IJC Announces Intent To Establish Task Force On St. Mary And Milk Rivers (Posted Tuesday, November 30, 2004 05:40 PM)
The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it intends to establish a St. Mary and Milk Rivers Administrative Measures Task Force to examine whether the existing administrative procedures in its 1921 Order under which water is apportioned between Southern Saskatchewan, Southern Alberta and Northern Montana for irrigation purposes can be improved to ensure more beneficial use and optimal receipt by each country of its apportioned waters within the terms of the Order that was issued by the Commission in 1921.
The St. Mary River flows north from Montana into Alberta and the Milk River criss-crosses the Canada-U.S. border between Montana, Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The IJC decided to establish a task force after meeting with the Field Representatives of the Canadian and U.S. Accredited Officers in October, and considering the views presented to the Commissioners at their public consultation meetings last summer and in writing. The IJC held these meetings and toured irrigation works and water structures the last week of July in Montana, Saskatchewan and Alberta to hear comments in response to a request by the Governor of Montana that the IJC review its 1921 Order. Over 100 written submissions were received by the IJC and they are all available on the Commission’s website.
The IJC was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty (1909) to help prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters shared by the United States and Canada. Under Article VI of the treaty, Accredited Officers appointed by the two countries measure and apportion the waters of the St. Mary and Milk rivers in accordance with the IJC's order. More information is available online at WWW.IJC.ORG.
Couple Claims $100,000 Powerball Ticket (Posted Tuesday, November
30, 2004 11:12 AM)
(AP) - The latest
100-thousand-dollar winners in the Montana Lottery are Heidi and
Chuck Schultz of Flaxville, in Montana's northeastern corner. They
claimed their winnings today in Helena, from the Powerball drawing
on Saturday night.
Heidi Schultz bought the ticket at Gordon's Foods
in Glasgow. They were on the way home from spending Thanksgiving
with Chuck's mother, Marlene, in Fort Peck.
Heidi and Chuck have
six children, ages 18 to 18 months, four dogs, numerous cats,
a bird and four horses.
Paying their bills is the biggest plan the
have for spending the money. They also hope to plan a trip
to visit Heidi's parents.
A Glasgow merchant recently sold
another winning Powerball ticket. A five-thousand-dollar winner
November 24th drawing was sold at the Holiday Station Store
in Glasgow. That
winner has not come forward. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated
Press. All Rights
Thanksgiving Dinner Serves Over 170 (Posted Monday, November 29, 2004 05:08 PM)
Over 170 people attended the 14th Annual Valley County Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Glasgow Sr. Citizen Center, on Thursday. The traditional meal was prepared & served by community volunteers.
Local Lottery Tickets Are Winners (Posted Monday, November 29, 2004 04:59 PM)
A Montana Powerball ticket purchased last week at Gordon's in Glasgow is a $100,000 winner. According to lottery officials on Monday morning, no one had claimed the ticket as of yet.
There also was a $5,000 winner in Glasgow on November 24th. That winning number was drawn on November 24th. No winner has come forward for that ticket either.
No Violations During Underage Alcohol Tests (Posted Monday, November 29, 2004 04:54 PM)
The Glasgow Police Department along with the Big Muddy River Drug Task Force conducted an undercover operation the weekend of November 26th and 27th checking on whether grocery stores, convenience stores and taverns would sell alcohol to underage persons.
Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson told Kltz/Klan that for the first time in his six and a half years as police chief all the businesses were in compliance by not selling alcohol to underage children.
16 businesses in Glasgow were targeted in the undercover operation. Erickson said he was very happy with the outcome and that businesses in Glasgow have come a long way in a short time and are headed in the right direction as far as selling alcohol to minors.
School Board Approves New Handicap Accessible Bus; Football Coach Applicants To Be Interviewed This Week (Posted Monday, November 29, 2004 04:50 PM)
The Glasgow School Board has given final approval to the purchase of a new handicapped accessible school bus for the Glasgow School District. Superintendent Glenn Hageman told Kltz/Klan that the bus was purchased from a company in North Dakota and replaces a bus that was 17 years old.
Hageman also told Kltz/Klan that interviews will be conducted this week for the vacant head football coaching position. Two applicants applied for the position within the school district. Hageman said that he hopes to have a recommendation for the school board later this week.
Tracks Opened Friday Night (Posted Sunday, November 28, 2004 07:28 AM)
(AP) - Crews have reopened the main east-west route across Montana's Hi-Line after clearing derailed cars and other debris from a collision of two freight trains.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says traffic resumed Friday night, and the first four trains through were westbound freight trains, followed by an eastbound Amtrak passenger train.
The two freight trains, traveling in opposite directions on the same line, collided Thursday morning east of Columbia Falls in Badrock Canyon. An investigation of how that occurred continues. Melonas says seven locomotives were put back on the tracks, along with two of the five derailed cars. He says the other three are too difficult to get to or are too damaged and will be removed later. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Spokesman: Tracks To Reopen By Noon Today (Posted Friday, November
26, 2004 08:25 AM)
(AP) - A spokesman for the
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway says
main rail line across northern Montana should reopen Friday afternoon.
The track has been shut down since two freight
trains collided head-on yesterday, east of Columbia Falls. Both trains
were moving slowly,
and the collision did not cause any major injuries, but it did
shut down the main rail line across northern Montana.
trains use the route each day. Amtrak has been busing passengers
the 250 miles between Whitefish and Havre.
B-N spokesman Gus
Melonas said this morning they are still investigating why the
were on the same track, heading in opposite directions. Three
locomotives and four cars from the westbound train derailed, as
did three locomotives
and one car from the eastbound train. (Copyright 2004 by The
Associated Press. All Rights
Still Closed As Officials Investigate Train Collision (Posted Friday,
November 26, 2004 05:47 AM)
(AP) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials
are trying to determine why two slow-moving freight trains were
on the same set of tracks going in the opposite direction east of
Columbia Falls. They collided early yesterday, shutting down the
main rail line across northern Montana. Officials hope to get the
line reopened today.
