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Voters going to the polls on Tuesday will be voting
on a levy that would increase funding for the Valley County Long Run Fire
(Havre-AP) -- A study is being launched to determine if too many demands are being placed on the Milk River as it winds through Montana, Canada and back into Montana. The river is used for irrigation, drinking water and fishing.
Jim Thompson is project coordinator at Fort Peck. He says officials know the Milk River is the lifeline of the Hi-Line. He says the aerial assessment of the valley -- from Fresno Reservoir into its confluence with the Missouri River -- will be used to determine what resources and what problems exist in the river valley.
The survey also is designed to provide information about problems like erosion or saline seep. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
There will be a balloon lift today at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow at 2:30 p.m. Messages written by residents or guest will be attached to the balloons. Dorothy Draeger and Delvin & Cami Hackwith will be entertaining with their music. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Valley County Long Run Fire Department responded
to a fire Tuesday afternoon on the Billingsley Road on the way to Tampico.
The blaze burned in a hay field, irrigation ditch and got into some trees before the department extinguished the blaze. The fire burned an estimated five acres.
Helena, MT - Governor Judy Martz has announced that her tenth "Capital For a Day" will be held in Glasgow on June 19, 2002. As a part of this event, Governor Martz will proclaim Glasgow as the Official Capital for the State of Montana.
"We are excited about traveling to Valley County to address local ideas, issues and concerns," said Governor Martz. "We have an incredible opportunity in this state to bring government to individual communities. This not only helps the residents of Glasgow, but it also helps us to gain information about local community issues."
Lieutenant Governor Ohs and members of the Governor's cabinet will also participate in the program throughout the day, so that constituents who have concerns or issues to raise with regard to a particular agency will have time to discuss their problems one-on-one.
"We have been pleased with the success of this event in our past sites of Laurel, Hamilton, Sidney, Havre, Roundup, Townsend, Circle, Deer Lodge, and Lewistown" Governor Martz said.
"Montana is such a diverse state, and we need to understand the impacts of the decisions we make in Helena at every level and in every community."
The public is encouraged to participate in all of Glasgow's Capital For a Day activities.
There will be a team captain's meeting May 30th
at 5:30 p.m. at the Glasgow Job Service office. We do not yet have a local
chairperson for this committee, but Kristi Oaks with the American Cancer
Society (1-800-252-5470) from Billings plans to attend the meeting. Also,
the co-chairs for the Northeast Montana Planning Committee, Mona Amundson
(263-4176) and Rod Karst (228-8757), will be available. If you have any
questions, or are interested in helping with the team recruitment committee,
please contact Kristi, Mona or Rod.
Also, for consistency and budget purposes, we decided to sponsor an annual Relay for Life.
Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has contributed
more than $2.2 billion to the fight to cure cancer. This year alone, the
ACS will give more than $100 million to continue the battle.
In fact, the American Cancer Society dedicates more
money to cancer research than any other private, nonprofit, non-government
source of funding in the United States.
To date, the ACS has funded 32 Nobel Prize winning cancer
Some of the more notable accomplishments funded by the
ACS include treatments for childhood leukemia, the creation of the Pap
test, bone marrow transplants and gene therapies.
While the ACS is diligently working every day to help
find a cure, the true heroes are the hundreds of thousands of volunteers
and contributors who give of their time, talents and money to meet that
The two major fundraisers put on by the ACS each year
are Daffodil Days and Relay For Life, with Relay being the signature event
for the organization. This year, more than 3,300 Relays will be held nationwide
to raise money and awareness in each community.
Money raised through fundraisers and contributions by
individuals and businesses also goes to assist community programs such
as Man to Man prostate support group, Reach to Recovery for breast cancer
patients, and I Can Cope for cancer survivors, just to name a few.
Educational programs such as Look Good
and the annual Colorectal Satellite Broadcast are just two of the ways
the ACS helps educate the public.
Finally, the ACS is proud to promote its role in legislative
advocacy. The Society traditionally takes the lead in the passage of anti-tobacco
legislation, both on a statewide or national level.
The American Cancer Society is available 24 hours
a day, 365 days a year, toll-free at 1-800-ACS-2345 or by logging on to
the Web at
The Montana Department of Transportation and Interstate
Engineering, Inc. are holding a public open house about the Statewide
Rail/Highway Grade Separation Needs Study. The open house is scheduled
Tuesday, June 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Glasgow Civic Center Council
Chambers located at 319 3rd Street South.
The Montana Department of Transportation hired
Interstate Engineering, Inc. to conduct a needs study of railroad-highway
grade crossings around the state. The study will examine the potential
benefits and constraints associated with grade separations and rank them
based on an evaluation and weighting scale. The railroad crossing on 4th
Street in Glasgow is one of twenty locations being studied statewide and
will be discussed at Tuesdays open house.
If you are interested in showing off your talent take part in the 2nd Annual "New Stars in the Western Sky: Talent Show to be held on July 30, 2002, during the Northeast Montana Fair.
Valley County Coalition is again offering musicians and singers the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. So take out your fiddle, exercise your voice, tune up your guitar, and join in the fun! Performers will be accompanied by Dave Pippin and the Borderline Band. Sound equipment will also be available for those performers who prefer to perform as a Karaoke event. All performers will be expected to attend two rehearsals in July, one during the week of the show.
Last year's Talent Show was a smash. Anyone who attended would agree the evening was filled with fun and the performers were excellent. This year promises to be even better.
Anyone interested in performing at the Talent Show must complete an application and return it to the Valley County Coalition office no later than July 1, 2002. If you have questions or need an application call 228-2489, please leave a message if there is no answer. You may also pick up applications at the Valley County Coalition office located in the Glasgow Civic Center.
Voters will go to the polls on June 4th to elect the
Democratic and Republican nominees for the November General election.
(Plentywood-AP) -- Residents of small towns along Montana's Hi-Line watched as stores such as Anthony's and J-C Penney's closed due to a decline in business.
Ann McKenzie managed the Anthony's store and then the Stage store in Plentywood for 15 years. She says she liked raising her children in Plentywood and didn't want to leave. So she came up with the idea of starting a community store -- one that would provide basic clothing. At least 19 investors put up ten-thousand dollars each to start "Little Muddy Drygoods."
Malta borrowed the basic idea, and opened "Family Matters." However, it sought just 500 dollars from investors. The store sold 550 shares. The stores in Plentywood and Malta work together to get volume discounts on purchases. Malta's idea spawned two more community stores. Powell, Wyoming and Glendive hope to open stores this July. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
An 18 year old Glasgow man has been arrested and charged
with five counts of felony Sexual Intercourse Without Consent and one
count of misdemeanor Unlawful Restraint.
Trent Kinzell was arrested on May 13th by law enforcement
officials. He was later released on $7500 bond.
McKeon has withdrawn from the case.
According to court documents, Kinzell is charged with
five felony counts of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent. These charges
stem from incidents that allegedly occurred with a Glasgow girl who was
under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged encounters. These incidents
occurred between September, 7th of 2001 and March 4th, of 2002.
Kinzell is being represented by Attorney Terry Toavs
of Wolf Point.
If convicted, Kinzell could face up to 100 years in
prison on each of the five felony charges.
The arrest was a result of an investigation conducted by the Valley County Sheriff's Office with the assistance from the Glasgow Police Department, the Women's Resource Center, and the Montana Highway Patrol.
(Malta-AP) -- More than 100 fossil fans from the Hi-Line crowded into the Phillips County Museum at Malta for the weekend unveiling of the museum's new centerpiece.
