," said Truelove. "In talking with the sheriff's deputies and following up by showing the reports to the judge, no actions were taken because...

  • PCHC Hires Barb Dunbar for Chronic Care Manager

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 1, 2022

    Barb Dunbar has been a registered nurse her whole career. She has now been hired by the PCHC to be the manager of a Medicare-run program for chronic care patients. "I am really excited about this program," said Dunbar. "I'm glad that the PCHC has decided to invest in this." In her role, she will act as the liaison between the chronic care patients enrolled in the program and their providers. Giving the patients another person to talk to and get questions answered. "I can be the voice for them...

  • Memories for Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Compiled by Mark Foss|Jun 1, 2022

    10 Years Ago – May 30, 2012 Retiring principal ran out of gas, stayed 31 years If principal and teacher John Roberts’ former students were writing his epitaph on some future day, what would he like it to say? “I would like them to think I treated them fairly and with respect,” said Principal Roberts, who will retire at the end of the month. Principal Roberts, who taught at Malta High School for 22 years before becoming an administrator nine years ago, won’t be saying goodbye completely. He plans to continue teaching an advanced...

  • Phillips County Schools hold ceremonies for Class of 2022

    Mark Foss and Pierre Bibbs, PCN Staff|May 25, 2022

    Over the last couple of weekends, the four high schools in Phillips County including Malta, Whitewater, Dodson, and Saco, held graduation ceremonies. Malta had the largest group of high school graduates with 34, who turned their tassels on Sunday, May 22. Dodson was the second largest group with eight high school graduates on Friday, May 20, Saco had five high school graduates on Saturday, May 21, and Whitewater had one graduate on Friday, May 13. Malta The floor-level seats were packed in the...

  • Chase is a new face at Phillips County Hospital and Family Health Clinic

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|May 25, 2022

    Michigan native, Karen Chase, is a new Family Nurse Practitioner at the PCHC. Karen grew up in Alma, Michigan. She completed her education at the University of Michigan for both her graduate, and bachelor's degrees. She has been married to her husband for 34 years and has two sons, ages 30 and 34. They are both currently in the Air Force, one stationed in California and the other in South Korea. Karen and her husband enjoy competition shooting. Both 22 cal., and long-range. She enjoys reading,...

  • Memories for Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Compiled by Mark Foss|May 25, 2022

    10 years ago- Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Hometown girl makes good as teacher It’s an old expression, but it holds true in this case. Born and raised in Malta, Mary Lundstrom graduated after studying at Carroll College in Helena and MSU Northern-Havre, with a degree in elementary education. “I always knew I was going to college and education fit me. I like kids,” she said. “I’ve always liked my job.” Four years after graduating from Malta High School, she married Art Lundstrom and worked with him part-time at the family’s furniture...

  • M-ette's 10th, Mustangs 11th at State Golf Meet

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|May 25, 2022

    Both the Malta High School girl’s and boys’ golf teams earned valuable experience at the Montana Class B State Golf Meet at the Fairmont Golf Course at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda on May 16-18. The Malta M-ette’s finished the tournament in 10th place with an overall score of +336. The winner of the meet, Columbus, scored a +184. Three Forks was second at +230, and Shelby was third at +246. The girl’s medalist for the meet was Celi Chapman from Jefferson who shot a +18 162. Second place went to Emma Woods from Fairfield a...

  • Emotional Night at the Malta HS Pops Concert

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|May 18, 2022

    The Malta seniors played the final concert of their careers on Friday, May 13. A concert that was set to be played outside, was thankfully moved into the gymnasium due to wind and rain. The choir and band sang and played numbers that they had performed at the Montana State Music Festival, most of which received a superior I grade. The night moved back and forth between different ensembles of the choir and band. Starting with the Concert Choir singing 'Hold Fast to Dreams'. That was followed by...

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