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2018 Rodeo: Flags, Awards and Bareback

2018 Rodeo: Flags, Awards and Bareback

DRUMMOND - The 2018 Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo ki...

Percival Bickerstaff Bookseller

Percival Bickerstaff Bookseller

Philipsburg has quite a few great stores and busin...

Western Theme highlights Kids Parade

Western Theme highlights Kids Parade

DRUMMOND - This year the kids took to the streets ...

Pre-Rodeo activities get patrons buzzing before bulls leave the chute

Pre-Rodeo activities get patrons buzzing before bulls leave the chute

DRUMMOND - Before the Drummond Rodeo could get out...

Breakfast is served at VFD Fire Hall

Breakfast is served at VFD Fire Hall

The Valley Fire District served attendees a hearty...

Drainage issues, trophies discussed at Drummond School Board Meeting

Drainage issues, trophies discussed at Drummond School Board Meeting

DRUMMOND - It was a short meeting for such a busy ...

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SETTING

Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties

 Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties

Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to mak...

5 Winter Getaway Tips

5 Winter Getaway Tips

Winter is an ideal time to travel, whether your motivation is to escape the cold...

Entertainment

SETTING

Now Playing: Summer Movie Nights in Your Own Backyard

Now Playing: Summer Movie Nights in Your Own Backyard

Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer evenings? Make it a night a...

Sports

Titans lead Blue to win in Cleverley Football All-Star Game

1 MONTHS AGO
Titans lead Blue to win in Cleverley Football All-Star Game

BUTTE - Ever have that feeling of deja vu? Like you've already been some place? Did something before?

You can bet sure as heck that Forsyth's Shawn Hollowell has.

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Titans release 2018 schedule, prepare for title defense

1 MONTHS AGO
Titans release 2018 schedule, prepare for title defense

GRANITE COUNTY - Spring is in the air and the fancies of a young man's heart turns toward simpler things.

That is, unless you're a member of the Flint Creek Titans.

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Lady Trojans battle Falcons in loss

4 MONTHS AGO
Lady Trojans battle Falcons in loss

DRUMMOND - When history looks back on this match, it will only reflect the numbers that show Twin Bridges sweeping Drummond in a 25-22, 25-16, 25-15 match.

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Granite wins rescheduled match at Willow Creek

4 MONTHS AGO
Granite wins rescheduled match at Willow Creek

WILLOW CREEK - In a game rescheduled from an earlier match that was postponed, the Lady Prospectors defeated the Wildcats of Harrison-Willow Creek 25-16, 21-25, 25-11, 25-12 Monday evening.

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Comings heads to Montana Tech on academic scholarship

1 MONTHS AGO
Comings heads to Montana Tech on academic scholarship

PHILIPSBURG - When Jaden Comings leaves Granite High School Sunday afternoon, she'll do so as one of the more notable athletes the school has ever had. She was a dominant figure on the volleyball and basketball courts, and when teamed with junior Sarah Goff was one of the top doubles tennis teams in...

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Class C set to combine state basketball tournaments; weather takes toll on 2018 financials

3 MONTHS AGO
Class C set to combine state basketball tournaments; weather takes toll on 2018 financials

For the first time ever in 2020, all eight of Montana’s high school basketball state tournaments will be held on the same weekend. Class C schools voted 69-5 to combine their boys and girls state tournaments in March of 2020. The Montana High School Association executive board approved that request ...

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Youth take a swing at summer tennis camp

26 DAYS AGO
Youth take a swing at summer tennis camp

PHILIPSBURG - It was a love-fest on the tennis courts last week at the Philipsburg City Park.

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Comings, Goff take fifth at State Tennis Tournament

1 MONTHS AGO
Comings, Goff take fifth at State Tennis Tournament

GREAT FALLS - The Granite Doubles Team of Jaden Comings and Sarah Goff played through three days of tough tennis to claim fifth place in the 2018 MHSA State Class B/C Tournament in Great Falls. The event was from May 17-19.

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2018 Rodeo: Bull Riding

3 DAYS AGO
2018 Rodeo: Bull Riding

DRUMMOND - It was a tough day for the Bull Riders at the Drummond Rodeo, with the Bulls winning more than they lost. Nevada Newman edged out Parker Breding for the title!

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2018 Rodeo: Barrel Racing & Danger Dave

3 DAYS AGO
2018 Rodeo: Barrel Racing & Danger Dave

DRUMMOND - It was a tough day for the Barrel Racers, but in the end it was Callahan Crossley who took home the top prize.

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Arts

Radical Creativity Art Walk will celebrate fusion of art and science on April 26 at MSU

2 MONTHS AGO

Four installations around campus will immerse viewers in a multimedia experience of art and science that will convey the powerful message of their fusion. An opening reception is set for 6:30 p.m., with the installation art walk from 7 to 9 p.m.

