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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.


Valley County Unemployment Rate at 2.5%

Friday, August 16th 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate has reached a 10-year low for the second straight month, decreasing 0.1 percentage points to 3.4% in July.

“Montana’s economy continues to grow, with about 4,000 new jobs added so far in 2019,” Governor Bullock said. “My administration will continue to invest in our state’s economy by expanding access to workforce development opportunities to ensure every Montanan has the ability to join the workforce and contribute to our ongoing success.”

The national unemployment rate remained steady in July at 3.7%.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 2.5% in July.

Total employment, which includes agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers, indicated a gain of 1,371 jobs in July, while the labor force grew by 791. Payroll employment added 900 jobs over the month. The construction industry posted significant job gains over the month, with 600 jobs added, corresponding to 2.1% growth. Job losses were concentrated in retail trade, and leisure and hospitality industries.


Governor Bullock Announces Community Integrated Healthcare Pilot Sites

Thursday, August 15th 2019

New legislation allows for six Montana communities to expand EMS services to non-emergency and preventative care in a patient’s home

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that six EMS services in Montana will pilot a model of community-based healthcare designed to expand the role of EMS providers to deliver more effective and efficient non-emergency services.

The sites are Great Falls Emergency Services, Jesse Ambulance in Broadus, Marcus Daly in Hamilton, Rocky Boy EMS, Red Lodge Fire Department, and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

“I applaud these communities for spearheading a new and innovative approach to engage first responders in delivering low-cost primary and preventative care,” Governor Bullock said. “Improving the health of Montanans in the comfort of their homes can prevent costly complications down the road.”

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) secured $300,000 in federal and private funding for the two-year pilot, which includes a grant from the Montana Healthcare Foundation. All six sites received $50,000 each to cover training and equipment expenses.

The new opportunity is the result of Senate Bill 38 that passed during the 2019 Legislative session. The bill, signed by Governor Bullock and sponsored by Senator Margaret MacDonald, creates a provider status enabling EMS to provide Community Integrated Healthcare (CIH).

CIH means the provision of non-emergency, out-of-hospital medical services that an emergency care provider with an endorsement may provide as determined by rules being adopted by the Board of Medical Examiners (BOME) of the Department of Labor and Industry. CIH is an evolving and innovative healthcare model which allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians to operate in expanded public health and primary care roles to help patients access more appropriate care in non-emergency situations than an ambulance transport and ER visit.

Staff with each site are currently undergoing accredited Community Paramedic Technician training delivered through Hennepin Technical College based in Minneapolis. EMS staff will be trained to provide an expanded range of services tailored for their own community’s needs. This may include wound care, post-hospitalization follow-up, medication set up, home safety checks and other services in the home.

“This is an excellent opportunity to implement a program that has shown to improve patient care, and also address challenges our EMS providers are facing,” said Justin Grohs of Great Falls Emergency Services, one of the site participants. “Our goal is to keep individuals in their home environment to improve health outcomes, remove barriers to health, and reduce unnecessary EMS transports and emergency room (ER) visits.”

“While the primary mission of EMS services has been to respond to 9-1-1 calls, many calls are for non-emergency events,” said Jim DeTienne, EMS and Trauma Systems Section Supervisor for DPHHS. “These non-emergency transports challenge Montana’s EMS services, which are struggling with limited staffing and resources, especially with volunteer services in rural communities.”

CIH programs across the country have demonstrated success in utilizing EMS responders integrated with the rest of the healthcare system to provide non-emergency and preventative care in a patient’s home to keep them healthier, at less cost, and a decreased strain on the emergency medical system.

DPHHS is working closely with the BOME to determine the education, curriculum, and scope of practice of community paramedics. SB 38 requires the BOME to create a CIH endorsement for EMTs and paramedics which defines their education and scope of practice. BOME, DPHHS, and numerous other stakeholders will develop education, medical oversite, data collection and funding to help assure emergency care provider services and EMS services are successful and sustainable.

For more information about CIH, visit the DPHHS’s EMS & Trauma Systems Program website at https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/EMSTS/cp .


Fort Peck Summer Theatre Concludes 50th Season With On Golden Pond

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Audience favorites Pam L. Veis and James Rio play the roles made famous on film by Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. This touching, warm and witty story centers around Ethel and Norman Thayer as they spend their final summer on Golden Pond! Veis’ many memorable FPST roles include Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, Louise in Always…Patsy Cline and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, as well as directing Rio in Man of LaMancha. A founding member of Arizona Broadway, Rio appeared internationally in The Phantom of the Opera, and directed last season’s Leader of the Pack.

Director Dan Sharkey, who is a veteran of many Broadway productions, including The Music Man, Bridges of Madison County and Spider-Man; Turn Off the Dark, makes his FPST debut!

The cast also features Glasgow high schooler Ian Wright as Billy along with Jay Michael Roberts, Megan Wiltshire and Andy Meyers.

Don’t miss opening night for some special announcements about the 2020 season!

Performances are August 16 – September 1; Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.
For more information call 406-526-9943 or visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org


Public Comment Sought On Tentative Fishing Regulations; Meetings Held In Glasgow And Havre

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 will host two open houses to seek public comment on the proposed changes to the fishing regulations that will go into effect in 2020 and be in place through 2024.
Meeting location and dates are:
· Glasgow – Tues., August 20, at the Busted Knuckle Brewery (North Room)
· Havre – Thurs., August 22, at the Best Western Plus (1425 Highway 2 NW)

Both open house meetings will run from 6:30 pm – 8:30pm.

In Region Six there are several proposed changes, including:
· Ice shelter removal timelines
· Clarifying the trout limits in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam
· Paddlefish rules reorganization

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks undergoes major fishing regulation revisions every four years. This nearly year-long process focuses on public comment and involvement including open houses across the state. The two scheduled open houses will focus on the tentative regulations with a formal comment period that will end September 13.

“Please plan to attend these meetings if you have anything you would like to discuss or share,” said FWP Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager Steve Dalbey. “We look forward to meeting with interested anglers and talking about regulations and fisheries in general.”?


Fuhrman Scholarship Award Winners Announced

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Three Valley County high school graduates are recipients of this year’s Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships, according to Doris Leader, who chairs the Valley County Community Foundation. VCCF is steward of the gift from the Fuhrmans that established the scholarship.

Recipients Jesi Kennedy and Deann Rasmusan are 2018 Glasgow High School graduates and Nicole Williams graduated from Nashua High School in 2017.

Kennedy will begin her sophomore year at Montana Tech and studies biology. Rasmusan majors in communication disorders and is a sophomore at Minot State University. Williams, who studies nursing at Montana State University, is a junior.

The Fuhrmans farmed near Opheim and provided the scholarship to benefit high school graduates from Valley County. Among the requirements are a three-year residence in Valley County, graduation from a Valley County high school, home school or GED, participation in school and civic organizations, completion of at least one year of study beyond the high school level and a 2.8 scholastic average.

The first Fuhrman scholarships were awarded in 2011. Since then, 20 students have received over $28,150. More information is available through the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net . A notice of the 2020 application due date will be available next spring through local media and the website.


Commerce Director Announces 19 Infrastructure Planning Grant Awards

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

HELENA, Mont. -- Nineteen Montana communities will share more than $275,000 in planning grants through the Montana Department of Commerce’s Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) to support the development of infrastructure projects.

“Every community needs clean drinking water, safe bridges and good water treatment systems,” Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice said. “These TSEP grants support the planning of infrastructure projects that are vital to the future of Montana communities.”

The state funded TSEP program supports local governments with the development of infrastructure plans. The project phase of the program assists local governments with drinking water system upgrades, wastewater treatment facilities, sanitary or storm sewer systems, solid waste disposal and separation systems, and bridges.

