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Monday, June 18th 2018
Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen placed on paid administrative leave
Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle has told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen has been placed on Paid Administrative Leave. This action is the result of an ongoing investigation being conducted by investigators from the Montana Department of Justice. Sheriff Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 the investigation is the result of an incident that occurred approximately four years ago.

This is the only information being released from the VCSO regarding this action.

Strommen is a candidate for Valley County Sheriff and is set to face off against Joe Horn in November.

Friday, June 15th 2018
36th Year of Valley County Combined Campaign A Sucess
The Valley County Combined Campaign has announced that the 2018 campaign was a success with $20,914 donated by Valley County residents for worthwhile causes.

The amounts raised:

American Red Cross- $2358.31
Boy Scouts of America- $2395.32
Girls Scouts of the USA- $1923.32
Glasgow Head Start- $2438.97
Scottie Day Care- $2235.87
Valley County Ministerial Association- $3249.97
Children's Museum of NE Montana- $2647.29
Valley Event Center- $3664.95

the $20,914 raised was an increase of $1500 from last year.

Friday, June 15th 2018
Valley County Unemployment Rate At 2.3%.
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.9% for the month of May. The U.S. unemployment rate was at 3.8% in May.

“Montana’s economy strong and growing – more Montanans are on the job than ever before in our state’s history and we lead the country in middle-class growth,” said Governor Bullock. “And we continue to invest in the workers of today and our workforce of tomorrow – all the way from pre-school to post-secondary education like college, apprenticeships and work based-learning.”

Payroll employment posted a gain of 1,000 jobs, while total employment levels posted insignificant changes over the last month. The largest gains were in the professional and technical services industry.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.2% in May, primarily due to increases in the gasoline and shelter indexes. Over the last 12 months, inflation has been accelerating, with an increase of 2.8% in the CPI-U. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in May, with a change of 2.2% over the last year.

The unemployment rate for Valley County in May was 2.3%. This compares to 2.8% in May of 2017.

Thursday, June 14th 2018
Two Rivers Awards Grants Throughout Valley County
Glasgow, MT. June 11, 2018 – Two Rivers Economic Growth awards Storefront Beautification Grants to
four Valley County businesses.

Two Rivers recently launched the 2018 Valley County Storefront Beautification Project. This was 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 that enhances curb-side appeal. This
promotes growth and development for individual businesses as well as the entire area.

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

• Chicken Ranch & Whistle Stop Barbershop owned by Mary Helland. She is currently focused
revitalizing the historic appeal of downtown by exposing the original brick siding and
upgrading windows to that will invite customers to enter her shop and experience tin ceilings,
a marble entry & copper chandelier!

• The Repair Shop owned by Regina Cain. Regina has set her sights on signage and lighting so
that her business is easily located day or night. Restoration of the original brick will bring back
that historic feel to downtown Glasgow that we all miss!

• Hinsdale FFA (Future Farmers of America). Hinsdale’s charm does not go unnoticed and the
addition of new Montana-made concrete & metal trash receptacles on Main Street will help
to add to this community’s appeal for locals as well as those who travel the hi-line!

• Vick’s Lanes owned by Dan Crotty. A Nashua hot-spot, Vicks Lanes plans to replace windows
and paint their storefront. This will definitely add some appeal and encourage people to stop
in and see what else they are up to!

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.

Contact: Two Rivers Economic Growth
Phone: 406-263-GROW (4769)
Email: trg2@nemont.net
Website: GrowValleyCounty.com

Wednesday, June 13th 2018
Hand recount in Valley County Commission race has no changes from results released election night
Mary Armstrong and Gilbert Mogan will face off against each other in November in the race for the Valley County Commission.

Mary Armstrong finished with 774 votes while Gilbert Mogan had 433 and Todd Young with 430. The hand recount done by the Valley County Commissioners determined that the vote total was the same as the voting machines total from last Tuesday.

The voting machine count of just 3 votes separating Mogan and Young precipitated a hand recount which was done by the Valley County Commissioners Wednesday morning.

The 2 individuals with the top votes move on to the General Election in November.

Wednesday, June 13th 2018
Great Falls Tribune reports young child killed after being hit by truck in Roosevelt County Tuesday afternoon.
Story from Great Falls Tribune:

A young child on a bicycle was killed after being hit by a truck in Roosevelt County Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a Ford F-250 driven by a 65-year-old Wolf Point man was traveling north on Boulevard near an intersection with C Street in Poplar around 2:30 p.m. when a 3-year-old male on a bike entered the street from a driveway.

The driver did not see the child due to a parked car blocking the view of the driveway and struck him with the truck.

The child, who was from also Wolf Point, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if he was wearing a helmet.

The driver did not sustain any injuries and speed is not considered a factor in the crash, per MHP.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Monday, June 11th 2018
Even in FWP Region 6, Please Be Bear Aware
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like outdoor enthusiasts to be “Bear Aware,” even in northeast Montana. Although bear encounters are rare in most of FWP Region 6, black bears are occasionally seen in the Little Rockies and the Bears Paw Mountains. Recently, one black bear was found near camping areas on the south end of Beaver Creek County Park in the Bears Paw mountains south of Havre.

Many times, bears are attracted to campground areas and homes due to the garbage produced and the availability of food. However, if bears are going to become a local wildlife species that we can all enjoy, we need to be smart about living with or near them. This includes preventing situations that habituate bears, such as rummaging through garbage and exposure to other unnatural food attractants.

It is unlawful to intentionally, or to inadvertently, feed bears. When bears access garbage and other food sources, they can become food-conditioned and potentially be dangerous. Once a bear is food-trained, it is often impossible to un-train them. That is why biologists so often say: “A fed bear is a dead bear.”

Wildlife officials often must euthanize food-conditioned bears in the interest of public safety, a situation that everyone wants to avoid. A much better option is to prevent bears from becoming habituated in the first place.

FWP reminds folks that live or camp in areas where bears might be to always:
Secure garbage inside a garage, secure shed, or vehicle
Bring pet food in at night
Clean up livestock food
Bring in bird feeders, and clean up spilled seed

In addition, hunters and other recreationists are reminded to properly store game meat, food, livestock feed, garbage, and all other attractants in a bear-resistant manner. This also discourages other wildlife, such as raccoons and skunks, from causing problems with your belongings as well.

There are many resources available to hunters and recreationists on ways to prevent bears interactions, some of which can be found at: fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/livingWithWildlife/beBearAware/ .
Monday, June 11th 2018
Free Event Invites Public To Learn About And Monitor Chimney Swifts
Come join us for “A Swift Night” – chimney swifts, that is – on Saturday, June 16 at the FWP Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow.

During this event, hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Audubon, participants will learn about chimney swifts and how they can help to monitor local populations.

Chimney swifts are fascinating birds that can be found in your backyard or, more accurately, a nearby chimney! However, little is known about their distribution in the state. We are looking for eager volunteers that want to learn about chimney swifts and help locate them.

There will be a presentation from 7-8 p.m. in the Quonset meeting room at the R6 FWP headquarters building, followed by an evening challenge to locate and identify local swifts by sight and sound. The event will be led by Amy Seaman of Montana Audubon and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologist Heather Harris.

Please RSVP to Amy Seaman at aseaman@mtaudubon.org . All ages are welcome, but youth under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Ice cream and water will be provided.

Sunday, June 10th 2018
Mayor Jimison Declares June 10-16 Miss Montana Week In Glendive
GLENDIVE- Ten Miss Montana contestants and eight Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Contestants from across the state will arrive in Glendive Sunday, June 10 for the 69th Miss Montana Scholarship Pageant, and the 14th held in Glendive. At the Garden Party Sunday at 5PM Mayor Jerry Jimison will proclaim this week as Miss Montana Scholarship Program Week in honor of 2017 Miss Montana Maddie Murray of Corvallis and Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Allie Baisch of Glendive. The Garden Party at the Glendive Nursery is an opportunity for the sponsors to meet the contestants and enjoy salads and cream puff filled sandwiches before contestants start rehearsals.

The public can choose a finalist by voting for Montana’s Choice online at www.missmontana.com with $1 per vote. The contestant with the most votes earns a scholarship and a spot as one of the finalists on the last night of competition.

This will be the last year for the swimsuit competition as the Miss America Organization is changing the format.
The 2018 Miss Montana contestants are Toby-Jean Almy of Miles City; Jessica Criss, Bozeman; Kristy Cullinan, Glendive; Justiss Firemoon, Poplar; Laura Haller, Helena; Abigail Helland, Glasgow; Madison Kuehn of Bozeman; Rayna Laakso, Park City; Savannah Leidholt, Miles City and Julie Theis of Sidney.

Competing to be Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen now held by Allie Baisch of Glendive are Taitlyn Berry of Glendive, Cammie Heck, Sidney; Rachel Jakovac of Helena, Tymber Jensen, Absarokee; Sloan Orrell, Belgrade; Eden Paressini, Billings; Kinsey Ross, Bainville and Samantha Young of Glendive.

Contestants compete June 14,15 and 16 at 7PM at the DCHS Auditorium for scholarships with each Miss Montana contestant receiving at least $850 and a chance to represent Montana at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September. Montana’s chosen teen, crowned Friday, June 15, advances to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando.

Package tickets are $50 for all three nights with the crowning of Montana's Outstanding Teen on Friday night and Miss Montana on Saturday evening. Patron tickets with reserved seating are $60. Individual night tickets, the Friday night Gala and Saturday’s Royal Tea tickets are available at the Glendive Chamber, Farm to Table Store 377-4285, www.missmontana.com and at the door as contestants vie for $300,000 in cash and scholarships.

Thursday, June 7th 2018
Recount in Valley County Commissioner Race set for Wednesday, June 13th
Valley County Election Administrator Lynne Nyquist has announced that the recount in the Valley County Commissioner election will be held Wednesday, June 13th.

The recount will be conducted by the Valley County Commissioners starting at 8am. The recount is necessary due to the fact that just 3 votes separated Gilbert Mogan and Todd Young in the commissioner race.

Mary Armstrong finished in first place but the 3 votes separating Mogan and Young precipitated the recount. Either Mogan or Young will advance to the November General Election to face Armstrong.

Wednesday, June 6th 2018
Recount almost a certainty in Valley County Commissioner Race
Valley County Election Administrator Lynne Nyquist has told Kltz/Mix-93 that a recount is almost a certainty in the race for Valley County Commissioner. Mary Armstrong received the most votes in the 7-person race with 774 votes. But in the race for 2nd place, it was very close as Gilbert Mogan received 433 votes and Todd Young 430 votes.

Todd Young has told Kltz/Mix-93 that he will ask for a recount and will submit the necessary paperwork. Under Montana law, because the margin of votes between Mogan and Young was so small, if Young asks for a recount then Valley County will pay the cost.

The top 2 candidates will advance to the November General Election. Mary Armstrong finished in a strong 1st place but it remains to be seen who will be the second candidate to advance to November.

Lynne Nyquist said it is unknown at this time when the recount will take place. She said it will be a hand recount done by the Valley County Canvass Board. The Canvass Board is comprised of the 3 County Commissioners but its possible they would authorize other people to conduct the hand count.