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New Native American artists’ gallery transforms MSU student union building into something ‘pretty special’

3 MONTHS AGO
New Native American artists’ gallery transforms MSU student union building into something ‘pretty special’

Large-scale works by Montana artists Ben Pease, John Isaiah Pepion, Carlin Bear Don’t Walk, Alisha Fisher and Casey Figueroa create the Indigenous Art in Time Gallery in the hallway to SUB meeting rooms.

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Springtime Baby Humming Birds

2 MONTHS AGO
Springtime Baby Humming Birds

Baby Humming Birds from Arizona.  Not yet ready to make their way to Montana.  Photographed by Craig Sorenson of Philipsburg Montana.

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US-91 Back Road Snapshots!

3 MONTHS AGO
US-91 Back Road Snapshots!

The photo was taken on a back roads trip to Salt Lake City, Utah to catch a plane headed for Tampa, Florida to visit with some awesome life long friends. 

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Travel

Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties

3 MONTHS AGO
 Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties

Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to make sure your days spent at the beach, pool or lake are picture-perfect for posting on social media.

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Personal Success Play's Out Slope to Slope

3 MONTHS AGO
Personal Success Play's Out Slope to Slope

Friday, local skier and former Mayor of Philipsburg achieved a double goal.

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5 Winter Getaway Tips

4 MONTHS AGO
5 Winter Getaway Tips

Winter is an ideal time to travel, whether your motivation is to escape the cold weather or to frolic in it. Here are five travel tips for better winter vacations.

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Outdoor Adventure

4 MONTHS AGO
Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress,

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Life and Style

How to Update Your Wardrobe Without Overhauling Your Entire Closet

3 MONTHS AGO
How to Update Your Wardrobe Without Overhauling Your Entire Closet

Fun floral prints, pops of color and luxury materials are all making appearances in footwear, accessories and ready-to-wear items this fall. Fashion lovers will have the freedom to update their wardrobe by selecting a few key pieces -- without feeling the need to overhaul their entire closets.

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How to Find the Ideal Gift for Her for Any Occasion

4 MONTHS AGO
How to Find the Ideal Gift for Her for Any Occasion
 

A gift is much more than a simple present. It’s a reflection of the relationship being celebrated. While finding the perfect gift may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be.

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Local brewery brings home the gold from World Beer Cup

2 MONTHS AGO
Local brewery brings home the gold from World Beer Cup

(Nashville, Tenn.) - The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—announced the results of the 2018 World Beer Cup awards. The largest competition to date, the awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers ...

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Montana Treasure: Serving up 130+ burgers at Parker's in Drummond

2 MONTHS AGO
Montana Treasure: Serving up 130+ burgers at Parker's in Drummond

DRUMMOND -Just off of Interstate-90 in the small ranching community of Drummond, Montana sits a small, family-owned and operated restaurant that is serving up an eye-popping array of burgers.

139 burgers to be exact.

ABC FOX Montana's Angela Marshall takes you to Parker's Restaurant and this week'...

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Shopping for a Wedding Gift? What to Know Now

2 MONTHS AGO

If your fridge is filled with save-the-dates and wedding invitations, you’re inevitably facing the daunting question: what to give?

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Innovative New Looks for Your Kitchen Renovation

4 MONTHS AGO
Innovative New Looks for Your Kitchen Renovation
 

Renovating your kitchen? Think about making updates that will add beauty and functionality to one of the most important rooms in the house. Here are a few innovative new looks and ideas to consider including in your plans.

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Celebrating Good Health During Older Americans Month

2 MONTHS AGO
 Celebrating Good Health During Older Americans Month

The contributions of older Americans are celebrated each May during Older Americans’ Month. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes that you are never too old to enrich your physical and emotional well-being.

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The Fine Art of the 'Do-It-Together' Move

2 MONTHS AGO
The Fine Art of the 'Do-It-Together' Move

The average American has moved five times in their life so far, moving an average of 26 boxes each time, according to a recent survey conducted by Duck brand. Talk about moving mayhem!

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MSU Extension plant pathologist receives Fulbright to Australia

3 MONTHS AGO
MSU Extension plant pathologist receives Fulbright to Australia

MSU Extension Plant Pathologist Mary Burrows has received a Fulbright Fellowship to Adelaide in South Australia to research new methodologies in detecting plant disease and develop connections between Montana and Australian agriculture.

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MSU releases new winter wheat grain and forage varieties

3 MONTHS AGO
MSU releases new winter wheat grain and forage varieties

The MSU winter wheat breeding program has released new winter wheat varieties in grain and forage, both intended as replacements for two of Montana’s most-planted winter wheat varieties.