The head-on collision didn't cause any major
spokesman Gus Melonas says three locomotives and four cars from
the 68-car westbound train derailed. The 88-car eastbound train
had three of its four locomotives derail, along with one car loaded
with various types of freight. None of the debris reached the
Flathead River. Amtrak bused passengers the 250-mile distance between Whitefish
and Havre. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Valley County Among Top 10 In Voter Turnout (Posted Thursday, November 25, 2004 05:53 PM)
Secretary of State Bob Brown said residents of Carter County, in southeast Montana, turned out to vote in the general election in greater numbers per capita than in any other county in the state.
Based on official statistics after the completion of the statewide voter canvas, nearly 86 percent of Carter County's registered voters cast ballots in the general election.
Statewide voter turnout was 71.44 percent, the highest percentage turnout since the 1992 presidential general election, and the highest number of ballots cast ever in the state at 456,096.
"I want to congratulate the folks in Carter County, who consistently take their responsibility as voters seriously and turn out in commendable numbers," Brown said. "For that matter, I want to congratulate and thank all the voters in Montana who helped to decide the future of our state. Our representative democracy would not work without them."
The 10 counties with the best turnout were:
- Carter: 85.61%
- Powell: 83.52%
- Judith Basin: 83.17%
- Golden Valley: 82.13%
- Petroleum: 81.74%
- Prairie: 81.15%
- Lewis and Clark: 80.78%
- Valley: 80.53%
- McCone: 80.46%
- Fallon: 79.76%
Drought Disaster County List Released (Posted Thursday, November 25, 2004 05:39 PM)
Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman released the drought disaster declaration list on Monday, which affects two-thirds of Montana's counties. Farmers and ranchers in the designated counties may apply for federal assistance.
In Northeast Montana, McCone County was named; the USDA designated eighteen other Montana counties as "contiguous disaster counties" and that list includes Valley County, Richland and Roosevelt Counties. The contiguous counties are also eligible for low-interest emergency loans an from the Farm Service Agency.
Highway Department Approves Passing Lane, But No Four-Lane For Highway 2 (Posted Thursday, November 25, 2004 05:38 PM)
(AP) - The federal Highway Administration has approved a plan to widen US Two between Havre and Harlem, as well as adding passing lanes in some areas. Construction on the first leg of the 73 (m) million dollar project could begin in 2008.
This week's decision by the F-H-A angered supporters of a four-lane highway that would have cost an estimated 107 (m) million dollars.
Governor-elect Brian Schweitzer, who campaigned in favor of expanding US Two to four lanes, plans to meet with people who support the four-lane option on December seventh. State Senator Sam Kitzenberg called the announcement an "extremely bad decision" and vowed new legislation to force the state to build the four-lane.
Amtrak Travelers Delayed By BN Derailment (Posted Thursday, November 25, 2004 05:35 PM)
Amtrak passengers traveling on the Empire Builder Thursday, were being bused around a freight train derailment in northwestern Montana.
Nancy Peterson is the Amtrak ticket clerk in Havre. She says passengers were being bused the 250 miles between Whitefish and Havre until the tracks are cleared.
A minor collision between two trains just east of Columbia Falls this morning, has blocked the main rail line across the northern part of the state. No one was injured.
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman had not returned a call seeking comment on when the line might be cleared, or how many freight trains are backed up. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Man Sentenced In Billings To 27 Years (Posted Wednesday, November
24, 2004 07:43 AM)
(AP) - A Washington
state man has been sentenced in Billings to more than 27 years
in federal prison on methamphetamine charges.
Anthony Tiscareno is
Pasco, Washington. He was sentenced yesterday, after a one-and-a-half-day
trial. A jury convicted the 26-year-old man of conspiracy to
distribute methamphetamine in northern Montana, between the fall
of 2000 and
April 2004. He was also ordered to serve five years supervised
Prosecutors says Tiscareno was one of several people
state, supplying dealers with hundreds of pounds of meth
to sell in the Great Falls and Havre areas, and on the Rocky Boy's
Fort Peck Indian reservations. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated
Department Inspector General Knocks Amtrak (Posted Tuesday, November
23, 2004 10:09 AM)
Congress passed $1.2 in subsidies for Amtrak on Saturday, but the inspector
general of the Transportation Department says Congress must review
Amtrak policies and restructure the rail company.
Kenneth Mead says it’s impossible to tell when the railroad
will experience a major failure, with locomotives and cars needing
David Gunn, who took over as Amtrak president over 2 years ago has
cut costs, but not enough to keep the railroad from losing $500 million
Mead, President Bush and some members of Congress want to eliminate
the rural runs, and conentrate on corridors between major cities that
are closer together.
Several groups and cities along the Hi-line have teamed up to vouch
for the need for a daily passenger rail service through Montana, and
Amtrak does have Congressional support from Montana as well as other
rural states served by the train service.
Ridership increased to record levels in 2003, but revenue fell due
in part to fare reductions. Ridership was up 5.7% from October 1, 2003,
and June 30, 2004.
Glasgow Parade Of Lights Set For December 4 (Posted Tuesday, November
23, 2004 10:08 AM)
Glasgow’s first ever Parade Of Lights will be Saturday, December
4th, starting at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to enter the parade.
The theme is Something Christmas, and line-up is at the Glasgow Civic
Center at 5 p.m.
There will be judging on : best use of lights, best use of music, best
use of theme and best use of creativity.
