Read about: Family Connections Encourages Community Collaboration to Get Montana Back to Work ~ 3 Steps to Avoiding Financial Crisis ~ Unsolicited Seeds From China Generates Concerns ~ Water Policy Interim Committee Supports MT Water Rights Protection Act~ Surplus Drawing Licenses and Permits Handled in New Way ~ News Release for the Upcoming 2020 Blaine County Fair ~ FWP Joins Coalition That Promotes Responsible Recreation ~ Blue-Green Algae Outbreak Occurs in Bailey Reservoir, Possibly other Locations in Northeast Montana ~ Blaine County COVID-19 Case Update

Our regular features: Ranching for Profit – Professionalizing Your Ranch ~ Joyce Meyer – Are Guilt & Shame Stealing Your Joy in Life? ~ Things to Know ~ Classifieds.

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Family Connections Encourages Community Collaboration to Get Montana Back to Work

 In a press release dated July 24, 2020, Family Connections’ Outreach and Consumer Education Specialist, Heather McCartney-Duty, reported results from one survey (ENHANCEMT.ORG) indicating that over 90% of Montana families currently have the same or greater child care needs since March. Additionally, over one quarter of child care providers in the Treasure State have concerns about sustainability with the cost of care increasing as much as twice the amount before the pandemic.        As Heather pointed out, the path to economic recovery is up for debate, but two needs are not in question: employers need a workforce and working Montana families need child care to return to work. Who can help and what can they do? Families, Employers, Schools, Childcare Providers, and the Communities these families and child care providers call home are encouraged to collaborate to determine favorable outcomes based on policy changes, funding, and support for the well being and sustainability of healthy Montana families. 

Heather can be reached at heatherm@familyconnectionsmt.org or 761-6010. Childcare providers can reach out to Heather as well as local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies for support and guidance at http://www.mtchildcare.org. Read the following press release below:
Official Press Release… 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 24, 2020Heather McCartney-Duty, heatherm@familyconnectionsmt.org 406.761.6010Communities in Collaboration for KidsEconomic recovery paths are largely up for debate. Two things are not up for debate however: employers need a workforce and families need child care.
Pre-COVID19, child care was inadequate. Initial results from the ENHANCEMT.ORG survey show that over 69% of Montana families have experienced a negative impact from COVID19. 92% of those families currently have the same or greater child care needs as before the pandemic.In tandem, just over one quarter of child care providers are worried about sustainability. Pre-COVID, cost of care was between $30-40/per day per child. During the pandemic, cost of care is between $60-73. Lower ratios require more staff. Hygiene protocols have increased and supplies are limited. Additionally, families in some communities are not attending care.Employers experience increasing pressure to provide services and goods, but employees may be choosing whether to parent or work. The Council for a Strong America published a report in 2019 citing that in a pre-pandemic year, inadequate child care resources costs employers a loss in productivity and revenue to the tune of $13 billion. Yet, according to a recent survey conducted by Society for Human Resource Management, a mere 32% of companies have any plans to support their workforce in addressing their child care needs.
Additionally, schools are slow in releasing plans for fall.
What can be done immediately and in the near future?
1. Communities: realize that child care is a social good and requires community-wide solutions including cross-sector collaboration, policy changes, and funding. The whole host of services offered to keep life running smooth require people who often need child care in order to show up to work.
2. Families: let your employer know that access to affordable child care is a barrier to being available to work. Petition for family-friendly policies and supports. Take advantage of pre-tax contributions. If you have child care, pay your bill on time and in full.
3. Employers: look at ways to be flexible and profitable. Consider flexible work schedules and places, offer more paid leave, purchase child care slots with a licensed provider, provide child care stipends, or pay for back-up child care. Think about the possibility of on-site care or support for school-aged children.
4. Schools: explore ways to partner with child care providers and employers so that children have full days of care and instructional support.
5. Child care providers: communicate your needs to families and review your contracts. Reach out to your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for supports and guidance at http://www.mthchildcare.org.Nothing in this pandemic is easy. Creativity and collaboration across communities will create solutions that are viable and sustainable. Regular communication of needs and plans helps everyone adjust in sync, so that no child is left alone or without support.
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Heather McCartney-Duty is an Outreach and Consumer Education Specialist with Family Connections, a non-profit Child Care Resource and Referral agency. She can be reached at heatherm@familyconnectionsmt.org.

