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Wet Weekend For Much Of Central And Eastern Montana

Monday, June 24th 2019

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

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

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


Fire Departments Respond To Nashua Blaze

Monday, June 24th 2019

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

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


Cool Temperatures On Friday Set Record For The Day

Saturday, June 22nd 2019

From the National Weather Service office in Glasgow

The high in Glasgow on Friday, June 21 was 58 degrees. That broke a record for coldest high for the date, which was 62 degrees, set in 1960.


Governor Bullock Appointments

Saturday, June 22nd 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

State Council for the Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Superintendent Tom Moore, Great Falls. Qualification: Superintendent of a school district with a high concentration of military children. Moore is the incoming Superintendent of Great Falls Schools.

Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors

Dr. Ruhul Amin, Bozeman. Qualification: Professional Engineer (Mechanical). Amin is a Professor and Mechancial Engineering Program Coordinator at Montana State University, Bozeman.

Ray Gross, Dillon. Qualification: Professional and practicing land surveyor. Gross is a Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor and owns Raymond Gross Engineering & Surveying, Inc.

Tom Pankratz, Clancy. Qualification: Professional Engineer (Electrical). Pankratz is the Director of Major Management for NorthWestern Energy.

Roger Wagner, Nashua. Qualification: Representative of the public not engaged in or directly connected with the practice of engineering or land surveying. Wagner is a retired farmer in Valley County.

Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission

Virginia Court, Billings. Qualification: Public At-Large. Court is a former state legislator.

Shera Konen, Butte. Qualification: Broad experience in business. Konen is the Talent Manager for Warm Springs Productions.

Philip Maechling, Florence. Qualification: Experience in community planning. Maechling is a former planner and is an independent contractor.

Marilyn Ross, Twin Bridges. Qualification: Experience in historic preservation. Ross is a retired County Commissioner.

State Library Commission

Bruce Newell, Helena. Qualification: Public Representative. Newell is a retired librarian and former Director of the Montana Library Network.

Board of Livestock Loss

Seth Wilson will serve as Chair.

Board of Medical Examiners

Dr. Anna Earl, Great Falls. Qualification: Doctor of Medicine (MD). Earl is a family physician for the Great Falls Clinic.

Board of Optometry

Pete Fontana, Great Falls. Qualification: Representative of the public not engaged in the practice of optometry. Fontana is a Real Estate Appraiser and owner of Cornerstone Appraisal Services.

Dr. Doug Kimball, Bozeman. Qualification: Registered Optometrist. Kimball is an Optometrist with practices in Bozeman and Belgrade.

Board of Pharmacy

Dr. Starla Blank, Clancy. Qualification: Licensed Pharmacist. Blank is the Director of Pharmacy at St. Peter’s Health.

Dr. Paul Brand, Florence. Qualification: Licensed Pharmacist. Brand is a Pharmacist and the owner of Florence Pharmacy.

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Jenn Reisenauer, Deer Lodge. Qualification: Licensed Physical Therapist. Reisenauer is the Physical Therapy Director for the Deer Lodge Medical Center.

Montana Pulse Crop Committee

Matt Franks, Sheridan. Qualification: Representative of the pulse industry who is appointed by the governor and operates a collection facility that purchases pulses in Montana, ex-officio member. Franks Manages the Pea and Lentil Processing Facility for Columbia Grain, Inc.

Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Bozeman. Qualification: Dean of Agriculture of Montana State University-Bozeman, ex-officio member. Bajwa is the Dean of Agriculture at Montana State University-Bozeman.

Board of Real Estate Appraisers

Pete Fontana, Great Falls. Qualification: Licensed or certified real estate appraiser. Fontana is a Real Estate Appraiser and owner of Cornerstone Appraisal Services.

Myles Link, Missoula. Qualification: Representative of the public who is not engaged in the occupation of real estate appraisal. Link is a Mortgage Loan Officer for Opportunity Bank of Montana.

George Luther, Miles City. Qualification: Licensed or certified real estate appraiser. Luther owns Luther Appraisal Services, Inc.

