Snowfall (Posted Saturday, January 31, 2004 10:51 AM)
The National Weather Service is reporting that
Glasgow has now received 61.1 inches of snow as of Saturday morning
which is a new seasonal record for snowfall in Glasgow. The old
record was set in 1951-1952 when the total snowfall was 60.9 inches.
A new record was also set for the amount of snowfall on January
30th when 5.8 inches of snow fell in Glasgow breaking the old record
of 4.8 inches set in 1971.
Glasgow has also received 32.2 inches of snow for the January 2004
which is a new record for the month of January. The old record
is 28.8 inches which was set in 1916.
The National Weather Service is also reporting that the snow depth
in Glasgow is 25 inches which is the second greatest depth observed
in Glasgow. The record was 26 inches on February 10, 1916.
Travel Only Recommended On County Roads (Posted Friday, January
30, 2004 10:25 AM)
County Commissioner Dave Pippen is recommending emergency travel
only on all county roads in Valley County. He told Kltz/Klan on
Friday morning that road crews were busy clearing roads for residents
who had to get to Glasgow in an emergency situation. Pippen said
that road crews are also waiting for most current storm to blow
through so they can clear out the main county roads.
The commissioners are considering putting a 2-mill emergency levy
on the tax rolls to help pay for the costs of clearing county roads.
The county has already spent over $17,000 on overtime and equipment
costs since the end of December.
Lacks Money For Fort Peck Boat Ramps (Posted Friday, January 30,
(Billings-AP) -- Low water
isn't the only problem boaters stand to find at Fort Peck Reservoir
once the ice melts and the recreation season begins.
Army Corps of Engineers lacks money to make permanent boat ramps
and says it will try to install temporary ramps at key spots
around the lake.
Corps spokesman Roy Snyder says he doesn't think
will be any paved boat ramps that will be usable and there
is no money for any. Snyder says there are enough concrete plank
to accommodate boaters temporarily.
Concrete planks were
pulled from the lake last year when paved ramps were installed
some locations.Snyder said the corps put those concrete ramps
in case they were needed again.
The plank ramps are spaced
a bit less than 1 foot apart. Boat trailers bounce from
plank to plank
until the boat is in enough water to float off the
Fort Peck continues to drop. It's now three feet
lower than the previous record low set in April 1991. (Copyright
The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Declared Disaster Area (Posted Thursday, January 29, 2004 10:23
Valley County Commissioners have passed a resolution declaring
that Valley County is in a disaster situation relating to
the extreme weather and heavy snowfall that has hit Valley County
The commissioners signed the resolution yesterday and sent a copy
to Montana Governor Judy Martz.
As of January 28th Valley County had spent just over $17,100 on overtime
and equipment in plowing out all county roads since the first big
storm on December 26th. This money is putting a crimp on the county
budget and the commissioners are looking for help from the State
of Montana. State law requires a county to assess a 2-mill emergency
levy and use that money before the county would be eligible for state
assistance. The commissioners are looking at assessing the 2 mills
which would raise an estimated $42,000 in tax revenue to help with
plowing out county roads. If the county were to use all of the money
raised by the tax increase then they would be eligible for state
Valley County Commissioner Dave Pippen told Kltz/Klan that the $17,100 already
spent by Valley County can be used towards that $42,000 limit. Pippen
said it won't take long to run through that money and if any flooding
occurs in Valley County this spring the costs will just increase.
Glasgow has already received over 49 inches of snow since October
of 2003. Glasgow is well on its way to breaking the all-time record
amount of snowfall set in 1951-1952 of 60.9 inches.
County road crews are busy again on Thursday plowing out the main
county roads while at the same time dealing with several small emergencies.
Commissioner Dave Pippen told Kltz/Klan that road crews will be working
as much as possible to clear county roads even if that means working
through the weekend.
Totals Reaching Record Levels (Posted Thursday, January 29, 2004
As many of you know, this past December went
down in the record books with a total of 18.8 inches of snow. This
broke the previous record for the month of December of 16.5 inches,
set back in 1929.
Through Wednesday , a total of 24.4 inches of snow has fallen at
Glasgow this month. This makes this January the 4th snowiest January
on record. The record snowfall for the month of January is 28.8
inches, set in 1916. With more snow in the forecast through Saturday,
we have a shot at breaking the all-time record snowfall for the
second month in a row.
The total snowfall since October 1st is 53.1 inches. The all-time
record for the season is 60.9 inches, set during the winter of
1951-52. The second snowiest on record is 1998-99 with 58.6 inches,
and the winter of 1996-97 is third place with 53.7 inches.
For the two month period (December-January), we have had a combined
39.8 inches of snow. This breaks the old record of 38.1 inches
set during December 1915 through January 1916.
Meanwhile, the official snow depth at the Glasgow airport is 23
inches. This is the second greatest depth ever observed in Glasgow.
The record was 26 inches on Feb 10, 1916.
The average high temperature so far in January is 16.2 degrees,
and the average low is -1.2 degrees. The average monthly temperature
so far is 7.5 degrees which is 3.1 degrees below average. We are
on pace to have the coldest January since 1997.
Man Charged In Fort Peck Shooting (Posted Thursday, January 29,
2004 08:50 AM)
(Poplar-AP) One woman dead, another injured and
a Poplar man in jail facing charges of murder
and attempted murder.
Francine DeCouteau was shot in the head
and killed Monday night at an apartment complex in Poplar. A
23-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and is recuperating
in a hospital
at Williston, North Dakota.
Robert Brien is charged in
both the killing and the wounding. He appeared yesterday Fort
Court before Judge Marvin Youpee and then was returned to
the Roosevelt County jail at Wolf Point.
Fort Peck Tribal Criminal
Terry Boyd says the suspect was not at the apartment when
arrived but was arrested at another residence later. Boyd
says the case remains under investigation. (Copyright 2004 by
The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Valley County Residents Die From Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
(Posted Thursday, January 29, 2004 07:18 AM)
Two Valley County residents died yesterday as
the result of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning according to Valley
County Sheriff Glenn Meier.
Bill Anderson and Nancy Barnett were found dead at their residence
50 miles southwest of Hinsdale in Valley County yesterday at 3pm.
Law Enforcement authorities were called by Anderson at 11am informing
them that Barnett was suffering health problems
and needed medical
Valley County was in the middle of a blizzard
with over 5 inches of snow falling yesterday and winds blowing 20-30
miles an hour. It took the Hinsdale Ambulance 3 hours to travel
50 miles and reach the residence as it plowed through county
roads with five to six foot snow drifts. The ambulance was
assisted by Valley County road plows and Valley County Search and
By the time they reached the residence both Anderson
and Barnett were dead with the preliminary cause of death carbon
Sheriff Meier said the deaths are still under investigation.
Hi-Line Rail Route Blocked (Posted Thursday,
January 29, 2004 06:00 AM)
(Essex-AP) -- Amtrak passenger trains
won't be running across the Montana
Hi-Line until at least tomorrow. This, after avalanches yesterday
knocked 15 empty cars off the track near Essex. They were part
of a 119-car grain train operated by Burlington Northern Santa
B-N spokesman Gus Melonas (muh-LOH'-nus) says
the train and three locomotives were eastbound to Great Falls from
At about noon, three miles west of Essex, the
train was traveling less than 20 miles per hour. A snow slide hit
the middle of
the train, knocking seven cars off the tracks, and the train
stopped. About 15 minutes later, a second slide hit the rear of
knocking off another eight cars. Melonas says there are two
lines in the area, and both are blocked by the snow and derailed
Nobody was hurt. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights
reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
Glasgow Woman Enters
Plea Agreement On Drug Charge (Posted Wednesday, January 28,
2004 11:42 AM)
Glasgow woman has entered into a plea agreement with Valley County
will have her receive a 4-year deferred sentence on a felony drug
Jaime Aliperto appeared in District Court on January 20th and gave
her approval to the agreement which dismisses one felony charge while
she pleads guilty to a felony charge of criminal distribution of
The charges are the result of an incident that occurred on August
1st when law enforcement authorities caught her trying
to sell marijuana to another Glasgow resident.
