Baucus Blasts New Missouri River Plan:
Senator Baucus Says New Management Plan
Would Continue to Shortchange Fort Peck Lake (Posted Friday, February
27, 2004 03:49 PM)
(Washington, D.C.) – Montana Senator Max Baucus today blasted
a new proposed plan for managing the Missouri River, saying the
new rules set by the Army Corps of Engineers will do little to
help keep more water in Fort Peck Lake and protect the area’s
“Instead of ending this 15-year dispute, the Corps draped a fancy new plan
around the status quo,” Baucus said. “This plan is all wet, and it
leaves Montana high and dry.”
Baucus has been an advocate for Montana in the 15-year water dispute, which has
pitted downstream barge interests against upstream recreational and agriculture
“These changes do little more than throw a watered-down bone to upstream
states while giving continued preference to the barge industry,” Baucus
said. “That’s not fair to us in Montana.”
Extended drought and unfair rules governing Missouri River flows have dropped
water levels in Fort Peck Lake to record lows, stirring fear of declining fish
populations and damage to the recreation industry and economy in northeast Montana,
The Corps of Engineers was ordered by a federal judge to release a new management
plan for the river. Baucus said the new plan, proposed today by the Corps, falls
short of insuring Montana gets to keep its fair share of water – especially
in drought years.
“There are a few new initiatives in the new plan to conserve a little more
water in upstream reservoirs in drought years,” said Baucus, who on Monday
pressed Montana’s case to the Corps’ top Commander, Lt. General Robert
Flowers. “But we asked the Corps for far more than that -- we asked the
Corps to restore balance to managing the Missouri River, to make changes to the
Manual that reflect how much the Missouri River Basin has changed over the past
50+ years. They failed. They've produced a document that does little to change
the status quo.”
The Corps’ revised management plan for the entire river system, referred
to as the Master Manual, will be open for public comment from March 5-19th.
Baucus said if the plan isn’t changed he will “use any and every
legislative opportunity to restore balance to managing the Missouri River.”
Specifically, Baucus said if the rules aren’t changed he’ll work
to establish in law recreation as an equal priority to the barge industry and
establish a fair minimum lake levels for the upstream reservoirs, “triggers
that would require the whole basin to share the pain,” he said.
Baucus is also concerned the abnormally short two-week comment period may hinder
the public’s chances to provide input.
“I’m also very concerned that the public will only have two weeks
to comment on this extremely complicated management plan for the entire Missouri
River basin,” Baucus said. “That short notice does a grave disservice
to all of us.”
Corps Outlines Missouri River Operations Without
Environmental Flow Changes (Posted Friday, February 27, 2004 10:28
(Washington-AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers
released a plan Friday for Missouri River operations,
that does not include the spring rise and more shallow summer waters
recommended by government biologists.
The more natural flow changes
were called for to ensure the survival of the endangered pallid
Environmentalists and the Fish and Wildlife Service
say the sturgeon has lost 98 percent of its habitat in the river's
lower reaches. Conservation groups suing the corps accused the
agency of exploiting loopholes in the scientists' recommendations,
issued in December by the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service.
service's "biological opinion" would allow for waters to remain
consistently high -- if the corps created more shallow-water habitat
in the most critical area. That's between the Gavins Point Dam
in South Dakota, and the mouth of the Platte River south of Omaha,
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Senator Joins North Dakota
Senator In Working To Pass New Homestead Act (Posted Thursday,
February 26, 2004 04:48
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Montana Senator Max Baucus today sat
down with North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan to develop a plan to
pass the New Homestead Act, legislation aimed at boosting rural
areas that have seen a steady population decline in recent years.
The Homestead Act, which is cosponsored by Montana Sen. Conrad
Burns, would provide financial incentives to people who locate
in high out-migration counties, rural areas that have lost at least
10 percent population over the past 20 years. Baucus said today
he will work to include some of these provisions in his JOBS Act,
which is legislation that would cut taxes on domestic manufacturing.
That bill is slated to come before the Senate next week.
“In many rural parts of Montana we’ve seen a steady stream of folks
packing up and moving out,” Baucus said. “We’re seeing whole
communities dry up. That’s why we want to pass the New Homestead Act to
make it easier for people to stay in rural areas to work and raise their families.”
Baucus is the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, the panel
with jurisdiction over tax policy. The Homestead Act includes several tax provisions – including
incentives for rural home ownership, business investment, and retirement savings – that
must be approved by the Finance Committee.
The Homestead Act would, among other things, help repay college loans of recent
graduates who live and work in the area for at least five years, provide a substantial
tax credit for home purchases, and help people establish savings accounts.
The bill would also attempt to entice businesses to rural areas by providing
tax incentives to offset the cost of newly constructed or existing buildings,
accelerated depreciation for equipment purchases, and providing access to venture
capital. Specifically, Baucus said he will work to include in the JOBS Act a
Rural Investment Tax Credit and a Rural Small Business Investment Credit.
This bill says ‘put your roots down in rural America,’” Baucus
said. “Because when the people go, so do the jobs. This bill will help
give folks the opportunity to live and work in a place where they know their
neighbors, while being able to pay for college, invest in new business, and save
for the future. It’ll help bring jobs back to Main Street, and it’ll
give a boost to rural communities across our state.”
Dorgan, the primary Democratic sponsor of the legislation, said nearly one third
of the nation’s rural counties have seen at least 10 percent of their population
depart for other places and have been “literally decimated by the out-migration
of people and jobs,” he said.
I deeply appreciate Max’s support of this legislation,” Dorgan said. “He
clearly understands how important rural communities are to not only Montana and
North Dakota, but across rural America too. As the top Democrat on the Finance
Committee, Max’s support will be critical to getting this bill passed.
And I’m glad to learn he’s willing to add some of the tax provisions
to the JOBS Act.”
The legislation is modeled after the original Homestead Act of 1862, which encouraged
people to move westward by providing free title to land.
Additional information on the New Homestead Act, S. 602, can be found at www.dorgan.senate.gov.
Law Enforcement Gets Surveillance Equipment (Posted
Thursday, February 26, 2004 04:45 PM)
Valley County Law Enforcement Officials will
now benefit from over $15,000 in surveillance equipment thanks
to a grant for the Federal Technology Transfer Program.
Valley County Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle traveled to Washington
D.C. on February 15th to receive the equipment and to be trained
in how to use it. The equipment and all travel costs were underwritten
by the United States Government. The equipment will be used by
the Valley County Sheriff's Department along with the Glasgow Police
Department for narcotics and other investigations. Deputy Buerkle
has already started training law enforcement officers in how to
use the surveillance equipment.
Glasgow Police Chief Lyndon Erickson has also applied for a federal
grant which would have the city police also receive surveillance
Glasgow Officer To Testify In Vegas (Posted Thursday,
February 26, 2004 04:43 PM)
Police Officer Bruce Barstad will be traveling to Las Vegas,
a felony burglary charge in Nevada.