Board of Realty Regulation

Eric Ossorio, Big Sky. Qualification: Licensed real estate broker, salesperson or property manager. Ossorio is the Supervising Broker at Engel & Völkers Montana.

Josh Peck, Butte. Qualification: Representative of the public who is not a state government officer or employee and who is not engaged in business as a real estate broker, a salesperson, or a property manager. Peck is the Co-Owner of Ripple Event Management and the Marketing & Events Coordinator for NorthWestern Energy.

Dan Wagner, Billings. Qualification: Licensed real estate broker, salesperson or property manager. Wagner is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Experts.

Kevin Wetherell, Seeley Lake. Qualification: Licensed real estate broker, salesperson or property manager. Wetherell is the CEO and Real Estate Broker at Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.

Board of Regents of Higher Education

John Miller, Missoula. Qualification: Student Regent. Miller is a student at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana who received his undergraduate at Montana State University-Bozeman in Business Management.

Teachers’ Retirement Board

Dan Trost, Helena. Qualification: Representative of the public. Trost is a Financial Advisor with Trost Wealth Management.

Trauma Care Committee

Matt Waller, Chester. Qualification: Montana Hospital Association (MHA) Representative. Waller is the Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Medical Center.

Water and Wastewater Operators’ Advisory Council

Andy Loudermilk, Kalispell. Qualification: Water Treatment Plant Operator holding valid certificate. Loudermilk is a Water Treatment Plant Operator for Bigfork.

Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education

Sheila Stearns, Missoula. Qualification: Member engaged in a professional occupation. Stearns is the former Commissioner of Higher Education and engaged in education consulting.

Montana Wheat and Barley Committee

Llew Jones, Conrad. Qualification: Citizen of Montana who derives a substantial portion of the member’s income from growing wheat or barley in this state and be a resident of with farming operations in District III, consisting of Liberty, Toole, Glacier and Pondera Counties, Republican. Jones is the Owner of Jones Ranch, a farm/ranch operation in Pondera County, the owner of a few regional businesses and a State Representative from the area.

Max Cederberg, Turner. Qualification: Citizen of Montana who derives a substantial portion of the member’s income from growing wheat or barley in this state and be a resident of with farming operations in District II, consisting of Valley, Phillips, Blaine and Hill Counties, Democrat. Cederberg is a farmer and rancher in Blaine County.


Lisa Koski graduates from Leadership Montana

Thursday, June 20th 2019

BOZEMAN — Leadership Montana announced the graduation of 44 community, business, education, health care, non-profit and government leaders from across the state, including Havreites Brad Baldwin of Baldwin Insurance and Jennifer Dees of Northwest Farm Credit Services, for the Class of 2019 of its flagship leadership program.

Leadership Montana presents an annual seven-session program of leadership development, education about issues facing Montana today, and opportunities for networking and collaboration. This year’s class visited Big Sky, Phillipsburg, Butte, Hamilton, Missoula, Helena, White Sulphur Springs, Great Falls, Glasgow and Billings.

“On behalf of Leadership Montana, I am excited to welcome these accomplished individuals into our growing alumni group,” Leadership Montana President and CEO Chantel Schieffer said. “Leadership Montana is designed to bring together some of the brightest and most diverse minds to help secure the future of our great state. With these new alumni, we are continuing in the tradition set forth by our founding members over a decade ago.”

To date, there are nearly 650 graduates of the program representing more than 50 communities across the state. Leadership Montana alumni serve in key leadership positions in businesses, education, government, healthcare, non-profit organizations, and community boards.

Nineteen alumni completed the newly designed Masters Class of 2019 which visited Pray, Lewistown and Helena. Upon graduation from Leadership Montana, alumni are invited to continue their leadership journey through the Masters Class, a shorter and smaller class experience allowing participants to dive deeper into issues facing Montana as well as their own leadership journey.

This three-day, three-session experience builds on the Leadership Montana experience that provides further understanding of community issues, leadership theory and civil discourse.

