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Carol McDivtt, RN, Glacier County’s lead Public Health official, advises people to start or keep acting like COVID-19 is here. As of Tuesday, March 24, there were no confirmed cases in Glacier, Toole or Pondera County. But most likely that won’t last long. And when confirmed cases are announ…

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The Cut Bank Interna-tional Airport could close as early as next month if the FY 2019-20 funding from Glacier County is not received before the end of the month. In addition to the loss of necessary medical and business services if the airport closes, Glacier County and the City of Cut Bank …

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A little over a week ago, schools across the state were closed in hopes of limiting the exposure for staff and students to the Coronavirus. The closure was scheduled for two weeks and even little towns like Cut Bank were asked to seal up the doors of their schools. With hallways and classroo…

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The temporary layoffs and spending restrictions imposed by the Glacier County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 24, are due to “problems with county finances” not COVID-19, stressed Glacier County Attorney Terryl Matt. The Commissioners, on a 2-1 vote, imposed temporary layoffs and reduced ope…

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Northern Rockies Medical Center (NRMC) and Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) announced recently the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to enter into exclusive discussions to explore a deeper relationship. This letter of intent reflects a longer term commitment to ensuring that the c…

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At this time, there has been no identified cases of COVID-19 or identified close contacts to individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 in Glacier County.  According to the Glacier County Health Department, you will receive public health notification by telephone if you are identified as a close co…

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(Editor’s Note: The following information was distributed to Glacier County Department heads by Human Resources Director Mike Kittson on Monday, March 16. An abbreviated version of the information was also received by this newspaper. 

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MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today (Sunday, March 15) announced a set of directives and guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable Montanans, including closing of public K-12 schools, social distancing measures, and limiting visitation at nursing home facilities.

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“People don’t trust us holding the purse strings. People have a hard time trusting us putting the monies where they are supposed to go…Don’t blame the citizens. They don’t trust us.”

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“I can’t give you a motion,” was the initial response of Glacier County Commissioner John Overcast when Vice Chairman Tom McKay asked for a motion to put a “perpetual” $1 million EMS Operating Mill Levy on the ballot on June 2. “I really feel as big a deal as this is, Chairman DesRosier shou…

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Glacier County Department heads and employees receive a memo from the County Commissioners on Thursday afternoon, March 5, imposing spending restrictions effective immediately. “Effective today, all non-payroll expenditures must cease,” ordered the Commissioners. The contents of the  emailed…

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In the Glacier County Spelling Bee, the judge asks the contestant to spell the word, advantageous. The contestant repeats the word, spells it and repeats it again. If the contestant spells it correctly, they live to spell again in the next round. 

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It is like a bed and breakfast, with a good dose of history thrown in. The Glacier County Historical Museum has started a new program, “Overnight in History.” And that title explains it perfectly.

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Cut Bank Mayor Dan Raemaeker has good news to share with local residents regarding the financing of two of the City’s upcoming infrastructure projects.

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The audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of Jack and the Beanstalk will be held on Monday, March 9 at 4 p.m. at the Cut Bank High School auditorium. There are roles for those students Kindergarten through 12th grade. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to…

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“The museum is hanging on,” said Glacier County Historical Museum Director, Dennis Seglem. “We are trying to steer through the muddy waters and preserve whatever county funds they are able to provide us. It is hard to plan without knowing what is in our future.”

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The Glacier County Commissioners will ask voters once again to support a tax increase to fund the Glacier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The Commissioners said the deadline to finalize adding the special EMS mill levy to the primary ballot is March 6. At their meeting on Feb. 20, t…

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The Cut Bank Chamber received  $1,875 in additional donations after an article promoting their “Beer for a Cause” fundraiser was published last month. According to Executive Director Erin Kittson, the evening brought in $1,210 thanks to generous donations from community members, bingo player…

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East Glacier resident Brian Gallup is seeking to unseat incumbent Glacier County Commissioner Tom McKay in the upcoming primary election. Gallup filed as a Democrat for the position of District II County Commissioner on Monday, Feb. 24, reported County Elections Administrator Crystal Cole.

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What was Cut Bank Harvest Foods, is now Cut Bank Big Sky Foods. The name change is “because we no longer belong to the Harvest ad group,” said co-owner Ed Blake.  He and Jim Reiter own and operate the independently-owned Cut Bank grocery store. “The decision was made to move to the ‘CenterPl…

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The Cut Bank City Council has some decisions to make when it comes to Phase 4 of the City’s Water Distribution System Upgrade. The City’s engineering firm, Great West Engineering, made a presentation to the Council last month on storage tank alternatives and the impact each would have on loc…

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More grant funds are being withheld from Glacier County due to the County’s inability to provide accurate cash reconciliation information to the Department of Administration and the County’s failure to implement its Corrective Action Plan from earlier audits.

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“We don’t have any reserves right now,” stated Glacier County Commission Chairman Michael DesRosier at the Feb. 4 meeting of the Glacier County Commissioners. “We’re right at the edge.” DesRosier said with the current budget and financial issues the County should make it to “the end of April…

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The Glacier County Health Board and the Glacier County Health Department made a plea to the Glacier County Commissioners on Jan. 23 to “consider the impact the Glacier County EMS has on the overall health and safety” of the county’s residents and to “make sure the EMS is adequately funded.”

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Looking back at pictures from your high school annual or sporting events is always entertaining and maybe even a little frightening. Reminiscing and remembering those “good old days” just got easier for Cut Bank High School graduates and Wolves fans. 

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Two antiquated heating registers in the Glacier County Courthouse ruptured within five days of each other, causing damage to offices on three levels in the courthouse. According to County Maintenance Supervisor Shannon Pep-ion, the two incidents will be separate claims to the County’s insura…

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The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)’s Aeronautics Board approved over $3.6 million in funding requests from 35 public-use airports during their Helena meeting on Jan. 16.  The requests were for a variety of improvement projects that focused on lighting enhancements, runway, taxiwa…

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Scott Laird and Charlene Aberg both started working for the Cut Bank Schools within a few weeks of each other. Now, after working side-by-side for almost 30 years, they are both set to retire at the end of this school year.

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The Glacier County Commissioners unanimously approved over $5.6 million in budget amendments for FY 2018-19. Of the 12 amendments approved, the largest was for more than $5.1 million. According to Resolution 2019-30, the amendment was needed “to fund a needed unanticipated transfer” to cover…

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Official Glacier Electric Cooperative (GEC) Board Candidacy Petitions are now available for the 2020 Glacier Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees election. Working closely with management, the Board of Trustees ensures the cooperative provides quality service to its members.

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Haylee Kropp, a senior at Cut Bank High School, has had long, beautiful hair for quite some time. She likes long hair. However, she likes the idea of being able to help kids even more. So, Haylee cut 11 and a half inches off her hair and now she is hoping others will do the same, all to help…

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Glacier County was well-represented at the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held in Great Falls last weekend by 10 of the best in the business.  Wrapping up the 2019 season over the three Round Rodeo they made their presence known with three go round winners and six more money winners in the…

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The Valier Area Development Corporation is hoping all their hard work pays on Saturday when they welcome hundreds of ice fishing fanatics to the 2020 Ice Fishing Derby! 

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The City of Cut Bank had a busy, productive, and at times, challenging 2019 thanks to Mother Nature. The following is a recap of the many Public Works projects that have been completed or are ongoing as well as an update on the City’s financial position. The Cut Bank Police Department has al…