KLTZ/MIX-93 JANUARY 2000 NEWS ARCHIVE


EVENTS ARCHIVE


POLICE RECEIVE RADAR EQUIPMENT GRANT (1/27)

The Glasgow Police Department has received a grant from the Montana Traffic Safety Bureau with the Montana Department of Transportation.

According to Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson the department received $1750 to purchase two new radar units for the city's patrol cars. Erickson told Kltz/Mix-93 news that these new radar units will give the police department a total of 5 radar guns for the city's four patrol cars. The department will also have an extra unit in case one breaks down. Erickson said that the city has been receiving many complaints of speeding vehicles in the city limits and these new radar units will be used for traffic patrol and enforcement. The new radar guns will be put into service when they are received in 60 to 90 days.

He also noted that the police department is more and more having to go the route of looking for grant money to purchase equipment and pay for training for the Glasgow Police Department.


JIM RICE TO RUN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL (1/27)
Former Glasgow resident and candidate for Montana Attorney General, Jim Rice, stopped by the KLTZ/MIX-93 studios on Tuesday.

Rice announced in November that he is vying for the top law enforcement job in the state on the Republican ticket.

Rice graduated from Glasgow High School in 1975 and went on to college at Montana State University where he received a bachelors degreee in political science in 1979. He then attended law school at the University of Montana where he received his law dgree in 1982. Since 1985 he has been in private law practice in Helena where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He is married to the former Norine Nelson of Hinsdale.

Rice also served in the Montana House of Representatives for three terms serving from 1988 to 1992. He was elected to the position of House Majority Whip in the 1993 session.

Rice said he is running for Attorney General to ensure safe streets in our communities and safe schools for our children. He cited increased drug trafficking in Montana and the increase in school crime as specific concerns.

Rice is currently the only Republican to announce his candidacy for Attorney General. Two Democrats have announced their candidacies, Mike McGrath and Steve Bullock of Helena.


REINHARDT TO AGAIN RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD (1/27)
Glasgow School Board member Jennie Reinhardt has announced that she is running for another three year term on the school board. Reinhardt is the only person as of Wednesday to have filed for the school board. There are two positions open for election this year including Reinhardts. Board member Don Fast has already announced that he will not seek another term on the board. The filing period closes March 23rd for school board candidates. Those interested in filing can obtain the filing forms from the school administration office.

RODGERS CASE GOES TO STATE SUPREME COURT (1/26)

(Helena-AP) A Glasgow tavern owner has fought a lengthy battle with the state, over his gambling license. Now, the dispute is heading to the Montana Supreme Court.

The state plans to appeal a lower court ruling, in favor of Tom Rodgers, who owns the Clansman Casino in Glasgow.
Rodgers has spent more than two years, trying to get his gambling license, and he says it has nearly made him bankrupt.
State officials denied Rodgers' license in 1998, saying his application failed to mention two prior misdemeanor convictions, and significant financial problems.

They also said Rodgers improperly collected gambling-machine revenue, from a tavern owner who owed him rent.

Rodgers has twice won legal decisions in the case. The latest was a District Court ruling, which said the state had improperly denied him a license. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


STATE'S FIRST RURAL WATER AUTHORITY CHEERED IN NORTHEAST MONTANA (1/26)

(AP) Communities in northeastern Montana are applauding creation of the state's first rural water authority. It's viewed as a major step toward bringing clean tap water to about 12-thousand homes.

Lack of drinkable well water has forced many families, in a region covering 75-hundred square miles, to buy bottled water.
They hope that will change, under the Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority. But relief won't come quickly. It'll be at least 2001 before the first pipe is laid, and ten years before the system reaches some communities. And the project will face stiff competition in Congress, for approval and funding.

The new regional authority is part of the largest rural water project undertaken in Montana: the Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System. It hopes to deliver four (m) million gallons a day, from the Missouri River, to towns, farms and ranches on the Fort Peck Reservation and surrounding communities.

(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


MONTANA PRODUCERS CHALLENGE THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD THROUGH THE U.S. (1/26) (Ed. note: the following is a press release from Wheat Associates)

Canadian protests of innocence, in response to U.S.Wheat Associates' (USWA) recent charges of price undercutting and trade distortion, are surfacing again.

Last week, USWA President Alan Tracy presented members of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) with instances of CWB price undercutting in foreign markets, specifically citing recent transactions in the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, and the Philippines.

"CWB personnel regularly offer wheat at well below the price for U.S. wheat. Last year in the Philippines, a largely U.S. market we have built and cultivated through long years of work, millers informed us of a standing offer from the CWB to match any U.S. offer with the same specified wheat at $7 per ton under the U.S. price," continued Tracy, speaking in behalf of U.S. wheat growers.

The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee (MW & BC), with support from producer checkoff dollars, is a leading member of USWA, the national foreign market development organization for wheat.

Fred Elling, producer from Rudyard, is on the executive committee of USWA.

"Alan Tracy pulled no punches and represented producers' interests very well," said Elling, who recently met with Tracy and other U.S. producers, including Dan DeBuff, a USWA board member and MW & BC director from Shawmut, and MW & BC directors from Plentywood and Vida respectively, Duane Arneklev and Leonard Schock, to discuss this matter of trade distortion and unfair pricing practices.

Addressing the group of Canadians, Tracy said, "Put yourself in the position of a "Main Street businessman. Whatever the product line, where your leading competitor has no discipline of profit or loss; his product cost will be adjusted to offset his marketing costs, no matter at what price he sells. You'd run screaming to Ottawa! That's essentially the position the U.S. farmer finds him or herself in in trying to compete with the wheat boards," said Tracy. "Their response simply illuminates the reasons for the U.S.' calls for transparency. For years they have denied charges, even when presented with bills of lading and contracts, but they still won't open their books to the light of day to prove their case," Tracy observed. "Frankly, their claims of cherubic innocence are getting quite old and decrepit. If the CWB was transparent, everybody, even their own producers, would have all the proof they need that the U.S. is telling the truth."

