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Glasgow Man Appears On Drug Charges (Posted Friday, April 23, 2004 06:30 AM)

NOAA Hails Glasgow Retired Meteorologist As National Environmental Hero (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 09:43 AM)

Farm Certification Maps Available (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 09:40 AM)

St Mary Rehabilitation Working Group Will Meet In Glasgow (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 08:05 AM)

Court Refuses To Hear Water Argument (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 07:12 AM)

Commissioners Vote To Re-Install Polling Places (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 07:08 AM)

Special Olympic Regional Games In Glasgow This Weekend (Posted Friday, April 16, 2004 07:10 AM)

Glasgow Man Arrested On Drug Charges (Posted Friday, April 16, 2004 06:57 AM)

Inventors And Manufacturers Workshop Set For April 22 (Posted Tuesday, April 13, 2004 06:29 AM)

Traffic Victim Identified (Posted Monday, April 12, 2004 08:09 AM)

Summer Theatre Schedule Set (Posted Monday, April 12, 2004 07:06 AM)

Gas Prices At Record Levels (Posted Monday, April 12, 2004 07:05 AM)

Hunter Education Instructors Tally More Than A Century Of Service (Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004 06:29 AM)

Glasgow’s Home Run Pond Is Now Open (Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004 06:28 AM)

New Game Wardens In Glasgow, Fort Peck, Malta (Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004 06:27 AM)

Changes To Come At June Primary (Posted Wednesday, April 7, 2004 05:35 PM)

547 Citations Issued In Glasgow Last Year (Posted Wednesday, April 7, 2004 07:38 AM)

Glasgow Among Cities To Get Aid For Snowstorms (Posted Wednesday, April 7, 2004 05:54 AM)

Airplane Patrols Will Start Again (Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2004 07:15 AM)

Two Deputies Complete Courses At Law Academy (Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2004 07:14 AM)


Musuem To Open May 3; Volunteers Needed (Posted Thursday, April 29, 2004 06:31 AM)

The Pioneer Museum will open on Monday, May 3rd. The hours will be from 11am - 5pm, Mondays through Saturdays and 1pm - 5pm on Sundays. The hours will be extended June 1st. So we invite all of you to come and bring your friends and family and look at the new things that have been added or the old that has been rejuvenated. we would love to see you.

Most of us know what a wonderful place our Pioneer Museum is. Do you know what makes this place possible and wonderful? VOLUNTEERS!! There is no way we can hire enough people to do the job the way it needs to be done. Those that are hired are wonderful people and do the best they can. There is just too much that needs to be done.

Volunteers can be the difference. There are many, many areas you can help with. To name a few--data entry on the computer, sorting, cataloging, filing, cleaning, dusting, yard work, conducting tours, greeting visitors, research, carpentry work, assisting with exhibits, making phone calls and the list goes on. And you will not be asked to conduct tours without some training first. But you get to meet alot of interesting people.

Memorial Day weekend will also see the dedication of the Quast House. This can be viewed only on tours which will need to be conducted by an employee or a volunteer. If an employee does it, then it will leave us short-handed in the main museum area.

So as you can see, many hands and bodies are needed to make things run smoothly and in order to get everything done. If you would like to give us a hand please stop in at the museum and talk to Shelly Romo, our new supervisor, or call 228-8692. She will be very happy to get you involved in which ever area you would like to help with. You know what they say--"It's nice to be needed." And we really do need you.

Two Die In Wolf Point Blazed (Posted Thursday, April 29, 2004 06:13 AM)

(Wolf Point-AP) -- Two people died of smoke inhalation in a house fire at Wolf Point earlier this week, but the cause of the blaze has NOT been determined yet.

An investigator for the Fort Peck Tribal Police says 24-year-old Sayra Mahto and 18-year-old Slone Follette died in the fire early Tuesday. Deputy State Fire Marshal Jerry Smith says investigators believe the fire was accidental and started in the living room of the one-story, wood-framed house.

Two dogs also died in the blaze. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Shipping Company President Not Worried About Baucus Bill (Posted Thursday, April 29, 2004 06:07 AM)

(Billings-AP) -- The president of a St. Louis-based shippers' group, Chris Brescia, says a bill introduced by U-S Senator Max Baucus to protect water levels in upstream reservoirs along the Missouri River has little chance of success.

Brescia says the continuing drought has demonstrated there's a lot of shared pain and he doesn't see how the Baucus proposal would solve anything.

The Montana lawmaker's bill sets as a floor a total of 44 (m) million acre-feet of water for six upstream reservoirs -- including Fort Peck in Montana. If that low-water floor is reached, water released for downstream navigation would be cut back.

Representative Denny Rehberg says he also is planning legislation addressing water levels, specifically at Fort Peck. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Glasgow Man faces Misdemeanor Charges In Car Theft (Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2004 06:18 AM)

A 24-year old Glasgow man is facing four misdemeanor charges as the result of two separate incidents that took place on April 25th.

