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February 28 -- A controversial plan to create a Special Improvement District for improving the streets of Baker was approved Feb. 26 at Baker High School by a narrow 3-2 margin. . .Postal service returned to Ismay after townspeople agreed to have a temporary facility constructed inside the town community center. . .Picture: Senator Daines visits with Montana Teacher of the year, Linda Rost. . .Local schools have threat assessments to protect students. . .Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Contest held in Baker on Feb. 23. Gentre Coulter had 25/25, and will likely be an International Champion. . .High temperature Feb. 22 was 48. Low temperature Feb. 25 was -4. . .Fallon County has been awarded two grants, an RRGL Planning Grant for $15,000 from the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) and Fish, Wildlife & Parks Community Pond Program Grant (FWP) for $20,000. The DNRC grant is for Plevna to develop a Preliminary Engineering Report and Operations & Maintenance Plan for their wastewater treatment system. The FWP is to install a handicap accessible fishing dock on Baker Lake’s west shoreline.

March 6 -- Fallon Medical Complex in Baker is one of six facilities in Montana to be named on a list of the 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. . .SMART (Southeast Montana Area Revitalization Team) and EMEDA (Eastern Montana Economic Development Agency) using recent grant to begin planning for a child care facility in Baker. . .A community hearing covering the proposed Keystone XL pipeline planned route through Fallon County was successful on Feb. 27, at the Fallon County Fairgrounds, according to a company spokeswoman. The construction phase of the project will be starting in April in Fallon County and concluding in December. They will be coming back in the spring 2021 to do remediation, to  put it back to the way it was before they came. The man camp will be constructed west of Baker. . .Beginning on March 6 , the Fallon County Times will be printed at Star Printing in Miles City. The new paper will be a little bit larger, and only contain four color pages. . .High temperature Feb. 22 was 48. Low temperature Feb. 25 was -4. . .Baker High School candidates for Prom King are: Ty Tolzien, Ethan Verke, Dillon Hickey and O’Connell Qualley.  Queen candidates are: Taylor Miller, Hope Craft, Addison Bryan,  and Alissa Bohle. . .Hunter Education class was held Feb. 29 and March 1 at the Fallon County Shooting Range. Twenty-six students received their Hunter Education Certification. Rick Madler received an award from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Area Warden, Zach Phillips. Rick has been a Hunter Education and Bow Hunter Education instructor for 20 years. He received a Montana Silversmith Buckle and Plaques for his volunteer services.

March 13 -- Baker students excel at the Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair. For the fourth year in a row, Baker received first place among small schools. . .The Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center is looking for some help, coloring contest planned for upcoming drug facts week. . .Individuals filed for county positions: Commissioner District #1 - Kevin Braun - R, Sandra N. Kinsey - R, Justin Owen Klauzer - R, Brian G. O’Connor - R, JoDee Pratt - R, Melissa (Missy) Thielen - R, Bill Wyrick - R and Steven P. Zachmann - R. Clerk of District Court/Public Administrator - Jeraldine A. Newell - R. . .On March 10, Senator Daines skyped with the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year Linda Rost’s students at Baker High School. . .High temperature March 7 was 69. Low temperature March 9 was 17. . .Daines unveils proposals to protect Montana families, improve economic stability during coronavirus outbreak. . .Plevna School received new LED lights for the gym. The SMART Schools Energy Grant, which Mr. Schumacher procured earlier this year, covered 100% of the cost of the lights when added to the rebates, thus incurring no expense to the taxpayers.

March 20 -- Headline: Governor closes all schools in Montana. Baker and Plevna will be closed until March 27, by order of Montana Govenor Steve Bullock. They will join the rest of the schools in Montana after the governor issued a recent executive order in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the Treasure State. The closure will remain in effect until March 27, according to state officials. . .The closure of schools across the state has forced Baker to postpone its planned activities. The math meet that had been scheduled has been postponed, along with the staff blood draw and the after prom party luncheon. Other activities planned have also been postponed, including the parent-teacher conferences, along with a planned tennis match against Glendive and the Prom scheduled for March 28. . .Governor Steve Bullock announced that small businesses across Montana impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are now eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Small Business Administration. . .Enos earns top State Honors in National Corn Yield Contest. . .High temperature March 11 was 55. Low temperature March 17 was 8.

March 27 -- Three BHS senior basketball players were named to the 3B All-Conference basketball teams. Riley O’Donnell and Caleb Ploeger were selected to the boy’s second team. Halle Burdick was selected for All-Conference Honorable mention. Chloe Tudor a sophomore at Plevna High School was named to the 4C Girls Basketball All-Conference second team. . .Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive on March 24, to extend closures of public schools and dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses through April 10 and mandate social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Montana. . .There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in Fallon County, but that doesn’t mean the city of Baker, the county, schools and local businesses haven’t taken steps designed to prevent the spread of the virus. . .High temperature March 23 was 60. Low temperature March 20 was 7. . .Governor Steve Bullock extended the payment and filing deadlines for 2019 individual income taxpayers to July 15 in accordance with the new federal filing deadline. . .The Office of Public Instruction and Montana University System announced today that Montana juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT free of charge this coming fall semester of their senior year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and Montana’s pending waiver request from standardized tests, it is likely that juniors will not be taking the ACT this spring.