The rest of the Leadership Montana Class of 2019 is:

BELGRADE

David Loessberg — Campbells’ Plumbing and Heating

BILLINGS

Jim Beal — CTA Architects

Amy Carter — First Interstate Bank

Chad Hanson — Great West Engineering Inc.

Ric Heldt — A&E Architects PC

Dennis Sulser — St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation

Vici-Lynn Terpstra — PayneWest Insurance

Eric Wood — Billings Clinic

Misty Kuhl

BOZEMAN

Andi Baldwin — Profitable Ideas Exchange

Jay Fischer — Morrison Maierle

Julie Jackson — U.S. Bank

Carl Nystuen — DA Davidson & Co.

Penelope Pierce — Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Danielle Scharf — Sanderson Stewart

Clark Sherman — Saint James Episcopal Church

Andrea Surratt — City of Bozeman

Bridget Wilkinson — Bozeman Area Community Foundation

BUTTE

Courtney McKee — Headframe Spirits

CONRAD

Kody Farkell — Pondera County

Joan Kronebusch — Town Pump Hotel Group

ENNIS

Sunni Heikes-Knapton — Madison Conservation District

GLASGOW

Lisa Koski — Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc.

GREAT FALLS

Susan Wolff — Great Falls College MSU

HAMILTON

Owen Robbins — First Interstate Bank

HELENA

Craig Aasved — Shodair Children’s Hospital

Hannah Cail — Montana Legal Services Association

Nate Linder — NorthWestern Energy

Christopher Oliveira — Crowley Fleck PLLP

Jan Stoddard — Montana Department of Commerce

Lisa Troyer — PacificSource Health Plans

Mark Meredith — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana

KALISPELL

Chance Barrett — Rocky Mountain Bank

Chris Clouse — Flathead Valley Community College

Jennifer Cloutier — US Forest Service

LODGE GRASS

Samuel Enemy-Hunter — Enemy-Hunter Designs

MISSOULA

Michael Basile — Montana Rail Link, Inc.

Matthew Mellott — Sterling Commercial Real Estate Advisors

Tung Pham — Submittable

THREE FORKS

Haylee Folkvord — Sacajawea Hotel

VIRGINIA CITY

Sheri Jarvis — Sheri Jarvis Art & Design

WHITEFISH

Diane Conti — BNSF Railway

Leadership Montana Class of 2019 Masters Class

BILLINGS

Michael Barber — Retired

Kris Carpenter — Sanctuary Spa and Salon / The Joy of Living

Leonard Malin — Tumbleweed Runaway Program

Toby O’Rourke — Kampgrounds of America Inc

BOZEMAN

Tory Atkins — Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply

Heather Collins — Eagle Mount

Chantel Schieffer — Leadership Montana

Scott Sehnert — Rocky Mountain Bank

Chuck Winn — City of Bozeman

BUTTE

John Carmody — NorthWestern Energy

GREAT FALLS

Brenda Peterson — The Wendt Agency

HELENA

Jen Hensley — Pacific Source Health Plans

Lanny Hubbard — Montana State Fund

KALISPELL

Jim Bliss — Tri State Restaurant Supply Inc

MISSOULA

Amy Coseo — Studio Verde Creative

Eric Halverson — Missoula International School

Hatton Littman — Missoula County Public Schools

RED LODGE

Kelly Heaton — Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

SIDNEY

Paula Eberling — Seventh Judicial Victim Witness Program

Leadership Montana exists to develop leaders committed to building a better Montana through knowledge, collaboration, and civility. It is a collaboration of leaders from business, labor, health care, education, nonprofit and government coming together to form a strong partnership for the betterment of the state. The organization offers participants programming that strengthens leadership skills while fostering personal growth. For more information about the program, visit its website at http://www.leadershipmontana.org, or call 406-577-2727.


Valley County to receive over $1 million in federal PILT funding.

Thursday, June 20th 2019

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $34 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's rural counties.

“This is good news for our rural communities in Montana,” Daines said. “These payments ensure critical services are delivered so all Montanans, including those in our rural communities, receive the quality of life they deserve.”