Tuesday, June 5th 2018
Unofficial Results have Armstrong and Mogan winning County Commissioner race
Unofficial results have Mary Armstrong and Gilbert Mogan winning the race for Valley County Commissioner. Both candidates are expected to advance to the November General Election.

Mary Armstrong: 774
Gilbert Mogan- 433
Todd Young- 430
Rene Clampitt- 343
Jim Uphaus- 277
Arlie Gordon- 163
Mike Carney- 161

Just 3 votes separated Mogan and Todd Young. Young has told Kltz/Mix-93 he will ask for a recount.

Full Valley County results are available here:

http://mtelectionresults.gov

Monday, June 4th 2018
Catfish Classic Results
A NEW record was set this year as it's the most catfish over 10 lbs. ever weighed in at a single Montana Cats event.

FINAL RESULTS 19th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic
1. Jason Flaten, West Wendover, NV., Cole Plouffe, Glendive, MT. 33.30
2. Willy Lauckner, Nashua, MT., Chris Kolstad, Glasgow, MT. 32.03
3. Karl Krause, Glasgow, MT., Jake Kuka, Glasgow, MT. 28.29
4. Scott Redstone, Glasgow, MT., Aidan Redstone, Glasgow, MT. 27.43
5. Bryon Armour, Lewistown, MT., Ty Thomas, Lewistown, MT. 26.41
6. Brady Flaten, Glasgow, MT., Jason Molstad, Glasgow, MT. 25.90
7. Casey Riggin, Glasgow, MT., Jessica Pennington, Glasgow, MT. 25.22
8. Jeff Irving, Bozeman, MT., Dylan Hughes, Glasgow, MT. 23.95
9. Bobby Wise, Billings, MT., Robert Wise, Billings, MT. 22.95
10. Jerry Molstad, Miles City, MT., Nate Molstad, Havre, MT. 22.42
11. Joel Smith, Glasgow, MT., Marc Kloker, Glasgow, MT. 21.50
12. Dave George, Glasgow, MT., Candy Lagerquist, Glasgow, MT. 20.17
13. Mitch Mcintyre, Glasgow, MT., Jim McIntyre, Glasgow, MT. 20.03
14. Tyler George, Sheridan, WY., Ryan George, Joliet, MT. 19.82
15. Callahan Belling, Richland, MT., JD Bailey, Opheim, MT. 19.45
16. Shawn Hopstad, Glasgow, MT., Zach Miller, Glasgow, MT. 19.40
17. David Nixdorf, Glasgow, MT., Carter Pederson, Glasgow, MT. 18.83
18. Ed Sugg, Hinsdale, MT., Storm Jackson, Glasgow, MT. 18.37
19. Cody Stensland, Fairview, MT., George Stuckers, Sidney, MT. 18.25
20. Timm Canen, Miles City, MT., Aimee Kloeckner, Glasgow, MT. 17.95
21. Bo Boreson, Perrysville, IN., Vance Anderson, Glasgow, MT. 17.62
22. Chad Dawson, Dickinson, ND., Brady Burgess, Glasgow, MT. 16.95
23. Kevin Howie, Billings, MT., Travis Kennedy, Billings, MT. 15.91
24. Tara Harrington, Glasgow, MT., Allan Harrington, Glasgow, MT. 15.87
25. Steve Harris Sr., Sidney, MT., Quinten Nelson, Sidney, MT. 15.84
26. Blake Gauer, Park City, MT., Lindsey Gauer, Park City, MT. 15.36
27. Steve Lowrey, Fairview, MT., James Decker, Sidney, MT. 15.30
28. Norm Braaten, Fort Peck, MT., Dustin Braaten, Fort Peck, MT. 15.27
29. James Bergeron, Sidney, MT., Marty Ross, Sidney, MT. 15.20
30. Seth Combs, Beulah, ND., Mark Combs, Glasgow, MT. 14.53
31. Darci Shipman, Glasgow, MT., Curtis Shipman, Glasgow, MT. 14.07
32. Jesse Nickels, Nashua, MT., Jessica Nickels, Nashua, MT. 13.53
33. Robert Peterson, Billings, MT., Jaysen Riggin, Billings, MT. 13.29
34. Jacob Aune, Glasgow, MT., Shawn Wersal, Glasgow, MT. 13.05
35. Josh Moore, Sidney, MT., Hailee Moore, Sidney, MT. 12.71
36. Mike Zoanni, Glasgow, MT., Nate Doornek, Glasgow, MT. 12.02
37. Nate Meiers, Billings, MT., Duane Meiers, Billings, MT. 11.92
38. Steve Norcutt, Glasgow, MT., Brien Norcutt, Glasgow, MT. 11.67
39. Courtney Gagne, Dickinson, ND., McKenna Gagne, Glasgow, MT. 11.63
40. Jeremiah Johnson, Laurel, MT., Scott Swanson, Billings, MT. 11.63
41. Blaine Berg, Glendive, MT., Damen Scherting, Glendive, MT. 11.34
42. Troy Vandall, Glasgow, MT., Tristin Vandall, Glasgow, MT. 11.18
43. Spencer Marsh, Glasgow, MT., Caleb Lagree, Glasgow, MT. 11.15
44. John Grimes, Nashua, MT., Coel Stutheit, Glasgow, MT. 11.13
45. Brodie Boreson, Hinsdale, MT., Lindsey Boreson, Hinsdale, MT. 11.10
46. Steve Harris Jr., Sidney, MT., Nick Fortier, Billings, MT. 10.94
47. Colton Hill, Dickinson, ND., Wyatt Pedersen, Glasgow, MT. 10.56
48. Brien Gault, Glasgow, MT., Autumn Gault, Glasgow, MT. 10.41
49. Cody King, Minot, ND., Casey King, Glasgow, MT. 10.17
50. Josh Marottek, Medicine Lake, MT., Drew Henry, Glasgow, MT. 10.02
51. Brenden Waarvik, Billings, MT., DJ Elletson, Glasgow, MT. 8.88
52. Cody Kuka, Glasgow, MT., Katie Anderson, Glasgow, MT. 8.63
53. Kyle Gibson, Glasgow, MT., Trevin Gibson, Glasgow, MT. 8.12
54. Tori Gagne, Glasgow, MT., Shannon Ost, Glasgow, MT. 7.35
55. Larry Hockhalter, Glasgow, MT., Dale Borgan, Glasgow, MT. 6.86
56. Robert Kemp, Glasgow, MT., Jodi Schock, Glasgow, MT. 6.61
57. Spencer Gay, Glendive, MT., Pat Gay, Billings, MT. 4.89
58. Mike Meredith, Nashua, MT., Stone Tahista, Nashua, MT. 4.77
59. Craig Compton, Mount Ulla, NC., Quinton Compton, Glasgow, MT. 4.75
60. Crystal Boreson, Perrysville, IN., Katie Clausen, Lambert, MT. 4.52
61. Kobe Sibley, Glasgow, MT., Trevor Klind, Glasgow, MT. 4.47
62. Jeff Unterseher, Glendive, MT., Ben Unterseher, Glasgow, MT. 3.99
63. Paul Pasley, Bigfork, MT., Michael Williams, Havre, MT. 3.20
64. James Schultz, Cambridge, NE., Hunter Schultz, Fort Peck, MT. 2.83
65. Paul Provencher, Glasgow, MT., Wayne Linder, Glasgow, MT. 2.20
66. Rob Seder, Hardin, MT., Rod Seder, Billings, MT. 1.24
67. Derek Mahlum, Great Falls, MT., Aaron Wittmer, Havre, MT. 0.99
68. Doug Mahlum, Great Falls, MT., Kane Mahlum, Great Falls, MT. 0.63
69. Bob Harrington, Glasgow, MT., Kat Geer, Glasgow, MT. 0.00
Melissa Sigmundstad , Glasgow, MT., Briana Lee Page, Glasgow, MT. 0.00
Paul Moore, Hinsdale, MT., Jennifer Moore, Hinsdale, MT. 0.00
Tyler Johnson, Nashua, MT., Zach Watts, Nashua, MT. 0.00
Kelcey Arnold, Hinsdale, MT., Jake Knaff, Hinsdale, MT. 0.00
Justin King, Sidney, MT., Tony Maurer, Sidney, MT. 0.00
James Prevost, Fort Peck, MT., Bryce Kauffman, Glasgow, MT. 0.00
David Irving, Glasgow, MT., Rod Ost, Glasgow, MT. 0.00
Matt Bushman, Billings, MT., Corey Bushman, Billings, MT. 0.00
Dan Achten, Laurel, MT., Amber Achten, Laurel, MT. 0.00
Derek Carda, Sidney, MT., Adam Smith, Sidney, MT. 0.00
80. Luke Morehouse, Glasgow, MT., Nathan Hopstad, Glasgow, MT. 0.00
Jumbo Whiskers Award - Jake Kuka 12.26 lbs.
Big Whiskers Award - Bobby Wise 11.60 lbs.

Monday, June 4th 2018
Election Day Set for Tuesday
41% of registered voters in Valley County have already cast their ballots for the Primary Election by voting absentee according to numbers provided by the Montana Secretary of State.

1960 ballots had been cast at the end of the day Friday which is 65% of the total number of absentee ballots that have been given out to registered voters in Valley County.

For those wishing to vote at the polls on Election Day, polling places in the Glasgow Civic Center will open at 7am and will close at 8pm.

Friday, June 1st 2018
Middle Of Nowhere Segment To Air On NBC Saturday, June 2 At 5:30 p.m.
The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will air the segment on Glasgow being the "Middle Of Nowhere" on Saturday, June 2nd during the 5:30 p.m. news.

NBC film crews did several interviews while visiting Glasgow a couple weeks ago.

The original story came from a Wall Street Journal that named the city as the Middle Of Nowhere due to its distance from any metropolitan area.

Friday, June 1st 2018
Wolf Point Convenience Store Clerk Abducted
(From KTVQ
WOLF POINT - A gas station employee in Wolf Point was abducted after trying to stop a shoplifter, according to the Wolf Point Police Department.

Police were dispatched to the Town Pump in Wolf Point just before 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20.

The suspect stole two 30-packs of beer and when the employee went after him, the employee was assaulted.

Surveillance video showed that after the physical altercation, the suspect abducted the employee.

While driving around with the employee in a van, the suspect allegedly threatened violence and death, punching the employee in the face and choking him, according to the Wolf Point Herald.

The driver ultimately released the clerk.

The nature and extent of the clerk's injuries has not been released.

Police are working on obtaining a warrant for the suspect, whose name has not yet been released.

Friday, June 1st 2018
Man Dies After Being Hit By Train In Wolf Point
(Information from: The Billings Gazette )

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man was killed after being hit by a BSNF Railway work train in Wolf Point.

BNSF spokesman Ross Lane tells The Billings Gazette that an initial investigation indicates the man may have been crawling around under the train while it was parked and was killed when it began moving Wednesday night.

BNSF maintenance workers called 911.

Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers says the victim was a man who appeared to be in his 30s. His name has not been released.

Friday, June 1st 2018
School's Out Carnival Postponed Until Saturday, June 9th
Due to the rainy and windy weather, the School's Out Carnival has been postponed.

