LETTER: Writer wanting to see actions of 'Good People' on Commission

I, including a number of Granite County residents, was shocked to learn that due to a plea bargain in the State v Scott Adler case, the trial set for Jan 28, 2019 was dismissed. In a nut shell Scott Adler, Commissioner Adler, changed his plea to guilty, admitting to the facts of theft, not as an "public official", which would have included the original two counts related to Official Misconduct, but as a plain- ordinary- every- day- like you and me, "person". So, for a year of trial postponements, lawyer wheeling and dealing, Commissioner Adler continued to occupy his position, receiving all the benefits of the office as Commissioner and continuing to make decisions regarding issues involving

Titans receive State Championship Rings

DRUMMOND – The two-time, undefeated state champion Flint Creek Titans put the final touches on their season last week when the team received their rings. The Titans went 13-0 in 2018, running their win streak to 25-0 since 2017 when they won their first state title at 12-0. The team set numerous squad and individual records during the most recent season. Flint Creek will lose four players to graduation this year in Colby Manley, Riley Allen, Kane Hess and Luke Holland. #FlintCreekTitans #StateChampions #TitansFootball #8ManFootball

Lady Trojans ground Falcons at home

DRUMMOND – The Lady Trojans played hard in the middle two periods to pull away from the visiting Falcons and earn a 63-48 victory. The win keeps the Lady Trojans in second place in the District 12C standings as Drummond enters the last two weeks of the regular season. After trailing 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Trojans used a 21-16 run over the next eight minutes to take a 30-26 halftime lead. The second quarter run was made even more impressive as senior Sophia de Santiago went down with a back injury in just 30 seconds into period. Her Drummond teammates responded with the strong effort that carried over after halftime. The Lady Trojans repeated the feat after the break,

Hill’s 25 leads Lady Prospectors past Harrison-Willow Creek

HARRISON – Sophomore post Amelia Hill took control in the second half, scoring 19 points over the final two periods to lead Granite to a 53-27 win over the Wildcats on the road. “Our girls play hard every night, and play great team basketball,” said Lady Prospector Head Coach Brandon Piazolla. “Amelia hill scored 25. She has worked hard and improves each and every game. She had the hot hand tonight and our other girls did a great job of getting her the ball.” Leading 23-9 at the break, the Granite girls fed Hill down low to take advantage of her height and ability in the paint. She finished the game with 25, while teammate Emma Grange added 14. The games get no easier for the Granite teams.

LETTER: Transferring player thanks county

Dear Granite County, After sleepless nights and several lengthy conversations, I have decided to transfer at the end of this semester to a larger school. This will give me an opportunity to obtain some personal goals as I focus academically and athletically. Trust me when I say this wasn’t an easy decision as I considered my family, the TEAM, and myself. I want to thank the community for the support they have had for the Titans, my family, and me. I have been extremely fortunate to play for the number one team in the state for two years in a row, with the best group of brothers, and most dedicated coaching staff in the entire state of Montana at the high school level. I truly mean

Trojan Men best Granite in county rematch

DRUMMOND – With five minutes remaining in the first quarter and the game tied 5-5, Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner had his team pull the ball out and hold it. His ploy was not to slow the game, but to draw out the Drummond defense and try and out-quick the opposition. But when the Trojan defenders finally extended, a Prospector turnover became a Jonah Parke slam dunk that led to an 8-0 run before the period’s end. Drummond extended the lead from there to claim a 43-24 win over Granite, avenging their December loss in Philipsburg. “They’re seniors were very juiced for this game and it was just a matter of them maybe over-playing things a bit and us maybe getting a little swipe,” said Keltn

Lady Prospectors earn season sweep of Drummond

DRUMMOND – It was take of two halves Thursday night in Drummond, with the Lady Prospectors winning the first and the Lady Trojans taking the second. But when the final buzzer sounded, it was Granite that stood victorious with a 53-46 win on the road in Drummond. The visiting Lady Prospectors faced challenges early, with guards Sarah Goff and Emma Grange each collecting three quick fouls. But the Granite bench came through to give them a 19-14 advantage after one period. “(The) other girls stepped up big and scored 38 points by the half, which I think is a season high,” said Lady Prospector Head Coach Brandon Piazolla. “We’ve been tough all year on defense. We’ve been holding most people in t

BREAKING: NWS predicting heavy snows for tonight, Wednesday

GRANITE COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of Western Montana, which includes Granite County. While temperatures are expected to remain well above zero, the snowfall totals are projected to see four to eight inches of new snow hit the ground. The only exception is the East Fork Reservoir, where as much as 10 inches could fall in the next 24 hours. The snow is welcome to help the area snow pack; it will create some severe driving conditions across the state. For weather information on each of five major areas in Granite County, click their name in the list: Helmville Drummond Philipsburg Georgetown Lake For driving information around the state,

Vehicle break-ins on the rise in Drummond

GRANITE COUNTY – The Granite County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday morning that they are currently investigating a case of person attempting to enter several vehicles in Drummond. “I would encourage residents to take valuables out of their vehicles, lock them and report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office,” said Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson Tuesday morning in an email to the Flint Creek Courier. If you see a crime being attempted or committed, call the Granite County Sheriff’s Department at 406.859.3251. #GraniteCounty #Sheriff #Car #BreakIn

