Read about: 2020 Montana Summer Motorsports! ~ Blaine County Cruisers ~ Water Policy Interim Committee ~ St. Mary’s Repairs ~ Aquatic Invasive Species in Montana ~ Malta Parks & Recreation Opens Up ~ Ranchers from Malta Finalists for Conservation Award ~ Blaine County Museum Seeks Volunteers ~ Kicks @6 in 20th Season ~ Sweet “Friends” Start Non-Profit Group in Chinook ~ Grizzly Bear Confirmed Near Big Sandy

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A Decade Stronger: Blaine County Cruisers Looking Forward to a New Season to Cruise

There’s a lot to love about the Hi-Line and hitting the road for a cruise with good friends is a great way to enjoy this time of year. Car enthusiast and cruisers are encouraged to check out the Blaine County Cruisers and their civic involvement in support of its local communities. Family-friendly fundraising events and recreation are just part of the Cruisers’ mission.

In recent years, the group established an annual scholarship that is awarded to any student who attends school within Blaine County to support an academic path in the trades. This year, the club awarded three scholarships to these students: Shane Friede and Curtis Hamilton of Chinook, and Jack Harmon of Turner. Congratulations to these students who are setting their sights on careers in the trades and will receive their awards after demonstrating their commitment to their studies after the first grading period later this fall. The club looks forward to more seniors applying for the scholarship next year.

Like many organizations facing CoVid-19 guidelines, the Blaine County Cruisers made the tough decision to postpone an annual event that really gets members on the road and draws the attention of spectators. What would have been the 10th Annual Blaine County Cruise is typically a Friday to Saturday affair that includes a fun Friday evening for registration and mingling, two nights of drive-in movies, a first-class dinner, and miles of fun for the whole family.

Loren Skoyen, Blaine County Cruisers President and one of the first members of the club, said that between the COVID-19 pre-cautions and the road construction along Highway 2 between Havre and Chinook, it makes sense for the Cruise to be pushed back to their 11th year as a club to celebrate a 10th Annual Cruise. Hopefully, there will be some smaller cruises happening within Blaine County over the coming weeks that can attract new members. These, if they develop, will be announced on the Blaine County Cruisers Facebook page or by joining in one of the club meetings, which are typically scheduled for the third Friday of each month at the Blaine County Fairgrounds Commercial building. Interested community members are encouraged to check out the Facebook page, stop by the meetings, or contact Loren at 781-8033.

Individuals don’t have to be in the Cruisers to join in on the reception, movies, or meal, but memberships are available for only $20 a year to be part of the gear heads and car enthusiasts who make up one of the civic organizations that make the Hi-Line a great community.

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St. Mary’s Repair

The St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works has been shut down since the May 17th incident that washed out and collapsed Drop 5 at the end of the 29-mile canal system that feeds water into the Milk River, which thousands of Hi-Line residents from Havre to Harlem depend on for water. Additionally, there was identified critical damage at the Drop 2 site, leading the Milk River Joint Board of Control along with Bureau of Reclamation, Montana Department of Natural Resources to begin immediately to replace both Drop 5 and Drop 2 structures.

        At this time, the construction for Drop 2 is estimated to be completed by the end of this summer. Additionally, water shortages for communities below the Fresno Dam that use the Milk River for municipal water supply are not expected.

        As many in agriculture know, the funding for the irrigation projects related to accessing water from the Milk River has been part of the limitations to costly repairs and maintenance to system. Bills sponsored last year by Montana’s congressional delegation to adjust the funding ration so that 75% is taken on by the federal government is currently pending in Congress and could contribute to the current and future projects for the St. Mary Canal. More information and updates on this topic are available at

Water Policy Interim Committee Meets

Since last fall, the Montana State Legislature’s 2019-2020 Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) has been meeting quarterly to discuss, plan, and implement a number of policies related to environmental issues across the state. Among their winter quarterly tasks was the establishment of the Geocoding Process where DNRC assigns geocodes to water rights based on place of use and the water right record for a specific parcel, which has public comment of support for the procedure to be implemented to streamline real estate transactions and related processes for applications related to irrigation and other water use.