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Pet Insurance Can Save Pet’s Life, Owners Money

3 MONTHS AGO
Pet Insurance Can Save Pet’s Life, Owners Money

HELENA, Mont. – Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale is reminding Montanans to consider their options for insuring pets and horses for veterinary care.

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Pet Owners: Tips to Maintain a Beautiful Home

3 MONTHS AGO
Pet Owners: Tips to Maintain a Beautiful Home

For all the companionship pets provide, it’s fair to admit that they can mess up a clean, tidy home pretty quickly.

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Interest Rates are Rising: Should You Buy a Home or Wait?

2 MONTHS AGO
Interest Rates are Rising: Should You Buy a Home or Wait?

With heightened talk of rising interest rates, many prospective homebuyers are understandably concerned about whether it’s the right time to purchase a home.

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Higher Salaries and More Jobs May be Coming for U.S. Workers

2 MONTHS AGO
Higher Salaries and More Jobs May be Coming for U.S. Workers

Small and mid-size business owners are feeling more optimistic than they have for a long time, suggests a new survey, and experts say this could mean positive things for the overall economy -- including for workers’ salaries and job-seekers’ prospects.

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Health

What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

3 MONTHS AGO
 What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

Suffering from itchy, watery eyes? You may have ocular allergies or you could have another issue entirely, such as chronic dry eyes. Experts say that getting the correct diagnosis is the only way to treat symptoms properly.

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What to Ask Your Doctor About Parkinson’s Disease

4 MONTHS AGO
What to Ask Your Doctor About Parkinson’s Disease

Talking to your doctor about any health concern can be tough, particularly when symptoms catch you by surprise or cause concern. And when it comes to Parkinson’s disease (PD), experts say there are many symptoms that often go unreported at doctor’s appointments, making them difficult to diagnose and...

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How to Care for Your Eyes as You Age

2 MONTHS AGO
How to Care for Your Eyes as You Age

As we age, our bodies don’t perform as well as they once did, and vision is no exception. However, early detection and treatment of eye problems and diseases through an eye exam is the best way to protect your eyes and overall health.

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5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Create Great Dental Habits

3 MONTHS AGO
5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Create Great Dental Habits

That first wiggly tooth indicates a new childhood milestone -- loss of the first “baby” tooth. While this is often a time for cute photos and a visit from the tooth fairy, it should also be an opportunity to reinforce the importance of good oral care with children so that their new permanent teeth s...

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Does Where You Live Determine How Long You Live?

4 MONTHS AGO
Does Where You Live Determine How Long You Live?
From one corner of a city or county to another, life expectancy can vary by five, 10 or even 20 years, according to a report from the Center on Society and Health.

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5 Tips for Healthy-Looking Skin All Winter Long

4 MONTHS AGO
5 Tips for Healthy-Looking Skin All Winter Long

The cold, dry winter months are a good time to change your daily skin care regimen. The low humidity dries out skin, and without extra care, this may contribute to premature aging.

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MSU to host personal trainer certification workshop

3 MONTHS AGO
MSU to host personal trainer certification workshop

MSU will host a two-day personal trainer workshop and certification May 19-20 at the Hosaeus Fitness Center.

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Spring Tips to Start an Exercise Routine

3 MONTHS AGO
Spring Tips to Start an Exercise Routine

Spring is an ideal time to get active outdoors and kickstart a fitness regimen that can carry you into beach and pool season.

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MSU to host symposium on how positive culture improves health and safety

2 MONTHS AGO
MSU to host symposium on how positive culture improves health and safety

The Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University will host a symposium June 20-22 at the Baxter Hotel in Bozeman on how growing positive shared values and beliefs can reduce vehicle crashes, drug use, and violence.

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What to Know About Your Drinking Water

3 MONTHS AGO
  What to Know About Your Drinking Water

Having clean, uncontaminated water to drink at home and on-the-go is one of the most essential components to keeping your family safe and healthy.

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Entertainment

Now Playing: Summer Movie Nights in Your Own Backyard

3 MONTHS AGO
Now Playing: Summer Movie Nights in Your Own Backyard

Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer evenings? Make it a night at the drive-in at home! With the right equipment and planning, you can easily enjoy your favorite movies under the stars, right in your own backyard. Here are a few simple steps for bringing your new favorite tradition t...

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Tips to Throw the Best Movie Night Ever

4 MONTHS AGO
Tips to Throw the Best Movie Night Ever

Tips to Throw the Best Movie Night Ever

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5 Reasons to Consider a Home Theater System Now

4 MONTHS AGO
5 Reasons to Consider a Home Theater System Now

When it comes to entertaining ourselves at home, there are more options than ever before. Whether you are looking to upgrade your family’s existing movie night experience or you are just getting started in assembling a home theater system, here are five reasons to consider doing so now.

