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AREA SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS SET (3/29)
School board elections are set for May 2nd across the state of Montana and
there are several contested races here in the school districts in Valley County.
In Glasgow there are three candidates for two positions on the Glasgow School
Board. Incumbent Jenny Reinhardt is running for another three year term along
with Tom Schmidt and Rod Ost. The other incumbent Don Fast is not running for
another term on the Glasgow School Board.
In the Nashua school district there are four candidates for two positions on the
school board. The two incumbents are Jeannie Bergstrom and Richard Garsjo. Garsjo
didn't file for another term but Bergstrom joins Janice Shanks, Leland Blatter
and Leticia Gartside in the race for the two positions available on the Nashua
school board. In a related note, the superintendent of schools at Nashua, Dave
Kloker has resigned his position and will be taking a similar position in Bridger.
Kloker has spent the last 11 years in Nashua, eight of those years as superintendent.
In Hinsdale there is just candidate for one position on the Hinsdale school board.
The incumbent, Christine Remmich has filed and will face no opposition in the
election on May 2nd.
Up in Opheim there are three candidates for two positions on the Opheim school
board. One incumbent Kelly Donovan is running for another term and he is joined
in the race by Janice Fauth and Elisa Bliwernitz. The other incumbent Lynnette
Nelson declined to run for another term.
And in Frazer there are two candidates for the one position on the Frazer board.
The incumbent Lou Smoker is being challenged by Joseph Howard.
The school board elections are set for May 2nd across the state of Montana.
GRANTS QUESTIONED (3/29)
(AP) Key Montana lawmakers are questioning whether some agricultural grants,
which will be part of a special legislative session in May, are being spent wisely.
In particular, they cite a proposed one-thousand-dollar grant, to help pay for
the world's largest hamburger -- six-thousand pounds of Montana beef, barbecued
on a specially built grill in Saco over the Labor Day weekend.
The giant burger fry was aimed at getting Montana into the Guinness Book of Records.
Dillon Republican Chuck Swysgood says much of what's being proposed for agricultural
grants, could just as well have waited for the regular legislative session next
Another G-O-P senator -- Darryl Toews of Lustre -- says many of the grants don't
have much to do with creating jobs and boosting the state's economy.
GLASGOW STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Billie Hughes and Callie Riggin, seniors at Glasgow High School and members
of the GHS National Honor Society, have been nominated to participate in the NHS
scholarship competition sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School
Hughes and Riggin were selected based on their leadership skills, participation
in service organizations and clubs, scholastic achievements and employment experience.
They also were required to write an essay.
Both GHS senior girls have been active in Honor Society, Student Council and a
variety of other high school organizations. As local winners, each will receive
$150 at the NHS induction/installation ceremonies slated for later this spring.
All senior GHS NHS members were eligible to compete in the preliminary competition.
GLASGOW STUDENT FEATURED ON KRTV (3/28)
Callie Riggin, daughter of Shelly and Bruce Riggin, has been selected as Student
of the Week for KRTV in Great Falls.
A senior at Glasgow High, she serves as the president of the student body and
is a member of the National Honor Society. She has also been class officer.
Carrying a 3.9+ cumulative grade point average, Callie plans to study biology
and is looking toward a career in some field of medicine.
Riggin was chosen for the honor by the faculty and staff at GHS for her fine academic
record, her leadership, and her community involvement and activities. As winner,
she will be eligible to receive a $500 scholarship from KRTV and Good Time Charlies.
Her biography and photo will be featured on a KRTV Sunday evening newscast in
Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress, Nancy Keenan, was in Glasgow recently
and made a stop by the Kltz/Mix-93 studios.
|NANCY KEENAN VISITS GLASGOW (3/28)
Keenan is currently the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction and has served
in the position since 1988. She was born and raised in Anaconda and graduated
from college at Eastern Montana College in Billings. She paid for way through
college as a smelter worker in Anaconda and then taught special education in the
Anaconda public schools for 13 years. She also served in the Montana legislature
before being elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Keenan mentioned agriculture as one of the top issues Montanans are talking about
as she campaigns across the state. She said that the Freedom to Farm Act needs
revision to provide a safety net for Montana farmers.
Keenan also mentioned economic development as a key concern in her campaign and
said that Montana needs a comprehensive economic development plan with support
from both the private sector and the government.
Nancy Keenan is the only Democrat in the race and will automatically advance to
the November general election where she will face off against Republican Denny
LONG RUN RESPONDS TO GRASS FIRE (3/28)
On Sunday, March 26, the Long Run Fire Department responded with 4 trucks
and 10 fire fighters and B.I.A. responded with 4 trucks and 7 firefighters to
a grass fire that was reported at 12:29pm at the John Irwin place near Wiota.
Approximately 400-500 acres were burned including trees. Winds were blowing at
23mph with gusts up to 33mph that afternoon.
B.I.A. dispatched a dozer and a hand crew to the fire scene, with the hand crew
watching the area all night. No injuries were reported.
NATIVE AMERICANS' RIGHTS PART OF RIVER PLAN (3/27)
(Kansas City, Missouri-AP) -- The rights of American Indians are helping shape
a revision of how to manage the Missouri River.
There are 28 tribes with water rights along the river. And speakers at a Law of
the Missouri River conference, in Kansas City, said those tribes will be a potent
force in any management plan that is finally approved.
The U-S Army Corps of Engineers has been working on a new Master Water Control
Manual for nearly eleven years. The manual sets corps policy on water releases
from six dams in eastern Montana and the Dakotas.
Some speakers at the conference said determining how to deal with the tribes'
rights, will influence all other decisions.
LUSTRE SCHMEKFEST (3/26)
Lustre Christian High School held their annual Schmekfest on Friday night,
with hundreds of folks from northeast Montana and North Dakota attending. The
event featured everything from exquisite German meals to the auction and program.Click
on the small pictures below for a larger view.
