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  • North Country Wins State C Title! Again!

    Mar 13, 2024

  • U.S. Cattle Inventory Smallest in 73 years

    Bernt Nelson, Economist|Mar 13, 2024

    Editors Note: This article was brought to the PCN's attention by Marko Manoukian, Secretary/Treasurer of the Phillips County Livestock Association. USDA's January and July Cattle Inventory reports, released toward the end of each respective month, provide the total inventory of beef cows, milk cows, bulls, replacement heifers, other steers and heifers, and the calf crop for the current year. With drought and high input costs compelling farmers to market a higher-than-normal percentage of female...

  • County Commissioners Talk PC Fair Grandstand

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Mar 13, 2024

    The County Commissioners were contacted on Monday and asked to provide an update on the grandstand project at the Dodson Fair Grounds. The Commissioners met, discussed the item and made a conference call to the Phillips County News and provided the following information. "No, the grandstand will not be completed in time for the fair this year," said Commissioner John Carnahan. The project has been put out for bids and the bids arrive at the County Commissioners office, sealed, and will be...

  • Red Cross of Montana Asks You to Test and Turn this Weekend

    Mar 13, 2024

    Daylight saving time begins on March 10 and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks forward to make sure the devices are working. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half as you only have about two minutes to get out,” said Scott O’Connell, regional disaster officer for the Red Cross of Montana. “Every second counts when there’s a home fire and the sooner an alarm alerts you to a fire, the sooner you can get to a safer place. When you turn your clocks forward t...

  • I Just Had to Get Out of the Office

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|Mar 13, 2024

    While working at the Bozeman Chronicle some 20-odd years ago I was offered the chance to take part in an adventure race. Not knowing exactly what an adventure race entailed, I nonetheless jumped at the opportunity to get out of the office for a week. A multi-discipline, team affair, the race consisted of mountain biking, hiking, rafting, riding horses, and rappelling along a 200-mile course through the surrounding mountains. I was quite comfortable with everything except rappelling, about which...

  • Where Does Time Go?

    Kari Hould, Karis Quiet Corner|Mar 13, 2024

    Wasn’t it great, after a long week of activities, tournaments, and events and exhausting one’s self out, to wake up one hour earlier! I can hear some sneers and groans as you read this. So many people lost that hour of opportunity to get their life in order…dern it! It slipped away! Wouldn’t it be nice to just decide where the clocks should be and please Mr. Benjamin Franklin, the bankers and golfers…and alleviate the need to reset clocks around the house, then read the manual to set the car clock, or just get used to adding one hour to the ti...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Mar 13, 2024

    Congratulations to the North Country Lady Mavericks on their second state championship in Class C Basketball! What awesome athletes those girls are! The tourney was in Great Falls. The Class B tournament was in Billings. Many people from Phillips County were down to take in the games. Malta had really close games and the girls played well. Bring on the track season! Brandie Stordahl and Debbie Richau were lunch guests of Dixie Stordahl to celebrate Spring Forward Day! The weather has been really...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Mar 13, 2024

    Phillips County has two teams who won divisionals and will be going to State! The Lady Mavericks won first to go to state in Great Falls and the Malta M-ettes won first to move on to state in Billings. Many from Whitewater, including Jeannie Green, went to the games in Great Falls. Best of luck to all the teams. Remember, be good sportsmanship. There was a dinner and a program at the Whitewater School to honor the players. Whitewater Lutheran Church has Lenten services on Wednesdays until...

  • Application deadline for some landowner programs is March 15 

    Mar 13, 2024

    Landowners have until March 15 to apply for Unlocking Public Lands (UPL) Program or the Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) Program. These programs are designed to provide public access to state or federal land where access is either limited or doesn’t exist.   For enrollment in UPL, landowners will receive an income tax credit in the amount of $750 per agreement and up to a maximum of $3,000 in tax credits in exchange for allowing access across the private lands via roads or trails to reach inaccessible public land. Landowners must hold the p...

  • PC Prevention News for February / Early March

    Mar 13, 2024

    Phillips County Prevention has been busy preparing for the March 18th presentation on “The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life & Death Story” by Laura Stack, Founder & CEO of Johnny’s Ambassadors of Colorado. Prior to the 6:00 pm Community presentation (for ages 21 and up), A.E. Catering will begin serving a FREE meal in the High School Cafeteria at 5:00 pm, until food runs out. The meal is being sponsored by the PC Local Advisory Council on Behavioral Health, First State Bank, Independence Bank and Bank of Malta; wi...

  • Briefly for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Mar 13, 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. (March 13) 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 at Gone to Pieces Quilt Shop at 11 a.m. every Thursday. Lunch at River’s Bend Mon. and Wed. River’s Bend Ass...