The charge dismissed was criminal possession with intent to distribute.
As part of the plea agreement, Aliperto is set to receive a 4-year
deferred sentence along with an $800 fine plus 26 days in the Valley
County Jail. The plea agreement also states that Aliperto must pay
half of the jail costs.
District Court Judge John McKeon still has to officially sign off
on the plea agreement and will sentence her after
Aliperto's probation officer completes a pre-sentence investigation.
The other person who was charged in that same incident on August
1st is set to go to trial on April 6th on 2 felony drug charges.
Darin Aliperto is charges with criminal possession of dangerous drugs
with intent to sell and conspiracy to commit criminal distribution
of dangerous drugs.
City Council Accepts Resignations From Two Employees (Posted Wednesday,
January 28, 2004 09:54 AM)
The Glasgow City Council accepted the resignation of two city employees
on Monday night. Glasgow Assistant Chief of Police Mike Sukut
and Deputy City Clerk Julie Jenssen both have resigned and will
moving from Glasgow.
Sukut has accepted a job with Wal Mart in Billings and will work
with loss prevention. His last day on the job is January 29th. Jenssen
will be moving with her family to South Dakota later this summer.
The council also approved the full-time hiring of Glasgow Police
Officer Colin Kemmis as a full time patrolman. Kemmis has been working
as a part time officer since January of 2003 and he will replace
Mike Sukut on the police department.
Four new Volunteer Firemen were approved for a six-month probationary
The four include Brady Dale, Josh Thompson, Doug Wixon
and Brad Olsen.
Conservation Grants Awarded by federal government to 3 Montana
Tribes (Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2004 05:30 PM)
WASHINGTON – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg,
today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding
six grants, totaling nearly $1.3 million, to help five federally
recognized Indian tribes conserve and recover endangered, threatened
and at-risk species and other wildlife on tribal lands.
For generations, Montana's first stewards, have led the way in
managing pristine habitats native to Indian country," Rehberg
said. "I'm proud of the work of the tribes in Montana. These
important grants represent the federal government's investment
in these tribe’s continued leadership in managing and sustaining
vital fish and wildlife resources."
The Fish and Wildlife Service grants fall under two new programs,
the Tribal Landowner Incentive Program and Tribal Wildlife Grant
Program. Similar to cost-share programs recently developed to assist
states, local communities, and private landowners, the new programs
assist tribal managers to undertake wildlife conservation projects.
Grants announced today include:
$412,050 awarded to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
(Pablo) for Grizzly Bear Habitat Enhancement ($200,000), and for
a project to sustain the Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse ($212,050);
· $152,615 to the Blackfeet
Nation (Browning) toward four Wildlife Projects;
$250,000 for the Chippewa Cree Tribe (Box Elder) to Enhance Tribal
Fish & Wildlife;
· $250,000 to the Ft. Belknap
reservation, (Harlem) for Comprehensive Wildlife Management; and,
· $225,000 Ft. Peck Assiniboine
and Sioux Tribes (Poplar) toward Swift Fox Restoration.
Chamber Banquet Set For March 6 (Posted Tuesday,
January 27, 2004 11:28 AM)
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
will hold their 87th Annual Banquet and Awards night on March 6th.
This years banquet will have a Hawaiian theme, so guests are encouraged
to dress "Hawaiian" for the evening's dinner and events.
The banquet will be held at the Cottonwood Inn beginning with a
no-host social at 6:00pm. The Chamber will be honoring past directors
and presenting the President's Choice Award, the Del Strommen Ag
Person of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award beginning
Dave Rye form the Northern Broadcasting System will be the guest
speaker for the banquet. Following these events will be a Casino
Night that will begin at 8pm and go till 10pm.
Tickets are $20.00 are available at the Chamber Office.
Washington Woman Arrested On Amtrak (Posted Tuesday,
January 27, 2004 11:27 AM)
A 31-year old Washington woman was arrested Monday
evening after she was pulled off the Amtrak passenger train in
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Glasgow Police Department
cooperated in the arrest of Viola King. She has been charged with
felony custodial interference after she left Whatcom County, Washington,
on the train with her two and half year old daughter. According
to the Glasgow Police Department, King boarded the train with her
daughter after losing a custody battle with her ex-husband.
King was arrested without incident and taken off the train with
her daughter. She was then transported to the Valley County Law
Enforcement Center in Glasgow where she is currently being detained.
She is expected to be arraigned today in Justice Court and then
be extradited back to Washington.
The two and half year old daughter is currently being held in a
foster home in Glasgow and is awaiting the arrival of her father
Filing Season Opens(Posted Tuesday, January 27,
2004 10:01 AM)
Monday marked the first day of filing for political
offices in Montana and also in Valley County.
There were two filings for the position of Valley County Clerk
of Court. Pat Hill who is the incumbent announced she will be retiring
at the end of this year. Leah Erickson and Maridene Johnson both
filed yesterday on the Democratic ticket.
The incumbent Valley County Commissioner, Dave Reinhardt, also
filed yesterday for another 6-year term on the commission. Reinhardt,
a Republican, was the lone person to file for the position on the
first day of filing.
The filing period runs through the month of March.
Kids Invited To Fish Home
Run Pond On February 7 (Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2004 07:24
Young anglers and their parents are invited to the first ice-fishing
event at Glasgow’s Home Run Pond, scheduled for Saturday,
Feb. 7 on the pond just east of Glasgow.
The session, co-hosted
by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Glasgow
chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch and hot drinks will be provided by Walleyes Unlimited.
All youngsters under age 18 are welcome to fish, and parents are
encouraged to come help the junior anglers. The requirement for
participants to have fishing licenses has been waived because of
the educational nature of the Feb. 7 event.
Participants can bring
their own fishing gear, or use tackle and bait provided by Fish,
Wildlife & Parks. Walleyes Unlimited and FWP volunteers will
drill holes in the ice and heated ice shelters will be available
if the weather is inclement.
The Feb. 7 event is the first ice-fishing opportunity on Home Run
Pond, which was opened to youth fishing in May 2003. Because of
safety concerns, the pond located on the Fort Peck Highway (Highway
42) is closed to winter fishing except for organized events such
as the one next month.
Because this is our first winter for the pond we don't know how
the fish are faring,” says Andrew McKean, FWP’s angler
education coordinator in Glasgow. “But the pond was stocked
with rainbow trout in the late fall, and I expect kids to catch
perch and crappie, too. Thanks to Walleyes Unlimited volunteers,
there should be plenty of warm food, and plenty of help for kids.”
Walleyes Unlimited decided to move their annual ice-fishing outing
from Flat Lake to Home Run Pond because of the expectation of higher
We’re pleased to be co-hosting with Fish, Wildlife & Parks,” says
Lee Erickson, of the Glasgow chapter of WU. “This fits our
mission to promote fishing among kids and to partner with the department
to promote conservation opportunities.”