"Leonardo" is a 77 million-year-old baby duck-billed dinosaur that was discovered less than a year ago. He rocketed to stardom because of his remarkable state of preservation. He is one of only three dinosaur fossils in the world classified as mummies because of the soft tissue that is preserved.
Museum Director Nate Murphy told the assembly that Leonardo is so well-preserved that his stomach contents can be identified - a salad of ferns and conifers, garnished with something like magnolia.
The guests at Friday night's unveiling, meanwhile, grazed on chocolate-dipped strawberries, dinosaur-shaped cookies and cold cuts. They washed it down with wine and a beer brewed especially for the occasion by Yellowstone Valley Brewing. It's called, of course, Old Bone Ale. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
The Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Committee is announcing
the first annual Ms. Walleye Queen Contest to take place during the 15th
Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Tournament on July 12th
and 13th at Fort Peck Lake. The contest rules and guidelines:
Summer programs are starting in the Fort Peck
area. Vicki Silcox, ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, spoke
with KLTZ/KLAN on Friday. She said that on Saturday night, Nate Murphy
paleontologist from Phillips County Museum, will be the speaker at the
evening campfire at 9pm. Nate will show slides from fossil find, Leonardo,
for the ampitheatre campfire program.
(Glasgow-AP) -- A 23-year-old North Dakota man is charged with negligent homicide, after an accident that took a young woman's life in northeastern Montanan.
The prosecutor says Travis Kirchendorfer, of Minot was driving when he swerved to miss a deer on Montana Highway 117, between Nashua and Fort Peck. The car went off the highway and crashed, causing the death of a passenger, 18-year old Terri Ann Young of Glasgow.
According to court documents, two other people in the car were seriously injured. It happened in November 2000. Court documents say that Kirchendorfer, at the time, had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of point-one-oh. Along with the negligent homicide charge, he's charged with negligent vehicular assault for injuries to one of the passengers.
Kirchendorfer has an omnibus hearing June 3rd in District Court. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Pioneer Museum Week starts Sunday, as the museum in Glasgow opens and kicks off the official summer tourism season. The museum will be open this and every Sunday 1-5, and then 9-7 Monday-Saturday for the summer. Brenna Sundby of the museum noted that many improvements have been made to the museum during the winter, and invites everyone to stop by during museum week.
Most Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 1, to assist hunters meet the special-drawing application deadline for Montana's coveted elk, deer, and antelope hunting licenses and permits.
"FWP staff will be on special duty on Saturday, June 1 to help handle the additional traffic we expect and to answer questions from hunters and license providers around the state," said FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim.
"The best advice we have for hunters is to buy
hunting licenses early, but we know June 1 is an important deadline, so
we'll keep our doors and phone lines open to assist our customers on that
The FWP Helena headquarters office, 1420 East Sixth Ave., and regional headquarters in Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman, Great Falls, Billings, Glasgow and Miles City will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. FWP area resource offices in Butte, Lewistown and Havre will also be open. The Butte office will be open from 12:30-4 p.m., while offices in Lewistown and Havre will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Helena Area Resource Office on Custer Ave. will not be open.
Aasheim said applications for special drawings must be postmarked no later than June 1. Applicants should check with their local post office to determine the deadline for obtaining a June 1 postmark.
The new Automated Licensing System that FWP launched this year ran smoothly through two recent license deadline rushes, but it caused delays earlier this year at high traffic times. "We've made several improvements to the system already this year to address delays, but we still want to take additional steps to help make things as convenient as possible," Aasheim said.
Aasheim said ALS offers a number of benefits, including greater privacy for the license buyer and quick reporting of license sales statistics.
HELENA, Mont. - Canadian Pacific Railway executives
told state officials this week they would like to ship Montana grain over
their system, providing a new rail shipping option for producers now limited
to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
"Canadian Pacific informed us that they are indeed
interested in moving Montana grain to markets on the West Coast,"
said Governor Judy Martz.
Martz is optimistic that details will be worked out
in the coming months, as Canadian Pacific gains a better understanding
of opportunities and barriers to entering the Montana market.
Currently, Canadian Pacific does not have access to
Burlington Northern tracks in Montana. However, the company is willing
to load grain at its facilities just across the border, providing an alternative
shipper for producers in northern Montana, said Ralph Peck, director of
the Montana Department of Agriculture.
CP officials said they already work closely with Union
Pacific Railroad in several other locations, and likely could work with
UP to route the cars from Canada down the West Coast to Portland, Oregon,
or other U.S. ports.
Martz said the meeting May 22 was a follow-up to a visit
to Canada earlier this year by Peck, Commerce Director Mark Simonich and
Transportation Director Dave Galt. "In both meetings, we informed
Canadian Pacific that Montana is 'open for business,' and offered any
assistance we could provide to help them bring rail competition back to
Montana," Martz said.
Montana will work with government officials in Canada
to remove any barriers to grain movement by truck into Canada, Peck said.
State officials plan to work over the coming weeks to present economic
and agricultural data to CP so that they can more accurately determine
what advantage they would have to expanding in Montana.
Peck returned Tuesday from meetings with BNSF officials
in Fort Worth, Texas. One topic discussed a BNSF rate structure that gives
large discounts "shuttle train" shippers in Minnesota and eastern
North Dakota, making it cheaper for them to ship grain to the West Coast
than it is for shippers in Montana.
The BNSF meeting produced no immediate solution to the grievances cited by grain shippers in Montana, Peck said. "We had a good exchange of ideas," he said. "We will continue to aggressively pursue any options that will reduce the economic disadvantage current rates place on the grain industry in this state."
Fry Stocking Complete on
Fort Peck Lake (Thu, May 23, 2002)
The Fish, Wildlife & Parks State Parks Futures Committee
will be traveling to Glasgow on May 29th to host a meeting on the distribution
and allocation of state parks across Montana. Here is the tentative agenda:
May 29th, Wednesday -- Glasgow
Despite Recent Precipitation, Drought Committee
- Identifies 37 Severe Drought Counties
"Much of eastern Montana is facing its fourth
year of drought," said Lt. Governor Ohs. "We have experienced
modest gains in precipitation in recent weeks. However, without continued
improvement in water supply and moisture conditions, the cumulative effects
of years of severe drought mean we can easily slip back from the improvement
we have seen."
The committee identified 37 counties that meet
the plan's criteria for intense level of drought - the "Severe Drought"
status. Counties that meet the Severe Drought status cut a broad swath
through the middle of the state, stretching from Canada to Wyoming, including:
Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Choteau,
Custer, Fallon, Fergus, Gallatin, Glacier, Golden Valley, Hill, Jefferson,
Judith Basin, Lewis & Clark, Liberty, Madison, Meagher, Musselshell,
Park, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Silver Bow, Stillwater,
Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, Yellowstone
All counties in Severe Drought status lie east
of the Continental Divide.
The eight counties that currently warrant the
"Drought Alert" level of preparedness include: West of the Continental
Divide Granite, Powell, Deer Lodge, Lake
The remaining eleven counties, absent from the
Alert or Severe county lists are:
The committee noted close to normal fall and spring
precipitation for the eleven counties without alert or severe status in
setting them apart from the 37 counties listed as Severe Drought counties,
where drought remains firmly entrenched. The improvements are based upon
recent precipitation events. Given the extensive background period of
moisture deficits, these noted improvements are fragile and could be easily
In making its assessment, the committee compared
current water supply and soil moisture conditions with criteria set forth
in the Montana Drought Response Plan. The plan identifies specific actions
for the committee and local drought committees depending upon the severity
A late season boost in the snow water content of the state's mountain snowpack improved surface water supply forecasts, but Roy Kaiser of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Snow Survey cautioned that dry upland and valley soils will intercept a significant amount of the runoff from mountain snowfields where much of the winter's snow remains due to unusually cool temperatures during March, April and early May.
