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With Beef Backlogged And The Market In Flux, Montana Cattle Ranchers Face Tough Choices

BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER The beef supply chain in the United States typically starts on a ranch like Marty Malone’s, in Paradise Valley, with the birth of calves. After a summer of grazing, a cow reaches about 500 to 700 pounds. Then the cow is sold to a feedlot in the Midwest or Great Plains, where it eats feed like corn…

Courthouse Unlocks Its Doors

Government offices in Hill County are beginning to open again, at least a crack. The Hill County Courthouse reopened on Monday, but visitors must comply with physical distancing rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. County officials still urge citizens to use telephone and digital communications when possible rather than visiting the courthouse. The courthouse locked its doors, limited its…

3 Human Smugglers Sentenced, Face Deportation

Three Mexican citizens who admitted trying to smuggle a group of other Mexicans into the United States from a port of entry north of Cut Bank were sentenced Wednesday to time served in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls turned over the three men to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to face deportation proceedings. Omero Banderas-Rodriguez, Samuel…

Candidates For Governor — Minus Gianforte — Address Agriculture Via Internet

By David Crisp  Saturday night’s gubernatorial debate was a hands-off affair in every sense of the phrase. Candidates not only did not shake hands, they couldn’t see each other. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, candidates participated in the 90-minute debate from their homes via internet. The debate was telecast by SWX stations and broadcast by the Northern News Network. Viewers who…

Reopening Montana: What Does Phase 1 Look Like On The Hi-Line?

Elective medical procedures will resume at the local hospital, main street businesses and restaurants will reopen, and churches and school districts are mulling over in-person meetings. However, Gov. Steve Bullock’s announcement on Wednesday that Montana will reopen in phases starting next week made it clear that life is by no means going back to what it was before the COVID-19…

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