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Says State Waited Too Long To Revoke Liquor License (Thu, Feb 28, 2002)
(Helena-AP) The state Supreme Court says the Revenue Department waited too long to revoke the liquor license of a Poplar bar owner.
The state Justice Department discovered that Jerry Seaman purchased alcohol in Williston, North Dakota. Some of the bottles were found in his Depot Bar and Casino in Poplar. It's against state law for liquor license holders to possess alcohol not purchased at a Montana liquor store.
Seaman was convicted in January 1997, but it was not until eight months later that the Revenue Department revoked his liquor license. The Supreme Court agreed with District Judge Richard Phillips of Glendive that the delay did not comply with a law requiring immediate revocation of a license in such cases. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Hatchery Ground Breaking Date Stil Unclear (Wed, Feb 27, 2002)
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ/Mix-93) Roy Snyder of the United States
Army Corps of Engineers has told Kltz/Klan that a firm date has not yet
been set for the ground breaking of the Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery.
Kltz/Klan had reported that the ground breaking would
occur during the Montana Governors Cup Walleye Tournament in July but
because of conflicts the date might be changed.
Snyder said that members of Montana's Congressional
delegation might not be able to be at the groundbreaking on that date
so he is looking at other days to hold the ceremony.
The Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery will be located next to the dredge cuts in Fort Peck. The expected cost of the hatchery is $20 million dollars. Regardless of the date of the groundbreaking, work will begin this summer on construction of the hatchery.
Amtrak Plan Would Hurt Area Businesses (Wed, Feb 27, 2002)
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ/Mix-93)
Beginning on March 1st Amtrak will consider Minneapolis to Havre as a
non-stop for freight and baggage.
This will have a huge effect on Glasgow area businesses
that rely on Amtrak to deliver daily freight. One such business is the
Glasgow Flower and Gift Shop which receives fresh flowers from Amtrak
daily. If business owners needed to pick up freight they would have to
travel to Havre to retrieve that freight.
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is working
on solving this problem. If you are a business owner in the Glasgow area
and use Amtrak for freight delivery, you are urged to contact the chamber
and leave the name of your business. The chamber is in contact with both
Senator Baucus and Burns in hopes of resolving this issue before it hurts
Amtrak will continue to make stops in Glasgow but no freight will be loaded or unloaded. This will also affect Wolf Point and Malta as no baggage will be loaded or unloaded on these stops. Those two communities will become whistle stops similar to how Amtrak uses the Glasgow station.
Marijauna False Alarm (Wed, Feb 27, 2002)
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ/Mix-93)
After further investigation the substance that was thought to be marijuana
found in a locker room during the District 2-B tournament was a ceremonial
grass used by Native Americans.
Kltz/Klan had reported that a tournament official had
found a small amount of marijuana in a locker room on Friday night at
the tournament. That report had come from the Glasgow Police Department.
School Officials contacted Kltz/Klan and reported that the substance was
a special grass from the Sweet Grass Hills near Shelby and Havre. The
Harlem team had been using the grass as a ceremonial cleansing ritual
before their game on Friday evening.
The grass has a distinctive smell similar to marijuana.
Police Department Investigates Charges Of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent (Wed, Feb 27, 2002)
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ/Mix-93)
The Glasgow Police Department is investigating a charge of sexual intercourse
without consent which involves a female under the age of 16.
Glasgow Police Chief Lyndon Erickson told Kltz/Klan that the department received a call on February 22nd from the mother of the juvenile female. She told the department that her daughter had been having a sexual relationship with a male who is in his early 20's. In the state of Montana a minor under the age of 16 can not have consensual sex.
The case is currently under investigation and no charges have been filed and no arrests made. Both the adult male and juvenile female are from Glasgow.
Cabin Destroyed By Fire (Wed, Feb 27, 2002)
(Tip From Mike Boyer) The Darrel Birkland cabin at Fort Peck was completely destroyed by fire early this morning.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning the Fort Peck and Long Run Fire Departments were called to the cabin fire. The cabin was totally engulfed in flames when the first fire engines arrived. Thirteen firefighters and 2 pumpers from the Fort Peck Fire Department and one utility truck from Long Run all responded.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was not determined as of early Wednesday morning. All trucks were back at their fire halls around 5 a.m.
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ/Mix-93)
Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson said it was a relatively quiet weekend
in Glasgow even with thousands of people in town for the District 2-B
There were some exceptions though, as the police investigated
a threatening phone call made to a Glasgow basketball player.
Erickson told Kltz/Klan that Sam Brelje received a threatening
phone call Friday afternoon at his home. The call was traced to a phone
in Outlook, Montana. After a short investigation the police department
found that the call was made by a basketball player from Plentywood. The
player admitted making the call and told the police he was upset from
actions taken during a previous Glasgow/Plentywood basketball game and
that's why he made the threat.
After the player admitted to making the threat the basketball
coach for the Plentywood team immediately discharged him from the team
and sent him home.
The Brelje family dropped the complaint after meeting
with the player and the family.
Chief Erickson commended the Plentywood coaching staff for dealing with the incident with professionalism and also with the speed in how it was handled.
Important Wolf Management Discussions Set (Tue, Feb 26, 2002)
(FWP Press Release) Wolf
management issues will be discussed at a series of community work sessions
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host in March. The public sessions
will be designed to help FWP scope, or identify issues to
address as the state continues to prepare for the anticipated recovery
and federal delisting of Montanas gray wolf population, a process
that could begin early next year.
The sessions will allow participants to offer comments in a variety of ways, including in writing, one-on-one with FWP, and in small group settings where community members can discuss issues as FWP listens to and records each persons comment. The sessions will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at each venue. An informational update is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Community work sessions--and additional one-on-one discussions--will follow the update.
The sessions are set for:
As we move toward developing a wolf management
plan, we want to invite Montanans and others to help us identify the benefits
and challenges of managing Montanas recovered wolf population,
said Carolyn Sime, FWPs wolf management plan coordinator. Sime said
additional sessions are being planned for Butte and Helena.
The effort is part of a year-long process to prepare
an environmental impact statement whose proposed action is to develop
and adopt a state wolf management plan to use when the wolf is delisted
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The community work sessions will be designed to allow Montanans to talk to FWP and for FWP to listen to comments and record issues in a comfortable setting.
As youre thinking about the day when the state of Montana will manage wolves, what should FWP consider as it designs a management plan? Were asking Montanans to help us answer that question, Sime said.
Comments will also be accepted on-line at FWPs
wolf management link at: www.fwp.state.mt.us.
Click on Montana Wolf Management.
In anticipation of the wolfs recovery, two years
ago a 12-member Wolf Management Advisory Council--a mix of livestock producers,
hunters, educators, environmentalists and other citizenswas charged
by former Gov. Marc Racicot to consider a wolf management approach for
Montana. The citizen councils final recommendations are organized
in four broad subject areas that address the public interest, public safety,
maintaining wildlife populations and protecting the livestock industry.
Sime said the recently released Montana Wolf Conservation and Management Planning Document is based on the councils recommendations and is the best source of information available on Montana wolf-management issues. The planning document will be presented as a wolf management plan alternative in the draft EIS which is expected to be released for public review in June.
Other alternatives could include a wholly new plan,
a modified planning document, or no state wolf management plan. Issues
raised during the wolf scoping period will help FWP develop other alternatives,
The Wolf Management Advisory Councils documents,
and additional information about wolves in Montana, are available on FWPs
Click on Montana Wolf Management.
The wolf is currently listed as "endangered"
in northwestern Montana under the federal Endangered Species Act and Montanas
own Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act. Wolves in southwestern
Montana are classified as "experimental, nonessential" populations
under the federal ESA.
An estimated 570 wolves in 35 or more breeding wolf
packs exist in the federal Northern Rocky Mountain Recovery Area, which
includes Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Eighteen breeding wolf packs, and
about 100 wolves, inhabit Montana. Federal wolf managers say a total of
30 breeding pair, equitably distributed in the tri-state recovery area
for three years, will trigger the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
official proposal to delist the wolf, a process that could begin in 2003.
Once delisted, wolves will come under state management.
Among the federal requirements for wolf delisting, Montana,
Idaho, and Wyoming must have adequate regulations in place to maintain
the recovered wolf population. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will
use the final state wolf management plan to demonstrate that Montana has
established adequate regulations to prevent wolves from becoming threatened
or endangered again.
After extensive public review of a Montana wolf management
Environmental Impact Statement, which will be developed over the coming
spring and summer, a final wolf management plan could be completed by
November 2002. Montanas plan, along with plans from Idaho and Wyoming,
will be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Written issue-scoping comments will be accepted through April 30 and can be addressed to: Wolf Issues, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 490 North Meridian; Kalispell, MT 59901. For information, call 406-751-4586.
