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Wednesday, February 6th 2019
Three Day Snowfall Total Not Far From Record
The 3-day snowfall total for Glasgow for Sunday through Tuesday was 13.5 inches.

That is just 1.5" shy of the all-time greatest 3-day total of 15" which was set several different times.

The most recently was just last winter, from March 3rd through March 5th, 2018.

Wednesday, February 6th 2019
Foster Care Meetings Coming Up
There are some meetings coming up regarding something very important: foster care.

Bryon Gustafson, youth minister at the Glasgow Evangelical Church, has been helping to spread the word about the need for foster care in Valley County.

Bryon said that, according to Child Protective Services, 55 children in valley county are in foster care right now, with 17 new placements this month alone.

There are just 20 homes available to house them, and at least 20 homes are needed to fully answer the needs for our Valley County alone. This does not include anything outside of the county, so if we were to include Wolf Point, the numbers would jump incredibly!

Meetings coming up, all at the Glasgow Evangelical Church:

Saturday, Feb 9th from 9am-5pm - this is annual training that is required of all families that are full time foster families.

Sunday, Feb 10th @ noon - information meeting for everyone interested in being a part of this movement. Questions answered from many guests that we could team up with to help these children and families

Sunday, Feb 17th @ noon - paper work day for anyone that is signing up to be a foster family. fingerprinting, scheduling home inspections, filling out paperwork, meeting case workers, etc...

If you are interested or have any questions about the meetings, email Bryon at bryon@glasgowec.church or text him at 1-406-403-4081.

Wednesday, February 6th 2019
Poplar Man Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter In Death Of Six-Month-Old
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Poplar man has pleaded guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of a 6-month-old infant in his care.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that 28-year-old Dennis Lloyd Red Boy will be sentenced on June 5 for the 2017 death of the baby girl. The maximum sentence he faces is eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Red Boy was taking care of children in the Fort Peck Indian Reservation town of Poplar when the 6-month-old baby girl would not stop crying.

Red Boy told investigators he turned the baby over onto her stomach and placed a heavy blanket over her. He later returned to find that she had stopped breathing and then sought help.

An autopsy found no signs of assault, but it did not determine whether the cause of death was accidental or homicide.
(Copyright 2019 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Wednesday, February 6th 2019
Too Little, Too Late: Late January Snowfall Not Enough in Some Montana River Basins
BOZEMAN, Mont., Feb. 6, 2019 - Periods of high-pressure during January resulted in sunny skies and above average temperatures in Montana, causing snowpack percentages to decline in many river basins, according to snow survey data collected by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This pattern broke down late in the month, and significant snowfall occurred across most of the state of Montana.

This much needed system of storms added 1.5 to 3.5 inches of Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) to the snowpack, helping some basins in central, south-central and southwest Montana to remain or improve to near to above normal for Feb. 1. Although the basin-wide snowpack percentages in Gallatin and Upper Yellowstone indicate near to above normal snowpack conditions, there are some areas in southern Montana that have been largely missed by this winter’s storms.

“The late month storms really helped some of the towns in southern Montana where tourism from snowmobiling is critical to the local economies,” said Lucas Zukiewicz, NRCS hydrologist for Montana. “The snowpack in both Cooke City and West Yellowstone was the lowest it’s been in quite a few years in mid-January, and news gets out.” Fortunately, he said, the storms helped these areas to recover some by February 1, although snowpack remains below normal. Almost all basins east of the Divide have improved snowpack percentages from January 1, but some regions remain below normal for snowpack on February 1.

The western half of the state also benefited from the late January storms, but the river basins experienced decreases in snowpack percentages since January 1 and remain below normal for this date. “The storms just weren’t enough in the western half of the state to make up for the deficits we’d experienced early in the winter,” Zukiewicz said. “Even with the impressive totals from the late month storms, snowfall ended up being below normal for the month of January.”

River basins in the northwest region of the state typically experience their “wettest” months of the year from early November through the end of January. Below normal snow totals in these areas for this date make recovery to “normal” snowpack conditions before runoff begins less likely. “For example, the Flathead River basin would need to receive around 135% of normal snowfall between now and when the snowpack reaches peak accumulation, which typically occurs sometime in April,” Zukiewicz said. “While that’s not impossible, it would certainly take a major pattern shift from what we’ve seen so far this winter.”

Similar to last month, mountain temperatures were above average in January, and could be one of the impacts the region is experiencing from the weak El Nino that is occurring this year. Whether it strengthens or weakens into the summer of 2019 is still to be determined, but long-range forecasts issued by NOAA continue to indicate above average temperatures for the February – April time-period.

“That’s something we’ll be keeping an eye on,” Zukiewicz said. “Early runoff doesn’t benefit anyone, so hopefully spring is cooler than anticipated.”

Official NRCS streamflow forecasts for April 1 – July 31 will begin on March 1 and will offer a glimpse into what we could expect this spring and summer.

Monthly Water Supply Outlook Reports can be found at the website below after the 5th business day of the month:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/mt/snow/waterproducts/basin

Monday, February 4th 2019
2019 Ice Fishing Derby Results
(Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Press Release)
February 4, 2019
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture held its 21st Annual Ice Fishing Derby at the Dredge Cuts Trout Pond at Fort Peck Lake on February 2nd, 2019. The contest had 41 participants and 92 pre- drilled ice holes were sold. The contestants came from Glasgow, Sidney, St. Marie, Poplar, Wolf Point, Richey, Nashua, Fort Peck, Malta, Glendive, Hinsdale, Froid, Homestead, and Minot, ND. An estimated 50 more people came to observe the tournament and enjoy one of Chef Zak Peterson Famous brats & onions.

A total of over $3,000.00 in cash, prizes and raffles were awarded to the participants. The 50/50 was won by
Jeff Alsberg in the amount of $415.00. Jay Saiz won the Yeti Cooler raffled off.

The results were: 1st-$2000.00 Ivy O’Connor of Poplar-3.58 pound Northern - 2nd $100.00 James & Robin Martin of Glasgow 3.48 pound Northern, 3rd-$50.00 Dave Combs of Froid 3.21 pound Northern. Additional door prizes were provided by the tournament sponsors.

The cash and prizes were awarded at The Gateway Club in Fort Peck following the derby. The 2019 Ice Derby was sponsored by: Edward Jones, JR’s Party Store #24, Cottonwood Inn, Nemont Telephone, Coca-Cola, KLTZ/KLAN, First Community Bank, D & G Sports & Western, Thompson & Sons, T&R Trucking, Reynolds Market, Ezzie’s Wholesale, Westend, Midtown, Nemont Beverage, Hi-Line Ford, Northern Prairie Auto, The Gateway Club, Valley Bank, Independence Bank, Lakeridge Lodging & Bait Shop, Scottie Express Wash, Glasgow Distributors and the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture.

Monday, February 4th 2019
Winter Storm Drops Ten Inches Of Snow On Glasgow
The winter storm that brought 10 inches of snow to Glasgow by Monday morning is moving out of the region, but very cold Arctic air behind it will stay with us through the week.

