NASHUA YEAR ENDING SCHOOL NEWS (5/31)
BURNS, BABBITT TO DISCUSS UPPER MISSOURI BURNS WANTS TO WORK WITH DELEGATION, BABBITT ON UPPER MISSOURI (5/31)
CONTROLLED BURN IN NORTH SIDE OF GLASGOW (5/30)
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-NORTHERN CHANCELLOR ACCEPTS PRESIDENCY AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (5/30)
GLASGOW AWARDS CEREMONY (5/30)
TARUM WINS SCHOLARSHIP FROM FIRST COMMUNITY BANK (5/30)
AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR SEEKS CRP EMERGENCY GRAZING RATE ALTERNATIVES (5/30)
MAZUREK: PUBLIC CAN ACCESS STREAMS FROM COUNTY BRIDGES (5/30)
HAIL INSURANCE PROGRAM UNDERWAY (5/30)
CMR FIRE UPDATE (5/30)
CMR FIRE CONTAINED (5/28)
HENTGES FIRE (5/26)
2 PAMIDA EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH THEFT (5/25)
GLASGOW HIRES NEW BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH (5/25)
COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZE MILL LEVY ELECTION FOR GRAVEL (5/24)
BURGLARY IN HINSDALE (5/23)
BAUCUS OPTIMISTIC ON HATCHERY BILL (5/23)
FINANCIAL GIFTS HELP EMT'S (5/17)
VALLEY COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (05/17)
VALLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE FORUM (05/16)
HAY HOTLINE OPENS (5/16)
STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT JMG ANNUAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE (5/16)
TOEWS HAS GOOD NEWS FROM SPECIAL SESSION (5/16)
MONTANA'S RURAL COMMUNITIES INVITED TO APPLY FOR 2000/2001 TOURISM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (5/16)
SKYWARN WEATHER SPOTTER CLASS IS TUESDAY
HATCHERY EIS RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT (5/14)

HIGHWAY PROJECTS IN PROGRESS (5/11)
HIGHWAY PATROL BUSY WITH AREA ACCIDENTS (5/11)
TWO CHARGED IN ELK SLAUGHTER (5/11)
BURNS SEEKS ADULT ED AT TRIBAL COLLEGES (5/11)
GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON FAMILIES TO HONOR 7 GROUPS
LABOR STATS FOR MARCH 2000

SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPTS 2 MORE RESIGNATIONS
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS AND LEVY RESULTS (05/02)
ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS (05/02)
HATCHERY HEARING SUMMARY

EVENTS


MAY OBITUARIES

 


NASHUA YEAR ENDING SCHOOL NEWS (5/31)
Publication of Nashua Public Schools
"GOOD NEWS ABOUT GREAT KIDS"
May 29, 2000
CALENDAR
July 11, 2000—Physicals for Sports at Glasgow Clinic
August 17, 2000--Cheerleading Clinic
August 25, 2000--First Day of School for Students in August

CLASS OF 2000 SCHOLARSHIPS At the graduation ceremonies on May 19, fourteen graduates were presented with diplomas. The proud class of 2000 were: Rebecca Bergstrom, Skyler Dutton, Shawn Garwood, Evan Guenther, Landon Johnson, Meghan Johnson, Devin Johnston, Julia Kirkland, April Myrick, Dita Nechanicka, Jeffery Rorvik, Lukas Tolzien, Michael Turner, and Michael Whittle..

Shawn Garwood, who actually received his high school diploma in 1998, wanted to wait to go through the graduation ceremony “with his friends.” During school, he was usually placed with this particular class for many subjects. He was very proud to have received his diploma with all the “pomp and circumstance.”

The ceremonies included the Nashua High School Choir, directed by Mr. Chris Kloker, singing “My One True Friend” and “Alma Mater.” The High School band also performed the Processional and Recessional Marches.

Speeches were presented by Co-Valedictorians Julia Kirkland and Skyler Dutton. Skyler also performed a vocal solo entitled, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

Roger Rock, Nashua School English Teacher, was the Commencement Speaker.

Many of these young men and women also received scholarships. A list of those mentioned at the graduation ceremony follow.

Two scholarships of $ 500 each from Valley Electric cooperative in Glasgow were awarded to Juli Kirkland and Devin Johnston.

Rebecca Bergstrom is the recipient of an exemption from payment of the registration and incidental fees at any Montana University System unit through the first academic year of enrollment. This scholarship valued at approximately $3000 will be used at Montana State University-Northern.

Skyler Dutton is awarded the Jamestown College Leadership Achievement Scholarship in the amount of $ 3000 to be renewed each year for a total of $ 15,000. Skyler has also signed a letter of intent to play NAIA football for the 2000-01 season.

Juli Kirkland is given the Dakota Athletic Conference Letter of Intent in the amount of $ 500 to be renewed each year. She also receives the Minot State University Presidential Scholarship for $ 250 to be renewed each consecutive semester over the next 5 years totaling $ 2,500. She also is awarded the Minot State University Student Room Waiver for a value of $1,060, and the Nelson/Swanson 4-H Memorial Scholarship for $ 500.
Devin Johnson is the recipient of the Montana Tech Frontier Conference Women’s Basketball Scholarship for $ 1,500 to be renewed each year totaling $ 7,500. She also is given the Montana Tech Heritage Gold Scholarship in the amount of $ 2,400 renewable for 5 years for a total of $ 12,000.

FERGUSON AND STOHL NAMED TO NASHUA SCHOOL HALL OF FAME Another Nashua School tradition is to name former employees to a Hall of Fame. Those recognized in the Hall of Fame are those the school remembers as being dedicated, and diligent employees. Former Home Economics Teacher, Counselor and Principal Shirley Ferguson was named as one recipient of the Hall of Fame award. Former School Board Clerk Ervin Stohl was also named to the Hall of Fame. These outstanding employees will be pictured in the school Hall of Fame showcase by the library.

EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATES The Eighth Grade also received their diplomas on graduation night. The Eighth Grade class is Whitney Borgen, Kaitlin Cusker, Brett Finkbiner, Kayla Fuhrmann, Zachary Garsjo, Shandi Mason, Joel Novak, Kent Novak, Jessica Sonsteng, Joshua Tihista, and Kristin Codi Weisbeck.

AWARDS ASSEMBLY HELD ON MAY 19 A school-wide awards assembly was held on May 19 to honor all those who participated in winter and spring activities. The awards included academic awards from Science, Boy’s Basketball, Girl’s and Boy’s Track, Volleyball, Music and the special O’Connor and other outstanding athletic awards. A summary of each of these follow.

Robert Brown Memorial Award Each year, the Brown Award is given to the most outstanding all-around male athlete. This year, the recipient of the Robert Brown Award is Tyler Viste.

Larry O’Connor Basketball Award Once each year, the Larry O’Connor Basketball Award is given to the Most Valuable Player on the team. This year, this award was presented to two players--Evan Guenther and Tyler Viste.

O’Connor Track Awards The O’Connor Track Award was presented for both boys and girls. The boys’ award was given for the first time to four people--the 1600 relay team for their outstanding performance this year. They have broken school records, placed first at District and Divisional and also 6th at State. The members of this relay team are Tyler Viste, Jed Kirkland, Jason Tatafu, and Skyler Dutton.

The O’Connor Track Award for girls was presented to Dani Dye. Dani is noted for being a hard worker and a dependable teammate.

Pickthorn Memorial Music Award This annual award is given to the seniors who showed leadership and ability for music. This year, the recipients for choir were Mike Turner and Evan Guenther. Skyler Dutton was the recipient for band.

Science Awards Mr. Peterson gave out his traditional, much coveted prizes to his most outstanding science students. These students are figured from all the grades in his grade record from 7-12 grades. For Second Quarter, the most improved student was Jessie Sonsteng and Lance Russell held the highest overall average. Christine Waller had the highest homework average, and the class who had the highest average is the Fourth Period Chemistry class.

For Third Quarter, Andrea Hoyer was the most improved student. Andrew Lauckner held both the highest grade and the highest homework average. The highest overall class average is the class of ’05, Life Science.
Volleyball Coach Nielsen presented the girls’ volleyball awards. A list of each player and the awards they received follow: Devin Johnston-bar/Captain pin/ Senior gift, Juli Kirkland-bar/Senior gift, Dita Nechanicka-Volleyball/bar/senior gift, Shannon Bryson-bar/Captain pin, Dani Dye-bar, Jayme Shanks-volleyball/bar, Ashley Finkbiner-bar, Amanda Bryson-volleyball/bar, Sloane Shumway-volleyball/bar, Lisa Johnson-volleyball/bar, Vanessa Hoyer-volleyball/bar, Jonna Jones-volleyball/manager pin/bar, Whitney Borgen-volleyball/Statistician pin/bar, Andrea Hoyer-volleyball/video pin/bar

All Conference Awards were presented to Devin Johnston, Juli Kirkland Dita Nechanicka, and Ashley Finkbiner for the First Team. A Second Team Award was awarded to Shannon Bryson, and an Honorable Mention was given to Dani Dye.

Devin Johnston and Dita Nechanicka also received Honorable Mentions for the All-State Conference Team.
Coach Nielsen also handed out some Nashua Volleyball Awards she compiled from statistics this season. She named Shannon Bryson as the Most Improved Player. The Most Valuable Offensive Player was Dita Nechanicka, and Most Valuable Defensive Player was Ashley Finkbiner. Devin Johnston received the Most Valuable Player, both offensive and defensive.