"At the same time that we classify the drought
status of the state's counties in strict accordance with our plan, it
is still too early to confirm that recovery is underway in given counties
and will be lasting," said Lt. Governor Ohs.
The committee will continue to monitor changes in conditions and will report when it meets again, June 13, at the Capitol.
(Pierre, South Dakota-AP) -- South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow says the fight over management of the Missouri River may ultimately end up in the U-S Supreme Court.
Janklow says the Army Corps of Engineers has been mismanaging the river for the benefit of a non-existent barge industry between Sioux City, Iowa, and St. Louis. He says only five barges a day have operated on that stretch in recent days.
Janklow says it'll be several days before the state decides its next legal move in the battle over control of the Missouri. But he says an appellate court ruling against the Dakotas and Nebraska came just one day short of the state's initial goal, to protect the smelt spawn on Lake Oahe. From that standpoint, Janklow says South Dakota has already won this round. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
The Long Run Fire Department and Nashua Fire Department
responded to another downed power line fire on Monday afternoon. A power
line south of Highway 2 on the Gary Dix land was knocked down by high
winds. Twelve firefighters with six trucks responded; the fire was controlled
within an hour, with mop-up taking until 5:30p.m. One firefighter sustained
a leg injury and was taken to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
As trucks were returning to Glasgow they were
notified of a natural gas leak at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway
24. A construction company trenching machine apparently struck an MDU
gas line. No injuries were reported; a crew from MDU in Wolf Point repaired
On Tuesday morning, Long Run, Nashua and BIA firefighters were called at 2:34a.m. to a grass fire south of Oswego. Long Run sent 5 firefighters and 3 trucks. The trucks were back in the barn by 5:00 a.m.
(Pierre, South Dakota-AP) -- A federal appeals court has freed the U-S Army Corps of Engineers from three court orders that restricted how the agency operated the Missouri River in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.
The Eighth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay -- which blocks orders issued by federal judges in the three states. South Dakota Assistant Attorney General Charlie McGuigan says that means the corps is no longer under any court order involving its operation of the river in those three states.
A federal judge's order in Montana may still be in effect. Montana is part of the Ninth Circuit. Federal judges in South Dakota and North Dakota had issued orders preventing the corps from lowering some Missouri River reservoirs to protect fish eggs deposited in shallow water. A federal judge in Nebraska ordered the corps to maintain adequate flow to support barge traffic below the reservoirs. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
According to Montana Department of Transportation, due to road construction work, the underpass in Glasgow was open to one-lane traffic only for a period Wednesday morning. The underpass was open to two-lane traffic by mid-morning.
(Washington-AP) -- The Senate has called ranchers and farmers to Washington, to testify later this week about the need for federal drought assistance. The hearing is set for Thursday before the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Lawmakers from the northern Rockies and the northern plains failed to convince their colleagues to insert drought disaster aid into the new farm bill. Now some lawmakers want to add two-point-three billion dollars in disaster assistance to another spending bill. The money would cover crop and livestock losses from 2001.
Senator Conrad Burns says Montana is entering its fifth year of drought. He says, for Montana farmers, the relief bill is their only ray of hope.
The Bush administration has said it does not support more farm spending. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Wondering if this is the windiest spring ever?
Well, the answer is probably no.
The 2-month period of March and April was the
coldest in recorded history for those 2 months combined. Even the first
10 days in May were the coldest on record for that period.
If youre looking for some wind records,
though, last weekend may have done it. The 3 day period of May 18th through
May 20th had to stack up as one of the windiest periods in the Glasgow
An issue that has come up over several months
at the Glasgow City Council meetings was resolved Monday night.
Montana Department of Livestock's Brands Enforcement Division brought together over 6,000 strays and their rightful owners in 2001, according to Brands Enforcement Administrator Jack Wiseman. The 6,030 strays were valued at more than $5 million.
DOL's Brands Enforcement includes 18 district livestock investigators and detectives who are certified law enforcement personnel in the State of Montana. In 2001, they traveled 422,021 combined miles to inspect cattle and enforce laws regarding livestock in the State of Montana. Brands Enforcement also employs 55 market inspectors, and relies on 500 deputy state stock inspectors and 140 permit writers to help inspect the livestock throughout Montana. Deputy state stock inspectors are not state employees and they are not paid by the state or by the DOL, but are trained by the DOL to complete inspections. They receive a fee for inspecting livestock and are paid directly by the producers at the time of the inspection.
In 2001, over 2.6 million cattle were inspected. Livestock are required to be inspected whenever there is a change of pasture into a different county, a change of ownership, or at slaughter. Cattle are also inspected in and out of the livestock markets.
"If the deputy state stock inspectors find anything questionable concerning the livestock, the brands, or owner identification, they contact a DOL division investigator, market inspector, or local law enforcement," Wiseman said.
"At sale barns all across the state, there's somebody checking for the right brand on the right cow every day," Wiseman said. "Every arriving load is listed in the brand inspector's tally book, and every tally is entered in the State's registry of cattle transfers."
There are 15 livestock markets that cover the state. Montana livestock markets are located in Baker, Bozeman, Chinook, Dillon, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Kalispell, Lewistown, Miles City, Missoula, Ramsay, Sidney, and two in Billings.
HELENA - Businesses and agencies that routinely check
driving records can now access that information online, Attorney General
Mike McGrath announced Tuesday. The Driving Record Search service is available
to businesses, insurance companies and government agencies authorized
to use the information.
"We are always working to provide more convenient,
efficient services to Montana's business community," McGrath said.
"This is one more step in that ongoing effort."
"This online service will be a real boon for businesses
that supply drivers to school districts, and for bus and trucking companies
that need to know if drivers have any violations on their records,"
Motor Vehicle Division administrator Dean Roberts said.
Roberts noted that personal driving record information
won't be available to just anyone who is curious. The Driving Record Search
is accessible only to registered users who have signed a restricted use
agreement and paid the $50 annual registration fee. Registered users are
charged $6 for each driving record requested online.
According to Roberts, beginning June 1, driving records
will no longer be available at local driver license stations. However,
he said that individuals who need one or two driving histories can still
request them through the mail or in person at the Motor Vehicle Division
office in Helena, at a cost of $4 for each record.
Roberts also noted that the form needed to request a driving record in person or by mail is now available on the Division's downloadable forms web page at www.doj.state.mt.us/mvd/Forms.htm <http://www.doj.state.mt.us/mvd/Forms.htm
The Driving Record Search service resulted from a cooperative
undertaking between state government and the private sector. The system
was cooperatively developed and is supported by the Montana Department
of Justice, the Montana Department of Administration's Information Technology
Services Division, and Montana Interactive, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary
of eGovernment provider NIC (Nasdaq:EGOV).
For more information on the Driving Record Search, visit www.DiscoveringMontana.com
The Phillips County Museum is holding a Grand Unveiling of Leonardo the Mummy Dinosaur, Friday, May 24th at 7p.m. at the museum in Malta. Live music, hors doeuvres, and a special beer brewed by the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company cost is $15 per person, with proceeds going to Phillips County Historical Society.
The duck-billed dinosaur remains were found by a Minot man, amateur paleontologist Dan Stephenson. The two-and-one-half ton dinosaur is believed to have died some 77 million-years ago.
Curator Nate Murphy says the dinosaur is amazingly well preserved, and is one of just a few remains found that is actually mummified; the last mummmified dinosaur remains were found in 1908.
