KLTZ/MIX-93
The VOICE of northeast Montana!!!
Welcome to our local news page!

We have 3 local newscasts daily on each station.
1240 AM KLTZ: 7:30am, 12:30pm, 5:30pm
Mix-93 FM: 7:05am, 12:05pm, 5:05pm

Other sites of interest:
Glasgow Police Department
Valley County Jail Roster
State of Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Web Site
Amber Alerts
Montana Governor's Cup

Our news sponsors:

Responsive Table
Ag Partners, LLC Bakers Jewelry Brian Gregory, Computer Consultant (406-230-0643)
Edward Jones, local agent Bryan Krumwiede Glenn's Automotive Repair & Wrecker Service Helland Agency
Ezzie's Midtown Nemont Oasis Lounge Eatery & Casino
Park Grove Bar & Grill Pehlke's Furniture & Floor Coverings Robyn's Nest Home Decor and Fine Gifts
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Shelly George Triple A Glass Will's Office World
Gysler Furniture & Appliance in Wolf Point
Latest Local News
Thursday, August 16th 2018
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Take Effect On FWP Properties In Phillips And Sheridan Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, under the recommendations of county officials, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Phillips co. and on Brush Lake State Park in Sheridan co. Both counties will enter Stage 1 restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. These Stage 1 restrictions join both Hill and Blaine counties, who went into restrictions last week.

County officials in those counties enacted the Stage 1 restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Landowners and agencies in those counties may or may not exempt specific sites. Stage 1 restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, persons may use a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 ft. of the device.

Many FAS’s (both day-use and overnight) under no fire restrictions allow campfires in steel grates. Please be aware, however, that fires are NEVER allowed on WMA’s and at some FAS’s.

Because Brush Lake State Park in Sheridan County has an on-site caretaker, fires will continue to be allowed in steel fire grates in the park under these Stage 1 restrictions.

Per FWP policy under Stage 1 restrictions, however, NO campfires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS in Phillips, Hill, and Blaine counties. To be specific, campfires are prohibited at the following FAS sites:
-Faber Reservoir FAS, Blaine Co.
-Bailey Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Bear Paw Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Fresno Tailwater FAS, Hill Co.
-Bjornberg Bridge FAS, Phillips Co.
-Cole Ponds FAS, Phillips Co.
-Alkali Creek FAS, Phillips Co.

For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”

Thursday, August 16th 2018
Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must supplement its 2014 environmental impact study of the project to consider the new route. Morris declined to strike down the federal permit for the project, approved by President Donald Trump in March 2017.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected pipeline developer TransCanada's preferred route in November 2017, but approved a different pathway that stretches farther to the east. The "mainline alternative" route is five miles longer than the company's preferred route, cuts through six different Nebraska counties and runs parallel to an existing TransCanada-owned pipeline for 89 miles.

State Department officials "have yet to analyze the mainline alternative route," Morris wrote in his ruling. The State Department has "the obligation to analyze new information relevant to the environmental impacts of its decision."

Last month, the State Department declared the pipeline would not have a major impact on Nebraska's water, land or wildlife. The report said the company could mitigate any damage caused.

It's not clear whether the additional review will delay the 1,184-mile project. TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said company officials are reviewing the judge's decision.

Environmentalists, Native American tribes and a coalition of landowners have prevented the company from moving ahead with construction. In addition to the federal lawsuit in Montana that seeks to halt the project, opponents also have a lawsuit pending before the Nebraska Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the Nebraska case aren't expected until October.

Critics of the project have raised concerns about spills that could contaminate groundwater and the property rights of affected landowners.

Pipeline opponents cheered the decision and said they were confident that the courts would find other violations of federal law raised in the lawsuit.

"We are pleased that Judge Morris has rejected all of the excuses raised by the Trump administration and TransCanada in attempting to justify the federal government's failure to address TransCanada's new route through Nebraska," said Stephan Volker, an attorney for the environmental and Native American groups that filed the Montana lawsuit.

A State Department spokesman said the agency was still reviewing the judge's order but declined to offer additional comments.

The pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with the original Keystone pipeline that runs down to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

The State Department's new report noted two major spills in South Dakota involving the original Keystone pipeline, which went into operation in 2010, but added that TransCanada has a lower overall spill rate than average in the oil pipeline industry.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
VCCF Grants Awarded
Projects from throughout Valley County are either completed, or closer to completion, thanks to grants from the Valley County Community Foundation.

Awards for this year’s seven grants totaled $14,190 according to Doris Leader of Nashua, who chairs the VCCF.

VCCF began giving grants in 2000 and since then has awarded 138 grants totaling $192,424. Grants are awarded each spring to organizations with a 501(c) 3 IRS designation, or government and educational entities. These projects received VCCF grants this spring:

$2,500 to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital nursery for a bili blanket loaned to families with newborns suffering from jaundice and used at home

$2,000 to Nashua Senior Citizens for a sliding door cooler

$1,000 to the Glasgow High School Snack Pack Program to provide food for undernourished children

$1,559 to Two Rivers Growth to purchase a refrigerated food preparation table for the Opheim Café
$3,131 to the Valley County Fair Commission to purchase benches for the fairgrounds
$1,000 to Irle Elementary School for new folding chairs with a storage cart
$3,000 committed to the Hinsdale Public School for library renovations
The Magnus Swanson Fund contributed $2,088 to this grant. In establishing his fund within the VCCF endowment, Swanson stipulated that a portion of each year’s earnings be used in Hinsdale and the remainder used elsewhere in Valley County.

Grants to the Hinsdale School, Nashua Senior Citizens, the Snack Pack Program, Two Rivers Growth and the Fair Board received full funding of the amount requested.

The Valley County Community Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, affiliated with the statewide Montana Community Foundation.

Assets are just over $1,214,000. Projects within the areas of arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation are eligible to apply for grants.

Along with the part of the endowment earmarked for the grant program, VCCF is steward of two scholarship funds. More information is available at www.valleycountycf.net or by calling board member Jean Carlson at 526-3245.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Burn Ban Now In Effect For Valley County
From the office of the Valley County Commissioners:

There is a burn ban in effect for Valley County. No open burning or burn permits.

Campfires are still allowed as long as they are attended. Fire pits and charcoal are also allowed.

No open field fires or junk pile burning.

==
From the National Weather Service in Glasgow - with the exception of a few locally heavy showers, the last 30 days have been very dry for most of MT. Glasgow has had only 0.03 inch since July 11.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Commerce To Help Preserve Affordable Housing In Culbertson And Wolf Point
HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce recently awarded $840,000 of federal funding to assist with the acquisition and rehabilitation of Roosevelt Villas, two affordable apartment buildings located in Culbertson and Wolf Point.

The rehabilitation of the apartments will add needed safety, structural, and efficiency improvements to the apartments and will guarantee at least 30 years of continued affordable rent for households earning below 60 percent of the area median income.

“Having a safe and affordable place for hard working Montanans and their families is important to the economic vitality of Montana, from our larger towns to our smallest communities,” Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. “This rehabilitation will keep housing affordable for workers in these communities for many years to come.”

The $2.6 million Home Investment Partnership (HOME) project focuses on increasing resident safety and security by adding new exterior lights, sidewalks, doors and locks, and repairing the buildings to current earthquake codes. The plan also includes installation of new roofs, flooring, kitchen cabinets, energy efficient windows, solar panels, and carports that will add longevity and durability to the project. The rehabilitation work is slated to start this fall.