BASKETBALL AWARDS Coach Braaten presented participation certificates to all 18 members of the boys basketball team. In addition, bars, balls, and letters were presented to the following: The lone senior, Evan Guenther received a bar. Juniors--Cyrus Brandt, Jory Cook, Jake Kirkland, Jed Kirkland, and Tyler Viste all received a bar. Justin Baker received a bar, a first time letter, a ball, and a video pin. Sophomores--Bradley Lauckner received a first time letter, a ball, and a bar, Tyson Schlabs received a bar. Silver Tihista also received a first time letter, a ball, and a bar. Freshmen—Nik Anderson, Dustin Braaten, Mike Buchheit, Vance Dostert, Lance Russell, Kyle Viste, and Lionel White all received a first time letter, a ball, and a bar.

Boys Basketball Recognitions Coach Braaten gave special recognition to several players he commended after compiling statistics for the 99-2000 season. The Top Rebounder was Evan Guenther; and the Top Assists Man was Tyler Viste. Tyson Schlabs was named as the Top Shot Blocker. Evan Guenther was given the title of “Take a Charge’. Jason Tatafu was the top defensive player.

Evan Guenther and Tyler Viste were both named on the first All Conference Team.

GIRLS TRACK AWARDS Mr. Ryen Falkenstern commended the girls track team for an outstanding year.

Some of their many accomplishments were winning both the Divisional and District track meet, and Winning first place in the 1600 relay at Divisional track. Awards were given to Freshmen-Amanda Bryson and Vanessa Hoyer of a track insignia, and a 1st year bar. The others who received awards were Lindsey Tweten, who received a manager pin, a letter, track insignia and a bar. Dani Dye, Shannon Bryson, and Jayme Shanks received a 3rd year bar. Juli Kirkland was given a 4th year bar and Dita Nechanicka received a 1st year bar, track insignia.

DIVISIONAL TRACK RESULTS On May 18, the boys and girls track teams headed off to Sidney to compete in the Divisional Track Meet. Only those placing 5th and above in the District Track meet qualified to go to the Divisionals. Our Nashua Girls won first place in this meet, and the boys were 4th place. Way to go!!
Girls Divisional Results Dita Nechanicka-5th Javelin, Juli Kirkland-1st 800, 2nd Long Jump, 3rd 400, 4th Triple Jump; Dani Dye-2nd Pole Vault, 2nd 300 Hurdles; Jayme Shanks-1st Pole Vault; Amanda Bryson-2nd Discus; Vanessa Hoyer-4th 200, 5th 100. The 1600 Relay team of Vanessa, Jayme, Shannon and Dani won first place. The 400 Relay Team of Vanessa, Jayme, Amanda and Juli placed 2nd.

Boys Divisional Results Evan Guenther-4th 200; Jed Kirkland-1st 800, 1st –1600; Tyler Viste-2nd 400; Tyson Schlabs-4th 100 Hurdles, 6th High Jump; Jason Tatafu-4th 300 Hurdles.

State Track Results Our Nashua boys 1600 relay team showed themselves worthy of being known as the “Outstanding Track Athletes” this year. At the state track meet, they broke their own school record again, finishing in 3:34.37 during the trials. In the finals, they placed 6th at State Track. The members of this team are Tyler Viste, Skyler Dutton, Jason Tatafu, and Jed Kirkland.

Jed Kirkland also earned points for Nashua by finishing 6th in the 1600 meter run.

NEW TRACK RECORDS BROKEN THIS YEAR The Nashua School Track Record board in the gym lobby will need to have a few changes made over the summer. There were four new school track records set this spring. The 1600 Relay team of Tyler Viste, Skyler Dutton, Jason Tatafu, and Jed Kirkland set a new record of 3:34.37. Also Tyson Schlabs' 110 Hurdles time of 17.2 was a new school record. Jayme Shanks Pole Vault of 8' 9" will be on the record board as well as Julia Kirkland's time of 63.1 for the 400. Congratulations!


Burns, Babbitt To Discuss Upper Missouri Burns Wants To Work With Delegation, Babbitt on Upper Missouri (5/31)

Montana Senator Conrad Burns today announced that he will meet with Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt to discuss the future of the Upper Missouri River.

"The Upper Missouri is a beautiful region, and there's no disagreement that we need to maintain that beauty," Burns said. "Healthy lands and a healthy economy are goals we can all set our sights on. Hopefully, we can all sit down and find some common ground that will guide any decisions we make about the region."
Burns invited Babbitt to meet about the Upper Missouri River on May 5 after Babbitt traveled to Montana and offered to work with the delegation on legislation to protect the area.

Burns said that he looked forward to working with Babbitt. He said that he extended invitations to Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Congressman Rick Hill (R-Mont.) to participate in the discussions as well. The meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 13.

Burns said that Babbitt's acceptance of his invitation was a "positive step." Recalling Babbitt's earlier commitment not to take action on any federal designation without discussing it with the delegation, Burns said, "Secretary Babbitt's willingness to meet with us gives me hope that we can find a Montana solution for the Upper Missouri."

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Resource Advisory Council has recommended that the agency devote more resources to existing programs in the area. Burns said he is attempting to secure this funding through his seat on the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Interior.
Burns is also a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Department of Interior's land management policies.


CONTROLLED BURN ON NORTH SIDE OF GLASGOW (5/30)

On Tuesday, May 30th, the fire department conducted a controlled burn of several houses located on the northeast side of Glasgow.  Here are a few photos:

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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-NORTHERN CHANCELLOR ACCEPTS PRESIDENCY AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (5/30)

Montana State University-Northern Chancellor Mike Rao was named the twelfth president of Central Michigan University on Tuesday May 30th. Rao starts at Central Michigan on July 1st. Dr. Rao replaces Leonard E. Plachta who is resigning this summer. Central Michigan University serves 27,000 students and is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division One "A" school.

Dr. Rao came to Montana State University-Northern in July of 1998 from Mission College in California.

Rao said earlier today "I have mixed feeling about moving away from so many great colleagues and friends in Montana, but realize that Central Michigan offers a very strong match and opportunity. I am also very grateful to Montana State University Interim President Terry Roark, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Crofts, and the Montana Board of Regents. Their support and guidance has been consistent and strong. Many members of the MSUN community have expressed concern about my leaving, but I know that the MSUN team will continue to make progress toward what we envisioned for MSUN-together with its new leader."

On becoming President at Central Michigan Rao said, "I am honored that I have been selected to serve in the role of leading this outstanding team of student leaders, faculty, staff and administration," he said. "Having met with the board of trustees, I couldn't be more pleased than to be working with such an accomplished group of business and community leaders." Rao brings leadership and vision to CMU, said Jerry Campbell, chairman of the board of trustees. "In a short period of time he has distinguished himself in several areas -- as a higher education project manager in the private sector, a dean, college president and university chancellor," said Campbell. "He has shown the ability to build relationships and bring campus communities together to focus on shared goals and projects. "He stresses his commitment to advancing the lives of students. I was most impressed by his energy, enthusiasm and ideas. I'm looking forward to his presidency," he said.

"He was an outstanding choice of the screening committee," said Sid Smith, a trustee and committee chair. "I'm very excited about Michael Rao coming to CMU. I have no doubt he will be an excellent president. He has a record of success in many areas, including raising advancement dollars, working with legislators and building relationships with external constituents.

"Michael Rao is a natural successor to Leonard Plachta," said Smith. "He will build on Leonard's accomplishments and leadership in moving CMU forward as a modern, student-focused university. He is the right person for the job. He represents a bright future for CMU."

Rao was appointed chancellor at Montana State University Northern in 1998. During his tenure, the university initiated new master's and bachelor degree programs; developed a collaborative effort that identified six major initiatives, most of which Rao's team has achieved; exceeded fund-raising goals; achieved new highs in grant funding; and developed a student services excellence plan.

Prior to Montana State University Northern, Rao was president of Mission College, an 11,000-student public community college in California's Silicon Valley, from 1994 to 1998. There he is credited with reversing years of budget shortfalls through increased enrollment, the development of four key niche degree programs, increasing faculty salaries, implementing a system of shared governance, and establishing programs and partnerships with leading high-tech companies. He served as dean of the college's School of Fine and Applied Arts from 1992 to 1994.

Rao also has extensive experience as a consultant to higher education institutions, with specific areas of expertise in budgeting and academic planning. He and his colleagues developed master plans for five new university branch campuses of the University of Washington and Washington State University and worked with colleges in Wyoming, Texas, New York, British Columbia, Nebraska and California. He also worked with state educational agencies in Georgia, Florida, California and Connecticut. Before his career in California and Montana, Rao served as assistant to the president at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His primary duties included liaison work with the state agencies in charge of higher education in Florida and playing a leadership role in matters of university governance, university relations, budgeting and affirmative action.

He has a Ph.D. in higher education and business administration from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida.

Rao was born in Boston and raised in Florida. He and his wife, Monica, have a seven-month-old son, Miguel.


GLASGOW AWARDS CEREMONY (5/30)
At the GHS Awards Assembly on May 24th, the Glasgow Education Association announced its scholarship recipients. Ms. Mary Wilson and Mr. Ryan Truscott, who will both be graudating from Glasgow High School Class of 2000, were the named winners. Each of the scholarships is awarded to students who are pursuing baccalaureate degrees in the field of education.
TARUM WINS SCHOLARSHIP FROM FIRST COMMUNITY BANK (5/30)
First Community Bank announces that Chrissa Tarum is the winner of their $500 scholarship. This scholarship was available to all graduating seniors in Valley County. First Community Bank offered this scholarship through the Montana Bankers Education Foundation in recognition of Lynn Grobel, FCB Chairman.

Chrissa is the daughter of Dale and Brenda Tarum and is the valedictorian of Opheim High School. She plans on attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks where she will major in chemical engineering while also completing the pre-medical requirements.
AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR SEEKS CRP EMERGENCY GRAZING RATE ALTERNATIVES (5/30)

Due to the current drought conditions facing many Montana ranchers and strong concerns about the availability of forage for the state's 2.6 million cattle, Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ralph Peck has worked with federal agencies to ensure that emergency Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grazing is a viable option for the state's cattle producers.

