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  • 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...

  • Phillips County Museum News for Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Rose Teske, P. C. Museum Curator|May 22, 2024

    On June 18, 1923, a Farm Bureau picnic was held on the Jansy Tieden farm at Valleytown, which was a community on Frenchman Creek. The Extension Department of Montana State College conducted demonstrations on methods of hitching and handling large horse teams, different kinds of harnesses, and methods of driving larger teams using different farm equipment. The object of the demonstration was to show farmers how to cultivate and seed their fields at a minimum expense and in a timely fashion so that they could successfully raise a crop on the... Full story

  • 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...

  • Fort Peck Summer Theatre opens 55th season with The Sunshine Boys

    May 22, 2024

    Hurray! At last Neil Simon's hit comedy will make its long-awaited FPST debut, after being cancelled just three days before opening night in 2020 due to COVID. Rivalry, memories, and lots of laughs are certain to resurface when a former vaudeville team grudgingly re-unites for a CBS Television Special! George Burns and Walter Matthau famously starred in the Oscar-winning film adaptation. The classic comedy will be directed by original Fort Peck Summer Theatre company member Neal Lewing who also...

  • 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...

  • "The Last of the Real Singing Cowboys" Will Visit Malta June 28-30

    Kara Lynn Dunn, For the PCN|May 15, 2024

    Nationally known as "The Last of the Real Singing Cowboys," Ken Overcast will be in Malta, Montana, for the June 28-30, 2024 Milk River Gospel Jamboree. Ken brings a program of songs, stories, humor, and a faith born of Western heritage and a working life on horseback under the Montana sky to all three days of the Jamboree. An award-winning singer, songwriter, and author, Overcast has received the coveted Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. "We are pleased to welcome Ken...

  • 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....

  • Community Need Exceeds Available Funds

    Anne Boothe, Phillips County Community Foundation|May 15, 2024

    Over $30,000 in grant requests to the Phillips County Community Foundation (PCCF) were received for projects impacting Malta, Saco, Dodson and Zortman. The review committee was overwhelmed with the quality of projects and the financial need to complete them. PCCF thanks everyone for their submittal and is pleased to announce the following awards: -Phillips County 4H - $2000 to assist with their project to rebuild the overhang at their fair cookshack and transition to a metal structure which will require less maintenance and continue to provide...

  • FWP to host bear awareness meetings in Chinook, Havre, and Zortman

    May 15, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a series of public meetings on bear awareness, including how to minimize conflict. The events are open to the public, and area landowners are encouraged to attend. Chinook: Saturday, May 18, 3-5 p.m. at Blaine County Library located at 112 4th St W. Havre: Saturday, May 18, 7-9 p.m. at the Hill County Electric Building located at 2121 US-2 in the Hospitality Room. Zortman: Sunday, May 19, 12-2 p.m. at Zortman BLM fire station, 1 mile southeast of Zortman on Bear Gulch Road. Much of Montana has both...

  • Phillips County Museum News for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Rose Teske, P. C. Museum Curator|May 15, 2024

    Do you remember the Sunny Hillside School? It was located 14 miles south of Dodson and began in 1910. Students walked or rode horses across the prairie to attend. Though the policy of “No Child Left Behind” was unheard of in 1910 the rural teachers saw to it that each student was taught the three “R’s”. As dry years came to Montana, many families starved out and moved away. There was no longer a need for smaller schools, and many were purchased and became home additions or granaries. Congratulations to all the PC graduates. Our wish is that e...

  • 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...

  • Malta Kids Club "Camp Creature Feature" is June 3rd through August 1st

    Sonia Young, Phillips County Coalition of Healthy Choices|May 15, 2024

    “CAMP CREATURE FEATURE” is this Summer’s theme at Malta Kids Club, June 3rd-August 1st, 2024. Club will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. From glass frogs to fainting goats, tiny pygmy seahorses to the giant albatross, the world is filled with extraordinary creatures! At Camp Creature Feature kids will traverse strange and unusual natural terrains, take an in- depth look at bizarre ecosystems and learn about different animals each week. Club will also feature fun science, amazing arts & crafts, exciting group games...

  • The Montana Tobacco Quit Line Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a New Look and New Name!