FWP Seeks Public Input On Regional Hunting Access Priorities (Tue, Feb 26, 2002)
(FWP Press Release) Fish,
Wildlife, & Parks is asking local hunters and landowners to help identify
regional hunting access priorities as part of the planning process for
allocating new hunting access program funds. Approximately $1.5 million
may be made available in 2002 for expanding FWP hunter access programs
The 2001 legislature created a new fee, called the Hunting
Access Enhancement Fee, to help fund programs like Block Management and
Access Montana that provide hunting access to private and public lands.
The one-time annual fee - $2 for residents and $10 for nonresidents
will be charged at the time the hunter purchases his or her first hunting
license of the season.
The legislation, developed by the Private Land/Public
Wildlife Council (citizens appointed by the Governor to address hunting
access issues) was intended to generate new funding to accomplish the
Within this framework, regional FWP staff has identified
the following access priorities for Region 6 in northeast Montana:
The public is invited to comment on these priorities
and help identify any other needs or priorities deemed necessary to address
local hunting access issues. Comments may be submitted by March 22, 2002
and must be received in writing or by telephone (406-228-3700) to either
of the following two FWP employees:
New License Fee Changes For Residents (Tue, Feb 26, 2002)
(FWP Press Release) A new
license year will begin starting March 1, 2002. While most of the changes
affect non-resident hunters and anglers to Montana, two will change resident
The first of these beginning in 2002 is residents will
have the opportunity to buy a 2-day fishing license. Many residents have
desired this option, an offer long enjoyed by non-residents. The license
is valid for two consecutive days and will cost $5.00, plus the $4.00
conservation license fee.
The 2001 Legislature also created a new fee known as
the Hunter Access Enhancement fee. This is for anyone who purchases a
Montana Hunting license, and its purpose is to help Fish, Wildlife and
Parks maintain and enhance hunting access to both public and private lands.
It is a one-time annual fee of $2.00 for residents and $10.00 for nonresidents
that will be charged upon purchase of the hunter's very first hunting
Hunter Access Enhancement fees will help fund programs such as Access Montana which is concerned with increasing and securing access to public lands, and the popular Block Management Program which works with landowners to open private lands to public hunting.
Pioneer Museum To Auction Off Picture Plate (Mon, Feb 25, 2002)
(Museum Press Release) The
Friends Of The Pioneer Museum would like to invite you to take part in
a Silent Auction being held from March 1st through March 31st. The item
to be auctioned is the only remaining picture plate of the original Southside
School. The plate is 6" in diameter, with a black and white photo
of the Old Southside School. The plate is trimmed with gold and there
is gold lettering showing that this is a commemorative plate for the 1993
All Class Reunion. The auction site will be at the First Community Bank.
We want to express our gratitude to them for allowing us the use of their
facility. All funds raised from this auction will go towards the effort
to put a new roof on the Pioneer Museum as part of a complete retrofit
project to the older parts of the Museum. In the age of rising utility
costs we must do everything possible to make the Museum as cost efficient
to operate as possible. A new roof would go a long way towards accomplishing
For those of you unfamiliar with the Old Southside School it has a very interesting history. It was built in 1904 and at that time was the only high school in northeast Montana. Students came from a very large area in order to be able to earn their high school diploma. Their first graduating class consisted of two students; Dorothy Kerr and Fred Truscott who graduated in 1908 four years after the school was established. It was a beautiful building built with bricks and mortar. It had beautiful hardwood floors throughout. The staircase had wooden railings, one section of which is on display at the Glasgow School Exhibit. The exhibit also contains the large bell that used to hang in the belfry. The belfry for some reason did not last too long. Just when it was removed is something we have not been able to establish. Many of you will only remember it as shown on the plate which is without.
Whitewater Student Receives Award (Mon, Feb 25, 2002)
(AP) Congressman Denny Rehberg was in Whitewater, Montana, this week, to present an award to a student at Whitewater High School. Whitewater is northeast of Malta, near the Canadian border. Rehberg was there to present the "Corps of Discovery" award to Whitewater senior Will Gumeson.
The congressman says the award is presented to students who keep education paramount in their lives, in spite of major obstacles. Students are nominated by their schools. Will Gumeson overcame drug addiction and other problems.
Four years ago, a court sent him to the Northern Montana Youth Ranch. He now lives with a family in Whitewater, has turned his life around, and even achieved all-state honors in football last fall, playing for Malta in a co-op program. (Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
(Associated Press) A Glasgow man arrested for driving under the influence was found dead in a McCone County holding cell in Circle. The man, identified as 52-year-old Douglas FitzSimmons, was arrested early Thursday and was expected to be arraigned that day.
Sheriff Paul Pederson says FitzSimmons was found in his jail cell at 8 o'clock Thursday morning, and pronounced dead a short time later. She did not say how he died. She requested that the Roosevelt County coroner conduct an inquest.
The sheriff's office and county attorney also have requested an independent investigation by the state Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, a move they called "standard procedure in matters such as these." (Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ/Mix-93)
The ground breaking for the Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery is set
for July 12th during the Montana Governors Cup Walleye Tournament on Fort
Details have yet to be finalized but the groundbreaking will officially start the construction of the $20 million dollar facility. In fact surveying of the proposed site has already begun. The hatchery will be located next to the dredge cuts area in Fort Peck.
Fire Grant Workshop Now On METNET Interactive Video Network (Thu, Feb 21, 2002)
Several key firefighting agencies will be conducting a Fire Grant Workshop on February 21, 2002 from 6 pm -10 pm. The workshop is open to rural and volunteer fire department from across Montana. The workshop is intended to provide participants with the tools necessary to be competitive in writing funding and equipment grants for rural and volunteer fire departments.
Due to the number of requests and long travel times to Great Falls and Miles City, the Fire Grants Workshop will be broadcast over the State's METNET--interactive video network. After introductions, Anne Griffin, FEMA Regional Training Manager, will instruct the FEMA Fire Grant Writing Workshop from 6 pm to 9 pm. Sandi O'Bryant, DNRC, will give a 30-minute presentation on the Title 2 and 4 Programs at 9 pm and Sherri Medow Smith, DES, will give a 30 minute presentation on the Domestic Preparedness Equipment Grant at 9:30 pm. We are asking that fire departments send only one participant, as seating is limited in these METNET classrooms. Advanced Registration is required because of limited seating. All registrations should be called into the MSU Fire Services Training School at 406-761-7885 to register with a staff person, you can call into the toll free voice mail at 800-294-5272, or leave e-mail to Bruce Hadella at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ten METNET site that will be broadcasting the training,
and their locations, are:
For more information, contact: Bruce Hadella at 1-800-294-5272
Party Chair Says Republicans Support Martz (Thu, Feb 21, 2002)
State Republican Party Chairman Ken Miller said Wednesday that the Republican party is united in support of Governor Judy Martz.
Miller, appearing in Glasgow at the annual Lincoln-Reagan
Dinner, said that as he travels the state he finds Republicans very unified
behind the Governor.
Martz has come under attack recently from a former staff
member who said that the Republican party should consider finding a candidate
to run against Martz in a Republican primary or risk losing the Governorship
because Martz doesn't appear to be up the job of running the state.
Miller said the Governor is doing a good job and will have strong support from Republicans if she runs for re-election in 2004. He did acknowledge that her administration has had some unfortunate happenings but that the Governor is up to the job and everyone learns as they get into a new job. He also said to expect many more great things to come from the Martz administration.
Secretary Of State To Appear In Glasgow Wednesday (Tue, Feb 19, 2002)
Secretary of State Bob Brown will be in Glasgow Wednesday, February 20th.
He will speak to the Glasgow Kiwanis Club at noon at the Cottonwood Inn and will give brief remarks at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at 6 p.m., also at the Cottonwood.
He plans to attend the Sam's Club meeting at 1 p.m. and will meet with local business leaders during the afternoon.
Northern Pike Brings $2000 To Wolf Point Man (Tue, Feb 19, 2002)
Lots of fishermen showed up for the 6th Annual Glasgow
Chamber Ice Fishing Contest on Fort Peck Lake but only one fish made an
Russell White of Wolf Point caught a 4.8 pound Northern
Pike to win the $2000 first place prize at the contest held Saturday in
the Fort Peck Marina Bay.
The Glasgow Chamber drilled 200 holes before the tourney
and sold every hole and then handed out over $5000 in prize money. Since
Russell White was the only fisherman to catch a fish the other participants
names were put in a drawing for the remainder of the prize money.
A sunny 49 degrees on Saturday brought people from all over northeast Montana plus fisherman from as far away as Billings, Butte and even Colorado and Wyoming.
Fast Files For Commissioner Spot; Adolphson Runs For School Board Position (Tue, Feb 19, 2002)
There has been another filing for political office in Valley County.