An announcement was made today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that CRP payments will be reduced by 25% as opposed to the 35% initially proposed if producers graze their CRP lands. In order to receive permission to graze CRP lands, Secretary Glickman must authorize CRP grazing by county based on a drought disaster request submitted by the county commissioners to the Farm Service Agency and Governor Racicot. Currently, seven Montana counties have received this designation.

"This is a step in the right direction," Peck said. "We will continue to work with our congressional delegation and federal agency counterparts to ensure producers the opportunity to graze cattle at reasonable rates on CRP lands during this drought period."

Earlier this week Peck joined forces with Bruce Nelson, executive director of the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the state of Montana, to work on options that would reflect competitive Animal Unit Month (AUM) costs for feed based on the quality of feeds received. Typically feed from CRP is inferior to feed in pasture and rangelands.

Peck has also visited with Keith Kelly, the director of FSA in Washington D.C. and expressed concerns over CRP grazing payment reductions. Kelly stated a strong commitment to work with the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to resolve the prohibitive cost of using CRP land for grazing during the drought conditions.

In light of the drought conditions affecting most of the state, producers without adequate feed supplies will soon be forced to make decisions regarding the use of CRP for grazing. Peck is also working closely with Senator Conrad Burns in regard to emergency CRP grazing issues.

For more information, please contact Michael Sullivan, Public Information Officer, at the Montana Department of Agriculture at (406) 444-3144 or by email at agr@state.mt.us.


MAZUREK: PUBLIC CAN ACCESS STREAMS FROM COUNTY BRIDGES (5/30)

Attorney General Joe Mazurek has concluded that, under some circumstances, the recreating public does have access to streams and rivers from county roads and bridges, provided they stay within the road or bridge easement.

In an attorney general's opinion issued Friday, Mazurek advised that, subject to the conditions set forth in the opinion, the recreating public should not be cited for trespassing when they use bridges on county roads as access points for fishing or floating.

The opinion points out that, for more than a century, the Montana Supreme Court has consistently applied a liberal interpretation of public highway easements created by deed or petition, allowing "for the possibility of changing and expanding uses to keep pace with the changes and needs of the public."

"Montana's Constitution guarantees the public the right to use all of our state's waters for recreation," Mazurek noted. "Our legal research revealed that bridges on county roads are basically the intersection between two public rights-of-way: the road and the stream or river. When the public has the legal right to use both, it wouldn't make any sense to conclude that people can't use the point where they intersect."

The opinion was requested by Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Patrick Graham and Madison County Attorney Robert Zenker, who asked Mazurek's office to research whether the public is allowed to gain access to a stream or river from the right-of-way of a public road at a bridge crossing. They requested the opinion to resolve conflict between the recreating public and landowners along the Ruby River in Madison County. Landowners in the area believed people wanting to fish and float on the Ruby did not have the right to gain access to streams from county bridges, and had asked state game wardens and local law enforcement officers to cite the recreationists for trespassing.

"Obviously, with this right comes the responsibility to respect the landowner's property," Mazurek added. "The right of access is limited to the road or bridge right-of-way. It does not allow the public to use other private property to reach the stream. People fishing and floating through private property need to be especially courteous and make sure they don't trespass, let their dogs run loose or leave garbage behind."

Mazurek also noted that county commissioners have the authority to control the use of roads and bridges for stream access in relation to safety, parking or other legitimate governmental concerns.

The opinion considered access from bridges on three types of roads - deeded roads owned by the public, easements approved by county commissioners as public roads, and easements based on historic use. It found that access is legal on the first two types of roads, at least in those cases where the documents creating the easement do not restrict recreational stream access. Access to streams and rivers would be allowed from bridges on roads created by historic use only if they had been used to gain stream access for fishing and recreating during the period of time that initially created the easement. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and county attorneys would therefore need to determine historic use of such bridges on a case-by-case basis.

An attorney general's opinion carries the weight of law unless a court overturns it or the Legislature modifies the laws involved.


HAIL INSURANCE PROGRAM UNDERWAY (5/30)
Montana Department of Agriculture director Ralph Peck reminds producers that they can protect themselves from crop losses due to hail by signing up with the Montana Hail Insurance Program.

"This self-supporting hail insurance program has served Montana farmers for over 80 years," says Peck.

"Several of the State Hail Insurance Board members are producers, so they are very aware of the practical needs of those suffering from crop losses due to hail. The Board monitors the program and provides refunds in any year when premiums exceed losses and expenses."

Maximum crop coverage is established by the legislature at $24/acre for dryland acreage and $48/acre for irrigated acreage. Premiums range from 5% to 10% depending on the county historic average and crop insured. Premiums can be paid in one of three ways - cash (at a 4% premium discount), as a charge against real estate taxes, or as a charge against a crop lien.

The program is administered through the Montana Department of Agriculture and applications are available at your local county Department of Revenue office, formerly known as Appraisal and Assessment offices. For more information regarding the program, contact either your local Department of Revenue office or Melissa Brockman, Hail Program Specialist at the Montana Department of Agriculture at (406) 444-2402 or by e-mail at agr@state.mt.us
CMR FIRE UPDATE (5/30)
At 8:05 Sunday mornning, the Valley County Long Run Fire Department responded to a fire on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Cause of this fire was most likely lightning. The fire was in the Harper's Ridge area along Fort Peck Lake on Valley County's southern edge in very rugged terrain.

Valley County had 5 trucks with 10 fire fighters on the fire. The Pines cabin owners sent 1 truck with 3 firefighters and area ranchers had 2 water trucks and around 10 people helping with this fire.

U.S. government fire crews were notified at 8:15 Sunday mornning. Crews with U.S. Fish and Wildlife responded from Jordan, Sand Creek and Fort Peck. BLM sent a crew in from Zortman. Federal fire crews started arriving around 12:30 pm. 6 pumpers and 22 firefighters made up the federal firefighting attack. Valley County had a plane in the air giving information to the ground crews.

Valley County crews were released from the fire around 6:00 pm Sunday.

The fire was called contained at 9:00 Monday mornning according to the Interagency Fire Dispatch in Lewistown. CMR is patroling the area.

The estimated size of this fire is 600 acres.
CMR FIRE CONTAINED (5/29)

The Valley County Long Run Fire Department was called to a fire on the CMR Wildlife Refuge in southern Valley County, about 60 miles south of Glasgow, in the area of Harper's Ridge. The department was notified at 8:05am Sunday, and were the first firefighters to arrive on the scene, with 4 trucks & 10 firefighters. Long Run Fire Department also used air reconnaissance, getting direction from an airplane circling the fire for several hours.

The Pines Department arrived with 1 truck and 3 firefighters and area ranchers responded with 2 water trucks set up for firefighting with 12-15 people. The Bureau of Land Management was notified, and sent 6 fire engines and 22 firefighters from the Sand Creek Station from Zortman, arriving at about 12:30pm.

Federal officials released Long Run Fire Department firefighters from the blaze at about 6pm Sunday, and according to the Inter-Agency Fire Dispatch in Lewistown, it was called contained at 9am Monday morning.
Early estimates were of possibly 500 acres burned, including grassland, sagebrush and some timber. No injuries were reported.


HENTGES FIRE (5/26)

The Long Run Fire Department was called to a shop fire at the Jerry Hentges residence, 3 miles east of Frazer on the Indian Highway on Thursday. The fire was reported at 4:37pm. Long Run responded with 3 trucks and 6 firefighters, the Frazer Fire Dept responded with 1 truck and 4 fire fighters and BIA out of Poplar responded with two trucks and 4 fire fighters. Neighbors also assisted in containing the fire with spray rigs.

The shop building and all its contents were a total loss. A barn located near the shop was threatened by the shop fire: firefighters were able to protect that structure. Cause of this fire was sparks from a cut off saw igniting dry grass next to the shop building. No injuries were reported.

 


2 PAMIDA EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH THEFT (5/25)
Two employees of the of the Glasgow Pamida store have appeared before City Judge Emery Brelje on theft charges.

Delee Hustad, 26, of Glasgow, pleaded guilty to theft of use of property and was sentenced on May 16th. She took a VCR, a Nintendo, a Donkey Kong game, a portable cd player and some smaller items. She was fined $750 and $30 in surcharges, with $630 suspended for six months, and given a 30 day jail sentence suspended for six months.

Nicholas Weinmeister, a 19 year old Nashua resident, pleaded guilty May 9th to one theft charge involving a Coleman tent worth $129.99. He was given a $500 fine and $30 in surcharges, with $400 suspended, and a suspended 30 day sentence.

He pleaded not guilty to another charge of theft of merchandise. An omnibus hearing is set for June 20th on that charge.
GLASGOW HIRES NEW BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH (5/25)
Glasgow High School has hired a new head boys and girls basketball coach. According to school superintendent Glenn Monson the school has hired Ryan Rebson to lead the Scottie boys and girls basketball programs. Rebson, a native of Miles City, currently is the head boys and girls coach at Broadus High School. Rebson replaces Todd Glaser as the girls coach and Jack Schye as the boys coach. He will also be the librarian at Glasgow High School.

In other school news, Glenn Monson told Kltz/Klan news that the recent special session of the Montana Legislature provided an increase in funding for the next fiscal year. Monson said that the school districts budget will increase 2.4 percent next year and he estimates that this could mean an extra $120,000 in funding. The Glasgow School Board will meet on June 2nd to make a final decision on how this extra money will be used in the school budget. In the last contract that was negotiated between the school board and the Glasgow Education Associaton, the boards chief negotiatior Charles Wilson said that if the district received any extra state money it would mean that money could be used for an increase in pay for Glasgow teachers.