The following communities have received TSEP Infrastructure Planning grants:

Big Horn County: $12,696 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
Town of Big Sandy: $15,000 to complete a storm water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Butte-Silver Bow County: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
City of Deer Lodge: $15,000 to complete a wastewater system Preliminary Engineering Report
Flathead County: $15,000 to complete a wastewater system Preliminary Engineering Report for Evergreen Water and Sewer District No. 1
Town of Flaxville: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Town of Fromberg: $10,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Glacier County: $12,581 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
Gore Hill County Water District - Cascade County: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Ranchview County Water District - Lewis and Clark County: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Roberts Carbon County Water and Sewer District: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
City of Scobey: $15,000 to complete a storm water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Seeley Lake Sewer District: $15,000 to complete a wastewater system Preliminary Engineering Report
Sweet Grass County: $15,000 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
City of Three Forks: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Valley County: $15,000 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
Town of Wibaux: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Wibaux County: $15,000 to complete a bridge system Preliminary Engineering Report
City of Wolf Point: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report

Eligible applicants for TSEP planning grants include incorporated cities or towns, counties, consolidated governments, tribal governments and county or multi-county water, sewer, or solid waste districts.


West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquito Samples In Three Montana Counties

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) detections with three counties confirming positive mosquito samples.

Cascade, Sheridan and Yellowstone counties have all had a positive mosquito sample for WNV. To date, no cases of WNV have been identified in a human but the detection of WNV in Montana is a reminder of the importance of avoiding mosquito bites.

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.

DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiologist, Erika Baldry states, “Late July and early August is when we typically see WNV activity pick up here in Montana. 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.”

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.

DPHHS reminds Montanans to take precautions and protect against WNV by following the 4 D’s of prevention.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention:

DEET: Use insect repellent such as DEET or picaridin
Drain: Drain standing water around your house to prevent mosquito breeding
Dawn/Dusk: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. Stay inside or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times
Dress: When possible, wear long sleeved shirts and pants to protect yourself from bites
For more information about WNV protection, contact your local health department or visit the state health department website at: http://dphhs.mt.gov/


Thunderstorms Move Through Montana; New Daily Precipitation Record Set In Glasgow

Monday, August 12th 2019

Thunderstorms blew through much of central and eastern Montana on Sunday. Billings suffered through a thunderstorm that brought high winds and hail Sunday night resulted in property damage, power outages, damaged trees, flooding and numerous other incidents requiring local emergency personnel to respond.

Three-inch diameter hail was reported by the public in Petroleum County. In Glasgow, no hail was reported, but at the National Weather Service office in Glasgow, a precipitation record was set for the day, with nine tenths of an inch of rainfall recorded. The previous record was forty-nine hundredths in 2010.

More rainfall is expected throughout northeast Montana today, with most of it expected to fall near the Canadian border.


Grobel Scholarship Recipients Announced

Monday, August 12th 2019

The 2019 Grobel Scholarship Recipients have been announced. The scholarships, each $2200, are awarded annually by the Lynn D. Grobel family in memory of Mary Grobel Honigstock, a nurse and a 1970 Glasgow High School Graduate. This years recipients: Madison Knodel (GHS) MSU - Bozeman; Teagan Fossum (GHS) University of Mary; Karissa Liebelt (GHS) NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health.


Scottie Booster Club Awards Jeff Jurgens Scholarships

Sunday, August 11th 2019

Nine Valley County high-school graduates have received Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships to enable their studies at colleges and universities.

The scholarships are awarded annually by the Scottie Booster Club in memory of the late Jeff Jurgens, Glasgow student and rabid sports fan whose namesake basketball tournament is the source of the funds. The Jeff Jurgens Memorial Tournament, presented by the Scottie Booster Club, is held annually in March and attracts scores of youth basketball teams, players, and their families from across northeastern Montana and southern Canada. This year’s JJMT featured 79 teams, 10 of which hailed from Glasgow, and 640 players in grades 4-8.

This year’s running marks the 21st year the tournament has been held in Glasgow. The event fills up not only all available basketball facilities, but hotels and restaurants over the three days of the event.

In order to be eligible for the Jeff Jurgens scholarship, students must have graduated from a Valley County school and either played varsity basketball or are entering a medical or health-related field of study. This year, the Booster Club selected nine scholarship recipients from Glasgow High School, Nashua High School, and Hinsdale High School.

Applicants’ sports backgrounds are considered, along with academic achievement and career plans, community service, citizenship, and financial need.

The nine 2019 JJMT Scholars are:

Gavin Adkins – A 2019 graduate of Nashua High School, Adkins played four years of basketball, in addition to baseball and track, and received all-conference recognition twice in basketball. He graduated at the top of his class at Nashua, served as president of the Student Council, and has volunteered extensively for community groups. Adkins will attend Dakota College in Bottineau, North Dakota, where he plans to complete general studies before furthering his education elsewhere in pursuit of a degree in biochemistry.

Sarah Boucher – The lone Hinsdale High School recipient of the Jeff Jurgens Scholarship, Boucher is attending Flathead Valley Community College this fall, where she’ll pursue a radiologic technology degree. Boucher played both volleyball and basketball all four years for the North Country Mavericks. She was active in Student Council, the pep band, H-Club, National Honor Society, and FFA.

Tehya Campbell – A 2019 Glasgow High School graduate, Campbell is attending Montana State University this fall, where she plans to major in biology and pre-health en route to a career in dermatology. She played Scottie basketball and volleyball for four years—serving as basketball captain her senior year—in addition to two years of track. She was president of the Key Club and also served as treasurer of the Pep Club.

Brett Glaser – Glaser graduated in May from Glasgow High School, where he participated in basketball and track for four years, football for three years, and cross country for a single season. He also served on Student Council, G-Club, and National Honor Society as well as St. Raphael’s Youth Group. Glaser will attend North Dakota State University where he intends to pursue a degree in pre-nursing in addition to participating in Bison track & field.

Ellis McKean – Another 2019 Glasgow High graduate, McKean will attend the University of Montana, where he intends to pursue a medical-related field while running collegiate cross country and track. McKean played two years of Scottie basketball in addition to four years of cross country and track. He was president of National Honor Society and the Scottie G-Club and served as student liaison for the Montana Warriors on the Water.

Merlin McKean – McKean will attend the University of Michigan, where he intends to pursue a degree in either biochemistry or cognition and neuroscience. McKean, a 2019 graduate of Glasgow High School, ran cross country and track for the Scotties all four years and played in the Jeff Jurgens Memorial Tournament for three years. He graduated at the top of his class and served as both Student Council and student body president.

Adler Morgan – A Larslan-area resident and 2019 Nashua High School graduate, Morgan will attend MSU-Northern this fall, where he intends to pursue a degree in welding and pipe fitting. Morgan played varsity basketball for Scobey and Nashua, and he also participated in football and baseball in addition to 4-H, FFA, and BPA.

Cordelia Nickels – Nickels played basketball for both Nashua and Glasgow High School, from which she graduated in May. She also played volleyball for four years and ran track for two years. She participated in National Honor Society, JMG, Pep Club, and volunteered extensively for her church. Nickels will attend Montana State University-Billings this fall and intends to pursue a degree in nursing.

Brooke Westby – Westby graduated in May from Glasgow High School, where she participated in cross country, basketball, and track as well as serving as boys basketball manager. She was involved with Student Council, National Honor Society, G-Club, Key Club, and as a youth leader at her church’s youth group. Westby will attend Carroll College this fall, where she’s been accepted into the direct-entry nursing program.


Montana Judge To Take Up Keystone Pipeline Flap In Fall

Saturday, August 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge won't take up the latest dispute between the Trump administration and environmental groups over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline until this fall.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled a hearing for Oct. 9 on the groups' request to block President Donald Trump's new permit allowing the pipeline to be built across the U.S.-Canada border.

Justice Department attorneys also will present their argument at the hearing to dismiss the lawsuit challenging Trump's issuing of the permit in March.

Trump signed the new permit after Morris blocked construction of the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline from Canada to Nebraska in a ruling that said officials had not fully considered oil spills and other impacts.

The plaintiffs accuse Trump of signing the new permit to get around Morris' previous order.


Abundance of deer prompts increase in quotas, many licenses are available in surplus

Wednesday, August 7th 2019

Are you looking for more hunting opportunity this year? Due to the abundance of both mule deer and white-tailed deer, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologists elected to increase antlerless quotas in many of the hunting districts (HDs) in Region 6.

Every two years, FWP considers changes to all hunting seasons, proposes changes from the previous biennium, and encourages public comment before the Fish and Wildlife Commission makes its final decisions. Part of this process includes setting the license quota ranges for species in their respective HDs for the following two hunting seasons. All HD’s have different quota ranges and those ranges must be commission approved.

