Second chance to see ‘Saving the Burg’ coming in December

GRANITE COUNTY – If you missed the premier or subsequent showing of the documentary “Saving the Burg” earlier this year, your second chance is coming as an early Christmas gift in December. Jim Jenner, creator of the documentary, notified the Flint Creek Courier this week that the 60-minute feature would get additional air times on Montana PBS. ‘Saving the Burg’ covers how the city of Philipsburg, Montana came together to recreate and re-brand itself as one of America’s most beautiful and enjoyable small towns. As the tagline says, “It’s a story of blood, sweat and beers.” ‘Saving the Burg’ will air on Montana PBS on the following dates & times: Dec. 2 @ 7 p.m. Dec. 4 @ 12:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.

MHSA approves move back to 13C by Drummond, Granite

GRANITE COUNTY – The Montana High School Association (MHSA) unanimously approved a petition by the schools of Drummond and Granite to redistrict a year early and return to District 13C for the 2020-21 school year. In a statement posted to the Drummond Public Schools Facebook page that was credited to Superintendent Christina Barbachano and Athletic Director Rick Parke: “…the Executive Board heard our request to go back to 13C next year for Basketball, Volleyball and Track. The board approved the request unanimously and we are grateful that they did so.” Granite Athletic Director JB Chandler was happy the move took place. “My initial reaction was to thank Rick for starting the process on all

Montana records first suspected case of CWD in wild elk

BILLINGS – Montana recorded its first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in wild elk Monday. The cow elk was harvested by a landowner on private land northeast of Red Lodge earlier this month and samples were extracted from the carcass in Billings Nov. 6. Tests results confirming the suspected presence of the disease were returned to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the hunter on Monday. CWD was found in a herd of captive game-farm elk near Philipsburg in 1999 and the herd was depopulated. Until this week, however, the disease had not been found in wild elk in Montana. In addition to the elk, Monday’s test results confirmed the presence of CWD in three more deer in south c

AmeriCorps, Safeway team to feed families over Thanksgiving

DRUMMOND - AmeriCorps and the Safeway in Deer Lodge have teamed up to provide five Drummond area families with a Thanksgiving feats this holiday season. Camille Gianaris, AmeriCorps worker at Drummond Schools this year, helped orchestrate the meals through Safeway manager Cameron Gill. The coordinated effort means that these families will have something to be thankful for come Thursday's celebratory meal. Camille and AmeriCorps hope to be able to bless more families in the future through this endeavor and the Crock Pot Meal program.

LETTER: Resident wants commissioners to explain spending, road closure

To The Editor This is a copy of the letter I submitted by email to the Granite County Commissioners on November 20, 2019. The reason for the request is contained in the letter. The reason to include it as an a open letter to the local news media, is that two of my previous requests for information from the Commission, were either ignored or verbally denied by them. Granite County Commissioners Granite County Court House P.O. Box 925 Philipsburg Montana 59858 November 20, 2019 Subject: Information Request Dear Commissioners, As a local government board it is your responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare, of Granite County, including the management of County funds. In the last

When is your Christmas cookie sale or concert? Let us know!

GRANITE COUNTY - The Flint Creek Courier is seeking information of your Christmas baked goods sales and holiday concerts for the upcoming Month of December. Please send all pertinent information via email to Please include all of the following information: Group/Individual Name Date Start/End time Place Any pictures from previous years' events (if available) The Flint Creek Courier will put your event on its social media calendars and share it into Granite County Events. Let us help you ring in the Christmas season!