“Rehabilitating this housing means that families and individuals will continue to have access to quality, affordable housing for the next several decades,” Great Northern Development Corporation Executive Director Tori Matejovsky said. “This investment will strengthen the communities of Wolf Point and Culbertson and ensure Montanans can create their own economic opportunity.”

The HOME Program funding used for this rehabilitation project is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Montana Department of Commerce grants HOME funds to help local governments respond to the need for adequate, affordable housing for individuals and families.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Listening Sessions to Aid in Developing Montana Invasive Species Summit
BILLINGS, FORT PECK & KALISPELL, Montana – The Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) will host invasive species listening sessions in Billings, Fort Peck and Kalispell over the course of the next month. The listening sessions will be focused on the findings of a recent invasive species law review, which will also support the upcoming Montana Invasive Species Summit to be held in Helena November 15-16, 2018.

The public is encouraged to attend. The listening sessions will be held in the following locations:

Tuesday, August 21st, 4 pm – 6pm
Montana Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation – Southern Land Office
1371 Rimtop Drive
Billings, MT

Tuesday, August 28th, 4 pm – 6 pm
Ft. Peck Interpretive Center
Yellowstone Rd, Fort Peck, MT 59223
Fort Peck, MT

Tuesday, September 11th, 5:00 pm – 8 pm
Homewood Suites
195 Hutton Ranch Road
Kalispell, MT


While interested organizations, stakeholders and citizens are encouraged to attend a listening session in person, an online survey is also available. The online survey will cover the major themes coming out of the invasive species law review, and the questions will be similar to the discussion topics held at the listening sessions. The online survey is now available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MISCsurvey2018
The listening sessions are designed to allow the people of Montana to express their comments and concerns regarding current invasive species programmatic and regulatory topics such as the concept of an all-taxa invasive species list, the management of aquatic invasive plants, regulations and enforcement, and funding.

The responses collected from the listening sessions and online surveys will aid in the planning and development of the Montana Invasive Species Summit on November 15th – 16th in Helena, Montana. The Summit will feature a series of panels focused on topics related to the findings of the law review, with the objective of gaining clarity on current rules, and moving forward with solutions and means of enhancing the prevention and management of invasive species in Montana.

The Montana Invasive Species Council encourages anyone who is interested in preserving the native Montana landscapes and ecosystems to participate in the listening sessions or online survey. The responses will provide valuable feedback to support efforts moving forward.

If you have any questions, please visit the MISC website here.
Tuesday, August 14th 2018
Shake-up In Race For Valley County Sheriff/Coroner
According to Valley County Clerk & Recorder Lynne Nyquist, there has been a change in this fall's race for Valley County Sheriff/Coroner.

On Monday afternoon, August 13th, Thomas Boyer filed as a write-in candidate for Valley County Sheriff/Coroner for the November 6th General Election.

Also on Monday afternoon, Luke Strommen withdrew his filing for the position.

Strommen has been placed on paid administrative leave since mid-June due to an investigation conducted by the Montana Department of Justice.

Boyer, as a write-in candidate, will face Joe Horn in the November election.

Tuesday, August 14th 2018
Record Setting Run For Little Mermaid
Little Mermaids wrapped up its 3-week run with a sold out show on Sunday at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

According to Andy Meyers, only 5 times since 2001 has a Fort Peck Summer Theatre play drawn over 2,000 people in a single weekend.

With the run of Disney's The Little Mermaid, that number is now at eight. All three weekends saw over 2,000 people view the show. That sets a new attendance record, averaging 682 people per show, eclipsing Grease's 657 and Mary Poppins' 603 as the only other shows to average more than 600 people.

Counting volunteers in the crowd, Little Mermaid averaged over 700 people per performance.

Almost Maine, one of America’s most frequently produced plays, will make it's Fort Peck Summer Theatre debut this coming weekend.

Monday, August 13th 2018
Montana citizens asking for tougher DUI laws against impaired drivers
BOZEMAN — Members of DUI task forces are asking legislators for tougher laws against impaired driving in Montana.

The state had the nation's highest percentage of fatal crashes involving impaired drivers in three of the five years between 2012 and 2016.

The DUI Law Committee asked the legislature's Interim Law and Justice Committee to consider making a third DUI a felony and require ignition interlock devices after a first DUI.


The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the DUI Law Committee made its recommendations after asking task force members and lower court judges how they would reduce the incidence of DUIs.

The committee also suggested setting up more well-publicized sobriety checkpoints and allowing officers to get an electronic warrant for drivers who refuse breath tests.

The Law and Justice committee meets again in September.

Monday, August 13th 2018
Almost Maine Finishes Off 2018 Fort Peck Summer Theatre Season
Fort Peck Summer Theatre concludes 49th season with the collaborative Almost, Maine, featuring music by Patrick Cook

A romantic comedy with music that takes place on a serendipitous night under the magnificent northern lights. Almost Maine is currently the most frequently produced play in America, and will be making it’s FPST debut.

In addition to performing in the show, each cast member also took on an equal share of the directing and designing duties for the production. Artistic Director Andy Meyers hopes that in addition to offering new opportunities to company members, it also gives the audience a unique experience seeing the show told from multiple viewpoints and styles.

The Almost Maine company is Geoff Belliston, Nick Dirkes, Sydney Hayward, Andy Meyers, Ben Miller, Jacob Nalley, Mathias Oliver, Lauren Paley, Spencer Perry, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Jay Michael Roberts, Leigh Treat, Megan Wiltshire and Scott Worley. Live music is also performed by Patrick Cook, who last starred on the FPST stage as Buddy Holly.

Performances are August 17 – September 2; 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

Monday, August 13th 2018
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Take Effect On FWP Properties In Hill And Blaine Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, under the recommendations of county officials, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Hill and Blaine counties. Both counties entered Stage 1 restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.

County officials in those counties enacted the Stage 1 Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Landowners and agencies in those counties may or may not exempt specific sites. Stage 1 Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, persons may use a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3’ of device.

Many FAS’s (both day-use and overnight) under no fire restrictions allow campfires in steel grates. Please be aware, however, that fires are NEVER allowed on WMA’s and at some FAS’s.

Per FWP policy under these Stage 1 restrictions, NO campfires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS in Hill and Blaine counties. To be specific, campfires are prohibited at the following FAS sites:
-Faber Reservoir FAS, Blaine Co.
-Bailey Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Bear Paw Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Fresno Tailwater FAS, Hill Co.

For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to www.fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”

Monday, August 13th 2018
Historians To Document Richland And Roosevelt County Food Heritage At Sept. 15 Event
SIDNEY -- A team of historians and students will collect information about the history of producing, preserving, cooking and eating food in Richland and Roosevelt counties at an event set for Sept. 15 in Sidney.

“A Taste of the Past: Gathering Montana's Food Heritage” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pella Lutheran Church, 418 W. Main St.

The community-based gathering is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant received by the Montana Historical Society and the Center for Western Lands and Peoples at Montana State University to conduct a community project focused on gathering materials documenting the food culture and food heritage of Richland and Roosevelt counties.

Area residents are invited to bring traditional recipes, community cookbooks, historic photographs and documents of food-related events, menus, records of home demonstration clubs and artifacts related to food preparation and preservation. The team will scan and gather information about the documents and artifacts that speak to the history of the region’s local food customs.

