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2019 Community Cash Program Underway

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Today only the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will pay your $10 paperwork fee. Stop into one of the lending institutions today and fill out all the necessary paperwork and the Chamber will pay your fee! Today only!

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

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, 2019. Thereafter, you have until January 7, 2020 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, 2019.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from their MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber Member to accept Community Cash Script.

Merchant List:
5th Ave Pharmacy
AAA Glass
Agland Co-op-Glasgow
All Seasons Home Center
Alley’s Palace
Arch’s Tire & Service
Bakers Jewelry
Big Sky Auto Accessories
Big Valley Water
Border Plains Equipment
Busy Bee Embroidery
C&B Operations
Chappell’s Automotive
Cherry Creek Gear Shop
Children’s Museum of NE MT
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
DB’s Bar & Casino
D & G Sports & Western
Dale Plumbing & Heating
Durum Restaurant
El Cor Del
Eugene’s Pizza
Ezzie’s Midtown
Ezzie’s Wholesale
Ezzie’s Westend Convenience
Fossum Materials/Century Const
Glasgow Auto Safety Center
Glasgow Flower & Gift
Hi-Line Ford
Hi Line Med Spa
Jennifer Ray Photography
Joan Burris-Tupperware
Lakeridge Lodge & Bait-Ft. Peck
Markle’s Ace Hardware
Markle’s Furniture
Mirror Image Salon
Mon Dak Marine
Newton Motors
Pehlke's Furniture
Pizza Hut
Prewett Interiors
Probst Cleaning Service
Raiders Quick Stop-Hinsdale
Red Barn Gifts
Reynolds Market
Robyn’s Nest
Rock’s Auto Mall
Sam & Jeff’s
Scott’s Track N Wheel
Scottie Express Carwash
Sunnyside Golf Course
Taco Shack
T& R Trucking
Thompson & Sons
Tire Rama
Town & Country Furniture
Treasure Trail Meat Processing
Valley Builders
Valley Cinemas
Western Drug

Chocolate Walk Is This Friday

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

The 8th annual Chocolate Walk is this Friday, October 18th, from 4-7 p.m.

Stroll among the stores and galleries that are staying open late with great deals, and sweet delights! From homemade chocolates to huge brownies, truffles, chocolate fountains and more, you'll find delicious treats around every corner!

Play in the chocolate poker run to win prizes: all poker players MUST pick up their cards at the Apple Trolley on October 18th before or during the poker run. (Must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the poker run).

Two Rivers Economic Growth Annual Meeting Is November 5th

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Two Rivers Economic Growth will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 5th at the Cottonwood Inn from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

5:30-6:30 Social - No host bar and complimentary appetizers provided.
6:30-7:30 Keynote Speaker Tayla Snapp from TransCanada
7:30-8 Annual Meeting, Yearly Review

At this meeting you will learn about the projects we have worked on, grants we have helped members/businesses with and learn about our practices and financials. This is a great time to get to know who we are, what we are about and why YOU should be a member of Two Rivers Economic Growth!

For more information, please call Keegan Morehouse, executive director of Two Rivers Economic Growth, at 406-263-GROW (4769).

Tayla Snapp
Tayla Snapp is a Montana native who grew up on a farm and ranch in Central Montana. In high school, she was active in 4-H, FFA and BPA. Tayla continued to stay busy while attending college at MSU-Northern, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and associate degrees in Agriculture, Marketing and Small Business Management. She spent much of her time working as a MSU-Northern Ambassador, the Business Manager of Student Senate, and secretary of the MSU-Northern Collegiate Stock-growers. After college, she joined the political scene. She worked as a field representative in 22 counties in Eastern MT for the United States Congressman, Greg Gianforte. In 2018, Tayla joined TC Energy (previously known as Trans Canada) as a community relations specialist. She now covers 4 different states working with local governments advocating for TC Energy and the industry as a whole. Tayla has recently been accepted as a member of Class IV (4) of REAL Montana.

Hi-Line Sportsmen Grants Available

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Got an idea to improve hunting, fishing, access, or shooting sports in northeast Montana? Hi-Line Sportsmen wants to help fund it!

The Hi-Line Sportsmen conservation club is soliciting applications for its mini-grants program to fund projects that would improve hunting, fishing, or recreational access in Valley County and elsewhere in northeastern Montana.

The grants, of up to $1,000 apiece, are intended to help improve outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. Examples of projects that have received HLS funding include:
· Purchase of loaner rimfire rifles for the local .22 Match program;
· Funding the installation of electrical outlets at Downstream Campground in Park Grove;
· Helping fund a the Valley County Conservation District’s educational video promoting the Milk River’s St. Mary Irrigation Project;
· Assisting local 4-H clubs’ efforts to install trash cans at Vandalia Dam;
· Assisting with the purchase of docks at Fort Peck Reservoir fishing accesses;
· Covering game-processing costs for deer donated to the Valley County Food Bank.

“Projects that are likely to be received favorably include those that expand public hunting and fishing access, promote recreational shooting and outdoor recreation of all types, enhance wildlife and fisheries habitat, and contribute to youth outdoor education,” says Andrew McKean, who coordinates the club’s grant program. HLS funds can also be used as private matching money for qualifying grants.

The club considers grant applications on a quarterly basis. The current application period is open through Dec. 31, after which applications will be assessed and scored before funding is approved by the club.

“Our tag line is ‘Keeping Conservation Local,’ and our grants confirm that our only focus is northeastern Montana,” says Jennifer Jackson, Hi-Line Sportsmen president. “Any individual or organization from the region is encouraged to apply for our grants. Giving back to the community in a meaningful way is precisely why we started the group.”

A review board will prioritize funding requests based on a number of criteria, including:
· The amount of benefit to local hunters, anglers, shooters, and outdoor recreationists;
· Whether the request improves public or accessible private land;
· Whether it’s a one-time funding request or a multiple-year project;
· Whether the project is being conducted in conjunction with other groups or public agencies;
· Whether the project promotes outdoor education.

In order to request a mini-grant application, call or email Andrew McKean at 263-5442 or montanamckean@gmail.com

FWP Biologist gives Big Game Hunting update

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

The big game hunting season is underway across Montana and FWP Biologist Drew Henry was a guest on Live Under the Big Sky last week. Drew gives an update on deer, pheasant and antelope numbers across Region 6. Drew starts with deer numbers.


Ag Producers Invited to Attend Valley County ARC/PLC Meeting On October 24

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Montana State University (MSU) are hosting a Farm Bill meeting on October 24, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn located at 54250 US Highway 2 in Glasgow. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Meeting attendees will learn about FSA’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs authorized by the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. Learning more about ARC and PLC is important for producers who must make a decision about ARC or PLC election and enrollment options.

For more information about the meeting, please contact the local FSA office at (406) 228-4321 ext. 2.

Is Your Young Hunter Ready To Be An Apprentice? If So, Get Them Signed Up Now

Monday, October 14th 2019

Since 2015, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has allowed children as young as 10 to hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing Hunter Education. The decision of whether the child is ready to be an Apprentice Hunter is left up to the parents or guardians, but FWP offers some tips that may help them to make that decision, and to make the experience safe and positive.
Physical and emotional maturity: Is your child ready?

According to FWP Outdoor Skills and Safety Supervisor Wayde Cooperider, would-be apprentices need two things: Physical and emotional maturity.

“What I mean by that is, is that youngster emotionally ready for the experience of taking an animal’s life, and dealing with that whole experience - the blood, the field dressing, and that process - and how are they going to take that in?” Cooperider asked. “And I think a big factor in how that plays out is how the parents handle it before, during and after.”

Children take a lot of cues from their parents’ behavior, he noted. “There’s a compassion component that I think the parents need to exhibit with their kids, and patience,” Cooperider said. “Let kids know that it’s okay to not squeeze that trigger if they’re not ready. Because you don’t want to ruin them the first time out.”

If they do pull the trigger and down an animal, he advises paying close attention to the reaction. “Be real conscious of how that youngster is dealing with the aftermath, and don’t force them into doing something they’re not comfortable with,” he said. Field dressing an animal and eating a chunk of raw liver may be a cool tradition for some adults, but it could turn a child off to hunting in a hurry.

“There’s another component, too, and that’s being physically able to handle the firearm,” Cooperider said. “And it being sized for the kid, and having practiced with it and knowing how it functions.”

“And if they don’t practice with it, they’re not comfortable and confident in what they’re doing, and that’s a huge thing right there - that self-confidence, knowing the gun and knowing they can hit their target,” he added.
Give the child plenty of time to practice at the range or where you plan to hunt to instill that confidence.

“Try some shooting positions that they would actually use out in the field, and shoot at their target,” Cooperider advised. “That way, they’re going to know what their personal effective range is.”

Also consider that a child’s stamina is not equal to an adult’s, and plan the walking distance and activity according to his or her abilities.

Apprenticeship doesn’t require hunter education, but Cooperider will always be a proponent of kids taking the course first. They can also enroll in a course at age 10 and apprentice in the same season.

“I encourage parents, at any age, before they take their kid out hunting or the child buys his or her first hunting license, that they do everything they can to get that child into a hunter education class first. It just gives them a good basis to start with,” he said.
If you plan to have your child be an apprentice, get them signed up now!

The youth deer hunt is coming up on Oct. 17 and 18, and the general deer season begins on Oct. 26. If you plan to have your child hunt as an apprentice, please get them registered as soon as possible. Last year, there were many last-minute sign-ups, and sometimes delays due to mentors and apprentices not being prepared.

The apprentice needs to get certified at an FWP office, or they can mail in the proper documents. The documents can be obtained ahead of time here:
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licenses/all/apprenticeHunter/default.html . Printing and filling out the documents ahead of time will save a lot of time once they go in to get certified.

Here are a couple of reminders before you bring your child in to get certified:

-A parent’s/legal guardian’s drivers license is REQUIRED to enter the child in the ALS system

-For first time apprentices, the last four digits of their social security number is REQUIRED to be entered into the ALS system

-The youth should be present to properly sign the form and understand the process

-A mentor MUST be 21 years old or older. If the apprentice hunter is under 18 years of age, the mentor must be related to the apprentice by blood, adoption, or marriage, be the apprentice’s legal guardian, or be designated by the apprentice’s legal guardian

The cost to be certified is $5. After becoming certified, all other normal license fees apply
An apprentice can only do the program for two years before they must take hunter education

Volunteers Help Out On JustServe Day Of Service

Monday, October 14th 2019

Thanks for those who helped with the first annual JustServe Day of Service for Glasgow.

About 12 volunteers helped clear 5 yards of leaves, clean at the Senior Citizens Center, and organize at the City-County Library.

Vicky Wetz at the Senior Citizens Center is still maintaining a list of Senior Citizens in need of ongoing attention to leaf or snow removal this season as well. Seniors interested are asked to contact her at vwetz@valleycountymt.gov or contact her at the Senior Citizens Center at 228-9500. Youth groups looking to serve are asked to contact her as well.

Multiple other service opportunities that are available in our community are also listed on Justserve.org , a free website for which Charles Wilson is the local web administrator. For example, one service opportunity coming up is to help judge at the Speech and Drama Invitational Meet on Saturday November 16.

Press release from Glasgow Police Department details Sunday morning incident

Monday, October 14th 2019

On October 13, 2019, at around 0112 hours, the Glasgow Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Jet Drive North. As the officers were responding, the caller whom was identifed as a juvenile living at the residence reported that there was a gun involved and that they hid it from the suspected.
As officers arrived at the residence they observed the victim whom appeared to be injured, fleeing from the house. It was discovered that two other juveniles including the caller, who also live at the residence had already escaped and were hiding in a nearby camper.
When officers attempted to speak with the suspect, he refused to come out of the house. Officers, being assisted by the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, then setup a perimeter around the residence and a short standoff ensued. At around 0237 hours, Officers arrested Michael Wayne Pedersen, age 35, without incident. Pedersen was remanded to the Valley County Detention Center for the charge of Partner or Family Member Assault – Causing Bodily Injury to a Partner or Family Member.
Officers the obtained consent to search the residence by the victim and were able to recover the loaded 9mm handgun the juvenile stated that they hid. The investigation is still ongoing.

2 Tribal Leaders Resign From Task Force To Protest Pipeline

Thursday, October 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two tribal leaders have resigned from a Montana task force in protest of the state attorney general's support of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada.

Montana Department of Justice spokesman John Barnes confirmed Wednesday Jestin Dupree of Fort Peck and Brandi King of Fort Belknap stepped down from the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force.