The Glasgow Police Department told Kltz/Klan that Scott Gunderman has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to remain at the scene of a property accident and criminal mischief.

According to the police report, the GPD was called to a hit and run incident just after 5:00pm on Sunday at the intersection of 7th Street North and U.S. Highway #2. The report states that a vehicle was backed into by a red Toyota. The Toyota then took off and left the scene of the accident. The Glasgow Police Department and other law enforcement agencies investigated the hit and run and then started looking for the red Toyota. Just after 6:00pm the Toyota was reported stolen by the owner of the vehicle.

The Glasgow Police Department continued their investigation and at 7:42pm the vehicle was spotted in front of a Glasgow Bar. The investigation concluded that Gunderman took the vehicle without the owner's permission and then was involved in the hit and run incident before the police finally caught up with him.

The police report also indicates that their were 2 other people with Gunderman at the time of the hit and run incident. Gunderman will make an appearance in City Court on May 3rd.

Rehberg Announces Drought Disaster Declaration (Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2004 04:25 PM)

Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today announced eleven Montana counties and three Indian reservations have been named disaster areas due to ongoing drought conditions.

“This announcement puts the focus on the plight of Montana’s producers and communities, which continue to experience financial difficulties brought about by the affects of long-term drought conditions,” said Rehberg, “Today’s designation by the USDA will make producers eligible for low-interest loans and other disaster assistance plans, and helps make the case back in Washington that Congress needs to begin planning for the fire season ahead.”

Montana counties included in today’s drought disaster declaration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are Choteau, Garfield, Granite, Mineral, Missoula, Petroleum, Pondera, Prairie, Ravalli, Treasure, and Valley, as well as the Blackfeet, Salish Kootenai and Fort Peck Reservations.

”While we wish there wasn’t a need for additional counties to be added, the reality is it probably won’t stop here,” Rehberg said.

A member of both the House Agriculture and Resources Committees, Rehberg has introduced legislation to create a national drought advisory committee. Rehberg is also former Chairman of the Montana State Drought Advisory Committee.

Burns Enraged At Fort Peck Lake Draw Down (Posted Saturday, April 24, 2004 07:57 AM)

(AP) U-S Senator Conrad Burns has harsh words for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers over plans to increase the Missouri River's downstream flow from eastern Montana's Fort Peck Lake.

Burns calls the plan an outrage and says it's not right. The Montana Republican says the lake is already at a record low level and to take out more water is simply -- in his words -- "destructive."

Burns' office says the Corps wants to raise the Missouri River's flow to help downstream fish spawning. The consequence for Montanans is no boat ramp access to the water, and Burns is demanding the Corps extend Fort Peck boat ramps to what little water will remain. The lawmaker says he understands the increased flows will start this weekend. Montana's lone congressman -- U-S Representative Denny Rehberg -- says the agency has refused to give him information about Fort Peck plans.

Glasgow Man Appears On Drug Charges (Posted Friday, April 23, 2004 06:30 AM)

A Glasgow man facing three felony charges of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs appeared in District Court on Monday.

Dale Hall was arrested last week in Glasgow by the Valley County Sheriff's Department and charged with the drug offenses. Hall's bail was originally set at $7500 but was reduced to $3000 late Monday by Judge John McKeon.

The drug charges against Hall are the result of incidents that took place in February and March of 2002 when Hall allegedly sold marijuana to undercover drug agents in Glasgow. The alleged drug sales took place at a residence located at 930 6th Avenue South in Glasgow. If convicted of at least one of the felony charges, Hall could face a prison sentence of not less than one year and no more than life imprisonment and could be fined up to $50,000.

Judge John McKeon appointed James Spangelo to be Hall's court appointed attorney and his arraignment is set for May 3rd.

NOAA Hails Glasgow Retired Meteorologist As National Environmental Hero (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 09:43 AM)

Jim Rea, former meteorologist in charge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Glasgow, was hailed as one of the nation’s 2004 NOAA Environmental Heroes. NOAA is part of the Department of Commerce.

NWS Western Region Director Vickie Nadolski, made the presentation via phone during a live radio interview with KLTZ/KLAN radio in Glasgow. Also on the live broadcast was current NWS Glasgow meteorologist in charge Julie Adolphson. Rea was one of the 31 winners nationwide this year. He retired from the NWS in June 2001, and continues to reside in Glasgow.

Nadolski said, “Jim Rea volunteered to help the National Weather Service and State of Montana by sharing his vast knowledge and interests in hydrology and climatology that began in his years in the NWS and has continued throughout his retirement. He has volunteered his knowledge and experience as a true Environmental Hero, and he truly deserves this distinction.”

Established in 1995 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, the NOAA Environmental Hero Award is presented to individuals and organizations who volunteer their time to help NOAA accomplish its mission of describing, predicting and protecting the nation's environment. Previous recipients include oceanographers’ Jean-Michel Cousteau and Sylvia Earle, and actor Ted Danson, head of the American Oceans Campaign.

“ NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities. America needs more environmental heroes like them.”

“ Jim Rea contributed invaluable support to the citizens of northeast Montana as they
prepared to face major flooding from the record snowfall of 2003-04. Jim=s knowledge
and experience were crucial to the training of the current staff, after almost a complete turnover at the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Glasgow since the last significant river flood seven years ago,” said Adolphson. “He presented an extremely comprehensive historical review to the NWS staff as well as state and local Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) coordinators.”

Adolphson said Rea's willingness to dedicate a tremendous amount of time indicates his commitment to the NWS and the citizens of Montana. When approached as a possible contractor to help write Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plans (PDM) for jurisdictions in northeast Montana, he agreed to help, but would not accept payment for his services. He attended numerous Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings, contributing his wealth of climatology and hydrology knowledge to those sections of the PDM. His help resulted in northeast Montana having the first county in Montana to have a plan accepted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding to mitigate disasters.

Rea's Federal career started with the U.S. Forest Service, followed by duty in the U.S. Air Force. He began his NWS career as an intern in Phoenix in 1977, and then had follow-on assignments in Redding, Calif., Las Vegas, Juneau, Alaska and transferred to Glasgow in 1994 as the Meteorologist in Charge. Mr. Rea retired from Federal service in June 2001.

One of the highlights of his Federal career was his demonstrated leadership as he led the formerly small Glasgow NWS office to a fully operational 24-hour forecast office with responsibilities for weather, water, and climate services in northeastern Montana.
NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Farm Certification Maps Available (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 09:40 AM)

The Farm Service Agency is asking producers to come to the Valley County office to pick up your 2004 farm Certification maps. Maps not picked up by April 27th will be mailed out.

Thank you.If you have any questions, please contact the Valley County Farm Service Agency at (406) 228-4321.

St Mary Rehabilitation Working Group Will Meet In Glasgow (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 08:05 AM)
The St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group will be meeting on Wednesday, April 28 from 10:00 – 3:00 at the Glasgow Elks Lodge #1922. The Working Group has been brought together by Lt. Governor Ohs to develop and implement a workable solution for rehabilitating the St. Mary Facilities before the system suffers a catastrophic failure.

Located on the Blackfeet Reservation, the St. Mary Facilities is the diversion system responsible for bringing water from the St. Mary River Basin to the Milk River Basin. The 85-year-old system supplies irrigation water to approximately 110,000 acres along the Milk River and drinking water to 14,000 citizens in the communities of Havre, Chinook, and Harlem.

All interested citizens in the Milk River or St. Mary River Basins are invited and encouraged to attend.

The fifteen-member Working Group includes representatives from irrigated agriculture, the Blackfeet and Ft. Belknap Tribes, municipal water supply, local economic development, and recreation. Lt. Governor Ohs chairs the group with staff support from the Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation.

For a meeting agenda and additional information visit the Working Group web site at www.dnrc.state.mt.us/stmarycover.htm or contact Paul Azevedo at the DNRC office in Helena, 406-444-6635.

Court Refuses To Hear Water Argument (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 07:12 AM)

(Washington-AP) -- The U-S Supreme Court Monday refused to intervene in an argument over the Missouri River.

Without comment, the court passed up a chance to clarify when the government can order water shifting on the river, to preserve fishing and recreation.

Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota oppose federal release of water from their reservoirs to help barge traffic downriver. Montana says that during periods of low water, the releases will shortchange fish in upstream states.

Missouri and Nebraska urged the court not to take the case, which asked justices to interpret a 1944 flood control law that created dams on the Missouri. An appeals court ruled last year that reservoirs must be used to control flooding and maintain downstream navigation, with lower priority given to fish and recreation.

A federal attorney says a revised river management plan soon to be released will make the argument among the states moot. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Commissioners Vote To Re-Install Polling Places (Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004 07:08 AM)

The Valley County Commissioners have voted to re-establish polling places in the communities of Fort Peck, Lustre and Frazer
Last year the Commissioners voted to eliminate polling places in those communities and have voters in all three communities travel to Nashua to cast their ballots.

Voters in those communities became very vocal when the plans were announced and demanded that they be able to cast their ballots in their own community. After hearing those concerns the Commissioners voted yesterday 2-1 to re-establish the polling places in Fort Peck, Lustre and Frazer.

Valley County Clerk and Recorder Lynne Nyquist will have to mail out new Voter ID cards to voters affected by this decision and she said those cards will be mailed out as soon as possible.

Special Olympic Regional Games In Glasgow This Weekend (Posted Friday, April 16, 2004 07:10 AM)

Glasgow is hosting the 2004 Special Olympic Regional Games this Thursday and Friday. In addition to Glasgow, there are also teams coming from Malta, Plentywood, Opheim, Glendive, Miles City and Sidney. Over 150 athletes are anticipated for the event.

