OPHEIM NATIVE NAMED MSU-NORTHERN CHANCELLOR (8/31)
INDIAN CASINOS NOT BENEFITING NATIVE AMERICANS (8/31)
AREA RANCHES CLOSE TO HUNTING & TRAVEL DUE TO FIRE RESTRICTIONS
BIG BURGER TURNS INTO BIG SQUABBLE (8/31)
LEVEL IV FIRE RESTRICTIONS FOR VALLEY COUNTY (8/30)
FWP CONCERNED ABOUT OVERCROWDED HUNTING (8/30)
MONTANA SCHOOLS NEED HIGHER TEACHER PAY (8/30)
SACO FUN DAYS SET FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND (8/26)
TOURISM STUDY TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER (8/26)
GLASGOW AGRICULTURE PRODUCER, LYNN CORNWELL, DRIVES BILL TO WHITE HOUSE IN TRACTOR (8/26)
GUARDSMEN BACK IN TOWN ON THURSDAY (8/24)
BRANDT NAMED TO ECONOMIC TASK FORCE (8/23)
FSA ANNOUNCES 48 HOUR NOTIFICATION AMS (8/23)
LONG RUN PUTS OUT 2 MORE FIRES (8/22)
DODSON MAN IDENTIFIED (8/22)
FORT PECK TOURISM UP (8/21)
DODSON MAN AMONG WEEKEND'S FATALITIES (8/21)
MANG WANTS TO LEASE SITE AS BOMB TEST RANGE (8/21)
GLASGOW-MALTA NATIONAL GUARD UNIT MOVES ON TO NEXT FIRE (8/17)
MONTANA ANNOUNCES TOLL-FREE NUMBER FOR FIRE RECOVERY DONATIONS (8/17)
GOVERNOR DECLARES MONTANA IN STATE OF DISASTER (8/17)
PAIR SENTENCED IN BURGLARIES (8/17)
HAY FIRE SOUTH OF GLASGOW (8/17)
WORLD'S LARGEST BURGER MAKES IT INTO GUINNESS BOOK (8/16)
RAIL LINE ALONG HI-LINE REOPENED (8/16)
EIGHT HUNDRED ACRE FIRE ON CMR IS OUT (8/16)
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING MALTA DERAILMENT (8/15)
LATEST ON AREA FIRES (8/15)
MAJORITY OF TEENS IN ACCIDENT SENT HOME (8/15)
HIGHWAY 2 RE-OPENED (8/15)
HIGHWAY 2 CLOSED, PART OF MALTA EVACUATED IN DERAILMENT (8/15)
GLASGOW NATIONAL GUARD UNIT ASSIGNED SOUTHWEST OF HELENA (8/14)
DOWNED POWER LINE DEEMED CAUSE OF GOLF COURSE FIRE (8/14)
15 CHURCH YOUTH INJURED IN 3-CAR COLLISION (8/14)
TEEN DIES FROM AUTO ACCIDENT INJURIES (8/14)
POPLAR MAN JAILED ON DRUG CHARGES (8/13)
FIRES HIT VALLEY COUNTY
LATEST MONTANA FIRE NEWS
CRAZY DAYS HITS GLASGOW THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
TWO VALLEY COUNTY RESIDENTS PLEAD GUILTY IN ELK CASE (8/10)
GLASGOW NATIONAL GUARD UNIT TO LEAVE FRIDAY FOR FIRE TRAINING (8/10)
CHAMBER INVITES ALL GROUPS TO PARTICIPATE IN HIGHLAND GAMES
NATURAL GAS PRICES AT HISTORIC HIGHS AND MAY GO HIGHER, MDU SAYS
MONTANA FOREST FIRE UPDATES
FOREST FIRE AIR QUALITY INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON-LINE FROM MONTANA DEQ
GLASGOW UNIT OF NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED TO FIGHT FIRES
LONG RUN RESPONDS TO HAY FIELD FIRE
OKLAHOMA! COMES TO FORT PECK SUMMER THEATRE (8/7)
RON SEELHOFF WINS FORT PECK PWT (8/7)
OPHEIM NATIVE NAMED MSU-NORTHERN CHANCELLOR (8/31)
Alex Capdeville Accepts the Position as Chancellor of MSU-Northern
Dr. Terry Roark interim president of Montana State University announced today that Dr. Alex Capdeville, CEO of Helena College of Technology, has accepted the position as Chancellor of MSU-Northern for a two-year fixed term. This acceptance is pending the Board of Regents approval during the Butte meeting at the end of September.
This decision came after Dr. Capdeville visited the campus of MSU-Northern on Wednesday, August 30 and met with members of the administration, faculty, staff, student body and community. During his visit, Dr. Capdeville said that increasing enrollment would be his number one issue. "I believe that this goal can be achieved by making articulation agreements with other institutions especially Canadian schools and improving residence hall facilities and student life. Achieving NCATE accreditation will also be critical to Northern's ongoing success and growth." Alex explained that a great deal of the success that they have experienced in recruiting has come from involvement from the faculty.
Dr. Roark explained that "We believe that Alex will be a good fit for MSU-Northern because he understands Northern's unique mix of four-year technical, education and nursing programs in addition he understands the needs of Higher Education in Montana. Alex also has a good reputation of working closely with faculty, students and industry to make sure that their programs are meeting the needs of employers."