Don Fast has filed on the Republican ticked for Valley
County Commissioner. This means there will now be a Republican primary
election as Fast will be pitted against Ron Reddig.
Those two candidates join the two Democratic candidates
Dave Pippin and Gene Hartsock.
There has been another filing for Glasgow School Board. Alec Adolphson has filed for a three year term on the school board. He joins Mark Falcon as the only two candidates who filed for the three positions available.
Baucus Says He Will Work To Bring Federal Money To Highway Expansion (Mon, Feb 18, 2002)
Montana Senator Max Baucus told a gathering in Glasgow Sunday that he will work to bring federal dollars to Montana to expand U.S. Highway 2 from it's current two lanes to four.
Baucus told the group that the current highway funding
legislation expires at the end of this year and if he is re-elected he
will be playing a major role in writing a new highway bill. The last highway
bill brought a increase of 60 percent in funding to Montana and Baucus
said he will work to bring another huge increase of highway funding to
This includes money for the Highway 2 expansion. Baucus
said he will write provisions in the bill that would give an extra impetus
to Highway 2 in the form of extra money for the four-lane expansion.
Montana's Congressional Delegation secured $2 million in federal money for the Highway 2 expansion in the last budget year. This money is being used on an environmental study of a portion of the highway between Havre and Harlem.
At a public meeting in Glasgow on Sunday Senator Max
Baucus assured a group of around seventy people that he will work very
hard to for the survival of Amtrak and Essential Air Service for Montana.
The recent round of budget cuts proposed by President
Bush have put into the doubt the future of the Amtrak Empire Builder Route
along Montana's Hi-Line and also Big Sky Airline Service to several eastern
A recent report from Amtrak indicated that if
they didn't receive a huge boost in federal money they would be forced
to abandon several routes including Empire Builder which provides passenger
train service across Montana with stops in Glasgow, Wolf Point and Malta.
Baucus said that the Empire Builder has much support in the Senate and
that he will work with other Senators to assure the future of Amtrak.
(AP) A Wolf Point man is suing the Wolf Point McDonald's restaurant.
Ronald Klotz says an employee served him a breakfast sandwich, with packaging soaked in human blood. Klotz says he was eating the sandwich in his vehicle last May, when he noticed the napkin and paper bag were bloody. According to the lawsuit, the blood was later identified as human.
Klotz filed the civil suit in Roosevelt County District Court. Defendants are the restaurant owner and operator, Paula Green of Wolf Point; and her company, P-Green Incorporated.
Green declined to comment on the lawsuit. Her attorney -- Lon Holden of Great Falls -- has filed a motion to dismiss the suit. The lawsuit alleges Green was negligent, because she failed to ensure the food was prepared and packaged with ordinary care. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Pioneer Museum Amond Lewis And Clark Grant Awards (Thu, Feb 14, 2002)
The Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission has awarded $122,000 in grants for 13 Lewis and Clark-related projects sponsored by local communities and non-profit groups across the state as part of Montana's efforts to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the famous expedition.
The commission received 44 applications for projects totaling $793,888 under this year's Project Grant Program, Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said.
"This does not mean that the other 31 applications weren't important. It means that we will have to continue to work hard to raise money to support local projects," Blackwood said.
This year the Commission contributed $47,000, the Tourism Advisory Council $50,000, and the Bonneville Power Administration $25,000 to fund the grant program. Each of the organizations receiving grants must contribute $1 of in kind labor and/or materials or cash to receive $2 in project grant funds, Blackwood said.
The commission also awarded $38,000 to 19 local bicentennial organizations and tribes for organizational and planning efforts. Here are the locations, sponsors, projects and amounts granted for the 13 applications approved by the commission:
* Glasgow - Valley County Pioneer
Museum will develop a painted mural Lewis and clark grants exhibit that
will serve as the back drop for housing Assiniboine cultural materials
and wildlife and plant life of the area noted in the L&C journals,
and the tribe's unique culture. The grant is for $15,000.
* Statewide - The Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance will assist tribes from each reservation with preparations for L&C Bicentennial activities to create traditional tepee encampments representative of each tribe. The grant is for $21,000.
* North of Helena - The L&C Trail Bicentennial Commission of Lewis and Clark County will develop a site at Devil's Elbow overlooking Hauser Lake and the Missouri River to include interpretive signs, maps and plaques that explain the historical importance of the area to the Indians along with information on how the river has changed since the time of the expedition. The grant is for $10,000.
* Whitehall - Jefferson Valley Presents will construct a 500-seat amphitheatre to present L&C entertainment programs. The grant is for $10,000.
* Yellowstone/Big Horn Region of Southeastern Montana - The Crow Tribe will prepare a cultural and audio-visual display and CD-ROM to present the Crow view of the L&C expedition in the region. The grant is for $7,500. Second add lewis and clark grants
* Statewide - the Montana Science Institute will develop and present a course, "Teaching the Science and History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition," for 24 teachers from across Montana. Six traveling trunks funded by the commission in 2000 will be utilized in the training.
* Fort Benton and Statewide - The Fort Benton Middle School Science Department will develop middle school curriculum based on the native plants encountered by the expedition in north central Montana. The project includes field trips to gather specimens for preservation and display, and development of a native plants nursery on the grounds of the Fort Benton Agricultural Museum. Grant is for $2,500.
* Sidney - The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will renovate portions of the Sidney Visitor Center to accommodate increased visitation and demand for L&C materials and displays during the Bicentennial Observance. Grant for $12,000.
* Choteau County - The Fort Benton Community Improvement Assn. will plant botanical groves at five or six sites in Choteau County to include scenic overlook signs, site markers and species markers. Grant for $7,500.
* Sula - The Western Montana L&C Bicentennial Commission will create and install a sign at the Camp Creek Camp Creek site south of Sula to interpret the meeting of the expedition and the Salish Indians at Ross' Hole. Grant for $6,000.
* Pablo - The People's Center in cooperation with the Salish-Kootenai College will partner with the Lewis and Clark Training Academy in Great Falls to create a pilot Indian-focused L&C guide training program. The grant is for $8,000.
* East of Helena - The L&C Trail Bicentennial Commission of Lewis and Clark County will expand the American Indian "Voice of Nations" encampment held last July at Devil's Elbow on the Missouri. It will include black powder demonstrations, preserntations on flora and fauna and readings from the L&C journals. Grant for $5,000.
* Columbus - The Stillwater County Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission will develop a Yellowstone River camp used by Clark at one of three possible locations. Re-enactments would be held at the site to include the Clark party as well as the Crow Indian version of events. Grant for $5,000.
Busy Week For Long Run Fire Department (Thu, Feb 14, 2002)
(Mike Boyer) The Long Run Fire Department has been busy this week. On Tuesday night at about 6:30 p.m. Long Run was called to the Jack Billman residence northwest of Glasgow for a chimney fire. Ten firefighters with 4 trucks responded. Long Run crews were at the scene for two and a half hours checking for hot spots. No injuries were reported.
On Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. Long Run, Nashua and Fort Peck fire departments were called to a fire at the Vic Weinmeister farm south of Nashua, after a controlled burn got out of control. Some out buildings as well as grass burned. Thirteen firefighters with 5 engines responded along with neighbors. The fire was under control within thirty minutes, but mop up took until after midnight, with the last engine returning at 1:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, although one skunk was disrupted.
Baucus To Appear In Glasgow Sunday (Wed, Feb 13, 2002)
Senator Max Baucus will be in Glasgow on Sunday holding
a community meeting focusing on the proposed expansion of U.S. Highway
2, the new Farm Bill, and Baucus's effort to pass agriculture disaster
assistance to help farmers and ranchers suffering from extended drought.
"I'm excited to go to Glasgow to talk about what
we can do to help boost the economy on the Hi-Line and create more good-paying
jobs," Baudus said. "Were currently debating a new farm bill
that will provide a safety nef for farmers and ranchers when times get
tough. We're working to provide ag disaster assistance. And we're gearing
up to include money for Highway 2 in the next highway bill. I want to
hear from folks in Glasgow on all these issues and what else we can do
by working together to move our state forward."
Baucus has said he will work to provide funding for the expansion of Highway 2-from two to four lanes-in the next highway bill.
Study Of Widening U.S. 2 To Go Forward (Wed, Feb 13, 2002)
State Transportation officials will go ahead with an environmental impact study on widening a section of U.S. Highway 2 to four lanes, they announced Wednesday.
The study will focus on a 40-mile stretch of the east-west
route between Havre and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, said to be
the roughest and most hazardous section of the two-lane 667-mile highway
across northern Montana.
Late last year Congress earmarked $2 million for an
environmental impact study and design work on the four-lane proposal in
the transportation appropriations bill.