John Fowler, age 22, was arrested in Glasgow in December of 2002
in a local Glasgow bar. He was detained after police realized
he had violated his parole on a charge from Nevada and he was
carrying a suspended drivers license. Fowler was eventually extradited
back to Nevada to face the felony burglary charge.
Barstad will travel to Nevada next week for a preliminary hearing
in which he will testify. All expenses for Barstads trip will
be paid by the State of Nevada.
Valley County Faces Possible
Record Flooding (Posted Thursday, February 26, 2004 07:53 AM)
Valley County is facing the potential of near
record to slightly above record flooding on the lower end of the
Milk River according to the National Weather Service in Glasgow.
Glasgow has received a record amount of snowfall and the NWS is
reporting that the Milk River and it's tributaries from Saco to
Nashua are expected to flood this spring and it could be the worst
flooding since the record breaking flood in 1952. The NWS is also
reporting that the moisture content in the snowpack in Valley County
is believed to be two times as high as in 1952.
Officials in Valley County are preparing for a worst-case scenario
and have identified over 300 households that could possibly be
affected by the flooding. Those households will be mailed informational
packets on how to prepare for flooding. Officials are also opening
a command center in the Valley County Courthouse that will monitor
snow levels, river ice and temperatures.
The Valley County Commissioners have already approved a two-mill
emergency levy to help pay for clearing the record breaking snow
off county roads and if needed to help pay for any damage caused
Commissioners Assess Two-Mill Levy (Posted Wednesday,
February 25, 2004 07:04 AM)
The Valley County Commissioners have assessed
a two-mill emergency levy to help pay for the clearing of snow
off county roads. The Commissioners approved the emergency levy
on Tuesday after realizing that the county has spent over $32,000
on snow clearing since December 28th which is putting a serious
crimp on the county's budget.
Valley County has received a record amount of snowfall this winter
and the county is facing the potential of record flooding this
The emergency levy will bring in $42,442 in extra revenue for the
county and can be used for snow clearing costs or if the county
suffers damage due to flooding.
The State of Montana has told Valley County that they had to assess
the two-mill levy before they would be eligible for state emergency
The taxes will affect only those county residents who live outside
an incorporated city or town and the tax will be assessed
on the November, 2004 taxes.
Top Corps Official Tells Senator Baucus That Interpretive Center,
Hatchery Funds Will Be Restored
(Washington, D.C.) – Following a meeting he held today
with the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, Montana Senator
confirmed funds for the Fort Peck Interpretive Center will be restored
after the agency siphoned the funds to another project.
During a meeting with Corps Commander Lt. General Robert Flowers
in his Washington office today, Baucus also received a commitment
that construction on the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery will continue
through the summer while the Corps works restore the nearly $5
million it redirected to other projects. Flowers said the Corps
will start the process of returning funds to the Hatchery project
within 60 days.
Last week, reports revealed the Corps redirected about $350,000
earmarked for exhibits at the new Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center,
which organizers hoped to open this spring. Through phone calls
and letters, Baucus pressured Corps officials, including the Northwest
region commander, to restore the funds. Flowers assured Baucus
today the Corps will restore the funds within 30 days, giving Center
organizers time to proceed with its opening this summer.
The Corps has also redirected nearly $5 million away from the Fort
Peck Fish Hatchery, a project Baucus has supported from its early
conception around a Glasgow coffee table to getting about $14 million
in total federal appropriations.
Flowers assured Baucus that he and the Corps are committed to restoring
funds to the Hatchery to avoid delays during peak construction
times this summer, Baucus said, noting getting the full $5 million
back is going to take more work and follow up.
I’m very glad to report that both of these projects which
are critical to jobs in northeastern and eastern Montana are going
to move forward,” Baucus said. “This just shows how
important it is for us to stand up for Montana as we deal with
federal agencies. Now it’s time to follow up and make sure
they live up to their promises.”
Baucus also used the opportunity to urge Flowers to take into account
the devastating economic impacts of low-water levels at Fort Peck
Lake as the agency prepares to release new rules for governing
water flows on the Missouri River.
We’re tired of suffering – especially in drought years-
and sending our water downstream to float barges,” Baucus
said. “That just isn’t fair. We need to restore balance
to managing the Missouri River.”
Fort Peck Lake is suffering from historically low water levels
due to drought and what Baucus describes as “totally unfair
rules” that give preference to downstream barge interests
over upstream agriculture and recreation concerns.
The Corps is expected to release new rules governing management
of the Missouri River, known as a Master Manual, this spring.
I told the Commander that the Corps needs to restore balance and
take into account the importance of recreation and the economies
of upstream states,” Baucus said. “It’s high
time we get a fair deal.”
Congressman To Meet Face-to-Face
With Corps Officials Wednesday In DC (Posted Tuesday, February
24, 2004 05:31 PM)
WASHINGTON – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R),
today issued a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasting
the agency for mishandling over $300,000 intended for Montana’s
Fort Peck Interpretive Center. In a letter to Brigadier General
William Grisoli, Commander of the Corps’ Northwestern Division,
Rehberg also slammed the Corps for asking for an additional 60
days to rectify the error.
“What the Corps has done in attempting to use Congressionally appropriated
taxpayer money for projects other than the Fort Peck Interpretive Center is unacceptable,” Rehberg
said. “The Corps does not need another 60 days or even 30 days to resolve
this. They need to straighten it out right now before I take this to the next
In his letter, Rehberg said he is prepared to request an investigation into the
Corps activities in Montana. “Make no mistake that Congressional investigations
into the Corps’ actions remain an option,” Rehberg warned.
Rehberg is scheduled to meet with two Army Corps of Engineers officials in his
office Wednesday afternoon, and said the first topic will be the delay in resolving
In a previous letter, written February 6, Rehberg had asked Grisoli “to
take the appropriate steps to replenish the Interpretive Center's budget so that
the project's sponsors can complete the necessary work in a timely manner.” The
Corps mistakenly sent its response to another office.
February 24, 2004
Brigadier General William Grisoli
Commander, Northwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 2870
Portland, Oregon 97208
Dear General Grisoli:
This letter is a follow-up to my February 6, 2004 correspondence that outlines
my concerns regarding the over $300,000 of Congressionally appropriated funds
for the Fort Peck Interpretive Center budget that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
redirected to another project.
Unfortunately, the Corps did not respond to my inquiry until yesterday, nearly
five days after I read in the newspaper that the Corps had decided to restore
funding within 60 days. While I am pleased that the Center will get the funding
it is due, I am disturbed at two aspects of this situation, especially as outlined
in the press reports on February 20.
First and foremost, I am disturbed that the Corps has given itself up to 60 days
to restore the Center’s funds. Let me be clear: Congress appropriated over
$300,000 for use by the Fort Peck Interpretative Center. Accordingly, it is not
the Corps’ prerogative to take an additional 60 days to rectify this situation.
