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FIRE BURNING IN OUTLOOK (10/31)
A fire is blowing through the town of Outlook in extreme northeastern Montana
this evening, and it's threatening the town of Raymond, to the north.
The state Disaster and Emergency Services agency has ordered a mandatory evacuation of Outlook residents to nearby Plentywood. Residents in the town of Raymond -- just north of Outlook -- have been cautioned they may have to evacuate as well.
The grass fire started this afternoon north of the town of Redstone and has burned into Outlook. Officials say several houses and buildings are on fire, including three grain elevators. Only one was operational. Firefighters apparently have saved the gas station.
An area resident told KCGM radio that from his vantage point, it appeared that two-thirds of the town of Outlook has burned. Witnesses say an estimated 15 homes have burned.
The state Disaster and Emergency Services is reporting that there are fires burning in six eastern Montana counties, including the Outlook fire in Sheridan County. Grass fires also are burning in Roosevelt, Garfield, Richland, Carter and McCone counties. Officials have not determined how the fires started. Today's high winds are fanning the flames, hampering firefighting efforts.
Winds in Glasgow and much of eastern Montana were gusting above 60mph and were expected to continue at least until midnight.
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GLASGOW MAN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT (10/27)
The Glasgow Police Department responded to a disturbance call on 1st street north in Glasgow at 3:45am on October 24th. According to police documents the department after an investigation arrested a 23 year old male Glasgow resident and charged him with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief. The Glasgow Police Department did not release the name of the person charged with the crime pending court proceedings. The 23 year old male did post bond worth $610 and was released from the Valley County Jail. Documents from the Glasgow police department indicate that further charges are pending.
MALTA RANCH RECOGNIZED (10/25)
Twelve Montana families were honored at the Montana Farmers Union convention
held October 22 and 23 in Great Falls in the organization's unique Centennial
Farms & Ranches Honors Program, recognizing working agricultural properties
retained in the same family for 100 years or longer. The farms and ranches honored
this year, bringing to 108 the total number of properties highlighted in the
past five years of the program are:
9 6 Ranch, Lewistown
Anchor Ranch, Springdale
Crocker T Ranch, Rosebud
George Ranch, Livingston
Gerhart Partnership, Belt
Green Hills Ranch, Inc., Bozeman
Johnson Tuning Fork Ranch, Hall
Lanning Ranch, Big Sandy
Olson Ranch, Grass Range
Sedgwick Ranch, Two Dot
Stevenson Ranch, Gilford
Veseth Ranch, Malta
Honorees received engraved plaques at a special noon luncheon on October 23 at the Heritage Inn, where Jack Lepley, Agricultural Museum & Center of Montana, Fort Benton was guest speaker.
WOLF POINT MAN NAMED AS NEW MONTANA FARMERS UNION PRESIDENT (10/25)
Art Loendorf of Wolf Point was elected president of Montana Farmers Union (MFU) Saturday by the general membership during the annual convention of the statewide farm and ranch organization in Great Falls at the Heritage Inn. Loendorf, 46, has served as director for District 5 and defeated incumbent Ken Maki of Belt. Loendorf has served on the MFU board of directors for five years and is a grain farmer.
Leonard Stone of Geraldine defeated Kenneth Johnson of Belt for the board seat in District 1 that was vacated by Stevie Neuman. Sharon Kindle of Malta defeated incumbent Lyle Schwarzrock of Brockton for the seat in District 3, and Frank "Bud" Daniels of Billings defeated Dan Downs of Molt for the seat in District 5 that was vacated by Art Loendorf. Elected without opposition were Herb Vasseur of Chinook as conductor and John Wendland of Rudyard as doorkeeper. The group elected Julia Peterson of Judith Gap, Judy Tureck of Coffee Creek, and Leonard Stone of Geraldine as the state's delegates to the next National Farmers Union convention in Salt Lake City.
CONGRESSMAN HILL HOLDS ELECTRONIC TOWN MEETING (10/25)
Congressman Rick Hill held an electronic town meeting in Glasgow on Monday,
calling by telephone to talk to area residents on KLTZ/MIX-93. The Congressman
discussed many issues from social security to the farm aid act.
He also talked about local projects, including the Fort Peck fish hatchery. Supporters of the hatchery have been trying to get $250,000 for an environmental study so the project can continue to move forward. Hill said he didn't think the funding would come through for this fiscal year, but that Congress is putting money for the actual building together.
