Legislative Committee Assignments Issued (11/30)

Committee assignments have been handed out for the 2001 edition of the Montana Legislature which gets underway in January and two freshman legislators from eastern Montana have landed prestigious committee spots.

Republicans Jeff Pattison and Karl Waitschies are both freshman legislators who seats in the Montana House of Representatives in November. Pattison who represents Phillips County and a portion of Valley County was appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee. He will also serve on the House Institutions Subcommittee on Appropriations. This committee will have authority over spending for state operated institutions.

Karl Waitschies who represents a portion of Valley County and all of Daniels County was appointed to the prestigious Taxation Committee along with the Agriculture and Transportation Committees.

The 2001 Legislature is slated to begin in January.

Corps favors 'spring pulse' on Missouri River to protect fish (11/30)

(Kansas City, Missouri-AP) The Army Corps of Engineers says it favors a spring rise in the Missouri River, and a drop in flow in the summer, to help bird and fish species survive. Currently, the Corps maintains a higher summer flow, to help the barge industry.

The Corps today released a draft biological opinion, saying it agrees with the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, on the need to protect endangered species along the river.

Supporters of the so-called "spring pulse" plan say it will also aid the recreation industry in Montana and other upstream states.

Opponents say it would ruin the barge industry, leaving shipping of much of the nation's grains to the railroads.

Farmers along the lower river fear higher spring flows would make their fields too wet to plant, and increase the threat of floods. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


A couple deer survived hunting season and decided to do some grazing at the Valley County Fairgrounds on Thursday morning.

Markle Oil Company Sold (11/29)

One portion of Markle's Inc. has been sold, announced Tom Markle, CEO. Markle Oil Company of Glasgow was sold this week to Grain Grower’s Oil Company Inc. of Scobey. The rest of the Markle business, including Markle Hardware, Markle Implement Company and Markle's Value Furniture and Appliance Warehouse, remain with Markle’s Inc.

"Selling the Oil Company allows us to focus on the core of our business," he explained. "Part of our corporation has changed, but Markle's has not. We are certainly not going out of business."

Markle’s and Grain Growers have had a long-standing business relationship, he said. "They are well seasoned in providing the products and services historically handled by Markle Oil, such as tires, gas, diesel, and in Scobey, they also handle fertilizer, ag chemicals and propane. We see this move as a win for everyone: our customers, Glasgow, Scobey and northeast Montana."

Grain Growers will take over operation of the Exxon Mobil station on Highway #2 and the bulk plant on the Fort Peck Highway, along with real estate, assets and inventories. Markle's Inc. will operate Markle Oil as it has in the past through the end of the year.

The Markles are confident that Grain Growers will continue the tradition of dedicated customer service to northeast Montana, and extend their thanks and appreciation to all of their fuel customers.

During the Christmas Stroll on Saturday, November 25, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce had Santa draw out the ticket for the 2000 Mercury Mountaineer SUV. The lucky winner was Wes Anderson of Malta, MT. The Chamber phoned Mr. Anderson to tell him the good news and he couldn't believe it. His wife was recently in a car accident and this was definitely news that will make her feel better! The Glasgow Chamber would like to thank everyone who supported them by buying a ticket.

Other prizes that were given during the Christmas Stroll were as follows:

Window decorating contest: 1st Place: Holly & Co.
2nd Place: (tie) Image Photography
2nd Place: (tie) Glasgow Flower
3rd Place: Goodtimes

Several Glasgow merchants gave away prizes during the Christmas Stroll and the winners are:
Antiques Etc.- Sandra Mosher won a bear in a basket.
Black Jax Too- Crystal Fleming won $50
Fashionette- Katie McCloy won $30 gift cert.
Mike Eliason won a $10 gift cert.
Tammy Nelson won a $10 gift cert.
Headquarters: Roberta Barstad won a Biologe Gift Pack
Holly & Co. Jackie Reddig won an Aromatic Basket.
Looking Good- Betty Uphaus won a Paul Mitchell Gift Pack.
Prewett Framing & Gallery- Sandy Oss won the Santa Print
Patty Mock won the Rubber Duckies gift basket
S&J Green House- Heidi See won the Poinsetta and Ken Irving won the live wreath.
True Value- Sandra Herringer won the Bissell Steam Cleaner
Glasgow Flower & Gift- Marlyn Campbell won the Santa, Jill Hamiliton won a snowman candle, Grace Oliver won a Nativity scene centerpiece and Patty Hallock won the Holiday Elegance centerpiece.

Some of the local merchants, are still accepting sign ups for their door prizes so be sure to stop in at Antiques Etc., Goodtimes, and Western Drug.


An oversight by the Valley County Commissioners will force the Valley County Treasurers office to send out an estimated 5000 extra tax statements to Valley County residents who live in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The treasurer's office sent out tax statements to all Valley County residents on November 1st but not included in those statements was an extra 10 mills that was to be used fund the graveling of county roads.

On June 6th Valley County voters approved an additional 10 mills per year for two years to gravel county roads. This extra levy was assessed only on those county residents who don't live in a city or a town.
According to the Valley County Commissioners this levy was inadvertently left off the tax statements even though all three county commissioners signed off on the budget for Valley County which didn't include the gravel money. The levy is expected to raise $210,000 for the graveling of county roads. Before the tax statements are sent to Valley County taxpayers they go through a 4 way system which includes the Valley County Clerk and Recorders Office, County Commissioners, Assessors office and the Valley County Treasurer.

The tax statements were sent out on November 1st and the mistake was first realized by County Commissioner Marlene Erickson and she brought it to the attention to the rest of the commission. After consulting an attorney the commissioners decided to sent out an additional tax statement which is expected to go out December 15th. Valley County taxpayers who are assessed this levy will then have 30 days to pay this tax.

In the meantime Valley County officials have had to order additional tax statements and are expected to have to send out an estimated 5000 extra statements.