El Cor Del Lanes hosted the bowling event on Thursday with a dance and dinner Thursday nigh  scheduled for the Cottonwood Inn.

On Friday the opening ceremonies include a parade of athletes, lighting of the torch and entertainment. The track and field events begin at 10:00am and the closing ceremony is scheduled for 3:30pm at the Glasgow High School track complex.

Glasgow Man Arrested On Drug Charges (Posted Friday, April 16, 2004 06:57 AM)

52-year old Dale Hall of Glasgow was arrested Thursday morning and charged with 3 counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs according to the Valley County Sheriffs Department.

Hall was arrested at a Glasgow residence and bond was set at $7500 in Justice Court.

The case was investigated by the Valley County Sheriffs Department and the Big Muddy River Drug Task Force and is still under investigation.

Inventors And Manufacturers Workshop Set For April 22 (Posted Tuesday, April 13, 2004 06:29 AM)

Northeastern Montana inventors and small manufacturers are invited to attend an informational workshop for assistance, information and individual confidential consulting. This workshop will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2004, from 1-4 p.m. in the Jubilee Room at the Sheridan County Courthouse, Plentywood, Montana. There is no cost for the workshop.

Topics and speakers include:

Patents, Copyrights and Intellectual Property by Dr. Jon Rudbach, University of Montana. Innovation can lead to generation of personal wealth and can contribute to our economy. In order for inventions to be developed, the innovative idea must be protected. Protection of intellectual property is accomplished through patents, copyrights, and trade secrets and will be discussed. 

The Innovation Process by Dale Detrick, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center. This presentation will discuss the process of developing a new idea, bringing it to pre-production prototype stage before exposure to potential manufacturers or investors, and resources available to assist the independent person in this process will be discussed. The importance of evaluating the market for the new idea before an inventor spends money developing a prototype will be discussed.

Planning for Commercial Success and Teaming for SBIR by Linda Brander, Montana SBIR Program. The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) can help inventors and innovators compete for federal grants to help develop their idea or product and determine market potential. How to plan and execute the submission of SBIR proposal will be covered. Other topics will include a description of TechLink programs to help a company submit a winning proposal.

The workshop is sponsored by the Great Northern Development Corporation and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Wolf Point and the Eastern Plains RC&D of Sidney. For more information contact Jay Boysun, SBDC Sub-Center Director, at (406) 653-2590 or Mike Carlson, Eastern Plains RC&D in Sidney at (406) 433-5024.

Traffic Victim Identified (Posted Monday, April 12, 2004 08:09 AM)

The man who died in an early morning wreck east of Hinsdale Friday has been identified as 39-year-old Eugene Campbell of Malta.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier says Montana Highway Patrol officers went to great lengths to identify Campbell's body, which had been burned beyond recognition in the crash.

Montana's highway death count now stands at 41 compared with 48 at this time a year ago.

Summer Theatre Schedule Set (Posted Monday, April 12, 2004 07:06 AM)

The Fort Peck Summer Theatre is gearing up for another great summer season as they celebrate their 35th summer in the entertainment business.

Christopher Kristant is back for his second year as artistic director and he has already begun his duties selecting the professional team of actors, musical director, production and technical staff.

The season will kick off with Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical masterpiece, "The King and I". It tells the story of the King of Siam hiring and English widow to oversee and educate his many children.

" Sweet Charity", a musical comedy about a young woman full of hopes and dreams of falling in love will begin on July 9th.

The box office smash "Footloose" will come to life on-stage at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre on July 30th.

The final performance will be "Hayfever", a hilarious comedy about a quirky family and their relationships. Hayfever will begin on August 20th.

Gas Prices At Record Levels (Posted Monday, April 12, 2004 07:05 AM)

The price of gasoline continues to rise across Montana with record prices recorded in some cities. In Great Falls the price of gasoline has never been higher than the $1.76 a gallon it's being sold for this week. In Glasgow the price of gasoline is $1.84 a gallon which is about 6 cents higher than the Montana average which is a $1.78 a gallon. The average price of gasoline in Missoula is $1.71 a gallon, and $1.72 a gallon in Billings.

In North Dakota the average price is $1.79 a gallon, In Wyoming its $1.72 a gallon and in Wyoming gasoline is prices at $1.66 a gallon.

Even though Montanan's might be paying record high prices for gasoline the price is much lower than the average price in California. In the Los Angeles area the average price is $2.18 a gallon with reports that one service station is selling gasoline at $2.58 a gallon.

Hunter Education Instructors Tally More Than A Century Of Service (Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004 06:29 AM)

Montana Hunter and Bowhunter Education instructors volunteer their time and talents for a variety of reasons, but most are motivated by their desire to help ensure that the next generation of hunters is well versed in safety and ethics.

In Region 6, volunteer instructors donate hundreds of hours each year to planning and teaching courses in nearly every community in northeastern and north-central Montana.