The non-transparent pricing policies and undercutting are hurting the U.S. wheat farmer, to be sure," replied Elling.

"However, a recent CWB response to Tracy's charges not only did not address our concerns, it didn't even address the issue of freedom to market for Canadian producers -- the very ones the CWB is supposed to be championing."

One of the results of the CWB's deliberate practice of undercutting prices to gain market share is that Canadian wheat producers receive less than U.S. producers. A study sponsored by the Organization for Western Economic Cooperation, based in Saskatchewan, shows that Canadian producers averaged 50 to 75 cents per bushel less in the thirteen years reviewed (1984-96).

Tracy also stepped up his criticism of CWB's failure to respond to the needs of the Canadian wheat growers who want a choice in how they market their wheat, pointing to a news release from the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA).

According to the growers, "the wheat board operates at a level of secrecy that fuels cynicism among farmers and may be one of the reasons for its plummeting support." The WCWGA reported that a 1998 poll, conducted by the CWB but never formally released, showed that two-thirds of Canadian farmers wanted either a dual marketing system or an open market.

"Tracy challenged the CWB to hold a referendum on their monopoly," Elling reported.

"USWA feels, if the CWB is doing such a great job, it should open its books, and prove it to Canadian growers and the international community."

DINO-THON SET FOR FEBRUARY 19TH (1/25)
The Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum will be having their third radio-thon to benefit the Interpretive Center on February 19th.

The radio-thon is used to raise money locally to benefit the Interpretive Center. This year's radio-thon will run from 7am to 5pm and will be broadcast on several Eastern Montana radio stations including KLTZ-Glasgow and KLAN-Glasgow. This is an exciting time for the Interpretive Center as work has begun on the actual design of the museum including exciting plans for a world class paleontological exhibit. During the radio-thon listeners will get an opportunity to listen to interviews with some of the world class museum experts who are helping design the Interpretive Center including staff members from the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Keith Rigby, a paleontologist from the University of Notre Dame will also be part of the radio-thon and will talk about the latest dinosaur finds in the Fort Peck area plus discuss his recent trip to China and how recent dinosaur discoveries their will benefit the Fort Peck Interpretive Center.

Also scheduled during the radio-thon are interviews with Montana Senators Max Baucus and Conrad Burns, Montana Congressman Rick Hill, and Governor Marc Racicot and Lieutenant Governor Judy Martz. They will be discussing their support of the Interpretive Center and what help they can provide in making the center a world class museum.

Again, the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum radio-thon is scheduled for February 19th from 7am to 5pm on many eastern Montana radio stations. For more information contact 263-TREX.
ELECTION FILINGS (1/25)
The official filing period for political office on the local and statewide level began on Monday and there were a couple of local filings.

Julie Burke has filed for the County Commission seat currently held by Republican Eleanor Pratt. Pratt has announced that she will be retiring from the commission when her term ends at the end of the year. Burke filed as a Republican and as of Tuesday morning was the only candidate to file for the County Commission.

District Court Judge John Mckeon has filed for another six year term as judge for the 17th Judicial District. Mckeon was first elected to the position in 1994. The 17th Judicial District is comprised of Blaine, Phillips and Valley Counties.
MAZUREK: SEATBELT USE COULD BRING FATALITIES DOWN (1/24)
HELENA - Attorney General Joe Mazurek urged Montanans to buckle up, noting that while traffic fatalities went down in 1999, there was a more than 10 percent increase in the number of single-vehicle crashes in which someone who wasn't wearing a seatbelt died.

"This is one of the most preventable types of traffic fatalities that occur in Montana," Mazurek said Monday. "The fact that these fatalities are occurring more often, rather than less, shows that we really must concentrate our education efforts on convincing people that it makes good sense to buckle up."

In 1999, 110 single-vehicle crashes resulted in 116 deaths - up from 97 single-vehicle crashes that caused 105 deaths in 1998.
That number represented more than half of the 220 deaths that occurred on Montana roads last year, Mazurek noted. By comparison, the 105 fatalities in 1998 represented 44 percent of that year's 237 traffic fatalities.

Five of the 12 fatalities to date in 2000 have involved single-vehicle crashes where the occupants were not wearing their seatbelts.
Meanwhile, in 146 of the traffic deaths from all types of crashes in 1999, the people killed were not wearing their seatbelts, Mazurek said. That compares to 145 in 1998.

Mazurek noted that, while the majority of Montana drivers do routinely wear their seatbelts, 30 percent don't.
"Given the kinds of crashes we're seeing, reaching the people who don't take the time to buckle up is clearly a top public safety priority," he said.

The 1999 Legislature did not pass a bill that would have allowed officers to stop vehicles and cite the driver when they notice that occupants aren't wearing seat belts. Current law requires seat belt use by all passengers where a belt is available. Officers can issue citations only if they stop the vehicle for another traffic violation and find that the occupants are unbelted.

Col. Bert Obert, head of the Montana Highway Patrol, said that the Patrol is doing everything it can to make drivers recognize just how important it is to wear their seatbelts. He noted that the Patrol is focusing on increasing public education efforts and issuing citations rather than warnings for failure to wear seatbelts.

"We will certainly encourage the 2001 Legislature to reconsider making seatbelt use a higher priority," Col. Obert said. "But until then, we want to encourage drivers to think about the unnecessary risk they are taking when they choose not to buckle up."

FIRE MARSHAL NOTES PRODUCT RECALLS (1/24)
HELENA -- Montana consumers should be aware of a number of products that have been recalled recently because they pose fire hazards, State Fire Marshal Terry Phillips said Friday.

Phillips said his office has been notified of the recall of:

* Chevrolet Malibu cars manufactured between April and September 1999. The fuel fitting on the Year 2000 model car is not properly secured to the fuel tank and could leak excessive amounts of fuel. If an ignition source were present, a fire could occur. The recall affects about 43,200 vehicles. For more information, contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.