Their 3rd Annual “Schools Out Carnival” will be Saturday, June 9th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

There’ll be a water slide, carnival-style games, cake walk, & prizes all outside of the Children’s Museum on 2nd Avenue South.

Area kids are invited to come celebrate the beginning of summer with the Northeast Montana Children’s Museum.

There’ll be a water slide, carnival-style games, cake walk, & prizes all outside of the Children’s Museum on 2nd Avenue South, in downtown Glasgow.

Extra Info:
Waterslide wrist bands are $10
Parents, make sure your children have a swimsuit, towel, and possibly some dry clothes to change into

Children will purchase tickets to play carnival-style games. With their winnings, they’ll be able to buy items from the prize table inside the Museum

An annual membership is just $60 and covers up to 6 family members. Along with having unlimited access to the Museum during regular hours, you’ll also receive discounts on special events.

Friday, June 1st 2018
GHS Educational Trust Deadline Is July 1
Attention: Glasgow High School graduates attending college or trade school.

You may be eligible for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust.

Log on to www.ghsedutrust.org NOW for the application and other relevant information, so that you can complete your application by the July 1, 2018, deadline.

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

Tuesday, May 29th 2018
Public Service Commission to act on MDU request to raise natural gas rates for Montana customers
HELENA, Mont. – May 25, 2018 – The Montana Public Service Commission scheduled a work session for Tuesday, May 29, to act on Montana Dakota Utilities request to raise their rates for natural gas.

“The Commission put out a request last December for utilities to show us how they plan to pass the savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on to consumers,” said Commission Chairman Brad Johnson. “Since then, this requested increase has been cut almost in half.”

MDU’s original rate case requested increased revenue of $2.8 million dollars, resulting in an increase in the monthly bill of 4.1% for an average user. The revised request now asks for only $1.497 million. They first submitted the application to raise rates on September 25, 2017. The Commission held the first public hearing on the case on April 26, 2018, and will now vote up or down on approving the new rates.

The Montana Consumer Counsel, which advocates on behalf of ratepayers, intervened in the case. The MCC and MDU reached a stipulation modifying the rate increase downward. The work session on May 29 will vote on that stipulation.

Johnson said, “Regardless of how the Commission votes, the record in this case shows that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is pushing downward on the rates consumers pay for natural gas.”

The meeting will be held at 9:00 AM Tuesday, May 29, in the Commission’s office in Helena, MT

Tuesday, May 29th 2018
Wolf Numbers Remained Strong In 2017; Reminder That Wolves Are Managed In Eastern Montana Too

According to the 2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program Annual Report, population estimates suggest there are approximately 900 wolves in Montana. This marks the 13th consecutive year that Montana has far exceeded wolf recovery goals.

Montana’s wolf population has remained relatively stable with an annual wolf harvest that averages about 225 animals per year. During the 2017-2018 wolf season, 255 wolves were harvested: 65 percent hunting, 35 percent trapping. Approximately, $380,000 was generated for wolf conservation and management by wolf license sales.

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

Wolf management in eastern Montana

With the recent release of this 2017 wolf report, it’s a good reminder that FWP manages wolves across Montana under a statewide management plan, including eastern Montana. FWP is committed to using its authority to responsibly manage Montana’s wolf population while addressing conflicts with livestock and other wildlife populations. Although wolf populations and management activities are largely focused on western Montana, all the same wolf management tools are in place across eastern Montana.

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

Wolves may also be trapped ($20 resident, $1 resident landowner, $250 nonresident) from Dec. 15-Feb. 28. Completion of either the Idaho or Montana wolf trapping certification class is mandatory.

Persons could take a combination of up to five wolves via hunting and/or trapping. FWP publishes wolf hunting and trapping regulations annually, and these are available at all license vendors and FWP offices. Note: National Wildlife Refuges may have different regulations on wolf management, and like any other species, permission is needed to hunt for wolves on private land.

Another aspect of wolf management includes increased emphasis on proactive prevention of livestock depredation. Montana law and administrative rules (MCA 87-3-130; ARM 12.9.1301-1305) allow a person to kill a wolf that is seen in the act of attacking, killing, or threatening to kill livestock or domestic dogs.

no permit is required and FWP must be notified within 72 hours of take or attempt to take
preserve the scene and leave the carcass where it was killed; carcass is surrendered to FWP
physical evidence of the wolf attack or that an attack was imminent is required (injured or
dead livestock, broken fences, trampled vegetation and wolf sign) that would lead a reasonable person to conclude the attack was imminent
wolves cannot be intentionally baited, fed, or deliberately attracted
Wolves may be opportunistically hazed or harassed

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

Wolf sightings do periodically happen in eastern Montana, but currently no wolf packs are known to exist in the eastern side of the state. Recently, a FWP game warden reported seeing a lone wolf in south Phillips Co., and neighboring landowners were notified. FWP would encourage anyone who believes they see a wolf in Region 6 to contact your local biologist, game warden, or call the Glasgow Region 6 FWP Headquarters at 406-228-3700.

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

Tuesday, May 29th 2018
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Alum Returns For 44th Season Opener: Guys On Ice
If you love fishing, beer or the Green Bay Packers, you are sure to laugh out loud at this hilarious musical about ice fishermen. Fort Peck Summer Theatre opens the 49th season with Guys on Ice.

FPST is honored to welcome back Neal Lewing to star in the musical. Lewing was a company member during the theatre’s inaugural season, 49 years ago in 1970. He and his wife Karen now run The Port Polson Players!

Lewing’s daughter Anna Loehrke is making her FPST debut as director of Guys on Ice (as well as starring in the Theatre for Young Audience tour of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)

Completing the cast are returning company member Christopher Morucci and Billy Pipinich. Pipinich is a familiar face to many in this area, but might seem out of place: he spent multiple summers as the chef at Fort Peck Hotel.

Performances are June 1 – June 10; 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 Guys on Ice, the 2018 season continues with:
• Cabaret: June 15 – July 1
• Leader of the Pack: July 6 – July 22
• Disney’s The Little Mermaid: July 27 – August 12
• Almost Maine: August 17 – September 2

Tuesday, May 29th 2018
Scottie Booster Club Awards Jeff Jurgens Scholarships
Six Valley County high-school graduates have received Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships to enable their studies at colleges and universities in Montana and neighboring states.

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 over 100 youth basketball teams from across northeastern Montana and southern Canada.

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 at a college or university in Montana or a neighboring state. This year, the Booster Club selected six scholarship recipients from a field of well over a dozen applicants.

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

The six 2018 JJMT Scholars are:

Bryce Legare – A 2018 graduate of Glasgow High School, Legare played four years of basketball and was selected to the all-conference team his senior year. He is playing in his fifth year of Reds baseball, served on the student council and G Club at GHS, and runs Legare Lawns, a landscaping service. He will attend Montana State University where he plans to major in finance.

Alex Fransen – Another 2018 GHS graduate, Fransen will attend Dickinson State University this fall, where he will play football and intends to major in criminal justice. Fransen played two years of Scottie basketball, starting varsity his senior year, as well as lettering in football and track and participating in American Legion baseball. He has volunteered for a wide range of community events and organizations. Fransen has worked seasonally for Mike Brown Construction.

Deann Rasmusan – Rasmusan graduated from Glasgow High School this year and is attending Minot State University, where she intends to study communication disorders. She played three years of high school basketball, has been a member of the Glasgow Kiwanis Swim Team for 9 years, and has volunteered for Key Club, Hi-Line Skating, and National Honor Society. She has worked at Valley View Nursing Home, Hi-Line Eye Care, and as a lifeguard for the City of Glasgow.

Haylee Fauth – A 2018 Opheim High School graduate, Fauth will attend Miles Community College to pursue a degree in teaching. She played basketball and volleyball for three of her four years of high school, missing years only because of a shortage of players to field a team. She has been involved in FFA, student council, choir, Academic Olympics, and worked as an assistant coach and referee as well as helping on a number of area ranches.

Casity Boucher – Boucher, a 2018 Hinsdale High School graduate, will attend Miles Community College this fall. She is a 4-year basketball player, a co-captain her junior and senior seasons, and was named to the all-conference team. She also played volleyball and participated in track. Boucher is involved in student council, FFA, National Honor Society, H-Club, band, and has extensive involvement in community activities as well as helping on her family’s ranch.

Taylor Laumeyer – A 2018 graduate of Nashua High School, Laumeyer will attend Minot State University, where she will participate in track and pursue a degree in music education. She played basketball throughout her high school career, and also participated in volleyball and track. She has been involved in band, student council, 4-H, and a wide variety of community services and organizations. She works seasonally for Brabeck Construction.

Thursday, May 24th 2018
FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released
Pictured: Winter survey mule deer-Photo by FWP’s Drew Henry

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologists have completed their 2018 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across northeastern Montana, which are used to help determine management recommendations. The surveys indicate above average numbers for mule deer, and mostly stable populations of whitetail deer across the region.
“Data collected during deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” FWP Outlook-area biologist Ryan Williamson (and Region 6 deer specialist) explained. “The prior year’s harvest, weather, and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the public and other agencies are all considered by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for season and quota setting decisions.”

Mule deer
For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically examined each year from the air. The winter “post-season survey” was completed in January, and the “spring survey” was conducted in late April and May. While total deer counts tend to be variable, the 2018 surveys indicate mule deer are doing quite well. “Mule deer trends remain stable and well above average across most of the region,” Williamson said.
The 2018 post-hunting-season surveys showed the region-wide mule deer population at 74 percent above average, but 15 percent below the 2017 survey.

The 2018 spring surveys showed region-wide populations at 46 percent above average and remain the same as the last year’s spring survey. While regional numbers indicate above average mule deer levels overall, differences are seen across the region and in isolated areas as well. According to Williamson, mule deer from the 11 deer trend areas range from slightly below average to well above the average.
This same trend was seen in the deer fawn-to-adult ratios that are also calculated from the spring survey. Region wide, the fawn numbers continue to do quite well and remain above average.

“Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter survival as well as new recruitment into the population,” Williamson said. “The 2018 survey showed 57 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly above the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. These numbers were also similar to the 2017 survey.”

Winter mortality was variable across the region during the 2017-2018 winter with the highest impacts seen in localized areas around Malta and Havre. “Winter mortality was observed in western areas,” Williamson noted, “with mostly fawns succumbing to the winter weather.”

Although a long, tough winter was observed throughout the region, the eastern portion did not experience near the snow accumulation as seen throughout the western portion of the region in areas where near record snow depths and extreme cold temperatures were observed.

“The region experienced a wide range of abnormal weather in the last year. Much of the region experienced a significant drought in 2017, particularly the eastern portion, which had significant impact on habitat conditions,” says Williamson. “Fawns likely went into the harsh, long winter in poorer condition than normal which likely impacted overall winter survival.”

The mule deer appeared to have overwintered well. FWP Malta-area biologist Brett Dorak in Malta adds, “We understand there will be a variation in survival across the region, but overall things are looking great coming out of a bad winter.”

Another pressing factor in managing deer populations is the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that was discovered last year in wild herds in Montana, both in Region 5 and Region 4. CWD has not yet been found in Region 6, but has been detected just across the Montana border in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“It is just a matter of when and where CWD will be detected in Region 6,” says Williamson. “Higher deer densities tend to influence the spread of the disease, so we take that into consideration when developing hunting season regulations and the number of antlerless deer B-licenses available.”

