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Board, teachers agree to contract

At its regular meeting June 11, the Beulah Public School Board ratified a contract with the Beulah Education Association that will govern teacher salaries and benefits for the next two school years. The teachers will see significant gains in their wages with an increase base wage plus an across the board wage increase. The agreement marks a continuation of a recent trend of reasonably amicable negotiations between the school district and the teachers.

Posted 6/17/09 (Wed) read more »

County takes their time on decision to petition DOT

With time on the agenda at last Wednesday’s Mercer County Commission meeting, the commission decided to take more time on their decision on whether or not to petition the Department of Transportation to transfer Mercer County from Mountain time to Central time.

Posted 6/10/09 (Wed) read more »

Virtual Relay for Life nears 2009 goal

If there was any doubt that people in Coal Country care about funding a cure for cancer, there can be no doubt after the 2009 Relay for Life event. Come winter storm after winter storm, devastating spring flood waters and another blizzard on top of that and people still found it in their hearts to donate money for the cure – $27,415.87 and still counting.

Posted 6/10/09 (Wed) read more »

City not to run utility

In a special election on Tuesday, Beulah residents will vote whether or not to allow the city to form a municipal utility that could bring natural gas service into the city. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beulah Civic Center to answer the question. For those not able to go to the polls, absentee ballots can be picked up at Beulah City Hall.

Posted 6/03/09 (Wed) read more »

City not to run utility

In a special election on Tuesday, Beulah residents will vote whether or not to allow the city to form a municipal utility that could bring natural gas service into the city. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beulah Civic Center to answer the question. For those not able to go to the polls, absentee ballots can be picked up at Beulah City Hall.

Posted 6/03/09 (Wed) read more »

The dollars and sense of natural gas conversion

If voters from Beulah and Hazen say “yes” in a special election Tuesday on whether or not to establish a natural gas municipal utility in Mercer County what does that mean to local residents? Local businesses? Pocket books?

Posted 6/03/09 (Wed) read more »

County 11 bridge causes concern

The old iron bridge spanning the Knife River a few miles south of Zap was built in 1908, according to the heavy, rusted iron nameplate that Ralph Johnson saved. The outdated bridge was torn down, and a new concrete structure was put in its place in 1971. Johnson has concerns about the current bridge, and spring flooding didn’t help matters.

Posted 5/27/09 (Wed) read more »

Saying farewell to their Beulah High School

A group of 77 young men and women walked the blue and gold halls of Beulah High School one last time as they entered the world as BHS’s newest alumni Sunday afternoon. The gymnasium was packed as friends and family joined in the culmination of the past 13 years of early education with the seniors received their final tribute as Miners. The graduates were a class unlike the rest who featured boy scouts, athletic and academic standouts, national placers for extra-curriculars such as FFA, FBLA and FCCLA, and state placers and winners for choir, band, speech, journalism and other academic competitions. With the official motto of “We came as strangers, we stay as friends, we leave with memories, that will never end,” the graduating class celebrated their success with fond memories and tears shed with sorrow.

Posted 5/27/09 (Wed) read more »

Zap came alive Saturday night

Approximately 1,000 people “Zipped to Zap” May 16 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the infamous 1969 event that put the town on the map. The reunion was peaceful in the wake of its namesake of 1969.

Posted 5/20/09 (Wed) read more »

City’s role in south side building questioned

Kevin Herrmann, who lives on the south side of Beulah, sustained floodwater damage to his home. He told the Beulah City Council Monday evening that he had met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency but because he had flood insurance was not eligible for FEMA assistance. Herrmann’s main point with the council, however, went to the question of any city responsibility for allowing houses to be built in that flood plain that were not in compliance with the 100-year flood level mandates by the federal government.

Posted 5/20/09 (Wed) read more »