Additionally, the committee website, in conjunction with the Montana Legislative Services Division, has published a summary of recent Supreme Court Water Law cases, history of the various re- search studies currently being conducted and overseen by the WPIC.

The committee will gather for a June 16th and 17th meeting that will include public comment in Helena, where they are anticipating a discussion that includes the following issues and tasks:
*Report the biennial summary from the Nutrient Work Group *Reports on Hydroelectric potential and temporary leasing issues *Reports from the Water and Wastewater Operators’ Advisory Coun- cil and the Water Pollution Control Advisory Council
*Drought, water supply, and wildfire updates from the DNRC *Agency rulemaking updates from the Montana Legislative Services Division Staff (LSD)

See the Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) Members, Agendas, and more information at tees/interim/2019/wpic/ for the latest news.

Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO

Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses

When Assets Become Liabilities

Look up the definition of asset in Webster and it’ll tell you an asset is “anything owned that has value.” But Webster has it wrong. If I put a down payment on a ranch, financing the balance, the full value of the land shows up in the asset column of my balance sheet, but I don’t own the whole ranch. The bank probably owns more of it than I do. No, an asset isn’t necessarily something you own. An asset is something you have. Your net worth (Assets-Liabilities) is what you actually own.

Although your banker would disagree, there is a completely different way to define assets. In his best seller, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki defines assets as “things that put money in your pocket” and liabilities as “things that take money out of your pocket.” Between monthly principle payments, interest, insurance, maintenance and repairs, most of the things your banker calls assets are, according to Kiyosaki, really liabilities.

Ironically, the fancy cars and homes that we see as the trappings of wealth are actually huge constraints to generating wealth. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the finer things in life, but until we build a wealth generating machine as our foundation, buying “liabilities” will slow, and may block, our ability to create wealth.

There is an even bigger problem with assets.

In the final chapter of his wonderful book, Nourishment, Fred Provenza writes about taking a sabbatical to Australia with his family. To finance the trip he needed to sell their home in Utah. He explains that he didn’t build the house himself, but had done a lot of work on it and had “a lot of skin in the game.” Unfortunately, at the time of the sale the housing market was very depressed and, while they got their investment back, they didn’t get much more. Between the time of the sale and their trip to Australia, they rented a smaller house Fred called “the dump.” At first he was resentful of having to give up owning his “castle.” But after a couple of weeks in the dump he began to realize that he hadn’t owned the house he’d helped build. He explained, “It owned me.” It owned him financially, requiring huge monthly payments. Even after the sale, it owned him emotionally.

Assets can clutter our space and minds, causing distractions and stress. They make it more difficult to clean and organize. They tie us down. The biggest constraint to moving for some of us is the burden of taking all of our stuff with us.

The things we own trap us. I recently had lunch with a couple who’d been ranching for about 10 years. They both worked off-farm to make ends meet. Over the last several years they’d bought a small place, secured several leases, and built up a herd of a couple hundred cows. But now, with a young family, significant debt and the off-farm jobs, they seemed stuck.

After subtracting the liabilities from their “assets” their net worth came to $1,300,000. On the back of a napkin I wrote them a “check” for $1.3 million and asked them, “If you had nothing but this check and the clothes on your back, and still wanted to achieve your dream, would you use this money to recreate the situation you are in? If not, how would you deploy this money to accelerate progress toward your dream?”

Their expression changed almost immediately. While they’d made progress over the last 10 years, the business they created was going to make it difficult if not impossible to achieve their dream. Rather than a stepping stone, their operation had become an obstacle to further progress. They set out to use the wealth they’d created to change their course.

I went through the identical exercise with another couple whose net worth was closer to $3 million. When I asked if they would recreate the situation they were in, they immediately and in unison said, “No.” But, when I met with them again a year later, they hadn’t changed anything and resigned themselves to “staying the course.” Rather than using the assets they owned to create the lives they dreamed of, they were owned by their assets, which they used as an excuse to stay stuck. Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, described it perfectly when he wrote, “The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.”