Monson also told said that the track resurfacing project is schedule to get under way as soon as school is complete. The project should be completed by the end of June.
COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZE MILL LEVY ELECTION FOR GRAVEL (5/24)

The Valley County Commissioners have authorized a mill levy election to appear on the June 6th primary election ballot which will provide extra money to help gravel roads in Valley County.

This added tax will be voted on by the electorate only in the unincorporated areas of the county. This means voters in Glasgow, Nashua, Opheim and Fort Peck will not vote on the issue or be affected by the new tax.
The county commissioners have issued a statement supporting the passage of this levy election. The commissioners argue that in the past 13 years there has been a decline of $570,513 in revenue for the road department yet there are 2000 miles of county roads to be maintained. If the levy is approved by county voters an additional $224,300 will be raised and this money will be used exclusively for gravel projects on county roads.

This additional money will be available only for the next two fiscal years.

The commissioners also point out that in 1986, Valley County had 31 full-time Road Department employees, 13 motor graders, 6 trucks that can be mounted with a snowplow and 6 snowplows. In 2000, the number of employees has dropped to 16 full-time and 4 mower operators for 3 months and the county has 8 motor graders.

BURGLARY IN HINSDALE (5/23)

On Saturday night the Valley County Sheriff¹s Dept. received a call of a possible burglary in progress at the Raiders Quick Stop in Hinsdale. The call came in at 11.30pm. The Valley County Sheriffs Dept. with assistance from the Montana Highway Patrol responded.

2 suspects were arrested: 1adult male and 1 male juvenile. These suspects are in custody at this time. KLTZ ­ KLAN News will follow this story, as more information becomes available.


BAUCUS OPTIMISTIC ON HATCHERY BILL (5/23)

U.S. Senator Max Baucus met on Tuesday with Dr. Joe Westphal, Assistant
Secretary for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to ensure passage of the
Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery proposal in the Water Resources
Development Act, a bill that approves U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects
across the country.

Baucus said the bill is "highly likely" to pass this year. Baucus stated
that the bill is catered to Montana and that he's doing all that he can to
make the bill happen.

The project will establish a hatchery for native fish recovery and 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 area in Fort Peck and will be staffed by 2 to 3 employees.

In 1997, Baucus was successful in including the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive
Center and Museum 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 Dam Interpretive Center and Museum," Baucus said.
"The Fort Peck Hatchery will be included in the water resources bill which
will push the initiative forward."

Baucus said the hatchery proposal has the support of local community
leaders, economic development groups and sportsmens associations, and will
be a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

"Fishing and hunting are an integrated part of our Montana heritage. We have
always prided ourselves on our abundant rivers and our state's natural
beauty. I want to keep it that way. This bill will also jumpstart our
state's economy."

 


FINANCIAL GIFTS HELP EMT'S (5/17)
Financial gifts from two sources will help EMTs care for people experiencing heart attacks in northern parts of Valley County, announced Maggan Walstad of Opheim. She serves as treasurer of the North Valley Emergency Medical Services. The volunteer ambulance service is in the process of purchasing a cardiac defibrillator and the gifts will help pay the costs of the equipment.

A defibrillator is used during cardiac arrest. It sends a controlled electric current through the body of a patient whose heart has stopped, restoring normal heart action.

The ambulance service received a gift of $850.00 from St. Matthew’s Mite, a community outreach project of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Glasgow. It also received a $1,700 grant from the Montana Community Foundation. Total cost on the defibrillator is estimated at $3,400.00, and ambulance service funds will make up the remaining costs. Purchase of the equipment is expected this year, once the NVEMS application is approved by the state.

"We are working together with Dr. Anne Williams in coordinating this," Walstad said. John Marvin of Opheim is certified as an instructor and he will teach other volunteers in use of the defibrillator once it arrives.

In the near future, a cardiac defibrillator will be standard equipment on the North Valley Emergency Medical Services ambulance.

Maggan Walstad of Opheim, center, accepts a $1,700 check from the Montana Community Foundation, presented by Jim Smrcka, of Glasgow, who serves on the state board. Cindy Markle, right, presented another gift of $850 on behalf of St. Matthew’s Mite, a community outreach project of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Glasgow. Walstad wrote the grant request that resulted in the Foundation’s gift. She serves as treasurer for the NVEMS.

 


VALLEY COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (05/17)

On Wednesday, May 17th, during the Senior Health Fair, Joyce English was selected as the Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year.

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Joyce English: Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year 2000

 


VALLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE FORUM (05/16)

On Tuesday, May 16th at the Cottonwood Inn, the four Valley County Commissioner Candidates; Democrats, Marla Jan Maxness DeDobbeleer and Ron Gilbertson, and Republicans, Julie Burke and Kari Lee Knierim took part in a candidate forum hosted by Stan Ozark and Samar Fay.  The primary for Valley County Commissioner will be held on June 6th.  Here are a few pictures from the Tuesday forum:

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Hosts: Stan Ozark & Samar Fay Republican: Kari Lee Knierim Republican: Julie Burke Democrat: Ron Gilbertson Democrat: Marla DeDobbeleer 

HAY HOTLINE OPENS (5/16)
(Helena)--For the third consecutive year the Montana Department of Agriculture will again operate the "Hay and Pasture Hotline" for producers in need of pasture or hay, according to Ralph Peck, director of the Department.

"A potential drought this summer could cause a shortage of both hay and grazing pasture," says Peck. "The Montana Hay and Pasture Hotline provides a point of contact for producers who are either in need of forage, or have a surplus on hand."

The Hotline includes both county and out of state listings and specifies the type of hay, bale configuration, certification and tonnage amounts, as well as available or needed pasture. Producers who would like to either purchase or list hay or pasture can provide their names to the Montana Department of Agriculture at the Hotline number, (406) 444-2402, and be connected with prospective buyers or sellers in their area.

Peck notes the Montana Hay and Pasture Hotline can also be accessed via the internet at http://www.agr.state.mt.us

For more information on the Hay Hotline, or other services provided by the Montana Department of Agriculture contact Theresa Genereux at (406) 444-2402 or by e-mail at agr@state.mt.us.


STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT JMG ANNUAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE (5/16)

One hundred fifty-two students from across the state gathered at the Jobs for Montana's Graduates (JMG) Tenth Annual Montana Career Development Conference in Butte on May 2-3, 2000, to celebrate their achievements, and to demonstrate the skills they have gained as a member of the Montana Career Association. The students participated in workshops, and chapter and individual competitive events during the conference.

These competitive events are the culmination of local Montana Career Association activities. The career association is often the only youth organization for at risk students. It provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for outstanding accomplishments, build self-confidence, be part of at team, give back to their community through volunteer efforts, develop leadership skills, take part in civic and social activities, develop a sense of achievement through competition, and interact with their peers.

A highlight of the conference was the Awards Luncheon and Ceremony, at which Commissioner of Labor and Industry Pat Haffey presented special awards to individuals and organizations that had helped the Jobs for Montana's Graduates program. Former Governor, Stan Stephens, presented the trophies and awards to the winners of the competitive events.

Winners of state competition are as follows:
Life Math Skills - Grade 10
1st - Laura Henderson, Simms High School and Tabi Ward, Butte High School
2nd - Tim Childers, Capital High School, Helena and Megan Cleary, Helena High School
3rd - T.J. Anderson, St. Ignatius High School

Life Math Skills - Grade 11
1st - Roxzan Spolar, Butte High School
2nd - Valance Lausch, Whitewater High School
3rd - Adlai Falls Down, Jr., Plenty Coups High School, Pryor and Mike Jones, Eagle High School, Columbia Falls

Life Math Skills - Grade 12
1st - Lana Allen, Plains High School
2nd - Allie Williams, Jefferson High School, Boulder
3rd - Jessie Johnson, Florence-Carlton High School

Public Speaking - Grade 10
1st - Marjorie Bates, Billings Senior High School and Susie Dickey, Helena High School
2nd - Rachel Kanc, Central School, Libby
3rd - Justin Toren, Simms High School

Public Speaking - Grade 11/12
1st - Dot Gilliland, Plains High School
2nd - Kadie Dennis, Butte High School
3rd - Deyonne Killsmight, Lame Deer High School

Decision Making - Grade 10
1st - Kayla Messerly, Whitewater High School
2nd - Russ Prout, Capital High School, Helena
3rd - Megan Cleary, Helena High School

Critical Thinking Skills - Grade 12
1st - Kadie Dennis, Butte High School
2nd - Amanda Evans, Central School, Libby
3rd - John Day, Plains High School

Slogan/Poster Event - Grade 10/11
1st - Desiree Peuse, Butte High School
2nd - Becky Cosgriff, Central School, Libby
3rd - Julia Brown, Butte ALAS and Natalie Blount, Frazer High School

Slogan/Poster Event - Grade 12
1st - Daniel Williams, Plains High School
2nd - Amanda Evans, Central School, Libby
3rd - Pauline Smoker, Frazer High School

Telephone Techniques - Grade 11
1st - Michael Redstone, Frazer High School
2nd - Cliff Gilham, Eagle High School, Columbia Falls
3rd - Richard Martin, Florence-Carlton High School

Words in the Workplace - Grade 11
1st - LeAndra Follett, Frazer High School
2nd - Belinda Frady, Garfield County High School, Jordan

3rd - Ernesto Johnson, Simms High School

Employment Preparation Event
1st - Miranda Johnson, Plains High School
2nd - Chris Campbell, Plains High School
3rd - Mike Jurenka, Blue Sky High School, Rudyard

Exploratory Career Notebook
1st - Ernesto Johnson, Simms High School
Chapter Civic Activities
1st - Plains High School
2nd - Simms High School
3rd - Butte High School

Chapter Talent
1st - Plains High School
2nd - Ronan High School, Filaree Edmo
3rd - Butte High School

Eight students were recipients of the Chairman's Recognition Award. These
students were nominated by their job specialists/teachers as the students
who have benefited the most and shown the most significant growth through
participation in JMG and Montana Career Association for the 1999-2000 school
year. Recipients of this award are:

Crystal Cook, Butte High School
Julia Brown, Butte Abraham Lincoln Alternative School
Weston Moore, Florence-Carlton High School
Kelsey Stanton, Garfield County High School, Jordan
Deyonne Killsnight, Lame Deer High School
Wade Smith, Central High School, Libby
Sam Sutherland, Central High School, Libby
Melissa Danhof, Plains High School

Students attending the conference actively participate in their local
community's Montana Career Association. The Montana Career Association is
integral to the JMG instructional program. JMG is a school-to-work
transition program targeting high school students who need help completing
an educational program or securing and holding a job. It assists students to
stay in school, graduate and successfully transition from school to work.
JMG was implemented in May 1990 and is jointly sponsored by the Governor's
Office and the Office of Public Instruction and administered through the
Department of Labor and Industry.

