Sheriff Forms Advisory Board On Jail Construction (Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004 09:26 PM)
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has formed a 10-member advisory board to work with him on the possibility of constructing a regional jail in Valley County.
The current Valley County Jail which is located in the basement of the Valley County Courthouse was built in the early 1970's and is seriously outdated. Officials are actually concerned that Valley County could be open for a lawsuit with current conditions in the jail.
The advisory board has met twice and the consensus of the group is that Valley County needs a new jail and they will help the Sheriff look for ways to fund a new jail without cost to the taxpayers of Valley County.
Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Klan that he hopes the advisory group can issue a complete report and a recommendation to the Valley County Commissioners within a year on how to go about constructing a new Valley County Jail.
Meier said that he would hope to be able to contract beds in the jail to the federal government which would help pay for the operating costs of the facility.
The advisory board will be making a trip to Glendive in June to tour the regional jail facility in Dawson County.
Chamber To Hit Streets For Fireworks Fundraiser (Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004 09:25 PM)
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will be hitting the streets in Glasgow on June 1st going door to door in an effort to raise money to pay for the July 4th fireworks.
The boot-drive that held in downtown Glasgow on April 30th raised $3657. The total cost of the fireworks display will be approximately $5000. This will be the second year that the Chamber is doing a door to door fundraiser. Any extra money that is raised during the fundraiser will be set aside for next years 4th of July Celebration.
The Chamber thanks the Glasgow City Firemen and the Valley County Long Run Fire Department for chauffeuring the Chamber Directors around town in their fire trucks. The Chamber also appreciates all the generous support from the Glasgow community.
The Independence Day Celebration will be held at the Northeast Montana Fairgrounds. The fireworks will begin at 10:30pm and it will be free admission for everyone.
The Chamber is a member-based organization with a dues structure. Events such as the 4th of July fireworks depend solely on donations.
County To Start Taking Tax Deeds On St. Marie Development Properties (Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004 09:23 PM)
The Valley County Commissioners have announced that they will start taking tax deeds on property currently controlled by the St.Marie Development Corporation.
A Bankruptcy Court in Billings has thrown out the protection plan for the St.Marie Development Corporation and that allows Valley County to begin tax proceedings on 154 individual units at St.Marie.
The tax proceedings will begin on June 2nd as Valley County looks to recover $270,000 in delinquent real estate taxes owed by the St. Marie Development Corporation.
Valley County Commissioner Dave Pippen told Kltz/Klan that Valley County has had contacts from individuals interested in purchasing the units that are expected to be turned over to Valley County for delinquent taxes.
Another development group, OCI Development Corporation, is also behind on taxes in the amount of $330,000. This is the former Larry Wright property located at St. Marie.
The Commissioners told Kltz/Klan that of the $854,000 owed Valley County in unpaid real estate taxes over $600,000 is delinquent with the St.Marie Development Corporation and the OCI Development Corporation.
County Compensation Board Still To Make Decision (Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004 01:04 PM)
The Valley County Salary Compensation Board met for the second time on May 26th but no decision was made on setting salaries for elected officials in Valley County for the 2004-2005 fiscal year.
The Compensation Board is to recommend salaries for all elected officials in the county. The County Commissioners then have to either approve the recommendation or send it back to the board for another recommendation.
Last year the Compensation Board recommended a 7% increase in pay for elected officials and the Commissioners approved that increase. Two years ago the increase was 3.25% and three years ago the increase was 7.54%.
At Tuesday's meeting it was brought up that several Department Heads working for Valley County actually make more per hour than several elected officials. The hourly salaries for Department Heads in Valley County range from $16.95 an hour for the combined position of Road Superintendent/DES Coordinator to $12.25 an hour for the combined position of Council on Aging Coordinator and head of Valley County Transit.
The average salary for an Department Head is $14.93 an hour while the average salary for an elected official is $13.71 per hour.
The Compensation Board was told by the Valley County Commissioners that last year the 7% increase was paid for by federal money from the PILT program. There is a concern this year the PILT monies will remain the same or there will be a slight increase. All PILT monies have already been spoken for in the county budget so any increase in pay for elected officials will have to come from an existing county program.
The Compensation Board decided to hold off on a decision until exact figures are available on how much federal money will be available from the PILT program. Those figures should be available by the middle of June.
Rehberg Wants Explanation On Hatchery Delays (Posted Tuesday, May 25, 2004 08:40 PM)
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R), today responded to reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may ask for more funds and more time to complete the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery. In a letter to U.S. Army Corps Brigadier General William Grisoli, Rehberg asked for an explanation.
"While I understand that the details surrounding the problems are, at this point, speculative, the mere suggestion of any problem with that particular project concerns me greatly," Rehberg, a member of a House Committee with jurisdiction over the Corps, said in his letter to Grisoli.
Congress, in 2000, authorized $20 million for the construction of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, to be overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“[M]y $10 million request [in FY2005] was to comprise the final appropriation of funds needed. However it now seems this may no longer be the case and, in fact, the Corps is signaling it will ask Congress to pass a supplemental authorization in order to add some 130,000 cubic yards of soil to the hatchery."
The project, a multi-species, warm water fish hatchery, will raise federally endangered species, such as the pallid sturgeon, and improve warm water fishing opportunities in Montana while stimulating the local economy. The Fort Peck Fish Hatchery was scheduled for completion this year.
"I must insist that the Corps provide an explanation to me – and an account to the taxpayers – of where all this money is going,” Rehberg said. “Regardless of the contracting situation, the Corps is ultimately responsible for the successful, on-time, on-budget completion of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery.”
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Cast List Released (Posted
King And I Cast List
Sir Edward Ramsay
Princes and Princesses
Emily Etchart Dakota Buerman
Connor Simensen Alex Simensen
Lachlan Vaira Morgan Guttenburg
Karlee Guttenburg Alex Baadsgaard
Autumn Gault Erika Hartsoch
Nickolas Zorn Josie Braaten
Emily Braaten Abbi Helland
Tamarah Pewitt Rachel Pewitt
Marcus Svingen Patrick DeCoudres
Quinton Greenhagen Karrissa Greenhagen
Craig Greenhagen Shannon Richards
Marie Fahlgren Kelly Hagfeldt
Christen Etchart Alexa Etchart
Brandy Morehouse Kira Rasmussen
Katie Busch Mellissa Greenhagen
Ben Wilson Blake Bowker
Kyra Flatow Taylor Markle
Quinn Vaira Alexa Guttenberg
Thank You to all who Auditioned! Final casting of roles for Sweet
Charity and Footloose will take place later this week. The first
rehearsal for King and I will be Tuseday June 1st at 6:00pm at the
Fort Peck Theatre. Please Call 526-9943 if you have Questions or
Concerns. I am looking forward to working with you all. Congratulations,
Glasgow Man Arrested In Altercation
(Posted Monday, May 24, 2004 11:49 AM)
An incident that took place Saturday evening between a Valley County Sheriffs Deputy and a Glasgow man is currently under investigation by Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.
Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Klan that Deputy Kevin James was patrolling near the Gateway Inn Saturday evening when he observed a pickup traveling 72mph. The vehicle then stopped at the Gateway and the occupants of the vehicle went into the business.
Deputy James investigated the vehicle and was in the process of getting the vehicle towed when an altercation ensued between the Deputy and Glasgow resident Casey King. Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Klan that James used pepper spray on King in order to arrest him. King has been charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other charges are pending.
The incident is still under investigation and its unclear whether King was an occupant in the vehicle that was clocked at 72 mph. Meier also said that after a preliminary investigation that Deputy James is still on active duty and the formal investigation is the right thing to do to see if the use of force was necessary when James arrested Casey King.
The investigation will be conducted by an outside law enforcement officer.
Thirteen Citations Given At Party (Posted Monday, May 24, 2004 11:47 AM)
The Glasgow Police Department responded to a noise complaint just after 1:00am on Sunday morning at 1017 First Avenue North.
After investigating the complaint Glasgow Police Officers obtained a search warrant and entered the home and issued 13 citations varying from illegal possession of alcohol, endangering the welfare of children and unlawful transactions with children.
Those cited included the occupant of the home, 22-year old Jeremy Nickels of Glasgow. He was cited with unlawful transactions with children and endangering the welfare of children.
Also cited were 19-year old Lance Russell of Fort Peck, 23-year old Evan Guenther of Fort Peck, 21-year old Tyler Johnson of Nashua, 20-year old Michael Birthmark of Glasgow, 19-year old Sarah Vinton of Nashua, 18-year old Kent Novak of Nashua, 20-year old Dustin Mason of Nashua, 18-year old Josh Tihista of Nashua, 18-year old Meachelle Tetzloff of Glasgow and 18-year old Kaitlin Cusker of Nashua. Also cited was a 16-year old and a 15-year old who were charged will illegal possession.
The Glasgow Police Department was assisted by the Valley County Sheriffs Department and the Montana Highway Patrol.
