GHS STUDENT COUNCIL DONATES TO LONG RUN
BNSF GETS NEW COMMUNICATION BUILDING
UNDERPASS UPDATE (9/28)
GLASGOW POLICE OFFICER RESIGNS (9/28)
GLASGOW POLICE RESPOND TO SATURDAY ACCIDENT (9/28)
SENATOR BURNS ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT ON ENERGY/WATER BILL (9/28)
BURNS ANNOUNCES RURAL FIRE FUNDS (9/28)
GLASGOW UNDERPASS UPDATE (09/26)
GLASGOW UNDERPASS UPDATE (09/25)
FORT PECK CABIN OWNERS GET OPPORTUNITY TO BUY LAND (9/26)
COLUMBIA FALLS WOMAN DIES IN ACCIDENT NEAR MALTA (9/26)
VALLEY COUNTY NO LONGER UNDER RABIES QUARANTINE (9/26)
UNDERPASS PUMP REPLACEMENT PROJECT (9/25)
BILL TO AUTHORIZE HATCHERY PASSES (9/25)
UNDERPASS PUMP REPLACEMENT PROJECT (9/22)
MAINWARING TO BE EVALUATED IN MILES CITY (9/21)
SENATE, HOUSE NEGOTIATORS FINALIZE INTERIOR FUNDS: OVER $36 MILLION INCLUDED FOR CONSERVATION, HIGH-TECH PROJECTS IN MONTANA (9/21)
MAINWARING SENTENCE REVIEW SET FOR WEDNESDAY (9/20)
UNDERPASS PUMP REPLACEMENT PROJECT (9/20)
PIONEER MUSEUM FINANCIAL REPORT (9/19)
UNDERPASS CLOSED AS OF TUESDAY MORNING (9/18)
MONTANA IS DECLARED A STATEWIDE DISASTER FOR DROUGHT (9/18)
AMERICA READS SEEKS VOLUNTEER READING TUTORS FOR MONTANA SCHOOLS (9/18)
BAUCUS, HILL ANNOUNCE FORT PECK WATER BILL PASSES (9/15)
CLINTON THREATENS TO VETO MISSOURI RIVER BILL (9/15)
TASTE OF HOME COOKING SCHOOL IS WEDNESDAY
HIGHLAND GAMES SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
BURNS SAYS HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO PASS FORT PECK WATER BILL (9/12)
EARLY TUESDAY MORNING FIRE (9/12)
SENATE APPROVES MONTANA FUNDS (9/12)
BLOOD DRAWING ON TUESDAY (9/11)
DEQ SETTLES CASE AGAINST PLENTYWOOD OIL COMPANY (9/11)
MAZUREK ISSUES LONGEVITY PAY OPINION (9/11)
OVER 38,000 HATCHERY STAMPS SOLD (9/8)
APPEALS COURT ORDERS TRIAL IN DEATH OF MAN EJECTED FROM GLASGOW BAR (9/8)
WOMAN KILLED WHILE WALKING ON U.S. 2 IDENTIFIED (9/8)
ENVIRONMENTALISTS BEATEN BY SENATE VOTE ON MISSOURI RIVER FLOW (9/8)
FRIDAY NIGHT TREE FIRE (09/01)
On Tuesday Night Sept. 26th Erika Boyer, representing the GHS Student Council, presented a check to Butch Leckie of the Valley County Long Run Fire Department for $100.00. GHS thanks the Long Run firefighters for their hard work.
BNSF GETS NEW COMMUNICATION BUILDING
BNSF crews placed a new building on pads just east of the depot on Tuesday. Two cranes and numerous workers put the building together Sept.26th. This building will house communication equipment.
Underpass update (9/26-9/29)
L. Scanlan Contractor crew has poured the north side underpass sidewalks on Thursday. The Stumvoll Electric crew is putting the finishing touches on the heat tape installation Friday afternoon. The plans now are to finish back filling the center manhole put on the lid and insulate it then fill the area around the manhole with what is called flowable backfill. Once that has set up the next project will be the final pour of concrete. Once that has cured the underpass will re open. Stay tuned to www.kltz.com for our underpass updates.
The Glasgow Police Department found
33 year old Glasgow resident Mike Stingley laying between the front seat and
the dashboard. He was transported to the FMDH with injuries. The police report
also stated that a strong odor of alcohol came from the driver's breath as he
attempted to speak.
Stingley has been charged with DUI and driving without a valid drivers license.
According to Burns, the funds will
benefit economic development efforts in some of the state's poorest areas, including
the Rocky Boy and Fort Peck Reservations.
"I don't think that anyone outside the West can understand how important water is to us," Burns said. "A large part of Montana is arid, and using our water resources wisely is necessary if we are going to continue supporting agriculture and other activities on the land. This bill will help us provide sustained sources of water and energy, which in turn will lead to jobs."
