Basset Rescue of Montana announces Spring Fundraiser


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Basset Rescue of Montana has started its 2012 Spring Fundraiser and will be raffling off beautiful, handmade cotton quilt.

The drawing will be held on Monday, April 16 and the cost is one ticket for $3 or five tickets for $10.

Tickets can be purchased directly from Bassett Rescue of Montana by contacting Leslie Ames at 406-207-0765, through email at or by sending check or money order to 14600 Springhill Rd., Frenchtown MT, 59834 (please include phone number on all orders as winner will be notified via phone.)

Basset Rescue of Montana is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and can be found at their website,


Montana Legal Services Tip of the Week



Do you know that your employer has to follow certain rules to fire you? These rules are included in the Wrongful Discharge from Employment laws. An employer must follow its policies. It must fire you for good cause if you are past your probationary period. It cannot fire you for being a whistle-blower. There are many rules about when an employer can and cannot fire you. If the employer fires you when the law says it can’t, you can sue for lost wages and benefits. There are certain workers who this does not apply to.

For more information, please visit the Work section of If you can’t find the information you want, click on the LiveHelp button. Or call the Montana Legal Services Association HelpLine at 1 (800) 666-6899.

2nd Annual Superior Talent Show set for February 21


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The Superior Elementary Student Council will be holding the second annual Superior Idol Talent show on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 per adult, $2 for children ages 1-12. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and spaghetti dinner, garlic toast and a beverage will be on the menu to accompany an evening of fine entertainment.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward purchasing new playground equipment for the school.

Be there, or be square.

Mineral Community Hospital Announces Ribbon Cutting for New St. Regis Clinic


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Superior, February 17, 2012:  Mineral Community Hospital (MCH) today announced a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new clinic in St. Regis, Montana on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The ceremony will include a tour of the facility followed by cake and punch and is open to the public. The clinic is also offering free blood pressure testing and diabetes screenings, including blood glucose and A1c tests until 2:00 that day.
The clinic was constructed by local contractor Reed Mountain Construction who used many local vendors and craftsmen on the project.

Starting March 5, 2012, the new clinic will be open:
Mondays :       8:30 am to Noon, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Wednesdays:     8:30 am to Noon, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Thursdays:      8:30 am to Noon, Women’s Health
Fridays:                1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The clinic is located on 341 Highway 135 in St. Regis, MT. Appointments are available by calling 822-4278.

The construction of the clinic was made possible through financial support from the St. Regis Resort District and from the Human Resource Council, a generous donation of the land by Grant Lincoln, and a zero-interest loan from Blackfoot Telecommunications through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

“The Rural Economic Development program we administer through our partner cooperatives like Blackfoot Telecommunications provides direct investment in necessary community infrastructure,” said Matthew Jones, Montana State Director for USDA Rural Development. “Investing in our rural medical facilities brings better services to our sparsely populated areas, and that’s what we at USDA Rural Development seek to provide: Investment in our rural Montana communities. We’re proud to be a part of this great project.”

Mineral Community Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Level-IV Trauma Center located in Superior, Montana. They provide a full range of healthcare services to residents of Mineral, Sanders and Missoula Counties, as well as to residents from eastern Idaho. For more information, you can visit their website at

Tester press release announces Agriculture Small Business Opportunity Workshop in Great Falls


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Senator Jon Tester announced today that he will hold the event March 12 in the Missouri Room of the Mansfield Civic Center in Great Falls.  The workshop will feature discussions with agriculture leaders about marketing strategies, financial management, the upcoming farm bill, and government programs for Montana’s agriculture community.

Tester’s workshop will also feature networking opportunities and information booths for attendees.

Tester’s workshop, which kicks off at 8 a.m., is free and open to the public.  Montanans interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at

Montana DOT proposes I90 construction, removal of cattle guards at Nine Mile exits


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Click map for larger view of proposed construction rout (image courtesy of Google Maps.)

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is seeking public comments on proposed resurfacing of nearly 10 miles of Interstate 90 east of Alberton.

A mass email from the MDT states that the construction would not begin until 2013 and would stretch from the Alberton interchange and would head east, nearly a mile short of the Huson interchanges. The proposal would include the removal of the cattle guards at the bottom of both east and west off-ramps at the Nine Mile exit.

No property acquisition or utility relocations are anticipated for the project and that signs and pavement marking would also be upgraded. Single lane traffic will occur, if the proposal becomes reality, and construction would take place during normal business hours,

To comment or for more information, the public is encouraged to call Ed Toavs, Missoula District Administrator, (406) 523-5802 or Ben Nunnallee, District Projects Engineer,(406) 523-5846.


Mark Hebert named executive director of Corporation for Public Community Newspapers


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The headline says it all…I’m writing my own press release.

Hello Mineral County, it’s me, Mark, your favorite hack journalist. Last week John Q. Murray announced that he was stepping down as interim executive director of the Corporation for Public Community Newspapers and I was chosen as the new president.

Before John’s announcement  of resignation it was also announced that I would be relaunching the Clark Fork Chronicle and taking over as the president of the non profit.

What that means to news coverage in Mineral County as of today? Absolutely nothing.



Zip and zero.

What that means for the future of reporting news in Mineral County remains to be seen.

In an email to members of the corporation, John stated that The Corporation for Public Community Newspapers (CPNC) was successfully established, received its non-profit status from the IRS, and ran the online version of the Clark Fork Chronicle during 2010 and 2011. John, who now lives in Honolulu, is focusing his time on new ventures as well as being a dedicated husband to his wife and an awesome father to his children. I wish him all the luck in the world, as should you.

The newspaper stopped printing about four years ago, the week after the Superior Bobcats football team won the Class C state championship. Since then, the Chronicle had been exclusively on the web, posting op/ed pieces as well as press releases from various Montana agencies and politicians.

What this blog is intended to do is let the folks in Mineral County know that I am still around, typos and all. I have very little time to dedicate to this project as a try to earn a living with one full-time job and various other side gigs. I have a real passion to bring the people of Mineral County better news reporting than is offered around these parts.

Other news agencies in Min Co.  bring out-of-state reporters in once a year, teach them about the area, get them comfortable reporting and then watch them leave when their contract is up. You can’t blame those people for leaving, everyone wants to earn a decent wage.

It has been four years since the print edition of the Clark Fork Chronicle stopped hitting newsstands. I’ve remained living in Superior and each time I leave the house on errands, without fail, someone asks me when when the Chronicle will return. The problems that ended the CFC’s run then remain today. People want the newspaper, but few want to support it through advertising or other contributions, so it seems.

In 2007, the Missoula Independent wrote a story about what John was trying to accomplish with the CPNC (read the story here .) It makes sense to me, but I’m not sure how to reach those goals. I no nothing about membership drives, selling ads or how a non-profit works.

What I do now is that reporting on St. Regis sixth grade basketball or Superior Town Council meeting are important to me and fun to write. I believe in this community, love it in fact. I want to bring you, the people of Mineral County, the news you miss reading, but I can’t do it for free…not for long anyway.

If you want to help support the CFC and the non profit, that would be great. Let’s figure out how you can do so. Thanks for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you.