Hill also noted that appropriations begin in February in Congress, so getting funding is a bit more difficult now. He did say he wanted to used the state's support as leverage for getting the federal funds.
Congressman Hill also discussed VentureStar and noted that Montana is probably the best location for a northern launch site. He said Montana is still high on the list, but he didn't know which location. Hill noted that there are 2 serious sites in Montana, one of them being the former Glasgow AFB. He stated that Montana's strengths are the natural resources and location, while Montana does not have the big money to offer that other states do.
The Congressman did point out that the feasibility of the overall project is still up in the air as it is a private venture, with no federal investment into it right now. And, according to Hill, investors still hadn't gotten all the funding together.
STATE STUDENT COUNCIL CONVENTION (10/25)
The Montana State student council convention got under way Monday morning at the Glasgow High School. As of 2:10 PM there were 610 students and advisors registered for the convention. Local families have housed all the students in the Glasgow area. Without those people opening their homes for housing these conventions wouldn't happen. Students from all parts of Montana are here in Glasgow to work together. Students and advisors all gathered for a session in the gym and listened to Andy Thibodeau, a motivational speaker from Ontario, Canada, give his message to the youth. Glasgow School staff and students were very busy preparing for the 600+ Student Council representatives attending this convention. The convention continues until Wednesday.
(Malta-AP) -- Authorities have now released the name of the second victim, killed in a fiery automobile crash near Malta. He is 16-year-old Gabriel Brown of Malta. The crash Wednesday night also took the life of another Malta resident, 19-year-old Christopher Matthews. They, and two others, were in a car that went off the road on a slight curve, struck a concrete culvert opening, and burst into flames. The car was destroyed by the fire. Twenty-two-year-old Raelynn Dolphay-Jones is listed in critical condition at a Salt Lake City burn center. She had multiple injuries, including third-degree burns to nearly half her body. Seventeen-year-old Pat McCorkle is in stable condition at a Billings hospital, with several broken bones.
DISTRICT COURT (10/21)
Valley County Attorney Ken Oster and the attorney for Glasgow resident Joy Detienne have entered a plea agreement regarding a vehicle pedestrian accident that occurred November 25, 1998. Detienne was originally charged with felony negligent vehicular assault, misdemeanor negligent vehicular assault and failure to have liability insurance. These charges stemmed from an accident that occurred last November 25th. The Valley County Attorney had charged that Detienne allegedly operated a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and caused serious bodily injury to two pedestrians.
Under the plea agreement Detienne is to receive 5 years with the Montana Department of Corrections will all suspended except 10 days to be served in the Valley County jail. She is also sentenced to 1 year in the Valley County jail with all suspended. As part of the agreement she is also ordered to pay a $250 fine and pay restitution as determined by the court.
District Court Judge John Mckeon will take up the plea agreement on November 29th. In the meantime, Detienne remains free on bail.
In other news from District Court, Glasgow resident Jerome Gardipee was arraigned on Monday, October 18th.
Gardipee is charged with his fourth offense of D.U.I. from an incident that occurred on September 23rd. A charge of fourth D.U.I. is a felony and Gardipee if found guilty could be imprisoned for a term of not less than 6 month or more than 13 months. He could also be put on probation for not less than a year or more than 4 years and be fined not less than $1000 or more than $10,000. An omnibus hearing is set for November 15th.
Also making an appearance in District Court on Monday was 28 year old Glasgow resident Troy Norheim. He is being charged with felony criminal mischief from an incident that occurred July 13th.
According to court documents, Norheim was travelling east on U.S. Highway 2 near Oswego at approximately 96 miles per hour when a Montana Highway Patrol officer sighted him. The patrol officer attempted to stop the vehicle and when that failed, pursued the S-10 pickup being driven by Norheim. The pickup then proceeded to turn around and head towards Nashua where officers of the Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriffs Department eventually apprehended him.
As of Monday Norheim was residing in the Valley County jail on $2500 bond and is awaiting his arraignment before District Judge John Mckeon on November 1st at 10am.
CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY AT PIONEER MUSEUM (10/19)
You may have noticed the construction while driving past the Pioneer Museum on Hwy 2 in Glasgow. There are crews working on the addition being built on the north side of the Museum. Here are some photos of the site:
BAUCUS ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF EMERGENCY AG BILL (10/18)
Senator Max Baucus announced last week that he signed the final version of the bill to provide emergency spending for agriculture that will get money into financially strapped Montana farmers' and ranchers' pockets. The bill passed the Senate 74-26 and already passed the House.
