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  • Graduates Turn Their Tassels Across Phillips County

    Pierre Bibbs and Kari Hould, Publisher and PCN Staff|May 24, 2023

    Last week the four high schools in Phillips County including Malta, Whitewater, Dodson, and Saco, held graduation ceremonies for their senior classes of 2023. Dodson started things off with their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m., which featured graduations for the Class of 2023, Class of 2027 (Middle School), and Class of 2035 (Kindergarten). Whitewater started soon after, at 7 p.m. on Friday night, graduating their Class of 2023 and Class of 2027. Saco's graduation ceremony was...

  • Staff Positions Filled at MPS

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 24, 2023

    Wednesday, May 10th, was a busier than usual evening at Malta High School. While members of the community gathered in the gymnasium for the final concert with Band Teacher, Eric Engebretson, others gathered in the board room for the monthly school board meeting. This was the first meeting for newly elected board members, Angel DeVries and Katey Marquis. Chairman of the Board Carter Clausen called the meeting to order, which then began with the pledge to the flag. At a meeting held earlier in the evening, the new board members were sworn in and...

  • Trio Honored for Service at Saco School

    May 24, 2023

  • JoAnn Arlene (Mork) Mitchell (April 15, 1943 - May 14, 2023)

    May 24, 2023

    JoAnn Arlene Mork was born April 15, 1943 to Arthur and Nora (Spicher) Mork in Havre Montana. She passed away on May 14, 2023. JoAnn grew up on the family farm seven miles north of Havre where she learned the value of hard work. JoAnn was always an outdoor person. She and her sister, Judy, worked hard on the farm raising cattle and farming the land with their dad. She and her siblings were involved in 4-H and always had a club calf. Her greatest time was riding the milk cow calves out of the barn, until one time she got bucked off, hit her... Full story

  • Mary Louise (Engen) Vollum (July 31, 1945 - May 16, 2023)

    May 24, 2023

    Mary Louise (Engen) Vollum died on May 16, 2023 at home in Saco, MT with her husband Vernon, Sr. by her side. Mary was born in Fairview, MT on July 31, 1945 to Alf and Phyllis (Vickers) Engen. The fourth of five children, she was raised in Fairview, Montana. After graduating from Fairview High School in 1963, Mary married Vernon Vollum, Sr in Cartwright, ND on July 6, 1963.  To this union three children were born. Sheila, Sharon and Vernon, Jr. Mary worked hard all her life and held various jobs in various locations. She especially enjoyed le... Full story

  • Dennis Aaron Rush (May 6, 1944 - May 13, 2023)

    May 24, 2023

    Dennis Aaron Rush, 79, passed away May 13, 2023, of natural causes in Billings, MT. Dennis was born May 6, 1944, in Worland, WY to Clair and Louise (Dockery) Rush. He graduated from high school in Thermopolis, WY, in 1962 and married Margo Yonkee in 1964. They moved to Missoula, MT, in January 1965 to continue their college work. Dennis worked many jobs in his lifetime, always with an outdoor component. When he chose outdoor work as his lifetime goal, he interrupted his college work with stints in the Forest Service both in WY and MT. He also... Full story

  • William "Bill" John Murdock (February 19, 1937 - May 13, 2023)

    May 24, 2023

    With a heavy heart and a tipped hat, we announce the passing of William “Bill” John Murdock, a true cowboy who rode off into the sunset one last time on May 13, 2023. Born in the rolling plains of Whitewater, Montana on February 19, 1937, Bill lived a life as vast and free as the landscapes he ranched. A man of grit and grace, his humor was infectious, his love was steadfast, and his spirit was untamed, as wild and free as his Scottish forbearers. Bill lived and breathed the cowboy way, from sunrise to sunset, under the hot sun and the... Full story

  • Briefly for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    May 24, 2023

    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. PC Library Knitting and Crochet Club The Phillips County Library hosts a knitting and crochet group from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. Amer. Legion Auxiliary Memorial Day Ceremony...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|May 24, 2023

    The days are getting longer! Just a part of the cycle around the sun! The goldfinches flew in during the week! I was thankful that I had picked up some sunflower seeds to fill the feeders! They are so brightly colored and their little voices are so cheerful! Also, the flycatchers are busy incubating their eggs! I haven’t checked the number of eggs, but I’m thinking five. The sweet peas are back in abundance also! Big patches of bright yellow all over the hillsides! The smoky skies have been...