After speaking to the project stakeholders, it is my understanding that the Center
is ready to spend the money as soon as those funds become available. Therefore
I ask that you initiate the process for funds transfer immediately with a guideline
for completion within the next few weeks. The project has already suffered undue
delay at the hands of the Corps’ accounting practices and any further delay
will impair the project’s sponsors from staying on budget and completing
the project according to schedule.
Congress directed the Corps to have those funds available to the Center for its
use, therefore restoring the funds under a 60-day timeframe is simply unacceptable.
The Center needs those funds now.
My second concern centers around the lack of response from your office to mine.
I pride myself on open communication, however that becomes a challenge when the
courtesy is not returned. It seems to me that this miscommunication is further
evidence of the disarray and chaos inherent to the Corps.
I am prepared to request an investigation into the Corps activities in Montana.
My position as a Member of both the Transportation & Infrastructure and Resources
Committees affords me such an opportunity. Make no mistake that Congressional
investigations into the Corps’ actions remain an option.
I reiterate that it is imperative that funding restoration be accomplished soon
and without compromising any other Montana project.
I would appreciate a response to this critical request.
Letter From The Dees Family (Posted Tuesday,
February 24, 2004 01:20 PM)
To Our Wonderful Community-
We wanted to share one more 'Tucker' update. This is one to shout
Tucker completed his chemotherapy in Billings in January and we
were finally able to move home. We were in Salt Lake City last
week for the first 'post-treatment' scans and, Praise the Lord,
no tumors were found. The doctors will repeat MRI's every three
months for the first year or so to monitor him.
We would again like to say a HUGE Thank-you for the incredible
support this community has shown us. We've met several families
who are going through similar situations, and sadly, many do not
experience a fraction of the support we have. We just can't say
enough about how helpful everyone has been. We especially appreciate
the tremendous prayer support and thank-you for continuing to uphold
us with thanksgiving for Tucker's healing.
God Bless You All.
The Dees Family
Grazing Will Remain Open On CMR (Posted Monday,
February 23, 2004 05:33 PM)
After hearing the concern of several ranchers
along the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge (CMR) and the Montana
Public Lands Council about the future of grazing permits issued
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Senator Conrad
Burns (R-Mont.) asked that a meeting be held between the permit
holders and the FWS. The FWS recently contacted Senator Burns to
follow up with the results of that meeting.
I think we got some real issues cleared up in this meeting," said
Burns. "The permit holders had very legitimate concerns, and
I feel the Fish and Wildlife Service addressed them. The Interior
folks have reaffirmed their commitment to responsible grazing of
the CMR, and have adjusted their policies to allow the family ranches
to hand down their permits to the next generation. I'm happy to
see we were able to get these folks together to clear up the issues."
At the request of permit holders and the Montana Public Lands Council,
and in the interest of protecting family ranch operations, the
FWS agreed to allow an existing permittee to add a son or daughter
to the permit without requiring a re-examination of the permit
or a cessation of grazing for an environmental impact study. Ongoing
analysis of the permits by FWS would continue to ensure the habitat
objectives are being met.
In a letter to Senator Burns, FWS Mountain - Prairie Regional Director
Ralph Morgenweck also stated the Fish and Wildlife Service had
no intention to eliminate livestock grazing on the CMR. "Our
answer was, and is, no.
Livestock grazing is a third order purpose
of CMR, and we believe that on many of the habitat units we can
meet the wildlife objectives and provide for an economically viable
grazing program. In addition, habitat units may receive prescriptive
grazing treatments to achieve specific wildlife objectives."
The meeting was held at the request of Senator Burns on December
10, 2003 in Billings. Senator Burns is Chairman of the Senate Interior
Appropriations Subcommittee, which controls the budget for the
Department of Interior.
Four Lane Progressing In North Dakota (Posted
Friday, February 20, 2004 10:55 PM)
(AP) Supporters of a four-lane highway between
Minot and Williston got some good news today. Governor Hoeven says
work will start in May. And he says the project will be finished
in five years.
Bids for the first phase, between Ray and Tioga,
are to be opened in April. The total project involves about 100
Williston officials have been pushing for the
four-lane -- saying it will bring more business and tourists to
The total cost has been estimated at more than 100 (m) million-dollars.
(Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This
material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Funding Back In Place For Fort Peck Dam Interpretive
Center and Museum (Posted Friday, February 20, 2004 10:53 PM)
Senator Max Baucus on Thursday said that funding
is back in place for the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and
According to an article in the Great
Falls Tribune, Baucus said
he received an "ironclad promise" that the Corps will
restore the money, which accounts for 20 percent of funding for
The funding loss had threatened to delay the opening of the Center
until next year, but it may possibly open this summer or fall.
Fire Department Responds To Kampfer Drive Blaze
(Posted Thursday, February 19, 2004 07:06 PM)
The Glasgow Fire Department responded to a house
fire on Thursday afternoon. The department was called out about
2:50pm, to the Falcon residence at 56 Kampfer Drive.
According to reports, the home was completely
gutted on the inside. No injuries were reported.
FWP Seeks Applicants For
Citizen Advisory Council (Posted Thursday, February 19, 2004
Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking applications to fill a dozen
volunteer positions on the first-ever Region 6 Citizen Advisory
Council (CAC). The panel is being established to provide input
and guidance to FWP from the public.
The CAC will be a general advisory committee that meets periodically
and works with FWP on all issues and programs. Citizen advisors
will serve in a voluntary capacity with meals and travel expenses
provided for a two-year period. Evening meetings will be held about
six times per year in various communities in the region. The public
will be invited to attend CAC meetings.
Citizen advisors will be selected from across Region 6, and FWP
is interested in picking members from a large pool of candidates
who represent a variety of communities and interest groups. The
department welcomes interest from hunters, anglers, landowners,
trappers, outdoor recreationists and from the general public.
Anyone who has an interest in the natural resources of north-central
and northeastern Montana is encouraged to apply,” says Jim
Satterfield, Region 6 supervisor. “We are eager to have a
diverse group of citizens advise us on our programs and priorities
and help us do a better job of managing the region’s wildlife
and recreational resources.”
The function of the CAC will be to:
Help promote Montana’s strong hunting, fishing, trapping
and recreational traditions;
Help FWP personnel be more available and responsive to the public;
Contribute to regional decision-making and assist FWP with crafting
local, sustainable solutions to both regional and statewide issues;
Help FWP identify issues before they become problems;
Influence management proposals and provide advice and perspective
on important resource issues.
If you are interested in serving on the CAC, phone FWP in Glasgow
at 228-3700 or email email@example.com by March 1. Interested persons will receive an application in the
mail or via email. Completed applications must be returned to FWP
by March 12. Candidates will be selected by FWP Region 6 managers
and two members of the public. The first CAC meeting is scheduled
Trapper Education class slated for March 20 in Malta
The Montana Trappers Association will hold a Trapper Education
class on March 20 in Malta’s public library. The day-long
certification class begins at 9 a.m. and should be finished between
4 and 5 p.m. The library is located on the corner of Central Avenue
and 4th Street in Malta.
