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Volunteers Needed For Upcoming Tournaments in Glasgow
Glasgow High School needs volunteers this week for the District 3C basketball tournament, starting Wednesday night.
If you can spare a few hours of your time, please help us out at Scottie gymnasium as Glasgow hosts these tournaments!
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Trustee Positions Available On Glasgow School Board
There are 2 Trustee positions up for election on the Glasgow School Board this year and both incumbents have indicated they do not plan to be a candidate for re-election.
Suzanne Billingsley and John Daggett will both be retiring from their Trustee positions and the replacements will serve 3-year terms.
The filing deadline for the Glasgow School Board is March 26th and as of February 18th there have been no filings for the board.
Anyone interested in running for the Glasgow School Board may get a Declarations of Intent and Oath of Candidacy from the Central Office or from the the school web page.
The School District will also be running a General Fund Levy to operate and maintain the schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The official levy amount hasn't been set but the current estimate is $108,765.81.
USDA Designates 17 Montana Counties As Primary Natural Disaster Areas
Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 17 Montana counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent weather events may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.
These natural disaster designations allow FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.
Excessive Moisture – August 2019 through October 2019
Producers in McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, and Wibaux counties, who suffered losses due to excessive moisture that occurred Aug. 10, 2019, through Oct. 31, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Prairie, Sheridan, and Valley, along with Golden Valley, McKenzie, and Williams counties in North Dakota, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Excessive Moisture and Snow – June 2019 through December 2019
Producers in Daniels, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, and Valley counties, who suffered losses due to excessive moisture and excessive snow that occurred June 20, 2019, through Dec. 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Big Horn, Custer, Garfield, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Roosevelt, and Yellowstone, along with Divide and Williams counties in North Dakota, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Excessive Moisture, Excessive Snow and Freeze – September 2019 through November 2019
Producers in Dawson County who suffered losses due to excessive moisture, excessive snow, and freeze that occurred between Sept. 1, 2019, through Nov. 12, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of McCone, Prairie, Richland, and Wibaux are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Excessive Moisture, Excessive Snow, Hail, and High Winds – August 2019 through November 2019
Producers in Prairie County who suffered losses due to excessive moisture, excessive snow, hail, and high winds that occurred between Aug. 15, 2019, through Nov. 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Wibaux are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Blizzard and Excessive Snow – September 2019 through October 2019
Producers in Toole County who suffered losses due to a blizzard and excessive snow that occurred between Sept. 28, 2019, through Oct. 9, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Glacier, Liberty, and Pondera are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Blizzard, Excessive Snow, Extreme Cold, Freeze, High Winds – September 2019 through October 2019
Producers in Glacier and Teton counties who suffered losses due to a blizzard, excessive snow, extreme cold, freeze, and high winds that occurred between Sept. 27, 2019, through Oct. 5, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Cascade, Chouteau, Flathead, Lewis and Clark, Pondera, and Toole are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Blizzard, Excessive Snow, Freeze, and Frost – September 2019 through October 2019
Producers in Pondera County who suffered losses due to a blizzard, excessive snow, freeze, and frost that occurred between Sept. 27, 2019, through Oct. 8, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Chouteau, Flathead, Glacier, Liberty, Teton, and Toole are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Excessive Snow – September 2019 through December 2019
Producers in Cascade and Chouteau counties who suffered losses due to excessive snow that occurred between Sept. 28, 2019, through Dec.5, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Blaine, Fergus, Hill, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, Meagher, Pondera, and Teton are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
The deadline to apply for emergency loans is Sept. 30, 2020.
FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.
Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover.
Daines Honors Montanan Of The Week: Ashley Kemmis And Briana Page Of Valley County
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Ashley Kemmis and Briana Page of Valley County for their entrepreneurial spirit.
Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.
Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: here .
The following is a statement submitted to the Congressional Record.
Mr. DAINES, Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Ashley Kemmis and Briana Page for their entrepreneurial spirit in Valley County.
Ashley and Briana saw a need in the community for more options for women’s clothing after Shopko closed in Glasgow in 2019.
They teamed up together to launch Thistle and Thread, an online women’s clothing boutique. Since they launched their website one year ago, Ashely and Briana’s project flourished into a successful operation out of Eastern Montana.
Women across the country can purchase the boutique’s clothing online and those in eastern Montana can visit their storefront in Glasgow.
It is my honor to recognize Ashley and Briana for taking the initiative to successfully launch Thistle and Thread. Thistle and Thread is a now a proud part of the Glasgow community and I am grateful for Ashely and Briana’s entrepreneurship.
Congressman Gianforte To Visit Glasgow To Salute Adeline Mitchell
American Legion Post 41 invites all community members to Prairie Ridge Village, at 10a.m. Fri. Feb. 14th as Adeline Mitchell will be awarded the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation from congressman Greg Gianforte. Adeline is member of the American Legion & VFW Auxiliary, & a World War 2 Veteran. Jason Meyers will MC this event & all are welcome.
Applications Now Available For This Year’s VCCF Grants
Applications for this year’s grants from the Valley County Community Foundation are now available on the organization’s website, board member Sam Waters announced this week. All applications are due by March 20.
VCCF provides grants to organizations within Valley County with the 501(c) 3 charitable IRS designation, along with local government and educational institutions. Organizations with projects that will be completed by Oct. 1, 2020 are welcome to apply.
VCCF awards grants in five areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation. The board discourages applications for annual or capital campaigns, grants to endowment funds, debt retirement, and religious activities.
Application forms and guidelines are available at www.valleycountycf.net. Hard copy applications are required.
VCCF grants go a long way to completing necessary projects, explains board member Sam Waters of Glasgow. “Many organizations receive full funding for their projects and others receive a substantial amount of the dollars requested,”
The amount of grant dollars given to recipients varies by the amount available to give, the number of grant requests, and the amount needed for each project. The average amount awarded to successful applicants in the past five years is $2,472, with the smallest grant at $691 and the largest, $11,307.
Last year, VCCF awarded $33,389 in grants to six organizations, bringing the total of all grants given since 2000 to $225,104, Waters said, emphasizing that projects in all parts of Valley County have received grants.
“Over the years, competition for grant dollars has increased, making complete and timely grant applications a necessity,” he continued, adding those incomplete applications and those received or post marked after the March 20 deadline will not be considered.
Funding for the grants comes from earnings on the VCCF endowment. It is invested with the Montana Community Foundation, a statewide organization that helps local communities and non-profit organizations raise and administer charitable gifts.
VCCF is also caretaker for two scholarships. The Feda Scholarship for the Trades is awarded each May to a graduating senior from a Valley County high school and the Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman Memorial Scholarships are awarded in the summer to students who have completed a year of college or trade school. Feda applications are due April 17 and Fuhrman applications on June 19. Check the VCCF website for details.
GHS All Class Reunion Committee Looking For Mailing Addresses
The Glasgow High School All Class Reunion 2021 committee is looking for current mailing addresses for GHS alumni to send out registrations for the GHS All Class Reunion planned for June 24th – June 27th, 2021. Please send your updated information as soon as possible to:
Glasgow Montana All Class Reunion 2021
c/o Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
P.O. Box 832
Glasgow, MT 59230
Or contact us at:
Bob Dungan at 406-228-8687 for any questions
Our next meeting will be Thursday February 27th, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Elks…all are welcome!!!
Hunter Education Classes Offered In Glasgow For Youth And Adults
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area for this year for both youth and adults.
