Hoping for better news ahead

Jacques Rutten
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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Homicide, coronavirus, cancellations and concern. Central Montana had a mix of all those things last weekend.

When you throw in some mild panic over toilet paper shortages and a weekend storm that brought sub-zero temperatures and snow, you have the makings a many people would like to forget.

Even sports, which serve as an escape for so many of us, offered no relief, as high school, college and professional sporting events ground to a halt.

That hit close to home for our Roy-Winifred Lady Outlaws who had earned a spot in Saturday night’s championship game at the State C girls’ tournament. They were all set to play their rival Belt Huskies in one of the most anticipated games of the season. But late Friday night they were abruptly informed there would be no state championship. The tournament and the basketball season was over. Just like that.

The news got much worse on Saturday morning as we learned of a local homicide near Lewis and Clark School. Homicides are extremely rare in Central Montana, so that immediately put people on edge. Knowing the suspect was still at large and presumed to be armed and dangerous added more gloom and doom to a weekend that already had plenty of both.

As Saturday dragged into Sunday, the snowfall, cancellations and closures continued to pile up. Finally on late Sunday afternoon Governor Bullock declared a two-week closure of all public schools in the state. His announcement left countless teachers, students and parents asking the same question ... what do we do now?

With no end to the coronavirus in sight and plenty of uncertainty on the horizon, that’s a question many will be asking in the coming weeks.

As a newspaper, we will do our best to provide as many answers as possible. And like all of you, we are hopeful the days ahead will bring more good news than bad.

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