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Things to Know: Free postings for Non-Profit Community Events

Aug. 3- Sept 3: Bearly Square Quilting in Havre 5-week mystery quilt project starts August 3rd. You can order either an embroidery or quilting kit. Visit the Bearly Square Quilting Facebook page, call (265-4424), or stop by the shop to reserve your “Love Notes” mystery quilt kit today.

Aug 3 to 13: Fort Belknap 4-H Fair 2020 Private Treaty Sale. Immediate questions? Call Ramona King (353-2656) or Liz Werk (390-3080) or email (ftbelknap.4h@gmail.com). Additional Information will be posted on the Fort Belknap 4-H Facebook page. Thank you for supporting our youth!

Aug. 6: Thursday, 6:00 p.m. Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation Meeting, at the Girl Scout House in Chinook. We welcome everyone to attend and give their feedback on projects that the Foundation is fundraising for in regards to the Chinook City Pool and the Sweet Park.

Aug. 20: 3 p.m. Montana Beef to School Coalition Meeting will take place on-line. This event is hosted by Montana Farm to School. To register for the online event and receive an digital invitation, check out the Montana Beef to School Coalition Meeting Events page on Facebook.

Aug. 26: 5:30 p.m.: Great Northern Development Corp is hosting the online The Minnow Tank Business Plan Development event for entrepreneurs planning on submitting a business plan for Minnow Tank. Class topics will include business plan basics, marketing and other information. To register, go to https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4688

Aug. 29 & 30: Growing a Healthy Future- Soil Health Workshop with Nicole Masters. Tin Cup, Malta Montana. 9-5pm
Contact Patti Armbrister for more information 648-7400

Sept. 6: Malta, MT – Milk River Hustle-N-Malta men/women team barrel races, and WYLDMAN rodeo. More details to come.

Oct. 30: Tues. 8:30 a.m.: Rise and Restore Small Business Summit at Sidney. Registration available at bit.ly/riserestore with “Early Bird” registration for only $35 before October 1st. Need more details? Visit the Rise and Restore Small Business Summit Event Page on Facebook.

Attention, Songwriters! August marks the end of the KNMC Quarantunes Challenge for 2020. Best submission to the August songwriting challenge will receive a custom leather guitar strap handmade by Isaak Opatz. Submit your original song to KNMC by August 31st to enter the contest! Visit the KNMC 90.1 College Radio and Havre Area Events pages on Facebook for more information. Good Luck!

New Rural Grant Opportunity Applications now available for a new round of nationwide relief for small businesses in rural communities. The application window closes quickly. To learn more, visit https://lisc.org/covid-19/small- business-assitance/small-business-relief-grants/lowes/ or visit the Great Northern Development Facebook page.

Country Time (Lemonade) has created the “Littlest Bailout,” an economic relief package to help kids preserve the values of lemonade stands, hard work, and entrepreneurship. Check out details; this is for youngsters so there are some restrictions. Visit https://www.countrytimebailout.com to apply and learn more.

Blaine County Library at Chinook announces Storytime at the Library! Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s area at the library. Need more information? Follow the Blaine County Library Facebook page, check out their website at www. blainecountylibrary.org, or call 357-2932. The library is open Mondays 12- 7p, Tuesdays 10a- 6 p, Wednesdays 12- 7 p, Thursdays 10a- 6p, and Fridays noon to 5 p.m.

Phillips County Library is currently hosting the Carnegie Libraries Carnegie traveling exhibit. Phillips County residents are invited to come learn more about the history of Montana’s 17 Carnegie libraries, which were built across the state at the turn of the 20th century. For more information, call the library at 654-2407 or stop by Mon-Thu (10-12/1-6) or Fridays (10-12/1-5).