Murphy says Stephenson was a volunteer worker for the museum's Judith River Dinosaur Institute, and came across the mummified fossil on a guided museum trip. Murphy says the dinosaur is so well preserved that even its stomach contents are still intact, allowing researchers to see what it ate.
For more details on the find, the excavation and the uniqueness of this find, listen to our newscasts all this week. We also have some pictures we posted from Nate last fall during the Dino-thon; you can access them here. (Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
George Winston will present a benefit solo guitar concert
at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow the evening of June 3, beginning at
7 p.m. Hosted by the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, proceeds will be used
for the handicapped restroom building project at the Fort Peck Theatre.
Tickets will be sold at the door, priced at $10 for
adults and $5 for students. Anyone bringing a non-perishable food item
for the Valley County Food Bank will receive $1 off the price of admission.
There will be no advance ticket sales.
Two young people from Glasgow will lead the cast of
Oliver!, the years first production at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre,
announces artistic director Bobby Gutierrez. Rebecca Rogeness will play
the part of Oliver Twist and Luke Hystad, The Artful Dodger. The musical
opens June 14 at the Theatre in Fort Peck.
The U.S. Post Office's annual food drive on May 11th was a huge success. Over 438,00 pounds was donated across the state, with Glasgow letter carriers gathering 2,268 pounds, 591 more than a year ago.
The Glasgow post office also received 143 pounds from the Fort Peck office and 63 pounds from the Larslan office. All food gathered locally went to the Food Bank in Glasgow, which had been struggling with low donations since moving to their new location.
This was the 10th year of the postal food drive, in which over 500 million pounds has been delivered to feed America's hungry.
American Legion Post 104, in Nashua, Montana will have a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27. The Parade will start at 9:00 AM, and will take place along Front Street. A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held in the Nashua Civic Center following the parade, at approximately 9:30 AM. Any club or organization interested in putting a float in the parade should contact Post Commander Robert Jensen at 406-785-2237.
With the coming of Spring, local American Legion Posts will be starting their annual White Cross maintenance. Legion members will be removing decorations from the White Crosses and discard them in order to clean and repaint the crosses. People are reminded that the White Cross program is a highway safety awareness program, and the crosses are not to be used as memorials. It is a violation of State regulations to place or hang anything directly on the crosses. The State Department of Highways has warned the American Legion that if people continue violating this regulation, the White Cross Program will be canceled, and the crosses removed. The State has compromised by allowing that decorations may be placed on the post, below the crosses, as long as the decorations are reasonable and not gaudy or distractive.
The Montana Department of Labor has released the preliminary April unemployment statistics for the state. Powder River County had the lowest rate, at 1.1%. The highest rate in the state was in Lincoln County, with an unemployment rate of 15.2%. The state average was 4.5%, nearly identical to April, 2001.
Valley County's rate was up to 3.5%, from 3.2% in 2001. Here are the full statistics for Valley County and the neighboring counties:
(Billings-AP) The U-S Army Corps of Engineers won't be releasing any extra water from Fort Peck reservoir for at least another week.
The Corps agreed to have a temporary restraining order extended to May 28th, while it pursues an appeal of litigation involving management of the Missouri River.
Last week, the state of Montana sought and received an order, temporarily keeping the corps from increasing releases from Fort Peck reservoir, beyond the operating plans it announced earlier in the month.
Yesterday, U-S District Judge Richard Cebull agreed to an unopposed motion to vacate the hearing set for tomorrow (Wednesday). An assistant U-S attorney in Billings -- Victoria Francis -- says the two sides agreed to vacate the hearing. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
(tip from Mike Boyer) The Long Run Fire Department was
called to yet another fire on Sunday, battling a blaze northwest of Hinsdale.
The crews also responded to Hinsdale Livestock and helped extinguish a two-day old smoldering fire in the feedlot area.
Long Run has responded to 27 fires so far this year, compared to just 19 last year.
(Billings-AP) Dinosaur remains found by a North Dakota man two years ago are being unveiled this week in Montana.
Amateur paleontologist Dan Stephenson found the remains of a two-and-one-half ton dinosaur believed to have died some 77 million-years ago. His discovery came north of Malta, in north central Montana, and it will be unveiled Friday at the Phillips County Museum in Malta.
Curator Nate Murphy says the dinosaur is amazingly well preserved. A leg, a foot and part of the tail were brought to Billings for a weekend display. Murphy says Stephenson was a volunteer worker for the museum's Judith River Dinosaur Institute. He came across the mummified fossil on a guided museum trip. Murphy says the dinosaur is so well preserved that even its stomach contents are still intact, allowing researchers to see what it ate. (Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
As Lewis and Clark traversed along the Missouri River during the last week of May 1805, they wrote:
"Set out early this morning, the frost was severe last night, the ice appeared along the edge of the water, water also freised on the oars just about the entrance to Teapot Creek on the stard, there is a large assemblage of burros of the Burrowing Squirrel. The wild rose which is not in blume are very abundant"
Relive the epics of the Corps of Discovery along the historic Missouri set among the cottonwoods at the James Kipp Recreation Area on US 191 at Robinson Bridge (70 miles south of Malta or 70 miles north east of Lewistown), at the annual Lewis and Clark Encampment June 1 and 2 2002.
Sponsored by the Missouri Breaks Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission the Encampment will feature all new demonstrations and noon barbeque meal featuring buffalo provided by the Fort Belknap Tribal Council. The Lewis and Clark Honor Guard and Native American Primitive Campsite will provide continual demonstrations on "life in camp" throughout the two-day event. Educational presentations will feature birds, fish and prairie animals documented by the Corps of Discovery, candle dipping, Dutch oven cooking beginning each day at 10 am.
Friends of Boy Scout Troop #482 will provide a pancake breakfast each morning from 7-9:30 and the White Feather Dancers and Grandma's Little Dancers of the Fort Belknap Communities will close each days activities at 4:30 pm.
Admission is free each day and raffle tickets on a homemade quilt and Lewis and Clark Collector license plate will be sold by the Missouri Breaks group to help offset expenses. For additional information, contact the Fort Belknap Tourism Office at 406-353-2205, the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce at 406-538-5436 or the Malta Chamber of Commerce at 406-654-1776. You may also get information via e-mail at .
FMDH Employees Join In Bike To Work Day (Fri, May 17, 2002)
Another Controlled Burn Escapes Containment (Fri, May 17, 2002)
The Long Run Fire Department was called at 7:10 p.m.
on Thursday night to a structure fire at the Mike Flannery residence,
the old Heikens place on Whatley Road. Nashua firefighters also responded
with 1 truck & 2 firefighters, and Long Run responded with 5 trucks
& 9 firefighters.
Friday Declared Bike To Work Day At Hospital (Thr, May 16, 2002)
Friday has been named Bike To Work day for all the employees at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. KLTZ and Mix-93 will have some fun on-air reports as Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow finishes off Hospital Week.
Friday Is Spring Clean Up Day (Thr, May 16, 2002)
Friday, May 17th is set for Spring Clean Up Day in Glasgow. The school kids and teachers are organizing a ground crew to sweep the tourist road routes clean.
The winter winds have not been kind to our appearance.
We need additional adults to help out on Friday, with picking up trash
bags and taking them to the landfill. To help out, please call Terry at
228-8746 or the Chamber at 228-2222.
(Washington-AP) -- The Bush administration is trying to figure out prevent the spread of a fatal brain disease that is threatening deer and elk herds in at least eight states.
The federal plan includes more tracking of herds and mapping of cases. It would also develop better diagnostic tests and research on how chronic wasting disease spreads.