Eleanor Spence Named Senior Of The Year (Posted Sunday, May 23, 2004 08:25 AM)
The Valley County Council on Aging honored the senior citizens with Senior Citizens Day on Wednesday, May 19th.
The event took place at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center with Sheryl Belcher as Master of Ceremonies. Glasgow Mayor Willie Zeller gave the welcoming address and the Valley County Commissioners thanked the senior citizens for their contributions to Valley County and its residents.
Colleen Pankratz, Council on Aging Coordinator and Dave Reinhardt, Chairman of the Valley County Commission announced that Eleanor Spence of Fort Peck was the recipient of the Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year for 2004. The other nominees included:
Glasgow- Carl Hansen
Hinsdale- Dennis Boucher
Nashua- Ann Christiansen
Nemont Manor- Gertrude Eliason
Opheim- Marjory Burdette
Following the program, Dave Pippin and Cap Holter entertained the crowd with toe tapping music.
Lewis and Clark In Montana: The Weather Journey West (Posted Thursday, May 20, 2004 03:53 PM)
(Editor's note: The following article was put together for the Lewis & Clark festival held earlier this month in Nashua, by Tanja Fransen, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Glasgow with excerpts from research done by Vern Preston, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Pocatello)
Things haven’t changed all that much weather wise since Lewis and Clark’s Corp of Discovery traveled through northeastern Montana 199 years ago. They encountered the same unrelenting spring winds we face every day, and many times in their journal they noted that it rained, but that “it was but a mere sprinkle.”
When they first headed into present day Montana, it was the 27th of April, 1805. The Corp of Discovery took twice daily weather observations, including temperature, wind direction, cloud conditions, and an observation about whether the river had fallen or risen while they were at the camp site. They took the observations each morning at sunrise, and then again at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Many of the men who kept journals also commented on the weather itself, especially if it was particularly an awful weather day. The biggest obstacle in our region was the wind. Oftentimes they had to stop until the winds died down, or else risk the canoes being swamped by the waves that were created.
On May 14th, the near constant winds came to a head one afternoon upstream of today’s Fort Peck Dam. Interpreter Charbonneau was at the helm of a perogue (and untrained for the position) when Sergeant Ordway expoundes, “About 4 oClock the white peroque of the Captains was Sailing a long, there came a violent gust of wind from the NW which was to the contrary to the course they were sailing. It took the sail and before they had time to douse it turned the perogue down on one Side So that she filled with water, and would have turned over had it not been for the awning which prevented it. With much a diew they got the sail in and got the pirogue to shore.” With direct orders from quick thinking Peter Cruzatte, they righted the perogue. In the midst of the tipping craft was Sacagawea and her son Jean Baptiste known as “Little Pomp.” She calmly leaned out and gathered instruments, books and medicine critical to the Expedition, and even more critically she saved the journals that would later become the historical pieces that allow us to know what the Corp of Discovery encountered.
In the Missouri Breaks National Monument area, the overnight frosts and freezes had come to an end, and Capt. Lewis remarked in his journal that, “The last night was much the warmest we have experienced, found the covering of one blanket sufficient. The air is extremely dry and pure. After have spent the winter at Fort Mandan under buffalo hide blankets, this warm morning must have been quite a relief for the crew.
As they traveled farther west, they encountered the thunderstorms that often begin in May and June across Montana. Imagine yourself caught in the elements on a barren plain without the shelter of your home or vehicle. That’s what happened to the portage party on June 27, 1805 as they were moving canoes and equipment towards the upper camp near White Bear Islands when a severe thunderstorm pummeled them with hail as large as baseballs. Lewis noted that the storm lasted about 2 1⁄2 hours and had hail fall the size of “pigions egg” which covered the ground to the depth of 1 1⁄2 inches. One piece was measured at 7 inches in circumference and weight 3 ounces. The hail was traveling at such speeds it bounced some 10 feet high from the ground. Many journal entries discuss the agony of the party as they tried to hide under the canoes. Many were bruised and bloodied from the event. Capt Clark noted in his journal that “the men Saved themselves, Some by getting under a Canoe (I bet that was a fight for who got to be underneath the canoe) others by putting Sundery articles on their heads. two was kocked down & Seven with their legs & thighs much brused. After the rain I measured and weighed many of these hail stones and found several weighing 3 ozs. and measuring 7 Inches in circumference; they were generally round and perfectly sollid. I am convinced if one of those had struck a man on the neaked head it would have knocked him down, if not fractured his skull.”
And to make matters worse, two days later they got hit again. The party was split in several different groups; Lewis was touring the big springs, another was moving canoes across the portage and Clark was with Charbonneau, Sacagawea, her son Jean Baptiste, and York (Clark’s slave) near the falls looking for lost papers. During the afternoon, a thunderstorm came over the area. Clark’s party seeking shelter, went into a ravine and hid under a rock shelf. The waters started to rise and soon they were scrambling for their lives as a flash flood engulfed the ravine some 10 feet deep. They were nearly washed away. Clark’s journal notes that “Soon after a torrent of rain and hail fell more violent than ever I saw before, the rain fell like one voley of water falling from the heavens and gave us time only to get out of the way of a torrent of water which was Poreing down the hill in the rivin with emence force tareing everything before it takeing with it large rocks & mud. . . .I Scrcely got out before it raised 10 feet deep with a torrent which [was] turrouble to behold, and by the time I reached the top of the hill, at least 15 feet water....”
Sgt. Ordway, in a different area from the others noted in his journal, “We were obledged to leave the load Standing and ran in great confusion to the Camp the hail being So large and the wind So high and violent in the plains, and we being naked we were much bruuzed by the large hail. Some nearly killed, one knocked down three times, and others without hats or any thing about their heads bleading and complained very much.
By mid-July the expedition had accomplished the portage around the great falls of the Missouri, and headed into the mountains. On July 21st, they were in the Helena area, and noted that there was still snow on the peaks in the distance. The end of July and early August brought temperatures into the 90s, causing the men to be easily exhausted by the heat. Capt. Lewis reported, “about 2 pm, much exhausted by the heat of the day. Our rout lay through the steep and narrow valley of the mountains exposed to the intense heat of the midday sun without shade and scarcely a breath of air.”
They had brought several instruments to use while on their journey to take measurements, and had along with them three thermometers. Two of them had broken earlier in the journey, but on September 3, the horses were having difficulty following the icy mountain trail (there was 2 inches of snow on the ground already, and it was raining and then turned to sleet). The horse that had the thermometer packed on him slipped, and when it hit the ground the thermometer broke. So, after this date, the only weather observations are that of weather type, wind, and general comments about how warm or cold it felt.
Making the grueling climb over the Bitterroot Mountains, nearly starved and extremely fatigued by the high altitude, the Corps of Discovery had one last weather related obstacle to deal with in Montana. On the morning of September 16, they awoke to an early Fall snowstorm. During the day they trudged through snow which piled to 8 inches deep. At times visibilities were reduced to less the 200 feet and the trail was nearly lost. With very little clothing, many members wrapped rags around their feet to keep them from freezing. Clark noted, “I have been wet and as cold in every part as I ever was in my life, indeed I was at one time fearfull my feet would freeze in the thin Mockirsons which I wore.”
Looking back at what they encountered, these men rarely complained, and dealt with the hand that was dealt to them. After reading some of the horrible weather that Lewis and Clark faced, it's very easy to appreciate the nice warm (or cool) homes we have for shelter today.
False Alarm Wakes Up North Side (Posted Thursday, May 20, 2004 03:51 PM)
Glasgow residents were startled Wednesday evening when the sounds of sirens and the flashing lights of fire trucks and police cars responded to a fire call at the Irle Elementary School in Glasgow. The call came in at 10:40pm Wednesday evening but turned out to be a false alarm.
According to the Glasgow Police Department a fire alarm at the school apparently sounded off on its own and alerted a secretary who happened to be working in the building at the time.
No damage was reported except for exciting the residents surrounding the school who might have had their night's sleep awakened by the ruckus of the fire trucks and police cars.
Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted (Posted Thursday, May 20, 2004 03:48 PM)
Applications are now being accepted for the $1000 scholarships resulting from proceeds from the 6th Annual Jeff Jurgens Memorial Basketball Tournament. This opportunity is open to any graduating senior who is a resident of Valley County who has participated in high school basketball and/or is pursuing a health-related degree in college. Applicants must be attending a Montana or adjoining state college, university, industrial, technical, or trade school. Applications are available from Valley County high schools or you may call Leah @ 488-4980 during the day for further information. Application deadline is May 30th, 2004 and winners will be announced by July 15th, 2004.