The starting dates for the youth classroom courses are as follows:
The youth classroom course will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2020 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2021. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for this event must be 10 years of age by the first day of class.
Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before the start of class. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.
The dates for the adult online field days are as follows:
March 16 5:30-9:30 p.m.
May 19 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The online filed course will also be held at the Quonset building at the FWP Headquarters in Glasgow. For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online hunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. Adults looking to complete the online course can find instructions at fwp.mt.gov. The Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.
All students must register online at the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov; click on the education tab, then click “hunter education programs.” Next, “Find a class or field course” and search for the available class in your area. Detailed instructions on dates, times, locations and other information will be found on the registration page. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.
Property Taxes In Valley County
Property taxes in Montana pay for a variety of services at the state, local and school district level. In Valley County a total of $18,185,279 was collected in property taxes for 2018.
In Montana a total of $1.752 billion was paid in property taxes in 2018. Almost 36% of property taxes paid were residential property taxes and 13% paid were residential land property taxes.
Property taxes are based on value of the property and in Valley County residential property, commercial property and agricultural property were valued at just over $1 billion an increase of over a quarter million dollars since 2010.
This results in a sizeable increase in the amount of property taxes paid in Valley County from 2010-2018.
Basing property taxes on a per capita basis for residential property owners, the amount has increased from $242 per capita in 2002 all the way to $575 per capita in 2018. That is an increase of 137% in the 16-year period.
The primary driver of that increase is the value of residential property in Valley County. It has increased from $265 million in 2010 all the way to $553 million in 2018.
The value of agricultural property has also increased from just over $202 million in 2010 to $255 million in 2018.
Commercial property in Valley County has also increased in value from $185 million in 2010 to $264 million in 2018.
These figures are from the Montana Department of Revenue and may be accessed here: https://leg.mt.gov/committees/interim/2019rvic/hj-35-study-state-and-local-tax-policy/
Area Students Make THe Montana State University-Northern’s Fall Semester Dean’s List
The Montana State University-Northern’s Fall semester Dean’s List contains 395 students. To be included in the Dean’s List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better. Students that received an incomplete or “F” during this semester are not included on the honor roll listing. The following list of students is organized alphabetically by hometown (please note that many students give a Havre address instead of a hometown address, and thus are listed in the Havre listing).
(Only area students are listed)
Beau Z. Hyatt
Mikenda M. Seymour
Morgan L. Mason
Bryce J. Hanshew
Micah A. Tweten
Randi J. Klind
Sara N. Jimison
Sheena J. Pursley
Ashlea K. Schroder
Daniel F. First Raised
Eduardo S. Velazquez
Heather N. Earthboy
Kevin A. Hawley
Brian J. Bills
Jacob L. Rosaaen
Adler B. Morgan
Sarah K. Morgan
Kendall C. Koss
Kristi N. Granlund
Markelle L. Lett
Shelby L. Brookie
Sandy M. Viste
Germaine J. Jackson
Griffin E. Ricker
Lori E. Smoker
Nate J. Costin
Olga V. Sawdey
Eddie N. Harmon
Isabella G. Lawless
Wolf Point, MT
Hayoon L. Rush
Jason P. Toavs
Lee E. Bach
Levi S. Brown
Trevor J. Davis
Zachary N. Brown
Montana Department Of Transportation Proposing To Widen Highway South Of Malta
MALTA, MONTANA (February 4, 2020) - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to rehabilitate and widen about 9.4 miles of US 191, from approximately 9.4 miles south of Malta at reference post 147.4 to South 9th Street in Malta at reference post 156.9.
Proposed work includes pulverizing the existing surface, widening to add 6-foot shoulders, lowering grades that exceed 4%, applying new plant mix surfacing, and finishing with a seal and cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement marking, signage and guardrail. A new shared-use path is proposed from Secondary 363, approximately one mile south of Malta, to South 9th Street in Malta. The purpose of the project is to bring this section of US 191 up to current standards, resulting in a much safer roadway and reduced maintenance costs.
Construction is tentatively planned for 2023 depending on completion of design and availability of funds. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities will be required. MDT staff will contact landowners prior to construction regarding property acquisition and temporary construction permits.
An important part of properly planning for future projects is partnering with the community. The Montana Department of Transportation welcomes the public to provide ideas and comments on the proposed project. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml or in writing to Montana Department of Transportation, Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive, MT 59330-0890. Please note that comments are for project UPN 7951000.
The public is encouraged to contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Mark Studt at (406) 444 9191 for additional information.
USDA Grants Natural Disaster Designation To 17 Montana Counties
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock Friday announced that the United States Department of Agriculture granted a secretarial natural disaster designation to 17 counties who requested federal assistance after suffering losses caused by multiple disasters during the 2019 crop year.
“Montana farmers faced extraordinary circumstances this season with snowstorms, freezing temperatures, and excessive rain that left them with unharvested crops and in a dire financial situation,” said Governor Bullock. “I am thankful the USDA granted this secretarial natural disaster designation so farmers can access the critical resources they need to have a successful 2020 season.”
Governor Bullock sent two letters to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a secretarial disaster designation for several Montana counties who suffered multiple disasters including excessive moisture and snow, freezing, frost, hail and high winds. The designation will make producers eligible for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans.
The 17 primary counties designated as natural disaster areas include: McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Wibaux, Daniels, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, Dawson, Prairie, Toole, Glacier, Teton, Pondera, Cascade, and Choteau.
Tyler Edwards Named Assistant Chief Of Police
Glasgow Police Chief Brien Gault has announced that Tyler Edwards has been named Assistant Chief of Police for the Glasgow Police Department.
Gault said a panel of veteran law enforcement officers and Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson interviewed 3 candidates for the position. The candidates included Sergeant Tyler Edwards, Lieutenant Trint Gamas and Sergeant Robert Weber.
Chief Gault said all 3 candidates are highly qualified but the interview panel selected Tyler Edwards for the promotion.
Edwards is a veteran officer in the Glasgow Police Department and will be promoted on February 1st.
The Assistant Chief position has been vacant since Gault was promoted to Chief of Police in July of 2018.
20th Annual MonDak Pulse Day Set For February 19
Montana State University (MSU) Extension and North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension personnel have been collaborating for 20 years to bring an annual quality pulse production extension program to the producers of the MonDak region. The event alternates between being held in North Dakota and Montana. This year MonDak Pulse Day will be held on February 19, 2020 at the Elks Club (309 2nd Ave S) in Glasgow, MT. As pulse acreage and production increases in the MonDak region, the need for unbiased, research based, quality information also increases. In the past five years attendance at the MonDak Pulse day has averaged 100 participants, which correlates to the quality of the program and the increase in pulse acres across the region.
The program will start at 8:30AM MST with registration and the start of the Trade Show. There is a $20.00 registration fee that can be paid at the door. Throughout the day there will be breaks in the program to attend the Trade Show and lunch has been sponsored by Northern Pulse Growers Association (NPGA).
Presentations will start at 9AM with Bryan Neville, an animal scientist at the NDSU Carrington Research Center, discussing using pulse crops as forages for livestock. Neville’s research focuses on utilizing alternative feeds and co-products.
Following Dr. Neville’s talk will be Dr. Ken Hellevang, Extension Engineer of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering at NDSU. Dr. Hellevang has over 40 years of experience in the mechanics of storing and handling grain and he will lead a discussion on grain storage and handling.