For more information, contact Bob Hanson at 228-4294 or the Glasgow
Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 228-2222
Inland Northwest Space Alliance Receives Funds
in Omnibus Bill (Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2004 10:07 AM)
Inland Northwest Space Alliance will receive three million dollars
in funding from the Omnibus Bill , passed by Congress lat Saturday.
INSA was in Glasgow in September testing the unmanned aerial vehicles.
The company hopes the unmanned aerial vehicles might be helpful in
fighting wildfires, terrorism on the U.S. Canadian border and even
fighting weeds in Montana.
The INSA and Space Sciences, Inc., work with partners throughout
the U.S. in order to develop, equip and deploy private and public
Flyer space systems that support the nation’s space exploration
Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner Starts At Noon Thursday (Posted Tuesday,
November 23, 2004 10:06 AM)
The 14th Annual Valley County Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be Thurs.
Nov. 25th at the Glasgow Sr. Citizen Center, 328 4th St. So. The
traditional meal will be served from 12noon to 2p.m. & open to everyone. The
dinner is prepared & served by community volunteers. For more
information call Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 228-8392.
Glasgow’s Christmas Stroll Is Saturday
(Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2004 09:54 AM)
Glasgow’s annual Christmas stroll will be this Saturday. Besides
all the local shopping, you can enjoy a visit with Santa at Pehlke’s
Furniture from noon - 3pm, take wagon rides through downtown Glasgow,
sign up for a Big Sky Airline ticket drawing and enjoy concessions
from the Girl Scouts.
There will also be a free children’s matinee on Sunday, December
5th, at 1 pm at Valley Cinemas, sponsored by the Glasgow merchants.
Outlaw Pistol Stolen From Phillips County Museum (Posted Monday, November 22, 2004 04:02 PM)
(AP) - A pistol, once carried by eastern Montana cowboy and outlaw Dutch Henry Ieuch , has been reported stolen from the Phillips County Museum in Malta. The pistol was on loan to the museum from the Montana Historical Society.
The society is offering a four-thousand-dollar reward for information that leads to the return of the pistol. It's a Colt Single Action Army, Bisley Model with a custom-carved, ivory, long-horn cow head and shoulders in relief on the right-side grip. The left hand grip is not carved.
Bisley Colts were manufactured from 1894 to 1913, initially as target pistols for international shooting competitions held in Bisley, England.
Phillips County authorities say they have two unidentified suspects. They've discovered a palm print and several unattributed finger prints at the crime site. (Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Omnibus Bill Funding Includes Area Projects (Posted Sunday, November 21, 2004 09:15 PM)
In a Saturday session, both the House and Senate came to an agreement on the omnibus package containing the nine remaining spending bills in Congress. The $388 Billion spending package was a combination of nine appropriations bills including Agriculture; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Energy and Water; Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development; Interior; Commerce, Justice, State; Foreign Operations; Transportation and Treasury; and Legislative Branch. Congress is expected to pass the Omnibus Bill this weekend.
Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont), a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations was deeply involved in the creation of this final spending bill, and was able to secure approximately $194 Million in funding for Montana-specific projects across the state.
“There’s a lot to be proud of in this bill,” said Burns. “Omnibus bills are notorious for including some unnecessary baggage, and some provisions that by themselves would never pass, but I feel overall we’ve got a pretty good bill here. You can never be completely happy, but Montana comes out on the positive side and I’m glad to see it. Included in this bill is funding for numerous Montana projects, and will go to continue improving our communities and our industries across the state.”
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||Fort Peck/Dry Prairie Water Project
||Reservoir Fishing Access Roads
||City of Glasgow - Water Infrastructure Improvements
||Fort Peck Cabin Sales Planning
House Approves Montana Projects, Including Dry Prairie Water System (Posted Saturday, November 20, 2004 01:42 PM)
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, announced nearly $14 million in projects for Montana were included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill, approved today in the House. Led by $7 million for the Fort Peck Dry Prairie Regional Water System, the measure included seven Montana projects originally requested by Rehberg, totaling $13,700,000.
"I'm delighted the House approved the fiscal year 2005 spending bill," Rehberg, a member of the House Resources, Agriculture, and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees, said. "I'm pleased to have been able to add funds for these important Montana projects in our committee work."
The spending bill approved today by the House includes funding for the following Montana projects:
∗ $7,000,000 toward completion of the Fort Peck Dry Prairie Regional Water System
∗ $3,000,000 to extend Montana Highway 323 (Alzada to Ekalaka)
∗ $ 200,000 for applied research activities related to alternative energy and mobile power efficiencies at Montana State University-Northern
∗ $1,000,000 toward completion of the Rocky Boys/North Central Regional Water System
∗ $2,000,000 to build a Billings Bus and Medical Transfer Facility
∗ $ 250,000 to provide equipment and telecommunications infrastructure for the Rocky Boy's Clinic Rocky Boys Health Clinic in Box Elder
∗ $ 250,000 for the acquisition of radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging equipment to improve services at Conrad's Pondera Medical Facility
"Each of these projects are important to Montana; each will have a positive impact on the local economy. This is great news for Montana," Rehberg said.
Sheriffs Department Hires Opheim Native As New Deputy (Posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 03:17 PM)
The Valley County Sheriffs Department has hired 20-year old Justin Miller as a new Deputy Sheriff. An Opheim native, Miller is currently attending Dawson Community College in Glendive and will continue his education over the internet. Miller is studying law enforcement at DCC and according to Sheriff Glenn Meier will be a good fit in the VCSO.
Miller spent this past summer working as an intern with the VCSO and got along well with other members of the department.
Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Klan that Miller has to graduate within one year from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena.
School District Passes Latest No Child Left Behind Test (Posted Thursday,
November 18, 2004 07:20 AM)
Glasgow School District has passed the latest test from the No Child
Left Behind Act which is a federal law designed to make public schools
accountable to local communities.
