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  • Malta High School Hosts Speech and Drama Divisional

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Jan 24, 2024

    Just under 100 students from across the state gathered Saturday Jan. 20th, to compete in the Divisional Speech and Drama competition hosted at the Malta High School. The Team Sweeps at the close of the event were as follows: In the competition for Speech in Class B, Conrad was the winner with 51 pts., followed by Choteau garnishing 19 pts., and Cut Bank claimed 3rd with 12 pts. The Class B Drama honors were claimed by Lincoln County with 52 pts, 2nd place was Conrad with 50 pts., and Shelby in...

  • Homemade Biscuits And Sausage Gravy

    Jan 24, 2024

    Oh yeah, who doesn’t love flaky scrumptious homemade biscuits? Probably everyone loves’em. This takes place at the Malta Senior Center on Saturday, January 27, 2024, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and of course, it’s a free-will offering going towards LED lighting in the center. The Senior Center will be serving up platefuls of luscious biscuits smothered in sausage gravy bound to tempt anyone’s appetite. As always, a slice of orange to add sweetness and endless cups of coffee. All this, followed by out-of-this-world desserts. Chocolate sheet cakes,...

  • MHS Board Holds January Meeting

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Jan 24, 2024

    All members of the Malta School Board were in attendance for the January meeting on the 10th, which met at 7 p.m. Chairman Carter Clausen led the pledge to the flag. Board member Scott Meneely made a motion, seconded by Angel DeVries, to approve the agenda, minutes from the last meeting, and approve the bills. There were no applications for substitute teaching. The motion passed unanimously. There was no showcase presentation by the Middle School. Gina Lamb, Phillips County Prevention...

  • PCSO Addresses Bomb Hoax

    Sheriff Jerry Lytle, Phillips County Sheriff|Jan 24, 2024

    At 8: 30 PM on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, a Malta Elementary School faculty member received an email with a vague message and a threat that a bomb had been placed in the school. The email was immediately reported to the Phillips County Sheriff's Office and the FBI was notified. Sheriff Jerry Lytle and examined the suspicious email. It appeared there were multiple recipients. Sheriff Lytle, Undersheriff Robinson and three deputies conducted a search of the Malta Elementary School as well as the Malta High School. No suspicious items were...

  • Street Talk...for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|Jan 24, 2024

    Ken Blunt: It was the winter of 1978-79. The roads were blocked for extended periods of time. We were snowed in for over 30 days...snow was at the top of the wire fences. Myrtle Hould: We had lots of snow when I was a child, LOTS of snow. My brother Seymour was the oldest, (of 10 children) and Mother had knit a long scarf that we all hung on to and would help each other up when we fell...sometimes we fell deliberately and we would giggle. The snow was so deep. One year (1970's) Denver had to...

  • Deadline Approaching for IB Scholarships

    Jan 24, 2024

    Independence Bank is proud to offer scholarship opportunities for incoming first-year students planning to attend Montana State University-Northern. To be eligible, students must graduate from a high school in Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Liberty, Chouteau, Cascade, Pondera, or Toole Counties. Independence Bank will award eight $1000 scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year. Recipients will receive $500 during fall semester and $500 during spring semester....

  • Winter Comes With Warnings, Road Closures

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Jan 24, 2024

    Those who attended sporting events out of town on Saturday, January 20, were enjoying the trend of slightly warmer weather when they returned home, some were at the basketball games with light jackets on. After all, spring is only 57 days away! Then…Mother Nature snuck in a surprise and most of the hi-line was washed with ¼ to ½ inch of freezing rain during the night. The Montana Department of Transportation in Malta closed the main highways in the county down for safety reasons. With safety as the first concern, the decision was made to clo...

  • My Watch Keeps Me Going

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|Jan 24, 2024

    It’s hard to stay active in the middle of winter. Snow and bitter cold keep me inside the house, sunken deep in my favorite chair, mesmerized by ball games of little consequence. My watch, however, keeps me going. It tells me to stand if I’ve been sitting too long. It compliments me on the progress I make toward pre-programmed exercise goals, and it nags me to keep it up. “You can do it, Parker!” It records my daily mile walk, announcing the time elapsed through so many layers of clothing I have...