The Montana Department of Transportation hopes to hire a firm to conduct the study within 90 to 100 days. The environmental impact study is estimated to take 30 months.
Chamber Banquet Night Held (Wed, Feb 13, 2002)
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
held it's annual meeting Tuesday evening at the Cottonwood Inn. Over 100
people enjoyed a beef burgundy dinner with a casino night following the
dinner and program.
Glasgow Chamber President Delvin Hackwith formally passed
the gavel to the new chamber president Todd Wagner. Hackwith also presented
the "Presidents Award" which is given to a person or persons
in the community who is chosen by the outgoing president. Hackwith presented
this years award to State Senator Sam Kitzenberg.
Other awards presented at the banquet included the "Del
Strommen Ag Person" of the year award which was given to the John
Wesen family of Glasgow.
Chamber Executive Director Jill Hamilton also presented the "Volunteer of the Year" award to Alvie Hallock.
Poplar Man To Be Sentenced In Great Falls (Wed, Feb 13, 2002)
(AP) A Poplar man convicted last month of passing out on his eight-week-old son and suffocating him to death has been ordered held in jail at Great Falls until his sentencing. That's because he contacted the boy's mother in violation of release terms.
A jury convicted 34-year-old Elmer Sterling Red Eagle Junior of involuntary manslaughter January 26th. He had been drinking when he passed out on his son last June. Red Eagle faces up to six years in prison and a 250-thousand-dollar fine when he is sentenced May 23rd. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Interior To Issue Royalty Checks To Tribes (Wed, Feb 13, 2002)
(AP) The Interior Department will issue checks to tens of thousands of Indians, for royalty payments from oil and gas leases, which have been hung up since a judge ordered the department to shut down its computers.
A deputy interior deputy secretary told a Senate committee today, the checks will go out as soon as the agency can cut them. The department collects about 500 million dollars a year in royalties from oil and gas mining, grazing and logging on Indian land. Then it distributes the money to the landholders.
Back in December, U-S District Judge Royce Lamberth shut down nearly all the Interior Department's Internet connections, after a court-appointed investigator found lax computer security, which left the Indian money at risk from hackers. The computers are still down, and the checks promised today will be based on estimated royalties. Once the system is back up and running, any needed adjustments will be made. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
School District To Face $300,000 Projected Deficit (Tue, Feb 12, 2002)
The Glasgow School District will be facing a projected
budget deficit of $300,000 for the 2002-2003 school year because of declining
Glasgow School Superintendent Glenn Monson told the
school board Monday evening that the district's enrollment is down 48
students and that means a reduction of $256,000 in budget authority for
Glasgow. Monson also added in an additional $45,192 in wage increases
for Glasgow teachers. The school board will have to wrestle with ways
to cut $300,000 out of the budget or raise taxes to come up with the funds
to run the district with the same amount of money as this school year.
The board will be meeting in March to brainstorm on ways to solve the budgetary problems.
Carnival And Fair To Be Separate This Year (Tue, Feb 12, 2002)
The northeast Montana fair board had decided to book
the Candie Apple Carnival Company to appear in Glasgow on July 18th-20th.
This will be a prelude to the actual northeast Montana fair on July 28-31.
According to fair board member Rod Karst, the decision was made to have the carnival appear before the actual fair because no carnival could be booked to appear on July 28-31. The Inland Empire Shows Carnival last month cancelled their scheduled appearance at the fair. Karst said that the scheduling of the carnival two weeks before the fair is for this year only. The fair board will work on getting a carnival to appear during the fair in 2003.
The northeast Montana fair will go on a scheduled with a rodeo on Sunday and Monday and a Talent Show on Tuesday.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Deadline Coming Near (Tue, Feb 12, 2002)
FSA would like to remind producers that the NAP (Noninsured
Crop Disaster Assistance Program) is fast approaching a deadline. A 30-day
deadline to accept 2002 NAP Applications for Coverage will be in effect
when the NAP Program is published in the Federal Register.
Census Stats For Valley County Online (Mon, Feb 11, 2002)
The Valley County census statistics are online. There are many interesting facts about demographics and population over the past century. Here are a couple links:
Baucus To Hold Ag Forum Sunday (Mon, Feb 11, 2002)
Montana Senator Max Baucus will be in Glasgow on Sunday hosting an ag forum focusing on boosting Montana's agriculture economy and creating more good paying jobs in eastern Montana.
Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and
a senior member of the Agriculture Committee will hold the Glasgow meeting
at the Cottonwood Inn starting at 3pm on Sunday, February 17th.
Baucus has been aggressively pushing to pass a new Farm
Bill that will provide a safety net for farmers and ranchers, and require
country-of-organ labeling on foreign meat products. The Democratic Senator
is also working to include in the new Farm Bill $2 billion in ag disaster
assistance to aid Montana and American farmers and ranchers hit hard by
Baucus encouraged local residents to attend the meetings
because he wants more input into these issues and also wants to discuss
other ideas that will boost Montana's economy and create more good-paying
jobs in the state.
The meeting will be held Sunday at the Cottonwood Inn starting at 3pm. Baucus is also scheduled to hold ag forums in Miles City, Glendive and Sidney that weekend.
FEMA To Hold Workshop In Glasgow (Mon, Feb 11, 2002)
Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg has announced that
at his request, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold workshops
in 10 Montana cities on February 21 to assist local fire departments in
applying for FEMA Fire Grants.
According to FEMA, grants will be awarded in six specific
categories: training, wellness/fitness programs, vehicles, firefighting
equipment, personal protective equipment, and fire prevention programs.
The maximum to be granted is $750,000 per fire department. Smaller departments
serving communities of less than 50,000 must provide a 10 percent match
in non-federal funds.
The grant application period runs from March 1, 2002
to March 31, 2002. The grants will be awarded beginning in June 2002.
Political Filings Slow Down (Sat, Feb 9, 2002)
Filings for political office have slowed down
considerably in Valley County since the filing began last month. The filing
period is open until March 21st with the primary election set for June
School District Receives Asbestos Removal Grant (Thu, Feb 7, 2002)
The Glasgow School District has received a school renovation and repair
grant of $192,500 for asbestos removal at the Glasgow High School.
Job Service Glasgow Office Holds Open House (Wed, Feb 6, 2002)
Chamber Ice Fishing Contest Is February 16 (Wed, Feb 6, 2002)
The 6th Annual Ice Fishing Contest courtesy of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is Saturday, February 16th from noon to 3 p.m. This year's first place prize has doubled to $2,000. Additional prizes will be determined by the number of entrants.
Entry fee is $50 per hole or 3 holes for $100. Participants need to be age 18 or older. Children may fish with a parent, though. There will be a $1 per hole charge with 200 holes maximum.
The largest fish caught, of any species weighed in wil win. If a tie occurs, the first fish of the two caught will win.
The tournament is sponsored by Glasgow Distributors, Sagebrush Cellular, Fort Peck Marina, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Anderson Oil Inc., KLTZ/Mix-93, Cottonwood Inn, Gateway Inn, D & G Sports & Western, First Community Bank, Sams Supper Club, and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
The filing deadline is March 28th for those people interested
in serving on the Glasgow School Board. There are two 3-year terms available
and one 1-year term.
City Plans To Re-pave Sixth Avenue South (Wed, Feb 6, 2002)
The city of Glasgow is in the planning stages of a proposal
to re-pave Sixth Avenue South in Glasgow.
Public Works Director Jon Bengochea told the Glasgow
City Council that he is putting together a proposal that improve some
of Glasgow's poorest streets. Sixth Avenue South is badly in need of repairs
and the work could start this summer. Bengochea also noted that work needs
to be done on Valley View and also near the Irle School.
Bengochea noted that these street improvements
could cost in the neighborhood of $150,000.
Chamber Banquet Set For February 12 (Tue, Feb 5, 2002)
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will hold their 85th Annual Banquet and Awards Night along wih Casion night on Tuesday, February 12th at 5:30p.m. The event will be held at the Cottonwood Inn. The Chamber will be honoring past directors and giving awards for the President's Choice Award, the Del Strommen Ag Person of the Year Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.
Entertainment, after dinner, will be a fun night at the Mardi Gras casino party with lots of great prizes to win. Top prize is 2 round-trip tickets on Big Sky Airlines.
You do not need to be a Chamber member to attend. Everyone is welcome. Please call the Chamber at 228-2222 for tickets or more information.
Glasgow City Council Delays Dry Prairie Decision (Tue, Feb 5, 2002)
The Glasgow City Council has voted to postpone a decision on joining the Dry Prairie Rural Water Project.
The council was expected to vote on Monday evening but
made the decision to wait until August to make that decision.
After a sometimes contentious hour long debate, councilman Myron Malnna made a motion to table the decision until August. The vote was 5-1 with councilman Gary Stidman voting against the motion. Stidman said he wanted to make the decision Monday.