Randy Holom CEO at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital announced that the hospital has discontinued its contract with Ask-A-Nurse.

Ask-A-Nurse was a program provided by the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. Under the terms of the contract callers in the Glasgow area could call Ask-A-Nurse twenty four hours a day seven days a week and obtain medical information or information about community services available.

While the service was popular with the community it was very costly to the hospital. The annual contract came with a twenty thousand dollar, a year, price tag. Over the last several months the hospital has taken measures to cut expenses and increase revenue in order to improve their financial situation. The staff and administration at FMDH recognize the popularity of the Ask-A-Nurse program and are continuing to investigate alternative programs.


12/4/00 will be the final date to return election ballots for the expiring term currently being held by Dean Reddig on the FSA County Committee.

Election ballots for the County Committee position have been mailed to all eligible voters in Community C and must be returned by December 4th, 2000 to be counted as official votes. Community "C" Boundary is:

The Valley County Community "C" North Boundary is the Ossette Road & west to Porcupine Creek & east to Roosevelt County Line; West boundary is Nashua and north along Porcupine Creek & south Missouri River; South boundary is the Missouri River and East boundary is the Roosevelt County Line.

The Candidates running and the approximate location of their farming operation within Community "C" are:

Tracy Hentges of Frazer to Roosevelt County Line area

Dean Reddig of the Lustre to Roosevelt Co line area

Kirk Sibley of Nashua, Wiota and West Frazer area

Warren Fast of Lustre and North Nashua area

The FSA farmer-committee system has been a key factor in the successful administration of farm programs, the secretary of agriculture considers the committee member very important to the success of the farm programs congress ahs provided. Therefore, it is very important all eligible voters exercise their right to vote. The committee members assist in carrying out programs assigned to the FSA Committees. Their duties include:

1. Informing farmers of the purpose and provisions of the FSA programs.
2. Keeping the State FSA committee informed of local conditions.
3. Recommending needed changes in the farm programs.
4. Participating in community meetings as necessary.
5. Performing other duties as assigned by the State FSA Committee.

The county Committee is responsible for the overall direction of the operations, the county FSA office, and the administration of the various farm programs at the county level.

Elected county committee members have an outstanding opportunity to serve both farmers and the public. The programs they help administer directly affect the welfare of our farmers.

(Vermillion, South Dakota-AP) -- A Texas professor says the six dams on the Missouri River are not doing what was intended.

Robert Schneiders says those dams -- including the Fort Peck Dam in Montana -- should be breached. He told an audience in Vermillion, South Dakota, the dams have not achieved what their supporters had hoped.

Schneiders says, of the dam's four goals -- flood control, navigation, irrigation and hydroelectric power -- only hydroelectric power is consistently met. He proposes taking down one dam at a time rather than all six at once.

Schneiders delivered the first lecture of the Missouri River Institute series, at the University of South Dakota. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(AP) The National Weather Service in Glasgow is one of only two offices nationwide testing a new human voice to deliver information to weather radios.

The voice was chosen after a nationwide search among weather service staff, prompted by complaints the current computer-generated voice was difficult to understand. The test already has been so successful it is to be expanded to include a weather service office in every state.

Complaints centered on the computer-generated voice sounding to some like a speaker with an eastern European accent. And there have been concerns the computer voice was causing confusion with mispronunciations. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as of September 30th has sold 47,388 warm water fishing stamps. The proceeds from the sale of these stamps will be used for the operation and maintenance of the Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery.

According to Chuck Lawson, the net money raised by the sale of the stamps is $214,565 and this money can only be used for the hatchery. In related news...the federal authorization for the hatchery still is unsigned by President Clinton but he is expected to sign the legislation soon.

According to Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson, a city police car and private vehicle collided at 5:10am Tuesday morning, at the intersection of 5th Avenue North and 6th Street. Both drivers were headed to the firehall for a fire call. The officer and the other individual were both transported to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, ttreated and released.

According to Erickson, there was extensive damage to both vehicles. He also said that the Montana Highway Patrol would be investigating the accident.

(Yorkton, Saskatchewan-AP) Nearly 600 elk on a Saskatchewan ranch will have to be destroyed due to an outbreak of chronic wasting disease. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the elk ranch is in the vicinity of Yorkton in southeastern Saskatchewan.

Spokesman George Luterbach says it's the fifth farm in the province where officials have found the disease this year.

The one elk that carried the disease was bought from another game farm in Saskatchewan.

Luterbach says all the elk must be killed to prevent the disease from spreading even further. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(Billings-AP) -- Governor Marc Racicot Tuesday declared eight eastern Montana counties disaster areas, because of early November snow storms that left residents without electricity. More than one-thousand people were without power after a storm swept through November first.

On Tuesday, at least 80 homes and ranches remained without power. And, an electric cooperative official says it could be another week before power is restored to some of them. Deep snow and cold temperatures are preventing crews from repairing the nearly 700 power poles that snapped in the storm.

The counties declared disaster areas are: Carter, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Wibaux. Officials say the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are assessing the damages to determine if federal aid is needed. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Bob Rennick Jr., Glasgow High School Speech and Drama Coach, today announced the date for the Glasgow Invitational Speech and Drama Meet. Glasgow will be hosting teams from the Eastern Division on December 2nd. He went on to say, "Volunteer judges are again needed for the Meet to be successful."

It's more than just successful because without volunteer judges, Speech and Drama Meets can not take place. A Meet has l5 different events, most with more than one section occurring at the same time. That makes approximately 30 judges per round and there are three rounds and finals. During the final round, three judges are needed for each event. If you did the Arithmetic, that is 165 judging spots that need filled. Of course, many judges agree to do more than one round.