Liberty County Summer Fair: Every Thursday thru September 3rd from 5-7 p.m. At Lions Park on Highway 2 in Chester. For vendor info and other details call 759- 4848.

Havre Beneath the Streets is OPEN for business. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Call 265-8888 for tour times and booking reservations.

Chinook Wildlife Museum Hours for July and August 2020: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Sundays 1-5 p.m. Masks recommended, but not required. Practice social distancing. Come see us!

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Professionalizing Your Ranch

There are two types of athletes, professionals and amateurs. The professionals get paid to play. The amateurs have to pay to play. I look at ranches the same way. The professionals get paid to ranch. The amateurs subsidize their operations with unpaid family labor, off-farm income and inherited wealth.

Some people balk at the idea of professionalizing their ranch before they even see what’s involved. They assume that professionalizing the ranch will take the fun out of the operation and detract from owner value. They have it backwards.

Professionalizing the ranch means clarifying roles and accountabilities. It means making sure that everyone in every role is qualified to produce the results required by their position and they are compensated fairly. It means having regular, effective communication on everything from big strategic issues to day- to-day challenges. It means selecting and structuring enterprises to produce positive cash flow and make a real economic profit.

When you compare your neighbor’s place to a professionalized ranch, several things stand out:

Professionalizing the ranch may seem daunting. It is a lot of work. But it is work that results in fewer crises and less stress, healthier relationships and more profit.

Professionalizing your ranch may not be as hard or take as long as you think. Most people assume it’s hard because they don’t know how to do it. They weren’t born with the knowledge and no one ever taught them.

At the Ranching for Profit School participants learn how to Work On The Businesses (WOTB) and professionalize their ranch. We recommend they devote two mornings a week to WOTB. That’s 104 mornings a year. That’s plenty of time to professionalize your ranch once you know how to do it. The key is making the commitment to devote 2 mornings/week to WOTB.

I believe T. Harv Eker was right when he said, “If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you’re willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.” Professionalizing your ranch is one of those hard things that makes life much easier.

April 10, 2019 – Dave Pratt

3 Steps To Avoiding Financial Crisis

By Rachel Cruze

The state of the economy, and our country as we know it, is crazy at the moment. But I don’t want you to live in fear. I want you to take a deep breath, and know that you can control your financial future. Here are three things you should do with your money right now.

1. Write down your financial goals
I recently read about a Harvard study on written goals. They asked students if they had set clear, written goals for their future and made plans to accomplish them. Only 3% of them had written down their goals and plans. Thirteen percent had goals, but hadn’t written them down. And 84% of respondents didn’t have any goals at all.

Ten years later they followed up with the students. The 13% who had goals that weren’t written down were earning twice as much as the 84% who had no goals at all. But here’s the real kicker: The 3% who had written down their goals were earning 10 times more than the other 97% combined.

That’s the power of a written goal. I can’t emphasize enough how crucial it is that you write down your goals. Your goals can be anything from getting out of debt by the end of the year, to making a plan for retirement. Even your budget counts as a written goal for your money every month.

When you write down a goal, you’re motivated to stick to it. You’ll work harder and move heaven and earth to make it happen.

2. Save up an emergency fund

An emergency fund turns a crisis into nothing but an inconvenience.
At Ramsey Solutions, we teach the 7 Baby Steps. They help you

get out of debt, and build a life you love. Baby Step 1 is to save a $1,000 emergency fund as your cushion while you’re getting out of debt. Then, pay off all debt using the debt snowball. In this step, you list your debts from smallest to largest (regardless of interest rate), and knock them out one at a time. Once you’re out of debt, save three to six months of expenses as your fully-funded emergency fund.

Can you picture a life with no debt, and a fully funded emergency fund in the bank? Not only are you in a strong position financially, but you aren’t worried about a financial crisis either. That peace of mind is priceless!