  • William "Willie" Francis Copple (September 25, 1935-January 7, 2024)

    Jan 24, 2024

    William "Willie" Francis Copple passed into the arms of the Lord on January 7, 2024, in Glasgow, Montana. Willie was born to Charles Dewey and Mary (Simpson) Copple on September 25, 1935, in Malta, Montana. Willie spent his younger years growing up in the Saco community working as a farm/ranch laborer. In 1970, he purchased his own ranch where he and his family worked together to enjoy rural life. He had a passion for all animals and they for him. Wheel and Deal, he liked to buy and sell which... Full story

  • Saco Public School First Semester Honor Roll

    Jan 24, 2024

    Congratulations to the following Saco Public School students who have made the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2023-2024 school year. Superintendent's Honor Roll List (4.00 to 3.75): Teagan Erickson (12th), Jocelyn Brown (12th), Nathan Salveson (12th), Abby Yeska (12th), Carter Pippin (11th), Ireland Mears (10th), Laytin Erickson (9th), Emerson Downing (9th), Jake Brown (9th), Chase Albus (8th). Honor Roll (3.74 to 3.25): Marshall Caves (12th), Jessa Erickson (11th), Blaine Downing (11th), Royce Strobbe (8th), Avery Salveson (7th),...

  • Beware of Latest Phone Scam

    Jan 24, 2024

    We are hearing reports of members getting a call from someone pretending to be a Triangle representative claiming that we have partnered with a cell carrier to make your home phone wireless. They instruct you to reply to a text message. This is NOT from us and you can simply disregard the call. A great way to combat these scammers is to enable Telemarketer Call Screening. This free service is easy to enable and set up. All you have to do is dial *95 and then press 6 from the menu options. Learn more and see all of the features here:...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Jan 24, 2024

    The weather changed and it is warmer which makes most of us happier! The chores are easier and the equipment starts better! But we also know that this won’t last too long! The pool here at Affinity had a broken pipe which in turn broke a piece on the furnace. It was only down for a week so I think the repair people really got to work! I took Zoey, my granddaughter, over for a swim on Saturday. Rita Frasure and I went to the symphony dress rehearsal on Friday. It was a wonderful treat! The Ahn T...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Jan 24, 2024

    Greetings from the North Pole. It snowed and was -45 below last night in Whitewater. Some people declared it higher. Bad news, my water and sewer froze up. Sympathy to all who have some problems. A salute to the pioneers (including myself), who were raised without water and sewer/plumbing. We had to be strong. I’ll ask Pat Dunbar (a local plumber) to come and thaw it all. A few days ago, all basketball games and church were cancelled due to the weather. Now, farmers and ranchers are busy feeding...

  • Briefly for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Jan 24, 2024

    Malta Senior Center BINGO is every Friday at 1:00 at the Malta Senior Center Malta School Board Mtg School Board Meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the MHS Boardroom. Times and dates are subject to change. City Council Meetings City Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at City Hall at 5 p.m. Knitting and Crochet Club The Knitting & Crochet Club will meet in the downstairs conference room of the P. C. Library from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. Lunch at River’s Bend Mon. a...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Jan 24, 2024

    For Sale 16 - 1200 LB. ROUND BALES Good Alfalfa Grass/Mix Make Offer! Call 406/390-4216 --------------------------- Carquest Auto Parts-Malta Carquest Auto Parts is looking for Full/Part-time help. Requirements 21 years or older valid drivers license able to work weekend and holidays Benefits and 401k are available along with dental and visions options. Please apply at For any questions please call the store at 406-654-2321 and speak with Amanda Carnahan. ---------------------------- Glasgow Courier...

  • Legals for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Jan 24, 2024

    CALL FOR BIDS The Malta Irrigation District will accept sealed proposals at the office of Malta Irrigation District until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024 for the purchase of: One (1) 2005 4x4 Chevrolet ½ ton pickup Vehicle will be sold in an as-is condition. It can be seen at Malta Irrigation District headquarters at 509 South 3 rd Street East, Malta, MT. Questions, contact Russ Brookie at 654-7384. Malta Irrigation District reserves the right to refuse any or all bids. Deliver bids in person or mail to Malta Irrigation District, PO Box...

  • Death Notice

    Jan 24, 2024

    Karen Carlson Kerchal, 78, passed away on January 19, 2024, at her home in Malta, MT. The family will have a private service at a later date. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Wilderness Funeral Homes of Malta.... Full story

  • Memories for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|Jan 24, 2024

    1 yrs ago Jan. 24, 2014 The Villa Theatre is scheduled to open on Feb. 8, under new ownership. Vicki and Jim Truelove, the new owners signed the paperwork to become the owners of the 60-year-old business. After 25 years as the Malta Mustang defensive coordinator and one year as head coach, Tad Schye has stepped down from his spot on the coaching staff. The life membership in the Malta 4067 VFW Post had its biggest boost when seven members of the Cummings family became life members. They include Raymond, Robert, Don, Richard, Thomas, James and...