Burns was successful in obtaining funding for the following projects:
$16 million for the implementation of the Rocky Boy Water Settlement, a water program for the Rocky Boy Reservation and the surrounding area that Burns earlier pushed through Congress. The Interior Appropriations bill contains an additional $8 million for the project.
$3.62 million for annual operation and maintenance at the Fort Peck Dam.
$2.273 million for annual operation and maintenance at Libby Dam.
$1.5 million to complete the Fort Peck Rural Water System. Funding to finalize the system was originally included in last year's bill, but Senate and House negotiators reduced the amount at the last minute.
$1.15 million for studies on impact of human activities on the Upper and Lower Yellowstone River, including the Governor's Task Force.
$837,000 for the Milk River Project, which will establish a series of irrigation improvements along the river.
$435,000 for a
study on the Dry Prairie Rural Water System near the Fort Peck Reservation.
This is the second of two rural water systems in the area that Burns has helped
moved toward completion.
$350,000 for continuation of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell program in Billings.
$325,000 for recreational improvements at Canyon Ferry.
$283,000 to support operations of the Hungry Horse Dam and reservoir near Columbia Falls.
$251,000 for Bureau of Reclamations safety investigations of dams in Montana and other inspection work.
$100,000 to address flood conditions in Glendive. The city has been experiencing flooding, particularly during the winter when ice flows have blocked the Yellowstone River.
$100,000 to address flood conditions in Miles City. The confluence of the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers is prone to seasonal flooding.
$100,000 to study fish mitigation at the diversion dam on the Lower Yellowstone River. Burns said that the study is necessary to protect threatened and endangered species. The dam has disrupted their migration and is harming some fishing traveling through the dam.
In addition, Burns has secured funding for national projects in which Montana will take part. Those include:
$86 million for projects studying and producing ethanol, a large portion of which will go to support further ethanol development. The bill contains $8 million for the Department of Energy's (DOE) portion of the EPSCoR program, a national competitive grants program that benefits 18 rural states and Puerto Rico. Montana will receive a share of the total funding, which comes from several federal agencies including DOE.
Burns earlier this year successfully added $7 million to the Purchase Power and Wheeling (PPW) budget for a total of $77 million. The PPW programs provide support to three power marketing administrations, including the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), that supply energy to rural electric cooperatives, municipal electric systems and public power districts. WAPA, which serves most of eastern Montana, will receive a large portion of the increase.
"These funds will help us upgrade our firefighting capacity all across Montana," Burns said.
Burns is one of the negotiators working on the Interior Appropriations Bill, which contains the fire aid. He noted "a couple of big ticket items" in the legislation include $1,000,000 to upgrade the Missoula Air Tanker Base and $578,325 to replenish the Billings area fire cache. He provided a list of other Montana projects funded by the negotiators.
Burns said the negotiators also earmarked $35 million expressly for work on state and private lands, much of it in Montana. In addition, state and private lands will receive funding through other portions of the bill. The legislation includes $9 million for fence replacement in the state.
A variety of other provisions will bring millions of additional dollars to Montana, including funds to prevent disease, insects and noxious weeds from further decimating forest lands already damaged by fire.
"This funding will address everything from fire stations to fences, from noxious weeds to trail restoration," Burns said. "I think this begins to fix the damage that the fires did to our land, our infrastructure, and our economy.
"However, this is only the beginning. We still have a lot of issues to address, including the devastating losses that some businesses incurred because of the fires. I will continue to fight for Montana's needs in the wake of these fires."
Burns has received significant input from Montanans on the need for aid in the state. Burns and Governor Marc Racicot started gathering information on the need for aid during two public forums on the economic impact of the fires. The first was in Hamilton on Sept. 9, and the second in Helena on Sept. 11. Burns continued his fact-finding during a field hearing of the Senate Forest and Public Lands Management Subcommittee in Billings on Friday, Sept. 22.
Burns said he will fight to include
additional funds for emergency drought and fire aid in the Agriculture Appropriations
Bill, where he will again be a Senate negotiator.