Rennick and Assistant Coach, Sharon LaBonty, are asking Glasgow people to volunteer to judge. Glasgow has a reputation for pitching in when the call goes out for help. "Last year, we were overwhelmed, and honored, by the out pouring of help for the Divisional Meet. We are hoping for the same response this year. "

Past judges will be called soon. LaBonty stated, "It helps if people call to volunteer. That is one less phone call that Bob or I have to make." To volunteer to be a judge, please call Rennick at the high school, 228-2485, or LaBonty at 228-9208.

(Plentywood-AP) -- About 80 farms and ranches near Plentywood are still without power today, nearly two weeks after a snow and ice storm that blew through the area.

As many as 500 power poles snapped during the storm, and subsequent blizzards have prevented crews from repairing poles and downed power lines. Deep snow and cold temperatures continued to slow progress today, although crews restored electricity to 15 ranches in the Bainville, Dagmar, Coalridge and Westby areas. At one time, as many as 12-hundred people were without electricity, and roughly five-thousand beef cattle were stranded in snowdrifts reaching up to ten feet deep.

Officials with Sheridan, Roosevelt, Richland and Carter Counties declared their counties disaster areas. Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will visit the area this week to assess damages, and determine if the counties require a state or federal disaster declaration. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Montana District Kiwanis Governor Jim Ebersol and his wife Mary Ellen from Missoula were guests at a recent Glasgow Kiwanis luncheon meeting. Jim spoke to the local club about the international service project of eradicating iodine immune disorders (IDD) from the world, reporting that $72 million has been collected and donated. He was proud to announce that every club in the Montana District contributed to the cause for a total of $250,000. This amount means that 5 million people will be saved from IDD.

To emphasize that Membership Matters, Jim gave each attendee a package of M&M candies. He challenged the club to bring the membership numbers from 42 to 54 this year. "If each member brings in a new member, this goal can be easily reached," Jim commented.

Membership committee members encourage and invite all interested persons in the community to attend a Glasgow Kiwanis noon luncheon meeting and program, held each Wednesday at noon at the Elks Club. For more information, please contact Lila at 228-4346 or Bill at 228-9225.

Throughout the long history of Kiwanis International, since 1915, the dedication of its members has kept the goals and objects of our organization alive. These men and women unselfishly give of their time and talents to make a better community and a better world.

In 1965, Kiwanis International Foundation established the Tablet of Honor as a way to recognize those who have "made a difference" in this world.

Recently the Tablet of Honor was presented to L.J. Baker, long time member of Glasgow Kiwanis Club. This recognition was made possible by the club‚s contribution to the foundation, directed to the Worldwide Service Project to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the world's leading cause of preventable mental retardation in children.

L.J. Baker was recognized because of his dedicated service to our community, Kiwanis, and the world. This is a better place to live because of his service and commitment. Mr. Jim Ebersol, Montana District Governor, made the presentation of the plaque, pocket crest, pin and name patch for the local club‚s honor banner. L.J.‚s wife, Jean, was present as her husband received the Tablet of Honor, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Kiwanis International Foundation.


HELENA -- Montana Disaster and Emergency Services has requested to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region 8 in Denver, Colorado to conduct a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment to document damages to rural electric coops in Eastern Montana from last weekís severe snowstorms. This is first step needed for Governor Racicot to determine whether to request a Presidential Disaster Declaration. FEMA/State representatives are tentatively scheduled to begin the assessment process on Tuesday, November 14.

If the governor does request a Presidential Disaster Declaration, federal assistance will allow the rural electric coops in the declared areas to recoup eligible costs for the repair of their systems that were damaged or destroyed by last weekís snowstorms and the eligible costs associated with restoring power to approximately 400 families. Costs incurred by counties or cities in the disaster area may also be eligible. Eligible costs would be reimbursed at 75% by FEMA and 25% state and local.

Damage assessments are being done in the following counties: Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Richland, Dawson, Wibaux, Fallon, and Carter.

(AP) The agricultural agent for Sheridan County says the livestock crisis in northeastern Montana appears to be over.

Terry Angvick of Plentywood says ranchers have been able to reach cattle stranded by snowdrifts, or are close to reaching them, to provide food and water. Earlier, Angvick estimated drifted snow kept ranchers away from more than five-thousand head of cattle. Some animals were stranded for a week or so.

Angvick says ranchers managed to knock down some accumulated snow, and plowing on secondary roads was a big help. He says some cattle probably have died, but he doesn't know how many.

(AP) In northeastern Montana, Sheridan Electric Co-op at Medicine Lake is still working to restore electrical service to homes that lost power in a storm last week.

That storm delivered freezing rain that weighted power lines, which then were broken by 30- to 40-mile-an-hour winds.

Outages affected some 12-hundred homes, and manager Bill Schell says by today, 150 are still without service, Most are in the areas of Bainville, Dagmar and Westby.

Heavy snow is hindering utility crews trying to reach areas where lines are down.

The National Weather Service says Montana's deepest snow at reporting stations early today was 14 inches, at Westby. Other depths included eight inches at Glasgow, six inches at Butte, five inches at West Yellowstone and three inches at Lewistown. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(AP) The next episode of the award-winning "Backroads of Montana" television program by Montana PBS premiers Sunday at 7 p-m.

This episode is called Roundup to Nine Mile. It includes a profile of Bob Beadle of Roundup, a driver for the U-S Postal Service who has one of the longest mail routes in the country.

Also included is Virginia Vincent, a veteran fire-spotter who has manned the Stark Mountain Lookout near the Nine Mile area, west of Missoula, for nearly 30 years.

The next stop is a hilltop outside Glasgow that has a unique exhibit of metal animals.

The show also includes stops at a Victor home with a labyrinth and a display of American Indian pictographs near Forest Grove.

The program will be repeated Friday, November 17th and Sunday, November 19th.

(Plentywood-AP) - Snowplows got ballots through clogged roads to the northeastern Montana towns of Westby and Dagmar yesterday, but they arrived hours after the polls were supposed to open. The storm was the second in a week to dump heavy, wet snow on an eight-county area of the state. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(AP) Election officials are struggling to get ballots through snow-clogged roads to voters in two small northeastern Montana communities that are isolated by a blizzard.