Our Keynote Speaker, Shawn Fladager, will round out the presentations before lunch. Mr. Fladager serves as the branch Manager for Northwest Farm Credit Services and has ties to the Peerless area, he will giving us an overview of crop insurance and how it can work for you.
Brian Gion, NPGA Marketing Director, will provide a Pulse update to the group and Dr. Gautam Pradnam, NDSU Williston Research Extension Center Agronomist, will discuss Soybean Production in the MonDak Region. Dr. Pradnam has lead the dryland research program since 2014 and had been focusing on crop varieties and breeding lines that adapt well to the semiarid no-till condition of the MonDak Region.
Finishing up the program will be an informative presentation on Palmer Amaranth by MSU Extension Agents Tim Fine (Richland County) and Shelley Mills (Valley County). Found in North Dakota in 2018, Palmer amaranth is a highly competitive plant and should be on everyone’s watch list.
Pesticide applicator credits and CCA continuing education units will be available.
For further information on the MonDak Pulse Day, contact your local MSU Extension office (Daniels County 406.487.2861, Fort Peck Reservation Agent 406.768.3431, Richland County 406.433.1206, Roosevelt County 406.787.5312, Sheridan County 406.765.3406 or Valley County 406.228.6241) or the Williston Research Extension Center (701.774.7315).
Superintendent Wade Sundby Addresses General Fund Levy Request
January 27, 2020
Dear Glasgow School District Community Member,
School funding formulas are complex and confusing. To simplify things, our district receives direct state aid payment equivalent to about 44% of our general funds. According to the Montana OPI document “Understanding Montana School Finance and School District Budgets,” the general fund is defined as the fund used to account for the financing of a district’s operation and maintenance costs not accounted for in another fund. Some examples of the general fund expenditures include salaries and benefits, supplies associated with pupil instruction, administration, support services to students, loans paid to the Board of Investments, and extracurricular activities not paid by the student activities fund. The general fund is the primary budgeting fund of a district. This school year the Glasgow School District will receive 133.26 mills which go into our general fund budget from you our taxpayers and we thank you. We will be asking you to raise 6.9 mills (approximately $106,000) to 140.06 total estimated mills for next year. The total mills the school district asks for is currently 250.42, the total estimated mills will increase to 257.32 with the 6.9 mill increase. A mill is one-thousandth (.001) of a dollar. School districts can determine how much a mill will raise by taking the total taxable value in a district (an amount provided to the school district by the county assessor) and multiplying it by .001. This result is equal to what one mill will raise in actual dollars. The approximate dollars this will cost a $100,000 homeowner would be $9.18, and a $200,000 homeowner would be $18.36 per year. The impact on your total tax bill for residents and landowners outside the city limits would be less than 1.2% increase, residents inside the city limits and St. Marie would be less than 1% increase. Keep in mind that there is a difference between bonds and levies, bonds are for buildings and levies are for learning.
Glasgow School District has faced some challenging situations for the past couple of years. Our voters have not passed a mill levy for our school district. A year ago the general fund levy failed by 46 votes, 704 against, 658 for. We will be asking you the taxpayers of the Glasgow School District to raise your taxes through this levy request.
Over the past years, we have worked hard to cut down our expenses, to make the reduction in revenue more bearable. With a healthier infrastructure and cutbacks on expenses, we are spending less money now in spite of an increase in salaries, benefits and inflationary costs (fuel, supplies, etc). With these reductions, it has not hurt our ability to educate our children in this community and I refuse to let it. As your Superintendent, I will continue to do everything I can to make sure our kids get the high-quality education and opportunities to which they have a right. OUR students will not pay the price for our declining revenue resource.
As previously mentioned, we will be around $106,000 short in revenue this year. The Glasgow School Board of Trustees has decided to run a mill levy again this year. This was not an easy decision to make by our school board members; however, in order to ensure that our school can and will continue to provide for the educational future of our children, school, and community we all need to chip in.
As your superintendent of the Glasgow School District, it is my job to balance the needs of the students, the demands of the district, and the interests of the community. The school board is often required to make difficult decisions that impact all three. I know that Glasgow, as do all rural communities, understands the critical role that a school plays in maintaining a healthy community.
The school election, conducted by the county for the first time, will be a mail-in ballot only and those will be in the mail around April 17, 2020. Ballots must be returned to the Valley County elections administrator no later than 8:00 pm, May 4, 2020. At this time Glasgow will elect two trustee positions and hold the levy vote. I encourage all readers to vote when their ballot arrives in the mail.
Wade O. Sundby
Montana’s Missouri River Country Cooperative Marketing Funds
Missouri River Country has Cooperative Marketing funds available for communities in Northeast Montana, designed to promote an area or event on a cooperative basis with a nonprofit tourism-related organization. The intent of this program is to encourage the development of new or expanded marketing projects that attract visitors outside the local community, thereby increasing the tourism travel to the region and extending the traveler’s stay in Missouri River Country.
The cooperative marketing funds are a 50/50 split between Missouri River Country and nonprofit tourism organizations. The funds are made possible by bed tax dollars generated in the Missouri River Country tourism region and are offered annually by Missouri River Country through an application process.
Projects that we have helped fund in the past are brochures for different communities and museums, billboards, signage and advertising events.
For an application and guidelines, please visit our website at www.missouirivermt.com or contact the Missouri River Country tourism office, 1-800-653-1319 or write to P.O. Box 118, Fort Peck, MT 59223.
Kiwanis Presents Bring Up Grades Awards
Kiwanis presented BUG (Bring Up Grades) awards to students from the Irle School:
Fourth graders Averylynn Bilger, Harlie Cooper, Poppy Heavey, Karlee Hintt, Jack Miller, Danica Orth, Brylon Partridge, Tessa Stutheit, and Aurora Thompson; and Fifth graders Dylon Fisher-Murch and Haleigh Huntsman.
These students brought up grades between the first and second grading periods, and serve presented certificates and served ice cream by Kiwanians Charles Wilson and Amber Swindler, and Builders Club students Emily Cronmiller and Aaron Miller.
Kiwanis International BUG Awards are presented across the United States and the world to honor students who may not otherwise be recognized.
North Dakota Woman Sues Valley County Sheriff's Office And Former Undersheriff Luke Strommen
A woman, who is now a resident of Columbus, North Dakota, has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Great Falls against the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and former Valley County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Strommen.
Elena Salinas is claiming that Luke Strommen went to her home in December of 2017 under the pretense of work as an officer of the law. She alleges that Strommen proceeded to physically and sexually assault her.
Salinas claims that the Valley County Sheriff’s Department was responsible for the supervision of Luke Strommen at the time of the sexual assault/abuse. She is claiming that the VCSO and Strommen engaged in negligent and intentional conduct towards her causing harm.
The court documents state that Valley County was negligent in hiring Strommen and he was not competent to fill the position of Undersheriff at the time he was hired due to a past history.
The documents also state that Valley County was negligent in retaining Strommen as a Deputy due to a past history of inappropriate sexual conduct towards women and children and or other inappropriate conduct he engaged in. The lawsuit alleges that the retention of Strommen caused Salinas severe and serious mental distress, mental and physical injury and past and future medical expenses and past and future lost income.
The other charges in the civil lawsuit claim Negligent Supervision of Employee, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, and Respondeat Superior.
The lawsuit is seeking punitive claims from the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and Luke Strommen in an amount over $75,000. An original filing was made in Federal Court in Great Falls in December but an amended complaint and demand for jury trial was made on January 13th. Valley County Sheriff’s Office and Strommen have not replied to the lawsuit as of January 27th.