An estimated 15 people turned out for the meeting last
night with the focus on a discrepancy of numbers between Dry Prairie and
the city of Glasgow.
Glasgow Public Works Director Jon Bengochea has voiced
concerns that water rates for city residents could rise as much as 100%
if the city were to join Dry Prairie. People involved with Dry Prairie
dispute those figures saying that there is no way rates could rise that
much with Dry Prairie.
Yesterday council members received letters from the
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Montana Department of Natural Resources
and Conservation asking them to postpone their decision until accurate
numbers are obtained about the cost of water and the amount of water that
could be delivered to Glasgow.
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
also asked the city and Dry Prairie to select a third party consultant
who could provide accurate numbers for both the city and Dry Prairie.
The city and Dry Prairie would share the costs of this study and Dry Prairie
indicated they would be willing to share the costs of this study.
But as the city council made the decision to postpone
the decision they made no motion that would have the city provide any
money for a study to determine accurate costs.
It appears now that Dry Prairie will go back to the table by themselves and try to lower their costs so it would be feasible for the city of Glasgow to join the Dry Prairie Rural Water Project.
Press Releases From The Pioneer Museum (Sat, Feb 2, 2002)
Projects Still Underway
Two groups that are working on particular displays are
looking for some help. Let's begin with the Church Exhibit. Do you have
any memorabilia that you feel may be helpful or a good addition to this
area? We are also looking for an enclosed shelving unit with two shelves,
four feet long. One that would hang on a wall would be the best. This
unit would have to be one that could be locked. If you have something
like that that you feel would work and you would be willing to part with,
please contact Carol Cotton (228-9403) or stop in at the Museum on one
of the Tuesdays when they are open. The goal for the Church Exhibit is
to have history, pictures, and memorabilia on all churches, pat and present,
of Valley County.
Another section of exhibits being worked on are schools.
The schools that are presently working on exhibits are: Glasgow, Hinsdale,
Lustre, Nashua and Opheim. Due to limited exhibit space, we presently
have to limit ourselves to schools that are still active. There is an
exhibit for country schools already in place but the Museum is always
interested in artifacts and information pertaining to them. We are also
interested in schools that were located in some of the towns in Valley
County that no longer have a school. Any artifacts or memorabilia pertaining
to them could eventually be used in setting up an exhibit for them in
the future. For the present time these are the people you can contact
regarding the schools being worked on: Kitty Lou Rusher (228-8004), Bernard
Sullivan (228-2307), or Dorothy Kolstad (367-5265) for the Glasgow School.
For the Hinsdale school, you may contact Don Johnson (364-2314) at work
or (364-2110) home. The lady to contact for the Lustre school is Lorraine
Huebert (228-2779). Those interested in the Nashua school, please touch
base with Donna Tihista (785-2121). In Opheim, your go-to gal is Darla
Larson (724-3209). And of course you are always welcome to drop into the
Museum or call them there at 228-8692.
All of these groups are working very hard to have these exhibits in place when we open full time with a five-day week on May 1st, so the sooner these people are contacted, the more they will be able to accomplish. We are very appreciative of the public support that we have received over the years and we know that it will continue. Thank you from everyone who so deeply appreciates what is available to them at the Pioneer Museum.
Heritage Wall Continues To Grow
Pioneer Museum Memorabilia To Be Listed On E-bay
Beginning February 1St Friends Of The Pioneer Museum
will be listing some of its historical memorabilia on the E-Bay computer
site to sell. We know that there are many of our friends out there who
have been considering purchasing some of these but have not gotten around
to it yet. You may want to give it some serious thought. Our understanding
is that items of this nature are quickly snapped up by interested individuals
and groups. Having had some of these items available for some time we
feel it is time to make another more serious effort to market them. With
the projects that are in the planning stages to improve the Pioneer Museum
the money they represent could be put to very good use. The items we are
going to be marketing are:
Burns Supports Preserving Amtrak: Amtrak Proposes Cuts In Long-distance Service Without $1.2 Billion From Congress (Fri, Feb 1, 2002)
(Conrad Burns Press Release) Montana Senator Conrad Burns announced his support for funding needed by Amtrak to continue long-distance services in Montana. Amtrak has proposed to discontinue all long-distance train service in October unless Congress provides $1.2 billion in the budget next year.
"Amtrak service is key to the Montana Hi-line economy," said Burns. "It is crucial to preserve this service. Not only do I want to see current services maintained, I will continue working to improve it. I am co-sponsoring bill S. 250, which supports the addition of a high speed rail service in Montana."
Senate Bill 250, the High Speed Rail Investment Act of 2001, was introduced February 6, 2001. It has since gained the support of 55 senators, but has been sitting in the Senate Finance Committee.
"Amtrak is designed to serve the whole nation, not just the northeast," Burns concluded.
Governor's Office Of Economic Opportunity Announces Schedule Of Economic Plan 'Input Sessions'Helena (Fri, Feb 1, 2002)
Montana's Chief Business Officer, David Gibson, today announced the schedule of 15 'input sessions' to be held around the state by the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity. The first two sessions are being held today in Anaconda and Dillon.
"The economic plan we are developing is the people's document," said Governor Martz, "The citizens are helping us to write it and to implement it; if we do our job right, we will all benefit. These sessions are an excellent mechanism in which to gain that feedback."
As part of the sessions, staff members of the Office of Economic Opportunity and other Administration officials will be conducting small group discussions in issue areas such as tax reform, workforce development, technology and infrastructure, energy, agriculture and business development.
"These input sessions are an opportunity for business and community leaders and the citizens of Montana to provide input into the economic development plan we are working on," said Gibson. "It is vitally important that the citizens of Montana participate in the development of this plan and these input sessions are one important way for them to do so."
The sessions are free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Citizens may also log onto the State of Montana official website, www.discoveringmontana.com or call the Office of Economic Opportunity at (406) 444-5634 to provide feedback regarding the economic framework document that was recently released. Friday, February 1
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BNSF Inverse Rail Rates Further Disadvantage Montana Producers (Fri, Feb 1, 2002)
(Press Release From Montana Grain Growers Association) In a letter to Burlington Northern Santa Fe CEO Matt Rose, Montana grain leaders blasted the recent expansion of inverse rail rates in neighboring states. The railroad recently expanded discount rates to Portland for 52-car facilities from eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. The inverse rates were previously offered only to 110-car shuttle facilities in those locales.
'This tactic really kicks Montana producers when they
are already down,' stated Jim Christianson, executive vice president of
the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee (MWBC). 'When its cheaper
to ship grain to Portland from Minnesota than from the eastern half of
Montana, something drastically is wrong with our transportation system.
It now costs $.89/bushel to ship grain to Portland from Finley, ND. It
costs $.90/bushel from Chinook, MT. Chinook is nearly 800 miles closer
to Portland. This decision by BNSF had an immediate negative impact on
local basis in Montana and those local markets will not fully recover
until the inverse rates are lifted.'
One of the arguments given by BNSF for the decision
is lack of available grain in Montana to fill export orders. According
to Richard Owen, executive vice president of the Montana Grain Growers
Association (MGGA), the assumption of low grain quantities is untrue.
'The Montana Agricultural Statistics Service (MASS) reports that as of
December 1, 2001 the state had all-wheat stocks of 108 million bushels.
That includes 79 million bushels of spring wheat, the primary class of
Red River Valley wheat being shipped to Portland with the inverse rates,'
Owen said. 'Had the BNSF been willing to offer Montana producers the same
discounts, we are confident that exporters could have secured the grain
necessary to fill their orders without going to Minnesota.'
According to Christianson and Owen, the real influence
is the lack of rail-to-rail competition. 'The fact remains that the railroad
is offering inverse rates in those geographic areas where they have additional
competitive pressure from the Soo Line and its parent company the Canadian
Pacific Railroad,' they added. 'In Montana, they have no rail-to-rail
competition. They know that they will eventually get the grain.'
The MGGA continues to work with Montanas congressional delegation to ensure passage of rail-to-rail competition legislation.
(Press Release From DNRC) High quality drinking water
is a given for most Montanans. We simply go to the faucet and turn it
on. However, in many areas of state, this has not been possible and the
problem continues growing worse, exacerbated by the on-going drought.
That is, until now. In a few short years, residents of North Central Montana,
plagued for years by low water quality and quantity, will have access
to high quality drinking water at their faucets.
Working cooperatively, several groups and agencies,
including the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
(DNRC), are piecing together the Rocky Boy/North Central Montana Regional
Water Supply System. The system is expansive, each day providing millions
of gallons of high quality water, at a reasonable price, to 18,000 Montana
residents plagued by poor water quality, quantity, or both for many years.