Schools interested in learning more about the JMG program should contact Lorelee Robinson, State Director at 406-444-2534.


TOEWS HAS GOOD NEWS FROM SPECIAL SESSION (5/16)
State Senator Daryl Toews returned recently from the special session of the Montana Legislature and reported that eastern Montana faired rather well. He told Kltz/Klan news that legislators approved a bill that will cut personal property taxes and also increase funding for education. Toews said that schools in northeastern Montana are in desperate need for additional funding because of declining enrollment. This is also not a one time increase but will continue on for several years providing the extra money for public schools.

The legislature also approved a bill that will provide low interest loans for medium size economic development projects that are in the planning stages in eastern Montana. The loans will come from the Montana Board of Investments and will help projects including the proposed Lustre Dairy become a reality.

MONTANA'S RURAL COMMUNITIES INVITED TO APPLY FOR 2000/2001 TOURISM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (5/16)

Rural Montana communities and Indian Reservations interested in assessing their tourism potential are invited to apply for the 2000/2001 Montana Community Tourism Assessment Program (CTAP) offered by the Montana Commerce Department’s Travel Montana program and MSU Extension. Deadline for applying is August 1, 2000. Three communities will be selected to participate in the 8-month CTAP process that will begin in the selected communities in September 2000 and continue through Spring 2001.

“Through this self-help community assessment process we have been able to assist 21 rural Montana communities identify their local tourism resources and determine how these resources can be employed to strengthen the local economy,” said Montana Commerce Department Director Peter Blouke. “The community action groups that have directed the assessment have told us that the process and the $300,000 in ‘bed tax’ funded grants made available to them for tourism related projects were very helpful and we look forward to helping more Montana communities this year.”

To receive an application, interested communities can contact Travel Montana at 444-2654 or download the application form and program information from the Travel Montana Intranet site’s News & Updates section: travelmontana.state.mt.us. Completed applications should be sent to: Travel Montana, Community Tourism Assessment, P.O. Box 200533, Helena, MT 59620-0533.

Montana’s Community Tourism Assessment Program is a "self help" program designed to assist rural communities identify what role, if any, tourism can play in strengthening their local economy. The 8-month long program engages community members in a multiple-step process analyzing community organization, area resources, marketing and the identification of potential tourism-related projects the community can develop.

Although CTAP is a “self help” program, community members do receive guidance and facilitation services from the staff of MSU Extension and College of Business, Travel Montana, and UM’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research. Once the assessment process is completed, each community can apply for tourism project development funds from a CTAP grant pool of state “bed tax” funds established by Travel Montana.

To be eligible for the program, communities must have a population of less than 15,000 people. The primary selection criteria for program participants include:
* the community’s ability to commit a significant amount of manpower and time to complete the program's analysis and assessment process.
* a written narrative expressing the realistic potential for developing or expanding tourism in the community.
* the urgency of need for a community assessment caused by the area’s changing economy or other factors.

For more information, contact Victor A. Bjornberg, Travel Montana, 4444366, FAX 444-1800, E-mail: victor@visitmt.com.

Since its beginning in 1991, Montana’s Community Tourism Assessment Program has assisted 21 communities analyze and develop their tourism potential. The Montana CTAP communities include: Anaconda, Blackfeet Reservation, Broadus, Choteau, Cut Bank, Deer Lodge, Dillon, Fort Belknap Reservation, Glasgow, Glendive, Hamilton/Bitterroot Valley, Hardin, Havre, Laurel, Lewistown, Libby, Livingston, Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Red Lodge, Three Forks and Whitehall.

A CTAP video has been produced to highlight how the process has assisted Montanans in six communities that have completed the program. The video can be borrowed from either Travel Montana or MSU Extension or purchased ($14.95) from MSU Extension Publication, Box 172040, MSU, Bozeman, MT 59717, 994-3273.

1999 MONTANA NONRESIDENT TRAVEL FACT SHEET
Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
The University of Montana
1999 Travel Year Performance:
• Hosted 9.4 million Montana visitors, up 2% from 1998 (average group size, 2.4 representing 3.9 million groups).
• Visitors to Montana spent $1.59 billion during their 1999 stay.
The $1.59 billion represents expenditures coming from the following groups:
• 49% from vacationers
• 22% from nonresidents visiting friends and family
• 11% from business travelers
• 9% from visitors simply passing through Montana
• 9% from people here for shopping, conventions, or other such as medical
• Montana's travel industry payroll is $392 million annually.
• 26,400 Montana jobs are directly supported by nonresident travel.
Visitor Expenditures: Where does the $1.59 billion travel industry money go? (1999 dollars)
• 24.1% Retail Sales, $383.4 million
• 26.0% Food, $413.6 million
• 17.2% Lodging, $273.3 million
• 22.2% Gas, $352.7 million which generates nearly $70 million in state gas taxes
• 10.4% Other Purchases and Transportation, $164.6 million
Between 1991 and 1999:
• Montana visitor expenditures (including tourism and other types of nonresident travel) grew from $1.24 billion to $1.59 billion. (1999 dollars)
• Nonresident visitation to Montana grew 25% from 7.52 million travelers to 9.42 million travelers.


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN SPOTTER TRAINING IS TUESDAY (5/15)

The National Weather Service is holding a SKYWARN spotter training class in glasgow on Tuesday night, May 16th, in the basement of the Valley County Courthouse at 7pm. There will be information on severe weather identification, safety and reporting procedures. Anyone interested in learning more about severe weather is welcome to attend.

During the summer of 1999, over $1 million worth of damage was caused by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in northeast Montana alone. The largest responsibility of a SKYWARN spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. Spotter information, coupled with Doppler radar, satellite and other data, has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. For more information, contact the Glasgow office of the National Weather Service.
DRAFT EIS RELEASED ON HATCHERY (5/14)
(ED. NOTE: The following was taken from Mark Henckel’s column in the Sports section of the Billings Gazette this Sunday. You can catch the Gazette online at http://www.billingsgazette.com The full story is available at: http://www.billingsgazette.com/sports/20000514_swhenk.html
A draft environmental assessment for the proposed Fort Peck Fish Hatchery has been released for public comment which sheds a little more light on plans for the facility to be located below Fort Peck Dam.

Included in the assessment is a finding that the hatchery would pose no significant impacts on the quality of the environment.

PAVING PROJECTS UNDERWAY (5/11)

Highway 2 west of Glasgow is being repaved, from El Cor Del to just inside the city limits. The city is taking the old asphalt shavings and is paving some gravel streets, and the county is repaving the landfill road.
HIGHWAY 2 WEST OF GLASGOW
HIGHWAY 2 WEST
LANDFILL ROAD
MIDDLE SCHOOL PAVING

TWO CHARGED IN ELK SLAUGHTER (5/11)

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks with the Valley County Attorney Office has filed a complaint in Valley County Justice Court on Paul McColly and James McColly of Hinsdale, Montana. The complaint alleges that Paul and James conspired to illegally kill and waste 13 elk in Valley County. The violations took place during August 1998.

The complaint is charging Paul McColly with 13 counts of hunting the game animal during a closed season. The complaint also charges Paul McColly with 13 counts of waste of game animal. There are additional alternative charges for Paul McColly including 13 alternative charges for hunt during a closed season by accountability and 13 alternative charges of waste of game animal by accountability.

A second complaint is charging James McColly with 13 charges of hunting a game animal during a closed season by accountability and 13 charges of waste of game animal by accountability. Additional alternative charges for James McColly include 13 charges of hunting a game animal during a closed season and 13 charges of waste of a game animal.

Fish Wildlife and Parks received information in September 1998 that several elk had been killed illegally north of Hinsdale. The investigation revealed several carcasses located on private property. Before this incident occurred Fish Wildlife and Parks had been working with Hinsdale area landowners to develop a management plan for the elk population.

The illegal elk killing in August 1998 stalled those negotiations but discussions were resumed in the fall of 1999, with the outcome being the development of an elk hunt and other management measures to reduce the elk population as much as possible.
HIGHWAY PATROL BUSY WITH AREA ACCIDENTS (5/11)

The Montana Highway Patrol has been busy with accident investigations the last few days.

On Friday, May 5th, a semi-truck hauling hay overturned 7.5 miles south of Opheim. This accident occurred at 10:50 am. This accident remains under investigation.

On Sunday, May 7th, a single vehicle rollover was reported at 11:54 am. This accident was located at mile marker 72 on Highway 24 south. The highway patrol said an ambulance had been dispatched to this accident scene. KLTZ/KLAN news will have more information on this accident when it becomes available.

On Monday morning a two vehicle accident was reported at 11:30 am. This accident was located just west of Glasgow near the Cherry Creek turnoff.

According to Mitch Willitt of the Montana Highway Patrol, a grain truck driven by Walter Riggin struck a belly dump trailer being pulled by a Riverside Construction truck driven by Ed Leckie of Glasgow. This accident occurred in the area where U.S. #2 is being milled in preparation for a new overlay.