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Homemade Bread & Hand-Me-Downs: The Jay Martin Story

1 MONTHS AGO
Homemade Bread & Hand-Me-Downs: The Jay Martin Story

GRANITE COUNTY - Growing up in Montana's Granite County was one of the best things that ever could have happened to Jay Martin, as it allowed him to live the lifestyle he loves so dearly. It's been the thyeme for his life as well as his music.

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Montana Folk Festival reaches Washington Foundation funding match goal

2 MONTHS AGO
Montana Folk Festival reaches Washington Foundation funding match goal

Montana businesses have stepped up to help meet the challenge grant made by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Montana Resources for the 2018 Montana Folk Festival, returning to Butte July 13-15.

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Far Cry 5 invades Montana on gaming systems

3 MONTHS AGO
Far Cry 5 invades Montana on gaming systems

It’s a brave, new world in Montana … well, at least on your gaming system it is.

Ubisoft released Far Cry 5 February 2, 2018 in London, making it the fifth installment of this wildly popular gaming series. It is the first time that the game has ventured onto American soil, and Big Sky country is th...

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406 News Desk

Granite County Sheriff Report 06/17/2018 TO 06/23/2018

18 DAYS AGO
Granite County Sheriff Report 06/17/2018 TO 06/23/2018

GRANITE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORT

DAILY MEDIA RELEASE FOR - 06/17/2018 TO 06/23/2018

Printed 06/25/2018-10:41    By 476VCCART

The Daily Media Release does not contain Traffic Stop CR#s, which is the reason for gaps in the number sequence.

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Granite County Sheriff Report 06/03/2018 TO 06/09/2018

1 MONTHS AGO
Granite County Sheriff Report 06/03/2018 TO 06/09/2018

GRANITE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORT

DAILY MEDIA RELEASE FOR - 06/03/2018 TO 06/09/2018

Printed 06/11/2018-11:38    By 476VCCART

The Daily Media Release does not contain Traffic Stop CR#s, which is the reason for gaps in the number sequence.

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Court Rules in Favor of Active Forest Management

1 MONTHS AGO
Court Rules in Favor of Active Forest Management

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied claims by several environmental groups and ruled in favor of a habitat management project in southwestern Montana.

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Montana Floodwaters Submerge Neighborhood, Threaten Others

2 MONTHS AGO
Montana Floodwaters Submerge Neighborhood, Threaten Others

Montana authorities ordered the evacuation of 60 homes Tuesday as the rising Clark Fork River submerged a neighborhood west of Missoula and potentially threatened hundreds of additional residences.

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Senate votes 52-47 to maintain Net Neutrality

2 MONTHS AGO
Senate votes 52-47 to maintain Net Neutrality

The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content.

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Who is drinking the most? The drunkest (and driest) cities in America

2 MONTHS AGO
Who is drinking the most? The drunkest (and driest) cities in America

24/7 Wall Street reviewed the adult excessive drinking rate in 381 U.S. metro areas to identify the 20 drunkest (and 20 driest) cities. The cities with the highest excessive drinking rates are concentrated in the Midwest, while those with the lowest rates are mostly in southern states.

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BREAKING: Trump Announces Missile Strikes Against Syria

3 MONTHS AGO
BREAKING: Trump Announces Missile Strikes Against Syria

President Donald Trump said he launched missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a rebel town.

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Chinese tariff threat puts Montana beef deal at risk

3 MONTHS AGO
Chinese tariff threat puts Montana beef deal at risk

If there is one word that characterizes the state of U.S. trade relations with China it is “uncertainty.”

Uncertainty over whether the tariff threats will be fully enacted. Uncertainty as to how deep and wide the looming trade war with China could extend. Uncertainty as to how it might impact the U...

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LETTER: Political cartoon was inappropriate

3 MONTHS AGO
LETTER: Political cartoon was inappropriate

Dear Editor,

In light of recent events in Phillipsburg, Montana, and in other towns across the United States, I feel this week’s political cartoon shown in the newspaper is inappropriate and disrespectful.

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LETTER: Reasons for Walkout were misunderstood

3 MONTHS AGO
LETTER: Reasons for Walkout were misunderstood

Dear Editor,

On Wednesday, March 14th I decided to participate in the National Walkout with a group of students. Many students around the country walked for gun rights and gun violence. I, myself walked for a different reason.

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Philipsburg Schools holds meeting to discuss safety after threat incident

4 MONTHS AGO
Philipsburg Schools holds meeting to discuss safety after threat incident

PHILIPSBURG - "It's your children in this school. My children are in this school. And the safety of the children is my number one priority."