More than 360 students in the region graduate from Hunter Education courses every year; another 100 students take the Bowhunter Education course.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Hunter Education program has been in existence since the 1950s, and some of Region 6’s instructors have taught in the program nearly since its inception. Others have joined the program more recently.

Veteran instructors receive service awards at 5-year intervals, partial thanks for their years of devotion to the region’s beginning hunters. Here are this year’s award recipients, honored at last month’s Hunter Ed/Bowhunter Ed workshop held in Glasgow:

Earl Carson Valley County
Mark Combs Valley County

Rick Robinette McCone County

Gifford Fjeld Valley County
Keith Fogle Valley County
Timothy Padden Valley County
Marlene Hannah Hill County

Kelly Benson Hill County
Donald Holden Hill County
James Maus Sheridan County

Vernon Warren Roosevelt County
Ronald Stoneberg Valley County

Glasgow’s Home Run Pond Is Now Open (Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004 06:28 AM)

If you’re an angler age 14 and younger, you don’t have to wait for summer vacation to find good fishing. Glasgow’s Home Run Pond is now open for the season, and young anglers should find decent fishing, according to Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

“ The fish planted last fall apparently made it through the winter,” says Andrew McKean, FWP’s angler education coordinator in Glasgow. “Spring anglers should have good success catching rainbow trout and a few yellow perch. We will be stocking the pond later in the spring with additional perch, rainbow trout and any larger crappie or perch that we net during the Fort Peck Reservoir walleye spawn.”

Home Run Pond is an officially designated “children’s water” open to all anglers age 14 and younger. Young anglers are encouraged to have adult supervision and to use caution around the rocky perimeter of the pond, which is owned and managed by the City of Glasgow. Safety equipment is located around the pond; be sure you know its location and how to use it in case it’s needed.

McKean will again host periodic fishing clinics and supervised fishing events at the pond, located on the Fort Peck Highway just east of Glasgow. Those clinics won’t kick off until school’s out in early June, but in the meantime, anglers can check out fishing equipment at a number of sites in Glasgow, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Glasgow City-County Library and the FWP office.

New Game Wardens In Glasgow, Fort Peck, Malta (Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004 06:27 AM)
A trio of new game wardens will be patrolling Valley, McCone and Phillips counties. Mike Lee, Levi Ostberg and Aaron Berg graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in March and are assuming their duty stations in northeast Montana this month.

Lee is a 5-year veteran of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The Westby native graduated from Montana State University in 1995 and began his career with FWP in 1999 as a Block Management technician in the Plentywood and Culbertson areas. He worked as a conservation specialist based in Glasgow for two years, helping with building and grounds maintenance, fisheries and wildlife field work and parks site development. Lee was hired as a warden based in Malta last year and graduated from the academy in March.

“ The Malta district is appealing. There is a diversity of wildlife and recreational opportunities on both public and private ground,” says Lee, 32. “The district includes the Missouri and Milk rivers and Nelson Reservoir, smaller ponds, shortgrass prairie, timbered breaks and the Little Rockies.”

Ostberg is a native of Fairfield and a 2002 Carroll College graduate. A college internship with Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena cemented his desire to work as a game warden.

“ I always knew I’d like to work in biology,” says Ostberg, 24. “But the internship allowed me to work with wildlife biologists and wardens, and gave me an opportunity to see how wardens can work with a wide variety of people and resources.”

Ostberg later worked as a fisheries technician on Holter and Hauser lakes, helping fisheries biologists monitor fish habitat and movements. Ostberg will cover much of the region from his base in Glasgow. He takes over from Kelly Friede, who accepted a warden job based in Great Falls.

A Livingston native, Berg was raised in Missoula, where he graduated both high school and college, completing a Recreation Management major at the University of Montana in 2002. Berg will serve an interim post in Plentywood before becoming the permanent Fort Peck warden later this month. He replaces Dave Loewen, who accepted an FWP warden position in Helena.

Berg has held a number of seasonal positions with Fish, Wildlife & Parks, including river ranger on both the Clark Fork and Smith rivers, Block Management technician, and an intern at Lewis and Clark Caverns near Three Forks, where he met and married his wife, Nancy.

“ I’ve known since the fifth grade that I wanted to be a Montana game warden,” says Berg, 24. “The sociological aspects of recreation interest me. I’m interested in why and how people recreate, and I want to help maintain and develop the recreational opportunities we have in Montana.”

The three wardens will spend a year on probationary status, says Mike Herman, Region 6 warden captain. They must complete a list of tasks and duties under the tutelage of Steve Jones, the region’s warden sergeant and Field Training Officer who was formerly a warden based in Malta. Tasks include such varied duties as water and off-highway vehicle safety, investigations, public presentations and work with wildlife and fisheries biologists.

“ I look forward to working with these three officers,” says Herman. “They will do a good job and be great additions to their communities. They are aware that they’re here to assist the sportsmen and sportswomen of northeastern Montana in protecting the resources of the region.”