The free class is open to the public and while pre-registration
is encouraged, participants can also sign up the morning of the
The class is one of several offered around the state by the Montana
Trappers Association, and graduates will earn an official Trapper
Education Certificate. The class offers instruction on trapping
regulations, ethics, safety, furbearer identification, trapping
equipment and the basics of trap setting. Participants will receive
a National Trappers Association trapping handbook, workbook and
other informational material.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. To
pre-register or for more information, call Andrew McKean at the
Fish, Wildlife & Parks office in Glasgow (228-3723) or Fran
Buell, the MTA’s Education Coordinator (376-3178) in Gildford.
Survey indicates varied trends for Breaks sheep populations
Bighorn sheep populations in the Missouri River Breaks apparently
are up to the east and down to the west, according to results of
the 2003 census.
Researchers observed 191 sheep in Hunting District 680, which sprawls
across southern Blaine and Phillips counties. That’s the
fewest number observed since 1996, but the low count may be the
result of an incomplete survey due to hot weather and mechanical
problems with the survey helicopter. The 2003 count in District
680 is near the 13-year average for the district’s population.
A significant portion of the eastern half of the survey area, including
Ervin Ridge, which is primary ewe/lamb habitat, was not surveyed,” says
wildlife biologist Al Rosgaard. “As a result, the total numbers
counted cannot be directly compared as a trend from previous years.
It does look like lamb production and survival was lower this last
In Hunting District 622, in south Phillips County, observers counted
146 sheep, the highest number ever observed in the unit, reports
Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife biologist Mark Sullivan in
The ram segment of the population in both hunting districts appears
to be high. Sullivan reports that 80 of the sheep observed in District
680 were rams, and 43 of the rams were between 3⁄4 and full
curl. That’s the highest number of mature rams observed in
the 13 years of the survey. The lamb segment of the 2003 population
was well below average, however. Observers counted 31 lambs, the
lowest since 1997, but that’s likely because prime ewe/lamb
habitat was not surveyed.
In Hunting District 622, where the December survey was conducted
from the ground, at least 17 of the rams were 3⁄4 curl or
larger. Sullivan notes that all four of the District 622 permit
holders harvested a legal ram (3⁄4 to full curl) and eight
of the 10 permit holders in 680 harvested a ram. The average age
of rams harvested in both units was 6 years old.
The December survey in District 622 was a cooperative effort between
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the BLM, Fish, Wildlife & Parks
and the Bureau of Reclamation.
Glasgow Man Appears On Bad Check Charges (Posted
Thursday, February 19, 2004 07:18 AM)
And the trouble keeps coming for former Glasgow
resident Del Weech. He appeared in District Court in Glasgow on
February 2nd on a felony charge of issuing a bad check.
Weech had reached a plea agreement with the Valley County Attorney
late last year and was sentenced to five years with the Montana
Department of Corrections with all but 30 days suspended. He was
credited with one day served in the Valley County Jail and will
have to spend the remaining 29 days in the Valley County Jail or
the Hill County Jail in Havre. Weech was also ordered to pay $55
in court surcharges plus $1000 restitution to the Albertson's store
in Glasgow where he wrote the bad check.
In January Weech was sentenced to six months in a federal prison
for his role in a bank fraud/check kiting scheme that occurred
in Glasgow in 2001. Weech was ordered to pay $18,000 in restitution
to the Independence Bank of Glasgow and was put on five years probation.
Weech currently lives in Havre.
Chamber Holds Ice Fishing Contest (Posted Wednesday,
February 18, 2004 07:31 AM)
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
held their 8th Annual Ice Fishing Contest at Fort Peck Lake on
February 14th. There were 159 holes sold to 90 participants in
this year's contest.
Unfortunately no fish were caught at the event so $4700 was paid
out to eight individuals after all the participants were put in
a drawing for the prize money.
The top prize winner was Doug Eggebrecht who was drawn for the
first place prize of $2000.
Note From The Valley County
Floodplain Administrator (Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 04:05
Due to record snowfall in this area there is potential of flooding
this spring. With this in mind, homeowners in flood prone areas
may want to consider purchasing flood insurance.
If you are interested in purchasing flood insurance you need to
be aware that the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 established
a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance coverage takes effect.
Please contact your insurance agent for coverage details.
Updates will follow, for further information you may contact Cam
Shipp (Valley County Sanitarian/ Floodplain Administrator) at 228-6264
or stop into the Valley County Health Department located in the
Annex Building directly behind the Courthouse in Glasgow.
Glasgow Woman Runs For Commissioner (Posted Tuesday,
February 17, 2004 04:03 PM)
Valley County resident Kimberly Lacey has entered
into the race for Valley County Commissioner in this years election.
Lacey filed for the position on February 17th and is just the second
candidate to file in the Republican primary. The other candidate
is the incumbent, Dave Reinhardt who will complete his first six
year term on the commission at the end of this year.
Filing for county political office continues through the month
Glasgow Man Arrested On Burglary Charges (Posted
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 04:01 PM)
The Glasgow Police Department arrested and charged
a 41-year old Glasgow resident with felony burglary after an incident
that occurred in the early morning hours of February 14th.
According to Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson, 41-year old Scott
Cook was arrested after the police were called to the Koski Motel
just after 2:00am on February 14th.
Cook reportedly banging on hotel room doors and shouting that he
was going to kill someone.
When the police arrived at the scene,
Cook had reportedly entered into an occupied room but no incident
had occurred with the exception of a damaged door. Cook was transported
to the Valley County Jail where he was charged with felony burglary.
Bond was set at $5000 and he posted that amount on Saturday and
was released. The felony case will now be turned over to District
Transfer Of Funds Stymies Museum (Posted Tuesday,
February 17, 2004 08:45 AM)
-- The new Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum probably
won't open as planned this spring or summer.
The Army Corps of
Engineers spent 325-thousand dollars -- earmarked for the museum
The 18-thousand-square-foot building was finished
last spring, at a cost of six-point-seven (m) million dollars.
It was scheduled to open this May, as a springboard to what merchants
hoped would be an improved tourist season after the long, cold
winter on the Hi-Line.
Owners of hotels, restaurants and shops
were counting on the museum to attract Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
tourists to northeastern Montana. But now the Corps says money
to finish the center's exhibits won't come through until at
Montana's congressional delegation has fired
to the Corps demanding a quick solution. (Copyright 2004
by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Glasgow Sets Second Snow Record (Posted Tuesday,
February 17, 2004 08:44 AM)
-- If you think there's been a lot of snow in northeastern Montana
this winter, you're right. In fact, Glasgow has set a record
for depth of snow.