Upon completion, the system will be able to deliver
up to 20 million gallons of water per day, providing drinking water and
water for livestock, to communities, rural water districts, Hutterite
colonies and other rural users within the counties of Toole, Liberty,
eastern Pondera, western Hill, northern Chouteau, and extreme northeastern
Teton in north central Montana. The system will provide water of the same
quality and quantity that residents of large cities receive daily.
According to DNRC Regional Water System Coordinator,
Rick Duncan, the need for a regional water system in this portion of the
state has been paramount for years. This project has been pushed
forward due to the limited availability of high quality drinking water
in the region, as well as to provide existing public water supplies the
opportunity to receive water from one central treatment plant which will
meet all existing and proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
requirements for drinking water quality. Currently, many of the
small communities within the proposed area operate their own water treatment
facilities, community wells, or individual wells. Persistent drought,
wells plagued with water barely fit for consumption, and ever-changing
EPA and state standards make the NCMRWS a necessity.
One benefit of this regional water system is that the
residents and communities will not have to absorb the costs of upgrading
numerous smaller treatment facilities to keep up with water quality standards.
Everyone on the regional system will instead help defray the cost of upgrading
one facility. Its an example of economy of scale which benefits
the residents of this area of the state, Duncan explained.
A large system, it will provide service in an area that
begins at Sweetgrass south to Dutton on the west side to North Havre down
to Loma on the east side. It includes 450 miles of transmission pipeline
that will connect to existing water supply mains and distribution lines
throughout the area. The intake and water treatment facility are planned
for a location near Tiber Dam. From the plant, a core transmission line
will deliver water directly to the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation.
Non-core transmission lines will branch off the core line to all other
areas within the region. The beauty of the project is that we will
have one central location for water supply and treatment, Duncan
At an estimated cost of $200 million dollars, the project
may seem costly. However, according to Bear Paw Development Project Coordinator,
Annmarie Robinson, the planning committee has pursued funding from federal,
state and local entities. These funding sources will allow residents to
acquire the water at a rate that is reasonable to the pocketbook. Any
type of rural or regional water system is not feasible unless it is affordable
to the users. Thats the bottom line, Robinson stated. Robinson
and others acknowledge that residents of North Central Montana will be
faced with rate increases for the project, but the alternative poses greater
difficulty. By operating individual treatment facilities, these
residents are faced with the likelihood of substantial rate increases
in the future due to changes in standards for drinking water, both federal
and state, she stated.
Regarding the attitudes of area residents, There
is concern about many issues related to this system, but many are due
to a misunderstanding of the overall project, Robinson said. Two
of the chief concerns are loss of local water control, as well as who
will be in charge of the overall project. Its important to
remember that a significant portion of this project was initially developed
to provide water to the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation. The additional
transmission lines are for the betterment of other North Central Montana
residents, she explained. Upon completion, the core of the NCMRWS
will be turned over to the Department of Interior for operation and maintenance.
The non-core areas will likely be turned over to NCMRWA for operation
and maintenance. The NCMRWA recently received a federal grant to firm
up organizational structure and develop preliminary agreements for operation
and maintenance of the non-core areas.
Those involved believe that hundreds of temporary jobs
will be created for construction of the new system and approximately ten
new permanent jobs for the operation and maintenance. There will
be some shifting and changing of responsibility for those currently employed
at the existing treatment facilities scattered throughout the region,
stated Robinson. However, its anticipated that this project will
require more people to maintain the treatment facility at Tiber Dam. In
addition, a dependable source of high-quality drinking water will provide
increased incentive for business and industry to consider relocation to
North Central Montana.
More information regarding the Rocky Boy/North Central Regional Water System on the Internet, at: http://www.mrws.org/ or http://www.dnrc.state.mt.us/cardd/cardd.html. Information can also be obtained by contacting Annmarie Robinson at 406-265-9226 or Rick Duncan at 406-444-1879.
Fair Board Reviews Carvival Options (Fri, Feb 1, 2002)
The Northeast Montana Fair Board had a special meeting
on January 31st to discuss changes in this year's fair.
Last month the Inland Empire Shows Carnival cancelled
the contract for this years fair on July 28-31st.
The three options discussed were:
An estimated 30 people turned out for the special meeting
and most expressed the view that it was important to have a carnival at
this years fair. The fair board has contacted a carnival located in Wyoming
and they are willing to come to Glasgow on July 18-20. This would be two
weeks before the northeast Montana fair is scheduled to run. General sentiment
was to have the carnival in Glasgow for a pre-fair event on July 18-20
and have the actual fair run July 28-31st.
It was noted at the meeting that most county fairs in
northeast Montana don't have a carnival. Fairs in Scobey, Culbertson,
Plentywood, Dodson and Glendive don't have the carnival entertainment.
Fair Board Chairman Rod Karst told Kltz/Klan that a decision probably will be made at the next fair board meeting on February 14th.
Hattie M. Sudbrack, 84, farm wife for many years and
lifelong Saco area resident, died of cancer on Sunday, February 24th at
the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Funeral services will
be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 28th at the Saco Lutheran
Church with burial to follow in the Grandview Cemetery in Saco. Adams
Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of arrangements.
Hattie was born in 1917 at Saco to Casper and Jessie
Stiles Iverson and graduated from Saco High School in 1935. She married
H. Reinhard Sudbrack in 1935 at the Iverson Farm north of Saco. She has
lived all her life on the Sudbrack Farm and Ranch north of Saco. She enjoyed
crocheting, quilting, cooking, gardening, flowers and canning, and belonged
to the Saco Lutheran Church, W.E.L.C.A., Saco Home Demonstration Club
and Saco Womens Club.
Survivors include 2 daughters: Rene and her husband Charles Worley of Wolf Point; Norma and her husband Ted Kelly of Malta; 3 sons: Phillip and his wife Karla of Saco; Cecil and his wife Sharon of New Holland, Pennsylvania; Dale and his wife Elena of Saco; 2 sisters: Nettie Schubert of Wabash, Minnesota; Priscilla Green of Forest Grove, Oregon; 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Curtis, in 1936 and her husband, H. Reinhard Sudbrack, in 1987.
Phoebe Mae Bergstrom
Phoebe Mae Bergstrom of Nashua died of natural causes on February 21st at the Choteau Teton Care Home. She was 98. Services will be Monday, February 25th at 2 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua with Reverend Martin Mock officiating and with burial in the Nashua City Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
She was born in 1903 in Wyocena, Wisconsin, to Riley
Tunison and Rocksey (Babcock) Tunison. She moved with her family to Froid,
Montana, when they homesteaded in 1906. She attended schools in Froid.
Phoebe married Hans W. Bergstrom in 1923 in Froid. They lived on a farm
near Froid until 1932 when they moved to Fort Peck to work on the construction
of the Fort Peck Dam, where they lived at Square Deal. In 1939 they moved
to Nashua and they lived there until her husband passed away in 1995.
In 1996, Phoebe moved to Choteau, Montana, to be with her daughters. Besides
raising 13 children, Phoebe was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
in Nashua, member of the Rock Club, WELCA, Senior Citizens, and enjoyed
music, being a rock hound, plants, flowers and stuffed animals.
Survivors include Lillian Anderson and her husband Robert of Great Falls; Maxine Albertini and her husband Albert of Great Falls; Ruth Peterson of Tacoma, Washington; John Bergstrom and his wife Juneal of Froid; Corma Peterson and her husband Lyle of Salt Lake City; James Bergstrom of Moore, Montana; Lois Damstrom and her husband Richard of Glasgow; Irene Jager and her husband Roger of Fairbanks, Alaska; Mavis Baucom and her husband Jerel of Choteau, Montana; Kaye Olson and her husband Don of Renton, Washington; Eva Bergstrom of Eureka, California; Gary Bergstrom of Spokane, Washington; 59 grandchildren, 168 great grandchildren, 26 great great grandchildren, many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; 1 brother: Dan Tunison of Troy, Montana; 2 sisters: Janet Herns of Troy, Montana; Grace Sundheim of Froid, Montana.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Riley Tunison, George Tunison and David Tunison; a son, George Bergstrom, her husband Hans Bergstrom and a granddaughter Sherrie Bergstrom.
Douglas Alan FitzSimmons
Douglas Alan FitzSimmons, 52, died on February 21st in Circle, Montana. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 25th at the Church of Nazarene in Glasgow with Reverend John Powell officiating. Cremation has taken place. Clayton Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point is in charge of arrangements.
Doug was born in 1950 in Wolf Point to Patricia and
Eugene FitzSimmons. He was raised in Wolf Point and graduated from Wolf
Point High School. Doug served in the Army during Vietnam and was discharged
in 1976. In 1980 he married Donna Nefzger in Great Falls. They owned and
operated the Double D Restaurant in Hinsdale for ten years. He then retired
and lived in Glasgow for the last ten years. Doug was a coin collector
and sold state quarters. His hobbies included gardening, canning and fishing.