Aerial Fire Depot Helicopter Pads $250,000
AFD Fire Coordination Center $250,000
Ashland Warehouse $240,000
Beartooth Crew Quarters $207,000
Billings-Area Fire Cache $578,325
Blackfeet IHC Building $48,672
Bridger Fire Station $93,784
Crow Agency Helitack $40,161
Crow Hazmat Building $49,754
Darby Hotshots Warehouse $208,000
Ekalaka Fire Station Garage $93,784
Fort Howes Fire Center $29,000
Glacier St. Mary Fire Truck Garage $93,189
Glacier Headquarters Fire Truck Garage $90,917
Glacier Two Medicine Fire Cache $60,233
Glacier Cache $86,372
Hebgen Lake Crew Quarters $343,000
Jordan Fire Station $330,720
Lewistown Fire Station $271,440
Lincoln Warehouse $317,000
Madison Warehouse $250,000
Miles City Fire Station $156,000
Missoula Engine Shop $431,558
Missoula Air Tanker Base Upgrade $1,000,000
MTDC and National Wildfire Conference Center $2,500,000
Northern Cheyenne Office/Warehouse $118,189
Plains Bunkhouse $210,000
Stevensville Fire Warehouse $122,000
Stevensville Crew Quarters $150,000
Stevensville Conservation Education Center $180,000
Sula Peak Lookout $100,000
Townsend Warehouse $364,000
Wise River Warehouse $350,000
Zortman Fire Station Completion $93,784
Repairs continue on the underpass pump and pipe replacement in Glasgow.
Today the center catch basin/manhole was replaced with the new one. The new one is insulated and has heat tape applied to it. The heat tape will keep the drains from freezing in the winter. The Scanlan Const. Crew is shown hooking up the new pipe for the drains in the center of the underpass
Montana Senator Max Baucus has announced that the Senate has approved legislation that would give residents who are now leasing government land on Fort Peck Lake an opportunity to purchase the land.
A Columbia Falls woman died Monday afternoon when the vehicle she was riding in struck a semi-truck on Highway 89 near Malta.
VALLEY COUNTY NO LONGER UNDER RABIES QUARANTINE (9/26)
The Valley County Commissioners have received notification that Valley County is no longer under a rabies quarantine effective September 19th. State Veterinarian Arnold Gertonson wrote the commissioners and said that 60 days has elapsed since the last laboratory positive rabies case but the State of Montana will continue to consider Valley County as endemic for skunk and bat rabies. Therefore, any skunk or bat should be considered rabid where human or animal exposure is concerned, until proven otherwise. Valley County was placed under a rabies quarantine on March 28th.
Montana Senator Max Baucus announced today that the United States Senate has passed a bill that authorizes construction of a warm-water fish hatchery at Fort Peck.This project will establish a hatchery for native fish recovery and for warm-water fish such as walleye and small-mouth bass. The hatchery will be located on 100 acres of federal land south of the dredge cuts area in Fort Peck and will be staffed by two or three employees.
UNDERPASS PUMP REPLACEMENT PROJECT (9/23)
The underpass was open temporarily this weekend, it will be closed to traffic Stating on Monday morning.
Montana Senator Conrad Burns on Thursday announced that Senate and House negotiators have approved the Interior Appropriations Bill, which includes over $36 million for various Burns-requested projects in Montana. Burns acted as a Senate negotiator.
"I am very proud that this bill includes funding for everything from high-tech advances on Montana's reservations to a host of worthy conservation projects," Burns said. "This bill opens the door to jobs in some of the poorest areas of the state and helps us maintain our status as good stewards of the land."
Burns was successful in getting approval for the following Montana projects:
$8 million for the implementation of the Rocky Boy Water Project, a program for the Rocky Boy Reservation and surrounding area that Burns earlier pushed through Congress. Burns is seeking more funds in the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. $5.077 million for sewer upgrades in Yellowstone National Park.
$4.544 million for upgrades to the sewage treatment system in Glacier National Park.
$2.8 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for continued work on the Rye Creek land exchange near Darby.
$2 million for land purchases related to the Lewis and Clark Trail and Bicentennial.
$2 million for research on whirling disease, including $700,000 for continued study at Montana State University-Bozeman.
$1.75 million for the Centennial Valley Conservation Project in Southwest Montana.
$1.6 million for completion of the Bozeman Fish Technology Center.
$1.5 million for management initiatives along the Upper Missouri, including $500,000 for the Undaunted Stewardship program (a joint Montana State University-Bureau of Land Management effort) and $1 million for Lewis and Clark Bicentennial preparations.
$1 million for distance learning and telemedicine programs on the Fort Peck Reservation and others. This is a joint project between Rocky Mountain College, Deaconess Billings Clinic and the respective tribal colleges and health care facilities.
$1 million to continue the Western Montana Project to secure conservation easements in the Blackfoot Valley and Ninepipe areas to preserve wildlife habitat.
$1 million for the Montana Cadastral Mapping Project, which will use satellites to provide digital maps of public and private land ownership.
$1 million for construction of a "raceway enclosure" at the fish hatchery in Ennis.
$750,000 for the implementation of a Coldwater Habitat Conservation and Restoration Plans for native trout in Montana. (This is part of a larger $1.5 million Montana/Idaho project.)
$700,000 for a Montana Tech (Butte)-Bureau of Land Management environmental impact study to examine the impact of coal bed methane development in the Power River Basin.
$600,000 for the Montana National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis at the University of Montana in Missoula. The center will use satellites and other technologies to research catastrophic forest fires in order to combat them more effectively.