State lawmakers created the 11-member task force to better report and find missing Native Americans, and they put the panel under Attorney General Tim Fox.

On Monday, Fox intervened in a lawsuit in support of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta's tar sands.

Dupree wrote in a Facebook post that his tribe opposes the pipeline and Fox's intervention is a "slap in the face."

Barnes says the resignations are disappointing and officials will ask the tribal governments to recommend replacements.

The Montana Free Press first reported the resignations.

Judge weighs renewed Keystone XL oil pipeline arguments

Thursday, October 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge must decide whether to once again block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline or side with U.S. government attorneys who want him to uphold President Donald Trump's permit to cross the U.S.-Canada border.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris hears arguments Wednesday by environmental groups seeking to halt the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline and by government attorneys who say the presidential permit isn't subject to environmental laws.

Last year, Morris blocked construction after ruling officials had not fully considered oil spills and other environmental effects.

Trump signed the new permit in March, prompting the plaintiffs to accuse the president of trying to get around the judge's previous order.

A separate lawsuit by Native American tribes alleges Trump's approval did not take into consideration the potential damage to cultural sites.

Glasgow Chamber receives grant from Montana Department of Commerce

Thursday, October 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce today announced grant awards as part of a new, community-led initiative to encourage long-term tourism and economic development in eastern Montana communities.

The Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative is a collaboration among the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development at Commerce and communities across eastern Montana formed in response to community leaders seeking to strengthen local economies. Over the last year, local policymakers, business leaders and community members partnered with the Department to share ideas to diversify the regional economy, including raising awareness of eastern Montana as a tourism destination.

“Communities in eastern Montana are planning for smart, long-term economic growth to bring more travelers to the region, which will support job growth and opportunities,” said Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice. “One part of the economic equation in eastern Montana includes making sure visitors in and around Montana know they can find breathtaking experiences in every corner of our state. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with these communities.”

The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development is investing $1.3 million in regional marketing, grants, staff expertise and access to new data to support the region’s goals of enhancing marketing efforts, strengthening tourism amenities and creating vibrant communities where families want to live.

One of the initiative’s long-term investments includes funding awards to eight communities totaling $365,250 through the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative Grant Program. This grant funding will be used to build or enhance existing tourism infrastructure, raise awareness of eastern Montana as a tourist destination and support sustainable economic development in the communities and nearby areas.

"We have untold potential in eastern Montana to share our spectacular landscapes and unique, authentic experiences with visitors who can’t find what we have to offer anywhere else,” said Beth Epley, executive director of the Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation located in Baker. “No one knows our story better than we do, but we need enhanced resources to get the word out about the untapped adventures right here in the eastern half of our state. With the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative, we can start to build the infrastructure we need to support more tourism, attract more visitors and give them a place to stay – all of which will help grow our local economy in the long-run.”

The Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative Grant awards will go to:
• MonDak Motorcycle Loop Project: $32,000, Route will run from Baker to Alzada (Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation)
• “Living the Sloth Life” Project: $51,000, Billings (ZooMontana)
• Eastern Montana Astrotourism Product Development Project: $75,000, Project spans the entire Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative area (Montana’s Missouri River Country)
• Event Stage and Digital Screen Project: $75,000, Glasgow and surrounding communities (Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture)
• Bear Paw Battlefield Campaign Project: $27,000, Blaine County (Central Montana Tourism Region)
• Fergus County Wayfinding System Project: $35,000, Lewistown and surrounding recreational trails (Fergus County)
• Portable Performance Stage: $65,000, Daniels County Museum Association (Scobey)
• Terry Kiosk Project: $5,250, Terry and surrounding communities (Prairie County Economic Development Council)
Additional grant awards will be made later this year, along with further updates about the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative.

Search and Rescue Operation underway for missing hunter in South Valley County (Updated)

Wednesday, October 9th 2019

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer told Kltz/Mix 93 News that a search and rescue operation is underway for a male hunter who was stranded south of the Pines Recreation Area on Fort Peck Lake. An air and ground search and rescue operation was suspended last night due to darkness but will resume again this morning. Valley County and Garfield County authorities and local volunteers are assisting in the search and rescue.

Search and Rescue efforts for the missing hunter in the Fort Peck Reservoir area are being coordinated through the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and Garfield County is involved. At this time we are in a holding pattern due to weather, visibility and location challenges. For your own safety, we are not including civilian searchers in the process. Please allow trained Search and Rescue personnel to run point on these efforts so we can monitor the whereabouts of each searcher without risking the possibility of having more missing people. Thank you.

Free Hunter Workshop In Glasgow Set For October 19th

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Free hunter workshop in Glasgow: learn about CWD, how to extract lymph nodes, and how to quarter a big game animal using the “gutless” method

With the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state of Montana in 2017, the way hunters approach the hunting and processing of the big game animals of the deer family is changing; especially with hunting and processing an animal in a CWD management zone. At this free workshop, hunters will learn all about hunting in a CWD management zone, including information on CWD, how to extract lymph nodes for testing, and how to quarter a big game animal using the “gutless” method. FWP plans to use recently harvested deer for this demonstration.

The workshop will be held in Glasgow at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters on Sat., Oct. 19, starting at 12:30 p.m. The workshop will be held regardless of weather (there will be an indoor option), and all ages are welcome. The Hi-Line Sportsmen conservation in group in Glasgow is sponsoring door prizes, and beverages and light snacks will be available.

CWD Management Zones are areas where CWD is known to exist. In Region 6, the Northern CWD Management Zone includes all districts north of Highway 2. To prevent the spread of CWD from infected areas of Montana to other parts of the state, the whole carcass, whole head, brain, or spinal column from any deer, elk, or moose harvested within a CWD Management Zone may not be removed from that Management Zone unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.

One way to effectively remove the harvested animal from a CWD Management Zone is by quartering it and removing all required consumable parts, which leaves the rest of the carcass in the field. Not only is this an effective method to limit possible transmission of CWD, it is a very efficient way to carry an animal out of the back country. Any big game hunter can benefit by learning how to quarter an animal.

About CWD
CWD is a progressive, always-fatal disease affecting the nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It is spread primarily through animal-to-animal contact or animal contact with infected materials and tissue. Infected tissue can also be spread by humans, often by dumping animal remains outside of approved landfills.

There is no known transmission of CWD to humans or other animals, including pets or livestock. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that hunters harvesting a deer, elk, or moose from an area where CWD is known to be present have their animal tested for CWD prior to consuming the meat, and to not consume the meat if the animal tests positive.

Hunters who want to have samples tested from outside FWP established survey areas can have them tested and FWP will cover the costs. Prior to the general season, hunters can collect samples themselves and mail them to the FWP Lab in Bozeman — instructions and a video are available on the FWP website. Starting with the general season, hunters can still submit samples themselves or take the samples or a deer/elk/moose head to CWD sampling station or regional offices for assistance.

If you have any questions about this free workshop, please call FWP Region 6 Information and Education Manager Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704, email mkloker@mt.gov, or call the Glasgow office at 406-228-3700.

Senator Tester announces nearly $8 million in funding for Montana Tribes

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Big Sandy, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester is announcing nearly $8 million in Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding for Montana Tribes, as part of his ongoing effort to provide resources to Indian Country to bolster Tribal courts, support victims, and combat violence against Native American women.

“Tribal governments and organizations are working nonstop to move Native American communities forward by preventing crime and combating violence,” Tester said. “These grants will give our tribes much-needed resources to boost their justice systems, support victims of violence, and reduce crime in Indian Country.”

The $7,911,443 in funding will be distributed to Tribes and organizations across the state, including $323,007 for the Montana Native Women’s Coalition in Billings to support Tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, and $600,000 to Montana Legal Services for Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance, Training, and Technical Assistance.

The grants also provide funding for:

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC):
• $794,522 for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center in Lame Deer for FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime.
• $1,973,646 Office of Victims of Crime grant to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center for Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime to support and expand the StrongHearts Native Helpline.

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes:
• $149,723 for Tribal Justice Strategic Planning.
• $480,070 for reducing alcohol and substance abuse-related crimes.
• $350,000 for Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts.
• $719,309 for their Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.
• $348,907 to support the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. Grant funds will continue to support a Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) compliance officer position. The compliance officer will be responsible for the registering, tracking and monitoring of sex offenders on Tribal land.
• $410,862 Office on Violence Against Women grant for the Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Program.
• $734,696 for Tribal Justice System Infrastructure (new Tribal justice building)

Northern Cheyenne Tribe:
• $450,000 Office on Violence Against Women grant for Healing Hearts, a program of the tribe, which provides domestic violence victim services.

Blackfeet Tribe:
• $500,000 for the FY19 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program.
• $250,000 to support the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program that will go to hiring additional SORNA personnel to help compliance efforts and increase sex offender registration and statistical information.
• $22,247 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Chippewa Cree Tribe:
• $350,000 for Tribal victim services.
• $250,000 for the Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program to hire a full-time Project Coordinator & Child Advocate, send project staff to forensic interviewer training; provide emergency food, clothing, and personal hygiene products for child abuse victims, and support a public awareness campaign about child abuse.

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes:
• $239,150 for Tribal governments to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction programs.

Fort Belknap Indian Community:
• $299,881 to support the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. Grant funds will retain one compliance officer to support coordinated interagency efforts to enhance sex offender registration and notification.

Missoula Urban Indian Health Center:
• $447,390 for Increasing Services for Urban Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking.

Japan and United States agree to limited trade agreement which could benefit ranchers and farmers in Montana

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Sen. Steve Daines and the head of the Montana Stockgrowers Association were present Monday when President Donald Trump signed a limited trade deal with Japan expected to benefit ranchers and farmers in the Treasure State.

The deal will eliminate tariffs and expand market access on farm, industrial and digital products. But it does not address the bigger hurdle of autos. President Donald Trump indicated the two countries were still working on a broader agreement.

Joining Daines at the signing was Fred Wacker of Miles City, who serves as president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Daines' staff said Daines was invited to the ceremony by Trump for his role on Senate Finance and help securing this deal.

Daines, a Montana Republican running for re-election in 2020, described it as an exciting and historic day for Montana and the United States.

He said it was the “first-ever official US-Japan trade agreement."

“This is a major step forward for opening up critical market for our producers,” he said, adding Japan is our largest beef-export market and allows Montana ranchers and farmers to compete on a level playing field with other international competitors.

Daines said key benefits to Montana would be from lower tariffs on products such as fresh and frozen beef and pork (from 38.5% to 27.6% starting Jan. 1 and eventually 9% by 2033), which equals a 75% reduction in beef tariffs; provide a country-specific quota for wheat and wheat products and lowering the mark-up on imported U.S. wheat and barley.

“The bottom line is it is a deal that provides more opportunity for Montana’s ranchers and farmers,” Daines said, thanking Trump and the Montana agriculture community for pushing to get a deal signed.

Paul Wiseman, economics writer for the Associated Press, reported the deal would restore benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.
It put U.S. farmers at a disadvantage in Japan. The other 11 Pacific Rim countries, including big farm producers such as New Zealand and Canada received preferential treatment in Japan, he said.

It includes market-opening commitments on $40 billion worth of digital trade between the United States and Japan.

Trump has been critical about America's large trade deficit with Japan, which came to $58 billion last year. Japan is the world's third-biggest economy behind the United States and China, AP reported.

In 2018, Japan was the fifth-highest recipient of Montana exports with $56 million in goods. Canada was first with $680 million, South Korea second with $292 million, China third with $115 million and Belgium fourth with $85 million, according to http://www.worldstopexports.com.

Other members of Montana’s congressional delegation also said earlier it was good news for the state’s ranchers and farmers.

Strommen Pleads Guilty to Charge of Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen has pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual abuse of a child and will be sentenced to 10 years in prison with all time suspended.

Strommen entered into a plea deal with the Montana Attorneys General Office and will be sentenced by Judge John Larson on January 3rd. At that hearing, Judge Larson can either accept or reject the sentence in the agreement. If he rejects it, Strommen will have the option to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial on the charge.

Strommen still faces a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent and will go to trial on that charge next year.

The 10-year suspended sentence means Strommen will not do any jail time but must undergo a pre-sentence investigation and a psychosexual evaluation.

Montana to intervene in lawsuit involving Keystone XL Pipeline

Monday, October 7th 2019

– On behalf of the state of Montana, Attorney General Tim Fox is petitioning federal district court in Great Falls to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Fox is asking the court to allow the state of Montana to enter the lawsuit in support of the pipeline.

