Department Solves Hit And Run (Posted Thursday, January 30, 2003
The Glasgow Police Department
has solved a hit and run case that took place in the early morning
hours of January 22nd.
According to Lt. Mike Sukut of the Glasgow Police Department, 22-year
old Travis Kittelson has been charged with two misdemeanors in the
case. Kittelson pleaded guilty to the charges of leaving the scene
of the accident and failure to report an accident by quickest possible
According to Sukut, Kittelson ran over a speed zone sign, several
mail boxes and a garbage dumpster in the 100 Block of 1st Avenue
South in the early morning hours of January 22nd. Kittelson told
the police that a tie rod had broken on his pickup and that was the
reason for the property damage. The Glasgow Police investigated and
found that a tie rod had indeed broke on his vehicle and that was
the reason the charges weren't more severe.
Sheriff Joins Kiwanis (Posted
Thursday, January 30, 2003 6:58 AM)
|President Delvin Hackwith
welcomes new member Glen Meier (center) to the Glasgow Kiwanis
Club. Mr. Meier
was introduced by Bill Pattison (right) of the Membership Committee
at a recent noon luncheon meeting of the organization.
Glasgow Kiwanis is a community service club with emphasis on
serving the children of the world. For membership information,
please call Lila at 228-4346 or Bill at 228-9225.
County Gets New Weather Warning System (Posted Thursday, January
30, 2003 6:52
With severe weather always a threat, residents of Garfield County,
Mont., can now stay on top of storm activity with a direct link to
official weather forecasts. A new NOAA Weather Radio transmitter
was installed at Jordan and is now broadcasting information from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National
Weather Service forecast (NWS) office in Glasgow. NOAA is part the
U.S. Department of Commerce.
According to Meteorologist-in-Charge Julie Adolphson, the broadcasts
includes the latest warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard
information 24 hours a day. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts warning
and post-event information for all types of hazards - both natural
(such as earthquakes) and environmental (such as chemical releases
or oil spills). Citizens within approximately 30 miles of Jordan
can tune in to 162.500 MHz for the broadcasts.
Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service
grant program, Garfield County purchased and donated this transmitter
to the NWS. Mid-Rivers Telephone Communications donated the tower
space for 15 years, and McCone Electric donated 15 years of electrical
power" said Adolphson.
We are grateful to the county and the cooperators who helped make
this project happen. This expansion weather radio site significantly
increases our ability to reach the community directly with vital
warnings. When you don't have a radio or TV turned on, having a seven
band NOAA Weather Radio at home or work that has an alarm helps you
protect your family, yourself and your property," she added.
Adolphson added, "Jordan is the county seat, has the largest
concentration of population and is in the heart of eastern Montana.
It is the area's hub for those who grow grains, raise livestock
or provide various recreational opportunities. People come here
fishing, hunting, camping and boating all year long. Each of these
relies on accurate and timely weather information.
" This new NOAA Weather Radio sit will help us meet that challenge.
The USDA program is an effective way for Federal government and
private enterprise to work together to help prepare citizens for severe weather
Tanja Fransen, the warning coordination meteorologist at the Glasgow
office, said: "NOAA Weather Radio allows us to send weather
statements and warnings straight from the forecaster to the public,
saving 5 to 10 minutes or more."
Fransen pointed out that a NOAA Weather Radio broadcast saved dozens
of lives recently in Van Wert, Ohio. A November 10, 2002 tornado
devastated parts of the town. A Van Wert movie theater manager ushered
50 movie goers to safety after hearing a NWS tornado warning over
a special weather radio. The tornado destroyed the building, tossing
cars into the front seats where kids and parents were sitting just
Weather radios can be purchased at electronics stores and come in
many sizes, with a variety of functions and costs. Some receivers
automatically sound an alarm and turn themselves on if a severe weather
warning is broadcast no matter what the time is - day or night -
and can be programmed to warn for weather and civil emergencies in
only your county. Some scanners, HAM radios, CB radios, short wave
receivers, and AM/FM radios also are capable of receiving NOAA Weather
NOAA Weather Radio network has more than 750 transmitters, covering
all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, and U.S. Pacific Territories. In Montana, approximately
80 percent of the state's residents are covered by various NOAA Weather
NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather
data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories.
National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood
warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives
and property and enhance the national economy. To learn more about
the National Weather Service, please visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov.
The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety
through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related
events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal
and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.
Additional information about the NOAA Weather Radio is available
Loans & LDP’sStill
Available For Wool & Mohair (Posted Wednesday, January 29,
2003 6:58 AM)
The 2002 crop year loan rates for Wool & Mohair were not available
until December 16, 2002. Therefore, the final loan availability date
for these commodities has been extended, for the 2002 crop year only,
to March 31, 2003. Producers may apply for loans or LDP’s on
the 2002 crop through this extension date.
For the 2003 through 2007 crop years, the final loan availability
date will remain January 31 of the year following the year in which
the applicable commodity is sheared.
of Agriculture Key to Growing Ag Economy in Indian Country (Posted
Wednesday, January 29, 2003 6:53 AM)
Indian farmers and ranchers can
play a leading role in being sure that Indian agriculture in Montana
is counted. The
2002 Census of Agriculture is the largest, most detailed statistical
portrait of agriculture in Montana and across the Nation. A special
American Indian project in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota
will be the first Census to include agricultural statistics for American
Published data will provide totals for every
reservation and the amount operated by American Indians. These
statistics have been requested by American Indian groups to provide
for decision making on reservations.
Harlan Beaulieu, Vice President,
Intertribal Agricultural Council, states: " I believe it would
be very beneficial to Indian Country if we were able to create accurate
agricultural data for all of our reservations. These data could be
used for a variety of purposes such as: * To develop a preliminary
marketing plan for Indian Products * To identify the types of products
produced on our reservations * To determine the placement of company
stores by chemical, farm equipment, car and truck dealers, office
equipment and agriculture supply outlets * To help ensure fair and
equal appropriation levels * To facilitate use of census data in
the socioeconomic categorization of 'the most needy' and type of
need * Most important - to provide data for use by Indian country
to impact the U.S. Congress in addressing Indian needs."
Statistics are important for Indian Country," reports Earl Old
Person Chairman, Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. "They provide
the information that shows the need for agricultural resources and
programs for Indian people."
" In 1994 Montana Agricultural
Statistics Service provided the first illustration of the role Indians
play in the agricultural economy," says Ross Racine, of Intertribal
Ag Council. "The current Census of Agriculture project will
bring Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota to comparable levels
and will serve as a benchmark for other states to follow. I believe
Census information will be used by the reservations to show the need
for delivery of USDA ag programs."
" The Census of Agriculture
is the only source of uniform agricultural data available at the
county and now the reservation level for Montana, so it is important
that in Montana all producers fill out their forms," says Lori
Ryan, Indian Advisor to Governor Mart. Farm and ranch operators are
asked to complete and mail the 20-page document by February 3, 2003.
Information on the forms is held strictly confidential, but law.
Results of the census will be aggregated and published over the next
two years, and also used as benchmarks for other surveys conducted
by the agency. "
Anyone is considered a farm if they sell more
than $1,000 per year in agricultural products, or have
the potential to sell $1,000 in agricultural products," Peggy Stringer, state
statistician for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. "So,
some people that may not think they are a farm, actually are a farm
by our USDA definition."
New opportunities under the 2002 Farm
Bill are another reason to fill out the forms. "Under the Farm
Bill, agricultural landowners nationwide will receive $14 billion
over a 10-year period for conservation programs," Stringer notes. "In
order to determine how those conservation funds are spent, information
about production practices is required. It is important to have accurate
information so that these funds can be disbursed across Montana."
Census of Agriculture will look at many things that help producers
make decisions on competitive pricing, farm services, transportation,
marketing locations, environmental and conservation issues, farming
trends, irrigation and new technology," she says. "Promptly
filling out and returning the forms will help us greatly in this
Senator Baucus Pushes Conference
Committee To Keep $8 Million For Hatchery In Bill
(Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2003 7:24 AM)
As House and Senate appropriators sift through
the fiscal year 2003 spending bill,
Montanaís Senator Max Baucus is working to defend the $8 million included to
help build a new fish hatchery at Fort Peck Lake.
In a January 27 letter to Appropriations
Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and other members of the joint
House-Senate committee charged with ironing out differences in
the spending bill, Baucus urged
the lawmakers to keep the Hatchery funds intact, saying the project will
be a boon to jobs and recreation in
"I write today to reaffirm my strong support
for an $8 million allocation to help finish construction of the
fish hatchery at
Fort Peck Lake,
Montana. I have supported this project from its conception
around a coffee table in Glasgow, Montana, to its year 2000 authorization
Last year, Congress appropriated $1.5 million to start construction, which
began last summer.
"The Fort Peck Fish Hatchery receives my strong
support because I know how important it will be to jobs and recreation
in Montana," Baucus added.
Once completed, the $20-million Fort Peck
Fish Hatchery will support native fish recovery and warm-water fish
walleye and small-mouth
bass, as well as other species that have been hit by heavy fishing
pressure and low water levels in recent years.
"I intend to keep
working until we get this important
$20-million project completed," Baucus wrote. "An allocation of
$8 million will greatly aid us in this effort. I ask today that you
the Omnibus spending bill is considered in
After appropriators made an across-the-board
2.9 percent cut to all energy and water projects, Baucus said $7.8
in Hatchery funds
were included in a package of spending bills, known as an omnibus
appropriations bill, by the Senate last week. Baucus
said the conference committee is the "last big hurdle
we face" in getting the final approval for the funds.
committee is our last big stop on the
way to the Presidentís desk," Baucus said. "We've come
a long way. Now we must keep working together to
secure these funds. I'm confident we'll be
A senior member of the Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee, Baucus was instrumental in getting the hatchery
approved by Congress
as part of the 2000 Water Resources Development Act and helped
secure $1.5 million to start building the hatchery last summer.
with Senator Conrad Burns and Representative Denny Rehberg to
secure the additional $8 million in fiscal year
2003 to help complete construction of the hatchery.
Writing Workshop Set For
February 4 (Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2003 7:17 AM)
The Women's Writing Group of Glasgow is hosting
an hour-long workshop by Allyson Adams, in the Women's Resource
Center conference room on Tuesday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. The
workshop on how to write in the first person is open to the public
and offered free of charge.
Adams has written and performed "Moments of Peace," a tale dramatizing the
historic political journey of native Montanan, Jeannette Rankin, for audiences
Montana. She will be working with the youth in our community during the week
of February 3 through Feb 9.
The Valley County Coalition and the Northeastern
Arts Network have invited Allyson Adams to perform and discuss her one woman
show about Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress. The writers
workshop on February 4
is being co-sponsored by the Women's Resource Center.
Rescued From Missouri River (Posted Saturday, January 25, 2003
Valley County Sheriff's Department and Valley County Search and
Rescue were called to the
Missouri River near Frazer on Friday to rescue 2 people, 6
bulls and one horse stranded on the river.
According to Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier, the department was
called to the river around 11:00am on Friday to help the two people
who were stuck on ice in the middle of the river along with the livestock.
Changing water flows and moving ice had stranded the livestock and
the individuals had tried retrieving the animals before getting stranded
The Sheriff's Department enlisted the help of the Valley
County Search and Rescue and late Friday afternoon the people
and the livestock were safely ashore. Search and Rescue used a
bring the people to shore and the livestock ended up leaving
the river by themselves.
Man Killed in Car-Train Accident (Posted Saturday, January 25,
2003 8:01 AM)
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has released the name of a man
killed on Friday. Bob Earys, an 85-year-old Glasgow man, was struck
and killed by a train Friday afternoon,
The Montana Highway Patrol says the crossing
arms were down and working when the man drove around them. His
pickup truck was struck
by the engine and rolled at least once before coming to rest
in the ditch. The man was ejected and died at the scene.