The disease has been discovered in wild or captive deer and elk in Colorado, as well as in Wisconsin, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Oklahoma and South Dakota and in Canada. Researchers believe commercial shipments of deer and elk may have helped spread the illness. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Governors plan to meet on Missouri River water (Thu, May 16, 2002)
(Pierre, South Dakota-AP) -- South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow says an effort is underway to arrange a meeting of officials from eight states, on short-term management of the Missouri River. He says the session may be held in Nebraska and would include the governor of that state as well as himself and governors from Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
Janklow says moisture is short in the Missouri River Basin, and the Corps of Engineers has been ignoring federal law on management of the river. The South Dakota governor says he hopes the eight-state governors' meeting will result in an agreement on how to use the mainstem dams to handle Missouri River flows until the end of the year. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
The Glasgow School Board voted to award Braden-Pehlke
Enterprises a $187,800 contract for asbestos removal at the Glasgow High
Irrigation District To Flush Canal Between May 25-28 (Thr, May 16, 2002)
Glasgow Irrigation District is gearing up for the 2002 irrigation season. The water allocation will be .4 acre foot per acre for May-June 2002. We will begin flushing the main canal beginning some time between May 25 and May 28, 2002. All fences across the main canal must be removed. Glasgow Irrigation District would also appreciate knowing water user plans. Please call (406) 228-2346 and advise us.
Glaser Returns To GHS (Thr, May 16, 2002)
The Glasgow High School has hired a familiar face to be the head girls basketball coach for the Glasgow Scotties.
Wednesday night the board approved the hiring of Todd Glaser to run the Scottie girls program.
Glaser was head coach of the team in 1998 and 1999 when
he compiled a 30-19 record as head coach. Glaser also spent several years
as the freshman coach for the program.
Interpretive Center Volunteer Training Set (May 15, 2002)
There will be a Training Session for anyone interested in volunteering at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center Field Station this summer (June, July August).
The Training Sessions are scheduled for Wed. May 29th
from 7-9p.m. at the Courthouse & Thurs. May 30th from 7-9p.m. at the
Field Station in Fort Peck. If you are interested, you are asked to please
try to attend both sessions. For more information or questions call Carolyn
Bachtold at 228-4429.
AP Releases County House Value & Income Rankings (May 15, 2002)
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Hatchery Groundbreaking Details Released (Tue, May 14, 2002)
The ground breaking for the Fort Peck Warm Water Fish
Hatchery is set for July 6th at Fort Peck.
Montana's Congressional delegation is set to be on hand
for the ground breaking and a picnic will follow the event.
Tickets are now available for the picnic at a cost of
$5. The picnic will be held at Kiwanis Park in Fort Peck.Tickets may be
purchased at D&G, First Community Bank, Valley Bank and Mon-Dak Marine.
The ground breaking will start at 2pm with the picnic set to begin at 5pm.
Prairie Ridge Construction Contract Awarded (Tue, May 14, 2002)
Construction is expected to start soon on the Prairie
Ridge assisted living complex located on the south side of Glasgow.
Long Run Battles Another Blaze (Tue, May 14, 2002)
(Tip from Mike Boyer) The Long Run Fire Department and Frazer firefighters were called Sunday morning at 2:43 am to a house fire just north of US #2 at Frazer. The house had been owned by Earl and Lois Nefzger.
When firefighters arrived the house was totally engulfed in flames. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to a nearby building, truck and grove of trees.
Long Run responded with 5 trucks and 9 firefighters Frazer with 1 truck and 3 firefighters. No injuries were reported and Long Run trucks were back at the barn around 7:30 am. The fire cause is under investigation.
Govs want changes in Burlington Northern customer dealings (Tue, May 14, 2002)
(Helena-AP) Several governors are asking the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad to take another look at shipping rates.
The governors say the B-N is giving unfair advantages to the biggest grain elevators. They say that, if things don't change, they may support new federal regulation of railroad shipping. North Dakota Governor John Hoeven drafted a letter to send to Burlington Northern. It was signed by Montana Governor Judy Martz, and the governors of South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.
B-N has been developing a network of large elevators -- capable of handling 110-car "shuttle trains." They can offer better prices to farmers. Hoeven says the rates need to have some economic justification. He says in some cases -- B-N is offering lower rates to ship grain longer distances. He says that doesn't make sense. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Water dispute widens; Montana blocks increased releases (Tue, May 14, 2002)
(Billings-AP) A federal judge Monday granted Montana's request to temporarily prevent the U-S- Army Corps of Engineers from increasing releases from Fort Peck Reservoir.
Meanwhile, a federal judge in Nebraska ordered the corps maintain a sufficient water flow for barge traffic on the Missouri River.
Monday's developments were just the latest in the growing regional dispute over how water in the river is managed.
In Billings, U-S District Judge Richard Cebull signed an order that for ten days prevents the Corps from increasing flows from Fort Peck Reservoir beyond those planned by the agency on May Seventh.The state cited the prolonged drought conditions in Montana and contended an unexpected increase in releases would hurt the fishery at Fort Peck. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 22nd.
In Nebraska, U-S District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ordered that the corps maintain the minimum water flow spelled out in two previous river management agreements. Nebraska Attorney General Don Stenberg had asked for an order to require the corps to use water in Montana's Fort Peck reservoir to keep river levels up. But Camp's order was not that specific. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
House panel answers Amtrak's pleas for $1.2 billion (Thu, May 9, 2002)
(Washington-AP) Some good news for cash-starved Amtrak. A House subcommittee has answered Amtrak's pleas for a major boost in funding.
Yesterday's move sends a strong signal that the railroad will get the money it says it needs to avoid cutting routes. The proposal adopted by the House Transportation subcommittee on railroads would guarantee Amtrak's existence for another year. That gives lawmakers and the Bush administration more time to debate a long-term policy for passenger rail.
If approved by Congress and signed by President Bush, the bill would give Amtrak the one-point-two (b) billion dollars it requested for the fiscal year beginning October first. The bill would also provide 775 million dollars for security and safety upgrades. The subcommittee also approved a bill that would provide up to 59 billion dollars for development of new high-speed rail corridors. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Glasgow Woman Picks Up Prize (Thu, May 9, 2002)
(Helena-AP) -- A Glasgow woman has claimed a 100-thousand-dollar prize from the Powerball lottery game.
Colleen Kittleson bought her ticket at Gordon's Foods in Glasgow. Kittleson says she plays the lottery three or four times a year, and plays her own numbers based on family birthdays. The winning numbers also included her birth date and her husband's.
The Kittlesons are Glasgow natives, and operate a wheat, hay and cattle farm near the city. They drove to Helena yesterday to collect their prize. It was the second awarded from Saturday's drawing. The other winner was Lee Clark, manager of the Town Pump in Columbia Falls.
Kiwanis Update (Thu, May 9, 2002)
Mainwaring Sentence Reduced (Thu, May 9, 2002)
District Court Judge John McKeon has modified and reduced
the sentence for Jonathon Mainwaring who was sentenced to 10 years in
the Montana State Prison for the beating death of a Glasgow resident in
Mainwaring, who was 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to
the charge of mitigated deliberate homicide in the beating death of Randy
DeTeinne. As part of a plea agreement on July 6th, 2000, Judge McKeon
sentenced Mainwaring to 30 years in prison with 20 suspended.
But at a sentence review hearing in April, personnel
from the Montana State Prison testified that Mainwaring has been substantially
rehabilitated. McKeon then modified the sentence and suspended all 30
years of his sentence and ordered that he be placed in a pre-release center
in Billings for the next 12 months. If Mainwaring completes all the programs
at the pre-release center he will be set free in 12 months.
Mainwaring had been imprisoned at the Montana State Prison since July of 2000.