For 2018, most of the hunting districts will be managed under the liberal regulations for mule deer, which includes either-sex for a general deer license (A-tag), as well as additional antlerless B-licenses. “The liberal regulation package is expected in hunting districts, specifically along the Canadian border. As normal, hunting district 652 continues to be a limited permit district and will have a limited number of B-licenses available,” Williamson said. “All hunting districts will have a varying number of mule deer B-licenses available this year, with the license application deadline on June 1.”

Whitetail deer

Whitetail deer populations continue to recover across the region as well. Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed to total numbers, for trends. The 2018 year’s survey show whitetail deer density is at an average of 9.6 deer per square mile across the trend areas, which is approximately 10 percent below the long-term average of 10.7 deer per square mile. The 2017 surveys showed whitetails at right at long term average.

“Whitetail deer densities continue to recover in the eastern part of the region, but are still four percent below average, while the densities are still 33 percent below average along the Milk River near Glasgow,” Williamson said.

“A decade ago, whitetail densities were as high as 40-50 deer per square mile in some areas. This was an unsustainable level that was causing problems for landowners and degrading habitat conditions,” Williamson said. “EHD outbreaks and other factors in the following years reduced the whitetail population across Region 6 considerably.”

Although no significant EHD outbreaks have been seen since 2014, areas with higher deer densities along the Missouri River experienced small outbreaks of EHD in recent years.

With whitetail numbers increasing across Region 6, and in accordance with Fish and Wildlife Commission season setting, a single-region antlerless whitetail B-licenses will again be available for over the counter purchase starting August 6, 2018. The licenses will be limited to one per hunter. Additionally for 2018, there will be a limited number of region-wide antlerless whitetail B-licenses available for this fall with applications due at the June 1 deadline.

Thursday, May 24th 2018
FWP Region 6 2018 Elk Surveys Completed
Pictured: winter elk survey- picture by Region 6 FWP’s Brett Dorak

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed the 2018 surveys of the Missouri River Breaks (MRB) and Bears Paw elk herds in Region 6. The aerial surveys were completed in February and March by Region 6 biologists Brett Dorak, Scott Hemmer and Drew Henry. Overall, survey results found elk numbers in the Missouri River Breaks were down from the last survey, while elk numbers in the Bears Paw herd were up from last year. Elk calf numbers in both herds were near average during the surveys, indicating typical winter mortality.

“Both management units are doing well,” said Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer. “Fortunately, elk appear to have weathered the severe weather conditions we had this last summer and winter.”

Missouri River Breaks (MRB) Elk

The MRB elk survey across Hunting Districts (HD) 621, 622, 631, and 632, was completed in February and is done biennially. Neighboring Breaks districts are typically flown concurrently to limit the potential for elk to be missed or double counted due to movements between districts.

A total of 2,294 elk were observed across the four districts, with 1,662 in HDs 621/622, and 632 in HDs 631/632. The total number of elk observed was 33% fewer than the 2016 survey and 20% below the long-term average, with above average calf-cow and bull-cow ratios.

The management objective for the MRB districts is 1700-2000 elk. Due to elk numbers being chronically over objective, FWP implemented changes during the 2016 season for additional elk hunting opportunities, including 300 antlerless elk permits and 500 antlerless elk B “shoulder season” licenses (apply by June 1). These opportunities have continued, and starting this season, the shoulder season dates have been extended from Dec. 15-Jan. 15. The additional antlerless elk hunting opportunities were designed with the help of the Breaks Elk Working Group to provide private landowners with more elk management options.
Bears Paw Elk

The Bears Paw elk survey, completed in March, is flown annually and includes HDs 680 and 690. There were a total of 647 elk observed, which is up 24% from last year and is currently 67% above the long-term average. Calf-cow ratios were average and bull-cow ratios were below the long-term average.

The management objective for the Bears Paw is 250 elk. With elk numbers over objective in the Bears Paw districts, FWP implemented similar opportunities as in the Breaks districts in 2016, including 100 antlerless elk permits and 100 antlerless elk B “shoulder season” licenses (apply by June 1). Again, these opportunities have continued and, starting this season, the shoulder season elk B licenses will be valid from Dec. 15-Jan. 15.

With elk numbers above the population objectives across the Region 6 elk management units, hunters should look into additional elk hunting opportunities available through the drawing. It is also a good reminder to secure permission on private lands early to make the most of the 2018 hunting season.

Thursday, May 24th 2018
Check Out the Improvements Made at the Duck Creek Fishing Access Site
Memorial Day weekend is generally the “kick-off” for the boating season. If you are making your way to the Duck Creek area on Fort Peck Reservoir, you will see some major improvements to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Fishing Access Site (FAS) and boat ramp.

Last fall, The Duck Creek FAS underwent a paving and improvement project. The improvements were in response to concerns of large amounts of gravel washing down on to the ramp, making traction difficult. FWP staff often swept the gravel off the ramp to improve the conditions, but it would only be a short time before gravel washed back onto the ramp.

To help remedy this problem, FWP contracted with a construction company to pave the apron above the boat ramp. “The extension of the concrete apron should reduce the amount of gravel that ends up on the boat ramp,” says Dave Fuller, Region 6 FAS Coordinator. “ Less gravel on the boat ramp will make for safer and easier boat launching.”

In addition, the parking area and entrance road were widened, creating additional parking for boaters and more efficient traffic flow on busy weekends. Furthermore, a section above the boat ramp was paved enhancing handicap-access to latrines, sidewalks and parking.

The Duck Creek FAS is a partnership with the Army Corp. of Engineers (COE), who lease the property to FWP. The surrounding COE Duck Creek Recreation Area provides camping, a fish cleaning station, parking areas and other latrines.

“We are really happy to make these improvements to the Duck Creek FAS,” says Fuller, Region 6 fishing access site manager. “This is a very popular site, and has seen a large increase in use the last few years. Not only will these changes make boat launching safer and more efficient, but all recreationists will enjoy the easier access to parking and the latrines.”

Boat launching tips, and Clean. Drain. Dry.:

For boat launching to become even more safe and efficient at boat launching sites, here are some tips to practice proper boat ramp etiquette and safety:

Before attempting to launch (in the staging area)-
Remove boat tarp, if on
Transfer any fishing rods, coolers, towels, etc. from your vehicle to your boat
Remove engine and transom tie-down straps, and disconnect the trailer wiring
Remember to put in your drain plug!

During launching (and at the water’s edge)-
Use at least two experienced people- one to drive the towing vehicle and one to operate the boat- if possible
On “double-wide” ramps, launch on one side or the other…not in the middle
Unhook winch line at the water’s edge, use a rope on the boat if not motoring off
Move the boat to the courtesy dock to pick up passengers
Quickly move the towing vehicle off the ramp
Never block a ramp with an unattended boat or vehicle!

Coming off the water (and before leaving the staging area)-
Drop off the tow vehicle driver on the courtesy dock, and move the boat away from the dock if other boats are coming in to drop off tow vehicle drivers.
The tow vehicle’s place in line determines the order boats will be retrieved, not where a boat is tied to a dock.
Transfer any fishing rods, coolers, towels, etc. from your boat to your vehicle at the staging area, not on the ramp
Make sure your vehicle is Clean. Drain. Dry.:
Remove all mud, plants and animals from the boat and trailer
Remove the drain plug
Drain and dry all live wells, holds, bilge, and any areas where water collects
Dry any wet equipment

Wednesday, May 23rd 2018
Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle addresses allegations of misconduct
Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle has told Kltz/Mix-93 that the Montana Department of Justice recently investigated allegations of misconduct against a officer with the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Buerkle said the VCSO had received information that a VCSO Deputy had been engaged in official misconduct with a female during a traffic stop.

The decision to bring in the DOJ to investigate the allegation was supported by the officer who was the subject of the investigation.

The DOJ came to Valley County and contacted the female in question. The female disavowed having any contact with the officer, and denied any part of this rumor entirely. Sheriff Buerkle stated the alleged misconduct was unfounded.

Buerkle said the VCSO is dedicated to ensuring all of its employees act in accordance with the law and execute the duties of their office with full regard to the law. Allegations of official misconduct will always be treated seriously and will be referred to an outside agency for review and investigation. Further, if allegations arise regarding official misconduct, the VCSO would request that those allegations be reported to the Sheriff's Office, so they may be dealt with officially to ensure that no impropriety has occurred.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
62% of Registered Voters in Valley County choose to vote absentee
62% of registered voters in Valley County have chosen to vote absentee in the upcoming June 5th Primary Election.

2961 of the 4754 registered voters in Valley County are receiving their ballots by mail rather then voting in person on June 5th for the Primary Election.

Already, 896 voters have returned their ballots to the Valley County Election Office.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
Montana Department of Transportation To Identify Options To Stabilize Roadway South of Malta
LEWISTOWN - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a study to identify options to stabilize a section of roadway damaged from landslides on U.S. Highway 191 (US-191).

The study area is located 60 miles northeast of Lewistown in Fergus County along the approaches of both sides of US-191 within the western end of the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge between reference post (RP) 84.3 and RP 85.2.

This two-lane section of roadway is part of the National Highway System used as a major freight route, which has experienced frequent and significant pavement degradation, slope failures, loss of highway shoulders, and mudslides that impact traffic safety and mobility.

The purpose of the project is to identify potential options to improve stability and performance of the highway.

Proposed work includes ground surveying, aerial photography, exploration drilling, as well as a variety of geotechnical and engineering evaluations. Work activities may cause short delays on occasion for highway traffic.

The initial work is estimated to be completed in summer 2019, which may be followed by supplemental work as needed to adequately determine landslide characteristics.

The landslide of greatest concern is the Mobridge Slide located near RP 84.3, which impacts approximately 2,000 feet of highway (see photograph). As the highway embankment shifts downhill, the pavement will distress and crack, creating an irregular and hazardous driving surface that requires periodic maintenance.

A summary report for this first stage of studies is expected to be completed by December 2018.

For more information, please contact Billings District Administrator Stefan Streeter at (406) 657-0268 or Project Design Engineer Miki Lloyd at (406) 444 9200.

Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Billings office at P.O. Box 20437, Billings, MT 59104-0437, or online at:

mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
GPD Safe Kids Reward Program Is Back For The Summer
The Glasgow Police Department would like to remind everyone that as the school year draws to a close and the days stay long and warm, the kids in our community will be outside playing and exploring and creating their summer adventures.

Last year the department began an ice cream cone incentive program for kids that the officers encountered that were making good and safe choices in their summer activities. Whether safely buckled in their car seats or wearing a helmet and biking carefully, or other outdoor activities, the officers wanted a way to reward those kids that were making the effort to play safe and foster that behavior in all of our area youth.

We have again partnered with McDonald’s, Flips and Dairy Queen of Glasgow to make coupons for free ice cream cones available for officers to reward kids for making good decisions. The department would like to thank the community for supporting this program. The Glasgow Police Department sees this as an opportunity for our officers to interact supportively with kids in our community, and for everyone to recognize the need to stay safe outside this summer.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
Montana FWP completes Elk Survey
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed the 2018 surveys of the Missouri River Breaks (MRB) and Bears Paw elk herds in Region 6. The aerial surveys were completed in February and March by Region 6 biologists Brett Dorak, Scott Hemmer and Drew Henry. Overall, survey results found elk numbers in the Missouri River Breaks were down from the last survey, while elk numbers in the Bears Paw herd were up from last year. Elk calf numbers in both herds were near average during the surveys, indicating typical winter mortality.