Man Escapes Drug Charges (Posted Monday, January 26, 2004 11:11
Criminal drug charges have been dismissed against
Leighton Hughes by the Valley County Attorney.
District Court Judge John McKeon signed the dismissal order on
January 13th effectively dropping all charges against Hughes.
Leighton Hughes had been arrested on July 25th and was charged
with the felony offense of operating an unlawful clandestine laboratory.
But on December 29th, Judge McKeon granted a motion by Hughes's
attorney to suppress the statement made by Hughes on July 25th.
On that date Hughes told law enforcement officials that the drug
laboratory was his and he had used the lab to produce illegal drugs.
Judge McKeon ruled that the statement by Hughes was coerced by
law enforcement officials and ruled that his admission to guilt
could not be used in court.
Valley County Attorney Ken Oster then filed a motion for dismissal
of the case.
Oster wrote that without the statement there is insufficient
evidence to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt there Hughes
committed the crime he was charged with.
Census Bureau Projects Population Loss Through
2020 (Posted Monday, January 26, 2004 09:53 AM)
The U.S. Census Bureau has released the latest
population estimates for Montana Counties and the figures estimate
that Valley County will continue to lose population through the
The Census Bureau estimates Valley County's population at 7,230
for 2004. These numbers show a population drain of 445 people since
the 200 census was conducted.
The numbers also show a population estimate for Valley County in
2010 of 6850 and 6740 in the year 2015.
The 1990 census showed Valley County with population of 8239.
For a complete listing of all counties in Montana and the population
estimates you can access this website.
Keep Dogs, Supplemental Feed Away From Wintering
Wildlife (Posted Friday, January 23, 2004 09:38 AM)
Deer, antelope and upland birds are having a tough time in northeast
Montana’s winter weather. They don’t need any additional
pressure from humans.
But Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are increasingly
responding to instances of wildlife harassment. The most frequent
violation, according to Warden Dave Loewen, is domestic dogs chasing
deer and antelope – as well as pheasants and sharp-tailed
grouse - that are concentrated in vulnerable areas.
Right now animals are strictly in survival mode,” says Loewen. “They’re
trying to conserve energy, so they won’t move unless they
have to. Plus, they’re concentrated around hay yards and
homesteads and even on the outskirts of towns in the region.”
That situation makes them targets for unattended dogs, which are
taking advantage of their vulnerability and chasing them. Loewen
reminds dog owners that allowing a dog to chase wildlife is a misdemeanor
The dogs get to go home and spend the night in a warm doghouse,” says
the warden. “The wildlife has to find a way to survive in
When chased by a dog, wildlife has to expend critical energy running
away, plus the animals are displaced from areas where they had
food and security into areas where they may not have either. That
makes them even more vulnerable to winter weather, vehicles or
other unattended pets.
It’s important that dog owners know that they will be charged
with a misdemeanor if we find their dogs chasing wildlife,” says
Loewen. “And their dogs could be destroyed.”
Fish, Wildlife & Parks also reminds residents that feeding
wildlife not only compounds these seasonal problems, it’s
also a misdemeanor offense.
People think they’re doing wildlife a favor when they feed
them, whether they’re spilling grain or feeding them hay,” says
Loewen. “When you feed wildlife, you’re artificially
congregating animals in an area that can’t sustain the population.
Artificial feeding also draws them in closer to yards and homesteads,
where wildlife is vulnerable to unattended pets.”
The department recognizes that deer, antelope and upland birds
are congregating around livestock feeding operations, and have
descended on ranchers’ hay stacks. Fish, Wildlife & Parks
has spent more than $30,000 so far this season in Region 6 to supply
materials to fence hay stacks and discourage wildlife from congregating
around these agricultural operations. In order to be eligible for
this game-damage assistance, landowners must allow some level of
free, public hunting.
So far, FWP hasn’t observed widespread mortality among the
region’s deer, antelope or bird populations, but winterkill
may be on the horizon.
Generally we won’t see natural mortality until late February
or March,” says Harold Wentland, Region 6 wildlife manager. “But
this winter weather started early and hasn’t broken, so I
suspect we’ll start to see widespread winterkill earlier
If you see dogs or other domestic pets harassing wildlife, or would
like more information on the hazards of feeding wildlife, contact
FWP’s Region 6 at 228-3700.
Former Glasgow Man Sentenced On Check Schem (Posted
Friday, January 23, 2004 09:35 AM)
Glasgow resident Del Weech was ordered to pay nearly $18,000 in
restitution and serve six months in federal prison for his role
in a bank fraud/check kiting scheme.
In August of 2001, Weech opened a business checking account at
Independence Bank in Glasgow in the name of "Scottish Small Engine Repair." From
September 17th until the account was closed on October 22nd deposited
nearly $24,000 in bogus checks that he wrote on a closed bank account
from Illinois. He then withdrew about $10,000 in cash.
Weech was sentenced in Federal Court in Great Falls and along with
the restitution and prison sentence he was put on five years probation.
Crossing Upgrade Planned Northwest Of Glasgow
Montana Department of Transportation is planning a railroad-crossing
upgrade project on 5 km (3.2 miles) northwest of Glasgow on State
Secondary 246 in Valley County.
The project will include upgrade
to the electronics of the existing railroad crossing signal system
to include the addition of gates. The upgrade may result in partial
or total replacement of the signal system.
It is currently anticipated
the construction will begin in the spring of 2005. MDT is providing
the funding while the railroad is responsible for the installation
For more information on this project please contact
Ray Mengel, District Administrator PO Box 890, Glendive, MT 59330-0890,
(406) 233-3600 or (888) 689-5296. For TTY (800) 335-7592.
Secures Funds For Fort Peck Access Roads (Posted Thursday, January
22, 2004 03:26 PM)
(Washington, D.C.) –Montana Senator Max Baucus has secured
nearly $1.5 million to help repair roads in the six counties that
provide access to Fort Peck Lake.
The funds --$1,491,150 -- are contained in a package of spending bills approved
by the Senate today. Known as the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year
2004, the measure has cleared both chambers of Congress and will now go to President
Bush for his expected signature.
The funds will be used to help continue to repair and improve 262 miles of roads
in the counties of: Phillips, Fergus, Petroleum, Garfield, McCone, and Valley.
Baucus said the access roads need repair because of intense use during summer
months, and because the roads also provide access for hunting in the fall, ice
fishing in winter.
“I’m very proud to have helped secure these important funds,” said
Baucus, who is Montana’s senior U.S. Senator. “Improving access roads
to Fort Peck Lake will help improve safety, provide valuable access to our public
lands, and help create jobs in the area.”
Baucus secured the funds at the request of government officials, concerned citizens,
and business owners in the six-county area.
“This just goes to show that working together really does work,” Baucus
said. “Fort Peck is a treasured place for all of us. That’s why I’m
proud we’ll able to continue to make it even better.”
Don Phau, chairman of the Fort Peck Advisory Committee, praised the news, saying
years of work are starting to pay off.
“We’ve worked for years on having good road access into Fort Peck
Lake, and this will allow us to continue to upgrade and make all of Fort Peck
Available to the public,” Phau said. “Our thanks to Max Baucus for
his staying with us on this important road program. It’s taken a lot of
effort and work.”
“We are absolutely ecstatic,” said Fergus County Commissioner Vern
Peterson. “These funds will go a long ways.”