Within those commission-approved ranges, biologists can adjust the quotas annually before the license drawing. For instance, in HD 670 north of Glasgow, 600 licenses were “listed” as available through the drawing in the 2019 hunting regulations for antlerless mule deer. However, prior to the drawing in July, the area biologist proposed to increase the quota to 1,000 licenses.

“The ability to adjust the hunting district quotas after spring surveys allows biologists to closely track what the population trend is showing on an annual basis,” said Ryan Williamson, Outlook-area biologist. “This allows us to lower quotas if we come out of a bad winter or increase quotas if we have above average reproduction…instead of waiting every two years to respond.”

In region 6, the following license changes took place:
Mule deer:
600-01 from 400 to 600 licenses
611-01 from 300 to 500 licenses
620-00 from 300 to 500 licenses
640-00 from 400 to 800 licenses
641-01 from 100 to 200 licenses
650-00 from 300 to 400 licenses
651-00 from 200 to 400 licenses
670-00 from 600 to 1,000 licenses
680-00 from 350 to 500 licenses
690-00 from 550 to 700 licenses

White-tailed deer:

699-00 from 1,000 to 3,000 licenses

As mentioned earlier, this may lead to a lot of harvest opportunity for hunters. Up to seven antlerless deer licenses can be held during the license year in any combination, including licenses that were acquired through the drawing, or licenses that were purchased as surplus. Surplus licenses will be available to purchase starting Aug. 12. A full list of available surplus licenses can be found on the fwp.gov website through a link on the home page.

In addition, due to the detection of CWD north of Hwy 2, FWP encourages hunters to get deer tested for CWD if they came from any district in the CWD Management Zone, which includes all HDs north of Hwy 2 in Region 6 and other HDs in other areas of the state. To prevent the spread of CWD from areas in Montana known to be infected, which is any CWD Management Zone, 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. Instead, hunters must quarter or “bone out” their deer prior to leaving the management zone. Please refer to page four in the 2019 deer, elk, and antelope hunting regulations for more information.


Congressman Greg Gianforte visits the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios

Wednesday, August 7th 2019

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte visited the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios on Wednesday and visited with Stan Ozark. The conversation included agricultural trade, and Gianforte's bid to be the next Governor of Montana.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/greg-gianforte?in=kltz-glasgow/sets/news-cuts


Plane crash kills 2 in Roosevelt County

Tuesday, August 6th 2019

Story from KRTV.com

Two people died in a plane crash in eastern Montana Monday afternoon.

According to the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office, two men were killed when their plane went down around 2:30 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office said the small, private airplane crashed in the far northwestern corner of the county.

No details were released about where the plane was coming from or why it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.


Max and Kathy Makich receive Yard of the Week

Tuesday, August 6th 2019

Max and Kathy Makich are the recipients of this week's Yard of the Week. The Makich’s live at 126 Heather Lane and were selected by City Council member Dan Carr.


Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarships

Monday, August 5th 2019

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has announced its 2019 scholarship recipients. There were a total of seventeen scholarships awarded.

Kiauna Barstad, daughter of Bruce Barstad and Kelley Barstad, in her junior year at Rocky Mountain College majoring in Biology and Psychology.

Kaleb Cole, son of Jeff and Julie Cole, in his final year at Montana State University Bozeman, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Teagan Fossum, daughter of Steve and Janel Fossum, in her junior year at University of Mary, majoring in Nursing.

Andrea Hansen, daughter of Steve and Peggy Hansen, in her final year at Montana State University majoring in Nursing.

Trent Herbert, son of Craig and Doreen Herbert, in his junior year at North Dakota State College of Science, majoring in Precision Machining.

Kerry Hoffman, daughter of Tom and Darla Hoffman, in graduate school at University of North Dakota, majoring in Physical Therapy.

Bailee Holstein, daughter of Trent Holstein, in her sophomore year at Montana State University, majoring in Criminology with minors in Human Development and Business.

Sara Jimison, daughter of Roy and Cindy Jimison, in her junior year at Montana State University-Northern, majoring in Nursing.

Kaylee King, daughter of Casey King and Jody Simpson, in her sophomore year at North Dakota State University, majoring in Psychology.

Jesi Kennedy, daughter of Lori Rodger, in her sophomore year at Montana Tech, majoring in Cellular Biology.

Khloe Krumwiede, daughter of Bryan and Dena-Marie Krumwiede, in her junior year at University of North Dakota majoring in Biology Pre-Chiropractic.

Bryce Legare, son of Robert and Lisa Legare, in his sophomore year at Montana State University, majoring in Accounting with a minor in Finance.

Grant Legare, son of Robert and Lisa Legare, in graduate school at Montana State University-Billings, pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.

Karissa Liebelt, daughter of Greg and Shannon Liebelt, in her final year at North Dakota State University, majoring in Nursing.

Deann Rasmusan, daughter of Terry and Mandy Rasmusan, in her sophomore year at Minot State University, majoring in Communication Disorders.

Alexa Shipp, daughter of Cam and Kim Shipp, in her final year at Montana State University-Billings, majoring in Elementary Education.

Kendra Vaughn, daughter of Kendall and Tracie Vaughn, in her final year at Montana State University-Billings, majoring in Biology.

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust was set up to create income for two purposes. 1. To benefit people who would better themselves through higher education. These scholarships are for Valley County Graduates who are past their first year of education. 2. To help fund projects to promote better living in Valley County through non-profit organizations.

Theo and Alyce Beck were Northeast Montana people who cared about their communities they lived in, whether it was Baylor where their lives began, Opheim where they farmed, or Glasgow where Alyce spent her retired year after Theo passed away.

Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club as well as entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair.

This is the tenth year that the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has awarded scholarships.


July Weather Summary

Monday, August 5th 2019

July was near normal in both temperature and rainfall; no records were broken during the month.

The wettest day of July was on the 16th, when Glasgow received 59 hundredths. Only one more hundredth fell during the rest of the month. The hottest day of July was on the 24th when the temperature hit 102; the low temperature for the month was 51 degrees.


Glasgow Police Department makes drug arrest

Thursday, August 1st 2019

On July 26, 2019, at around 8:00 p.m., Officers with the Glasgow Police Department and Deputies with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office conducted a high-risk Pre-trial Conditions check at a residence located at 1007 6th Ave. South. A male identified as Robert Arthur Wing Jr. who is residing at the residence is on Pre-trial District Court Conditions, was suspected of criminal activity.

During the probation check, an Illegal, loaded sawed-off shotgun, a loaded .40 cal handgun and miscellaneous rounds of ammunition were recovered. All of which are a violation of Wing Jr.’s pre-trial District Court Conditions.

Officers then stopped the probation check and obtained a search warrant for the property. During a search of the property, officers and deputies found evidence of drug activity. The case is still being investigated and charges are pending in the incident.

Wing Jr. is currently remanded in the Valley County Jail for Possession of a Sawed-Off firearm and Conditions Violation.
A Montana Highway Patrol drug detection K9 and agent with the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force assisted with the search.


A man died after driving his car through a highway intersection near Glasgow and into the Milk River Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, July 31st 2019

Story from Billings Gazette:

A man who was found dead after driving his car into the Milk River Tuesday morning has been identified by Valley County officials.

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer said that the man, Adam Wade Nees, 46, died of accidental drowning, according to a preliminary medical examination at the Billings Crime Lab. Nees' last known residency was in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Boyer said that Nees was driving southbound on MT Highway 24 North when he came to a “T” intersection of Montana Highway 24 South and Montana Highway 42.

Nees' maroon SUV appeared to have gone through a traffic sign, a barbed wire fence, and a field. The car was found submerged in the river around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Both Nees and his dog were found dead on scene, Boyer said.

Boyer could not release a definitive cause of death Wednesday afternoon, but said that there were no outside indicators of alcohol or drug use or that Nees experienced a medical crisis before his death.

The Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office will continue investigating why Nees drove through the intersection and into the river.


USDA announces details of support package for American farmers

Tuesday, July 30th 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.

In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. The Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.

“China and other nations have not played by the rules for a long time, and President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices,” Secretary Perdue said. “The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs while President Trump continues working to solidify better and stronger trade deals around the globe.

Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them,” Secretary Perdue added.

Payments in Valley County will total $15 per acre.

Background:

American farmers have dealt with unjustified retaliatory tariffs and decades of non-tariff trade disruptions, which have curtailed U.S. exports to China and other nations. Trade damages from such retaliation and market distortions have impacted a host of U.S. commodities. High tariffs disrupt normal marketing patterns, raising costs by forcing commodities to find new markets. Additionally, American goods shipped to China have been slowed from reaching market by unusually strict or cumbersome entry procedures, which affect the quality and marketability of perishable crops. These boost marketing costs and unfairly affect our producers. USDA is using a variety of programs to support American farmers, ranchers, and producers.

Details of USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP)

MFP signup at local FSA offices will run from Monday, July 29 through Friday, December 6, 2019.

Payments will be made by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat. MFP assistance for those non-specialty crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county.

Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.

MFP payments will also be made to producers of almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Each specialty crop will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit or nut bearing plants, or in the case of ginseng, based on harvested acres in 2019.

Acreage of non-specialty crops and cover crops must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.

The MFP rule and a related Notice of Funding Availability will be published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2019, when signup begins at local FSA offices. Per-acre non-specialty crop county payment rates, specialty crop payment rates, and livestock payment rates are all currently available on farmers.gov.

MFP payments will be made in up-to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January, respectively. The first tranche will be comprised of the higher of either 50 percent of a producer’s calculated payment or $15 per acre, which may reduce potential payments to be made in tranches two or three. USDA will begin making first tranche payments in mid-to-late August.

MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $250,000 for dairy and hog producers and a combined $250,000 for specialty crop producers. However, no applicant can receive more than $500,000. Eligible applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000 or, 75 percent of the person’s or legal entity’s average AGI for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 must have been derived from farming and ranching. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.

Many producers were affected by natural disasters this spring, such as flooding, that kept them out of the field for extended periods of time. Producers who filed a prevented planting claim and planted an FSA-certified cover crop, with the potential to be harvested qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acres that were never planted in 2019 are not eligible for an MFP payment.

In June, H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 was signed into law by President Trump, requiring a change to the first round of MFP assistance provided in 2018. Producers previously deemed ineligible for MFP in 2018 because they had an average AGI level higher than $900,000 may now be eligible for 2018 MFP benefits. Those producers must be able to verify 75 percent or more of their average AGI was derived from farming and ranching to qualify. This supplemental MFP signup period will run parallel to the 2019 MFP signup, from July 29 through December 6, 2019.

For more information on the MFP, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp or contact your local FSA office, which can be found at www.farmers.gov.


Meland's receive Yard of the Week Award

Tuesday, July 30th 2019

Glasgow City Council member Butch Heitman has selected the yard of James and Christi Meland as the Yard of the Week. The Meland's live at 535 5th Avenue South in Glasgow.


Wade Sundby selected as Superintendent of Glasgow Shools

Monday, July 29th 2019

Wade Sundby was the unanimous choice of the Glasgow School Board to be the Superintendent of the Glasgow School System.

Sundby was one of 2 candidates who interviewed for the position on Friday. He was offered the job on Friday evening and came to terms on a contract shortly thereafter.

He is a graduate of Glasgow High School and has been Superintendent in Saco since 2016.

Sundby accepted a 2-year contract for $100,000 per year in salary. His start date is August 5th which reduces his 2019-2020 contract by $9,615 because he missed 5 weeks from the regular July 1st start date.

He replaces Bob Connors who left in June to take the Superintendent job in Bozeman.


Kathy Smith awarded Yard of the Week

Wednesday, July 24th 2019

Kathy Smith was awarded Yard of the Week by Glasgow City Council member Stan Ozark on Wednesday. Kathy resides at 1120 Valley View Drive and receives the Yard of the Week sign plus Chamber Big Bucks!


Glasgow School Board to interview 3 candidates for Superintendent position

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

The Glasgow School Board received 5 applications for its vacant Superintendent position and narrowed down to three that will be interviewed.

Those selected for interviews include Wade Sundby, Lisa Stroh and Aaron Cornman.

Sundby is currently Superintendent at Saco and has teaching experience in New Mexico along with Hinsdale, Absarokee and Plentywood. He has been superintendent in Saco since 2016 and Sundby is a graduate of Glasgow High School.

Stroh has experience teaching in Alaska and Wyoming. She has served as a principal in Havre, been a professor at Fort Belknap Community College and was Blaine County Superintendent of Schools. She recently worked in the Poplar School District.

Cornman is from Missouri and has 14 years of experience in administration in Missouri.

All 3 candidates will be in Glasgow for interviews on Friday.


Peter Pan Debuts This

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

Peter Pan flies onto the Fort Peck Summer Theatre stage!

Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the Darling family come to life on stage in this colorful and extravagant musical. The FPST production will feature high-flying special effects, athletic dance sequences and swash-buckling pirates, perfect for the entire family!

Sure to leave audiences in ‘awe’, flying effects are created and installed by ZFX (zfxflying.com). The company is reasonable for flying effects for Broadway, many A-List musicians and entertainment events throughout the world. Veteran FPST Designers Jay Michael Roberts (Scenic), Spencer Perry (Lighting), Sarah Bell (Costumes) and Lauren Kolstad (Hair/Make-Up) have created a visually stimulating world to feature many magical moments.

Glasgow native Christen Etchart takes the stage (and air) as Peter Pan, alongside Tommi Prewett as Wendy, Chase Tarum as John and Ian Anderson as Michael. Also starring are Willian Pipinich (seen last season in Guys on Ice) as Captain Hook, Brittany Archambeault as Tiger Lily, Treyson Sherk as Smee, Sydney Hayward as Liza, Staci Weidner as Mrs. Darling and Ali Kuka as Jane.

The role of Grown-Up Wendy will be shared by Connie Boreson, Patt Etchart and Holly Taylor Hunziker at alternating performances.

Megan Wiltshire serves as Director/Choreographer and Alicia Bullock-Muth is Musical Director, who previously teamed up for Fort Peck Summer Theatre’s sold-out 2017 production of Grease!

Performances are July 26 – August 11; Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.
For more information call 406-526-9943 or visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org


Following Peter Pan, the 2019 season continues to celebrate the 50th season with:
Friday On Golden Pond: August 16 – September 1


Glasgow Hunter/Bowhunter Education Courses Offered For Both Youth And Adults

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

(Pictured: Glasgow hunter ed students practicing shooting positions)

The last Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunter and bowhunter education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area:

Aug. 7- bowhunter education adult field course, 5:15-9:15 p.m.

Aug. 12-15- hunter education classroom course, 5:15-8:45 p.m. each evening

Aug. 28- hunter education adult field course, 5:15-9:15 p.m.

For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2019 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2020. Students aged 10 and 11 can take a course and hunt as an apprentice but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. Preference will be given to 11 and 12-year olds (or older) if the class becomes full. All registrants for these events must be 10 years old by the first day of class.

For the adult field courses, adults must pass the online hunter education or bowhunter education online courses 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.

Archery hunters must have purchased a Montana bow and arrow license prior to hunting during the archery-only season. To purchase a bow and arrow license an individual must meet one of the following requirements:
· show completion of a bowhunter education course
· show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from Montana or another state

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, and other information will be found on the registration page. The hunter education classroom course requires students to pick up a manual and complete chapter quizzes before class begins. All hunter education classes are free of charge.
Instructors needed:

Hunter and bowhunter education are state-mandated courses, which are taught by dedicated volunteers. The heart of Montana’s Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs is this group of dedicated volunteer instructors. They stand as examples of how each hunter should demonstrate safety, ethics, behavior, and responsibility to not only themselves, but also to landowners, other hunters, and the resource.

Region 6 needs to recruit more of these dedicated men and women to continue to serve the area. Anyone who is at least fourteen-years old is eligible to apply. Volunteer instructors are being sought across the region, which includes the counties of Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, McCone, Sheridan, and Roosevelt.

For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter education instructor, visit the FWP web site at fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/instructors/ to learn more and apply.

For any information or questions on these upcoming courses or becoming an instructor, please contact Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704, or email mkloker@mt.gov.


Portion Of Highway 191 To Be Closed On Tuesday And Wednesday

Saturday, July 20th 2019

U.S. Highway 191 will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23-24 for culvert repairs.