Strommen is currently facing criminal charges in State District Court in Glasgow on 2 other charges involving separate incidents.
Governor Bullock Orders All Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff On Saturday
I hereby order all flags flown in the state of Montana to be flown at half-staff on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 to honor Montana Air National Guard Pilot Lt. Col. Ian McBeth, who lost his life in the line of duty as a first responder on January 23rd, 2020.
Ian was a devoted father and husband, a brave first responder, and a selfless service member who made the ultimate sacrifice helping the people of Australia combat the catastrophic wildfires devastating their country. Our service members and their families already sacrifice so much, and Ian took his call of duty even further to help those in need across the world. The thoughts and prayers of my family and administration are with the family, friends, and the fellow guard members of Lt. Col. McBeth. We will always be grateful for Ian’s service to our state, our nation and the world.
Dated this 24th day of January 2020.
STEVE BULLOCK Governor
Valley County And City Of Glasgow Receive CDBG Grants
HELENA, Mont. -- The Montana Department of Commerce announced Thursday that 29 Montana communities will share more than $900,000 of federal grant funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program. These grants will support the planning of critical infrastructure and community development projects in Montana.
?Planning is at the foundation of building healthy and vibrant communities,? Commerce Director Tara Rice said. ?These planning grants will help Montana communities develop and preserve affordable homes, plan for community projects, and create and retain jobs.?
CDBG Planning Grants will be awarded to:
City-County of Anaconda-Deer Lodge: $33,750 for a Housing Needs Assessment and Market Study
Town of Belt: $26,250 for a Subdivision and Zoning Regulation plan
City-County of Butte-Silver Bow: $50,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study and Preliminary Engineering Report to support?a permanent supportive housing project
Town of Culbertson: $30,000 for a Growth Policy and Capital Improvement Plan
City of Deer Lodge: $33,750 for a Parks and Trails Plan
City of Dillon: $24,000 for a Capital Improvement Plan update
City of East Helena: $15,000 for a Growth Policy
Town of Ekalaka: $23,850 for a Flood Study
Flathead County: $45,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study for Bigfork Senior Center
Garfield County: $50,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study for an emergency services building
City of Glasgow: $30,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study for the Valley Court Apartments
City of Hardin: $24,750 for a Growth Policy and Downtown Revitalization Plan
City of Havre: $47,500 for a Preliminary Architectural Study of Eagles Manor
Lewis & Clark County: $32,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study of the Good Samaritan Ministries Thrift Store
City of Lewistown: $35,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study and Critical Needs Assessment for Eagles Manor
City of Libby: $13,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study for the Libby Hotel
Town of Lodge Grass: $15,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study to add ADA upgrades to the town hall
City of Malta: $47,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study for the Hi-Line Retirement Center
Town of Manhattan: $30,000 for a Growth Policy
Park County: $21,000 for a Preliminary Architectural Study and Planning Project on the Gardiner Food Pantry
Roosevelt County: $30,000 for a Growth Policy
Town of Sheridan: $30,000 for a Growth Policy and Capital Improvement Plan
City of Three Forks: $30,000 for a Growth Policy
Town of Hot Springs: $37,500 for a Preliminary Architectural Study and Capital Improvement Plan
City of Townsend: $11,250 for a Zoning Regulation and Growth Policy Update
Town of Twin Bridges: $39,450 for a Floodplain Study
Valley County: $30,000 for a Growth Policy and Capital Improvement Plan
Wibaux County: $26,550 for a Growth Policy
Yellowstone County: $45,000 for a Corridor Plan for Metra Park area
CDBG planning grants are available to eligible counties, cities, towns, and local governments. Local governments may apply on behalf of special districts, unincorporated areas and non-profit organizations.
Department of Revenue Hosting Glasgow Meeting on Alcohol Laws
GLASGOW --- The Montana Department of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABCD) invites you to attend an overview presentation of Montana alcohol laws and rules.
Anyone interested in a high-level view of the laws and rules of the alcoholic beverage world, including current licensees, people interested in owning an alcoholic beverage license, and members of the public, is encouraged to attend.
The presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 11, at 3 p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow and will last about one to two hours. ABCD’s Education Specialist and Outreach Coordinator will be presenting Montana alcohol laws and rules basics. They will also be available to answer questions after the presentation.
For more information, contact ABCD Outreach Coordinator Dacia English at (406) 444-0728 or Education Specialist Kent Haab at (406) 444-4307.
Trump Administration To Approve Keystone Pipeline On US Land
BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration on Wednesday will approve a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, federal officials told The Associated Press, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom.
The approval covers about 45 miles (72 kilometers) of the line’s route across land in Montana controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Casey Hammond, assistant secretary of the Interior Department.
The 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude oil daily from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast. Project sponsor TC Energy has said it wants to begin construction of the long-delayed line this year, but that’s sure to face more legal challenges.
The 46-mile (74-kilometer) stretch includes all federal land crossed by the line, Hammond said. Much of the rest of the route is across private land for which TC Energy has been assembling permission to build on.
Opponents worry burning the tar sands oil will make climate change worse, and that it could break and spill into waterways like Montana’s Missouri River.
TC Energy of Canada first proposed the project more than a decade ago but has been unable to get past numerous lawsuits. President Donald Trump has been a strong supporter and revived Keystone XL after the Obama administration was rejected.
Hammond said Interior officials and other agencies have done a thorough review of the line’s potential effects on the environment. He said TC Energy had provided detailed plans to respond to any spill from the line.
“We’re comfortable with the analysis that’s been done,” Hammond said.
He said Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval Wednesday.
An attorney for environmental groups that have sued to overturn Trump’s permit for the line said they will ask the judge in the case to issue an order blocking Wednesday’s approval.
“We know President Trump’s permit was unconstitutional, and we have every confidence that the federal courts will set aside these approvals,” said Steve Volker, who represents the Indigenous Environmental Network.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana initially denied a request from environmentalists to block construction in December because no work was immediately planned. But he also has ruled against the project, including a 2018 decision that stalled the line and prompted Trump to issue a new presidential permit for Keystone XL to cross the U.S.-Canada border.
In Nebraska, the state Supreme Court removed the last major obstacle for the project in August when it ruled in favor of state regulators who had approved a route for the pipeline in 2017.
The court upheld the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s 3-2 vote to allow construction, despite opponents’ arguments that the commission didn’t follow all of the procedures required by state law.
Corps Studying Possible Construction Of Weather Stations To Improve Flood Control
The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the possible construction of an $11.1 million network of weather stations to improve flood control across the Upper Missouri River Basin.
The Billings Gazette reports stations are being upgraded for proof of concept in Bozeman and in Sheridan, Wyoming, and Brookings, South Dakota. After the systems and equipment demonstrate their capability, Corps officials propose installing 360 similar stations at a cost of more than $31,000 each.
The details of the study are contained in a draft environmental assessment of updates to the three soil moisture and plains snowpack monitoring stations.
Ice Yacht Competition Set For This Week On Fort Peck Reservoir
Something unique is going on Fort Peck Reservoir this week.
The Twenty20 DN Championships are set to start this Wednesday. A DN is a type of ice yacht. Competitions are held on frozen lakes, and for the first time, one of the race series will be held at Fort Peck.
The events will conclude on Friday.
For more information, visit the group's Facebook page.