$500,000 for the purchase and preservation of the Lewis and Clark camp site at Traveler's Rest near Lolo.
$500,000 for noxious weed research at Montana State University-Bozeman.
$450,000 for construction of a dam at the Lake Thibadeau National Wildlife Refuge near Havre.
$400,000 for engineering and survey work for the construction of a visitor center at Fort Benton.
$250,000 for the INPSYCH program at the University of Montana in Missoula. The program is designed to get more Indian students involved in undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.
$200,000 for the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center for ecological and genetic research in Bozeman.
$150,000 for a Montana State University-Billings/U.S. Geological Survey cooperative program that will be part of the National Biological Initiative, an effort to track the nation's ecological resources.
$100,000 for the Grizzly Citizen's Management program, which gives local people a voice in the grizzly reintroduction efforts in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The bill also includes the following provisions that will impact Montana:
$240 million for the Happy Forests Initiative, a program designed to decrease the chance of catastrophic fires near communities.
$40.5 million for state Land and Water Conservation Funds. States can use the funds for conservation easements and other conservation programs.
$30 million for the Forest Legacy program, which is used for responsible conservation programs. Montana will receive a portion of a $13 million increase in payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) funding, for a total of $148 million for the program. Montana will receive a substantial portion of $5 million for activities and construction in National Parks that relates to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration.
Burns successfully increased funds for tribal colleges by $1.9 million. Montana is home to seven of the nation's 28 tribal colleges. A provision would prohibit the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management from increasing fees for running fiber optic cables through their lands.
The bill authorizes nine new stewardship projects in Forest Service Region 1 that includes Montana. There are a total of 28 projects in the nation.
A provision was included that allows ranchers with grazing permits to continue using Bureau of Land Management lands while environmental reviews are completed.
The bill includes a provision changing the way land value is appraised for cabins on federal lands, effectively reducing cabin fee increases that have put cabins out of reach for working Montanans.
Mainwaring was sentenced on July 21st to 30 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all but 10 years suspended. District Court Judge John Mckeon in his sentencing also strongly recomended that Mainwaring be placed some place other than the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.
According to court documents on July 27th the Montana Department of Corrections stated that after utilizing its normal screening criteria they deemed appropriate placement for Mainwaring should be the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge and were making arrangements to transfer Mainwaring to Deer Lodge. But Judge Mckeon promptly put a judicial stay on the transfer of Mainwaring pending a sentence review hearing today at 10am and ordered the department of corrections to keep Mainwaring in a juvenile detention facility other than the Montana State Prison.
Mainwaring had recently been held at the Blaine County Juvenile Detention Center in Chinook but has been transferred to the Hill County Jail in Havre.
Mainwaring pleaded guilty earlier this year to the charge of mitigated deliberate homicide in the beating death of Glasgow resident Randy Detienne.
On Monday, September 8th in Glasgow, the underpass was closed so that L. Scanlan, Contractor, could put in a temporary sump pump. As of Wednesday morning, the underpass was still closed to traffic.
PIONEER MUSEUM FINANCIAL REPORT (9/19)
(Ed. note: The following
is a financial report press release from the Pioneer Museum)
Now that the new addition to the Pioneer Museum has been dedicated, Friends of the Pioneer Museum felt it was an appropriate time to give everyone a financial report. You have been so supportive where funds are concerned.
From 1994 through June 30th, 2000, we have raised through donations, grants and special projects $119,082.62. This is an incredible amount of money in six years time. Following is a breakdown of how that money was spent:
|Computer Table||$207.89||Land Purchase||$10,500.00|
|Land Taxes||$345.38||Display Cases||$300.00|
|Architect (Hulsy & Associates)||$938.29|
|Zetting Geological Engineers (soil testing)||$2,995.00|
|Reinhardt Construction (parking lot)||$1,850.00|
|Montana Power Company (moving incoming line)||$300.00|
|Plains Construction (concrete & steel building)||$29,000.00|
|State of Montana (building permit)||$500.00|
|Thorn Refrigeration (new heating/air conditioning/humidity control)||$17,000.30|
|Durell Construction (interior)||$19,225.00|
|G & D Electric||$5,469.91|
|Dale Plumbing & Heating||$599.70|
|Fossum Ready Mix (landscaping)||$792.50|
|**Hi Line Security System (security cameras & monitor)||$12,500.00|
TOTAL PURCHASES & BUILDING EXPENSES $104,407.96
**Mr. & Mrs. L.J. Baker donated $5,000 to Friends of the Pioneer Museum and designated that it be used towards the security system. The Valley County Historical Society allocated $5,000 for the basic alarm system. This high tech system will do a very good job of helping to protect all the many valuable artifacts housed in the Pioneer Museum.