Struggling With Budget (Posted Thursday, May 20, 2004 08:45 AM)
Valley County Commissioners are struggling with increasing gasoline
prices as they set budgets for county government in fiscal year
2004-2005. The Commissioners told Kltz/Klan that preliminary budgets
will be completed by the middle of June and they hope to have a
better idea on how Valley County will be affected by increasing
The Valley County Road Department, Valley County Sheriffs Department
and Valley County Transit all use a tremendous amount of fuel and
with fuel prices over $2.00 a gallon the county is taking a hit financially.
The Valley County Road Shop in Glasgow annually receives 109,000
gallons of gasoline. Gasoline prices have risen over .50 cents a
gallon in the past year so you can see how the budget will be taking
Citizen Day Is Today (Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2004 07:17 AM)
In honor of Older American’s Month, the Valley
County Council on Aging is hosting Senior Citizen Day, with the
them “Aging Well, Living Well.” The event is set for
the Glasgow Senior Citizen Center. It starts at 9:30 a.m. with
the Spring Into Summer Walk/Run, then games at 10 a.m. and a social
hour. Valley County Commissioners will entertain with a special
event. A salad bar luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m.
The program begins at 1 p.m., including words from Mayor Willie
Zellor and the Valley County Commissioners.
Six candidates have
been nominated for the Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year:
Eleanor Spence from Fort Peck, Marjory Burdette from Opheim, Carl
Hansen from Glasgow, Ann Christiansen from Nashua, Gertrude Eliason
of Nemont Manor and Dennis Boucher from Hinsdale.
One of the nominees will be announced as the Valley County Senior
Citizen of the Year.
Dave Pippin will provide special music beginning at 1:30 p.m. Other
seniors will be recognized for being married 50 years or celebrating
their 90th birthday.
Gas Prices Average Two Dollars Per Gallon In Montana (Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004 04:32 PM)
The price of gasoline in Glasgow continues to sit just above the state average according to AAA Montana. As of May 18th the price of unleaded gasoline in Glasgow was $2.04 a gallon which is just above the Montana average of $2.00 a gallon. One month ago in Montana the average price was $1.82 a gallon and one year ago the average price was $1.61 a gallon.
AAA Montana also lists the price of gasoline in Billings at $1.96 a gallon and $1.98 in Great Falls and Missoula.
School Labor Agreements Finalized (Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004 04:31 PM)
The Glasgow School Board has finalized labor agreements with the Glasgow Education Association and the Glasgow Classified Staff.
Both contracts were ratified at the May 12th meeting of the Glasgow School Board.
The contract with the Glasgow Education Association is a one year deal that stipulates an increase in the base salary of $300. This moves the base salary from $20,450 to $20,750 and the pay matrix for all Glasgow teachers will increase with the adjustment of the base salary.
The amount contributed by the school district towards health insurance premiums will also increase to $305.22 per month. This is an increase of $27.40 per month.
The new labor agreement also calls for a one-time signing bonus of $250 per teacher which is to be paid before the end of June 2004.
The total cost to the school district for the contract year is $98,427.92 which also includes longevity pay for Glasgow teachers.
A new contract has also been reached with the Glasgow Classified Staff which provides for an increase in the hourly wage of .35 cents in the first year of the contract and .30 cents in the second year of the contract. The new agreement also increases hourly wages on the longevity schedule for all classified staff.
The cost of the contract over the two year period is $44,682.90.
More Dire, Dry Predictions (Posted Monday, May 17,
2004 06:47 AM)
A federal hydrologist says he doesn't like to estimate record
low flows, but that is what's happening now at Canyon Ferry Lake
The Bureau of Reclamation's Tim Felchle says lake
levels should be coming up at this time of the year but they
aren't. He says the biggest problem along the Missouri River system
a lack of spring rain.
Felchle says the current outflow of 28-hundred
cubic feet per second is the bottom line and anything more
could result in a drawdown of the reservoir. And he says that could
happen if rain doesn't fall in the Missouri Basin.
Fort Peck Reservoir dropped to a record low Friday of just
22-hundred-4 feet above sea level. The previous record low
was set on March First. That means the reservoir currently is
more than 40 feet below full pool. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press.
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed.)
Mary Rehabilitation Working Group Will Meet At Ft. Belknap Agency
(Posted Monday, May 17, 2004 06:45 AM)
The St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group will be meeting on Wednesday,
May26 from 10:00 - 3:00. The meeting will be held in the Bingo
Hall at the Ft. Belknap Agency. The Working Group was formed by
Lt. Governor Ohs to develop and implement a workable solution for
rehabilitating the St. Mary Facilities before the system suffers
a catastrophic failure.
Located on the Blackfeet Reservation, the St. Mary Facilities is
the diversion system responsible for bringing water from the St.
Mary River Basin to the Milk River Basin. The 85-year-old system
supplies irrigation water to approximately 110,000 acres along
the Milk River and drinking water to 14,000 citizens in the communities
of Havre, Chinook, and Harlem. All interested citizens in the Milk
River or St. Mary River Basins are invited and encouraged to attend.
The fifteen-member Working Group includes representatives from
irrigated agriculture, the Blackfeet and Ft. Belknap Tribes, municipal
water supply, local economic development, and recreation. Lt. Governor
Ohs chairs the group with staff support from the Dept of Natural
Resources and Conservation.
For a meeting agenda and additional information visit the Working
Group web site at www.dnrc.state.mt.us/stmarycover.htm or contact
Paul Azevedo at the DNRC office in Helena, 406-444-6635.
County Salary Compensation Board To Meet Again On Salaries (Posted
Friday, May 14, 2004 07:00 AM)
Valley County Salary Compensation Board met on May 12th and no
decision was made on setting elected officials salaries for the
coming fiscal year.
State law mandates that the Salary Compensation Board meet every
year to decide what salaries elected officials will receive for each
fiscal year. Last year the Valley County Salary Compensation Board
increased elected officials salaries by 7%.
The members of the board include the three County Commissioners along
with the Treasurer, Clerk and Recorder, Sheriff, County Attorney
and four members of the public. Those members include Kim Lacey,
Madylon Cornwell, Lorrie Sampson and Tom Klotz.
The Commissioners told the members of the board that the budget for
the next fiscal year will be very tight and they should consider
this when making a decision on increasing salaries. In previous years,
salary increases have been paid for in party by federal money from
the PILT program. The commissioners are uncertain whether the county
will receive its full allotment of PILT money this fiscal year and
that could put a crimp on the budget for fiscal year 2004-2005.
Even though Valley County elected officials received a 7% pay increase
last year a sampling of 9 counties showed that Valley County lags
behind the average salary of those counties. The average salary was
$32,372 while Valley County's salaries are $28,518.
The board agreed to meet again later this month to try and set salaries
when more information would be available for their consideration.
Storm Brings A Variety Of Weather (Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2004
A strong spring storm dumped as much as a foot of
snow throughout eastern Montana on Tuesday and Wednesday. Scobey
reported 6 inches of snow and 6 miles southwest of Hinsdale a trained
spotter reported 8 inches of snow. About a foot of snow was reported
18 miles south of Richland in Valley County, with about a foot
of snow falling in Opheim as well. School was shortened and no
buses were running in Opheim on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In Glasgow, totals were about 2.2 inches of snow
as of midnight Tuesday night. The system brought in everything
from thunder and lightning, hail, sleet, snow, rain and fog.
Most of the moisture was expected to end by Thursday.
Prices Continue To Climb (Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2004 06:18
price of gasoline coninues to climb across the country and Glasgow
gasoline consumers are also being hit hard at the pump
The price of gasoline in Glasgow on Tuesday was $1.98 a gallon. That
compares to the average price in Montana of $1.94 a gallon which
is 16 cents higher than one month ago.
The average price on Billings is $1.91 a gallon, Great Falls $1.94
a gallon and Missoula $1.93 a gallon.
Gasoline consumers in surrounding states are paying lower gasoline
prices with Wyoming at $1.84 a gallon, North Dakota, $1.91 a gallon
and South Dakota $1.88 a gallon.
Dino Days Set For June In Malta (Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2004 04:19 PM)
Experience the best of dinosaurs in three days of action at the Montana Dinosaur Festival and Dino Days in Malta, Montana June 17, 18 and 19, 2004. Meet wonders of the paleo world, Dr. Jack Horner, Dr. Robert Bakker and “Leonardo” the mummified Brachylophosaurus unearthed from the Judith River rock formation north of Malta in 2000.
A “Meet and Greet” social event kicks off activities on Thursday evening, June 17th with members of the original “Leonardo” Discovery Team. The team consists of noted paleontologists from across the nation and experienced diggers as they reunite to document “Leonardo”, the 77 million year old specimen noted by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003 as the “best preserved dinosaur” discovered to date.
Friday afternoon begins the Street Fair, which features the BIGDIG Pit, fossil mold making and venders & artists mingled with local merchants selling their wares and talents. Everyone is invited to participate in the Prehistoric Parade, which will trek through city streets beginning at 5PM. The Malta Chamber’s Badlands BBQ will follow featuring their famous pitchfork steak fondue dinner in the Front Street Park. A special feature of the evening is Dr. Jack Horner’s presentation at Malta High School Auditorium, “Dinosaurs under the Big Sky” beginning at 7:30 PM. There will even be a special late night showing of Jurassic Park I at the Villa Theatre following.