Children's Museum Of Northeast Montana Receives Grant For Exterior Signage
HELENA, Mont. – Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice today announced 25 organizations in 23 communities across Montana will receive funding to strengthen local economies through tourism and outdoor recreation-related activities.
Funds totaling $750,000 will be awarded through the Tourism Grant Program at the Montana Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism and Business Development.
“Experiencing Montana is all about visiting charming, vibrant communities and taking in the breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled nature found across our state,” Rice said. “This funding invests in communities all over Montana to help them enhance or create tourism and recreation assets that will strengthen local economies.”
In 2018, 12.4 million non-resident visitors added $3.7 billion to Montana’s economy. That was a nearly 11 percent increase over 2017 visitor spending.
The following organizations will be awarded funding:
• The Alberta Bair Theater, Inc. in Billings will receive $61,998 to install a digital marquee on exterior walls and in the newly renovated Alberta Bair Theater
• The Anaconda Local Development Corporation will receive $20,426 to develop mapping and wayfinding to enhance local outdoor trail experiences
• The Bitterroot Resource Conservation and Development District for Ravalli County Tourism Business Improvement District in Hamilton will receive $2,500 to market film tourism opportunities in the Bitterroot Valley
• Blackfeet Manpower in Browning will receive $29,166 to develop the Buffalo Calf Interpretive Visitor Center and install lighting and security in the campground
• The city of Boulder will receive $5,000 to construct a visitor information kiosk in Boulder’s Veterans Park
• The Children's Museum of Northeast Montana in Glasgow will receive $4,500 for exterior signage on the renovated museum’s exterior
• The Choteau Area Port Authority (city of Choteau) will receive $8,800 for brand development and marketing of the Choteau area
• The city of Columbia Falls will receive $85,000 to improve restroom and parking amenities at the River's Edge Park
• The town of Culbertson will receive $58,967 to develop a community fishing pond and walking path to enhance outdoor recreation activities
• The Daniels County Museum Association in Scobey will receive $28,788 to repair the Daniels County Museum & Pioneer Town Watts House
• The Eureka Youth Sports League will receive $50,000 to build a roller and ice hockey rink, as well as running and biking trails in the new, multiuse Eureka Sports & Recreational Park
• The Gallatin Ice Foundation will receive $120,000 to expand the Ice Barn at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds into a four-season arena
• The Libby Area Chamber of Commerce will receive $4,833 to develop and print a high-quality visitor's guide with digital availability
• The city of Malta will receive $13,000 to restore a transportation stagecoach crafted by the Weisenhorn Carriage Company of Helena in 1890
• The Missoula Downtown Foundation will receive $10,000 to install pedestrian wayfinding and heritage interpretation kiosks in the downtown area
• The Montana State Parks Foundation will receive $13,000 to develop an interactive showcase for Southwest Montana’s state parks
• The Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Lame Deer will receive $53,300 to construct new bathroom and shower facilities and picnic areas in the Cheyenne Chiefs Powwow Facility
• The Peoples Partner For Community Development in Lame Deer will receive $15,150 to construct a welcoming entrance to the Jessie Mullin Picture Museum and to purchase exhibit cases for photographs
• The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation will receive $33,467 to install lighting and perimeter boards and replace necessary equipment for the Red Lodge Ice Rink
• The city of Shelby will receive $4,000 to design, construct, and install a north entrance welcome sign into the city
• The Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will receive $14,000 to enhance signage for wayfinding into and throughout Sidney
• Timescale Adventures (TMDC) in Bynum will receive $53,700 to upgrade infrastructure at the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center
• The town of Virginia City will receive $20,000 to develop the Virginia City Central Park with signage and picnic tables
• The town of West Yellowstone will receive $32,500 for exterior improvements to the relocated Rendezvous Ski Trail Archway and Trailhead Building
• Wibaux County will receive $7,905 to restore the Pierre Wibaux House on the Wibaux Museum Complex
Meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist Explains Recent Weather
With temperatures dropping to 20 below and snow falling it begs the question....how does it snow when its that cold? Kltz recently asked Glasgow Meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist to explain how this happens.
Senator Tester Updates On Assistance To Wheat Farmers In Northeast Montana
Senator Jon Tester gave an update on the USDA providing support to wheat farmers in Northeast Montana who could not harvest due to excessive moisture.
Campaign Underway To Legalize Marijuana In Montana
HELENA (AP) — A campaign to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana use has submitted two proposed ballot initiatives for state review, the group "New Approach Montana" announced.
The first ballot proposal would legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults in Montana, establish a regulatory framework and a 20% sales tax. Part of the tax money would be used to reduce the tax on medical marijuana from 2% to 1%.
The second ballot issue is a constitutional amendment that would restrict marijuana consumption, like alcohol, to people age 21 or older.
The initiatives were delivered to the Secretary of State and Legislative Services Division on Monday, Montana Public Radio reported. The Attorney General must approve the language before the group can start gathering signatures in an effort to put the issues before voters in November 2020.
The group would need over 25,000 signatures by June to put the marijuana legalization issue on the ballot and almost 51,000 signatures to qualify the constitutional amendment for the ballot.
Montana currently has a Medical Marijuana Program with 36,422 Montana residents holding a Medical Marijuana Card allowing them to legally access marijuana.
There are 195 residents in Valley County with a Medical Marijuana Card.
Community Cash Program A Success According To Glasgow Area Chamber Of Commerce
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture had a very successful holiday season with its Annual Community Cash program.
The Community Cash Script was available starting on October 16, 2019 at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Bank of Glasgow and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Community Cash program is to encourage people in our area to “Shop Local”. The Glasgow merchants offer a variety of quality products along with outstanding customer service.
In 2019, 67 Chamber business members participated in the program with 43 loans totaling $39,603 from Bank of Glasgow, 34 loans totaling $29,820 from FCB, and 18 loans totaling $16,300 from Independence Bank for a total of $85,723 dollars Spent Locally!
The Chamber Big Bucks program was also very successful. From October 1st thru December 31st, 2019 alone, $43,925 of Chamber Big Bucks was purchased from the Chamber Office. With both programs $129,648 was spent LOCALLY during the 2019 Holiday season in Glasgow. The Chamber thanks everybody for participating in these programs and supporting our local merchants! “BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”
Strommen Sentencing Postponed To February 4th In Great Falls
Former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen will be sentenced February 4th in Great Falls as his original sentencing set for earlier this month was postponed. In October, Strommen pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual abuse of a child and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison with all time suspended.
Strommen entered into a plea deal with the Montana Attorneys General Office in October. Judge John 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 in March.
The 10-year suspended sentence means Strommen will not do any jail time but must undergo a pre-sentence investigation and a psycho-sexual evaluation.
Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council Meets Jan. 17 At The Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck.
The meeting is open to the public and will include wildlife, fisheries, enforcement, and other updates from Region 6 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.
Hi-Line Sportsmen Banquet Is On Leap Day
Save the date and plan to attend the 4th annual conservation fundraising dinner hosted by the Hi-Line Sportsmen on Saturday evening, Feb. 29 at Glasgow’s St. Raphael’s Parish Center gymnasium.
That’s right: it’s Leap Day, and a rare opportunity to win a gun, share an evening with your neighbors, support local conservation, and eat a perfectly roasted prime rib dinner.
Tickets for the banquet are limited in number and are available from more than a dozen members of the local chapter committee. Deadline to purchase early-bird tickets—which include a chance to win two tickets to the Diamond Rio concert at this summer’s Northeast Montana Fair as well as to get a discount on raffle tickets—is Feb. 17.