“Both management units are doing well,” said Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer. “Fortunately, elk appear to have weathered the severe weather conditions we had this last summer and winter.”

Missouri River Breaks (MRB) Elk

The MRB elk survey across Hunting Districts (HD) 621, 622, 631, and 632, was completed in February and is done biennially. Neighboring Breaks districts are typically flown concurrently to limit the potential for elk to be missed or double counted due to movements between districts.

A total of 2,294 elk were observed across the four districts, with 1,662 in HDs 621/622, and 632 in HDs 631/632. The total number of elk observed was 33% fewer than the 2016 survey and 20% below the long-term average, with above average calf-cow and bull-cow ratios.

The management objective for the MRB districts is 1700-2000 elk. Due to elk numbers being chronically over objective, FWP implemented changes during the 2016 season for additional elk hunting opportunities, including 300 antlerless elk permits and 500 antlerless elk B “shoulder season” licenses (apply by June 1). These opportunities have continued, and starting this season, the shoulder season dates have been extended from Dec. 15-Jan. 15. The additional antlerless elk hunting opportunities were designed with the help of the Breaks Elk Working Group to provide private landowners with more elk management options.

Bears Paw Elk
The Bears Paw elk survey, completed in March, is flown annually and includes HDs 680 and 690. There were a total of 647 elk observed, which is up 24% from last year and is currently 67% above the long-term average. Calf-cow ratios were average and bull-cow ratios were below the long-term average.
The management objective for the Bears Paw is 250 elk. With elk numbers over objective in the Bears Paw districts, FWP implemented similar opportunities as in the Breaks districts in 2016, including 100 antlerless elk permits and 100 antlerless elk B “shoulder season” licenses (apply by June 1). Again, these opportunities have continued and, starting this season, the shoulder season elk B licenses will be valid from Dec. 15-Jan. 15.

With elk numbers above the population objectives across the Region 6 elk management units, hunters should look into additional elk hunting opportunities available through the drawing. It is also a good reminder to secure permission on private lands early to make the most of the 2018 hunting season.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
Montana FWP completes Deer Survey
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologists have completed their 2018 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across northeastern Montana, which are used to help determine management recommendations. The surveys indicate above average numbers for mule deer, and mostly stable populations of whitetail deer across the region.
“Data collected during deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” FWP Outlook-area biologist Ryan Williamson (and Region 6 deer specialist) explained. “The prior year’s harvest, weather, and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the public and other agencies are all considered by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for season and quota setting decisions.”
Mule deer
For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically examined each year from the air. The winter “post-season survey” was completed in January, and the “spring survey” was conducted in late April and May. While total deer counts tend to be variable, the 2018 surveys indicate mule deer are doing quite well. “Mule deer trends remain stable and well above average across most of the region,” Williamson said.
The 2018 post-hunting-season surveys showed the region-wide mule deer population at 74 percent above average, but 15 percent below the 2017 survey.
The 2018 spring surveys showed region-wide populations at 46 percent above average and remain the same as the last year’s spring survey. While regional numbers indicate above average mule deer levels overall, differences are seen across the region and in isolated areas as well. According to Williamson, mule deer from the 11 deer trend areas range from slightly below average to well above the average.
This same trend was seen in the deer fawn-to-adult ratios that are also calculated from the spring survey. Region wide, the fawn numbers continue to do quite well and remain above average.
“Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter survival as well as new recruitment into the population,” Williamson said. “The 2018 survey showed 57 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly above the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. These numbers were also similar to the 2017 survey.”
Winter mortality was variable across the region during the 2017-2018 winter with the highest impacts seen in localized areas around Malta and Havre. “Winter mortality was observed in western areas,” Williamson noted, “with mostly fawns succumbing to the winter weather.”
Although a long, tough winter was observed throughout the region, the eastern portion did not experience near the snow accumulation as seen throughout the western portion of the region in areas where near record snow depths and extreme cold temperatures were observed.
“The region experienced a wide range of abnormal weather in the last year. Much of the region experienced a significant drought in 2017, particularly the eastern portion, which had significant impact on habitat conditions,” says Williamson. “Fawns likely went into the harsh, long winter in poorer condition than normal which likely impacted overall winter survival.”
The mule deer appeared to have overwintered well. FWP Malta-area biologist Brett Dorak in Malta adds, “We understand there will be a variation in survival across the region, but overall things are looking great coming out of a bad winter.”
Another pressing factor in managing deer populations is the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that was discovered last year in wild herds in Montana, both in Region 5 and Region 4. CWD has not yet been found in Region 6, but has been detected just across the Montana border in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“It is just a matter of when and where CWD will be detected in Region 6,” says Williamson. “Higher deer densities tend to influence the spread of the disease, so we take that into consideration when developing hunting season regulations and the number of antlerless deer B-licenses available.”
For 2018, most of the hunting districts will be managed under the liberal regulations for mule deer, which includes either-sex for a general deer license (A-tag), as well as additional antlerless B-licenses.  “The liberal regulation package is expected in hunting districts, specifically along the Canadian border. As normal, hunting district 652 continues to be a limited permit district and will have a limited number of B-licenses available,” Williamson said.  “All hunting districts will have a varying number of mule deer B-licenses available this year, with the license application deadline on June 1.”
Whitetail deer
Whitetail deer populations continue to recover across the region as well. Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed to total numbers, for trends. The 2018 year’s survey show whitetail deer density is at an average of 9.6 deer per square mile across the trend areas, which is approximately 10 percent below the long-term average of 10.7 deer per square mile. The 2017 surveys showed whitetails at right at long term average.
“Whitetail deer densities continue to recover in the eastern part of the region, but are still four percent below average, while the densities are still 33 percent below average along the Milk River near Glasgow,” Williamson said.
“A decade ago, whitetail densities were as high as 40-50 deer per square mile in some areas. This was an unsustainable level that was causing problems for landowners and degrading habitat conditions,” Williamson said. “EHD outbreaks and other factors in the following years reduced the whitetail population across Region 6 considerably.”
Although no significant EHD outbreaks have been seen since 2014, areas with higher deer densities along the Missouri River experienced small outbreaks of EHD in recent years.
With whitetail numbers increasing across Region 6, and in accordance with Fish and Wildlife Commission season setting, a single-region antlerless whitetail B-licenses will again be available for over the counter purchase starting August 6, 2018.  The licenses will be limited to one per hunter. Additionally for 2018, there will be a limited number of region-wide antlerless whitetail B-licenses available for this fall with applications due at the June 1 deadline.
Monday, May 21st 2018
Glasgow Youth To Walk In Their Father’s Footsteps
This May and early June some Glasgow youth and their leaders will abandon the comforts of modern living to trek across the Great Plains of Wyoming. Dressed in 1856-period costumes, they will walk about 20 miles over a four-day period pushing and pulling handcarts through sand and over rocky trails. Three nights, they will sleep on the hard prairie ground. Having only a few supplies and minimal shelter, they will be exposed to harsh elements, biting insects and fatigue.

The Pioneer Trek, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commemorates the suffering and miracles experienced by some 3,000 men, women, and children who walked across the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains seeking refuge in the Great Salt Lake Valley. These pioneers left behind all of their worldly goods – carrying with them only the life-sustaining essentials which could be managed in a 4’ by 4’ handcart.

Re-enacting a handcart trek provides youth an opportunity to intimately connect with real people and to personally experience the physical and emotional hardships these pioneers endured. Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said: “It is good to look to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the future. It is good to look upon the virtues of those who have gone before, to gain strength for whatever lies ahead.”

Several Glasgow families who are participating in the Trek have linked their heritage to pioneers who trekked across the plains in the mid-1800’s. These include the John and Jane Bailey, Ann Barlow, and Stoddard families. Several other Glasgow families are also related to handcart pioneers.

Brad Mickelson, Bishop of the Glasgow Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says: “The Pioneer Trek experience will strengthen the faith and character of our youth. The challenges they will face and overcome on the plains of Wyoming will make them stronger today and better citizens and leaders in the future”. He is a distant cousin to Levi Savage, one of the pioneers.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors Pioneer Treks at it three historic sites in central Wyoming. To learn more, visit https://history.lds.org. Search for “handcart sites”.

Monday, May 21st 2018
Glasgow Woman hoping to be Miss Montana
GLENDIVE - Abigail Helland is hoping to be the 69th Miss Montana as she competes again in the Miss Montana Scholarship program June 14-16 at the DCHS auditorium in Glendive. The 22 year old from Glasgow has been a finalist the last two years will sing and sign to music for talent.

Her parents are Peter and Allison Helland of Glasgow. Each contestant receives at least an $850 scholarship for participating.

Miss Montana receives a $5000 scholarship and the opportunity to represent Montana at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September. Thanks to generous sponsors, the Miss America Organization is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarships to young women in the USA.

Miss Montana 2017 Maddie Murray of Corvallis has driven over 32,000 miles this year sharing her message to school children to gift your gifts of service. Abigail’s message for school tours, if crowned Miss MT 2018 will be See Me- ending the stigma of mental illness.

The 2018 Miss Montana contestants are Toby-Jean Almy of Miles City; Jessica Criss, Bozeman; Kristy Cullinan, Glendive; Justiss Firemoon, Poplar; Laura Haller, Helena; Abigail Helland, Glasgow; Madison Kuehn of Bozeman; Rayna Laakso, Park City; Savannah Leidholt, Miles City and Julie Theis of Sidney.

Competing to be Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen now held by Allie Baisch of Glendive are Taitlyn Berry of Glendive, Cammie Heck,Sidney; Rachel Jakovac of Helena, Sloan Orrell, Belgrade;Eden Paressini, Billings; Kinsey Ross, Bainville and Samantha Young of Glendive.

People can vote online at http://www.missmontana.com for contestants to become a finalist Saturday night and earn scholarship money.

Attend this fabulous production as young women compete in talent, evening gown, swimwear and interview to represent Montana. Tickets for the Miss Montana and Teen program are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday and $25 Saturday, or $50 for the package. Front center tickets are $60 for all three nights, available at http://www.missmontana.com, the Glendive Chamber or the Farm-to-Table Store. Tickets are also on sale at the door.

Sunday, May 20th 2018
Kiwanis Club BUG Program
Students from the Glasgow Middle School grades 6 and 7 were honored recently by the Kiwanis Club for bringing up their grades from one grading period to the next.

They were also served ice cream with toppings by Jim Williamson, Kiwanis President; Amber Swindler, Past-President, Lisa Kosi, board member, and Charles Wilson, club secretary.

The BUG (Bring Up Grades) program is a regular program of Kiwanis International, serving the children of the world. If you would like to get involved in community service through Kiwanis, contact any member of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, or email Secretary Charles Wilson at mtkiwanis@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 16th 2018
Fort Peck Spill Way Access Limited Until Further Notice
On May 10, 2018, the US Army Corps of Engineers began discharging water through the Fort Peck Spillway. Initial flows are set at 2,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) but may increase as lake elevations and precipitation conditions warrant.