Purchase Your License Early (Wed, May 8, 2002)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourages license
buyers to purchase licenses early and allow extra time for the transaction
because of the new technology provided to the license agents and FWP personnel.
All 2002 hunting and fishing licenses and State Parks Passports are available
now at all license providers and FWP offices.
Nebraska asks to weigh in on water dispute (Wed, May 8, 2002)
(Lincoln, Nebraska-AP) Nebraska wants to join the fight over water flows on the Missouri River.
Nebraska will ask a federal judge tomorrow (Thursday) to allow the state to intervene in a lawsuit filed by South Dakota.
South Dakota wants a judge to prevent the U-S Army Corps of Engineers from lowering the water levels on reservoirs in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota until after baitfish eggs have hatched in shallow water. The baitfish are a source of food for walleyes and other game fish, which are key to the sport fishing industry.
Nebraska's attorney general -- Don Stenberg -- says low river flows on the Missouri will adversely impact several Nebraska cities that get drinking water from the river. That could also adversely affect recreation and power plants, which use the water. (Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
The Valley County Commissioners last week notified the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital that the county planned to terminate the Emergency Medical Services Agreement between Valley County and the hospital.
According to the letter sent to the hospital from the commissioners the agreement will end on July, 1st of 2002.
Valley County Commissioner Dave Reinhardt told Kltz/Klan that the county currently pays an estimated $26,000 to the FAD to support the ambulance service in the county. This funding is not mandatory but is done to help provide the service to county residents.
The FAD currently owns and operates the ambulance service and collects any profits made from the service.
Reinhardt told Kltz/Klan that the commissioners had some problems with the wording of the current contract and felt the best way to change that wording would be to terminate the contract.
On Monday the commissioners met with representatives of the hospital and they agreed to meet in the next couple of weeks to iron out some of the differences the two sides have in the contract.
Storm Brings Hazardous Travel To Montana (Wed, May 8, 2002)
KLTZ/Mix-93 received several calls on Wednesday morning regarding hazardous travel conditions. Slush, ice, snow and low visibility were the main hazards. We received several reports of cars in the ditches between Wolf Point and Glasgow on Highwy 2, including a van on its side in the ditch outside of Wolf Point.
Calls also came in regarding poor traveling conditions from Malta to Saco and Hinsdale to Glasgow on Highway 2, as well as from Glasgow north on Highway 24.
The National Weather Service still had a winter storm warning in effect until late this afternoon as snow continues to fall.
Road conditions should improve some as the temperature warms above freezing.
Two musicals, one comedy-melodrama, another comedy,
and a guest musical performance are on the playbill for this summer’s
season at the Fort Peck Theatre, announces Kari Lee Knierim of Glasgow.
She serves as president of the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, Inc., producer
of summer theatre in Fort Peck since 1970.
The season begins June 3 with a guitar concert at the
Theatre by George Winston. Theatre productions begin June 14 with Oliver!,
followed by South Pacific opening July 12 and Arsenic and Old Lace on
Aug. 9. Each will have a four-weekend run, the season concluding Sept.
1. The Council will announce dates for Thursday evening performances of
Greater Tuna soon.
Oliver!, South Pacific and Arsenic and Old Lace are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. Season tickets save $2 per admission and they are on sale now.
General admission tickets are sold at the door, priced
at $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students. Reserved seating
is available for $5 additional.
The summer productions present diverse needs in staging,
music and casting that will be an interesting challenge for cast and crew.
The stories of each are well known.
Music, equally as beautiful and familiar, is the core
of South Pacific’s five decades of popularity. In it, Rogers and
Hammerstein skillfully contrast the feelings of love with the GI humor
and trauma of World War II. Love songs like Some Enchanted Evening are
juxtaposed with the humorous There is Nothing Like A Dame. Set on South
Sea islands, the music weaves through the carryings-on of American Seabees
and two romances: an American nurse and an exiled Frenchman, and a Marine
lieutenant and a native girl..
Back for a second year on the Fort Peck stage, Greater Tuna is a comedy about Texas’ third smallest town. Artistic Director Bobby Gutierrez and Ryan Grigg portray its entire eclectic band of citizens.
Winter Storm Brings Welcome Moisture To Northeast Montana (Tue, May 7, 2002)
Technology Levy passes 366-172
City Council Approves Remus To Police Commission, Awards Contracts & Opens Bids; Paving Projects Outlined (Tue, May 7, 2002)
The Glasgow City Council met in regular session on Monday and approved the appointment of Jeff Remus to the Glasgow Police Commission.
Remus's term will run through May of 2005.
The council also made appointments to the Board of Adjustments. Those appointed include Sharon Archambeault, Roger Waarvik, Paul Tihista, Ed Tipton and Ed Buechler. Their terms will run through May of 2005.
The council opened up bids on a new police car for the
Glasgow Police Department. The two bids submitted were from Hi-Line Ford
and Newton Motors. The bid from Hi-Line Ford was for $23,577 and the bid
from Newton Motors was $21,414. The council appointed a committee to do
a thorough check of the bids and then award the bid to the qualified bidder.
Public Works Director Jon Bengochea updated the council on planned street improvements this year. 6th Avenue South and Valley View will be the streets which will see releveling and chip sealing this summer at a projected cost of $180,000.
Glasgow Irrigation District will be holding a General Membership Meeting on May 13, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, Montana. Items on the agenda include discussion of the water supply and allotment, district noxious weed policy, and the grant for work on Vandalia Diversion Dam.
Former Frazer Teacher Pleads Guilty To Theft (Tue, May 7, 2002)
Former Frazer school teacher Shane Kennedy has pleaded
guilty to the charge of felony theft for his role in stealing over $12,000
from the extracurricular fund at the Frazer High School.
Annual Crop Survey Now Online (Tue, May 7, 2002)
For the third consecutive year, the Montana Grain
Growers Association (MGGA) is conducting a statewide crop survey throughout
the growing season. Survey results will be posted by 12-noon every Monday
online at www.montanamarketmanager.org,
Grain News page, Crop Survey button.
Holocaust Survivor To Speak In Glasgow (Tue, May 7, 2002)
The Women's Resource Center is bringing Mr. Benny Hochman to town. Hochman is a holocaust survivor and will speak about growing up in Lodz, Poland, and surviving the Nazi death and concentration camps. His message teaches tolerance and addresses the reality of hate crimes in our lives today.
There is no charge to attend the presentation. It will be held tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. at the Glasgow High School. There will be a reception and book signing following the event. For more information, contact the Women's Resource Center at 228-8401.
Colene Kittleson of Glasgow won $100,000 in the Montana Cash drawing on Saturday night. Kittleson won the money with a ticket purchased at Gordon's Warehouse Foods in Glasgow. She was one of two winners in the state over the weekend. Nobody cracked the jackpot in the drawing, which will now go to about $61 million dollars on Wednesday. Saturday's numbers were:6,7,8,12,20 and Powerball 20.
Valley Public TV Board Meets (Mon, May 6, 2002)
On April 24, 2002, the Valley Public TV Board convened a meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Glasgow High School.
At this meeting, temporary Chairman Bob Farrel began with a brief history of the Valley Public TV to those present. The signal is broadcast on Channel 14 in Glasgow, and 45 in Fort Peck, Nashua, and other outlying areas. The low power channel that broadcasts from Glasgow High School to the transmitter is Channel 30. Valley Public TV is for all non-profit groups and schools in Valley County to use. There is a strong hope that in the future all non-profit organizations will find an avenue for publicity and promotion about local events that are not publicized in other ways. Lee Good of the Rural Television Service spoke about all the changes that have occurred in the last year to VPTV. In his review, he mentioned that in Dec. 2000, the station was put in. In June 2001, the company that we received our signal from went bankrupt. The signal to our station was replaced immediately with a clear channel with continuous programming. Glasgow did lose local control at that point, but VPTV did still have a signal and programs were aired. There were problems to get Glasgow back to local control. An Internet based control was substituted for most of the stations on the RTS system last fall, but this Internet based control system didn't work due to local technical problems in Glasgow. We did not actually have local control over the signal again until March, 2002.