Culinary Team serves up delicious dishes at fundraiser

DRUMMOND – The Drummond High School Culinary Team held its annual fundraising dinner at Parker’s Restaurant Sunday night. The night saw a packed house in attendance as the team served up what may very well be the menu they use at the Montana Pro Start State Competition in Bozeman this March. Tina Wetsch, the team’s coach and art instructor at Drummond Schools, acted as the MC for the evening which featured team members introducing each of their dishes prior to their being served. Rachel Gesel and Sydney Reich started the night off with their appetizer of Elk-Bison Meatball stuffed with Gorgonzola and Dates, Marinated Top Sirloin, Rocky Mountain Oyster Brochettes with Blueberry sauce two ways

Granite teams cage visiting bears in Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG–Granite got a midseason scare Saturday night, as Lima made a strong fourth-quarter run in Philipsburg. But the Prospectors held off the surge to take away a 55-43 win. “We’re trying to develop our bench,” said Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner. “We’re trying to work some of those younger kids in with some of our older kids to get those guys some varsity minutes. Ultimately we did that. “We played pretty well at the start of both halves … We just turned it off at the end. We can’t go 2-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. We just didn’t finish well at all. We just weren’t mentally ready to go in the fourth quarter.” The Prospectors led by as many as 22 late in the

Drummond teams sweep Harrison-Willow Creak

DRUMMOND – The Wildcats came out hot and tried to stay close, but in the end the Trojans were just too much as they posted a 48-21 win over visiting Harrison-Willow Creek. “They just came out hot,” said Drummond Head Coach Levi Parsons. “I don’t know if we overlooked them or what. I certainly hope not, because they’re a scrappy team and they should be overlooked. They played really hard.” When asked if his Trojans were where he wanted them as they make the turn to the postseason, Parsons was optimistic. “We’re getting there. Offensively I’d like to get a little bit better still; there are still some places where we’re a little weak offensively. But our defense is coming along really well.” W

Drummond wall plaques hung, standing trophies on deck

DRUMMOND – The debacle over the Drummond trophies is slowly coming to an end, and it’s looking better than ever. Drummond Schools has gotten the first section of its wall trophies put into place in the foyer of its gymnasium. The display could be seen as patrons entered the gymnasium for Friday night’s games again Harrison-Willow Creek. The wall plaques are now displayed by decades, starting with the 1980s in the left-hand corner foyer and stretching east toward the snack bar. The Trophy Committee, formed in early 2018, will now turn its attention toward how to best display the standing trophies and the state championship plaques. The latter are scheduled to be displayed in a separate shelvi

Granite blasts Sheridan behind Brabender’s 22 points

SHERIDAN – Junior Daniel Brabender scored a game-high 22 points as the Prospectors easily beat Sheridan, 66-34. “Kids came out and executed really well after the first quarter,” observed Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner. “We got some great looks and shared the basketball. “I was happy with our energy and unselfish play. We got better as a basketball team tonight.” The Prospectors held a scant two-point lead after the first eight minutes. But the second quarter saw the locals apply a staunch defense while repeating their offensive output of the first to hold a 30-17 halftime advantage. That’s when Brabender took the game into his hands, scoring 14 of Granite’s 22 third quarter points. Braben

Lady Trojans stage fourth-quarter comeback to beat Clark Fork

DRUMMOND – The Lady Trojans used a furious fourth-quarter comeback to claim a 48-45 win over Clark Fork Thursday night in Drummond. “We started off slow but we kept fighting and brought it when it matter the most,” said Lady Trojan Head Coach Nate Bignell. “I'm really proud of how they played at the end of the game.” The end of the game saw Drummond trailing by six 39-33 at the end of three quarters. But Hannah Bradshaw worked her magic down low for the Lady Trojans over the final eight minutes, scoring seven points to lead the charge during a 15-6 run. Sophia de Santiago added four of her nine points in the game during the period. Bradshaw finished with a game-high 15 points for Drummond. T

Correction to Road Supervisor pay article

GRANITE COUNTY - The Flint Creek Courier published and article Tuesday regarding the Granite County Commissioners setting the base pay for the County Road Supervisor. In that article's final paragraph, the Courier inadvertently stated that the current Road Supervisor, Paul Alt, would be a contract employee with Granite County. That statement is incorrect. While Alt's position will have many earmarks of being a contract employee, he will in fact be a regular member of the Granite County employee pool. The major difference is that he will not be placed into the county's salary step matrix and will instead have his increases decided annually by the Granite County Commissioners. The original art

Assistant AG sheds light on decision to accept Adler plea

HELENA – The prosecutor in the case against Scott Adler responded to inquiries Tuesday regarding the plea agreement reached January 11 in District Court. Kenneth Varns, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the case, was unable to respond to requests for an interview Monday when the Flint Creek Courier reported the plea agreement reached by the state with Adler regarding charges of Theft by Embezzlement and Official Misconduct that were filed Feb. 15, 2018. Adler was allowed to plea to Misdemeanor Theft that is deferred for one year with restitution, with the two original charges being dismissed. While some Granite County residents felt that Adler should be removed from office as a res

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