Alex has been CEO of the Helena College of Technology and its four facilities throughout Helena since 1978. Under his leadership, the institution has realized a growth in enrollment of 53% since 1995. He has also served for six years on the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. "My experience on the commission has given me great insights about the accreditation issues that face MSU-Northern in general and its engineering, nursing and educational programs in particular."
Alex was born and reared in Opheim, Montana. Alex is an alumnus of MSU-Northern, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degree. He holds a doctorate from Colorado State University.
Alex will be moving to Havre to start as Chancellor around September 15.
In 1998, of more than 150 tribes with casinos, fewer than two dozen tribes accounted for more than half of the total revenue. A few casinos near major cities have thrived. Most of the others, according to the A-P analysis, make just enough to cover the bills (Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
The Sleeping Buffalo Resort near Saco, where the three-ton burger was prepared, is suing Hi-Line Promotions, the non-profit group in Malta that organized the event. The resort says Hi-Line has yet to repay 46-hundred dollars in costs, from the event on Labor Day last year.
Hi-Line Promotions is counter-suing Sleeping Buffalo, claiming the resort owes the group 12-thousand dollars in proceeds from pop and beer sales, that were never turned over.
The Guinness Book of Records recently certified the six-thousand-40-pound hamburger as the largest ever cooked. (Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Meanwhile officials of the CMR National Wildlife Refuge announced Monday that it¹s lands would go to Level IV restrictions effective midnight Monday.
With the first scheduled hunting seasons to begin this weekend the fire restriction order will limit hunters travel and activities on the refuge. All roads on the refuge are numbered. Motorized travel will only be allowed on roads numbered in the 100s, 200s and selected other roads. All other numbered roads will remain closed until further notice.
The CMR also won't allow fires, campfires or charcoal grills, though stoves using gas or fuel will be allowed at developed recreation sites. Camping will be allowed only immediately next to open roads-not the 100-yards off roads that had been allowed.
Smoking will be allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, building or developed recreation site. Finally, travel on foot or bicycle will be allowed on numbered CMR roads that have been closed due to the extreme fire danger.
Fish and Game Director Pat Graham yesterday urged hunters barred from their preferred areas of western Montana to be patient, and stay home until fire conditions improve.
He says landowners in eastern Montana are especially concerned about the impacts an influx of hunters could have in areas of high fire danger. Graham says this is a time for patience, restraint and compassion, and all hunters -- especially those in western Montana -- should consider rescheduling early season hunting plans, until the state's dry conditions and fire danger subsides.
His advice came on the heels of a decision by state and federal officials to tighten use restrictions on millions of acres of public and private land in 29 eastern Montana counties, effective Wednesday. (Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
The study by the Rural School and Community Trust found Montana is one of ten states where rural education is most important, and the need for policy changes the greatest. The report says pay for Montana's rural teachers is the fifth lowest in the nation, an average of almost five-thousand dollars less than what teachers make elsewhere in the state.
The study also found almost 44 percent of rural teachers are instructing in subjects outside their field of training -- the fourth worst ranking in the country.(Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
The 37th annual Saco Fun Day Celebration starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a potluck and pork barbecue. At 9 p.m., is the “Elvis is Alive” event at OB’s Bar or DJ music at Jakes.
On Saturday, the Quilt and Craft Show opens at the IOOF Hall at 9 a.m. The petting zoo also opens at 9 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there are ferris wheel rides. The parade will be at 11 a.m. before the free beef barbecue from noon to 1 p.m. Between 1 and 3 p.m., kids and adults may play games on Front Street. The pie and coffee social is at the Methodist Church and there is bingo at the Senior Citizens Center. The demolition derby is at 3 p.m. before Human Darts for all ages at 5 p.m. Music and karaoke start at 9 p.m. and the Fire/EMS breakfast is at 11 p.m.
The celebration ends with a horseshoes tournament at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 3rd. For more information, contact the Saco Chamber of Commerce at (406) 527-3218.
The Montana Community Tourism Assessment Program is a self-help program developed
to assist rural communities to identify what role tourism can play in strengthening
local economies. Travel Montana and MSU Extension provide the process facilitators,
while UM helps with research.
Lynn Cornwell, Glasgow-area rancher and president-elect of the National Cattlemens Beef Association, on Thursday officially delivered a bill to President Clinton that would repeal the estate tax, also called the "death" tax. He drove the bill from the U.S. Capitol to the White House in a red tractor.
"Lynn has been a good friend for a long time, and we have talked a lot about the terrible toll the death tax has taken on farmers and ranchers in Montana," Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) said. "Small businesses, including farms and ranches, cannot survive in a family if folks have to sell off chunks every time they pass down from generation to generation. If President Clinton vetoes this bill, he is telling Montanas ag community and small businesses that they dont matter."
The Senate and House of Representatives passed the death tax elimination bill, but the president has threatened to veto it.
"This bill is not only important to cattle producers, but its important to all family farms and small businesses" Cornwell said. "Such taxes take away incentives to grow your business, and it affects your ability to pass your family ranch to the next generation. Congress has sent a message that it understands this. Wed like to see the president sign this bill."
Despite arguments that the death tax only affects the wealthy, Burns said that numerous reports show it has a large impact in Montana. Last year, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service found that the death tax will cost Montanans $1.2 billion over 8 years.
"The fact is that the rich dont pay the death tax, because they can hire people to help them get around it," Burns said. "Its the small business owners and family farmers and ranchers who get shafted under the current system."
Earlier this year, another Montanan lent similar support to the bill. Dave McClure, president of the Montana Farm Bureau, attended a press conference with Burns and stressed that rural communities as a whole are being hurt by the death tax.
