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VIDEO FOCUSES ON IMPORTANCE OF MILK RIVER (8/30)
A video tour of the Milk River is scheduled to air in September on Montana PBS, KUSM-TV and KUFM-TV.
The 28-minute program was produced by Montana Watercourse and MSU Communications Services. "The Milk River: International Lifeline of the Hi-Line" will air Sunday, Sept. 5th at 9:30 a.m. and again on Wednesday, Sept. 15th at 7 p.m.
The Milk River flows through northern Montana and southern Canada. Lewis and Clark, who noted the milky appearance of the river as they traveled through in 1805, named the river.
To this day, the river is a lifeline for agriculture, recreation and serves as a municipal water supply for towns like Havre and Chinook. Canadians, Native Americans, farmers and other groups rely heavily on the Milk River and its tributaries. Because of the numerous and diverse water users in this water-short basin, management of the river provides an endless challenge.
Photographers for the video followed the Milk River from its headwaters in Glacier National Park to its confluence with the Missouri near Glasgow.
Through interviews with water users in the drainage, the video highlights the impact the river has on the economy and quality of life in the region.
For more information about the video, contact Montana Watercourse at (406) 994-6671.
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SECRET SOUND WINNER (8/30)
Congratulations go out to Diana Sorenson, winner of our Secret Sound Contest and $1,000.00 in Chamber Big Bucks.
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Valley View Home Foundation receives gift (8/27)
Valley View Home Foundation received a gift of $18,000 from the Othilda Blatter Trust. Ms. Blatter was a resident of Valley View Home and the family appreciated the care she received from the staff. Othilda and her husband, Cleo, farmed near Opheim and later moved to Glasgow. She was involved with the Opheim Lutheran church and the American Legion Auxiliary, Home Demonstration Club and the Sons of Norway. "We really are honored with this gift and her generosity for such a worthy cause at Valley View Home.
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Kltz/Mix 93 news talked with Glenn Monson the new superintendent of the Glasgow schools. Monson has been on the job since he replaced the retiring Gary Martin on July 1st. Monson said that Charlie Plant would be the new principal at the Glasgow South Side principal replacing Gary Stidman who moved on to be the principal at the Glasgow Middle School. Dennis Idler continues in his job as principal at the Irle School and Bob Farrell continues as the High School principal. Larry Oschner who had been the vice-principal at the high school has been re-assigned to the job of transportation director for the district and will now be the full time athletic director but will continue to work out of the high school building. Monson also said that a new reading program has been acquired for the middle school. This computer program will be used by students in the reading program and they will exclusively use the program on computers. The Glasgow schoolteachers have been back to work since Monday and the elementary teachers have been doing in-service with a group that is working with them to improve the teaching of reading. The middle school and high school teachers received in-service on preventing school violence and individualized instruction.
The Glasgow school district has also made some changes to try to prevent school violence. The high school is now equipped with several surveillance cameras that will be used to try to stop occurrences before they happen. Currently the high school is the only building with the cameras but a new provision in school policy allows the district to put surveillance cameras up wherever they might be needed.
The retrofit continues at the Glasgow high school and most of the construction should be completed shortly. The company installing the hallway lockers had trouble with the factory order and they are now working feverishly to install the lockers but Monson said it appears the lockers should have them installed by Monday. This means students at the high school will have incomplete hallway lockers for the first two days of school. The new lockers for the gymnasium locker rooms are finishing being installed and should be completed by Monday.
The construction of the new weight room and bathrooms in the gymnasium is continuing and should be completed shortly. Monson told Kltz/Mix 93 news that the bathrooms and locker rooms will be completed by the first sporting event, which is a junior varsity football game, set for September 2nd.
The gym floors at the high school and south side schools have both been refinished and are ready to go and the Irle school has received new playground equipment for students at that school.
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Wolf Point High School Evacuated After Bomb Threat (8/27)
On the second day of classes, a juvenile called in a bomb threat Thursday to Wolf Point High School, forcing school officials to evacuate about 475 students.
The school received eight threats last year, five in the last two weeks of school after the Columbine shootings in Colorado.
School Superintendent Duane Denny said a child called the school at 12:45 p.m., saying a bomb would explode at 1 p.m.