There is another group that we want to recognize for their generosity and they are those who have performed In-Kind Services or donated items toward the land purchase and the construction project.
|Kaiser & Associates (Mike Kaiser)||Surveying & blueprints|
|Valley County Abstract Office (Mitch Hughes)||Land Title work|
|RZ Realty (Rocky Zimdars)||Land Sale & Land Purchase|
|Glasgow Electric (Bud Johnston)||$1,000 worth of light fixtures|
We have another area of financial giving and that is the Friends of the Pioneer Museum Endowment Fund. This Endowment was established two years ago. At this point, we have $60,081.39 in our Endowment Principal Fund. Plus the Planned Gift balance is $60,449. Planned Gifts will vary in value over time. This is phenomenal growth! That is due in part to some very generous gifts from Mr. & Mrs. L.J. Baker, Judge & Mrs. Leonard Langen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Coghlan and the First Community Bank. We also have had a number of donors who have given very generously of their income to the Endowment. It is our dream that someday the Endowment Fund will make the Pioneer Museum self-supporting.
The underpass in Glasgow will be closed as of Tuesday morning, September 19th. Please allow a few extra minutes to get to and from work.
Lawmakers from downstream Missouri River states are pressuring Clinton not to veto the bill. They say a seasonal rise in the river would increase the risk of flooding in their states. The surge is designed to save endangered shorebirds and fish.
Federal wildlife officials want to mimic the waterway's natural flow, before it was dammed for navigation. And upstream states argue that current management policies favor the barge industry downstream. They say that threatens a more valuable upstream recreation industry, as well as endangered wildlife.
Downstream states argue that disrupting navigation would hurt the competition between barges and railroads -- and ultimately hurt farmers.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
SAYS HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO PASS FORT PECK WATER BILL (9/12)
Montana Senator Conrad Burns today announced that the House of Representatives is expected to pass his bill authorizing the construction and operation of a rural water system on and around the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Burns said that the bill, which unanimously
passed the Senate last year, would provide a stable foundation for economic
development in the area of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
"I've been fighting to see this
through Congress for years, because this bill means more jobs and improved public
health for the Fort Peck area," Burns said. "Although this chapter
is coming to a close, the book is only getting started. As a member of the Appropriations
Committee, I will do everything I can to make sure the funding we lay out in
this bill actually makes it to northeastern Montana."
Burns said that the need for a safe
and reliable water source is particularly acute on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
In one community, sulfate levels in the water are four times the standard for
safe drinking water, and in four communities, iron levels are five times the
standard. These factors exacerbate health problems, such as heart disease, high
blood pressure and diabetes, which occur at above-normal rates on the reservation.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has
been forced to issue several health alerts for drinking water despite the fact
that the reservation is located near one of the largest manmade reservoirs in
the United States. IHS said such problems will only grow along with the population.
"I appreciate the effort and
leadership Conrad Burns has shown in shepherding this bill through Congress,"
said Arlen Headdress, chairman of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort
Peck Reservation. "The people of the Fort Peck tribes have been living
without clean water for generations, so this is historic for us."
Burns said that the water system could also lead to economic development in the area.
"Improved access to clean drinking
water will encourage more businesses to locate in this part of the state,"
he said.The system would provide water for livestock as well as drinking.
"Groundwater sources in this
area are poor and deteriorating," said Clint Jacobs, coordinator of the
Dry Prairie Rural Water Project, the portion of the system that lies outside
the borders of the reservation. "This bill has the potential to address
the problems, and it also could lead to economic development in the area as
well as strengthen our community. The value of tribal and non-tribal entities
working together to raise the quality of life in the area cannot be overstated."
Burns' legislation authorizes $175
million to be spent over ten years on the development of a water system, providing
water for over 24,000 people on and near the reservation.
The bill has the support of residents
of the reservation and the endorsement of the Tribal Council of the Assiniboine
and Sioux Tribes.
Burns has also worked to include
$435,000 in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for planning of
the Dry Prairie Rural Water System. Both the Senate and House have passed versions
of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The differences between the two
must be reconciled before final passage.
Burns is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees rural water issues. He is also a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, which will fund the project in the future.
|The Glasgow Long Run Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday morning, at the Putz Estate, on Billingsley Road west of Glasgow. According to the department, the resident of the home, Joyce Raglund, awoke and noticed the fire coming from the basement and drove 1 mile to a neighbor's to report the fire. By the time Long Run Fire Department arrived, the entire house was in flames. The structure was completely destroyed. Long Run responded with 4 trucks and 11 firefighters, who were still mopping up the fire at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported.|
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate has approved funding for the fiscal year 2001 energy and water appropriations bill, containing more than $27.3 million for projects in Montana that were requested by Montana Senator Conrad Burns. Burns is a member of the committee that authored the legislation.