* children's pajamas sold at Gap and Old Navy stores. Gap Inc. has not received reports of injuries related to the pajamas, but they fail to meet federal children's sleepwear flammability standards and thus present a risk of burns. The recall involves six different styles made with 100 percent polyester and sold from August until December 1999; the pajamas are style numbers 353558, 353554, 733002, 733032, 466291 and 674060. For more information, call 1-800-GAPSTYLE or 1-800-OLD NAVY.

* camp mess kits manufactured by Southern Exchange Co., Inc. The saucepan handle does not lock in place and the frying pan handle can bend during use. Food or liquids cooking in the pans pose a risk of burns. The five-piece mess kit was sold from May 1994 through September 1999 for about $3, packaged in a green box labeled and sold as a five-piece, one-person mess kit from Texsport. For more information, call Texsport at 1-800-231-1402 or check its Web site at www.texsport.com.

* gold-colored candles in the shape of Christmas trees and cherubs, sold at Fashion Bug stores in November and December 1999. The gold coating on the candles can ignite. For more information, contact Fashion Bug at 1-800-478-2957.

* candles with painted metallic surfaces, sold at Neiman Marcus stores and possibly in other retail outlets. The painted candle surface can ignite and burns rapidly. The "CerArte" candles are packaged in clear plastic and have a gold label on the bottom stating "Made in Italy." The candles come in many different shapes, ranging from a Christmas ball and Christmas tree to a swirl cone, swirl egg, tear drop and jester. For more information, contact Neiman Marcus at 1-800-685-6695.


Phillips said his office also has been notified that portable generator gasoline tanks manufactured by DeVilbiss Air Power Co. are being investigated for possible fire hazards. The seven-gallon gasoline tanks can crack at the point where the tanks mount on the frame, causing a fire hazard. DeVilbiss advises consumers to put three gallons of gas or less into the tanks, until its evaluation is complete. The warning involves generators sold between February 1996 and June 1999 under the following brand names: DeVilbiss Air Power Co., EX-CELL, PowerBack, Companion Model 919-32721 and Craftsman Model. No. 919-32651. Only tanks dated before June 1, 1999, are affected. For further information, contact the company at 1-800-888-2468 or its Web site at www.devap.com.


BURNS TO INTRODUCE FISH HATCHERY BILL (1/24)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Montana Senator Conrad Burns today announced that he will introduce a bill authorizing the construction of a multi-species, warm-water fish hatchery on the Fort Peck Reservoir.

The project began a year and a half ago when a group of Montanans began pushing the idea. Working with Walleyes Unlimited of Montana and other groups, Citizens for the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery has successfully brought the hatchery closer and closer to being a reality.

"This hatchery is going to supply warm-water fish throughout the state," said Chuck Lawson of Citizens for the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery. "We see growing fishing pressure on our waters in Montana, and we need to keep pace."

The state has only one other warm-water fish hatchery, which is located in Miles City. That hatchery is already running at maximum capacity.

Burns spearheaded an effort to get the Army Corps of Engineers to devote $125,000 for a feasibility study on the hatchery. In addition, private Montana companies and other entities offered $125,000 in matching funds for the study. Burns will introduce a bill authorizing construction of the hatchery using the findings from the Army Corps of Engineers' study.

"We anticipate handing draft legislation to Senator Burns next week," said Debbie Brey, program manager for the Army Corps of Engineers Planning Assistance to the States Program. "The only thing missing will be the estimated dollar cost, which we won't have final numbers for until the end of March."

The hatchery will complement the only other warm-water fish hatchery in the state, which is located in Miles City. Burns said he hopes that the hatchery will contribute to increased recreation in eastern Montana and improve the strength of fish populations in Montana's rivers and lakes.

"The Fort Peck hatchery could contribute greatly to Montana's economy and the health of our waterways," Burns said. "I want to congratulate all the Montanans who have worked so hard on this project, and I look forward to shepherding this bill through the Senate."

The Montana Legislature also threw its support behind the hatchery, passing a bill that creates a hatchery stamp that will be sold along with Montana fishing licenses. Proceeds from the stamp will be used for operation and maintenance of the hatchery.


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY (1/24)
The National Weather Service is conducting a survey regarding NOAA Weather Radio content. The Glasgow office is looking for your input regarding the programming on the radio and what changes you'd like to see in the future. Questions include:

Which transmitter do you listen to?
Is our reception reliable?
What is the most important weather product to you?
What area weather observations would you like to hear?

You do not have to give your name, but if you'd like to be entered in the drawing for an official rain gauge, please include your name at the bottom of the survey. You can obtain the survey sheet from the National Weather Service office, by calling 228-4042 or by accessing the National Weather Service site. To go directly to the survey, click here.
CITY COUNCIL NEWS (1/20)
The Glasgow City Council met in regular session Tuesday evening at the Glasgow Civic Center.

The council opened bids on the demolition of the red and white water tower that is located north of the Glasgow High School. Fossum Ready Mix of Glasgow bid $4750, Scanlan Construction bid $7,233 and Plains Construction of Glasgow bid $17,500. The council then awarded the bid for demolition of the water tower to Fossum Ready Mix.

The city hired a new employee for the water department. Glasgow resident Dirk Monson was hired to replace Scott Runningen. 15 candidates applied for the job and five were invited for an interview with a committee made up of council members and the mayor. Monson will begin his job on February 14th. The council agreed to a pay raise for police secretary Mary Beil and she will receive an additional 50 cents per hour.

Police Chief Lynn Erickson informed the council that the prices for euthanising dogs and cats has increased. The veterinarian who conducts the euthanising has increased his fees for dogs from $15 to $20 and cats from $12 to $15. The council then adopted the new prices effective February 1st.

