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Articles from the August 3, 2023 edition


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  • State Fair!

    Ray Castellanos, Courier Reporter|Aug 3, 2023

    The Montana State Fair in Great Falls is in full swing! If you haven't come out yet, you still have until Saturday to come out and enjoy the once-in-a-year event that offers something for everybody, from carnival and rides, to horse racing, competitive exhibits for Ag producers, concerts, craft and art vendors, the Big Sky Pro Rodeo, and, of course, my favorite, "fair food", mini donuts! Don't put it off. Don't miss out. See you at the FAIR!!!...

  • Pam Marquis Appointed Town Councilor Ward 1

    Ray Castellanos, Courier Reporter|Aug 3, 2023

    Pam Marquis was sworn in Friday morning at Town Hall, being appointed to replace Roger Wright for the position of Ward 1 Councilor. In her Application for Appointment, Mrs. Marquis wrote about her interest in local government: "I have always had an interest in government at all levels since I was in high school. I would have gotten involved much earlier, but I owned a childcare business and didn't feel I had the time to give. Since retiring, I now have the time and energy to invest in our local...

  • The Elections Office has begun the NVRA process

    Sandra Merchant, Cascade County Clerk and Recorder, Election Administrator|Aug 3, 2023

    What is the NVRA process? The National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA, was enacted in 1993. This Act lets voters confirm if they have moved, asks them to update their registration, and tasks the election administrators with removing people who do not respond to confirmation mailings and subsequently fail to vote in two federal general elections. Elections officials within the United States are annually tasked with the responsibility of sending notice to voters who fit these criteria. Cascade County has now begun this process. Our county voter...

  • Mosquitoes

    Edward Martin|Aug 3, 2023

    I have read ways in which mosquitoes are beneficial to the environment but I don’t know anyone who actually likes them. The one good thing is, they are fragile. Suppose they were like beetles and had a hard carapace so a simple slap wouldn’t finish them off? What’s also annoying is what they do to us psychologically. After a bite we all get twitchy. We feel a faint sensation on our skin and instinctively slap ourselves. Then we’re annoyed all over again when we realize there was nothing there a...

  • Events scheduled at Great Falls area state parks

    Montana FWP|Aug 3, 2023

    GREAT FALLS – Several events are scheduled in August at Giant Springs and First Peoples Buffalo Jump state parks near Great Falls. There is no cost to Montana residents to attend the programs. An $8 entrance fee applies at Montana state parks for all nonresident vehicles. First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Mammoth Hunt The annual Mammoth Hunt will be held at First Peoples Buffalo Jump park on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 12 – 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This popular event allows visitors to try...

  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

    Ray Castellanos, Courier Reporter|Aug 3, 2023

    It was just a matter of time. In John 6:44, Jesus says, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him." The natural man has no ability to come to God, nor does he even have the desire to come. Romans 3:11 says, "There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God." Therefore, God has to draw us, otherwise we would never come. It is only by God's gracious and merciful drawing that we are saved, that our minds are enlightened, and our wills are inclined toward Himself,...

  • Change & Choices

    Dave Carroll|Aug 3, 2023

    Since May of this year, I have started a new chapter in life as pastor of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church. Lisa and I am very excited about that! But then again, we are all excited about new things, new relationships, and the newness that each season brings to our lives. But with new things there is change, and we often do not like change. Change causes us some feeling of discomfort, doesn’t it? But to grow and adapt in life, one must learn how to change. We are not designed to stay the same. A baby grows into a toddler, then a young child, a pre...

  • Wolf Creek Baptist Church VBS

    Faye Hill|Aug 3, 2023

    It's been many years since Vacation Bible School was held in Wolf Creek. Under the excellent instruction of Dave and Lisa Carroll, we were once again treated to the stories of the Bible, crafts, snacks, singing and recreation time. We had 15 to 23 kids on any given day and concluded on Friday with a BBQ, including parents that were able to attend. The kids got to show off the things they made during the week. God bless all the workers that helped may this VBS one of the best yet and look...

  • Cascade Lion's Club Cornhole Tournament

    Bill Cruze, Cascade Lions Club|Aug 3, 2023

    The Cascade Lions Club hosted their third annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday at the Wedsworth Hall. The event consisted of two different divisions (Social and Competitive), While the players were teaming up and playing the club was hosting a barbeque for all the contestants and anyone that wandered in and just wanted to have lunch with their friends. There were raffle items that were donated by the following businesses: the Angus, Driftwood, Headhunters, Stockmens Bank and an Anonymous...

  • Time to think about fire prevention and fire safety this summer

    Aug 3, 2023

    BOZEMAN, Montana — Much of Montana has enjoyed a wet spring, and green grass has stretched well into mid-summer resulting in fat cattle and extensive haying. However, as the days grow warmer and the chance for moisture lessens, the odds of late summer fires increase whether man-made or from natural causes. For those ranchers and farmers haying, it’s important to check bales for moisture content. “This year, we may see folks putting up wet hay for the first time in a while, especially if they are running behind and want to catch up,” says Mo...

  • Interior Department Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act Anniversary with Fee-Free Day on Public Lands

    Aug 3, 2023

    WASHINGTON — On Friday, August 4, the Department of the Interior will commemorate the three-year anniversary of the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), a bipartisan investment that improves visitor experiences, bolsters climate resilience, and invests in the economy by creating good-paying jobs in our national parks, wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded schools. Since 2021, GAOA projects have supported an average of 17,000 jobs and generated an average of $1.8 billion for local economies...

  • Ear Mountain Cabin now available for public rental

    Aug 3, 2023

    CHOUTEAU, Mont., August 1, 2023 - The Ear Mountain Cabin, located west of Choteau on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District, is now available for the public to rent! "We are so excited to add Ear Mountain Cabin to our increasingly popular cabin rental program," said Forest Recreation Program Manager Rory Glueckert. "We are grateful for the members of the 2022 Missouri River Resource Advisory Committee and the hard work of our staff who have made this addition possible." Previously used as a Forest...

  • Yummy Status Symbols

    Nancy Royan, Librarian, Wedsworth Memorial Library|Aug 3, 2023

    Symbols have always been used to signal one's status. Status symbols come in all shapes and sizes. Some rate diamonds or diamond tiaras as status symbols. Others desire the luxury cars, multiple homes, art objects, family signet rings, heirloom watches, or other multiple material objects. But what about food? Did you ever consider food as a status symbol? Here comes that sweet deal from across the seas. The country's must-have accessory came to grace the tables of the very richest aristocrats' social gatherings. The status symbol of the 1700s w...

  • License required for training bird dogs using birds not raised in captivity

    Montana FWP|Aug 3, 2023

    HELENA – Anyone training bird dogs using game birds not raised in captivity needs to hold a bird dog training license, whether on private or public land. If you are training dogs with captive-reared birds, a license is not required. These licenses can be purchased online through the FWP Online License Service, any FWP regional office or any license provider. The license is $5 for residents ages 18 and over and $10 for nonresidents 18 and over. For residents and nonresidents ages 12 to 17, the l...

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