Malta Public Schools

Northern Montana College

Our area of north-central Montana is characterized by gently rolling short grass prairies. The Missouri and Milk Rivers flow through from west to east and form rough broken land near the rivers. Phillips County includes approximately 1.6 million acres of public (state & federal) lands mingled with 1.7 million acres of private lands. Land use in the county is mainly farming and ranching with mineral activity in the Little Rocky Mountains.

Population for the county is approximately 5,100. (About 1 person per square mile!) Famous for our wide-open spaces and diversity in landscape, we offer a variety of wildlife and cultural history. We are hosts to the CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge (including the western portion of Fort Peck Lake) and Bowdoin Bird Refuge, which offer opportunities for deer, antelope, elk and upland game birds viewing and hunting.

The Little Rocky Mountains are rich in mining history and offer a diverse mountain experience. Fishermen find Nelson Reservoir, the two rivers and local ponds a haven for walleye, historic paddlefish, trout and many more varieties.

Historic remains of the Hadrosaurus Dinosaur and other dinosaur species are currently being unearthed and are on display locally at the new museum facility on Highway 2. Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs offers mineral bath pools including two water slides. Two excellent opportunities for golf recreation are offered at Marion Hills in Malta and Sleeping Buffalo Resort 17 miles east of Malta.

County Services

The Phillips County Hospital and Good Samaritan Retirement Center provide excellent health care and medical job opportunities. The hospital has working relationships with regional hospitals and shares many specialists on a regular basis.

The county has its own volunteer fire, ambulance and rescue squads.

A new airport facility offers an expanded runway and other amenities.

In addition to the excellent pre-K through 12 grade school systems in Malta, the communities of Saco, Dodson and Whitewater offer exceptional opportunities in rural settings.

The recently completed Malta Junior and Senior High School complex offers the latest educational opportunities including state of the art technology and science programs.

College level courses are offered less than two hours away at the Ft. Belknap Community College and Montana State University-Northern or via Interactive TV available through Malta Schools.

QUICK FACTS - Facilities and Services in Phillips County


Unincorporated Phillips County

City of Malta

Town of Saco

Town of Dodson


Public elementary & Junior High in Landusky, Second Creek, Loring Colony, Zortman and Whitewater. Public High School in Whitewater. Headstart available in areas.

Public elementary, Junior High and High School.

Public Head Start program and 3 private pre-schools.

Public elementary, Junior High and High School.

Public elementary, Junior High and High School.


New construction permitted with building permit and adequate sewage disposal. Change of use, survey, soil and drainage reports may be required.

Housing generally available for sale and rent. New construction permitted. Mobile homes permitted in designated zones.

Minimal housing available for sale or rent. New construction permitted. Mobile homes permitted in designated zones.

Minimal housing for sale or rent. New construction permitted. Mobile homes permitted in designated zones.


See Malta

Hospital, medical clinic, home nursing service. Dental and eye clinics. Emergency medical services on call. Alcohol and drug counseling.

See Malta

See Malta

Long-Term Care

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Personal care home.

Skilled nursing home.

Retirement apartments.

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See Malta



Trained volunteer ambulance stations in rural communities.


Trained volunteer ambulance station. Jaws of Life

On call emergency air transport


Trained volunteer ambulance station.


Trained volunteer ambulance on call from Malta 20 minutes away.


Phillips County Sheriff’s Office in Malta

Phillips County Sheriff’s Office.

Phillips County Sheriff’s Office in Malta

Phillips County Sheriff’s Office in Malta


Volunteer fire district with stations in Malta and, Zortman. Wild land fire trucks in rural locations.

Volunteer station-responds countywide. Modern equipment plus quick response pumper truck.

Volunteer fire district with fire truck.

On call from Malta, 20 minutes away.

Solid Waste

Countywide sanitation district. Collection sites throughout county

City of Malta Landfill with pick up service twice weekly to residential. Daily to business district.

Countywide sanitation district. Collection site.

Countywide sanitation district. Collection site.

Water and Wastewater

Private well and septic. Both Zortman & Whitewater have water & Sewer Districts

City operated.

City operated

City operated


Natural gas, electricity, telephone and cellular phone.

Natural gas, electricity, telephone, cable TV and cellular phone

Natural gas, electricity, telephone, cellular phone

Electricity, propane or stove fuel, telephone, cellular phone


County Planning Board. Building /change of use permits. 1987 Master Plan.

Building permits



See City of Saco


See Town of Dodson


Malta 2,280'
Little Rocky Mtns. (highest) 5,700'

Phillips County 5,131 sq. miles
Central Montana Area 12,325 sq. miles
Montana 145,392 sq. miles

Land ownership
Private 51%
Federal 43%
State of Montana 6%

Land use
Rangeland 83%
Dry cropland 14%
Irrigated crop land 1%+


Overall climate for the area is Semi-arid
with temperatures ranging from
an extreme low of -40 to +103 degrees.

average daily temperature

Minimum -- Mean -- Maximum
January -- 0 -- 10 -- 20
April -- 30 -- 43 -- 55
July -- 57 -- 70 -- 86
October -- 34 -- 45 -- 59

Average Annual Precipitation 12 inches
Average Growing Season
130 days

1980 1990
Phillips County 5,367 5,163
State of Montana 786,690 799,065
Malta 2,367 2,340
Dodson 158 137
Saco 252 261

for Phillips County
Civilian Labor Force Unemployed Rate
2,454 165 7.%

Hourly wage rates:
(1999 survey, does not include
employee benefits or employer contributions)

Minimum Average Maximum
waitress 5.25 6.00 7.00
labor 6.50 10.25 14.00
const./carpentry 6.00 12.00 18.00
mechanic 7.00 12.50 18.00
store clerk 5.25 6.75 8.25
book keeper 5.25 7.80 11.00


Malta Schools 105
Phillips County 80
Ezzies Wholesale/WSS-Complex/Kid Curry 87
PC Hospital Association 71
PC Good Samaritan Center 65
Federal Govt.

  • USDA
  • BLM 15
  • USFW 8
  • US Post Office
Big Sky Beef 25
Williston Basin, Inc. 25
Big Flat Electric Cooperative 12

PhillCo Economic Growth Council, Inc.

P.O. Box 1637, Malta, Mt. 59538
406-654-1776 (phone or fax)
Anne M. Boothe, Exec. Director

Business Start up & Expansion
MicroBusiness Finance Program
SBDC/SCORE local contact

Phillips County Planner and Sanitarian
Molly Carson Phillips County Court House
Malta, Mt. 59538
City of Malta
City Planning Board
City Hall
Malta, Mt. 59538
MSU Extension - Phillips County
Marko Manoukian, Agent
P.O. Box 430, Malta Mt.
Local Communities
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Business & Industry Development District
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