On February 11th -- last Friday -- the town
its 88-year-old snow-depth record with a total of 29 inches
on the ground, almost two-and-a-half feet. The previous depth record
was 26 inches on February 10th, 1916.
This is Glasgow's second
snow record this winter. As of late last week, some 63-point-seven
inches of snow had fallen in town since October, well ahead
the record of 60-point-nine inches for the entire winter
of 1951-52. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights
Consultant Doesn't See Much Economic Benefit
From Expanded Highway (Posted Friday, February 13, 2004 08:15 AM)
A consultant for a study of the economic impacts
of widening Montana
two-lane highways has completed its testing of the Highway Economic
Tool (HEAT) on US 2 by comparing the benefit-cost ratio of building
four-lane and a "Super 2" road along the full length
of US 2 in Montana.
According to Montana Transportation Commissioner Dan Rice, who
Reconfiguration Study Steering Committee (RSSC) overseeing the
the testing of the HEAT was successful, and the analysis of the
scenarios on US 2 showed minimal returns on such an investment.
The estimated benefit-cost ratio for the Super 2 is 0.3, and it
is 0.2 for
the four-lane," Rice stated. "In order for such an expenditure
economically advantageous, the benefit-cost ratio needs to be 1.0
Both Rice and Cambridge Systematics, Inc, the company tasked with
Montana Highway Reconfiguration Study announced by Governor Martz
cited the high costs of reconstructing the road (an estimated $510
in present value terms for the Super 2 and $1.3 billion in present
terms for the four-lane) as well as relatively low traffic levels
lack of connections to major markets as the reasons for the low
The HEAT considers the full range of economic benefits stemming
improvements, Rice said, namely user benefits, business attraction,
economic impacts and costs. From there an estimated benefit-cost
The test analysis showed some benefits to the users, particularly
truck trips, which are calculated using a significantly higher
stated the chair. "However, the business attraction potential
along US 2
appears modest at best, with the Super 2 scenario attracting a
net of 30 new
direct jobs to Montana and the four-lane scenario providing a net
of 85 direct jobs to Montana."
That, combined with modest gains in tourism and overall economic
led to a net present value of negative $180 million for the Super
2 and a
negative $1.0 billion for the four-lane.
At the conclusion of the test analysis, Cambridge Systematics stated
they would have to use 'very aggressive assumptions - to the point
unreasonable - in order to obtain benefit-cost ratios approaching
As these results indicate, the HEAT provides valuable information
the potential economic impacts of improving a given road," Rice
However, this information must be used in conjunction with the
of Transportation's [MDT's] performance planning process, or P3,
economic factors are only one of many factors that must be taken
account. It is the result of the entire P3 plus HEAT process that
guidance to MDT and the Transportation Commission as to the most
distribution of infrastructure investments."
MDT's effort to integrate HEAT into its performance programming
process is a
result of legislation from the 2001 Montana Legislature that directed
include economic considerations in its highway planning and programming
According to Rice, "US 2 is a good example of a case where
decision based solely on economic factors is unwise. There are
not related to economic growth for MDT to continue its efforts
this important highway. There are many US 2 improvements in the
the next 10 years, and those plans won't be changed based on the
this one analysis."
The HEAT analysis of US 2 was the first of several test scenarios
asked Cambridge Systematics to analyze prior to the completion
Highway Reconfiguration Study later this year.
For more information, please contact Dan Rice at (406) 727-7500
Turner at (406) 444-7289. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number
444-7696 or 1-800-335-7592.
Martz Promises Help For Northeastern Montana
Weather Relief (Posted Friday, February 13, 2004 07:05 AM)
Martz has promised help to northeastern Montana, which is buried
in snow after an Alberta
Clipper storm. The storm added to several feet of snow that have
fallen on the area since late December.
The governor says drivers
of state-operated snowplows have been told to clear county
roads when they can, and that more equipment has been moved to
of the state that received the heaviest snowfall.
says the worst of the weather may still be months away. She says
biggest concern is that when all the snow melts, there will
Figures from the National Weather Service back
concerns. Moisture accumulations have exceeded those from
1916 and 1951, which were record flood years in northeastern
Montana. But flooding also depends on other factors, such as whether
more snow falls over the next two months and how quickly snowpack
melts. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights
County Wins In Dispute Over Nashua Speed Limit
(Posted Friday, February 13, 2004 07:04 AM)
The Valley County Commissioners have prevailed
in a dispute with the Montana Department of Transportation regarding
a request for a reduced speed limit near Nashua.
MDT recently announced that they will reverse a decision made last
year and reduce the speed limit on U.S. Highway #2 near Nashua
to 55 mph. Last year officials with MDT had denied Valley
Counties request and kept the speed limit at 65 mph on Highway
#2 at the intersection of State Highway #117 at Nashua.
Local residents had been concerned about the safety of school buses
and other vehicles pulling onto Highway #2 with vehicles traveling
at a high rate of speed on the road.
Below-normal Runoff Expected For Missouri System
(Posted Thursday, February 12, 2004 08:32 AM)
(AP) The Army Corps
of Engineers expects another year of below-normal runoff into the
Missouri River reservoirs.
It says mountain snowpack is below normal and a lot of snowmelt
and rain will soak into the dry soil.
The amount of water in
the six reservoirs at the end of January was about 30 percent
below a year ago.
The corps says levels in the three largest reservoirs
-- Sakakawea, Oahe and Fort Peck --
be anywhere from 20 to 27 feet below normal by the end of
February. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Cities Expected To Pick Up Cost Of EAS Funds
(Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2004 09:46 AM)
(Washington-AP) -- Eight small Montana airports
would lose some of their federal support under the budget that
the Bush administration has proposed for the next fiscal year.
They are in the eight small towns that Big Sky Airlines serves
under the federal subsidy program of Essential Air Service - Glasgow,
Glendive, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney, Wolf Point and
The new budget would pay them only 90 percent
of the cost of offering the commuter air service, meaning the airports
will have to pick up the other ten percent. Big Sky Airlines will
be paid five-point-seven (M) million dollars a year for the next
two years for serving those towns.
More than 100 small airports
nation-wide are facing cuts in their federal support. Twenty-three
that are within 100 miles of a hub city would lose all federal
aid. Montana's eight are among 49 that are within 250 miles of
a hub. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This
material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Once Again, There's A Gloom And Doom Warning
From Amtrak (Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2004 09:43 AM)
The railroad's president says they'd have to
shut down, if they only get the 900 (m) million dollars President
proposes. That's about half of what Amtrak wanted.
