Drummond Kiwanis cancel 2020 rodeo, moves forward with scholarships, park

DRUMMOND – Despite having beaten rain, wind and a number of other challenging elements over the years, the COVID-19 Pandemic is one opponent that the local rodeo just can’t seem to wrangle. The Drummond Kiwanis Club officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo today, having made the final decision at their meeting May 18. This would have been the rodeo’s 79th annual event. In an official statement from the club, issued by Rodeo Committee member Butch Friede, the Kiwanis Club stated: “Due to circumstances beyond the club’s control, this year’s rodeo is officially cancelled. It would have been the 79th year that the Home of the World Famous Bullshippers would h

Recent storms get local waters on the rise

GRANITE COUNTY – The wet weather has sent area streams on the rise. Tuesday’s flurry of thunder, lightning and hail were just the largest of several weather systems to hit Western Montana. While the Clark Form will approach moderate flood stage near Missoula, Granite County rivers and streams have climbed their banks as well. None of the local waterways are near flood stage, but they have made significant jumps in their levels after Tuesday’s rain. The Flint Creek station in Maxville has seen an 18% gain in flow height from 4.24 feet Tuesday to 5.50 feet Wednesday. Likewise the flow has increased from 220 cubic feet/second (cfs) to 307 cfs. Further downstream at Mullan Road near Drummond, th

Class of 2020 Drummond High School

Kassidee Kaylene Parke is the daughter of Rick and Claudette Parke. Her extracurricular activities included being the Softball Manager. Some of her favorite memories from high school include “When Isabel Mocko slipped and fell down the stairs on my blanket, Going to live with my best friend in Missoula to find a babysitting / nanny job.” Conley William Wagner is the son of Bill and Sara Wagner with brother Leyton and sister Delaney. His achievements include making the Honor roll and being a team captian for the Flint Creek Titans football team. He was also named Most Promising Track Athlete at Drummond and Most Improved in Basketball. He was tabbed as a Second Team All-State and First Team A

Medical Center gets COVID-19 funds, elects board members

PHILIPSBURG – The Granite County Medical Center (GCMS) received emergency funding last week in light of the COVID-19 crisis. According to GCMC CEO Maria Stoppler, the local hospital received just under $2 million to help alleviate the losses suffered during the pandemic. The GCMC receives funds for use by residents. When those were eliminated due to social distancing guidelines, the hospital lost the corresponding revenue. “GCHD is receiving relief funds from the Federal Government to compensate for the tremendous amount of lost revenue and added costs associated with the preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Stoppler told the Courier. “While these funds are intended to support

Sweeney fights for Anaconda Job Corps program

GRANITE COUNTY – As an Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Commissioner I worked shoulder to shoulder with Job Corps students and staff filling sand bags during floods and running chainsaws cleaning up after wind storms. Job Corps is a huge part of our community. Not quite a year ago I received a text message from a Job Corps employee who received a notice of permanent shut down. Ten minutes later I was in Senator Tester’s Helena office talking to his staff. I then walked across the street to the State Capitol and into the Governor’s office to let them know of his dire decision. My next stop was Senator Daines’ office. In the weeks following I met with the Senators and Governor’s staffs regularly and

National Day of Prayer celebrated at county courthouse

PHILIPSBURG – The National Day of Prayer was celebrated around the country Thursday, with Granite County Christians gathering at the courthouse in Philipsburg in honor of the event. Nearly 50 people attended the gathering, practicing social distancing as they sang and prayed for various components of the county ranging from families and business to schools and local government. Smaller groups had gathered to pray for the event in the past. Drummond’s Crystal Langton stumbled upon the Montana National Day or Prayer page on Facebook looking for a place to participate, but was quickly contacted by the statewide organizer Scott Darling. “I was just looking to participate because that’s what I’ve

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