The latest test results from NCLB show that the school district made
Adequate Yearly Progress which is a key component of NCLB. Adequate
Yearly Progress is measured using Montana's required 4th, 8th, and
11th grade reading and math test scores, participation, attendance,
and graduation rates. If any of 11 student groups does no meet any
of 5 AYP measurements, then the entire school or district is labeled
as not meeting the federal AYP requirements.
Each of the Glasgow schools and the entire school district made AYP
for the 2004 school year. The scores released by the Glasgow schools
show that students in the district had 70 percent reading proficiency,
63% math proficiency and a 95% attendance rate. These numbers contributed
to the Glasgow schools making Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by
the No Child Left Behind Act.
For Noninsurable Crop Coverage is December 1 (Posted Wednesday, November
17, 2004 08:10 AM)
Farm Service Agency would like to remind producers the deadline to
apply for 2005 noninsurable crop coverage (NAP) for all perennial
crops is Wednesday, December 1, 2004.
NAP coverage is available on crops for which the Federal Crop Insurance
Corporation (FCIC) is not available. Eligible crops include but are
not limited to perennial grasses for hay and/or grazing.
If you have or will receive a 2001 or 2002 Crop Disaster Program (CDP)
payment on a crop that was not covered by crop insurance or NAP in
the year of the disaster, you must purchase crop insurance (if available)
or NAP on that crop to meet linkage for the 2005 and 2006 crop year.
. Failure to meet linkage will require a refund of the ENTIRE CDP payment
plus interest. Be sure to contact a crop insurance agent or the FSA
Office for more information.
NAP coverage costs $100 per crop per administrative county, not to
exceed $300 per administrative county. There is a maximum limit of
$900 in administrative fees for all counties in which you have an interest.
You may be eligible as a limited resource farmer and the service fee
may be waived.
If you have any questions, please contact the Valley County Farm Service
Agency at 228-4321, prior to December 1, 2004.
School To Host Wind Power Lecture November 17 (Posted Friday, November
12, 2004 09:37 AM)
Public School is hosting an educational lecture on wind generated
power on November 17th from 9am until 11:30 am. The program will
be given by John Wolar from "Alternate Energy Solutions" out
The program is designed to educate people who are interested in wind
generated power but have questions regarding cost, benefits, limitations,
and resources available for specific needs.
For more information contact Arlene Bigby or Mike Bertrand in Nashua
And Burns Request Amtrak Funding (Posted Thursday, November 11, 2004
U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Conrad Burns sent a letter today to
the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Subcommittee
on Transportation requesting full funding for Amtrak in the Fiscal
Year 2005 appropriations bill. Burns and Baucus were joined by Senators
Thomas Carper (D-DE), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA),
Arlen Specter (R-PA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Lincoln Chaffee
(R-RI) in the bipartisan request for Amtrak’s financial stability.
Amtrak’s capital financing needs are real and growing and are
the reason for the increase in their FY05 funding request,” stated
the Senators. “Their operating expenditures have remained flat
or decreased over the previous two years, but their need for capital
funding, much of it for projects delayed for many years, is an important
priority. Earlier this month Amtrak announced that they experienced
record ridership for the second straight year in spite of service
disruptions caused by hurricanes. To ensure that Amtrak is able to
respond to the increasing demand for passenger rail service, Amtrak
CEO David Gunn has developed an aggressive five-year capital plan
to restore the railroad’s existing plant and equipment to
a state of good repair.”
Montana is a vast state," Baucus said. "We’re a rural
state. We rely on Amtrak to get around our state whether it’s
to go to work, to visit family and friends or to go on vacation.
Montana’s Empire Builder, which provides rail service from
Whitefish across the Hi-Line, is critical to the state’s economy,
accounting for thousands of good-paying jobs. I’m committed
to working together with Conrad and our Congressional colleagues
to ensure that Amtrak receives the funding it needs and deserves.”
It’s hard to overstate the importance of Amtrak to Montana,
specifically the Hi-line,” said Burns. “With the distances
we have to travel in our State, it is critical to keep as many options
open as possible for passengers and commerce in our rural areas.
Max and I will continue to keep pushing for the necessary funding
to maintain Amtrak’s viability in Montana, and our nation.”
Senator Baucus is the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee
and a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee,
and Burns is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,
which funds Amtrak.
Law Enforcement Officials Concerned With Vandalism (Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 02:13 PM)
Law enforcement officials in Valley County are concerned about the increase in the reported cases of vandalism in Valley County and in the City of Glasgow. Numbers released from the Valley County Sheriffs Office indicate that through the month of October there have been 119 cases of reported vandalism. This is an increase from 73 in all of 2003 and 68 in 2002.
Both the Glasgow Police Department and the Valley County Sheriffs Department have spent increase amounts of time investigating criminal mischief and vandalism cases.
The most recent case of vandalism and criminal mischief involves the destruction of mailboxes used by the U.S. Postal Service. The incidents have occurred over the past month and involve the destruction of over 25 mailboxes in the county and the city.
Destruction of a mailbox is a federal crime and those convicted of the crime will be charged with the harshest penalty available.
If you have information on the destruction of any mailboxes you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-2226 and you could be eligible for a cash reward.
County Reaches Plea Agreement With Glasgow Man On Drug Charges (Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 02:11 PM)
Valley County Attorney Ken Oster has reached a plea agreement in the case of Glasgow resident David Erwin.
Sentencing is set for December 8th in Glasgow in front of Judge John McKeon. Erwin was charged with two felony drug counts including criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal production of manufacture of dangerous drugs by accountability as the result of an arrest in March of 2004 at a residence in Glasgow. Erwin was arrested along with James Bush and Sarah Crater. Crater reached a plea agreement earlier this year and was given a 3 year deferred sentence on a charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. James Bush is still facing four felony drug charges and is awaiting trial on January 4th on those charges.