Announces Additional Hatchery Funding (Posted Thursday, January
22, 2004 01:34 PM)
Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) announced today that an additional
$1 million for Fort Peck Fish Hatchery was included in the omnibus
appropriations bill for FY04, bringing the total funding to $8
million for FY04. This funding will go towards the completion of
the warm water fish hatchery at Fort Peck. Burns, a senior member
of the powerful appropriations committee, sponsored the original
legislation that authorized the hatchery, and has shepherded the
funding for the project over the last several fiscal years.
This is a project that has been in the works for years now, and this
additional funding in the omnibus bill will really go a long way
in getting a few steps closer to completion,” said Burns. “This
project never would have happened without the support and dedication
of the communities around Fort Peck reservoir who wanted a warm water
hatchery. Working with them, we were able to take that idea and turn
it into a reality, and I’m thrilled to see it nearing completion.”
The hatchery dream began its reality in 2000, with a feasibility
study funded through money raised by the Fort Peck Hatchery association
and matching dollars from a Burns appropriation. That same spring,
Burns introduced the “Fort Peck Fish Hatchery Authorization
Act of 2000”. Senator Bob Smith (R-NH), now retired, committed
to including it in that year’s Water Resource Development Act.
Once passed and signed into law by then President Clinton, Burns
set to getting funds appropriated for the project. The funds included
for FY04 brings the total funds appropriated to nearly $16,000,000
for the project’s duration. Hatchery construction is underway,
with completion planned for 2005.
This omnibus appropriations bill has passed through both the House
and the Senate and will now be signed into law by President Bush.
Promises More Action On Missouri River Sedimentation (Posted Thursday,
January 22, 2004 07:44 AM)
Dakota-AP) A group that formed to battle sediment in Missouri
River reservoirs expects to beef up its efforts during the coming
The Missouri River Sedimentation Coalition says it wants
to "pull out all the stops" this year. In February, the group plans
to meet with congressional delegations from several Missouri River
Spokesman Howard Paul says the meeting will be a good first
step in gaining national recognition for the problem. (Copyright
2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Schools Meet Federal Standards (Posted Thursday, January 22, 2004
-- State officials say one of five Montana schools failed to meet
new federal education standards.
A report by the state Office of
Public Instruction concludes 685 of Montana's 862 schools are
making the grade on reading and math test scores, attendance, high
completion rates and test participation.
But the report says
173 schools are NOT meeting standards set by the No Child Left
Act. Schools could be required to spend money on things such
as teacher training or lose federal aid if they don't fulfill
requirements for two or more years in a row.
The list of schools
the standards includes 61 on or near Indian reservations. It
includes eleven high schools in Missoula, Billings, Great
Falls, Helena and Kalispell.
All four schools in the Glasgow
School District have passed the AYP report according to Superintendent
For a complete listing of all schools in Montana and
fared in the report you can access this website. http://www.opi.state.mt.us/index.html
Districts To Change (Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2004 07:57 AM)
Big changes are coming to Class B athletics next
year with the MHSA approving realignment for the 2004-2005 school
The District 2-B conference will be reduced from 7 teams to just
5 teams for football. Chinook and Harlem have been removed from
the conference and both teams are now part of the 1-B conference.
Here are the current teams in the 2-B for football.
The MHSA also approved a regional schedule for Class B football
which means each school will have a football schedule assigned
to them. This is the Glasgow Scottie football schedule for 2004.
Basketball, Volleyball and Track will also look a little different
for the 2004-2005 athletic season.
Here is how the 2-B conference will look for those sports.
The Glasgow basketball schedule will look different for 2004-2005.
The new regionalized scheduling for basketball will now have the
Scotties playing Scobey for girls and boys basketball. Havre has
been eliminated from the schedule along with Sidney. There is the
possibility that Sidney could be added to the schedule in the next
couple of months but Glasgow's rivalry with Havre has ended at
least for the coming school year. The significant addition though
is Scobey who will now play Glasgow in both boys and girls basketball.
Propose Levy To Gravel Roads (Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2004
The Valley County Commissioners are considering
proposing a ten mill levy for the June primary election that would
allow the county to spend extra money on graveling county roads.
The commissioners ran the levy in 2000 and it passed by a slim
margin. The county used the extra money to gravel county roads
for the next two year. The levy was only on the tax rolls for two
years and the commissioners declined to put another 10 mill levy
on the ballot in 2002. At their regular meeting on Tuesday they
discussed putting the levy on the ballot again in June but after
a short discussion decided to table the matter for the time being.
Commissioner Ron Gilbertson wanted to get a better feeling from
the public on whether they supported the levy election.
Hire Great Falls Attorney In Lawsuit (Posted Wednesday, January
21, 2004 07:12 AM)
The Valley County Commissioners have hired Great
Falls Attorney Max Davis to represent the county in a lawsuit that
has been filed by Valley County Attorney Ken Oster.
Oster filed the suit against Valley County on January 6th asking
the court to resolve a salary dispute between himself and the county.
Max Davis is a partner in a Great Falls law firm and was unanimously
hired by the Valley County Commissioners on January 20th. Davis
will be paid by the hour as he does preliminary work on the lawsuit.
Valley County has until January 26th to file a response to the
complaint filed in District Court by Oster. Oster is represented
by Glasgow Attorney Jim Rector.
Glasgow Meeting To Focus On Changes In Disability
Services (Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004 06:51 PM)
The public is invited to learn about upcoming changes in the way
provides services for people with developmental disabilities at
Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Job Service Office,
St. N., in Glasgow.
Staff of the state Developmental Disabilities Program will outline
that will allow people with developmental disabilities and their
have more choice in the services they use. Under this plan, the
allocate Medicaid money to qualified people based on their individual
and those individuals and their families or guardians will be significantly
more involved in choosing how the money is used.
About 4,000 consumers benefit from the state's developmental disabilities
services each year, according to Jeff Sturm, program director.
For more information, contact the Developmental Disabilities Program
Comments Sought On Proposed Fort Peck Fishing
Contests (Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004 06:31 PM)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on
5 fishing contests proposed for Fort Peck Reservoir during the
open-water season of 2004.
All five of the proposed contests are sponsored by Montana Walleyes
Unlimited and would target walleye. Comments will be accepted through
Following is a list of the contest applications by month.
April 24: Tough Guy Walleye Tournament, Hell Creek
June 5-6: Rock Creek Walleye Tournament, Rock Creek Marina
July 17: Women’s Hell Creek Walleye Tournament, Hell Creek
July 23-24: Hell Creek Walleye Tournament, Hell Creek
Aug. 21: Walleyes Unlimited Ladies Walleye Tournament, Fort Peck
Additional information on each contest, including sponsor, number
of participants and winning fish from last year, can be found on
the FWP website at HYPERLINK "http://www.fwp.state.mt.us" www.fwp.state.mt.us.
Click on Fishing and look under Hot Topics. You can also call (406)
444-2449 for information.
Contests are not allowed on holiday weekends under FWP’s
new rules, and contests may not be held on consecutive weekends
on any waters except Flathead Lake and Fort Peck Reservoir.
Applications for contests may be approved, denied, or approved
with conditions. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize
fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or require
additional access site maintenance to mitigate impacts.
Comment on the proposed contests through Feb. 27 by writing FWP
Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620 or emailing
HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glasgow Man Charged With Assault (Posted Tuesday,
January 20, 2004 06:27 PM)
30-year old Walter Dale Longtree has been charged
with misdemeanor partner/family member assault and felony assault
on a peace officer after an incident that occurred on January 15th.
