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It is time to protect your health

It is that time of the year again. It is recommended per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that routine annual influenza vaccination be given to all persons greater than 6 months old who do not have contraindications before the...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 18, 2017 

Baumgarn takes Blood Drive Reigns

After thirty years Twila Cline has given up heading blood drives in the Big Sandy area. Rachel Baumgarn and Laci LaBuda have taken over the reins. Last Wednesday, October 12 was the first blood...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 18, 2017 

Guest Interview: Bob Quinn

"The Mountaineer" introduces a new news story this week. It is called a Guest Interview and features a "Mountaineer" reporter picking up the telephone and calling someone in our phone book and asking...

 By Bruce Auchly    News    October 18, 2017 

What the heck was that? A Bear Paw badger, of course!

Twice this year, I've received questions about a native mammal popping up in unexpected places. No, not a grizzly bear, for goodness sakes. Think much smaller. Try a badger and a long-tailed weasel....

 By Tyler Lane    News    October 18, 2017 

Green Acres

Boss to Speak at Chouteau County Livestock Protective Association Meeting in Big Sandy on Cover Crop Grazing from a Cattleman’s Perspective The Annual Chouteau County Livestock Protective Association meeting will take place on Thursday, November...

 By Marla Ray    News    October 18, 2017 

Happenings at the Library

The recent snowstorm thrust many of us into a December mode. Looking at the bright side of that is remembering all the past wonderful Christmas Strolls in our little town and looking forward to this...

 By Janell Barber    News    October 18, 2017 

Getting by

The 2017 Chouteau County Health Fair was recently held at three different sites and was sponsored and organized by the Big Sandy Medical Center, Missouri River Medical Center, Chouteau County Department of Public Health, Chouteau County Department...

 By Darlene Cline    News    October 18, 2017 


Don’t forget Story Hour is every Wednesday at 10:30am. Lego Club is every second and fourth Friday at 11am. This week Darlene chose “KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON” by David Grann. In the 1920’s the richest people per capita in the world were...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 18, 2017 

Pioneer News

There will be no school for Big Sandy students on October 19 and 20. Teachers will be attending Montana Education Association activities. Saturday, October 21 FFA members visit the pumpkin patch from noon to four pm. The week of October 22 is Red...

 By Heather Wolery    News    October 18, 2017 

September students of the Month

September Students of the Month were: Elementary K- Marie Bold 1- London Keane 2- Daijalin Sunchild 3- David Morsette 4- Dolan Sunchild 5- Ryder Oats 6- Conner Sibra Junior High/High School 7-Ryan Tan 8- Samantha Sandlin 9- Cameron Schwarzbach 10-...


Triangle Communications Hosting Annual Meeting on October 21st

Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc., doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), celebrates 64 years of service at Triangle’s Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The meeting will take place in the Student...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 11, 2017

2017 Blizzard in October

One of Grandma Moses paintings is titled, "It snows, oh it snows". Those were the operative words around here last week when snow started falling Monday afternoon and by Monday night the power was...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 11, 2017

Fire Prevention Week October 8 - 14

This week is Fire Prevention Week. It is a week of celebration all around the United States. And, although we don't celebrate it as such in the Big Sandy area, we do celebrate Chili Feed Night which...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 11, 2017

Bear Paw or Bears Paw: No Mystery Here

One of "The Mountaineer" readers, Elaine Thompson, said that she had kept a story from "The Mountaineer" about whether the mountain range to the south of us should be called the Bear Paw Mountains or... Full story

 By Tyler Lane    News    October 11, 2017

Green Acres

Chouteau County Juniors and Seniors will participate in 2017 Chouteau County Agricultural Business Day Junior and Senior students from Big Sandy High School, Fort Benton High School, Geraldine High School, Highwood High School, and Chouteau County... Full story

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 11, 2017

Columbus and the Blackfeet Tribe

One of the puzzling things about living in a state that has seven Indian Reservations in it is what should people be called who live on those reservations? Some suggest calling them Native Americans....

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 11, 2017

Senior Center News

Wednesday, October 11 beef stew, salad, dessert and cornbread. Thursday, October 12 baked potato bar with all the fixings. Jell-O dessert. Friday, October 13 Ruben sandwiches with taco salad and dessert. Monday, October 16 chicken and dumplings,... Full story

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 11, 2017

Pioneer News

Friday, October 13 volleyball at Rudyard Saturday, October 14 football at Geraldine, Volleyball at Belt and junior high basketball at Chinook. Monday, October 16 FFA officers meet at noon. Tuesday, October 17 FFA meeting at 4pm. ATTENTION: The Junior...


A Quarter Century of Change in Public Education

Too often we hear about the negative aspects of how public education has changed all the way from the federal level down to the one room school house. There is no debate that public education has changed. Some say those changes are not positive and...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 4, 2017

Showing our Pioneer Pride!

Pioneer Pride in action. The Big Sandy Student Council went around and made a fund raiser out of painting pictures of an old Pioneer Covered Wagon in front of many businesses and homes throughout Big...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 4, 2017

Big Sandy Booster Club reboots with new President

The Big Sandy Booster Club got a huge boost with a large number of Pioneers wanting to help out with Booster activities. The Booster Club rolls went from well under ten to over twenty and gains are be...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 4, 2017

New Republicanism Sweeps Chouteau County

There is a new wave of Republicanism sweeping across Chouteau County. Gone are the Lincoln Day dinners traditionally held in Fort Benton. Instead the Republicans decided to have fun and move their main event for the year to Loma (half way between...

 By Robert Lucke    News    October 4, 2017

From The Mayor's Desk

The regular Big Sandy City Council Meeting was held on September 7, 2017. After the welcome, the pledge was recited and minutes were approved from the last meeting. There was one visitor, no public comment and no sheriff’s report. The new water...


Tester donates picture to Big Sandy Library

Sharla Tester has donated a print of the USS Billings, a Latora Combat Ship. She was honored to be the one to christen the ship in June at the Fincantieri Marinette Wisconsin ship yard. The artists...



Farm Service Agency CED Bill Evans will be conducting informational meetings concerning the 2017 Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), and Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) during the week of October 2nd...


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