Milt Hovland is Sheridan County election administrator at Plentywood. He has loaded ballots onto state snowplows headed to Westby, 25 miles east of Plentywood, and Dagmar, a sprawling ranching community 30 miles southeast. Westby has 351 registered voters and Dagmar has 324. Voters requested 124 absentee ballots between them, and most have been returned.

Secretary of State Mike Cooney says if the snowplows don't get through, election officials might send the towns a sample ballot by fax or e-mail and let them make photocopies. He says it could even be hand-written, if necessary.

In Valley County, Highway Patrol officers are ferrying ballots to election judges in Frazer because of the blizzard. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(AP) -The blizzard that's causing Election-Day problems in northeastern Montana is piling trouble on top of troubles left last week by another storm. More than 500 power line poles were snapped by heavy, wet snow last week, and repairs were still far from complete when this latest storm hit.

Secretary of State Mike Cooney notes that many of the roughly 200 ranches sprawling around Dagmar have been without power since last Wednesday or Thursday.

Sheridan County commissioners have declared the county a disaster area.

Election officials in neighboring Roosevelt and Daniels counties say some election judges are having trouble getting to the polling places. Cheryl Hansen, Roosevelt County clerk and recorder, says only one of three election judges could get to the polling site in Bainville - so she swore in her husband to help with polling.

Both Roosevelt and Daniels counties had record numbers of absentee ballots this year. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Here is a storm situation update for the residents of Sheridan County and surrounding areas.

The County Commissioners today officially declared Sheridan County to be a disaster area due to the severe storm conditions and the extensive damage to electrical lines. Roads are extremely icy and wind chills are extreme, so residents are asked to avoid all travel except in an emergency, until conditions improve.

All REC customers who have a generator running are urgently asked to make sure it is connected only to the buildings- not the outside lines. Generators connected directly to REC lines have been causing feedback problems as the lines are restored. Please make sure your generator is disconnected from the lines to prevent possible injury as well as damage to vital equipment, this will also speed up the line repair process.

At this time power has been restored to most of the communities in the area, but some rural areas remain without service in below-zero wind-chill. Sheridan Electric recently announced that over 500 power poles have been broken off and will have to be replaced before electrical service can be restored to these areas. A crew of about 35 is working around the clock to make repairs, but blowing snow and bad road conditions slow down their efforts.

The Red Cross also wants to know who has firewood available for those with wood stoves, and who has a stove but not enough wood. If you either have wood or need it, please call Vicky at 765-2011.

For more information, or to sign up for email notification, please visit our website at. www.egroups.com/group/SheridanCtyMT

(Plentywood-AP) Election officials in Sheridan County can't get ballots to two small towns because of the winter storm that has blocked roads in northeastern Montana. The towns are Dagmar, about 25 miles east of Plentywood, and Westby, about 30 miles southeast. They have almost 700 registered voters between them.

Election Administrator Milt Hovland says he has faxed a sample ballot to the Westby City Hall, and they can copy it if worse comes to worst, but that isn't possible at Dagmar. He's checking the possibility of e-mailing a ballot to Dagmar for copying.

Even if ballots can get to the towns, many voters may not be able to reach the polling places.

Westby has 351 registered voters, and Dagmar has 324. Forty-three people at Westby got absentee ballots, and 81 at Dagmar.

Election officials in Roosevelt and Daniels counties, also blanketed by the storm, say they sent their ballots out yesterday, but some election judges are having trouble getting to the polling places.

Roosevelt County Clerk and recorder Cheryl Hansen says only one of three judges could get to Bainville, but she swore in her husband to help.

Both Roosevelt and Daniels counties had record numbers of absentee ballots this year. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(AP) Officials have identified a Glasgow man who died over the weekend on U-S Two near Nashua as 40-year-old Kevin Keith Kulczyk. His vehicle went off the road as he tried to avoid another vehicle that had hit a deer at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(AP)The weather bureau says blizzard conditions continue in much of northeastern Montana this morning, and some roads remain closed because of poor visibility and drifting snow. Forecasters say travel in the area is not recommended, but those who must travel should include a winter survival kit.(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) WEATHER

Power customers in rural Sheridan and Roosevelt Counties are still waiting for power to be restored after a winter storm last Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents of all the towns in eastern Montana have been without power off and on also.

MDU has restored power to most of its customers; a few in Plentywood and Williston are still in the dark MDU hopes to have power to them today. MDU lost a main transmission line between Grenora, ND and Plentywood MT last week. Over 100 poles were knocked down in the ice storm. MDU has had about 30 people working to make repairs in the northeast MT and northwestern ND since November 1 and 2nd. Crews totaling about 30 people have been working round the clock to restore power on the MDU system. MDU says it may take till next spring to completely repair their system but temporary repairs will be completed as soon as possible.

Sheridan Electric Co-op in Medicine Lake report that they have over 500 poles on the ground. They have 50 people that have been working around the clock to restore power. Hugo Anderson of Sheridan Electric said the ice on the lines was 5 to 6 inches thick the night and morning of the storm. Wind gusts were over 45mph causing the lines and power poles to break.

Sheridan Electric covers an area from Brockton east to the North Dakota line and North to the US Canadian Border then east to the North Dakota Line. Every customer has been affected by this storm.

The City of Plentywood was unable to pump water from their water wells to their storage tank since Wednesday last week. Sheridan electric was able to restore power on Saturday but the town was kept on emergency use only until the storage tank had been filled. No fires were reported during the power outage.

The ice storm that hit has done thousands of dollars in damage. The Red Cross has housed some rural residents and some elderly people that had been without power.

Infrastructure Project Awards Exceed $13.88 Million

Drinking water, wastewater, storm drain, and bridge projects in 34 Montana cities, towns, counties, water/sewer districts, and Indian reservations will be recommended for approval to the 2001 Montana Legislature.

