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The sub-adult male grizzly pictured at left was captured June 4 on the edge of Conrad, north of the golf course. Hazing efforts failed to push the bear away from town and so the bear was “free darted.” According to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Wesley Sar…

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Pondera County voter turnout was over 53 percent in the June 5 Primary Election. According to unofficial results, 1,930 of the 3,587 registered voters in the county exercised their right to vote. The post-election audit is set for June 18 at 10 a.m. with the county vote canvass on Tuesday, J…

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Pondera County voter turnout was over 53 percent in the June 5 Primary Election. According to unofficial results, 1,930 of the 3,587 registered voters in the county exercised their right to vote.

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At their regular meeting held May 14, the Valier Town Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 164 to increase the monthly pay from $75 to $100 for Aldermen and from $225 to $250 for the Mayor, effective July 1, 2018. 

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The National Honor Society inducted five new members earlier this month and graduated seven members. 

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The Golden Triangle area lost a generous, kind, well-respected businessman and community leader on Monday, May 28. Ray Christiaens, owner of Cattlemen’s Meat Company and dtj insurance & real estate in Cut Bank, died following a tragic accident at the family’s cabin on Echo Lake. 

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Pondera Medical Center’s (PMC) Extended Care Facility “celebrated life’s stories” during National Skilled Nursing Week, May 13-19. PMC’s Extended Care has had the pleasure of caring for some incredible individuals. Over time, the PMC staff has the privilege of learning the residents’ life st…

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John and Linda Holden don’t usually mind unexpected visits from “toddlers” but the two three-year olds that strolled into their yard on Saturday, May 12, around 6:30 p.m., they don’t really care to see again. The Holdens, who live eight miles west of Valier, watched for 20-25 minutes as two …

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The Pondera County Commissioners granted Deena Maier, doing business as Windrift Hill, a 25 percent tax incentive allowed under Montana State law for a new or expanding industry. Maier, who is expanding the business to a new location in Conrad, submitted her application for the tax incentive…

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Staff Members Connie Sutherland and Becca Irwin from Independence Bank recently visited Mr. Cartwright’s third grade class at Valier Elementary School to give a presentation entitled “Teach Children to Save.” Eight students participated in the program, which explored the concepts of “needs” …

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For nearly two months, the cast of Valier High School’s upcoming theatrical production of “The Mikado” have been busy rehearsing. Auditions were held in mid-March, said Valier Schools teacher Mary Beth King, who is directing the production.

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House District 15 Rep. George Kipp presented a proposal for a feasibility study to determine how Pondera and Glacier Counties could provide services to Heart Butte and Browning or if it would be economically feasible for the Blackfeet Reservation to operate as its own county.  The Pondera Co…

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Valier High School’s 2018 Prom was held last weekend and following “The Great Gatsby” theme. This year’s candidates were Lane McAlpine and Kady Long, Senior Class; Alex Wilson and Maggie McAlpine, Junior Class; Trever VandenBos and KwinLee Briggs, Sophomore Class; and Will Parker and Peyton …

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A total of 64 Blackfeet members tossed their hats in the ring to compete for votes in the upcoming Primary Election on June 6. Five positions are on the table, and the top two in each position will advance to the General Election on June 26.

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Spring is here and that means it is time for the Valier High School theater production! This year, local students will be performing an updated, edited version of the great-Edwardian-era production of the British operetta,  “The Mikado,” by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. 

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“It was a very unexpected job offer,” said Valier’s Terry Leonard earlier this week. “I’m very fortunate and honored to be working with such an elite group of investigators.” Leonard has accepted a new position with the Montana Department of Corrections (DOC), Bureau of Investigations. He is…

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Pondera County DES Coordinator LeAnn Hermance provided a flood update for areas of Pondera County earlier this week. Pondera County put an emergency declaration in place due to the road damage being seen in the county. “We are also watching the mountain snow pack.  As of last week it had not…

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In the summer of 2012, an innovative experiment took place on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. There, Joseph P. Gone, a professor of psychology and director of Native American Studies at the University of Michigan, and Patrick E. Calf Looking, the then-director of Crystal Creek Lodge in Bro…

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Because of rural Mon-tana’s small population, fully understanding the scope of opioid abuse is difficult. 

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After a 2016 round table discussion, Pondera HealthCare Foundation (PHCF) declared one of its goals would be to find a way to increase the number of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) in the Valier area. The Foundation hoped this would bring improvements to the health and wellness of wester…

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Elaine McLean, 61, is seeking the position of Pondera County Treasurer/Superin-tendent of Schools/Assessor. McLean, a Republican, is a Montana native.  She graduated from Plains High School and attended Montana State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Acco…

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During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Front Range CASA challenges residents to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected. 

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Pondera Medical Center was recently awarded the Montana Rural Healthcare Performance Improvement Network’s Quality Improvement Award for its work on the Emergency Department Transfer Communication Project. Awards were announced during the general session at the Montana Hospital Association’s…

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The Valier students and staff extend a huge thanks to the community members  who supported them on their recent East Coast trip. The students said it was a fun and educational experience to learn about our nation’s history and the different culture on the eastern side of the United States.

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The American Legion Emmett Ryan Post has been around for 100 years. The Emmett Ryan Unit #36 Auxiliary honored the Legion Post #36 at Froggie’s on March 20. About 40 people attended, including many Auxiliary members and spouses.

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As grizzlies, wolves and coyotes continue to be more of an issue for livestock producers in Montana, many ranchers are searching for better ways to protect their livestock. Marias River Livestock Association has teamed up with Steve and Billie Skelton to offer two informational presentations…

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Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and the number one cause of adult disability. A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. The longer one waits to seek medical treatment, the more brain cells die.