The Glasgow Police Department was called to a residence at 210
9th Street South at 4:30am on January 15th after hearing a report
of domestic disturbance.
After an investigation the Glasgow Police Department charged Longtree
with the misdemeanor and felony.
Longtree made an appearance in Justice Court and bond was set at
$10,000 and his case was bound over to District Court. Longtree
was still incarcerated in the Valley County Jail as of January
Voters Have Opportunity To Change Face Of County
Government (Posted Monday, January 19, 2004 11:13 AM)
Valley County voters will have an opportunity
in the June primary election to change the face of county government.
Every 10 years, each local government unit in Montana must hold
an election on the question of conducting a local government review.
If the question is approved, then a second election is held to
establish a study commission that will conduct the actual review.
If the study commission recommends an alternative form of government
or changes to an existing government, the recommendation must be
submitted to the voters for their approval.
Montana currently provides five basic optional forms of government.
The five basic optional forms are the commission-executive, commission-manager,
commission, commission-chairman, and town meeting. Each form can
be even further differentiated by the adoption of many structural
options. Some of those options include, partisan or nonpartisan
elections, term of office, district or at-large commissioner elections
and size of legislative bodies.
Of the 56 counties in Montana, 52 of them operate under the
traditional commission form of government and this includes Valley
County. Petroleum County has adopted a commission-manager
form of government. Fergus County has adopted a charter government
and Deer Lodge and Silver Bow Counties have consolidated with municipalities.
So Valley County voters will have to decide in June if they would
like to conduct a review of their present form of government. If
approved a review board would then have to be elected and if they
decide on any changes they would have to be approved by the voters
of Valley County.
BNSF Postpones Branch Line Abandonment (Posted
Monday, January 19, 2004 07:39 AM)
(Helena-AP) -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
is postponing planned abandonment of two branch lines in northeastern
B-N-S-F previously announced it would seek to
abandon lines from Plentywood to Scobey and Glendive to Circle
year because the lines are not profitable.
of Transportation Director Dave Galt says the railway now plans
to postpone filing the abandonment petitions until after June
30th. Galt says this will give the state six months to study
and develop a list of options for retaining rail service in
the affected areas.
A study already has begun and meetings are
next week at Plentywood, Scobey, Wolf Point, Circle and Glendive. (Copyright
2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material
may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Northern And Fort Peck Community College Reach
Degree Agreement (Posted Monday, January 19, 2004 07:38 AM)
(Havre-AP) -- Montana State University-Northern
and Fort Peck Community College have an agreement to let students
to get a four-year business degree while taking classes in eastern
Classes are taught at Fort Peck Community College
by adjunct faculty using video conferencing or videotape. Fort
can complete a bachelor of science degree in business technology
with a minor in small business management.
Four of Northern's
classes are being offered this spring at the community college
students already enrolled. Another 15 students are completing
prerequisites and are expected to begin M-S-U-N classes next
fall. Classes are
taught at both the
Poplar and the Wolf Point sites. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights
reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
County Jail Needs Major Changes (Posted Thursday, January 15, 2004
Valley County Jail is in the need of major changes according to
a expert on jails working for the National Institute of Corrections.
Mark Martin, who is a private jail consultant working for the National
Institute of Corrections evaluated the Valley County Jail in a visit
to Glasgow on January 13th and 14th. Martin's visit was coordinated
by Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier who arranged for the evaluation
after attending the National Sheriff's Institute last year. The evaluation
is a free service provided by the NIC and didn't cost Valley County
Martin evaluated the jail over a two day period and was identifying
deficiencies in the facilities and operations of the Valley County
The jail was built in 1973 and was built to house 10 males and 6
females at maximum capacity. Martin noted the jail has seen an increase
in the amount of inmates over the past two years with total admissions
in 2003 at 272 and that compares with 183 admissions in 2001. The
length of stay for an inmate has also increased from an average stay
of 7.4 days in 2001 to 8 days in 2003. The total prisoner days increased
dramatically from 2001 when the total was 1356 prisoners days all
the way to 2202 prisoner days in the year 2003.
In a presentation to the Valley County Commissioners on Wednesday,
Martin told the Commissioners there are major problems with the Valley
The prominent problem is that the locking mechanism on the individual
cells is broken and in fact virtually hasn't worked since the jail
opened in the early 1970's. This doesn't allow the jail employees
to lock down the prisoners in their cells.
Other problems with the jail include the lack of an effective security
perimeter. The door used to bring prisoners into the basement of
the courthouse is also used by the general public. This allows prisoners
to be in the same hallway area that is used by the public going back
and forth in the basement of the courthouse.
Martin also mentioned fire safety issues when he told the commissioners
that there is no second safety exit for jail employees or prisoners
in case of a fire. He mentioned that if a fire marshal were to ever
inspect the jail they could possibly shut the jail down immediately
just on fire safety issues. He also mentioned the lack of natural
light in the jail area and the poor artificial light that is used
to light the jail. There is also limited ability to separate the
various inmate classifications and no exercise or program space for
jail prisoners. Martin also mentioned that there are sanitary issues
in the jail and that it needs to be cleaner.
The evaluation also included various security issues in the Valley
County Jail. These issues include the broken locking mechanisms on
the individual cells plus a jail layout that is not conducive to
effective inmate supervision. The evaluation also mentioned that
there is inadequate holding areas and intake areas for prisoners.
Martin also criticized the current set-up which has the kitchen area
being used as the staff work area.
Martin will send an official evaluation to Valley County in the next
month which will indicate the deficiencies in a more specific and
The Valley County Jail currently operates on a budget of $290,000
which also includes the dispatch funding.
No decisions have been made on what changes will be made to the Valley
County Jail but the Commissioners will be looking at many options
in the coming weeks.
Report Issued On Plane Crash (Posted Thursday, January 15, 2004
The National Transportation Safety Board has
issued a preliminary report on the crash of a airplane southwest
of Glasgow on January 1st.
Dennis Hogenson, an investigator with the NTSB, arrived in Glasgow
on January 6th along with a representatives of Teledyne Continental
Motors, the make of the aircraft engine. Also in Glasgow was a
representative of the Cessna Aircraft Company.
Those three along with Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier visited
the crash site on January 7th to investigate the crash.
The preliminary report which was released this week doesn't release
much information but does confirm that the last contact with the
airplane was at 6:23pm on January 1st when the pilot
reported he was diverting to Havre because of bad weather.
The pilot along with three passengers were traveling from Mobridge,
South Dakota to Cut Bank, Montana. The preliminary report estimates
the time of crash at 7:00pm on January 1st when the plane collided
with snow-covered terrain 23 miles southwest of Glasgow.
On January 2nd the Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert
notice for the aircraft after it failed to arrive at the pilots
planned destination. After a two day search hampered by bad weather
the aircraft wreckage was located 23 miles southwest of Glasgow.
Those killed in the accident were the pilot Bill Newman,45, a Cut
Bank car dealer, his sons Lance, 14, and Ray, 24, and Ray's fiancée,
Jessica Grode, 21, of Ipswich, South Dakota.
The complete preliminary report from the National Transportation
Safety Board can be accessed at: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/AccList.asp?month=1&year=2004
Glasgow Man Arrested On Sex Charge (Posted Wednesday,
January 14, 2004 11:17 AM)
An 18-year old Glasgow man has been arrested
and charged with sexual intercourse without consent. The arrest
occurred Tuesday morning as the Glasgow Police Department charged
Drew Wetz with the felony after an investigation revealed he'd
had sexual relations with the girl who is under the age of 16.