Throughout the event, MHS and CWLP staff will present programs on Montana food history and preservation techniques for artifacts, cookbooks and photographs. Participants will retain the original items and will receive a digital image of the items on a thumb drive. The digital images will be made available on the Montana Memory Project.

“We are excited to discuss the importance of this grant as well as to invite Richland and Roosevelt County residents to share their food heritage on Sept. 15,” said Mary Murphy, MSU professor of history and one of the organizers of the event.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
http://mhs.mt.gov/education/ConferencesWorkshops/TasteOfThePaste

MSU’s Center for Western Lands and Peoples studies the lands and peoples of the North American West through the humanities, arts, and social and natural sciences. For additional information, visit http://www.montana.edu/west/ .
Monday, August 13th 2018
2018 Fort Peck Reservoir Chinook Salmon Stocking And Fishing Outlook
Photo: FWP intern Wyatt Pickens was able to catch a nice salmon on Fort Peck Reservoir in July. Photo Credit Steve Dalbey
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports some exciting news…Chinook salmon are biting at Ft. Peck Reservoir! Casual and hardcore salmon fisherman have been waiting to hear whether salmon will be showing up this year, especially after the slower 2017 season.

Interest in this unique fishery continues to grow and numerous social media outlets have been quick to alert anglers of the improving salmon bite in recent weeks. Boats rigged with downriggers have been flocking to the dam area in search of the prized Chinook (or king) salmon.

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

Heath Headley, Ft. Peck Fisheries Biologist for FWP, hints that the salmon fishing forecast for this summer looks promising based on numbers of salmon released in 2017 (345,386). Strong numbers of salmon released, abundant cisco (the primary forage item for chinook salmon), and a productive reservoir environment should benefit hatchery salmon survival. Abundant cisco can also act as a buffer to predation from walleye and northern pike. Higher reservoir elevations also provide an increased amount of coldwater habitat, key to salmon survival.

Biologists generally don’t get much insight into the survival of these small salmon until they reach larger sizes and are caught in sampling gear. However, in 2017 staff observed small 8-10-inch salmon during the 2017 summer/fall during sampling surveys. In addition, anglers reported catching a few as well. This is a promising sign that stocking efforts and good survival are leading to a potential strong year class.

Early indications are that a good portion of the salmon caught in 2018 are smaller, younger aged fish. Specifically, 2-year-old males also known as “jacks” that should average about 5 pounds. Males typically mature earlier than females; and the high abundance of food has also been shown to lead to faster growth and maturity. Male salmon typically mature at 2-3 years while female salmon mature at 3-4 years of age in Fort Peck Reservoir.

Anglers may recall a similar pattern back in 2015 when good numbers of 2-year old males were caught when similar environmental and biological conditions were very favorable for growth and survival. That year class was present in the system for an additional two years providing angling opportunities and eggs for future stocking efforts. It’s still too early to tell, but based on observations thus far, things look encouraging for the upcoming years.

Finally, in 2018, FWP released 377,534 Chinook salmon into Fort Peck Reservoir. This is the third largest stocking of chinook salmon since the program began back in 1983 and was largely due to a successful egg collection and above average hatching success. Female salmon collected in the fall of 2017 were larger than average and carried more eggs. Additionally, egg size was larger than average which has been shown to lead to better hatching success.

Thursday, August 9th 2018
Water releases from Fort Peck expected to increase
MAHA, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division plans to maintain higher-than-average releases from all System projects, including Gavins Point, through the summer and fall. “Due to the water currently being stored in the reservoirs and the higher-than-average runoff being forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, Gavins Point releases will remain near 58,000 cfs for the remainder of the navigation season to ensure evacuation of all stored flood waters prior to next year’s runoff season,” said John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 39.8 million acre feet (MAF), 157 percent of average according to the Corps. July runoff was 5.1 MAF, 155 percent of normal.

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 67.4 MAF as of August 1, occupying 11.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. “System storage peaked on July 8 at 68.4 MAF and is gradually declining. Approximately 30 percent of the System’s flood storage remains available to capture runoff from late summer rainfall events. The current amount of vacant flood control storage provides flexibility to lessen downstream flooding should suddenly-developing large rainfall events occur anywhere in the basin,” said Remus.

When necessary, the releases will be reduced 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.

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 49,600 cfs during July, ranging from 26,000 to 58,000 cfs. Releases will remain near 58,000 cfs during August downstream conditions permitting. The Gavins Point reservoir ended July at elevation 1207.4 feet. The reservoir will end August near 1206.5 feet.
Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 48,300 cfs in July. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. Releases are being made from both the powerhouse and outlet tunnels. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1358.1 feet, falling 3.9 feet during the month. The reservoir will gradually fall to near 1356.5 feet during August.
Big Bend Dam releases averaged 38,300 cfs in July. Releases are expected to average 54,000 cfs during August. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during August.
Oahe Dam releases averaged 43,300 cfs during July. Releases are expected to average 53,000 cfs in August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1617.2 feet, 0.2 feet into the 3-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone. The reservoir rose 2.9 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to peak near its current elevation before beginning to fall, ending August near elevation 1615.9 feet.
Garrison Dam releases were stepped down from 60,000 to 54,000 cfs during July averaging 58,700 cfs during the month. Releases were stepped down to 50,000 cfs in early August, and will be further reduced to 46,000 cfs by mid-August. Releases in excess of the powerhouse release were transferred from the outlet tunnels to the spillway on August 6. Transferring releases from the outlet tunnels to the spillway will allow the Corps to inspect the outlet tunnels, and to test the repairs that have been made to the spillway. Releases will be made from the spillway for the next several weeks. Garrison reservoir peaked in early July at 1353.2 feet, 3.2 feet into the 4-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone. The reservoir ended the month near 1850.7 feet. The reservoir is expected to continue falling ending August near 1846.7 feet.
Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 17,400 cfs during July. Releases were decreased from 18,000 to 16,000 cfs near the end of July. Releases will remain at 16,000 cfs during August. Releases will be stepped down to 12,000 cfs around mid-September. Releases are currently greater than the maximum powerhouse release, so releases are being made from both the powerhouse and spillway. The reservoir peaked in early July at 2247.9 feet, 1.9 feet into the 4-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone. The reservoir ended July at elevation 2246.1 feet. The reservoir is expected to continue falling ending August at 2243.4 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 1,336 million kWh of electricity in July. Typical energy generation for July is 943 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 13.3 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.3 billion kWh.

Tuesday, August 7th 2018
Adult Field Day For Bowhunter Education Being Held In Glasgow
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bowhunter Education course date has been set for an adult online “field day” course on Wed., Aug. 15, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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

*Signed affidavits are no longer acceptable as proof of bowhunter education.

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online bowhunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course. The adult field course will be held from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the FWP headquarters Quonset building.