RURAL HOUSE FIRE (3/24)
The Fort Peck Fire Department and Long Run Fire Department wer called to a
house fire at 2:09 pm Thursday. The fire was located at the Steve Bledsoe residence,
5 1/2 miles north of Fort Peck. The Fort Peck Fire Department had 8 firefighters
and two trucks on scene and Long Run had 7 Firefighters and 4 trucks at the fire
The fire was contained in the kitchen area; other areas in the home suffered heat
and smoke damage. The occupants of the home were treated and released at Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
BUSY FILING DEADLINE (3/24)
It was a busy day Thursday, the final day for filing for political offices
across the state.
Locally, the race for Valley County Commissioner has heated up with four candidates
vying for the commission slot currently held by Eleanor Pratt. The Republican
primary will feature a race between Julie Burke and Kari Lee Knierim. The Democratic
primary is a contest between Ron Gilbertson and Marla Jan DeDobbeleer.
Pat Hill, the incumbent Clerk of Court, escaped any competition and will be re-elected
to another four year term.
The legislative races in eastern Montana are also crowded. On Thursday, Todd Wagner
filed as a Democrat for the State House of Representatives in House District #96.
He will not face any competition in the Democratic primary and will move on the
November general election. Three Republicans are vying for the seat currently
held by Sam Kitzenberg. Lee Humbert, Tim Tharp, and Karl Waitschies will face
off in the June Republican primary with the winner advancing to a November showdown
with Todd Wagner.
Former Valley County Commissioner Art Arnold has filed as a Democrat in House
District #95. He will not face competition in the Democratic primary and will
advance on to the November general election. Two Republicans are vying for the
seat currently held by Ernest Bergsagel. Jeff Pattison and Wayne Stahl will compete
against each other in the June primary and the winner will face off against Art
Arnold in November.
SENATE WILL CONSIDER HATCHERY BILL SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING
PLANNED ON FORT PECK WARM-WATER HATCHERY (3/22)
Montana Senator Conrad Burns today announced that a Senate subcommittee will hold
a field hearing in Glasgow on April 29 regarding Burns' bill authorizing federal
funds for the construction of a multispecies, warm-water fish hatchery on the
Fort Peck Reservoir.
Burns said he has secured a promise from Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) that the
Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Drinking Water will hold a hearing
on Burns' Fort Peck hatchery bill. Crapo is chairman of that subcommittee.
After two months of discussion, Burns also secured a commitment from Senator Bob
Smith (R-N.H.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,
to work with Burns to include the hatchery bill in the Water Resources Development
Act (WRDA), which authorizes Army Corps of Engineers projects throughout the nation.
"This project is a clear example of how government should work," Burns
said. "A group of Montanans saw the need for another warm-water hatchery
in Montana, and over the last few months, the local, state, and now federal governments
have lent helping hands. This hearing is another big step toward making the hatchery
Burns' bill authorizes construction of the hatchery using the findings from an
Army Corps of Engineers' feasibility study. Burns earlier spearheaded an effort
to get the Army Corps of Engineers to devote $125,000 for the study. In addition,
private Montana companies and other entities offered $125,000 in matching funds
for the study.
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 said he hopes
that the Fort Peck hatchery will contribute to increased recreation in eastern
Montana and improve the strength of fish populations in Montana's rivers and lakes.
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 project closer and
closer to being a reality.
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 project. Debbie Brey, program manager for the Army Corps of Engineers Planning
Assistance to the States Program, said that the total cost of the hatchery is
still unknown, but should be clear soon, when the Army Corps of Engineers completes
its inquiry into the project. Current estimates hold that the hatchery will cost
more than $10 million, and the bill may change when the Army Corps of Engineers
releases its final cost estimate.
CATTLE PRODUCERS SAY WEATHER HAS REDUCED CALF DEATHS
(Glasgow-AP) Cattle producers across the state say this winter's mild climate
and dry grounds have reduced calf mortality.
Calf deaths usually caused by cold weather and disease have been at a minimum.
By the end of February, 27 percent of calves expected to be born in Montana this
year survived. The federal Agricultural Statistics Service says the state average
for that time of year is around 16 percent.
On the other hand, there is the strong possibility of a drought this summer. And
that could prevent pastures from growing enough grass for grazing through the
fall. Ranchers without ample supplies of hay may have to purchase feed, to keep
their herds fat this year.
Calving in much of Montana generally lasts from early March to early May. With
modern mating and fertilizing techniques, ranchers can decide when calving will
begin. The warm weather brought calving season a bit earlier than usual this year.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
SCHOOL DISTRICTS MUST REPAY MONEY (3/22)
Twenty school districts including the Glasgow School District have been told
they owe the state almost $461,000 that they allegedly received in excess payments
for providing services to Medicaid-eligible students.
All the students had their Medicaid bills handled by a North Dakota company whose
owner was charged in 1998 with theft and fraud for embezzling and allegedly padding
bills submitted by the state.
The payment problems were discovered in an audit of the districts that had hired
Tammy Saldana's company to handle their Medicaid billing for about two years.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors in 1998, Saldana pleaded guilty to three
charges of embezzlement for diverting Medicaid payments into her own bank accounts
instead of passing the money on to 11 of the schools for which she worked. The
crimes occurred during the latter half of 1196 and first half of 1997. She received
a 15-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to repay $126,548 to 11 districts
and pay another $12,720 in administrative costs related to her case.
The letters to the schools give them until the end of March to repay the state.
Districts disputing a claim can request a hearing, and that would delay the deadline.
Schools will be charged interest on the money they owe.
Failure to repay the money on time will result in the state reducing future Medicaid
payments to a school.
The Glasgow School District must repay the state $1,438 which is considerably
lower than other area schools. Wolf Point must repay $41,838, Plentywood; $4058,
Poplar; $101,142, Scobey; $3190 and Sidney; $43,745.