David Gunn calls the White House figure --
quote -- "a shut-down number." And he warns the timing is bad. Gunn says Amtrak
is expected to set a ridership record of 25 (m) million people in its current
Amtrak's fate is of interest to several northern
Montana communities, because Amtrak operates the Empire Builder
passenger train across the Montana
Hi-Line. The train carries east- and westbound passengers between Seattle and
Chicago. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material
may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Even Empire Builder Finds Travel Problems (Posted
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 09:41 AM)
(AP) Weather is still causing many problems
in eastern Montana today. Many secondary roads in northeastern
Montana are still closed, and U-S
Poplar, east to the North Dakota line.
Even Amtrak's Empire Builder
train is having a tough time in the snow and wind. R-D Knutson
is from Fargo, North Dakota, and he's aboard the eastbound
Empire Builder. Knutson says it got about 21 miles out of Williston,
North Dakota, last night before it had to stop. Knutson says
was forced to back the train up, all the way to Williston.
This morning, the Empire Builder made it as far
as Minot , North Dakota -- but blocked tracks between
Minot and Grand
forced it to stop again. Knutson says passengers are being
put up in Minot hotels. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.
All Rights Reserved.)
Another Storm Hits Northeast Montana (Posted
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 07:55 AM)
The state is considering a disaster declaration
for seven counties in northeastern Montana, to help towns and counties
cope with the fiercest winter to pound the region in years.
winter storm -- a type known as an "Alberta Clipper -- hit the
area yesterday. The storm moved in from Canada by midday, with
winds up to 35 miles an hour. Blowing and drifting snow created
whiteout conditions, and impassible roads isolated much of northeastern
Montana. Secondary roads are closed throughout the region.
Highway Two is open to emergency travel only in the Wolf Point
area, and is closed from Poplar east to the North Dakota Line.
Interstate 94 is closed from Miles City to the North Dakota border.
There's emergency travel only to Dickinson, North Dakota, and
the interstate is closed again to east of Bismarck.
The storm is
eastward, and snow is expected to taper off by midday, with
warming temperatures. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.
City Declares Disaster (Posted Tuesday, February
10, 2004 07:22 AM)
The Glasgow City Council has passed a resolution
determining that a
disaster exists because of extreme weather and heavy snowfall.
The resolution was passed on February 9th as the council declared that
expenditures for emergency snow removal and repair of damaged infrastructure
will be beyond the financial capability of the City.
Glasgow Mayor Willy Zeller told Kltz/Klan that the City has already
spent over $37,000 removing snow off the streets in Glasgow. The
resolution will now be sent to Montana Governor Judy Martz in the
hope that she will provide state assistance to the City to help with
the costs of removing the snow.
Glasgow has received over 61 inches of snow this winter which is
a record amount with still plenty of the winter season remaining.
Valley County has already declared an emergency and the costs to
the County total almost $30,000 in snow removal.
EAS Funds Announced For Big Sky (Posted Monday,
February 9, 2004 05:20 PM)
Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today announced the U.S. Department
Essential Air Service (EAS) routes to Big Sky Airlines for another
two year period. Montana has eight EAS points, including Glasgow,
Glendive, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney, and Wolf Point,
plus seasonal service to West Yellowstone.
“Big Sky’s long history of service to Montana, together with its
proposed fair structure, code-sharing agreements, and connecting hub in Billings
make it the ideal carrier to serve Montana’s rural passengers,” Rehberg
Rehberg, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and
Aviation Subcommittee, had urged the Transportation Department to support Big
Sky’s two-year renewal proposal to serve Montana’s EAS routes. The
department selected Big Sky over a competing bid from Mesa Air on behalf of its
subsidiary, Air Midwest, Inc.
“Big Sky is in its twenty-fourth year of providing this critical air service,
and it understands and has been meeting the needs of these rural Montana communities
whose economies are dependent upon the service,” Rehberg said in a January
22, 2004, letter to DOT Assistant Secretary Karan Bhatia.
The renewed contract will guarantee Big Sky more than $5.7 million per year through
February, 2006, at no cost to local governments. Last summer, House Speaker Dennis
Hastert selected Rehberg to Represent the House on a panel that reconciled Senate
and House versions of EAS reauthorizations. Rehberg worked to exempt Montana
from a proposed matching funds provision.
“We’ve kept the matching local fund requirements out of Montana,” Rehberg
said. “I intend to see that funding for Montana’s essential air service
remains secure as long as I continue to serve as Montana’s Congressman.”
Congress authorized the EAS program to guarantee a minimum level of air carrier
service to small communities. The Department of Transportation currently subsidizes
air service to approximately 38 rural communities in the continental U.S.
Amateur Hour Set For April 25 In Nashua (Posted
Friday, February 6, 2004 07:02 AM)
Practice your favorite song,
brush up on your storytelling skills, dust
steps to get ready for the Nashua Lions Club Seventh Annual Old-Fashioned
Amateur Hour, set for Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m., in the Nashua
As in past years, there will be four categories: Instrumental solo
or group, Vocal solo or group, Lip Sync/Dance, and storytelling.
There are three age groups:
12 and Under; 13 to 18 years old; and adult.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each age group and category. The prizes are $50
for first place; $25, second; and $15, third.
A limit has been placed of 20 entries. Entry deadline is Friday, April 16. Applications
can be obtained by writing to Rita Bunk, P.O. Box 333, Nashua, MT 59248-0333
or calling 406-746-3483.
Proceeds from the event will help fund Lions Club projects. The Lions purchase
eyeglasses for those in need; provide scholarships for Camp Diamont, a camp for
children with diabetes; assist with expenses for seeing eye dogs; contribute
to emergency medical funds for individuals; help send delegates to American Legion
Boys’ and Girls’ State; support Home on the Range for Girls; SightFirst;
and many, many more projects.
Dredge Cuts Gar Shatters
Previous State Record (Posted Friday, February 6, 2004 06:46
||A Glasgow angler has shattered Montana’s
27-year-old record for shortnose gar with a 7-pound specimen
that more than doubles the previous record.
Ron Gulbertson speared the 34-inch-long gar just before Christmas in the Fort
Peck Dredge Cuts, then he kept the fish in his freezer for 5 weeks.
|Photo courtesy Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Fellow anglers encouraged
him to weigh the gar, a bony-scaled, sharp-toothed native fish
that is rarely encountered in Montana. On Thursday, Gulbertson
weighed the fish on a certified scale and a witness verified the
weight: 7.02 pounds. Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 Fisheries
Manager Bill Wiedenheft certified the record this week.
Had Gulbertson weighed the fish when it was fresh, it probably
would have surpassed the previous record by an even larger margin.
The previous record was a 3.06-pound gar, caught in 1977 in the
Dredge Cuts by Fort Peck angler John Johnson.
Gulbertson says he knew the gar was remarkable when it swam into
his spearing hole.
I’ve been spearing down there for 15 years and I’ve
never seen one,” he says. “On that day, I had just
speared a 30-pound buffalo, and when I was finished taking care
of it, I turned back to my hole and there was the gar. I knew it
was a big fish at the time. I just didn’t know it was big
enough to be a state record.”