“Elvis”, a fully articulated dinosaur lying in state at the Phillips County Museum kicks off Saturday activities beginning with a pancake breakfast served up by the Historical Society at the museum and HG Robinson House garden.
Quilt lovers will enjoy the “Scavenger Quilt Show” is a special show that requires a locally provided map that will take you on a quilting adventure displayed at many downtown business locations. The Dino Fun Run/Walk and Community Challenge are for those who want a physical dare and families will enjoy Dino Camp featuring fossil mold making and the BIGDIG Pit. The BIGDIG Pit replicates a real dinosaur expedition and provides kids 12 and under an educational opportunity to learn and experience professional techniques used to unearth fossil bones. Venders and art show continues in addition to several educational programs offered throughout Saturday. The evening culminates at 7:30 PM with Dr. Bob Bakker and his animated presentation Land of Dinosaurs at Malta High School Auditorium.
A featured attraction of the weekend is The Dinosaur Field Station located at the intersection of US 2 and 191 in Malta. The Field Station offers the public an intimate look into a working fossil laboratory. Visitors can view “Leonardo, the Mummy Dinosaur” still under preparation as well as “Roberta”, another remarkable Brachylophosaurus with preserved tendons. Tours of the Field Station will be available throughout Dino Days.
Make plans now to attend this exciting weekend in Malta. Contact the Malta Chamber at 406-654-1776 or email email@example.com or visit our web site at www.maltachamber.com for additional information.
STAT Air Program Marks Twentieth Anniversary (Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2004 04:16 PM)
A small hospital in a big state dispatches aid by air……..Montanans call our state the land of the big sky, and we have a team of dedicated medical personnel who fly air ambulance out of Glasgow, a small town in northeastern Montana who can attest to just how big this big sky country is.
The year 2004 marks the 20th anniversary of operation of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital’s STAT Air Ambulance Program. The STAT Air program is responsible for the care of patients being transported by air, in an intensive care environment, from one facility to another. The program’s mission is to provide high quality, cost effective, medical care with well-trained physicians, staff and pilots to make sound medical and aviation decisions.
Ted Schye, Russ Dahl, Gary Martin and Larry French are the pilots for STAT Air Ambulance Service. The four are on rotating schedules, on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in all weather. All four pilots are natives of Montana. Together, they share a wealth of flying experience with over 50,000 hours of accumulative flying time between them. FMDH is the smallest hospital in the United States to own its own planes and operate an air ambulance service.
The primary advanced life-support nursing team consists of Heidi See,RN, Chief Flight Nurse, Connie Brunelle, RN and Robert Hanson, RN. All three are well seasoned and experienced Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency Room (ER) nurses who maintain certifications in advanced life support, trauma and critical care. Another nursing team is presently being trained to fly with the primary nurse on flights that involve very critical patients and flights where the patient is transported on a ventilator. This team includes dedicated surgical, ER, and ICU nurses and two respiratory therapists. Another component of the team consists of very talented and dedicated Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) with strong leadership, pre-hospital and patient care skills. The final keys to the success of the team are Doctor Anne Williams, Medical Director and Clay Berger, Program Director.
A typical flight consists of a crew of a pilot, a registered nurse, and 2nd RN or EMT. All crew members are on rotating schedules, on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have to be ready to “take off” with aircraft wheels up within 20 to 30 minutes from the time a call is received. Flight crew members not only share a love of flying, but also the satisfaction of helping others in need.
Flight crews are trained in all aspects and risks involved with transporting patients in the air environment, including loading and unloading patients, aircraft performance and flight operations, on-board oxygen systems, turbulence and weather extremes, radio communication, emergency use of aircraft equipment and evacuation techniques.
FMDH STAT Air Ambulance was established in 1984 utilizing leased aircraft and pilots from Wokal Aviation, in Glasgow. In 1987 FMDH purchased its own aircraft and hired pilots. Presently the program utilizes two Cessna 421s which are based out of Wokal Airfield in Glasgow. These twin engine Cessnas are dedicated and outfitted exclusively as air ambulances with an ICU (intensive care unit) advanced life-support system. The planes are pressurized to fly at 30,000 feet if necessary, with all-weather capability including the latest GPS, deicing, stormscope, and advanced avionics and instrumentation.
The 421 aircraft was chosen by FMDH because of it’s safety history, performance reliability, maintenance, payload, fuel consumption and the aircraft’s ability to land and take-off on the many small rural runways encountered.
STAT Air Ambulance averages around 250 flights per year and serves most of northeast Montana, not only flying critical care patients out of Glasgow, but frequently from Malta, Wolf Point, Poplar, Circle, Scobey, Culbertson, Williston, Jordan, Miles City, Baker, Glendive and Plentywood. Patients flown by the service are then taken to Billings, Great Falls or Bismarck, but STAT Air also transports patients as far as Salt Lake, Denver, Seattle, and Rochester, Minnesota. The majority of patients are transferred from smaller hospitals and facilities, often with limited resources and personnel, to larger, more specialized facilities. These patients are transported for any number of reasons, critical illness, trauma, burns, etc…, with a vast majority of patients being transported for heart-related problems, needing specialized, immediate cardiac care. Ground transport of these critical patients would take from 5 to 8 hours, across vast barren areas with no medical facilities in-between. Utilizing air transportation the critical patient can be receiving specialized care within 1-2 hours.
FMDH STAT Air Ambulance has played an integral part in the medical transport of patients in Montana and North Dakota for the past 20 years, and will continue to do so in the future. The safety and performance record of the pilots, nurses, EMTs, aircraft and program has only strengthened our reputation and reliability.
Having this dedicated, highly trained, and active team has brought patient care standards in medical transports in the big sky state to their highest levels.
Fort Peck Creel Survey Begins Later This Month; Boat Class May 22 (Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2004 04:11 PM)
Anglers on Fort Peck Lake this summer should expect to be surveyed about their fishing trip.
Creel clerks, identified by clipboards and blue badges, will be stationed at most of the lake’s accessible boat ramps starting around Memorial Day. They’ll be asking anglers questions about which species they caught, how long they fished, how satisfied they are in their angling success, and various other questions pertaining to the management of Fort Peck’s fishery.
The information collected during the creel survey will be used by Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries managers to quantify fishing pressure, angler success, harvest rates and overall angler satisfaction. Data collected by the clerks will be compared to information submitted by anglers completing mail-in surveys, compiled in odd-numbered years.
A lake-wide creel survey conducted at least once every three years is one of the requirements of the Fort Peck Fisheries Management Plan, finalized in 2002. The last lake-wide Fort Peck survey was conducted in 1997. This year, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota are all conducting creel surveys. It’s the first time all three upper Missouri River basin states have conducted simultaneous surveys, and the information may give a unified view of how record low water levels in upstream reservoirs are affecting angling success and satisfaction.
Because of Fort Peck’s record low levels, the creel survey will mostly take place on the eastern half of the lake.
“We are unsure of access at some of the western boat ramps,” says Larry Brooks, a contract biologist who is coordinating the creel survey. “If water levels permit boat access at the west end of the reservoir, we will be conducting surveys at these ramps, but most of our work will be in the Big Dry Arm and at access points near the dam.”
Brooks is hoping to hire four full-time creel clerks to conduct the survey from approximately Memorial Day through the end of September. Clerks will work four 10-hour days per week.
“They need to have flexible schedules as they’ll be working most weekends in order to contact as many anglers as possible,” says Brooks. “They must have their own vehicles and valid driver’s licenses, must be reliable and dependable and have an interest in Fort Peck’s fishery. And above all, they need to be able to communicate well with people.”
The clerks will be stationed at usable boat ramps and will contact boaters as they leave the water. They will also attempt to contact as many shore anglers as possible.
The clerks will earn $7 per hour and will be reimbursed for their vehicle mileage. If you’re interested in the seasonal job, call Brooks at (701) 228-5457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-register for May 22 boating class
If you’re interested in attending the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s May 22 class on boating safety, please register in advance.
The class, which will teach participants about the basics of boating, watercraft control and water safety, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Quonset classroom located on the west end of Glasgow. All ages are welcome, and attendance will satisfy education requirements of teenage boat operators. It may also save on boat insurance premiums.
To pre-register, call Neil Boyd at 228-8517 or email " email@example.com.
Two Arrested On Felony Drug Charges (Posted Sunday, May 9, 2004 02:33 PM)
The Valley County Sheriff's Department arrested two Glasgow individuals on Friday and both were cited with felony drug charges.
James Keller and Misty Heringer were cited with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs and as of Saturday both were still in the Valley County Jail.
Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier told Kltz/Klan that the investigation is continuing and more information would be available on Monday.