  • Dodson News for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    Eldora Henry, PCN Correspondent|May 24, 2023

    The weather has warmed up so well. It seemed that the trees looked almost dead one day and are now all leafed out and everything is so green. The tulips are drying up already and the iris’ and lilacs are coming out with color. It is wonderful that nature does its own little thing all the time. Dodson celebrated their graduation last week and the rest of the school has another week to go. The community laid three of their long-time residents to rest, with the funerals of Willard Mortenson,...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|May 24, 2023

    To the NRA, all citizens, and gun owners: there have been 200 shootings in the US this year! Isn’t it time to abolish assault weapons, crack down on gun sales, and practice gun control? Again, sympathy to the family and friends of Bill Murdock. He will be missed, especially in Whitewater, his hometown. School is almost out. Graduation for WHS was on May 19, 2023. Malta’s graduation was Sunday, May 21. Congratulations to all the graduates. We heard there are two Whitewater teachers leaving...

  • Memorial Announcement

    May 24, 2023

    Benjamin Henry Math Benjamin (Ben) Henry Math, age 83, passed away peacefully with family by his side, on March 24, 2023, in Yuma, AZ, after a short illness. A service will be held Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 11:00 am at Wilderness Funeral Homes – Malta in Malta, MT. A reception will follow at the Tin Cup. Internment following the reception at the Saco Cemetery.... Full story

  • The Most Depressing Season Has Started

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|May 24, 2023

    In a state known for weather extremes, it’s the most dreary that I most dislike. While a week of sub-zero temperatures quickly grows old, and summer heat waves are hotter and last longer than ever before, both pale in comparison to the depressing downer of smoke season. Typically, we don’t have to deal with smoke in Montana until later in the summer when the forests dry and start to burn. It’s all preventable, we’re told, if only the forests were better maintained. One former president,...

  • Memories for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    Compiled by Kari Hould|May 24, 2023

    10 yrs May 22, 2013 Malta American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, VFW, the American Legion, and Chamber of Commerce invited the public to join them in celebrating Memorial Day as it was intended to be - to pay tribute to our nation’s military heroes, both present and past. The weekend kicks off with a breakfast on Saturday, and a parade and BBQ on Monday. The Malta City Council had secured a grant to install a handicap lift for the swimming pool. An article, printed in the PCN during WWII, was found in the belongings of Marjean Carnahan aft...

  • Legals for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    May 24, 2023

    All 2023 Personal Property tax statements for Phillips County have been mailed. The 2023 Personal Property taxes are due in one payment by 5:00 p.m. on or before June 30, 2023. If the taxes are not paid by this date, the amount payable is delinquent and draws interest at the rate of 5/6 of 1% a month until paid and 2% must be added to the delinquent taxes as a penalty (MCA 15-16-119). Ann Remely Phillips County Treasurer May 22, 2023 (Published by Phillips County News 5/24, 5/31/2023) MNAXLP -------------------- NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE To be...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    May 24, 2023

    Returning to the Milk River Gospel Jamboree Paul Family Bluegrass from Michigan June 23, 24, & 25 Visit mrgjamboree.org ------------------------- 46th Annual Memorial Day FLEA MARKET IN ST. REGIS. Montana’s Largest. Daylight to Dusk. Saturday-Monday, May 27-29, 2023. I-90 Exit 33, Follow Signs to Community Park & Community Center. StRegisMTFlea.org. ---------------------- Compliance Officer The City of Malta has a part-time Compliance Officer position available. Must have a valid driver’s license, pay rate is D.O.E. Benefits include...