Students waited for two and a half hours in an elementary school gym and the local Elks Lodge, while police searched the building. Denny said nothing unusual was found.
Thanks to phone tracing technology and video cameras, police have a strong suspect in the threats, Denny said. "Iâm pretty confident weâre going to catch this kid," he said Thursday. "We had hoped to make it through the first week without (a bomb threat,) but I guess fools donât take holidays."
In the previous bomb threats, one juvenile confessed to making the calls and the school is waiting for charges to be filled against two other strong suspects.
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September 5, 1999 will make history for Northeast Montana when the worldâs largest hamburger will be prepared at the Sleeping Buffalo Resort near Saco, Montana. The group will break the record of a 5,520-pound burger prepared in Seymore, WI on August 5, 1989 which made the Guinness Book of World Records.
Hi-Line Promotions, a non-profit group, has a jam-packed
4-day event planned for all ages. The
30th annual Milk River Wagon Train, 37th annual Saco Fun
Days, and the 70th anniversary of the Sleeping Buffalo Resort will
be celebrated on Labor Day weekend. Gats
open at 10 a.m. with events taking place throughout the day.
A jackpot team roping, parades, Shrinerâs Black Horse Patrol,
demolition derby, Native American children dancers, Rob Quist, Thunderheart
band and much more is taking place.
A $5.00 ticket gets you a bite out of the largest hamburger in the world, complete with a full meal, plus all-day and evening entertainment.
For more information contact the Sleeping Buffalo Resort at 406-527-3370 or 406-654-1509 and order your ticket today. Tickets will be $7.00 at the gate.
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Deadline For Rural Fort Peck Water (8/26)
Folks outside the town of Fort Peck have until Sept. 1st to sign up for service from the Fort Peck Rural Water District at a cost of $350. After the deadline, the price goes up to $1,500.
The system will serve about 300 rural households and some agricultural operations and businesses. The system, which does not include a treatment plant, will purchase treated water from the city of Fort Peck. It is expected to supply about 400,000 gallons of water a day to outlying areas.
The district hopes to break ground next spring, pending the passage of between $1 million and $4 million in federal funding. Water could be running to households by the end of 2000.
Although the area sits next to the Fort Peck Reservoir, much of the land could not be developed without the system because it did not have an adequate water supply.
"One of the purposes of the rural water district has always been economic development." District Secretary Debra Irving said.
The Fort Peck Rural Water District is separate from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Municipal and Rural Water Supply System, which will serve about 12,000 households in northeastern Montana.
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Drug Bust In Poplar and Wolf Point (8/26)
Five people from Poplar and Wolf Point are in custody, after a drug bust focusing on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
The FBI says all five were arrested Tuesday, arraigned before a federal magistrate in Wolf Point, and now await an appearance before a federal judge in Great Falls.
The case involves methamphetamine and cocaine, but the indictments give no indication of the amounts involved.
The FBI says the investigation has been in progress for eight months, and says some of the drug transactions were monitored by drug agents.
Those arrested were 24 year old Scott MacIntyre, 26 year old James Welch Jr., 25 year old Ann Marie Cantrell, 46 year old Leroy Schultz, and 27 year old Kyle Lambert.
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FARM FIRE 8-26-99
AT 3:41 PM A FIRE WAS REPORTED AT THE LLOYD EIDE FARM 26MILES
NORTH AND 10 MILES EAST OF GLASGOW. 8 LONG RUN FIREFIGHTERS WITH 3 TRUCKS RESPONDED
AS WELL AS ONE TRUCK AND THREE FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE ST. MARIE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
APPROXIMATELY 12 PEOPLE WERE ASSISTING LLOYD IN THE EFFORT TO PUT OUT THE FIRE.
NEIGHBORS CAME TO THE FIRE WITH SPRAY RIGS AND WATER TANKS. THEY WERE ABLE TO
PREVENT THE FIRE FROM BURNING A LARGE AMOUNT OF GRAIN FIELDS IN THE AREA..