To ensure public safety around the spillway structure, access to certain areas of the spillway will be closed or will remain closed. Until further notice, the public will only be permitted to access the overlook on the West side of the spillway structure or stop at the parking area immediately east of the Spillway on the south side of Montana Highway 24. From this parking area, the public may access the Spillway Bridge Deck sidewalks adjacent to Highway 24 and the east lower spillway overlook via the stairs. All other areas of the Spillway Structure are closed to public access. Boaters are prohibited from approaching the Spillway beyond the established buoy line in the Spillway Bay on the south side of the spillway structure. For everyone’s safety, vehicles will not be permitted to stop anywhere on the Spillway road deck or park along the edge of the road on or near the Spillway structure.

To facilitate these closures, the following numbered roads within the Charles M. National Wildlife Refuge road system will be posted as “ROAD CLOSED” or “ROAD CLOSED: Authorized Vehicles Only” including Road 341 closed (also closed to pedestrians), Road 340 closed at intersection with road 341 near bottom of spillway channel, and Road 361 closed at the gate and fence line approaching west side of the spillway channel.

Also, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) would like to remind the public that the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or drones for any purpose is prohibited on and above all USACE lands or facilities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers request that the public honor and respect these closures and restrictions.

Any questions regarding activities in the area may be directed to the Fort Peck Administration Building at 406-526-3411.

Wednesday, May 16th 2018
Red Thumb Reminder Day T-shirts Are In At Health Department
Red Thumb Reminder Day T-shirts are at the Health Department and are ready to be picked up. Everyone who participated and completed an activity card will get an event t-shirt. Please stop by the Health Department at 500 4th Ave South and pick them up. Also, if you won a prize or did not receive your picture at the Courthouse activity, those are also at the Health Department.

Grand Prize
Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Donated by - Nemont Telephone, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
and Valley County Health Department
Winner - Austin Merrigan

LG Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset
Donated by - Nemont Telephone
Winner - Victoria Pehlke

Samsung Bluetooth Headsets
Donated by - Nemont Telephone
Winners -
Thea Moore
Shirley Vandall
Torrence Braaten

My CUBE Speakers
Donated by - Nemont Telephone
Winners -
Sheree Cook
Rachel Sigmundstad

Wireless Earbuds
Donated by - Nemont Telephone
Winners-
O.J. Bragg
Kimber Dulaney
Iris McKean
Tristan Erb
Ronica Sand
Parker Allen
Lylie Foster
Charlie Swanson
Cordelia Nickels
Trey Johnson

$10 Coffee Cards
Donated by The Loaded Toad
Winners-
Micah Tweten
Walker Albus
Tim Wageman

Friday, May 11th 2018
Fort Peck Reservoir water level climbed 4 feet in April
Story credit to Billings Gazette :

It took a lot of water to raise Fort Peck Reservoir’s 134-mile length almost 4 feet in April, even though dam operators increased releases from the dam — climbing from 9,400 cubic feet per second to 11,000 cfs.

“The updated runoff forecast increased 3 (million acre feet) from April’s forecast,” said John Remus, chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division for the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages Fort Peck Dam. “This was due to the continued accumulation of mountain snowpack in the upper basin as well as the delayed melt of plains snow during the first two weeks of April.

“Based on the current mountain snowpack and temperature and precipitation outlooks, runoff into the Fort Peck and Garrison reservoirs is expected to be above average from May through August,” he added.

Fort Peck’s water level now sits just 6 feet below the flood pool, an elevation of 2,240 feet. The top of the flood control pool is an elevation of 2,250 feet.

With more water coming in, the Corps of Engineers plans to boost releases from Fort Peck Dam to 14,000 cfs this month. That’s close to the maximum that the powerhouse can handle. Unfortunately, maintenance at the powerhouse means the generators can’t handle the full 14,000 cfs, so some of the water will have to be dropped through the spillway.

Even with the increased outflow, the reservoir is expected to rise almost another 2 feet in May, climbing to a predicted elevation of almost 2,242 feet.

As of Wednesday, the Musselshell River was pumping in about 2,000 cfs into Fort Peck Reservoir, compared to a long-term average of 143 cfs for the date. The Missouri River was running at 23,200 cfs at Landusky, upstream from the reservoir. Its long-term average for May 10 is 11,000 cfs.

Downstream in North Dakota, Lake Sakakawea picks up what Fort Peck releases. In addition to the 9,400 cfs being released now, the Milk River — which enters the Missouri below Fort Peck — was running at 4,420 cfs, compared to the average of 344 cfs. The Yellowstone River near Sidney — which also feeds Sakakawea – was cruising at 29,600 cfs, compared to a long-term average of 11,700.

Irrigators must be pulling a lot of water from the Yellowstone River already because upstream at Miles City and Forsyth the river gauge read 35,000 cfs.

The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 33.2 million acre feet, 131 percent of average, according to the Corps.

As of May 1, the mountain snowpack was 135 percent of average in the reach above Fort Peck and 129 percent of average in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison. Mountain snowpack may have finally peaked at 123 percent of average in the mountains that feed the Missouri.

Even with the above average influx of snowmelt, the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system appears to be low enough to capture runoff and rainstorms without causing flooding downstream, the Corps said.

“More than 70 percent of the system’s flood storage remains available to capture runoff from the mountain snowmelt and spring and summer rainfall events,” Remus said.

Wednesday, May 9th 2018
Valley View Home Election Results
The Valley County Elections Office released the results of the Valley View Home Election after 1pm on Wednesday.

Valley County Voters approved creating a Hospital District for the benefit of Valley View Home. The vote was 1674-1027.

Valley County Voters also approved a $300,000 levy to financially support Valley View Home. The vote was 1510-1138.

The voters also elected a Board of Trustees to oversee the Hospital District.

3-year term: Ken Jansa defeated Dave Renhardt 1333-1034

1-year term: Karen Breigenzer 2154

1-year term: Darell Morehouse 2232


Wednesday, May 9th 2018
Valley County Storefront Beautification 2018 Guidelines & Application
Two Rivers Economic Growth announces the launch of the “Storefront Beautification Grant Program!” The purpose of this program is to improve the street-side appeal of Valley County businesses. This encourages visitors to stop and shop while fostering continued growth and increased patronage in the local community.

This is a 50/50 matching grant opportunity in which applicants may apply for up to $1,000 in Two Rivers Economic Growth matching funds for storefront improvements. This may include signage, windows, paint, lighting, awnings, sidewalk improvements, landscaping, or a variety of other upgrades.

The Storefront Beautification Grant is a competitive grant for Two Rivers Members with limited funding. Applicants will be scored by a collaborative committee with representatives from Two Rivers, TBID, City of Glasgow, Glasgow Chamber, and Glasgow Downtown Association.
Should your project be chosen for funding, the project must be completed within one year of the date on your award notification letter. An extension may be granted upon request.

All projects must meet State or City/Town zoning regulations. All required building permits must be in place before commencement of the project.

The following requirements must be met to release funding upon project completion:
• Provide both before and after photos of improvements.
• Provide copies of paid receipts/invoices that grant funds will be used to reimburse.
• Provide starting and completion date of project.

Two Rivers Economic Growth retains the right to question, alter, or reject any claim deemed inflated or unreasonable. The submitted application implies acceptance of these requirements and failure to provide required materials upon project completion will nullify this contract and disallow dispersal of grant funds. Two Rivers also retains the right to publish a Public Service Announcement when grant funds are awarded and at the project’s completion

Grant deadline is June 1, 2018. Awards will be announceD June 15, 2018.


Wednesday, May 9th 2018
Missouri River Mainstem Projects Will Maintain Higher Than Average Releases
OMAHA, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division plans to maintain higher-than-average releases from all System projects, including Gavins Point, over the next several months.

“Due to higher-than-average runoff being forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, we have increased the service level 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) above full service to facilitate the evacuation of stored flood waters. The increased service level means that Gavins Point releases may be increased to 42,000 cfs, and possibly higher, as downstream tributary flows recede,” said John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

Gavins Point releases will be adjusted, when needed, in response to basin conditions. When necessary, the Corps will reduce releases from the System projects and utilize the available flood control space in the reservoirs, in order to lessen flooding downstream of all the projects. It is important to note that the ability to significantly reduce flood risk along the lower Missouri River diminishes at locations further downstream due to the large uncontrolled drainage area and the travel time from Gavins Point Dam.

The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 33.2 million acre feet (MAF), 131 percent of average according to the Corps. “The updated runoff forecast increased 3.0 MAF from April’s forecast. This was due to the continued accumulation of mountain snowpack in the upper basin as well as the delayed melt of plains snow during the first two weeks of April,” said Remus. “Based on the current mountain snowpack and temperature and precipitation outlooks, runoff into the Fort Peck and Garrison reservoirs is expected to be above average from May through August,” said Remus.

As of May 1, the mountain snowpack was 135 percent of average in the reach above Fort Peck and 129 percent of average in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison. It appears that the mountain snowpack has peaked in both reaches: on April 19 in the Fort Peck reach and on April 15 in the Fort Peck to Garrison reach. View the mountain snowpack graphic here .

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 60.6 MAF as of May 1, occupying 4.5 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. “More than 70 percent of the System’s flood storage remains available to capture runoff from the mountain snowmelt and spring and summer rainfall events,” said Remus.”

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

The Corps will continue to monitor basin and river conditions, including rainfall and mountain snowmelt, and will adjust the regulation of the System based on the most up-to-date information.

Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point Dam releases averaged 34,000 cfs during April. Releases were increased to 36,000 cfs during early April, but were reduced near the end of the month due to higher flows downstream. Releases were increased to 37,000 cfs in early May. Downstream conditions permitting, releases will gradually be increased until they reach the expanded navigation support levels, which are estimated at 40,000 to 42,000 cfs. The Gavins Point reservoir ended April at elevation 1207.1 feet and will remain near 1206.0 feet during May.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 30,000 cfs in April. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. Due to on-going maintenance at the project, planned releases will require releases from the powerhouse and outlet tunnels. The reservoir ended April at elevation 1358.1 feet, rising 1.4 feet during the month. The reservoir will gradually fall to near 1355.2 feet during May.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 25,900 cfs in April. Releases are expected to average 28,000 cfs during May. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during May.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 27,900 cfs during April. Releases are expected to average 27,500 cfs in May. Planned releases will primarily be through the powerhouse, however, outlet tunnels may be used this spring during powerhouse maintenance. The reservoir ended April at elevation 1610.1 feet, rising 1.2 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to rise 2.2 feet during May.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 28,100 cfs during April. Releases were increased to 37,000 cfs in early May. Garrison reservoir ended April at elevation 1842.4 feet, rising 3.4 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to rise 1.0 foot during May, ending the month near elevation 1843.4 feet.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 9,400 cfs during April. Releases were increased to 11,000 cfs on April 22 and will increase to 14,000 cfs around mid-May. The planned release is near the maximum powerhouse release, however due to ongoing maintenance at the project, releases will be required from both the powerhouse and spillway. The reservoir ended April at elevation 2239.9 feet, rising 3.9 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to rise 1.9 feet during May ending the month near elevation 2241.8 feet.