FSA TO OFFER FACILITY LOANS
Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) stopped making new storage facility loans in
1982 based on studies that revealed that producers had sufficient storage for
their crops. Since 1985, the storage situation has changed. Storage capacity utilization
rates are running extremely high and storage shortages exist in some areas. As
a result, there is insufficient capacity to allow farmers to store their grain,
forcing farmers to sell at harvest when prices are usually at their lowest.
An interim rule will be published in the Federal Register as soon as possible
with a request for comments. Although a similar program was available in the past,
this proposal is for a new Farm Storage Facility Loan Program with terms and conditions
that differ from the previous program.
Producers who take any of the following actions before publication of a rule in
the Federal Register will NOT be eligible to apply
for a loan:
purchasing, executing purchase contracts, or ordering storage
structures, drying equipment or handling equipment, accepting delivery of purchased
equipment beginning site preparation, foundation construction, or structure construction.
Producers who take any of the following actions before an application for a loan
can be accepted and approved do so at their own risk and without creating any
liability on behalf of CCC:
authorize construction or upgrading of a facility delivery of part;s other actions
related to construction or renovation of storage facilities.
Details about eligible types of storage structures and components are not final.
Other key provisions of the program also have not been finalized. There is no
guarantee of eligibility for a loan. Equipment ordered or purchased before the
Facility Loan Program is implemented will not be eligible.
PLENTYWOOD BUSINESSWOMEN NAMED 1999 MICROBUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR
OF YEAR (3/21)
|Balaly Richardson, owner of La Casa, Plentywood, has been named the 1999
MicroBusiness Entrepreneur of the Year by the MicroBusiness Advisory Council.
Richardson accepted the award today in Helena from Governor Marc Racicot.
(Click picture above for larger image.
Balaly Richardson Successfully Combines Business Skills with Social Concern
(Helena, MT) Balaly Richardson, owner of "La Casa", Plentywood, Montana,
has been named the 1999 MicroBusiness Entrepreneur of the Year by the MicroBusiness
Advisory Council. Governor Marc Racicot presented the Award to Richardson today
in Helena at the Montana Department of Commerce who administers the MicroBusiness
" Balaly's La Casa provides a much needed senior assisted living facility
in Plentywood," said Governor Racicot.
"She saw business opportunity when many others saw only an empty building.
Thanks to her vision and success in combing her catering and business skills with
her concern of the elderly, today 21 Plentywood seniors have a place to call home
today -- La Casa."
"The MicroBusiness Finance Program has been extraordinary in partnering with
other government agencies, local governments, development organizations and private
sector funding sources," said Peter Blouke, Director, Montana Department
of Commerce. "This grassroots program helps those such as Balaly who want
to be entrepreneurs."
Three members of the 17-member MicroBusiness Advisory Council evaluated the nominations
submitted by the state's 12 MicroBusiness Centers. Evaluation criteria included
sales volume, book value, net worth, net profit pre-tax and new full-time jobs.
Since the inception of the MicroBusiness Finance Program in 1991, the MicroBusiness
Development Corporations assisted by the Department of Commerce has made 638 loans
to microbusiness totaling $ 9.8 million. The businesses receiving these loans
have created or retained 1264 jobs. Montana is consistently among the leaders
in the nation on new business formation."
The Montana MicroBusiness Finance Program received the 1999 Presidential Award
for Excellence in Microenterprise Development from President William J. Clinton,
in Washington D.C.
Richardson was able to purchase the recreational property and convert it through
a finance partnership of the Rocky Mountain Bank, Community Development Block
Grant Funds and a MicroBusiness Loan from the Missouri Valley Development Corporation,
the local MicroBusiness Development Center.
Richardson came to the United States as a foreign exchange student in 1971, later
returning to work and marry Neal Richardson, a Plentywood farmer. While raising
three children and helping with the farm, she started a catering business.
Building a reputation for hard work and being a skilled businesswoman, Richardson
earned the respect and support of her community. Strong local support was among
the key factors in facilitating a finance packet that enabled her to purchase
and convert the vacant recreational property into a high quality assisted living
facility. In September 1996, La Casa opened its doors as an assisted living residence
for area seniors.
BAUCUS TO INCLUDE HATCHERY IN WATER DEVELOPMENT ACT (3/20)
U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced this week that he will include the Fort Peck
Warm Water Fish Hatchery proposal in the Water Resources Development Act, the
bill that approves U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects across the country.
Baucus said the bill is highly likely to pass this year.
Im certain this is the vehicle we need to get federal matching dollars
for the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, Baucus said. The bills chances
of passing this year are very encouraging. Im going to do my best to make
it happen because this is good for recreation and jobs in the region.
The project will establish a hatchery for native fish recovery for warm-water
fish such as walleye and small-mouth bass, as well as other species that have
been hit by heavy fishing pressure in recent years. The hatchery will be located
on 100 acres of federal land south of the Dredge Cuts in Fort Peck and will be
staffed by two to three employees, Baucus said.
In 1997, Baucus was successful in including the Fort Peck Interpretive Center
in the federal highway funding bill that passed through the Senate Environment
and Public Works Committee, of which Baucus is the top Democrat.
I hope to authorize the fish hatchery in the same way that we were able
to authorize the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, Baucus said. The water
resources bill is moving this year. We should move quickly to include the Fort
Peck Hatchery in that bill.
Baucus said the hatchery proposal has the support of local community leaders,
economic development groups and sportsmen associations, and will be a partnership
between the Army Corps of Engineers and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife
Montanans have always had a proud hunting and fishing tradition, Baucus
said. This project not only adds to our heritage, but also helps boost our
RON GILBERTSON FILES FOR COMMISSIONER SEAT (3/20)
There has been another filing for the position of Valley County Commissioner.