PUBLIC MEETING ON HATCHERY (1/20)
The United States Army Corps of Engineers hosted a public meeting Wednesday evening at the Cottonwood Inn regarding the Fort Peck multi-species warm-water fish hatchery. The purpose of the meeting was to take public comment on any environmental problems that could arise when the hatchery is built. A large crowd of hatchery supporters attended the meeting and no real comments were voiced about environmental problems associated with the hatchery.

The meeting detailed the corps of engineers involvement in the project which includes completing an environmental impact analysis and cost estimate, a conceptual design report and the effects of federal action of leasing land for the hatchery to be built on. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is contracting with the Corp of Engineers to complete the planning study, which will cost $250,000. Also at the meeting was Gary Bertellotti with the Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks and he answered several questions about the hatchery. He told the audience that late March or early April should complete the conceptual design report and cost study. The estimated cost will then be forwarded onto the Montana congressional delegation that will then draft legislation to appropriate federal money to construct the hatchery. Bertellotti also said that it could be as late as 2006 before the hatchery is operational. He told the group that the federal money would not be available until next year and then expect a year or a year and a half for planning and pre-construction and the actual construction of the hatchery could take up to two years.

The actual design of the hatchery was also discussed at the meeting. The hatchery will be located south of the dredge cuts area in Fort Peck on approximately 100 acres of federal land that would be leased to the state. The preliminary design has one large building located on the site that will include the hatchery equipment, incubator equipment and the maintenance equipment for the hatchery. This building is expected to be 180 feet by 180 feet in size. The hatchery will also include and estimated 80 rearing ponds ranging in size from 1 1/2 acres, 1 acre and 1/2 an acre in size. It also appears that the designers at this moment are leaning towards water from the dredge cuts as a water source for the hatchery. Plans could also include wells being drilled to provide an alternative water source. Gary Bertelloti also mentioned that it appears there will be three full time employees to operate the hatchery. Two residences will also be built for the workers and the preliminary plan is to have the houses built across the highway from the hatchery.

As far as the fish that will be coming from the hatchery, walleye will be the first concern and large and small mouth bass will be given priority along with Chinook salmon. Bertellotti said that once operational, the Fort Peck Hatchery would supply 25 percent more fish than the state's other warm water hatchery located in Miles City. It was emphasized that not all of the production from the Fort Peck Hatchery will be used for Fort Peck Reservoir but a majority will end up at Fort Peck.
Of course, all this is preliminary and the federal funds have yet to be appropriated for the construction of the hatchery, but the future does seem to be bright for the Fort Peck Warm-Water Fish Hatchery. Also starting in March the $5 warm-water fish stamp will go on sale across the state of Montana. The money raised from that stamp will go directly into a fund that will be used to construct and operate the Fort Peck Hatchery.

For more details on how the hatchery has progressed, visit our Fort Peck Hatchery page.

The dark outlined area in the bottom right corner is the project site for the hatchery. The lake is at the top of the picture, and the town of Fort Peck is in the right upper portion of the shot. For map details, click on the image for a larger picture with information.

ALL CLASS REUNION HOUSING UPDATE (1/20)
All Class Reunion upate: if anyone has rooms available for the weekend of June 30-July 2nd, contact either Brenda Leckie at 228-4246 or Gloria Flatow at 228-9477 evenings or weekends. We’ll also put up information on the web soon for those who need housing to sign up on our reunion page.
BLOOD DRAWING RESULTS (1/20)
110 people participated in the Kiwanis Club sponsored blood drawing on Tuesday and donated a total of 98 pints.
ST. MARIE FIRE DISTRICT ELECTIONS SET FOR MAY 2ND (1/20)
The St. Marie Rural Fire District Election has been set for May 2nd. The filing deadline for serving on the board is February 17th. Two 3-year terms are up for election and one unexpired term of 1 year. The 3-year terms of Roland Blanks and Bill Silver and the unexpired term of Clarence Guy are all up for election.

People interested in filing for the Fort Peck Rural Fire District can pick up application forms at the Valley County Clerk & Recorder’s Office.
PRAIRIE PRESERVE DEAL MADE (1/19)
(Malta-AP) The Nature Conservancy has struck a deal, to preserve 31-thousand acres of prairie ranchland in southern Phillips County.

The conservancy group is joining the Tranel family of Billings, to buy the historic 60-thousand-acre Matador Ranch, 40 miles south of Malta.

The ranch was founded by Montana cattleman and vigilante Granville Stuart. It was later part of the vast Matador Land and Livestock holdings, that stretched from Texas to Saskatchewan.

Montana has another Matador Ranch, in Beaverhead County, which is owned by Koch Industries of Kansas.

The conservancy and the Tranel family were both interested in the Phillips County ranch, because of the quality and extent of the native grasslands. They say their goals will be well-managed livestock grazing, and the conservation of native prairie and wildlife.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
WOLF POINT YOUTHS CHARGED IN BOMB THREAT (11/18)
Two juveniles have been charged, convicted and sentenced for making bomb threats to Wolf Point schools last fall. According to the Herald News 4 other individuals have been identified as making threats and will be charged; they're responsible for four of the last five threats that have been made.

The announcements came during student assemblies last week at Wolf Point junior and senior high schools. FBI agent Leroy Chavez told students that making a bomb threat is a federal crime, with a maximum sentence of 10 years. He also emphasized the cooperation between various law enforcement agencies has been ver syccessful in solving the cases.
The cases are all being tried in federal court in Billings because the crimes occurred on the Fort Peck Reservation, which is federal land.
BLOOD DRAWING TODAY (11/18)

The Glasgow Kiwanis Club is hosting a blood drive today (Tuesday) from 11am-5pm at the VFW Club. Walk ins are welcome.