“The Keystone XL Pipeline will bring jobs and economic development to Montana,” Fox said. “The obstructionist litigation against it has dragged on for far too long—it’s time to settle the matter and begin construction.”

The pipeline, which will begin in Alberta and connect to an existing pipeline in Nebraska, will run through Phillips, Valley, McCone, Dawson, Prairie, and Fallon Counties in Montana. It will include an “on-ramp” for transporting Montana oil to refineries. Along the route, TC Energy Corporation, the company building and operating the pipeline, will finance significant infrastructure improvements, including bridges, roads, and powerlines. The pipeline will also generate much-needed property tax revenue to fund schools and other public services in those counties.

Montana groups praised Fox’s action.

“The Montana Petroleum Association’s members applaud Attorney General Tim Fox’s intervention in the litigation filed by Northern Plains Resource Council and other environmental groups to yet again delay construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Alan Olson, the association’s executive director. “This lawsuit will not only affect Keystone but potentially any infrastructure project that crosses water, enabling endless litigation by these extreme organizations on each individual permit.”

“The Keystone XL Pipeline will bring thousands of good-paying jobs to Montana and millions of dollars in tax revenue to our state and local governments,” said Phillips County Commissioner Richard Dunbar, who also serves as President of the Montana Association of Oil, Gas, and Coal Counties. “We appreciate Attorney General Fox’s intervention in this critical case and agree that it is time to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

Governor Bullock appoints Craig Gilchrist to State Board of Plumbers

Saturday, October 5th 2019

Governor Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Alternative Health Care Board

• Dr. Alisun Bonville, Bozeman. Qualification: Naturopath. Bonville is the Physician and Owner of Spring Integrative Health.

• Dr. Sandra Shepherd, Missoula. Qualification: Montana physician whose practice includes obstetrics. Shepherd is the Co-owner and Founder of Generations Family Medicine and Obstetrics.

Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

• Hal Stearns, Missoula. Qualification: Compact Commissioner-Ex-Officio. Stearns is a retired teacher.

Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors

• Melissa Ancell, Poplar. Qualification: Consumer or family of consumer of developmental disability services. Ancell is a community volunteer and advocate.

• Andrea Daniel, Havre. Qualification: Consumer or family of consumer of mental health services. Daniel is the Social Media Coordinator at Montana’s Peer Network.

• Dan Laughlin, Anaconda. Qualification: Skills, knowledge, and experience relative to the treatment and welfare of adults with developmental disabilities. Laughlin is the Director of Special Education and Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Anaconda School District.

• Sicily Morris, Billings. Qualification: Professional person in the field of mental health treatment. Morris is a Counselor with Kaleidoscope Counseling, LLC and a Part-Time Instructor at Montana State University-Billings.

Board of Plumbers

• Craig Gilchrest, Glasgow. Qualification: Representative of the public, not engaged in the business of installing or selling plumbing equipment. Gilchrest retired after 42 years in the railroad industry.

• Mykal Jorgenson, Billings. Qualification: Journeyman Plumber. Jorgenson is the Training Director for the Local 30 billings Pipe Trades JATC.

• Scott Lemert, Livingston. Qualification: Master plumber. Lemert is the Owner and Operator of Ranger Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

• Brandon Shaw, Butte. Qualification: Journeyman Plumber. Shaw is a Journeyman Plumber apprentice.

• Trudi Schmidt, Great Falls. Qualification: Representative of the public, not engaged in the business of installing or selling plumbing equipment. Schmidt is a former counselor and financial advisor and served in the Montana Legislature.

State Rehabilitation Council

• Marcy Roberts, Kalispell. Qualification: Community rehabilitation program. Roberts is a Community Rehab Provider for Montana’s Employment Opportunities.

Water levels on Missouri River Reservoirs remain high due to large runoff

Friday, October 4th 2019

OMAHA, Nebraska --
Widespread and heavy rainfall in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, IA (upper basin) resulted in another month of much above average runoff. Precipitation during September was more than 200 percent of normal in eastern Montana, much of North Dakota, portions of South Dakota and northern Nebraska. As a result, September runoff into the upper basin above Sioux City, was nearly twice the record runoff, which was recorded in 1986.

Runoff in the Gavins Point to Sioux City reach was more than 16 times the long-term average and more than twice the previous record. Runoff in the Fort Randall to Gavins Point reach was over 4 times average and almost twice the previous record. Runoff between Oahe and Fort Randall was over 12 times average and set a new record. Runoff between Garrison and Oahe was over 4 times average. Finally, runoff between Fort Peck and Garrison was over 2 times average and is the second highest runoff of record, and Fort Peck was 1.5 times average.

The 2019 upper basin runoff forecast is 61.0 million acre-feet (MAF). If realized, this runoff total would equal the highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping, 2011 (61.0 MAF). The January-September observed runoff (53.6 MAF) has already exceeded the second highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping, 49.0 MAF observed in 1997, with three months still remaining.

“In response to the increased upstream runoff, releases from Gavins Point Dam have been increased to 80,000 cfs. This release rate is more than twice the average release for this time of the year,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division (MRBWMD).

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 64.0 MAF as of October 1, occupying 7.9 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. All three of the upper three reservoirs (Fort Peck, Garrison, and Oahe) have fallen out of their exclusive flood control zones but remain high. “As a result of the high reservoir levels and the forecast above-average runoff for the remainder of the fall, releases from all System projects will be much above average through November, to evacuate all stored flood waters prior to the start of the 2020 runoff season. “We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make any necessary adjustments. Failure to evacuate the stored flood water will lead to increased risk of flooding in 2020, said Remus.”

Seven public meetings will be conducted throughout the basin October 22-25. The purpose of these meetings is to update the region on current hydrologic conditions and the planned operation of the mainstem reservoir system during the remaining fall months as well as present the draft plans for operating the System during 2020. Meeting times and locations are available at the following link: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Public-Meetings/

Updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/MRWMApp/.

Train hits semi in northeastern Montana, killing driver

Thursday, October 3rd 2019

BILLINGS – A freight train hit a semi that was hauling gravel in northeastern Montana, killing the truck driver.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the man, who was in his late 30s, died early Wednesday afternoon in the crash at a crossing east of Culbertson.

Trooper Jacob Ayers tells The Billings Gazette the occupants of the train were not injured.

The collision is still under investigation. The victim’s name has not been released.

The crash comes less than two months after Roosevelt County saw six people killed in highway crashes in a three-day period, including two men who died when a freight train struck a commercial truck, also east of Culbertson. The Aug. 16 crash killed 21-year-old Caleb Fellborn and 18-year-old Bryan Pederson, both of Culbertson.

Application deadline approaching for financial aid from GHS Educational Trust

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

You may be eligible for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust. Log on to www.ghsedutrust.org NOW for the application and other relevant information, so that you can complete your application by the October 15, 2019, deadline.

REMINDER: If you completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), your GHS Educational Trust application must include a signed and dated copy of your acceptance letter indicating what aid you have accepted.

Governor Bullock announces increase in minimum wage

Tuesday, October 1st 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.65 per hour beginning January 1, 2020.

“This increase ensures Montanans earning the minimum wage don’t fall further behind, but we still have work to do to make a living wage a reality for all Montanans,” Governor Bullock said. “Montana has the sixth fastest wage growth in the nation over the past decade, and we must build on this trend by continuing to create good-paying jobs, supporting Montana businesses, standing up for employees who negotiate for better pay, and increasing opportunities to pursue education or in-demand skills.”

In 2006 as a private citizen, Bullock led ballot initiative I-156 to raise the minimum wage and require that it be adjusted annually for inflation. Approved by Montana voters, Montana Code Annotated 39-3-409 requires the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

An estimated 10,200 Montana workers, or 2.2% of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.65 per hour in 2019 and are likely to receive higher wages due to the 2020 minimum wage increase. In 2018, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food services industry followed by the retail trade industry.

The minimum wage is determined by taking the current minimum wage of $8.50 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2018 to August 2019. The CPI-U increased by 1.75% over the year ending August 2019. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.148 per hour. The resulting wage is $8.648 and statute specifies that the wage must be rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

A map of state minimum wage laws is available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm.

Missoula Children's Theater presents Johnny Appleseed at Glasgow High School

Tuesday, October 1st 2019

Join Johnny Appleseed and his pioneer friends as they plant apple orchards across the West this Friday and Saturday when the Missoula Children's Theatre and 35 local students present an original musical adaptation of the classic tale, JOHNNY APPLESEED.

Playing the title character of Johnny are local students Addison Jones and Noah Runner. Other featured performers include Riley Clampitt as Molly, Jourdyn Fercho as Kelly, and Emily Cronmiller as Rebecca. Wolf is played by Samantha Combs and Bison is played by Mira Lipscomb. Grandpa’s Kiddos will be Ava Runner, Sebastian Gregg, Mali Allen, and Natalie Fast and the Pioneers will be Liam Allen, Ellie Kauffman, and Aleah Fast . Sir Peter Prescott is Amelia Gilchrist while the Rupert is Annika Smith. Lewis and Clark are Ainsley Loftsgaard and Paxton Wesen and the Fife & Drum Soldiers are Sarah Runner, Maycie Fast, Arrow Henry, Ella Gilchrist, Micaiah Olfert, and Gwen Turner. Silas Runner, Eva Hlad, Allenah Emeline, and Leshia Stutheit will be the animals that Johnny meets along his journey. And finally, the Apple Seeds will be played by Journeigh Fercho, Kennedy Flaten, Azariah Olfert, and Lyla Marlenee. Whitnae Wing will serve as Assistant Director.

JOHNNY APPLESEED will be presented on Friday, October 4th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 5th at 11:00 am at the Glasgow High School. Tickets are $6 adults and $4 students and seniors and are available at the door.

The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Glasgow is brought to you by the Fort Peck Summer Theatre with support from Christoffersen & Knierim, P.C., Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Glasgow, Thrivent, Irving Law, PLLC, Robyn’s Nest, Taylor Storage, Ed Buechler Insurance, Tire Rama, Hi-Line Eye Care, Triple A Glass, Soroptimists, Hiline Collision and Repair, and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation. For more information, contact Desiree Johnson at 942-0379.

Hemp growing in popularity in Montana

Monday, September 30th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say hemp is growing in popularity as a crop among farmers in Montana.

The Billings Gazette reports that statistics released by the Montana Department of Agriculture indicate there are 277 farmers now licensed by the state to grow hemp.

5 farms in Valley County are licensed to grow hemp according to Montana Department of Agriculture. The complete list can be found here: https://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/IndustrialHemp/MTHemp-ProductionLicenseList.pdf

Agriculture department Director Ben Thomas estimates there are between 70 and 78 square miles (181 and 202 square kilometers) on which hemp is being grown.

Officials say Montana was growing hemp before the 2018 federal farm bill loosened regulations and interest has grown since then.

Officials say about 65 farmers attended a recent meeting of hemp growers, although only one had turned a profit so far.

Farmers say they are interested in selling hemp and extracting oil from plants to sell in the growing market for CBD products.

Hi-Line Sportsmen Seek Participants For Valley County Mentored Hunting

Thursday, September 26th 2019

(Pictured: Glasgow’s Kim Selby poses with her first deer, a mule deer buck she hunted with help of Hi-Line Sportsmen mentor Drew Henry)

Members of the Hi-Line Sportsmen are seeking beginning Valley County hunters of any age and experience who are interested in teaming up with experienced mentors to learn the basics of deer hunting this November.

The initiative is part of Hi-Line Sportsmen’s “Field to Freezer” campaign designed to harvest deer and contribute venison to hunt participants as well as the local food bank.

The mentoring portion of the project will pair volunteer mentors from the Hi-Line Sportsmen with beginning hunters of any age. The beginning hunters are welcome to do the harvesting themselves, with the assistance of their mentors, or they may simply tag along on a hunt with a mentor to observe a hunt in action. Mentors will help educate the beginning hunters with everything from gear to shot selection to field dressing and butchering of the harvested animals.

The first-time hunters are encouraged to take their meat home, or they can donate their harvest to the local food bank for distribution to local households in need of wholesome, organic protein. As part of the project, participants are encouraged to submit their animals to Fish, Wildlife & Parks for chronic wasting disease testing.

“Deer densities on the landscape are currently in really good shape, especially mule deer,” says Drew Henry, Valley County wildlife biologist for FWP and also a member of the Hi-Line Sportsmen. “Hunters have the ability to purchase surplus antlerless deer licenses, representing a great opportunity for doe harvest and filling a freezer.”

