Monthly archive

September, 2015

  • Daughter, sister, wife, artist, rancher, a wonderful cook, a woman of faith and a friend and neighbor to so many describe a life we knew as Mertis Robinson Saarela. Born Aug. 9, 1924 to John and Lela Robinson, Mertis grew up on the Robinson homestead on Upper Clear Creek near Red Lodge. Her elementary education was in a traditional one room school...
  • Walter (Wally) Sidney Griffith Jr. passed away peacefully in Billings on Thursday, Aug. 27. He was born in Billings, Montana in 1962. He spent his early years in Riverside, California then returned to Billings attending West High School. Walter served in the United States Navy for a two year assignment on the USS Enterprise. Following the Navy,...
  • Martha (Martie) Elizabeth Cowan Brenne was born in New Jersey on June 24, 1928. She died peacefully in her sleep at Cedar Wood Healthcare Community in Red Lodge, on July 17, 2015. Martie was the daughter of Oliver and Lillian Cowan, raised by her parents and her Aunt Miranda in Cleveland, Ohio. During her childhood she was surrounded by loving...
  • Charles Clayton Bates, Jr. (known as “Liam” to many) passed away late on the afternoon of August 26, 2015. His death was quite unexpected, and brought about due to complications associated with cancer. Charles began his life on Nov. 1, 1952 in Denver, Colorado. He was the son of Charles Clayton Bates, Sr. and Margaret Eleanor (Gibson)...
  • James Leo Bury was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Attica Township, Michigan, to Walter and Eva Bury. He passed away Aug. 31, 2015, at Beartooth Billings Clinic of natural causes. Jim lived his early life in Dearborn, Michigan, and enlisted in the World War II Army Air Corps on his first day of eligibility. He served as a tail-gunner on a B-29 bomber,...
  • You know if firefighters start a fire there’s got to be a good reason. On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Fromberg Fire Department hosted its 2nd Annual Fireman’s Pig Roast at the Tomahawk Restaurant and Casino to raise funds for the department. After the parade, the local crowd moved north to the Tomahawk and enjoyed the fresh pork and sides as well as a...
  • Juliann Ashcraft and her four children Ryder, Shilo, Tate and Choice came to Red Lodge on Wednesday, Aug. 29 to pay a special visit to Clare Witcomb. Ashcroft’s husband, Andrew, was one of the Hot Shot firefighters killed in Arizona two years ago. He was one of the Yarnell 19 Wildland Firefighters. The fire was ignited by lightning near...
  • This is the time of year known as “hyperphagia” when all bears are storing food for winter, hungry all the time and on the prowl, warned Matt Heaton, a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden based in Red Lodge. These “wondrous opportunists,” both grizzlies and black bears, are in the area. They are accessing the...

August, 2015

  • Alex Theusen, Travis McKenney and Jacob Kreatz took Red Lodge Rotary Club by storm as they described their experiences at the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp. Club members accompanied the boys' observations with numerous ovations throughout their presentation. McKenney called RYLA “One of the best weeks of my life.”...
  • To the Editor, Please allow me to express my horror at the so-called Iran deal.  I would like to begin with the definition of treaty from the American Heritage Dictionary:  a formal agreement between two or more states. This is a treaty, which, under the Constitution, must pass the Senate by 60 votes. The Corker Amendment is not only...