Wardens must hold a 4-year college degree in a biological or natural resources field, have an interest law enforcement and graduate from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. If you’re interested in becoming a Montana game warden, or want more information about the job and its requirements, call FWP’s Law Enforcement Division in Helena at 444-2452.

Changes To Come At June Primary (Posted Wednesday, April 7, 2004 05:35 PM)

Valley County voters will see considerable changes when they go to the polls in June to vote in the primary election.

Valley County Clerk and Recorder Lynn Nyquist told Kltz/Klan that the number of polling places in Valley County has been reduced from 11 to 9. In previous years there were polling places located in Lustre and Frazer but those polling places have now been closed and Lustre and Frazer voters will now cast their ballots in Nashua. Another change will have all voters in the city of Glasgow vote at the Glasgow Civic Center. Previously voters on the south side of Glasgow voted at the Valley County Courthouse. Voters in the Cherry Creek and Milk River precincts will vote in the Valley County Courthouse.

Nyquist also announced that Valley County has purchased 3 new vote counting machines that will be used in Nashua, the Valley County Courthouse and the Glasgow Civic Center. Nyquist said the vote counting machines will speed up the counting in those precincts and the precinct judges will be able to the counting. In previous years the ballots had to be brought to the courthouse where all ballots were run through a single machine. No changes will be made in the ballots for Valley County voters as they will continue to use paper ballots as in previous elections.

A new federal law now requires that all voters show identification before casting their ballots.

The Valley County Clerk and Recorders Office has mailed out new Voter ID cards to all registered voters in the county. These cards will show the voters precinct, where they vote, Senate District, House District and the School District that they reside in. Nyquist cautioned that all voters should examine their voting card to check if there are any errors on the card. If a voter finds an error they are asked to contact the Clerk and Recorders Office immediately to get the mistake corrected.

New voting numbers show that their are 4899 registered voters in Valley County with 529 of those voters listed as inactive because they didn't vote in the 2002 General Election.

547 Citations Issued In Glasgow Last Year (Posted Wednesday, April 7, 2004 07:38 AM)

A new report from the Glasgow Police Department shows that the department wrote 547 citations in calendar year 2003.

The analysis shows that officers wrote 101 traffic citations during the year which is the most under any one category for laws that were broken. The department also wrote 46 liquor law violations, 49 assault violations, 28 disorderly conduct citations and 39 driving under the influence citations. Of the 39 DUI's that were cited, 12 of them were written in the month of November and none were written in the month of August.

The report also shows that the month of July was the busiest month for writing citations with 56 written that month and only 40 written during the month of September.

A review of the analysis also shows that the age group 18-24 had the most citations written against them. There were 238 citations written against that age group while the
55 and older age group had just 8 citations.

This analysis was for January 1st,  2003 to December 31st, 2003.

Glasgow Among Cities To Get Aid For Snowstorms (Posted Wednesday, April 7, 2004 05:54 AM)

Governor Martz signed an Executive Order today providing financial assistance to jurisdictions incurring excessive costs during this past winter's extensive snowstorms.

Late December through February brought record snows to several parts of Montana hitting many areas of the northeastern part of the state particularly hard. These storms stranded holiday travelers, isolated local residents, and created an immediate threat to life and property. The costs of snow plowing and snow removal exceeded financial capabilities of many jurisdictions and impacted their yearly budgets.

"Responding to winter snow storms in Montana is typically routine," said Governor Martz. "This was an extraordinary season and these local jurisdictions incurred extraordinary costs. Our responsibility is to help local governments when we can."

All available city and county equipment and personnel were committed in the snowplowing and snow removal efforts. Fuel costs alone were a major impact to the local budgets.

The Executive Order will provide reimbursement for overtime, temporary hires, equipment rental, and fuel costs associated with snow plowing and/or removal activities. According to Jim Anderson, disaster recovery manager for Disaster and Emergency Services, the expenses were too great for local budgets to absorb.

"Our role as a state agency is to evaluate the impact to the effected jurisdiction and document the costs that are eligible for reimbursement." Included in this Executive Order: Daniels, Garfield, Richland, Roosevelt and Sheridan Counties and the Cities or Towns of Culbertson, Flaxville, Fort Peck, Froid, Glasgow, Jordan, Medicine Lake, Nashua, Opheim, Scobey, Sidney, and Wolf Point.

Airplane Patrols Will Start Again (Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2004 07:15 AM)

Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier has announced that his department will once again be using airplane patrols to search out parties that might include underage drinking.

Meier started the air patrols last year in an effort to curb underage drinking in rural locations. The cost of the airplane and the time of the pilot is donated so the cost to the county in zero.

The Sheriff stated that the airplane patrols will be starting in the near future.

Two Deputies Complete Courses At Law Academy (Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2004 07:14 AM)

Two Valley County Sheriffs Deputies have graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena and are now working full-time for the department.