April 3 -- TC Energy announces start of Keystone pipeline. . .S.M.A.R.T. has established a Fallon County COVID-19 Relief Fund at Bank of Baker in coordination with the Fallon County DES office and Senior Center. The relief fund is a way to serve our communities here in Fallon County that is directly related to supporting economic stability and development, especially for those individuals, families and businesses that are experiencing economic injury (loss of income, revenue, etc.) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. . .Wells Fargo ATM, signage disappears as building changes hands. Jade Boggs, the new owner of the building, will soon be moving his Insurance Store from across the street into the building. . .The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Gamma Beta Sorority that was scheduled for April 11 has been postponed. . .Baker Public Schools will continue offering free meals to all kids for the duration of school closure. . .Governor Bullock directs 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country. . .Dan and Rob Stanton will join their brother, Jim Stanton (2013) as they are inducted into the Montana Coaches Association hall of fame summer. Dan was a 1986 Baker High graduate and Rob graduated from BHS in 1988. . .High temperature March 30 was 66. Low temperature March 26 was 20.

April 10 -- Headline: Baker City Council decides to postpone SID 36 project. The COVID-19 pandemic drew most of the attention when the Baker City Council attempted its first teleconference meeting. Because of the virus outbreak and its impact on the local economy, the city council decided to push back planned work on Special Improvement District 36. The city received only one bid for the Special Improvement District work, for $3,833,878.12. . .Like most of the country, masks are in short supply locally as we face a global pandemic which has already killed thousands of Americans. Now a handful of women are helping to arm the Fallon County medical personnel with handmade masks. There has been a goal set of creating 1,000 masks from fabric which could be reused and sterilized. . .High temperature April 6 was 67. Low temperature April 3 was -2. . .We all live, work, and play here. Spiffy’s recognizes that many of our LOCAL BUSINESSES have been required to reduce hours, services, or simply close during this difficult time. Our community has the commitment from Spiffy’s to support these LOCAL BUSINESSES during both good and difficult times. Spiffy’s has committed $5,000 to purchase gift cards from local businesses that our customers will be able to choose from during this promotional period of time over the next months.

April 17 -- The governor of Montana has extended the directives he issued earlier to April 24. . .High temperature April 10 was 59. Low temperature April 14 was 7. . .Fallon medical facility is preparted for virus threat. According to the director of nursing, the facility is very prepared as medical supplies, medications and personal protective equipment that is used there.

April 24 -- Headline: Montana Judge cancels needed Keystone XL permit. Brian Morris, the chief U.S. District judge for the District of Montana, ruled April 15 that the permit was canceled because the Corps of Engineers did not adequately consider the impact on species such as the pallid sturgeon, which is a large fish living in rivers the pipeline would cross along the route. . .In Baker, when the City Council holds its public meetings now, the people on the council have a different view than they are used to,  instead of using the Fallon County Courthouse’s normal meeting area, the meetings have been moved onto phones and into the basement of the building, according to the mayor. . .High temperature April 21 was 72. Low temperature April 16 was 18.

May 1 -- Headline: Compass Coffee offers caffeine kickstart. Compass Coffee will officially open at 6 a.m. on May 5. The coffee shop has ties to the Assembly of God Church in Baker. . .Carole Bettenhausen ends career with lots of memories.  A fixture at Baker for more than 40 years, she will be stepping down at the end of the semester, leaving the administration to fill some big shoes in the Advanced Placement English courses, as well as Spanish, publications and speech. . .High temperature April 27 was 72. Low temperature April 24 was 28. . .Montana governor ends order to close schools. Local districts to make decisions to open or stay closed.  Baker schools have decided to continue with online learning for the remaining of the year. Plevna will make a decision next week. . .City of Baker Clean Up Days for 2020 will be May 1 through May 17. . .Reynolds Market donated $2,500 in groceries to the Community Cupboard. . .Picture: There’s some awesome fishing on Baker Lake for trout, crappie, perch and walleye. Pictured is Carrie Gundlach with her three (3) trout caught on April 27.

May 8 -- After a lengthy closure as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Fallon County Courthouse will be reopening to the public effective at 8 a.m. on May 11, 2020, while following and adhering to the “Reopening the Big Sky” guidelines established by our Governor Bullock. . . Lindsay Chaska closes out elementary career as teacher. . .Unofficial results for Plevna School Board Election for one trustee for three year term: Total Electors Voting - 185; Lisa Rieger - 166; Robert Thielen - 18. . .Per Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 Montana Counties may opt to conduct their June 2, 2020 Primary Nominating Election as a mail ballot election. The Election Administrator of Fallon County will be conducting the June 2, 2020 Nominating Party Primary Election by mail. All eligible registered voters will receive Primary Party Ballots in the mail. . .High temperature May 3 was 74. Low temperature May 2 was 32.

May 15 -- There may be some supply problems caused by the COVID-19 problems in several meat-processing plants, a local supermarket chain recently warned online. “The impact of coronavirus has now moved into meat processing plants of all species nationwide. Because of this, our supply from one week to the next, including advertised items, is unknown. We usually don’t know what quantities we will receive until our trucks arrive at our stores. We ask for your patience and understanding,” Reynold’s Market posted on its Facebook page on May 6. . .While the graduation ceremony May 17, at Baker High School’s Schillinger Stadium will be closed to the general public, the seniors will get an even bigger send-off when they participate in a parade around the city with a police escort. . .Carol Hadley has been part of education in Baker for 30 years. But shortly, she will be starting a new chapter of her life. She is retiring from teaching at the end of the school year, but begin working full-time at Stevenson Funeral Home in June. . .City creates committee to confront damage from overweight vehicles. . . High temperature May 8 was 63. Low temperature May 11 was 22. . . Anglers at the newly renovated Baker Lake are harvesting some nice-sized rainbow trout, as well as enjoying a rare opportunity to catch some decent walleye. . .May 6, during National Teacher Appreciation Week, the teachers and staff members joined together to parade through the streets of Baker to say “hello” to their students and their students’ families.


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