Flint Creek Falls in season opener to Clark Fork

SUPERIOR – Friday night’s season opening loss by the Titans could have been chalked to any number of things that can beleaguer a high school football team. But Head Coach Mike Cutler summed it up in one succinct sentence. “The better team won.” Those were the only words that Cutler offered after a 74-42 loss to the Mountain Cats of Clark Fork. The game started with Clark Fork the receiving the kickoff and quickly finding the end zone when QB Bryan Mask hit Kyler Francis with a scoring strike. The Cats converted the point after and led 8-0. Flint Creek appeared to get a big break on the ensuing kickoff when Kade Cutler fumbled the ball, only to have it recovered by teammate Preston Metesh. Me

Drummond Boosters take up selling community calendar

DRUMMOND - The Drummond Trojans Booster Club has decided to start up the sales of Community Calendars again. All profits will go to the Boosters who in turn help support the various programs at the school. Those wishing to buy and/or be in the calendar can contact Shone Bradshaw at 406.531.9364. Calendars are $10 each. You can also purchase an advertisement in the calendar for $45, which includes a calendar when they arrive in December.

GHS VB 19: Lady Prospectors ‘expecting’ great things in 2019

PHILIPSBURG – As the 2019 season nears, the Granite Lady Prospectors boast a program with 24 on its roster. By season’s end, it might be 26. Head Coach Jennifer Graham enters the season with anticipation of a solid run toward the postseason. She has six seniors that boast a wealth of talent, despite the loss of Emma Grange, who’s family moved from the area this spring. Thanks to three inter-county junior transfers last year, Graham had what was arguably the most talented junior varsity team in the state. This year those transfers – Audrey Radtke, Kayla Holland and Shelby Struna – are all seniors anxious to get their chance at winning for the maroon and gold. “There was a lot of talent that g

DHS VB ’19: Lady Trojans in transition heading into season

DRUMMOND – As quickly as a blocked spike gets sent back over the net, the Drummond Lady Trojans find themselves switching gears again. For the second time in as many years the girls in blue and white will have a new head coach. Brooks Phillips was hired over the summer to take the lead role after last year’s coach, Shona Bradshaw resigned. Former head coach Tina Wetsch looked to be returning before her decision to step aside to focus on family left the program without leadership. “I have not had a whole lot of time to think about what we’ll be doing,” said Phillips, who was a player and graduate of Drummond in 1994. “Volleyball is a harder sport to coach because the positions are more specif

PREVIEW: Titans face Clark Fork in 2019 season opener

GRANITE COUNTY – Its déjà vu all over again. When Clark Fork and Flint Creek met last year to start the 2018 season, the Titans were in transition. They were on a 12-game win streak, defending state champs and working several new players into key positions. This year, Flint Creek is riding a 25-game win streak, still the defending state champs and again working a group of new players into key positions. None of which was lost on Clark Fork Head Coach Jeff Schultz. “Lucky us, right?” Before we get to the analysis, let’s take look at what Friday night’s game in Superior, Montana will be like… History Since the formation of the Flint Creek Co-Op, the Titans and Mountain Cats have met once a yea

Philipsburg Town Council Agenda: September 3, 2019

PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING September 3rd, 2019 7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall STANDING REPORTS Sheriff Library Board Chamber of Commerce Parks Board Fire Department Grant Writer Director of Public Works Town Attorney Town Clerk Minutes of Prior Meetings Payroll and Bills Payable Water and Sewer Adjustments Project Request Payments Financials OLD BUSINESS Library Renovation Proposal Sewer Lagoon Outfall Replacement Cemetery Contract PIA Contract Park Reservation Form and Fee Structure NEW BUSINESS Final Budget FY20 Resolution NON AGENDA ITEMS Council Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction ADJOURN

Time to ‘Gear Up’ for fall sports

GRANITE COUNTY – All three athletic programs are ready to start play this weekend and each has their own fan gear available for local supporters. The two-time defending 8-Man State Champion Flint Creek Titans start play this Friday and will have gear available from both Drummond and Granite high schools. The Granite boosters have set up a site with Universal Athletic fo fans to get gear early, but initial orders must be made by Wednesday. Coordinator Jody Cutler indicated that if needed, they would reopen the store after that. Items include a variety of t-shirts that will start at $15 with hoodies and sweats in the $30 range. Their gear can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE. Granite doesn