NEIGHBORS REMOVED EQUIPMENT FROM THE SHOP AS THE FIRE THREATENED TO BURN THROUGH A WALL THEY ALSO MOVED FARM EQUIPMENT FOR MR. EIDE
THE FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE THE FARM SHOP BUILDING, BUT FLAMES DESTROYED THE BACK STORAGE AREA. THE FIRE BURNED IN THE AREA OF THE FUEL TANKS. FIRE ALSO DAMAGED SOME OLD FARM EQUIPMENT AND AN OLD GRAIN TRUCK. LONG RUN, ST.MARIE AND NEIGHBORS CONTINUED CHECKING THE AREA OF THE FIRE FOR HOT SPOTS. THE LONG RUN TRUCKS WERE BACK IN TOWN AT AROUND 7:00 PM. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED, THE FIRE CAUSE IS A POSSIBLE SHORT IN AN ELECTRIC CORD.
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FAIR NUMBERS IN
The Northeast Montana Fair is over but the numbers are just now in and fair manager Jenny Reinhardt said that the last fair of this century was a success.
The number of exhibits and exhibitors was up this year along with the amount of premiums paid out for those exhibits. Reinhardt also said that all of the night shows saw an increase in attendance with the exception of the lawnmower races.
The Saturday night concert featuring the Kinleys and the Whitewater Band produced a profit for the fair board, which will ensure that they will look to bring back another performer for next years fair. The fair board made a profit of $2215 on the concert after figuring in $21,500 in expenses. A total of $19,575 was sold in concert tickets along with a net profit of $3969 in beer and pop sales.
The two nights of rodeo also saw an increase in ticket sales as 179 more tickets were sold for the rodeo this year compared with last year. The demolition derby saw an increase of 60 more tickets sold which made the derby another huge success. The only night show that saw a decrease in ticket sales was the lawnmower races and the fair board will be looking to increase interest in the races. The board is also looking at the possibility of finding an organization that could organize and run next years lawnmower races. The fair board would like to find an organization similar to the group that runs the demo derby to run the lawnmower races. Reinhardt told KLTZ/Mix 93 news that 650 exhibitors displayed exhibits at this years fair and the board paid out $15,263 in premiums which is up $1391 from last years fair.
The carnival intake was down an estimated $1000 from last year due to less pay one price tickets that were sold. However, Reinhardt did say that attendance at the free acts was excellent with Patricia Ryan along with the duo of Peter and Mary performing for large crowds every day of the fair.
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Authorities have identified the five-year old girl who was killed as she crossed Hwy 2 in Popular as Charlynn Renae Carpenter. The Montana Highway Patrol says she was riding her bicycle across the road near the high school in a well- marked crosswalk Friday evening when she was struck by a westbound station wagon. An investigation is continuing into whether charges will be filed against the driver. The F.B.I. and tribal investigators are also involved because the death occurred on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
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PIONEER MUSEUM GIFT (8/24)
Scott Patera, Customer Advocate for the Montana Power Company out of their Great Falls office is shown presenting Lois Johnson, President of Friends Of The Pioneer Museum, with a check for $5000. Also representing the Montana Power Company are Pat Patterson, Manager of the Havre District, and Dennis Young, Town Manager for Glasgow. The $5000 check represents a gift of non-matching funds from the Montana Power Foundation to help with the Pioneer Museum Expansion Program. Grants of this type benefit many communities throughout Montana and the Friends Of The Pioneer Museum are very grateful for this gift. The funds will be used to help with the lighting and wiring of the addition being built on the north side of the Pioneer Museum this summer. This gift will be recognized by a beautiful wooden plaque in the shape of Valley County as shown by Vice President Doris Franzen. On the plaque are five stars to represent the $5000 and an engraved logo of the Montana Power Company. This will be displayed as part of the Heritage Wall Collection.
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NASHUA FIRE (8/23)
At 3:00 pm Monday afternoon, the Long Run Fire Dept. was called to a fire 13 ¸ miles northeast of Nashua at the Johnson residence on Wagner Road. The fire burned 3 out buildings, 6 acres of grass and a small amount of a neighbor's wheat field. The Johnson family and 10 neighbors were able to protect the Johnson home from the blaze until the Long Run Fire Dept. arrived. The trucks returned to Glasgow at 9:30 pm and the fire fighters headed home at about 11:00 pm. The Long Run Fire Dept. wishes to thank the community for your continued support.