A young rancher attended his first Executive Link meeting a few weeks after completing a Ranching for Profit School. He showed his EL board the long to-do list he created at the end of the school and worried that there wasn’t enough time to get everything done that he needed to do. “I’m constantly putting out fires,” he explained to his board. After he described his situation, one board member wondered aloud, “I’ve no doubt that you are a very busy fireman, but it looks to me like you are also a very busy arsonist.”


MT FWP Reports on Aquatic Invasive Species

Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) reported 13 boats carry- ing invasive mollusks into the state as of May 30th. These marine craft were intercepted by Montana watercraft inspection stations, which are familiar to boat owners across the Treasure State.

According to the FWP website, aquatic invasive species (AIS) are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native and can easily in- vade new and multiple water bodies when boats make use of multiple boat-friendly recreation areas. In fact, another way AIS are making their way into our waters is when used watercraft are purchased from out-of-state sales, which is considered a greater danger by some AIS experts.

The spread of AIS can be reduced when boat owners follow the principles of “clean, drain, dry” which Montana FWP shares on their website (
–“Clean” all mud and debris from the watercraft, trailer, waders, and fishing equipment.
–Pull drain plugs and make sure all compartments, bilges, and ballasts are “drained.”
–“Dry” out watercraft, including live-wells, storage areas, and hatches.

Malta Parks and Recreation Comes out of COVID with Fun for the Whole Community

Malta Parks and Recreation is among the civic organizations across the Hi-Line to take full advantage of the temporary COVID restrictions to businesses and public services in recent weeks. The fruits of the labor of love for the volunteers and stakeholders who support the Phillips County group can be found on Malta Parks and Recreation Public Group on Facebook or by stopping by the City Hall gymnasium. Among the remodel crew’s results was a makeover for the City Hall gym that included updates to interior paint and flooring.

There are a wide range of family-friendly and wellness-promoting groups and activities scheduled throughout the summer. For youth, there will be camps for soccer (June16-18), golf (June 23-25 & July 14-16), tumbling/gymnastics (Aug. 3-14) as well as art in the park (June 22 & 23). Activities for adults include co-ed softball, corn-hole league, as well as other great health-focused opportunities. For schedules and more information check out the Malta Parks and Recreation Facebook group’s public posts or stop by the City Hall gym, 39 So. 2nd St. E in Malta, or call 654-1251.

Craig and Conni French Named Finalists for Montana Conservation Award

According to a recent press release from the Sand County Foundation website’s Helena correspondent, one of the two finalists for the prestigious Montana Leopold Conservation Award are landowners Craig and Conni French of Malta. The Frenches were nominated for their innovative grazing practices used at their ranch to improve soil health and water quality, use of bio-friendly fencing to accommodate livestock while reducing barriers for migratory herd animals, and other work with Nature Conservancy to establish and improve habitat for grassland birds and sage grouse.

In Montana, the Leopold Conservation Awards are presented by Sand County Foundation with Governor Steve Bullock’s Office, Montana Department of Ag, and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Range and Resources Committee. The award recipient will be announced at the Montana Range Tour on September 9th.

Nominations for this annual award were open earlier this year and were reviewed by an independent panel of agricultural and conservation leaders. More information on Montana Leopold Conservation Award can be found at or

It’s Motorheads Season in Montana!

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

June 14-22: Bearpaw Bowmen Archery Club on-line auction for Angela Nyberg. Questions? Please call 390-0091. There will also be orange raffle tickets available until August 1st. Contact Amy at Havre Laundry or Brandy at Western Trailer Sales for details. The Barber Ranch Shoot is canceled until June 19-20, 2021.

June 17: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both days: Rocky Boy Health Center Walking Club will be at Old Stone Child Parking Lot and the Rocky Boy Health Center. Call Terrie Stump (395-1675) or John Striker Jr. (395-1671) for more info.

June 19: 9 am @ Alliance Church: Work Day for Royal Family Kids Camp in July. Contact Nellie Jo (357-3174), Liz (390-0354), Betty (357-4100), or Shannon (379-2243) for more information.

June 21: FATHER’S DAY!

June 23: 5:30 p.m.: Virtual Statewide Homebuyer Education Class sponsored by NeighborWorks Montana; for more info and to register, visit or reach Lisa Smith at 604-4540 or

July 3: RCAN Ranch Rodeo Scramble for information or visit the RCAN-Rural Communities & Agricultural Neighbors Facebook page.