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MSU neuroscientist publishes research that opens door for brain disorder therapies

1 MONTH AGO
MSU neuroscientist publishes research that opens door for brain disorder therapies

James Mazer, MSU associate professor of neuroscience, published findings in the journal Neuron that reveal how the brain maintains attentional focus during eye movements. The research could lead to treatments and therapies for some brain disorders.

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MSU researcher wins major award to engineer microbial biofilms

1 MONTH AGO
MSU researcher wins major award to engineer microbial biofilms

The National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award will allow Connie Chang to explore new ways to study and create microbial communities, potentially with far-reaching applications in medicine and bioenergy.

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406HiTech

Why Internet Access in Rural America Affects Everyone

3 MONTHS AGO
 Why Internet Access in Rural America Affects Everyone

Healthy communities and a strong national economy rely on internet access for all, suggests a new study.

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Millennials Want to Say ‘I Do’ to High-Tech Wedding Registries

3 MONTHS AGO
 Millennials Want to Say ‘I Do’ to High-Tech Wedding Registries

Once upon a time, wedding registries were created so newlyweds would have all the basic essentials to establish their first home. But as technology has evolved, so too has the registry. Gone are the days where registries only include dishware and candlesticks. Couples can now incorporate modern must...

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2018 Montana Folk Festival Announces First Sevcen Performers Coming to Butte July 13-1

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Wylie The Wild West
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Iberi Georgian Choir

(from Press Release) BUTTE, MT - Montana Folk Festival organizers today announced the first seven performing artists/groups coming to the 2018 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, Montana, July 13-15. 

Admission is free to all performances during the three days of the festival, although organizers urge patrons to "Pony Up" a contribution of $20 per person and $25 for a family to sustain the festival in this year and in years to come.

For anyone who doesn't want to wait until the festival to Pony Up, they can visit www.gofundme.com/2018MFF or send contributions of any size by mail to Montana Folk Festival, P.O. Box 696, Butte, MT  59703.

This year, 20 performer groups representing a broad diversity of musical and cultural traditions will perform on the festival's six stages in Uptown Butte.          

"This is the eighth year of the Montana Folk Festival in Butte,” says Festival Director George Everett, "after three years as the National Folk Festival in Montana."  “In this 11th year, everyone planning to attend, no matter how well they think they know this festival, should come expecting to be amazed. This first set of performers only represents one third of those who will be performing.  We're just getting warmed up, so check in at our Facebook page -- mtfolkfest for the latest developments."

The first seven performing artists/groups confirmed for the 2018 Montana Folk Festival are:

Annika Chambers

Blues

Houston, Texas

Annika Chambers, like many powerful vocal artists, can trace her love of music back to early childhood.  

“I grew up singing in the church,” she says. Not that she had to tell us. Citing the gospel influences of Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples and Whitney Houston, you can’t help but feel the Spirit moving through the entire room when Annika throws herself into the heart of a song. But it was during her two tours of duty in the US Army that Chambers realized the gift she had. “One of my colonels heard me singing, and he said, ‘Why don’t you sing the Anthem for one of our ceremonies?’” She was an immediate hit and became their first choice for all their music events, joining the gospel choir and even winning the talent show on her base. From there, Chambers became part of a touring band making the rounds through Kosovo and Iraq, providing a welcome lift for the troops’ morale. She also planned special events, concerts, dances and karaoke nights, always doing her part to infuse the good time music into their lives.

Returning to Houston in 2011 led to the creation of Annika Chambers and The House Rules Band. Audiences loved their combination of blues and soul and started paying attention to that powerhouse voice behind the microphone. Among her admirers was bassist Larry Fulcher (2012 inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame) and producer/musician Richard Cagle of Montrose Records. By the end of 2014, Chambers’ debut album “Making My Mark” was climbing blues charts across the US and Europe. Her meteoric success and rising attention brought Annika Chambers the coveted nomination for 2015 BMA (Blues Music Award) Best New Artist 2015. Her second release, Wild & Free did not disappoint, with a debut at #7 on the Billboard Blues chart. Building on her success, Chambers used this opportunity to showcase her ever-improving abilities to sing across multiple musical genres. The word continues to spread on this rising star as festivals from South America, Europe and right in her own backyard (Minnesota Bayfront Blues Festival, Las Vegas Blues Bender, Gloucester Blues Festival, Mississippi Delta Blues Festival) race to feature Chambers in their lineup. A full-time music career can keep a person busy and yet Chambers always finds time to give back to her community. Chambers has a deep passion for supporting and inspiring the next generation of musicians. When performing, she’ll often shift the spotlight to local youth musicians and she also donates time speaking in classrooms about the legacy that is the blues.       