Doors open on Feb. 29 at 4:30 p.m. for drinks and games. A prime rib dinner with all the trimmings will be served starting at 6 p.m.
Single tickets cost $30 and couples tickets are $50. Sponsor couples tickets are $200, and include a sponsor gift. Or get a group of friends together and buy a sponsor table for 8 for $800. Sponsor tables include a specially designated Hi-Line Sportsmen premium binocular to give away to tablemates.
The banquet features a wide variety of art, home furnishings and hardware, raffle prizes for women and youngsters, and plenty of sporting goods on the general raffle. In addition, nearly a dozen guns will be auctioned or raffled over the course of the evening. Special items include the final team spot in this summer’s Milk River Catfish Classic fishing tournament, a super-premium hunting rifle, special scholarship guns, and custom hunting knives.
All funds from the banquet stay in the local community. Hi-Line Sportsmen is a non-profit conservation group committed to improving wildlife habitat, sportsmen access, and passing on sporting traditions in Valley County and neighboring communities.
Proceeds from previous banquets have funded scholarships for college-bound Valley County students, purchased docks at the Fort Peck Marina, helped Fish, Wildlife & Parks with access projects, assisted the creation of a local .22 rifle league, electrified camping areas at Boy Scout Park, contributed hundreds of pounds of venison to the Glasgow Food Bank, and matched beginning hunters with experienced mentors. A major donation to benefit local sportsmen will be announced at the banquet.
For more information on the Feb. 29 banquet and Hi-Line Sportsmen, visit the group’s Facebook page, or call Jennifer Jackson at 263-7339, Jace Ball at 230-0833, or Andrew McKean at 263-5442.
Region 6 Hunting Season Proposals For 2020-2021
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold public meetings in northeast Montana in January to gather comments on proposed hunting seasons & rules for the next 2 years. Interested hunters are encouraged to attend these meetings to hear the proposals, ask questions, & make comments.
Proposed hunting season changes were tentatively approved by the Fish & Wildlife Commission at their December meeting, which are then put out for public comment. Tentative season proposals include both statewide & local hunting regulations for all big game, migratory birds, & upland game birds.
Every 2 years FWP considers changes to all hunting seasons, proposes changes from the previous biennium, & encourages public comment before the Fish & Wildlife Commission makes its final decisions in February.
Many of the proposed changes this year in Region 6 focus on simplifying the hunting regulations, including: Consolidating various hunting districts outside of the Missouri Breaks; Aligning deer, elk, & antelope to have similar hunting districts & boundaries; Consolidating and/or eliminating various elk licenses & permits; Adjusting HD 622 bighorn sheep boundary.
The public is encouraged to visit the FWP website for the full proposals or attend a public meeting. There is also an online “movie presentation” of the season setting proposals for each Region available online at fwp.mt.gov , MontanaFWP on YouTube, & on the Region 6 Facebook page.
In northeast Montana, all public meetings are scheduled for 6 - 8p.m. Glasgow’s meeting is Thurs. Jan. 16th at the Cottonwood Inn. Comments may be submitted at these public meetings, online at fwp.mt.gov, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: FWP Wildlife Division, “attn: hunting season proposals,” PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.
Comments are due by 5p.m. Jan. 22, 2020. If there are any questions about the Region 6 meetings, please call the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow, 406-228-3700. FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations to any of these meetings, please contact 406-228-3700.
Glasgow Kiwanis Recruitment Meeting Is Wednesday
The Glasgow Kiwanis Club’s annual membership recruitment meeting is Wed. Jan. 15th at 5p.m. at the Glasgow Elks Club. If this interests you, come join us & learn more about how you can help.
Kiwanis club members are inviting guests as potential members to join Kiwanis in serving the children of the world, one child & one community at a time. Kiwanis International was formed in 1915, & the Glasgow Kiwanis Club was formed in 1923.
Kiwanis sponsors the Glasgow Kiwanis Swim Team, Boy Scout Troop 861, the High School Key Club, the Middle School Builders Club, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, the BUG (Bring Up Grades) program in the schools, & many other projects.
Kiwanis also participates in world-wide service projects such as preventing Iodine Deficiency & immunizing against Maternal & Neo-Natal Tetanus. Our club meetings are generally held on the 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays, usually at the Cottonwood Inn at noon unless replaced by a special program. Any & all are welcome to come & learn more about what Kiwanis is all about.
Tweten And Bryan Officially File For New Terms As Commissioner And Clerk Of Court
Thursday was the first day to file for political office in Montana for the 2020 political year. There are also local races that are up for election in Valley County. The Valley County Commission seat currently held by Paul Tweten is up for election this year and the Valley County Clerk of District Court position held by Shelly Bryan is up for election.
Tweten filed for another 6-year term on Thursday and Bryan filed for another 4-year term on Friday.
Also officially running for the Montana Legislature is Glasgow resident Joyce Stone who is a Republican candidate in House District #33. This House Seat is currently held by Republican Casey Knudsen of Malta who filed his paperwork on Friday. This sets up a Primary Election between Knudsen and Stone.
The filing will end March 9th.
The Primary Election is set for June 2nd and the General Election on November 3rd.
Governor Bullock Announces $320,000 in Grants to Native American Businesses
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock this week awarded $320,000 in funding to support the growth of 25 Native American-owned businesses across Montana through the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant program.
“Encouraging the growth of Native American-owned and operated businesses boosts not only the businesses themselves, but also helps strengthen local economies in the communities they operate in,” Governor Bullock said. “Indian Equity Fund dollars are an important investment in the future of businesses and tribal communities across Montana.”
Each business will receive between $7,000 and $14,000 to help with costs related to land purchases, building, equipment, assets, technology, operational costs, and working capital.
The Indian Equity Fund builds partnerships with tribal governments by investing in Native American entrepreneurships and small businesses and encouraging economic development in tribal nations for the benefit of tribal communities and members.
The following businesses will receive grants through the Indian Equity Fund:
• Leaning Tree Campground, Cabins, Cafe and Store, Doug Fitzgerald (Babb)
• Hometown Dollar Store, Ellen Burdeau (Browning)
• OC Welding, Jonilee Running Fisher (East Glacier)
Chippewa Cree Tribe
• Digital Cleaners, Wilson Mitchell (Box Elder)
• Kyotee Construction, Troy Henderson (Box Elder)
• Diamond M Towing, Pearl Morsette (Box Elder)
• Tim's Tire Repair, Timothy Koop (Box Elder)
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
• Hunter Towing and Hauling, Richard Hunter (Ronan)
• Lawn Snowbusters, Helen White Quills (Ronan)
• Water People Tours, Keya Birdsbill-Camel (Ronan)
• Wellknown Buffalo Café, Peggy Wellknown Buffalo (Garryowen)
• Tommy B. Robinson Photography, Tommy Robinson (Lame Deer)
• Not Afraid Equine, Jeremy Not Afraid (Lodge Grass)
• Maggie's Café, Emerley Thex (Ashland)
Fort Belknap Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes
• Rope Savvy, Emma Filesteel (Harlem)
• KL Construction & Realty, Kenneth Lewis (Lodgepole)
• Denise's Place, Denise Werk (Hays)
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux
• ABC Automotive, Eldon Porras (Wolf Point)
• RezKast Media LLC, Adriann Ricker (Poplar)
• White Bear Farrier Service, Kaiden White Bear (Wolf Point)
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
• Integrity Resources Archaeology LLC, Virginia O’Boyle (Bonner)
• Rose Hollow Catering, Ashley Woodward (Billings)
Northern Cheyenne Tribe
• Fred Bement Landscaping, Fred Bement (Ashland)
• Lynch Coulee Lube, LLC, Quanah Magpie (Lame Deer)
• Spoon + Fork Soups and Salads, JT Martin (Lame Deer)
Grants through the Indian Equity Fund are awarded through a competitive application process administered by the Department of Commerce. Funding awards require in-kind matching funds from grant recipients. Applicants are encouraged to work with their local Native American Business Advisors year-round not only to put together competitive applications, but also to gain valuable business skills and access to business counseling services.