According to Valley County Clerk and Recorder Lynn Nyquist, Ron Gilbertson has
filed as Democrat for the commission seat currently held by Republican Eleanor
Pratt. Pratt announced earlier this year that she will be retiring from the position
when her term ends in December. Gilbertson's filing means that there will be a
contested primary for the Democrats in the June election. Marla Dedobeleer filed
last week as a Democrat. There is currently only one Republican in the race, Julie
Burke. The filing deadline is Thursday at 5pm for those interested in running
for the Valley County Commission.
The Valley County Clerk and Recorders Office is preparing for a mail ballot election
regarding the Hinsdale County Water and Sewer District. Mail ballots will be sent
out next week to all eligible voters in the proposed district. Those prospective
voters have until Friday to vote absentee in the election and the ballots must
be returned by April 19th. Ballots will be mailed to the address that is listed
on the voter registration file; if you would like the ballots mailed to another
address you need to contact the Valley County Clerk and Recorders Office by Friday
of this week.
HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS SCHEDULED FOR 2001 (3/16)
The Montana Department of Transportation is planning to resurface a section
of U.S. Highway 2 beginning at the intersection of 13th Avenue in Glasgow and
extending 3.2 miles east, past the intersection of Montana 24.
The project involves resurfacing of the existing roadway, with the section
of 6th street to 4th street being replaced with concrete, minor drainage improvements,
new pavement markings and a minor increase in the road elevation.The department
The department anticipates work to begin in the later part of the construction
season 2001, depending on the availability of funds and completion of design features.
For more information phone 1-888-689-5296.
- road alignment will stay the same
- purpose of the project is to improve driving conditions and safety
- the department will prepare an environmental document for the project
- no new right-of-way will be needed.
DEDOBBELEER FILES FOR COMMISSIONER SEAT (3/16)
There are now two candidates for the Valley County Commission seat currently
held by Republican Eleanor Pratt. This week Marla DeDobbeleer filed on the Democratic
ticket. The other candidate is Julie Burke who is running as a Republican. Pratt
announced earlier this year that she will be retiring from the commission when
her term ends at the end of the year.
Candidates wishing to file for and political office have until March 23rd to complete
the required forms at the Valley County Clerk and Recorders Office.
GLASGOW BEATS CHINOOK IN FOOD DRIVE (3/13)
Glasgow and Chinook schools had a friendly competition to see who could raise
for money for their area food bank. The contest ended on Friday, with Glasgow
raising 3,163 pounds and Chinook 2,163 pounds of food.
SCHOOL BOARD CUTS OVER $212,000 FROM BUDGET (3/13)
The Glasgow School Board met in special session Friday afternoon to discuss
staffing issues and the budget for the next school year.
Glasgow Superintendent of schools Glenn Monson told KLTZ/MIX-93 news that the
board will be cutting $212,702 from the budget for the next school year. A majority
of these savings is coming from the early retirements of the eight teachers
who accepted the early retirement incentive last month. The district will be
filling only four of those positions next year.
The board also decided to eliminate the activity director/transportation coordinator
position currently held by Larry Oschner. The duties of the activity director
will be given to a site manager who will handle all the fall and winter activities.
The board has appropriated $10,000 to be used as a salary for whomever is hired
for those positions. The duties of the transportation director will now taken
over by the Principal at the Glasgow Middle School.
On Friday, the board also decided to eliminate five assistant coaching positions
at the high school level. One assistant coach will be eliminated for girls basketball,
boys basketball, wrestling, volleyball and golf. The savings that results from
these cutbacks will then be put back into the athletic department and be used
for possible increases in pay for the remaining coaches. These cutbacks will
result in savings of $6095.
The board did approve a raise of $100 on the base salary for all Glasgow schoolteachers
for next year. Superintendent Monson told KLTZ/MIX-93 news that when the teachers
and school board negotiated a new contract last year, the board said they would
provide an increase in pay if enrollment increased in the second year of the
contract. Although it appears, that enrollment will not increase next year the
district is in improved financial standing because of the early retirements
of the eight Glasgow teachers. The Glasgow Education Association has yet to
approve the raise in pay.
TIM THARP FILES FOR HOUSE #96 SEAT (3/13)
Scobey school teacher Tim Tharp has filed on the Republican ticket for the
Montana House of Representatives in House District #96.
Tharp is a 1988 graduate of Sidney High School and a graduate of Montana State
University in Bozeman. He has taught mathematics and history at Scobey High School
for the past seven years.
Tharp told KLTZ/MIX-93 that educational funding is a top priority for him as he
makes his campaign for the state house. He said that with declining enrollment
all across eastern Montana it is important that schools receive adequate state
funding for education. Another issue that is important to Tim Tharp is value-added
products for agriculture. He told KLTZ/MIX-93 that agricultural producers across
Montana need value-added products to help increase the current commodity prices.
Tharp also mentioned an equitable tax system is needed for Montana taxpayers.
Tim Tharp is one of three candidates running for the Republican nomination of
House District #96.
PENNEY'S TO CLOSE IN GLASGOW (3/9)
J.C. Penney announced this week that it is closing between 40 and 45 stores,
including the Glasgow location. The store is set to close in late May. The Glasgow
location currently has 7 employees. Several locations in Montana have been closed
in recent years, and the Miles City location also is being closed. The Glasgow
location opened up in 1927.
BLM PROPOSES VALLEY COUNTY LAND AS ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN
(Billings-AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management is proposing about 84-thousand
acres of federal land in Valley County, for special management protections. The
designated acreage includes one of the largest remaining areas of prairie grassland
in the country.
The B-L-M's Glasgow office recommends the land be designated as an area of critical
environmental concern. That means managers would have to protect important natural
The designation would include the 24-thousand-acre Mountain Plover area in the
Little Beaver Creek watershed. It's a breeding area for mountain plovers, which
have been recommended for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Also recommended is the 59-thousand-acre Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area, in
northern Valley County. It offers scenic diversity, variety of vegetation and
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
LOVE BLOOMS IN CULBERTSON (3/9)
(Culbertson-AP) -- A Culbertson nursing home was the scene of a wedding recently.