 

ShadowGrass

Bluegrass

Wilkesboro, NC

ShadowGrass is a group of young musicians from Western North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia.  Holding to their bluegrass roots, fast picking, and fresh arrangements have earned the band numerous awards in youth and adult competitions across the region. Among other accolades, they were honored to be chosen as a featured youth band for the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival in 2016.

ShadowGrass has been called “one of the most thrilling bluegrass bands to emerge from the musically rich Crooked Road area in recent memory.” 

The band includes Presley Barker, guitar; Kyser George, bass; Luke Morris, mandolin and Clay Russell, banjo.  At the Montana Folk Festival, ShadowGrass will be joined by accomplished bluegrass fiddler Daniel Greeson.

Presley Barker, 13, has been playing acoustic guitar for six years. Living in the North Carolina mountains and listening to Doc Watson on the radio inspired Presley to begin picking fiddle tunes and bluegrass music. He has been influenced and mentored by Steve Lewis, Wayne Henderson, and Bryan Sutton, quickly emerging as an astonishingly gifted flat-picker. In 2015, Presley won first place in the prestigious Adult Guitar Competition at the 80th Annual Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention and released his first solo album,JUST-TEN, that fall.  In 2016, he was named West Virginia State Flatpicking Guitar Champion and followed up by winning the Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition in 2017.

Luke Morris, 17, has grown up in Galax, Virginia, surrounded by bluegrass music. When he was 12,  he got his hands on a mandolin while taking a guitar class and quickly fell in love with the instrument. He enjoys playing and singing anytime and he is also passionate about teaching traditional music to other students. 

Clay Russell, 17, has lived in Grayson County, Virginia his entire life. He received his first banjo when he was four years old and learned to pick out song melodies using his thumb. At around age ten, he began using the three finger method. A few years later he started entering local competitions and collaborated to help form ShadowGrass. Clay will be the first to admit his favorite part of any festival or competition is getting to play at various venues and meet and pick with other musicians, many who have become great friends.

Sitting in on his father’s band practices from the week his parents brought him home from the hospital, Kyser George, age 13, of Westfield, North Carolina, grew up steeped in the musical heritage of Stokes County. Kyser received his first instrument, a mandolin, at the age of 6 and it quickly became evident that the rhythm section was Kyser’s niche. After receiving instruction from his father, David George, Kyser discovered his love of bass at age 9.

The "old man" of the group, Daniel Greeson, 20, is an accomplished bluegrass fiddler,  At his young age he has already won many prestigious competitions throughout North Carolina and Virginia, competing in both youth and adult divisions, but Daniel’s resume holds more than just contest wins.   He released his first solo CD by Patuxent Music in 2014. John Lawless of Bluegrass Today wrote of that project,  ”Every track is full of life and excitement, and some mighty fine picking. If you like to hear young artists embracing the traditions that have been handed down, you can’t go wrong with Daniel Greeson.” He now has released his second solo project-"Done Gone" also by Patuxent Music.  From playing his first fiddle at six to winning at an abundance of fiddler’s conventions, Daniel Greeson is a seasoned musician in the bluegrass world.

 

Wylie & The Wild West

Cowboy/Western Swing

Conrad, MT

They're back!  Long-time festival fans may remember one of the first performances of the festival was Wylie and the Wild West in 2008.  A decade later, Wylie is back to perform on the stages of the Montana Folk Festival.

Wylie Gustafson is a native Montanan singer/songwriter with more than 20 albums and 4 decades of performing, writing, and recording under his belt.  Wylie has matured into a dynamic talent, and has become one of the few authentic voices of the American West.  One critic called him, “…the coolest cowpoke around. Forget everything you hate about modern country, this guy is old-school cool without being a tired period piece."

Wylie is a Montana and an American Original.  Over the last 30 years, he and his band, The Wild West, have performed their blend of cowboy, western swing, old school country, and yodeling music worldwide. Stateside, they have performed at such prestigious venues as the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, the Bumbershoot Festival, The Stagecoach Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, The Conan O’Brien Show and the Grand Ole Opry (with over 50 guest appearances).  Worldwide, their universal appeal has taken them to China, Russia, Australia, Europe, South America, and Japan.  

Wylie’s music has been baptized with a hardy dose of trail dust and horse hair.    As an accomplished cutting horse and roping enthusiast, he has claimed several hard won regional and national titles within the National Cutting Horse Association astride his super-horse, “Whiskey”.  

Despite his successful career in music and yodeling, when not touring he still gets up every day and tends to the livestock on his Cross Three Quarter Horse ranch near Conrad, Montana. It grounds him and is the backbone of his art.