"Forced liquidation of farms and ranches is hurting Montanas rural communities," McClure said. "Were losing families in our rural communities that those communities depend on to keep the schools going and to keep the local grocery stores open."
There was a Welcome Back party for the soldiers on Thursday at the National Guard Armory across from the airport. It is a good possibility that they will be called back to active duty again.
Here are a few photos taken on the Guardsmen's arrival in Glasgow:
Those called to active duty were:
|JASON BAKER||NUFRY BOYSUN||BEN BRELGE|
|GARY FAST||TYLER FAST||JAY FLEMING|
|BRITTEN FLICKINGER||JOSH FROST||LAWRENCE GARFIELD|
|STEVEN GOOD||ROGER HENSCHEL||JEREMIAH HUGHES|
|MICHAEL JENKS||TRAVIS KIRCHDOERFER||DAVID PARKER|
|LOREN REDDICK||SCOTT RUNNINGEN||JASON SKOLRUD|
|STEVEN STANLEY||MYLES SUNDBY||TODD SVENNINGSON|
|CHRISTOPHER UPCHURCH||KENT WILLIAMSON||DAVID WINKLER|
Most areas in the western part of the state have been adversely affected by the dry conditions this summer, with Glacier National Park dropping 4.2% from last year's figures. Yellowstone was about the same, losing only .3% from 1999.
Other attractions increasing tourists this year include the Big Horn Recreation
Area, up 12.6%, the Museum of the Rockies up 7.3%, Ulm Pishkun Visitor Center
up 7%, Lewis & Clark Caverns up 3.7% and Havre Beneath the Streets up 2.7%.
All stats were from Travel Montana.
Still, the National Guard has approached the Bureau of Land Management and three private landowners, hoping to find a three mile by five mile patch of land north of the Missouri River, between Big Sandy and Glasgow.
They want to lease the land for at least 25 years.
For nearly two years, National Guard pilots have been flying as much as 380 miles to practice shooting ground targets at ranges in Idaho and Utah. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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Control of Campfires
Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire or charcoal fire except at a developed, designated recreation site or campground. (36 CFR 261-52 (a)).
Control of Smoking
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building; at an improved place of habitation; at a developed, designated recreation site or campground; or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material. (36 CFR 261.52 (d)).
Control of Woods Operations
· Woods operations: Using chainsaws or other equipment with internal combustion engines for felling, bucking, skidding, wood cutting, road building, and other high fire risk operations between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. local time. Exceptions are helicopter yarding and earth moving on areas of cleared and bare soil. Sawing incidental to loading operations on cleared landings is not necessarily restricted.
· Operating in Slash or Dead Material: Using chainsaws or other equipment with internal combustion engines for felling, bucking, skidding, wood cutting or any other operation within areas having a significant accumulation of dead or down slash or timber-
· Blasting and Welding: Welding, blasting (except seismic operations confined by ten or more feet of soil, sand or cuttings), and other activities with a high potential for causing forest fires. (36 CFR 261-52 (f) and (i))
· Patrolperson: To be included with woods operations, blasting and welding, and/or operating in slash or dead material causes if desired. A patrol is required for a period of two hours after woods operations including felling, bucking skidding, wood cutting, road building, blasting, welding and other high fire risk operations cease. A patrol is also required for one hour following the cessation of all work activity. The patrolperson's responsibilities include checking for compliance with required fire precautions.
Control of Off Road Vehicle Use
Possessing or using motorized vehicles such as, but not limited to cars, trucks, trail bikes, motorcycles and all terrain vehicles off of Forest Development Roads except for persons engaged in a trade, business or occupation in the area (36 CFR 261.56).
For that reason, the committee is seeking donations from interested
individuals, families, or organizations that might wish to help defray the
expenses incurred. The two mailings to the 5,000 people cost $4,500.
The music for the dance - John Jackson on Friday night and Missoula¹s
Bop-a-Dips on Saturday- cost $7,000.
Another major expense for the voluntary committee that spearheaded the event
was the publication of an all-class reunion book that updated the graduates
since the initial All-Class Reunion book published in 1987. The new edition,
which carries the photos of graduating classes of 1988-2000, also has a
variety of other school-related information contained in it and is available
for a nominal $10. Some copies of the previous hardcover volume are also
available for $25. These volumes are a quick reference for names and faces
and can settle arguments! The books are for sale at the Pioneer Museum and
will also be available at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
office and at email@example.com for the updated book only. Proceeds from
sales of these books will be used to satisfy the already incurred debts.
Another expense taken by the all-school reunion was the fireworks on July
1st. Usually sponsored by the community at large, this year¹s display was
underwritten by the reunion committee since they were set off a bit earlier
in conjunction with other reunion activities. So, if you ordinarily donated
to the fireworks cost and were not registered at the reunion, why not
consider a donation at this time?
Having portable rest room facilities so readily accessible throughout the
reunion weekend was surely a convenience. But it was a convenience with a
The committee is quick to credit the community for help rendered. Without
the efforts of those individuals and groups, the out of town returnees would
not have enjoyed nearly so much the array of options open to them.
If you were able to visit with a former classmate, see a former teacher,
enjoyed the parade, the street dance, the fairgrounds, the walk-run, the
community church service or any of the other events of that packed weekend,
please help reduce the deficit by contacting any of the reunion committee:
Gloria Flatow, Sandy Dungan or Brenda Leckie.