The bridegroom's in his nineties, and the bride is 83.
Bill Alexander and Emma Hansen say they were lonely, and decided to do something
about it after realizing how much they enjoyed each other's company. His wife
and her husband had died.
Alexander and Hansen were acquainted from childhood. They tied the knot last month.
HATCHERY LEGISLATION AWAITING HEARING (3/8)
(Fort Peck-AP) -- Backers of a warm-water fish hatchery at Fort Peck Lake
are facing their most difficult hurdle: persuading Congress to authorize ten
(m) million dollars for the project. Montana's two senators are backing an appropriation
bill, that awaits a hearing in a Senate subcommittee. The measure would pay
for at least 75 percent of the state-run hatchery. Results of a detailed cost
and design study are expected to be released within two weeks, by the U-S Army
Corps of Engineers.
Proponents tout the benefits a hatchery would bring to the region: increased
recreation in northeastern Montana, and improved fish populations. Organizers
hope to break ground on the hatchery this fall.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
FIRE NEAR FRAZER (3/7)
On Sunday, March 5th, about 3 pm, the Long Run Fire Department was called
to a fire 3 miles east of Frazer, near the Indian Highway. Two stacks of round
bales and approximately 2 acres of grass burned. Long Run responded with 3 fire
trucks and 6 firefighters.
TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT NASHUA (3/7)
On Sunday, March 5th, at 3:30 pm, a two-car accident occurred on U.S. Highway
2 at Nashua. A vehicle driven by Henry O. Kuecks of Nashua was struck by a 1990
Cadillac, driven by Melvin Nelson of Williston, North Dakota. Sgt. Larry Irwin
of the Montana Highway Patrol stated that the Ford Aerostar van driven by Kuecks
drove past a vehicle waiting to pull on to U.S. Highway 2 at the intersection
of the highway and highway #117. The Kuecks vehicle was struck in the eastbound
lane of U.S. 2 by the eastbound Cadillac. Three people were transported to Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
MONTANA JOB SERVICE STATS FOR DECEMBER (3/5)
(Last year's rate is the last column.)
MONTANA 880,453 472,319 447,287 25,032 5.3% 5.9%
Valley 8,195 4,579 4,378 201 4.4% 4.8%
Daniels 2,001 1,214 1,160 54 4.4% 3.9%
Garfield 1,393 956 906 50 5.2% 5.0%
McCone 1,964 1,114 1,073 41 3.7% 4.2%
Phillips 4,821 2,343 2,185 158 6.7% 7.8%
Roosevelt 10,987 4,617 4,159 458 9.9% 9.2%
Sheridan 4,269 2,073 1,960 113 5.5% 6.0%
HATCHERY STAMPS ON SALE (3/3)
The $5 warm water fishing stamp, to benefit the Fort Peck warm water fish
hatchery, went on sale Wednesday, March 1st, at licensed dealers for the Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
The $5 stamp was authorized by the last Montana Legislature to pay for the maintenance
and operation of the Fort peck fish hatchery. All monies raised by this stamp
will go exclusively to the hatchery project. The stamp must be purchased if you
are planning to fish certain Montana warm water fisheries. Supporters of the fish
hatchery believe that this is a great way to help support the fish hatchery. Fishermen
can purchase up to 9 stamps every year.
|KLTZ/MIX-93's Shirley Kirkland and Hootch Veggie buying their
stamps from Darrell Morehouse at D
LIBRARY RECEIVES FUNDING (3/1)
The Libri Foundation's Books for Children Program of Eugene, Oregon, has
awarded The Glasgow City-County Library Friends of the Library group $1,050.00
for the purchase of 70 new children's books. The Friends of the Library invite
you to help select which books will be purchased from a booklist made available
by the Libri Foundation. Next time your in the library, request a copy of the
booklist, and make your choice known.
Selections need to be completed by June 1, 2000.
Unlimited "Fish Fry" Banquet(3-31)
The Valley County Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited held their annual
"Fish Fry" Banquet at the Glasgow Elks Club. The evening's
speakers Roy Snyder from the Corps of Engineers and Mike Ruggles from
Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks. The Master of ceremonies was Sam Waters.
Net proceeds from the banquet will be donated to the Fort Peck Warm Water Fish
Peck Lake Spring informational meeting(3/30)
The Corps of Engineers annual Fort Peck Lake Spring
informational meeting at the Cottonwood Inn was held on March 30th. Topics
for discussion & comment included: the predicted lake levels for the
upcoming recreation season, planned recreation facilities and development around
the lake, and general questions and comments about Fort Peck.
SCOUT CAKE AUCTION (03/27)
The Glasgow area Cub Scout Pack 898 held their
annual Cake Auction on Monday, March 27th at the St. Raphael's Parish Center
Gym. The night's auction total was $513.50 which will stay in the area
to be used for scouting activities. Here are a few photos from the event:
2000 Millennium Awards Banquet for the Glasgow Area Special Olympics(3/22)
The 2000 Millennium Awards Banquet for the Glasgow Area
Special Olympics was held at the Glasgow Elks Lodge. Gov. Marc Racicot was the
keynote speaker and local athletes receive awards based on their participation
Kiwanis Club Science and Math Fair Results
The 5th Annual Glasgow Kiwanis Science Fair / 1st Annual
Math Fair was held Saturday March 11, 2000 at the Glasgow Middle School at 1
pm. 46 students presented 30 projects from grades 5 to 8,which were judged in
the morning by 8 teams of judges. Students could present projects alone, or
as a team of two. Science projects were to demonstrate the scientific method
by performing an experiment involving comparing things.