Included in the Montana Appropriations Projects:
- $750,000 for operation at the Northern Plains Agriculture Research lab in Sidney, to be used for research by 3 new scientists on plant pathology, irrigation and value-added crops.
- $750,000 for the Montana Beef Network at MSU-Bozeman, which is a project dedicated to marketing Montana beef.
- $250,000 for coyote and wolf control programs in Montana.
FRANCES MAHON DEACONESS HOSPITAL HEALTH
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital held its health fair on October 16th at the Civic Center in Glasgow. There were many informational displays and services offered for all members of the family.
Here are some pictures from the Health Fair.
CHRISTMAS CASH (10/16)
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture has set up the fall Christmas event calendar. Santa will arrive on December 4th. Therell be wagon rides, carling and the Last Bash of the Century:
Carnival, Dance, Era costumes & decorations, fashion parade and much more.
Also, the Chamber is talking about moving their office from the Trailside building east of Glasgow to the Pioneer Museum building. According to the release, it would allow the museum to stay open year round and would allow the Chamber to become a tourist headquarters.
October 22 is the sign-up deadline for all merchants who want to participate in the 1999 Christmas Cash program. The fee is $10. With Christmas Cash, from November 1 to December 24 customers will be able to use the Christmas loans in participating stores. The loan payback period will once again be 10 months with a discount rate of 4%. Last year, $167,908 was loaned out.
FRANCES MAHON DEACONESS HOSPITAL HEALTH FAIR SET FOR
OCT. 16 (9/24)
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is planing a health fair for October 16th at the Civic Center in Glasgow. There will be many informational displays and services offered for all members of your family. more information about specific services available will be forthcoming.
One area that is always popular at the health fair is the blood draws for lab tests. This year the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Laboratory is offering to pre-draw patients for their blood test and have the results available at the health fair. This will lessen wait times at the fair and allow staff to be available at the health fair to review test results with you.
The lab tests that are being offered area CBC chemistry panel, including lipid panel and ferritin for $20, a TSH test for the thyroid for $15 and a PSA, which is the blood test used for prostate cancer screening for $15. If you are requesting the lipid test you must be fasting prior to the test. Please remember to take your regular medications.
Patients can request any or all of these tests on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning September 21 through October 13 from 7am-10am at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Laboratory. Patients can go directly to the lab waiting room to have their blood drawn. Payment for these special health fair blood test is required at the time of the test.
We should have some shots of the health fair up late this weekend or by Monday.
BAINVILLE WOMAN MISSING (10/14)
According to the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office, a woman from Bainville is missing. Ruth Nyquist, a white female, left Bainville, Montana, at 6pm mountain time on October 12th. She was last seen driving a 1984 Chevrolet Caprice, dark blue in color. The car has Montana plate 17-4864A. She is 73 years old, five feet six inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds, with dark hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a tan coat and blue pants. She could be carrying a black purse and might be very confused. She is very shy and does not like to have contact with the public. If anyone has seen Ruth, please call your local law enforcement office or the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 406-653-6240.
TRUCK WRECK (10/12)
A one-vehicle accident occurred at 10:20am on 10-12-99 three miles west of Glasgow. A dump truck owned by Fossum Ready Mix was damaged when it rolled over in the ditch as the driver Ryan Hoerster attempted to make a right turn off Highway #2. Hoerster was transported to FMDH by ambulance. The Montana Highway Patrol reports that slick roads and speed were a factor in the rollover. Hoerster was cited for careless driving. Hoerster was not seriously injured in the accident.
Photos show the Fossum Ready Mix crew removing the wrecked truck from the ditch.
WIFE CONVENTION (10/8)
Montana Women Involved in Farm, Economics' [WIFE] annual convention held at Choteau, MT. Oct 13 brought forth a statement from President Edwards, Ophiem, MT: "WIFE: must support competition in the telecommunications industry, in order to provide equitable rates, service, product options and broadband Internet access in rural areas." Edwards pointed out Montana is largely rural and encompasses 145,388 square miles which all needs equal service.
Past president Kindle, Malta, expressed the group's frustration with the Administration's forgiveness of 100% of debt for Third World countries while at the same time not recognizing the plight of the American producer. Kindle stated to Cathy Sparr, Senator Burns' aide, " We as American producers are asked to rape our soil to feed the Third World countries without payment; and now their debts are wiped off the slate. Our debts remain and we are still expected to produce for the world."