The repair work will be at mile marker 105, three miles north of the DY Junction, the U.S. Highway 191 and Montana Highway 66 junction.

North-bound traffic can travel north to the DY Junction, then will need to detour north onto MT Highway 66 to US Highway 2.

South-bound traffic from the Malta area can detour on US Highway 2 west, then south on MT Highway 66.

Local traffic will be allowed to travel on US 191 but not through mile marker 105.

The road will be open by each evening with one lane traffic but closed during the daytime July 23rd & 24th when crews are working. Signs will be in place on both north and south ends of this route to warn travelers of the road closure.


Fort Peck increases water released from reservoir

Thursday, July 18th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has partially opened two of the Fort Peck Dam's spillway gates to relieve the rising water level in the reservoir.

The Billings Gazette reports Fort Peck had been holding back water on the upper Missouri River because of this year's flooding downstream in South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

The water in the dam had reached an elevation of nearly 2,247 feet (685 meters), with the top of the gates at 2,250 feet (686 meters).

Opening the gates on Monday brings the amount of water moving through the dam to 15,000 cubic feet per second (425 cubic meters per second). The corps' Darin McMurry says that will likely be the level through August.

Last year's peak releases from Fort Peck dam were 20,000 cubic feet per second (566 cubic meters per second).


Yard of the Week

Thursday, July 18th 2019

Roger and Chris Hystad are the latest Yard of the Week recipients. THey are lcoated at 641 4th Avenue North and were selected by Mayor Becky Erickson.


Oil production remains steady in North Dakota

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials say oil production in North Dakota held steady this spring.

The state's wells produced 1.39 million barrels of crude per day in May, just 800 per day more than in April. Despite the steady May numbers, North Dakota's oil production is near the record set in January. And, the high level is creating some transportation challenges. Statewide, companies are flaring off 19 percent of all gas produced, higher than the 12 percent target.

Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms tells the Bismarck Tribune work is underway on a number of facilities to capture more of that gas, including several processing plants and Oneok's Elk Creek Pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from eastern Montana to Kansas.


Hump Day Is Today! (July 17th)

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Another Hump Day is underway in Glasgow today. Many businesses are having flash sales throughout the day. Don't forget to bring in your receipts from participating merchants to the Chamber by noon Friday for a chance to win $50 in Chamber Big Bucks.

Also, the Glasgow Downtown Association will bring Alive At Five tonight in front of the Glasgow Elks Lodge. There will be live music, food and drinks from 5-8 p.m.


Glasgow School Board Chairman updates on search for new Superintendent

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Glasgow School Board Chairman Mona Amundson talked about the search for a new Superintendent for the Glasgow School District. The application deadline is Wednesday and Mona Amundson explains the short application process:


https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/mona-superintendent-search


Power outages explained by Norval

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

The past few weeks residents of Northeast Montana have experienced several power outages or blips in their power. Haylie Shipp visited with Leila Seyfert of Norval who explained the outages:

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/leila-seyfert-norval-power-outages-717


Sheriff Tom Boyer addresses VCSO patrolling of the Fort Peck Lake area

Tuesday, July 16th 2019

Stan Ozark visited with Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer and Boyer addressed the relationship of the VCSO and Valley County Search and Rescue along with patrolling of the Fort Peck Lake area by the VCSO.


https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/tom-boyer


Fort Peck Reservoir Chinook Salmon Egg Collection And Stocking Looks Promising

Saturday, July 13th 2019

(Pictured: FWP's BJ Kemp with a big female that was collected in 2017. Some of her offspring may be showing up on anglers line this summer)

Good news for Chinook salmon anglers: Fort Peck Reservoir and hatchery crews recently stocked record numbers of Chinook salmon fingerlings into Fort Peck Reservoir, with over 534 thousand being stocked this spring.

Initially, the outlook from the fall 2018 egg collection efforts did not look very promising. Due to fewer mature females being present in the system due to limited stockings during 2015 and 2016, FWP Fisheries and hatchery personnel were only able to collect just over 110 thousand eggs last fall.

On a positive note, with the few eggs that FWP was able to obtain on Fort Peck Reservoir, hatchery personnel did see a very good “eye-up” percentage. According to Wade Geraets, Fort Peck Hatchery Manager, “Eye-up is a developmental stage in the egg where the actual eyes are seen and gives staff good indications that the eggs have been fertilized and are near hatching. The eye-up percentage was over 75%, which suggests that the female Chinook salmon were very healthy and mature and were able to produce good, viable eggs.”

In addition, due to collaborative work with the Dakotas, egg numbers were greatly increased. North Dakota was able to supply almost 400 thousand eggs and South Dakota 150 thousand, bringing the total to almost 650 thousand eggs that were then hatched and reared at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery over the winter.

“We would like to give a big thanks to the North and South Dakota fisheries and hatchery staff for assisting us with surplus eggs to meet stocking requirements,” said Heath Headley, FWP Fort Peck Reservoir fisheries biologist.

According to Headley, Montana and North and South Dakota have worked collaboratively for many years, including supplementing eggs when one may be short and another had surplus. In addition, these salmon are the only disease-free certified Chinook salmon in North America.

“There have been some problems with the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest salmon due to multiple diseases, including viruses and other pathogens that can negatively impact the overall health of the fishery,” said Headley. “We are very fortunate that Montana and the Dakotas have been able to maintain this healthy land-locked salmon fishery.”

FWP has an Aquatic Health Advisory Committee, that makes recommendations to the Fisheries Division Chief on fish health, whom then uses these recommendations in the decision-making process. “One of these recommendations is that all eggs or fish from outside the State of Montana, that are transported or shipped into the state, be disease-free certified,” said Geraets. “This also works for all eggs or fish that Montana ships or transports to other states across the country.”

Salmon were first introduced into Ft. Peck Reservoir in 1983. Due to the abundance of their preferred forage fish, cisco, salmon have shown excellent growth, with males maturing in two to four years and females in three to four years. This is the only Chinook fishery in Montana, so anglers travel from near and far in hopes of hooking up with these fresh water titans.

Headley hints that the salmon fishing in 2019 looks favorable based on stocking numbers in 2017 (345,000) and 2018 (377,000) as well as with numbers seen during 2018 fall surveys conducted. “Crews noticed good numbers of two-year old male salmon that averaged a little over five pounds during the fall 2018 collection efforts,” said Headley. “This is an encouraging sign that improved numbers of larger, older 3-year old salmon may be more abundant this year.” ?


32nd Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Tournament

Friday, July 12th 2019

The 32nd Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Tournament is this Thursday thru Saturday. All the details are on our
Governor's Cup page.


Two Rivers Economic Growth Awards Storefront Beautification Grants

Wednesday, July 10th 2019

Two Rivers Economic Growth has awarded Storefront Beautification Grants to four Valley County businesses.

Two Rivers launched the Valley County Storefront Beautification Project last year and successfully awarded four Valley County Storefronts money. We were so pleased with the final projects and applicants we decided we would offer it again this year. It is a 1:1 match with awards up to $1,000 per applicant. Projects are awarded based upon criteria within the grant that follows guidelines for façade improvement to enhance storefront and curb-side appeal. This promotes growth and development for individual businesses as well as boosting our own local economy.

Two Rivers is proud to announce grant awards to FOUR existing businesses that include:

• Mary’s Mercantile & Whistle Stop Barbershop owned by Mary Helland. Mary is currently focused on revitalizing the historic integrity of her shop by adding a brick cornice or crown to the top of the storefront. Antique corbels will be added to this crown by a local mason resembling the original cornice on the Goodkind building.

• Eternal Beauty.Ink owned by Lisa Mavity. Lisa is going to make her downtown storefront more appealing by having it scraped, primed, and painted by a local painter. Four women work from this building which creates heavy foot traffic in itself, as well as being located on one of the busiest streets in downtown Glasgow.

• Shippwrecked owned by Haylie Shipp. Haylie is trying to bring some of the history back to one of the oldest buildings in Glasgow (constructed in 1900) while also improving the functionality and aesthetics of the storefront. She is replacing the old interior door with a new wood door featuring a large window and transom above.