The plea agreement with Erwin has him pleading guilty to the charge of possession of dangerous drugs while dismissing the charge of criminal production of manufacture of dangerous drugs by accountability. Erwin's plea agreement has him serving a five year sentence with the Montana Department of Corrections with 1 year suspended. He will also be credited with 26 days served in the Valley County Jail. The plea agreement also stipulates that Erwin testify for the state of Montana in the case against James Bush.
Erwin is currently on probation for another drug conviction in Valley County and Judge John McKeon will preside over a revocation hearing on that drug charge the same day that Erwin appears for sentencing on this drug charge.
Commissioners Proceed On Jail Study (Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2004 09:17 PM)
The Valley County Commissioners continue to proceed with a feasibility study for a regional jail which could be located in Valley County.
On Monday the commissioners agreed to advertise for proposals for a feasibility study. Valley County will advertise in the Glasgow Courier, Billings Gazette and the Great Falls Tribune looking for proposals for the feasibility study.
Commissioner Dave Reinhardt told Kltz/Klan that the commissioners would like all the proposals in hand by November 22nd.
A proposal from a company in Nebraska has already been given to Valley County and would cost $25,000.
Valley County Resident Makes Initial Appearance On Felony Drug Charges (Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2004 09:16 PM)
Valley County resident Gerald Brabeck made an initial appearance in District Court on November 3rd as he was officially charged with two felony counts of possession of dangerous drugs.
Judge David Cybulski was present for the appearance in place of Judge John McKeon who was in Missoula presiding over a trial involving a Blaine County man.
Brabeck will be arraigned by Judge McKeon on December 6th.
According to court documents, on July 15th, 2003 the Valley County Sheriffs Department along with the Big Muddy River Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant and searched Brabeck's home in Duck Creek. Authorities confiscated several items from the home including what they believed to be illegal drugs. A report from the Montana Crime Lab confirmed the presence of cocaine, marijuana, seeds and drug paraphernalia.
Law enforcement authorities were tipped to Brabeck when a Glasgow man who had been charged with a felony drug charge told them that Brabecks home contained illegal drugs. Former Glasgow resident Larry Turner who pleaded guilty to a charge of felony criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs was one of two individuals who tipped off the authorities. Turner was given a 2 year deferred sentence and ordered to spend 60 days in the Valley County Jail. Turner was sentenced on December 19th, 2003.
If convicted on the drug charges, Brabeck could be sentenced up to five years in prison on each felony count. He could also be fined up to $50,000 on each charge.
Of Bucks Dates Set (Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2004 07:39 AM)
International (SI) of Glasgow, the Montana Army National Guard,
Glasgow Police and Fire Departments announce the following: Valley
families in need can sign up their children for the annual "Block
of Bucks" by going to the Child and Family Services office in the
Valley County Courthouse Annex between November 15th and December
Collection day will be December 17th and shopping
will be on December 18th.
For more information, or to volunteer to
with the families, please contact: Norma Guttenberg (228-8332),
Aurora Reyes (228-8069), or Julie Adolphson (228-4406). Let's make
the best "Block of Bucks" ever!
Montana Highway Patrol Adds District Office In Havre (Posted Monday, November 8, 2004 12:00 PM)
The Montana Highway Patrol on Monday held the grand opening of its new district office in Havre. District VIII will cover Phillips, Blaine, Hill, Liberty, Toole, Glacier, Chouteau and Pondera Counties.
The new district covers the northern half of what had been District II, a 16-county area with headquarters in Great Falls.
"The new office should improve the Patrolís service to the people in this area and allow closer cooperation with other agencies on the Northern Tier," said Attorney General Mike McGrath.
Butch Huseby is the new District Captain. Huseby, a Conrad native, has been with the Patrol for 11 years, most recently as a detachment commander in Great Falls.
"We would like to strengthen our cooperation with other law enforcement agencies on the Hi-Line," Huseby said. "Even though our mission is primarily traffic enforcement and education, we also need to work more closely with border protection agencies and to assist with homeland security in any way we can. In rural Montana, no one law enforcement agency has the resources to do everything, so itís important that we work together."
Beginning in January 2005, the Patrol will track fatalities and other monthly crash information for the new district.
The Montana Highway Patrol is the stateís largest law enforcement agency, and has approximately 200 uniformed officers who drive over 5.5 million miles and respond to over 70,000 calls for service each year.
Election Results Online (Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004 05:56 PM)
KLTZ/Mix-93 are again providing election coverage, courtesy of Town & Country Furniture. We're providing a separate election page, available here.
FWP Seeks Comments Regarding Brush Lake Acquisition (Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004 06:06 PM)
Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has begun formal steps to develop northeastern Montana’s first state park on land surrounding a popular lake northeast of Dagmar.
Brush Lake historically has been a favorite recreation and picnicking site for people from local communities across northeastern Montana and western North Dakota. More recently, the lake has been used for pleasure boating, personal watercraft operation, swimming, group use and camping.
Located about two miles from the North Dakota border due east of Dagmar, Brush Lake is a glacial prairie pothole. The lake’s water is highly alkaline, making it inhospitable to fish.
“Because of its sterility, Brush Lake offers the rare opportunity to eliminate the possibility of conflicts between watercraft users and anglers,” says Woody Baxter, FWP’s regional parks manager. “Much of Brush Lake’s shoreline is covered with fine sand, which is one reason it has been such a popular water body for swimmers.”
The majority of visits to Brush Lake are from residents of the surrounding communities of Plentywood, Scobey and Culbertson, Mont., and Grenora and Williston, North Dakota. For these residents, the lake is the closest body of water, and for some visitors, the only local lake open to public use.