Council On Aging To Honor Senior Citizens May 19 (Posted Sunday, May 9, 2004 02:32 PM)
The Valley County Council on Aging will be hosting a very special day on Wednesday, May 19th. The council will be honoring all Valley County Senior Citizens at a special ceremony at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center.
The program will begin at 1:00pm and will include words from Glasgow Mayor Willie Zeller and the Valley County Commissioners. Six candidates have been nominated for the Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year Award.
Fort Peck- Eleanor Spence
Opheim- Marjory Burdette
Glasgow- Carl Hansen
Nashua- Ann Christiansen
Nemont Manor- Gertrude Eliason
Hinsdale- Dennis Boucher.
One of these nominees will be announced as the Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year.
Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum Open
House & Nashua Lewis & Clark Festival This Weekend (Posted
Friday, May 7, 2004 08:47 AM)
(Fort Peck-AP) --
Eastern Montana will get its first glimpse inside the new Fort
Peck Interpretive Center at an open
The main attraction is the famous fossil that started
it all, Peck's Rex. Workers this week put the finishing touches
on a cast replica
of the 70 (m) million year-old Tyrannosaurus rex discovered south
of Fort Peck.
The open house marks a milestone for the 18-thousand-square-foot
interpretive center, with its 40-foot ceilings and rare T-rex
display. The six-point-seven (m) million dollar center will have
opening in May 2005.
There's still a lot of work to be done,
so visitors Saturday can expect to see the bare bones of what
the center eventually will become. People in Fort Peck hope the
tourist appeal will offset recent economic losses.
Also this weekend, the town of Nashua is hosting
a Lewis & Clark festival from 11-6 on Friday and Saturday and 10-1
on Sunday. Events in clude a black powder shoot, a presentation
of 1805 weather Lewis & Clark faced, survival and edible plants,
and a dramatization of Sgt. John Ordway of the Lewis & Clark expediton.
Rehberg Introduces Legislation
To Protect Fort Peck Lake (Posted Friday, May 7, 2004 06:27 AM)
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R), today
introduced legislation to protect the water level at Montana's
Fort Peck Lake. Rehberg immediately requested a hearing on his
“My legislation places Montana’s fishing and recreation interests
ahead of the downstream barge industry,” Rehberg said. “The Corps’ practice
of releasing water from Montana, in its sixth year of serious drought, has had
the effect of draining our state’s lifeblood, compromising Montana’s
fishing, tourism, and recreation industries. This measure aims to put an end
Rehberg introduced the “Fort Peck Protection Act” after seeking input
from Montana sportsmen and conservation organizations, such as American Rivers
and the Walleyes, International. The measure would prohibit the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers from releasing water from Fort Peck Dam if the water level of Fort
Peck Lake is 20 feet or more below the reservoir’s full pool, effectively
setting 2,226 feet as the minimum lake level for Fort Peck.
Concluding that the “biological and ecological resources at Fort Peck Lake,
Montana, are compromised by drought and a lack of water,” the bill requires
the Corps to “manage the Missouri River Basin in a way that imparts equal
emphasis on each of its uses, including flood control, navigation, recreation,
and conservation of fish and wildlife (including threatened and endangered species).”
“I’m simply insisting that the federal government treat Montana fairly
when it comes to protecting threatened species and local economies,” Rehberg,
a member of the U.S. House Committee on Resources, said. “If the Corps’ is
allowed to proceed with its idiotic policy, Fort Peck Lake will soon become a
desert – all to satisfy larger downstream populations with exaggerated
Fish, Wildlife & Parks News (Posted Thursday, May
6, 2004 07:12 AM)
ponds open and fishing well
Call it a little preview of summer. The fish are biting at the
two children’s fishing waters, Home Run Pond on the east side
of Glasgow and Fort Peck Kids
Pond in Kiwanis Park near Fort Peck.
Both ponds are open, and rewarding young anglers with good catches
of trout and perch. Remember, though, that these fishing holes are
designed for beginning anglers. Parents are encouraged to help their
children bait hooks, cast, even set the hook. But it’s not
appropriate for adults to fish for themselves.
We’ve seen some instances where a parent was fishing,” says
Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Captain Mike Herman. “When
officers observe unlawful behavior, appropriate action will be taken.”
Remember, too, that youngsters between the ages of 12 and 14 need
to possess a FWP Conservation License, even though fishing licenses
are not required until the child turns 15. Young anglers under age
12 don’t need a Conservation License or a fishing license to
fish. Standard daily and possession limits apply to fish caught at
the children’s fishing waters.
Boating safety class offered May 22
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is hosting a boat-safety certification
class on May 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Quonset
Boaters of all ages are encouraged to attend the class, which will
detail various methods, rules and gear to stay safe on the water.
The class satisfies the boating safety requirement that enables youth
between the ages of 13 and 14 to operate a boat. Certification may
also save on boat-insurance premiums.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Call Neil Boyd at
228-8517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or registration. Or you can call FWP’s
Andrew McKean at 228-3700 to register.
Leave young wildlife alone
Across northeastern and north-central Montana, deer and antelope
are about to begin fawning, elk will be calving, upland birds will
be hatching, and the region’s wildlife will continue the annual
ritual of renewal.
Newborn wildlife start off with the opportunity to live their entire
lives in open and wild spaces. For too many this chance is cut short
when well-meaning people “help” nature by “rescuing” these
young animals they believe are injured or orphaned.
As caring humans, it is natural to want to rescue a young animal
we think is abandoned,” says FWP’s Education Bureau Chief
Kurt Cunningham, who says in almost every case the newborn animals
are not orphaned, but they appear that way by nature’s design.
For example, Cunningham said it is common practice for mother deer
and elk to bed their young down and leave them during the day to
Quite often well-meaning people bring critters to FWP that never
should have been taken out of the wild,” Cunningham said. “It
is often hard to return an animal to the wild that may have lost
its fear of humans, or may have picked up scents from the human world.
That young animal is more vulnerable to predators and sometimes its
mother will refuse to reaccept it.
A newborn creature with no obvious signs of injury or distress is,
in most cases, simply obeying its instinctive command to stay put
and remain motionless. Usually an adult animal is somewhere nearby.
According to Mike Herman, Region 6 warden captain, taking animals
out of the wild not only compromises their “wildness” but
can also be a logistical nightmare for Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Not only is it inappropriate, and in some cases unethical, to disturb
wildlife, but it then forces us to make a decision whether to transport
an animal to the wildlife rehabilitation center in Helena,” says
Herman. “We think there are better uses for our resources.”
The most humane and thoughtful choice is to leave the area as quickly
and quietly as possible, without disturbing anything. Leave young
wildlife alone and they will usually grow into a healthy adult.”
For public safety, state law prohibits people from possessing wild
animals that may carry rabies, such as fox, raccoons, skunks and
bats. It is also illegal to possess or remove any game animal, game
bird, songbird, furbearer or bird of prey from the wild.
FWP seeks comments on sage grouse plan
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on a proposed
sage grouse conservation and management plan and on an environmental
assessment that examines three sage grouse management alternatives.
A plan to conserve and manage Montana sage grouse, a native upland
game bird that a number of groups have petitioned for listing under
the federal Endangered Species Act, has been in development for nearly
FWP and the Montana Sage Grouse Working Group released a draft conservation
and management plan late last year. Public comment that focused the
commitment to maintain Montana's current distribution of sage grouse
and sagebrush over the next 50 years prompted the changes contained
in the proposed plan and the alternatives examined in the EA.
The proposed plan describes a comprehensive approach to conserve
the state's sage grouse and seeks to maintain state authority to
manage sage grouse and to help conserve important sagebrush-grassland
habitats. Under the proposed plan, state wildlife managers, public-land
managers, and private landowners each have flexible guidelines for
local conservation options.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently determined that enough
biological information exists to warrant a more in-depth examination
of the status of sage grouse. This finding comes in response to three
different petitions seeking federal protection for the sage grouse,
North America’s largest grouse best known for its distinctive
spring mating rituals on breeding grounds called "leks."
Once found in 16 western states and three Canadian provinces, today
sage grouse are found in 11 states and in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The bird's remaining strongholds are in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho,
Nevada and Oregon.
The Montana Sage Grouse Work Group, a mix of state and federal agencies,
hunting groups, Montana Indian tribes, conservation groups, stockgrowers,
and individuals, was formed in 2001 and met monthly in different
communities to examine the sage grouse's status in Montana. The group
sought to develop a science-based conservation plan to address factors
that may impact sage grouse populations.
Montana's proposed plan, identifies 12 major sage grouse conservation
issues, the social and economic implications posed by those issues,
and suggests guidelines and actions to conserve Montana's sage grouse
and their habitats. The 12 major issues identified in the proposed
plan include: fire, grazing, hunting, vegetation, and noxious-weed
management; mining and energy development; outreach and education;
power lines and generation facilities; predation; recreational disturbance;
roads and motorized vehicles; and managing other wildlife in sage
To comment on the plan, write to: Sage Grouse Comments; Montana Fish,
Wildlife & Parks;
P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701. Send email comments to: email@example.com.