The death raises the state highway fatality
toll to 18, compared with ten on this date a year ago. (Copyright
2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not
be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
John & Mary
Ann Fawcett Watson And Related Watson Histories (Posted Friday,
January 24, 2003 8:24 PM)
Early in the century, six members of the Watson family of
Drumore, Ireland, the children of David John Watson and Anne
Morrow Watson, left their native land to start new fives in
the United States. Five of the members of this family took
up homesteads in the Vandalia community.
David John Watson (1883 -195 1) arrived through entry at Boston in 1901 and worked
in Boston, Denver and Montana prior to homesteading in Valley County in 1907.
He married Mary Ann Fawcett (1889-1944) in the Methodist parsonage in Glasgow
on April 3, 1911.
Mary was the daughter of John and Susan Foster Fawcett of Laghey,
Ireland and had arrived in the United States in 1909 to work in the Boston area.
The family home was established on the homestead in Vandalia and later a home
was kept in Glasgow during the school year. Dave was active in his community,
serving on the school board, the Equity Cooperative of Vandalia and a director
of the Farmers Union Cooperative. Mary was a homemaker.
|Five children were born to David
and Mary. James Colvin Watson (1912-1944) was born at the family
farm, attended Vandalia
grade school, Glasgow High School and graduated from Montana
State College with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1937. He
married Ruth Flittie of Brookings, South Dakota. One son, David
John, was born to Jim and Ruth. He passed away in 195 1. Jim
was a captain in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and
served as a navigator on a B-29. He was killed in action in
February of 1944 in the Pacific Theatre. Prior to entering
the service he was professor of Animal Science at South Dakota
State College, Brookings, SD.
Edith Mary Watson McCoy (1913-1974) was born at the fiuilfly
farm, attended Vandalia grade school Glasgow High School and
Montana State College in Bozeman, graduating in 1935 with a
degree in Home Economics. She taught school in Belt, Montana.
She married Ben F. McCoy in 1938 and lived on the McCoy family
ranch in that community. Two daughters were born to the McCoy's:
Marybeth Ewen (Dan), is a retired teacher in the Great Falls
school system, and Betty Mae McCoy, is a 4-h Extension Specialist
with the Montana Extension Service in Bozeman, Montana.
David John Watson was born in 1923 and died as an infant in
George Joseph Watson (1927-195 1), a twin to Betty, was born
in Hinsdale, Montana, attended school in Glasgow and graduated
from Montana State College in Bozeman in 1950 with a degree
in Agronomy. He served in the Air Force in World War 11. After
graduating from college he returned to farm with his father
at Vandalia. He passed away in August 1951.
Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Watson Drummond (1927-), a twin to George,
was born in Hinsdale, attended school in Glasgow and graduated
from Montana State College in 1949 with a degree in Home Economics.
In 1950 she married James Drummond of Deer Lodge, Montana who
was employed for 35 years as supervisor of the Montana Wool
Laboratory and professor of Animal Science at Montana State
University. They reside at Bozeman and have three sons: James
Watson Drummond, President of First Security Bank of Bozeman;
William John Drummond, Soil Scientist with USDA Soil Conservation
Service at Miles City; Robert George Drummond, a lawyer in
Great Falls. The Drummond family continue the operation of
three of the original Watson homesteads.
Margaret Watson Kinniburgh May (1883 -1964) came to the United
States in 1902, married William Kinniburgh in 1905 and later
married William May. Margaret was the mother of two children,
Mary Kinniburgh Shepherd (John), who resides in Palm Desert,
California and William Watson Kinniburgh of Pebble Beach, California.,
Alexander Watson (1889-1959) arrived in the United States in
1909 and came directly to Montana to homestead in the Vandalia
community. He remained active at his home on the same land
as he homesteaded until his death. He enjoyed life, the community
and the land he never married.
Thomas George Watson (1890-1961) worked for several years in
the Boston area after arriving in the United States. In 1912
he joined other family members who had homesteaded in the Vandalia
community. He loved his family, neighbors, gardening, the land
and being active in the community. He was never married.
Isabella Watson Montfort (1887-1927) arrived in Montana and
the Vandalia community to join other members of the family
who were taking up homesteads. She married Frank Montfort in
Glasgow in 1913. Frank and Bella had one son, James Watson
Montfort and one grandson, Terry Montfort of Vandalia. (See
William Robert Watson (1896-1995) joined the members of the
Watson family in Valley County. For a time he drove wagon train
hauling freight for the Matador Company in Phillips County.
Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War 1. Upon returning
he became interested in the mining industry. He spent his life
in Idaho and California supervising mining operations for the
Sun Shine Mining Company After retiring he made his home in
Submitted with picture of David and Mary Watson, July 30,2002.
By Betty Watson Drummond
River amendment would allow bird relocation (Posted Thursday,
January 23, 2003 7:15 AM)
(Washington-AP) A long-running
fight over the Missouri River's flow surfaced in the U-S Senate,
during debate on a spending bill.
Kit Bond is pushing to let river managers move the nests of
endangered birds. He says the nest-moving would head off another
stop to barge traffic along the lower Missouri.
attack Bond's proposal as a death sentence for the birds.
Because of the Endangered Species Act, water levels couldn't be
last summer. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service blocked relocation
of the nests of about 270 eggs or chicks that would have
Bond would tie agencies hands, using an amendment
the 390 (b)
billion dollar spending bill moving toward passage in the
Senate. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
River Management Meeting
Set For January 29th (Posted Thursday, January 23, 2003 7:09 AM)
The Lower Missouri River
Coordinated Resource Management Council (LMRCRM)
the annual general membership meeting On January 29th at the
Sherman Motor Inn in Wolf Point, Montana starting with Registration
“Pumps, Pallids, and People” is
the theme for the meeting which will feature several federal,
local agencies who have some responsibility for management of the
Missouri River. These agency personnel will share their vision
of the Missouri River for 2003 and offer suggestions for local
involvement in the management of the River.
Chairman Arlyn Headdress of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux
Tribes will give the welcoming addressed followed by panelists from
the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers,
US Environmental Protection Agency, American Rivers, the Department
of Natural Resources and Conservation, and the USDA Natural Resource
and Conservation Service. A no host luncheon will be available with
invited speaker Richard Opper, Executive Director, Missouri River
Basin Association. The panels will conclude with speakers from Senators
Burns and Baucus and Representative Denny Rehberg.
Additional agenda items include the election of officers and approval
of revised by laws for the LMRCRM as well as an update of the Council’s
activities. For more information, contact Buzz Mattelin, Brockton
or Boone Whitmer, Wolf Point. Please plan on attending this informative
Amateur Hour In Nashua Set For April (Posted Thursday, January
The Nashua Lions Club will be presenting their
Sixth Annual Old Fashioned Amateur Hour, Sunday, April 27, at 2
p.m. in the Nashua School gym. The deadline for
contestants to enter this event is April 14.
This family-oriented event has drawn contestants
from Saco, Hinsdale, Glasgow, Fort Peck, Brockton, Peerless, Opheim,
Wolf Point, Scobey, Bainville, Nashua,
and Plentywood in the past.
Residents along the Hi Line have consistently been treated to an impressive array
of outstanding talent. People of all ages are encouraged to enter the Old Fashioned
Amateur Hour. Adults, 12-18 year olds, and 13 and under compete in Vocal or Instrumental
Solo or Group, Lip Sync/Dance, and Storytelling in their respective age groups.
The first place winner in each age group and category will receive $50; second
place, $25; and third place, $15.
Judges for the event are drawn from communities across the Hi Line.
Concessions will be available the day of the performances.
To obtain an entry application for the Old Fashioned Amateur Hour, contact Rita
Bunk, P.O. Box 333, Nashua, MT 59248-0333 or call her at 406-746-3483.
Committee To Decide Soon
On Amtrak Funding (Posted Thursday, January 23, 2003 7:00 AM)
(AP) A U-S House-Senate
conference committee will soon decide whether Amtrak will get the
one-point-two billion dollars it says it needs to keep operating.
Amtrak announced last February that, unless it gets the one-point-two
billion, it would have to shut down long-distance routes
to save money. President Bush requested 521 million dollars
Amtrak in his 2002 budget. The amount was never resolved, and
Amtrak continues to operate under a continuance of its previous
Democratic Senator Patty Murray, of Washington state, proposed
an amendment last week to raise the Senate appropriation to
one-point-two billion dollars. It passed with bipartisan support.
proposal is 762 million. A spokesman for Montana Congressman
Denny Rehberg says the House
is not likely to back the bigger appropriation. (Copyright 2003 Associated
Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Lake Senator Introduces Lake Level Legislation (Posted Thursday,
January 23, 2003 6:52 AM)
Senator Linda Nelson of Medicine Lake has introduced legislation
in the Montana State Senate that calls for Montana's Congressional
delegation to support minimum lake levels on Fort Peck Lake.
Nelson's bill is a non-binding resolution that was introduced on
Monday. The bill has been referred to the Senate Natural Resources
Here is the text of the bill:
2003 Montana Legislature
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 9
INTRODUCED BY L. NELSON
A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA URGING THE MEMBERS OF THE MONTANA CONGRESSIONAL
DELEGATION TO INTRODUCE AND SUPPORT LEGISLATION IN THE U.S. CONGRESS
TO ESTABLISH A MINIMUM LAKE LEVEL IN FORT PECK RESERVOIR.
WHEREAS, the sport fishery in Fort Peck Reservoir is
of vital importance to the economy of northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota;
WHEREAS, the State of Montana and the federal government
have spent about $3 million to date on a warm water hatchery at Fort Peck to
improve the warm water fishery in Fort Peck Reservoir and other state waters,
and private donors have contributed an additional $200,000 toward the hatchery
WHEREAS, pool elevations that are below 2,225 feet above
mean sea level eliminate significant amounts of spawning and rearing habitat,
thereby reducing fish numbers and greatly impairing recreational access to the
reservoir, the combination of which is very detrimental to the local and regional
WHEREAS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' policy regarding
lake levels in Fort Peck Reservoir is devastating to fisheries above and below
Fort Peck Dam and to the area economy; and
WHEREAS, a higher pool level and a more conservative
approach to operating Fort Peck Reservoir will more equitably spread the effects
of prolonged drought and allow for healthier river flows below Fort Peck Dam
during drought; and
WHEREAS, seven of the eight states represented on the
Missouri River Basin Association have consistently supported a higher level of
water conservation during periods of drought.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the members of the Montana Congressional Delegation
be urged to introduce legislation in the U.S. Congress as promptly as possible
to set a minimum lake level of 2,225 feet above mean sea level in Fort Peck Reservoir,
except when necessary to protect fish and wildlife and their habitat in the river
reach between Fort Peck Dam and Lake Sakakawea, and to use the Delegation's combined
efforts in support of the legislation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State send
copies of this resolution to the members of the Montana Congressional Delegation.
Former Deputy Lawsuit Hearing Set For April (Posted
Thursday, January 23, 2003 6:50 AM)
Former Valley County Sheriff's Deputy Sterling
Silver is continuing his case against Valley County and former
Valley County Sheriff Richard Wessler.
Silver filed a lawsuit against Valley County and Wessler on October
21st asking the court for a hearing on his alleged wrongful termination
of his employment, also for reinstatement to the position of deputy
within the department, and payment of any wages lost by Sterling
Silver as the result of his alleged wrongful termination.
Silver is also asking the court for punitive damages for the alleged
malicious and wrongful termination of his employment.
District Court Judge John McKeon has recused himself from the case
and Judge John Warner of Havre has taken over the case.
Judge Warner has set a summary judgment hearing for April 4th in
the courtroom at the Valley County Courthouse. Valley County has
requested the hearing hoping that a settlement could be reached
in the case.
Sterling Silver was terminated from his deputy position on September
19th by former Sheriff Richard Wessler. Silver claimed that Wessler
fired him because he had filed grievances against Wessler previously.