The land surrounding Brush Lake is owned by two separate landowners. The owners of the northern two-thirds of the lake have not restricted public access, which is achieved by a dirt road from the East Reserve Highway. This area does not have sanitation facilities or regular maintenance, and visitors frequently leave litter on the property. The southern third of the lake contains a non-operational concession facility, which once charged visitors a fee to use the area. Facilities include a dozen cabins, a bathhouse, restaurant building and a metal pole barn. Until 2002, a concessionaire leased the facilities.
The concept of creating a state park at Brush Lake was initiated in 2001 by local citizens Doug Smith of Dagmar and Tim Hutslar of Medicine Lake, who promoted the site as members of FWP’s Region Six State Park Search Committee. State Senator Linda Nelson of Medicine Lake presented legislation in 2003 that directed FWP to pursue a state park at the Brush Lake site. Another member of the park search committee, State Senator Sam Kitzenberg of Glasgow, strongly supported the legislation, which was approved by the legislature.
The initial phase of state-park development includes acquiring property. FWP proposes to acquire the entire section of property that surrounds and includes the lake. In order to acquire the designated land, negotiations with the two landowners is required. All agreements and understandings are subject to approval by the FWP Commission and the State Land Board.
At this time, the landowner who controls the northern two thirds of the lake has joined FWP in a purchase agreement. FWP has not yet approached the other landowner with an appraised purchase price or offer, but hopes to do so in the next few weeks, according to Baxter.
“A lot of people have interest in Brush Lake and the development of a more accessible, public recreation facility,” says Baxter. “As part of the Montana State Parks system, the facility would likely include designated camping sites, designated day-use/picnic sites, a group-use shelter, boat docks and a boat ramp.”
Park development might also include maintenance buildings, concession building and rental cabins at some point in the future. Baxter stresses that specific recreational planning for the proposed park would include significant public input from residents of the nearby communities.
“Brush Lake is a treasured local resource, and we would like to improve facilities and access, and promote the lake and its surrounding terrain to an even larger audience across the state and region,” says Baxter. “We’re eager to hear from local residents about how we should proceed.”
An Environmental Assement (EA), which describes the proposed acquisition process, has been prepared by FWP and is available for public review. If the land is acquired by FWP, an additional EA will be produced in order to address the recreational development of a state park at Brush Lake. Comments on this initial acquisition EA must be received by FWP by Nov. 22, 2004. To receive a copy of the EA, contact the Glasgow office of FWP at 228-3700 or write to Montana FWP, RR1-4210, Glasgow, MT 59230. You can also email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheriff's Department Investigating Railway Vandalism (Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004 05:55 PM)
The Valley County Sheriffs Department is investigating an incident that occurred on the evening of October 31st involving vandalism on the main railway line of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
Sheriff Glenn Meier told Kltz/Klan that vandals put an estimated 30 railroad ties on the main rail track east of Nashua. A BNSF train went through the ties after 10:00pm on Sunday evening with over $1000 damage to the main BNSF engine. Sheriff Meier said that fortunately the train didn't derail and none of the people aboard the train were hurt.
Meier said he believes that incident was a Halloween prank that could of caused serious injury and a huge financial loss to BNSF.
The Valley County Sheriffs Department is investigating the incident and Meier said that charges will be filed against the person or persons responsible for the damage.
Vandalism to railroad tracks or railroad equipment is a federal crime and could result in up to 10 years in prison and over $20,000 in fines.
Vote To Obtain Jail Feasibility Proposals (Posted Tuesday, November
2, 2004 07:10 AM)
Valley County Commissioners have voted to obtain proposals
for a feasibility study on the possiblity of building a regional
in Valley County.
The commissioners voted on Monday to put out advertisments for companies
that would be interested in putting together the feasibility study.
A company from Nebraska has already put forth a proposal that would
cost $25,000 for a complete study.
Earlier this year a study was completed on the current Valley
County Jail and that study found that the jail was obsolete and needed
serious renovation or a new jail should be built.
BN Employee Killed By Train (Posted Monday, November 1, 2004 09:35
- A man was struck and killed by a westbound freight train early
this morning. The incident occurred about 53 miles west of Glasgow.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas
says the man was a B-N-S-F employee. Melonas says initial reports
indicate the man
stepped away from an idle train and was then struck by a train
on an adjacent line.
The man was based in Havre. Melonas says the
identity has not been released. Melonas said the main line
was while the investigation continued, but tracks are open now. (Copyright
2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not
Edna M. McIntyre
Edna M. McIntyre of Glasgow died on November 27th of natural causes at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. She was 81. Services will be Wednesday, December 1, at 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Edna was born April 7, 1923 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada. She was the youngest of five children born to Hjalmer and Carolina (Olson) Johnson. The family farmed east of Wetaskiwin until 1926 when they sold the farm and moved to another farm near Paxton, Montana.
In 1935, during the Depression, they sold the farm and moved to Park Grove, Montana for employment on the Fort Peck Dam. They also lived for a time in Nashua.
Edna met Lee McIntyre at the March of Dimes dance at the Armory in Glasgow, Montana. They were married March 18, 1942 and she joined him on the farm northeast of Glasgow. Together they had five children: Marilyn, David, Leanne, Barbara and George. Edna worked side by side with Lee raising cattle, sheep, and grain, while cooking, sewing, crocheting, gardening, and always keeping the cookie jar full.
Edna belonged to the First Lutheran Church--Martha Circle, North Bench Home Demonstration Club and spent several years in 4-H with her children and served as a leader of the Jackalopes Club. She chaperoned the 4-H trip to Washington DC in the late 60's and saw the east coast and big cities for the first time. Her strong faith guided her through her life as she set an example of goodness to all.
