Home explodes near Drummond Airport

DRUMMOND – Sheriff and fire crews were dispatched to a home explosion Thursday afternoon just south of Drummond. The home belonged to Dave Sheets, who until approximately 12:45 Thursday lived at 27 Airport Road on 2.9 acres. The residence was built in 1995 and was valued at just over $181,000, according to the Montana Cadastral. “I really haven’t … This just happened this morning and I really haven’t had a chance to think or…”, said Sheets Thursday evening. The adjuster is coming tomorrow morning so we’ll see if we have money to do anything. “You read about it happening to someone else, but it’s different when it’s happening to you. I’m just so glad no one got hurt. The following was posted

Camping in Bear Country

HELENA - The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has finally thawed after a long winter, and we’re all ready to revel in the summer months ahead. However, grizzly and black bears are also taking advantage of the warm weather and will be catching up on feeding through late fall. While you’re out recreating in the forest this year, always be bear aware! The Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF has a food storage ordinance requiring proper storage of all attractants. As more people are living and recreating in bear habitat there will be a higher rate of bear encounters. If bears get access to attractants and become food conditioned, they are often removed from the ecosystem due to human safety. The only wa

Drummond mainstays come down in favor of renovation

DRUMMOND – The Frosty Freeze, Rustic Express and the nearby apartments on the west end of Front Street in Drummond are now just a memory. The buildings have been torn over the last week, removing what owner Susan Hale called an eyesore. Hale owns the property with her husband Wayne, and the two have as plans for the property in the future. The Frosty Freeze had been a Drummond staple since being built in 1960, according to the Montana Cadastral. The single family dwelling, three apartment units and the retail building formerly housing the Rustic Express were all built in 1930. Susan Hale indicated that the lot will remain empty for the time being. #TownofDrummond #Demolition #FrostyFeast #Ru

Jon’s Gulch Wildflower and Pollinator Walk Set for Saturday June 1

BUTTE—Flowers are blooming at Thompson Park! Come join the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on Saturday, June 1 for a walk through the woods, and learn about the colorful wildflowers of the area. As an added bonus, entomologists from MSU and the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Bozeman will provide pollinator identification expertise. This family friendly event is free to all and designed for those interested in learning more about the local flora and pollinators. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. at Sagebrush Flats in Thompson Park and participants will hike approximately two miles of Jon’s Gulch trail. Those interested should come dressed for inclement weather and bring a snack, water

Montana WILD to offer youth wildlife biology programs in July in Helena

HELENA - Youths ages 9 and older will have the opportunity to learn the roles of biologists during a series of wildlife programs at Montana WILD in July. The free programs are on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and will focus on the birds, fish and aquatic insects that live at Spring Meadow Lake. The schedule is as follows: Birds, July 9: Students will participate in a bird survey at Spring Meadow Lake. They will learn to identify birds and how to use citizen scientist websites and other resources to start their own bird survey. Fish, July 16: Students will learn about fish identification and fish adaptations and will even dissect a fish. Aquatic invertebrates, July 23: Students will learn the bas

Park captures State High Jump Title

LAUREL - Jonah Parke put an exclamation point on his high school athletic career Saturday. A week after collecting his high school diploma he captured the Montana High School Association's State High Jump Championship at the meet in Laurel. "It feels great considering all the other talented jumpers in the state I was up against," said Pare Saturday night. Parke has battled a lower back injury that has troubled him his entire high school career, so overcoming that and the weather were major obstacles. "I really focus on strengthening my core to help stabilize my back. I felt pretty good about my chance but I knew I would have to clear the lower heights as clean as I could. With all the great

Commentary: My encounter with a superhero

I met a superhero last week. I watched as she stood in the face of pure evil. The enemy - larger than life and twice as menacing – had held the all the cards for decades. But despite the odds and fear of failing, she stood strong. She prevailed. And I didn’t have to pay $12 and sit in a sticky, darkened theater to watch it all happen. No, this drama played out in a rural courtroom right here in Montana when a teenage girl stood face to face with a man who had sexually abused her and beat him to the ground with a weapon more powerful than any magic hammer or shield. She had the Truth. It was sordid tale that belongs on NBC’s ‘Dateline’. The villain was a man who used his relationship with his

UPDATED: Amber Alert

An update to the situation regarding a young lady who is presumed to have been abducted in Jerome, Idaho. Click here for the story. #AMBERALERT

AMBER ALERT: Sandra Rios-Chavez

Sandra Rios-Chavez (17) Last seen May 19, 2019 in Jerome, ID Vehicle: 2015 Audi A4, Black, 4-Door Idaho license plate #2J83179 The FBI is looking for a child who was last seen at 2816 South Lincoln Jerome, Idaho 83338 and is believed to be in danger. It is currently believed that Sandra Rios-Chavez (17 years of age) may have been forcibly kidnapped by Miguel Rodriguez-Perez in Jerome County, Idaho on Sunday 05/19/2019 at approximately 06:00PM at the Wendy's restaurant parking lot in Jerome, Idaho. The suspect is known to drive the listed vehicle. He may be driving towards Las Vegas. If you have information, contact: Jerome County Sheriff's Office Call: 208-324-4328 Sandra Rios-Chavez Miguel

Tick season begins as weather warms

Tick season is upon us, and they are known transmitters of several diseases that are debilitating to humans. Make sure to check for ticks when outside in grassy or brushy areas. Click on the following Center for Disease Control link for more information on subjects ranging from tick prevention to tick removal. http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html #BeaverheadDeerlodgeNationalForest #TickSeason

Levels on the rise in Granite County Waterways

GRANITE COUNTY – While the waters flowing through Granite County are not at the flood stage levels they were last year, they are rising and may be an issue for local ranches. As of 9:30 p.m. Friday night, levels in the Clark Fork River had surpassed 5.75 feet and were expected to crest over six by Saturday afternoon. The Flint Creek is checked at two points locally. The southern-most point is just west of Montana Highway 1 in Maxville and registered just below 3.5 feet Friday night. It is projected to near 3.9 feet over the weekend. The second site, located near Mullan Road in Drummond, was just over 4.0 feet Friday and headed for 4.5 by Saturday. Both waterways have risen more than 20% sinc

Philipsburg Town Council Agenda: May 21, 2019

PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING May 21st, 2019 7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall Jasper Webb – Everyone’s A Winner Dirk Sichveland – DUI Task Force Steve Immenschuh – Miner’s Memorial Trail Proposal Todd Kuxhaus – Pioneer Technical Minutes of Prior Meetings Bills Payable OLD BUSINESS Winninghoff Park Stage Law Enforcement Contract PIA Contract Cemetery Update NEW BUSINESS Event Application/Park Fees Audit AFR NON AGENDA ITEMS Council Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction ADJOURN #PhilipsburgTownCouncil #Agenda

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