Granite grad now researching, writing about politics nationally

GRANITE COUNTY – The talents of those raised in Granite County reach far and wide. Such is the case for Kal Munis. Munis, a 2008 grad of Granite High School, is now researching American politics as a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. He has had the opportunity to write articles for, and have his research highlighted in, some nationally recognized media outlets and peer-reviewed journals. The Flint Creek Courier is proud to present links to his articles on the current election cycle. He was born in Missoula and grew up outside of Philipsburg, MT in the shadow of the Pintlar mountains, where the paternal line of his family homesteaded and

Sweeney: “I Want To Be Your Voice In Helena”

With the November election just days away, now is the time to narrow the field of who you’ll be voting for. When it comes to the Montana House of Representatives and District 77, you need to vote for Mark Sweeney! “I want to be your voice in Helena,” said Sweeney of the District 77 seat. “Whether you’re concerned about water rights, public access to public lands, budgets and taxes, education, health care, or natural resource management – I want to be the voice of the people in Helena.” He has been a resident of House District 77 for over 30 years and has served two terms as an Anaconda Deer Lodge County Commissioner. He owns Montana Blue Ribbon Real Estate and Aquatic Resource Management, a

Write-In candidate wants your vote to change Granite County Commission

Wayne Hale Write-In Candidate for Granite County Commissioner An out of touch Commission has become one of the greatest threats to our future in Granite County. Through various actions, they have continued to demonstrate unethical behaviors, being out of touch with the needs of the County and making poor decisions. Like many people in the county, I am upset with the Commissioners and their inability to consistently address critical issues, such as health care, economic development, road maintenance and proper use of our tax dollars. This is why I am running as a write-in candidate for Commissioner. "I will work to conduct business visibly and ethically to rebuild your confidence in the Commi

Titans collar Bulldogs, set sights on Culbertson next week

DRUMMOND – From the opening kickoff to the final siren, the Flint Creek Titans showed why they are the No. 1 ranked team in Montana’s Class C 8-Man Football. In a dominating performance the Titans defeated the Choteau Bulldogs 50-14 to advance to 10-0 on the year and into the quarterfinals of the postseason. The Bulldogs end their season at 6-3. Flint Creek’s second-round game will be against the Culbertson Cowboys who defeated Ennis 34-14. That game will be played at George Mungas Field in Philipsburg November 3 at 1 p.m. In the rest lower half of the 8-Man bracket, Shelby beat Darby 56-14 and Circle upset Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 52-12. In the upper half Scobey upset Joliet 74-50, Great Fal

Commission seeks public comment on Fishing Access Site biennial rule

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is taking public comment on a proposed Fishing Access Site biennial rule for 2019 and 2020. It will replace the existing rule, which expires Dec. 31. No changes are being proposed in the new rule. The FAS rule pertains to non-commercial use of fishing access sites, organized groups and competitive events on the Blackfoot and Madison rivers, and commercial use of the Alberton Gorge. The rule sets fees for camping and group use-permits, as well as the stipulations and requirements for camping, group use and Special Recreation Permits. Public comment on the rules will be taken from Oct. 26 to Nov. 26. The commission will take final action on the rule at their De

Forest Service Clarifies Use of Electric Bikes

Dillon, Mont., Oct. 26, 2018—Electric bikes (e-bikes) are now becoming popular throughout the United States and there has been some confusion about whether they are considered motorized vehicles and where people may ride them. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest would like to clarify where e-bike riders are allowed to ride. The Forest Service recognizes that technology continues to rapidly change, including the design and capability of e-bikes and other related modes of travel. As a starting point, certain applicable laws provide direction to how e-bikes are defined and where they may be operated: The Forest Service Travel Management Rule defines motor vehicles as any vehicle that is s

Lady Prospectors finish third at District 12C Tournament

MANHATTAN – For the second straight year it was Ennis and Twin Bridges finishing one-two in the Class C District 12C Girls Volleyball Tournament. And for the second straight year the Granite Lady Prospectors claimed third. The Lady Prospectors fell to Twin Bridges in four games Friday morning 25-17, 25-11, 24-26, 15-15. The loss drops them out of postseason play. “We have had a great season, I couldn't be prouder of the girls,” said Granite Head Coach Jennifer Graham. “It's always bittersweet, especially losing a senior like Sierra Metesh; she has hard shoes to fill.” Metesh finished her final match as a Lady Prospector with her typical strong defensive game, collecting a team-high 22 digs.

LETTER: Resident concerned about Commission minutes

Finally, after almost 2 months the Granite County Commission minutes (see link below) were posted on it's Web site. Page 11 pertains to agenda item "The Board held the first reading of Resolution 2018-16 “A Granite County Resolution Establishing Granite County Forest Management Advisory Committee, An Advisory Board.” By the way, the electronically recorded meeting[s] has[have] been up on GC E MAC FB page and You Tube since Aug [as well as most prior commissioner meetings ]. Scroll down (the approved minutes) and you'll find discussion re the Board reimbursement of Heidi Hinkle for taking minutes for the Granite County Forest Management Advisory Committee. To refresh your memory : Becky Smith

Prep for Playoff Game Day

DRUMMOND - Sara Wagner and Sheila Manley did some work to get the field and North Main Street ready for the Flint Creek Titans playoff opener Saturday against the Choteau Bulldogs. The duo was joined by Titan Defensive Coordinator J.C. Holland and senior running back Colby Manley to repaint the scoreboard green. Holland gave observations from the ground while Manley operated the forklift for Wagner and his mother. Later, Wagner and Manley painted North Main Street with Titan T's so fans and the opposition will see them as they head to the field. Game time is set for 1 p.m., with a tail gate party slated for 11:30 a.m. #FlintCreekTitans #Playoffs #DrummondHighSchool