These Department of Commerce Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) grants, ranging from $167,460 to $500,000, total over $13.88 million.

Drinking water projects recommended for grants include Blackfeet Tribe, Browning, Essex, Gardiner, Geraldine, Hot Springs, Lambert, Power, and Shelby.

Sewer collection and wastewater treatment projects include Alder, Ashland, Charlo, Choteau, Florence, Froid, Hinsdale, Kevin, Lockwood, Manhattan, Nashua, Park City, Stanford, Virgina City, Whitefish, and Whitewater. A storm drain collection project in Helena, and bridge projects in Lewis and Clark County and Richland County will also be recommended.

In addition, three additional projects are recommended for grants if there are sufficient funds, including a wastewater treatment project in Fairview, a bridge project in Yellowstone County and a combination water and sewer project in Jordan. These additional grants would total another $1.3 million.

"TSEP creates a partnership between the State and local governments to deal with critical public health and safety needs," said Peter Blouke, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "It makes public facilities projects affordable for our communities, generates millions of dollars in construction activity, creates jobs for Montanans and generates local revenues." "This year the grant requests from 38 applicants totaled over $16.77 million," Blouke added. "Unfortunately, TSEP does not have enough funds to help all of the communities that need it. However, the growth in the TSEP fund has allowed the us to fund most of the projects that applied for assistance."

The Treasure State Endowment Program was established in 1992 by passage of a referendum by Montana voters. The program uses the interest earned from a permanent trust fund that is continuing to grow from the build up of coal tax revenues. The TSEP grants are matched by local funds and by loans and grants from other state and federal programs. Applications are ranked by Commerce staff according to statutory criteria, including factors such as threat to public health and safety and financial need. The Department then submits their recommendations to the Governor for approval and in turn to the Montana Legislature for its review and approval.

A list of the communities that will be recommended to the 2001 Legislature for TSEP funding follows:

Applicant Proposed Grant Award Lewis & Clark County $500,000

Alder Water & Sewer District $500,000

Town of Hot Springs $500,000

Whitewater Water & Sewer District $500,000

Town of Virginia City $500,000

Town of Froid $390,600

Town of Nashua $500,000

Richland County $296,500

Town of Lavina $483,000

Gardiner-Park County Water & Sewer District $398,500

Park City Water & Sewer District $500,000

Town of Stanford $500,000

Florence County Water & Sewer District $500,000

Ashland County Water & Sewer District $500,000

Town of Geraldine $167,460

Town of Manhattan $500,000

Lambert County Water & Sewer District $403,000

Town of Browning $500,000

Town of Kevin $385,000

Power-Teton County Water & Sewer District $425,000

Blackfeet Tribe $500,000

City of Whitefish $500,000

City of Choteau $500,000

Lockwood Water & Sewer District $500,000

Town of Eureka $369,000

City of Shelby $500,000

Charlo-Lake County Sewer District $500,000

Essex County Water & Sewer District $225,000

City of Helena $500,000

Hinsdale Water & Sewer District $329,000

City of Havre $500,000

Town of Fairfield * $500,000

Yellowstone County * $300,000

Town of Jordan * $500,000

*These applicants are recommended for grant awards contingent upon TSEP funds being available.


Two people were killed in separate car crashes involving deer in the Nashua area early this morning.

The first occurred at about 2:30 a-m on U-S Highway 2. A spokesman with the Montana Highway Patrol says an eastbound vehicle struck a deer and was disabled in the road. But the driver of a second eastbound vehicle apparently didn't see the first, and went off the road trying to avoid it. The 40-year-old male driver was killed.

The second accident occurred just one half-hour later on Montana Highway 117, also near Nashua. An 18-year-old woman was killed when the driver lost control of the vehicle trying to avoid a deer. Three male passengers, ranging in age from 17 to 22, were injured.

The victims' names have not been released pending notification of relatives.

The two highway deaths bring the total for the year to 206, compared to 180 on this date last year. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Montana Congressman Rick Hill today praised the House's
passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which included as an
amendment S. 2027, a bill by Senator Conrad Burns to authorize $20 million
to construct a warm-water fish hatchery at Fork Peck Lake.

Burns included the provision after months of negotiations with Senate
Environment and Public Works Chairman Bob Smith (R-N.H.). Hill was able to
secure a promise from Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) to ensure that the project
would be included in the final version of the bill after Hill opposed the
House version of the legislation, which omitted the hatchery.

The hatchery would be constructed based on the findings of an Army Corps of
Engineers' feasibility study, for which Burns secured $125,000 to complete
the study. In addition, private Montana companies and other entities offered
$125,000 in matching funds for the study. Montana has only one other
warm-water fish hatchery, in Miles City, which is already running at maximum

"I appreciate the work of Senator Burns to get this project through the
Congress, and I am confident the president will sign it," Hill said. "Not
only has Senator Burns' leadership improved recreational opportunities at
Fort Peck Lake and in northeast Montana, but he has contributed to strong
fish populations and healthy wildlife habitats in the region as well."

Under the bill, the federal government's share of the costs of construction
will be 75 percent. However, fish-stocking efforts by the State of Montana
since 1947 and other efforts such as road and infrastructure construction
will count toward the non-federal contribution.

The project began in 1999 with a group of Montanans. Working with Walleyes
Unlimited of Montana and other groups, Citizens for the Fort Peck Fish
Hatchery has spearheaded the project along with Burns. The Montana
Legislature also threw its support behind the hatchery, passing a bill that
creates a hatchery stamp that will be sold along with Montana fishing
licenses. Proceeds from the stamp will be used for operation and maintenance
of the project.

(AP) -- (11am) Road conditions are going from bad to worse because of blowing and drifting snow, ice, snowpack, and downed power lines in eastern Montana.

The Montana Department of Transportation has expanded its road closures, now closing Interstate 94 from Glendive to the North Dakota line.

