March 16, 2020 - As a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 Virus, the Fallon County Commission and The City of Baker are suspending regular business until further notice. Access to the Fallon County Courthouse will be closed to the public. Further information to governmental closures will be updated as it becomes available on the Fallon County Public Health Website, Fallon County Website, City of Baker Website and the Fallon County DES and Fallon County Health Department FaceBook Pages. Thank you for your patience during this evolving event. For more information please contact Fallon County Public Health at 778-2824.
March 16, 2020 - The Fallon County Health Department is suspending all homemaker services as a precaution to our at risk population in light of the current COVID-19 situation.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO offer medication delivery, as well as expanding services to include grocery delivery, mail delivery, and prescription delivery to ANYONE included in the high risk population category in Fallon County or anyone that is under quarantine.
Please call us at 778-2824 if you would like any of these services. They will be free of charge.
March 16 - All upcoming events hosted at Baker Public Schools will be postponed, this includes but is not limited to; Prom, Parent-Teacher Conferences, The Knight’s Ball, Elementary Music Festival, After Prom Luncheon, Food Drive, Kindergarten Roundup, Blood Draw, FFA (canceled).
The Rec Center as well as the gymnasiums will remain CLOSED to be public (including FOB access) during the mandated closure issued by Governor Bullock.
The Montana High School Association (MHSA) has announced that all spring activities will be indefinitely suspended until further notice. This includes practices and contests/meet/festivals. The Executive Board will reevaluate this situation on April 13. Additional information regarding spring activities will be provided as it becomes available.
March 15, 2020 - Effective Immediately per order by Governor Bullock, all Montana schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Baker Schools will have more information available soon. As of right now we will have NO SCHOOL for the next two (2) weeks but we will have additional information to follow. Please share with others.
March 15 - Per immediate orders from the Governor Schools in Montana Plevna Schools will be closed March 16 - March 27.
Cancelled or Rescheduled
•March 19 - Grasslands FCU Meet and Greet
•March 21, 2020 - Sons of the American Legion - Dinner and a show
•The mini health fairs at Fallon Medical Complex on March 17, 18, 24 and 25 have been cancelled
•Due to the recent update for Montana from the Governor faithweaver will be cancelled this week
•March 20 - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
Reynolds Market Updates
As a local grocer, we understand the critical nature of our business and the service we provide to the local community. We have been monitoring, planning and working diligently to address the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and its effects on our community.
Store hours may change - We will be evaluating this daily and will do our best to communicate. Changes may happen due to truck delivery changes, need for extensive store cleaning, and staff shortages due to illness.
Courtesy to the elderly - We are concerned for the well-being of our seniors and those who are vulnerable to the virus. From now through at least the end of March we would like our first hours of the day to be set aside for our most vulnerable shoppers to have a safe and stress-free shopping experience. We will not be policing this at the door, we are just asking for the community’s help, to allow our elderly family members and neighbors a chance to shop in the morning in the cleanest and healthiest environment we can offer. If you can, please delay your shopping until after 9 a.m.
No weekly ads for the next three weeks - We will not be running sale ads for the weeks of 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 and possibly beyond. This is not by design, but rather because of so many out-of-stock items it’s impossible to guarantee availability. We will continue to pass savings along to our customers where we can.
Thank you for your understanding
Reynolds Market Team
Montana-Dakota Utilities taking actions to help customers, maintain reliable service during Coronavirus situation
Bismarck, N.D. - March 17, 2020 - As the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, Montana-Dakota Utilities’ priority is always the safety and health of our employees, our customers and the public. We know our customers look to us to provide safe and reliable natural gas and electric service, which requires employees being available 24/7 to fulfill critical roles and emergency response. We also know some of our business and residential customers might have trouble paying their bills because of coronavirus related hardships. In that regard, Montana-Dakota has taken measurable actions to help our customers:
•We will not be disconnecting customers for nonpayment during this time.