Adult students need to register online to take the course. To register and learn more about the bowhunter education class offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call course coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Tuesday, August 7th 2018
Relay For Life - Schedule Of Events
Valley County Fairgrounds
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. *Survivor Registration and Reception (Under the Grandstand)
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. *Team Registration (Fair Office)
5:30 – 9:45 p.m. *Silent Auction (Under the Grandstand)
Auction will close at 9:45 p.m. Please check after 9:45 and pay for any items you may have won. All items will need to be picked up by 10:30 or the next bidder will be awarded the item.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. *Opening by Rod Karst & A.J. Etherington
*Opening Prayer – Tom Fauth
*Survivors positioned on track for lap – ALL Survivors!
*Flag presentation – American Legion Auxiliary Post 41
*National Anthem - Everyone
*Flame of Hope Lighting – Joyce Stone
(Special thanks to the keepers of the Flame – Bill & Kareen Nicol)
*Keynote address – Lana Jakanoski Koch
*Survivor Lap
*Team laps begin
* Future of Relay (Q & A time with Rod and the Organizing Committee members)
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. *Entertainment
8:00-8:30 - Mr. Geezer Pageant
8:30-9:00 - Music (TBA)
9:00-9:30 - Mr. Relay
9:45 p.m. *Caregiver Lap (caregivers pick up glow sticks in front of stage)
10:00 p.m. *Luminaria Ceremony (Public & participants encouraged to participate in lighting luminaria)
* Names and pictures scrolled on the large screen
Note: We ask that you respect those around you and keep the noise to a
minimum, and that all lights remain out during the ceremony. Thank you.
10:30 p.m. Closing ceremony
*Wrap-up of raffles and any other sales
*Wrap-up by Rod Karst & Event Leadership Team
(NOTE: If you wish to take your Luminaria bag(s) please do so at this time)
*Fight Back Ceremony
11:00 p.m. *Victory lap finale by EVERYONE
12:00 a.m. Amazing Race starts (this is for teams of two high school students…sign up at the stage)
Tuesday, August 7th 2018
VA Health Care System Meeting Set For August 14th
Glasgow, Montana – The Montana VA Health Care System will hold a town hall for Veterans at VFW Post 3107 located at 1222 Highway 2 West in Glasgow, MT on August 14, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Veterans will have the opportunity to learn more about the services and programs offered by Montana VA.

Senior Leadership and representatives will be available to provide information, including checking Veteran eligibility. The goal of the town hall is to better serve Veterans by providing information about available services and benefits from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). All Veterans, family members, friends and interested individuals are welcome. You don’t have to be enrolled with the VA to attend. Veterans not enrolled can bring their DD-214s to register for eligible services.

The Montana VA Health Care System serves over 47,000 enrolled Veterans across Montana—an area roughly 147,000 square miles in size. Veterans are cared for by a staff of nearly 1,200 (over a third are Veterans themselves) at 17 sites of care across the state.

Monday, August 6th 2018
Glasgow City Council to take up backyard chickens at meeting Monday
The Glasgow City Council will consider whether to move forward with the process and allow backyard chickens in the city limits of Glasgow.

The regular monthly meeting tonight will focus on whether or not to proceed with an ordinance that would allow chickens to be raised in Glasgow.

If the council votes to move forward, there will be the first reading of the ordinance later this month.

The other alternative for the council is to have voters in the city of Glasgow decide in November of 2019.

The City Council will meet Monday at 5:30 in the council chambers of the Glasgow Civic Center.

Friday, July 27th 2018
Motion Picture Money Circulating Thru Northeast Montana
There have been several reports of the "Motion Picture Use only" money circulating in the Wolf Point area.

There have been multiple stories of people finding them on the ground around town and there is the possibility that some has made its way to the Glasgow area.

Take a look at the picture, and notice the "For Motion Picture Use Only" phrase in the upper right-hand corner.

Thursday, July 26th 2018
Valley County Producers Have Until Aug. 1 to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations
Glasgow, MT July 25, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2018, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching. If you know of a candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit your FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. The nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities is encouraged. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.

The Valley County FSA Committee consists of three members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 1, 2018. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 5 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 3. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2019.

Wednesday, July 25th 2018
Lisa Garsjo Thievin to provide Pre-Show entertainment for the 2018 NEW STARS IN THE WESTERN SKY Talent Show – Valley County Fair – Friday, August 3rd
Nashua native and longtime Scobey resident Lisa Garsjo Thievin will kick-off the 2018 NEW STARS IN THE WESTERN SKY TALENT SHOW with a pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Talent Show at 7:00 p.m. - Friday August 3rd in front of the grandstands.

The daughter of former north-Nashua farmers Hartvik and Agnes Garsjo, Lisa began performing as a young child; and during the late 70’s through early 80’s, was a contestant in several of the Valley County Fair Talent Shows, at which time were put on by members of the local WIFE organization.
After moving to Scobey, Lisa and her husband Willie had their own band during the 1990’s – playing mostly country music for dances all around this northeastern corner of the state.

With the use of Dave and Marie Pippin’s sound equipment, Lisa will take you on a trip down memory lane with some of the songs she has performed over the years.

Lisa is excited to be part of the NEW STARS IN THE WESTERN SKY TALENT SHOW. Proceeds are used to fund a scholarship program for Valley County college students enrolled with majors or minors in Music & the Arts.
Sunday, July 22nd 2018
Glasgow Police Department Responds To Incident At Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
On July 22, 2018, at 0234 hours, the Glasgow Police Department along with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Upon arriving on scene, officers were alerted by the sound of a gun shot in the rear parking lot of the hospital. During a subsequent search of the area, officers located a 50-year-old male with a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Officers immediately notified medical staff and the male was transported to the emergency room.

This is considered an isolated incident and the public is not at risk.

Friday, July 20th 2018
Valley County Unemployment Rate falls to 2.9%
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate dropped again for the second straight month, down to 3.8% for the month of June. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.0% in June.

“Montana’s economy remains strong as we continue to ensure the future well-being of Montana families,” said Governor Bullock. “The key to this continued economic growth and prosperity is a trained and talented workforce, which we are bolstering through education and workforce initiatives, apprenticeships, and other pathways to good-paying jobs.”

Payroll employment posted a gain of 400 jobs despite a loss of nearly 800 jobs in federal government employment over the month. Retail trade and local government posted the largest over-the-month growth. Total employment levels posted insignificant changes over the last month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.1% in June with broad-based price increases across many goods. Over the last 12 months, inflation has been accelerating, with an increase of 2.9% in the CPI-U. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in June, with a change of 2.3% over the last year.

The unemployment rate for Valley County is 2.9% compared to 3.1% last month.

Thursday, July 19th 2018
Valley County Commissioners Approve 2.1% Salary Increase for Elected Officials
The Valley County Commissioners have approved a 2.1% salary increase for elected officials in Valley County Government.

The new salaries for elected officials:

Valley County Commissioner: $48,776.96
Valley County Treasurer: $48,776.96
Valley County Clerk of District Court: $48,776.96
Valley County Sheriff/Coroner: $54,447.70
Valley County Clerk and Recorder/Assessor/Superintendent of Schools/Election Administrator: $57,793
Valley County Justice of the Peace: $29,266.18
Valley County Attorney: $117,186.23

Tuesday, July 17th 2018
How To Avoid Potential Rabies Exposure
State and local public health officials remind Montanans to be aware of the risk for exposure to rabies this time of year when the likelihood of interactions with wild animals increases. Bats are migrating and animals are biting.

To avoid possible exposures, keep the following rabies prevention in mind:
• Do not feed or handle wild animals, especially bats. Teach children never to touch wild animals or handle bats, even dead ones. Ask children to tell an adult if they see or find a bat.
• Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies. All dogs and cats should have a current rabies certificate.
• Bat-proof you house. Close all outside opening larger than 3/8” in the walls, roofs, and floors. Put screens on all windows, doors and chimneys to prevent bats from entering.
• Watch for abnormal wild animal behavior. Most wild animals are not seen during the daytime. If you see one and it is acting strangely, leave it alone and contact your local health department or animal control agency.
If you or your child has any contact with a bat, or are bitten or scratched by any wild or stray animal, please do the following:
• Wash any bite or wound with soap and water.
• Contact a health care provider or public health department for appropriate follow-up.
Rabies is a fatal disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other animals. The rabies virus is carried in the saliva of infected animals and is usually transmitted to people and other animals from the bite of a rabid animal.