Comments are due May 14.
Copies of the EA and proposed plan are online at www.fwp.state.mt.us--look
for the sage grouse management plan link in the Hot Topics box; and by mail at
Sage Grouse Plan, Montana FWP, P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Meeting Set For Tonight (Posted Thursday, May 6, 2004 07:06 AM) Two Rivers Economic Growth, Inc.
MEDA – Montana Economic Developers Association
This is the continuation of the assessment process being conducted
by TREG for Valley County.
Resource Team Assessment Report for Glasgow, Montana
Thursday May 6
Follow-up and presentation of the community listening sessions
held February 23 and 23.
Returning will be:
MEDA - Montana Economic Developers Association
MEDS - Montana Economic Development Services
118 E. Seventh St.; Suite 2A
Anaconda, MT 59711
Real World Development
Columbia Falls, MT
Eastern Plains RC&D Area, Inc.
123 West Main
Sidney, MT 59270
Election Results (Posted Tuesday, May 4, 2004 10:13 PM)
Glasgow School District
Building Reserve Levy
Number of Votes For- 216
Number of Votes Against- 91
Total Number of Voters- 307
Nashua School District
Virginia Long- 58
Carla Tihista- 98
Roger Trang- 127
James Ray Gladeau- 29
Opheim School District
Dale Tarum- 83- Running Unopposed
Budget Authority Levy- 85
Against Budget Authority- 9
Frazer School District
Top Two Elected To School Board
Lou Smoker- 67
Rosalee Smoker- 60
Ronn Moccasin- 53
Phillip FourStar- 44
Joe Howard- 19
Hinsdale School District
Top 2 Elected to School Board
Paul Yeska- 109
Wade Riden- 75
Jerry Arnold- 49
High School Levy
Elementary School Levy
Glasgow Irrigation District
John Lacey 131
Robert Olsen- 67
County Taxpayers To See Increase (Posted Tuesday, May 4, 2004 04:06 PM)
Valley County taxpayers will see an increase in taxes come November of 2004 but the increase won't be as steep as first believed.
The Valley County Commissioners this week finalized the emergency levy that they had imposed earlier this year. According to the Valley County Commissioners the levy is necessary because of the extra costs of plowing county roads this winter because of the extraordinary amount of snow that Valley County received.
Montana law allowed the Commissioners to impose up to two mills to raise emergency funds but they instead imposed 1.2 mills. This will generate $25,465 which will be used for overtime and fuel for the Valley County Road Department.
The Commissioners voted 3-0 to impose the 1.2 emergency levy.
Compensation Board To Meet May 12 (Posted Tuesday, May 4, 2004 04:04 PM)
The Valley County Salary Compensation Board will meet on May 12th at 3:30pm in the Valley County Courthouse.
The Compensation Board is charged with setting salaries for all elected officials in Valley County. The board is comprised of the 3 elected Commissioners, Treasurer, Clerk and Recorder, County Attorney and Sheriff. The board also has four members of the general public. Those members for Valley County include Tom Klotz, Lorrie Sampson, Kim Lacey and Madylon Cornwell.
Last year the Compensation Board voted to recommend a 7% increase in salary for all elected officials.
The Valley County Commissioners can vote to either accept or decline the recommendations of the Compensation Board.
Here are the current salaries for elected officials in Valley County:
County Commissioner: $30,518
Clerk and Recorder: $28,518
Justice of the Peace: $17,820
County Attorney: $69,381
Changes Planned For Walleye Tournament (Posted Monday, May 3, 2004 04:35 PM)
Changes are planned for the 2004 edition of the Montana Governors Cup Walleye Tournament. Because of low water levels boats will be launched from two ramps located past the breakwater at the Fort Peck Marina.
The headquarters for the Governors Cup will also be moved from the Fort Peck Marina to Kiwanis Park. The Governors Cup committee after much discussion voted to make the move from the marina to Kiwanis Park. There are numerous details to be worked out but all tourney scores will be posted at Kiwanis Park but all fishermen will turn in their scores at the boat ramps on Fort Peck Lake.
The Governors Cup committee told Kltz/Klan that they regret having to move the tourney headquarters and stress that this is an interim move and when water levels increase they hope to move the headquarters back to the Fort Peck Marina area.
Entries for the 2004 Governors Cup are at just 90 teams. The tournament has a cap of 200 teams and in past years has been filled at this time. For more information on the Montana Governors Cup Walleye Tourney you are urged to contact the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 406-228-222.
Post Office Food Drive Is May 8 (Posted Monday, May 3, 2004 04:33 PM)
The United States Postal Service will once again be collecting food during their stamp out hunger drive on May 8th.
The Glasgow Post Office carriers will be collecting non-perishable food during their route on May 8th. Postal customers wishing to donate food should put canned, packaged and non-perishable food items in a plastic bag, and leave it by your mailbox on May 8th.
Montana residents were again generous last year and donated 337,000 pounds to the annual letter carriers food drive.
Voters To Vote On Building Reserve Levy On Tuesday (Posted Monday, May 3, 2004 04:31 PM)
Glasgow School District Voters will be going to the polls on May 4th to vote on a Building Reserve Levy. If approved by the voters this levy would provide $30,000 per year for the next five years. This levy will the Glasgow School District to paint, carpet, clean, remodel, and replace worn out items like student desks, countertops, and a lot of the plumbing. $10,000 would be allocated per school each year.
The effect on a home valued at $50,000 would be $2.84 per year and the effect on a home valued at $100,000 would be $5.67 per year.
There will be no school trustee election this year as Dr. Charles Wilson is running unopposed and the Glasgow School Board elected him by acclamation at the April meeting.
Boot Drive Raises Over $3,500 (Posted Monday, May 3, 2004 03:30 PM)
The Boot Drive held on April 30th to raise money for the Fourth of July Fireworks Display raised $3532.33. This amount is down from the amount raised in 2003 when over $4200 was raised during the Boot Drive.
The money raised is used to purchase fireworks for the display at the Northeast Montana Fairgrounds on the 4th of July. The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture organizes the event and raises money for the fireworks.
The Chamber of Commerce is planning another fundraiser with the Glasgow Fire Department in June when volunteers will go door to door on firetrucks to raise money for the fireworks display.
The cost of the fireworks for the display is $5000.
Alfred Whitman, age 75, passed away on Saturday - May 29, 2004 of natural causes at the Northeastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, Montana. No services are planned. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by his mother and father, 2 sisters Rosella and Rhoda, and an infant son Brian.
BORN: December 13, 1928 in Mayfield, New York PARENTS: Arthur M and Lena Whitman Alfred was raised in Gloversville, New York and attended schools there. He joined the US Army in 1947 and served in the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam and in Europe. Alfred married Thelma Henderson on September 1, 1954 in Waakegan, Illinois. They lived in Great Lakes, Illinois for a year, in Norfolk, Virginia for a year, in Key West, Florida for a year, then 6 years in San Diego, in Seasonville, CA for 2 years where Al attended college, in Vancouver, Washington from 1969 to 1982, in Bremerton, WA from 82 to 92, and they have lived at St. Marie since 1992. He liked fishing, bowling, ceramics, golf, and especially raising his children.
SUVIVORS: Wife: Thelma Whitman of St. Marie, MT Sons: Alfred Whitman Jr. and (Debbie) Salt Lake City, Utah Thomas Lee (Sheri) Whitman of Bremerton, WA Michael Whitman of Chicago, Illinois Daughters: Celeste Irene Holland and (Darrol) of Vancouver, WA Cynthia Lynn Whitman of San Francisco, CA 9 Grandchildren Sister: Ruth of Gloversville, NY Brother: Arthur Whitman Jr. of Gloversville, NY.
Grace Hayward, age 89, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2004 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, MT of natural causes. Services are planned for Friday - June 4, 2004 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Rev. Martin Mock officiating. Burial will be at the Highland Cemetary. Bell Mortuary will be in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by her husband, Buell.
BORN: May 10, 1915 in Karlstad, Minnesota PARENTS: John Turnbull and Alice (Youngcrans) Turnbull Grace Gwendolyn Hayward, 89, died of natural causes on May 31st, at Valley View Nursing Home where she had resided for the past five years. The only daughter of Dr. John and Alice Turnbull, Grace was born in Karlstad, Minnesota, on May 10, 1915. Her birthplace was a small farming community in northern Minnesota. Here she attended local schools and then completed her formal education receiving a teaching certificate from Moorhead State College in Moorhead, MN. Grace traveled and taught elementary education in several small towns in Minnesota before accepting a teaching position in Glasgow. Grace married Buell Hayward on November 14, 1947. Following their marriage, she joined Buell in the Coca-Cola Bottling business as his chief bookkeeper and partner. With a deep sense of commitment to community and philanthropic needs, Grace actively participated in many organizations throughout her life. She held offices in Soroptimists, P.E.O., Chapter U, and Republican Women. She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church, Lydia Circle, Order of Eastern Star, White Shrine, and Luke's 100. Books, music, gardening, investment club, bridge club, poetry writing, traveling, and keeping up the cabin at the lake were among her favorite pastimes. Her greatest joy in life was her family and a deep abiding faith in Jesus Christ.