The group also took action on the excessive use of Executive Orders issued by the present Administration. WIFE called for a check and balance system as the rights of the American citizen must be taken into consideration.
Citizens for a Multi Species Fish Hatchery at Fort Peck have started a drive to raise monies to be used for the design, construction and operation of the new hatchery to be located at Fort Peck. Supporters say the plan is to get the preliminary design done and then to move on to the construction phase as federal funding and funding from the Warm Wter Stamp and private funds become available.
The group says that their understanding is that the federal government will match every dollar donated at least once. If people would like their donations to be tax deductible they can make their donations to Two Rivers Growth Inc. Hatchery Fund. Two Rivers Growth Inc. is a Valley County based not for profit economic development group. The organization is a 501 c(3) tax-exempt organization.
If you have any questions, please call Tod Kasten at 406-228-4144 or the Glasgow Chamber/Two Rivers Growth at 228-2222.
Your help and support is greatly appreciated.
SCOUT SPOOK HOUSE THIS SATURDAY (10/30)
This Saturday, October 30th, starting at 6:00 to 7:00pm for mild fright and 7:30 to 9:30 for scary, the Boy Scouts will be hosting their annual Scout Spook House. This year, it will be located in the old Borderland Photography building behind the Pizza Hut in Glasgow. The cost is $1.00 and a canned good or $2.00 without a canned good. The food will be donated to the Glasgow Food Bank and the cash proceeds will go to fund the Scouts Day Camp. Anyone wanting to go through the Spook House a second time will cost only $1.00.
Here are a few photos of the crew making last minute spooks for the house.
BILLINGS FIRE DEPT. VISITS IRLE SCHOOL (10/29)
Grandpa, Rock'in Ralph, Higbee, Johnny Disco, and Hydro (as the clowning fire fighters called themselves) stopped by for a special visit at the Irle School in Glasgow, October 29th. "Be Cool About Fire Safety" is their motto. Here are a few pictures from the gathering.
IRLE SCHOOL IS HAUNTED! (10/29)
This afternoon, the Irle School in Glasgow was bewitched with an array of goblins, witches, and spooky creatures! Here are a few pictures from the school Halloween Party held at 2:00 p.m. October 29th.
STATE STUDENT COUNCIL CONVENTION HELD IN GLASGOW (10/25-10/27)
Glasgow this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be the site of the annual state
student council convention. 600 students and 64 advisors from 6 districts
in Montana will meet at the High School to share fellowship and to work on improving
their political savvy. Here is a look at what is planned for the youths:
(To see complete picture series, click on any photo.)
1:00 Presentation of the colors
- General Session #1 with keynote speaker Andy Thibodeau
- General Session #2
4:00 District Meetings
7:15 Mini Concert presented by Four Shadows
8:00 General Session #3 with keynote speaker Andy Thibodeau
9:00 "Chances or Choices" presented by Motivation Productions
9:45 Time to pick-up the youths
8:30 General Session #4 with keynote speaker Curt Marsh
10:00 Business Session #1
10:00 Advisors Workshops
1:30 Business Session #2 with keynote speaker Stu Shaffer Topic: "Junk Show"
2:30 Community Service Activities. Here are a few listed: washing fire trucks,
visiting Valley View and Nemont Manor, cleaning VFW. (If you have an
activity, contact Billie Hughs at 228-8514)
2:45 Advisors Round Table Discussion
6:00 Banquet at the Civic Center
- General Session #4 with keynote
speaker Lt. Gov. Judie Martz
- Award Session
9:00 Dance at the St. Raphael's Parish Center
11:30 Time to pick-up the youths
8:30 General Session #5 with keynote speaker Mike Smith
- Candle lighting ceremony, closing and removal of the colors.
1999 FMDH ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER (10/26)
Here are a couple pictures from the dinner.
Valley County Coalition Life Skills Youth Center (10/16)
The Valley County Coalition Life Skills Committee provides a safe place for kids from 1st to 12th grade to have fun and good fellowship absolutely free of charge. They meet every Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Glasgow Civic Center. Starting in November, the hours will change to 6 to 9 p.m. To see the scheduled activities for the upcoming session, check out the Valley Happenings page on our web site. For more information on the Coalition, call 228-2489. Here are some pictures from a friendly game of dodge ball.
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