The soldiers of Detachment 1 Battery C 1-190th Field Artillery, Glasgow, and
of Battery C 1-190th Field Artillery located in Malta, have completed containment
of the BOULDER/HIGH ORE ROAD FIRE and have been reassigned and are on sight
at the MAUDLOW/TOSTON FIRE located 25 miles north of Belgrade, Montana.
Glasgow and Maltas First Sergeant, William Hammar, reports the soldiers morale is high, there have not been any accidents and food has been outstanding.
The soldiers are in their 7th day of 15 day's State Active Duty.
WORLD'S LARGEST BURGER MAKES IT INTO GUINNESS BOOK
"The World's Largest Hamburger, weighing in at 6,040 pounds of pure Montana beef, is being officially recognized by the Guinness World Records," according to Wayne Stahl, president of HiLine Promotions, Inc. of Saco, Montana.
The burger, cooked on a 24' diameter grill September 5, 1999, near Saco, Montana, outweighed the previous record by 520 pounds, thereby making history and into the record book.
The final decision lies within the editorial team as to whether the hamburger is included in the 2002 edition.
Louise Whetter, Researcher, London, England assured the group the hamburger, along with a profile of chef Loran Green, will be featured on the website which is to be launched October 23, 2000. The website address is www.guinnessworldrecords.com
ailway spokesman Gus Melonas says the route was reopened at seven p-m. But
he says a decision hasn't been made yet about moving the chemicals. The options
are pumping the chemicals from the derailed cars into other tankers or into
Cause of the derailment Monday night also remains under investigation.
Seven cars of the westbound freight derailed a mile east of Malta about eight o'clock Monday night, prompting the voluntary evacuation of about 50 people, including some nursing home residents. A portion of U-S Highway Two also was closed for about six hours.
Phillips County Sheriff Tom Miller said the evacuees were allowed to return home early Tuesday morning. Rail traffic was rerouted either along the B-N-S-F line from Laurel to Great Falls-Havre or on the Montana Rail Link route from Billings via Missoula to Sand Point, Idaho.
Three cars were rerailed Tuesday morning and the four others were moved aside to allow crews to repair the tracks. No injuries were reported, and officials said there were no tanker leaks. Three tankers contained carbon disulphide, a poisonous, highly flammable chemical used in making solvents and cellophane. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
(Miles City-AP) -- The 800-acre, lightning-caused fire on the outskirts of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is now history. Amy Tague of the Bureau of Land Management reports the fire was demobilized Tuesday morning. She says the fire was fought by the B-L-M, as well as crews from Ft. Peck Reservation and Crow Agency. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Three of them were tanker cars with a hazardous chemical, which prompted the voluntary evacuation of about 50 people, including some nursing home residents. U-S Highway Two was closed.
No leaks were found, people were allowed to return home, and the highway reopened after about six hours.
B-N spokesman Gus Melonas (muh-LOH'-nus) says they're still looking into what caused the derailment. There were no injuries.
Sparks from the derailment created small fires for miles along the track. They were extinguished with the help of area fire departments.
Fifteen teens between 12 and 18 went to several hospitals after two pickup trucks and a Suburban were involved in a chain-reaction collision Saturday.
The Montana Highway Patrol says 20 people were in the three vehicles.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
(AP) Highway 2 has been re-opened through Malta, after a train derailment
last night. The 200 residents that were evacuated were also allowed to return
to their homes this morning.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Power lines were also suspected in the Scout Island fire that same evening. Northwest winds were gusting over 30 miles per hour at the time.
(Billings Gazette) A Poplar man
the government contends was, at one point, responsible for most of the drug
trafficking on the Fort Peck Reservation was sentenced Thursday in Billings
to 16-1/2 years in federal prison.
James Welch Jr., 26, received 80 months for conspiring to distribute drugs on the Northeastern Montana reservation and then got another 10 years for using a firearm in relation to drug trafficking. Under federal law, the gun sentence must be served consecutively with the drug sentence.
Chief U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom also ordered that Welch complete drug and alcohol treatment programs.
Welch was arrested as a result of a major investigation that concluded with the indictment and convictions of several people in Oregon and Montana in a conspiracy the government said involved 450 pounds of methamphetamine. Prosecutors said that a substantial amount of that total ended up on Montana Indian reservations.
One of the people who received drugs from suppliers in Oregon was Lisa Burshia. Burshia, in turn, drove the drugs to Fort Peck and delivered 90 percent of what she had to Welch, prosecutors said. When the Oregon source dried up, Welch found a new one and continued to deal drugs until July 1999, according to the government.
The firearm associated with Welch was an M-1 semiautomatic carbine. Prosecutors said that Welch and one of his distributors got into an dispute over drug proceeds in August 1999, and Welch used the gun in a drive-by shooting at the distributors home. No one was hurt in the incident, but use of the gun more than doubled his sentence.
Welch has been in custody in Billings since his arrest. He pleaded guilty in May to the conspiracy and firearms counts.
FIRES HIT VALLEY COUNTY (8/11)
Two fires were burning on Friday evening as the dry conditions finally caught up with Valley County. Mike Boyer was reporting that an island (Scout Island) was on fire north of Park Grove, late Friday afternoon, and officials were watching it to make sure it didn't jump across to mainland.
And north of Glasgow, a grass fire started between 4-5 on Friday afternoon, burning a swath of grass and endangering the Sunnyside Country Club and golf course. Northwest winds at 20-30mph hampered efforts to control the blaze, but fire fighters were helped in saving structures by the divide of Cherry Creek.