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BLM TOUR SET (8/19)
On Saturday, August 21, the BLM will co-sponser the Burnt Lodge Wilderness
Study Area walk along with the Montana Wilderness Association. The group will
meet at the office of the Bureau of Land Management (west side of Glasgow on
Highway 2), at 10 AM.
What is needed:
Water--take plenty of water. This area is hot and water is not available. Fort Peck Lake is situated about 2+ miles south of the Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area.
sunblock cap-sunhat, bug lotion, sunglasses, long pants (optional), hiking shorts, hiking boots (gym shoes do not stand up to cactus), day pack, bandana, lip balm, camera/film,
a lunch, energy bars/gorp
And Plenty of Water!!!
This area is home to elk, rattlesnakes, deer, and various raptors and birds.
You will need a high clearance vehicle, preferably a 4 x 4, to access the area.
The drive to the Burnt Lodge WSA is approximately 60 miles.
To get there from Glasgow:
Turn right at light near Albertson's Grocery Store
Turn left onto First Avenue South
Approximately 6.5 miles turn right onto Willow Creek Road
Travel approximately 43 miles then turn right on Timber Creek Trail.
Follow this trail to the Page Cabin.
Call Mary Skordinsky, at 406-228-4316 extension #1220 for reservations. Please leave a voice mail message if shes unavailable.
Any threat of rain or wet conditions will cancel this trip, because the roads become impassable when wet.
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SEARCH FOR BODIES ENDS (8/19)
Valley County Sheriff Dick Wessler said on Thursday that the department has
come up empty-handed in a search for bodies on a turnip farm near Glasgow.
They have been investigating in the Glasgow area since receiving a tip earlier this month from authorities in Reno, Nevada about an anonymous letter with the names of a 28 year old woman and her five year old daughter who have been missing from Sacramento, California since 1997. The letter indicated that the two missing persons were buried near a turnip farm above Glasgow, Mt. The letter included a map with Glasgow circled and a note indicating that the two were buried near the turnip farm.
Wessler said that after a two-week investigation, the tip was indeed unfounded and the Sheriffs Department would cease their investigation into the missing bodies.Back to top
TRIBAL CHAIR RESIGNS (8/19)
Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Spike Bighorn has announced that he is resigning
his position as the top officeholder of the Fort Peck Sioux and Assinaboine
Bighorn is leaving his seat several months before his term expires to accept a position as Elementary Coordinator/Administrative assistant at the Brockton Schools.
Vice Chairman Ray Eder, of Poplar, will fill the vacancy until a new tribal chairman is chosen in the tribe's general elections Oct. 30.
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DISTRICT COURT (8/19)
The driver of a pickup that crashed north of Glasgow July 12, 1998 was remanded
to youth court Monday by Judge John Mckeon of the 17th Judicial District.
Ken Oster, Valley County Attorney, sought to have Wiley Levang, 19, of Scobey tried as an adult in district court. At the time of the accident, Levang was two weeks short of his 18th birthday. Judge McKeon denied leave to file the case in district court, choosing instead to keep it in youth court.
Following the rendering of McKeon's decision, Levang made his initial appearance in youth court on three charges--negligent vehicle assault, a felony, and two counts of negligent vehicle assault, a misdemeanor. Levang entered a plea of not guilty to all three charges.
The accident occurred July 12, 1998 at about 10:15 p.m., south of Richland. According to court documents Levang, along with four other passengers, were in a 1993 Chevy Extended cab pickup when Levang, who was driving, failed to negotiate a curve and went into a ditch, rolling the vehicle once before ending back on its wheels. One of the passengers, Jeremy Fouhy was pronounced dead at the scene and the other passengers all received extensive injuries.
According to court documents, the Valley County Sheriffs Department found several full and empty beer cans at the scene of the accident. After entering his plea, Levang was released on his own recognizance and remanded to the custody of his parents until September 8th when he begins college in Billings. He will next appear in District Court on Tuesday, September 7 at 10am in Glasgow. Back to top
The Quantam Group continues to proceed with plans to refurbish housing units
at the retirement community of St. Marie, despite complaints from the trust
committee that monitors the renovation of the former Glasgow AFB. The committee
has asked a bankruptcy court to rescind the plan that Quantum has filed and
want to try another developer. Quantum is the 3rd company in 10 years to try
to turn the town around.