Judges were from the K1wanis Club, National Weather Service,
Corps of Engineers, Fish Wildlife and Parks, Hospital, and Schools: Jennifer
Reinhardt, Steve Hansen, Jim Satterfeld, Glen Monson, Patsy Krause, Bill Wiedenheft,
Bruce Glennie, Pat Gunderson, Mylea Broughton, Dave Patterson, Gary Wageman,
Arnold Hill, Ken Jansa, Shirley Kirldand, Annette Vegge, Jim Rea, Roy Snyder,
Bill Marks, Dr. Joe Reyling, Ruth Eberc, Dr. David Gregory, Delvin Hackwith,
Harold Dingman, Wes Allen, Greg Forester, Michele Hedland, Kim Girard, and Jerry
Esmay. Jerry came from Missoula to help with the Math portion, which was added
this year, and is the coordinator of the State Science Fair. Dr. Charles Wilson
was fair coordinator. Judging was difficult since there were so many excellent
The top finishers were.
á 5th Grade Science First Place: Lawson Moorman - Which packing material best
á 5th Grade Science Second Place: Bo Boreson and Jason Beil - Does popcorn stored
in the freezer pop better?
á 6th Grade Math First Place: Mary Kathryn McIntyre - Different kinds of graphs
and how to use them.
á 6th Grade Science First Place: Denise Enebo - What stain remover is best for
washing out stains?
á 6th Grade Science Second Place: Travis Volk and Ross Kastet - Which plastic
zipper bag is best?
á 7th Grade Science First Place: Millie Jo McIntyre - The genetics of sheep
á 7th Grade Science Second Place: Michelle Rohde and Angie Nelson - The effect
of different wrappings on food mold growth.
á 8th Grade Math First Place: Sable Sampson and Kristen Waarvik - The Pythagorean
Also participating from the 5th Grade were Andrea Holom
and Shelby Chavez (What are good conductors around the house?), Navarr Vaira
and Adam Marks (Designing the Aerodynamic Car), Kevin Durell (How is wheat affected
by Environmental Conditions?), Brady Smith (Which paper towel absorbs the most
water?), Katelyn Thompson (What foods have sugar.?), Ted Storkson and Dillon
Johnson (Can Vegetables be used as an electric source?), and Sam Franzen and
Karla Schultz (What detergent cleans the best.?).
Other 6th Grade participants were Mary
Kathryn McIntyre (At which temperature does bacteria grow best?), Keefe Farr
(Testing the Scientific Properties of SPAM) , Judy Jagpello (Under what light
do beans grow the best?), Jacob Elillman (it's an illusion), Melissa
Dale (How does food affect your reflxes?), Karra Hering and Jerica Johnston
(What carpet cleaners work the best?), Lucianne Hjort and Christian Olson (What
detergent works the best on tough stains?), Laura Knura and Samantha Arneson
(How does freezing affect blood microscopically?), Drew Komrosky and Kyle Bilger
(which brand of battery lasts the longest?), and Jake Schultz and Caylon Hackwith
(How fast does mold grow on certain objects)
Other 7th Grade participants were Mike Chrystal
and Jerry Murch (Acid rain effects - at what pH do plants grow best?), Mikayla
Waarvik and Tarin Ba11 (What materials make the best Lava Lamp?), Taylor Moorman
(Which type of bread grows mold fastest.?), and Jackson Farr ( PIant photosynthesis).
Thanks also go to school personnel, teachers,
and parents for their support. The Kiwanis Club awarded blue, red, and white
ribbons based on point averages, and also provided the first place winners in
each category and grade with $50 in Glasgow Chamber "Big Bucks", and
second place with $25 in "Big Bucks", to be shared if a team.. The
school system will take selected exhibits to a regional Science and Engineering
fair to be held at Havre March 27th. The top finishers in the Science portion
of grades 5, 6, and 7 will present the program at the regular Kiwanis Club meeting
at noon on Wednesday April 29th.
||Leonard Puchalla is shown
holding the picture/plaque of his grandparents; Eric Knute and Bertha Bendickson
Moen. The plaque was purchased by James Lorna Moen Russell in honor of her
SCOTTIES POP CONCERT
The Glasgow High School Band presented "The Scottie
Pop Concert" tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the GHS. Auditorium. All proceeds
raised from the concert will help finance the band's trip to the Breckenridge
Music Festival in Colorado. Here are a few photos from the evenings concert:
Marvin H. "Bud" Grant
Marvin H. "Bud" Grant, 84, died of natural causes at Valley View
Nursing Home in Glasgow on March 23rd. Services will be Monday, March 27th,
at 11 a.m. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, with burial in Highland Cemetery. Reverend
Martin Mock is officiating and Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Marvin was born in Saco in 1915 and graduated from Saco High in 1934. He worked
on the McChesney farm out of Saco and on the Fort Peck Dam construction. He
married Olga Torgerson in 1940 in Glasgow. He worked for Douglas Aircraft in
Los Angeles before entering military service in the U.S. Army, serving in France,
Germany and Austria. After the war he went back to work for Douglas Aircraft,
then in 1949 came to Glasgow where he worked for the Farmer Union Elevator,
retiring in 1976. He then managed the State Liquor store for 4 years. He was
a life member of the Elks, and a life member of the VFW. He loved to hunt and
Survivors include his wife Olga of Glasgow, 1 son: Larry Grant and his wife
Janelle of Miles City; 3 grandchildren: Joe of Denver, Katie of Miles City and
Jeff of Miles City; 1 brother, Ernest of Great Falls.
Donna M. Qualey
Donna M. Qualey, 95, died of natural causes on March 21 at Frances Mahon Deaconess
Hospital. Services will be Friday, March 24, at 10 am at the Hinsdale Methodist
Church, with burial in Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. Reverend Emory Robotham
will officiate and Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Donna was born in Rensselaer, Indiana, in 1904 and moved to the Hinsdale area
at a young age. Her family homesteaded north of Hinsdale, which is now the McColly
Ranch. In 1922 she married Olaf Qualey. After Olaf died in 1954, Donna went
back to school at Montana State in Bozeman where she majored in Home Economics.