    Sonia Young, Phillips County Coalition of Healthy Choices|May 15, 2024

    Since its launch on May 14th, 2004, the Montana Tobacco Quit Line has served over 115,000 Montanans and, of those, over 36,000 have successfully quit! To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, the Quit Line is getting a new logo and new name: Quit Now Montana. Quit Now Montana is no longer a telephone-only service to help people quit smoking. It has changed with the times, and this re-brand reflects that change. Quit Now Montana still offers free quit coaching over the phone and now also offers coaching through online chat to all Montanans and text...

  • MHS Class of '94 to Hold 30 Year Class Reunion

    May 15, 2024

    The Malta Class of 1994 will hold their 30-year Reunion from May 31 - June 1, 2024. They will get together at the Marian Hills Tin Cup Bar & Grill on Friday night, May 31, at 5:00 p.m. The class will then enjoy the FSB Annual Car Show on Saturday, June 1, and would like to invite all friends, family, and teachers to come say hello, reminisce, and socialize with them from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the gazebo in Veterans Park. If any parents, family members, or friends of 1994 alumni can let them know of the reunion and their activities, it...

  • American Prairie Public Bison Harvest Drawing

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie|May 15, 2024

    American Prairie is pleased to again offer an annual public bison harvest on its Sun Prairie property, with an added opportunity for five recipients to take a bison of any age. The bison harvest is in addition to the existing hunting opportunities American Prairie provides on its lands. This year, American Prairie is offering a total of 22 opportunities in the drawing, with most being awarded in such a way that gives preference to the people who live and work in Montana and the communities surrounding the conservation organization’s habitat b...

  • Darrington Earns Scholarship from Dirt Daubers

    May 15, 2024

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  • Whitewater High Holds NHS Ceremony

    May 15, 2024

    Whitewater High held their annual induction ceremony yesterday, April 17th. New members inducted were Kennedy Simonson and Sommer Green. Current members who performed the ceremony: Ava Hanley, Kendall Scheffelmear, Paige Wasson, and Shelbi LaBrie....

  • Daubers, Kiwanis, Decorate Barrels for Spring

    May 15, 2024

    The Malta Dirt Daubers, along with help from the Malta Kiwanis, spent a busy Saturday afternoon decorating almost 50 oak barrels located around Malta. Each barrel received a small white fence, colorful birdhouse and artificial spring flowers. Later this month live flowers will be put into the oak barrels. The Dirt Daubers and Kiwanis have continued this special project for years to help beautify Malta....

  • Into the World of Dinosaur Mummy

    Anne Boothe, Great Plains Dinosaur Museum|May 15, 2024

    The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum is excited to launch their new exhibit “Into the World of the Dinosaur Mummy” on Saturday, May 18th with free admission and a special showcase beginning at 4 p.m. Utilizing tourism grant funds from the Montana Department of Commerce Eastern Montana Initiative, the project invested in technologies to develop an interactive wall exhibit, a marketing plan that included an updated website and social media campaign for an augmented exhibit focused on the Mummy Dinosaur, Leonardo. Discovered in Phillips County in 200...

  • Farm Bureau Urges Federal Agency to Rethink Removing Ag from Refuges

    Rebecca Colnar, Montana Farm Bureau Federation|May 15, 2024

    Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong concern at the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove agriculture from Refuge lands. In a letter to the federal agency, the state’s largest general agricultural organization pointed out that hard-working, family businesses raise food and fiber on a combination of private, federal and state land and some of those families have cooperative agreements on wildlife Refuge lands. MFBF President Cyndi Johnson explained that with 22 wildlife refuges in Montana, such as the C.M. Russell W...

  • School Calendars for the Week of May 15, 2024

    May 15, 2024

    Malta School Calendar May 15: Golf State Meet @ Shelby May 16: MHS Baccalaureate/Class Night May 17: Div. TR @ Glasgow Senior Check Out May 18: Div. TR @ Glasgow May 19: Graduation May 21: MES Band/Music Concert Class C Calendar Dodson May 15: Academic Awards Night May 16: TR, Div. @ Wolf Point May 17: Graduation May 20: Staff Dinner for Mr. Weitz @ Tin Cup May 21: Taco Lunch for Mr. Weitz Saco May 15: Senior Checkout May 16: TR, Div. @ Wolf Point May 18: Graduation May 20: Elem. Field Trip May 21: 100 Pt./Book Celebration Spring Concert K-5th...

  • Patty's Floral and Greenhouse Is Ready for the Rush!

    May 8, 2024

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