3. Change your mindset about money
You get a credit card offer in the mail with an amazing deal on points that you just can’t pass up. Your friends invite you on vacation, and instead of missing out, you dip into your emergency fund. It’s time to send your kids to college so you take out a Parent PLUS loan. But none of these choices are going to set you (or your kids) up to win with money. This is where self-awareness is key. Don’t let an old habit or an “easy” out creep in and ruin your progress. You’ve got to know yourself well enough to know what you’ll be tempted by, and what to guard against. You’ve worked too hard to let a momentary distraction take away what you’ve built. If you’re ready to stop worrying, stressing and losing sleep about money for good, you’ve got to say never again. Never again will you be at the mercy of a global economic crisis. Never again will money keep you up at night.

Once you commit to your goals, get out of debt, save your emergency fund, and change your mindset, nothing can stop you!

Water Policy Interim Committee Supports MT Water Rights Protection Act

In a letter submitted July 14 to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, members of the Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) recently voiced their strong support for the ratification of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Water Compact as part of the Montana Water Rights Protection Act (S. 3019), introduced by Senator Daines and co-sponsored by Senator Tester, according to a press release by Colter Brown

The bi-partisan committee is comprised of members from both the Montana State House and Senate that conducts detailed analysis of water-related issues. Additionally, the WPIC provides oversight of state agencies regulating the quality and quantity of water in Montana. The role of WPIC includes working with Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP), which works well to provide a unique perspective of S 3019 that is representative of all users across the Treasure State.

In the letter signed by Rep. Zach Brown, who is the presiding officer of the WPIC, it is stated that the compact will protect both Indian and non-Indian water rights as well as rehabilitate vital irrigation projects that support some of Montana’s most productive lands, as well as conserve resources for riparian habitats.

To read the letter in its entirety, visit https://dehayf5mhw1h7. cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/1037/2020/07/28162309/07- 14-20-WPIC-S3019-Letter.pdf

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Enjoying Everyday Life
Joyce Meyer

Are Guilt & Shame Stealing Your Joy in Life?

Are you bugged by a guilty conscience…carrying around baggage from a certain mistake or decision that produces feelings of regret or even self-loathing?

We’ve all said or done things that we wish we could take back. And while it’s completely natural to grieve over a bad decision or mistake you have made, it is not God’s plan for you to live with guilt and condemnation. Jesus came to set you free from that kind of life (see John 3:16-17; Romans 8:1).

As believers in Christ, God forgives our sins completely. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (ESV).

That’s how amazing God’s love is! And when you trust God’s promise of forgiveness, any burden of guilt that you have will be lifted from your shoulders.

Breaking the Habit of Guilt
I had a terrible problem with guilt for many years of my life. I grew up in an angry, unstable, abusive atmosphere, which caused me to become a negative, angry, judgmental adult who didn’t like myself or anybody else for that matter. As a result, I often behaved in ways that I regretted later, especially in my relationships.

Through the years, guilt became so ingrained in me that I just didn’t feel right if I didn’t feel wrong. And I carried those negative feelings with me right into the early years of my ministry.

For example, whenever I went to God in prayer, I would automatically focus on two things—my problems and my mistakes.

I’ll never forget the morning God spoke to my heart and said, “Joyce, are you going to spend time with Me today or are you going to keep focusing on your sins?” At that moment, I realized God wasn’t mad at me; He loved me. And He was encouraging me to drop the dead weight of my guilt.

God Does Not Expect Perfection
Many people struggle with guilt because they think God expects more of them than what they can deliver. Some people even think He expects perfection, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

God’s Word says in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The Bible also says that “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20). This verse isn’t saying you should live a sloppy life and sin as much as you want; it means when you fall short of perfection in any area of your life, you will always have another chance to get back up, brush yourself off and try again with God’s help.

What Does God Expect from Us?
The apostle Paul explains what God requires of us in Philippians 3:12-14, which says, “Not that I have already obtained [righteousness] or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

God simply expects us to grow, and we can’t do that if we’re stuck in guilt. In Christ, we can forget about what lies behind us—the things we cannot change— and press on, doing our best in the present moment.