Jim Robertson and Carl Laumeyer graduated from the 12-week course on March 26th. Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier attended the graduation ceremony in Helena and told Kltz/Klan that all the officers working for him are now trained and certified by the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Sheriff Meier now has 5 deputies and an Undersheriff and is fully staffed.

Meier said that employees will continue to have specialized training when it's available.

Lovetta Coles

Lovetta Coles, age 88, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at the Good Samaritan Center in Malta, MT of natural causes. Services are planned for Wednesday - April 28, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana with Rev. Emory Robotham officiating. Interment will be ath the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by 3 brothers: Robert, George, and Paul (Hoot) Olsen. 2 Grandchildren: Araby Behelfer of Tucson and Christine Hrabak of Marysville, WA 2 Great Grandchildren: Caden and Drake.

BORN: February 4, 1916 in Glasgow, Montana PARENTS: Henrick Olsen and Anna M. Polsen Lovetta was raised 3 miles west of Glasgow on the family farm. Lovetta married Cleo E. Coles in Kalispell in 1946. They lived in Malta from 1946 to 1962. Cleo had a photography studio in Malta and Glasgow and Lovetta helped with the business. She and Cleo enjoyed traveling and visiting Charlotte and Nancy. Charlotte traveled in California, Texas, Missiouri, Canada, and to the World's Fair Lovetta was a quilt maker and enjoyed crocheting, gardening, flowers, and enjoyed attending the First Congregational Church. Cleo passed away in 1970.

SURVIVOR: Daughter: Nancy Behelfer of Tucson, Arizona Charlotte Hrabak of Glasgow, MT Sister: Ruth Olsen of Glasgow, MT.

Joel Lem Amundson

Joel Lem Amundson, age 88, passed away on Friday - April 23, 2004 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana from natural causes. Services are planned for Tuesday - April 27, 2004 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. Interment will be Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

BORN: February 20, 1916 in Northwood, North Dakota PARENTS: Louis Amundson and Josephine (Imsdahl) Amundson Joel was raised on the family homestead in Northwood, North Dakota. He served in WWII in the U.S. Army. During the war, Joel was a tank driver for General Patton serving in Europe. In 1945, Joel served in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Joel came back to the family farm where he soon met and married Doris M. Brastedt on January 19, 1947. They were married for 57 years and have resided in Glasgow since 1959. Joel worked construction until retiring. He helped build many of the "B-52" Hangars at the former Glasgow Air Force Base. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and also served on Church Council. When he first came back from the service, he had a band called "The Lem & the Lemonaders", which performed for barn dances. He loved telling "Lem Jokes" and had a great sense of humor. He loved fishing, horseshoes, bowling, bingo, and tending to his yard.

SURVIVORS: Wife: Doris Amundson of Glasgow, MT Sons: Jim and (Mona) Amundson of Glasgow, MT Terry Amundson of Klamath Falls, Oregon Daughters: Marilyn J. Smith and (Robert) of Glasgow, MT Nancy Jimison and (Dan) of Glasgow, MT 11 Grandchildren 14 Great Grandchildren Sisters: Pearl Halvorson of Spokane, Washington Alvina Enger of Minneapolis, Minnesota PALLBEARERS: Justin Jimison, Josh Brady, Ryan Smith, Duane Meiers, David Jarman, Scott Runningen.

Menford N. Sather

Menford N. Sather, age 82, passed away on Friday - April 16, 2004, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes. Services are planned for Monday - April 19, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Glasgow, MT with Rev. Lonnie Eidson officiating. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary in charge of arrangements. BORN: November 9, 1921 in Nashua, MT PARENTS: Bennie Sather and Hazel (Reed) Sather Menford was raised on the family homestead at Avondale, Montana. On December 18, 1943 Menford married Theresa Fuhrman in Glasgow. They farmed and ranched their entire life. Menford and Theresa moved into Glasgow in 1981 and have lived here since. He enjoyed carving wood, riding horses, and hunting. They have enjoyed wintering in Apache Junction, Arizona for the past 24 years. Preceded in death Preceded in death by sisters Mavis Donovan, Arlis Peck, and Lorene Egosque, and a brother Ben Sather. Pallbearers: Mike Mitchell, Vic Donovan, Richard Fuhrman, Billy Uphaus, Randy Swenson, Lynn Sather.

SURVIVORS: Wife: Theresa Sather of Glasgow, MT Sons: Larry and (Susan) Sather of Avondale, MT Menford "Bud" and (Diane) Sather of Whitefish, MT Daughter: Elaine Watterud and (Don) of Bozeman, MT 9 Grandchildren 4 Great Grandchildren Sister: Geraldine Uphaus of Glasgow, MT Brother: Louis Sather and (Pat) of Glasgow, MT

Amy Eleanor Sorenson

Amy Eleanor Sorenson, age 84, of Miles City passed away on Thursday, April 15 at the Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 19 in the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 10am in the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow at 4pm in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT.