FRIENDS OF THE PIONEER MUSEUM THROW FOR SALE (1/17)
Pictured in this beautiful throw or Afghan are a number of points of interest representing many communities in Valley County. It was created by Friends of the Pioneer Museum under the direction of Edrie McColly. She had a great group of ladies helping her: Lenore Hinerman, Nancy Runningen and Lois Johnson, just to name a few. The throw is being sold as a fund raiser for the expansion project at the Pioneer Museum.
The throw is 100% cotton and has already been pre-washed. It is black and cream color so will fit well with any color scheme. The Afghan is also an American made product. A thumbnail sketch about the background of each picture also comes with the Afghan.
The cost of the throw is $49.95. You may contact Edrie McColly at 406-364-2214, Lenore Hinerman at 406-228-8774, Lois Johnson at 406-228-2800, Nancy Runningen at 406-228-4093 or see Sherri Turner at the Valley County Law Enforcement Center or the folks at Western Security Bank if you would like to purchase one of these unique, one of a kind Afghans. They will also be available in the Pioneer Museum Gift Shop when the Museum opens for the season. You can also look for them at the Friends of the Pioneer Museum Gift Shop & Hospitality Room under the grandstand during the All Class Reunion this summer. Stop in and rest and refresh yoursel with some coffee etc. and look at the Afghans and other gift items. The throws will make a wonderful memento not only for the end of the century but also for the beginning of a new millennium.

 



GLASGOW SCHOOLS TO BE VISITED WITH RANDOM DRUG SNIFFING DOGS (1/17)
The Glasgow High School and the Glasgow Middle School will be visited by drug sniffing dogs on a random basis through the end of this school year.

Glasgow High School principal Bob Farrell told Kltz/Klan news that Interquest Detection Canines will be in Glasgow on Wednesday January 19th to address students and parents. The dogs and their handlers will address high school students Wednesday morning and middle school students in the afternoon and they will explain the procedures that will be used when the random searches take place.

Farrell said the searches will take place on a random basis and will include the entire school building along with the parking lot. The random searches will take place until
MOUNTAIN LION HUNTING ENDS (1/17)
By order of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission the following hunting districts will be closed to all hunting of all mountain lions, 30 minutes before sunset on Monday, Jan 17th, 2000:
Hunting Districts:
600, 610, 620, 621, 622, 623, 630631, 632, 640, 641, 650, 651, 652, 670
CHAMBER EVENTS (1/16)
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture has released the figures for 1999 Christmas Cash. The amount used for Christmas 1999 was $143,378, down from 1998's total of $167,908. The program is designed to help area residents shop at participating merchants using the short-term loans.

Also, the Chamber announced that the 4th Annual Ice Fishing Contest at Fort Peck Marina is set for Saturday, February 19th from noon-3pm. The first place prize will be $1,000. The award will be given for the largest fish of any species weighed in.

The entry fee is $50 per hole or 3 holes for $100 (need to be age 18 or older). There is also a $1.00 per hole change fee. The tournament allows 200 entrants maximum. Contact the Chamber at 1-877-228-2223 or 228-2222, or mail at box 832, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

The Ag in Transition winter series is set for the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow on January 17th, at 7pm. Jim Bauder, MSU Extension Soils Specialist will be talking about Soils Fertility Relating to Water Quality. Registration fee is $10, payable to MCEP. Contact the Valley County Extension Office at 228-8221.

Thursday morning brought a lot of fog to northeast Montana, lowering visibilities to under 1/4 mile. Most of the low clouds lifted by noon in Glasgow, but left a nice frosting on the trees on 6th Avenue south.

Remember, for updated weather and road information, head to our Weather section.


SCHOOL BOARD (1/13)
The Glasgow School Board met in regular session Wednesday evening and opened bids on the insurance policy for the school district.

United Insurance of Glasgow was the only company to bid on the insurance package. The bid was $53,648 which is an increase of 7.7 percent from last years premium. Skip Erickson from United Insurance told the board the increase reflected a 3 percent increase in property values for the district and also some of the increase had to do with the wind and hail damage the district has received over the past couple of years. The increase also reflected a potential bodily injury claim against the district from an accident that occurred at the Glasgow High School 2 years ago. The board voted to accept the insurance bid from United Insurance.

The board heard a report regarding the high school heating system. Glasgow school superintendent Glen Monson told Kltz/Mix 93 news that the heating system for the shop addition and the new weight room addition is just barely getting by. The district had engineers look at the heating system and after a system check found that the pumps used heat the shop addition are only pumping 110 gallons per minute instead of the standard 225 gallons per minute. Currently the heating system consists of two pumps and when both of them pump together they almost reach the required 225 gallons per minute. Because of this the engineers have informed the district that they probably need to replace the two pumps and they should also go to an automatic system controlling the heating system instead of the manual system that is currently used. The two pumps have been in use since the addition was completed in 1985 and are due to be replaced according to the engineer. The cost of replacing the pumps and upgrading the heating system in the high school addition is estimated to cost over $30,000.

The school board voted to call for bids to replace the heating pumps and will use money from the building fund to pay for the replacement. The district still has money in the building fund from the sale of land near the school administration building.

The board also voted to call for bids to replace the copiers used in the district. The current lease expires in March and. according to the principal.s the current machines are on their last legs.

It was announced at the meeting that school board elections will be held for the Glasgow school district on May 2nd. Two trustee positions will be open on the board, those of Don Fast and Jennie Reinhardt. Fast announced at the meeting he will not be running for another term after serving nine years on the school board. Reinhardt said she was still contemplating another term on the board. Those interested in running for the Glasgow school board have until March 23rd to file for a position. Forms can be obtained from Kelly Doornek the district clerk at the school administration office. Those running for the school board need the signatures of 5 registered voters in the school district before they can be placed on the ballot.


HATCHERY CLOSER TO REALITY (1/12)
The warm-water fish hatchery at Fort Peck is even closer to reality with the announcement Tuesday that all the money has been raised to pay for the planning study of the hatchery.