The trust committee says there is little action at St. Marie; they say the on site Quantum office has closed and that construction crews left months ago, as well as key members of Quantums staff. Members of the committee note that there are rumors the company has no more money for the project and that Quantum will not return phone calls or letters.
Ted Morris of the Quantum Group says that the people want it done overnight, but that Quantum is simply experiencing delays in funding, which Morris states is common for a project the size of St. Marie. He also noted that the history of problems at St. Marie and Montanas interest cap on commercial loans has kept some lenders away.Back to top
DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE (8/18)
Valley, Daniels, Garfield, McCone, Phillips and Roosevelt Counties are among counties eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. This Administrator Physical Loss Notification resulted from high winds and tornadoes that occurred on June 21st and 22nd 1999. The approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only.
Farmers are eligible to apply for emergency loans through the FSA offices serving their area until April 11, 2000. Emergency loans are made to farmers/ranchers to cover losses resulting from designated disasters. To be eligible, applicants must be unable to obtain credit from other sources, be able to repay the loan and any other loans, and have adequate security.
This disaster designation also allows FSA the option of installment of set-aside to eligible producers.
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Over three hundred people were at the Glasgow High School track Friday night
and Saturday morning participating in the Northeast Montana Relay for Life.
This event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is a way for
the Cancer Society to raise money in local communities. This was the third Relay
for Life to be held in Glasgow.
Participants in the Relay for Life sell luminaries to raise money for the event. At 10pm on Friday night the Luminary ceremony was held at the Glasgow High School track.
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(AP) A spokesman says a California rocket company is "very close"
to bringing hundreds of jobs -- and possibly commercial space flights -- to
Montana. Rotary Rockets is based in Redwood City, California.
It wants to build, test and launch a reusable shuttle from a Montana location. In the short term, the company says the move would create up to 70 jobs. Later, when testing turns into manufacturing, the state could see 400 new jobs.
Montana Commerce Department director Peter Blouke says Montana's high elevation would save the company fuel costs during launches. He says the company also likes the state's sparse population and cheap energy. No word yet on where the company would locate in the state.
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FORT PECK DAM INTERPRETIVE CENTER AND MUSEUM TO HOLD
OPEN HOUSE (8/5)
The Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum will be holding an open house set for this Sunday from 1-6pm. The open house will be held at the Interpretive Center Field Station in Fort Peck. This will be an opportunity to tour the field station and watch workers from the University of Notre Dame cleaning and preparing dinosaur bones.
There will be food and beverages available on the grounds and you will be able to buy tote bags, hats, shirts and mugs with the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum logo on them. Dr. Keith Rigby, the paleontologist who has been working on site near Fort Peck, will be at the field station and will be available to answer any questions. Dr. Keith Rigby, of the University of Notre Dame, has been instrumental in the development of the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum.
This will be the only open house that will be held at the center this year so it is a good idea to make plans to attend this Sunday from 1-6pm.
Here are some preview pics for you, taken by Hootch Vegge on the Kiwanis preview Wednesday.
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In district court on Monday, Glasgow resident Joe McGee made an initial appearance
as a delinquent youth in front of Judge McKeon. McGee is charged with misdemeanor
theft from an incident June 9th. According to court documents, he allegedly
stole 2 items of clothing from the Pamida discount store. The second count was
a parole violation.
He pleaded not guilty to both charges and will make another appearance September 1st in District Court. He is free on his own recognizance.
Tater McDonald made another appearance in district court for an omnibus hearing to hear pre-trial motions. McDonald is being charged with felony aggravated assault and miscellaneous aggravated assault from an incident that occurred January 1, 1999, when he struck 2 Hinsdale high school students in the face with his fist. Hes being represented by Francis McCarvel.
Jury trial date has been set for November 30th at 9am, and its expected to be a 3 day trial. At this time, no plea agreement has been discussed Back to top