July 4: Hinsdale Ranch Rodeo Scramble Rodeo 11 am @ Hinsdale Arena. Call DeWayne (230-1259) for more information

July 4: Great Northern Fairgrounds Fireworks Show @ 10 pm

July 9: Wolf Point Stampede Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo.

Artists and Farmers on Tuesdays for Malta’s Summer Market

Malta Area Chamber of Commerce “Artisans & Farmers Market” takes place Tuesdays nights this summer from 6-8 p.m. at Veterans Park in Downtown Malta. Dates are July 7th & 21st, August 4th & 18th, and September 1st & 15th. Come check out local, in-season produce, handmade jewelry and knives, and other artisan goods, gifts, and more. To participate, contact Alesha, Julie Snellman, Ann Sautter, Sandy Perry, or the Malta Chamber office.

4-H Sticker Challenge to commemorate the 2020 Montana 4-H Congress. This year’s theme is “Congress Live: Bringing 4-H Home.” E-mail your design to Lexie Davis (

Harlem Public Library is checking out mobile hotspots. Call 353-2712 or stop by the library to find out more.

HiSET Testing at Fort Belknap: May 15, June 19, July 10, and August 21. Call 1-888-694-4738 to register.

HiSET Testing at Havre: May 5th and 19th, June 9th and 23rd, July 14th and 28th, and August 11th and 25th. Call 1-888-694-4738 to register.

Sundays only (until further notice): Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs is again opening to the public on Sundays only until further notice to adhere to the social distancing guidelines of Governor Bullock’s Phase 2 orders. Call to check for pricing 527- 3320.

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Enjoying Everyday Life
Joyce Meyer

Just Believe…and Live By Faith

Faith in God is an amazing gift. It starts the moment
your heart says: I believe Jesus is God’s Son and that He
came to rescue me. That alone is an incredible truth. But I
wonder how many Christians decide that’s where their faith ends, when the truth is, there’s so much more to believe for in this life!

One of the reasons this happens is because many Christians only focus on their weaknesses and mistakes, rather than focusing on who God is and what He’s doing in and around them. But John 3:17 (NIV) tells us, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Jesus is not only your Savior; He’s your advocate. And He wants you to start believing God for much more than a trip to heaven.

Faith Is the Answer to Every Problem You Face

The Bible says the just shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). In other words, faith is an attitude that can become your way of life—and there is no better way I can think of to live.

Faith replaces fear and worry with peace and joy. It purifies the heart, fills us with the Holy Spirit, brings blessing and hope, receives provision, produces all kinds of positive results, and quenches all the fiery darts of the enemy.

The Bible says that faith is a shield (Ephesians 6:16). So when the enemy starts to fire off darts of fear and insecurity, you can get behind your shield of faith and keep going forward with God.

But here’s the thing: A shield won’t do you any good unless it’s lifted up. You need to raise up your shield by praying, saying, and doing things that line up with God’s Word.

Second Peter 1:5 (AMPC) says to “employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy).” If you will exercise your faith to become more like Christ Himself, the way you think will change. The things you say will change. You will begin to live with greater love and compassion. And it will become very natural for you to encourage others in their faith.

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I encourage you to put your faith into action in a practical way. Make a habit of getting up in the morning and thanking God for what He’s done in your life. Praise Him for what He’s going to do. Release your faith for what you know you need from Him that day. And ask Him to prepare you for whatever challenges may come your way.

Faith Can Transform You

Something I’ve learned in my relationship with Christ is that you cannot change yourself. It’s spending time with God that transforms you. The apostle Paul prayed that the Holy Spirit would reveal Himself to the church in Ephesus in their “innermost being and personality”—that they would see who God had created them to be through Christ (Ephesians 3:16- 17 AMPC).

God wants us to be firmly rooted in the love of Christ so we can take authority over our enemy. And He wants us to be so stirred up in His love that we can’t help but share it with others. I believe if every Christian were doing this today, it wouldn’t take a lot of time for the entire world to hear and believe the good news of the Gospel.