(Ed. note: All these shots were taken from the hills to the west of the fire, looking eastward.
The Long Run Fire Department and Glasgow Fire Department personnel along with many residents with shovels, tractors, and four-wheelers helped fight the blaze. As of 6:30pm, there was still a lot of smoke in the area, but no flames were visible from our vantage point on top of the hills. Fire fighters will be busy with hot spots throughout the evening.
LATEST MONTANA FIRE
FWP SAYS SOME HUNTING SEASON OPENINGS WILL LIKELY BE DELAYED IN SOME AREAS OF WESTERN MONTANA
In response to questions raised by Gov. Marc Racicot's executive order to apply Level V restrictions to 10 western Montana counties-and the anticipated mailing of 92,000 hunting permits on Friday--FWP officials said today there will be a hunting season this year, but due to the extreme fire danger some hunting season openings may be delayed in some southwestern Montana areas.
FWP Director Pat Graham said the Level V restrictions prohibit all manner of outdoor recreation in the affected area, including fishing, hiking, picnicking, hunting, and the use of most State Parks, Fishing Access Sites and all FWP Wildlife Management Areas.
The Level V zone restrictions go into effect Friday, Aug. 11 and include: Deer Lodge, Granite, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, Sanders and Silver Bow counties, and the portion of Lewis & Clark County that lies west of the Continental Divide.
If weather and climate forecasts are on target, Graham said the restrictions on outdoor recreation in southwestern Montana are likely to extend beyond the scheduled opening day of several Montana's early September hunting season openings.
The upland game bird season and some moose, big horn sheep, and mountain goat seasons are scheduled to open statewide on Sept. 1. Montana's archery season is set to open statewide on Sept. 2.
"Unless there is a significant change in the predicted weather patterns, the early September opening of archery season, upland game bird season and our moose, sheep and goat seasons in west-central Montana will likely be delayed and similar delays could emerge in other areas," Graham said
In addition to the Level V designation for the 10 counties in western Montana, a Level IV designation has been issued for 16 additional counties in western Montana: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Cascade, Lincoln, Flathead, Gallatin, Glacier, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark east of the Continental Divide, Madison, Meagher, Park, Pondera, Sanders County that lies within the Kootenai National Forest, and Teton and Toole counties.
While Level IV does not prohibit recreation, it does impose restrictions on open fires, smoking, vehicle use, equipment use and other activities.
Graham said had the closures and restrictions not gone into effect, FWP was ready to restrict fishing on the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers due to stress on wild trout due to low flows and life-threateningly high water temperature. In addition, Graham said FWP has created three-drought related response teams to further address statewide fishery, wildlife, and hunting-license issues.
"We are experiencing tragic drought and fire conditions that we know are now affecting our fisheries and our wildlife," Graham said.
Graham said FWP has fielded hundreds of calls since Tuesday from resident and out-of-state hunters on whether the hunting seasons will be affected by the drought, and recent forest closures.
"Today, we can only say that the drought and severe fire danger may delay the opening of some seasons in west-central Montana. Each day we will be monitoring how closures and restrictions in other parts of the state may affect the hunting seasons and immediately communicate that information to hunters and anglers in Montana and to our out-of-state visitors. It is our intention to inform resident and nonresident hunters of all anticipated hunting season delays due to area closures by Aug. 21."
Drought-related information will be posted on FWP's website at fwp.state.mt.us. Other fire-related information is available by calling toll-free 1-877-563-2876.
Use the following internet website for the latest fire information, including
maps, restriction levels (and descriptions of what those restrictions entail),
OPEN BURNING RESTRICTED ACROSS STATE
HELENA - Air quality monitoring information reviewed by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today prompted the department to prohibit open burning throughout the state until further notice.
"Open burning across the state by any person, agency, institution, business or industry is prohibited until further notice," according to David Klemp, DEQ air permitting section supervisor.
"Particulate levels remain elevated at several monitoring sites throughout Montana. The department determined that dispersion conditions are poor across Montana and that particulate concentrations are expected to remain high for the near future. All open burners are required to apply Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and the department has determined that current dispersion conditions and air quality levels do not meet BACT requirements."
The department also encourages persons and industries to do their best to minimize particulate emissions from other dust or smoke activities. "We are asking all Montanans to be good neighbors and do their part to reduce emissions during this period of poor ventilation and elevated particulate levels," Klemp said.
The DEQ will make a determination on a day-to-day basis whether to continue this prohibition on open burning. The Open Burning Hotline at 1-800-225-6779 will be updated everyday by 4:00 p.m. with information on ventilation conditions and any further restrictions.
"Persons with respiratory problems or individuals interested in local air quality should check with city and county health departments to assess local conditions," Klemp said.
"The DEQ will be working with health departments throughout the state to provide information on health issues."
If there are any questions regarding open burning, persons can call Klemp at the Air and Waste Management Bureau, DEQ (406-444-0286).
Use the following internet website for the latest fire information, including maps, restriction levels (and descriptions of what those restrictions entail), closures, etc.,
WILD FIRES FORCE GOVERNOR RACICOT TO CLOSE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND IN A
PORTION OF WESTERN MONTANA
(Helena)--- Governor Marc Racicot, in conjunction with Regional Forester Dale Bosworth, U.S. Forest Service and BLM State Director Mat Millenback, announced the closure of all forested lands (which includes grasslands located within half a mile of the forest) within the following counties, effective midnight Thursday, August 10th:
* Sanders, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Granite, Powell, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, and that portion of Lewis and Clark county that lies west of the continental divide.