According to Chuck Lawson one of the organizers of the hatchery project, $125,000 had to be raised locally to pay for half of the planning study. The other $125,000 is being provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who are conducting the planning study. Lawson told Kltz/Mix 93 news that before a bill can be introduced in Congress to pay for the construction of the hatchery they needed a cost estimate. The Corps of Engineers was then instructed to do a planning study for the hatchery which would cost $250,000. This left local organizers wondering how to raise their half of the $250,000.

Tod Kasten, President of Two Rivers Growth, came up with an idea to borrow the money from Nemont Telephone, and presented the idea to the supporters of the hatchery. The money borrowed could be paid back through the sales of the $5 warm water fishing stamp if the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks agreed to the arrangement.

The organizers then went a step further and went to Sam Waters, President of First Community Bank, to see if financial institutions would be interested in loaning money for the planning study. Waters contacted banks throughout eastern Montana and many were interested in the idea.

The Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks then had to decide whether the study could be considered part of the construction of the hatchery and they approved the idea of money being loaned through financial institutions to be repaid through the sales of the $5 warm water fishing stamp. A total of 16 financial institutions came aboard and loaned the hatchery $112,000 for their share of the planning study cost.

The rest of the money came from individual donations and several sportsman's organizations. Lawson told Kltz/Mix 93 news that without the help of the financial institutions and everyone else who donated money it would have been tough to come up with the money for the cost of the planning study. He also said donations continue to come in and are welcome because the loan still has to be repaid.

Senators Max Baucus and Conrad Burns are planning to introduce a bill in Congress this year that would fund the construction of the hatchery. And the Corps of Engineers will be holding a public meeting on the hatchery January 19th at the Cottonwood Inn starting at 5pm. The Corps will introduce the basic requirements of the hatchery and record comments from the public.

Organizers would like to thank:

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TWO LAUNDROMAT BURGLARIES IN GLASGOW (1/12)
The Glasgow Police Department is investigating two burglaries in Glasgow's two laundromats.

The Police Department told KLTZ/MIX 93 news that sometime during the late evening of January 5th or the early morning hours of January 6th a burglar or burglars broke into the soap dispenser at the Culligan Laundromat and stole just $7.00 in change. Apparently, that was not enough because the perpetrators then broke into the offices of Culligan where they stole $3.50 in change and a couple of dog water dishes. According to the Police Department, when a suspect is found and if they are found guilty, they could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined up to $50,000.

The Police Department also reported a burglary at the IGA Laundromat sometime between the evening hours of January 7th and the afternoon of January 8th. The Glasgow Police told KLTZ/ MIX 93 news that someone broke into the change machine at the laundromat and stole an estimated $640 in change. Two gumball machines were also broken and money was stolen from them. According to the police department the door of the laundromat was supposed to be locked but apparently was not. The department is unsure whether the two burglaries are related but both are still under investigation.

In addition, thanks to a tip from the Crimestoppers program the case involving the four stolen baby Jesus' from area nativity scenes has been solved. 18 year old Cameron Urbin has been charged with misdemeanor theft for stealing the four baby Jesus' and a 16-year-old female has been charged with conspiracy to commit theft. Cameron Urbin pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the charge of misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to nine days in jail with credit for time served. Urbin is currently residing in the Valley County jail on three other charges including criminal trespass, misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. These charges stem from an incident that occurred in December and he has pleaded innocent to the charges but is unable yet to post bond to be released from jail.

RUSTIC LODGE DEMOLISHED (01/11)
On Tuesday, the Rustic Lodge on Hwy 2 in Glasgow was demolished. A couple of years ago, the Lodge fell victim to a devastating fire and was left untouched until now. Here are a few pictures of the demolition:

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FILING DEADLINE NEARS (1/10)
The filing period will soon open for the year 2000 primary and general elections. It will be a light year for county elections but there is a full slate of offices up for election on the statewide level.

On the county level the county commission seat currently held by Eleanor Pratt will be up for election this year along with the clerk of court position currently held by Pat Hill. Pratt will be finishing her second 6 year term and Hill is finishing her third 4 year term. Those people interested in filing for county office can officially file on January 24th and the filing period closes on March 23rd.

Also on the local level several legislative seats are open including a state senate seat and two house of representative seats. Because of term limits, State Senator Daryl Toews will be retiring and State Representative Earnest Bergsagel will be forced out of the state house. State Representative Sam Kitzenberg has already announced that he will be running for the senate to replace Toews which opens up his house seat comprising a portion of Valley County and all of Daniels County. State wide races include Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor. There are also races for United States Senate and United States House of Representatives.


GOVERNORS CUP FILLING UP (1/10)
Entries are filling up quickly for the 13th annual Montana Governors Cup Walleye Tournament scheduled for July 6th through July 8th on Fort Peck Lake.

According to figures from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture 180 entries have been received for this years tournament. A maximum amount of 200 two person teams are allowed to enter the tourney. The tournament has becomes so popular that the tournament in recent years has reached the maximum amount of teams months before the fishing actually started. Last year the tournament had a waiting list of five teams in case any of the registered teams had to drop out of the tournament. The tournament offers a first place prize of $10,000 to the winning team and also thousands of dollars in prizes are awarded to fishermen who do well at the Governors Cup Walleye Tournament.

CHANGES CONSIDERED FOR STATE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE:
25 MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR PUBLIC INPUT

In planning for the 2001 Legislature, the state human services agency is asking the public for ideas on how to better serve public assistance recipients -- those who rely on benefits like Food Stamps, cash assistance and childcare assistance, for example.

A series of 25 town meetings in 18 different communities begins Thursday, Jan. 13, in Billings and concludes four weeks later (see attached list). Meeting information is also available at each County Office of Public Assistance, and letters encouraging participation have been mailed to interested parties. The meetings will provide the public with information about areas that can be changed under federal guidelines, those areas that cannot be changed, and most importantly will serve as a gathering point for brainstorming.