•We have filed requests with our regulatory commissions for a waiver that allows the company to waive late fees.
•And, as always, we will work with customers on payment plan options.
We have instituted certain measures to help protect our employees from exposure to COVID-19 and to curb the potential spread of the virus in customer homes and facilities. We are closely following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes recommendations on social distancing. These temporary practices may appear less friendly than the interaction you’ve come to expect from us, but please know we are committed during this difficult time to providing our same high level of customer service.
For more information and to track updates on coronavirus related measures taken by Montana-Dakota Utilities, visit our website at www.montana-dakota.com.
Coral Creek Landfill
We have decided to open the container site on March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30. It will also be open on Saturday as usual. Next week we will open the container site an extra day. It will be Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The landfill itself will remain closed to the public. We are running on a rotational schedule of two crew members at a time every other day. We will only accept municipal garbage at this time. That is City of Baker and surrounding communities city garbage. We ask that if you need to use the container site, please try to limit what you bring out. We ask that it be household garbage and not so much construction waste. We will have limited capacity, and will close as soon the container site is full. Think of your neighbors. If you decide that it is a great time to tear down your garage and take it to the container site and fill a whole container yourself, others who need to bring household garbage out will not be able to use the container site. As usual, The container site is for residential use only. It is not for businesses or contractors. We will only allow one vehicle at a time through the gate, and have limited contact with the attendant.
As always, be safe, and If you have any questions please feel free to call me anytime. - Tom Kachel, Manager of Landfill Operations
Mid-Rivers Members, Customers & Communities
Based on guidance from State and Local Government & Public Health officials, Mid-Rivers Communications has implemented the following procedures effective immediately to help keep our communities safe:
Mid-Rivers Business Offices Closed to the Public: Doors will be closed to all public entry, but employees will remain at work to service the public through the phone, our drop boxes, drive-ups, and online (live chat at www.midrivers.com, SmartHub at https://midrivers.smarthub.coop/, or the My Mid-Rivers mobile app). We are still here to support and service your needs, just not through walk-in traffic.
Mid-Rivers Technicians Not Going Into Homes: To protect you and keep our employees healthy and working, our Technicians will work troubles and installs on the outside and deliver equipment that may need to be installed inside the residence or business, walking customers through how and where to install. This is effective immediately and includes scheduled appointments, which Technicians will keep but will handle from outside the premise to the extent possible. There may be cases where going into a home or business is necessary, those will be handled on a case-by-case basis with safety the top priority. Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) cutovers will be suspended until further notice.
Limited Contact with Public for All Employees: Other employees may be rescheduling or canceling meetings or other contact in the interest of limiting person-to-person contact wherever possible.
We know you may have additional questions about Mid-Rivers operations during this unprecedented situation. We have attempted to address common concerns below and will issue further statements with any relevant updates.
•Late Fees, Disconnects for Non-Payment, Free Services, etc.: As always, our Customer Service Representatives are empowered to provide solutions to customer issues and help you when you call by trying to address your personal concerns. It is our practice to waive late fees, set up payment plans for customers who may need it to prevent disconnection of services, and offer a hand up in hard times. That hasn’t changed, so contact us if you need help - we want you to remain our customer and keep your critical services.
Capacity Questions: Mid-Rivers’ voice and Internet capacity are continually monitored, and capacity looks good at this time. We do not currently have concerns with our capacity to meet Internet demand, as typically online education systems are not data-intensive, and we anticipate traffic spikes to be comparable to Christmas Break and other times school is out. Keep in mind that if you experience problems with apps like Zoom or WebEx, it may be due to those systems being overloaded (not your Internet connection). Capacity, reliability and dependability are our number one focus during this time when access to your Internet connection is more critical than ever.
Customer Wide Open Data Usage: There are many things you can do to limit data usage if you have concerns. Educational apps typically use very little data. HD and other high-resolution video streaming and online gaming are by far the largest users of Internet data. You can visit https://www.midrivers.com/manage-your-data.html or talk to any of our representatives about simple steps to take if you have concerns.