* Bitterroot NF, Lolo NF, and those portions of the Helena and Beaverhead/Deer Lodge NF that lie west of the continental divide.
* All BLM lands within the counties listed above
* All tribal lands on the Flathead
Governor Racicot cited the dangerous fire conditions existing within the forests
as the impetus for the elevation in restrictions. "The record high fire
danger with extreme fire potential, the limited fire-fighting resources available
to respond to new fire starts and the several recent human-caused fires compel
us to declare this elevated level of emergency," Governor Racicot said.
"Conditions are such that it is dangerous for public to be in forested
areas because of possibility of being trapped by a fast-spreading fire."
Currently within the SW Montana zone:
* 15 large fires are actively burning (largest is 90,000 acres)
* Over 325,000 acres have already burned
* 33 confirmed structures lost to
the fires with unofficial reports as high as 75 * 971
residents have been evacuated from their homes
Entry into closed areas requires a permit from the appropriate wildfire protection
agency, except for homeowners whose principal residence is in a forested area.
The state waters of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin above the confluence of
the Flathead and Clark Fork Rivers have been closed to all public recreation,
A general permit for public use of the following areas has been approved by
the Forest Service and the Department of Natural Resources Conservation (DNRC).
The DNRC will update the list as conditions change. In addition, level IV fire
restrictions remain in effect for all areas in the list that follows:
Seeley, Salmon, Alva, and Placid Lake waters and associated hosted campgrounds
in Northern Missoula County
* Quartz campgrounds on the lower Clark Fork River
* Frenchtown Pond
* Georgetown Lake
* Thompson Falls State Park
* Flathead Lake and associated campgrounds
The Governor suggested that people should contact the Forest Service or DNRC for additional areas open to the public and for activities that, with a written permit, may be issued.
Governor Racicot emphasized that this Level V closure does not affect Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park, as these areas are not located within this zone.
For additional information or questions regarding the closure, call:
* 877-563-2876 (toll free)
* 329-3805 (Missoula calling area)
Use the following internet website for the latest fire information, including maps, restriction levels (and descriptions of what those restrictions entail), closures, etc.,
|CRAZY DAYS TO HIT GLASGOW ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (8/10)|
|Crazy Days is back in Glasgow this Friday and Saturday. KLTZ/MIX-93 will combine stations from 6-9:30am on Friday, and provide lots of on-air and web coverage of the zaniness in Glasgow. There'll be lots of deals and food booths and...people dressed up in costumes, like the lifeguards from the Glasgow pool. Look for these X-MEN in costume on Friday!|
TWO VALLEY COUNTY RESIDENTS PLEAD GUILTY IN ELK CASE (8/10)
On August 4th, two Valley County residents pleaded guilty in court to a
total of 19 misdemeanors. Under a plea agreement, Jim and Paul McColly of
Hinsdale agreed to charges stemming from 13 elk being killed north of
Hinsdale and the Canen Ranch. The investigation started in September of 1998
when Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received information regarding numerous
elk illegally killed, abandoned and wasted. Thirteen elk were discovered and
consisted of two 5X5 bulls, one 2X3 bull, one spike bull, one undetermined
adult, six cows and two calves.
Jim McColly pleaded guilty to seven counts of wasting a game animal and
three counts of hunting during a closed season. Paul McColly pleaded guilty
to six counts of wasting a game animal and three counts of hunting during
closed season. The total penalties both parties incurred include $13,000
restitution, $770 in court costs, and $1,000 investigative costs. Also, each
individual was assessed three years probation, and a ten-year loss of
privileges to hunt, fish or trap in the state of Montana. In addition,
neither defendant will be allowed to accompany any person who is hunting,
fishing or trapping during the ten-year license revocation period. Montana
is a member of the Wildlife Violator Compact, which results in violators
losing privileges in other member states. These states include: Arizona,
Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Jim Satterfield, Region Six supervisor, stated, " The department wants
work with land owner problems, such as depredation. Our field personnel
showed a tremendous amount of tenacity with this case as it was extended
over a long period of time. Clearly this shows people should not take the
law into their own hands. These situations can be solved with communication
amongst the people and our department before unfortunate circumstances
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourage all Montanans to assist the
department in its efforts to protect and preserve Montana's hunting
heritage. Montanans can do so by calling Tip Mont (1-800-TIP-MONT), a toll
free hot line used to assist with the apprehension of game violators.
Individuals providing tips may be eligible for cash rewards and are
Detachment 1 Battery C 1-190th Field Artillery has announced that 24
soldiers have been activated for fire-fighting duty, to be used as fire
crews battling the Montana fires.
The Glasgow unit will be departing by bus on August 11th en route to Fort
Harrison in Helena.
Soldiers from Billings, Harlowtown, Miles City, Glendive, Culbertson,
Sidney, Malta and Glasgow will perform 15 days in a state active duty status
and will report to Helena on August 11th for preliminary fire survival
The Guardsmen will be trained by the Forest Service on Standards Survival
Training. Once the two-day course is completed, the ten 20-man fire crews
will be deployed as directed by the fire operations incident command.