As a seasoned singer/songwriter, Wylie has etched his presence onto the American music scene and is the originator of the High Plains Yodeling style which evokes the loneliness of his northern Montana home. His voice echoed in millions of homes as the prominent yodel in the successful Yahoo! Advertising campaign with his trademark “Ya-hooo-ooo!”  His top selling book “How to Yodel- Lessons to Tickle Your Tonsils” is the number one selling book of its genre.  Wylie has become a nationally renowned voice-over artist for the advertising, movie and TV world.

The band members, guitarist Clayton Parsons, drummer Tim Lashley, and bassist Johnny Pope, are all virtuoso players. Wylie and the Wild West will be bringing along new tunes from their latest CD, 2000 Miles from Nashville.

 

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Zydeco

Houston, TX        

Clayton Joseph (C.J) Chenier was born  in Port Arthur, Texas on September 28, 1957 - the son of the great King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier.  C.J.'s father was the first Creole musician to win a Grammy Award. C.J. spent his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas. His earliest musical influences were an eclectic mix of funk, soul, jazz and Motown, and his first musical instruments were piano, tenor saxophone and flute. It wasn't until his 21st birthday, after winning a scholarship and studying music at Texas Southern University, that C.J. first performed with his famous father and the legendary Red Hot Louisiana band. 
On the road his father showed him how to front a world class touring band - teaching C.J. how to run the family business and how to develop his lifelong passion for music into a career. When Clifton died in 1987 his son adopted the Red Hot Louisiana Band and recorded his debut album for the great American independent label Arhoolie Records. As he told a journalist at the time, he does not try to imitate his father's playing: "I play it the way I play it. All my father really told me was to do the best I could do with my own style." In the following years C.J. would record albums Slash Records and the legendary Chicago label Alligator Records. 

When Paul Simon recorded his 1990 album Rhythm of the Saints, he handpicked C.J. Chenier to play accordion (alongside Ringo Starr on drums) then asked him to join his “Born at the Right Time Tour”.
C.J,‘s 1995 appearances on the Jon Stewart Show and CNN brought C.J.’s music to even wider audiences. But all this attention didn’t change his philosophy toward his music. “You go to a gig by a jazz band,” he says, “and everybody's sitting down, sipping drinks. You play zydeco and you see shoes flying off. You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy all night long. You’re going to break a smile and stomp your foot before too long. This is happy music, and it makes you dance.” 
Nowhere was this more evident than the band’s 1996 appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where their raucous performance caught the attention of VH1, which featured Chenier in a segment on the event. 

Caution Ahead: CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band's performances at the Dance Pavilion at the Montana Folk Festival may result in a massive dancing frenzy. 

 

Iberi Georgian Choir

Popular singing has a highly valued place in Georgian culture. Polyphonic singing, in the Georgian language, is a secular tradition in a country whose language and culture have often been oppressed by invaders. There are three types of polyphony in Georgia: complex polyphony, which is common in Svaneti; polyphonic dialogue over a bass background, prevalent in the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia; and contrasted polyphony with three partially improvised sung parts, characteristic of western Georgia. The Chakrulo song, which is sung at ceremonies and festivals and belongs to the first category, is distinguished by its use of metaphor and its yodel, the krimanchuli and a cockerels crow, performed by a male falsetto singer. Some of these songs are linked to the cult of the grapevine and many date back to the eighth century. The songs traditionally pervaded all areas of everyday life, ranging from work in the fields (the Naduri, which incorporates the sounds of physical effort into the music) to songs to curing of illnesses and to Christmas Carols (Alilo). Byzantine liturgical hymns also incorporated the Georgian polyphonic tradition to such an extent that they became a significant expression of it. Having previously suffered the drawbacks of socialist cultural policies, traditional Georgian music is now threatened by rural exodus as well as by the increasing success of pop music. In many archives one finds recordings of polyphonic songs from the beginning of the twentieth century; these recordings are, however, not secure enough to guarantee the long-term preservation.

Georgian Folk Choir “Iberi” was established in 2012 by singer Buba Murgulia who from 1994 to 1996 was a member of the State Ensemble for Song and Dance.  He was a member of “Kapela” as well as vocal group Ensembles under Technical University of Georgia from 1995 to 2000 and in 2010 he was a member of the Group “The Shin,” participating at that in European and Georgian concerts. Murghulia is also a member of the Ethno Jazz Band "IRIAO".

“Iberi” aims to popularize folklore of Georgia, a country that is famous for its rich cultural traditions, not only throughout Georgia but beyond its borders as well, preserving and sustaining ancient Georgian singing traditions.

The Group searches for ancient Georgian songs, including pagan era compositions aiming at including them in their repertoire to bring them to life in modern times. The repertoire of the Group also comprises songs from all regions of Georgia. Moreover, "Iberi” seeks to popularize the ancient Georgian folk musical instruments as number of compositions are performed on them.