RTS provides the program schedule, technical support, engineering support and help whenever needed. The local VPTV Board does have choices that we can make in the programming. A schedule is sent out once a month, and the VPTV Programming Committee makes the decisions for the programming. Anyone with opinions about the VPTV schedule may send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org It was mentioned that the Glasgow NOAA Weather Station would like to connect with VPTV, and that it had many public information videos available for broadcast. Others mentioned that the Women's Resource Center and the hospital also have videos available.
Programs that come from the local community fill a need that we have to publicize our own activities that are not aired on any other TV station. VPTV can put on local concerts, sports events, senior countdown, talks from speakers, etc. The easiest way to do local events is live. Lee hopes that in the near future, we can connect into the Vision Net, or the Interactive Television that is at Hinsdale, Saco, and Glasgow Schools to be able to air something that is going on in one 81 sites around Montana. There also is a way to broadcast via cable TV.
Rick Ost of the Valley County TV Tax District was asked to speak. The Tax District has some concerns. There was a contract between the Valley County TV Tax District and the Valley Public TV Board. In this contract, the TV Tax District paid for the signal from Valley Public TV, and was promised that local programming would be provided. The County TV Tax District has not paid for the signal since June for several reasons. One of the reasons is that no bill was sent to them for services rendered. Another is that the television station did not have local programming. He suggested that we do two things--send them a bill for services rendered, and also have members of the VPTV come to a meeting of the TV Tax District to iron things out for the amount paid. He said that the Tax District would have no problem paying from March 2002 on, but that the payment for June 2001 until March is under contention, since the VPTV did not provide local programming. According to Rick, the signal that was provided between June 2001 and March 2002 could have been filled with an almost identical signal and programming at no charge from another source other than RTS. The Tax District meetings are every month, on the third Wednesday at 7:30 at the courthouse.
Lee Good of RTS countered with the fact that there was
a signal, and programming was provided for the time from June 2001 until
March 2002. Lee also mentioned that this payment under contention is necessary
for the operation of the television station. Most of the money VPTV receives
from the Tax District is sent to the Rural Television Service for their
signal. Lee was going to use the money paid to RTS to develop the way
to connect to the weather station. Lee said that in other areas of Montana,
the TV Tax District pays for the cost of the station, and the schools
provide the labor.
A Programming Committee was appointed with volunteers
Bob Farrell, Bob Rennick, and Alec Adolphson. They will meet each month
when the programming schedule arrives to decide on the schedule and let
the paper know of the correct schedule.
School Elections On Tuesday (Mon, May 6, 2002)
School board elections are set for Tuesday, May 7th in Valley County. Polls are open from noon-8pm. There are 2 levies on the ballot for Glasgow: a mill levy and a technology levy. Here are the races:
School Board elections are set for May 7th. Here are
the candidates for the respective school boards in Valley County.
Political Forum Set For Thursday Night (Mon, May 6, 2002)
Kltz/Klan and the Glasgow Courier are hosting a forum
for the candidates running for Valley County Sheriff and also for the
Montana House of Representatives.
The forum will be held at the Cottonwood Inn at 6:30p.m.
on Thursday, May 9th.
The event is held in conjunction with the support of
the Valley County Democrats, Valley County Republicans and the American
Association of University Women.
All of the candidates have been invited to attend. Stan
Ozark and Samar Faye will moderate the forum.
Written questions only will be accepted during the candidates
forum. If you would like to submit a question in advance you are urged
to contact the Glasgow Courier or Kltz/Klan.
All candidates will be asked the same questions and
will have an opportunity for an opening statement.
Another forum for the Valley County Commission candidates and Clerk and Recorder candidates will be held on May 23rd.
Long Run Battles Another Blaze (Thu, May 2, 2002)
The Valley County Long Run Fire Department was called
to another fire on Wednesday afternoon; once again a controlled burn got
out of control as winds picked up again Wednesday.
The department was paged at 1:43 pm to the Valley County
land fill. 4 fire engines and 7 firefighters responded, along with landfill
employees and T&R trucking employees.
Approximately 40 acres was burned, including grass inside
the land fill fence and pasture land owned by Glen Meier, which borders
the land fill property to the east. The wind was a factor on this fire.
The landfill front end loader was used to build fire breaks to help the
fire crews. No injuries were reported. Only some fence was damaged during
Long Run asks anyone who is planning to do any burning to please check with local authorities on restrictions. Call the Valley County Sheriffs Department at 228-4333 for updated information.
Markle Hired As New Middle School Principal (Thu, May 2, 2002)
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ) The Glasgow School Board has hired
Marj Markle as the new principal at the Glasgow Middle School.
Wednesday evening the school board interviewed the two
applicants for the job, Markle and Rachel Erickson. Both are currently
employed at the Glasgow Middle School. The board advertised the position
Markle will start her new position at the beginning
of the 2002-2003 school year.
The school board is now looking at filling Markle's position of math teacher at the Middle School along with a Health Enhancement position at the High School and a 5th grade opening at the Irle School.
Free Entrepreneurial Development Workshops (Thu, May 2, 2002)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting FREE workshops for individuals interested in starting a business and for businesses ready to expand.
If you are a small business owner or aspiring entrepreneur,
then these workshops are for you! Attend and learn how to start a small
business or expand an existing business through the use of SBA programs.
Find out about other economic development assistance programs available
in your area. Meet the lenders from your area and find out about FREE
management and technical assistance programs available to assist you with
all your business needs.
Workshops will be offered in the following areas during
the month of May:
For additional information about these workshops, or information on SBA's programs and services, call the Montana SBA District Office at 1-800-776-9144 ext. 2.
Guard Hands Out Awards (Wed, May 1, 2002)
(Stan Ozark, KLTZ) Two Glasgow area businesses received
special award on Tuesday from the State Chairman of the Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve.
Gary Hindoien presented Big Sky Airlines and the Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital with the "Chairman's Award" for their
support of the Montana Army National Guard and Reserve.
Both were recognized for their cooperation and support
in recognizing the importance of a strong National Guard and Reserve in
thedefense of our nation.
National Guardsman Ann Kulzyk nominated her employer,
Big Sky Airlines while Sgt. Todd Svenningson nominated his employer, Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
Only six awards are presented in the state of Montana, and the city of Glasgow was the recipient of two of the awards.
Rosalie (St. John) Porter died of natural causes at
her home in Malta on May 26th. She was 78. Services will be held at the
Little White Church in Malta on Wednesday, May 29th at 11 a.m. with Reverend
Kent Gordon officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Rosalie was born in East Peru, Iowa, in 1924 to Ture
Wilson St. John and Lorene (Beverlin St. John-Wilson). She moved to Malta
with her family in 1938 and graduated from Malta High School in 1942.
Rosalie married Earl L. Porter in 1945 in Glasgow. They had 5 children.
Rosalie and Earl were married for 54 years. They farmed and ranched in
the Harb Community for 22 years. They moved to Billings and founded and
ran the R and N Livestock Systems Company for a number of years. They
later moved home to Malta and operated Porter's Greenhouse/Flower Shop
and Nursery from 1978 to 1995, when they retired.