According to Burns, the funds will benefit economic development efforts in some of the state's poorest areas through the creation of jobs for such projects as a rural water system in the Fort Peck area. "Water is one of our most precious commodities and these projects will not only create jobs and assist families, but will also help us to better manage our natural resources," Burns said.
Burns was also successful in obtaining
funding for the following projects:
$16 million for the implementation
of the Rocky Boy Water Settlement, a water program for the Rocky Boy Reservation
and the surrounding area that Burns earlier pushed through Congress. The Interior
Appropriations bill contains an additional $8 million for the project.
$3.62 million for
annual operation and maintenance at the Fort Peck Dam.
$2.273 million for annual operation
and maintenance at Libby Dam.
$1.5 million to complete
the Fort Peck Rural Water System. Funding to finalize the system was originally
included in last year's bill, but Senate and House negotiators reduced the amount
at the last minute.
$1.15 million for studies on impact
of human activities on the Upper and Lower Yellowstone River, including the
Governor's Task Force.
$837,000 for the
Milk River Project, which will establish a series of irrigation improvements
along the river.
$435,000 for a study
on the Dry Prairie Rural Water System near the Fort Peck Reservation. This is
the second of two rural water systems in the area that Burns has helped moved
$350,000 for continuation of the
Hydrogen Fuel Cell program in Billings.
$325,000 for recreational improvements
at Canyon Ferry.
$283,000 to support operations of
the Hungry Horse Dam and reservoir near Columbia Falls.
$251,000 for Bureau of Reclamations
safety investigations of dams in Montana and other inspection work.
$100,000 to address flood conditions
in Glendive. The city has been experiencing flooding, particularly during the
winter when ice flows have blocked the Yellowstone River.
$100,000 to address flood conditions
in Miles City. The confluence of the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers is prone
to seasonal flooding.
$100,000 to study fish mitigation
at the diversion dam on the Lower Yellowstone River. Burns said that the study
is necessary to protect threatened and endangered species. The dam has disrupted
their migration and is harming some fishing traveling through the dam.
In addition, Burns has secured funding
for national projects in which Montana will take part. Those include:
$30 million for projects
studying and producing ethanol.
The bill contains $9.815 million
for the Department of Energy's (DOE) portion of the EPSCoR program, a national
competitive grants program that benefits 18 rural states and Puerto Rico. Montana
will receive a share of the total funding, which comes from several federal
agencies including DOE.
Burns successfully added $7 million
to the Purchase Power and Wheeling (PPW) budget for a total of $77 million.
The PPW programs provide support to three power marketing administrations, including
the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), that supply energy to rural electric
cooperatives, municipal electric systems and public power districts. WAPA, which
serves most of eastern Montana, will receive a large portion of the increase.
•$7 million for initiatives supporting bioenergy projects and their byproducts.
The measure passed by a vote of 93-1
with Senator Max Baucus casting the lone vote in opposition to the bill.
Negotiators must now work out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Burns noted that the House bill failed to include $16 million for the Rocky Boy water settlement, and that as a member of the conference committee he will fight to ensure that the funds are included in the final bill.
HELENA--The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has settled a case against Miller Oil Company of Plentywood, for violations to Montana's Underground Storage Tank Act (ACT).
On August 18, 2000 the DEQ issued an Administrative Order on Consent to Take Corrective Action (Consent Order) against the company and its president, Gordon V. Miller, in response to the company's violations of Act.
Under the Act, underground storage tank (UST) systems failing to comply with the December 22, 1998 upgrade requirements were to be placed into temporary closure for a period not to exceed 12-months. If the firm did not upgrade during this time period, the law required the non-compliant UST systems to be permanently closed by December 22, 1999.
DEQ cited Miller Oil for failing to permanently close the non-compliant UST systems by the December 22, 1999 deadline.
The company has fulfilled the requirements of the Consent Order by permanently closing the underground storage tank systems and paid an administrative penalty of $250.
MAZUREK ISSUES LONGEVITY PAY OPINION (9/11)
(Helena-AP) Montana's attorney general says part-time deputy county attorneys are entitled to longevity pay.
Attorney General Joe Mazurek says the part-time prosecutors must be based on the number of calendar years they have worked, and not on the typical full-time work year of two-thousand-80 hours.
The attorney general's opinion was issued in answer to questions posed by Phillips County Attorney Ed Amestoy.
State law allows longevity pay for deputy county attorneys after four years of service. Mazurek says there's nothing in the law to make a distinction between full-time and part-time deputy county attorneys.
An attorney general's opinion carries the weight of law, unless a court overturns it, or the laws involved are modified by the Legislature. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
HATCHERY STAMPS SOLD (9/8)
According to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Park a total of 38,519 warm water fishing stamps have been sold to sportsmen as of July 31st. The proceeds from these $5 stamps are to be used for the maintenance and operation of the proposed Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery.