Silver also claims he was fired in retaliation for his reporting
violations of public policy.
Dropped Due To Tecnhicality (Posted Thursday, January 23, 2003
drug charges have been dismissed against Glasgow resident Jason
Dahl because an acting Justice of the Peace wasn't properly sworn
in as an acting judge when she issued a search warrant for Dahl's
Court documents state the Judge John McKeon dismissed all charges
against Dahl on January 21st because Valley County had no evidence
to continue the case against Dahl.
Dahl had been charged with three felonies including possession of
dangerous drugs, intent to distribute dangerous drugs, and production
or manufacture of dangerous drugs. He was also charged with misdemeanor
possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to court documents, on June 7th, 2002 the Valley County
Sheriffs Department made an application for a search warrant to search
Dahl's home west of Glasgow. Lee Hagen was the acting Justice of
the Peace that day because the elected Justice of the Peace Linda
Hartsock was on vacation. Hagen granted the search warrant and the
warrant was executed by the Sheriffs Department and evidence was
seized from Dahl's home.
Dahl's attorney contended that Hagen was never officially sworn in
as a substitute judge and thus she was not qualified to act in that
capacity and wasn't qualified to grant a search warrant.
Valley County Attorney Ken Oster agreed with the motion filed by
Dahl's attorney that Hagen wasn't property sworn in and all evidence
taken from Dahl's home was suppressed and would not be allowed to
be used during the trial.
And since all of Valley County's evidence was seized as a direct
result of the search warrant issued by Hagen, Valley County didn't
have any evidence to prosecute Jason Dahl.
Judge John McKeon officially dismissed the case on Wednesday.
Drought, Outlook Prompt Forecasters' Concerns (Posted Monday,
2003 3:23 PM)
A thin snow pack is raising concerns that stream flows and water
supplies will be low for the spring and summer in several Western
states, forecasters at the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather
Service (NWS) said yesterday. NOAA is part of the Department of Commerce.
In its latest drought assessment, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said
severe drought continues over most of the interior Western states and the central
and northern Plains. Conditions ranging from abnormal dryness to moderate drought
extend across the Midwest from western Missouri to the Great Lakes. Forecasters
added that precipitation is plentiful across the South and Northeast, although
drought persists in northern Maine.
"The dryness in the Midwest is expected to continue during the next several
months, although lake-effect snows will bring local improvement," said Douglas
Lecomte, a NOAA CPC climatologist. "Rain or snow should bring improvement
from the Southwest into the central Plains, while little significant change in
the drought situation can be expected across the northern Plains and northern
and central Rockies," he added.
Lecomte said the latest outlook raises concern that "serious water shortages" could
occur this spring and summer in parts of the northern Rockies and northern Plains,
if precipitation continues to be below normal. In contrast, forecast rain and
snow later this winter should ease water concerns farther south from Arizona
into New Mexico. "Some areas will continue to see low water supplies, even
if normal or slightly above-normal precipitation occurs," Lecomte said.
The worst prospects for drought relief are in Montana and Wyoming, which are
already mired in a multi-year drought, he added. Spring and summer stream flows
to be less than one-half of normal in several river valleys in both
"Because the last couple of years have been so dry, even normal snow pack
this winter will not be enough to get many western states out of their drought,
and snow pack is currently below normal in most states outside of California," Lecomte
Additionally, conditions have been unusually dry across much of the Midwest since
fall, allowing drought to persist in some areas or expand in others. The winter
pattern of an active jet stream dipping southward into the eastern U.S. brought
drought-ending rain and snow to the East, but this pattern has left areas in
the central part of the country and interior West cut off from Gulf of Mexico
and Pacific Ocean moisture sources.
Lecomte said: "We need to see the pattern change so that the jet stream
extends farther southward in the Rockies and High Plains. This change shows signs
of occurring, at least temporarily, resulting in snow spreading across the Midwest
In recent weeks, El Niño has contributed much-needed precipitation to
many parched areas of the country. For example, fall and winter storms along
the Gulf and East Coasts have nearly ended the drought from Texas to Georgia,
and along the entire East Coast. The precipitation has many wells and reservoirs
in the East at near normal levels, with some even above-normal.
Last summer, more than one-third of the nation experienced severe drought, making
it one of the most expansive since the devastating droughts of the 1950s.
"Despite major improvement in the East, we still have severe drought covering
more than one-fifth of the country, so it will take at least several more months
to get back to a more normal situation," Lecomte said.
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center, one of the NOAA National Centers for Environmental
Prediction, is part of the NOAA National Weather Service. The Climate Prediction
Center assesses national drought conditions as well as predicts and monitors
El Niño. The Center also produces the nation‚s official long-range
outlooks and medium-range weather forecasts.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through
the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing
environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources.
Outlines Lake Action Plan (Posted Monday, January 20, 2003 3:17
Montana's Senator Max Baucus today outlined his action
plan to address historically low water levels in Fort Peck Lake,
calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make fair the rules
governing water flows on the Missouri River.
Baucus released the three-point plan today in an effort to keep
more water in Fort Peck Lake, help protect jobs and recreation,
and protect eastern Montana agriculture. The plan includes a revision
of the rules the Corps uses to decide how much water is sent to
downstream states, calls for increased erosion and stream bank
improvement measures for landowners along the Missouri River, and
urges the Corps to extend or install emergency low-water boat ramps
at Fort Peck Lake.
In a letter to Brig. Gen. David Fastabend, the Corps' northwestern
division engineer, Baucus asked the agency to immediately halt
additional draw-downs of Fort Peck Lake, saying if the draw-downs
continue the economies in northeastern Montana will be devastated.
As I've stated before, it defies common sense to keep sending water
from Fort Peck downstream, particularly to states that haven't
been hit nearly as hard by drought as Montana," Baucus wrote. "We've
suffered enough." Baucus said the current rules governing
flows on the Missouri River are unfair because they take into account
only the needs of downstream economic interests, and not upstream
recreational and agriculture interests. For years, Baucus has urged
the Corps to revise its so-called Master Manual, the management
plan for the entire river system. But, as Baucus put it, the Corps
has "dragged their feet for more than a decade, bowing to
the downstream barge industry at Montanans' expense."
letter to the Corps, Baucus pointed out that lake levels are projected
to drop to near all-time lows, and that extended drought is choking
Montana's agricultural and recreational economies for a fifth straight
year. "While I understand that the Corps operates Fort Peck
as part of the larger Missouri River system. . . I am at a loss
to understand why Fort Peck and the State of Montana appear to
be bearing the brunt of an extended drought," wrote Baucus,
a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
would like to know what actions the Corps will take to balance
fairly the needs and circumstances of Fort Peck with other reservoirs
on the Missouri River." Baucus today said he would continue
to work together with Montana's congressional delegation, state
and local agencies, and the Bush Administration to "find a
common-sense solution that will keep more water in the Lake, help
boost our local economies, create jobs, and enhance fishing and
The Baucus Fort Peck Lake Action Plan
1) Revision of the Missouri
River Master Manual: I will continue my efforts to urge the Corps
of Engineers to bring back balance to managing the Missouri River.
Currently, the amount of water in Fort Peck Lake is dictated by
downstream barge interests. The Corps must revise its rules governing
water flows on the Missouri River to take into account recreation
and agriculture interests in upstream states, like Montana, and
to bring the Missouri flows back to a more natural level. Upstream
states shouldn't be forced to send unsustainable amounts of water
downstream to support downstream economic interests, particularly
in drought years. The current management plan isn't working. It's
not fair to upstream states. I will explore every option at my
disposal to hold the Corps' feet to the fire on this issue.
Stream-bank Improvement and Erosion Control Measures: I will work
with the Corps and encourage the agency to implement new erosion
controls, stream-bank improvements and other measures to protect
area landowners in the event the Corps establishes more natural
water flows below Fort Peck. I will continue to urge the Corps
to work with landowners along the Missouri, and with the Fort Peck
Tribe, to minimize any potential impacts from changing operations
at Fort Peck dam.
3) Boat ramps: Near-record low lake levels could
make it impossible to launch boats this spring. Of major concern
to me is the annual Governors Cup walleye tournament, an event
that is vitally important to the economy of local communities around
Fort Peck. I will urge the Corps to extend and or install low-water-level
boat ramps as soon as possible -- with an initial focus on the
main Fort Peck Marina.
Baucus' Letter to the Corps:
I am writing to you about the serious situation at Fort Peck Reservoir.
Lake levels at Fort Peck are nearing record lows. Montana is headed
into its fifth year of drought. If the Army Corps of Engineers
(Corps) continues to release unsustainable amounts of water from
Fort Peck Reservoir ñ- for whatever reason -- the recreation
and irrigation economies in eastern Montana that depend upon Fort
Peck will be devastated. The lake's prize fisheries will suffer
enormous losses. I would like to ask for your personal attention
to this matter so that it can be resolved as soon as possible.
I understand that, under the Corps' current plan for operations
at Fort Peck, lake levels are projected to drop to 2212 feet by
the end of February a full 34 feet below full pool. This
is dangerously close to the all-time low for the lake, which was
2208 feet. While I understand that the Corps operates Fort Peck
as part of the larger Missouri River system, and is attempting
to "balance" its system of reservoirs, I am at a loss
to understand why Fort Peck and the State of Montana appear to
be bearing the brunt of an extended drought. The Corps is drafting
extraordinary amounts of water from Fort Peck lake ñ extraordinary
because we are in a severe and prolonged drought, and the Corps
should not be treating this as a "normal" water year ñ to
fill Lake Oahe in order to support barging traffic in the lower
I would like to know what the Corps plans are for the navigation
season on the lower Missouri this year; what that means for the
barging industry versus the recreation and irrigation industries
in Montana; how the Corps' actions this year compare to the Corps'
actions in previous low water years; and on what basis the Corps
is making its decisions. Finally, I would like to know what actions
the Corps will take to balance fairly the needs and circumstances
of Fort Peck with other reservoirs on the Missouri River. Please
respond in detail to these questions.
I have fought for years to convince the Corps to revise the Master
Manual governing its operations on the Missouri River so that Montana
and other upstream states are treated more fairly in low water
years. Short of revising the Master Manual, I still firmly believe
the Corps has far more flexibility in its operations on the Missouri
River than it has been willing to allow, up to this point. I ask
that the Corps use that flexibility and reduce the unsustainable
releases from Fort Peck as soon as possible. As I've stated before,
it defies common sense to keep sending water from Fort Peck downstream,
particularly to states that haven't been hit nearly as hard by
drought as Montana. We've suffered enough.
Please respond as soon as possible to this letter. Time is of the
Speech & Drama Members
Perform At Kiwanis (Posted Friday, January 17, 2003 5:53 PM)
representing the Glasgow High School Speech and Drama recently
members and guests at
the noon luncheon meeting of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club.
From left: Erica Doornek, Serious Solo; Taylor Moorman and
Melissa Chalmers, Serious Duo; Marie Fahlgren and Kelly
Hagfeldt, Humorous Duo. The team is coached by Mr. Rennick.
Kiwanis Club is a community service organization with emphasis
on young children. For membership information please call Lila
at 228-4346 or Bill at 228-9225.
Funding Makes It Out Of Committee (Posted Friday, January 17, 2003
In a tight budget year, the $8 million appropriated
for the fish hatchery made it our of committee on Thursday. Senator
Burns sent out this release:
Montana Senator Conrad Burns was able
to protect and maintain the $8,000,000
in the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003.
been involved with this project from the beginning," said Burns. "Keeping
this funding intact is very important for the project. I'm glad
to see we were able to keep it there, and I'll work hard to make
sure it makes it through the conference committee."
Burns was the
original sponsor for the Hatchery, and got it included in the
Water Resource Development Act of 2000. Burns, a senior member
powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, and also a member of
the Energy and Natural Resources committee, was able to get the
necessary funding through in the previous fiscal year for the
groundbreaking, which he attended in 2002.
The Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
is a part of a larger omnibus bill the Senate is considering
right now. Upon expected approval, the bill will move to a joint
conference committee, of which Senator Burns will be a member.
Meanwhile, Senator Baucus had this press release:
Montana's Senator Max Baucus announced today
that just under $8 million to help build the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
has survived the latest
round of budget talks in the U.S. Senate, a move Baucus said required the hard
work of Montana's congressional delegation.
After appropriators made an across-the-board
2.9 percent cut to all energy and water projects, Baucus said $7.8 million
Hatchery funds were included in a package of spending bills, known as an
omnibus appropriations bill. Baucus said he expects the spending
bill could be finally
approved late Friday or
by early next week.
"We cleared a major hurdle by getting the Fish
Hatchery funds included in the omnibus spending bill," said Baucus,
who attended the
for the Hatchery last summer. "With Congress facing tight budget constraints,
it wasn't easy getting these
funds included in the final bill. But we've kept fighting. We kept working
together to get this Hatchery because it will be so important to jobs and
eastern Montana. I feel confident we'll be able to push these funds through
signed by President Bush very soon."
Once completed, the $20-million Fort Peck
Fish Hatchery will support native fish recovery and warm-water fish such
as walleye and small-mouth bass, as well as other species that
have been hit by
pressure and low water levels in recent years.
A senior member of the
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Baucus was instrumental
the hatchery project approved by Congress as part of the 2000 Water
Act and helped secure $1.5 million to start building the hatchery last
summer. Baucus has been working together with Senator Conrad
Burns and Representative
Denny Rehberg to secure the additional $8 million in fiscal year 2003
to help complete construction of the hatchery.
The hatchery will
be located on 100
acres of federal land south of the Dredge Cuts area in Fort Peck
and will be staffed
by two to three employees, Baucus said. The hatchery project is a
partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and the Montana
Department of Fish,
Wildlife and Parks.
"From its conception around a coffee table
in Glasgow, to being
approved by the Montana Legislature and Congress, to getting the
federal funds to break
ground, the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery is an extraordinary example
of Montanans working together to
move our state forward."
For Glasgow Superintendent Position (Posted Thursday, January 16,
2003 11:13 AM)
The Glasgow School District has received four applicants for the
position of Superintendent of Schools. Current Superintendent Glenn
Monson will be retiring at the end of this school year.
Those applying for the job include current Glasgow High School
Principal Carl Somers. He has spent the past two years as Principal
and before that position he served as Superintendent at Fort Benton.
Other applicants include Blake Rahman who is the Superintendent
at Frazer, Dennis Maasjo who is currently working in North Dakota,
and Rodney Smith who is from Alabama.
The school board has formed a search committee to review the applications
and start the preliminary interviews. The members of that search
committee include Gary Stidman, Lynn Erickson, Sam Waters, Jenny
Hallock and Mike Dailey. The committee will start the interviewing
process later this month.
In other news from the school district, the school board has approved
a pay increase for bus drivers who drive for school activities.
The increase is from $6.75 per hour to $7.00 per hour.
The board approved a salary increase for Gary Stidman who is the
supervisor of the 21st Century Grant at the Irle School. The increase
is $1665 for the remainder of the school year and will be paid
for out of the grant monies.
Filing for two positions on the Glasgow School Board is now open
through March 27th. The terms of Mike Daily and Tom Schmidt expire
this year and both positions are 3-year terms.
System Implemented (Posted Thursday, January 16, 2003 7:31 AM)
Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) officials
announced that Montana's new 511 traveler information system
has been implemented. The service, which has been in the works
since the Federal Communications Commission designated 511 as the
national traveler information phone number in July 2000, uses state-of-the-art
technology to offer road and weather information in a format not
previously available to the traveling public.
"This system is unique
because information is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week," says MDT Director Dave Galt. "511 offers real-time weather
and road condition information, with the system scanning the database for updated
information every 10 minutes.
"Weather forecast information is now available,
updated every hour and more frequently if there are major changes. The public
can also select individual routes and specific segments of roads when calling
in to the system, allowing quick and easy access to the information they need.
of these features were available on our old road reporting system."
features possible required the cooperation of many partners, including Meridian
Environmental Technology, Inc.; the Western Transportation Institute of Montana
State University/Bozeman; and the Information Technology Services Division
of Montana's Department of Administration.
Highway Administration and Senator Conrad Burns were instrumental in securing
federal funding for project development, and a host of telecommunications
companies made the switch to 511 at no cost to the state.As a result,
both landline and cell phone 511
calls are free to the public.
"Getting 511 up and running has required a tremendous
and I would like to thank all involved for making 511 a reality," Galt says. "Montana
is on the cutting edge with this service, and we can all take pride in helping
the public travel more safely and efficiently."
MDT had planned to kick
off the system on December 12, 2002, but discovered a software issue
that caused them
to delay implementing the service.
According to Galt, the issue was
quickly resolved, and the public was able to use the 511 number
within a few
days. MDT continued
to utilize the database from their old road reporting system while
technicians tested the new program. The switch to the new system
was authorized last
As of December 2002, statewide 511 services were
available in only seven states
across the nation: Utah, Nebraska, Arizona, Minnesota, South
Dakota, Iowa and Kentucky. Metropolitan 511 services are available
locations: the I-81
corridor in Virginia, the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati metro
area, the San Francisco Bay area, Orlando, and South Florida.
please contact Mike
Bousliman at (406) 444-6159, Brandi Tesch at (406) 444-7220
or Lisa Vander Heiden at (406) 431-8977. For the hearing impaired,
TTY number is
telecommunication companies made the switch to 511 at no
cost to the state: WIRE LINE
COMPANIES: * Central Montana Communications * Nemont Telephone
Cooperative * Northern
Telephone Cooperative * Project Telephone Company * Triangle
Telephone Cooperative Association
* Valley Telecommunications * Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative
* Clark Fork Telecommunications * Hot Springs Telephone Cooperative
Telephone Cooperative * Mid-Rivers
Telephone Cooperative * Century-Tel * Range Telephone Cooperative
* Ronan Telephone Company * 3-Rivers Telephone Cooperative
* Cellular One *
Sagebrush Cellular * Qwest Wireless
Says Drought Could Shorten Navigation Season (Posted Thursday,
January 16, 2003 7:13 AM)
Nebraska-AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers says drought may shorten
the Missouri River's navigation season.
The corps manages the river
and operates its dams, including Garrison Dam in North Dakota.
Corps officials say they expect to cut five days from the season.
A final decision will be made in March.The corps has said the Missouri
River is down about two feet from normal in both directions from
Omaha. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This
material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
Officer Charged With Burglary (Posted Thursday, January 16, 2003
Fort Peck tribal police officer has been charged with burglary
by authorities investigating a break-in at the Helena Y-W-C-A.
Police arrested 28-year-old Jason Trinder. Bail
was set at ten-thousand-dollars and a Lewis and Clark County jail
spokesman said yesterday that
Trinder had been released.
Officers investigating a disturbance
at the Y-W-C-A early Tuesday found a man standing in a basement
doorway where a window had been broken. Officers said the man
smelled of alcohol and offered them a police identification card.
who had recently been hired by the Fort Peck police, was
dismissed Monday from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy for an
rule violation. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights
reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten,
Northfork To Be Shown At Sundance Festival (Posted Thursday, January
16, 2003 6:17 AM)
A movie which was made in in
the Glasgow area last
premier at the prestigious 2003 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26
Northfork, a film by twin brothers Michael and Mark Polish was
shot in the Great Falls, Choteau, and Glasgow areas in spring 2002.
all-star cast includes James Woods, Nick Nolte, Daryl Hannah, Anthony
Edwards, Kyle MacLachlan, and Peter Coyote.
Northfork was partially filmed in the Glasgow area with scenes
shot in downtown Glasgow, also in St.Marie and the Fort Peck area.
Interest In Superintendent Position (Posted Thursday, January 16,
2003 6:15 AM)
school district is in the market for a new superintendent and their
hasn't been much interest in the job according to retiring superintendent
Monson told Kltz/Klan that as of Friday, January 10th their had been
no applications for the position. He did say that several people
had inquired about the job but no official application.
The Glasgow school board opened up the position in December and had
set a closing date of January 15th.
The school board will meet on January 15th to discuss the applicants.
Glenn Monson will be retiring at the end of this school year after
spending the past three years as Superintendent.
Award Recipients Announced (Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:10
Trustees of the Glasgow High School Educational
Trust recently made financial awards for the Spring 2003 semester
to 10 GHS alumni who are attending college or vocational-technical
school. These awards are in addition to those made to 49 other
students last July for all or part of the 2002-2003 school year.
This is the largest number of students the Trust has ever helped
in one academic year and is indicative of the importance it plays
in the academic life of our community.
Established by the class of 1938 in 1964, gifts of cash, stock
and real estate from alumni and supporters across the nation have
built the Trust into a truly significant resource. A recent gift
from the Maxine Fiedler Trust of $650,000 increased the corpus
of the Trust to over $1.7 million. The interest on these assets
is awarded to GHS alumni through a semi-annual application process.
Deadlines are July 1st and November 1st of each year. Students
may apply in July for both semesters of the year or in November
fro the spring semester only. Over half a million dollars in financial
assistance has been awarded to over 500 different students. Many
students have received multiple gifts.
The Trust also purchases equipment and programs for GHS, which
cannot be financed within
the regular school budget. These gifts
benefit every department and total over $86,000 in value.
Whenever the Trust receives memorials or honorariums which total
$500 or more in the name of a particular individual, a gift to
a student or a department of GHS is given in memory, honor or recognition
of that person. Donations of $10,000 or more provide an annual
Students in their second year of college or second semester of
vocational-technical school are eligible for gifts. The awards
are based primarily on need, not scholarship, and average students
who are in good academic standing and showing steady progress toward
completion of their degrees are given equal consideration.
The Trustees are undertaking a new campaign to encourage all past
recipients of Trust gifts to make a donation to the Trust in honor,
memory or recognition of their parents, teachers, coaches, friends
or classmates. The founders and past supporters of the Trust have
given most generously. It is now time for the next generation to
assume responsibility for the maintenance and growth of this important
asset. While the Trust has received a number of major financial
gifts, it has been the faithful donations of $10 and $25 over the
course of 38 years that have ensured its success. No gift is too
The most recent recipients: Cassie Boos, Montana Tech, IMO Marlin
Malnaa; Aaron Chatten, Art Institute of Seattle, IMO Lois Durbin
Johnson; Tyler George, UM Missoula, IMO John Sisson; Ashley Hallock,
MSU-Billings, IMO Merlin Hovland; Jordan Kitzenberg, UM-Missoula,
IMO Harry Rybock; Ben Radakovich, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Bill & Peggy
Pattison; Jason Schakosky, MSU-Northern, IRO Lois & O.E. Markle;
Kelsey West, UM-Missoul, IRO James & Eleanor Wedum Family;
Jennifer Jimison, MSU-Billings, IMO Beverly-Burgess Frankenfield.
For more information about the Trust or an application, please
contact: Danielle Anderson, 406-228-4203; Jeanine Markle, 406-228-2858;
Doris Leader, 406-228-9391; Linda Allie, 406-228-8561.
Dies (Posted Sunday, January 12, 2003 8:32 AM)
A Poplar man
hospitalized in a coma since a Dec. 23 fight died this week, a
tribal official said Friday.
Michael Alley Sly, 48, died Wednesday at a Billings hospital of head
injuries he received during a fight with another Poplar man, said
Fort Peck Criminal Investigator Terry Boyd.
Dr. Gary Dale of the state crime lab in Missoula will investigate
the medical treatment records to determine if his death was the result
of a criminal act, Boyd said.
Until then, we're not proceeding further with the investigation," Boyd
said. "It's a matter of getting a medical finding."