Rose Zalenka Hopwood, 97, died of natural causes on
Wednesday, May 22nd at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services
will be Saturday, May 25th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints in Glasgow at 11a.m. with Bishop Barry Chalmers officiating and
with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Marlin A. Malnaa, 81, of Glasgow passed away due to natural causes on May 15, 2002 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastors Marty Mock and Mark Koonz officiating. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery with Bell Mortuary in Glasgow in charge of arrangements.
Malnaa was born December 28, 1920 in Crosby, ND to Victor and Alma (Throntveit) Malnaa. On April 5, 1948, he married Imogene (Emmy) Wirtzberger in Plentywood, MT. Emmy passed away on January 11, 1976. Marlin married Alma Jean Williams on February 18, 1978, in Glasgow, MT. Alma Jean passed away on November 19, 1997.
For many years, Marlin was manager of the American Legion Club in Crosby, ND. He also owned and operated the Mobil Oil Bulk Plant in Williston. In 1963 he moved to Glasgow, MT where he worked various sales jobs including Hanson-Mersen Motors. He was the Administrator of Valley View Nursing Home from 1970 until 1978. Marlin and Alma Jean owned and operated Turk's Tavern from 1978 until their retirement in 1992. He resided at Nemont Manor in Glasgow, MT since 1998.
Marlin was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He served in the Panama Canal Zone, other Central American locations, as well as Europe. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the Glasgow Elks. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and beating his kids and grandchildren at cards.
He is survived by one daughter Cheri Anderson (Scott) of Williston, ND; sons Monte Malnaa (DeAnne) of Billings, Myron Malnaa (Lynne) of Glasgow, Rocky Malnaa and Rory Malnaa of Renton, WA, stepsons Dick Williams (Bonnie) of Cody, WY, and Omie Williams (Stacie) of Northwood, ND; two sisters Ardath Kihle (Norbert) of Columbus, ND, and Delores Sitter (Leo) of Fargo, ND; 14 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, one grandson Kent, and both wives.
Josephine Jackson, 89, of Frazer, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at the Faith Home in Wolf Point, MT. Wake services will be held on Friday, May 17 at the Frazer Community Hall. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Frazer Community Hall with burial at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Frazer.
Survivors include 8 daughters: Merle Clampitt, Susan Laroque, Sharlene Beston, Farrell Strahs, Bobbi Doney, Jeri Steele, Rosalie Smoker and Roxy McDonald; one son-in-law; 52 grandchildren; one hundred twenty-nine great-grandchildren and twenty-one great-great-grandchildren.
Marie J. Rice of Glasgow died of natural causes
on May 8th at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. She was 85.
Services will be Tuesday, May 14th at 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Church
in Glasgow with Reverend Jay Ashbaucher officiating and with burial in
Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne Abern, 81, died of a heart attack on Monday, May 6th at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Services will be Monday, May 13th at 10 a.m. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow with John Baynham officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne was born in 1920 in Granville, North Dakota. At age 3 he moved to Chicago and remained there until movin gto Glasgow and marrying Esther Thornton at Wolf Point in 1941. Esther died in 2001. Wayne lived in Glasgow until 1967 when he moved to Great Falls to manage the Base Exchange at Malstrom Air Force Base. He retired from Civil Service in 1969 to return to Glasgow. He worked for Sinclair Produce and Civil Service, including the Glasgow Air Force Base and Malstrom Air Force Base. Wayne was noted for his quick humor and positive attitude. His hobbies were his home and yard.
Survivors include 1 daughter: Linda Molzhon of Glasgow; 3 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Paul Abern of Glasgow and Kenneth Abern of Nashua; 2 sisters: Margie Selzman of Grand Park, Illinois; Ruther Paterson of Novota, California; 1 brother: Robert Hurst of Fort Walton, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife and one brother, Don Abern.
Martha P. Smith
Martha P. Smith of Glasgow died of natural causes on May 4th in Glasgow. She was 72. Services will be Monday, May 13th at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Reverend Chris Flohr officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Martha was born in 1930 in Hazel Green, Madison County, Alabama, to James Thomas and Sarah Anne Askins Walker. She lived in Hazel Green and in Nashville, Tennessee. She married Gerald Smith at Bethany, Missouri, in 1951. They lived on various military installations from 1951 to 1970, when he retired from the Air Force at Malstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. They resided at 87 Lomond in Glasgow. Gerald died in 1993. She has continued to live in Glasgow until the present. They also lived in Campbell AB, Kentucky, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fairfield AFB, California, Savanah, Georgia, Hahn AFB, Germany, and the Glasgow AFB. She enjoyed lapidary and gardening, woodworking, carving and sewing.
Survivors include 1 daughter: Barbar Joyce Smith-Tetter of Hanau, Germany; 4 grandchildren: B.J. Decker of Glasgow, Michelle Tetter-Watson, Amy Tetter and Israel James; 3 great grandchildren; her mother: Sally Askins-Walker of Huntsville, Alabama; 1 sister: Nelda Elizabeth Walker-McKinney of Huntsville, Alabama.
She was preceded in death by her son Bobby Joe Smith in 1999.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to St. Jude's Hospital or the Pioneer Museum.
Mary Jane Ryan died of natural causes on May 5, 2002,
at her home in Tampico. She was 76. Services will be at the St. Raphaels
Catholic Church in Glasgow on Friday, May 10, 2002, at 11 a.m. with Reverend
Thad Kozikowski officiating. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Jane was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and was raised
there, graduating from St. Vincent's Nursing Collge in Indianapolis. She
worked at St. James Hospital in Illinois as a nursing director, and at
Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, North Shore in Miami, Florida, in Price,
Utah, at Castle View, all with Coporation of America, as one of their
Director of Nurses.
She married George T. Ryan at Mishawaka, Indiana. He
died in 1975. She loved to travel, read books, played the violin, piano,
taking her children to dinner and enjoyed Notre Dame games. Mary Jane
was always willing to try new things and she was always a very proper
Survivors include 1 son: Timothy and his wife Becky
of Menfea, California; 3 daughters: Kathryn and her husband Louis Mele
of Glasgow; Christine and her husband Douglas Hollenbeck of Glasgow; Joanna
and her husband Steven Melo of Wellington, Utah; 25 grandchildren, 24
great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Don Thallemer of Warsaw, Indiana; Jerry
Thallemer of South Bend, Indiana; 1 sister: Lois Livers of Franklin, Indiana;
1 son-in-law: Raul Sauceda of Washington.
She was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Theresa Sauceda, in 1996.
Alvin Isakson, 62, died of natural causes at his home in Glasgow on May 2nd. Services will be at Bell Chapel in Glasgow on Tuesday, May 7th at 10 a.m. with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Alvin was born in 1939 in Opheim to Verna (Stellflug) Isakson and Joseph Isakson. He was raised and attended schools in Opheim.
In 1963 he married Irma Bell in Opheim. They moved to Augusta and on to Havre while he worked on construction crews before settling in Glasgow. He managed the Phillips 66 station, worked for Vita Rich Dairy and then returned to construction and cement finishing. In 1977 he moved to Casper, Wyoming, and worked as a cement finisher with a cousin. In 1985 he moved to Bellingham, Washington, and then moved back to Glasgow a year ago.
Survivors include a son, Brock Isakson of Billings and 1 daughter, Leah Isakson and her husband Tom, their three children: Tyler, Karli and Jacey, all of Billings; 2 sisters: Lorraine Archambeault and her husband Bill; Dolly Erwin and her husband Ed, all of Glasgow; 3 brothers: Clifford Isakson and his wife Diane, of Glasgow; Ray Isakson and his wife Jackie; Marvin Isakson and his wife Elaine, of Bellingham, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, Verna and Joseph Isakson.
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