She was the Home Extension Agent in Phillips County and Pondera County until
moving back to Glasgow in 1978, where she has lived since. She enjoyed taking
pictures of her grandchildren and traveling. She was a member of the DAR, and
active with the Congregational Church. She never missed an anniversary or a
birthday and followed her grandchildren's activities.
Survivors include: 1 sister, Gertrude Bush of Scobey; 2 brothers, Robert McColly
of Hinsdale and J. Clark McColly of Lewistown; 2 granddaughters: Cheryl Hillman
of Glasgow and Sharon Swanson of Hinsdale; 8 great grandchildren and 7 great
great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, 1 daughter, 2
grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Irene Anderson 92, died at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow of natural
causes on Wednesday, March 20th, 2000. Services will be held on Friday, March
24th at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua at 2:00pm by Rev. Martin Mock.
Burial will take place in the Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge
Irene was born on August 23rd, 1907 in Craik, Saskatchewan to parents James
and Alice Keil, she was the oldest of eight children. In March of 1915, they
moved to Glasgow and then in May moved to the homestead in the Grain Community.
She went to the country school and graduated from Glasgow High School. Irene
became a teacher and taught in the Sjurson, Kaiver, Big Four, and Bjorkland
Country Schools from 1926 to 1935. She married Simon Anderson on June 15th,
1935 and lived on the family farm north of Nashua until moving to Valley View
Nursing Home in February of 1998. She loved her family, her Grand and Great
Grandchildren, doing for others, and her Church. She enjoyed working in her
garden and her flowers, and many different crafts.
Survivors include, son: Lavour Anderson of Nashua, daughters: Ardelle Mohr
and husband Dave of Richland, Washington, Myrna Lauckner of Nashua, 4 Grandchildren
and 6 Great Grandchildren, sister; Thelma Corey of Hermiston, Oregon, and numerous
Nieces and Nephews.
D. Mildred Smith
D. Mildred Smith, 90, formerly of Forsyth, died Friday, March 10, at Valley
View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial graveside service will be held at 2
p.m. Monday, March 20 at the Forsyth Cemetery. Beals Mortuary of Forsyth is
in charge of arrangements.
Ella Bondy Glazier
Ella Bondy Glazier, 90, died of natural causes on March 15, 2000, at Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Our redeemer Lutheran Church
in Nashua with Reverend Martin Mock officiating. Interment will be in Highland
Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Ella was born in 1910 in Battle Lake, Minnesota, and moved with her family to
Montana in 1915 when they homesteaded north of Frazer. She attended a rural
country school and later worked farming and doing housekeeping for other people.
She married Chet Glazer in 1937 in Glasgow. He worked on the Fort Peck Dam and
they farmed 6 miles north of Nashua on the Missouri River. Later he opened a
machine shop in Nashua. Chet passed away in 1967. Ella lived in Nashua until
1992, when she moved into Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, where she has
resided since. She loved to bake, especially lefsa and donuts. She also was
an avid quilter, sewing quilts for all of her family. She cooked donuts for
the Nashua Senior Citizens for years, and was a Valley County resident all of
Survivors include 1 brother, Gerald Bondy of Portland, Oregon; 4 sisters: Mildred
Squires of Glasgow and her daughter Mary Ann Squires, Borghild Riley of Portland,
Oregon, Sophie Kleeman of Glasgow, and Emma Thievin and her husband Bud of Nashua;
several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister
and 6 brothers.
Mary J. Eayrs, 79, died of natural causes on Tuesday, March
7th at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services will be on Saturday,
March 11th at 2 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Rev. Martin
Mock officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge
Mary was born on July 25th, 1920 in Medicine Lake, Mt. to parents Fred and Emily
LaRoque. She married Robert Eayrs at Wolf Point in 1962. Mary cooked at the
Stonehouse and at the Home Ranch at Tampico, then later cooked for many of the
restaurants around Glasgow. During WWII, Mary was a welder in the shipyards
in Vancouver, Washington. She enjoyed being outside, hunting, making wagon train
trips and still welded whenever she could.
Survivors include: husband: Robert Eayrs of Glasgow, Four
Daughters: Pat Whitelaw of Missouri, Rosie Morales of Florida, Dallas Shelton
of Billings, and Melanie Canen of Glasgow, two stepchildren: Joyce Hutton and
Darryl Eayrs; both from Washington, Nineteen Grandchildren and Seven Great Grandchildren.
Grace Elsa Strand, 91, died of natural causes on Monday,
March 6th at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Services will be on Saturday, March
13th at 11 am at the Highland Cemetery, Rev. Chris Flohr will be officiating.
Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Grace was born on August 21st, 1908 in Glenwood, Minnesota to parents Schuyler
and Josephine Stilson. She moved to Plaza, ND. where she grew up with her sister
Josephine Richardson and brother Frank Stilson. Grace taught in a rural school
in the vicinity of Plaza for one year after attending teachers college in Minot,
ND. She then moved to Glentana where she worked in a restaurant and her husband.
She married Melvin F. Strand on June 11, 1930. They moved to western Montana
where two of their seven children were born then returned to eastern Montana,
living in Frazer where four more children were born. They bought a farm north
of Nashua in 1943 where their youngest child was born.
In addition to being a homemaker, she was one of the founders
of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club, taught Sunday School at the Lutheran Church, the
Lydia Circle at Ascension, and was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
She loved to garden, to preserve food, cook, sew, crochet, play games, read,
and to travel. She also loved cats.