  • PC CattleWomen, RCAN, Recap First Year of Beef into Schools

    Taylor French, PC CattleWomen|May 24, 2023

    As the school year draws to a close, RCAN and Phillips County CattleWomen would like to take the opportunity to review and reflect on this past year's Beef Into Schools pilot program. We certainly learned a great deal and are grateful to the community for the support and participation as we navigated a new process. We are also pleased to reflect on a successful trial: Six beef were donated to Malta Public Schools Nutrition Program by local producers, without cost incurred by the school as we...

  • Siewing Siblings Sweep Shot Put Events at Northern B; Malta Heads to State

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 24, 2023

    The Malta track teams competed in the Northern B Divisional last Saturday, May 20, in Great Falls. The M-ettes took third place in the Womens' meet as a team with 85 points and the Mustangs were sixth in the Mens' meet with 43 points. Malta will be sending a total of 17 athletes to the State B Track Meet in Butte this weekend. The event starts on Thursday, May 25, and concludes on Saturday, May 27. "I thought the teams performed really well," Malta Head Coach Desiree Egger said. "To come off of...

  • M-ettes Take Third at State, Bishop Ninth for Mustangs

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 24, 2023

    The Malta Girls Golf Team became the latest M-ette team to bring home team hardware last Wednesday, May 17, after placing third at the 2023 State B Golf Meet. The three day event was held at the Marias Valley Golf and Country Club in Shelby. It started with practice rounds on Monday, May 15, continued with day one on Tuesday, May 16, and concluded on Wednesday, May 17. "It feels pretty good," Malta Head Coach Kate Webb said. "The kids worked hard for it and in the short amount of time that we...

  • P.C. Athletes Head to Invitational

    May 24, 2023

    Malta's Bodhi Brenden (Malta Mustangs), Saco's Teagan Erickson (North Country Mavericks, and Whitewater's Paige Wasson (North Country) will be playing in the first Montana Elite Invitational, an event hosted by the Josh Huestis Foundation this Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 in Helena. The trio was picked last April to play in the event which features the top 50 Underclassmen basketball players from around the state according to the foundation....

  • Saco and Dodson Teams Compete at Eastern C Meet

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 24, 2023

    The Dodson and Saco Track track teams were both represented at the 2023 Eastern C Divisional Track Meet in Lambert last Thursday, May 18. The Panthers had two athletes punch their tickets to the State C Meet in Laurel this weekend, starting on Thursday, May 25, and concluding on Saturday, May 27. Saco The Saco Panthers were twelfth in the Mens’ meet with 10 points. Lustre won the meet with 87 points, Plentywood was second with 71 points, and Culbertson was third with 62. The Lady Panthers...

  • Phillips County Residents eligible to win in Montana Meth Project's contest

    May 24, 2023

    Phillips County residents entering the Montana Meth Project's Paint the State 2023 art contest now have the opportunity to compete for major cash prizes thanks to the generous support of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. Prizes totaling more than $100,000, including three $10,000 grand prizes, will be awarded to the top submissions. One winner could win up to $20,000. The Meth Project launched Paint the State 2023 earlier this year as a much-needed on-the-ground drug prevention...

  • Drug Addiction is a Growing Problem in the Veteran Community

    Veronica Raussin, Addicted.org|May 24, 2023

    Many veterans struggle with substance use disorders or mental health disorders. Addiction can quickly develop for some during their time in the military or when they retire or are discharged. The opioid overdose crisis, for example, has heavily impacted veterans, increasing overdoses. While this Memorial Day, we take time to honor the memory of the men and women who lost their lives fighting in one of the nation's wars, we must continue to advocate for more support to help our veterans who are...

  • Five Penguins Heading to State; LaBrie, Wasson Earn Titles At Eastern C

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 24, 2023

    The Whitewater Penguins will be sending five athletes to the 2023 State C Track Meet in Laurel, which starts on Thursday, May 25, and will end on Saturday, May 27. The Lady Penguins were fifth as a team in the Womens' meet with a total of 39 points. The following is a statement from Whitewater Head Coach Charlene Wasson. "To say this year is average is such an understatement," Coach Wasson said. "The Penguins traveled to Sidney Wednesday to spend the night before heading to Lambert Thursday morn...