Faith Leaves a Footprint for Others to Follow

Ultimately, it’s not the things we do but our faith that pleases God. He wants us to have faith for incredible things. And when we look to the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, we see how God was able to work in their lives because they believed. Hebrews 11:13 (AMP) says that they were “guided and sustained” by their faith. And their faith still inspires us today.

Noah prepared an ark to save his family. It took many years to build it, and he was mocked every single day because where he lived, it had never rained. The Bible says that by faith, Noah “became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith” (Hebrews 11:7 NIV).

By faith, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac, believing that God would raise him from the dead (vv. 17-19).

Rahab was a prostitute but she believed that God could use her in a mighty way. And because of her faith, she and her family were saved (v. 31). What will your great story of faith be?

First John 5:4 (NIV) says, “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” When you choose to believe in God, amazing things can happen. So boldly ask God to reveal what His promises mean for you, and never stop believing until they are fulfilled!


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 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.orgPlease 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.

Blaine County Museum Seeks Volunteer “Friends” this Summer

The Blaine County Museum in Chinook has so much going on they are looking to start a Friends of the Museum Volunteer Group over the next few weeks. Samantha French, the Blaine County Museum’s Curator, says that she is hoping to have a couple of informative meetings in late July or August to discuss different projects to bring the community closer to the museum.

Some of the work volunteers can expect with the group include organizing fundraisers, helping with setting up and taking down for events, and leading younger museum patrons in learning activities. “Volunteer roles will be very variable depending on what somebody is interested in helping out with,” says Samantha. Any time a volunteer can share with the museum is appreciated.

For more information, call the museum at 357-2590 or send Samantha an e-mail at with your name and contact information to find out when the meetings will take place. The museum is FREE and open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to stop by during business hours to chat with Samantha about the Friends Group.

Kicks @ 6 Gets to Celebrate their 20th Season

The Summer 2020 Season Calendar for Havre’s Kicks @ 6 program was posted earlier this month. Due to COVID, the dates will require participants to observe social distancing guidelines, according to Hill County Health Department. The non-profit group extends their thanks to the community for 20 years to serve the children and their families who are faced with the challenges of living with special needs. All Kicks @ 6 events are family-friendly. The first concert will be held at Pepin Park on Tuesday, June 23, with the theme, “America the Beauti- ful” – We Love the USA Show.

Shows will run through August 18th and include the following dates: June 30 (Creedence Clearwater Revival Show), July 7 (Tribute to Johnny Cash & Willie), July 14 (Elvis Tribute), July 21 (Hot Blues Show), July 29 (Irish Music Tribute), August 4 (70’s & 80’s Hits Show), August 11 (Salsa and Latin Music), and August 18 (Beach Boys & 1960’s Hits). For more information, contact Kirt Miller (265- 5048 or

Chinook’s Friends Foundation Makes Chinook even “Sweet”-er

Years ago, the late Lloyd Sweet gifted the town of Chinook a generation donation that continues to support many Chinook area ser- vices and resources including the park and pool in town. Lloyd Sweet did not have any benefactors, and while he did well for himself, he chose to share his wealth with Chinook to establish and perpetuate civic services to give back to his town. There is still money to keep things operational, but several community members recognized that both the park and pool could use some extra care to keep these two areas of town well maintained.

Heather DePriest explains that the Friends of the Pool & Park Foundation was created to raise funds to funnel money into the most important needs between the park and the pool in Chinook. At this time, two projects the Foundation has on their radar include installing updated playground equipment at the park and overhauling the gutter system at the pool. To get community feedback, all area residents are encouraged to share input about park and pool matters by calling DePriest (357-2394), participating in one of the surveys posted on the Friends of the Pool & Park Foundation Facebook page or attending the meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25th at the Sweet Park Girl Scout House. It’s important that the Foundation get community feedback in order for them to solicit for grant money, so it’s vital that individuals follow up with the group to know what is important to everyone.

A Grizzly Bear Confirmed Northwest of Big Sandy; Please be Bear Aware

GLASGOW – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff have confirmed a grizzly bear is roaming near Big Sandy in north central Montana. This represents further expansion east of known grizzly bear movement and reinforces the need for communities and the public on the edge of griz- zly bear habitat to be bear aware.