             

Fairfield Four

A Capella Gospel

Nashville, Tennessee

The initial iteration of the Fairfield Four was under the direction of the Goodlettsville, Tennessee Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church's assistant pastor, J. R. Carrethers, and consisted of his sons Rufus and Harold plus their neighbor John Battle. In 1925, the group became a quartet when South African immigrant Lattimer Green joined the congregation and then joined the group. During the 1930s, Green left the group and William Malone and Samuel McCrary joined, but they retained the name of Fairfield Four, although it had expanded its membership beyond a quartet.

In 1942, the group won a contest that resulted in an appearance on 50,000 watt radio station WLAC, with a hook-up to the CBS radio network. This performance was so successful that the group continued to perform on WLAC for the next decade.

During the 1940s, the membership of the group continued to evolve. Their first recording session was held in 1946 at Nashville's Bullet Records and over the next 15 years, the group released over 100 recordings on several record labels. By 1949, Sam McCrary assumed leadership of the group and they continued to record and tour, with various membership changes. In 1954, McCrary left the group to become a minister. More personnel changes ensued, but by the late 1950s the group's popularity had waned, along with the decline of interest in a cappella gospel singing. The group disbanded in 1960.

In 1980, the group re-formed to participate in a special "Quartet Reunion" program in Birmingham, Alabama  The revitalized group has continued to perform since the 1980s.

John Fogerty loved Fairfield's rootsy sound so much he decided he had to feature them on his second comeback album, Blue Moon Swamp singing on the track "A Hundred and Ten in the Shade." Later, after its release, he had the group open for him on many tour dates in support of his new CD.          

In 2003, they performed with Dolly Parton on the song There Will Be Peace in the Valley for Me from her album For God and Country. They were later featured on the song Rock of Ages by Amy Grant and Vince Gill on Grant's 2005 album Rock of Ages...Hymns and Faith.

The Fairfield Four's own album Still Rockin' My Soul! was released in 2015, and won the Best Roots Gospel Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Known best for their appearance at the end of the film O Brother Where Art Thou?, and on the subsequent soundtrack release, the Fairfield Four are alive and well and still singing in the traditional African American a cappella gospel style they have been known for since the group's inception nearly  100 years ago.

           

Heron Valley Band

Celtic Ceilihd

Glasgow, Scotland

The Heron Valley Band is an energetic, young traditional ceilhd band from Scotland.  Cèilidhs are Celtic social gatherings that bring the community together highlight cheerful and lively music, poetry, storytelling, and dance.

While discos and nightclubs have largely displaced Cèilidhs, they are still an important and popular social outlet in rural parts of Scotland, especially in the Gaelic-speaking regions. Cèilidhs are sometimes held on a smaller scale in private or public houses, for example in remote rural hinterlands and during busy festivals.  In Scotland, privately organized cèilidhs are now very common in both rural and urban Scotland, where bands are hired, usually for evening entertainment for a wedding, birthday party, celebratory or fundraising event. These may be more or less formal, and very often omit all other traditional Gaelic activity beyond the actual music and dancing.

About half of the dances in the modern Scots Cèilidh are couples' dances performed in a ring. These can be performed by fixed couples or with the lady moving to the next gentleman in the ring at or near the end of each repetition of the steps. In Ireland, the similar style of dance is called céili dance or fíor (true) céili dance. 

The appeal of the Scottish cèilidh crosses generations and dances vary in speed and complexity to accommodate most age groups and levels of ability. Most private schools in Scotland will also often hold cèilidhs.  Universities in Scotland hold regular cèilidhs, with the University of Edinburgh providing a number for students throughout each term, especially the long-running Highland Annual, the oldest cèilidh in Edinburgh and the largest in Scotland, organised by the Highland Society ('An Comann Ceilteach').

In performance, Heron Valley Band tries to convey their unique Scottish sound and energetic performance to ensure their audiences are absorbed by the enthusiasm. This will comprise of a lineup of Bagpipes, Fiddle, Vocals, Whistles, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, and drums.  The five-piece group comprises banjo player/drummer Nick Hamilton, guitarist/piper/whistle player Euan McNab, pianist Arlene Mackechnie, guitarist/vocalist Abigail Pryde and bassist Callum Cronin. 
Since forming in 2011, Heron Valley strives to convey the highest amount of energy to every crowd they play to, ensuring that people who come to see them perform live have a fantastic experience. Heron Valley has made a massive impact on the folk scene in Scotland, and 2017 has seen them tour, playing on stages all over Europe.

With the positive reaction they have received on tour, and the demand for more recordings of their music, the Heron Valley Band is now focused on supporting their new album, ROAM.  With their debut album ROAM out and a tour that starts in the US with the Montana Folk Festival in Butte in July.

 

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