DEER LODGE – The Powell County Board of Health issued a statement June 21 that closed down the majority of activities at the annual Tri-County Fair in Deer Lodge. Lori Drumm, Powell County Health Officer, issued the letter that states, “After a thorough risk assessment, Powell County Public Health (PCPH) has determined that the 2020 Tri-County Fair, including all of its traditional events, is hereby canceled due to health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 Virus
PHILIPSBURG – Granite County was one of a few in Montana to avoid infections by the COVID-19 virus until Wednesday afternoon. Chairman of the Granite County Board of Health Mark Ransford identified that the county had incurred its first case that the county’s Incident Management Team was on top of it and addressing the matter. Later Wednesday afternoon, Gem Mountain noted on its Facebook page that the virus had been contracted by one of its workers. Thursday owners Chris Coon
PHILIPSBURG – The Granite County Medical Center will begin testing for the COVID-19 virus July 1. Maria Stoppler, GCMC CEO, announced the testing in an email to the Flint Creek Courier Thursday morning. The testing will begin July 1 in Philipsburg at the GCMC facility, with Drummond starting the following week on July 7 at the Clinic in Drummond. Both will be done in a drive-thru format. Dates for the Philipsburg testing are July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23. Dates for the Dru
HALL - Wednesday's storm saw a lightning bolt strike hay bales just south of Hall. The Valley Fire District was dispatched to the incident at 5:08 p.m. with four vehicles and multiple volunteer firefighters responding from both Hall and Drummond. The fire got into six bales with several others sustaining surface damage. "The Valley Fire District responded very quickly," said Chuck Johnson who owns Johnson's Tuning Fork Ranch with his wife Shelley. "We were very pleased with h
GEORGETOWN LAKE - The Granite County Sheriff's Office had announced that it will conduct a test of the emergency alert system at the Georgetown Lake Dam. The test will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 25. The system exists to alert residents should a breach or other emergency happen at the dam. The Sheriff's Office can be contacted through their Dispatch at 859-3251 with any questions or concerns.
GRANITE COUNTY - Local first responders were sent to an accident near mile marker 148 Tuesday night. The Granite County Sheriff's Department and members of the Valley Fire District joined officers from the Montana Highway Patrol at the crash site and to control eastbound traffic. The dispatch was sent out at approximately 8:53 p.m. Two victims of the rollover crash were found on scene, with both having been ejected from the vehicle. Both were treated and transported to Missou
GRANITE COUNTY – Winter Storm Watch in effect from Tuesday, 6:00 PM MDT until Wednesday, 12:00 PM MDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service. Heavy wet snow is possible. For elevations 5000 feet and higher: total snow accumulations of up to eight inches possible. Locally higher amounts of 12 to 15 inches possible in the highest terrain (above roughly 6500 feet). Affected areas include Butte, Georgetown Lake, Highway 12 Garrison to Elliston, Homestake Pass, and MacDonald Pass.