The majority of rabies cases each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.

Although skunks are the most common animal infected with rabies in Montana, the majority of reported human exposures result from bats.

Bats are a great concern because a bite may not be noticeable, it is important that any physical contact with a bat be brought to the attention of a health care provider or public health official.

Officials remind anyone who may have been exposed not to destroy the animal that may be responsible. It may be possible to observe or test the animal to rule our rabies and eliminate the need for treatment.

Rabies can be prevented by avoiding physical contact with stray or wild animals and seeking preventive treatment if you think you have been exposed. Report all animal bites to Valley County Health Department (228-6261) and your health care provider.

Tuesday, July 17th 2018
McCone County Deer Poaching Reaches Conclusion, One Of Several Involving Youths In Region 6

McCone Co. deer

The case concerning the poaching of ten deer in McCone Co. last fall has been settled in McCone Co. Justice Court.

Two high school-aged males were found guilty on multiple wildlife violations for events that took place on Oct. 15, 2017, prior to the opening of general deer season.

In this case, Region 6 Game Wardens confirmed a total of ten dead deer, most of which were shot with a shotgun using loads typically used for pheasants. The deer were found scattered over two miles near road 528 in northern McCone Co., on the north end of the Remuda Twitchell BMA, about 10 miles east of Hwy 24. A local resident reported the dead deer early the following morning.

Due to people coming forward with good information, the individuals responsible were quickly identified and interviewed. 35 citations were issued to the two individuals, including hunting during a closed season and waste of game animals. The case just recently closed, however, as the court process took some time.

McCone County Justice Court has ordered the one individual to pay $6,810 in fines, $2600 in restitution, and four years loss of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges.

McCone County Justice Court has ordered the second individual to pay $5,960 in fines, $1,450 in restitution, and three years loss of hunting fishing, and trapping privileges.
Valley Co. deer

An incident that took place in Valley Co. in December of 2017 has also been resolved. In this case, a high school-aged male shot, killed and wasted a doe, fawn, and white-tailed buck near the Milk River just west of Glasgow. 12 citations were issued, including illegal use of artificial light, hunting during a closed season, and waste of game animals.

Valley Co. Justice Court has ordered the individual to pay $910 fines, $1,100 restitution, take remedial hunter education, and five years loss of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges.
Youth and fish and wildlife infractions

These cases, and others in the past, demonstrate that youth are held accountable for their actions involving crimes with fish and wildlife violations.

The youth involved in the previously mentioned cases had taken hunter education and are considered fully certified hunters in the state of Montana. Hunter education gives students the skills and knowledge that are required to become a safe, ethical and responsible hunter in the state of Montana.

In 2015, four college-aged individuals were charged in Hill Co. Justice Court for violations that resulted in the killing of eight buck deer in Hill County in Sept. and Oct. of 2015. In addition to over $7,000 in fines and restitution, three of those individuals lost their hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for life.

In another incident in 2015, a 19-year-old male individual was charged with violations involving killing a trophy white-tailed buck near the town of Fort Peck. He was charged with hunting from a public highway, unlawful possession and transportation of a game animal, using a rifle in a weapons-restriction area, and ordered to pay over $1,000 in fines and restitution and loss of hunting and trapping privileges for two years.

“Region 6 Game Wardens hope that cases like these will open the eyes of both youth and adult hunters,” said Glasgow-area Game Warden Todd Tryan. “If you choose to abuse the privileges to pursue the abundant fish and game that Montana offers, you will be held accountable.”

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.

Friday, July 13th 2018
Montana Man Imprisoned For Rape, Kidnap Of Girl Loses Appeal
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a 23-year-old man in the kidnap and rape of a 4-year-old girl on Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

John Lieba Jr. was sentenced last year to 42 years in prison after authorities said he chased down the young girl at night in a park, raped and strangled her and then left her for dead in an abandoned pickup truck.

Lieba's attorneys challenged whether there was enough evidence to convict him on charges of kidnapping, aggravated rape and assault resulting in serious injury.

A three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling filed Wednesday that DNA evidence and eyewitness testimony were sufficient proof of Lieba's guilt.

He's incarcerated at a U.S. penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona.

Friday, July 13th 2018
Warmer Water Leads To Higher Mortality Of Walleye That Are Caught And Released
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind anglers that as reservoir water temperatures increase, mortality associated with catch and release also increases.
A study published in 2011 in The North American Journal of Fisheries Management found that walleye catch and release mortality rate rose from 0-1.8% with water temps below 68° F to nearly 16% when water temps were above 68° F.
Walleye that are played for extended periods of time, handled extensively in the boat, and/or stored in a live well will see an increase in mortality if the fish is later released.
Techniques to minimize catch and release mortality include:
• fight and land the fish as quickly as possible
• keep it in the water
• remove the hook as gently as possible
• have a camera or phone ready for pictures
• don’t place the fish in a live well if you plan on releasing it
Additionally, anglers are encouraged to harvest fish that are deeply hooked or bleeding, as those fish will likely not survive.
Tuesday, July 10th 2018
Northeastern Montana Family Rides Out Storm Under Pickup
This Monday, July 9, 2018 photo provided by Brooks Photography shows a radio tower blown over at the Plentywood airport by a strong storm that moved through northeastern Montana on Monday evening. A National Weather Service team was visiting northeastern Montana Tuesday, July 10, to assess the damage after back-to-back thunderstorms uprooted trees, downed power lines, damaged buildings and flipped small airplanes at the airport. (Taylor Ordahl/Brooks Photography via AP)

PLENTYWOOD, Mont. (AP) — A northeastern Montana family took shelter under a pickup truck in their shop while strong winds accompanying a severe thunderstorm destroyed their nearby trailer house, the Sheridan County sheriff said.

Chase Anderson, his wife and their two children were in their shop in Plentywood on Monday evening when the wind started shaking the building, Sheriff Heidi Williamson said.

They stayed under the pickup until the storm passed and walked out to find a bare spot where their trailer house used to be, Williamson said. The shop also was damaged, but no injuries were reported in back-to-back storms that hit Monday evening.

Anderson declined an interview Tuesday afternoon, saying he was busy cleaning up.

The National Weather Service estimated wind speeds were up to 127 mph (204 kph) on the eastern side of town, Williamson said.

A microburst with wind speeds up to 118 mph (190 kph) destroyed at least nine small airplanes, most of their hangars and bent over the radio tower at the airport, the sheriff said.

The storm also uprooted trees, downed power lines and damaged other buildings around town before moving into North Dakota.

"There's lots of downed trees, branches and garbage cans blown all over town," Williamson said Tuesday. "And it's supposed to happen again tonight."

Sheridan County officials say three transmission lines were damaged by Monday's storms. Power remained out Tuesday in Plentywood and Outlook as temperatures were forecast to reach into the high 90s or low 100s (36 to 39 degrees Celsius.)

The Civic Center in Plentywood had power and air conditioning, county officials said. The hospital was running on generators.