The Field to Freezer campaign is designed to capitalize on the abundant deer in the county this fall. Hi-Line Sportsmen members plan to use surplus deer tags to harvest does and donate the meat to the Valley County Food Bank. The mentoring campaign takes the initiative one step further, serving as an invitation to beginning hunters who might not have the means or assistance to get out in the field by themselves this season.

“On a national basis but also locally, we’re seeing the number of hunters in decline,” says Andrew McKean, a founding member of Hi-Line Sportsmen. “The number one reason people don’t hunt or stop hunting is that they don’t have someone to take them or show them how. We hope to solve that by helping with both of those needs.”

The focus for the November hunts is on antlerless deer, but participants can use whatever valid tags they possess. If they don’t hold a valid deer tag, they are encouraged to accompany their mentors on the hunt and to learn about the basics of deer hunting. Either way, mentors are committed to serve as unpaid guides, assisting with all aspects of the hunt, from finding a place to go to locating deer to making the shot, field dressing, and converting the animal to healthy, wholesome venison.

“That’s the definition of a mentor, to serve as a trusted guide who can answer questions, offer assistance, and help with all aspects of a new experience,” says McKean, who is also Hunting Editor for Outdoor Life magazine. “Glasgow and Valley County are full of hunting mentors, and it’s our goal to activate them to help a new generation of hunters.”

If you are interested in participating, either as a mentor or as a hunter, contact either Andrew McKean at 406-263-5442 or Drew Henry at 406-230-0133 or leave a message on Hi-Line Sportsmen’s Facebook page. The Hi-Line Sportsmen will be compiling rosters and pairing mentors with hunters over the next month. Mentors will be in contact with their apprentices to schedule sight-in and hunt days. Additionally, the Hi-Line Sportsmen and Fish, Wildlife & Parks plan a community sight-in day the weekend of Oct. 11 to ensure that hunting rifles are in working condition and accurate and that all participants can demonstrate safe gun-handling skills.

MGGA announces U.S. and Japan Trade Agreement

Thursday, September 26th 2019

Great Falls – The tariff agreement signed today by U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinz? Abe is a most welcome deal that will keep grain exports flowing to a very large and crucial market for Montana farmers.

MGGA President Lyle Benjamin said, “This is excellent news for Montana farmers who sell the majority of their wheat to our long-standing customers in Japan. We very much appreciate the diligent efforts of our congressional representatives for pressing the administration on the importance of a trade agreement with Japan. Their work behind the scenes was crucial in achieving this outcome.”

Congressman Greg Gianforte said, “The new trade deal with Japan is a win for Montana farmers and ranchers. The deal President Trump struck with Japan ensures Montana’s high-quality ag products have access to that critical market. I proudly stood with and advocated for Montana’s wheat and barley growers, and I appreciate the administration including in the agreement my request to secure equitable market access for Montana wheat.”

“Today’s announcement is a big win for Montana ag and jobs, and a major step forward for opening critical markets for our producers,” Senator Steve Daines said. “It has been a privilege to be the voice of Montana's farmers and ranchers during trade negotiations between the U.S. and Japan. I’m happy to see President Trump and Prime Minister Abe announce they reached a deal that will help level the playing field for Montana farmers and ranchers. I look forward to seeing the final agreement signed in the coming weeks."

Senator Jon Tester said, “This is welcome news for Montana’s farmers and ranchers, who rely on access to foreign markets like Japan to sell their world-class products. Japan is the largest importer of Montana’s wheat, and plays a critical role in our state’s number one industry. I look forward to seeing the finalized details of the deal, and I hope it means the Trump Administration will see the wisdom of expanding access to foreign markets instead of closing them off.”

When the tariff agreement is implemented, Japan’s effective tariff on imported U.S. wheat and barley will drop to the same level Japanese end users now pay for those crops imported from other countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement which entered into force last December. Without this new agreement, U.S. wheat imports in particular would have become less and less cost competitive to the point that Japan’s flour millers would have no other choice than to buy more of the lower cost wheat from our competitors in Canada and Australia.

Day Of Service Set For October 12th In Glasgow

Wednesday, September 25th 2019

Justserve.org, the Valley County Council on Aging, and the Glasgow City-County Library are teaming up to organize a Day of Service for Saturday October 12, 2019. Senior Citizens who will be in need of leaf removal from their property are asked to sign up with Vicky Wetz atvwetz@valleycountymt.gov or contact her at the Senior Citizens Center at 228-9500 before that date.

She is also compiling a list of Seniors who will need snow removal during the winter so that youth looking for service opportunities can contact her. Multiple other service opportunities available in our community are also listed on Justserve.org, a free website for which Charles Wilson is the local web administrator.

On Saturday October 12, volunteers can come to the Senior Citizens Center with rakes and trash bags to receive direction. For those wanting to participate in other ways, there are other things to do indoors at the Senior Citizens Center, and the Glasgow City County Library director will have some sorting and organizing tasks for volunteers to do when they open at 10 am.

American Prairie Reserve Cuts Bison Plan For Huge Nature Reserve

Tuesday, September 24th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A conservation group trying to create the largest nature reserve in the Lower 48 U.S. states said Tuesday it was scaling back its request to expand bison grazing in Montana, following strong opposition from ranchers and Republican lawmakers.

The group’s long-term goal remains unchanged: A 5,000-square-mile expanse of public and private lands with at least 10,000 bison in the north-central area of the state.

But that would happen more slowly than anticipated after the idea encountered resistance from landowners worried the reserve was displacing ranching families who have lived in the area for generations.

The American Prairie Reserve’s revised application to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would allow bison to graze on about 94 square miles (243 sq. kilometers) of public lands instead of the 450 square miles (1166 sq. kilometers) originally requested.

The Bozeman-based group does not want neighboring landowners to feel “bulldozed,” reserve vice president Pete Geddes told The Associated Press in advance of the public announcement.

Founded in 2001, the reserve is located along the Missouri River near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

“We want our neighbors to feel very comfortable with our management,” Geddes said. “It’s fair to say we have some work to do on what we call our ‘Montana reputation.’”

In addition to paring back areas where bison grazing would be allowed, the revision would allow only seasonal grazing on most of the land instead of the year-round grazing originally requested. It reduces the amount of interior fencing to be removed — to allow bison and other wildlife to roam more freely — from 300 miles to 40 miles.

The changes would allow the group to increase its herd of about 850 bison by an additional 1,000 animals, said Betty Holder, the group’s land acquisition manager. That plan would remain in place for a decade before more changes are sought, according to the group’s application.

“They’re starting to feel the pressure,” said state Rep. Dan Bartel, a Republican from Lewistown who wants the land to remain in agricultural use.

“We still have concerns about how the American Prairie Reserve is moving forward with public lands,” he added.

The revised plan is subject to approval from the Bureau of Land Management. The agency has received the request and it’s under review, spokesman Al Nash said.

“Our job remains the same,” he said. “We’ll do the appropriate environmental analysis and make a decision based on law, regulation and policy.”

There is no timeline for a final decision. The original application had been pending since November 2017.

American Prairie Reserve already holds leases on the public lands in question, which also include state land overseen by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Since 2001, American Prairie has raised more than $100 million toward creating a reserve that would be larger than Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks combined.

U.S. Postal Service Issue Stamps Of T. Rex Found In Montana Near Fort Peck Reservoir

Monday, September 23rd 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has released two new postage stamps depicting a dinosaur whose fossil was discovered on federal land in Montana.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a Tyrannosaurus rex known as "The Nation T. rex" is now part of four designs on a pane of 16 new forever stamps that show the dinosaur in growth stages from infancy to adulthood.

Experts say the fossil was found by a family camping near the Fort Peck Reservoir and has been loaned to the Smithsonian Institution in the District of Columbia for the next 50 years.

Officials say the stamps were designed by art director Greg Breeding with original artwork by Julius Csotonyi.

Officials say forever stamps are equal in value to the current first-class mail 1-ounce (28-gram) price.

Montana Centenarians explain their secret to longevity

Monday, September 23rd 2019

Montana Centenarians will be honored Tuesday, September 24 at 4:45 p.m. in Billings at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center located at 1223 Mullowney Lane during a special banquet.
Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Sheila Hogan will serve as the event keynote speaker and will welcome the 19 Centenarians who are expected to attend.
“These are truly amazing individuals,” Hogan said. “I enjoy their outlook on life and appreciate their inspiring stories and thoughtful advice. This is an excellent opportunity to honor some incredible people.”
The banquet highlights the 51th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging. The Conference theme this year is ‘Rock Your Age: Still Cruisin’.
DPHHS recently asked Montanans to submit the names of Centenarians, and that list is 140 names and growing. These individuals will turn age 100 or older as of December 31, 2019.
The current DPHHS list of those who are currently age 100 or older is as follows:
• (2) are age 110 (Supercentenarians)
• (7) are age 109
• (3) are age 108
• (2) is age 107
• (2) are age 106
• (5) are age 105
• (9) are age 104
• (14) are age 103
• (27) are age 102
• (33) are age 101
• (36) are or will be 100 by December of this year.
DPHHS also recently asked these individuals their secret to longevity, the most amazing event in their life, a favorite quote and various other insights into their lives. All those who submit their information will receive a recognition proclamation from Governor Steve Bullock.
Here are some of the responses:

Helen Self, age 110, Missoula. Self is actually considered a Supercentenarian since she has reached age 110, and according to DPHHS information is the current oldest living person in Montana. Her secret to longevity is: “I won’t give up, I can’t die yet; I still have work to do!” While Self is not a Veteran, she served her country through her work in the shipyards during WWII and served as the president of the American Legion Auxiliary in her 90s. She still enjoys getting out of the house. Her favorite places to go are the 4B’s Restaurant, the bank, having a cookie and coffee with her grandson on Fridays, the Dollar Store, and the Montana Club for a free birthday dinner.

Catherine ‘Katie’ Billau, age 100, Bozeman. Billau said in her younger years she passed on a college scholarship in order to earn enough money to buy her single mother an electric refrigerator. Her secret to longevity is her fierce independence, staying mentally challenged and staying stylish. She still walks a mile a day and has “great genes.” Her favorite quote is “life is a journey, not a destination.”

Lavina Bonnie Grosshuesch, age 102, Billings. Grosshuesch attributes her longevity as heredity since one sister lived to be 101. In 1984, with 200 other veterans and their families, she and her husband traveled to the Philippines for a 40th military anniversary. Tragedy nearly struck when a fire erupted at the hotel where they stayed. Fortunately, her husband’s quick action proved lifesaving when he tied curtains together so they could lower themselves to safety. Her favorite quotes include “oh my land”, “fiddlesticks” and “my goodness”.

Margaret Look, age 103, Billings. Look attributes her longevity to “good food”. She has written three books and was also on the woman’s rowing team at Cornell University. Her favorite quote “isn’t it lovely”.

Nora Connolly Lukin, age 100, Browning. Lukin said her most amazing life events are that she survived the Great Depression and managed successful businesses. She still manages the land allotment she received as an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. She has also visited 28 countries and felt her travel was a very valuable education. Her secret to longevity is keeping busy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Lydia Marie Schmidt Maier, 101 years old, Billings, MT. Maier was born in Watkins, MT in a homesteader’s sod house. Her mother died when she was just age 10 and Maier suddenly became cook and housekeeper for her father and three brothers. When she was 14, she met and fell in love with the man of her dreams who was 18 at the time. However, she says that he didn’t notice her for several more years. Maier has three children, eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She still lives on her own and cooks, cleans, does laundry and works in her garden.

Cecile Farris Magers, age 100, Billings. Magers thought about living this long includes one single word: “Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! There is a lot of pleasure in volunteering.” Her favorite quotes are “one has to live day-to-day the best you can” and “don’t be too judgmental.”

Bulah Manning, age 100, Laurel. Manning was born at home on Four Mile Road near Birney. Some of her most amazing life events include experiencing World War II and she believes she owes her longevity to the fact that she never smoked.

Bernard ‘Barney’ Meyers, age 109. Meyers taught math for 30 years in the Billings School District as well as coached football, basketball, track and cross country. He coached five state champion cross country teams. The most important part of his life is his family. He was married to his wife Bess for 63 years. He has three daughters, eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. His favorite quote is “live each day like it’s your last one. Someday, you’ll get it right.” He attributes his longevity to “genes and exercise”, and the fact he “chose” the right grandparents.