This bear was first seen last week near Conrad (where it got into dog food), then outside of Brady. It got into garbage near the Chester- Fort Benton Highway 223, it killed two chickens on a ranch 20 miles west of Big Sandy, it moved south of Rudyard, and then back to five miles northwest of Big Sandy on Sunday, June 7. This bear moved more than 10 miles a day at times, which suggests a young, wandering male.

In recent years, grizzly bears on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountain Front have expanded in numbers and dispersed into areas where they haven’t existed for decades. Since this particular grizzly bear is roaming near communities and homes where people aren’t accustomed to seeing them, the situation reinforces the importance of being bear aware.

Grizzly bear conflict specialists, wardens, and other FWP personnel are monitoring the whereabouts of this bear and talking to landowners in the area to hopefully prevent any additional conflicts.

“We try our best to communicate the locations of grizzly bears in areas where people don’t expect them to be or where they are new,” said area grizzly bear conflict specialist Wesley Sarmento. “However, we never know where they will show up next. This bear is showing up at random locations over 10 miles apart, and theoretically could be anywhere within a 100-square-mile area on any given day.”

During its travels so far, the bear has been hazed with cracker shells, vehicles, and by landowners who encountered it. Since this bear has demonstrated food-conditioned behavior, FWP staff has tried to dart and capture the bear, but so far haven’t succeeded. Sarmento and other FWP staff helped the landowner near Big Sandy who lost two chickens put up an electric fence around the chicken coop to prevent additional damage and also set a culvert trap to hopefully catch the bear. Unfortunately, it did not return.

Landowners can be proactive if they encounter a grizzly bear on their property.

“Landowners are legally allowed to drive off grizzly bears from their property—as long as such efforts are done without jeopardizing human or bear safety,” explained Sarmento. “Carefully driving bears off their property with a hard-sided vehicle helps keep bears fearful of people.”

Grizzlies are still a federally protected species, even though populations have biologically recovered in two of their recovery areas, including the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. FWP’s staff focus their efforts on keeping people and property safe.

“Due to the expansion of grizzlies on the prairie, we were concerned it was just a matter of time before we had a grizzly bear wander into our area,” said Mark Sullivan, FWP Region 6 supervisor in Glasgow. “Thankfully, we have a great team with Wesley and his crew and our local wardens and biologists. More than ever, it’s important for FWP to help people be aware of bears and how to keep from having conflicts with them.”

FWP has recently worked to increase grizzly bear awareness in north central Montana, including public presentations in both Havre and Loma last year. In addition, all hunter and bowhunter education students in the region are taught about bear safety, and pamphlets on how to hunt safely in grizzly country are available at FWP offices.

Other good information can be found online at on how to live and recreate in bear country. A great resource on up-to-date activities and locations of prairie bears is the “Prairie Bear Monitor” Facebook page, which can be found here:

Tips for Homeowners/Landowners:

To avoid conflicts with bears and other wildlife, residents should: remove or secure food attractants such as garbage, bird feeders and pet food.

Homeowners should stay at least 100 yards away from bears and try to haze bears off their property with hard-sided vehicles and loud noises.

Chickens and other small livestock should be properly secured with electric fencing or inside a closed shed with a door. Domestic fruit should be picked up as soon as possible.

Recreationists are urged to “Be Bear Aware” and follow precautionary steps to prevent conflicts, including carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it, and traveling in groups while making noise.

Please report bear activity as soon as possible. If you encounter a bear in north central Montana, please call Sarmento at 406-450-1097, your local FWP office, or 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Media contact: Marc Kloker, 406-228-3704,


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Wanted:  50′ to 70′ power poles from “old” transmission line from Ft. Peck to Great Falls.  Please call or text to 390-0455.      3-I:8-II

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For Sale: Honda VTX 1800 motorcycle for sale. Red in color with 11000 miles. call for price and all the extras. Please call 406-378-2484. 6-II

Outdoor Antique Flea Market.  Over an acre of antiques and collectibles from many vendors.  Sunday, July 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Virgelle, off US 87 between Fort Benton and Big Sandy.  Sponsored by Virgelle Merc Antiques. 1-800-426-2926 or 6-II

