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Past articles by Curt:

An albatross? Former Carroll golfer Greg Jones scores golf's rarest bird

Greg Jones recently performed one of golf’s rarest feats, an albatross, otherwise known as a double eagle. → Read More

Stories of Honor: Helena Navy veteran Jim Clark served four tours in Vietnam

Helena’s Jim Clark, a Navy veteran of four tours in Vietnam, attended Crescenta Valley High, near Los Angeles, California, where he was a member of the school band. → Read More

Stories of Honor: Helena's Mark Forbes served on river patrol boats during Vietnam War

While still a senior at Helena High, Mark Forbes enlisted in the Naval Reserves on May 9, 1970, at the United States Naval Reserve facility on Euclid Avenue, with eight → Read More

Stories of Honor: Helena sailor served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WW II

The late Jack Naegele (1924-2015) was sworn into the U.S. Navy at the end of his junior year at Helena High, on May 29, 1942, and was awarded an automatic → Read More

Stories of Honor: Helena's James Horne earned Purple Heart as combat infantryman in Vietnam

James Horne was raised in Townsend, where he shined as a youth basketball player and Little League baseball pitcher. He graduated from Broadwater High in 1965, and attended some college, → Read More

Stories of Honor: Diane Carlson Evans co-founded Vietnam Women's Memorial after serving as Army nurse

Diane Carlson Evans was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota. When she graduated high school in Buffalo, Minnesota, in 1964, she received the local American Legion’s annual citizenship award. → Read More

Stories of Honor: Vietnam service in US Army just beginning of Doyle Wheeler's tale

Like the Elton John song — after a lifetime strewn with combat wounds, police department injuries, serious PTSD and the leveling of his home by a hurricane — Doyle Wheeler → Read More

Stories of Honor: Richard Dukleth earned Bronze Star as artillery surveyor in Vietnam

Richard Dukleth graduated from Flathead High School in 1964, and then attended Northern Montana College to study mechanical engineering, while working with Glacier National Park trail crews in the summer. → Read More

Stories of Honor: John Hollow served in Vietnam as both Naval frogman and SEAL

After graduating from Helena High (1962) and the University of Colorado (1966), John Hollow did graduate work at the University of Montana. But when he dropped a course to help → Read More

Helena High alum Chase Smith qualifies for NCAA pole vault nationals

HELENA -- University of Washington junior pole vaulter Chase Smith placed seventh at the NCAA Western Regional Preliminary Track and Field Meet recently. → Read More

Where Are They Now?: Helena native Josh Barrows earns All-American at Augustana

Augustana University senior trackster Josh Barrows recently earned All-America status at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. → Read More

Sidelines with Synness: Capital High's Lee Lambrecht signs with Drury University bass fishing team

HELENA -- Capital High senior Lee Lambrecht signed a letter of intent in Springfield, Missouri, recently, to attend Drury University and compete on the Panthers' bass fishing team. Lambrecht's signing → Read More

Crowd gathers at Fort Harrison cemetery so veteran won't be buried alone

Not much is known about Hilarion B. Reller, whose ashes were interred at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison Thursday. → Read More

Looking back at the Helena-area dynasty teams through the years

Hall of Fame MLB player Reggie Jackson, who was part of three straight World championships with the Oakland A’s from 1972-74, once said, “You have to win three in a → Read More

'Long overdue': Ceremony recognizes Vietnam vets at Montana Capitol

When U.S. Marine Thomas Morrow returned stateside from Vietnam after sustaining a debilitating combat wound to his leg, he attended a party his first night at San Diego’s Naval Medical → Read More

Sidelines with Synness: Helena aerial skier Konnor Ralph takes second at Rev Tour slopestyle event in Pennsylvania

HELENA -- This week's Sidelines covers the gamut of aerial skiing, distance running, college wrestling and bowling, highlighted by Konnor Ralph’s runner-up placing in Rev Tour slopestyle event in Pennsylvania. → Read More

Curt’s Replays: Amy Brooks, one of Helena High's greatest athletes

HELENA — Amy Brooks is regarded as one of Helena’s all-time greatest athletes. She was a four-time all-stater — three in basketball and one in softball — and an all-conference → Read More

Sidelines with Synness: Crosstown rivalry spans generation for Helena coaches

HELENA — Twenty-eight years ago Ryan Grovom and Jason Murgel were crosstown rivals. In 1991, Grovom was a senior for Helena Capital High, while Murgel was a Helena sophomore. → Read More

406 Favs: Looking back at Minor League baseball in Helena

When I was first asked to write this story, I was a little apprehensive. I wasn’t sure where to start, or to finish, or what to put in between. So → Read More

Helenans Who Served: Vietnam veteran Ray Read spearheads Montana Military Museum

“I’ve never had a bad day in the military,” said retired Army Col. Ray Read recently, looking back on his 51 years of involvement with the United States armed forces. → Read More