The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 870 million kWh of electricity in April. Typical energy generation for April is 690 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 12.7 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.3 billion kWh.

Wednesday, May 9th 2018
Southwest MT Man Found Guilty for Illegal Outfitting in Blaine County
Thomas “TJ” Carter, 38, of Twin Bridges has plead guilty in the 17th District Judicial District Court in Blaine County to four counts, which included: one felony count of acting as an outfitter without a license, one misdemeanor count of theft, one count of illegal tag transfer and one count of unlawful purchase of a replacement license.

In the fall of 2015, FWP Region 6 wardens began investigating reports of illegal outfitting occurring in northern Blaine County, near the town of Turner. Wardens learned that Carter, a licensed guide in Montana and other states, was operating illegally as an unlicensed outfitter under the name of “Western Wild Hunt Company.” Under Montana law, licensed guides may not act as outfitters. In addition, Carter also hired additional unlicensed guides to assist with his hunting clients.

A total of 13 hunting clients were identified and interviewed, including residents of New York, West Virginia, Texas, Washington, Colorado, and Ohio. Clients paid an average cost between $5,000-$5,500, primarily for mule deer hunts. Hunters were taken on Block Management Areas, Bureau of Land Management, and on private land, and no special use permit was used on any of these sites. During interviews, many of the clients expressed disappointment in the operation, including the lodging and facilities, price, and overall size and quality of the mule deer promised.

Carter was initially charged in Blaine County with 20 total counts, but in a pretrial agreement, he agreed to plead guilty to four counts.

In April of 2018, Carter was sentenced by District Court Judge Yvonne Laird on the four counts, totaling 5 years loss of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges, and four additional years loss of hunting privileges (all loss of privileges are honored in all 46 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact). Carter was also charged with paying a total of $12,000 in restitution and $2,000 in fines. In addition, Carter will be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and is subject to all rules and regulations of adult probation and parole.

In addition, in Blaine County Justice Court, Carter’s unlicensed guides were cited for guiding without licenses and one client was charged for his role in transferring a deer license.

“This case involved serious violations of laws under FWP jurisdiction,” said Dirk Paulsen, FWP Region 6 criminal investigator.

“Mr. Carter’s actions exceeded those of someone who was confused about the red tape and regulations of the outfitting industry,” continued Paulsen, “and were in direct conflict with the high standards and set practices implemented by the Board of Outfitters and the lawful outfitters of this state”.
The Montana Board of Outfitters, who help with regulatory control in the outfitting and guiding industry, rely on the assistance of FWP wardens and investigators, which can take a lot of time, energy, and expense. Thankfully, FWP personnel investigating Carter’s actions were able to get a lot of help from folks who came forth with information about the case.

Region 6 wardens would like to thank the Blaine County attorney’s office and the citizens and landowners of Turner for their help with the investigation. This case could not have been successful without the help of local sportsmen and landowners.

Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Tuesday, May 8th 2018
Election Results
Glasgow School Election Results:

Levy Request:

For: 808
Against: 986

Trustee Election:

Ryan Fast- 934
Mike Kaiser- 933
Sarah Swanson- 774
Tyrel Brandt- 640


Nashua School Election Results:

Levy Request:

For: 189
Against: 138

Opheim School Election Results

Trustee Election: Vote for 2

Twyla Anderson- 109
Kristina Benner-47
Tim Stenglein- 107


Frazer School Election Results

Trustee Election:

3-year term
Mike Cole- 77
Jewel Four Star Ackerman-51

1-year term
Adeline Rose Smoker White- 107

Hinsdale School Election Results

Elementary General Fund Levy passes by a vote of 155-47

Trustee Election. Vote for 1

Kent Hubbard- 53
Jeremiah See- 18
Justin Strommen- 132

Friday, May 4th 2018
Latest information on oil spill near Lustre
The EPA has established a website providing details on that oil spill near Lustre

https://response.epa.gov/site/site_profile.aspx?site_id=12694

Thursday, May 3rd 2018
Oil spill reported near Lustre in Valley County
Story from KRTV-Great Falls

1GREAT FALLS) A oil spill occurred at an oil well operated by Anadarko Minerals Inc. near Lustre, which is located in the central region of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

According to a press release, the spill was reported to the Tribes' Office of Environmental Protection (OEP) on Friday, April 27.

The spill was spotted by a rancher doing a flyover in the area. The exact date that the leak occurred has not yet been determined. The well had been shut-in in late December of 2017.

Wilfred Lambert of the Fort Peck Tribes OEP and officials from the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) initially estimated that 600 barrels of oil and 90,000 barrels of production water, also known as brine, were released from the well.

The oil and brine flowed approximately 200 yards downhill to a stock pond used by tribal entities for watering livestock.

The press release states that the extent of the stock pond's contamination has not been determined. Early assessments indicate about three to six inches of oil sitting on top of the water.

A clean-up plan is being developed by Anadarko with oversight by Tribe officials, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, BLM, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jestin Dupree, a Fort Peck Tribal Council member, posted on Facebook: "The oil is about 3-4 inches thick on top of the water. In order to get this pond cleaned up there are certain levels of contamination that are allowable but we are looking at the possibility of draining the pond for a proper clean up and the Tribal Chairman felt the same way. In some places in this pond the water is about 13 feet deep.

Floyd Azure, chairman of the Fort Peck Tribes, said this spill is a further indication of the detrimental effects oil production can have on the environment and is yet another threat to the Tribe's water quality.

Cost and time estimates for the clean-up are unknown at this time.

Thursday, May 3rd 2018
BLM RESPONDS TO PUBLIC BY EXTENDING TIME TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON APR BISON PROPOSAL
Approximately 400 people attended the scoping meetings about the American Prairie Reserve’s grazing permit change proposal. The four meetings were held by the Bureau of Land Management.

The strong attendance clearly indicated the level of interest in the proposal the American Prairie Reserve (APR) submitted to the BLM asking to modify grazing permits.

“The BLM thanks the public for taking part in the scoping meetings. Your input is an important part of this Environmental Assessment process,” said BLM North Central Montana District Manager Mark Albers.

During the meetings a number of people stated the timing of the meetings and the scoping period was difficult, because the meetings were scheduled during a time when many ranchers were in the middle of calving.

The BLM will extend the scoping period for an additional month to allow the public sufficient time to study the issue and submit substantive scoping comments.

American Prairie Reserve controls private properties tied to 18 BLM grazing allotments in Chouteau, Fergus, Petroleum, Phillips, and Valley Counties. They have submitted a proposal asking the BLM to modify their grazing permits. The APR is seeking permission to: change the class of livestock from cattle to bison; allow for season-long grazing; fortify existing external boundary fences by replacing the second strand from the top with an electrified wire; and remove interior fences.

The BLM plans to analyze all 18 grazing allotments in one Environmental Assessment (EA) to consolidate efforts across the district and is asking the public to provide input on what needs to be analyzed in the EA. The BLM is asking for the public’s help in determining what it should analyze as it considers proposed changes. The most helpful comments are those that describe specific issues upon which the BLM should focus.

The scoping period has been extended to June 11, 2018. After scoping comments are received and reviewed, a Draft Environmental Assessment will be produced and released to the public for a 30-day review period. During that review period, BLM will host meetings to gather input from the public.

Scoping comments can be emailed to blm_mt_scoping_ncmd@blm.gov or mailed to: APR Scoping Comments, BLM Malta Field Office, 47285 Highway 2, Malta, MT 59538. For more information, go to https://go.usa.gov/xQWBw

Scoping comments may be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Do not include in your scoping comments personally identifiable information you do not want to be made public.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2018
Governor Declares Statewide Flooding Emergency
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a statewide flooding emergency.

Wednesday's declaration allows the governor to mobilize state resources and the Montana National Guard to protect life, health and property.

Bullock says recent rainfall and rapid snowmelt have combined to cause rivers, streams and tributaries to rise out of their banks across the state.

The State Emergency Coordination Center has received numerous emergency declarations from local and tribal jurisdictions throughout the state.

On April 18, the governor issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to flooding in seven counties, on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and in the town of Chester. The counties involved were: Pondera, Hill, Blaine, Valley, Toole, Liberty and Petroleum counties.

Flooding moved into western and central Montana this week.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2018
Two Rivers Economic Growth is accepting applications for Valley County Storefront Beautification Grant!
Two Rivers Economic Growth announces the launch of the “Storefront Beautification Grant Program!” The purpose of this program is to improve the street-side appeal of Valley County businesses. This encourages visitors to stop and shop and entices the public to enter their storefront which encourages continued patronage, creating continued success for small business.

This is a 50/50 matching grant opportunity in which applicants may apply for up to $1,000 in Two Rivers Economic Growth matching funds for storefront improvements. This may include signage, windows, paint, lighting, awnings, sidewalk improvements, landscaping, or a variety of other upgrades
Grant applications can be found on our website at GrowValleyCounty.com or picked up from the Two Rivers office located at 313 Klein Ave. in the Plains Plaza in Glasgow. The application deadline is June 1, 2018.

Submissions will be reviewed by a collaborative panel that includes representatives of Two Rivers Economic Growth, Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Business Improvement District, Glasgow Downtown Association & City of Glasgow.

Awards will be announced by June 15th.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to create a visual impact and increased patronage in Valley County!
For more information call 406-263-GROW (4769), email trg2@nemont.net or visit the Two Rivers office.

Tuesday, May 1st 2018
Flood Warning Cancelled For Dodson And Malta
The National Weather Service has cancelled the flood warning for the Milk River at Dodson and Malta as water levels are starting to drop there.

The flood warning continues for the Milk River at Saco, Tampico, Glasgow and Nashua.

The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Saco.
* until late Thursday night.
* at 10:45 PM Monday the stage was 22.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by Thursday morning.

The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Tampico.
* until further notice.
* at 10:30 PM Monday the stage was 26.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 23.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue rising to near 26.7 feet by after midnight tonight. Additional rises may be possible thereafter.

The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Glasgow.
* until further notice.
* at 10:00 PM Monday the stage was 30.0 feet.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to a stage of 29.8 feet by Wednesday morning.

The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Nashua.
* until further notice.
* at 10:00 PM Monday the stage was 22.3 feet.
* Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to a stage of 22.1 feet by Wednesday morning.

Monday, April 30th 2018
Latest On Flood Warnings
The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River at Dodson.
* until late Monday night.
* at 6:15 PM Sunday the stage was 24.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 23.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to below flood stage during the overnight hours tonight.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River at Malta.
* until Tuesday morning.
* at 6:45 PM Sunday the stage was 16.9 feet.
* Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by tomorrow morning.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River at Saco.
* until late Friday night.
* at 7:16 PM Sunday the stage was 23.4 feet.
* Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue holding steady between 23.4 feet and 23.7 feet through Wednesday morning, then begin falling through the latter part of this week.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River at Tampico.
* until further notice.
* at 6:30 PM Sunday the stage was 26.7 feet.
* Flood stage is 23.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue holding steady between 26.7 feet and 26.8 feet through Tuesday morning, then slowy begin to fall through the latter part of the week.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River at Glasgow.
* until further notice.
* at 7:00 PM Sunday the stage was 30.0 feet.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue holding steady between 30.1 feet and 30.0 feet through Tuesday night, then slowly begin falling through the rest of this week.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River at Nashua.
* until further notice.
* at 7:00 PM Sunday the stage was 22.2 feet.
* Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue holding steady near 22.2 feet through Wednesday morning, then begin to slowly fall through the latter part of the week.