Paul Tweten Files For Another Term On Valley County Commission
Thursday is the first day to file for political office in Montana for the 2020 political year. There are also local races that are up for election in Valley County. The Valley County Commission seat currently held by Paul Tweten is up for election this year and the Valley County Clerk of District Court position held by Shelly Bryan is up for election.
Today is the first day to file for election and the filing will end March 9th.
The Primary Election is set for June 2nd and the General Election on November 3rd.
*Update Paul Tweten officially filed for another 6-year term on the Valley County Commission
Fort Peck Reservoir Fish And Hatchery Crews Receive Award
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is pleased to announce that the Region 6 Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management team of Heath Headley, Jeff Remus and Bill Viste in tandem with the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery team of Wade Geraets, Ryan Lott, Matt Baxter and BJ Erickson have received the 2020 the “Outstanding Public Service and Sport Fish Project – Team of the Year Award” for their service to the sportsmen and women of Montana.
According to Region 6 Fisheries Manager Steve Dalbey, this group “has demonstrated a can-do attitude over the past several years.”
The two crews are independent teams, as the Fisheries Management crew is part of Region 6 management, whereas the Hatchery crew is managed out of Helena. However, both of these crews are working towards a common goal: to produce the highest quality fishery in Fort Peck Reservoir.
“They are the staff out there in all types of weather and at all hours of the day to produce walleye and chinook salmon eggs for the state of Montana and beyond,” added Dalbey. “They have consistently exceeded expectations collecting and raising record numbers of walleye and chinook eggs for stocking back into Fort Peck Reservoir and other waters across Montana. The coordination between these two teams deserves this special acknowledgment.”
Seven More Scotties Receive Aid from GHS Educational Trust
At its recent semi-annual meeting, trustees of the Glasgow High School Educational Trust awarded financial aid to seven GHS alumni who will be attending college or trade school during the Spring 2020 semester. These seven are in addition to the 27 students who applied for and received awards last summer to help pay for both semesters of the 2019-2020 academic year.
While this number is impressive, it could be and should be twice as high. With ever-rising tuition and fees and growing student loan debt, financial aid from the GHS Educational Trust may play an important part in enabling GHS graduates and their parents to manage the burden. These awards are gifts: they do not have to be repaid.
The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by the Glasgow High School Class of 1938. Donations of cash, stock, and real estate from supporters across the nation have grown the corpus of the trust to over $8.5 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 1 and Oct. 15 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 2,404 awards to 736 different students totaling $2,325,500.00.
In addition to the application, the trust’s website lists information about making donations, contacting trustees, and past awards. Prospective applicants are encouraged to log on at least six weeks before the application deadline(s) to ensure that they have time to collect all of the forms and documents necessary to complete the process.
The founders of the Glasgow High School Educational Trust and its many donors since have made an investment in this community and in the future of its young people. They valued higher education and realized that it offers students an opportunity to strive for a brighter future for themselves, their community, and their country. Become a part of this honorable legacy by applying for aid or by contributing to its ongoing success.
The following seven students were the most recent recipients of gifts from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in honor, memory, or recognition of the individual(s)’ name(s) that follow:
Brinlie Nielsen, Minnesota State University, IMO James “Jim” A. Parke;
Darrin W. Wersal, Dakota College of Bottineau, IMO Anita E. Little.
Trent Herbert, North Dakota State College of Science, IMO Richard “Dick” and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals;
Rachel Mickelson, Utah State University, IMO Mitchel “Mitch” J. Etchart.
Amy Nelson, Rocky Mountain College, IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart;
Jason Thibault, Dickinson State University, IHO James and Ailene Dokken Olk Family.
Luke Zeiger, Diver’s Institute of Technology, IMO Ronald A. Combs.
Valley County’s Conservation District Represented Strong At MACDs Annual Gathering In Kalispell.
The Valley County Conservation District Directors and District Administrator traveled to Kalispell to attend a statewide gathering of Montana Area Conservation Districts, bringing 6 resolutions from Valley County to the table. The Resolutions address issues concerning water, soil, land use & District operations in Valley County.
A successful policy is achieved by working with partners and utilizing available resources at a local, state and national level to resolve issues that make a lasting impact on the needs of Valley County. The resolution process addresses problems and concerns that affect our area and makes necessary changes to Conservation Laws. A strong representation is vital in vying with partners and resources to focus attention to local agriculture issues. Through the process, the Resolutions were reviewed and approved first at the District Area 1 Meeting (including Daniels, Garfield, McCone, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley & Petroleum Counties), then, passed by Montana’s Area Conservation Districts Board at the state level (MACD), to begin the process of becoming law.
Valley County’s Conservation District is active and working for you!
The 2019 Resolutions that Passed were: 19-04 Declaring Wolves a Predator in Eastern Montana, 19-05 Requesting the BLM Complete an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement Concerning its Filing on Pre-Existing Water Rights, 19-06 Requesting the BLM Deny the American Prairie Reserve Proposal to remove Interior Fences and Graze Buffalo/Bison Year Round, 19-09 To Fund the Modernization of St. Mary’s Diversion, 19-10 Acquire PILT Funds for US Reacquired Reservation Lands, & 19-11 To Ensure that Counties Distribute PILT funds.. Involved entities are maximizing efforts by continuing to speak with one unified voice to bring these Resolutions forward to Policy at Montana’s Capitol.
Local organizations and producers are encouraged to become involved and invited to attend Glasgow’s Feral Hogs Awareness Seminar & Local Working Group meeting on January 30, 2020. Please contact the Valley County Conservation District office at 228-4321 ext. 101 for more information or with any questions or comments.
Visit https://macdnet.org/yearpassed/2019/?posttypes=resolutions to view the full Resolutions.
State Health Officials Remind Tobacco Product Retailers To Comply With New Federal Law That Makes It Illegal To Sell Tobacco Products To Those Under The Age Of 21
State health officials said today that tobacco product retailers in Montana should comply with a new federal law and discontinue tobacco product sales to those under the age of 21. Federal compliance checks will continue to occur under the new minimum age requirement.
On December 20, 2019, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced, effective immediately, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/compliance-enforcement-training/retail-sales-tobacco-products
The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is awaiting additional guidance from the FDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and will provide more information as it becomes available.
The FDA defines tobacco product as “any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product,” and includes hookah, e-cigarettes (vapes), dissolvables, smokeless tobacco, cigarettes, all cigars, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco, and future tobacco products that meet the statutory definition of a tobacco product.
“DPHHS strongly supports this new law, which is grounded in public health research and will protect young adults from a lifetime of addiction to nicotine,” DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan said.
Hogan noted that nearly 95% of people who smoke cigarettes started before they turned 21. Increasing the minimum age of sale from 18 to 21 will reduce tobacco use by delaying the age of initiation.