The investigation started when the parents of the female called
the Glasgow Police Department and reported that the girl had left
her house early Tuesday morning but wasn't in school. After
an investigation the Glasgow Police Department found the girl and
Drew Wetz at a residence on the 1200 Block of 1st Avenue North.
Further investigation by the police resulted in the felony charges
being filed against Wetz.
As a formality the Valley County Attorney's Office filed a warrant
for Wetz's arrest Tuesday afternoon even though he was already
in custody. Wetz was arraigned in Justice Court and bond was set
at $5000 and his case was bound over to District Court to face
the felony charge.
As of Wednesday morning Wetz was still incarcerated in the Valley
Valley County Community Foundation Grants Available
(Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2004 10:45 AM)
Applications are available now for grants from
the Valley County Community Foundation, announces Sam Waters who
chairs the grant committee. In general, Waters noted, the amount
of grants ranges from $500 to $1,000.
Grant applications may be picked up at First Community Bank in
Glasgow and they must be returned by Feb. 15 for consideration
by the VCCF board.
Groups working on charitable projects that serve the people of Valley County
are eligible to apply. The Foundation awards grants to projects in the areas
of arts and culture, basic human needs, education, economic development and natural
resources and conservation.
VCCF is a steward of the community’s savings account and earnings from
the permanent endowment provide money for the grants. Anyone wishing more information
on the grant process or the Foundation may contact Waters during business hours
Dog Owners Asked To Keep Track Of Their Pets
(Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2004 10:43 AM)
Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are concerned
about wild dogs chasing wildlife in the Glasgow area.
Dave Lowen a Game Warden with FWP told Kltz/Klan with snow conditions
deep in the Glasgow area wildlife are in a struggle for survival.
When winter conditions are tough Deer and Antelope tend to lose
their inhibitions towards humans and especially dogs. Dogs take advantage
of the situation and chase the wildlife pushing Deer and Antelope
into areas that they don't belong. Lowen told Kltz/Klan that the
incident involving 85 antelope drowning in Fort Peck Lake on
January 9th could of been caused by dogs chasing the wildlife
into an area they weren't familiar with.
Lowen is reminding dog owners that dogs found chasing wildlife can
be destroyed by law enforcement personnel and owners of the dogs
could face up to an $1000 fine or 6 months in jail.
If you see dogs chasing wildlife you are urged to contact the Valley
County Sheriff's Office or the Fish, Wildlife and Parks office in
Glasgow. You are urged to get a description of the dog, and
note the location of the incident.
Man Arrested For Alleged Russian Roulette Incident (Posted Monday,
January 12, 2004 03:19 PM)
old Glasgow man has been arrested and charged with felony assault
with a weapon after an incident involving the game Russian Roulette
on January 8th.
According to the Glasgow Police Department, Jack Corscaden was arrested
just after 9:00 pm on January 8th after police were called to his
residence at 827 3rd Avenue South in Glasgow. The call to law enforcement
officers came from a 29-year old female who was in the residence
at the time of the incident.
Corscaden was transported and booked into the Valley County Jail
and appeared before Judge Linda Hartsock on January 9th. Bond for
Corscaden was set at $10,000 which he did post and he was released
His case has been turned over to District Court.
Of Antelope Drown After Falling Through Fort Peck Lake’s
Thin Ice (Posted Monday, January 12, 2004 03:17 PM)
Thin ice is a hazard not just for winter anglers, but also for wildlife.
Approximately 85 pronghorn antelope drowned after falling through
thin ice on Fort Peck Lake on Friday afternoon, Jan. 9.
Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel responded immediately after
hearing of the incident, in the Duck Creek area of the lake, but
were unable to save any of the antelope. Carcasses of the animals
were removed from the lake with the help of Valley County Search
and Rescue’s airboat, and were taken to a local landfill. Meat
from the carcasses was not salvageable, reports FWP Warden Captain
Herman estimated that the ice cover was only about 2 inches thick.
The herd of more than 100 antelope was apparently crossing the lake
when several of the animals broke through the ice. Some individual
antelope turned and managed to reach the shoreline, but most of the
herd went into the water. Attempts were made to rescue as many animals
as possible, but Herman reports that few of the submerged antelope
managed to escape from the water.
Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel worked for about four hours
Friday afternoon and evening removing the carcasses. They were assisted
by volunteers and Search & Rescue responders.
Valley County Attorney Files Suit For Salary
Increase (Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2004 06:17 AM)
The Valley County Attorney has filed a lawsuit
against Valley County demanding the county pay the full amount
of a salary
increase which was granted in July of 2003. The Valley County Commissioners
were served with the court documents on Monday by the Valley County
Sheriff. Glasgow attorney Jim Rector is representing Oster in the
The court documents contend that the commissioners granted all
elected officials in Valley County a 7% pay increase in July of
2003. This included the Valley County Attorney. Montana law allows
for the county to pay 50% of the County Attorney's salary while
the state of Montana also pays 50%. With the seven percent increase
approved by the commissioners, Osters salary was increased to $69,382.00
per year with Valley County to pay 50% of that salary.
The problem is that the state of Montana didn't step up with a
pay increase as large as the counties, instead they increased the
County Attorney's pay by just 2%. This amounts to $2269 per year
that Oster is not receiving as part of his paycheck.
Oster contends that regardless of what the State of Montana does, that
Valley County is responsible for whatever amount that the state
The Valley County Commissioners disagree and they told Kltz/Klan
on Monday that the states shair isn't their responsibility and
they have no intention of paying the $2269. But in fiscal year
2002 the commissioners did pay the amount that the state of Montana
didn't but chose not to in 2003. According to Valley County Commissioner
Dave Pippen about half of the counties in Montana pay the extra
amount while the other half choose not too.
In the court documents, Oster is demanding a resolution from District
Court on his behalf along with a requirement that Valley County
pay the amount of money that the state isn't picking up. He's also
asking for unpaid salary from July 1, 2003 through the date of
judgment and that the court award interest on the judgement at
a rate of 10 %. The document also states that Oster is asking the
court for a penalty against Valley County in the amount of 110%
of the salary due and unpaid plus attorney's fees and costs.
The suit was filed in District Court on January 6th.
Jail Busy In 2003 (Posted Tuesday, January 6,
2004 03:39 PM)
2003 was a busy year for law enforcement officials
in Valley County with a huge increase in the usage of the Valley
According to Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier
in 2003 there were 2149 prisoner days in the Valley County Jail.
compares with 2002 when there were 1057 prisoner days in the jail.
The amount of prisoners in the Valley County Jail also correlates
with the number of criminal cases in District Court. According
to the Clerk of Court the number of felony criminal cases has jumped
from 8 in 2001 to 23 in 2002 and that number increased to 29 in
2004 Political Season Beings This Month (Posted
Tuesday, January 6, 2004 03:38 PM)
The 2004 political season will
officially begin on January 26th when
county and state level.
It's actually a light year on the county level with just two
positions up for election. Current Valley County Commission Chair
is in the final year of a six year term and has indicated to
Kltz/Klan that he plans to run for another term. Reinhardt was
the commission in 1998.
Valley County Clerk of Court Pat Hill will also see her term
end in 2004 and she has indicated that she will be retiring after
term expires in December of 2004.
Candidates will be able to officially file on January 26th and
the filing will close on March 25th.
Glasgow Man Wins A Round In District Court (Posted Tuesday, January
6, 2004 03:37 PM)
Glasgow resident Leighton Hughes has won a victory in District
Court on his charge of operating an unlawful clandestine laboratory.