• Valley County Pioneer Museum. The Pioneer Museum has a wonderful location on Highway 2 in Glasgow but has had issues with people finding them in the past. They will be adding a beautiful twenty-five-foot metal sign created by the local artists at DB Design. This will not only make the building more appealing but will also make it easier to find by locals and tourists.

Two Rivers thanks all applicants and encourages others to look forward to future projects as we continue our efforts year after year through this program. Thank you for helping Two Rivers to make Valley County the best place to live, work & play!

For more information or to inquire about membership or volunteer projects, please contact Executive Director, Keegan Morehouse at 406-263-GROW(4769), email trg2@nemont.net or visit our website at GrowValleyCounty.com.


Yard of the Week

Tuesday, July 9th 2019

Jeff and Julie Sanders are the latest Yard of the Week winners. They are located at 55 Bonnie Street. They were selected by Councilman Rod Karst.


Glasgow School Board begins process to hire Superintendent

Tuesday, July 9th 2019

The Glasgow School Board will consider retaining the services of the Montana School Board Association as it begins the search for a superintendent to replace Bob Connors.

The cost of retaining the services of the MTSBA would be $5500 plus travel, printing and postage expenses. The MTSBA would lead the search for a new superintendent to replace Bob Connors who took over the Superintendent position in Bozeman.

The school board will vote on Wednesday at its regular July meeting.

The school board will also consider raising the price of school meals for the 2019-2020 school year. The cost of a school breakfast is currently $2.00 for students and $2.00 for adults. Lunch prices are currently $3.00 for students and $3.50 for adults. The school district is proposing an increase to $3.25 for lunch and $2.25 for breakfast for all students. Adult prices would increase to $2.25 for adults and stay at $3.50 for lunch.

The school district had a loss of $34,000 last school year and these price increases should prevent the loss of money for the next school year. Last year the school served 140,855 meals.


FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Anglers To Borrow Gear & Tackle For Free

Tuesday, July 9th 2019

Photo: Tate Langel, FWP summer education technician, inspects some rods at the Hill County Library in Havre

A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows kids and their friends or families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

In time for summer fishing, FWP staff has restocked and maintained over 350 fishing rods in most all the 43 different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets anglers check out fishing rods and reels and use basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and usually a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

Marc Kloker, FWP Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, runs the program. “Although it takes quite a bit of time and effort to replace, maintain, and travel around to all the loaner locations, I think it’s worth it if it gets someone out fishing who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity,” says Kloker.

Tate Langel, a summer education specialist with FWP’s Montana WILD, has given Kloker a hand this summer in fixing up and distributing rods. “Just because someone doesn’t have a fishing rod doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to go fishing,” Langel said. “And whether it’s a cousin in town that wants to go along and needs a rod, or an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to go out and fish and enjoy themselves.”

“We had one family who checked out a dozen rods to use at their kid’s birthday party,” says Kloker. “This equipment is for use for anybody who needs some extra gear.”

FWP appreciates all the locations that display a rack of these fishing rods, and they are the reason the program has been so successful. “The many business owners and organizations who participate in the program deserve special thanks,” adds Kloker. “They’re helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer.”

The sturdy loaner rods come already rigged with bobbers, split-shot and hooks. Anglers are expected to sign out the equipment at the site and return it in good working order. Kloker reminds folks that these rods are to be brought back to the loaner location, even if damaged. “We really want these poles brought back to their location sites,” says Kloker. “The next kid that comes along should also have a chance to fish.”

If poles are continually lost or stolen, the program will need to make the necessary changes and location sites may be removed. In addition, some sites that haven’t seen much use have had their poles removed and taken elsewhere with more opportunities.

More than 350 of these fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If anyone is looking to check out a large number of rods (over 20) for a particular event, please contact either the Glasgow or Havre FWP offices and they will get you set up. If there are any questions about the program or if you are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations. Locations can also be found on the Region 6 webpage on fwp.mt.gov .
BAINVILLE
Welcome Stop
BIG SANDY
The Grocery Store
BROCKTON
B & S Quick Stop
CHESTER
Liberty Quick Stop
CHINOOK
Finley’s Food Farm
CIRCLE
Circle Country Market
CULBERTSON
Val-Am
Hometown Market
FLAXVILLE
PRO CO-OP
FORT BELKNAP AGENCY
Kwik Stop
FORT PECK
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
FRAZER
School
FROID
Froid Grocery
GLASGOW
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
Shady Rest RV Park
HARLEM
EZ Mart store
HAVRE AREA
FWP Havre Office
Stromberg’s Sinclair
Hill County Library
Quality Life Concepts
HINSDALE
Sweet memories
LOMA
Midway Mercantile (Across from Ma’s Loma Cafe)
MALTA
Phillips County Library
Westside Conoco Convenience Store
MEDICINE LAKE
Lake Pit Stop store
NASHUA
B&B Foods
OPHEIM
Pro Co-Op
PEERLESS
Dutch Henry’s Club
PLENTYWOOD
Sheridan County Library
Plentywood Hardware
SACO
Sleeping Buffalo Hot springs
SCOBEY
PRO CO-OP
Hometown Hardware
WOLF POINT
EC sports


2019 Feda Scholarships For The Trades

Wednesday, July 3rd 2019

Five Valley County high school graduates have received the 2019 Feda Scholarships for the Trades for the upcoming school year, announced Doris Leader of Glasgow. She chairs the Valley County Community Foundation, which administers the scholarship.

Recipients who received scholarships for their first year of study are:

Bridger Barnett, who is a Glasgow High School graduate, will study to become an electrical lineman at Bismarck State College.

Sara Boucher, a Hinsdale High School graduate, will study radiologic technology at Flathead Valley Community College.

Adler Morgan, a Nashua High School graduate, will attend MSU Northern to study pipe fitting and welding.

Previous Feda Scholarship recipients Cade Anderson and Trent Herbert were awarded scholarships this year. Anderson studies professional game development at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Seattle and is an Opheim High School graduate. Herbert attends the North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton, studying welding and precision machining. He is a GHS graduate.

Audrey and Gerry Feda of Glasgow established the scholarship with an endowment to VCCF in 2007. They designated it to benefit graduates of Valley County high schools who pursue post-secondary education in the trades. Earnings from the endowment fund the annual awards. The first students received scholarships in 2009. Since then, 24 students have received a total of $36,100.

Graduating seniors and previous Feda Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply. Applications for 2020 will be available next spring. A notice of the deadline and requirements for applicants are given through local media, high school guidance counselors, and the VCCF website: www.valleycountycf.net .


Loryn Mason receives Yard of the Week recognition

Tuesday, July 2nd 2019

Glasgow City Council Member Doug Nistler has selected the yard of Loryn Mason as this weeks Yard of the Week! Loryn resides at 637 6th Avenue South and will have a sign in her yard the entire week plus will receive $25 in Chamber Big Bucks!


Project HOPE Fundraiser Is July 4th

Tuesday, July 2nd 2019

The community is invited to the Valley Event Center on Thursday, July 4th for a barbecue, auction and variety show.

This is the major fundraiser for Project HOPE. Funds are being raised to assist those people in Valley County that are in need of financial assistance due to medical expenses.

The barbecue will run from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. This is a free-will offering meal. The auction is set from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Items can be dropped off at the Event Center on the afternoon of July 3rd or during the day of the 4th, or by calling 263-8757.

The Variety Show is scheduled from 8:30 - 10:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer your talents (singing, dancing or playing an instrument), then please contact Rod at 263-8757.


Bob Connors accepts contract from Bozeman School District worth $165,000 per year

Friday, June 28th 2019

Story from Bozeman Chronicle www.bozemanchronicle.com

Bozeman Public Schools has a new superintendent.

Bob Connors, 56, accepted a two-year contract Thursday from the Bozeman School Board that sets his pay at $165,000 a year. That’s almost $15,000 more than what outgoing superintendent Rob Watson was paid.

School board trustees also agreed to reimburse Connors up to $5,000 for moving costs.The superintendent will have the option to renegotiate his salary after his first year on the job.
Connors is leaving his job as superintendent in Glasgow, where he’s been for the past seven years. His salary there was just under $100,000.

Connors said the contract is a good compromise between himself and the board.
“It’s something we can live with, and I think it will benefit both of us,” Connors said.