To date, the Montana National Guard has approximately 450 soldiers and
airmen on state active duty conducting fire operations; including security,
medical services, helicopter water bucket operations, structures and
fire-line fire fighting, and other support services
FOREST FIRE AIR QUALITY INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON-LINE
FROM MONTANA DEQ
HELENA -- Smoke from wildfire activity has resulted in potentially unhealthful air quality conditions in much of western Montana. The Montana Department of Environmental has established a website to keep the public informed about changes to air quality conditions across the state.
Daily updates are available via the DEQ Website at http://www.deq.state.mt.us or http://www.deq.state.mt.us/FireUpdates/Index.htm
The Montana Department of Commerce's Travel Montana website maintains a link to this site at http://travel.state.mt.us/fire.htm
The Forest Fire Air Quality Update provides daily updated tables identifying
communities in Montana that are experiencing the most serious smoke problems.
The site provides a "Forest Fire Smoke Categories Table" that helps the public understand how various levels of smoke can have an affect on health. It also provides a "Visibility Ranges Table" used to determine forest fire smoke density and its hazard ranking. DEQ will provide daily updates during the remainder of the forest fire season as conditions warrant.
Particulate matter can increase susceptibility in people with existing heart or lung diseases -- such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or congestive heart disease -- and can aggravate existing medical conditions. The elderly are also sensitive to particulate matter exposure. When exposed to particulate matter, children and people with existing lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or vigorously as they normally would, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath. Seek medical treatment if you have uncontrolled coughing, wheezing or choking, or if breathing difficulty does not subside indoors.
The cast includes members of the professional company, along with volunteer performers who live in Northeast Montana. In fact, Bill Bell of Glasgow appears as Pa Carnes, a role he enjoyed in 1970, the first summer season at the Theatre. Two Fort Peck Theatre veterans have accepted the challenge of lead roles: Mark Chenovick of Helena plays Curly and Carly Booth of Havre plays Laurey. In his third summer at the Theatre, Chenovick is remembered for his work in Forever Plaid, and as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. Booth, in her second season, appeared as Chava in Fiddler on the Roof and Twila in Pump Boys and Dinettes. Other performers include: Robin ONeill as Aunt Eller; Phillip Pace as Will Parker; Dave Odegard as Slim; Ryan Grigg and Ali Hakem; Marcie Fahlgren as Gertie; Christopher Kristant as Jud; Tom Klotz as Cord Elam; Christina Pastor as Ado Annie; Mike Turner as Mike; David Knierim as Joe; Lucas Ruggles as Sam; and Josh Feller as Fred. Oklahoma! is the final presentation in what has become the most successful season in 31 years of productions at the historic Fort Peck Theater. The season began with Annie and Grease.
For more information on Oklahoma!, call the Theatre at 406-526-9943.
Carly Booth of Havre, and Mark Chenovick of Helena, play the lead roles of Laurey and Curly in the Fort Peck Theatre production of Oklahoma! The beloved musical plays Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 8 p.m. in the Theatre at Fort Peck. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for students, and they are available at the door. Oklahoma! opens this weekend and plays through Sept. 3. For more information, call the Theatre at 406-526-9943.
Ron Seelhoff of Lewellen, Nebraska, won the Fort Peck Professional Walleye Trail event on Friday, with a total of 16 fish and a total weight of 85.64. Larry Lambert of Marblehead, Ohio, finished second with 81.17 pounds of walleye. Seelhoff grabbed $50,000 in winnings while Lambert took home $15,000.
For amateurs, Randy Tyler of Hometown, Illinois, was first with 72.93 pounds of walleye. Mark Fling of Arvada, Colorado, was second with 66.66 pounds of walleye. Sever Enkerud was the top local fisherman, with 44.32 pounds of walleye, good enough for 17th place. Tyler won $12,000 while Fling won $4,500. Enkerud took home an even grand.
For full listings, visit the In-fisherman website. and for lots of pictures, visit our own PWT page.
Richard Stanley Kalinski passed away at Yuma Regional Medical
Center on August
29th at age 46. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 1st, at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. A reception in his honor will be held following the services at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 225 South 1st Avenue, Yuma, Arizona.
He was born in Glasgow in 1954 and was a bartender in Glasgow and Malta for 17 years, and after moving to Yuma in 1990, displayed his tremendous talent as a carpenter. His wit, natural abilities and perfectionist manner ensured his success in both chosen professions. A private, reserved man, Rick enjoyed good friends, a good drink and both listening to and telling "a good story." His unending sense of humor and total devotion to family and friends will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife M.J. of Yuma; 1 brother, Ron of Las Vegas; and 2 nephews, John and Jeff of Glasgow.
Kathryn Sethne of Glasgow, died at her daughter's home in Sheridan, Wyoming, on August 26th. Kathryn was 77. Services will be on Saturday, September 2nd, at 10 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with Reverend Mark Koonz officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Kathryn was born in 1922 in Richey, Montana, to Ladislav and Hazel Sedlacek. After attending schools in Richey and Fairview, she graduated in 1940. She worked at the Richland County Courthouse and as World War II began, she and a friend went to work in Portland, Oregon, as welders in the shipyards. Later she returned to Montana and enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Program at Montana State College in Bozeman. She graduated as an R.N. in 1946 and worked at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow and also in Moscow, Idaho. While at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital she met Harold Sethne and they were married in Fairview in 1947. They moved to the family farm in the Wildrose community, north of Glasgow, where they raised their daughters. Kathryn and her husband spent their last 28 winters in Mesa, Arizona, where she enjoyed golfing and working as a volunteer at the Valley Lutheran Hospital. She was an Eastern Star Member and a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Larslan and Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Mesa, Arizona. In the summer she played golf on the Opheim Women's League. Her joys were her grandchildren and family as well as gardening and needlework.