Also closed are Montana 16 from Sidney to 18 miles northwest of Sidney; Montana 16 from Froid to Plentywood; Montana Seven from Ekalaka to Wibaux, and Highway 323 from Ekalaka to a point 24 miles south. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Thursday Morning Winter Storm Info
(Miles City-AP) Lots of people in eastern Montana lost their electrical power overnight. The Mc-Cone Electric Co-op says high winds, and ice on the lines, caused outages in Jordan, Richie, Ekalaka , Wibaux and Circle.

Floyd Brant is with the Mc-Cone Co-op in Circle. He says power has been restored there, and crews are working to restore service to the rest of the area. Brant says electrical power should be restored to all customers by noon.

The outages are a byproduct of the winter storm that hit parts of eastern Montana yesterday and last night. Some of the higher elevations in the southeast reported ten inches of snow, with two to three inches on the ground in Ekalaka this morning and still snowing.

Lots of snow also in northeast Montana, where a winter storm warning continues today. Elsewhere, a blizzard warning had been issued for western Custer, Fallon and Carter counties, but it's been canceled. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(AP) The U-S Senate has unanimously passed a bill creating a new warm-water fish hatchery at Fort Peck Lake. Senator Max Baucus says the bill also swaps a series of cabin sites at Fort Peck, for land that's important for hunting and fishing. And it has money to help clean up polluted streams in Montana.

Democrat Baucus says he expects the House to pass the bill, and send it to President Clinton, before Congress adjourns this week.

The Water Resources Development Act has 20 (m) million dollars for the Fort Peck hatchery.

Versions of the bill had already passed both houses. But the House version stripped out the Fort Peck money. House-Senate Conferees restored it, and the revised version has passed the Senate and awaits House action. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

The Glasgow Police Department reported a burglary at the Oasis Lounge and Eatery on Friday October 27th.

Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson told KLTZ/MIX-93 news that sometime between closing at 12:30am and 3am a substantial amount of money was stolen from poker machines at the Oasis. Erickson also said there was no sign of forced entry into the Oasis.

The burglary is under investigation and anyone with information should call the police department at 228-4333.


Valley Bank in Glasgow has gotten the 2000 version of their Dress A Doll program underway. Valley bank has free undressed dolls that need someone to transform them into a magical gift. Feel free to use your imagination to design and make a beautiful costume for a doll. There are several categories of dress styles to choose from.

The dolls will be on display in the Valley Bank lobby from Thanksgiving until December 15th. Again this year, Valley Bank will offer the dolls for sale by silent auction, with proceeds to go to local charities.

(Glendive-AP) -- There's been some fallout, after the Circle-Richey football coach and his assistant were suspended last week. At a special meeting last night, the school board placed superintendent Earle Schafer on administrative leave, with pay, effectively immediately.

Schafer's wife says he was fired, but will retain his pay and benefits for the rest of the school year. The vote by the board was five-to-one, in favor of the action.

Schafer suspended football coach Kevin Guldborg and his assistant Burt Kelly last Tuesday. Kelly reportedly used profane language in yelling at a football player during halftime of a game at Ekalaka.

Mrs. Schafer says the board declined to suspend the coaches, so Schafer did.

The board reinstated the two at a special meeting last Thursday, after hundreds of area residents came to the meeting in support of the coaches.

Circle-Richey lost 36-28 to Medicine Lake-Froid in the first round of the Class C football playoffs on Saturday. (Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

KLTZ/MIX-93 News will be hosting three debates this week to better inform voters in northeast Montana on the choices they have in the November 7th General Election. KLTZ/MIX-93 News Director Stan Ozark will moderate the debates featuring candidates for the Montana Legislature and the Valley County Commission.

On Wednesday the two candidates for the Montana Legislature from House District #96 will appear live on radio station KLTZ. Democrat Todd Wagner and Republican Karl Waitschies will take questions from listeners and also from Ozark. The program will begin at 1:30pm on KLTZ.

On Thursday at 1:30pm the two candidates for House District #95 will debate the issues.. Republican Jeff Pattison and Democrat Art Arnold will be appearing on KLTZ.

Finally, on Friday, join KLTZ as they host a debate between the two candidates for the Valley County Commission, Democrat Ron Gilbertson and Republican Kari Lee Knierim.

The debates are sponsored by Town and Country Furniture.


Shirley A. McCarty, 51 years, died Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at the Northern Montana Hospital from Arthritic Complications. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 4 at the Adams Memorial Chapel, with burial in the Malta Cemetery. Adams Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born June 22, 1949 at Glasgow, the daughter of George and Esther (Sunford) Peterson. She was raised and educated in Saco where she graduated from the Saco High School in 1967. She moved to Great Falls to attend beauty school. She married Dennis McCarty in 1968 at Saco. They lived in Great Falls, Guam, Wisconsin and moved to Malta in 1973. They later divorced. She was known as a hard worker and worked as a nurse’s aid, in house keeping and in the dietary department at the Phillips County Good Samaritan Center in Malta.

Survivors include her children, Dan McCarty of Glasgow, Mike McCarty, Denny McCarty, and Ann McCarty all of Malta; her father George Peterson of Glasgow; sisters, Sharon Berrisford Of Glasgow, Karen Peterson of Apache Junction, AZ; brothers, Larry Sunford of Alaska, Gary Dale Sunford of Turner; many nieces and nephews.

Byrnece Urs

Funeral services for Byrnece Urs age 87 will be held Thursday, November 30, at 2:00pm. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. Rev. Martin Mock will officiate. Burial will be at the Highland Cemetery.