Francies Poulos, 100 years old, Billings, MT. Poulos was born in a log cabin in McCone County. She lived in Atlanta, GA in the downtown area for a while and experienced a very diverse population of people. She would spend hours visiting them, and they would later surprise her with smalls gifts in return. She believes their kindness was due to her recognizing them by name and making them feel special. “It is important to say people’s names when we talk to them and let people know they are important and be kind.” Poulos explains her longevity is due to “being so busy I forget to die”.

This year’s Conference on Aging will be a continued celebration of Aging in Montana. The conference’s mission is to raise the public’s awareness of the state’s current senior population, as well as providing lifestyle choices and alternatives for the baby boomer generation which started turning 65 in 2011. The conference theme “Rock Your Age, Still Cruisin’” stresses that seniors play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, network and lives.

In honor of the conference, the theme and event topics will focus on encouraging and providing information to seniors and caregivers to Connect, Create and Contribute with focus on their community.
The conference includes numerous keynote addresses, breakout sessions and panel discussions that focus on meal preparation for seniors, health promotion, Alzheimer’s information, social security, financial advice, Medicare, and more.

Saskatoon Police Pipes And Drums Schedule

Friday, September 20th 2019

Glasgow Homecoming events include the Pub Crawl, Sat. Sept. 21st, with the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums performing. Here is their schedule:

Friday, Sept. 20
2:30 p.m. - Homecoming Parade
6:00 p.m. - Chili feed @ GHS
7:00 p.m. - Homecoming football game

Saturday, Sept. 21
10:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Breakfast @ Glasgow Senior Citizen Center
11:00 a.m. - Valley View Home
11:30 a.m. - Nemont Manor
Noon - Prairie Ridge Village
1:00 p.m. - GHS for volleyball match

5:30 – 6:00 - VFW
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. - Cottonwood Inn
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Busted Knuckle Brewery
7:40 - 8:10 p.m. - Glasgow Elks Lodge
8:15 - 9:00 p.m. - Stockman Bar
9:15 - 10:00 p.m. - Durum Restaurant
10:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. - Montana Bar
10:50 p.m. - 11:20 p.m. - Alley's Palace
11:30 p.m. - End - Sam & Jeff's

Sam Kitzenberg Passes Away

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Sunset Hills Funeral home

Leslie Loring (Sam) Kitzenberg died peacefully in his sleep at Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT on September 12, 2019. Sam was 72 years old and suffered the last several years from dementia. Sam is survived by his wife, Ronnie of Deer Lodge, MT; children Mark (Paula) Kitzenberg, Josh Kitzenberg, Samantha (Corey) Kitzenberg of Billings, MT and Jordan (Jake) Lowney of Draper, UT; grandchildren Katie and Cole Kitzenberg, Jackson and Lily Lowney; brother Kim (Mary) Kitzenberg and their children Kyle and Kristina Kitzenberg of Williston, ND. Sam is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Agnes (Thorstenson) Kitzenberg.

Born on July 25, 1947 in Williston, ND to Leland and Agnes Kitzenberg, Sam graduated from Plentywood High School in 1965 and the University of Montana in Missoula, MT in 1969 with a BA in Education.

He married Ronnie Gilman in February 1969 and they moved to Columbia Falls, MT where Sam began a career in education. Sam and Ronnie later moved to Williston, ND where Sam joined the family shoe business (H & H Shoes/Sam’s Shoes) from 1977 to 1990.

Sam went back to school and updated his teaching certificate which led him to a teaching position at Glasgow High School until 2005.

During his time in Glasgow, Sam fulfilled a lifetime dream of serving in the Montana legislature in both House of Representatives and Senate for a period of 14 years. Showing early signs of political ambition, he was elected Boy’s State Governor in 1964, and, from then on, it was full steam ahead! He was extremely proud of his many accomplishments while serving the people of Montana. His accomplishments include: establishing the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, MT and the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck, MT.

He also was instrumental in establishing the All-Day Kindergarten in MT. He was the presenter/champion of the School Bullying Bill and was a leader of the 4 for 2 Highway Campaign. Sam was tenacious on all projects he undertook and rarely took no for an answer, “anything was possible”. Riding around in his green Volkswagon Bug, proclaiming his faith on his license plate, “PRSEHIM”, Sam’s faith was an integral part of his life. He was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and occasional Lay preacher. Anyone who knew Sam the least little bit, knew he chugged those 12 packs of Diet Pepsi like a thirsty man in the desert. Add a few turkey dinners in the mix, and he was a happy man.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Deer Lodge, with a reception to follow from 12-3pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sam’s life. In lieu of flowers, please share Sam’s memories at sunsethillsfuneralhomes.net . The family would like to thank the Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT, the Genesis Home and the Renaissance Assisted Living Home in Deer Lodge, MT for their continued quality of care they gave Sam.

Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council To Meet Sept. 19

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 19, at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery in Fort Peck.

The meeting is open to the public and will include wildlife, fisheries, state parks, and other updates from FWP, and a roundtable discussion with CAC members.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year.

FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations for this meeting, please contact 406-228-3700.

Missouri River flooding expected downstream from Fort Peck

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials say the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the 2011 record and a third round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream.

Heavy rains dumped more than four times normal in parts of Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota last week. That triggered flood warnings and forced the forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River to jump to 58.8 million acre feet (17.92 million meters).

That will be second only to 2011's 61 million acre feet (18.59 million meters).

The Corps of Engineers doesn't expect major problems or threats to cities with the latest flooding — provided the temporary repairs made to levees since the spring hold up. But communities along the river are bracing for problems.

North Dakota sets record for oil production in July

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say drillers set a record for oil production in July.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.44 million barrels of oil daily in July. That was up from the previous record of 1.42 million barrels a day in set in June.

North Dakota also produced a record 2.94 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in July, up from 2.88 billion cubic feet in June.

Statewide, companies flared 23 percent of all gas produced in July, or nearly double the 12 percent target.

There were a record 15,943 wells producing in July. The July tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 62 drill rigs operating Monday, up five from the July average.

GHS Educational Trust Announces $2 Millon Dollar Bequest From The Estate Of James “Jim” A. Parke

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

(Press Release)
To say that Jim Parke’s bequest to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust is a generous gift from a generous individual is a serious understatement. It is so much more. It is a reflection of a life defined not only by intellectual and professional excellence, but also by an abiding faith, loyalty, and concern for others that guided his every move, from his earliest days in a small town on the Montana prairie to the pillars of the American and international business world in his career to his active and philanthropic retirement.

James “Jim” A. Parke began life in Glasgow, Montana, the son of Arthur and Audrey Parke, a banker and the city-county treasurer, respectively. His values were acquired early from his devoted and loving parents and shared with his younger sister Ardis, who both adored and delighted him. The feeling was mutual. His participation at First Lutheran Church in study and worship, in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, in Key Club, serving as Montana’s Governor, and in football, playing quarterback and serving as co-captain, all helped cement his values and displayed and developed his leadership potential. He graduated from Glasgow High School with the class of 1964 and retained and nurtured the friendships he formed there throughout his lifetime.

He continued his education and honed his leadership skills at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, serving as student body president and graduating in 1968 with a triple major in economics, political science, and history. He later became a generous supporter of the college, both financially and with his professional guidance, serving on the Board of Regents and other councils, where his expertise and sound judgment were deeply appreciated. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia and delivered the commencement address. It was revealing that at the conclusion of his address, Jim Parke, then battling stage-IV lung cancer, raised his fist up high and in a strong voice recited Concordia’s motto: “Soli Deo Gloria”—Glory to God alone.

Jim Parke began a 37-year career with General Electric Company following his graduation from Concordia College. His financial acumen, hard work, collaborative style, and high ethical standards propelled him through various enterprises within GE’s global interests, resulting in his rise to the highest level of management in GE. He retired from GE as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Services and Senior Vice President of General Electric Company in 2005.

True to his nature, after his retirement, Jim remained actively engaged in improving the lives of others by enhancing financial services and promoting educational opportunities. He served as a director of Genworth Financial for 14 years and as a director of First Community Bancorp in Glasgow, where his father and his wife, Marilyn Sellers Parke, had worked decades before. For 27 years, Jim served on the Board of Directors of buildON, a nonprofit that builds and operates schools in impoverished areas of underdeveloped nations. On his passing in 2018, a school in Delva, Haiti, was built in his name.

Through all of his successful endeavors, Jim moved with a humility and humor that made him a cherished friend and beloved family member. Taking time for recreation was essential to him and experiencing other cultures through his extensive travel was a priority and a joy. It is clear by his gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, however, that no matter where he went or what he achieved, he still loved his home town and wanted to help its students to a brighter future.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by the Glasgow High School Class of 1938. Gifts of cash, stock, and real estate from supporters across the nation have grown the corpus of the trust to over $7.9 million dollars. Interest earned on its investments is awarded to eligible applicants through a semi-annual process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.

All Glasgow High School graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, are in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits minimum) either on campus or online, and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or certification are encouraged to apply. The application, which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered. Financial need has always been a primary consideration; therefore, the trust has established levels of support to meet students’ diverse needs, and it distributes the funds available accordingly.

Students may reapply for additional aid for a total of eight semesters if they meet all of the eligibility requirements. To date, the trust has made 2,397 awards to 734 different students totaling $2,309,500.00. The trust has also made 122 awards to Glasgow High School providing enrichment activities and advanced equipment to every department. The dollar value of these gifts totals $247,779.09.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular individual, a gift is given to a student or to Glasgow High School in honor, memory, or recognition of that person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual allow for an annual naming opportunity.

James “Jim” A. Parke led an extraordinary life. It serves as an inspiration to all students to dream big, work hard, stay true to themselves and their values, and serve others. The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to include the first gift in memory of Jim with those recently awarded for the 2019-2020 school year.

First Time Recipients: Alexander Fransen, Dickinson State University, IMO Harold H. & Irene W. Smith (fall semester) IMO Harry Rybock (spring semester); McKenna Gagne, Minot State University, IMO Class of 1969 (fall semester) IHO Stan Andersen Family (spring semester); Bailee Holstein, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Leonard H. & Kathryn L. Langen (fall semester) IMO Ronald A. Combs (spring semester); Jesi Kennedy, Montana Tech–U of M, IHO Dorothy Kolstad (fall semester) IMO Vern & Edna Richardson (spring semester); Kaylee King, ND State University, IMO Leonard A. & Margery A. Bollinger (fall semester) IMO Maxine Fiedler (spring semester); Madison Knodel, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Lois Wilson Markle (fall semester) IMO Lois Wilson Markle (spring semester); Sophia Koessl, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Class of 1978 (fall semester) IMO Horace O. & Emma C. Gamas (spring semester); Sarah Law, Miles Community College, IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer (fall semester) IMO Marsha Cotton Hall (spring semester);
Bryce Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IHO James & Ailene Dokken Olk Family (fall semester) IMO James “Jamie” K. Fewer (spring semester); Benjamin Phillips, ND State University, IMO Steven “Steve” C. Bell (fall semester) IMO Arthur & Audrey Parke (spring semester); Deann Rasmusan, Minot State University, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman (fall semester) IMO James F. & Anne Hoffmann (spring semester); Alexis Stahl, MSU-Billings, IMO Kathleen “Kathy” Logan Block (fall semester) IMO Gary & Idella Mott (spring semester).

Second Time Recipients: Kiauna Barsad, Rocky Mountain College, IHO Bill & Peggy Pattison Endowment (fall semester) IRO Herb & Lucille Friedl Family (spring semester); Luke Breigenzer, MSU-Bozeman, IMO James “Jim” A. Parke (fall semester) IMO James “Jim” A. Parke (spring semester); Des’Rea Dible, Arizona State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage (fall semester) IMO Hovland Family (spring semester); Teagan Fossum, University of Mary, IMO Curtis “Curt” Wesen (fall semester) IMO Cecil & Chloe Toftness (spring semester); Khloe Krumwiede, University of North Dakota, IMO Dean Rusher (fall semester) IRO Leroy & Bess Lockwood Family (spring semester); Jordan Kulczyk, Williston State College, IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart (fall semester) IRO Stannebein Family (spring semester); Taylor Padden, MSU-Bozeman, IMO O. E. & Lois Wilson Markle (fall semester) IMO O.E. & Lois Wilson Markle (spring semester).