Valley County Commissioners Establish Fire Season
Pursuant to the provisions of §7-33-2205, M.C.A., the Board of County Commissioners of Valley County, Montana, hereby establish a fire season for the year 2020, beginning January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020, during which time no person shall set any forest fire, slash-burning fire, debris-burning fire, or open fire within the County protection area without having obtained an official permit to ignite or set fire from the Valley County Sheriff or Dispatch Office - 228-4333 Opt. 2.
Violation of the above statute may be prosecuted under the provisions of §7-33-2206, M.C.A., which provides that violations of a closed fire season may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. DATED this 23rd day of December 2019.
Top Ten Taxpayers in Valley County
According to the State of Montana, in Tax Year 2018 the top taxpayer in Valley County was Northern Border Pipeline Company. A total of $18,171,306 was taxed in property taxes in the 2018 tax year according to the State of Montana.
The State of Montana has 15 different classes of property taxes. Agricultural land is Class 3 and $2,914,786 was taxed in Valley County for agricultural land including tillable irrigated land, non-irrigated tillable land, grazing, wild hay and non-qualified agricultural land.
Class 4 is Land and Improvements which includes residential, mobile homes, commercial and industrial. This segment brought in $5,640,415 in taxes with the largest segment, residential, bringing in $3,478,973 in taxes.
The top 10 property taxpayers in Valley County:
1. Northern Border Pipeline
2. BNSF Railway
3. WBI Energy Transmission
4. Northwestern Energy
5. Sagebrush Cellular
6. Norval Electric
7. Nemont Telephone
8. Montana Aviation Research
9. EGT LLC
10. Montana Dakota Utilities
Money Available For Revitalization Of Hell Creek State Park
UNDATED (AP) — The former chairman of a panel that oversees Montana state parks is recommending spending at least $4 million to revitalize Hell Creek State Park on Fort Peck Reservoir.
Attorney Tom Towe, a special liaison appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock, says money is available.
The Billings Gazette reports state officials previously considered ending management of the park when its lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expires in 2021.
But Towe says says in his report to Fish, Wildlife and Parks that state lawmakers' recent investment in a new sewer and water system shows there is support for Hell Creek.
National Weather Service Holding Weather Observer Training on January 3rd
We will be welcoming the new year with an online CoCoRaHS Winter Training session on 1/3/2020.
If you're a current weather observer for CoCoRaHS and would like to take a refresher on how to best measure and report snow and other frozen precipitation, this training is for you.
New and interested observers are also very welcome to join.
There's still plenty of winter left this year, and if you'd like to make a difference in your community and report your snowfall measurements this is a terrific opportunity for you.
Date: Friday January 3, 2020
Time: 12:00-12:30 PM MST
Training Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/331948645
Dial into the conference call at: 877-929-2703
*Please dial into the call a few minutes prior to the training.
Court Revives Lawsuit Over Yellowstone Bison Management
BILLINGS (AP) — An appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by an environmental law firm that challenged the U.S. government's management of bison from Yellowstone National Park.
The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court ruling from February that dismissed the lawsuit from the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center.
A three-judge appellate panel said Monday that by allowing hunting and hazing of bison, the federal government had taken actions that were a valid target of the lawsuit.
The panel returned the case to U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon for further proceedings and to decide if Cottonwood's lawyers have valid claims against state officials in Montana, who are also named as a defendant.
Under a 2000 agreement between Montana and U.S. officials, bison leaving Yellowstone during their winter migration are hunted, captured for slaughter or hazed back into the park to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis.
That agreement has been modified over the years to allow more tolerance for bison in some areas. Cottonwood's lawsuit argues that a new environmental review of the capture and slaughter program is needed.
Valley County Unemployment Rate At 3.4%
The November unemployment rate for Valley County in November is 3.4% which is the same as the October unemployment rate according to the State of Montana.
The numbers indicate a labor force of 4113 in Valley County with 139 unemployed in the month of November.
Montana had an unemployment rate of of 3.4% with 18,228 unemployed in Montana for the month of November.
Fort Peck Community College Releases Dean's List and President's List
Congratulations to all Fort Peck Community College students who made the fall semester 2019 Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits.
Please note that FPCC is prohibited from publishing graduation and Dean’s List information about students who signed the Student Request to Restrict Release of Directory Information form through the Registrar’s Office.
Fort Peck Community College Dean’s and President’s List Fall 2019 Semester
Cain, Kaeleigh Smoker, Kenneth Michael Brunelle, Hailey Elizabeth Ryan, Richard M, Jr. Youpee, Alyssa Raelynn Lone Bear, Alex Lee Sullivan, Michael Christian Peterson, Louis Alan Cotton, Collette A. Taypayosatum, Savannah Marie Settlemire, Sabrina Nicole Bodin, Trisha Marie Spotted Wolf, Amy KoLynn Main, Wynn Thomas Mikal Clark, Amber Rose Sutherland, Janaeya Rose Bluestone, Nigel Geoffrey Murdock, Aaron James
Vermette, Roxanne Michelle Big Leggins, Carrie Lou Cooper, Michael Keith, III Kohl, Kristen Marie Peterson, Jessica Marie Failing, Jared Raymond Bighorn, James Allen Reese, Taylor Leinen, Sidney Jade
Congratulations to all Fort Peck Community College students who made the fall semester 2019 Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits.
Please note that FPCC is prohibited from publishing graduation and Dean’s List information about students who signed the Student Request to Restrict Release of Directory Information form through the Registrar’s Office. If your name is not included on either list and you believe it should be, email the Registrar’s Office at Mday@fpcc.edu.
Yellowstone National Park Completes Transfer Of Bison To Fort Peck Land
BILLINGS — Thirty-three Yellowstone National Park bison now call the Fort Peck Reservation home.
On Monday evening, 14 cows, 14 calves and five bulls were brought into the tribe's quarantine facility, according to Jestin Dupree , a Fort Peck tribal councilman. The tribes are able to keep live animals that come from the park in an effort to curb the spread of brucellosis, according to the National Park Service.
Each year, hundreds of bison are captured and sent to slaughter because Yellowstone can only hold a certain amount of animals in quarantine. This quarantine is important because it's illegal to move wild bison exposed to brucellosis anywhere except to meat-processing and research facilities.
These bison have been deemed disease-free and can now move out of the park and into a larger area.
The first transfer of 55 bison was completed in August.
US Judge Rejects Bid To Kill Keystone Pipeline Lawsuits
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists and Native Americans can proceed with lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a federal judge in Montana ruled Friday.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris expressed skepticism over government arguments that Trump has unilateral authority to approve the $8 billion pipeline. In a separate ruling, the judge said the Rosebud Sioux and Fort Belknap Indian tribes had valid claims that approval of the line violated their treaty rights.
But Morris denied a request from environmentalists to impose a court injunction blocking preliminary work on the pipeline, since no such work is planned until spring 2020.
Morris had blocked work on the line in 2018, prompting Trump to issue a new permit in March in an attempt to circumvent the courts.
The 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude daily from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast.
Opponents worry burning the tar sands oil that will be carried by the line will make climate change worse, and that it could break and spill into water bodies such as Montana’s Missouri River.
TC Energy of Canada first proposed the project more than a decade ago but has been unable to get past the numerous lawsuits against it. Trump has been a strong supporter and revived Keystone XL after it was rejected under President Barack Obama.
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