The east-bound lanes of I-94 were closed from Glendive to Dickinson, North Dakota on Sunday night. The interstate was re-opened early Monday morning, but travelers will encounter snow-covered roadways throughout most of the region.

There is still a chance of more snowfall the next couple days, but the bitter cold will be with us for awhile. The high temperature in Glasgow on Saturday was 37 degrees, but temperatures fell well below zero early in the day on Sunday. High temperatures aren't expected to get above zero until Friday in Glasgow, while lows will drop to around 20 below. And the wind chill will drop to between -20 and -30 at times.

Saturday, February 2nd 2019
US Government Appeals Ruling That Blocked Keystone Pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Justice Department attorneys on Friday appealed the November ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris that blocked a construction permit for the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline.

The line sponsored by Calgary-based TransCanada would begin in Alberta and shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude through a half dozen states to terminals on the Gulf Coast.

It was rejected by former President Barack Obama in 2015. That decision was reversed in 2017 by President Donald Trump, who has promoted the $8 billion project as part of his effort to boost American energy industries.

After environmental groups sued, Morris said the administration had not fully considered potential oil spills and other impacts and that further reviews were needed.

Friday, February 1st 2019
January 2019 Was 10th Warmest On Record
January 2019 was much warmer than normal: the National Weather Service office in Glasgow reported that we averaged 22.2 degrees, 8.4 degrees above average. That was enough to make it the 10th warmest January on record.

The warmest was an average of 29.2 in 2006, followed by 1992’ 26.6. January2012 came in just slightly warmer than this year, at 22.2 degrees. We set a record high of 50 degrees on January third.

Precipitation was slightly below normal, at just .29 and snowfall was well below normal with only 3.7 inches.

The highest wind gust of the month occurred on the 27th, at 51mph.


Thursday, January 31st 2019
JSEC Offering Scholarships
The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) is offering scholarships to Valley County high school seniors who wish to further their education after graduation.

Funding is provided by Valley County employers who share the JSEC desire to educate future workers.

Applications may be picked up from any of the county’s five high school counselors or the City of Glasgow, at 319 3rd street south. Applications are due in the City of Glasgow office by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019. Award amounts vary, depending on donations received, but typically are about $500.

For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476, Ext. 1.

Thursday, January 31st 2019
Auditions For Fort Peck Summer Theatre Will Be February 10
Fort Peck Summer Theatre has many roles open for actors of all ages this summer, specifically in Mamma Mia, Peter Pan and On Golden Pond (only need to fill one role, Billy Ray, a typical teenager, who has come to spend the summer at Golden Pond). We also have potential opportunities to perform in our Theatre for Young Audiences Alice. We are always thrilled to include many local actors in the cast of summer productions, especially young performers!

Rehearsal schedules for each show are: Mamma Mia begins June 1; Performances June 21-July 7. Peter Pan begins July 6; Performances July 26-Aug. 11. On Golden Pond begins Aug. 3, Performances Aug. 16-Sept. 1. Alice (Theatre for Young Audiences) begins June 10; Performances June 26-30.

At the time of auditions, there will be an opportunity to specify interest in a particular role and/or play. If cast, an individual may be offered as many as three roles, depending on need and talent pool. Everyone should come prepared a one-minute monologue and sing the “Tender Shepherd”. This song can be found on our website www.fortpecktheatre.org. Upon being cast, rehearsals will occur 3 weeks prior to opening night of each play and typically take place on the weekends (10am-4pm) and weekday evenings. Not all actors are called to every rehearsal, depending on the role.

Local Auditions will be held at the Glasgow High School Auditorium on Sunday, February 10th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The minimum age requirement is those entering 3rd grade fall of 2019.

For further details and information please contact Executive Director Jennifer Fewer at (406) 228-9216 or by email at fptheatre@nemont.net , or visit our website at www.FortPeckTheatre.org .

Wednesday, January 30th 2019
Legislation Would Criminalize Doctor-Assisted Death
HELENA -- Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would invalidate consent as a legal defense for doctor-assisted deaths, meaning doctors could be charged with homicide if they help a terminally-ill person die.

Under current law, patient “consent” in these cases is invalid if a person is legally incompetent, coerced, cannot make reasonable judgement, or if the action taken is against public policy. House Bill 284, sponsored by Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila, would make doctor-assisted death against public policy.

“This bill is an opportunity to send a consistent message about suicide from young to old, from healthy to sick -- that it’s not a good option,” Glimm said during the bill’s initial hearing in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Rep. Brad Tschida, R-Missoula, sponsored the same bill in 2017 but it failed to pass through the House on a 50-50 vote.

A 2009 ruling from the Montana Supreme Court, Baxter v. Montana, made doctor-assisted death a legal option in the state. Essentially, the ruling found that nothing in state law prohibited a doctor from prescribing medication to hasten a patient’s death. The case was brought by an ex-Marine and retired truck driver, Robert Baxter, who was suffering from leukemia and wanted the right to an assisted death.

Justice John Warner, appointed by former Republican Gov. Judy Martz to the Montana Supreme Court, wrote a concurring opinion in which he said “suicide” is a pejorative term and that it should not be used to describe doctor-assisted death.

But, like Glimm, supporters of the bill say allowing doctor-assisted death still sends the wrong message about suicide. Executive Director of the Montana Catholic Conference Matt Brower was one of the bill’s supporters Tuesday, saying doctor-assisted death could also harm patients’ trust for doctors.

“Legalized assisted suicide represents misguided public policy and would have harmful implications for all of society,” Brower said.

Six other people spoke in support of the bill, including representatives from Montanans Against Assisted Suicide, the Montana Family Foundation and the Montana Right to Life.

Baxter’s daughter testified in opposition of the bill. Roberta King, from Missoula, says her dad told her many times he wanted aid in dying, but it wasn’t legal yet.

“This made his suffering and death much more painful and difficult than they otherwise could have been and deprived him the right for himself to decide how much suffering he would endure before he died,” King said.

King said two years ago, her 36-year-old nephew also died with a doctor’s help while suffering from pancreatic cancer. King said she and her sister drove to Helena to testify against the 2017 version of this bill two days after his death.

Nine others testified in opposition to HB 284, including two registered nurses and a doctor. Many said doctor-assisted death should be a matter of privacy and personal choice, not of the government.

The committee will now decide whether to move it to the House Floor for debate, or to table it.

Shaylee Ragar is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Montana Newspaper Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Wednesday, January 30th 2019
Firefighter Protection Act Would Offer Workers’ Comp Coverage for Cancer, PTSD
HELENA -- Firefighters with conditions like cancer, heart disease and post-traumatic stress disorder could have their treatment covered by worker's compensation insurance under a new bill in the Montana Legislature.

President of the Montana Fire Chiefs’ Association Rich Cowger said during a public hearing on the bill Tuesday that firefighters face many hazards and should be covered for illnesses that might come with the job.

“‘Workers’ comp’ is designed to fight against catastrophic injuries,” Cowger said. “A heart attack is a catastrophic injury. A diagnosis of cancer is a catastrophic injury.”

Sen. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula, is sponsoring Senate Bill 160, referred to as the Firefighter Protection Act, which would also require firefighters to take a physical at least once every two years.