  • Memories for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|Mar 13, 2024

    1 yrs ago Mar. 12, 2014 Willis McKeon, 92, a WWII Army Veteran and retired attorney, passed away with his family at his side. Colter Salveson was this year’s Youngest Top Hand winner at the annual Wagon Train Feed. He was awarded the Red Bandana in honor of the late Darci Miller of Canada. The Montana Community Preservation Alliance fundraiser was held at the Lucky Bullet, and the fundraiser took in about $2,800 in donations. The group is still a ways from achieving their goal of providing No Monument / No Free Roaming Buffalo signs. Ron a...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Mar 13, 2024

    First State Bank of Malta Job Opportunities FSB is looking for applicants to fill various positions at our bank. We offer competitive wages, and benefits including health insurance, PTO, pension plan and so much more. If you would like to join our team please stop in and pick up an application. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 1 S First Street E, Malta, MT -------------------------------- Valley View Home Ward Clerk Valley View Home is searching for a new full time Ward Clerk. The Ward Clerk diligently works with nursing and social...

  • Legals for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Mar 13, 2024

    INVITATION FOR BIDS GRANDSTANDS IMPROVEMENTS PHILLIPS COUNTY, MONTANA NOTICE IS GIVEN that Phillips County Commissioners will receive separate sealed bids for the construction of the GRANDSTAND IMPROVEMENTS project until Monday, March 25, 2024 at 2:00 pm. No bids may be withdrawn after the scheduled time for the bid opening. Bids must addressed to and delivered by one of the following methods: 1. Mailed to the office of the Owner - Phillips County Clerk and Recorder, 314 S. 2nd West, PO Box 360, Malta, MT 59538-9643. 2. Delivered to the office...

  • AG Knudsen Helping Combat Fentanyl Problem in Montana

    Mar 13, 2024

    Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced today an over 20,000 percent increase in fentanyl seizures by anti-drug forces in Montana since 2019. Additionally, over twice as much fentanyl was seized in 2023 compared to 2022, shattering previous records. In 2023, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task forces seized a total of 398,552 dosage units of fentanyl in Montana – a 111 percent increase in the total amount seized in 2022 when 188,823 dosage units were seized. It’s also a nearly 600 percent increase from 2021 whe...

  • District 2 American Legion Meets

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Mar 13, 2024

    The Chinook American Legion Post 48 hosted the spring meeting of the American Legion and Auxiliary on Sat., March 9th. The members convened at the American Lutheran Church. Department Officers from Helena also joined those from the hi-line. The Auxiliary members met and their agenda included Recognition of the POW/MIA with the covering of a chair with the drape of the POW/MIA emblem, silent time in remembrance of those who have passed since the last meeting, and the pledge to the flag followed. The preamble to the American Legion Auxiliary was...

  • The Lady Mavericks Earn State C Title

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Mar 13, 2024

    The North Country Mavericks basketball team's 2024 State C campaign concluded the same way that it did in 2023, with a Class C State Title! The Lady Mavericks, a co-op consisting of Saco, Whitewater, and Hinsdale high school students, won their second consecutive title by defeating the Roy-Winifred Outlaws 62-31 in the State C Championship on Saturday, March 9, at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Arena in Great Falls. The North Country Mavericks played in the first game of the girls' tournament a...

  • M-ettes Fight Hard, Take Down Falcons, but Fall in Consolation Semis

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Mar 13, 2024

    The Malta M-ette basketball team's 2024 campaign ended much like their last two outings, in the State B Consolation Semifinals. The team picked up a win in the opening round of the 2024 State B Girls Basketball Tournament in Billings on Thursday, March 7, as they defeated the Florence-Carlton Falcons 48-43. The M-ettes fell to the Missoula Loyola Breakers 56-46 in the semifinals. The Breakers went on to lose the state championship game to the Baker Spartans on Saturday, March 9. Malta went on to...

  • Retan Siblings Win at State Powerlifting Meet

    Mar 13, 2024

  • 2024 All-Conference Lists, 2B and 3C

    Mar 13, 2024

  • Congratulations to the Lady Mavs on their 2024 State C Title!!!!

    Mar 13, 2024

  • School Calendars for the Week of March 13, 2024

    Mar 13, 2024

    Malta School Calendar Mar. 13: School Board Mtg. Mar. 14-15: State FCCLA Convention @ Bozeman Mar. 18: Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions Parent Presentation-Laura Stack Mar. 19: MHS Career Fair Class C Calendar Dodson Mar. 20: FFA mtg at lunch Mar. 21: Ski Trip 9th-12th Saco Mar. 13: Saco Science Fair Mar. 14-17: Band Trip to South Dakota Mar. 18-22: Missoula Children’s Theatre Mar. 18: 6th-12th Presentation in Malta Whitewater Mar. 20: HS Academic Olympics Mar. 21: Parent/Teacher Conferences...

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