Connors plans to move to Bozeman Sunday. He’ll start work as superintendent July 8, after spending the Fourth of July with his grandchildren.

The school board met Thursday to discuss the contract and a few minor changes. The original document said that Connors would be evaluated in January. It’s been amended to say the evaluation can take place any time before the next academic year.

Trustee Heide Arneson said she’s content with the board’s decision to hire Connors.
“Reflecting back on the choice, over time I’m just happier and happier with it,” Arneson said.
Connors’ salary is comparable to other Class AA schools. It’s the same as Helena, and within $2,000 of what Butte pays.

Watson will get paid $180,000 a year as superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools. Arneson said during Thursday’s meeting the board had offered Watson salary raises in the past, but that he turned them down.

Board Chairman Andy Willett and Trustee Gary Lusin prepared the contract with help from Debra Silk of the Montana School Board Association. Willett said they wanted to offer a salary that accounts for Connors’ experience and the workload he’ll undertake. The district is preparing to open a new high school.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not afraid of hard work,” Connors said.


Tester Defends Long-Distance Amtrak Service for Rural Montana

Friday, June 28th 2019

(U.S. Senate) – Following the Trump Administration’s repeated attempts to cut rail funding in rural America, U.S. Senator Jon Tester pressed Amtrak officials on their failure to invest in long-distance commuter rail lines that connect rural areas to the rest of the country.

The Trump Administration’s budget for Fiscal Year 2020 cuts Amtrak’s budget by nearly 25 percent, or $455 million.

In this week's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing, Tester questioned Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson on the organization’s plans to invest in rural connectivity despite attempts to undermine long-distance commuter rail services—such as the Empire Builder Line in Montana—and close stations and ticket offices in remote areas, like Havre and Shelby.

“I really hope moving forward that we try to make Amtrak all it can be,” Tester said. “But we can’t forget about the rural areas. In two small towns, that happen to be fairly close to where I live, there were ticket offices that were closed… If we’re not going to leave rural America out, how do we make it so these folks in rural areas—who quite frankly will use the train—how do we make it work for them?”

Tester has repeatedly condemned the decision to close rural ticket offices after more than 400 northern Montana residents signed a petition calling for their restoration. Many Montanans do not have access to a single broadband provider, making it unnecessarily difficult for them to take the train as Amtrak moves towards their goal of an online-only ticket purchase system.

Tester also pressured Anderson to make carefully planned investments in the Amtrak long-distance rail system so America’s small towns can be better connected to other rural and urban communities.

“If we don’t make the investment we’re never going to get the dividend,” Tester said. “I would just encourage you to keep pushing very, very hard to make sure that we don’t just have a good passenger service in areas with high populations. The bottom line is that we need your advocacy to make smart investments that work well for the American public.”

Amtrak operates 15 long-distance routes in 47 states across the country, connecting rural and urban centers and providing inter-state mobility to underserved communities and populations. Amtrak’s Empire Builder Long-Distance Line—spanning from Chicago to Seattle—includes 12 stations along the Montana Hi-Line, which served 121,429 passengers who boarded or disembarked in Montana last year.

During a Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing last week, Tester raised serious concerns to Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory about the Administration’s lack of long-term planning for Amtrak programs in rural areas. In the same hearing, he advocated for the creation of a committee representing rural-based stakeholders to better plan for the future of national rail services.

As part of his #ConnectMT initiative, Tester has been a champion of improving access to long-distance commuter rails in America. He recently led a bipartisan effort to strengthen rural Amtrak service and hold the Trump Administration accountable for attempts to gut funding for the Empire Builder Line and was instrumental in negotiating a bipartisan budget deal earlier this year that granted full-funding to Amtrak’s long-distance services.


Reappraised property values, for tax purposes, increase in most Montana counties including Valley County

Friday, June 28th 2019

https://ktvq.com/news/montana-news/2019/06/25/reappraised-property-values-for-tax-purposes-increase-in-most-montana-counties/

HELENA — In Montana’s most populous cities and counties — and, in some smaller counties as well — reappraised residential and business property values that determine property taxes often increased by double-digit percentages this year.

But those increases won’t necessarily lead to comparably higher property taxes, unless your increase was above the county-wide average, local officials told MTN News.

“What many counties would do, and certainly this county, most likely will be to reduce the number of mills, so people’s taxes don’t get the huge bump,” said Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Susan Good Giese.

Statewide, residential property values this year increased an average of 12.5 percent, in the Revenue Department’s biennial reappraisal. For businesses, the average increase was nearly 10 percent. The department mailed notices of the reappraised value to property owners several weeks ago.

In Valley County, residential property values increased 9.84% while commercial property increased 7.19%.

The state and local governments, including cities, counties and schools, apply mill levies to those values, to calculate a property owner’s taxes for the 2019-20 fiscal year. If the mill levy stays the same and your value went up, your taxes will increase. But if mill levies are reduced, your taxes can stay the same, increase less than your value increase, or even decline.

And in areas where reappraised property values declined — such as a dozen rural counties, primarily in eastern Montana — local governments can increase mill levies to capture the same amount of revenue as the previous year. Or, if the mills in these areas stay the same, your taxes likely will decline.

Still, for most residents of the state, appraised property values increased during the last two-year reappraisal cycle.

The biggest increase for a large county occurred in the state’s fastest-growing area: Bozeman and Gallatin County, where residential values climbed an average of 23 percent and commercial property increased an average of almost 20 percent. Those numbers from the Revenue Department include the value of new construction, so the increase is not entirely on existing homes and businesses.

Neighboring Madison County saw the biggest average increase of any county for residential property, at nearly 29 percent. The largest average increase for commercial property came in another southwestern Montana county: Park County, at 27 percent.

Other counties that saw relatively big increases in average value for residential property were Blaine (20 percent), Park (19.5 percent), Chouteau (19 percent), Broadwater (15 percent) and Judith Basin (13.5 percent).

Average increases for residential property in the most populous counties ranged from 7 percent in Yellowstone County to the 23 percent high in Gallatin County. Ravalli County clocked in at second-highest in this group at 12.3 percent, Missoula was 12.1 percent, Flathead 11 percent, Lewis and Clark at 9.5 percent and Silver Bow and Cascade counties at about 9 percent each.

The value of commercial property in these counties also increased, but generally at a lesser amount — except Missoula County, where the average value of commercial property increased nearly 18 percent.

The four main entities that receive property-tax revenue are school districts, cities, counties and the state. Mills levied by the state, primarily for education, are unchanged. Cities and counties cannot increase their general-fund budget by more than half the rate of inflation (about 1 percent this year) and therefore don’t get a windfall from increased property valuations – unless it’s new construction.


Tim Burton, executive director, Montana League of Cities and Towns
“So that means, if your valuations are going up, then when the local government goes through the tax form, we’re probably going to see a lot of mill-levy reductions throughout the state of Montana,” said Tim Burton, executive director of the Montana League of Cities and Towns.

School district budgets also are limited by state law on how much they can increase, tied to student enrollment and other factors, and can’t just take advantage of higher property values to collect more money.

However, at least two circumstances will cause your taxes to go up: The appraised value of your property increases more than the county- or city-wide average, meaning mill-levy reductions will offset only part of the increase, or increased mills approved by voters for additional services, programs or buildings.

“A lot of that, statewide, will be determined by what the voters themselves voted — if they voted for school levies, or libraries, or any kind of levies where the voters had a voice,” Geise said.

Geise also noted that if property owners believe their reappraised value is too high, they can appeal it to the local Revenue Department office.

“I always tell people when they get their appraisal in the mail, they should ask themselves the following question: `Would I sell my house for that amount of money?’” she said. If the answer is yes, the appraisal is accurate and legal, because the law says the appraised value should reflect the market. If the answer is no, and you think it’s too high, you can file a protest and try to get it reduced.

And if the value is a lot lower than you think your house or business is worth?

“Then you should probably accept that with a slight smile, and move on,” Geise said.

Here is a complete list of all Montana counties: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kfuDrq61TGBmjFDzEUbIa3QxoCPm0QO5/view


Flash Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Daniels, Roosevelt & Sheridan County

Thursday, June 27th 2019

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GLASGOW MT
819 AM MDT THU JUN 27 2019

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GLASGOW HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN DANIELS COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MONTANA...
NORTH CENTRAL ROOSEVELT COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MONTANA...
SOUTHWESTERN SHERIDAN COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MONTANA...