One thing that has helped me get over my guilt trips (which I used to take on a daily basis) is realizing they are totally, completely useless, and they didn’t help me behave any better. Actually, all they did was make me act worse.

The truth is the only way to make progress is to let go of what lies behind.

Race at Your Own Pace
We will never be perfect in this life and God knows that. He is full of mercy and He doesn’t want you to get up each day and worry about what you did yesterday or what you might do wrong today. God wants you to trust His love for you and receive His forgiveness so you can move forward, completely guilt free.

Jesus said, “…Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full ” (John 16:24).

When you ask God for His forgiveness, don’t just stop there. Take a moment and receive His forgiveness. Say out loud, “God, I receive Your forgiveness. Thank You for giving me a fresh start. Because of what You have done for me, I am filled with joy.”

You don’t have to waste any more time focusing on your mistakes and weaknesses. Spend time with God and learn from His Word. And remember, God loves you and He is always cheering you on to victory.

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For more on this topic, order Joyce’s four-teaching CD series Pursuing What Matters Most. You can also contact us to receive our free magazine, Enjoying Everyday Life, by calling (800) 727-9673 or visiting www.joycemeyer.org.

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Unshakeable Trust: Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org Please note: The views and opinions expressed throughout this publication and/or website are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Surplus Drawing Licenses And Permits Handled In New Way

Hunters interested in purchasing licenses or permits left over from the special license and permit drawing will find a different process this year. The old process was vulnerable to long lag times, confusion, and a perception of inequity for those unable to use the first-come, first- served online option starting at 5 a.m.

New this year, hunters need to sign up for licenses and permits through MyFWP on the FWP website. The resulting Surplus License List will be randomized with hunters at the top of the list contacted via email with instructions to finalize their purchase within a specified time.

To be placed on the Surplus License List, resident and nonresident hunters can sign up through the MyFWP portal: https://myfwp.mt.gov/ fwpExtPortal/login/login.jsp. This new process requires hunters to keep their email address current in their ALS record. Payment of the license fee is not required to sign up on the Surplus License List. Obtaining a license from this list has no effect on your existing preference points.

Hunters must finalize the purchase of the license/permit within the timeframe specified in the email, otherwise, your opportunity will be offered to the next hunter on the randomized list. FWP may offer opportunities that have not sold out through the Surplus License List to over-the-counter customers at our internal and external license sale providers.

The timeframes to sign up for the various Surplus lists are as follows:

Deer & Elk Permits, Deer B & Elk B License: July 21 – Aug. 7

Antelope, Antelope B, Swan, Crane, Special Mountain Lion: 12 – Aug. 24

Nonresident Hound Handler License: 16 to Sept. 28

Nonresidents who hold a NR Native license, Youth Combo license, or NR College Student Combination license may purchase Deer B and Elk B licenses at half price.

For more information, contact the FWP licensing office at 406- 444-2950 or fwplic@mt.gov.

News Release for the Upcoming 2020 Blaine County Fair…

Our fair will look different this year. The MSU Blaine County Extension Office and the Blaine County 4-H Council have been working with 4-H members, leaders, parents, the Blaine County Health Department, Blaine County Fairboard and several others to come up with a plan to make the most of our 2020 Blaine County Fair.

We have condensed our schedule down in order to get through our shows and the sale as efficiently as possible. We ask that spectators be limited to family members of participants. We will not be opening our 4-H Chuckwagon, 4-H Indoor Exhibit Building or animal barns this year. We will make sure to post pictures of all the participants with all of their projects on our Facebook pages. All shows will be streamed on Facebook. Visit the Blaine County 4-H Facebook page to view youth and their projects and to watch all shows.