Todd Glaser,infomation officer for region 6 of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told Kltz/Mix 93 news that an estimated $175,000 has been raised by the sale of these stamps. The stamps are required for all fishermen who fish in certain warm water fisheries in Montana.
Todd Glaser also told Kltz/Mix 93 news that eastern Montana continues to be under level 4 fire restrictions which is one step away from complete closure of all federal, state and private forested land. Glaser did say that the fire conditions are continually looked at and could change any day.
Officers ejected 35-year-old Lance Munger from Stan's Bar in Glasgow when the wind chill was minus-20. The intoxicated man wore only jeans and a T-shirt, leaving his coat inside.
He was found dead a few hours later, near the bar.
Chief U-S District Judge Jack Shanstrom, in Billings, granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, tossing out the lawsuit. That ruling has now been reversed by the Ninth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals, and the case will go to trial.
(Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
WHILE WALKING ON U.S. 2 IDENTIFIED (9/8)
(Poplar-AP) -- The woman killed by a vehicle early Monday while walking on U-S Highway Two near Poplar has been identified as 29-year-old Dena Duncan of Poplar.
Roosevelt County Deputy Coroner Mark Erickson says Duncan was walking in the west-bound lane around 2:15 a-m when she was struck from behind by a car. She was a data computer programmer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The death raises Montana's traffic toll for the year to 153, eight more than on this date last year.
BEATEN BY SENATE VOTE ON MISSOURI RIVER FLOW (9/8)
(Washington-AP) -- Barge and farming interests won out over environmentalists, when the Senate ignored a threatened veto from President Clinton and voted to prohibit changing the flow of the Missouri River. The vote was 52-to-45.
Senators from downstream states banded together, and voted not to allow a springtime surge in the river flow, that could save endangered birds and fish. Farmers worried that a spring rise would make their fields too wet to plant, and bargers were concerned that barge traffic would be shut down during critical summer months.
The measure is part of a twenty-two-and-a-half (b) billion dollar bill to finance energy and water projects for the coming fiscal year.
The Senate approved it, with the only "no" vote coming from Montana Democrat Max Baucus. (Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
At approx 11:30 on Friday night, the Long Run and Glasgow Fire Departments were called to Heather Lane for a backyard tree fire. Here are a couple of photos of the fire.
Funeral services for Elsa Quast Nelson, age 93, of Richland will be Monday, Oct. 2 at the Opheim Lutheran Church in Opheim. Rev. Mark Koonz will officiate services. Burial will take place at Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim, MT. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Nelson passed away Friday, September 29 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
Elsa went from country school to Glasgow High School. She started college in Dillon, later Normal School in Billings in the first class that opened there. Her teaching career went from Avondale, North Bench, and then to Glentana. Elsa gave her teaching warrants to a young farmer. Clinton traded them for horses. Following the horse trade, Clinton and Elsa were married in 1937. After one year of Fort Peck Dam employment, Clinton traded the house for a bobsled and life began for them on their beloved farm on the North Bench. Their lives were filled with hard work, wonderful neighbors and four children, Gretchen, Doris, Carl and David.
Elsa was preceded in death by her son Carl, brother Werner, sister Alice and nephew Wayne Nelson. She is survived by her husband, Clinton Nelson of Glasgow; son David and (Lynnette) Nelson of Richland; daughters, Gretchen and (Bill) Westby of Opheim, Doris and (Hoyle) Moore of Lewistown, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Allan Watterson (9/25)
The former manager of Wolf Point radio stations KVCK AM & FM, Allan Watterson, died yesterday (Sunday 9/24/00) in Williston, ND. He was 52.
Watterson had been involved in a number of businesses in Wolf Point and northeast Montana since the late 1960âs. He took over management of the radio stations in October of 1995 and ran the operations until his cancer diagnosis forced him to retire this spring.
In addition to his duties with the radio station, Watterson was well known as a member of a country rock band "Tucson Ned" which played across the region. And he also donated countless hours to the Wolf Point High School Swing Choir, assisting them with their sound system.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jocelyn and Barry Watterson-Woods and two grandsons of Gresham, Oregon; by a son Jeremy Watterson, a student at the University of Montana in Missoula; and by his fiancé Celina Brien and her son and daughter of Wolf Point.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Allan Watterson will be held Wednesday (9/27) at 7pm at the Wolf Point High School Auditorium.
Dave Golterman KVCK Wolf Point
Kenneth "Bud" I. Stolem, 85, died at his home
in Malta from natural causes on September 17th. Funeral services will be at
2 p.m. on Friday, September 22nd, at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church, with burial
in the Hillview Cemetery at Hinsdale. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bud was born in Tampico in 1914 to Knute and Ida (Moen) Stolem. He attended grade school in Tampico and graduated from Hinsdale High in 1933. He farmed and ranched, and married Elsie Watson in 1940 in Glasgow. He retired because of poor health in 1996 and they moved to Malta.