Tuesday, July 10th 2018
Dozens Hurt, 3 Critical, When Tornado Hits Watford City, North Dakota
This aerial image from video, shot with a drone provided by HRI Aerial Imaging, shows damage at an RV park Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Watford City, N.D., after a violent storm whipped through the northwestern North Dakota city overnight. More than two dozen people were hurt in the storm that overturned recreational vehicles and tossed mobile homes, officials said Tuesday. (HRI Aerial Imaging via AP)

Jul 10, 2018 3:27PM (GMT 21:27)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — More than two dozen people were hurt, at least three critically, when a tornado whipped through a North Dakota oil patch city overnight, overturning recreational vehicles and demolishing more than 100 structures, officials said Tuesday.

The storm moved through Watford City, in the northwestern part of the state, shortly after midnight, hitting an RV park the hardest, according to sheriff's officials. About 20 of the reported 28 injured were staying at the Prairie View RV Park where high winds overturned some campers and damaged mobile homes.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the tornado as an EF2, which is defined by winds speeds between 111 and 135 mph. He said wind speeds reached 127 mph in Watford City.

Clifford Bowden, 37, was in his recreational vehicle when the storm struck.

"My dog was with me and the next thing you knew the storm picked up my camper and slammed it on the ground. It felt like we were weightless," Bowden said.

"It was scary. I feel like I'm a pretty tough guy. But, this storm, it made me shake uncontrollably," he added.

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger said his onsite commander reported 122 structures in the park were completely destroyed. In addition to those structures, there were 79 with moderate damage and 120 with minor to no damage.

Karolin Jappe, the McKenzie County emergency manager, said the RV park is one of the largest such facilities to spring up during the oil boom and there were some mobile homes on the property.

"It's just like an oversized RV park on steroids," Jappe said.

At least three people suffered critical injuries, she said.

"There's more devastation than a tornado four years ago. RVs flipped over. Trucks underneath RVs," Jappe said.

Schwartzenberger says his house half a mile from the park suffered siding, shingle and hail damage.

"It's a tornado scene," Schwartzenberger said. "It went through and devastated an entire community down there. I'm devastated myself at what has happened. I feel for the families."

Schwartzenberger said the park residents were allowed back Tuesday afternoon to collect their belongings. He said the park would then be shut down and that cleanup operations would resume Wednesday morning.

"Obviously they are going to be stressed out by what they see because it was pitch black when it first happened," Schwartzenberger said. "That is why we are giving people the whole day to go in there. We want people to have the time to get their stuff."

About 150 people, including Bowden, are staying at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter.

North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, a former Watford City mayor who has a home in the city, and Gov. Doug Burgum surveyed the damage Tuesday and met with local officials and displaced residents. Sanford said the extent of the damage is "devastating and mindboggling, with RVs utterly flattened and destroyed."

Tuesday, July 10th 2018
National Weather Service Preliminary Storm Survey From Plentywood
From the National Weather Service office in Glasgow

Preliminary information from our Storm Survey team showed that there was a Macroburst that hit the Plentywood Airport with speeds of 110-120 mph. 8 hangers were totally destroyed, 6 with more with moderate-major damage. 10 small general aviation aircraft damaged or destroyed.

Plentywood: some macroburst damage winds from 80-100 mph. Many large pine trees snapped or uprooted. A lot of soft tree (cottonwood type) branches broken, and trees uprooted. There are some roofs torn off, and shingles/tar paper torn off other buildings/homes, but it was sporadic.

We still need to review aerial photos and radar data, but there was a Tornado on the south end of Plentywood, damage path is not very long though. Initial estimate is an EF-1 rating. The photo of the vehicle is from the tornado damage.

No significant injuries were reported.

Tuesday, July 10th 2018
Montana Red Cross, Partners Providing Support To Plentywood Families Following Severe Storm

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, July 10, 2018 — The Montana Red Cross is providing support to a community-operated comfort station in Plentywood after severe storms struck the Sheridan County town Monday night.

Straight-line winds of more than 100 miles per hour damaged infrastructure and knocked out power to the majority of the community. Local officials are still assessing damage to local residences, and at least one home was destroyed completely.

The National Weather Service in Glasgow has sent investigators to verify reports that a tornado touched down during the storm.

The comfort station, at the Sheridan County Civic Center, 4262 Montana Highway 16, is being provided by the county, volunteers and various service organizations. The station has food and water available to families and is equipped with backup power so they can recharge their phones. It’s also air conditioned.

Red Cross volunteers are expecting to provide casework and other support services to those impacted.

Additional severe storms are forecast for the area Tuesday evening.

To request Red Cross services, please call 800-272-6668. All services are free.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or facebook.com/redcrossmontana.

Monday, July 9th 2018
Higher Than Average Releases From Missouri River Mainstem Projects To Continue
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, through the summer and fall. “Due to the water currently being stored in the reservoirs and the higher-than-average runoff being forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, the service level was increased 25,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) above full service in late June to facilitate the evacuation of stored flood waters. The increased service level means that Gavins Point releases will be increased to approximately 60,000 cfs, as downstream tributary flows recede.

Gavins Point releases will remain near 60,000 cfs for the remainder of the navigation season to ensure evacuation of all stored flood waters,” 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 39.8 million acre feet (MAF), 157 percent of average according to the Corps. “The updated runoff forecast reflects the melting of the above-average mountain snowpack and moderate to heavy plains snowpack, as well as above-average rainfall that fell throughout the basin over the last four months,” said Remus. The June runoff was 10.0 MAF, which is the third highest monthly runoff in 120 years of record.

As of July 2, the mountain snowpack was nearly all melted in the reach above Fort Peck and in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison. The reach above Fort Peck has less than 0.1 inches of snow water equivalent remaining and the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison has 0.1 inches of snow water equivalent remaining. View the mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf.

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 67.8 MAF as of July 1, occupying 11.7 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. “Approximately 25 percent of the System’s flood storage remains available to capture runoff from the remaining mountain snowmelt and summer rainfall events. By comparison, on July 1, 2011, 16.0 of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone was occupied. The current amount of vacant flood control storage provides flexibility to lessen downstream flooding should suddenly-developing large rainfall events occur anywhere in the basin,” said Remus. System storage is expected to peak around mid-July.

Weekly updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: Update.

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 37,000 cfs during June. Releases, which are currently 38,000 cfs, will continue to increase as downstream conditions permit until they reach approximately 60,000 cfs. The Gavins Point reservoir ended June at elevation 1207.6 feet and will fall to near 1206.0 feet during July.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 33,500 cfs in June. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. Releases are being made from both the powerhouse and outlet tunnels. The reservoir ended June at elevation 1361.8 feet, rising 4.0 feet during the month. The reservoir will gradually fall to near 1359.0 feet during July.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 31,600 cfs in June. Releases are expected to average 43,500 cfs during July. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during July.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 35,600 cfs during June. Releases are expected to average 43,200 cfs in July. The reservoir ended June at elevation 1614.3 feet, rising 3.2 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to rise 2.7 feet, peaking near the base of its 3-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone, during July.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 48,700 cfs during June, ranging from 40,000 cfs to 60,000 cfs during the month. Releases will be remain near 60,000 cfs during July. Releases are above the maximum powerhouse release so releases are being made from both the powerhouse and the outlet tunnels. Garrison reservoir is forecast to peak in July near elevation 1853.2 feet, 3.2 feet into the 4-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone, before falling to near elevation 1852.0 feet by the end of the July.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 19,400 cfs during June. Releases were increased from 18,000 cfs to 20,000 cfs in early June. Releases were decreased to 16,000 cfs in late June to help reduce inflows into Garrison reservoir. Releases were increased to 18,000 cfs in early July and will be held near that rate during the month of July. Releases are greater than the maximum powerhouse release, so releases are being made from both the powerhouse and spillway. The reservoir ended June at elevation 2247.5 feet, rising 3.1 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to peak in July near elevation 2247.9 feet, 1.9 feet into the 4-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone, before falling to near elevation 2247.1 feet by the end of the July.
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 1,153 million kWh of electricity in June. Typical energy generation for June is 834 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 13.7 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.3 billion kWh.