The 2020 Blaine County Fair Youth Livestock Sale will be online and live in-person. The sale will take place Saturday, August 15th at 9:00 AM at the outdoor show arena between the Swine and Sheep barns. Please note the change in date and time. All supporters are invited to attend in-person. Signs will be posted reminding everyone of social distancing. We are still working on the online option at this time for anyone who cannot attend in-person. Anyone interested in purchasing a market animal is invited to attend the sale in person or to view the sale online. We will be sending out more info on the online portion as it is finalized. If you plan to purchase a market animal, please make arrangements with your local processor. We will be delivering animals to Bear Paw Meats and Hi-Line Packing. If you would like them delivered elsewhere, please make arrangements and please let the Extension Office know as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Julianne Snedigar (MSU Blaine County Extension Agent) at the Blaine County Extension office as soon as possible at 406-357-3200 or julianne.snedigar@montana.edu.

FWP Joins Coalition That Promotes Responsible Recreation

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has joined the Recreate Responsibly Coalition. This national coalition is a working group made up of land managers, nonprofits and outdoor businesses developing and sharing best practices to promote common sense guidance about getting outside during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FWP’s participation in the coalition coincides with the launch of Montana Aware, the state’s safe travel initiative being led by the Montana Department of Commerce in partnership with 17 Convention and Visitors Bureaus and six tourism regions. The campaign promotes safe and responsible behavior among those traveling in the state. The two efforts focus on educating travelers and recreationists on the best way to safely enjoy Montana and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We are all finding respite and rejuvenation outdoors this summer, but some of our most treasured spots are seeing an unprecedented amount of use,” said Martha Williams, director Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. “This high level of use can impact resources, experiences, and neighbors’ tolerance. Recreating responsibly means being able to ensure we protect these treasures, opportunities, and relationships for others to enjoy as well. The outside is in us all and we want to keep it that way.”

The Recreate Responsibly Coalition guidelines are:
Know Before You Go—Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a backup plan.

Plan Ahead—Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.

Explore Locally—Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit.

Practice Physical Distancing—Keep your group size small. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.

Play It Safe—Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.

Leave No Trace—Respect public lands and waters, native and local communities, and private property. Take all your garbage with you. Build an Inclusive Outdoors—Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Messaging for Recreate Responsibly and Montana Aware will be delivered to audiences in-state and out-of-state through a variety of mediums including social media.

For more information on the Recreate Responsibly Coalition, visit https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/. For more information about Montana Aware, visit MTAWARE.COM.

Blue-Green Algae Outbreak Occurs In Bailey Reservoir, Possibly Other Locations In Northeast Montana

Last week, Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) notified Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks of a blue-green bloom at Bailey Reservoir Fishing Access Site in Hill County. These algal blooms are not uncommon in waters across northeast Montana as we head into late summer and early fall. These outbreaks are known as Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), as they sometimes pose health risks for people, pets, livestock, and wildlife.

HABs are caused by blue-green algae that are native to Montana’s freshwater lakes and reservoirs, according DEQ,. They are not Aquatic Invasive Species. Scientists believe the blooms are occurring at more locations, however, with increased frequency and longer duration than they have in the past. Causes may include warmer water temperatures, longer summer growing seasons and increased nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from a variety of human activities.

What does a HAB look like?

Blue-green algae blooms often look like pea soup, grass clippings, or green latex paint. The algae are usually suspended in the water column or aggregated into floating mats.

Not all varieties of blue-green algae are harmful, but some, under certain conditions, can produce dangerous poisons called cyanotoxins. The following are some recommendations and considerations concerning HABs:

Do not drink, swallow, or swim in water that shows signs of a HAB and be sure to keep kids and pets or livestock away from the water.
Direct contact, ingestion or inhalation of cyanotoxins may irritate the skin, eyes, nose, throat and respiratory system, or cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache or liver and kidney damage.

It is not clear if consuming fish caught during Harmful algal blooms poses a health risk to humans. There have been no reports of people becoming sick from eating fish caught during a bloom, however there has been no definitive research assessing the risk to human health.

If you suspect a HAB-related illness in a person or animal, including livestock, call Poison Control immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

In past years, HABs have occurred at Bailey Reservoir (Hill Co.), Cow Creek Reservoir (Blaine County), Bear Paw Lake and Beaver Creek Reservoir (Hill County), Nelson Reservoir (Phillips Co.), and Medicine Lake (Sheridan Co.), along with other places around Montana When recreating at these reservoirs, please keep a lookout for HABs. When in doubt, stay out!