* UNTIL 1115 AM MDT.

* AT 818 AM MDT, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AN AREA OF THUNDERSTORMS
PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. UP TO THREE INCHES OF
RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN
SHORTLY.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN
THE WARNED AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

PLEASE REPORT FLOODING TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHEN YOU
CAN DO SO SAFELY.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNED AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.


DACA Photojournalist Detained While Traveling Hiline On Amtrak

Thursday, June 27th 2019

Full story from the Billings Gazette

A photojournalist based in North Dakota was detained in jail Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and released Wednesday morning.

Ibrahim Ramades Cetindemir Cordon, 28, was traveling from Seattle to Williston, North Dakota, on an Amtrak train when he was stopped by border patrol officers searching the train at the Havre stop on Monday. Officers questioned Cetindemir, who is originally from Guatemala, but left when the train had to continue onto the next stop.

At the Amtrak stop in Malta, border patrol officers boarded again, and questioned him just after 4 p.m. Cetindemir showed officers his work permit and a driver's license while on the train, Cetindemir said. He said he was a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, and his DACA status was valid until May 2020.
A spokesperson for Amtrak said he didn't know how often border patrol searches Amtrak trains, but that the company complies with federal law, which says that authorities may search a vehicle, including a train, for aliens within 100 miles of the border. Malta is just under 60 miles from the Canadian border.

Cetindemir was detained under the Immigration and Nationality Act 212, inadmissible aliens, and 237, deportable aliens, for an outstanding deportation order for Cetindemir from 2014. The order was from overstaying his visa in 2014, before he was granted DACA status, Cetindemir told the Billings Gazette. Since then he has renewed his DACA status in 2016 and in 2018.

Originally from Guatemala, Cetindemir immigrated to the U.S. when he was about 13 years old with his mother and younger sister. Since then he's lived in the U.S. Now, the freelance photographer is based in Williston. He has had work published in Outdoor Magazine, Matador Network, Patagonia, REI and others.

When he was arrested Cetindemir didn't feel angry or worried he would be deported, he said. He thought he'd be detained for a few hours while they checked his DACA status, and he knew he doesn't have a criminal record.

Cetindemir was taken into custody by border patrol and held Monday in Malta, according to a border patrol officer at the Malta Border Patrol Station.

Once in custody he said border patrol told him he would be deported and that he wouldn't be able to speak to a lawyer or judge. It wasn't until he was booked into jail that his situation started to sink in.

He was transferred Tuesday afternoon to Cascade County Detention Center in Great Falls. He arrived just after 3 p.m., and the jail had him under an "immigration hold," according to Cascade County Cpl. Freiling and the ICE detainee database. (The corporal refused to give his first name).

"It was a bit nerve-wracking walking into jail because I didn’t know what to expect," Cetindemir said. "Jail was not a pleasant place, (but) it wasn’t a really negative experience. If anything I learned from it."


Preliminary Storm Reports From Thursday Morning

Thursday, June 27th 2019

Thursday morning storm reports from the National Weather Service office in Glasgow:

8:00 a.m. Public reports 2.5 inches of heavy rain 15 miles southwest of Scobey – still raining
8:00 a.m. Public reporting 3.5 inches of heavy rain 20 miles south of Scobey – still raining
8:00 a.m. Public reporting 3.76 inches of heavy rain and still raining 25 miles north of Popalr
8:25 a.m. Public reporting 2.22 inches of rain, 22 mles north of Brockton
8:25 a.m. Heavy rain reported by the public, 7 miles south of Scobey: 2.35 inches of rain as of 8:25 a.m. and still raining
8:25 a.m. 2 inches of rain between 3:30 and 4:15 a.m. reported by the public, 17 miles north of Frazer


Northside Residents Evacuated For Short Time Due To Gas Leak On Wednesday Morning

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

Some north-side Glasgow residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday morning, due to a gas line break.

A company replacing water lines in the area ruptured a line, and residents on 5th avenue north between first and fifth streets were asked to leave the area. They were allowed back into their homes by 10:30 a.m.

The Glasgow Police Department, with assistance from the Glasgow Fire Department, Long Run Fire Department, Valley County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol all responded to the incident.

Workers from MDU were able to cap the line. Glasgow Police Chief Brien Gault wants to thank all first responders for their quick response to the incident.


Grandstreet Theatre To Bring Play To Pioneer Museum

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

The Grandstreet Theatre will present the play "Every Brilliant Thing" on two separate nights at the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow.

The first show is Thursday night, June 27th, at 6:30 p.m. The second show will be Tuesday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

According to the press release, Every Brilliant Thing is a hilarious, powerful and timely play that shines a light on all the things that make life worth living.

Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation will to go to benefit local resources for mental health and suicide prevention.



Fort Peck Reservoir Angler Creel Survey Underway Through September

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

(Pictured: an angler on Fort Peck Reservoir with a freshwater drum)

Anglers on Fort Peck Reservoir this summer may be asked a few questions about their fishing experience when they come off the water.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is conducting an angling “creel” survey on the state’s largest and most popular warm water fishery to monitor catch rates of popular game fish and determine level of satisfaction with the fishery.

The data-gathering surveys will be based at marinas and boat ramps around the reservoir. Creel clerks will ask several questions about the day’s fishing and also provide information on aquatic invasive species (AIS).

“The interview is short and shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes,” said Fort Peck Reservoir fisheries biologist Heath Headley.

According to Headley, detailed information gathered from these surveys is important and helps FWP better manage the Fort Peck fisheries by providing information on fishing pressure, size of fish harvested and

“We’d like to thank all anglers in advance for their time and cooperation during these surveys and wish everyone the best of luck fishing this summer,” Headley said.

If there are any questions, please contact Headley at 406-526-3471, or email hheadley@mt.gov


Northeast Montana Pulse Plot Tour Set For July 1

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

Attention farmers, the 11th annual Northeast Montana Pulse Plot Tour will be held Mon. July 1st.

All are welcome to start the day at 9:30a.m. on Dick & Darlene Fulton’s farm south of Richland & follow the tour as it moves to the Richland Fertilizer Plant for a sponsored lunch & more pulse discussion. Four applicator points are available as speakers discuss aphanomyces, factors impacting nodulation, cover crops, herbicide resistance, & more.

Call the Extension, 228-6241, for more details.


Increasing Farm Profit With Soil Health

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

There will be a workshop on "Increasing Farm Profit With Soil Health" on Wednesday, June 26th at the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow.

Registration is at 8:30a.m. with workshop & field demo from 9a.m. – 4:30p.m.

The speaker is Nicole Masters, a soil educator who works with regenerative agriculture in New Zealand, Australia & Montana. Topics include reducing inputs, lifting your bottom line while paying it forward with healthy soil; & building resilience during climate uncertainty.

The cost is $30/person, lunch included. Contact the Valley County Conservation District, 228-4321 ext. 101 or email vccdmt20@gmail.com to sign up.


Valley View Home’s Annual Community BBQ Is Wednesday

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

Valley View Home’s Annual Community BBQ is Wed. June 26th from 4:30 – 7p.m. at Valley View.

There will be a jump house & yard games for the kids & pulled pork sandwiches with sides along with drinks & a dessert will be served.

All are invited to attend.


Wet Weekend For Much Of Central And Eastern Montana

Monday, June 24th 2019

It was a wet weekend for many areas of eastern and central Montana. In southern Phillips County, around seven inches of rain was recorded this weekend. Wolf Point reported over 2 inches of rain.

In Glasgow, the official total from Saturday was 1.18 inches, with another .07 reported with showers that move through on Sunday evening.

There is still a very good chance of more precipitation today (Monday). And, the National Weather Service says that there's a chance of severe thunderstorms from Wednesday through Friday.


Fire Departments Respond To Nashua Blaze

Monday, June 24th 2019

Glasgow/Long Run responded for mutual aid to a structure fire in Nashua, early on Friday morning.
Response included command, one structure engine and one rescue truck.

Seven members from Glasgow/Long Run Fire Department were on the scene, assisting the Nashua Fire Department.

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