Survivors include: six children: Petra and Nick Siemens
of Trego, Mt., Pat Stand of Lakewood Co., Signe and James Aspinwall of Riverton,
Wy., Kenneth and Jean Strand, and Phylis Smith of Colorado Springs, Co., Robert
and Margaret Strand of Wabush Labrador, Canada. Thirteen Grandchildren and Twelve
Rowan Grey, 84, died of natural causes on March 4th at Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services will be Wednesday, March 8th at
2 pm at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Glasgow with Dr. Michael Fay officiating
and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Rowan was born in 1915 in Caldonia, North Dakota, and was raised in Glendive,
Montana, coming to Glasgow in 1935. He has resided here ever since. He managed
the lumber yard in Glasgow and then was building contractor. He was manager
of the Glasgow Housing Project for 17 years. In 1935 he married Viva Frankenberg
in Glasgow. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed raising pointer dogs. Viva and
Rowan had a cabin on the Missouri River for 33 years. He enjoyed reading, traveling
and camping in the south country. He was a charter member of the Glasgow Elks
Club and a past master of the North Star Lodge #46. He served in the Coast Guard
during WW II, was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Glasgow, served
as secretary of the Valley County Airport Commission and served on the vestry
of the church for many years.
Survivors include his wife Viva Grey of Glasgow, several nieces and nephews,
cousins: Gene McLatchy of Missoula, Larry McLatchy of Bremerton, Washington,
Duane Sherwood of Sun City, Arizona and Pat McLatchy of Mount Vernon, Washington;
a nephew, Jerry Gray of Polson; a sister in law, Lila Knaff of Glasgow; a half-sister,
Betty Power of LaCenter, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents
and 2 brothers.
Anne Timpe Lecy, 93, died at Elm
Crest Manor in New Salem, North Dakota of natural causes on Tuesday, February
29th, 2000. Services will be held on Monday, March 6th at 9:00am at the Highland
Cemetery in Glasgow.
Anne was born on October 22nd, 1906 in Madison, South Dakota. In 1907, her parents;
Catherine (Venner) and Herman G. Timpe moved the family of four boys; Walter,
August, Edwin, and Lee) and two girls; Mary and Anne, to a homestead southwest
of Almont where Regina and Nickolas were born.
Anne graduated from Almont High School in 1924 and from Valley City Teachers
College in 1927. She taught school in Flaxville, Geyser, and Glasgow; where
she met her husband Carel "Doc" Lecy. They were happily married on
November 27, 1932 until Doc's death on July 1st, 1983. Anne was very active
in church work, making over 1,000 dolls and other stuffed toys to fill orders
from all over the USA. A portion of this money was used to buy bells for the
church in Glasgow. In 1990, Anne moved to New Salem where she died peacefully
in her sleep the morning of February 29th.
Survivors include two siblings; Regina Nilles and Nickolas Timpe.
Vurginia Van Gorden, 79, died at
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow of natural causes on Friday, February
25th. Services will be Wednesday, March 1st at 2 pm at Nemont Manor in Glasgow,
with Reverend Emory Robotham officiating, with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Virginia was born in Missouri in 1921. She attended grade and high school in
Clinton, Missouri, and went to business college in Kansas City. She also studied
speech and elocution for one year. She worked for Skelly Oil Company for 5 years
in the accounting department. She married Wesley Van Gorden in 1947. Together,
they worked in mining companies and moved extensively for several years. In
1960 they developed their own business using the knowledge they had acquired
while mining, and Virginia's business background. The craft involved turning
dirt into beautiful pottery. In 1970 they sold this business in Cardwell, Montana,
and retired, moving back to Missouri. They were there for a short time before
the mountains of Montana called them back.
In 1988, with Wesley's health poor, Virginia and her beloved husband and partner
of 42 years moved to Nemont Manor in Glasgow. There she took care of Wesley
until his death in 1989. She continued to enjoy a full life in the manor until
her death. She was extremely interested in knowledge. She never quit learning.
Virginia was an eloquent writer, a prolific artist, an extremely generous contributor
to the Christmas Gifts for the Needy program, a wonderful friend to all, and
a loving stepmother to many. She lived true to her Christian principles and
was devoted to her family and extended family throughout her life. Her loss
cannot be measured. We can go forward, however, knowing she will be there to
guide us home. She enjoyed writing, writing poetry, knitting, sewing and pottery.
She was Worthy Matron of Eastern Star 3 times.
Survivors include 2 sisters: Alice Payne of Springfield, Ohio, and Jeanette
Young of Independence, Missouri; friend Susan Baadsgard of Glasgow. She was
preceded in death by her husband and a brother.
Louis Adam Schafer, 77, died of natural
causes on February 28th at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services will
be Thursday, March 2nd, at 2 pm at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, with Reverend Emory
Robotham officiating. Burial will be in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Bell Mortuary
is in charge of arrangements.
He was born in 1922 in Govenlack, Saskatchewan, and began managing the family
farm during World War II. He eventually took over the farm in 1950 when his
father died and operated it until 1964. In 1957 he married Daisy Isabell Dickison
in Havre. They sold their farm in Saskatchewan in 1964 and moved to Glasgow,
and bought and operated the La Casa Motel and he also worked for the Austin
Packing Plant. Daisy died in 1971. During 1971 Louis sold the La Casa and went
to work for J & B Supply, where he worked for 18 years before he retired.
He met Jean Kallem and they have been together for over 25 years. He enjoyed
skunking people at cribbage, cards, reading, playing liars poker and setting
things straight. He was very good at braiding tow ropes and reigns for horse
bridles; he was a cowboy at heart.
Survivors include Jean Kallem of Glasgow; 3 daughters: Maried Pederson and husband
Duke of Glasgow, Gwen Page and husband Doug of Glasgow; Kristi Kallem of Glasgow;
9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Louise Schafer of Maple Creek,
Saskatchewan. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 daughters, 3 brothers
and 2 sisters.