Shortnose gar are defined as a species of special concern in Montana.
While they are widely distributed in the lower Missouri and Mississippi
river systems, their distribution in Montana is limited mainly
to the Dredge Cuts and quiet backwaters of the Missouri River immediately
downstream of Fort Peck Dam. The only other documented observation
of the species in Montana is a single specimen collected in the
Missouri River near the confluence with the Yellowstone River.
Shortnose gar have a unique ability to “breathe” oxygen
from the air in addition to extracting it from water that passes
over their gills. Gar are occasionally seen swimming on the surface
of the water with their mouths extended, “gulping” air,
an activity that enables them to survive in warm, turbid water
where the dissolved oxygen content might be fatally low for other
Shortnose gar are cylindrically shaped, with an elongated bony
head containing a row of extremely sharp, conical teeth. Their
skin is covered with bony armor that generally is olive-green or
brownish, lightening to yellow or white on their bellies. As juveniles,
they feed on aquatic insects and zooplankton. As adults, their
diet shifts to smaller fish, which they ambush in weedy backwaters.
Ice Fishing Contest Set For Valentine's Day (Posted
Friday, February 6, 2004 06:44 AM)
Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will host the
8th Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Fort Peck Lake Saturday, February
14th from 12 noon until 3pm.
The contest will be held at the Fort Peck Marina with a $2000 prize
awarded to the largest fish of any species that is weighed in. Additional
prizes will be determined by the number of entrants.
The entry fee is $50 a hole or 3 holes for $100.
The contest is sponsored by Glasgow Distributors Sagebrush Cellular,
Fort Peck Marina, Coc-Cola bottling, Ezzies Wholesale, Kltz/Klan
Radio, Cottonwood Inn, Gateway Inn, D&G Sports and Western, First
Community Bank, Sam's Supper Club and the Glasgow Area Chamber of
For more information or an entry form contact the Glasgow Chamber
Event Slated For Saturday At Home Run Pond (Posted Wednesday, February
4, 2004 03:39 PM)
Participants in Saturday’s youth ice-fishing event on Home
Run Pond should wear cold-weather clothing, but barring another winter
storm, the event should take place as scheduled.
The event is slated for 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.
7 at the pond on Glasgow’s east side. Walleyes Unlimited volunteers
will serve lunch and hot drinks. Fish, Wildlife & Parks will
supply fishing gear and bait, or participants can bring their own
gear. Heated shelters will be available for participants if the weather
is especially raw. The event is open to all youths under age 18;
fishing licenses are not required for this opportunity.
Because of the deep snow, parking will be limited to a single row
along Sullivan Park’s interior road. Please do not block the
road and do not park on the shoulder of Highway 42. Snow should be
cleared to the pond, and to the picnic pavilion.
Call Andrew McKean at Fish, Wildlife & Parks (228-3723) with
any questions on the status of the event. A recorded message will
indicate whether the event is cancelled.
Enrollment Climbs (Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2004 03:38 PM)
Enrollment continues to climb in the Glasgow
School District according to Glasgow Superintendent Glenn Hageman.
He told Kltz/Klan that the enrollment count on February 2nd showed
the K-12 enrollment at 798 students which is an increase of 26
students from last school year. The official totals show the K-6
enrollment at 447 students, 7-8 at 121 students and the high school
enrollment at 230 students.
Last year's K-12 enrollment in February was 772 students.
This is good news for the Glasgow schools because funding from
the state of Montana is based on enrollment and the school
system for the first time in many years will actually see an increase
in state funding. Since the 1991-1992 school year the Glasgow School
District has reduced over $786,154 from its budget. This has amounted
to a reduction of 16.5 percent over that same period.
New Left Behind Report Card Site Opens (Posted
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 03:37 PM)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch this
week announced a new state "Report Card" website to
provide information on how Montana schools and districts are
meeting the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind
President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act requires all school
districts and the Office of Public Instruction to provide a public "Report
Card" on how Montana schools and districts are meeting the
requirements of the new law.
MucCulloch cautioned that the report card should not be considered
a comprehensive report on the quality of education provided by
any Montana school or district. It reports only on how schools
are meetings the new requirements and the website will provide
the public with easy access to the information.
The new website includes information on schools, districts and
the state of Montana. It includes a report card overview, adequate
yearly progress status reports, reading and math assessment scores,
graduation, enrollment, and/or attendance rates and the status
of highly qualified teachers.
The website may be accessed at this link:
City Considering Underground Sprinkler System
At Cemetery (Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2004 07:45 AM)
The City of Glasgow is considering a project
this summer that would install an underground sprinkler system
in the original portion of the Glasgow Cemetery and new timer-controlled
valves in the city parks.
The City of Glasgow is proposing to fund a portion of the project
through the Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP).
The CTEP monies will cover approximately 86% of the proposed project,
and the City of Glasgow will use local funds to cover the remaining
14% of the costs.
The City of Glasgow is no stranger to CTEP having used the program
to build the Highland Drive sidewalk in 1996 and install approximately
70 new handicap accessible sidewalk ramps on city intersections
The City Council will take comments on the proposed project at
their February 9th meeting at the City-Council Chambers in the
Glasgow Civic Center. The meeting begins at 5:30pm.
School Board Election Filing Is March 25 (Posted
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 07:44 AM)
School Board elections across Montana are right
around the corner and filing for available spots on school boards
In Glasgow there is just one position up for election this year.
The position currently held by Dr. Charles Wilson is available
and Wilson has already filed for election. The filing deadline
is March 25th and those interested in running for a slot on the
Glasgow School Board may pick up an application at the school's
As of February 3rd, Wilson was the only candidate
to file for election.
Amtrak Resumes Empire Builder Service Across
Montana Hi-Line (Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2004 07:40 AM)
(Chicago-AP) -- Amtrak today is resuming its "Empire Builder" passenger service
along the Montana Hi-Line. The passenger railroad says westbound service resumed
today; and eastbound service will resume tomorrow.
The train runs between Chicago
and Seattle. Two avalanches derailed part of a freight train last Thursday
afternoon, on the B-N Santa Fe main line across northern Montana,
which is also used by
Amtrak says improved weather and operating conditions
have allowed service to resume. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press.
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed.)
Record Week For Snowfall Across Northeast Montana (Posted Tuesday,
February 3, 2004 08:06 AM)
A series of storm systems moved in off the Pacific this week bringing
several snowstorms to northeast Montana. The first storm moved into
the area on Sunday the 24th. Snow continued to fall on and off during
the week through Saturday morning. In addition to the snow there
were cold temperatures and strong wind.
The temperature fell below zero at Glasgow during the early morning
hours of the 25th...and remained below zero until late in the afternoon
on the 29th. Strong wind which gusted to 40 mph at times produced
considerable blowing and drifting of the snow...especially late in
the week. Wind chill temperatures dropped to near 60 below in some
locations, with 45 to 50 below common throughout the week. Many roads
across northeast Montana were either closed or open to emergency
travel at various times during the week. There were many reports
of snowdrifts of 10 to 15 feet across the area. There were reports
of coulees filled with 20 to 25 feet of snow near Plentywood.