He loved his grandchildren very much.
Survivors include his wife Donna of Glasgow; 1 daughter:
KT Northington of Wolf Point; his mother, Pat Neutgens of Great Falls;
4 stepsons: Earl Carson and David Carson, both of Glasgow; Michael Carson
of St. Peter, Minnesota; and Kelly Carson of Great Falls; 2 brothers:
Ray FitzSimmons of White Salmon, Washington, and Gary FitzSimmons of Idaho;
one half sister: Kim Nolan of California; 2 granddaughters and 5 grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Esther Marine Nelson
Esther Marine Nelson departed from her family and friends
on February 17th at Community Hospital in Missoula. She died of natural
causes. A celebration of Esther's life will be held at the Fort Peck Chapel
on Saturday, February 23rd at 1 p.m. with burial in Highland Cemetery.
We will gather at the Masonic Lodge in Glasgow for refreshments and conversation.
Esther was born to Belgian immigrants William and Marie
DeMessemaker at their homestead on the Milk River near Tampico, Montana,
in 1926. She married Robert Nelson in 1947 and brought 4 children into
the world. She attended school in Tampico and Glasgow. She was a member
of the Gumbo Gals Garden Club, the craft club Badland Biddies, Daughters
of the Nile and was a Past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star, Valley Chapter
29. She taught Sunday school at Fort Peck Community Church. Some of her
interests included fishing, gardening, bird watching, camping, cooking,
traveling, crafts, playing cards and bingo. She enjoyed spending time
with her family and friends.
Esther has lived in Kalispell, Glasgow and settled with
Robert at Fort Peck. She has lived in Alberton the past six and one half
years with a daughter and her family.
Esther was a loving mother and grandmother and a friend
to many. She will be greatly missed, yet we are comforted to know that
she is with us in so many ways.
I did not die
Survivors include 4 children: Marie Wagner and her husband
Bill, of Billings; Arthur Nelson and his wife Sandy, of Kalispell; Rose
Ann Dehne and her husband Carl, of Alberton; and Carl Nelson and his wife
Cheryl, of Great Falls; 9 grandchildren: Heather, Rob and Lynette Wagner,
Mike and Bradley Nelson, Cassandra and Geoffry Dehne; Clarke and Rachel
Nelson; 5 great grandchildren: Evan and Anders Epperly, Logan and Ravenna
Nelson and Jalen Wagner; 2 sisters: Rachel Pugh and Eva Stohl; and numerous
nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grandnephews.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband Robert Nelson,
brother William DeMessemaker, father William DeMessemaker and mother Marie
The family suggests donations to: Lion's Eye Bank, stroke research, Shriner's Children's Hospital and the Chalise of Repose Project, 554 W. Broadway Suite 435, Missoula, Montana 59802.
Beulah B. Hammond
Beulah B. Hammond of Saco, 85, died of natural causes
on February 18th at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services will
be Wednesday, February 20th at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints in Glasgow with burial in Grandview Cemetery in Saco.
Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Beulah was born in 1916 in Glendora, Michigan, to Charles
Niles and Hazel (Massey) Niles. She came with her family on the train
from Michigan as a preschooler. Her dad was a barber in Saco, her mother
a nurse. They then moved to Columbia Falls where she was a first grader.
Her second through fourth grades were at the Saco Divide and Frenchman
Creek Schools; 5th, 6th & 7th at the Lone Pine School in the Missouri
Breaks. She attended the 8th grade and high school back in Saco. She was
washing windows in the stone house in preparation for a dance when she
Beulah's family homesteaded in 1934 on Larb Creek, 54
miles south of Saco. She married Jerry Hammond at Malta in 1914. He died
August 10, 1996. After their marriage they lived at Fort Peck from 1934-35
when Jerry worked on the dam construction. They then moved out to the
ranch on Larb Creek. She has lived the last 5 years in Saco.
Beulah enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She was grandmother
to every kid in the country. She cut their hair with her hand clippers.
She loved to ride horseback, and her later years she still rode "Gravy
Train." Her biggest hobby was being a very devoted wife and mother.
She was a member of the LDS Church and Rebeccas.
Survivors include 1 son: Ira Hammond of Saco; 3 daughters: Hazle Stuker of Havre, Marlene Large of Everett, Washington, and Alice Mandeville of Saco; 1 sister: Lila Cattanach of Corning, California; 14 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 16 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry, one daughter, Gayle, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Nettie Teichroew died February 16th at Valley View Nursing
Home in Glasgow. Visitations will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday,
February 20th at the Clayton Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral Services
will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 21st at the Clayton Memorial
Chapel with Pastor David Lind officiating. Interment will be at the Bethel
Cemetery in Lustre.
Nettie was born in 1912 at Mountain Lake, Minnesota,
to George and Agnes Teichroew. In the spring of 1917 her parents moved
to Lustre, Montana, where she grew up. She received her primary education
in the one room Grandview School. She attended Lustre Bible School, now
called the Lustre Academy. For her extended education she attended Northwestern
Bible and Missionary School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduating in 1940.
In the spring of 1931 she committed her life to the
Lord and later that year, together with a number of young people, she
was baptized and joined the Bethel Lustre Mennonite Church.
Since Nettie did not marry, she took care of her parents
as long as they lived on the farm. After that, she moved into Wolf Point
and worked at Faith Lutheran Home for 25 years. Her pride and joy was
to get and take care of her things and cook. She was very good at growing
She was preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers.
Edith Ann Arndt
Edith Ann Arndt of Hinsdale, 83, died of natural causes
at her home on Frenchman Creek on February 13th. Services are set for
Tuesday, February 19th at 2 p.m. at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church with
burial in the Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. Reverend Martin Mock will
be officiating. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Edith was born to Johnson and Eleanor (Mead) Johnson
and lived her entire life north of Hinsdale on Frenchman Creek. She attended
the Valley Town School and Genevive School. She married Robert "Bob"
Arndt at Malta in 1938. He died in 1970. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering,
crafts, and made braided rugs. She worked on the farm and sold eggs.
Survivors include: 1 son: James Arndt of Polson, Montana; 2 daughters: Marion Frost of Steilacoom, Washington, and Dorothy Wigen of Spokane, Washington; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, 1 daughter, Helen, in 2001; 2 great granddaughters, 2 sisters and 1 brother.
Hazel Holland, 85, died of natural causes on February
17th at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services will be
Thursday, February 21st at 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow
with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Hazel was born in Thoeny, Montana, in 1916 to Clifford
E. Doke and Lucy (Burdg) Doke. She attended schools on 6th Point on the
Missouri River. Hazel married Byron Dale and from that union 3 children
were born: Wayne, Carol and Myrtice. She later married Jack Burner and
they had 2 children: John and Rhea. Hazel worked for the local moving
companies and also the Fort Peck Hotel and Glasgow Hotel. She enjoyed
knitting towels, quilts, and afghans, and her adopted dog Rascal. She
was a jack of all trades and enjoyed housekeeping, cooking, carpentry
and visiting with friends. She took great pride in everything she did.
Survivors include 2 sons: Wayne Dale and his wife Mary
Ann of Glasgow, and John Burner of Glasgow; 3 daughters: Carol Cook and
her husband Al, of Helena; Myrtice Bamford and her husband Glyn, of Billings;
Hazel (Rhea) Haskin of Glasgow; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren,
4 great great grandchildren; 1 brother: E. Floyd Doke of Glasgow; numerous
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Brownie Doke; a son-in-law, Robert Haskin; and a Grandson, Lane Anthony Boos; husbands Jack Burner and Claude Holland.
Terressa Kadia Daley
Terressa Kadia Daley, 84, died of pneumonia at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow on February 15th. Services will be at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow on Tuesday, February 19th at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Martin Mock officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
She was born in 1917 in Malvern, Arkansas, to james Newman and Hattie (Westbrook) Newman. Her family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, when Kadia was 17 and she worked as a drug store fountain worker. She met Earl Daley at Wahlgren's and they were married in 1942 in Little Rock. Earl was stationed in Little Rock before entering World War II. While he was in Germany, Kadia continued to live and work in Little Rock. When he returned from the war, they moved back to Earl's home state, Montana. Kadia was a busy mother involved with helping out with special projects at Spring Valley Country School. Throughout the years she was camp counselor, chaperone for Farmers Union Groups of Valley County and Lucky Clover 4-H Camps. She loved gathering up all the neighbor kids and heading 50 miles to the swimming pool or the local drive-in theatre. She has been famous in the family for providing each and every member with a hand made quilt or comforter.