The name of the man allegedly responsible for Sly's fatal injuries
has not been released. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All
Appointed To FWP Commission (Posted Sunday, January 12, 2003 8:23
(AP) Governor Martz has appointed John Brenden of
Scobey to the Fish,
and Parks Commission.
Brenden will represent a district including
the counties of Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt,
Petroleum, Garfield, McCone, Richland, Dawson and Wibaux. He
replaces Darlyne Dascher and was appointed to a term ending January
2007. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Washington Man Found (Posted Sunday, January 12, 2003 8:20 AM)
(AP) The body of a missing Washington state man
has been found in eastern Montana, along U-S 12 between Baker and
From the air Saturday, family members spotted the
wreckage of 41-year-old Greg Milner's pickup truck, flipped on
its top at the bottom of a steep embankment midway between Baker
and Miles City.
The Montana Highway Patrol says it appears Milner
may have fallen asleep when driving or was distracted, and
the truck hit a large tree before going over the bank. The wreckage
was located yesterday afternoon.
Milner had last been seen
Baker the morning of December 31st, westbound on a trip from
Minnesota to his home in Kent, Washington. (Copyright 2002 by
The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Glasgow Woman Included
On Board Of Environmental Review Reappointments (Posted Friday,
10, 2003 10:34
Montana Governor Judy Martz
announced today that she has reappointed three members of the Board
of Environmental Review (BER). The seven-member Board is responsible
for environmental rulemaking and determining appeals of Department
of Environmental Quality decisions.
Martz reappointed Joseph Russell
from Kalispell, Kim Lacey from Glasgow, and
Susan Brooke from Bozeman.
"I am pleased with the work of the board of environmental
review, and am glad that Kim, Joe and Susan have agreed to continue their service
State of Montana in this capacity," said Governor Martz.
Russell is a county
health officer for the Flathead City-County Health Department. Russell was
to serve as the chairman of the
Board, a position he has held since 2001. "Joe has been an effective leader
and is well respected by the other members
of the Board," said Governor Martz. Russell represents county health officers.
The other two members reappointed by Martz are Kim Lacey, a rancher
from Glasgow and Susan Brooke, a small businessperson from Bozeman.
Both serve as members
representing the public. Governor Martz said she considered each member's
knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and that she
that she is pleased
with the willingness of her appointees to tackle complex issues.
appointments are subject to final confirmation by the Montana
Enters Plea Agreement (Posted Friday, January 10, 2003 10:30 AM)
Redstone has entered into a plea agreement with the Valley County
Attorney regarding an incident that took place March 27th of 2002.
Redstone had been charged with felony aggravated assault but with
the plea agreement is instead charged with misdemeanor assault and
will receive a six-month suspended sentence and will be fined $150.
The agreement also states that Redstone must pay the victim in the
incident $10,688.91 for medical and dental expenses that occurred
during the incident behind a Glasgow bar in March of 2002.
Woman Charged With Felony Theft (Posted Friday, January 10, 2003
Valley County resident
Linda R. McColly has been charged with felony theft in state District
Court in Glasgow.
Court documents state that McColly was an employee of R&G Quality
Feeds in Glasgow from March, 2001 through April of 2002. The documents
state that McColly on numerous occasions failed to deposit cash from
various cash receipts to the R&G Feeds bank account and used
the cash she withheld for her own purposes.
The amount allegedly taken is in excess of $1000 and therefore McColly
is being charged with a felony. If convicted she could be fined up
to $50,000 and be sentenced up to ten years in prison.
According to the court documents, McColly in a sworn statement to
the Glasgow Police Department admitted to the theft and the total
amount taken from the business was $9,675.40.
McColly has yet to make an appearance in District Court.
grants, loans made to update water systems (Posted Friday, January
10, 2003 7:38 AM)
(AP) More than a million
dollars in grants and loans is on the way, to build a new water
system in Toole County and update water systems in Circle and
The U-S Department of Agriculture says Circle
a loan of 67-thousand-750 dollars, and a 182-thousand-dollar
grant, to build a new well.
Opheim has a 30-thousand-dollar loan
grant for new wells, upgrades on water distribution systems,
and closing a contaminated well.
In Toole County, the Ethridge
District received a loan of 716-thousand dollars, to distribute
water to farmers and ranchers who have had to haul in water
for livestock. (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All
Bills Have Hearing Today (Posted Friday, January 10, 2003 6:36
Two bills by State Senator Sam Kitzenberg will
have hearings in Helena today.
The first bill hearing (Senate Bill 93) will
be held in room 405 at the State Legislature at 9 a.m. in front
Taxation Committee. The bill summary:
an act providing for a general investment tax credit; providing
that a 3 percent credit for qualified investments is allowed against
individual income taxes or corporate license taxes; limiting the
investment credit in any 1 year to no more than 45 percent of the
taxpayer's tax liability; providing for a 7-year carryover of unused
investment credits if the underlying investment remains in Montana.
The second bill hearing (Senate Bill 82) will
have a hearing also at 9 a.m. today in room 405 in front of the
Senate Taxation Committee. The bill summary:
an act providing an ongoing source of funding for the maintenance
and establishment of state parks through an annual levy not to
exceed 2 mills on all taxable property in Montana; providing that
the proposed act be submitted to the qualified electors of the
state of Montana.
For more information on the bills,visit Kitzenberg's
website at www.kitzenberg.net
National Guard Award (Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003 7:14 AM)
KLTZ/Mix-93 station manager Shirley Kirkland
received a special treat on Wednesday.
The Valley County Montana National Guard presented the station
with a special Elvis award for the station's continued support
January 8th was the 68th birth anniversary of Elvis. If
you can't tell from the picture, Shirley likes elvis just
a l-i-t-t-l-e bit.
Missing, Possibly In Circle Area (Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003
A man headed for Kent, Washington, on New Year’s
Eve has disappeared, possibly near Circle.
Greg Milner was reportedly traveling west on Highway 12 through
North Dakota to Montana with a destination of Kent, Washington.
He has not been heard from since. His cell phone was used in Circle
around 11p.m. on New Year’s Eve, but it not whether it was
in his possession at the time.
Milner was last known to be driving a black 1999 Chevy 4X4 Extended
Cap Pick-up with Washington license plate #A24659F.
We have a link to the pdf
file with a picture and contact information.
You also may contact the
Valley County Law Enforcement Center at
228-4333 if you have any further information.
Still Shrinking (Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003 6:42 AM)
Reserves in the Missouri River's big three reservoirs continue
of the U-S Army Corps of engineers in Omaha says the reservoirs
are down, but N-O-T at record lows.
The river is managed by the
corps, which also operates its dams. The Missouri River is
down about two feet from normal in both directions from Omaha,
hydroelectric production is being limited by the low flows.
of the water contained by the six dams on the Missouri's
main stem is in Lake Oahe in South Dakota, Lake Sakakawea in North
Dakota and Fort Peck Lake in Montana. Each is lower than it was
Chairman (Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2003 10:30 AM)
The Valley County Commissioners have elected a new
chairman to preside for the next two years. The commissioners met
formally for the first time on January 2nd and elected Dave Reinhardt
as the chairman of the commission.
It's been standard policy to elect the commissioner who is next
up for election as the chairman. Reinhardt's term is set to end
in 2004 and he is the commissioner with the most years of service.
January 2nd also was the first meeting for new county commissioner
Dave Pippin. He was elected in November and sworn in on December
31st. Pippin replaced Marlene Erickson who retired after serving
Pippin said he has been busy getting on-line with the county system
and is very optimistic about the future of Valley County.
of Public Instruction Worried About Unhappy Legislators (Posted
Monday, January 6, 2003 8:29 AM)
of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch has charged that two Republican
legislators have indicated that they plan to punish her office
for work of an aide on the state Districting and Apportionment
McCulloch is charging that Joe Balyeat of Bozeman and Jeff Pattison
of Glasgow are unhappy with the redistricting commission's work and
plan to punish her office because Joe Lamson who works in her office
is the key architect of the redistricting plan.
In a letter to GOP legislators, McCulloch wrote that she has been
told Mr. Lamson's work on the commission could lead to severe cuts
in funding for Montana schools, and her agency in particular.
The Associated Press is reporting that Jeff Pattison wrote a letter
a month ago suggesting education money be used to pay for a
lawsuit challenging the new legislative district boundaries.
Republicans have been irate over the plan developed by the Democratic
controlled commission. They claim the proposal is designed to benefit
Democratic candidates. Joe Lamson who works for the Superintendent
of Public Instruction has designed many of the new legislative districts.
McCulloch said Jeff Pattison, in a Dec. 6 letter to the commission,
complained that the plan fails to comply with mandatory criteria
and wondered whether Montana schools should pay for a suit challenging
the constitutionality of the plan.
McCulloch is urging GOP legislative leader to ensure education funding
and legislative redistricting remain separate issues and are considered
on their individual merits.
Family of slain man
frustrated with investigation (Posted Monday, January 6, 2003 8:26
(AP) The body of a
Wolf Point man was found in November, in a shelter belt near
Devils Lake, North Dakota. And his family is frustrated that the
hasn't been solved.
Nineteen-year-old Russell Turcotte was last
seen in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on July 14th. Relatives
say Turcotte was on his way home from Michigan.
The North Dakota
Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Sheriff's Office in
are treating the case as a homicide. They say the case is
still active, but there are no suspects.
Russell's oldest brother,
Michael, says his mother is having a difficult time dealing
death. And Russell Turcotte's father, William, says he's
frustrated by the lack of clues. The family has posted a five-thousand-dollar
reward for information. (Copyright 2003 by The Associated
All Rights Reserved.)
Windy Friday Night
Brings Rain And Fire (Posted Friday, January 3, 2003 10:25 PM)
Winds gusting to near 60mph tore through northeast
Montana on Friday night, knocking down at least one power line
just west of Glasgow.
The Valley County Long Run Fire Department
responded to a small blaze caused by the downed power-line around
8:15 Friday night, in the residential section behind El Cor Del.
The fire was put out quickly and there were no injuries reported.
Peck Interpretive Center & Museum To Hold Annual Meeting
January 19th (Posted Friday, January 3, 2003 10:19 PM)
New faces will
take their place as officers and members of the Board of Directors
of the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum, Inc. at their
annual meeting on Sunday, January 19th, 2003. New board members
elected were Gary Meyer of Fort Peck, Ken Nelson of Circle, and
Hoyt Richards of Glasgow. They join current board members, John
Rabenberg, Fort Peck; Rick Ost, Glasgow; Sam Waters, Glasgow; Duane
Sibley, Nashua; Larry Mires, Glasgow; Dr. David Greogory, Glasgow;
Bernard (Bunk) Sullivan; Glasgow; Amy Hanson, Glasgow; Mareta Brusset;
Jordan; Rob Stanton, Miles City; Rachel Moos, Vida; and Evelyn
Kondelik, Circle. John Rabenberg was re-elected President, Rick
Ost elected Vice-President, Evelyn Kondelik elected Secretary and
Gary Meyer elected Treasurer.
Members retiring from the board were
Boone Whitmer, Wolf Point; Irving Johnson, Fort Peck;, and Robert
McGarvey, Sidney. Tickets for the dinner sell for $15.00 each,
and are available from any member of the Board of Directors or
you may call Evelyn Kondelik, 485-3651 or the Field Station at
The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 19th, 2003 at
the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Noted scientist/paleontologist,
T. Bakker, Boulder, Colorado, will be the featured speaker.
Dr. Bakker is the scientist generally accredited with the 'Dinosaur Renaissance'
of recent times, largely through his quite revolutionary ideas on the characteristics
and lifestyles of the creatures, which have won him much acclaim. He
was born in Bergen, New Jersey in 1945.
Bakker has argued that they are not 'giant lizards', but rather hot-blooded bird
relatives. He is adjunct curator of the Tate Geological Museum, Casper College,
Wyoming. He has an appealing enthusiasm which is promoted through writing, appearing
on TV, and working with schoolchildren and undergraduates. Bakker was
scientific consultant to Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park'.