“The physicals are one of the linchpins of the Firefighter Protection Act,” McConnell said. “Catch it early. It’s easier to treat and the firefighter can recover.”

Opponents of SB 160 say new claims would cause insurance rates to rise. Larry Jones with the Montana Self Insurers’ Association said it would be difficult for insurers to refute claims.

“How does an insurance company disprove a presumptive illness claim? All the evidence has been destroyed,” Jones said.

The Firefighters Protection Act has time limits on coverage depending on the disease, extends 10 years after a firefighter retires, and covers 13 different occupational illnesses.

The bill is accompanied by Senate Bill 171, sponsored by Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls, which would mandate firefighters hired after Jan. 1, 2020 to be tobacco-free, and current firefighters who use tobacco to go to treatments to help them quit.

“If we’re going to assume that all cancer is caused by a presumptive disease, we can’t have guys using tobacco,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Senate Business, Labor and Economics Committee did not immediately take a vote on the bill Tuesday.

Tim Pierce is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association.

Wednesday, January 30th 2019
Valley County Transit Adds Security Cameras
Valley County Transit has installed security cameras in their buses. The cameras were acquired through a grant provided through the Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 funds.

These cameras will record both sound and video so please be aware that you are being recorded when aboard. They will be used on an as needed basis for a variety of situations that arise.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Colleen Pankratz, the Valley County Transit Manager at 228-8744.

Wednesday, January 30th 2019
Applications Now Available For This Year’s VCCF Grants
Applications for this year’s grants from the Valley County Community Foundation are now available on the organization’s website, board member Sam Waters announced this week. All applications are due by March 15.

VCCF grants go a long way to completing a project.

“Many organizations receive full funding for their projects and others receive a substantial amount of the dollars requested,” Waters said. In the past five years, the average dollar amount of grants was $1,889, with the smallest grant at $691 and the largest, $3,627.

Last year, VCCF awarded $13,481 in grants to seven organizations, bringing the total of all grants given since 2000 to $191,715, he said, adding that projects in all parts of Valley County have received grants.
VCCF provides grants to organizations within Valley County with the charitable 501(c) 3 IRS designation, along with local government and educational institutions. Organizations with projects that will be completed by Oct. 1, 2019 are welcome to apply.

VCCF awards grants in five areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation. The board places lower priority and discourages funding to annual or capital campaigns, grants to endowment funds, debt retirement and religious purposes.

Application forms and guidelines are available at the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net . Hard copy applications are required.

“Over the years, competition for grant dollars has increased, making complete and timely grant applications a necessity,” Waters said. Incomplete applications and those received or post marked after March 15 will not be considered.

Funding for the grants comes from earnings on the VCCF endowment. It is invested with the Montana Community Foundation, a statewide organization that helps local communities and non-profit organizations raise and administer charitable gifts.

VCCF is also caretaker for two annual scholarships. The Feda Scholarship for the Trades is awarded each May to a graduating senior from a Valley County high school and the Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman Memorial Scholarships are awarded in the summer to students who have completed a year of college or trade school. Feda applications are due April 19 and Fuhrman applications on June 21. Check the VCCF website for applications.

Wednesday, January 30th 2019
Ice Fishing Derby Is Saturday
The Glasgow Chamber’s 21st Annual Ice Fishing Derby is Saturday, February 2nd from 12noon – 3p.m. at the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts Trout Pond.

Registration is from 11a.m. – 1p.m. Entry fee is $50 per hole or 3 holes for $100, with 1st place guaranteed $2000.

Must have valid Montana Fishing license in possession
1. Must be 18 or older
2. Children may fish with a parent.

Largest Fish– Walleye, Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Burbot, Bass, Yellow Perch, Carp, or Sucker wins.
If a tie occurs, first fish wins!

To enter, contact the Glasgow Chamber, 228-2222, or email chamber@nemont.net.

Monday, January 28th 2019
Proposed Legislation at Montana Legislature targets plastic straws and plastic bags
HELENA — If two bills in the Montana Legislature aimed at reducing plastic waste become law, diners would need to request a plastic straw at a restaurant and shoppers would have to pay 4 cents for a plastic bag at retail stores.

Program Director for Montana Conservation Voters Whitney Tawney was one of seven supporters testifying for Senate Bill 120 and 121 in committee Friday. She said plastic is harmful, often overused and pollutes Montana’s waterways.

“If we continue to allow plastic pollution into our streams, rivers and lakes, we will threaten what makes Montana great,” Tawney said.

Opponents said the new regulations will be too hard on small businesses. Helena Chamber of Commerce representative Ronda Wiggers, one of the four people who spoke in opposition Friday, said businesses are already working to reduce plastic themselves.

“These are business decisions,” Wiggers said. “This is not something we need to legislate from the state down.”

Sen. Sue Malek, D-Missoula, is sponsoring the two bills. She said one of the biggest complaints in her community is a lack of recycling options.

“It’s becoming even more of an urgent problem,” she said.

The revenue collected through the 4-cent plastic bag fee in SB 121 would be put into a special account specifically used for waste reduction and recycling. The money would be for grants to promote recycling efforts.

The Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee didn’t take immediate action on the bills.

Tim Pierce is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association.

Thursday, January 24th 2019
Glasgow City Council gives preliminary approval to ordinance allowing Glasgow Police Department to arrest persons within a 5 mile radius of City of Glasgow
The Glasgow City Council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would allow the Glasgow Police Department authority to arrest persons within a 5 mile radius of the City of Glasgow.

This ordinance will allow the GPD have arresting authority and jurisdiction within that 5 mile radius of Glasgow and would include areas such as the Northeast Montana Fairgrounds, Scottie Pride Drive and areas by Sunnyside Golf Course and El Cor Del Lanes.

Chief Brien Gault promoted the ordinance saying many communities have ordinances such as this including Great Falls, Hamilton, Billings, Kalispell, Miles City and Bozeman.

Gault stated with passage of this ordinance the GPD can continue to enhance the quality of life of citizens of Glasgow and will allow the department to responsibly address crime while travelling through county jurisdiction.

He also stated that the city officers will not be allowed to conduct traffic control within that 5 mile radius.

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer supported the ordinance and talked to the city council about the new spirit of cooperation between the GPD and the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

The ordinance will have another vote by the Glasgow City Council and if approved would go into effect 30 days after passage.

Also at the Glasgow City Council meeting, the council approved the hiring of Scott Runningen for the job of Street Supervisor for the City of Glasgow Street Department.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019
Senate Panel Hears Bill on Increasing Penalties for Aggravated DUI
HELENA -- A bill in the Legislature would change DUI laws in Montana, making it legal for officers to take a blood sample from someone who refuses a breathalyzer on first offense and increasing penalties for aggravated cases.

Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, is carrying Senate Bill 65 and says there is a parallel between drunk driving and terrorism.

“While DUI offenders don’t intend to kill, they do kill indiscriminately,” Regier said.

State Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion says his office supports the changes and mentioned a Mothers Against Drunk Driving ranking that identified Montana as having the nation’s “most ineffective drunk driving laws.”