"This is an opportunity for all interested parties to share their observations," said Hank Hudson, administrator of the Human and Community Services Division in the Department of Public Health and Human Services. "We have perceptions on strengths and weaknesses in the system, but we need to expand them by hearing more from the public. We know sanctions are a concern, and there are barriers to employment and issues to address with Native Americans -- these are the types of issues we want to explore."

In 1996 Montana initiated its present public assistance system -- FAIM, or Families Achieving Independence in Montana. The program was intended to be flexible and evolve, and in that vein Phase II of the FAIM program is now being drafted to bring before lawmakers. "Our draft plan for Phase II will be determined in large part by the comments we receive from the public," Hudson said. He added that recent changes in federal program regulations give states flexibility in areas where little or none existed.
Residents who want to share comments can write: FAIM Phase II, Kim Brown and Patty Guiberson, Public Assistance Bureau, DPHHS, Box 202952, Helena, MT 59604-2952. Comments will also be accepted electronically starting Jan. 18 by using the DPHHS website www.dphhs.state.mt.us under What's Hot, FAIM II) or by directly e-mailing FAIMII@state.mt.us.

MEETING LOCATIONS
NOTE: "To Be Announced" locations will be available from the local Office of Public Assistance as soon as sites are secured.
Jan. 13, Billings, 6-8 p.m., Office of Public Assistance Conference Room, 111 North 31st Street
Jan. 14, Billings, 10 a.m.-noon, Office of Public Assistance Conference Room, 111 North 31st Street
Jan. 18, Polson, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., To Be Announced
Jan. 18, Kalispell, 3-5 p.m., Office of Public Assistance, 2282 Highway 93 South
Jan. 18, Kalispell, 6-8 p.m., Office of Public Assistance, 2282 Highway 93 South
Jan. 24, Rocky Boy, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 Cs Building
Jan. 24, Hays, 3-5 p.m., John Capture Center
Jan. 25, Glasgow 11 a.m.-1 p.m., To Be Announced
Jan. 25, Poplar 3-5 p.m., New BIA Conference Room
Jan. 26, Sidney, 9-11 a.m., Library Basement 121 3rd Ave. NW
Jan. 26, Lewistown, 3-5 p.m. Office of Public Assistance, Conference Room, 300 1st Ave. N
Jan. 27, Great Falls, 2-4 p.m., Benefis West, Lewis and Clark Room, 500 Fifth Ave. S
Jan. 27, Great Falls, 6-8 p.m., Benefis West, Lewis and Clark Room, 500 Fifth Ave. S
Jan. 31, Butte, 3-5 p.m., Office of Public Assistance, Conference Room, 700 Casey
Jan. 31, Butte, 6-8 p.m., Office of Public Assistance, Conference Room, 700 Casey
Feb. 1, Browning, Noon-2 p.m. To Be Announced
Feb. 3, Missoula, 3-5 p.m., To Be Announced
Feb. 3, Missoula, 6-8 p.m., To Be Announced
Feb. 3, Helena, 6-8 p.m., Job Service Office, 715 Front St
Feb. 4, Helena, 10 a.m.-noon, Job Service Office, 715 Front St
Feb. 8, Crow Agency, 9-11:00 a.m., Multi-Purpose Room
Feb. 8, Lame Deer, 1-3 p.m., To Be Announced
Feb. 10, Miles City, 10 a.m.-noon, To Be Announced
Feb. 11, Bozeman, 3-5 p.m., Courthouse Community Room
Feb. 11, Bozeman, 6-8 p.m., Courthouse Community Room
DPHHS will make every effort to ensure that meetings are fully accessible and will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities who wish to participate. To request an accommodation, contact the County Director at your local Office of Public Assistance.


GOVERNOR AWARDS 12 COMMUNITIES WITH GRANTS FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS
Governor Marc Racicot presented grants to 12 communities for entrepreneurial programming for youth. The $55,000 grants were made available by contributions from the Montana Coin Operators and the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division of Health and Human Services.

Grants were presented to Belgrade's Promise, Belgrade; Montana Youth Leadership Forum, Billings; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County, Bozeman; Centerville Summit Delegation, Centerville-Sand Coulee; Scottie Square, Glasgow; Kids First, Ravalli County; Partnership for Youth, Harlowton; Helena YMCA Coalition, Helena; Miles City Afterschool Program, Miles City; Youth in Action, Powder River County; Terry Community Learning Center, Terry and Whitewater Youth Group, Whitewater.
This is the second round of grants made to local communities for their efforts. "Promise seed grants have created a number of new programs serving young people of Montana," said Governor Racicot.

"The grants have enabled towns to embark on safe places for after school activities, created new dimensions in local mentoring and provide ample opportunities for young people to help create better communities in which to live. Through these seed grants and community activities we are better than half way toward reaching the goals that we set at the Youth Summit in June of 1998".
All of the grants are working to use the five fundamental resources of the Governors' Summit: mentor, protect, prepare, nurture and serve young people within their communities. Additionally the grant programs focus on the reduction of alcohol, tobacco and drug use among Montana youth.

Lieutenant Governor Judy Martz, Chairperson of Montana's Promise, joined Governor Racicot in giving special recognition to the United Way of Montana, 4-H Extension Service and Paint Up Montana for their impressive contributions to fulfill goals set by the Governor's Summit on Youth and Montana's Promise. The United Way and 4-H Extension Service were instrumental in carrying out the Summit and seeing the Montana's Promise was established. Paint Up Montana is a new program where young people can give back to their communities by painting homes of elderly and people who cannot paint their own properties. It focuses on young people involved in extra curricular activities in high schools primarily in Missoula and Billings.