No injuries were reported. Traffic was delayed as the damaged grain truck was removed from the roadway. Law enforcement officers from the Valley County Sheriffs Department and Glasgow Police Department assisted with traffic control as the Montana Highway Patrol investigated this accident.
BURNS SEEKS ADULT ED AT TRIBAL COLLEGES (5/11)

Montana Senator Conrad Burns has announced that he will seek $5 million for adult education programs at tribal colleges.
"It's never too late to continue your education, and this program would help thousands of tribal members do just that," Burns said. "Not only will the program help adults complete their high school educations, but I hope these adults will inspire young people to do the same."

"We highly commend Senator Burns for taking the lead on this important issue, which will greatly benefit Montana's seven tribes and Native American people nationwide," said Dr. Joseph McDonald, president of Salish Kootenai College.
Burns said that the funds will be used for literacy programs and high school diploma equivalency programs. He said that most of the congressional debate about education has focused on elementary and high school students, but he believes learning ought to be a lifelong endeavor.

"Adult tribal education is an important part of breaking the cycle of poverty and the myriad of problems that go with it," said Stephen McCoy, director of the Salish Kootenai College Adult Learning Center. "Unfortunately, Montana's tribal colleges share a total of $100,000 every year for adult education. As a result, six of Montana's seven tribal colleges have had a hard time keeping their adult education programs open. This amendment could bring an additional $150,000 to each tribal college in Montana and nearly double the total amount of funding for adult education programs in the state."

There are 32 tribal colleges nationwide, seven of which are located in Montana.

Burns plans to introduce his proposal as an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, which the Senate is debating.

Burns is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which would allocate the funds once the program is authorized.

GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON FAMILIES TO HONOR 7 GROUPS (5/11)

In support of the commitment that "Montana will forever nurture and support all families," the Governor's Council on Families will honor seven Montana programs and organizations at a public ceremony Friday, May 12, at 11 a.m. in the Supreme Court Chambers, Justice Building, at 215 North Sanders, Helena.

Governor Marc Racicot and Council Chair Katherine Curtis of Columbia Falls will present program representatives with "Family Friendly" certificates of appreciation. Each representative will speak briefly about their programs and policies, sharing how they make contributions in support of families. A reception will immediately follow.

Programs and organizations receiving awards are:
* Statewide Family Fishing Program, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena
* Fergus High Key Club, Lewistown
* Sheridan County Youth Action Council, Plentywood
* District IV Human Resources Development Council, Havre
* Developmental Educational Assistance Program, Miles City
* EDUFAIM, Glasgow, Livingston
* Touch of Grace Clinic/Salvation Army, Kalispell
The Council was created in 1996 at the request of Gov. Racicot to provide all Montanans an opportunity to help develop ways to strengthen families.


UNEMPLOYMENT STATS FOR MARCH 2000 (5/7)
Here are the Department of Labor & Industry Statistics In Brief for March 2000. This year's rate is first, followed by March 1999 rates.
MONTANA 5.7% 6.3%
Garfield 5.2% 3.8%
McCone 6.8% 5.0%
Phillips 6.2% 9.7%
Richland 8.1% 8.1%
Roosevelt 11.1% 9.7%
Sheridan 7.4% 6.5%
Valley 5.3% 6.6%


SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPTS 2 MORE RESIGNATIONS (5/4)

The Glasgow school board met in special session Wednesday afternoon. The main business was to canvass the votes from Tuesday's school board election. In that election Tom Schmidt and Jennie Reinhardt were elected to three year terms on the board. Reinhardt was re-elected while Schmidt will replace Don Fast who chose not to run for another term on the board.

The board will reorganize during the next board meeting which is set for May 10th and this will also be the first meeting for Tom Schmidt.

The board also accepted the resignations of Middle School teacher Mark Yoakam and elementary teacher Terri Beede.

Glasgow school superintendent Glenn Monson told Kltz/Mix 93 news that the administration is currently in the process of interviewing applicants for the many positions open in the school district. He mentioned that hopefuly by the next meeting on May 10th he will have reccomendations for some of the available positions.
 

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS AND LEVY RESULTS (05/02)

GLASGOW- TOP TWO VOTE GETTERS
TOM SCHMIDT  244
JENNY REINHARDT  208
ROD OST  89
NASHUA-TOP TWO VOTER GETTERS
MERRY JEAN BERGSTROM  98
JANICE MAXINE SHANKS  97
LELAND L. BLATTER  63
LETICIA "TISH" GARTSIDE  35
FRAZER-TOP VOTER GETTER
LLEWELYN SMOKER 68
JOSEPH HOWARD 15
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVY
FOR  76
AGAINST 7
HIGH SCHOOL LEVY
FOR  77 (89)
AGAINST  8 (61)
LUSTRE- ONE CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR ONE POSITION
WARREN FAST  51
SCHOOL DISTRICT 23 LEVY
FOR  43
AGAINST  23
FRAZER HIGH SCHOOL LEVY (ADDED TO FRAZER'S VOTE)
FOR  12 (89)
AGAINST  53 (61)
OPHEIM- TOP TWO VOTER GETTERS
KELLY DONOVAN  131
JANICE FAUTH  123
ELISA BLIWERNITZ  45
BUDGET AUTHORITY AND OPERATION LEVY
FOR  134
AGAINST  29
BUILDING RESERVE LEVY
FOR  121
AGAINST  42
HINSDALE- JUST ONE CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR ONE POSITION
CHRISTINE REMMICH
ST. MARIE RURAL FIRE DISTRICT - TOP TWO VOTE GETTERS - THREE YEAR TERM
ROLAND BLANKS  37
THELMA I. WHITMAN  28
JAMES R. ELROD  11
BILL SILVER  26
TOP VOTE GETTER - ONE YEAR TERM
CLARENCE A. GUY  41
BERT L. HUFF  12
WILLIAM J. BROOKS  3

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS (05/02)
The Grobel Scholarship Trust will award four scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000 for the 2000-2001 school year. Applicants must be graduates of a Valley County High School and must have completed at least one academic year of post-secondary education leading to a degree or certification in nursing or other medically related field. Pre-med. majors are not eligible.

For an application package, contact Peter J. Grobel or Samuel D. Waters at (406)228-8231


HATCHERY HEARING SUMMARY (5/1)
The Cottonwood Inn was the site Saturday for a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Drinking Water. The purpose of the hearing was to take comments on a Senate bill authorizing federal funds for the construction of a multi-species, warm water fish hatchery at Fort Peck.

Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho chaired the hearing which featured comments from supporters of the fish hatchery. Kltz/Mix 93 news spoke with Senator Crapo before the hearing and he said that he feels the bill has a good chance of being passed by the United States Congress. He mentioned that the bill has been justified in Congress and will pass Congress either as a stand alone bill or as part of the larger Water Resources Development Act legislation.

Crapo also mentioned that their is a very tight timetable in Congress this year because it's an election year. He said that the hatchery bill could move through Congress either in September or October of this year.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers is currently conducting a feasibility study to determine the cost of the hatchery. Senator Conrad Burns has introduced legislation that would authorize $10 million to fund the construction of the hatchery.

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


EVENTS

 The Glasgow VFW, American Legion and their Auxiliary's will  Memorial Day Services at the Glasgow Cemetery ( 5-29)
The Master of Ceremonies was Gerry Myers. The Invocation and  Benediction was given by Manson Baily, Steve Bell gave a Memorial day Address and the Glasgow High School Band Played a few Selections  .Then to finish up the ceremony , VFW post 3107 did the Firing Squad Salute and Erika Boyer played Taps
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Glasgow High School Graduation (5/27) 

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Graduates of the class of 2000
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Tasha Michelle kay Morehouse Ryan Mathews Truscott
Callie Nicole Riggin Jacob Robertson Etchart
Tanya Jo Bergen Jeffrey Michael Guttenberg
Nathan Lee Molstad Timothy Gene Fischer
Cristin Elizabeth Dye Jedediah Dean Pittsley
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Kristina Marie Troup Brandon Sean Bolstad
Kara Lee Osterman Scott Russell Copenhaver
Julie Elizabeth Rice Benjamin Alan Rohde
Danielle Nichote Foster David Lee McLean jr
Bridgett Elizabeth Sukut Ryan David Rogenes
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Kristen Marie James Benjamin Eli Radakovich
Anna Jean Bond Jeffrey Scott Heringer
Aaron Shawn Cooper Timothu Sean Aten
Katrina Ellen Waller Joseph Lee James Sugg
Patti Jo Sleeper Casey Monroe Baker
Amanda Maria Arneson Allison Martha Reddig
Billie Jo Hughes Deron Waylon Galston
Jacqueline Jean Chouinard Robyn Aurelia Geiser
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Mary Elizabeth Wilson Keith Allen Russell
Deon Marie Stein Ryan Jeffrey Axtman
Ashley Marie Hallock Jason James Green
Jessica Dee Ost Brady Earl Dale
Jennifer Jean Young Beau Benjamin Stephenson
Jana Rae Jensen Matthew James Brandt
Rhonda Michelle Chandler Kevin Ray Hadley
 Katherine Marie Pederson Seth Christian Price
Nicholas Mark Dulaney Nathan Michael Sillerud
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Chelsea Elizabeth Sayer Bunn Amy Fern Whittle
Joshua Paul Turner Andrew Leonard Fahlgren
Jennifer Rae Baadsgaard  Lisa Marie Wingenbach
Stephanie Marie Maas Todd Alan Archambeault
Wendy Caroline Wilson Bret Curtis Clampitt
Rebecca Ann Ruggles Sandra Katheryn Kaye Ruggles
Larissa Christine Leonard Wesly Aaron Ralph
Jennie Elizabeth Strommen Michael Scott Falcon
Crystal Ann Golimowski
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NHS Honor Collars
Todd ArchAmbeault Amanda Arneson
Jennifer Baadsgaard Tanya Bergren
Chelsea Bunn Cris Dye
Jake Etchart Michael Falcon
Deron Galston Jeff Guttenberg
Kevin Hadley Billie Hughes
Larissa Leonard Stephanie Maas
Nate Molstad Ben Radakovich
Allison Reddig Julie Rice
Callie Riggin Jennie Strommen
Mary Wilson Wendy Wilson
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Valley View  Annual Memorial Services Friday, May 26th at 2:30. Public was welcome

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Glasgow Middle School Spring Concert (5/25)

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6th Grade Band 7th Grade Band 8th Grade Band
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National Boating Safety Week (May20th-26th)

 The Montana, Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission is reminding boaters that the week of May 20th is National Boating Safety Week. The Commission is asking boaters to think smart and wear life jackets, and observe rules of the water. The Commission reports that there is a water-related fatality for one out of every 65-hundred registered boats in Montana. This is three times the national average. For more information about National Boating Safety Week, or to inquire about safe boating courses, contact Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 752-5501.