For Sale:  417 9TH ST.  This great Historical home is one of a kind in Havre. Its unique design has ample room with an abundance of light. It boasts a private backyard, double garage. New siding and windows. Updated plumbing and electrical. New furnace, water heater and AC unit. Original hard wood floors and Kitchen has been updated with hickory cabinets and Stainless steel appliances.  Call Becky at Property West, 406-262-3035. 6-II

For Sale:  2012 John Deere 4720 tractor w/front-wheel assist, 400 CX loader with two buckets. 320 hours, full cab w/heat, a/c, radio, 6′ three-point blade. Very Good Condition $40,000.  Call 390-8056. 6-II

For Sale: 2002 Hesston 8110s Swather, 2500 hours with 30′ draper header and 16′ hay header.  $30,000.  Call 301-2824. 6-II

For Sale: 2014 2956A Massey Ferguson Hesston round baler with net wrap.  9,000 bales.  Asking $30,000.  Call 301-2824. 6-II

Help Wanted:  City of Harlem is accepting applications for lifeguards.  Sop by Harlem City Hall for an application. 6-II

Now through August:  Free College Classes at Aaniiih Naked. College.  Some restrictions apply. Call 353-2607 or check our the college. Website at for details and to register  6-I:7-II

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

Rudyard Community and Gildford Senior Centers have their June menus available on the Rudyard Community Facebook page. Call Rudyard Center (355-4240) or the Gildford Center (376-3170) to schedule meals. 6-I:X

Help Wanted: City of Chester is seeking lifeguards for the 2020 season. Contact Ashley at the City of Chester office for an application. 6-I

Help Wanted:  Harlem Public Schools is seeking new team members to join the Jungle and be a part of Wildcat Country: Dean of Students, HS English, K-8 Teacher, and various other classified positions available. Check out the website at for job descriptions and applications. 6-I

Help Wanted:  Eastside Animal Hospital in Havre is looking for a Front Desk Receptionist. Basic duties include checking in appointments, answering client questions, and assisting the vet as needed. Do not apply on-line. Bring resume and application to Eastside Animal Hospital. No comments or applications submitted through social media will be accepted. Thank you. 6-I

Help Wanted: Great Falls Public Schools is seeking a Lead Transportation and Safety Technician as well as a variety of teaching positions for the 2020-2021 school year. Application and full job descriptions are available at or call 268-6010 Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information. 6-I

Help Wanted:  PMU is currently looking for a CDL Driver with Current DOT Physical & Clean Driving Record. Call 353-8313 for questions. 6-I

Help Wanted:  Phillips County Hospital and Family Health Clinic is accepting applications for full-time LPN, CMA, or CNA. Competitive wages, on-the-job training, and more benefits available. Pick up applications and job descriptions from the PC Family Health Business Office, on the website, or call Jessica or Steff at 654-1100. All positions open until filled. 6-I

Help Wanted:  Malta Dairy Queen is hiring FT/PT Summer positions. Stop by to pick up an application. Could turn into a permanent job for the right person. 6-I

Help Wanted:  P.C. Hospital is hiring for a variety of positions including F/T Physical Therapy Office Manager, LPN, CNA, or CMA. Stop by the business office or call Step at 654-1100 ex5117. 6-I

Help Wanted:  Spencer Electric is hiring summer help and a licensed electrician. Call 654-1367 for details. 6-I

Help Wanted:  Malta Motel is hiring housekeepers. Pick up an application at the front desk. 6-I

Help Wanted: City of Malta has a permanent/part-time position. Stop by City office or Havre Job Service for details. 6-I

Help Wanted: Stretch’s Pizza – 2 openings part-time and full-time. Stop in at the store for application. 6-I

Help Wanted: Westside Self- Service on Highway 2 in Malta – Call Katie Smith at 654-2144 for application details. 6-I

Help Wanted: Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff. You can apply online at the Blaine County Website, Human Resources in the Courthouse, or pick up an application at the Sheriff’s Office. Closing Date is July 1st at 4 p.m.  6-II

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