As a child Bakker caught the dinosaur bug at an early age. While in the 4th grade
he read the classic December 7, 1953 Life Magazine with awe. This magazine, which
Bakker describes as the most famous single magazine article focusing on dinosaurs,
quickly changed his life. He took his love of dinosaurs to Yale University, where
he studied under the great John Ostrom. Bakker later received his Ph.D. from
As an undergraduate Bakker held many small part time jobs as a scientific illustrator.
While at Yale he taught children visitors of the college museum as part of the
school services program. As a Ph.D. student he was in charge of the Harvard comparative
anatomy labs. He then received his first major job from the Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore, Maryland.
This is an excellent opportunity to hear Dr. Bakker speak, along with other paleo
people, i.e., Nate Murphy, Malta. Other noted paleontologists have been invited
to attend. Look for more about this “meeting”in next weeks issue.
Buerkle To Continue
As Undersheriff (Posted Friday, January 3, 2003 11:21 AM)
County Sheriff/Coroner Glen Meier has announced that Vernon Buerkle
remain as Valley
Buerkle currently holds the position after being appointed by
former Sheriff Dick Wessler. He ran for the position of Sheriff
defeated in the June Democratic Primary by Dave Watson. Watson
was defeated in the November General Election by Meier.
Buerkle is a 24-year veteran of law enforcement including a stint
with the Glasgow Police Department.
For November Released (Posted Friday, January 3, 2003 10:17 AM)
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry has
released the preliminary labor force statistics for the month of
Novmber, 2002. Valley County is at 2.5%, compared to 2.6% in November,
2001. The 2002 stats are listed first for each county, followed
by the 2001 unemployment number.
For full state county breakdowns, visit the Department
of Labor & Industry Statistics In Brief page.
Montana 4.4% 4.6%
Daniels 2.5% 2.7%
Garfield 2.6% 1.2%
McCone 1.1% 2.1%
Phillips 5.0% 4.5%
Richland 4.1% 3.4%
Roosevelt 6.3% 6.9%
Sheridan 1.8% 3.2%
Valley 2.5% 2.6%
Tourism Award Nominations
Are Being Accepted (Posted Friday, January 3, 2003 10:10 AM)
The Governor's Tourism
Advisory Council (TAC) is accepting nominations for the Montana
2003 Tourism Awards. This year, in addition to Tourism Person and
Community of the Year, awards for Tourism Event and Tourism Partnership
have been added to the field.
The awards recognize individuals, events, or communities whose
efforts to promote or develop Montana's tourism opportunities,
this year or for a series of years, have preserved or enhanced
tourism's role in Montana's economy.
The award winners will be announced at the 29th Annual Governor's
Conference on Tourism and Recreation scheduled for March 24-25,
2003 at the Colonial Hotel in Helena, Montana. Governor Judy Martz
will present the awards.
Nomination forms are available from the Department of Commerce
Montana Promotion Division by calling Amy Robbins at 406-841-2769
or email email@example.com.
The forms are also available electronically at www.travelmontana.state.mt.us/conference/award.htm.
The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2003.
The 2002 Tourism Person and Community of the Year Awards were given
to Don Sorensen of Virgelle and the city of Hardin. Terry Zee Lee
of Billings received a regional recognition award.
Tourism and recreation is Montana's 2nd largest industry. In 2001,
9.6 million people visited Montana spending $1.7 billion during
their stay. 32,200 jobs are directly and indirectly supported by
nonresident travel with an annual payroll of $492 million.
Gas & Oil Lease Sale
Scheduled (Posted Friday, January 3, 2003 10:03 AM)
The next quarterly
oil and gas lease sale conducted by the Montana Department
Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is scheduled for March 4th,
2003 in Helena.
DNRC is in the process of preparing an environmental
assessment (EA), according to Monte Mason, DNRC Minerals Management
Bureau chief. Mason said that the only action proposed at this
time is issuing leases for possible
future exploration and production.
"Before any activity occurs, DNRC will prepare
environmental review," he explained.
The state Board of Oil and Gas must also
review and issue a permit before any activity can occur.
sale includes tracts in the following counties: Blaine, Dawson,
Hill, Liberty, Musselshell,
Richland, Teton, and Valley.
A map and a detailed list of tracts being
considered by DNRC may be obtained by calling Mason in Helena
at (406) 444-2074. The
information is also
available on the department's Internet site at:
Any comments regarding the tracts should be submitted
in writing to Mason by January 24. His address is DNRC, P.O. Box
201601, 1625 Eleventh Ave.,
Helena MT 59620-1601.
Kitzenberg To Host Listening
Session (Posted Friday, January 3, 2003 10:00 AM)
The Montana Legislature
convenes on January 6th and State Senator Sam
his priorities for this legislative session. Kitzenberg told
Kltz/Klan that he will be focusing on developing a state park for
Montana, ethanol issues and economic development for his senate
Kitzenberg is hosting a listening session on January 3rd at noon
in the community room of the Valley County Courthouse. This session
will be used to develop ideas for the upcoming legislative session.
Donna (Korb) Mavencamp Strommen
Donna (Korb) Mavencamp Strommen, 71, died in the
Billings Deaconess Hospital Tuesday, January 28. The wake service
will be held Friday, January 31 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic
Church. The funeral mass will be held Saturday, February 1 at 11
a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with burial to follow at the
Malta Cemetery. Adams Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of arrangements.
Donna was born on January 15, 1932 in Calio, North
Dakota. During elementary school, she moved to Malta. In 1949,
she married Harvey Mavencamp and they made thier home on the "River
Place". Then they moved to Saco before moving to Opheim where
they owned and ran the Opheim Cafe. After moving back to Malta
they ran the Lobby Cafe. She then worked at the Malta Hospital
followed by the Malta Clinic, working for Dr. Wiprud and Dr. Molloy.
Donna married Olaf Strommen in 1989. They spent their
winters in Apache Junction, Arizona, where she was active with
her church and park community. They enjoyed traveling and when
in Malta they were involved with ranching. She was an active contributor
to the St. Mary's School and Altar Society. She loved playing bridge,
whist and cribbage, playing with many groups, in tournaments and
with countless family members. She was a constant caregiver and
had a general commitment with whom she came in contact. Her deep
faith touched the lives of so many and all felt her kindness and
She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey Mavencamp,
her son Joe Mavencamp, her parents Ray and Hortense Korb, an infant
brother Ronald, and her sister Betty (Korb) Ackerman.
Survivors include: her husband, Olaf Strommen of
Malta; sons and daughter-in-laws, Lynn and Jackie Mavencamp of
Gardiner and Dick and Jennifer Mavencamp of Great Falls; daughters
and sons-in-law, Janet and Dave Dunbar of Whitewater, Cathy and
Laurin Salsbery of Malta, Diane and Chris Tober of Tuscon, Arizona
and Ann and Jon Ambuehl of Great Falls; a daughter, Julie Mavencamp
of Seattle, Washington; stepson, Matt Strommen of Glasgow; 25 grandchildren;
7 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Sister Mary Clare
Korb of Great Falls, Elsie and Harold Sorenson of Forsyth, Fred
and JoAnn Korb of Billings, John Ackerman of Woodbury, Minnesota,
Jane and Jim Quass of Billings and Greg Korb of Deer Park, Washington;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marlyss Burg, age 64, passed away on Monday, January
27 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Services will be Thursday,
January 30 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with
Reverand Martin Mock officiating. The burial will be in the Highland
Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Marlyss Burg was born on September 18, 1938 in Hendricks,
Minnesota to Orville Kermit Berge and Alice Carlyle (Stroeh) Berge.
She grew up on a farm and lived there all her life until she graduated
from Hendricks High School. In growing up on a farm with no boys
in the family, guess who got to help with all the field work but
her sister and Marlyss. She hated mostly picking mustard that grew
in the fields as she hated snakes so bad but lived through it.
After High School she went to Minneapolis and went
to work at the Prudential Insurance Company. At this time her folks
moved to Los Angeles and she rented the farm out. She also went
to Los Angeles where she worked for Hughes Aircraft company as
an administrative secretary.
Marlyss married Wesley L. Burg on August 30, 1958.
Marlyss and Wes moved to Glasgow in June of 1972 where Marlyss
worked for Newton Motors for six years and then Valley Bank for
24 years. Upon retirement she enjoyed her grandkids, palying cards
and reading many books. She was active in choir, Soroptimist and
Rebekah Lodge for many years.
Survivors include: husband, Wesly Burg of Glasgow;
father, Orville Berge of Hendricks, Minnesota; son, David (Mary)
Burg of Williston, North Dakota; daughter, Jana (Scott) Moran of
Malta; 4 grandchildren, Trent and Conor Moran, Seth and Jared Burg;
sister, Penny (Paul) Aune of Glasgow.
Pallbearers include: Kevin Miller, Steven Miller,
Udell Miller, Don Johnson, Steve Aune and Todd Aune.
Honorary Pallbearers include: Dan Aune, Paul Aune,
Trent Moran, Conor Moran, Seth Burg and Jared Burg "And all
her Lifetime friends."
Ardis Munger, age 75, passed away from natural causes
at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow on Saturday, January
25. Services will be at the Opheim Methodist Church on Wednesday,
January 29 with Reverand Dave Hodsdon. The interment will be at
the Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in
charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers include: Allen Munger, Cecil Spear, Benny
Hallock, Roy Stein, John Ross and Bill Pickeren.
Honorary Pallbearers include: Arlo "Bill" Westby,
Don Davenport, Cliff Isakson, Neil Rogers, Albert Schartner and
Robert M. Eayrs
Robert M. Eayrs, 85, passed away from a vehicle accident
on Friday, January 24. Services will be at the First Lutheran Church
in Glasgow on Friday, January 31 at 11 a.m. with Reverand Martin
Mock officiating. The burial will be in the Highland Cemetery.
Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Robert M. Eayrs was born on September 19, 1917 in
Baylor to Mark Robert Eayrs and Ethel Fosset Eayrs. He attended
schools in Bylor and Opheim. He worked on the family homestead
near Opheim. At age 13 he worked on the building of the Fort Peck
Dam. Robert met and married Mildred Osen in 1941. They moved to
Bremerton, Washington in 1946 where he worked in the Navy Yard.
Mildred passed away on October 30, 1951. He moved to Glasgow in
1951 where he worked for the Etchart Ranch and for the Marcus Handley
Ranch south of Glasgow. Robert married Mary LaRoque in 1962 in
Wolf Point. They moved to Glasgow in 1969 where he has resided
since. Mary passed away on November 7, 2000. They farmed and ranched.
Robert loved his mules, his Wagon Trains, poker on Friday night,
telling stories, and visiting over coffee at Johnnie's Cafe. He
especially loved rodeos, canning and gardening.
Survivors include: son, Darryl Eayrs of Bremerton,
WA;daughter, Joyce Hutton of Glasgow; step-daughters, Rosie Morales
of Orlando, Florida, Pat Whitelaw of St. Louis, Missouri, Dallas
Shelton of Billings, Melody Canen of Glasgow; 18 grandchildren;
26 great grandchildren; sisters, Opal Purkett of Forsyth and Blanche
Thomas of Mesa, Arizona.
Robert was preceded in death by a sister Maxine Rasmussen,
and brothers Chet Eayrs, Ralph "Dutch" Eayrs, and Chuck
Pallbearers include: Paul Nass, Mitch Knaff, Paul
Monson, Kermit Flom, Charles Copple and Ken Borseth.
Flossie Sylvia Stein
Flossie Sylvia Stein, age 84, passed away from natural
causes on Friday, January 24, at the Valley View Nursing Home in
Glasgow. A vigil service is on Monday, January 27 at the Bell Chapel
in Glasgow at 7 p.m. Services will be Tuesday, January 28, at St.
Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow at 11 a.m. with Father Joseph
Diekhans officiating. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of
Flossie was born February 22, 1918 in Homestead,
Oklahoma to Reinhold Gust Battin and Mary Ann (Starrett) Battin.
She lived in Homestead until the age of 6 when their mother died
and their father moved them to Glentana. She married John Roman
Stein on June 29, 1937. They lived in Glentana, Wheeler and then
Glasgow where they resided for over 50 years. Flossie cooked at
the Truck Stop, Ken's Supper Club and Johnnie's Cafe. Her passion
was quilting. She enjoyed crocheting, fancy embroidering and sewing
for her children. Flossie was an excellent baker. She was in Altar
Society and cooked many banquets at the St. Raphae's Catholic Church.
She also helped with rummage sales and enjoyed fishing and camping.
Survivors include: son, Ronald Stein of Pembina,
North Dakota; daughters, Barbara Brau of Sylvia, Kansas, Patricia
Neuleib of Nashua, Sandra Sue Sanders of Marysville, CA, Dixie
Lee Wagner of Towner, North Dakota, Pamela Salacup of Sutter, CA;
26 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren, brother William Knudson
of Wassilla, Alaska.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roman Stein
on March 28, 1998;2 sons, Lamont and Charles; her parents; 3 sisters;
and 1 brother.
Jim Stover, age 70, from The Dalles, OR past away
from cancer on Thursday, January 23. Survivors include: his wife;
5 children; brother, Smokey Stover & wife Vivian of Nashua;
nieces, nephews and cousins in the area.
Leo J. Zimmer
Leo J. Zimmer, age 70, of Wolf Point passed away
on Wednesday, January 22, at the St. Peter's Hospital in Helena.
Visitations will be held on Sunday, January 26, from 2 - 8 p.m.
with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Clayton Memorial Chapel. Funeral
services will be held on Monday, January 27, at 10 a.m. at the
Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point with Father Steve Zabrocki
officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Clayton Memorial
Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Leo was born January 30, 1932 in Opheim to John and
Gertrude (Niehoff) Zimmer. He was raised in the Glentana area and
attended schools there, graduating from Peerless High School in
May, 1949. Leo worked for Reese Puckett before joining the military
in October 1951 until 1953. He was a paratrooper in the Army. On
his return he attended Carroll College in Helena, then attended
flight school in Helena receiving his pilot license. He married
Dorothy Baldry on August 13, 1956.
Leo was a farmer/rancher, flew planes crop dusting,
and later was a real estate broker. He was one of the original
Simmental breeders in this area. He enjoyed playing cards, especially
whist, playing basketball, playing semi-pro ball in Scobey, and
traveled playing on local teams. He dearly loved his ranching and
cows. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf
Point, serving on the parish council.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers,
1 sister, and 1 grandchild, Elijah. He is survived by his wife
Dorothy of Wolf Point; 4 sons, James (Helen) of Palmer, Alaska,
William of Billings, Tim of Oswego, and Loren (Denise) of Wolf
Point; 3 daughters, Janice (Todd) Breitenfeldt of Whitehall, Mary
(Lester) Beil and Teresa (Mike) Jones both of Hinsdale, Mark Zimmer
of Wainwright, Alberta and Vince Zimmer of Thayme, WY; 4 sisters,
Francis Daley and Mae Stein both of Glasgow, Rose Taylor of Aurora,
CO and Lucille Autry of Odessa, TX. He is survived by 25 grandchildren.
Mary Ann Drummond
A memorial service for Mary Ann Drummond, age 34,
will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 27, at St. Philip's
Catholic Church in Scobey. Fr. Gary Norman will officiate. Mary
died December 10, 2002 in a single vehicle accident. Waller Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lyle Edward (Francis) Vandal
Lyle E. "Francis" Vandall, died on Saturday,
January 18, at his home in Wolf Point. Visitation will be held
from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 with a prayer service
at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 24, at the
Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point with Reverand Fr. Steve
Zabrocki officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Lyle was born on June 14, 1942 in Wolf Point, the
son of Edwin D. and Mary Ernestine Vandall. He was raised and attended
schools in Wolf Point. He entered the U.S. Army on April 1, 1964
and served time in Okinawa, Japan. Lyle received a sharpshooter
and good conduct medal and was honorably discharged on March 31,
1970. He worked at the Post Office, the Corp. of Engineers in Fort
Peck, and numerous other jobs. Lyle enjoyed building birdhouses,
playing cards and Yahtzee, fishing and fiddle music. He was especially
proud of his family.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin
and Ernestine Vandall and brothers, Pedro and Joe Vandall; a sister-in-law,
Survivors include: his children, Ceceilia Louise
(Greg) Solberg of Wolf Point, Lee Eldon (Sharri) Vandall of Wolf
Point, Kristen Dawn (Daryl) Peters of Wolf Point, Troy Edward (Melani)
Vandall of Fort Peck, and Michael Aaron Vandall of Wolf Point;
nine granddaughters and three grandsons. He is also survived by
brothers, Edmund "Sonny" Vandall of Lincoln, Maine, Eugene "Jinx" Vandall
of Wales, MA and John (Donna) Vandall of Winnebago, NE; sisters,
Delaraine (Robert) Hauss of Rochester, NY and Mary Anderson of
Billings; a special friend, Tessie Moran of Wolf Point; several
nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles and numerous friends.
Flora Marie Gordon, 89, passed away on Sunday, January
12 from natural causes at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
Cremation has taken place. Private services are plannedfor a date
later this summer. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Flora was born on February 22, 1913 in Swift Current,
Saskatchewan, Canada to Frank and Belle Henderson Edwards. Flora
attended school in Canada and moved to Wolf Point in the 1920s.
In 1933 she marriend Ben Gordon. They lived in various parts of
the country; Texas, California and Montana as well as Panama where
Ben was employed as an iron worker. In 1943, they bought a small
farm in McCone County and toiled there for 13 years. In 1957 they
moved to Fort Peck where Ben resumed working construction and Flora
worked as a waitress at the Fort Peck Cafe. In 1959, they moved
to Nashua where Flora became employed as a cook at the Nashua school.
She retired in 1968. Flora and Ben spent winters in California
enjoying their grandchildren and summers in Montana enjoying the
fishing. Following Ben's death in 1983, Flora spent winters in
Arizona with her sister Bertha and summers at Bertha's cabin at
Fort Peck Lake. Flora dearly loved living at the lake in the company
of her sister and friends. Flora and Bertha left their beloved
cabin and moved to Nemont Manor in 1999 and to Valley View Home
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband
Ben, a sister Lorine Littlefield, four brothers, Percival, Ellsworth,
Russell and Marvin and an infant great-grandson.
She is survived by her sister Bertha Edwards of Glasgow,
2 sons, Dr. Gary Gordon (Lucia) of Atascadero, California and Arlie
Gordon (Janice) of Fort Peck, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Judy Ann Warren
Judy Ann Warren, 50, passed away from natural causes
on Friday, January 10 at the Warren Group Home in Glasgow. Services
will be Monday, January 13 at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church
in Glasgow with Reverand Dave Rogenes officiating. The burial will
be at the Nashua Cemetery. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge
Judy was born on May 12, 1952 in Glasgow to Lee Warren
and Marion (Bissell) Warren. Judy was raised in Nashua and has
lived in the Group Home in Glasgow the past 25 years. She enjoyed
writing, painting pictures, listening to music, and loved watching
football and basketball. She knew all the NBA and NFL players and
teams. She loved watching Vance play basketball, getting cards
and mail, and she loved Christmas. She was able to attend Erin's
wedding this year.
Survivors include: mother, Marion Warren of Glasgow;
sisters, Linda Dostert of Nashua and her husband Van, Marilyn Stone
of Billings; brother, Milo Warren of Kaycee, Wyoming; nieces and
nephews, Vance and Erin, Michael and Janel, Andrew and Levi.
Judy was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.
Leila E. McPherson Maxness
Leila Copeland McPherson Maxness, 95, passed away
on Tuesday, January 7 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital after
a long life filled with love, wit, laughter, family and friends.
Services will be Friday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran
Church in Glasgow with Reverand Martin Mock officiating. The burial
will be at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow
is in charge of arrangements.
Born on November 18th, 1907 in Langden, North Dakota,
Leila was the fifth child of six, born to William and Elsie Copeland.
Leila attended school in Nashua while living on the family farm.
She married Tom McPherson in 1926. Together they had three children
Phyllis, Ronald and Jerry. From 1940 through 1943 they resided
in Washington, traveling extensively throughout the U.S. with Tom's
welding job. They moved back to Montana in 1946 and purchased the
McPherson ranch where they resided until 1958. They sold the family
ranch and retired in Park Grove. Tom passed away in 1978. John
Maxness entered into Leila's life in September 1980. John and Leila
resided on the Maxness farm until her death. Leila enjoyed gardening,
cooking, crocheting, visiting with family and friends, her many
cruises and traveling south in the winter.
Survivors include: her husband, John; her son, Jerry
(Jennie); seven grandchildren, Janice McPherson, Gail (Ed) Weber,
Terry (Lynn) Sather, Denise (Jeff) Howard, Mike (Linda) McPherson,
Dawn (Tom) Thompson and Shelly (Rock) Degele; eighteen great grandchildren
and three great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her death were her parents, three brothers,
two sisters, her husband Tom, her daughter Phyllis, her son Ronald
and one grandchild.
E. Lyle Haynes
E. Lyle Haynes, 92, passed away peacefully from natural
causes on January 5 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in
Glasgow surrounded by his family. Services will be at the Saco
High School Gymnasium on Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m. with Howard
Pippin officiating. The interment is at the Grandview Cemetery
in Saco. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
E. Lyle Haynes was born on September 23, 1910 in
O'Neill, Nebraska to Roy and Blanche (Miller) Haynes. At age 6,
he and his family rode the train to Saco and that is where he was
raised and spent his lifetime, homesteading north of Saco. Lyle
was a lifetime cowboy and rancher. He worked for Tom Garrison as
a kid, gathered horses in the north, and worked at Cole during
the Fort Peck Dam construction. In 1938, Lyle married Oris Strommen,
whom he later divorced. He worked at the Glasgow Stockyards for
many years in addition to raising two young sons and running the
family ranch at Saco. Lyle was instrumental in the building of
the Saco Roping Arena and never missed a Sunday roping or rodeo.
Lyle also loved watching the Saco kids play basketball and spending
time with his friends at the Senior Citizen luncheons.
On his 92nd birthday, Lyle spent the day helping
family build a hay corral at the ranch. He always looked forward
to the spring excitement of newborn calves and new foals. Lyle
knew good cattle and always rode good horses. A gentle and kind
man, he loved his family and cherished his friends.
Lyle is survived by his son, Ron and his wife, Lexie
of Saco; daughter-in-law, Linda Haynes of Saco; his grandchildren,
Therese Taylor of Phoenix, Arizona, Stacey Haynes of Missoula,
Lindy and Rachael Haynes, Steven and Camilla Haynes of Shepherd,
Scott Haynes of Billings, Billie Sky Haynes of Phoenix, Arizona,
and Lacey Dee of Missoula; five great-grandchildren whom he adored
Madison Marie, Haley Lyn, Jacob Joseph Lyle, Ty Michaelee and Braden
Roland; a sister Inez Lockman of Billings; and numerous nieces
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Blanch
and Roy; his brothers, Charlie and Howard; and his son, Lynden.
Ina G. Tolman
Ina G. Tolman, 91, passed away from natural causes
on Thursday, January 2 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
Services will be Friday, January 10 at 2 p.m. at the Bell Chapel
in Glasgow. The burial will be at the Fairfield Cemetery. Bell
Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Ina G. Tolman was born on January 9, 1911 in Fosston,
Minnesota to Edward Asleson and Susana (Tufte) Aleson. She went
to grade school in the Baylor area north of Glasgow and attended
high school in Opheim. Ina attended Teachers College in Billings
and taught in various country schools in the Baylor area. Ina married
Donnie Russell on December 31, 1934. They lived in Libby when he
was in the service and later moved to Wolf Point. They also owned
a partnership in a Ford Garage in White Sulphur Springs. They were
divorced in 1957.