Survived by her two daughters, Lynn Hayward of Las Vegas, NV, and Patricia Hayward of Fort Collins, CO, and a son, Jeff, of Glasgow, his wife Carlene, and their daughter Sydney, her only grandchild.
Gaylord D. Hagen
Gaylord D. Hagen, age 70, passed away on Friday, May 21st, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana. Cremation has taken place & a Memorial Service will be held in July, with burial in the Fort Peck Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Family requests memorials be sent to the Gift of Life Housing in Great Falls or Montana Cancer Society. He was preceded in death by a daughter Kristi, his parents, 2 sisters; Lydia Kirkeby and Delia Tollefson, and 6 brothers Albin, Gust, Art, Oliver, Carl and Ralph.
He was born April 22, 1934 in Henning, MN the youngest of 14 children born to Ditlof & Anna (Hauberg) Hagen. He grew up on a farm near Henning, MN attending Country Schools. He joined the Army Jan. 5, 1955. He & his twin brother were the 9th & 10th sons to enter the Army. His oldest brother was killed in France in 1944. The others served up to three years and were discharged. The only brother that didn't serve, worked for the railroad and was needed more in that capacity. On March 26, 1955 he married Juanita Johnson and they lived in Oaklawn, Illinois while he was in the service. They moved to Wolf Point, MT in 1956, where he owned the Standard Service Station. In the fall of 1960, they moved to Fort Peck. He worked various jobs in the Glasgow, Fort Peck area. He started his government service in April of 1964. He retired from his position as Fire & Police Chief after 25 years of Federal Service. He was a member of the Fort Peck Lutheran Church, President of the PTA for a year, Hunter Safety Instructor & Boy Scout Leader. He was one of the original members of the Big Muddy Sportsman Club. Gaylord was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time with his family & especially loved his time with his grandchildren.
Gaylord is survived by his wife Juanita of 49 years Fort Peck, MT; daughter Gail (Sam) Feezell of Nashua & their children Ryan (Michelle) of Nashua, Paul of Nashua & Kristi (Brian) McClaran and Great-Grandson Tayvin of Sherman, TX; son Bruce (Penny) Hagen & their children Trevor, Justin & Allayna of Great Falls; daughter Cindy Hagen of Sherman, TX; son Douglas (Jacqueline) Hagen & their children Samantha, Alexandra, Brooke & Taylor of Springfield, OR, his special little buddy Shandy of Fort Peck, a sister Julia Curtis of Henning, MN, brothers Eldor Hagen of Henning, MN, Melvin Hagen of Lincoln, Montana, Clifford Hagen of Fort Peck, MT, and Gordon Hagen (his twin) of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Judy Rae Cole
Judy Rae Cole, age 64, passed away on May 23, 2004 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT of heart failure. Funeral services are planned for Thursday - May 27, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow, MT with Rev. Dave Hodsdon officiating. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetary. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preceding her in death was her father Earl Traver, mother Alpha, two brothers; Charles and Don "Doc" Traver.
BORN: November 20, 1939 in Glasgow, MT PARENTS: Earl Traver and Alpha (Sevier) Traver She was born on November 20, 1939 in Glasgow to Earl and Alpha Traver. She was one of 3 girls and 4 boys. She attended Nashua schools and graduated from Nashua High School where she enjoyed playing in the band. While working for Highline Cleaners she met Dennis Cole and they married on February 6, 1960 in Glasgow at the First Methodist Church. Following was a family of 6 sons and one daughter. She had 1 granddaughter, three step-grandsons, and four step-granddaughters. Judy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Fellowship Club, and Glasgow Senior Citizens. Working with plastic canvas was her hobby and bingo her game. Judy's main focus in her life was her family. God better receive WGN TV so she can watch her Cubby's or he will hear about it.
SURVIVORS: Husband: Dennis Cole of Glasgow, MT Brothers: Duane "Spud Traver of Colorado Springs, CO George Traver of Las Vegas, Nevada Sisters: Tess Watrud of Fresno, CA Beryl DeTiene of Glasgow, MT Daughter: Denise Cole of Portland, Oregon Sons: Terry Cole of Havre, MT Shannon Cole of South Bend, Indiana (Jenni) Derwin Cole of Debuque, Iowa Edmond Cole and wife Lisa of Elliston, MT Bob Cole of Great Falls, MT Dan Cole of Great Falls, MT 8 Grandchildren: Katy, Allen, Kayla, all of Glasgow, and Tyson, Liverty, Sierra, Samara, and Puck, all of Elliston, MT.
Gerald J. McCleery
Gerald J. McCleery, age 77, passed away on Tuesday, May 18,2004 at the Billings Deaconess Hospital in Billings, Montana of natural causes. Funeral services are planned for Monday - May 24, 2004 at 11:00 AM. at the Nashua City Cemetery in Nashua, Montana INTERMENT: Nashua Cemetery in Nashua, Montana with military honors. BELL MORTUARY in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by a son Brian J. McCleery and a sister Ode Hoye.
BORN: March 28, 1927 in Barry, Illinois PARENTS: Oral McCleery and Myrtle (Brydon) McCleery Gerald was raised northeast of Glasgow where he lived on the family homestead. He entered the US Marines where he served during World War II. Gerald married LaVerna Keith on November 22, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They lived in Minneapolis. Gerald later married Susan Ruth Dolson on June 15, 1954 in Glasgow, Montana. June would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. He belonged to the American Legion, Volunteer Firemen, served on the School Board and City Council in Nashua, and was a member of the Glasgow Elks. He loved woodworking, hunting, and the outdoors.
SURVIVORS: Wife: Susan McCleery of Nashua, MT Sons: Dennis K. McCleery of Portland, Oregon Mitchel R. McCleery of Glasgow, MT Daughter: Lynn Swan Jones of Killeen, Texas 4 Grandchildren Sisters: Lola Haller of Helena, MT Noma Kalstad of Cour D Alene, Idaho Brother: Jim McCleery of Helena, MT.
Erwin "Bud" Miller
Erwin "Bud" Miller, age 86, passed away on May 20, 2004 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT of natural causes. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday - May 25, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow, Montana with Rev. Dave Hodsdon officiating. Interment will be at Highland Cemetary. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by one son Lloyd Miller and 2 grandsons, Tony Miller and Clark Lacock, and his wife Rachel in 1992.
BORN: October 28, 1917 in Dumont, Minnesota PARENTS: Howard and Elsie (McNeilius) Miller He was raised and lived in Nelson, Minnesota until coming to Glasgow in 1944. Bud worked for Robert Cotton west of Glasgow for a year and also worked for Pete Nyquist for a year. Bud then purchased the Rudolph Osterman farm near Tampico, MT and lived there until 1979. Bud married Rachel Steele on February 15, 1939 in Sisseton, South Dakota. In 1979 Bud and Rachel moved to Cherry Creek north of Glasgow and he has lived in Glasgow since 1994. Bud loved horses, mules, harness, and wagons. He made harnesses and bridles and anything to do with horses. He was on the Charter Milk River Wagon Train. Bud was also active as a 4-H leader and served for 25 years on the Valley Rural Telephone Board.
SURVIVORS: Daughter: DuAnn "Tookie" Lacock and her husband Sherman of Hinsdale, MT Grandchildren: (3) Lyle Lacock of Hinsdale, Renata Miller and Bonita Miller of Euclaire, Wisconsin Great Grandchildren: (6) including a great grandson Levi and granddaughter LeAnn of Hinsdale.
Andrew E. "Andy" Schmidt
Andrew E. "Andy" Schmidt, age 85, passed away on Monday - May 17,2004 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes. Services are planned for Saturday - May 22,2004 at 10:30 AM at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, MT. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary will be in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by his wife Pearl in 2003, his daughter Diane Faye, his brother Jacob, his sister Clara, and his parents Emil and Eva.