Byrnece Oreane Anderson Urs was born on April 7, 1913 in Tampico, MT on a homestead in what became known as the Highland Community to parents Ole Charles and Belle Anderson. Byrnece was a 1930 graduate of Glasgow High School. She worked at the Glasgow Extension Service from 1930 to 1935 as a Deputy Clerk and Recorder for the Deputy County Attorney. In 1935 she moved to Denver and worked for the Resettlement Administration. In 1937, Byrnece worked for the Social Security Administration in Washington D.C. Byrnece was married to Stephen J. Urs on September 15, 1940 in Glasgow. They moved to Hot Springs, MT and in 1942 they returned to Glasgow and Byrnece went back to work at the Extension Office until November 27, 1946. In 1951, she worked as a Deputy Clerk and Recorder. In 1953, Byrnece joined the Valley County Abstract Company. And became a licensed abstractor. She retired after more than 26 years. Byrnece was active in the White Shrine and held the position as the Past Worthy High Priestess. She founded and was the first president of the Glasgow Soroptimist Club. Byrnece was also active in the Homemakers Club and PEO. She was named the casting director of the Montana Story and was elected as the Women of the Year. Her sisters Josephine Anderson and Pearl Rohde and brothers William and Orville Anderson preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sister Ethel Strait of Seattle, Washington, her husband Stephen of Glasgow her daughter Patricia Gulascik of York, Pennsylvania. Byrnece was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. She was known for her beautiful yard and flowers.

Friends and relatives alike remember her as being a wonderful hostess and cook.

Lola Henrietta Grovom

Funeral services for Lola Henrietta Grovom, age 89, are set for Saturday, Nov. 25, 10:30 AM at Bell Chapel in Glasgow. Rev. Martin Mock will officiate services. Interment will take place at Big Lake Cemetery in Homstead, MT. Bell Mortunary is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Grovom passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Lola Grovom was born at Homstead, MT May 31, 1911 to Henry and Larsina Brenden. She attended the Consolidated School near Homestead and was baptized and confirmed in the Bethel Free Lutheran Church. Lola married Walter Grovom on December 20, 1930 in Plentywood, MT. They had 3 daughters, Shirley, Jean and Winifred and two sons, Harold and Ronald.

The Grovoms lived in the Froid, MT area for many years and later moved to the Glasgow area. Lola moved into Nemont Manor in 1981 after the death of her husband. She loved her many frneds she made at Nemont Manor over the 19 years she lived there. Lola enjoyed yer crocheting, playing cards and Bingo. She entered Valley View Nursing Home in September of 2000 where she passed away Nov. 21.

She is survived by daughters: Shirley Shumake of Watford City, ND and Jean Glover and her husband Jerry of Williston, ND; sons, Harold Grovom and his wife Bernadine of Helena, Ron Grovom and his wife Susan of Helena; sisters, Gladys Krohmer of Froid, MT and Helen Davidson of Mesa, AZ; brother, Mervin Brenden of Seattle, WA, 18 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, her husband and 1 daughter.

Inga Fjeldheim Marx

Funeral services for Inga Fjeldheim Marx age 68 will be held Tuesday November 21,2000 at 10:00am at the Bell Mortuary. Pastor Chris Flohr will officiate. Burial will follow at the Reitan Cemetery north of Saco, MT. Inga passed away Thursday November 16,2000 in Billings.

Inga was born April 1,1932 to Endre and Elizabeth (Gartside) Fjeldheim in Forks MT. Inga attended school in Saco MT. She married John Marx Jr. April 6,1962 in Choteau, MT. They made their home in Ulm,MT. In 1978 Inga and daughter Joan moved to Glassgow, MT. Inga started a daycare in her home and enjoyed caring for children most of her life. Inga retired from caring for children at about age 62.

In 1999 Inga moved to Sidney to be closer to her daughter and grandson Casey.

Survivors include daughter Joan Marx and her grandson Casey Raad of Sidney, sisters Emma Berdan of San Deigo, CA. Edna Fjeldheim of Helena, Gena Fjeldheim of Rosemead CA. Betty Clark of Pinole, CA. brothers Lewis Fjeldheim of South Venia, OH. Berton Fjeldheim of Copperas Cove,TX. Step- children Reva Marx, Kathy Garcia, Dave Marx all of Salem OR. Step-grandchildren Angela Marx, Jeremiah Marx-all of Salem OR. Inga was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Betty Joan Marx, and brothers Bert and Oscar Fjeldheim.

Harold James Kjelgaard 

Funeral services for Harold Kjelgaard will be held Friday November 17that the First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point Rev. Timothy Whiteman will officiate. Burial will follow at the Prairie Elk Cemetery. Clayton Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Visitations will be held from 10:00a.m. To 8:00p.m. on Thursday November 16th at Clayton Memorial Chapel.

Harold died on November 12, 2000 at his home 30 miles southwest of Wolf Point in McCone County.

Harold was the sixth child born January 6, 1928 on Wolf Point of John and Esther (Pederson) Kjelgaard's seven children. He attended the Highland School south of Wolf Point and Wolf Point Schools. He worked for various farms and ranches in the area. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, returning to work with his father on the family homestead in the Prairie Elk Community where he farmed and ranched until his death.

Harold loved his farm, animals, and to ride his motorcycle. He was a local history buff. He was a confirmed member of the First Lutheran Church of Wolf Point.

His parents, one sister Margaret Tande, and a brother Arnold Kjelgaard preceded him in death.

Survivors include one brother, Orville (Shirley) of Federal Way, Washington; three sisters, Ellen Long of Fort Benton, MT, Marie Louise Vaughn of Charlo, MT, and Ruth (Russell) Miller of Larimore ND; a sister-in-law Hazel Kjelgaard of the Prairie Elk Community and 27 nieces and nephews.

Mary Jane Brien LaRoque:

Funeral Services for Mary Jane Brien LaRoque age 94 will be held on Friday November 17th at 11:00am at St. Raphael‚s Catholic Church. A Vigil service will be held Thursday November 16, 2000 at St.Raphael‚s at 7:00 P.M. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Jane Brien LaRoque was born November 30,1905 in Billings, MT to Patrick and Zelda Brien. She grew up in Malta. Mary married Alex LaRoque in Wolf Point in 1924. To this union were born 7 children. They lived all of their married life in Valley County.