Under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program, Montana rural communities will receive $34 million to support essential services such as firefighters, police, schools and road construction.

Valley County will receive $1,095,683 in PILT funding for 2019. This is a decrease from $1,149,572 in the 2018 budget year.


Bozeman School District offers Superintendent position to Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors

Wednesday, June 19th 2019

Local Bozeman media is reporting that the Bozeman School Board has voted to offer Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors the same job in the Bozeman School District.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports the school board voted 7-1 to offer a two-year contract to Connors who has been the Glasgow Superintendent since 2012.

If Connors agrees to a contract with Bozeman, the Glasgow School Board will have to start a search process very late to find a Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year.


Dave and Pam Flaten receive Yard of the Week!

Tuesday, June 18th 2019

The Glasgow City Council Yard of the Week belongs to Pam and Dave Flaten. It is located at 137 Heather Lane. Each week this summer a member of the Glasgow City Council will select a Yard of the Week. Each winner receives $25 in Chamber Big Bucks and a sign in the yard for the week!

Pictured is Pam Flaten and Councilman Dan Carr.


Labops Black Grass Bugs Damaging Pasture and Range Grasses in Valley County according to MSU Extension

Monday, June 17th 2019

Damaging numbers of black grass bugs (Labops species) are being reported in range and pasture
locations in Valley and Cascade Counties.

Black grass bugs are plant sap feeders that target many introduced range grasses, including crested wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, and orchardgrass.

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FWP Seeks Comment on Proposed Fishing Regulation Changes for 2020-24

Monday, June 17th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed fishing regulation changes for 2020-24. This is the first stage in the comprehensive review of the Fishing Regulations which occurs every four years.

In Northeastern Montana (Region 6), several changes have been proposed:
Combining Cisco and Whitefish into the same limit of 20 daily and 40 in possession
Establishing ice fishing shelter removal dates
Clarifying trout limits in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam.
Allow bow and arrow harvest of Chinook Salmon in Fort Peck Reservoir during the snagging season

Full details on all the changes being proposed across the state are available at fwp.mt.gov/fish/publicComments/regsScoping.html . FWP would like your input on these changes and any other proposals not included here. You are encouraged to take the on-line survey at the bottom of the webpage.

Comments can also be provided via email at fwpRegs20@mt.gov , or via mail to Fisheries Regulations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

The following is a schedule of the 2020-2024 Fishing Regulation process;
Public scoping: May 9 – June 21
Tentative Fishing Regulations presented to FWP Commission: August 15
Public comment on tentative regulations: August 19 – September 13
FWP Commission presented with final tentative fishing regulations; October 17


FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released

Monday, June 17th 2019

(Pictured - FWP Region 6 biologist Ryan Williams “view” during his deer surveys)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed their 2019 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Montana. The surveys indicate above average numbers for mule deer, and mostly stable populations of whitetail deer across the region.

Mule deer
For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically surveyed each year from the air. The winter “post-season survey” was completed in January, and the “spring survey” was conducted in April. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Region 6 Outlook-area biologist Ryan Williamson said the 2019 surveys indicate mule deer continue to do quite well. “Mule deer trends remain stable and well above average across most of the region,” Williamson said.

The 2019 post-hunting-season surveys showed the region-wide mule deer density at 56 percent above average, but 4 percent below the 2018 survey. The 2019 spring surveys showed region-wide densities at 41 percent above average and a slight increase of 4 percent from last year’s spring survey. While regional numbers indicate above average mule deer levels overall, mule deer from the 11 mule 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 estimated during the spring survey. “Region wide, the fawn numbers remain near average. Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter survival as well as new recruitment into the population,” Williamson said. The 2019 survey showed 51 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly below the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. The eastern half of Region 6 saw higher fawn numbers, with 57 fawns to 100 adults. The western half of the region saw a decrease from 2018 to 44 fawns to 100 adults.

“Data collected during mule deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” Williamson further explained. “The prior year’s harvest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies are all considered by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for season and quota-setting decisions.”