  • Mavs and Coyotes Have Thriller in Whitewater

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Jan 24, 2024

    The North Country Mavericks and Dodson Coyotes clashed last Saturday, January 20, in Whitewater. The Mavericks won 46-42 in a thriller. In other action, the Mavs fell 56-27 to the Lustre Christian Lions in Lustre on Tuesday, January 16. They bounced back to defeat the Frazer Bearcubs 66-39 on Friday, January 19, in Frazer. Dodson fell to the Circle Wildcats 74-50 in Dodson on Thursday, January 18, and 83-28 to the Scobey Spartans on Friday in Scobey. In their win over Dodson, the Mavericks were...

  • Lady Mavs Defeat Dodson, Frazer, and Lustre

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Jan 24, 2024

    The North Country Mavericks girls' basketball team picked up a few wins last week, defeating Lustre Christian 60-22 on Tuesday, January 16, in Lustre, Frazer 84-27 in Frazer on Friday, January 19, and Dodson 70-13 in Whitewater on Saturday, January 20. The Lady Coyotes fell 55-18 to the Circle Lady Wildcats on Thursday, January 18, and 59-34 to the Scobey Lady Spartans on Friday, January 19. The Lady Mavericks were scheduled to face the Nashua Porcupines in Hinsdale on Tuesday, January 23 at 5...

  • Malta's Grapplers Show Growth in Chinook Mixer, To Host Home Meet

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Jan 24, 2024

    The Malta High School Wrestling Team competed at the Chinook Mixer last Saturday, January 20, at Chinook High School. "We had a good weekend in Chinook,” Malta Head Coach Jake French said. “Not everyone got to wrestle two matches, or even have a match. But most of our inexperienced wrestlers did and we have quite a few improvements.” Malta will be hosting their home meet this weekend. The Malta Mixer is scheduled for Friday, January 26, at 5 p.m. The night will also serve as the team’s senior ni...

  • Mustangs Defeat Harlem, Poplar

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Jan 24, 2024

    The Malta Mustangs basketball team picked up a couple of road wins last weekend, defeating the Poplar Indians 71-38 on Friday, January 19, and the Harlem Wildcats 98-71 on Saturday, January 20. The Mustangs were scheduled to face the Fergus Golden Eagles on Tuesday, January 23. Coverage of the game will be available in next week's PCN. They are also set to host the Roy-Winifred Outlaws on Thursday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m. Malta will travel to Fairview on Saturday, January 27, to take on the...

  • M-ettes Pick Up Wins Over 2B Foes

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Jan 24, 2024

    The Malta M-ettes basketball team won a pair of District 2B road games last week, beating the Harlem Lady Wildcats 70-39 last Saturday, January 20, and the Poplar Lady Indians 51-42 on Friday, January 19. In Malta's win over Harlem, Elly Anderson led the M-ettes with 14 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Kelbie Nelson had 13 points and four rebounds. Denvyr Tuss had 11 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Emree Stuart had seven points and 10 rebounds. Kylie Bishop had six...

  • Malta AAU Wrestling Team Competes at Helltown Throwdown

    Jan 24, 2024

    The Malta Wrestling Club’s AAU team went to the Helltown Throwdown, a wrestling event held in Helena on Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20. As a team, Malta placed 40th of 73 teams with 22 points. 6U (Tot) 50: Augustus Pankratz's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points. Quarterfinal - Warren Wilcox (Spartan Youth Wrestling) won by tech fall over Augustus Pankratz (Malta Mustang Wrestling Club) (TF 17-2). Cons. Round 1 - Colt Jacobi (Pioneer Wrestling Club) won by fall over Augustus Pankratz (Malta Mustang Wrestling Club) (...

  • High Speed Chase Goes Through Phillips County; Suspects Arrested

    Sheriff Jerry Lytle, Phillips County Sheriffs Office|Jan 24, 2024

    On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at approximately 2337 hours, Phillips County Sheriff's Office dispatch received a mutual aid request from Blaine County for a vehicle pursuit headed towards Phillips County on US 2. The request stated the suspect vehicle was traveling at speeds over 100 miles per hour. The occupants of the vehicle were suspected of transporting drugs. Phillips County deputies prepared to deploy spike strips at Dodson but the pursuit did not make it to that location and the vehicle was lost by the pursuing deputies. Law enforcement...

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