Helmville Rodeo ready to burst from the gates this weekend

HELMVILLE – For the 55th year the Helmville Rodeo will feature some of the best western talent around and a weekend full of fun for the entire family. While the rodeo proper is Sunday and Monday September 1-2, 2019, there is also a Team Branding event and dance Saturday. The Team Branding will run from Noon to 3 p.m. on August 31 with registration at 11 a.m. Entrants wishing to get more information can call 406.544.0982. There will be Open and Pro-Am classes, with the former being for more seasoned ropers and with a straight draw. The Pro-Am is for teams of one pro and one amateur rider with a pick your pro and draw the second team. Entry is $50 a rider with two additional rules of: (1) No

GC Digital TV: History and How to Connect

The following article was contributed by Charlie Cannaliato, an engineer with the television districts here in Granite County. The Flint Creek Courier thanks Charlie for sharing his knowledge and expertise in this area. HISTORY: Years ago free over the air TV used to be available in both Drummond and Philipsburg. Each town had two channels of TV; one from Butte and one from Missoula. These channels were in analog format and the quality varied from poor to good depending on many variables. As time went by, the FCC licenses were not renewed and the stations fell into disrepair. Several years ago, applications were made for new free over the air TV channels in Drummond and Philipsburg. These wo

OBITUARY: Fred Elvin Baker

Fred Elvin Baker, 75, was born in Pensacola, Florida and has recently been living in Deer Lodge, MT until his death on August 12, 2019 when he died in a one vehicle roll over. He was the son of Elvin M. Baker and Lucy Howe Baker and raised on a ranch near Drummond, MT. He was high school valedictorian and held degrees in psychology, auto mechanics, and auctioneering, but he felt his most valuable education came from “the school of hard knocks”. He served in the US Army after graduating from high school. He held more than 100 jobs in a dozen career fields ranging from professional rodeo to roughnecking in the oil fields to social work and underground mining. He enjoyed writing stories and ha

County warns of slowing traffic near Georgetown Lake

GEORGETOWN LAKE – A notice from the Granite County Commissioners indicates that ork at the dam may cause slow traffic to locals and those seeking to use the lake’s recreational facilities. NOTICE GEORGETOWN LAKE TRAFFIC Granite County has hired a contractor to perform construction work on the Flint Creek Dam at Georgetown Lake from August 27 to October 27, 2019. There may be one-lane traffic across the dam and brief traffic delays Monday through Saturday during this time. Please exercise extreme caution for the safety of the workers on the dam. Thank you, Granite County Commissioners

Frontage Road residents still stuck between a rock and hard place

DRUMMOND – Since the morning of April 4, 2019 the residents of northwestern Granite County have been stuck between a rock and a hard place. The collapse of the mountainside along the northern edge of the Drummond Frontage Road that morning blocked both lanes, cutting off access to residents who use it to travel west into Missoula. It left them with a choice – drive the 10 miles back to Drummond to access the I-90 or brave the unpaved Mullan Road that runs under and along the south side of the highway to Bearmouth. That on-ramp is located some six miles away at mile marker 138 on a road with several blind curves and a surface that, according to residents, is a rough washboard most of the year

Titans ’19: “Don’t let your mind overtake your heart”

DRUMMOND – It’s a sunny Wednesday morning as the Flint Creek Titans take to the field for the last of their two-a-day practices. And while no one on the team is talking about seasons passed, those campaigns are clearly one of the biggest elephants on the field. But they are statistical pachyderms that the Titans don’t seem to care about. “You know, as a team have never really talked about 25 in a row,” said Cutler. “I think if you asked these kids of course they probably would know with all of the hats and stuff with that on it, but I don’t think they even think about it.” Despite focusing on the season at hand, it cannot be ignored that for the past two years the Titans have been nearly unt

Report: Update on Digital TV in Granite County

The following story was written by Blanche McLure to help residents under the history, availability and current actions of the Digital TV districts in Granite County. It can be a great cost-saving measure for families as they struggle to make ends meet in their budget. Mike Coyle, Chairman of the Drummond TV District and Steve Immenschuh, Chairman of Philipsburg TV District, and myself, met with the County Commissioners on July 30th to request funds from PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) for general maintenance of the two TV Districts in Granite County. These two funds could be levied, but the Board in the last few years felt supplementing these funds with PILT monies is a community service

USFS offers pair of classes for Outdoorswomen

Fly Fishing 101 Helena, September 21-22, 2019 Join Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Last Chance Fly Gals for a Fly Fishing 101 course September 21-22, 2019. You will learn about fly fishing gear, casting, bugs, reading the water, what to do with your catch, and more! Classes will be at Montana WILD in Helena and participants will fish at Park Lake Sunday morning. Cost is $40 and lodging is not included. Registrations must be mailed-in ( no walk-ins accepted) and you must be +18 to register. Class size is limited to 12 participants. For more information and to print the registration sheet visit: http://fwp.mt.gov/education/bow/ Call Sara at 406-444-5280 with questions. Women's Waterfowl

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