Survivors include her husband Harold of Larslan; 2 daughters: Karen Dehn and her husband Art of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Janet Gabriel and her husband Larne of Redmond, Washington; 5 grandchildren: Katie Dehn Whitehouse of Portland, Oregon, Kari Dehn of Portland, and Amy, Matt and Bryannae'a Gabriel of Redmond; 1 sister, Lucille Collins of Fairview; 1 brother, Ben Sedlacek of Fairview; and several nieces and nephews.
Stacie Simshaw, 94, died of natural causes on August 15th at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services will be Monday, August 21st at the Bell Chapel in Glasgow at 2 pm with Reverend Chris Flohr officiating. Burial will be in Butte, North Dakota. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Stacie was born and raised in Butte, North Dakota, and married Phil Simshaw in Minot in 1927. They lived on a farm near Butte until 1940 when they moved to Glentana, Montana, where Phil was depot agent until 1953; they then moved to Alexander, North Dakota. Phil died in 1988. Stacie lived in Alexander until she entered Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Stacie was a member of the Lutheran Church, had loved to garden, crochet, plant flowers and enjoyed her grandchildren. She had 3 sisters and 8 brothers and was the only one remaining of her family.
Survivors include 4 sons: Roger, Verne, Phil and Ted, all of Portland, Oregon; 4 daughters: Nadine Ross of Opheim, Betty Ramsbacher of Fort Peck, Martha Simshaw of Portland and Carol Wright of Hawaii; 37 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, Cliff.
George was born in Seattle in 1919. He graduated from high school in Great Falls and then joined the U.S. Army and served in France and Italy and North Africa. He served for over 21 years. He married Anita Gullickson in Glasgow in 1972. George has lived in Glasgow since 1970; from 1945-46 he drove Greyhound Bus between Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Spokane and Butte. George worked for the railroad for 5 years and he enjoyed visiting with the "rails" at the depot, cooking, watching TV and following the stock market. He was a member of the VFW.
Survivors include his wife Anita of Glasgow and 1 step-son, Frank Hogan of Texas. He was preceded in death by one son, Steven, in 1989.
Anthony TJ LeRoy Miller, 18, died at Billings Deaconess Medical Center on Saturday, August 12th, of injuries sustained in a car accident. Services will be Thursday, August 17th, at 10am at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Reverend Mark Koonz officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
He was born in Glasgow in 1982 to Tony and Pam Miller, and attended Opheim schools, graduating from Opheim High in 2000. He was employed at the Opheim Farmer's Elevator for the past few years. In August of 1999 he enlisted in the Montana Air National Guard. He loved working on vehicles, helping area farmers, and spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed his job at the elevator and visiting with anyone he saw. He gave the gift of laughter with his wonderful sense of humor.
Survivors include his parents, Tony and Pam Miller of Glasgow; 1 brother, Justin Miller of Glasgow; 1 sister, MaKenzie Miller of Glasgow; aunts & uncles: George & Joey Eastman of Glasgow, Paul & LeAnne Koski of Glasgow, Tim & Connie Miller of Opheim and Ray Miller of Opheim; cousins: Lacie Eastman, Cassie Eastman, Jordan Koski, Dillon Koski, Tyler Koski, Nathan Miller and Tanisha Miller; grandparents: LeRoy & Rose Johnson of Glasgow, and Ted & Colleen Miller of Opheim; he is also survived by his numerous friends.
Charlotte A. Hart, 81, died of natural causes on Saturday,
August 5th, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services will be Wednesday,
August 9th, at 2pm at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Glasgow with Reverend
Martin Mock officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary
is in charge of arrangements.
Char was born in 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was raised an attended schools in St. Paul. She married Don S. Hart in 1945 in St. Paul. They moved to Wolf Point in 1954 and then to Glasgow in 1955, where she has resided since. Char worked at Ben Franlkin and later at Torks Drug and Valley Drug for many years. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and latch hook sewing. She was a member of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
Survivors include 1 daughter, Linda Carter of Missoula; 1 son, Mike Hart of Casper, Wyoming; 2 sisters: Gerry Knutson of Egan, Minnesota, and Betty Chambers of North St. Paul, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Marcus Robert Edward "Red" Svingen
Robert Edward "Red" Marcus Svingen, 78, died of
cancer at Frances Mahon
Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow on Tuesday, August 1st. Services will be
Friday, August 4th at 2pm at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with
Reverend Martin Mock officiating and with burial in a private cemetery. Bell
Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Red was born in Frazer in 1921 and was raised in Glasgow,
Marines in 1942. He served in the South Pacific, landed in Okinawa on the
second day, which was Easter Sunday. He later served in Korea. He married
Virginia Sophia Beadle in Great Falls. They lived in Glasgow where Red was
Chief Clerk with the Great Northern, and then later with the Burlington
Northern, retiring in 1982. He loved hunting and fishing. His main love was
good hunting. Red had a cabin on Nelson Reservoir and considered it his
favorite place on earth. He especially loved his grandchildren. He was Past
President of the Fort Peck Retriever Club and lifetime member of the VFW and
Survivors include his wife Virginia Svingen of Glasgow;
2 sons: Jon and his
wife Lynnette of Glasgow and Robert and his wife Carolyn of Glasgow; 2
stepsons: Gordon Brown of Glasgow and Jerald Brown of Texas; 10
grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.