Some of the events that are taking place in the area.
May 20th- Water Safety Fair, Fort Peck Marina 10am to 2pm

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May 21st- Pamida Parking lot, courtesy boat inspections
May 22nd- 8th Grade class Presentations
May 23rd Elks Lodge, Personal Watercraft class 6pm to 9pm

 


The Valley View home  7th annual "Team Rodeo",(5-19)

Some of the events this year∑.a wild cow milking contest, bow-legged cowboy race, team scramble and Team penning. They will be serving Apple & Cherry turnovers. ACT hosts this.

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Annual Senior Health Fair (05/17)

On Wednesday, May 17th, the Nemont Manor was home to the Annual Senior Heath Fair.  This years theme was "In the new century, the future is aging".  The event started at 9:00am with the opening of a large number of booths in the Manor basement covering such topics as; legal guidance, oxygen services, public health, emt service, and local pharmacies.  At 10:00am, a 1-mile walk / run took place, then at 12:00noon, there was a festive picnic for all who participated in the fair.  The Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year was chosen, the winner was Joyce Mahler English from Hinsdale.  Here are a few photos from the fair:

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Joyce English: Valley County Senior Citizen of the Year 2000

George Winston : A solo Piano Concert at GHS (05/16)

On Tuesday, May 16th, George Winston : A solo Piano Concert, performed at the Glasgow Senior High School Auditorium. George Winston is a Montana born pianist / guitarist. For more information, he has a web site: www.dancingcat.com.

Here are a few photos from the concert:

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Glasgow Drama Classes Perform Scenes By Shakespeare (05/09)

On Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00pm, the Glasgow High School Drama I, II, and III classes performed scenes from a few plays by William Shakespeare.  The scenes were performed outside the high school.  Here are a few photos taken during the event:

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Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene)

The Tempest (Evil Spirit Scene)

The Tempest (Evil Spirit Scene) Macbeth (The Lady Speaks)
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Cast Of Players:

Romeo and Juliet 
(The Balcony Scene)
Romeo: Russel Buyok
Juliet: Terri Ann Young
Nurse: Deon Stein
The Tempest 
(The Evil Spirit Scene)
Prospero: Kevin Hadley
Caliban: Andy Fahlgren
Directed by: Andy Fahlgren
Macbeth 
(The Lady Speaks Scene)
Lady Macbeth: Mary Beth Wilson
Doctor: Trent Kinzell
Housekeeper: Krista Markle
Directed by: Krystal Rodvelt
Romeo and Juliet 
(Verona Street Fight Scene)
Romeo: Tim Rodvelt
Benvolio: Jake Etchart
Mercutio: Michael Falcon
Tybolt: Brandon Bolstad
Fight Choreographer: Shawn Newton
Macbeth 
(Something Wicked This Way Comes Scene)
Witch 1: Janine Borgen
Witch 2: Krista Markle
Witch 3: Janina Keil
Banquo: Jeff Heringer
Macbeth: Jeff Guttenberg
A Midsummer's Night Dream:
(The Mechanicals Perform Pyramus and Thisbe Scene)
Quince: Sandra Neill
Pyramus: Matt Buerkle
Thisbe: Jason Green
Wall: Tim Rodvelt
Lion: Jeff Heringer
Moonshine: Jake Etchart
A Midsummer's Night Dream:
(The Lover's Quarrel Scene)
Lysander: Todd Achambeault
Demetrius: Scott Copenhaver
Hermia: Bridgett Sukut
Helena: Tanya Bergren

The Spring Bazaar  Sat. May 6th,
 at the Glasgow Civic Center.  There was crafts, woodwork, leatherwork and much more.
 

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STEVE REEVES

From the Union Tribune
http://www.uniontribune.com/
By Jack Williams
STAFF WRITER
May 3, 2000
Steve Reeves, a silver-screen Hercules whose Mr. Universe physique inspired generations of bodybuilders and defined the mythical movie strongman, died Monday at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. He was 74.
The cause of death was complications from lymphoma cancer, which had been diagnosed eight weeks ago, said longtime friend Troy Bertelsen.
Reeves, who appeared in 18 feature films before retiring from acting in 1969, continued to champion drug-free bodybuilding and followed an exacting fitness regimen.
He lived on a 14-acre ranch east of Escondido, where he raised purebred Morgan horses, worked out diligently, rode a mountain bike and walked briskly almost daily with 5-pound hand weights.
With business associate George Helmer, he promoted supplements and powders with natural ingredients through his Steve Reeves International Society Web site, founded in 1994.
He also wrote "Building The Classic Physique -- The Natural Way," summing up a lifetime of dedicated training.
In 1959, Reeves was voted the biggest box office star in the world for his title role in "Hercules," his third movie. Filmed in Italy with an all-European cast, it was shown in the United States with an English-speaking soundtrack.
It launched Reeves into a series of "sword and sandal" epics, many of them box office successes and critical failures. He and his movies generally are dismissed in movie reference works, receiving a footnote at best.
The simple plots, dubbed dialogue and contrived effects of many of the European-made films celebrated the anatomy more than acting.
But Reeves was a pioneer in the action-hero genre, a legacy carried on by one of his admirers, Sylvester Stallone of "Rambo" and "Rocky" fame.
"Stallone has a gym in his home with Steve's photos for inspiration," Helmer said. "Steve was held in the highest esteem of anybody in the bodybuilding community, and the film community is going to miss him.
"They won't replace him."
By 1967, Reeves had become the highest-paid actor in Europe, along with Sophia Loren. Two years later, though, after appearing in a western, "A Long Ride From Hell," he retired in his early 40s.
A dislocated shoulder, suffered when his chariot slammed into a tree during the 1959 filming of "The Last Days of Pompeii," caused him pain for years.
Gordon Scott, who appeared opposite Reeves in "Duel of the Titans" in 1963, said Reeves often shied away from adulation.
"I don't think he liked acting much," he said. "Because he was sometimes shy toward people, some people thought he was aloof. But he wasn't that at all."
Scott, who trained in a Hollywood gym with Reeves during their acting days, said, "Steve was the ideal concept of what a bodybuilder should be. Everything had to be precise: 181/2-inch arms, 181/2-inch neck, 181/2-inch calves."
With that physique, Reeves won the Mr. America title in 1947. He followed that with Mr. World and Mr. Universe titles in 1948 and another Mr. Universe in 1950.
The physique caught the eye of legendary Hollywood producer Cecil B. DeMille as early as 1947. DeMille approached Reeves about playing Samson in his soon-to-be made epic.
But when DeMille asked him to lose 20 pounds for the role, so the story goes, Reeves refused. The role went instead to Victor Mature. A longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident, Mature died last August at 86.
In 1954, Reeves played a small role in "Athena," which starred Debbie Reynolds and Jane Powell. Ironically, the movie poked fun at the health and fitness cult of the era, which Reeves personified.
Three years later, he was filming Hercules, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound monument to muscular symmetry.
Born in Glasgow, Mont., Reeves moved with his family to Oakland as a youth. At age 16, he began lifting weights and gained 30 pounds in three months, he would later say.
The burgeoning, naturally nurtured physique prepared him for a bodybuilding career that would result in Mr. Pacific Coast titles in 1946 and 1947.
In his 50s, Reeves became a pioneering advocate of power walking, hustling over the hills near his sprawling North County property.
"All of us expected him to live to 100, and I think he did, too," Bertelsen said.
"He was still kicking butt on his mountain bike in his 60s on rides with 20-year-old kids.
"Steve was a man's man who lived life as he wanted. He had bought a place in Payson, Ariz., and was planning to retire in a year or so and sell all but three of his horses.
"He would save those for horseback trips."
Helmer, Reeves' business associate, said he plans to establish a Steve Reeves Museum that would include memorabilia from many of the late actor's films.
"Steve didn't collect much when he was making movies, and we've been doing it for him," he said.
Reeves' wife, Aline, died of complications from a stroke in 1989.
He is survived by second cousins in Montana and Oregon.
Cremation was planned, with ashes to be scattered in Montana. A private service has been scheduled for Saturday in the San Diego area. And a private service is pending in Montana.



Marie E. Schaldack

Marie E. Schaldack, 75, died of natural causes at her home in Fort Peck on May 31st. Services will be Monday, June 5th, at 2pm at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, with Reverend Lonnie Eidson officiating and with burial in the Fort Peck Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born in Madison, South Dakota, in 1925 and was raised and attended schools there. After working a year as an operator, she attended a beautician school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She married Nick Schaldack in 1948 in Madison. She operated her own beauty shop there for 10 years. In 1962, they moved to Riverdale, North Dakota. In 1964, they moved to Chamberlain, South Dakota, where she worked in a doctor's clinic for 4 years and later in a nursing home for 4 years. They retired in Rapid City in 1984 and moved to Fort Peck in 1993, where she has resided since. Marie enjoyed gardening, Bible studies, growing flowers and working with older people.