Candidate Forum: October 22, 2018 (Additional Broadcast)

Granite County resident Elena Gagliano taped the Granite County Commissioner Forum October 22, 2018, held at the Drummond School & Community Library and hosted by the Drummond Kiwanis Club. The recording made by the Flint Creek Courier was cut off after 52 minutes due to a poor internet connection. Gagliano's recording was made on a traditional camcorder and has an additional 50 minutes of footage that encompassed almost the entire forum. The Flint Creek Courier would like to thank Gagliano for her dedication to recording commission meetings, forums and other meetings of the Granite County Commissioners. The FCC also encourages other county residents to submit recordings, stories and letters

Granite, Drummond fall into district consolation bracket

Story updated as scores are made available MANHATTAN – Granite rallied together and played as one to earn a straight set win over Drummond in the semifinals of the 12C Consolation Bracket Thursday in Manhattan. The Lady Prospectors won 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 and puts them into a rematch with Twin Bridges in the Consolation final. The winner of that match will go on to play Ennis for the championship. If Granite loses they would not be able to challenge for second place as they have already faced Twin Bridges previously in the tournament. With the loss Drummond finishes their season in fourth place. “I am proud of the girls for never giving up,” Said Lady Trojan Head Coach Shona Bradshaw. Granit

PREVIEW: Flint Creek hosts Choteau in 8-man playoff opener

DRUMMOND – The field at Drummond High School has seen a lot of winning football over the years. In the past two seasons it’s seen six games played by the Flint Creek Titans, all of which have resulted in victories. But for Titan players and their fans, they need yet one more. The Flint Creek Titans (9-0, No. 1 West) host the Choteau Bulldogs (6-2, No. 4 North) in the first round of the Montana High School Association’s Class C 8-Man Football Playoffs. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday with a Tailgate Party starting at 11:30 a.m., also at the field. Before we dig into an analysis of the two squads, here are a few details about the teams as they performed this season and about Saturday’s g

Granite County volleyball teams advance at District 12C Tournament

MANHATTAN – The Granite and Drummond girls volleyball teams both won their opening round matches in the District 12C Tournament being held at Manhattan Christian School. Drummond defeats Sheridan, 3-0 The No. 4 Lady Trojans made short work of No. 5 Sheridan in the first game of the 12C Tournament, beating the Panthers 25-11, 25-13, 25-12. The victory advances Drummond into a semifinal match up with No. 1-ranked Ennis Thursday at 11 a.m. In two matches this year the Mustangs got the better of Drummond each time. “The girls are playing great. We are making progress with each set,” observed Drummond Head Coach Shona Bradshaw. Senior Donna Seekell came ready to play, leading Drummond in three of

VOTE 2018: Get ready to cast your ballot this November 6

GRANITE COUNTY – Election Day is just two weeks away. But don’t fill out your absentee ballot or head into the voting booth without being fully informed and prepared to cast your ballot accurately. Beginning October 30, the Flint Creek Courier (FCC) will run a series of articles with documents or links to vital voting information about candidates and issues. The FCC will endeavor to make these links as party neutral as possible. Perhaps the biggest thing you’ll need to know is how to accurately fill out your ballot, especially if you’re planning to write in any candidates. In Granite County this year there is at least one write-in candidate that is actively campaigning for the District 3 sea

Flint Creek Courier recognized for outstanding coverage by Editor & Publisher

GRANITE COUNTY – “Editor & Publisher” (E&P), a recognized resource and support business for both print and digital media, awarded the Flint Creek Courier with an Honorable Mention for its coverage of the scandal surrounding Granite County Commissioner Scott Adler. The award was given as part of E&P’s 2018 EPPY Awards. The nationwide contest for digital media saw more than 300 entries in a variety of fields. Finalists, like the Flint Creek Courier’s Tim Allen, must receive a score in the top one-third of the average score across all categories within their division (1 million and over unique monthly visitors and under 1 million unique monthly visitors). As a result, there may be no winner in

Safe Hunting in Bear Country

DILLON — Hunters are, by design, good at sneaking up on bears unobserved. They also provide bears with an attractive food source in the form of gut piles and carcasses. Follow a few precautions to minimize bear interactions and increase safety while hunting this season. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch for bear sign or signs of carcasses that would attract bears such as scavenging birds or foul odors. Be on alert in areas of low visibility and by streams which mask noises. Bear spray works! Bear spray produces a large cloud that targets a bear’s nose and eyes - its most sensitive areas. It has proven 98% effective at preventing human injury in actual encounters. Remember th

District volleyball bracket set for Granite, Drummond

GRANITE COUNTY – The Montana High School Association (MHSA) has set the bracket for the District 12C Volleyball Tournament, with the Lady Trojans and Lady Prospectors set to start play Wednesday. Granite finished district play with an 8-4 mark and as the third seed in the tourney. Their only losses came at the hands of No. 1 Ennis and No. 2 Twin Bridges. “Tournament is always fun,” said Lady Prospector Head Coach Jennifer Graham. “It will be interesting this year at Manhattan Christian and the dual tournament. The girls and I are hoping everyone makes the trek over to support us.” Drummond goes in at No. 4 at 7-5. Like their county rivals, the Lady Trojans fell twice to Ennis, but managed a

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