If you are sick, please stay home and get well. If you are streaming while at home, you can make simple settings adjustments to limit usage. If you need help keeping your services connected, call us. Our employees are still here waiting for your call.
Michael Candelaria, General Manager/CEO
Parishioners in Baker, Plevna and Ekalaka, MT, per Bishop Warfel
All public Masses in Diocese of Great Falls-Billings are to be suspended until March 30, 2020. This includes the extension of a general dispensation for all the faithful from the obligation to participate at Mass on Sunday.
Fallon County Library
The Fallon County Library is providing curb -side pickup and delivery within Baker. You may call the library at 406-778-7160 for your reading needs to make arrangements for pickup or delivery. If no one answers, please leave a message and we will get your reading material to you as soon as possible.
You may also put a hold on the items you would like to read on our website, Fallon County Library.net. We will give you a call and make arrangements when it is ready for pickup. You may also email us at: falloncountylibrarygmail.com to make arrangements. Items may be dropped in the night drop for returns.
Fallon County Council on Aging regarding changes in their meal program
As a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 Virus, Fallon County Council on Aging has implemented the following changes in the provision of both congregate and home-delivered meals.
The congregate meal site at Fallon Medical Complex is closed. Those community individuals over the age of 60 wishing to receive a “senior meal” may call 406-778-5425 prior to 10 a.m. and request a meal. The meal will be delivered by Fallon County Council on Aging’s transportation program along with the meals of other home-delivered meal clients.
Parkview Complex residents are also unable to access congregate meals via the normal route. For their convenience, a daily sign-up sheet has been placed on the kitchen door for residents to sign if they wish to receive the following day’s meal. Meals will be boxed and placed outside the kitchen door for those residents. Meals will be available for pick up from 11:15 to 11:30.
According to state guidelines, all meals will be considered home-delivered.
As a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 Virus, Fallon County Council on Aging has implemented the following changes to Fallon County’s Transportation Program. We will not be transporting any passengers at this time. The passenger ban will remain in effect until further notice.
The transportation program’s telephone number, 406-978-9760, remains active and is being monitored for your needs. Although we can’t take YOU places, please don’t hesitate to call if you need US to pick up and deliver groceries, medications or mail to your doorstep!Questions may be directed to Carla Brown, Coordinator, Fallon County Council on Aging at 406-778-3595.
Vitalant Blood Drive will be Tuesday, March 24, from 12:30-6 p.m. at the Baker Youth Community Center.
Please call Ella Arnell at 406-778-3829 to make your appointment. For more information or to schedule a donation call 877-258-4825 or visit us at vitalant.org.
Remember to bring your ID, eat a good meal and drink lots of fluids. It has been suggested that anyone over 60 not make an appointment at this time.
Bank of Baker
On March 12, 2020, the Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions issued a Proclamation encouraging banks to take appropriate steps to protect employees and customers from the coronavirus pandemic.
Considering the seriousness and very fluid nature of the situation, The Bank of Baker is taking the following steps to help protect people and slow the spread of the virus.
Effective March 18, 2020 at 4 p.m., and until further notice, the lobby will be closed to walk in traffic. When necessary, customers are still welcome to meet in person with bank employees by calling 406-778-3382 and scheduling an appointment. The lobby closure is the only change at this time. All other bank business will be conducted as usual.
The drive thru window will continue to operate normal hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We encourage any customers with significant amounts of coin to deposit to use lane 1 so that the coin can be passed through the drawer. Due to the weight of the coin, lanes 2 and 3 should not be used for that purpose. Customers can continue to use their online banking/Netteller to conduct business as usual.
Until further notice, The Bank of Baker will waive all ATM charges related to customer’s Bank of Baker debit card when getting cash from any ATM. Although your ATM receipt may show an ATM usage fee, that amount will be credited back to the customer’s account. This will allow our customers access to cash in the most convenient and safest manner possible.