Rebecca Sturdevant spoke in support of the bill at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. Her son, Evan Schneider, was killed in a drunk driving accident at 29-years-old. Sturdevant has been lobbying for stricter DUI laws for 10 years.

“You have a responsibility to the state of Montana to stop this.This is a totally preventable death,” Sturdevant said.

The only testimony against the bill came from the ACLU of Montana, which opposes the added penalties for an aggravated DUI.

The bill has a fiscal note of $3.2 million for the added legal fees it would create.

Shaylee Ragar is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Montana Newspaper Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Tuesday, January 22nd 2019
Representative Casey Knudsen sponsors bill to repeal statewide ban on switchblade knives
HELENA — The House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would repeal the statewide ban on switchblade knives.

Rep. Casey Knudsen, R-Malta, is sponsoring House Bill 155, and said 14 states have already repealed the ban. Knudsen also said EMTs, firefighters and people with disabilities often use spring-activated knives because you can open and close the blade with one hand.

“They’re honestly one of the safest knives on the market,” Knudsen said.

SK Rossi, the advocacy and policy director of ACLU Montana, spoke in support of the bill during the committee hearing on Monday. Rossi said the ban, which was enacted in 1957, unnecessarily criminalizes people and originally came from sensational fear.

“It definitely was because of hysteria on ‘West Side Story,’ to be perfectly honest,” Rossi said.

The bill drew several opponents for not allowing local governments to ban switchblades in certain buildings like courthouses or jails. But, Knudsen said he is drafting an amendment to allow those restrictions.

Tim Pierce is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association.

Thursday, January 17th 2019
Confirmed Mountain Lion sighting near Glasgow
Region 6 is home to mountain lions, so it wasn't a big surprise this week when there was a confirmed mountain lion sighting near Glasgow. This is not a real rare occurrence, as mountain lions can be found across the state of Montana (see map below)…basically anywhere there is deer or elk, which is their primary food source. However, they are rarely seen due to their elusive nature. So, we felt this was a good time to remind/inform folks about mountain lions and living with/near mountain lions.

Mountain lions (also known as “catamounts, cougars, panthers, pumas, or mountain screamers”) are known to have established populations in the Missouri River breaks and the island ranges of Region 6. Over the years, however, mountain lions have often been reported across the Hi-Line near many communities and likely will continue to be. They have large home ranges and can travel long distances, often preferring river/creek corridors for both cover and food resources.

A typical male mountain lion’s territory in Montana is usually more than 100 square miles, while a female's territory is usually less than 50 square miles. Subadult lions may not be able to immediately find an unoccupied territory. In these cases, subadults become transient, covering very large areas in search of an unoccupied territory.

As part of managing mountain lions in Montana, there is a hunting season harvest quota in all regions of Montana, including in Region 6. Please pick up a copy of the mountain lion hunting regulations if you are interested in harvesting a lion.

Knowing what to do if you do encounter a mountain lion can reduce the potential for a conflict. The following tips have been shown to be effective when encountering a lion:

-Do Not Approach a Lion
Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.

-Do Not Run from a Lion
Running may stimulate a mountain lion's instinct to chase. Instead, stand and face the animal. Do not turn your back. Make eye contact. If there are small children nearby, pick them up if possible so they don't panic and run. Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the mountain lion.

-Do Not Crouch Down or Bend Over
A person squatting or bending over looks a lot like a 4-legged prey animal. When in mountain lion country, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.

-Appear Larger
Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Again, pick up small children. Throw stones, branches, or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.

-Be Vocal
Talk calmly and regularly.

-Teach Others How to Behave.
Anyone who starts running could initiate an attack.

-If a Lion Attacks:
If you are unarmed, you can use bear pepper spray to deter the lion. Many potential victims have also fought back successfully with rocks, sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.

If you have a firearm, and know how to use it safely and effectively, Montana law allows you to kill a mountain lion to defend yourself, another person, livestock or a domestic dog. If you do kill a lion in self-defense you must report it to FWP within 72 hours.

-Defend Other People
If you need to defend other people, be aggressive.

In mountain lion country, there's no way to completely guarantee safety from a mountain lion attack. However, you can significantly reduce the chance of a lion incident by becoming knowledgeable of lion habits and behavior.

-Bring Pets and Children in at Night
Predators are usually much more active at night and dawn/dusk
Do not leave food/attractants out

-Do Not Hike Alone
Go in groups, with adults supervising children

-Keep Children Close to You
Observations of captured wild mountain lions reveal that the animals seem especially drawn to children. Keep children within your sight at all times.

-Do not let pets run unleased

-Minimize your recreation during dawn and dusk

-Carry a deterrent device (bear pepper spray). Know how to use it and keep it within easy reach.

Thursday, January 17th 2019
Legislation would revise statute of limitations for sex crimes
HELENA — A slew of bills introduced in the Montana Legislature would revise the statute of limitations for sex crimes.

House Bill 109, which would eliminate time limits for child sex abuse cases completely, drew 11 proponents and no opponents during the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. The bill is carried by Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell, D-Helena, one of a group of Democratic lawmakers sponsoring the package of six bills that deal with the issue.

John Heenan, an attorney from Billings, represents 31 survivors of child sex abuse from Miles City, where retired high school athletic trainer James Jensen admitted last year to sexually abusing students for years. Heenan said because of the time limit, they could only bring a civil case against him.

“I think it’s so important we don’t have a statute of limitations,” Heenan said. “Where pedophiles and child molestors can circle a date on a calendar and know they can get away with it.”

James Jensen’s daughter Kristen Newby spoke in support of the bill Wednesday, saying survivors of sexual abuse usually don’t come forward until they are adults.

“He was able to get away with his crimes for a very long time because of a system that was set up to protect him more than it was set up to protect the students,” she said.

Thirty-seven states have already lifted the statute of limitations on child sex crimes.

Three bills revising statutes of limitations are still in draft form. But House Bill 188 and House Bill 202, sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Dudik and Rep. Shane Morigeau, are scheduled for committee. Both bills cover the extension of the statute of limitations for civil cases.

Tim Pierce is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association.

Thursday, January 17th 2019
Mid-Rivers Communications sells cellular network assets to Verizon
Mid-Rivers Communications has agreed to sell its cellular network assets to Verizon.

Included in the deal are the Mid-Rivers mobile wireless sites in areas where Verizon does not currently have coverage. Mid-Rivers' retail cellular operations will end when the cellular network is turned over to Verizon sometime later this year.

The sale only includes the Cooperative’s cellular network and does not include the cellular customers or other landline or broadband network assets or services. All current Mid-Rivers cellular customers will need to choose a new mobile wireless provider by a deadline later in the year, which is yet to be determined. Full service providers with coverage in the area include AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Closing of the sale and the final network transition will take place over the coming months.

Mid-Rivers began providing cellular services in Eastern Montana in 1997, using “fill-in” licenses to build towers where the large cellular carriers had no coverage.

“Today, the cellular market is very different, and there are other providers who can better meet your mobile wireless needs,” said Mid-Rivers General Manager/CEO Michael Candelaria. “The substantial amount of roaming dollars from other carriers that helped build the network and keep it going are drying up. The sale of our cellular network assets now will help insure that quality modern wireless services remain available in this region into the future.”