Lloyd A. Shipp

Lloyd A. Shipp, age 72, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes. Services are planned for Saturday - April 17, 2004 at 1:00 P.M at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Rev. Martin Mock officiating. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Albert and Kenneth.

BORN: July 17, 1931 in Glasgow, Montana PARENTS: George Shipp and Elizabeth (Engg) Shipp Lloyd was raised north of Glasgow on the farm and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 in Japan during the Korean War. On July 22, 1956 Lloyd married Theresa DeBray in Glasgow. He was a member of the American Legion and Elks Club, and served on the Farmers Union Board. They moved from the ranch into Glasgow in 1985. Lloyd enjoyed fishing and hunting, and cooking. He especially enjoyed making his grandkids doughnuts, spending time with his grandkids, and taking drives in the country with Theresa. Lloyd was an excellent mechanic and took excellent care of his machinery. SURVIVORS: Wife: Theresa Shipp of Glasgow, MT Sons: Wayne Shipp and (Lori) of Glasgow, MT Doyle Shipp and (Colleen) of Hysham, MT Daughters: Jaylein Nickels and (Lester Nickels Jr.) of Nashua, MT Patty Geer and (Dan) of Browning, MT Rosalie Spinler and (Greg) of Hingham, MT Grandchildren (14) Wyatt, Joe, Erika, and Della Shipp of Glasgow Renee, Kyle Shipp of Nashua, Ryley, Reo Shipp of Hysham, MT Jesse (Jennifer) Nickels and Krista Nickels of Nashua Tanner and Lindsey Geer of Browning, MT Quinn and Gavin Spinler of Hingham, MT 3 Great Grandchildren Sisters: Grace Fullerton of Glasgow, MT Delores Murphy of Columbia Falls, MT Bertha Root of Victor, MT Brothers: Lawrence Shipp of Glasgow, MT Marvin Shipp of Glasgow, MT.

Jake Preston Granbois

Jake Preston Granbois(Twin to Helper) , age 4 months, died from SIDS April 9, 2004 at NE Montana Health Services in Wolf Point. Rosary will be Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar, MT. Services will be Wednesday - April 14, 2004 at 10:00 A.M. at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar, MT. Burial will be at the St. Ann's Cemetery in Poplar with Rev. Mike Schneider officiating. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow in charge of arrangements.Preceded in death by his great grandparents Alice Lester Longtree, Clarence Longtree Sr., and Robert Lambert, Beulah and Phillip Harris Granbois Sr. PALLBEARERS: Clifford Granbois, Mitchell Clark Jr., Calvin Clark, Loren Clark.

Jake Preston Granbois joined the Lord on April 9, 2004 at the age of 4 months. Jake was born Nov. 22, 2003 to Phillip "Beasty" Granbois III and Winona Sloan. He was a sweet little angel and is loved very much by his family. He was a happy baby, always smiling, loved his brothers and sisters.

SURVIVORS: parents and, brothers Raven and Phillip IV Sisters Phiona and Sydney. Grandparents Mitchell and Darlene Clark of Nashua Pauline and Phillip Granbois of Poplar Gary and Michelle Sloan of Vancouver, WA GreatGrandmother Carmelita Lambert of Poplar, MT Many more grandmas and grandpas, aunties and uncles.


Roy C. Ellsworth

Roy C. Ellsworth, age 74, passed away on Friday, April 9th, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow from natural causes. Services will be Tuesday, April 13th, 2:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with the interment a the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.

Roy was born ctober 31, 1929 in Vandalia, MT to Lee R. Ellsworth and Ava B. (Woodward) Ellsworth. He was raised in Glasgow and served in the US Army in the Korean War. He served as a mortar man. Roy went to Spokane to Barbers School, then moved back to Glasgow and was a barber at Swede's Barber Shop in 1954. He never did retire and was still cutting hair until he became sick. Roy cut hair for 48 and 1/2 years. On November 6, 1955 Roy married Mary Ann Rusher in Libby, Montana. They lived in Glasgow and he enjoyed yard work, gardening, playing cards, bowling, watching his grandkids play sports, and Monday Night Football. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

SURVIVORS: Wife: Mary Ann Ellsworth of Glasgow, MT Son: Neil Ellsworth and (Iva) of Colorado Springs, Colorado Daughter: Leya Skinner and (Randy) of Malta, MT Sisters: Carolyn Combs of Riverdale, North Dakota Elizabeth Katze of Glasgow, MT Nora Gaasch of Orange, California Brothers: Lee Ellsworth of Hinsdale, MT Loy Ellsworth of New Jersey Leon Ellsworth of Lewistown, MT Grandchildren: Justin Ellsworth, Joshua Ellsworth, Jason Ellsworth, all of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jennifer Sheppard of Utah, and Eric Skinner and Heidi Skinner of Malta, Montana.


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