UPDATE: Today Blaine County’s One Active COVID-19 Cases Met The Criteria To Be Considered Recovered.

Total Cases: 7

Active: 0

Recovered: 7

The Health Department and Health Officer in Blaine County encourage mask use per the Directive’s guidelines regardless of active case counts in the County. We also remind you to continue to practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands.

Classifieds

For Sale by Owner:  10 acres of Country Property, divided into 5 pastures w/ 5 bed, 2 ba. house w/ 2100 sq. ft. living area + 400 sq. ft. bsmt and 2280 sq. ft. building w/ electricity, 6″ fiberglass insul. throughout, divided into 38’x40′ shop area w/ 14′ ceilings (16’x13′ door), and 3-car garage w/ elec. doors and 8′ ceiling.  16 mi. east of Havre.  ONLY $280,000.  Call Douglas Plouffe at 406-357-2487 for showing.                

Wanted:  50′ to 70′ power poles from “old” transmission line from Ft. Peck to Great Falls.  Please call or text to 390-0455.     

For Sale: Savage 6.5 Creedmoor w/ scope, $675.00; Ruger .41 mag Blackhawk new model, single action, new-in-box, $627.99; Ruger .44 mag Blackhawk new model, single action, $689.99; Bergara .300 Win mag., 25″ barrel, muzzle break, scope plus ammo, $693.99. Call 406-403-1804.  

FOR SALE: Used oilfield pipe, rods, cable & guard rail. New HDPE pipe. Engineered bridges for pivots, vehicles, walking & ATV. Clips & post caps.  Toll free- 866-683-7299 or 406-453-7299 BIG SKY PIPE AND SUPPLY, Great Falls. Call TODAY and Ask for our free catalog. VISIT US ONLINE http://bigskypipeandsupply.com/html/     

Help Wanted: Dairy Queen in Glasgow is looking for 2 front counter employees. Call Stacey at 228-8342 for info.

Now through August:  Free College Classes at Aaniiih Nakoda. College.  Some restrictions apply. Call 353-2607 or check out the college website at https://www.ancollege.edu for details and to register  

Help Wanted: Andy’s will be holding open interviews from 4-8 p.m. Monday, July 20th. Look your best, show up during these times, and bring a completed application with you. Applications are available at andyssupperclub.com Good Luck!

Daily Monday through Friday: Chinook Senior Center has lunch meals available for pick up. $5 for seniors, $6 for others. Cinnamon rolls and other treats available by ordering in advance. Call to find out more or place an order today: 357-2648.

Help Wanted: Vic’s Place in Havre is looking for a server. Stop by Vic’s for information.

FOR SALE: BARGAIN PRICING on 14 to 100 foot Bridges, 8 to 36 inch I Beams, and 12 to 24-inch pipe. Contact Ed toll free- 866-683-7299 or 406-453-7299 BIG SKY PIPE AND SUPPLY, Great Falls. Call TODAY and Ask for our free catalog. VISIT US ONLINE http://bigskypipeandsupply.com/html/    

Help Wanted: Hi Line Retirement Center in Malta is now taking applications for a COOK and DIETARY AIDE. Call Barb Bushman for an application at 654-1190.

Rudyard Community and Gildford Senior Centers have their menus available on the Rudyard Community Facebook page. Call Rudyard Center (355-4240) or the Gildford Center (376-3170) to schedule meals.

For Sale: Roll and lock bed cover.  Came off a 2009 dodge ram 1500. 6’4″ bed.  Asking $400.  Contact Byron Yellowrobe  via facebook.

For Sale: 1116 New Holland swather 2940 hours.  16 ft. header.  Field ready, new batteries, oil changed, ready to go to cutting. Have the conditioners but they aren’t on it currently.  Asking $4500.    Located south of Malta.  If interested call:  406-301-3125.    