She is survived by her husband Lee, daughter Leanne and John Fontaine of Glasgow, daughter Barb Slunaker and special friend Mike McInerney of Helena, son George and Bette-Jo McIntyre of Glasgow, special sister-in-law Elsie Johnson of Great Falls, Kathleen Zuroff of Richey, and her very special grandchildren: Raymond, Heidi and Johnathan, Michael, Dara, Dustin, Ryan, Sarah Jo, Jesse, Mary Kathryn, and Joshua and her precious great-grandson Lukas. Edna is also survived by three nephews and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by infant daughter Marilyn Kay and infant son David Bruce.
Sandra "Sandy" Percival
Sandra "Sandy" Percival died on Friday, November 19, at her home in Glasgow. She was 60 years old. Services will be Wednesday, November 24th at 10 a.m. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, with Interment in the Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Sandy was born on September 8, 1944 in Livingston, Montana. She lived at her home from 1944 until 1960 when she moved to the Boulder River School and Hospital. In 1976, Sandra moved to Miles City, Montana attending EMI and living in a group home. In 1982, Sandra moved to Malta, Montana attending the Malta Opportunities Inc., living in a group home. She moved to Glasgow in 1993 and entered the Milk River Inc. and has resided in Glasgow since.
Sandy enjoyed listening to Elvis, doing puzzles, watching Country Music Television, going to dances, and going for rides. Sandy loved to go shopping, as everything cost one dollar. She enjoyed going out for a milkshake or a root beer. Sandy loved to wear her jewelry.
Sandy died peacefully at her home of natural causes. She is survived by many friends that loved her dearly.
PALLBEARERS: Joyce Leatherberry, Jim Opheim, Melissa Renner, Wanda Sibley, Anita Little, Deb Fuhrmann
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Doyle Euell, Cyndi Green, John Gideon, Charlie Chapaman, and all her friends at Milk River.
Leonard Lee Gilman
Leonard Lee Gilman, age 66, passed away with his family at his side in Helena, on November 20, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral Services will be at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church,521 Custer Avenue, Billings, Montana, Wednesday November 24, 2004 at 2 p.m. His ashes will be interred at Fort Harrison in the Spring.
Leonard was born June 28, 1938, in Harlem, Montana to Lawrence and Helen Gilman. He was a graduate of the Saco High School, Class of 1956. Leonard married Patricia Hanson May 27, 1961. During their marriage they had two children; Barry, now residing in Helena and Corey, residing in Billings. His daughters-in law are JoAnn (Gies) Gilman, formerly of Glasgow and Dawn (Bergstrom) Gilman, formerly of Nashua. His five grandchildren are Nathan, Aaron and Kaleigh of Helena, and Ashley and Tyler of Billings.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roy. He is survived by his sister, Lorna Freeman of Carollton, Texas, and his brother, Bob of Grand Forks North Dakota
His devotion to duty and his country was evident by his service in the United States Marine Corp from 1956-1960 and the Montana Army National Guard from 1980-1998.
He worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company and Montana State Job Service before he began working for the National Guard as a Training NCO and later in Recruiting and Retention for fourteen years. After retiring, he enjoyed driving charter buses for Rimrock Stages and as the facility manager at Canyon Creek School.
He was well known for his love of his family, his sense of humor and zest for life.
Funeral Services will be at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church,521 Custer Avenue, Billings, Montana, Wednesday November 24, 2004 at 2 p.m. His ashes will be interred at Fort Harrison in the Spring.
Mervin Oliver Hedalen
Glasgow resident Mervin Oliver Hedalen, 68, died of cancer on Wednesday, November 17, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services will be Monday, November 22, at 10 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Mervin was born to Jalmer and Beatrice (Tollefson) Hedalen on June 12, 1936 in Malta, Montana. Mervin attended schools in Saco, Glasgow, Fort Peck, and Richmond, Washington before moving back to Glasgow and graduating in 1955.
Mervin met Margaret Hellman at the Johnnie Café in Glasgow, Montana and they were married in Glasgow on November 14, 1958. From 1964 to 1965, Mervin lived in Williston where he worked for REA Express. Mervin worked construction until 1972 when he went to work for Valley County for 28 years retiring in 2000.
Mervin loved dancing, playing pool, bowling, fixing anything, and was a helper outer and enjoyed yardwork.
Wife: Margaret Hedalen of Glasgow, MT
3 Sons: Jerry Hedalen his wife Lescia of Havre, MT
Bobby Hedalen and his wife Rhonda of Helena, MT
Dennis Hedalen and his wife Dawn of Gilbert, Arizona
3 Daughters: Bev Abrahams and her husband Andrew of Highland Park, Illinois
Lisa Sessions and her husband Dale of Butte, MT
Lana Whelan and her husband Bob of Butte, MT
2 Sisters: Myrna Starbird and her husband Bob of Las Vegas, Nevada
Deanie Johnson and her husband Frank Sheridan, Wyoming
Sister-in-law Kay Hedalen of Glasgow, MT
4 nieces, 2 nephews, 1 aunt and 1 uncle.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Bernie.
Broderick Zane Crawford
Former Glasgow resident Broderick Zane Crawford, 45, died in an automobile accident on Friday, November 12, in Seattle, Washington. He was currently residing in Havre, Montana.
Funeral services will be Friday, November 19th at 10 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, with Reverend Dave Rogenes officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
BORN: April 15, 1959 in Glasgow, MT
Broderick was born to Raymond Charles Crawford and Mary Roque Aitken on April 15, 1959, in Glasgow. He was raised in Glasgow and moved to Somerville, South Carolina at the age of 14.
He moved back to Glasgow after he graduated from High School. He also lived in Alabama, Texas, Washington, and this past year has resided in Havre.
