KLTZ/MIX-93 NEWS ARCHIVE 3/00



MARCH EVENTS

MARCH OBITUARIES


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 year.

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 (3/28)
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 Principals.

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 Charlie’s.

Her biography and photo will be featured on a KRTV Sunday evening newscast in April.

NANCY KEENAN VISITS GLASGOW (3/28)
Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress, Nancy Keenan, was in Glasgow recently and made a stop by the Kltz/Mix-93 studios.

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 Rehberg.
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 scene.

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 a reality."

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 Finance Program.

" 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.

“I’m certain this is the vehicle we need to get federal matching dollars for the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery,” Baucus said. “The bill’s chances of passing this year are very encouraging. I’m 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 & Parks.

“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 economy.”
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 also noted:

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.
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 AREA (3/9)
(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 values.

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 wildlife.


(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 & G.

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.


Walleyes 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 Hatchery.

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Fort 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. 
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CUB 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:

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The 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 and achievements.

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5th Annual Glasgow Kiwanis Club Science and Math Fair Results

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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.

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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 projects exhibited.

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 The top finishers were.
5th Grade Science First Place: Lawson Moorman - Which packing material best prevents breakage?
5th Grade Science Second Place: Bo Boreson and Jason Beil - Does popcorn stored in the freezer pop better?
6th Grade Math First Place: Mary Kathryn McIntyre - Different kinds of graphs and how to use them.
6th Grade Science First Place: Denise Enebo - What stain remover is best for washing out stains?
6th Grade Science Second Place: Travis Volk and Ross Kastet - Which plastic zipper bag is best?
7th Grade Science First Place: Millie Jo McIntyre - The genetics of sheep crossbreeding.
7th Grade Science Second Place: Michelle Rohde and Angie Nelson - The effect of different wrappings on food mold growth.
8th Grade Math First Place: Sable Sampson and Kristen Waarvik - The Pythagorean Theorem (c^2=a^2+b^2).

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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.?).

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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)

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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).

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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.

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NEW PLAQUES 

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SCOTTIES POP CONCERT (03/02)

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:

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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 fish.
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

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 of arrangements.

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 her life.

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

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 of arrangements.

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

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 Great Grandchildren.


Rowan Grey

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

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.


Virginia Van Gorden

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

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.