BORN: February 4, 1919 in Lustre, Montana PARENTS: Emil A Schmidt and Eva (Teske) Schmidt Andy was born in Lustre, MT and attended grade school at the Center Bell School and Lustre School, both one room schools, and also attended Lustre Bible School. After school he worked for several Lustre area farmers. He was active in the EMB Church in Lustre and served as Sunday School secretary and sang in the choir. He was baptized at the EMB Church at the age of 16 upon his confession of faith in Jesus Christ. During World War II Andy served in the CPS (Civilian Public Service). Andy married Pearl Quiring in Glasgow on June 20, 1947. They lived one year on the farm where Andy managed the Frank Quiring farm. In 1948 they moved to Glasgow where Andy operated the Rainbow Motel and he operated his own H Earl Clack Service Station. He attended Mechanic School in Billings and then worked for Markle's for several years. He also worked for MDU, on the construction of the Glasgow Air Force Base, for PV Elevators, at the cemetery for many years for the City of Glasgow, and also as Park Maintenance Manager for the City of Glasgow, and as manager of Schmidt Enterprises from 1979 to 2000. Andy and Pearl also managed Quiring Rental Properties. His pride was to help people with yard work and lawn work. Andy was also active in the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow and served as a Board Member, was head usher and taught Sunday School. He was active in the Senior Citizens, was Senior Citizen of the Year, and won several Yard of the Week awards in Glasgow. Andy was instrumental in building the Centennial Park in Glasgow.
SURVIVORS: Daughter: Deborah Kaye White of Miles City, Montana Grandchildren: Paul E. White Jr. who serves in the US Navy as a FC II of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Naomi White Erickson and her husband Thad of Boise, Idaho Sisters: Pauline Harms of Corn, OK Carolyn Fauth of Lustre, MT and her husband Ralph Annie Davis of Corn OK Brothers: Pete Schmidt of Corn, OK George (Gladys) Schmidt of Eureka, lllinois Paul (Elfie) Schmidt of Walnut Creek, California Rev. Emil (Evelyn) Schmidt of Sweeney, Texas Many cousins, nieces, and nephews . Brother in Law: Orval Schmidt of Nampa, Idaho.
Robert (Bob) Baker
Robert (Bob) Baker, age 71, passed away on Saturday - May 15, 2004 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow of natural causes. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday - May 19, 2004 at 2:00 P.M at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with the Rev. Emory Robotham officiating. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary will be in charge of arrangements. He was preceded in death by his father Ray Baker, brother John Baker, and sister Patricia LaFond.
Bob was born in Glasgow on September 17, 1932 to Ray and Ella (Jevne) Baker. He was a life long resident of Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950. Bob married Pat Cubbage in Powell, Wyoming on June 10, 1955. They would have celebrated their 49th anniversary this year. Bob and Pat resided in Glasgow where they raised their two sons. Bob was an insurance agent starting his career with Northwestern National Life in 1963. He was a Blue Cross/Blue Shield agent in the Glasgow area for many years. He retired on September 1, 1995. Bob was active in civic groups and local fraternal organizations. He was a charter member of the Elks Club, a member of the Masonic Order, Lions Club and Jaycees. He received the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1964, and was named the Outstanding Local President in Montana for the 196364 year. Bob was also a charter member of the Glasgow Sports Club and served in many capacities in the organization He was Demolay Dad for several years and was Vice-Chairman of the 1987 Centennial-All School Reunion. He was a member of the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and served on the Board of Directors. He was proud of having been a member of the 1956 Markle's AAU Basketball team that won the state championship. Bob was a very active Scottie sports booster. Bob's favorite place on earth was the family cabin in the Pines Area on Fort Peck Lake. With the help of friends he built the cabin and many weekends and vacations were spent there. The highlight of his year was when his sons and their families came home and the entire family spent a week together at the cabin.
Bob is survived by his wife, Pat and two sons Dirk (Tammy) of Hillsboro, Oregon and Bo (Amy) of Billings. His sons were the pride of his life. They have four grandchildren, Brynlee Baker and Bryan Baker of Billings and Kelsey Baker and Tanner Baker of Hillsboro. He is also survived by his mother, Ella Vohs of Glasgow and his sister Lael Weigum of Rose burg, Oregon, cousins Jim Carney and Dan Carney of Glasgow.
Harold Torgerson, age 94, passed away on Monday - May 10, 2004 of natural causes at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services are planned for Saturday - May 15, 2004, 2004 at 11:00 A.M at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Rev. Martin Mock officiating. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary will be in charge of arrangements. Harold came from a family of nine children. Preceding him in death were his siblings Torger, Gunda, Bergit, Bertha, Olaf, and Harold's parents.
BORN: November 30, 1909 PARENTS: Mikel Torgerson and Bergit (Bakken) Torgerson Harold was born November 30, 2004 to Mikel Torgerson and Bergit (Bakken) Torgerson at Hatton, North Dakota. Harold went grade school in the Grain Community through the 8th grade. Harold was in the Army before World War II began. He trained new recruits in a Texas Army Base. In 1940, Harold returned to the Grain Community North of Nashua to take over the family farm. After many years of farming, he sold the farm and moved to California where he had a peach orchard. Harold then moved back to Glasgow where he has resided since. Harold married Ella Alsberg on July 14, 1953 in Havre. Ella passed away on March 14, 1984. On March 21, 1987, Harold married Anne Swenson in Glasgow. Anne passed away on October 30, 2003.
SURVIVORS: Son: Leonard Swenson and wife Sandy of Glasgow Daughters: Marlene (Swenson) McVee and husband Charles of Glasgow Ruth (Swenson) Myhre of Glasgow Karen (Swenson) Combs and hudband Ronalsd of Lewistown, MT 2 Sisters: Stella Hallet And her husband Burton Hallet of Glasgow, MT Olga Grant of Glasgow, MT.
Ethel Sarah (McEwen) Bergstrom
Ethel Sarah (McEwen) Bergstrom, age 90, of Opheim, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2004, of natural causes, at the home of her daughter and son in law, Bob and Marlene Dillard in Great Falls. Cremation will take place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home and a Memorial Service will be held at the Opheim United Methodist Church on Tuesday May 11, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with Burial of Ashes in Opheim beside her husband Leroy. Opheim arrangements are under the care of Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. A Memorial Service will also be held in Great Falls at the Christ United Methodist Church at a later date. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy, her parents, brothers; Ray, Jim, and Ewen McEwen, sisters; Minnie Allen, and Nellie Omvig Vaughn and 2 great grandsons Zachary Vinson and PJ Anderson, and a son in law, Earl "Vince" Vinson.
Ethel was born on July 29, 1913 in Lonesome Butte, Saskatchewan, Canada and was raised in the Killdeer and Wood mountain Saskatchewan area. On June 29, 1935 she married Leroy Kenneth Bergstrom in Glasgow, Mont. he passed away on October 4, 1986. She attended grade school in Macworth and Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan and High School in Lafleche, Sask. When she was approaching her 18th birthday she chose to come to the United States to live as her father was an American citizen. Her father died when she was 5 years old in the 1918 Flu epidemic. She and Roy farmed and ranched in the Opheim area and operated the Roy-El Café. Ethel worked at the Opheim Drugstore, and at the Opheim Radar Base as a mess attendant and a cook. They always gardened and canned together. Ethel lived in her home and took care of her yard, garden, and flower beds until recently. Ethel was a member of Sunset Chapter, Order of Eastern Star for many years, serving as secretary for 25 years. She is a "card carrying" member of the Opheim United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and held many offices in the church and Women's Society. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, embroidering, playing cards, and Bingo, reading her bible and attending church and senior citizens. She was the Opheim Senior Citizen of the year in 1997. She also enjoyed her hobby of scrapbooking that she started more than 60 years ago. She has articles on nearly everyone in the Opheim area who served in the military in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Weddings, new babies, graduations, obituaries, anniversaries, or sports events, she has it all in one of her many scrapbooks. Ethel spent three months every winter in Great Falls with Marlene and her family where she was active in church and volunteered at the nursing home helping the "old people". Ethel celebrated her 90th birthday in July 2003 with her children, their spouses and nearly all of her 10 grandchildren and 13 grandchildren present. She was very proud of her American Citizenship and always flew the flag on a flagpole in her yard, and wore a flag pin on her lapel. Memorials may be given to the Opheim United Methodist Church or to the Great Falls Peace Hospice, 2600 15th Ave. S. Great Falls, MT 59405.
Ethel is survived by her daughters; Marlene Gail (Bob) Dillard of Great Falls, Janet Ester (Jim) Bailey of Opheim, sons; Robert Leroy Bergstrom of Billings, and Larry Duane (Jeannie) Bergstrom, of Nashua, and a daughter in law Deanna Bergstrom of Harlem, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, the joys of her life were her 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; Marlene's children; Bob and Lori Vinson, Bobby, Ty, and Shayna, of Great Falls, Jim and Barb Vinson, Courtney, Caitlin, and Kylee of Zurich; Janet's children; Donnie Bailey, Dave and Cathy Bailey, Stephanie and Kieren, Debbie Bailey and JD, Doug Bailey all of Opheim, Bob's daughter Susan and Rick Anderson, Taylor and Tiegen of Billings, Larry's children. Dawn and Corey Gilman, Ashley and Tyler of Billings, Shawn Bergstrom of Dickenson, N. Dak., and Becky Bergstrom of Billings.