Board of Health talks businesses reopening, requires masks at courthouse

PHILIPSBURG – The Granite County Board of Health discussed the preparations for businesses to reopen within the county, as well as setting new guidelines for those visiting and working at the courthouse. Mark Ransford, chairman of the Granite County Board of Health (GCBH) led an active virtual meeting Tuesday morning that saw his committee and the county discuss a number of items relating to businesses and the general safety of area residents. Perhaps the most spirited discussion took place when the topic of business at the Granite County Courthouse was broached. During the discussion Ransford suggested that all workers and visitors to the public facility be required to wear masks. Commissio

PAEF announces scholarship winners

PHILIPSBURG – According to a post from the Drummond Schools Facebook page, the Philipsburg Area Educational Foundation (PAEF) has announced its winners of scholarship monies for the 2020 academic year. The winners are as follows: Hall 5th grade Patriotic Essay: Mac Sigler Drummond 5th grade Patriotic Essay: Skyler Dahl Philipsburg 5th grade Patriotic Essay: Grace Parret Drummond 6th grade Philanthropic Essay: Nadja Bolotsky Philipsburg 6th grade Philanthropic Essay: Robin Walden 7/8th grade Graybeal Essay Scholarship, $250: Logan Hauptman 9/10th grade Career Essay Scholarship, $250, Drummond: Paytn Rasor 9/10th grade Career Essay Scholarship, $250, Philipsburg: Anna Belle Locke 11/12 grade R

Wagon Wheel Restaurant will partially reopen Sunday

DRUMMOND - You can almost smell their famous biscuits and gravy warming up already. The Wagon Wheel Restaurant will reopen Sunday morning, offering take-out service for it's first week back after closing during the COVID-19 quarantine in March. The Drummond fixture will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Judy Sheets, owner of the establishment, said that they will open for sit-down service May 4, but will do so with only half of the restaurant's seats available to customers. "I will be able to serve 35 instead of the 70," Sheets told the Flint Creek Courier in a text message, noting that Wagon Wheel would be in compliance with the social distancing guidelines.

2020 Granite County Primary Ballot (Sample)

GRANITE COUNTY - The June Primary is not far off, so now is a great time to start researching the candidates running for public office. With COVID-19 restrictions being slowly lifted in phases, the major political parties in Granite County have joined forces to sponsor an Online Candidate Forum April 30, 2020. The live forum will allow voters the opportunity to meet and question the prospective candidates for Granite County Commissioner on the Facebook Page of the Flint Creek Courier. The event will be moderated by the Courier's Managing Editor Tim Allen and will begin at 6:30 p.m. CLICK HERE to view the event listing on Facebook. Like and Follow the Flint Creek Courier's Facebook Page to be

This little calf went to market…

HELMVILLE – Starting any new business is risky. But doing it in the middle of a hundred-year pandemic, well that sounds downright crazy! But in a time where the safety of what we eat and knowing where it truly comes from seems more important every day, the Graveley family’s new venture may not be as risky as it seems. The beginnings of the business germinated late last summer when cattle prices took a huge hit. The prices had dropped from just over $2/lbs live weight in 2017 to barely $1.30 in August of 2019. The drastic 35% change in prices, as it did for most ranchers, made it impossible for the Graveley’s to formulate any kind of plan or even make ends meet. “We were looking at buying som

Governor Bullock announces Phase 1 reopening Montana's economy

HELENA - In a televised press conference Wednesday afternoon, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) announced his plan to reopen portions of Montana's economy and school systems with various restrictions. His office provided a detailed document with those restrictions and it is included below. The Granite County Incident Management Team (GC-IMT) was meeting as Governor Bullock gave his press conference. The GC-IMT decided that they would meet again Thursday and release a set of guidelines and/or recommendations for Granite County business, schools and the residents at large in the next few days that relate to Bullock's Phase 1 Plat to reopen Montana, according to Mark Ransford, Chairman of the

Sheriff identifies law enforcement officers involved in fatal shooting

PHILLIPSBURG - The Granite County Sheriff's Department released the names of the officer and game warden involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect at Sunshine Station Thursday, April 16. The official media release reads as follows: Thaddeus Smith is identified as the Granite County Deputy involved in the fatal shooting April 16th in Philipsburg. Fish and Game Warden Terry Althaus is the Warden that was providing assistance to the Sheriff’s Office at the time of the call. Administrative staff have reviewed the video evidence in this case and Sheriff’s Office policy and Montana law appear to have been followed. The Montana Department of Criminal Investigation continues to

Town of Philipsburg Agenda: April 21, 2020

PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING April 21st, 2020 7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall Minutes of Prior Meetings Bills Payable OLD BUSINESS CIP Update Sewer Lagoon Update Friends of Philipsburg Trust ED Revolving Fund Online Bill Pay 2020 Census BLM Update NEW BUSINESS NON AGENDA ITEMS Council Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction               ADJOURN

Health Clinics remain open during COVID-19 quarantine

GRANITE COUNTY - The Granite County Hospital District released a statement Monday reminding residents that they are still open and functioning during the 'shelter in place' orders of the state and county. The statement, sent by GCHD CEO Maria Stoppler, reads as follows: The Clinics in Philipsburg and Drummond are still open to serve our community in need. Although wellness exams have been rescheduled for a later date to reduce the chance that healthy patients will come in contact with ill patients, The clinics are still open and seeing patients with any health concern. For those that prefer not to come to the clinic, a telehealth visit can be arranged, otherwise please call and make an

Officer-involved shooting claims life in Phillipsburg

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday night at approximately 7 p.m. there was an officer-involved shooting at Sunshine Station in Philipsburg. According to a press release from the Granite County Sheriff's Department the perpetrator died as a result if the exchange. No other injuries we're reported. Following is the release from the Sheriff's Department: April 16, 2020 at about 7:00 P.M. there were multiple 911 calls reporting a disturbance at the Sunshine Station near Philipsburg on Highway 1. A Granite County Deputy and a Fish and Game Warden were dispatched to the scene and upon arrival found the suspect using his vehicle to ram other citizens vehicles and criminally endangering pedestrians. After

Letter: Unemployed worker seeking assistance

To the Editor, I was hoping your station could help us unemployed folks figure out how we can get through to the unemployment officials. I know several people, myself included, who have applied but upon completion of the application a screen pops up and tells us to call the state. When we try to call we get 2 rings and then it goes to a busy signal. I know the system is overwhelmed, but a recorded message or email blast would ease a lot of fears. ~ Craig Larson, Philipsburg NOTE - Letters to the Editor are expressly the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the They are run unedited except to remove any vulgar or other inappropr

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