Friday, April 27th 2018
GHS Educational Trust Scholarships Available
Attention: Glasgow High School graduates attending college or trade school.

You may be eligible for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust.

Log on to www.ghsedutrust.org NOW for the application and other relevant information, so that you can complete your application by the July 1, 2018, deadline.

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

Thursday, April 26th 2018
Livestock Indemnity Program Benefits Available to Valley County Producers
(Glasgow, Montana), April 26, 2018 – For Farm Service Agency's 2018 LIP Program, producers who suffer livestock deaths due to an eligible loss condition including eligible adverse weather events, eligible disease and eligible attacks from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018 must submit a notice of loss within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is first apparent. Livestock producers suffering livestock losses may submit the notice of loss to FSA by phone, fax, and email or in person.

An application for payment must be filed with the local FSA County Office by the March 31, 2019 deadline.

Eligible adverse weather events include, but are not limited to, earthquake, hail, lightning, tornado, winter storm (lasting 3 consecutive days with high winds, freezing rain/sleet, heavy snowfall and extremely cold temperatures), floods, blizzards, wild fires, extreme heat, extreme cold, anthrax, straight-line winds, and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae poisoning) that directly results in the death of eligible livestock in excess of more than normal mortality.

Livestock producers must provide proof of death and inventory numbers of eligible livestock that died due to an eligible loss condition. The inventory numbers represent the number of eligible livestock before and after the eligible loss conditions that cause the death of the livestock.

Beginning and ending inventory documents can include, veterinary records, balance sheets, inventory numbers used for tax purposes, loan records, sales and purchase records and other similar documents. Proof of death documentation may be rendering truck receipts, FEMA records, veterinary records, private insurance documents, contemporaneous records that existed at the time of the eligible loss conditions, pictures with a date, and other similar documents.

For more information on LIP, please contact the Valley County FSA office at 406-228-4321ext. 2 or visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster .

Thursday, April 26th 2018
Great Northern Development Corporation receives $600K for redevelopment projects in eastern Montana
Partnership with the Eastern Montana Brownfields Coalition to advance environmental assessment and property redevelopment in fifteen county-area, including Fort Peck and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations

DENVER (April 25, 2018) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing the Great Northern Development Corporation a $600,000 Brownfields grant to further efforts to assess, clean up and revitalize properties in communities throughout eastern Montana.
Great Northern Development Corporation is among 144 grant recipients across the nation receiving EPA Brownfields Environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants. The 221 grants totaling $54.3 million will provide communities with funding to assess, clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment.

“EPA’s Brownfields Program expands the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses, using existing infrastructure," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "These grants leverage other public and private investments, and improve local economies through property cleanup and redevelopment.”

“These grants will secure much needed environmental assessments at dozens of properties that have been targeted for redevelopment in eastern Montana,” said EPA Regional Administrator Doug Benevento. “EPA will continue to support local partnerships that are making investments in the vitality of rural communities.”

The Great Northern Development Corporation will use the EPA grant funds to target brownfields located in and around numerous small towns across fifteen eastern counties of Montana, including Carter, Custer, Dawson, Daniels, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Powder River, Prairie, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, Wibaux Counties, and the Fort Peck and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. Businesses that once supported agriculture and resource development make up the largest proportion of brownfields in the target area, including pesticide facilities, car dealerships, bulk petroleum fuel storage facilities, gas stations, lumber mills and wood treatment facilities. They also include abandoned buildings which contain asbestos, lead-based paint, and meth labs.

"Great Northern Development, along with our coalition partners; Southeastern Montana Development and Eastern Plains Economic Development are certainly appreciative of this award and plan to put the funds to good use ASAP," said Tori Matejovsky, Executive Director of Great Northern Development. "We all feel these assessment funds are a critical tool in our toolbox. The EPA dollars will go a long way in helping us convert idle properties into productive community assets once again."

The Brownfields Program targets communities that are economically disadvantaged and provides funding and assistance to transform contaminated sites into assets that can generate jobs and spur economic growth. A study analyzing 48 brownfields sites found that an estimated $29 million to $97 million in additional tax revenue was generated for local governments in a single year after cleanup. This is two-to-seven times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to the cleanup of these sites. Another study found that property values of homes located near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15 percent post cleanup.

Communities can use Brownfields funding to leverage considerable infrastructure and other financial resources. For example, EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund can be used to address the water quality aspects of brownfield sites and the assessment and construction of drinking water infrastructure on brownfields, respectively. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program may also serve as a potential source of long-term, low-cost supplemental financing to fund brownfields project development and implementation activities to address water quality aspects of brownfields.


List of the FY 2018 applicants selected for funding available here:

Wednesday, April 25th 2018
Valley County Road Update
Valley County Road Update:

Whately RD has water over it

Bentonite RD has water over it

Riverside DR has water over it at Faraasen Park

West Paisley Rd has water over it

East Paisley Rd has water over it

Billingsley Rd has water over it

Aitken Rd has been closed for everyone but residents. Valley County Road Department foreman is requesting residents living on Aitken, Brazil Creek and Britzman Roads please use extreme caution when driving through the water.

Wednesday, April 25th 2018
Discovering More of What Matters; City of Glasgow Wayfinding Plan Kicks-off
Community members invited to participate in local signage and wayfinding survey

April 24, 2018

Glasgow, MT- Community members and business owners attended an open house on Friday, April 20 at the Wheatgrass Arts & Gallery to provide feedback, view initial signage concepts and learn more about the wayfinding program that will draw and direct visitors passing through to the many amenities and businesses within our community.

Through funding obtained via the Montana Main Street Program and the Montana Department of Commerce, the City of Glasgow and Two Rivers Economic Growth (in partnership with the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, the Tourism Business Improvement District [TBID], the Glasgow Downtown Association [GDA], and the Building Active Communities Initiative [BACI]) have taken initial steps to develop the overall wayfinding program strategy and the sign design aesthetic.

A comprehensive wayfinding program is essential to the revitalization of Montana’s rural communities. By providing prominent, appealing signage, many who would otherwise simply travel through Glasgow, will be made aware of available services, destinations and points of interest that are available.

The Wayfinding Plan will help residents and visitors alike easily navigate the city and readily find available services such as schools, healthcare facilities, museums & exhibits, public restrooms, parks, trails, galleries, library, Civic Center & City Pool, city and county offices, police department, women’s services, food bank, etc.

The project will need as much community input as possible to prioritize these locations and make sure everything that matters is considered. Please take this survey to contribute your thoughts and ideas or stop by Wheatgrass Arts & Gallery to fill out a physical copy and view the initial signage concepts. The survey will be open until May 4, 2018.

The community already knows what makes the official ‘Middle of Nowhere’ a unique and amazing community – let’s make sure tourists and travelers know that this is a place worthy of spending their time and to truly experience ‘More of What Matters

Tuesday, April 24th 2018
Valley County Roads closed due to flooding
Please be advised:

Disaster Emergency Services has advised the following roads are closed:

Tampico Road North from Tampico Road to Riverside Dr

Canal Road from Bentonite to Brazil Creek Road

Larb Creek is closed 17 miles south of Saco (in Valley County) due to a washout

In addition to previous road updates, DES advises the follow roads have been closed or that one should use caution while traveling on them:

Beil RD near Hinsdale is closed

Shady Ln south of #41 is closed

Bentonite Road has 6 washouts use caution

Maag Road has four washouts use caution

Vandalia RD N has water on the road

Edwards Rd near Opheim has water on the road

Debris at the Tampico bridge has been cleared

Tuesday, April 24th 2018
Cuisine For the Cure Menu
Here is the menu for Thursday's Cuisine For the Cure.

Pies - Pecan, pumpkin, apple, cherry, Banana cream, coconut cream and the famous 4 berry pie

Jamaican – Coconut rice and peas, beef curry and jerk chicken

Russian – Russian Stroganoff

Burger/Bacon – Fat cow sliders (bacon infused burgers)

Mexican – Chicken enchiladas, rice & beans

British – Scotch eggs, Cheese & Onion Flan, & Sherry Trifle

Norwegian – Norwegian meatballs, krumkake & rommegrat

Soups & Such – Potato Parmesan, Zuppa, & Chicken Taco & various breads

Greek – Gyros & Baklava

Danish – Frikadeller (Danish meatballs), Ebelskivers (Danish pancakes) & red cabbage

Irish – Irish chicken & cabbage, colcannon potatoes & guiness dessert

Southern US – Southern shrimp & grits

Tickets are still available at KLTZ/KLAN, BS Central & by calling 263-8757. They are $20 apiece with only 150 will be sold. Dinner is Thurs. April 26th at 6p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites. Special thanks to Shelly George & Thrivent Financial for supplement support!

Tuesday, April 24th 2018
Close of Voter Registration is May 7th for June Primary Election
NOTICE OF
CLOSE OF REGULAR REGISTRATION
13-2-301, MCA


NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that regular* registration for the Primary Election(s) to be held on

June 5, 2018 will close at 5:00 p.m., on May 7, 2018.

*NOTE: If you miss this regular registration deadline, you may still register for the election by showing up at the county election office up to and including on Election Day. Between noon and the close of business on the day before Election Day, you can complete and submit a voter registration card, but you will need to return to the election office on Election Day to pick up and vote a ballot.

All active and inactive electors of Valley County, Montana are entitled to vote at said election.

Persons who wish to register and who are not presently registered may do so by requesting a form for registration
by mail at: Valley County Election Administrator, 501 Court Sq, #2, Glasgow, MT 59230 or by stopping by the courthouse at the Clerk and Recorder’s office.

Inactive electors may reactivate by appearing at the polling place in order to vote or by requesting an absentee ballot in any election from the Clerk and Recorder’s office or by notifying the County Election Administrator in writing of the elector’s current address in the county.

If you have moved, it is necessary to have your registration transferred to your present address.

Lynne Nyquist
Valley County
Election Administrator
lnyquist@valleycountymt.gov

Monday, April 23rd 2018
Valley County Unemployment Rate at 4.4%
Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate remained stable at 4.1% for the month of March. The U.S. unemployment rate also remained at 4.1%.

The unemployment rate in Valley County for March was 4.4%. There were 177 unemployed residents in Valley County for March of 2018.

“Montana’s economy continues to grow and diversify, creating new opportunities for businesses small and large to expand and create more good-paying jobs for Montanans,” said Governor Bullock. “As winter turns to spring, Montanans and communities across the state are feeling the benefits of a strong economy and record workforce participation.”

Both payroll and total employment levels posted insignificant decreases over the last month, with little changes in employment levels across most industries. There were also insignificant changes in both the labor force and unemployment estimates. Similar to February, little has changed in the Montana economy over the last month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased by 0.1% in March, primarily due to a 4.9% decrease in the gasoline index. Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U has increased by 2.4%. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in March, with a change of 2.1% over the last year.

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