Lieutenant Governor Martz presented graduation certificates to the Montana Promise Fellows finishing their term of service. They are Jamie Chambers, Great Falls; Rachel Weatherwax, Browning; Christy Horn, Browning; Margaret Tailfeathers, Browning; Pamela Ash, Miles City; Amy Heikens, Glasgow; Joseph Kusak, Bozeman; Eric Szemes, Bozeman; Shawn Johnson, Great Falls; and Liz Stahl, Anaconda.

The Promise Fellows have completed a year of service dedicated to Montana's Promise through the Corporation for National Service. Martz announced, "A second class of seven Promise Fellows is planned under the direction of The Center for Adolescent Development, and they should be placed in the field in early spring." The new class of Promise Fellows will continue to mobilize organizations and communities to put the five fundamental resources in the lives of Montana Young people.


CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR (1/7)
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture has announced that they've hired a new Executive Director. Jill Hamilton has accepted the position. Hamilton is a Montana native and was raised on the Black Angus Cattle Ranch near Bozeman. She and her family have spent 7 years in Texas and California. She and her husband Dave have 2 children: Josh, age 10 and Jordan, age 12.

The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture invites everyone to stop in to meet Hamilton at the Chamber headquarters in the Trailside Building.
HATCHERY MEETING SET FOR JANUARY 19 (1/6)
Planning has started on the multi-species fish hatchery to be located at Fort Peck. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha has begun preparing a conceptual design, environmental impact analysis, and cost estimate for the hatchery. As a part of the environmental impact analysis, the Corps will be conducting public involvement activities.

This process will begin with a public meeting scheduled for January 19th at the Cottonwood Inn. The meeting will begin at 5pm and will last approximately 2 hours, depending on public interest.

At the meeting, the Corps will introduce the basic requirements of the hatchery and record comments from the public. Due to the projects infancy, presentation will not focus on hatchery design. Rather the Corps' intent will be to solicit public opinion, determine if any environmental controversy exists, make information available, and determine the need for future public meetings. Information gathered at the meeting will be used in the preparation of an environmental assessment, and when appropriate, in the design of the hatchery.

The meeting will be held January 19th at 5pm at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow.
QUIET NEW YEAR'S EVE (1/6)
Law enforcement officials in the City of Glasgow and in Valley County told KLTZ/MIX-93 news that the New Years Eve celebration was a quiet one in the county and city. Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson said that the traffic on U.S. Highway #2 was as quiet as he has seen it on a New Years Eve.

The police did write a few tickets including an open container violation and a urinating in public violation on Glasgow's front street. A trucker from Canada was also cited for parking on a roadway when practical to park off the roadway. According to Chief Erickson, the trucker had parked his semi-trailer on Highway #2 East across from the Holiday Store in a no parking zone. He was cited by the Glasgow Police Department at 11:11pm on New Years Eve. The Valley County Sheriff's Department also reported a slow night with one DUI citation issued.
CRIME STOPPERS (1/4/00)

Sometime during October 1999, hydraulic cylinders and cylinder mounting brackets were stolen from a 501 Melro plow at Prairie Ag Services. Value of the cylinders and brackets is $2000.00.

Saturday evening on 12-4-99, a shotgun was stolen from a pickup that was parked on Front Street. The shotgun is a Boito, side-by-side double barrel 12 gauge.

On the evening of 12-11-99 a dog, in its owners yard in the 800 block of 3rd Avenue South, was shot and killed. The dog was shot several times with a .22 caliber weapon.

Between 12-19-99 and 12-22-99, a baby Jesus was stolen from a nativity scene at the Evangelical Church. Sometime during this same time period, a baby Jesus was stolen from the Chamber of Commerce nativity scene.

During the later part of October 1999 or the early part of November 1999, five steel gates were stolen from land on Johnson Road. Four of the gates were ten feet in length and one was a four-foot "walk through" gate. The gates are reddish brown in color. Total value of the gates is $500.00.

Sometime on the late evening of 12-21-99 and 1-1-00, the glass of the front door of Markles Hardware was damaged by someone kicking it. Cost to repair the door is $300.00

Anyone who has any information on these crimes or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-2226. The caller will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.00


FIRST FIRE OF THE NEW YEAR (01/03)

The Glasgow Fire Department was called to a garage fire behind 1026 5th Avenue South at approximately 2 pm Monday afternoon. Jim Whitish was repairing a vehicle owned by Louie Monson, when a short circuit started the fuel tank on fire. The vehicle was pulled out of the garage when the fire started. Both the mini-van and the garage and contents were a total loss. There were no injuries reported. The Glasgow Fire Department responded with three trucks and 15 firefighters.

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MUSIC HONORS FESTIVAL (01/31)

The District 12 Music Honors Festival was held in the Glasgow High School gymnasium, January 31 at 7:00 p.m.  16 band and choir directors, 181 choir members and 94 band members from 12 cities were part of the festival.  Jonathan Good was the guest conductor of the honors band. He is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Montana State University, Bozeman.  The guest choral conductor was Mary Sevenvoid, the choral director at Dawson County High School, Glendive.

Here are a few pictures from the festival:

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To see a short video of the choir, click here.

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BRAINWAVES PERFORM AT HIGH SCHOOL (01/20)

As part of the Big Sky Series event, the Brainwaves Improvisational Comedy troupe performed at the High School on Thursday night, Jan. 20th at 7:30. Brainwaves has been performing totally improvisational shows for the past 12 years. The troupe will also be performing at the Eastern Divisional Speech & Drama Meet and at the Valley County Coalition; both on the 22nd.

 Here a few pictures from the Thursday night performance. 

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To see a video clip from the performance, click here.


GLASGOW'S FMDH NEW YEAR'S BABY ARRIVES

On Tuesday, January 18th at 12:45 p.m. Randi Jo Klind arrived at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital to parents Toby and Macy. Randi measured 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces. Her reward for being the first born baby of the year was a  $500.00 education IRA (a gift from the hospital), and a bond from Valley Bank. 


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