Third Time Recipients: Andrea Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Sever & Esther Enkerud (fall semester) IRO John & Catherine Etchart Family (spring semester); Karissa Liebelt, ND State University, IHO Beryl Pehlke (fall semester) IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson (spring semester); Jacob Page, U. of Montana, IMO Dr. F. M. & Bernice Knierim (fall semester) IMO Lila M. Sanders & IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine (spring semester); Brett See, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Charlotte Bruce (fall semester) IRO Willard & Charlotte Bruce Family (spring semester); Alexa Shipp, MSU-Billings, IMO Karen D. Newton (fall semester) IRO Beatrice Trites & Family (spring semester); Alexandrea Simensen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker (fall semester) IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker (spring semester); Kendra Vaugh, MSU-Billings, IMO L. J. & Jean Baker (fall semester) IRO Glenn R. & Carolee Grina Wallem (spring semester).

Fourth Time Recipient: Kaleb Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten (fall semester) IMO Wallace L. Johnson (spring semester).

The following equipment was also purchased for Glasgow High School:

GBC Heatseal Ultima 65 Roll Laminator, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr. , for the Library ;
Boomerang Collaborate Desks, IRO Ione & Phyllis Kleppin, for the Social Studies Department;
Framing Saw, IRO Tom & Flora Coghlan Family, for the Industrial Technology Department.

2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency

Friday, September 13th 2019

2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced Montana’s 2019 ACT results today. The overall state composite score in 2019 was 19.6, the same as in 2018 and down from 2017 and 2016 composites of 19.7 and 20.0 respectively. The ACT is Montana’s statewide assessment for high school students for federal reporting purposes and an important tool for assessing college readiness. In the math category, 34% of students were proficient compared to 32% last year. In the English language arts combined categories, 46% of students were proficient compared to 44% last year.
“These ACT results show that Montana has work to do in preparing our students for success in college and careers, especially in the critical areas of math and English language arts,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said Friday. “While one test is not an indicator of a student’s full potential and not all students need to go to college to find a career, Montana must prepare the next generation for success after they graduate high school.
This year, 9,570 juniors took the ACT which represents about 95% participation statewide. The test measures proficiency in English, reading, writing, math, and science. The bellow chart shows the percentage of students who are college ready in each category. The Montana University System requires a composite score of 22 as one of the admissions criteria of its four-year campuses.
As part of Montana’s federal accountability system, the OPI included the ACT as a college or career readiness indicator alongside Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, and CTE concentration, among others.

The ACT is funded by the Office of the Commissioner of High Education through a federal Gear Up grant and is administered by ACT Inc. and the Office of Public Instruction.

A detailed 2019 ACT report along with state and local results can be found at this link: https://gems.opi.mt.gov/StudentAchievement/Pages/ACTDashboard.aspx
State and local SBAC results for elementary and middle schools will be available in the coming weeks.

College Readiness Benchmarks

Subject ACT College Readiness Benchmark % At or Above College Ready Indicator for 2018 % At or Above College Ready Indicator for 2019
English 18 49% 50%
Reading 22 38% 37%
Math 22 32% 34%
Science 23 30% 29%
Composite 22 33% 32%

Governor Bullock orders all flags flown in Montana to be at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service

Wednesday, September 11th 2019

I hereby order all flags flown in the State of Montana to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in honor of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service.

On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are reminded of how much we lost, of the brave first responders and citizens who gave their lives to save others, and the men and women of the Armed Forces who continue to carry out the mission we asked of them. We owe an enormous debt to these Americans for ensuring the safety of our communities and upholding the freedoms and values of the United States. Today is not only about mourning, but a reminder of the promises we made to these heroes and a re-commitment to make good on those promises.

Dated this 10th day of September 2019.


US seeks to dismiss tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline

Wednesday, September 11th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes that want to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline in March without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux tribe say Trump's action violated their rights under treaties from the mid-1800s.

The administration argues Trump's presidential permit applies only to a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border in northern Montana.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris will preside over a Thursday hearing on the government's attempt to dismiss the case.

Montana is the oldest state in the West. Demographics tell the tale.

Tuesday, September 10th 2019

Montana Free Press
By Eric Dietrich

HELENA — Montana is, in fact, a country for old men, and women too, according to demographic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, which indicate that based on median age, Montana holds the distinction of grayest state in the west.

And certain stretches of the state — including many but not all rural counties — have considerably older residents than Montana as a whole. That state of demographic affairs has wide-ranging implications for regional economies, education systems, and health-care access.

“We’ve got this Baby Boomer bulge that’s pushing into retirement as we speak,” said University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research economist Pat Barkey. Aging demographics are also driven by national trends toward smaller families and longer life expectancies, he said.

The median Montanan, according to the Census figures, is 39.8 years old — two years older than the national number, 37.8, and further into middle age than the median resident of any of the 10 other states in the continental western U.S.

The second-place contender for grayest western state, Oregon, has a median age of 39.2 years. Utah, the youngest state in the West, and the youngest state in the country, has a median age of 30.5 years.

There are 10 states in the eastern U.S. with populations older than Montana’s, among them Florida (median age: 41.8), Vermont (42.8), and Maine, which, with a median age of 44.3, is the oldest state in the nation.

Those statistics and others in this piece come from U.S. Census American Community Survey data, representing a five-year average from 2013 to 2017. The margin of error associated with ACS figures means they can be somewhat imprecise, especially for low-population, rural counties where federal statisticians survey relatively few people.

An aging population creates a number of challenges for Montana. Business leaders and economists, for example, worry that an older population means fewer potential employees to staff Montana businesses. While tight labor markets can drive wages up as companies compete for a limited number of workers, they can also stifle economic growth when businesses hold off on expanding because managers are uncertain about being able to fill new positions.

“Any individual company can find good workers, but in aggregate there are fewer of those [workers],” Barkey said. “It’s always good to have more jobs than people, but it’s still a problem.”

Barkey also said that aging demographics can influence how much revenue government is able to collect from various taxes, since older taxpayers “tend to be property rich and income poor.”

Additionally, having fewer family-age residents in rural communities can starve schools of enrollment. And older residents are likely to need more medical attention as they age, a particular challenge in isolated communities, where traveling to a major hospital can require a multi-hour round-trip.

In terms of age distribution, Montana’s population includes more residents in their 50s and 60s relative to the U.S. as a whole, and fewer under the half-century mark. For example, 13% of Montanans are in their 60s, compared to 11% of Americans nationwide. If Montana’s population mirrored national age distribution, the state would have 32,000 fewer residents in their 60s and 70s, and 14,400 more in their 20s and 30s.

The statewide age gap is relatively modest, however, compared to the demographic distributions in many rural Montana counties.

Missoula and Bozeman, with their flagship state universities and high rates of in-migration, are home to a disproportionate share of twenty-something residents by national standards: 19% and 21% of their populations, respectively, compared to 14% nationally.

Rural counties, in contrast, tend to have demographic gaps when it comes to young adults and peaks for residents older than 50. In Teton County, northwest of Great Falls, for example, only 9% of residents are in their 20s — nearly 5 percentage points below the national number. In Granite County, which includes Philipsburg, 21% of residents are in their 60s — nearly twice the national figure of 11%.

Counties that overlap with American Indian reservations are the exception, generally hosting demographics with more children. In Glacier County, which spans Cut Bank and most of the Blackfeet Reservation, almost 19% of residents are under 10. Nationally, the figure is 13%.

The median age in Granite County is 53.1, making it the second-grayest county in the state, after Golden Valley County. Gallatin County, encompassing Bozeman, has a fresh-faced median age of 33.4, but is still older than a trio of reservation counties: Glacier, Roosevelt, and Big Horn. Roosevelt and Big Horn are in a statistical tie for youngest county in the state, with their median ages estimated by the Census Bureau at roughly 30.

This story is published by Montana Free Press as part of the Long Streets Project. This work is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Montana Foundation, which encourages communication on issues, trends, and values of importance to Montanans. Reach Lead Reporter Eric Dietrich at edietrich@mtfp.org.

Bank of Bridger, N.A. Announces Acquisition Of Valley Bank In Glasgow And First Security Bank In Malta

Tuesday, September 10th 2019

Bridger, Montana, September 10, 2019 - Bank of Bridger, N.A. is proud to announce that its parent bank holding company, The Bridger Company, has acquired Malta Banquo, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, First Security Bank and Valley Bank. With the acquisition, Bank of Bridger N. A. is expected to have $600 million in total assets, $300 million in total loans, and $550 million in deposits. Bank of Bridger, N. A. Family of Banks is a community bank with 12 locations throughout Montana and Wyoming.

"We are excited to expand our footprint in the agriculturally based communities of Malta and Glasgow," remarked Bart Langemeier, CEO of Bank of Bridger, N.A. "Our expertise in ranching and farming will pair well with the existing customer base. In addition, we will bring technology enhancements, increased lending capabilities, more products and services and an expanded lending area. We believe in investing in all the communities we serve and strive to provide quality banking services to meet our customer's needs."

Bank of Bridger, N. A. was originally chartered on May 1, 1906 under The First National Bank of Lovell. Several name changes and ownerships later, the current owners purchased the holding company in 1986 and ownership remains the same today. Bank of Bridger, N. A. Family of Banks commitment to community is reflected in the names of our locations as each one is named for the towns we serve. Keeping with our community spirit, we are proud to announce that First Security Bank will be renamed Bank of Malta and Valley Bank will be renamed Bank of Glasgow.

Our market areas include Bridger, Butte, Glasgow, Harlem, Joliet, Malta, Plentywood and Red Lodge Montana; Greybull, Lovell, Powell and Thermopolis Wyoming. For more information, log on to www.bankofbridger.com . Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

National Weather Service Expecting More Rain This Week - Flooding Possible

Monday, September 9th 2019

The National Weather Service is expecting the next round of rain to begin Tuesday evening and continue into late Thursday. Expected additional rainfall amounts will range from around an inch in the northwest to in excess of two and a half inches near the North Dakota border, with the heaviest rain occurring Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Flooding is possible along Beaver Creek and the Milk River below the Beaver Creek confluence. The ground is already saturated from one to three inches of rain over the weekend. An additional one to three inches mainly Wednesday and Wednesday night will cause rivers, creeks and streams to rise over the next several days.

For the latest forecast updates, visit www.weather.gov/ggw.

National Weather Service Radar Down For Maintenance Today

Monday, September 9th 2019

(from the National Weather Service office in Glasgow)

Due to the ongoing precipitation this week, we moved the start date to today to take the radar down as the 2nd of 3 systems is moving out of the area today and we get a small break before the next round of moisture comes in.

The radar team will be working extended hours to get the radar back up and running as quick as they can, hopefully before mid-week if things go well.

In the meantime, your reports are critical to us. Rainfall totals are important to know about, as well as flooding over roads and causing streams to go out of their banks. You can call us (228-4042) post them on our Facebook page, or tweet them to us (@NWSGlasgow) or email ggw.wxreport@noaa.gov, every bit of information helps.

Fort Peck water elevation falls 2.1 feet from July level

Friday, September 6th 2019

Widespread and heavy rainfall in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, IA (upper basin) resulted in another month of above average runoff. Precipitation during August was more than 150 percent of normal in eastern Montana, portions of North Dakota, much of South Dakota and Nebraska. As a result, the Fort Randall and Gavins Point reaches experienced their wettest Augusts on record, while the Sioux City and Oahe reaches were second and third, respectively.

The 2019 upper basin runoff forecast is 54.6 million acre-feet (MAF). If realized, this runoff total would be the second highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping, only surpassed by 2011 (61.0 MAF) and exceeding the 49.0 MAF observed in 1997. Accumulated runoff in the lower four reaches (Oahe, Fort Randall, Gavins Point, and Sioux City) was 27.3 MAF. In each of the lower four reaches, the observed runoff exceeded the maximum annual runoff with four months of the year remaining to accumulate additional runoff. By the end of 2019, the forecasted runoff in these four reaches is roughly 30.0 MAF, which exceeds the average annual runoff for the entire upper basin.

Fort Peck Dam
Average releases past month – 15,100 cfs
Current release rate – 15,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 14,800 cfs
End-of-August reservoir level – 2244.1 feet (down 2.1 feet from July)
Forecast end-of-September reservoir level – 2242.2 feet
Notes: Spillway releases will be increased this month during scheduled maintenance at the powerhouse. Total releases will remain unchanged during the maintenance.