Less than 10% of the Cooperative’s overall customer base, or about 1,700 customers, were subscribed to the Cooperative’s cellular service. With the increase in customer demand for broadband in recent years, the Cooperative has been taking steps to focus its resources on extending broadband facilities to its rural customers.

Customers who are impacted by the sale will receive notice from Mid-Rivers and should contact the Cooperative at 1-800-452-2288 or visit www.midrivers.com for more information.

Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Legislators Agree Volunteer Firefighters Should Have Workers’ Comp, But Not How To Pay For It

By Shaylee Ragar
Community News Service
UM School of Journalism

HELENA -- Two bills being heard in the Montana Legislature this week focus on workers’ compensation insurance for volunteer firefighters. However, the bills’ sponsors don’t agree on how it should be paid for.

House Bill 28, sponsored by Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, would create a tax on fireworks to help pay for workers’ compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters. Leonard Lundby, of the statewide Volunteer Firefighter Association, said about 2,000 Montana volunteer firefighters are uninsured. He spoke in support of the bill at a hearing on Tuesday..

“It is only meant to help the poorest of the poor fire departments,” Lundby said.

Lundby said this is a needs-based funding program, and that many fire departments already provide workers’ compensation insurance for volunteers. Others cannot afford it, he said.

Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville, is carrying Senate Bill 29, which would require volunteer fire departments to carry workers’ compensation insurance. But, he opposes the fireworks tax. Thomas said rural firehouses should find ways to build workers’ comp into their budgets.

Mike Maeder, owner of Liberty Fireworks in Great Falls, spoke against the fireworks tax.

“We’re going to get kicked in the teeth, we really are,” Maeder said.

Thomas’ bill gets its initial hearing on Wednesday. He said he usually disagrees with government mandates, but in this case, it’s necessary.

“This is so important because volunteers, firemen, really put their livelihood on the line to take care of their neighbor,” Thomas said.

The senate bill would allow fire departments three years to buy insurances. Thomas said if departments find they cannot afford the insurance, the bill could be repealed in two years.

Shaylee Ragar is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Glasgow store not listed for closure as Shopko announces it has filed for bankruptcy
GREEN BAY, WI – January 16, 2019 – Shopko (“the Company”), a leading operator of general
merchandise stores throughout the Central, Western and Pacific Northwest regions of the U.S., today
announced that it, along with its subsidiaries, has filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised
financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

The Company is seeking to facilitate the restructuring as a result of excess debt and ongoing competitive
pressures. The petitions have been filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska. During
the restructuring process, Shopko will continue to operate and serve its customers, vendors, partners
and employees.

Shopko has obtained up to $480M debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from certain of its prepetition
secured lenders, led by Wells Fargo, N.A. as administrative agent, to help fund and protect its operations
during the Chapter 11 process. This incremental liquidity will ensure that suppliers and other business
partners and vendors will be paid in a timely manner for authorized goods and services provided during
the Chapter 11 process, in accordance with customary terms.

“This decision is a difficult, but necessary one,” said Russ Steinhorst, Chief Executive Officer. “In a
challenging retail environment, we have had to make some very tough choices, but we are confident
that by operating a smaller and more focused store footprint, we will be able to build a stronger Shopko
that will better serve our customers, vendors, employees and other stakeholders through this process.”
In order to position the Company for future success, Shopko has announced that it will be closing an
additional 38 stores, relocating over 20 Optical centers to freestanding locations, and conducting an
auction process for its pharmacy business. Throughout this process, all Shopko Optical centers and
pharmacies remain open and continue to deliver the high-quality products and services to which its
customers are accustomed. All other stores remain open as the Company continues to optimize its store
footprint. Parties interested in receiving additional information about the Company’s pharmacy auction
process should send inquiries to shopko@hl.com.

Additionally, encouraged by the performance of the four freestanding Optical centers that were opened
in 2018, Shopko plans to continue to grow its optical business by opening additional freestanding Optical
locations during 2019.

Shopko is also filing customary first day motions that, once approved by the court, will allow the
Company to smoothly transition its business into Chapter 11, including, among other things, granting
authority to pay wages, salaries, benefits, and pay vendors and suppliers in the ordinary course for
authorized goods and services provided on or after the filing date.
Additional information is available on the Company’s restructuring website at http://info.shopko

For a list of store closures:
http://info.shopko.com/closing-locations.pdf

Monday, January 14th 2019
Former Valley County Sheriff's Deputy appears in court on Sexual Intercourse without Consent charge.
Former Valley County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Strommen appeared in State District Court in Glasgow on Monday to face an additional charge of Sexual Intercourse without Consent. It was back in October when Strommen was charged with Sexual Abuse of Children but in late December the Montana Attorney General’s Office amended the charges and included a charge of Sexual Intercourse without Consent.

Strommen appeared in court with Judge John Larson of Missoula presiding over video conference. Strommen was represented by Jason Holden from Great Falls. The State of Montana was represented by David Buchler an Assistant Attorney General for Montana.

Strommen did plead not guilty to the additional charge of Sexual Intercourse without Consent.

The Attorney General’s office was requesting Strommen be required to post bond in the case and also be required to wear a GPS unit while awaiting trial. But Strommen’s attorney effectively argued that the community is supervising Strommen and that a GPS unit was not necessary, and bond wasn’t necessary as Strommen is not a flight risk and is unnecessary for the safety of the community.

Judge Larson agreed with Strommen’s attorney and basically reverted to conditions that were first applied to Strommen in October including allowing him to possess a cell phone and access the internet. He will still be allowed to pick up and drop off his children from school with the condition that he do so 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after school.

A trial date had been set for May 15th but that date has been vacated and a new trial will be scheduled later possibly in June, July or August according to Judge Larson.

Strommen was not required to post bail and will have to follow conditions set by the court. If convicted on the Sexual Intercourse without consent charge he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Monday, January 14th 2019
Colder Temperatures Moving In This Week
The mild and dry weather will end on Wednesday. There will be a cold front moving through Northeast Montana Wednesday Night which will bring much colder temperatures starting Thursday and continuing until at least Saturday.

Some locations could see lows below zero on Thursday and Friday nights.

Snow is expected for parts of the region Thursday and Friday as a low pressure system moves across Wyoming. The heaviest snow in our area is expected to be around Zortman and Winnett with 3 to 4 inches.

Little or no snow accumulation is expected in the northeast corner of the state.

Monday, January 14th 2019
Glasgow man arrested and charged with Partner/Family Member Assault and Felony Assault with a Weapon
On the morning of January 12, 2019, Officers with the Glasgow Police Department received a report from a female victim who stated her husband threatened her with a gun at their residence located on Glasgow’s North Side.

The victim was able to leave the residence but was followed to her place of employment where the suspect was involved in an altercation with another male. The suspect then took off before law enforcement was notified. A search ensued and the suspect was apprehended at a different residence on the North Side of town by members of the Glasgow Police Department and Valley County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

The suspect identified as Dale Hintt 31, of Glasgow was remanded to the Valley County Detention Center on the charges of Partner/Family Member Assault and Felony Assault with a Weapon.