Help Wanted: Join our growing team! We are hiring a goal-oriented individual for an asst. Service Advisor at American Garage, Chinook. Competitive pay DOE, $12-$17/hr. M-F, 8-5. Exc. cust. svc, interpersonal, computer & comm. skills. Est. repairs, phone calls, Sched. Appts, Order Parts, exit appts & sched. return visits. Benefits: HRA, Pd Vac, training, more. Contact Heather DePriest at (406) 357-4201 or apply online at www.americangarage.com.          

For Sale: For Sale in Havre! Looking for a home with outdoor space plus amazing views of the mountains? Beautiful open floor plan with hardwood floors. 4 large bedrooms, 2 baths. Office/den with stamped concrete floor. Main floor laundry. Bonus rooms, pellet stove plus new carpet in the basement. Sun room connecting the house to the triple stall garage. Private patio out back. Abundance of trees and shrubs around the property for privacy.  2.726 acres. Minutes from town. This home is ready for new owners. $439,000. Property West, Call Carina at (406)945-0394      

Help Wanted: Lettuce Eat in Malta will be hiring mid-August for a part-time position. No nights or weekends! Stop in the restaurant for an application today.

Help Wanted: Gary and Leo’s IGA in Havre has full time positions open in their Bakery and Deli departments. Jon their team today. Apply in person or e-mail your resume to tracyj@garyandleos.com

For Sale: Fiberglass pickup sleeper with backdoor.  Call Sandy at 406-697-2585.

Help Wanted: Harlem Senior Center has immediate openings for a cook and janitor! These are both part-time positions. If interested, please stop by Connie’s office window and she will bring you an application. 8-I

For Sale or Rent: 2 bedroom house in Chinook. No pets.  Call 357-3366 or 390-4874.

For Sale: 1005 John Deer 9760 STS combine, Contour Master, 300 bushel tank, 2820 engine hours, 2030 separator hours.  Call 357-3532 or 399-0130.

“Do what makes your heart feel good and you can’t go wrong.”

For Sale: 1258 Wilson Ave, Havre, 5 bdrm, 2 bath. The main floor consists of 2 large living areas, one living area includes a main floor laundry, kitchen and dining area separates the living areas, plus 3 bedrooms and bathroom. The downstairs consists of a family room that includes a pool table, second kitchen area that includes laundry hook ups, 2 nontraditional bedrooms and a bathroom. Room for a craft/play room. Outside has a 2 stall garage, with a detached shop and RV parking. New carpet though out the upstairs, with new paint. $185,000.  Call Becky at Property West, 406-262-3035.

Help Wanted: The Creamery in Chinook is looking for a new team member in Mid-August. Contact Bonnie at 357-2776, the Creamery Facebook page, or stop by Shores Floral for information and applications.

Help Wanted: The Valley County Conservation District is seeking a full-time coordinator for the Milk River Watershed Alliance. Must have an associate degree or equivalent experience in natural resources, public administration, or related field. More information can be found on the Milk River Watershed Alliance Facebook page or by calling 406-263-5333 or 406-461-1580. Applications and information can also be found at https://milkriverwatershedalliance.com/employment. Applications must be emailed by August 3rd to kcinmt@live.com

Help Wanted: Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana is looking for an Executive Director. Benefits and salary are based on experience and qualifications. For more information, contact Paul Tuss at ptuss@bearpaw.org

Help Wanted: Old Brand Saloon in Saco is looking for an energetic bartender to join their team. Must love tacos. Stop by for an application.

Help Wanted: The Historic Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton is now hiring Servers and Bartenders! Check out The Grand Union Facebook page for information and to apply on-line!

HAY FOR SALE: All varieties round/square bales. Trucking available.  Located in Northeast Montana.  Call 670-6551 or 672-8834 or 794-4452.

Northern Acres Appraisal Service:  Know what it’s worth!  Call or email Ernest Goettlich, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser at 942-0419 or email northeracresapp@gmail.com.

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