Bud enjoyed playing the fiddle with his neighbors and friends and played for many dances, weddings and funerals. He was a member of the District 5 Fiddlers Association for many years.
He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and was a member of the Hinsdale Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Survivors include his wife Elsie of Malta; 4 daughters: Marilyn Stolem, Myrdis Stolem and Myran Cummings, all of Malta, and Meredith Marshall of Miami, Florida; 4 grandsons, 5 granddaughters and 5 great grandchildren. Family was his life and he was a very devoted father and grandfather.
James E. Hill, 64, died Monday, September 11th, at Billings
Deaconess Hospital due to heart complications. Services were Friday, September
15th, with burial in the Nashua Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
He was raised in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School in 1954. He excelled in all sports. He was especially know for playing basketball and was an All State Center.
Jim married Gayle Browning in 1955. He worked for his dad at the Nashua Conoco until 1961, when he purchased the service station from his dad. Jim served in the Montana National Guard, Nashua Town Council, and Volunteer Fire Department. Jim drove school bus and was Little League Coach for many years. He was also active in the Lion's Club, Elks, Knights of Columbus, and bowling.
Jim and Gayle moved to Billings in 1986. He was employed by Tire-Rama until he retired in 1998. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and attendance at sporting events.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Gayle of Billings; 2 daughters: Lori Viste and her husband Rick and children Tyler and Kyle of Nashua, and Charlene Hill and her son Brandon of Billings; 3 sons: Doug Hill and his wife Jill and their children Tori and Tessa Hill of Sidney, Brian Hill and his wife Belinda and son Drew of Bozeman, Tom Hill and his wife Dawn and their children Miranda and Grant of Spokane, Washington; a brother, Jack Hill and his wife Pat of Denver; a sister, Mary Jeane Johnson and her husband Bob of Sioux Pass, Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Stuart.
George was raised on the family farm near Dagmar. He attended Teachers College in Dillon and taught school in Sheridan County and later in Roosevelt County. In 1941 he married Alma Nelson in Glasgow. They went into private business and owned the J & H Company in Reserve until 1961. They moved to Glasgow in 1961 and owned Coast To Coast until the 1970's. George worked for AVCO at the Glasgow Air Force Base and later was business manager for the Smith Clinic in Glasgow until he retired. He always had a big garden at Fort Peck Lake and enjoyed traveling, his cabin at the lake, dancing, and doing carpentry work. George was a member of the Kiwanis, Elks, SCORE, Sons of Norway, Danish Brotherhood, Boy Scouts, and served as a Scout Leader, and received the Silver Beaver, was a member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture and served as manager of the Northeast Montana Fair for 11 years.
Alma passed away in 1987. George married Eileen Hotchkiss in 1990. She passed away in 1997. He then married Francis Thomas in 1998.
Survivors include his wife Francis Johnson of Glasgow; 2 sons: Gary and his wife Marilynn of Wolf Point, and Donald of Estacada, Oregon; 2 daughters: Kay Johnson and companion Ray Mills of Helena, and Ruth Orem and her husband Larry of Littleton, Colorado; 2 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Alvin Johnson of Plentywood and Earl Johnson of New York; 2 sisters: Grace Christiensen of California and Alice Friedrich of Antelope, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 1 brother, 2 sisters and 1 grandson.
S. Doris Larson, 106, died of natural causes on Tuesday, September 5th, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services will be at the First Congregational Church in Glasgow on Saturday, September 9th at 2pm, with Reverend Emory Robotham officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Doris was born in Sutton, Nebraska, in 1893. She lived in Colorado before traveling to Hailey, Idaho, in a covered wagon at age 6, a trip that Doris still remembered. When she was 11 her parents homesteaded near Rupert, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. She graduated from Albion State Normal School in 1913. In 1917 she married Irvin Larson in Twin Falls, Idaho. She taught school in Idaho for 5 years. They lived in Idaho and Eureka, Montana, before moving to Saco in 1924. Irvin was a signal maintainer for the Great Northern Railway in Saco and Doris was a mother and school teacher. After Irvin retired they moved to Whitefish in 1964. Doris moved to Glasgow in 1976. She moved into Nemont Manor in Glasgow in 1979 and has been at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow for the last 3 years.
She taught Sunday school and sang in the choir in the Saco Methodist Church, was active in OES, Ladies Aid, Women's Club, and Legion Auxiliary. She crocheted, hand quilted and did embroidery. Doris was a very proper lady with a sharp memory, and was proud to have voted in every election since women were allowed to vote.
Survivors include 2 daughters: Dorothy Bell of Glasgow and Laurece Childress of Sparks, Nevada; 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 son.