Survivors include her husband Nick of Fort Peck; 1 son, Jerry and his wife Juanita of Nashua; 1 daughter, Jane and her husband Gary Reuer of Tuscon, Arizona; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Ruben Fuhrmann

Ruben Fuhrmann, 81, died May 25th at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow of severe complications of diabetes. Services will be Tuesday, May 30th at 11am at Bell Chapel, with Herb Sands officiating. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Ruben was born in Baylor, Montana, in 1918. At age 18 he joined the U.S. Marines and served 4 years in Shanghai, China. He served with the 3rd Marine division in the South Pacifica during World War II. Ruben was wounded twice: once in Bougainville and in Iwo Jima, where he was honored with 2 purple hearts. He served in the consolidation of the Northern Solomon Islands, Guam, Marianas Islands and Volcano Islands. Ruben worked construction for several years and was a life member of the V.F.W. and a life member of the Elks Club, and a member of the American Legion.

In February, 1948, he married Allie Squires and they were later divorced. From that union, a son, Ronald, was born.

Survivors include 1 son, Ron and his wife Peggy of Deer Lodge; 3 grandchildren: Rebecca of Minneapolis, Jamie of Maplewood, New Jersey, Cody of Deer Lodge; 1 brother, Jim Fuhrmann of Ronan; 4 sisters: Leaha Walker of Glasgow, Lydia Berrier of Seattle, Ruth Fredrickson of Polson, Hulda Tade of Great Falls. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters.


Gilbert Scheffelmaer

Gilbert Scheffelmaer, 82, a lifelong resident of Montana, died of natural causes on Thursday, May 25th, at the Phillips County Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 30th, at 2pm at the Adams Memorial Chapel, followed by burial in the Malta Cemetery.

Gilbert was born in 1918 in Valley Town, Montana, north of Saco, and he grew up in the area. He married Dorothy Oleson in 1960 and they lived several years in Saco and Malta. He was a trucker and part owner of GEM Theatre in Saco, and a retired farmer who enjoyed woodworking and listening to country and western music.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Malta; stepdaughters Ada L. Minge of San Antonio, Texas, and Elaine E. Gilman of Billings; stepson Jens R. Oleson of Billings; 1 brother, Otto Scheffelmaer of Dodson; 2 sisters: Martha Squires of Malta and Thelma Saunders of Missoula; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and 19 nephews and nieces.


Frances "Kari" Kaufman

Frances "Kari" Kaufman, 75, died Thursday, May 23rd, at her home at Malta of
natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11am on Saturday, May 27th, at
the Adams Memorial Chapel, with burial in the Malta Cemetery. Adams Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kari was born in 1924 in Malta. She grew up on the family ranch and attended
Leedy Grade School on Telegraph Creek. She stayed with William Barnard and
graduated from the Malta High School, then attended one year at Bozeman,
taking pre-nursing classes. She married Rolly Kaufman in 1944 at Seattle.
They lived in Pasco, Washington, until 1945, then moved back to Phillips
County to the home place at Content. In 1952 they moved to Winnett,
returning in 1956. In 1957, they went into the backhoe business with Rolly's
brother Rex, starting the Kaufman Brothers Ditching. They lived in Malta
until 1970, when they moved to Wagner. In 1999, they moved 2 miles south of
Malta to the original Hugh Taylor Place.

Kari was involved with the 60's Susie Q, 60 Census, and in the late 60's
worked at the Malta Bakery. She was active in 4-H and started the Big Sky
Builders 4-H Club in Phillips County. She was a longtime member of the
Phillips County Cowbells Association, the Malta Dirt Daubers Garden Club,
and the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband Rolly of Malta; 3 sons: Kim of Missoula, Dr.
Gary Kaufman of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Douglas of Lancaster, Pennsylvania;
1 sister, Ellen Leftwich of Orinda, California; 6 grandchildren and three
great grandchildren.


Bernard Ben Ophus

Bernard Ben Ophus, 78, died of natural causes on his farm in Hinsdale on May
22. Services will be this Friday, May 26th, at 1 pm at the Hinsdale legion
Hall with Reverend Evert Gustafson officiating and with burial in Highland
Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

He was born in Big Sandy in 1922. Here's the information put together by the
family.
" Ben was always our good natured special brother. He was number 5 of 14
kids.

We often laugh about one night at a dance when fights were breaking out all
over. Ben spoke up and said, 'Come on you guys, let's step outside. I will
take on any of you! I can run faster than you.' Everybody stopped fighting
and went back to dancing.

"High School didn't interest Ben much at age 16 so he quit and went to the
CCC's stationed at West Glacier. When he came home, he went back to school
for a while, but found carpentering, mechanicing and bus driving more
interesting. He bought 80 acres and 3 cows but didn't really become a farmer
then.

"In July of '42, Uncle Sam decided he was needed. He did a lot of moving in
the U.S. When he was stationed in California, his brothers Helmer and Alfred
were also stationed there, so they got together some. He was moved to
several eastern states where he was taught topography making maps for the
air force, showing where to bomb.

" When in Tennessee, they were moved to a new camp--cow pasture. There they
built floors for tents. He said the lumber was so green that he thought if
they watered it, it would grow. They were also guarding Prisoners of War
there. in December of 1942, he earned a Rifle Marksmen pin and certificate.

"He was sent to England to do map work, but said he'd rather be in the
middle of the fighting than be in England dodging buzz bombs. He transferred
to the Infantry in France and Germany. He connected with brother Helmer
there. Helmer too had transferred from Air Force to Infantry. Brother
Laurence was there too, but they didn't catch up with him.

"There were 7 Ophus brothers in Uncle Sam's Service.

"In October of 1945, Ben made a choice-- to come home or stay in the amry
for $60 a month and board and room. Helmer and Fern came home from the
Service and the 3 bought the town of Thoeny.

"They liked the country and people. Later they moved to hinsdale, and that
became home."

Survivors include 4 brothers: Lyle of Big Sandy, Lester of Havre, Vernon of
Denver, and Laurence of Big Sandy; 4 sisters: Evelin LaBuda of Big Sandy,
Ruth Pegar of Big Sandy, Jeanine Liquin of Great Falls, and Loretta Murphy
of Reno, Nevada; he was also survived by his very loving and adopted family:
Donna Christensen, her son Chris, his wife Carol and their 3 children, her
daughters Cheryl, Valerie, Pam, Renae and their families; and the Lloyd
Jones family.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alfred, Myron, Helmer and
Byron, and 1 sister, Gertrude.


Myrtle M. Omvig

Myrtle M. Omvig, 70, died May 17th of cancer at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services were Saturday, May 20th, at the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints in Glasgow with Ted Morris officiating, and music by Doyle Euell and Norris Forrum. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow and Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in 1929 in Opheim. After graduating from Opheim High School, she worked as a waitress in Opheim. That is where she met LeRoy. They were married 2 years later. After marriage, they lived in Glasgow. She was a housewife and mother, raising her 5 children in Glasgow. She worked in the lab at the Glasgow Clinic, for John Deere in Glasgow, then went to work in the Clerk and Recorders office in the Valley County Courthouse, retiring in 1997.

Myrtle headed the Valley County Combined Campaign Fund and worked with the Heart Association. She was very active in the RLDS Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include: 1 son, Douglas and his wife Shirley of Glasgow; 3 daughters: Charla May and her husband Ken Hoiness of Laurel, Patti Jean and her husband Mike Hines of Yorba Linda, California, and Leah Marie and her husband John Arneson of Glasgow; 7 grandchildren; 2 sisters: Laura House Vernon of Bellview, Washington, and Bunny Daggett of Glasgow; 1 brother, Ted Miller of Opheim. She was preceded in death by one daughter, 1 sister and 2 grandchildren.


Doneta Jean Davenport

Doneta Jean Davenport, 38, of Glasgow, Montana, died May 10th due to ill health and natural causes. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 13th, at First Lutheran Church at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Mark Koonz will be officiating and burial will be in Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on October 8, 1961 in Glasgow and graduated from Opheim High School, attended school at the College of Great Falls and at northern Montana College. Later she attended Carroll College. She worked for the forest service, then the state of Montana, retiring from the state in 1998 because of her health. She has lived in Glasgow the past two years, the last year at Nemont Manor . Doneta was crazy about computers, baking, and had been very active in 4H. She went to Washington D.C. for the 4H kids. She loved music and played piano and sang.

Survivors include her parents, Don and Myrtle Davenport of Opheim, 2 brothers: David of Forsyth and Jerry of Davies, Florida; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.


May Tihista

May Tihista, 95, died of natural causes at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow on May 5th. A vigil service will be held Monday, May 8th, at 7pm at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 9th, at 10am with Reverend Thad Kozikowski officiating and music from Christopher Bengochea, and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
May was born and raised in Banca, France. She married Peter Tihista in 1926. After marriage, she came to Ellis Island on a ship, then came on a train to Glasgow where Peter had homesteaded on 5th Point at the mouth of Gilbert Creek. After the Dam Construction, they lived in Nashua for 2 years, then moved to a farm west of Glasgow. The family lived one their farm until coming into Glasgow in 1944, where she has since lived. Peter died in 1950, and May then went to work for Fern and Jack Shepherd at Glasgow Floral, and worked there for over 20 years. She worked for Bakers Jewelry, for L.J. Baker for many years. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and sewing.
Survivors include: 2 sons: Mitchell Tihista of Sidney and Ronald Tihista of Great Falls; 1 daughter: Helen Marks of Glasgow and Los Angeles; a nephew, John Sallaberry in Malta; many nieces and nephews in the old country, 12 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.