Fall Sports are a GO! MHSA releases guidelines for activities amid pandemic

HELENA – The Montana High School Sports Association (MHSA) has given the go ahead to play ball this fall, but within a set of guidelines that will look very different to most Montanans. In general, the MHSA guidelines are directed at game participants with fans left to the jurisdiction of the governor and local health officials. Granite County Board of Health Chairman Mark Ransford was forwarded the MHSA’s release Monday morning and is currently reviewing the information as to how it will affect fall sports in Granite County. His guidance will help shape what the spectator experience is like starting in August. Locally there are just three sports that area athletes participate in – Volleybal

County Health Board issues statement on mask use

GRANITE COUNTY - The Granite County Board of Health issued a statement Wednesday strongly encouraging the use of masks when in public spaces. The announcement was made Wednesday via the county website and states the following: The Granite County Board of health voted yesterday to strongly encourage the use of masks or other face coverings in public places and places where social distancing cannot be reasonably achieved. The statement also confirmed that there is one active case of COVID-19 in Granite County.

Palin’s Pond closed during loading, road construction

DRUMMOND – Area residents were concerned when one of their favorite summertime spots was found closed recently. Palin’s Pond, located just west of Drummond along the Frontage Road, is currently closed weekdays while Granite County receives millings from the state that came from I-90. Commissioner Bill Slaughter confirmed that the county has leased the land next to the pond and the company bringing in the millings must control the traffic in and out of the pond area until they are complete. That contractor is currently running about 20 trucks a day into the area. “I’m all for the kids. That’s all I am. We’ll have it open as much as possible.” ~ Linda Smith, owner “The County got all the I-90

Philipsburg Town Council Agenda: July 16, 2020

PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING July 16th, 2019 7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall Minutes of Prior Meetings Bills Payable Financials OLD BUSINESS FCTA Trail Construction & Maintenance Agreement Law Enforcement Contract Cemetery Agreement Town Health Insurance Coverage Hatcher/Panish Water Claim Finance Committee Update NEW BUSINESS County Planning Board Growth Policy NON AGENDA ITEMS Council Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction               ADJOURN

Granite County COVID-19 Update: July 11, 2020

GRANITE COUNTY - A sixth case of COVID-19 has been identified in Montana's Granite County. Mark Ransford, Chairman of the Granite County Board of Health, indicated that the county would not be making additional postings to its website unless new cases were related to a new and separate source. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020 there has been no such posting. The Granite County Medical Center (GCMC) is providing free testing to individuals Tuesdays in Drummond (Medical Clinic on Broad St.) and Wednesdays and Thursdays in Philipsburg (GC Medical Center). The remaining dates for July are: (Drummond) the 14th, 21st and 28th. The remaining dates in Philipsburg are the 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, A

Lights! Camera! Sports! - Granite, Drummond set to join NFHS Network this fall

GRANITE COUNTY – If watching your local high school teams play sports is your thing, then Christmas is coming early with the fall season. The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) is rolling out its High School Support Program that will give each high school in Montana two Pixellot camera packages, one for its gymnasium and one for an outdoor field such as football/soccer/track or baseball/softball. The NFHS is also rolling out this program nationwide. The program has limitations for schools that already have one or more cameras from the NFHS. “We recognize that the next several years will be challenging for our high schools and state associations,” said NFHS Network CEO Mark Koski in a

Copy of Granite County COVID-19 Update: July 8, 2020

Granite County COVID-19 Update: July 9, 2020 GRANITE COUNTY - Granite County has incurred it's fifth case of the COVID-19 virus. The case was confirmed Wednesday by Mark Ransford, Chairman of the Granite County Board of Health, in phone call and text messages exchanged with the Flint Creek Courier. As of Thursday evening, July 9, there had been no official posting on the Granite County website. Ransford further confirmed that the case was related to the previous four in the county and was not from a new source within the county.

Drummond ordered to close open gymnasium

DRUMMOND – Just days after reopening their gymnasium to the general public, the Granite County Board of Health has shut it back down. Mark Ransford, Chairman of the GCBH, issued a letter Wednesday through Granite County Attorney Blaine Bradshaw ordering the closing of the Trojans gym until the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has been eliminated. The order allows players to use the facility as long as a coach is present. Bradshaw then shared that letter with Drummond and the Flint Creek Courier. Upon receiving notice of the order, Drummond Schools closed their gymnasium with a post on their Facebook page. Granite High School Athletic Director JB Chandler contacted the Flint Creek Courier to verif

Montana officers issue joint statement on police tactics

GRANITE COUNTY - Monday members of law enforcement acrosd the state of Montana banned together to issue the following statement the current situation regarding excessive force by police officers. The release was provided to the Flint Creek Courier by Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson. Following is that release in it's entirety. June 29, 2020 Opinion Editorial FR: Montana Peace Officer Leaders RE: Peace Officers in Montana As a nation, state and society we are living in unprecedented times. As peace officer leaders in the State of Montana, we feel it is our obligation to speak about the unnecessary injuries and deaths, suffered by any persons, at the hands of law enforcement o

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