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 65.6 MAF as of September 1, occupying 9.5 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. All three of the upper three reservoirs (Fort Peck, Garrison, and Oahe) have fallen out of their exclusive flood control zones but remain high. “As a result of the high reservoir levels and the forecasted above-average runoff for the remainder of the summer and fall, releases from all System projects will be much above average for the next several months, and possibly as late as November, to ensure evacuation of all stored flood waters prior to the start of the 2020 runoff season. System releases from Gavins Point Dam are currently 70,000 cfs, which is nearly twice the average release for this time of the year,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division (MRBWMD).

Seven public meetings will be conducted throughout the basin October 22-25. The purpose of these meetings is to update the region on current hydrologic conditions and the planned operation of the mainstem reservoir system during the remaining fall months as well as present the draft plans for operating the System during 2020. Meeting times and locations will be announced when additional details become available.

Updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/weeklyupdate.pdf.

Canada’s Suncor sees increased political risk for Keystone XL oil pipeline

Thursday, September 5th 2019

Sept 4 (Reuters) - Canada’s second-largest oil producer, Suncor Energy, believes the political situation in the United States has increased the risks to companies counting on construction of TC Energy Corp’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

A legal fight between TC, previously known as TransCanada, and environmental activists has delayed the Canada-to-Texas pipeline for a decade. A court in Nebraska last month affirmed an alternative route through the state, raising hopes the project might proceed and provide badly needed transport capacity for Alberta’s crude.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a supporter of Keystone XL, faces an election in 2020 and candidates for the Democratic nomination are critics of the fossil fuel industry who favor government support for renewable energy and other steps to fight climate change.

“Keystone XL is a massive investment and the political situation in the U.S. is I think increasing the risk associated with that,” Suncor CEO Mark Little said at a Barclays investor conference in New York. “That’s one that a lot of people are doing soul-searching about right now because it’s also a very substantial investment. Now we still believe it will go ahead. But time will tell.”

A Suncor spokeswoman could not be immediately reached to clarify Little’s comments.

“We are committed to Keystone XL and will continue to carefully obtain the regulatory and legal approvals necessary before we consider advancing this commercially secure project to construction,” TC Energy spokesman Matthew John said.

Little said he believes plans to expand the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain pipeline are “in pretty good shape,” and noted there is still ongoing work by Enbridge Inc to replace its Line 3 in Minnesota.

Congestion on export pipelines prompted the government of Alberta, Canada’s main oil-producing province, to impose crude production curtailments this year to help drain a glut of oil in storage and support prices.

Last month the Alberta government said it would extend curtailments into 2020 because of delays getting new pipelines built.

Government-mandated production quotas have weighed on investor sentiment toward Canadian energy stocks, but Husky Energy’s chief executive, also speaking at the Barclays investor conference, said curtailments would likely ease.

“I think quotas will become less of an issue going forward as we see incremental pipeline and rail capacity coming on. I don’t think they’ll bite as hard,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said.

Canadian crude-by-rail volumes have increased this year as companies look for alternatives to congested pipelines, even though it is a more expensive way of transporting crude.

Glasgow City Council votes to increase mills levied on city property

Wednesday, September 4th 2019

The Glasgow City Council voted 3-2 on Monday to increase the amount of mills allocated for fiscal year 2019-2020. The value of a mill in the city of Glasgow increased from $4558.47 to $4812.87 in fiscal year 2019-2020. The City Council had several options presented to them on how they could proceed with the amount of money generated by allocation of mills. The council voted to levy 281.11 mills which will generate $1,352,945.89 for the general fund of the City of Glasgow.

This is an increase of $48,995.26 in taxes for residents of the City of Glasgow. The council had options of decreasing of taxes by $47,262.14 all the way to the increase of $48,995.26. In the end, the council voted 3-2 to take the largest increase in revenue generated by the amount of mills levied.

The council also voted on a new annual contract with T&R Trucking in the amount of $247,388.70. This is the contract that has T&R Trucking to pick up garbage in the City of Glasgow.

The council voted to start the process of selling the used street sweeper to the City of Malta. The city recently purchased a new street sweeper.

Lisa Koski was reappointed to the Glasgow Housing Authority for a 5 year term and the council voted to pay $1000 in dues for Two Rivers Economic Growth.

Stapleton Announces HAVA Grant Allocations For County Election Offices

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019

Helena, Montana—Today Secretary of State Corey Stapleton announced the awarding of 2018 HAVA Election Security Grants to Montana’s counties. The funds are part of a federal appropriation to update and improve security in elections. A $750,000 subgrant was made available to all Montana counties to share in the replacement of antiquated voting equipment or to supplement current voting equipment.

The grants will help counties buy the new ExpressVote voting system, which will be easier to manage for the election judges and a great benefit to voters with disabilities. The 2019 Montana legislature approved use of the new technology at the request of Secretary Stapleton, who worked with disability groups on the legislation.

“This is a big step in the right direction for counties to upgrade election technology that strengthens Montana’s election security ahead of 2020,” said Stapleton.

Valley County is to receive $3,529.21 according to the press release

Form Required For Lentils Payment

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019

There is currently an LDP rate of $0.20 per hundredweight on lentils in Valley County. To remain eligible for this payment, producers must file form CCC-633EZ with the Valley County FSA Office in Glasgow PRIOR to losing beneficial interest in the commodity. This generally occurs when the crop is hauled into the elevator. If beneficial interest is lost prior to filing the 633EZ, the crop is ineligible for the LDP payment.

Additionally, with the continued decline in crop prices, there may be LDP’s available for other crops, including spring wheat.

To ensure this potential benefit is not lost, FSA strongly encourages all producers to file form CCC-633EZ with your local office. The form may be obtained online and faxed to the FSA office at 855-556-1454 or you may stop by the office and complete the form.

Reminder In The Field This Hunting Season: Be A Good Steward Of The Land

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019

Photo tagline: “leave gates as you find them…if in doubt, call the landowner”- photo courtesy of FWP

Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. The FWP Region 6 Citizens Advisory Committee, recognizing that this is an ongoing issue, raised the need for more public outreach.

Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot. With upland bird and mourning dove seasons beginning over the Labor Day weekend, and deer and elk archery on Sept. 7, we encourage everyone to be good stewards of the land.

Below are just a few of the things that hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts should be aware of when enjoying our resources:

Standing crop- avoid hunting, walking or driving in fields that have not been harvested yet.

Littering- not only is littering careless and unsightly, it is against the law. This includes toilet paper, and the proper management of human waste.

Leave gates as you find them- If a gate is closed, close it behind you. If it is obviously open (pulled all the way back to the fence), leave it open. If you are unsure, contact the landowner or public land agency.

Know your target and beyond- Hunters must be sure of what they are shooting at (species, sex, etc.), and know what lies beyond their target (houses, outbuildings, livestock, vehicles, other hunters).

Prevent fires- Be aware of fire danger at all times and use precautions.

Be weed free- Check clothes, dogs, ATV’s, and vehicles for weeds and weed seeds to help prevent the spread to other private and public lands.

Avoid driving on muddy roads- Unless it is a well-graveled road, walk.

Avoid ridge driving and driving to overlooks- Not only is this a poor strategy while hunting, it is considered as driving off road if it is not already an established trail.

Do not park on roads- Move well off of roads to avoid folks moving farm equipment. Find a designated parking area or an approach that is clearly not being used for equipment.

Driving off road- While hunting on private property, a person may not drive off established roads or trails without landowner permission. Off-road travel on public land, including game retrieval, is prohibited unless designated as open. Consult appropriate land agency or land maps for specifics.

Ask for permission to hunt- Montana law requires permission for all hunting on private land. Even if the land is not posted, hunters must have permission from the landowner, lessee, or their agent before hunting on private property.

Completely fill out BMA slips- If a hunter doesn’t correctly fill out a block management slip, they are hunting without permission.

Know where you are located- Whether you are hunting public land, private land, or land enrolled in an access program such as block management, it is every hunter’s responsibility to know where they are to avoid trespassing. Maps are always available, as are GPS chips and cell phone apps to aid in orientation.

Accessing public lands- Access to public lands (on a private road) through private land requires permission of the private landowner, lessee, or their agent.

Camping- camping is allowed on most public lands (see agency regulations), but permission is needed to camp on private property and BMAs.

Know the rules- Consult BMA maps for specific rules on block management property, including: driving on roads, parking areas, no shooting zones, walk-in only areas, camping, number of hunters allowed, game retrieval, etc. Rules for most land agencies can be found on maps and/or on brochures. Go to the appropriate agency website or local office for information.

Report violations- report any hunting and fishing, trespassing, vandalism, or other criminal activity you see to 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Also remember that the fall is a very busy time for landowners. Along with late harvest, cattle and other livestock are being moved from their summer and/or fall pastures and are often brought near the home site for winter feeding and care. Please use common sense and respect when around these activities.

FWP also offers a free online program called The Montana Hunter-Landowner Stewardship Project. This project is an information program for anyone interested in promoting responsible hunter behavior and good hunter-landowner relations in Montana. The program is delivered through an interactive website utilizing questions, videos, and feedback as well as opportunities for you to test your knowledge on a variety of practical topics related to hunter-landowner relations and responsible hunter behavior.

Please go to http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterLandowner/ to learn more and complete the program.

Montana reports season’s first human cases of West Nile Virus

Friday, August 30th 2019

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first human West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in Montana. The cases, reported in Custer and Lewis and Clark counties, both occurred in individuals over the age of 60, who are often at greater risk for severe disease.

Both required hospitalization and no further information is available at this time.

Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but 1 in 5 develop a mild illness, with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Other individuals, fewer than 1 out of 150, may become severely ill with encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). Most people recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or even months.

“This is typically when we see our first human cases in Montana following the hot drier weather of late July and early August,” said DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiologist Erika Baldry. “Our season can begin as early as July and because it can take some time to become ill, we can receive reports of ill individuals as late as October.”

Baldry stressed the importance of continuing to take steps to avoid exposure since our period of transmission is still occurring.

There is no available treatment for WNV infection other than supportive care. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider. Detection of WNV in mosquito samples is a good indication that WNV is in Montana. WNV is a vector-borne disease meaning that for individuals to become infected, they must be bitten by an infected mosquito.
Positive mosquito samples were previously reported from Blaine, Cascade, Sheridan, Valley, and Yellowstone counties. In addition, one equine case of WNV was identified in Lake County this season. DPHHS continues to urge Montanans to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as summer winds to a close by following the 4 D’s of prevention.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention:
1. DEET: Use insect repellent such as DEET or picaridin
2. Drain: Drain standing water around your house to prevent mosquito breeding
3. Dawn/Dusk: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. Stay inside or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times
4. Dress: When possible, wear long sleeved shirts and pants to protect yourself from bites

In 2018, there were a total of 51 human cases, including one death. In 2017, there were 13 cases identified.

Since arrival of WNV in Montana in 2002, case counts have varied widely each year. In 2002, there were two cases, while one year later, in 2003, there were 227 cases reported. The 17-year average, which includes two outbreak years consisting of 200 plus cases, is 37 cases.
For more information about WNV protection, contact your local health department or visit the state health department website at: https://dphhs.mt.gov/

Medicare rule change aimed at helping rural hospitals attract and retain doctors, nurses

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

(Billings, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today was recognized for his work to increase the number of doctors in rural America during a visit to the Billings Clinic.

The recently finalized Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule change incorporates Tester’s Restoring Rural Residencies Act, which will allow Medicare to make reimbursements for the time residents spend in training at Critical Access Hospitals.

When the Billings Clinic welcomed its first class of Internal Medicine Residents in 2014, rural training rotations were included thanks to the Helmsley Charitable Trust while the hospital awaited this fix. The rule change will finally allow rural rotations through the Billings Clinic and other medical centers to be reimbursed by CMS.

“When new doctors are trained in rural communities, they are more likely to stay and build their practices in those areas,” said Tester. “This rule change will help reduce the shortage of physicians across Montana by allowing medical centers like the Billings Clinic to keep training doctors on the ground in our rural communities.”

Montana is home to 48 Critical Access Hospitals, which are facilities in rural communities that have fewer than 25 inpatient beds. Previously, regulations prevented Medicare from funding residents’ training time at these facilities, significantly limiting recruitment and training of medical professionals in rural states like Montana.

Tester originally introduced his Restoring Rural Residencies Act in 2016 after hosting a Rural Health Summit that brought together more than 100 health care professionals and policy-makers to discuss challenges facing health care providers in Montana. He reintroduced the bill at the beginning of this year and wrote multiple letters to CMS demanding they adopt the policy change. CMS proposed the change in May and recently finalized the rule.