AmeriCorps worker deploying needed programs, but requires assistance

DRUMMOND – It’s no secret that some families in Granite County need help making ends meet. And the Montana arm of the AmeriCorps has dispatched aid to help meet those needs. Camille Gianaris is the AmeriCorps worker that has been assigned to Drummond High School since the start of the school year. She jumped right in by deploying several programs and projects, one of which was in the works before she got here. But those programs are in danger of losing momentum if she cannot find new housing in the next few weeks. Gianaris is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, the Northeast’s largest protestant denomination. When the opportunity to take a Sabbatical leave arose, she left her

Granite, Drummond dominate All-District team

GRANITE COUNTY – The 12C All-District Team was announced this week, with Granite County teams landing eight of the 14 available slots. The Granite Lady Prospectors, who placed second in the postseason tournament and eventually finished play at the division level, had seniors Shelby Struna and Haddie Tallon named to the First Team. Struna finished the year with 124 digs, 173 assists, 77 kills and 37 aces. Tallon’s final stats were 127 digs, 171 assists, 52 kills and 27 aces. The Drummond Lady Trojans also landed two on the First Team roster in Sydney Phillips and Rylee Hilmo. Hilmo was Drummond’s lone senior in 2019 and finished with 219 Assists, 33 aces, 155 digs and 25 kills.. Phillips was

Drummond, Granite heading back to District 13C in 2020.

GRANITE COUNTY – Drummond and Granite High Schools will be moving to District 13C in the Fall of 2020, realigning themselves with teams they faced just over two seasons ago. L:ast month Drummond Athletic Director Rick Parke petitioned the Montana High School Association to move back to District 13C, citing that the Trojan teams were having to drive an additional 600 miles per season while in District 12C. Two-thirds of that travel comes during the winter months at the end of volleyball season, the start of the spring season and the entire basketball schedule, putting athletes on the road under sometimes dangerous driving conditions. When Drummond made the petition, Athletic Director JB Chand

Titans' season ends with loss to Great Falls

GREAT FALLS – “Little things make big things happen” ~ John Wooden If the axiom stated by the legendary college basketball coach is be taken as gospel, then its converse must also be accepted as truth. Such was the case Saturday as the Flint Creek Titans lost to the Great Falls Mustangs 49-34 in the quarterfinals of the MHSA 8-man Football Championship. The loss ends the Titans season at 7-4 while the Mustangs improve to 8-2 and will face the Mountain Cats of Clark Fork next weekend in Superior. The 15-point margin of the final score gives one the appearance that Great Falls was in command of this game more than it really was. Because despite playing a solid game, it was a series of penaltie

Former resident setting sights on around the world sailing excursion

MEDIA RELEASE from Team Revolution Sailing After facing years of discrimination and violent attacks, American transgender woman and solo sailor Sabreena Lachlainn is heading to Australia to inspire her community by becoming the first transgender woman to sail solo, nonstop, unaided and Unassisted Around the World in 2020. The courageous sailor hopes to join the ranks of such accomplished female sailing legends such as Australia's own Kay Cottee and Jessica Watson, she hopes to etch her name along side in history, are Dee Caffari, Ellen MacArthur, Isabelle Autissier and Naomi James. "Sailing solo nonstop around the world is probably the single most difficult task to achieve but if I can succe

Granite exits Divisional Tourney with loss Friday

MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN – The Lady Prospectors saw their season come to a close Friday in the consolation bracket of the Divisional Tournament held at Manhattan Christian. Granite fell to Hot Springs 25-22, 25-6, 25-21. “It was a good tournament,” said Lady Prospector Head Coach Jennifer Graham. “The girls should be proud; they made it to divisional and got a win.  I'm proud to coach each and every one of them.” Asha Comings led in kills (5) and digs (7) in the loss, while Reece Pitcher chipped in 3-1/2 blocks and Haddie Tallon dished out 12 assists.

Titans, Mustangs get déjà vu in playoff rematch

GRANITE COUNTY – Be careful what you ask for. You might just get it. With the Great Falls Central Mustangs (7-2) beating Ekalaka last weekend 41-18 and the Titans (7-3) slipping past West Yellowstone 46-40 in double overtime, a rematch of last year’s 8-man football final was set for the quarterfinals Saturday. After defeating the Bulldogs in their opener, members of the Great Falls Central program were already hoping to get another shot at Flint Creek. “They called us out a little bit in the Great Falls Tribune and on the Internet,” said Titan Head Coach Mike Cutler. “They wanted Flint Creek so they’re gonna get Flint Creek.” According to the Great Falls Tribune, Mustangs running back Jackso

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