Monday, July 9th 2018
WMA in Phillips Co. Vandalized, Wardens Seeking Information
Malta game warden Ben Morin responded to a complaint of signs being shot on Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Area 8 near Nelson Reservoir on July 6, 2018.

Upon arriving, Warden Morin found multiple WMA and parking signs had been shot, and there was a significant amount of litter, spent shell casings, and glass left in area of the damaged signs.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to call R6 Warden Morin at 406-654-7630, or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.
Friday, July 6th 2018
Glasgow Woman Killed In Thursday Afternoon Accident
From the Great Falls Tribune

A 30-year-old Glasgow woman was killed and two children were hospitalized in a one-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Phillips County.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the vehicle was heading west on US Highway 2 near Saco went it went off the north side of the road.

The vehicle overcorrected and reentered the road and overcorrected again, rotating clockwise as it entered the ditch on the north side of the road.

The vehicle made three rotations before coming to a rest with its wheels up in a field.

A six-year-old boy, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected, while a one-year-old boy who was secured was not.

The children were transported to the hospital in Billings, while the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim has not been released.

Friday, July 6th 2018
Heat Advisory In Effect Friday
From the National Weather Service office in Glasgow:

Today will be a hot and humid day across northeast Montana with high temperatures from the mid-90s to around 100 degrees. With lows tonight will only dropping into the mid to upper 60s and highs on Saturday in the upper 80s to mid 90s, an Excessive Heat Advisory is in effect from 11 AM until 8 PM today.

This combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat related illness is possible. Remember to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room if possible, stay out of the sun, and check on pets, relatives, and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. If possible, reschedule outdoor activities to early morning or the evening. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing.

Friday, July 6th 2018
Wolf Point Man Dies In One-Vehicle Crash
From Great Falls Tribune
A Wolf Point man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on a secondary road near Wolf Point late Thursday night, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 11 p.m. on Indian Highway West at BIA Route 1 just west of Wolf Point.

The 29-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet Cruze. He attempted to negotiate a right-hand curve, and the vehicle continued straight through the curve, rolled and landed upright with its nose in an irrigation ditch.

The driver was not wearing his seat belt. He was ejected and died at the scene. Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash.

The man’s name has not yet been released.

Thursday, July 5th 2018
Leader Of The Pack Debut Friday Night
Multiple Billboard Topping Charts will leave Audiences
Dancing in the Aisles at Fort Peck Summer Theatre’s Leader of the Pack

There is a not a song you don’t know in this high energy juke box musical. Leader of the Pack follows the record-breaking career of songwriter Ellie Greenwich, and her partner Jeff Barry. If you loved Grease and Buddy Holly, you do not want to miss your chance to dance in the aisles to such famous hits as Chapel of Love, Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby and of course, the title song.

Leader of the Pack welcomes back audience favorite Chanel Bragg, last seen at FPST as Kala in Disney’s Tarzan, Apollo Singer in The Buddy Holly Story and Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Meggie Siegrist plays the central character of Ellie, opposite Jay Michael Roberts as Jeff. The principle cast is rounded out by Nick Dirkes, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Sydney Hayward and Leigh Treat.

Local cast members include Colton Pewitt, Austin Babb, Mariah Cathey, Daniel Dunn, Isabelle Griffin, Aubre Hartsock, Dawn Jenkins, Becky Johnson, Lauren Kolstad, Anthony Manfredo, Abigail Peterson, Blayd Sanders, Tarin Vandall, as well as FPST company members Michaela Cathey, Tommy Parker, John Knispel, Jacob Nalley, Chris Morucci, Mathias Oliver and Jacob Herrera.

James Rio, previously seen in FPST’s Man of LaMancha and Cabaret, switches to the other side of the footlights as director for the production. Megan Wiltshire is choreographer, with musical direction by Alicia Bullock-Muth and Luree Green-Chappell (who also leads the live onstage band, comprised of Trevor Toavs, Colin Jamba, Hayley Nybakken, Max Knodel, Jon Svingen, Jenna Johnson and Kelly McCann).

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

Monday, July 2nd 2018
Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarships Available
Applications are now available for the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship. These scholarships are for Valley County graduates who are past their first year of education with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 and considered full-time status in a college, university or vocational-technical institution.

Applications can be picked up from Edward Jones, 317 Klein Avenue, and from Ruth Ann Hutcheson, 12 1st Avenue North. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than August 1, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

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

Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club, as well as entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair, all most every year. Shortly before Alyce passed away, she generously decided to set up the Theo & Alyce Beck Foundation Trust for the benefit of people in Valley County.

Monday, July 2nd 2018
Live “Bat Walk” Scheduled For July 7 At The Fort Peck Interpretive Center
What do bats do at night? Aerobatics! This weekend, the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck (a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) is having a special weekend activity theme of “Night Life in Fort Peck,” including learning about moon phases and all about owls and their pellets.

In addition, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be helping to host a live “Bat Walk.” The Bat Walk will take place beginning at the Downstream Campground Amphitheater, starting at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.

To kick things off, FWP Region 6 biologist Heather Harris will deliver a presentation on bats and their importance in our ecosystem. This will be immediately followed by a Bat Walk around the Downstream Nature Trail in search of bats as they begin their nighttime hunting. FWP will provide a variety of “bat detecting” devices so you will be able to “hear” the bats hunting and navigating!

Everyone is welcome, but we encourage youngsters under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult. We will see you there!

Friday, June 29th 2018
Glasgow Police Chief Bruce Barstad Retiring
Glasgow Police Chief Bruce Barstad today announced he will be retiring from the Glasgow Police Department after 30 years of service to the GPD. Barstad was appointed Chief of Police in 2009.

Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson thanked Barstad for his service and wished him well as he pursues new endeavors.

Mayor Erickson has appointed Brien Gault as the interim Chief of Police and is leading the GPD effective immediately.

Gault has been an officer in the GPD for 20 years and has 27 years of law enforcement experience

Barstad will remain as an employee with the GPD until July 29th when his retirement will become official. He will assist Gault through the transition period during that time period.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018
Valley County to receive $1,149,572 in federal PILT funding
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Montana counties will receive $40 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for 2018.

Tester secured these PILT funds in March during debate on the bipartisan federal budget. Tester was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation who voted for PILT.

“Montana counties rely on these funds to provide public services and balance their budget,” Tester said. “This investment will help rebuild schools, plow roads, hire law enforcement officers, and perform other duties critical to rural America. As we debate next year’s budget, I will relentlessly fight tooth and nail to ensure local leaders, families, and businesses have the financial certainty they need to continue investing in their communities.”