Thursday, January 10th 2019
Hi-Line Sportsmen Banquet is Feb. 23
Save the date and plan to attend the 3rd annual conservation fundraising dinner hosted by the Hi-Line Sportsmen on Saturday evening, Feb. 23 at Glasgow’s St. Raphael’s Parish Center gymnasium.

Tickets for the banquet are limited in number and are available from more than a dozen members of the local chapter committee. Deadline to purchase early-bird tickets—which include a chance to win two tickets to the Sawyer Brown concert at this summer’s Northeast Montana Fair—is Feb. 11.

Doors open on Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. for drinks and games. A prime rib dinner with all the trimmings will be served starting at 6 p.m.

Single tickets cost $30 and couples tickets are $50. Sponsor couples tickets are $200, and include a chance at a sponsor gun. Or get a group of friends together and buy a sponsor table for 8 for $800. Sponsor tables get a gun to give away to tablemates.

The banquet features a wide variety of art, home furnishings and décor, raffle prizes for women and youngsters, and plenty of sporting goods on the general raffle. In addition, over a dozen guns and hunting bows will be auctioned or raffled over the course of the evening. Special items include the final team spot in this summer’s Milk River Catfish Classic fishing tournament, a custom rifle with the Hi-Line Sportsmen logo, and a semi-guided youth turkey hunt in Nebraska.

All funds from the banquet stay in the local community. Hi-Line Sportsmen is a non-profit conservation group committed to improving wildlife habitat, sportsmen access, and passing on sporting traditions in Valley County and neighboring counties.

Proceeds from last year’s inaugural banquet were used to fund scholarships for college-bound Valley County students, purchase docks at the Fort Peck Marina, help 4-H with trash collection at Vandalia Dam, electrify camping areas at Boy Scout Park, contribute several hundred pounds of venison to the Glasgow Food Bank, and pair beginning hunters with experienced mentors.

For more information on the Feb. 23 banquet and Hi-Line Sportsmen, visit the group’s Facebook page, or call Jennifer Jackson at 263-7339, Jace Ball at 230-0833, Andrew McKean at 263-5442, or Arron Franzen at 406-925-0777.

Wednesday, January 9th 2019
Wolf Harvested in Region 6 Near Glasgow
According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, a wolf was legally harvested Jan. 7, 2019, by a local hunter near Glasgow in Valley Co. FWP officials have inspected and tagged the animal. This is the first wolf to be harvested in Region 6, which is part of wolf management unit 400, since wolves were removed from the endangered species list in Montana in 2011.

FWP manages wolves across Montana under a statewide management plan, including eastern Montana. FWP is committed to responsibly managing Montana’s wolf population while addressing conflicts with livestock and other wildlife populations. Although wolf populations and management activities are largely focused on western Montana, all the same wolf management tools are in place across eastern Montana.

Hunting and trapping wolves:

Wolves may be hunted throughout the state, with a season from Sept. 2-Sept. 14 (archery) and Sept. 15-March 15 (rifle). Hunting wolves requires a wolf license, which can be purchased over the counter for $19 (resident) or $50 (nonresident). Proof of hunter education must be presented at the time of purchase.

Wolves may also be trapped ($20 resident, $1 resident landowner, $250 nonresident) from Dec. 15-Feb. 28. Completion of either the Idaho or Montana wolf trapping certification class is mandatory. Persons could take a combination of up to five wolves via hunting and/or trapping.

According to the 2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program Annual Report, population estimates suggest there are approximately 900 wolves in Montana, with an annual wolf harvest that averages about 225 animals per year. During the 2017-2018 wolf season, 255 wolves were harvested: 65 percent hunting, 35 percent trapping. Approximately, $380,000 was generated for wolf conservation and management by wolf license sales.

Wolves and people:
Wolf sightings do periodically happen in eastern Montana, but currently no wolf packs are known to exist in the eastern side of the state.
Many folks may be concerned that this wolf was harvested so close to Glasgow, and that it maybe could have posed a threat to human safety. Though curious, wolves generally fear people and rarely pose a threat. However, there have been many cases of human injuries and a few deaths due to wolves in North America over the last 100 years. The main contributing factors were habituation to people, conditioning to human foods, rabies infections, and the presence of domestic dogs. Overall, wolf attacks on people have been rare compared to other wildlife species, both large and small. Most are preventable.
It is also unusual for wild wolves to associate or interact with people, linger near buildings, livestock, or domestic dogs. This behavior is more typical of a habituated or food-conditioned animal, a released captive wolf, or a released wolf-dog hybrid.

Wolves and livestock:
Another aspect of wolf management includes increased emphasis on proactive prevention of livestock depredation. Montana law and administrative rules (MCA 87-3-130; ARM 12.9.1301-1305) allow a person to kill a wolf that is seen in the act of attacking, killing, or threatening to kill livestock or domestic dogs.
no permit is required and FWP must be notified within 72 hours of take or attempt to take
preserve the scene and leave the carcass where it was killed; carcass is surrendered to FWP
physical evidence of the wolf attack or that an attack was imminent is required (injured or
dead livestock, broken fences, trampled vegetation and wolf sign) that would lead a reasonable person to conclude the attack was imminent
wolves cannot be intentionally baited, fed, or deliberately attracted
Wolves may be opportunistically hazed or harassed

This same law also allows private citizens to kill a wolf that is seen in the act of attacking, killing or threatening a domestic dog or another human. Again, FWP must be notified within 72 hours of take or attempt to take.

Livestock depredation by wolves during 2017 was approximately 25 percent of what it was in 2009, when it was at a peak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services confirmed 80 livestock losses to wolves in 2017, which included 49 cattle, 12 sheep, and 19 goats during 2017. One dog was also killed by wolves. This total was up compared to 53 livestock losses during 2016. During 2017 the Montana Livestock Loss Board paid $64,133 for livestock Wildlife Services confirmed as probable or certain wolf kills.

FWP would encourage anyone who believes they see a wolf in Region 6 to contact your local biologist, game warden, or call the Glasgow Region 6 FWP Headquarters at 406-228-3700.

To learn more about Montana’s wolf population, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov, or go directly to this link: fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/management/wolf/ .

Wednesday, January 9th 2019
Fort Peck Fine Arts And City Of Glasgow Among Grant Recipients
Commerce Announces Nearly $830,000 in Grants for Tourism and Recreation Infrastructure and Marketing Projects

HELENA, Mont. – The Department of Commerce today announced 26 of Montana’s vibrant and charming towns will receive grants to help them attract visitors to their communities. In 2017, visitors from out of state added $3.4 billion to Montana’s economy.

Funds totaling $829,644 will be awarded through the Tourism Grant Program at the Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism and Business Development.

“In Montana, you’re never far from world-class recreation and visitor experiences,” said Jenny Pelej, interim division administrator for the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development at Commerce. “Tourism is an industry with a statewide impact, and these grants help communities both large and small maximize their ability to bring customers into Main Street businesses and support jobs.”

The Tourism Grant Program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the state’s tourism and recreation industry. Eligible projects include arts, culture and heritage preservation; visitor facility upgrades and construction; and niche product development.