On December 29th, District Court Judge John McKeon granted a defense
motion to suppress the statement that Hughes made on July 25th
admitting his ownership of chemicals to produce amphetamines.
Hughes was arrested on July 25th after law enforcement officials
were called to a garage on Glasgow's south side after reports of
a fire were called into the dispatch center.
After the Glasgow Fire Department extinguished the fire, members
of the Big Muddy River Drug Task Force were called onto the scene
after officials believed that the garage could of been clandestine
lab used to manufacture drugs.
Hughes was interrogated by law enforcement officials later that
night and admitted to producing illegal drug in the garage.
Hughes's attorney argued during a hearing on December 29th that
his statement shouldn't be allowed and the statement admitting
his guilt be suppressed in court. Judge McKeon agreed with the
defense and suppressed the statement.
As of January 6th the case was still pending in District Court
and hasn't been dismissed.
If Hughes were to be found guilty of the felony charge he could
be sentenced up to 20 years in the Montana State Prison.
Bodies Recovered From Plane Crash (Posted Tuesday,
January 6, 2004 06:47 AM)
(Glasgow-AP) - The pilot of a plane that crashed
near Glasgow on New Year's Day had radioed shortly before the plane
disappeared that he was diverting to avoid bad weather.
the last contact authorities had with 45-year-old Bill Newman
of Cut Bank. The crash killed him, his two sons - 14-year-old Lance
and 24-year-old Ray - and the older son's fiancee, 21-year-old
Jessica Grode (GROH'-dee) of Ipswich, South Dakota.
spotted the wreckage of the Cessna 182 Sunday about 25 miles
southwest of Glasgow. Rescuers recovered their bodies yesterday.
Sheriff Glen Meier says the plane crashed at a steep angle,
and the four people died instantly. (Copyright 2004 Associated
Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Cited For Alcohol Possession (Posted Monday, January 5, 2004 09:24
local juveniles were cited for illegal possession of alcohol in
the early morning hours of January 1st according to the Valley
County Sheriff's Department.
The citations were the result of two vehicle accidents that took
place south of Nashua on Highway #117. Those cited with misdemeanor
possession of alcohol included, 18-year old Derek Baumgartner, 18-year
old Jessica Svingen, 18- year old Kyle Viste, 19-year old Luke Morehouse
and 19-year old John Etchart.
19-year old Nik Anderson was cited for illegal possession of alcohol
along with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia
and misdemeanor theft. Anderson was arrested and taken to the Valley
County Jail where he posted bond in the amount of $1915.
The vehicle accidents are still under investigation by the Montana
Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff's Department.
Plane Found (Posted Monday, January 5, 2004 07:24 AM)
-- A search plane has found a Cessna missing since New Year's Day.
The plane crashed about 25 miles southwest of
Glasgow. Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier says all four on board
died on impact.
airplane was flown by Cut Bank businessman Bill Newman. Two
of Newman's sons, 14-year-old Lance and 24-year-old Ray also were
on the plane, along with Ray's fiancee, Jessica Grode of South
. Meier says about a dozen people with snowplows
15 miles of county road, and then a snow cat will be used
to get to the
crash site today to recover the bodies. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press.
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed.)
Nancy M. Barnett
Nancy M. Barnett, age 46, died Wednesday, January
28, 2004 at a ranch 50 miles southwest of Hinsdale, MT of accidental
carbon monoxide poisoning. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February
3, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at Hinsdale Legion Hall in Hinsdale, MT with
Howard Pippin officiating. Interment will be at the family ranch.
Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Nancy was born March 30, 1957 in Glasgow, MT to
Virgil Barnett and Dorothy (Kapphan) Barnett. She lived in Glasgow
and Wolf Point graduating from Wolf Point High School. After high
school, Nancy went to Great Falls Technology School where she recieved
her C.N.A. She worked in Wolf Point and Glasgow. She has lived
on the ranch since 1982. She enjoyed watching tv, loved being outside
especially hunting and fishing. She also loved to go on picnics
and especially enjoyed spending time with family. Nancy was preceded
in death by her brothers Ted Barnett and Gordon Barnett.
Survivors include: 1 daughter, Billie Jo Klasna
and her husband Casey of Wolf Point, MT; 4 brothers, Gary Barnett
and his wife Christine of Glasgow, MT; Tim Barnett of Sidney, MT;
Wayne Barnett and his wife Betty of Nashua, MT; Randy Barnett and
his wife Kristi of Glasgow, MT; 2 sisters, Elma Winskey and her
husband Ben Winskey of Glasgow, MT; Cnady Grimes and her husband
Steve Grimes of Anchorage, AK; plus many nieces and nephews.
William McKee "Timber Creek Bill" Anderson
William McKee "Timber Creek Bill" Anderson,
82, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at the family ranch 50 miles
southwest of Hinsdale, MT of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Hinsdale Legion Hall in Hinsdale, MT with Howard Pippin
officiating. Interment will be at the family ranch. Bell mortuary
of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Bill was born May 26, 1921 to parents McKee Anderson
and Josephine (Goldman) Anderson on the Tatum Homestead in Southern
Valley county. Bill lived his entire life on the family ranch.
He was a rancher, horseman and bailing wire, mechanic. He loved
visiting with his neighbors and teaching about horsed in addition
to observing wildlife and seeing his calves on the ground. His
greatest love was running wild horses. He was married to Rose Uphaus
from 1941 until 1967 and Linda Baker from 1967 to 1977. He has
been with longtime companion Nancy Barnett since 1982.
Survivors include: daughters Rose Stoneberg and
her husband Ron Stoneberg of Hinsdale, MT and their children Sierra
Holt and her husband Jason Holt of Brno, Czech Republic; Sylvan
Walden and her husband Bob Walden of Fort Peck, MT; Mary Karen
Anderson and her husband Tom Lovas of Anchorage, AK; Billie Jo
Klasna and her husband Casey Klasna of Wolf Point, MT; sons Milton
McKee Anderson, Judy Anderson, Kim Guinnane and their children
Amber McKee Anderson, Adne M. Anderson, Axton M. Anderson; Whit
David Anderson and his wife Tammy and baby daughter, Hunter Alex
of Overland Park, KS; 1 brother, Jack Anderson and his wife Betty
Anderson of Seattle, WA; 1 sister, JoAnn Smith of Santa Cruz, CA.
Leroy J. Whittle
Leroy J. Whittle, 83, died Friday, January 30, 2004
at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT of natural
causes. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at
11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church In Glasgow, MT with Rev.
Martin Mock officiating. Interment will be in Highland cemetery
in Glasgow, MT. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Leroy was born September 20, 1920 in Opheim, MT
and was raised there as well. His parents were Robert Whittle and
Sarah (Buffen) Whittle. He attended schools and graduated from
Opheim High School in 1938. After high school he went to a CC camp
in Belton, MT for 2 years, and then served in the army air force
from 1940 to 1945. Leroy served in the South Pacific. After he
finished his active service he retired from the Air Force Reserve.
Leroy married Fern Risa on Opheim on December 16, 1945, They lived
in Fort Peck where he worked at the Administration Building and
in the Fort Peck Hotel. Leroy worked at the First Security Bank
for 38 years. He also worked with the Boy Scouts and was treasurer
of the Lutheran CHurch for many years. He enjoyed hunting with
his children, and was man of many talents. Leroy was preceded in
death by his brothers Fred, John, Charley, and Bob Whittle and
his sisters Myrtle and Jean.