Tester announced that 56 Montana counties will receive PILT payments this year. PILT payments are awarded to counties with federal lands that are not taxable by local governments. Those lands, however, require local government services, such as law enforcement and infrastructure.

Valley County will receive $1,149,572 in PILT funding for 2018. This compares to $1,137,518 in PILT funding in 2017.

Tester secured an additional $500 million for Montana counties through PILT in the 2019 Interior Appropriations Act. The Senate is expected to take a final vote on that legislation before the end of September.

Tester this spring led the charge to reauthorize another essential funding initiative for Montana counties, Secure Rural Schools (SRS). As a result of Tester’s efforts, Montana counties with forested lands received more than $17 million from SRS to compensate for the decline in timber production.

Tuesday, June 26th 2018
Leighton Hughes facing drug charges according to Glasgow Police Department
Glasgow Police Chief Bruce Barstad told Kltz/Mix-93 that Glasgow resident Leighton Hughes is facing 6 felony drug charges after his arrest on June 22nd.

Hughes was arrested at his residence at 1002 5th Avenue South in Glasgow by the Glasgow Police Department. Chief Barstad told Kltz/Mix-93 that Hughes was originally arrested for a misdemeanor outstanding warrant when during the arrest, officers with the GPD found suspected methamphetamine on his person. Officers also found that methamphetamine was being used in the home and obtained a search warrant for the home.

Officers with the Glasgow Police Department and Montana Department of Justice DCI searched the home on June 23rd.

As a result of the search, Hughes has been charged with 6 felony drug charges and 2 misdemeanor drug charges.

The charges include:
Criminal possession of dangerous drugs-suspected meth
Criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs
Criminal production of dangerous drugs- suspected marijuana
Criminal production of dangerous drugs- suspected meth
Endangering the welfare of a child
Operation of a unlawful clandestine laboratory

The misdemeanor charges include criminal possession of dangerous drugs-marijuana and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers with the Drug Enforcement Agency have arrived in Glasgow and have put together a clean up crew to clean the residence and they have also taken possession of the suspected methamphetamine.

Hughes in incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance.

Tuesday, June 26th 2018
Montana Senators pass bill authorizing Fort Peck-Dry Prairie Rural Water Project
U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines pushed a bill through the Senate to deliver clean water to over 27,000 people on the Fort Peck Reservation and surrounding communities.

The legislation would extend the authorization of the Fort Peck-Dry Prairie rural water project from 2020 to 2026.

“This bill will provide access to clean water for families, businesses, and schools across Fort Peck,” said Tester. “I will keep holding Washington accountable to Fort Peck to increase access to clean water, improve local schools, increase the quality of health care, and build the infrastructure that allows local businesses to thrive.”

“Clean and safe water is a basic need for all communities,” said Daines. “This bill will put the shovel in the ground for a project that will deliver high quality water to members of the Fort Peck Tribes and surrounding area.”

This critical water infrastructure project will construct more than 3,200 miles of pipeline to carry municipal, rural, and industrial water to the Fort Peck Reservation and surrounding communities.

80 percent of the private systems on the Fort Peck Reservation currently have nitrate levels above safe drinking water standards.

Tester and Daines are both members of the Senate Indian Affairs and Appropriations Committees.
Monday, June 25th 2018
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reminder Of Sandbar Closures
OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds residents that many sandbars with active piping plover and interior least tern nests are closed for recreational use during the nesting season which runs from mid-May through August. The closures are necessary in order to protect nests and chicks and increase populations of these threatened and endangered birds.

With current water levels higher than normal, nesting habitat is limited along sections of the Missouri River. The endangered interior least tern and threatened piping plover lay their eggs and rear chicks on sandbars and reservoir shoreline on the Missouri River between Ft. Peck Dam in Montana and Ponca State Park in Nebraska.

Higher-than-average releases from all Missouri River System projects will continue over the next several months leaving less available habitat for the birds. The Corps will be placing signs on sandbars to restrict access and to protect the birds from pedestrians and off-road vehicles during the nesting season. Closed sandbars are marked with signs warning the public to keep out of the area.

Sandbars that do not have signs posted may also have active nests, but nesting activity is limited and the sandbars are open for public use. Anyone using unposted sandbars should be alert for nests and eggs as well as signs that may be difficult to see due to vandalism. The Corps urges people who spot a nest or a closure sign to move to a different sandbar. People using unposted sandbars should make sure to leave no trace of their presence and remove all garbage so that predators such as gulls and crows are not lured to the sandbars. People should also keep any pets from wandering onto closed sandbars.

Tern and plover nests are small, shallow depressions in the sand, and the buff-colored eggs are camouflaged to make it difficult for predators to see them. It is very easy to overlook a nest and injure the eggs or chicks, so it is vital to avoid closed sandbars until nesting season ends. It is important to protect these birds so the benefits of operating the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system can continue.

“Taking” threatened and endangered species may result in civil or criminal penalties. Under the Endangered Species Act, “take” means to harass, harm, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect a threatened or endangered species. Activities such as driving all-terrain vehicles on sandbars can harass birds and cause them to abandon their nests and lead to the deaths of the unhatched chicks.

The Corps works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state agencies to protect these birds in accordance with the ESA. Each year, these agencies coordinate to determine the appropriate level of restrictions based on the birds’ and the public’s use of sandbars. Please report violations to Nebraska Game and Parks at (800) 742-7627 or South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks at (888) 683-7224. In North Dakota, please call USFWS at (701) 400-8433.

Sunday, June 24th 2018
GHS Educational Trust Application Deadline Nears
Glasgow High School Graduates who are attending college or trade school are reminded that the application deadline for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust is July 1, 2018. All students who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, are in good academic standing, are attending full-time, and are showing progress toward the completion of a degree may apply. Students enrolled in on-line or correspondence programs full-time may also be eligible. The application is available on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org . The site also lists certain other requirements that must be met as well, such as the inclusion of a student’s signed financial aid acceptance letter. Applications must be complete and submitted on time to be considered.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938. Since its inception in 1964, it has awarded $2,019,000.00 in financial aid to 710 different GHS graduates. Students who receive grants may reapply for up to a total of eight semesters. With the costs of higher education escalating each year, and student debt at all-time highs, all eligible students should apply for this generous opportunity made possible through the contributions of hundreds of faithful trust supporters.
KLTZ/Mix-93
504 2nd Ave South
Glasgow, MT 59230
(406) 228-9336
1-406-794-0456 (Fax)

KLTZ/MIX-93 and Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use. KLTZ/KLAN and AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing. Any problems, questions or concerns about this website, please e-mail us at kltz@kltz.com

Glasgow Broadcasting Corporation, KLTZ-AM and KLAN-FM, Mix-93, is an equal opportunity employer. When positions are available,they will be posted on this website. Recruitment sources are the Montana Job Services Division, and the Montana Broadcasters Association.

Glasgow Broadcasting Corporation, KLTZ-AM and KLAN-FM, Mix-93, has a public file available for inspection during business hours from 8:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Click here for more information. Our EEO statement is also online.

Under FCC regulations Stations KLTZ and KLAN cannot discriminate in advertising arrangements on the basis of race or ethnicity. Any provision in any advertising agreement entered into with an advertiser whose intent is to discriminate in such manner shall be null and void.

Copyright ©1998-2018 KLTZ/KLAN Radio, and Tim Phillips Productions. All rights on this site reserved. Headquarters is located in Glasgow, MT.