Ina met Gray Tolman in Great Falls and they were
married on February 21, 1958. They lived on an irrigated farm in
the Fairfiled area. Gray passed away on February 24, 1988. Ina
then moved to Glasgow to be with her sister Gerda Feezell and lived
at the Nemont Manor. Later when it was hard to get around, she
moved to the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
Survivors include: nephew, George Asleson of Opheim;
great nephew, Sam Feezell and his wife Gail of Glasgow and Don
Feezell of Glasgow; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mark Lester Pippin
Mark Lester Pippin, 51, passed away on Friday, January
3 at the MedCenter One Hospital in Bismarck, ND from complications
of diabetes and end stage renal failure. Services will be Saturday,
January 11 at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow
with Reverand Dave Rogenes officiating. The burail is in the Nashua
Cemetery. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Mark was born on February 28, 1951 in Glasgow to
Mildred (Disrud) and Lester Pippin. He grew up in Glasgow and graduated
from high school there in 1969. After attending college at Northern
Montana College in Havre on a football scholarship he returned
to Glasgow. He married Jean Johnson of Fort Peck. They had two
sons, Jeff and Brad. Mark worked many years in the parts department
of the Chevrolet dealership in Glasgow.
In 1991, Mark relocated to Missoula where he worked
at University Motors as Parts Manager until his retirement in 1999.
Mark married Jackie Zimdars of Glasgow in July of 1997. They resided
in Lolo until May, 2002 when they moved to Nashua. Mark was an
avid sportsman. He enjoyed scuba diving, baseball, volleyball,
racquetball, and especially hunting and fishing with his sons and
friends. He was also a skilled finish carpenter. He was a member
of The Kings Christian Church in Lolo where he was baptized into
the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Mark will be genuinely remembered
for a warm sense of humor, his devotion to family and a brave spirit.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents and his
son, Jeff, who passed away in December 1996.
Survivors include: wife, Jackie of Nashua; son,
Brad and his wife Angel of Germany; sisters, Cheryl Ashmore and
her husband Gerry of Missoula, Cathy Ullrich and her husband Jim
of Missoula; nephew, Richard McMullen and niece, Elizabeth McMullen
of Missoula; stepdaughter, Jenni McAllister and her husband Jay
of Lewistown; stepson, Chas Zimdars and Jacque of Glasgow; and
grandchildren, Taylen, Chance and Jacob McAllister and Dominik
and Janeil Zimdars.
Joni Lynn (Hopwood) Tapp
Joni Lynn (Hopwood) Tapp, 41, passed away January
1st in Helena. She had been courageously battling breast cancer
for several years. Joni was a beautiful and genuine person and
will be greatly missed by many. Joni was born March 3rd, 1961 in
Glasgow. Her parents are Frank Hopwood and Carole (Oderman) Whipple.
Joni grew up in Glasgow and has continued to have a very special
bond with the people and the community (she has always taken pride
in being called "a highline girl".) Joni graduated from
Glasgow High School in 1979. She was involved in many school activities
such as cheerleading, honor society, drama and band. Joni was voted
Jr. Miss of Montana in 1978. She attended Montana State University
in Bozeman for two years following high school. Joni and her two
sons, Cody and Kyle, moved to Helena in 1995 to be closer to family.
Joni loved Helena and the kind, giving people in the community.
She especially enjoyed her work and friends at Big Sky Brokers
and the entire Helena real estate community. Thanks to all of them
for their kindness, friendship, and love for Joni. She loved life
and looked for every opportunity to give to others. She always
put others first.
Joni had a beautiful way of celebrating life. She
enjoyed playing softball with friends, boating, prayer group, hanging
out and watching movies with her boys, going out to lunch, spending
time outdoors, her pets, gardening, decorating, and attending ballet
performances to watch her nieces dance. Most of all Joni loved
to entertain. She planned many, many wonderful parties for all
her friends and family. She prepared fabulous food and made sure
every person was enjoying themselves. She could always find a reason
to celebrate. Joni has been an inspiration and a source of strength
and love for many. She was actively involved with her church in
teaching religous education, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity,
and many other church activites. Joni will be missed by friends
and family, and they know that they are better people for their
time with her. Joni battled cancer for 8 years and in the end she
won with a new life in Christ. Joni, thank you for showing us how
beautiful a person can be. We love you and will miss you.
Survivors include: her two boys, Cody Allen Tapp,
19, and Kyle Alexander Tapp, 16; parents, Frank (Robyn) Hopwood
of Glasgow and Carole (Leonard) Whipple of Salt Lake City, UT;
her loving friend and companion Patrick Harris; her sisters, Janet
(Brad) Fisher, Janeen (Brad) Eckert and Julie (Rick) Kump; and
many nieces and nephews whom she has been very close to and loved
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January
5th at the Retz Funeral Home in Helena. The Rosary Service will
be at 7 p.m. Sunday evening, January 5th at the Retz Funeral Home.
The funeral Mass is at 10 a.m. Monday, January 6th, at the Cathedral
of St. Helena, and interment will be at the Glasgow cemetery at
1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7th.
Donald Robert Donovan
Donald Donovan, 93, passed away on Thursday, January
2nd from natural causes at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
in Glasgow. Services will be Monday, January 6th at 11 a.m. at
the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. The burial will be at the
Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge
Don Donovan was born on July 4th, 1909 in Boston,
Massachusetts. He always had a good story to tell. Since he came
out west alone and we had no contact with any of his family we
have no way to validate any of his early childhood stories. Don's
stories were never written down or recorded. This may be the only
story of his life that will be left for his great-grandchildren
to read about their grandfather Don. This last story is about dates
and people in Don's family. It doesn't do justice to the personality
and character that this man shared. The story of Don held in the
hearts of his loved ones is about a young man who only completed
the eight grade. He was a tough young Irish lad who always had
a personality to have fun and enjoy life. As a young man he was
given a one-way train ticket from Boston, Massachusetts by his
father to come out west. The story leads us to believe that is
wasn't that his family didn't love hime, but it was a matter of
choices for Don. Either take the ticket out West or go to reform
school in the East. Don chose to come out West. Don talked very
little about his family in Boston. He had stories about a brother,
who was redheaded and very Irish and a sister. As far as we know,
Don never had any contact with any of his family after leaving
at the age of 16. Don told many stories of his pranks and activites
as a youngster in Boston. Some of the stories told to his grandkids
were ones that he never shared with his own boys as they were growing
up! The boys always felt they had mild encounters compared to the
stories of their dad.
After landing in Saco, Don worked as a ranch hand
for several years. When the Dam days hit Fort Peck in the early
40's Don signed on and worked on the dam until it was almost completed.
While working on the dam, Don met Mavis Sather and they were married
in 1938. After moving to California and back to Montana during
those early married years, they settled on the Bennie Sather farm
in Larslan and raised four boys, Robert, Wayne, Victor and Kelly.
Don is survived by his four sons and their wives, Sandy, Karen,
Rita and Debbie. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Debbie
Jasman, Nettie Austin, Julie Donovan, Cory and Jeff Donovan, Jana
Lockie, and Quinn and Dana Donovan. Great-grandchildren include:
Jeremy, Jason, Jaylene and Jana Jasman, Sarah, Gage, Cloe and Braden
Donovan and Keon Lockie. Don was preceded in death by his grandson,
Chad in 1988 and his wife, Mavis in 2001.
Even though Vic and Kelly purchased the farm from
Don and Mavis in the 1970's, Don lived and worked with his sons
on the family farm until November 2000. He enjoyed following the
sports activities of his grandchildren and was honored with a "most
valued sport's fan", from the school before he retired from
following the teams. He has lived in Valley View Home in Glasgow
for the past twenty-two months. He was a favorite resident while
there and created a family of caregivers who listened to his stories
as he began to retell his life sotry to a new audience. He teased
many of the nurses and enjoyed joking with the staff. Don will
be missed. His body was worn out and tired but the stories he told,
and what he had to share will always be memories for his family
and friends to smile about. Don will be remembered as an active,
lively character who loved his family and friends and one who always
had a great story to tell.
Maryellen Barrett Hicks
Mary Ellen Barrett Hicks, 87, passed away on Sunday,
December 29th from natural causes in Moyie Springs, Idaho. Services
will be Monday, January 6th, 2003 at 2 pm at the First United Methodist
Church in Glasgow. Burial will be at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Maryellen was born on January 19th, 1915 in Glasgow
to Forrest and Ruth (Jackson) Foust. She attended schools in Glasgow
after which she married Wesley Patterson in 1931 in Glasgow. Maryellen
remained at home with the family. Wesley preceded her in death
on January 29th, 1947.
On November 15th of 1947 she married David Barrett
in Glasgow. They made their home in Glasgow and she worked for
Sears for many years. David preceded her in death on January 9th,
On February 8th, 1981 she married Vern Messick in
Glasgow and they moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho where they made
their home. Vern preceded her in death on October 23rd, 1989.
On April 2nd, 1993 she married John Hicks in Bonners
Ferry, Idaho and they have made their home in Moyie Springs, Idaho
until Maryellen's death. Over the years she loved to read, help
the ederly, sick and foster children, she communicated with family
and friends, enjoyed sewing, growing flowers and decorate her home
with flowers and loved collecting hats and showing them off. She
will be remembered as a loving wife to John and as the "Hat
Survivors include: her husband, John Hicks of Moyie
Springs, Idaho; sons, Ralph Patterson of Aurora, Colorado, Dennis
Patterson of Sedro Woolley, Washington, Daniel Patterson of Glasgow;
daughters, Martha Stanley of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Ruth Cimino
of Mt. Sinai, New York, Margaret Swor of Springfield, Oregon; sister
Eva Luse of Glasgow; 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren
and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant
brother Melvin Foust, Brother V.M. Foust, husbands Wesley Patterson,
David Barrett and Vern Messick.
George "Bud" E.
George "Bud" E. Yager, 67, passed away
on Saturday, December 28th due to a long illness at the Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services will be at Our Redeemer's
Lutheran Church in Nashua on Friday, January 3rd at 11 a.m. with
Kenneth Nicols officiating. Interment will be at the Nashua Cemetery.
Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
George "Bud" E. Yager was born on March
6th, 1935 in Wolf Point to John and Martha (Fuhrman) Yager. Bud
grew up on the family ranch northeast of Fort Peck, attended McCone
City Country School and continued his high school education in
Glasgow. Bud married Virginia Bellon May 4th, 1958 and moved to
Ft. Ord, CA where Bud served in the Army National Guard. They returned
to Montana where Bud worked construction at the Fort Peck Power
House. In November 1964, Bud and Virginia made a life together
on the family ranch.
Preceding in his death were his parents, John and
Bud loved farming, ranching, hunting, fishing, looking
after his horses and cows. His favorite pastime was to take "the
loop" at 2 in the morning to meet with his "coffee buddies".
He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviviors include: his wife, Virginia Yager of northeast
of Fort Peck; 3 sons, Roger (Sherry) Yager with 3 daughters; Kortney,
Mataya and Takira of Maple Grove, MN, Dennis (Nancy) Yager and
daughter Kayla of Helena and Toby Yager of northeast of Fort Peck;
2 daughters, Gwyn Gregor with her sons Chris, Jeremy, Jeff Allen
and Jae of East Helena, Cindy (Rod) Lorenz with 2 sons Connor and
Keaton and daughter Mylee of Billings; 3 sisters, Frances Turner
of Flaxville, Betty Hirsch of Fort Peck and Mary Ann Riddick (Dennis)
of Glasgow; 1 brother, Henry Yager of Glasgow; many nieces and