Full List of Grant Recipients:

Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association, Inc. in Big Sky is awarded $65,000 to purchase and install refrigeration upgrades for its ice arena in the Town Center of Big Sky.

The Big Sky Visitor Center in Big Sky is awarded $21,333 to purchase an executive restroom on a portable trailer that will supply three additional restrooms for guests.

Billings-Yellowstone County Metropolitan Planning Organization in Billings is awarded $6,627 to add and brand more bike racks in the downtown business district.

Our Montana in Billings is awarded $6,750 to develop an app that offers a guide to river access sites, history, points of interest, community parks and trails, equipment rentals, and bird-watching opportunities along the Yellowstone River Corridor.

Art House Cinema and Pub in Billings is awarded $55,000 for the marquee and signage of newly renovated spaces of the theater.

Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman is awarded $74,000 to install a snowmaking system at Sunset Hills that will guarantee reliable, consistent Nordic skiing and increase winter recreation opportunities.

Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman is awarded $5,573 for a digital directory and information board in the lobby.

Butte Local Development Organization in Butte is awarded $27,500 to develop videos to showcase tourist amenities and to purchase and install signage to direct visitors.

Butte Center for the Performing Arts in Butte is awarded $13,700 to complete essential upgrades and to purchase new audio equipment for the theater.

Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Inc. is awarded $25,000 to support professional marketing services and media productions in out-of-state markets for the Montana Folk Festival.

Cut Bank Trails Inc. in Cut Bank is awarded $10,000 to provide interpretation and historical information along the Cut Bank Coulee Trail System.

Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation in Deer Lodge is awarded $50,400 to assist in the repair of the Administration Building roof.

BikeWalk Southwest Montana in Dillon is awarded $9,900 to assist in developing a bike/walk camp and advertising to distribution points along trans-American routes.

Ennis Area Chamber of Commerce is awarded $1,717 to redesign and upgrade its website.

Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, Inc. in Fort Peck is awarded $20,000 to upgrade the Fort Peck Summer Theatre sound system.

The City of Glasgow is awarded $33,700 to construct and install wayfinding signage on the highway and in downtown areas.

Great Falls Montana Tourism is awarded $8,000 to develop video assets that showcase unique experiences in the Great Falls area.

C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls is awarded $10,000 to purchase and install exhibition components of Nancy Russell business space within the house/museum.

Havre Trails, Inc. in Havre is awarded $5,020 to construct and install welcome signage at the trailhead and to develop a marketing brochure of trail and area highlights.

The Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell is awarded $12,000 to preserve the integrity of the Mansion through the replacement of worn carpet and carpet runners.

Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce is awarded $2,500 to complete upgrades on an outdoor tourism information center and to install a wire/pulley system above the highway for banners/signage.

The Heritage Museum in Libby is awarded $26,704 to complete the restoration of the "fire box" for the original boiler of the 1906 Shay #4 Steam Locomotive.

Kootenai Cross Country Ski Club in Libby is awarded $43,144 to construct a multi-purpose visitor and event center.

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild in Lincoln is awarded $13,800 for purchase of wheelchair accessible picnic tables, to upgrade and develop new walkways that are wheelchair accessible, to create flora/fauna information panels, and to purchase and install bike racks at the entrances.

The Livingston Depot Foundation, Inc. in Livingston is awarded $35,000 to replace the air conditioning cooling tower and three aging boiler units.

The Missoula Downtown Foundation is awarded $15,810 to complete a Heritage Tourism Interpretive Plan for Downtown Missoula, including exhibit development, outreach and education.

Montana Natural History Center in Missoula is awarded $10,500 to improve interpretive exhibits at the History Center and at the Ravalli County Museum.

Miracle of America Museum in Polson is awarded $10,288 to replace clapboard siding on the 106-year-old Green Mountain School House and to enhance the playground.

Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention Visitors Bureau is awarded $34,934 to construct and install planned wayfinding signs in the downtown area.

Seeley Lake Community Foundation is awarded $11,356 to replace the southern “Welcome to Seeley Lake” sign.

Stevensville Main Street Association is awarded $4,000 to develop a year-long digital marketing campaign targeting niche markets of history/cultural travelers.

Mineral County is awarded $64,388 to replace the Superior rodeo bleachers and for advertising the improved bleacher seating to the northwestern states region.

City of Thompson Falls is awarded $46,000 for development of Ainsworth Community Park, including construction of a pavilion and amphitheater.

Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone is awarded $30,000 for authentic replacement of windows in the historic 1925 Union Pacific Dining Lodge.

The City of Whitefish and Whitefish Legacy Partners is awarded $20,000 to add to the wayfinding network throughout the developed Whitefish Trail bike path system.

Learn more at the Tourism Grant Program Website.

Tuesday, January 8th 2019
$163,055 spent locally during Christmas season through Community Cash program and Chamber Big Bucks
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture had a very successful holiday season with its Annual Community Cash program.

The Community Cash Script was available starting on October 16, 2018 at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Community Cash program is to encourage people in our area to “Shop Locally”. The Glasgow merchants offer a variety of quality products along with outstanding customer service.

In 2018, 62 Chamber business members participated in the program with 75 loans totaling $66,255 from Valley Bank, 30 loans totaling $27,000 from FCB, and 24 loans totaling $22,300 from Independence Bank for a total of $115,555 dollars Spent Locally!

The Chamber Big Bucks program was also very successful. From October 16th thru December 31st, 2018 alone, $47,500 of Chamber Big Bucks was purchased from the Chamber Office. With both programs $163,055 was spent LOCALLY during the 2018 Holiday season in Glasgow. The Chamber thanks everybody for participating in these programs and supporting our local merchants! “BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”

Thursday, January 3rd 2019
Glasgow December Climate Data
December was warmer and wetter than normal.

Temperatures had the normal see-saw through the month with only a couple of minor cold blasts where the temperature dropped below zero. That occurred on the 6th through the 8th, then again on the 31st. The lack of cold was a bit unusual given the thick snow layed down early in the month. A record high minimum temperature was set on the 19th with a minimum of 29.

The greatest precipitation event came on the 1st and 2nd, where 5.1 inches of snow fell. the next event came at the end of the month where an inch of snow fell. total liquid precipitation for the month totaled 0.70 inches, with 6.9 inches of snow.

The wind wasn't too unusual with strongest wind gust of 40 mph occurring on the 21st from the west.

Looking ahead to January, normal highs start out at 23 and end with 25 at the end of the month. normal lows begin with a 4 on the 1st and end with 6. Normal liquid precipitation is 0.37 inches and normal snow is 8 inches.

Thursday, January 3rd 2019
2018 Glasgow Climate Data
2018 started off on a roller coaster ride in the temperature department, when an unprecedented string of cold days occurred from February 15th until April 14th. Daily highs never reached above normal (58 days). This string of cold weather was punctuated by a record low temperature of just 4 degrees for the day, set on April 6th.

Temperatures then followed closer to normal, but more records were set in August. Three days set record highs with a 101 on the 9th of August, and a 107 on the 10th and 11th.

For monthly averages, February was the coldest with respect to normal, averaging 18.2 degrees below normal. May was the warmest with respect to normal, coming in at 7.6 degrees above normal.

