Titans tested in Arlee, advance to 6-0

ARLEE – “You’re in a football game now, huh?” Those words were spoken by Flint Creek Head Coach Mike Cutler as his team headed back to the sideline huddle after an Arlee touchdown that tied the game at 6-6 in the first quarter. And he could not have been happier to say them. The Titans got a much needed test Friday night, but came through it with more than a passing grade as they defeated the host Warriors 34-16. The win advances them to 6-0 and keeps them atop the Class C 8-Man Standings at 6-0, while Arlee falls to 4-2. “Perfect. It was awesome,” said Cutler describing the win. “That’s a good football team that we just played. They are extremely well coached and we got to go toe-to-toe wit

Vote 2018: Hale runs to fix Granite County as a write-in candidate.

GEORGETOWN LAKE - Wayne Hale thinks there's a better way to do business in Granite County. And that's why he's running for the District 3 seat on the Granite County Commissioners this November. Hale, a long-time resident of Georgetown Lake with his wife Susan, missed the filing deadline earlier this year to get his name on the ballot. So now he faces the uphill climb of running as a write-in candidate. In this exclusive interview with Tim Allen of the Flint Creek Courier Hale talks about his candidacy and what he hopes to bring to the table if he is victorious Nov. 6. #ElectionDay #2018 #WayneHale #GraniteCounty #Commissioner

Local Parties join forces to offer Candidate Forum

PHILIPSBURG - The county seat will be a hot one October 11 for those wishing to ascend to the post of public servant. The Granite County Democrats and Granite County Republicans have joined forces to create a Candidates Forum October 11, 2018. The event will be held at the Granite County Museum. The groups are inviting all of the candidates from the various races that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Citizens are encouraged to attend to hear the candidates and possibly interact with the during and after the event. The Flint Creek Courier will broadcast the event LIVE on its Facebook Channel for those that cannot attend the event in person. "This is an exciting opportunity for the county and for

Lady Prospectors down Sheridan on the road

SHERIDAN – The Granite Girls Volleyball team hit the road to play in Sheridan Thursday night, beating the hoist Panthers in straight sets 25-19, 25-7, 25-13. “The girls played well, they started a little slow but the really found their grove,” said Head Coach Jennifer Graham. “We have a day and then off to the Manhattan Christian tournament where we play Red Lodge, Twin, Lone Peak and Manhattan Christian. It is exciting because three out of those four teams we have not seen yet.” Amelia Hill led the Lady Prospectors with five kills and 4.5 blocks. Emma Grange dished out 12 of the team’s 14 assists, while Sierra Metesh led in digs with nine. Asha Comings had half of Granite’s service aces wit

Montana Sells First Timber Sale On National Forested Lands

Missoula, Mont., September 27, 2018 – The State of Montana, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, opened bids on the Boulder Lowlands II Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Timber Sale today as part of a growing state-federal partnership to increase management activities and restoration outcomes on federal lands in Montana. Sun Mountain Lumber submitted the winning bid to purchase the sale located north of Butte in Jefferson County. Approximately 2.25 million board feet of dead and dying lodgepole pine from 375 acres will be removed within the Boulder Lowlands II project area. Benefits of this forest restoration project include: decrease in wildfire intensity and severity; increase in

Arlee latest test for top-ranked Titans

The Flint Creek Titans have yet to really play a full game. That may change Friday night when they take on the Warriors in Arlee. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. If you follow Class C 8-Man Football at all Montana, then you already know about the Titans. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock or an over-sized cow patty the last few months, here’s a brief refresher: Defending 2017 Class C 8-Man Champions (13-0) 5-0 in 2018 Outscored opponents 302-30. Have started a running clock on every opponent before halftime. As far as personnel, Flint Creek has what many consider being the preeminent deep threat in the passing game, and top-flight kick returner, in junior Jaxon Lee. And when teams tr

FWP Biologist Authors Scientific Paper on Illegal Fish Introductions in Distinguished Journal

Kalispell, MT — A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist has identified an innovative approach to investigating illegal fish introductions and his research is being published in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal. Sam Bourret, a fisheries biologist based out of FWP’s Region 1 office in Kalispell, was the lead author of a manuscript titled, “Using forensic geochemistry via fish otoliths to investigate an illegal fish introduction.” The findings will be featured in the November edition of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, which is published by the NRC Research Press, the largest scientific publisher in Canada with 24 journals distributed to over 125 count

Howl-O-Ween FunFest – October 14, 1-4 p.m.