Broderick was a heavy equipment operator working on construction projects. He served in the National Guard in Anniston, Alabama. He enjoyed playing hockey, loved to travel, loved his Harley Davidson and working on cars. He enjoyed spending time with his children. Broderick never met a stranger, never had a bad word to say about anyone. He would bum an icicle from and Eskimo and sell it back to him as a snow cone.
Survivors include his parents, Mary and Bill Aitken of Glasgow and Raymond Crawford Sr. of Havre;
2 Sons: Cody Harley Crawford of Auburn, Washington
Isaac Zane Crawford of Auburn, Washington
1 Daughter: Brianna Nicole Crawford of Auburn, Washington
Sisters: Diana R. DaSilva of Orange Park, Florida
Patty Jo Becker (Kenneth) of Cochrane, WI
Brothers: Clel Crawford of Glasgow and dog Rudy
Raymond (Linda) Crawford Jr. of Great Falls
Mike Crawford Sr. of Great Falls
Bruce Crawford of Missoula, MT
Sister in Law: Marilyn Crawford of Glendive, MT.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charles & Lottie Crawford and Sabino & Matilda Roque, and his brother Eugene T Crawford Sr.
Marion Lucille (Reece) Dokken of Glasgow, MT passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT at the age of 90. She celebrated her ninetieth birthday with a reception last summer. Services are planned for Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. Burial will take place at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow in charge of arrangements.
In 1904, Charles Marion Reece homesteaded two miles south of Glasgow. Marion was born on July 28, 1914. Marion Lucille and her brother Phillip A. were raised on the farm. Charles and Della Reece were in the dairy business about 25 years, so Marion and Phillip washed many glass milk bottles. Marion graduated from Glasgow High School in 1933. On August 22, 1936 Marion married Jorgen Dokken. A son Gary was born June 20, 1940. He passed away with acute meningitis at the age of 2. A daughter Karen was born September 16, 1943 in Bremerton, Washington while Jorgen was working as a pipe fitter in the shipyards. Daughter Marilyn was born on May 7, 1945 and the family returned to Glasgow in July of 1945. Jorgen returned to the family farm operation north of Glasgow. His father Nels had homesteaded there and the land remains in the family today. Her son-in-law Gale Jellum took over the operation of the farm in 1977. Marion did the usual cooking and baking for the farm workers. She especially liked to can fruit, which she continued to do, gradually downsizing to pint jars. She was known as the "rag lady" because of all the clothes she cut up for rags that the Soroptomist Club sold. She was active in White Shrine, Eastern Star, and Rebekkahs. In later years, she and several friends went to garage sales to buy stuffed animals which were washed and mended for the Shriner's Hospital in Spokane, WA to brighten a child's stay. She also quilted with the church group. Fishing and gardening were her favorite hobbies and the proceeds from them were never wasted! Marion was never idle and was busy with her hands. She embroidered pillow tops which were framed as pictures. Marion made candle wicking quilts for her four grandchildren Kimberly Jellum, Kirk Jellum, Danielle Paul, and Darby Heckerd.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband Jorgen on September 12, 1991. Survivors include her daughter Karen Jellum and her husband Gale. Marilyn McCready and her husband Dick. Four Grandchildren 2 Great Grandchildren She loved her children and was especially fond of her grandchildren.
Janet Fischer died of cancer at age 56 on Monday, November 15th at a Billings hospital. Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 17th at 4pm at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Further obituary details will be forthcoming.
Kenny Thompson, age 80, passed away from natural causes on Friday - November 12, 2004 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Montana. Services are planned for Tuesday - November 16, 2004 at 2:00 P.M at the Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana with Rev. Dave Rogenes officiating. Interment will take place at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preceded in death by an infant daughter Cleo.
BORN: April 11, 1924 in Fortuna, North Dakota PARENTS: Tom and Gladys (Bruestle) Thompson Kenny was raised and attended schools in Fortuna. He served in the Navy in World War II in the South Pacific Theatre. Kenny married Sharon Wigness on October 24, 1948. There family has resided in Glasgow since 1957. He delivered mail to the Glasgow Air Force Base, worked for the City of Glasgow, and managed the Glasgow landfill for several years.
SURVIVORS: Wife: Sharon Thompson of Glasgow, MT Children: Debby and Lynn Cornwell of Glasgow, MT Brian and Linda Thompson of Las Vegas, New Mexico Diana and Jeff Boyle of Bozeman, MT Tom and Dawn Thompson of Glasgow, MT Lisa and Robert Legare of Glasgow, MT 14 Grandchildren 9 Great Grandchildren Brother: Douglas Thompson of Tacoma, WA.
Hugh S. Wagner
Hugh S. Wagner, age 72, passed away in Steamboat Spings, Colorado at the Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday, November 6, 2004. Services are planned for Thursday – November 11, 2004 at 1:00 P.M. at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT. Interment will take place at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Donations are to go to the Doak Walker Care Center, 1100 Central Park Drive. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. Preceded in death by Therese Ann Phillip and Richard Wagner.
BORN: March , 17, 1932 in Wolf Point, Montana PARENTS: Thomas A. Wagner and Margarette Jackings. Hugh was a State Farm Insurance Agent for 30 years. Hugh graduated from St. Johns Prep. School. He attended Montana State University and the University of Denver. Hugh lived in Denver, Colorado since 1960. Hugh enjoyed many activities. He was a Horseshoe pitcher, enjoyed working in his garden, was a pickle maker, loved to travel and also loved many sports. Hugh also loved to go to the Opera and diverse cultures, he loved to cook, loved his Cadillacs. Hugh also self taught himself to play the piano. He was a good friend to many.
SURVIVORS: 2 Children: Mark S. Wagner Julie A. Bush 3 Brothers: J. F. Wagner Roger Wagner David Wagner 3 Sisters: Mary Margarette Hanson Demaris Boerschinger LeMay Bechtold. Blessed with 4 Grandchildren.