Survivors include her husband, Earl Daley of Glasgow; 1 son: Jonathan Daley of Nashua; 3 daughters: Jane Collins and her husband Wayne of Nashua; Wanda Dale and her husband Steve of Glasgow; Judy Elletson and her husband Donnie of Glasgow; 8 grandchildren, 3 1/2 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Beatrice Garsjo of Benton City, Washington; 1 brother: Bobby Newman of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Ty Alan Cook
Ty Alan Cook died of natural causes at age 16 months. He died at Benefis Health Care Hospital in Great Falls. Services were February 16th at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Reverend Chris Flohr officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Ty was born in Great Falls to Scott and Brenda (Isakson) Cook. He liked to listen to Elmo, he giggled when splish splash was on his tummy. He liked to go for rides in the car. He loved music. He had a Mom and Dad that loved and cared for him very much.
Survivors include his parents, Scott A. and Brenda Cook of Glasgow; 1 brother: Scott M. Cook of the family home; grandparents Diana and Cliff Isakson of Glasgow and Patricia Hayes of Havre; great grandpa Michael Farley of Havre. Ty was preceded in death by a sister, Hanna, in 1995.
Earl H. Hallock
Longtime Valley County resident Earl H. Hallock died
from complications during surgery in Kalispell on February 11, 2002. Funeral
services will be Saturday, February 16th at 10 a.m. at the Methodist church
in Glasgow and on Monday, February 18th in Kalispell, with burial to follow
there. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Earl was born in 1930 to Ethel and Kenneth Hallock in
Opheim. He was the second oldest of five children and was raised in and
attended school in Opheim. In 1948 he married Della Reddick in Opheim
and from that union they had five children and were married for 53 years.
They lived in Opheim for 7 years before moving to Glasgow. He worked for
Sam Adams at Opheim Motors and at the Roundhouse in Opheim before moving
to Glasgow in 1955. While in Glasgow he worked for Kenny Newton at Newton
Motors until 1962, when he opened Earl's Body Shop west of Glasgow; he
operated that business until 1990. At that time Earl & Della moved
to Kalispell and lived up on the mountain at Ashley Lake. There they operated
together Ashley Lake Upholstery.
Earl loved to cook and was always baking goodies for
everyone. He was also a great craftsman and carpenter and he was always
looking for ways to improve something. Earl spent many hours working on
his cabin - "Home" up at Ashley Lake, and caring for and feeding
his special little tree friends.
Earl is survived by his wife Della and 5 children: Alvie,
Milt, Lynn, Craig and Byron. Also by the children's spouses and 10 grandchildren
and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother:
Dianne Isakson, Phyliss Betz and Bennie Hallock. Earl was a "special"
parent to other young men: Carl Rennick and Larry Baumgartner. He will
be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his brother Ralph and one granddaughter, Cheryl.
Muncie J. Taylor
Muncie J. Taylor, 75, died at Frances Mahon Deaconess
Hospital in Glasgow of natural causes on February 11th. Services will
be Thursday, February 14th at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow
with Reverend Jay Ashbaucher officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Muncie was born at home in Glasgow in 1926 to Grover
Muncie and Estella Taylor. He was the youngest of seven children.
At a young age Muncie dropped out of school to tend
the family farm west of Glasgow on the Milk River. After a stint in the
Navy where he was gunner on the destroyer U.S.S. Taylor, but saw no action
during the Korean Conflict, Muncie brought home his California bride Dorothy
(Fink) to beautiful mountainous Montana. They were married in 1953 and
Judith Annette arrived 10 months later followed by David Muncine in another
3 years and Tommy Thayer in another 3 years. Muncie spent over 36 years
delivering mail to rural Glasgow residents through all types of weather.
His part time carrier job allowed his full time love of the farm and ranching
life to expand his property west of town and eventually to purchase his
dream, a cattle ranch. Through these years he enjoyed singing and music,
flying and inventing, building machines to accomplish the tasks with less
labor. He welded, tinkered and fixed everything from old machinery, to
vehicles to boats. The past few years especially he has enjoyed his grand
kids and being near them. Having had his dream of a cattle ranch, he reveled
in talking about his cow or that. He and Dorothy were blessed to have
family to care for them these past couple years.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy Taylor of Glasgow; 2 sons: David Muncie Taylor and his wife Charla of Helena, Tommy Taylor and his wife Kim of Spokane, Washington; 1 daughter: Judy Orth and her husband Brian of Glasgow; 2 brothers: Warren Taylor of Havre and Jim Taylor of Sparks, Nevada; and 8 grandchildren.
Monte Clair Fox
Monte Clair Fox, 47, died of nephritis on February 7th at his home in Fort peck. Services will be Memorial Day, May 27, 2002, at Fort Peck with private burial. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Monte was born in Tooele, Utah, to James Arthur "Monte"
Fox and Lillian Henderson Seright. He was raised and attended schools
in Tooele. Monte entered the U.S. Army in 1971, where he served as a lineman.
He received an honorable discharge in 1973. In 1982 he married Arlee Nelson
in Stansbury, Utah, where they lived for 17 years. Monte worked at the
Tooele Army Depot before moving to Tuscon, Arizona, where he worked at
Davis Monthan Air Force Base for 5 years.
Monte was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing,
boating, four-wheeling and working in his garage.
Survivors include his wife, Arlee Fox of Fort Peck; 1 son: Tyler Fox of Fort Peck; 1 daughter: Katie Fox of Fort Peck; children: Michael Brown of Clifton, Colorado, and Cody Pederson of Tooele, Utah; father Monte and his wife Ramona of Tooele, Utah; mother: Kelley Sereight of Red River, California; grandmother: Shirley Salisbury of Red River, California; 1 brother: David Fox & his wife Tammy of Grantsville, Utah; 5 sisters: Terrie Molering and her husband Herb of St. Louis, Missouri; Bobbie Layton and her husband Stuart of Tooele; Debbie Bice and her husband Wayne of Tooele; Pattie Shosted and her husband Tim of Tooele; Debbie Nixon and her husband Todd of Logan, Utah; numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen V. Blanchard
Helen V. Blanchard, 53, died of cancer at Frances Mahon
Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow on February 3rd. Services will be held at
the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow on Wednesday, February 6th at 2 p.m.
with Reverend Chris Flohr officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Helen was born in Glasgow to Wilbur and Mabel Nelson
and lived in Cut Bank and Bozeman before moving back to Glasgow in the
1950's where she has lived since. In 1965 Helen married Mayron Blanchard
in Dubois, Idaho. They moved to El Paso, Texas, after Myron was back from
Vietnam, and then moved back to Glasgow in 1968. She worked at the Etchart
Ranch, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for many years as purchasing director,
with the Red Cross, was an EMT and worked for the Flight Crew of the Hospital
Ambulance Service. She was also a certified scuba diver for Search and
Rescue. She was a farm wife, combined, drove tractor, and butchered chickens.
She also worked at the Roost and later at the Glasgow Bakery. She also
helped Butch in the construction business.
Survivors include 2 daughters: Georgie Kulczyk and her
husband Ronnie of Glasgow, Dorena Blanchard of Glasgow; 6 grandchildren;
4 sisters: Marie Hobby of Atlanta, Georgia, Sharon Anderson of Olympia,
Washington, Marsha Smith of St. Cloud, Florida, Donna Rennick of Glasgow;
2 brothers: Ralph Nelson of San Ramon, California, Brent Nelson of Tampa,
She was preceded in death by a brother, George
Nelson, father, Wilbur Nelson and sister, Julie Severeid
Gene R. Wohlschlager
Gene R. Wohlschlager, 63, died on February 3rd of emphysema at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services will be on Thursday, February 7th at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Glasgow with Reverend Emory Robotham officiating. There will be a private burial. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Gene was born in Missoula in 1938 to Frank and Elizabeth Wohlschlager. He attended schools in Missoula and Kalispell. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1957, where he served as an electronics technician. He served in the National Guard since he was 17 years old. In 1959 Gene married Rochelle Wimer in Frankfurt, South Dakota. They lived in Mayville, North Dakota, where he finished his Air Force duty. He then worked at the radar station north of Cut Bank for 2 years, before moving to Glasgow in 1963, where he worked for the Weather Bureau for 31 years, retiring in 1994. Gene was a member of the Glasgow Elks, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taught Hunter's Safety in Glasgow. He also enjoyed taking friends hunting and being outdoors, and he really enjoyed his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Rochelle Wohlschlager of Glasgow; 2 sons: Philip of Bozeman and Lyall of Sand Point, Idaho; 2 daughters: Shelle McMaster of Chinook and Bonnie Rocco of Everett, Washington; 1 sister: Sheryl Archibald of Steilacoom, Washington; 1 brother: Charles Wohlschlager of Kalispell; and 10 grandchildren.
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