Survivors include: wife Fern Whittle of Glasgow,
MT; sons John Whittle and his wife Donna of Glasgow, MT; Phillip
Whittle and his wife Arlene of Nashua, MT; David Whittle and his
wife Bev of Powell, WY; daughters Lois and Jim Davidson of Denver,
CO; Colleen and Brent Murray of Cheyenne, WY; sister Vera Hybak
of Seattle, WA; 8 Grandchildren, and 2 Great-grandchildren.
Melvin Fuhrman, 79, died Thursday, January 22, 2004
at the Valley View Home in Glasgow, MT of natural causes. Funeral
services will be Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 2:30pm at the First
Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT with Rev. Martin Mock officiating.
Interment will be a private family burial at a later date. Bell
mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Doris Fahlgren, 79, died Saturday, January 17, 2004
at the Valley View Home in Glasgow, MT. Funeral services are planned
for Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 11am at the Malta Lutheran Church
in Malta, MT with Rev. Gordon Johnson and Rev. Marie Schmidt officiating.
Burial will be in Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale, MT. Bell mortuary
is in charge of arrangements.
Doris was born on September 29, 1924 on the family
farm in the Grain Community norht of Nashua, MT to Axel and Hulda
S. Peterson. Doris attended the Grain Country School and graduated
from Glasgow High School in 1942. After high school she worked
for the Thomas Dignan Law Office and at the Triple A. On November
17, 1946, Doris married Carl "Swede" Fahlgren in Glasgow.
They made their home in Hinsdale where they owned and operated
the Fahlgren Service Grocery Store. In 1950, they sold the store
and bought a farm west of Hinsdale which they operated for 17 years.
In 1967, they moved to Malta and operated the M & F Chevrolet
garage and Hesston Implement business until they sold the garage
and retured in 1984. Doris always kept the books for the farm and
the garage. Doris enjoyed traveling, made several trips to the
National Finals Rodeo, cross country skiing, and Essex, and the
Scandinavian Housta Fest in ND. She loved her roses and was a wonderful
bread and connamon roll baker. Doris was active in the P.E.O.,
Eastern Star, ALCW, Lutheran Church, and served on the Cemetery
Board in Malta. She also enjoyed quilting and was active in many
community activities. She was preceded in death by her husband
Carl "Swede" Fahlgren on January 25, 2002, her son Dennis
in 1973, an infant daughter Carla, a grandson Joey Fahlgren, her
brothers Harold Peterson, John Peterson, and Vernon Peterson, and
a sister Rose Graham.
Survivors include: daughter Ann Hoffmann and her
husband Don of Lake Stevens, WA; sons John Fahlgren and his wife
Mary of Glasgow, MT; Russell and his wife Mary of Worley, ID; 9
grandchildren; 1 great-child; 2 step-grandchildren; 4 step-great
grandchildren; sister Irma McInerney of Glasgow, MT.
Mayme D. Collins
Mayme D. Collins, 77, died Sunday, January 18, 2004
at her home in Nashua, MT of cancer. Funeral services are planned
for Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 3pm at the Bell chapel in Glasgow,
MT with Rev. Martin Mock officiating. Burial will be the Nashua
cemetery in Nashua, MT. Bell mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of
Mayme was born on December 14, 1926, the 9th of
12 children to Knute and Elizabeth Berg in Wildrose, ND. She moved
to Nashua, MT as a young woman with her family and attended Nashua
High School. Mayme married Rayburn "Scoop" Collins in
Glasgow in 1941 and 4 sons were born to them; Gerry, Dennis, Wayne,
and Philip. Mayme attended beauty college in the 60's and then
owned and operated the Nashua Beauty Salon in her home for 40 years.
She enjoyed caring for her home and yard and was an articulate
seamstress. She made beautiful quilts for all her family as well
as baby blankets for each new baby. Her greatest passion in life
was her sons and their families. She had a special relationship
with each of her 10 grandchildren and thouroughly enjoyed sharing
in their lives. She took a special interest in caring for those
in need, whether it be neighbors friends or family. Her compassionate
and generous nature provided the perfect opportunity for her to
see what would be of assistance to someone and her desire to help
with any task. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985,
her eldest son Gerry in 2003, 4 sisters and 1 brother.
Survivors include: sons Dennis and his wife Julie
Collins of Glasgow, MT; Wayne and his wife Jane Collins of Nashua,
MT; Philip and his wife Lori Collins of Nashua, MT; daughter-in-law
Isabelle Collins of Ramona, CA; four sisters Betsy Ouren of ND;
Agnes Wurzer of CA; Alyce Booth of CA; Thelma Frey of Billings,
MT. Also 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and numerous
nieces and nephews.
James Andrew Four Star
James Andrew Four Star, 34, died Saturday, January
17, 2004 as the result of a car accident on the Nickwall road south
of Wolf Point, MT. Vigil Services are planned for Monday, January
26, 2004 at 7pm at the Poplar Cultural Center. Funeral services
will take place on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 10am at the Poplar
Cultural Center with Fr. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial
will be in St. Ann's cemetery in Poplar, MT. Bell mortuary in Glasgow
is in charge of arrangements.
James was born May 13, 1969 in Wolf Point, MT to
Adrian J. Fourstar and Odessa Marie (Jones) Four Star. James attended
school in Poplar and Frazer, MT. He obtained his high school diploma
at Clearfield, UT. He was squad boss for the Montana Indian Firefighters.
James loved to play basketball and loved to watch NFL football
and enjoyed the outdoors and being with his daughters. James also
enjoyed weightlifting, working out, and was a member of the Catholic
Church. James was kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor.
Our baby brother was a quiet, hansome, intelligent man and he will
be forever missed by us all.
Survivors include: Parents Adrian Four Star Sr.
and Odessa Jones Four Star; daughter Angelina Jolie Four Star Kensey
Davis of Poplar, MT; brothers Adrian Four Star Jr., Mike Four Star,
and adopted brother Thomas Four Star; sisters Dolly Four Star,
Antoinette Four Star, Claudia Four Star, Janet Four Star, and Lucinda
Deleon; grandmother Marie Cantrell; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces
Virginia Wagar, age 91, died thursday, January
1, 2004 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT.
Vigil services are planned for Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 7pm
at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT. Funeral services
will take place on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 2pm at St. Raphael's
Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT with Rev. Thad Kozikowski officiating.
Burial will be in Hillview Cemetary in Hinsdale, MT. Bell mortuary
is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers: Howard Powell, Chuck
Barstad, Dean Hawkins, Travis Johnson, Kent Murr, Tom Harmon, Jan
Virginia was born July 2, 1912 in Glasgow, MT.
She married Glen Fredrick Wagar on December 31, 1932 in Glasgow,
MT. She loved to play bingo and enjoyed her grandchildren and great
grandchildren. She was a hard worker, always there for her relatives
when times were hard. She lived in Glasgow, Bremerton, Washington,
Whitefish, Glasgow, and Hinsdale, MT. Virginia and her husband
Glen owned the Rainbow bar in Hinsdale, MT until they retired and
moved to Great Falls, MT in 1973. She also worked for Boyd's Laundry & Drycleaners
in Glasgow for many years. She was preceded in death by her son
Gorden in 1933, husband Glen in 1987, and her daughter Ardith "Tiny" in
Survivors include here sister Emma Nelson of Great
Falls, MT; daughter Margaret Murr of Glasgow, MT; 16 Grandchildren
and 5 Great Grandchildren.