Precipitation for the most part was near normal, but a noticeable dry period occurred from about July 11th until August 26th. Only 0.03 of an inch fell in that period. Normally, over 2 inches of rainfall would occur.

2018 Glasgow MT Climate Summary

Climate Normal Period 1981 to 2010
Climate Record Period 1893 to 2019

TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
HIGH 113 07/31/1900
LOW -59 02/15/1936

2018
HIGHEST 107
LOWEST -31
MEAN 41.8

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
MAXIMUM 22.96 2011
TOTALS 11.28 11.66 -0.38

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
TOTAL 83.4 2011
TOTALS 62.6 34.8


Thursday, January 3rd 2019
Bring In Little Christmas Receipts By Friday 4 p.m. Friday
You can still bring your receipts into the Chamber Office for the Local Little Christmas promotion until Friday January 4th at 4p.m.

The receipts must be dated December 1-31, 2018 & be from participating businesses.

The Chamber will draw the winners during the 2nd week of January.

Thursday, January 3rd 2019
Johnny Holm Band To Play Friday Night
The Johnny Holm Band will be back in Glasgow, playing at the Civic Center this Friday night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show goes from 8-11:30 p.m.

Ticket prices: $30 advance and $40 at the door. $300 for reserved table of 8.

Tickets available at the Glasgow Chamber office.

Wednesday, January 2nd 2019
208 People Given Rides With New Year's Eve Program
Valley County Search & Rescue along with the local wrecker services, Thompson & Sons, Glenn's Automotive and Hi-Line Collision, gave 208 rides on New Year's Eve.

The DUI Taskforce donated to Search & Rescue for each ride given, up to $500.

Monday, December 31st 2018
Charges Amended Against Former Undersheriff Strommen
Late last week, the State of Montana altered charges against former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen. Whilst still including the offense of sexual abuse of children, a felony, related to an alleged knowing possession of a visual or print medium of a child engaged in sexual content, they’ve also now added a second count. A felony as well, this count is for sexual intercourse without consent.

Court documents obtained by KLTZ/Mix-93 describe a roughly two-year period between September 2009 and December 2011 when Strommen allegedly had sexual intercourse with a minor. In Montana, individuals aged 15 or younger are not legally able to consent to sexual activity.

For the first count, sexual abuse of children, the offense is punishable by a term of imprisonment of not more than 10 years and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000. Punishment is more extreme if found guilty on the second count of sexual intercourse without consent. Information from the Montana 17th Judicial Court explains that, if found guilty of this offense, Strommen could face life imprisonment or face imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than four years or more than 100 years. He may also be fined not more than $50,000.

The alleged victim in this newest count against Strommen told officials that she had sexual intercourse with the defendant approximately 50 times. Most of those interactions reportedly occurred in the defendant’s Valley County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. Court documents also describe a call reportedly made recently to the victim’s mother by Strommen expressing his apologies.

Strommen has been summoned to appear before the Montana 17th Judicial District Court at the Valley County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 14.

Friday, December 28th 2018
Ex-Police Officer Accused Of Spending Tribal Funds At Bars
(Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former tribal police officer in Montana who was supposed to be running a program to keep young Native Americans out of trouble spent tribal money at casinos, a strip club, bars and other places.

The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that 44-year-old Willard Wilson White faces charges of wire fraud, theft from an Indian tribal organization and income tax evasion.

No one answered a phone number listed for White on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say the Fort Peck Assiniboine (uh-SINN'-uh-boyn) and Sioux tribes provided White with $40,000 to run the program when he was a temporary officer for the two tribes.

If convicted of all charges, White faces up to 30 years in prison and $600,000 in fines and would be required repay the $40,000.

Thursday, December 27th 2018
New Year's Eve Rides Available
Valley County Search & Rescue along with the local wrecker services, Thompson & Sons, Glenn's Automotive and Hi-Line Collision, will be giving rides again this New Year's Eve.

Names & Numbers of those donating their services are:
Search & Rescue and Fire Department:
Randy Isakson 263-2193
Shyanne "Whisky" Isakson 263-2505
Jeron Wesen, SAR, 263-0265

Tom & Dawn Thompson, Thompson & Sons, 263-7265

Tom Pewitt, Hi-Line Collision, 263-2154

Doug Cook, Glenn's Automotive, 263-1249 (Park Grove & Fort Peck Area)

The DUI Taskforce will be donating to Search & Rescue for each ride given, up to $500.

Wednesday, December 26th 2018
2018 Community Cash Program Still Underway Through December 31st, 2018
The 2018 Community Cash program is still underway thru December 31st, 2018

Borrow up to $1,000.00 at these participating financial institutions:
First Community Bank, Glasgow
First Community Bank, Hinsdale
Valley Bank, Glasgow
Independence Bank, Glasgow
Equal Opportunity Lenders, Members’ FDIC

Here’s How:
1. Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31st, 2018. Thereafter, you have until January 5, 2019 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Community cash is December 30, 2018.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from the MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber member to accept Community Cash Script.

Community Cash Participants

Sunday, December 23rd 2018
Becoming an Outdoor Woman Ice Fishing Class Offered Near Fort Peck
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is sponsoring an ice fishing class near Fort Peck, over Jan. 4-5.

The event will begin with an evening “classroom” portion on Fri., Jan. 4 from 6-8 p.m., at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center. Anglers will learn about ice fishing gear, tactics, dressing to stay warm, how to be safe on the ice, and more.

On Sat. morning from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., anglers will be on the ice where they can try out ice augers, fishing shelters, tip-ups, electronics, and hopefully catch some fish! The exact fishing location is yet to be determined but will be in the Fort Peck area.

All ice fishing equipment will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it available and/or want to learn more about it. Please note that both women that are brand new to ice fishing and women who are experienced but want to learn more about safety and tips are encouraged to attend.

This class is designed for women. Class size is limited, so please get your applications in as soon as possible. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and there will be a $15 fee to offset costs.

The registration forms will be available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov ; click "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" under the Education tab. Forms can also be picked up at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow, or by emailing Lawana Grewe at lgrewe@mt.gov. Call the R6 FWP headquarters at 406-228-3700 with any questions.

Friday, December 21st 2018
Valley County unemployment rate 3%
MONTANA – Montana’s unemployment rate remained steady at 3.7% for the month of November, gaining roughly 2,000 jobs over the month. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7%

“As the holidays approach, Montana workers and families can enjoy a prosperous holiday season reaping the benefits of our strong economy,” said Governor Bullock. “Businesses and communities continue to experience a thriving job market, positive wage, and optimism for more economic growth in the new year.”

Payroll employment posted even larger job gains of 2,000 jobs, with job gains of 1,900 in the private sector. Private industry job gains were posted across most industries, with professional services, construction, and leisure and hospitality posting the strongest growth. Total employment, which includes payroll, agricultural, and self-employed workers, indicated a strong increase of 1,203 jobs in November. The unemployment rate remained steady due to a similar increase in the labor force of 1,332 people.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in November, with a decline in gasoline prices offsetting increases in shelter and vehicles. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in November, with a change of 2.2% over-the- year.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 3%.

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