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 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 18, 2022 

BSMC celebrates National Hospital week

National Nursing Home Week concluded last Friday with a community parade for the residents of the Senior Center. Celebrations took place all week with games, costumes, special meals, and other...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 18, 2022 

Dan Wirth Running for Chouteau County Commissioner

Dan Wirth is a sixth-generation Montanan and running for Chouteau County Commissioner as a Republican. He was born and raised in the Belt area until his family took over my grandparent's ranch and...

 News    May 18, 2022 

Rotary Club spuces up baseball fields for spring

The Big Sandy Rotary Club has been busy getting ready for the spring and summer season. On May 2, the club met at the baseball fields adjacent to F.E. Miley school and cleaned up tumble weeds and garb...

 By Tyler Lane    News    May 18, 2022 

Green Acres

Creeping Bellflower is a Persistent Weed in Montana Lawns Creeping bellflower is an herbaceous creeping perennial in the Harebell family. Native to Eurasia, it has become widely naturalized in North America. Initially introduced as an ornamental, thi...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 18, 2022 

BSHS Awards and Scholarships Night

By Zoe Merrill The following awards and scholarships were given to Amiya Griffith; Heisman Award, Montana University System Honor; Montana STEM/ Healthcare, Youth Serve MT, Masonic Scholarship,...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 11, 2022

Big Sandy School conducted Active Shooter Drills last week

Last Thursday, Big Sandy Schools conducted its annual active shooter drills at the High School and at FE Miley Elementary. I subbed at the elementary school and was a part of the drills that morning....

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 11, 2022

Big Sandy bands perform in Havre

Last Saturday, at Pepin Park in Havre, Montana, it was a little cloudy and rained even, but The Shiver Brains played their hearts out. The Shiver Brains, made up of Levon Myers, Henry, and Dorothea Me...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 11, 2022

BSHS Ag Classes closing out the year with lots of projects

With the 2021-2022 school year nearing an end, the Big Sandy High School Ag Classes are working on some interesting projects that will soon be available for sale or auction to the community. The... Full story

 By Tyler Lane    News    May 11, 2022

Green Acres

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in states throughout the central and western United States including Montana. Although avian influenza is a highly contagious disease to domestic poultry, there are no apparent risks to...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 4, 2022

Questions asked about Dog Ordinance

At the last city council meeting, there was once again the discussion about dogs running loose, and the question was asked about why we cannot fix this problem. Below you will find a section of the ordinance that deals with animals within the city...

 By Leah Griffith    News    May 4, 2022

BSMC Wellness Center Open House

Big Sandy Medical Center (BSMC) is celebrating the grand opening of its Wellness and Therapy Center with an Open House on Friday, May 13, 2022, 3:00-5:00 pm. BSMC created the Center to enhance care for our patients that use the medical center for...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 4, 2022

Help Keep Our Town Clean-Bag Your Trash

Every Spring brings with it the powerful chinook winds that fill main street with tumbleweeds and knock out the power on occasion. Another consequence of the Spring windstorms is trash blowing from...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 4, 2022

A celebration of talent

In the 49 years I have lived here, I have never experienced such a show of Big Sandy's talented artists. A Week of Art filled the fireman's hall completely! It was amazing to see the talent I have hea...

 By Tyler Lane    News    May 4, 2022

Green Acres

Insecticide-Resistant Alfalfa Weevils Found in Bighorn County Kevin Wanner (MSU Extension Entomologist) informed Extension that the alfalfa weevil (Hypera postica) has developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides in Bighorn County. He also put... Full story

 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 4, 2022

Music Program rounds out Art Week with Dessert Concert & Spring Concert

The school music program played its part in last week's "Art Week" activities. Both the Elementary and High School made noteworthy contributions to the activities. Last week, the High School held a...

 News    May 4, 2022


HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is taking a new approach to the fishing regulations review and development process. The new process will be simpler and allow the department to be more responsive to public input and resource needs. The bigge...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 27, 2022

The School board offers next year's contracts

The meeting started with public comments by Kristie Rutledge, who is concerned about the morale at the school. She believes it affects not just the kids but teachers and community members. Travis Baumann said the new WiFi would be here in the middle...


Work on Main Street starts May 9th

Mayor Shaud Schwarzbach informed the Mountaineer that the mainstreet construction would start on May 9th. It will begin at the Bakery and go down that side of the street to the Catholic Church before...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 27, 2022

BSHS Band & Choir Show off their Talents

The Big Sandy High School Music Program put on a recital last Wednesday, April 20th, in preparation for the District Music Festival which took place in Havre on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd....

 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 27, 2022

Brett Holmquist returns home to sing

Brett Holmquist graduated in 1992 after four years of being a star basketball, track player, and football player for the Pioneers. Everyone also knew how good he was at music. He went to Concordia...

 By Tyler Lane    News    April 27, 2022

Green Acres

A Few Facts about Dimilin 2L Insecticide for Grasshopper Pest Management If we continue to have drought conditions, grasshopper pest populations will explode this spring. One insecticide available is Dimilin 2L. Below are a few facts about Dimilin...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 27, 2022

Missoula Children's Theater Returns to Big Sandy

The Missoula Children’s Theater is returning to Big Sandy to put on a performance of “Johnny Appleseed” with our local students. Rehearsals are open to children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. They will take place at the High School...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 20, 2022

Danielle Weaver appointed to City council

The town of Big Sandy held its regular meeting on April 7, 2022. Colby Baumgarn offered his resignation as councilperson from Ward 2. Jon Sheehy offered his resignation from Ward 1 because he moved to...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 20, 2022

Senior Citizens to begin an audit

Two new board members have volunteered to serve on the board of directors. Brenda Darlington was voted in at the beginning of the monthly meeting. At the end of the meeting, Terry Grant was asked if he would be a board member, and he agreed. The...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 20, 2022

Big Sandy Barracudas start their Swim team season

It's that time again. The Big Sandy Barracudas held a fundraiser during Rotary's Easter Bunny Egg Hunt (which was held indoors due to the weather). The Barracudas served 134 people at their event....


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