Come join us at Montana WILD for one of Helena’s largest Halloween parties! Montana WILD is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 2018 Howl-O-Ween FunFest on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 4:00 pm. Bring your kids for fun, treats and educational activities. Formerly hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund, this event is a free and safe celebration that is open to the entire community. It will feature a costume exchange along with a wide range of activities for youth of all ages and abilities. Participants will have the chance to learn about Montana’s wildlife, fish and natural resources in a fun and safe setting, all with a Halloween flair. There will be many prizes and giveaways, and several l

TB testing planned along with CWD surveillance in some areas during 2018 big game season

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be sampling deer and elk for bovine tuberculosis (TB) while conducting CWD surveillance during the coming general big game season. Bovine TB is primarily a disease of cattle, but can occasionally affect many other species of mammals, including, but rarely, humans. The disease has not been detected in wildlife in Montana since the early 1990s. However, bovine TB is a priority disease for FWP’s wildlife health program. Priority diseases are those that have potential for significant impacts to wildlife, livestock and domestic animals, and human health. Like CWD testing, bovine TB testing utilizes the lymph nodes from dead animals. FWP has tested for bovine TB

Lady Trojans stumble at Charlo

CHARLO – The Drummond volleyball team took to the road this week, landing in Charlo and ending up on the wrong side of a 25-11, 25-12, 25-15 score. Despite the score margins, Head Coach Shona Bradshaw was happy with the way her Lady Trojans played. “I am proud of them,” she said. “We kept fighting for every point.” Drummond managed just 11 kills in the match, with Donna Seekell, Hailey Swarengen, Hannah Bradshaw, Rylee Hilmo and Sydney Phillips getting two apiece. Swarengen, Phillips and Sara Kielley each had one service ace, while Swarengen and Kielley had 10 digs apiece. The Lady Trojans will have the rest of the week to regroup before heading to the Manhattan Christian Tournament Saturday

FWP proposes small closure in Beattie Gulch for bison hunting

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal to close a small portion of HD 385 in Beattie Gulch near Gardiner and on the border of Yellowstone National Park to bison hunting due to safety concerns. The proposed closure is out for public comment now and will be decided upon by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Oct. 17 meeting. Bison season opens Nov. 15. In recent years, between 200 and 300 bison are harvested every year within a small quarter-mile-square area at the mouth of Beattie Gulch within the proposed closure, and the density of hunters has increased beyond what FWP considers safe. It is common for 20 to 30 or more hunters to shoot simultaneously as gr

Lady Trojans give Mustangs a run in girls volleyball

DRUMMOND – Drummond’s volleyball team took on the defending Class C state champions Saturday night at home, hoping to avenge a loss in Ennis August 31. But try as they might, the Lady Trojans were unable to get a leg up on the Mustangs as they fell in three, 25-19, 25-5, 25-20. “I don’t know,” said Drummond Head Coach Shona Bradshaw of her team’s play. “Something got into us that second set. But to bounce back after a game like that and play as well as we did in third … We’re improving; constantly improving.” After falling behind in the opener, Drummond battled back to close the gap to a single point on several occasions but could never get ahead. Game 2 saw the locals fall quickly to the vi

2018 Homecoming Courts

The 2018 Homecoming Courts for Granite and Drummond High Schools. #GraniteHighSchool #DrummondHighSchool #Homecoming #2018

Titans stay unbeaten with blowout of Plains

DRUMMOND – The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Such was the case Friday night as the Flint Creek Titans easily beat a substantially larger Plains Horsemen team 68-0. The win keeps the Titans perfect at 5-0 and atop the Class C 8-man Rankings, while the Horsemen fall to 1-4. “Defensively what we tried to take away is that they like to try and test Jaxon (Lee) on deep passes,” said Plains Head Coach Ed Fultz. “He’s electrifying, and ya know we didn’t give that up. We gave up a lot of other things…” While the Horsemen did prevent a Kade Cutler to Lee deep rout, they did give up a lot on the ground. With Flint Creek running its trademark veer and mid-line schemes, Colby Manley found the o

FWP sets special archery deer hunt at Roundup

BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a special archery-only hunt for property in and around Roundup to reduce the number of mule deer in town. Special tags for the hunt go on sale on a first-come first-served basis starting at 5 a.m. Oct. 2, 2018, online or at any license dealer. FWP has issued 120 either-sex mule deer hunting licenses specifically for the Roundup management season at $10 each for residents and $75 each for non-residents. The season will run from Nov. 9, 2018, through Feb. 15, 2019. Each hunter is limited to two special Roundup licenses. The tags are valid only for the special Roundup season and on specific properties in and around Roundup. Hunters must

2018 VOTE: The Midterms have never been more important

You have until October 5, 2018 to get your registration completed in the State of Montana. Get it done TODAY! As much as the major political parties bicker, debate and disagree, they all agree on one thing: The 2018 Midterm Elections are extremely important. Those that welcome the change that a GOP led federal government has brought know that an alteration in the current power structure could derail a major portion of President Trump’s upcoming agenda. Those that are displeased with his term in office want things to change and change now. They know that if they can swing the makeup of Congress and take power away from the Republicans, that what they see as wrong in Trump’s administration may

Granite loses tough match with Twin Bridges

PHILIPSBURG – While a 3-0 loss looks bad, in volleyball it can be very deceiving. The Falcons of Twin Bridges knew they had been in a battle Thursday night as they escaped the Granite High School gymnasium with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-18. “There were some good things, Amelia Hill, Emma Grange, Haddie Tallon and Sierra Metesh played great! The other girls are working hard and pushing themselves to improve. “We would pull ourselves so close. … The twin coach complimented our scrappy play and hustle.” Granite was close in every game, holding brief leads before the more experienced Falcon squad would regroup and find a way to win. Hill, a sophomore, came on string later in the match, notching five ki

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