Tester has been a consistent voice for rural hospitals in Washington. Earlier this year, he introduced two bipartisan bills that would strengthen relationships between rural hospitals and medical schools and increase the number of residents serving in Montana. During last year’s budget negotiations, he secured millions of dollars in funding to invest in rural medicine and successfully fought to save long-term funding for Community Health Centers across the country.

Charles and Monie Tow receive Yard of the Week designation

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Charles and Monie Tow are this week's recipients of the Yard of the Week. They reside at 78 Heather Lane in Glasgow and were selected by Council Member Rod Karst.

They receive $25 in Chamber Big Bucks and the Yard of the Week sign in their yard all week!

FWP Requests Folks To Be On The Lookout For Greater Short-Horned Lizards This Fall

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Photo: Ryan Williamson with three short-horned lizards

As you are hitting the field this fall, be sure to take a break from scanning the horizon for game and look down at the ground once in a while. Not only will this hopefully help you avoid stepping on a cactus or a rattlesnake, you might also see one of eastern Montana’s rarely seen critters…the greater short-horned lizard; and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to know about it.

The greater short- horned lizard, Phrynosoma hernandesi, or “horny toad” is a Species of Greatest Inventory Need (SGIN) in Montana due to insufficient data to determine their status.

It was once considered the second most abundant reptile along the Missouri River in Montana in the late 19th Century, second only to the western rattlesnake, but there isn’t enough data to accurately estimate current populations or distributions.

According to Heather Harris, wildlife biologist in Region 6, “There have been structured surveys conducted in eastern Montana to try and determine status and distribution as well as proactively filling in data gaps; however, the elusive nature and cryptic coloration make them extremely difficult to locate.”

“This is where we can use outdoor recreationists’ help,” continued Harris, “because oftentimes people just accidentally come across one.”

Harris and other biologists are seeking the help of folks out trekking around the countryside to provide incidental observations in addition to our structured survey efforts.

“If you happened to observe one in anywhere in the state,” says Harris, “please record the location, get GPS coordinates if possible, and note the date, number observed, and take a photograph of it if you can.”

Observations can then be reported by email to Heather Harris at heharris@mt.gov, or your local FWP biologist. Observations can then be reported by email to Heather Harris in Region 6 at heharris@mt.gov, Brandi Skone in Region 7 at bskone@mt.gov, or your local FWP biologist.

A few things about the short-horned lizard:

Key ID:
-Adult greater short-horned lizards are diurnal and active during the warmer daylight hours.
-Coloration is cryptic with the soil (blends in) and can vary by locality.
-The broad, flattened body separates this lizard from the other three lizard species regularly documented in Montana, and the range overlaps only with the common sagebrush lizard, which is much more slender.
-The head has a "heart-shaped" appearance when viewed from above.
-They are usually easiest to spot when they move and catch your eye.

-greater short-horned lizards are found in the eastern half of Montana, but in scattered locations throughout their range.
-They inhabit ridge crests between coulees, and can be found in sparse, short grass and sagebrush with sun-baked soil.
-They are also found in flats of relatively pebbly or stony soil with sparse grass and sagebrush cover.

Montana History Foundation sponsors exhibit highlighting the life and legacy of Basque immigrant and Montana rancher John Etchart

Tuesday, August 27th 2019

An exhibit highlighting the life and legacy of Basque immigrant and Montana rancher John Etchart opens this week in Helena. The temporary exhibit will be on display in the Goodkind Block Partners Building from August 28th-September 6th and then at the City-County Building from September 6th-30th.

The exhibit is based on the research of Dr. Iker Saitua, a postdoctoral fellow in history at the University of California-Riverside. Dr. Saitua is also the author of Basque Immigrants and Nevada’s Sheep Industry: Geopolitics and the Making of an Agricultural Workforce.

John Etchart, the focus of the exhibit, came to the United States at the age of 18 from his home in Aldude in the Basque Country of southern France. Etchart originally moved to California, where his brother had immigrated several years prior. The two worked on a sheep ranch in the San Fernando Valley, but eventually moved to Nevada to begin their own sheep operation.

In 1910, Etchart found himself in Montana and set up his own sheep grazing business in Valley County. It was there that he cemented his place in the industry, continuing to accumulate land and grow his operation, eventually becoming the county’s largest sheep operation. Etchart became a noted member of his community and was known as a prominent livestockman in the American West.

The exhibit will display in two distinct parts. The first will share objects and artifacts of Etchart’s related to ranching in Montana and the American West. The second part includes informative banners on Etchart’s life, starting from his early years in the Basque Country through his time in northeastern Montana.


The exhibit is sponsored by The Montana History Foundation and supported by the Department of History at Carroll College and the Etchart family. For more information, please contact Dr. Iker Saitua at (951) 897-0464.

Northwest Farm Credit Services Announces Grant

Tuesday, August 27th 2019

SPOKANE, Washington (Aug. 26, 2019) – Northwest Farm Credit Services is proud to award the City of Glasgow a $1,500 Northwest FCS Rural Community Grant.

“Thank you so much to Northwest Farm Credit Services for your support of our community,” said Grant Manager Kathy Granger. “The money will go toward construction of the new Valley County Community Swimming Pool. Our new pool will contribute to the safety, health and well-being of all our citizens.”

According to the Valley County Community Pool campaign the total amount raised in the efforts for a new community pool total $537,857.

Northwest FCS is committed to helping rural communities succeed. To date in 2019, Northwest FCS has committed over $183,000 to 153 projects in rural communities across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Since the program’s inception in 2007, it has awarded 1,145 grants totaling more than $1.94 million.

The next rural grant deadline is Oct. 1, 2019. If you think your rural project may be eligible for a grant, visit northwestfcs.com/Stewardship/Rural-Communities for more information and an application.

Northwest FCS is a $12 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. For more information, go to northwestfcs.com

Yellowstone National Park transfers 55 wild bison to Fort Peck Reservation

Monday, August 26th 2019

BILLINGS — Yellowstone National Park has transferred 55 wild bison to a Montana Indian reservation under a program that aims to establish new disease-free herds of the animals, park and tribal officials said Friday.

The male bison, also known as buffalo, were transferred in trailers and released onto the Fort Peck Reservation, home of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes. They had been captured in March 2018 and held in quarantine to ensure they don't carry the disease brucellosis.

The relocation program is part of an effort to conserve a species that once roamed North America by the millions. Officials also want to reduce the government-sponsored killing of Yellowstone bison over disease concerns.

More than 10,000 Yellowstone bison were captured and slaughtered or killed by hunters over the past several decades. The animals try to leave the park during winter in search of food at lower elevations.

Officials plan to capture more bison this winter to keep the park's population of about 4,500 bison from growing. They also want to expand the quarantine program, Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said. But officials say that will require more quarantine facilities because the corrals now in use have a limited capacity.

Fort Peck officials have been trying to increase the size of their bison herd, which now numbers almost 400 animals with the latest additions.

"The return of the bison is a return of our culture," Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure said in a statement.

The 55 newly arrived animals will be held separately for another year as part of disease prevention efforts. Most of the animals eventually will be sent to other tribes that want to grow their existing herds or establish new ones, said Robert Magnan with the Fort Peck Fish and Game Department.

In June, Fort Peck transferred five of its bison to the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. It has also sent animals to Montana's Fort Belknap Reservation.

Brucellosis can cause animals to abort their young. Its presence in Yellowstone-area elk and bison herds traces back to their exposure to the infected livestock of European settlers.

The disease has since been largely eradicated from domestic livestock. Ranchers in the past have opposed the transfer of Yellowstone bison, but state and federal officials have tried to quiet those concerns by setting up a rigorous testing program.

Buck Antelope Shot West Of Glasgow, Wardens Seeking Information

Friday, August 23rd 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 game wardens are seeking any information regarding an antelope buck that was shot and left to waste west of Glasgow. The incident occurred on BLM land along the old bentonite railroad bed road about 9 miles west of where the road splits off the main Bentonite road.

A local hunter reported the dead antelope buck on Aug. 21, indicating the location. Upon investigating the scene, Warden Todd Tryan observed a small hole in the body cavity that indicated the antelope was wounded and left to waste. Due to the level of decay, Tryan estimated that the incident occurred sometime around the middle of August.

The archery season for the 900-20 antelope license began on Aug. 15, but rifle hunting for antelope does not begin until Oct. 12. “The wound was clearly not caused by lawful archery equipment,” indicated Warden Tryan.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Warden Todd Tryan directly at 406-263-0067 or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Six people have died from car crashes in Roosevelt County since Friday.

Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Story from Billings Gazette:

Fatal crashes occurred Friday, Saturday and Monday in the northern Montana county where about 11,000 people live. So far this year, 114 people have died in crashes on Montana's roads, according to MHP.

Five of the six victims in Roosevelt County were publicly identified late Monday morning by Sheriff Jason Frederick.

Two people were killed in a crash Friday near Culbertson, one person was killed in a crash Saturday near Poplar, and two people died later Saturday in a crash near Culbertson. Monday morning, MHP was investigating a fatal crash east of Wolf Point that left another person dead.

Friday's crash killed Valerie Youpee, 50, and Natalie Long Hair, 41, both Fort Kipp residents. The Saturday morning crash killed Richard Brown, 22, of Poplar.

Saturday night's crash killed Caleb Fell, 21, and Bryan Pederson, both of Culbertson.

The Monday morning crash occurred on Montana Highway 25, and it appears the driver was negotiating a curve in the road when his vehicle went into a ditch and rolled multiple times, said MHP Trooper T'Elle Evans. MHP was dispatched to the crash at about 5 a.m.

Friday's crash involved an SUV driving on BIA Route 1 near mile marker 2.4 at about 2:11 p.m. Three people were in the car. It's unknown who was driving the car at the time of the crash. The eastbound vehicle was attempting to pass another car but swerved off the right side of the road due to an oncoming westbound vehicle.

The SUV went an estimated 50 feet off the road before going airborne and traveling another 80 feet before landing and rolling twice. All three people inside the vehicle were ejected during the crash. The deceased were identified as Youpee, and Long Hair, both of Fort Kipp. A 66-year-old man from Brockton was taken to the Roosevelt Medical Center Clinic for treatment.

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as possible factors in the crash, according to the MHP crash narrative.

The next fatal crash occurred Saturday morning at about 4:30 a.m. near Poplar. A 22-year-old Poplar man, later identified as Richard Brown, died after his eastbound car left BIA Route 1 and entered a ditch. The car traveled 400 feet, hit a metal culvert and traveled 187 feet before rolling multiple times and hitting a wooden pole.

The car came to a stop on its roof. Brown was not wearing a seat belt and he was ejected during the crash, according to an MHP crash narrative. MHP is investigating alcohol and speed as possible factors in the crash.

Later Saturday two men were killed after the commercial truck they were driving was hit by a train near Culbertson. That crash took place at about 5:15 p.m. near Road 1013 and U.S. Highway 2. The box of the truck was separated from the cab as a result of the collision. The driver was 18-year-old Bryan Pederson and the passenger was 21-year-old Caleb Fell. Both Culbertson residents died as a result of the crash.

It appeared their vehicle failed to yield to the train, according to MHP.

The truck they were driving was hauling the radioactive filters sometimes found in oil fields to a dump site.

Five people killed in vehicle accidents in Roosevelt County over the weekend

Monday, August 19th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Five people were killed in three recent crashes in Roosevelt County in northeastern Montana.

The Montana Highway Patrol says a train struck a commercial truck east of Culbertson shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, killing two men, ages 18 and 21, in the truck.

The patrol tells The Billings Gazette the truck was believed to be carrying filters used in oil fields to a nearby dump site. Trooper David Moon says a hazardous materials team was called to clean up the filters, which posed a low radioactive hazard.

Troopers say a 22-year-old Poplar man died in a rollover crash near Poplar at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Great Falls Tribune reports two Brockton women, ages 41 and 50, died Friday afternoon when their SUV swerved off the road near Culbertson to avoid oncoming traffic as they tried to pass another vehicle.

Victims of plane crash identified

Sunday, August 18th 2019

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Two men from Wyoming were the victims of a deadly plane crash in northeast Montana.

The single-engine Cessna caught fire and crashed at its destination outside Wolf Point, Mont., on Aug. 5. Roosevelt County, Montana, officials on Thursday identified the victims as James D. Heald, of Recluse, and Benjamin Robert Casey, of Gillette.

The bodies of the men were found after the fire was extinguished. Services for the two took place earlier in the week.

The Gillette News-Record reports the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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