Alex died in 1963. Mary Jane moved back to Malta in 1987 and lived alone until this past year when she moved to the nursing home. She was a devoted wife, mother and Grandmother. Her numerous relatives will attest to this. Her passion for life was evident in everything she did. She enjoyed her family, loved her church, loved to sew, crochet, and made dolls and other gifts for her many children, grandchildren. She gardened, traveled, read, and walked. She made many star quilts through the years and up until just short of her 95th birthday which she would have celebrated this November 30th.

One of her other delights was dancing. She loved to dance jig, and square dance. She could out last us all on the dance floor. She was preceded in death by her husband Alex, sons Benny, Delano, Joe (Sonny), Francis and her daughter Belle.

Mom to say we are going to miss you is a huge understatement. We‚ll miss your beautiful smile, your sense of humor and most of all your great love.

Survivors include son Brian (Barbara) of Roundup, son Eddie Hawbacker (Bonnie) of Manhattan, daughter Babe (Mary) Gunn of Billings, daughter-in-law Margaret LaRoque of Malta, sisters Agnes Ackerman of Lewiston, ID, Christine Clary of CA, Tiny of Spokane, brother Joe Azure of Rocky Boy and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews

Henry L. Gardner

Henry L. Gardner passed away on Tuesday, November 7th at age 88. Services were November 10th at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow.

Henry was born in 1911 in Waynesville, Illinois. He came to Montana in 1914 with his parents when they homesteaded south of the Missouri River in McCone County. In 1926 the family moved to Avondale in North Valley County.

In 1936 Henry married Glenda Fossum in Scobey. They then lived in Avondale and Richland until moving to Glasgow in 1947 so the children could go to school. Henry retired from farming in 1974. He was a member of the Assembly of God church and his church was a big part of his life. He enjoyed square dancing, traveling, church retreats and visiting the farm.

Survivors include his wife Glenda Gardner of Glasgow; sons: Marvin Gardner of Richland, Gary Gardner and his wife Bev of Glasgow; 1 daughter: Violet Graham of Renton, Washington; 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 2 sisters: Lois Marsh of Somers, Montana, and Rosemary Swanson of Diamond Bar, California; 2 brothers: Paul Gardner of Rexford, Montana, and Dale Gardner of Santa Clara, California. 3 brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death.

Lyle Arnold Sonsteng
Lyle Arnold Sonsteng of Glasgow, 77, died Tuesday, November 7th in Sheridan Wyoming. Services were Saturday, November 11th at Bell Chapel in Glasgow with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Lyle was born in 1923 in Lustre.

Survivors include 3 brothers: Kenneth and Stanley Sonsteng of Glasgow and Doug Sonsteng of Wolf Point; 1 sister, Mildred Knight of Glasgow.

Milo Melvin Sonsteng
Milo Melvin Sonsteng, 88, died on Saturday, November 4th in Billings. Services were Saturday, November 11th at Bell Chapel in Glasgow and burial was at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Milo was born in 1912 in Swift Falls, Minnesota.

Survivors include 3 brothers: Kenneth and Stanley Sonsteng of Glasgow and Doug Sonsteng of Wolf Point; 1 sister, Mildred Knight of Glasgow.

Kevin Keith Kulczyk

Kevin Keith Kulczyk, 40, died on November 4th in an auto accident near Nashua. Services were November 8th at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Kevin was raised in the Glasgow, Malta, Saco areas and had lived in Great Falls and Oregon before moving back to Glasgow. Kevin was a mechanic and served in the Navy a short time. He loved working on cars, music, and was an avid hunter.

Survivors include his father, Konrad Kulczyk and his wife Sherrill of Boise, Idaho; Grandmother Eva McCorkle of Glasgow; 3 brothers: Kelly Kulczyk and his wife January of Farmington, New Mexico, K. Jeffrey Kulczyk and his wife Debbie of LaGrande, Oregon; Korrie L. Rasmussen and his fiancee Jeri of Fayetteville, North Carolina; 3 sisters: Kristie K. Heise and her husband Mack of Hoquiam, Washington, Kathy J. Gibbs and her husband Charles of Orofino, Idaho, and Michelle M. Sox of Sandy, Oregon; cousins Michael J. McCorkle of Malta and Patrick D. McCorkle of Malta; Aunt Cheryl McCorkle of Malta, and 3 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Terri Ann Young age 18 will be held Tuesday November 7,2000 at 2:00pm at the Glasgow High School Gymnasium with Pastor Dave Rogenes officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

Terri Ann was born August 14, 1982, in Glasgow to Terry E. and Debra Stenswick Young. Terri Ann attended schools in Glasgow and was a senior in the Class of 2001. Terri Ann has worked at Taco Johns for the past 3 years. She has always been involved in music and was a member of the Glasgow High School Concert Choir and Swing Choir for all four years of High School. She was a member of Pep Club, was an officer of the Senior Class, and was mascot “Scottie Dog” with the cheerleaders, was on the annual staff, and the FCCLA. She played softball, co-ed basketball, and played the fiddle.

Survivors include her parents Terry and Debra Young of Glasgow, brothers Travis,Trent,Todd, and Tim young of Glasgow. Aunts and Uncles Mary and Mitch Hughes and their children Karissa and Dylan of Glasgow. Jack Stenswick of Malta, MT, Ramona Stenswick of Glasgow, MT. Gary and LeMyra Young of South Carolina, Dee and Judy Young of South Carolina and her best friend Jennifer Opheim of Glasgow, MT.
Pallbears will be Jon Wiens, Tyler George, Chad Wagenhals, Justin Stumvoll, Ryan Truscott, Sam Galland, Dusty Shipp, Joey Petrino, and Jerrett Braaten. Honorary Pallbearers are the Class of 2001 and all of her many friends.