The 2003-2004 winter season will go down in the record books as the
snowiest on record at the Glasgow airport. So far this season a total
of 61.8 inches of snow has fallen at Glasgow. This breaks the previous
record of 60.9 inches set during the winter of 1951-52. A total of
24.6 inches of snow fell during the week at Glasgow. A total of 32.9
inches of snow fell at the Glasgow airport during the month of january...through
the 30th. This established a new record for the month...breaking
the old record of 28.8 inches set in 1916. In addition...the new
snowfall record for January established a new record of snowfall
for any month. For the two month period December-January we have
had a record breaking 51.0 inches of snowfall...easily eclipsing
the old record of 38.1 inches set during December 1915 through January
Some selected snowfall totals from January 24th through the 30th:
Glasgow (Valley County): 23.9 inches...through 600 am Saturday (another
.7 after 6 am)
Malta (Phillips County): 20.0 inches...through 400 pm Friday
Plentywood (Sheridan County): 16.3 inches...through 330 pm Friday
Nashua (Valley County): 16.0 inches...through 500 pm Friday
Port of Morgan (Phillips county): 11.0 inches...through 430 pm Friday
Bridget 30nnw (Roosevelt County): 9.5 inches...through 700 pm Friday
Edna Mae Boysun
Edna Mae Boysun, 82, passed away in Glasgow, Montana,
on February 19, 2004, after a 14 year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Funeral services will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Vida
at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2004 with Father Steve Zabrocki
officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, February 23, 2004 from
5 - 8:30 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson
Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point. Condolences may be sent to the family
at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.stevensonandsons.com.
She was born May 29, 1921, in Hydro, Oklahoma, one
of nine children of Pete and Mary Janzen. She married Matt Oshanick
on May 3, 1941. They farmed in the Sand Creek area of Southwest
Vida, Montana. After Matt's death in 1968, she married William
Boyson in 1969. Edna raised six children and helped produce a self-sufficient
farm that she loved very much. She was an active member of the
Vida Catholic Church and in her local community. She belonged to
the Homemaker's Club, Altar Society, VFW Auxiliary, and various
community organizations throughout most of her life. She especially
enjoyed holidays with her family, raising a garden and flowers,
country dances, and drinking an occasional red beer.
She is survived by her children: Darlene Paul of
Spokane, Washington; Ev Bergeron of Billings, Montana; Betty Stone
of Glasgow, Montana; Jim Oshanick of Moscow, Idaho; Linda Manion
of Billings, Montana; and Larry Oshanick of Boise, Idaho; and all
their respective spouses. She had 12 wonderful grandchildren: Stephen
Paul, Marty Paul, Eric Paul, Derek Bergeron, Becky Ulrich, Jim
Stone, Ryan Stone, Tish Guldborg, Matthew Oshanick, Jami Kraft,
Stacie Manion, and Taya Oshanick. She has 12 great grandchildren.
Dora Elizabeth Hawkins
Dora Elizabeth Hawkins, 69, of Billings, former
Valley County resident, died Feb. 12, 2004 after her struggle with cancer.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Bell Mortuary
chapel with graveside service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Highland
Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Dora was born on Oct. 29, 1934 to Foster and Mildred (Irvin) Hanson of St.
Stephens, New Brunswick, Canada. They were a farming family and she was their
only child. After her father’s death in 1951, she went to work in the
local textile mill to help support her mother.
She met Dale Hawkins, who was in the U. S. Navy, in 1952. They dated for awhile
and were married on April 24, 1954. Shortly after their marriage, Dale enlisted
in the U. S. Air Force. Together they had three children. The family moved
from base to base following Dale’s career. Dale retired from the U. S.
Air Force in 1972 and they stayed in Anchorage, Alaska.
In 1992 they moved to St. Marie, Mont., where they lived for six years before
having to move to Billings due to Dale’s health. She was an active member
of the St. Marie Women’s Club.
Dora enjoyed hockey games, camping trips, cross stitching, making photo scrapbooks,
doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, writing letters, reading, and collecting
teddy bears. She loved taking care of her many house plants, and seemed to
have a natural green thumb. Dora was an excellent homemaker, mother, grandmother,
and great-grandmother, who always had quality time to spend with her family
Preceding her in death were her parents, and an infant daughter, Norma Jeanine,
Survivors include her husband, Dale; two sons, Lee and his wife, Alice, of
St. Marie, Mont., and Dean and his wife, Gwen, of Glasgow, Mont.; six grandchildren,
Angie Johnson of New York, NY., Travis Johnson, Melanie Hawkins, Jamie Aliperto,
and Robert Hawkins, all of Glasgow, Mont., and Kristy Hawkins of St. Marie,
Mont.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Eleanor Kress, age 63, died Saturday, February
7, 2004 at the Valley View nursing home in Glasgow, Montana of cancer.
Funeral services are pending and will be announced at a later date.
Interment will then be at the Nashua cemetery in Nashua, Montana.
Ralph and Eleanor will be buried together. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow
is in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor was born April 23, 1940 in Glasgow, Montana to Hugh Vaughan and Emily
(Peterson) Vaughan. Eleanor was raised and attended schools in Circle and graduated
from Circle High School. She then attended Beauty School and ran her own beauty
shop in Billings. On July 2, 1966, Eleanor married Ralph J. Kress in Laurel,
Montana. They moved to Augusta, Montana where they owned and operated the Elk
Horn Grocery Store. In 1988, they moved to Choteau, Montana where Eleanor worked
as a CNA in the Choteau Nursing Home. They moved to Nashua in the summer of 1991
where she worked at Buttrey's, at the Valley View Nursing Home, and for Home
Health. She became ill in 1996 and moved to the farm 35 miles south of Nashua.
She loved to dance, bake cookies for her grandchildren, crocheting, knitting,
sewing clothes for her kids, gardening, growing flowers, riding horses, and shopping.
She has lived with her daughter Jennifer since 2002 and in November of 2003 moved
into the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. She also enjoyed playing hunting
and coloring with her grandchildren, and camping and fishing with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph J. Kress on March 21, 2003 and
brothers, Denise Vaughan Howard Vaughan, and by her parents Hugh and Emily.
Survivors include: a son, Ralph Kress Jr. of Nashua, Montana; daughters: Dorothy
Kress of Boulder, CO, Theresa Vogel and (Rod) of Bozeman, Montana, and Jennifer
Nickels and (Jesse) of Nashua, Montana; sisters: Jean Wagner and (Victor) of
Circle, Montana, and Eileen Hahn and (Jim) of Billings, Montana; a brother: Gary
Vaughan and (Gloria) of Billings, Montana; 5 Grandchildren.