Winter mortality was variable across the region during the 2018-2019 winter but likely was minimal based on observations and reports. Williamson says, “A small amount of winter mortality was observed throughout the region, with mostly fawns succumbing to the harsher late winter weather. Generally speaking, the mule deer appeared to have overwintered well.”

For 2018, most Region 6 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 B-licenses. “As normal, hunting district 652 continues to be a limited either-sex 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.”

The drawing deadline to put in for mule deer B-licenses was June 1, but there will likely be some surplus licenses available starting Aug. 12, 2019.
Whitetail deer

White-tailed deer populations continue to remain stable. Williamson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. “Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed to total numbers, for trends,” added Williamson. The 2019 year’s survey show whitetail deer density an average of 11.7 deer per square mile across the trend areas, which is approximately 10 percent above the long-term average of 10.7 deer per square mile, an increase of 22% from the 2018 surveys.

White-tailed deer densities remain near average in the eastern part of the region. The western trend areas along the Milk River are more variable, however, with overall densities 10% below average. “When compared to average, densities increased improved further west along the Milk,” said Williamson.

Current densities are significantly less than from a decade ago when whitetail densities were as high as 40 – 50 deer per square mile in some areas. “That level of deer density was unsustainable and was causing problems for landowners and also degrading habitat conditions prior to the EHD outbreaks that reduced the densities across Region 6,” Williamson said. Although no significant EHD outbreaks haven not been seen since 2014, areas with higher deer densities along the Missouri River have experienced small outbreaks of EHD in recent years.

With whitetail numbers increasing across Region 6, and in accordance with Fish and Wildlife Commission rule setting, a single-region antlerless whitetail B-licenses will again be available for over the counter purchase starting August 12, 2019. This license will be limited to one per hunter. Additionally, a region-wide limited quota whitetail B-license was available through the drawing, and any surplus will be available starting August 12, 2019.
CWD and deer

A new challenge of managing deer populations is the confirmed occurrence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that was first detected in Region 6 along the Hi-line in 2018. CWD is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It is part of a group of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are caused by infectious, mis-folded prion proteins, which cause normal prion proteins throughout a healthy animal’s body to mis-fold, resulting in organ damage and eventual death.

CWD is a slow-moving disease. However, if left unmanaged, it could result in long-term population declines within affected herds. All the states and provinces that border Montana, other than Idaho and British Columbia, have found CWD in their wild cervids.

In addition, high deer densities are known to typically have a higher prevalence due to the ability to spread the disease. “Now that CWD has been detected across the northern areas of Region 6, more emphasis will be put on reducing higher concentrations and densities of deer as well as proper disposal of deer carcasses to reduce the threat of spread to other areas of the state,” says Williamson.

CWD was first found in wild deer in Montana in October 2017. To date, CWD has been detected in Carbon, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and now Lincoln counties. To prevent the spread of CWD within Montana, FWP establishes CWD Management Zones in areas where CWD has been found. Whole carcass, whole head or spinal column from any deer, elk, or moose harvested cannot be removed from these zones unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.

“Higher deer densities tend to influence the spread of the disease, so we take that into consideration when developing hunting season regulations.” Hunters are encouraged to submit their deer harvested in the Region 6 CWD Management Zone for testing as well as keep informed on the current regulations for transportation of those carcasses in and out of the CWD Management Zone.


MAMMA MIA! debuts at Fort Peck Summer Theatre

Sunday, June 16th 2019

One mother. One daughter. THREE possible dads! Mamma Mia, the world-wide phenomenon, is making it’s Fort Peck Summer Theatre debut. Bursting with dozens of ABBA’s famous hits, this spectacle musical guarantees to leave audiences dancing in the aisles! Get your tickets now, as this is sure to be a standing-room only production!

Making her FPST debut, Carolyn McPhee stars as Donna, alongside Glasgow native Hailey Stone as her daughter Sophie, and Jacob Herrera as the groom-to-be. Alicia Bullock-Muth and Darci Monsos play Donna’s former backup singers, Rosie and Tanya, with David Cody (Head of Vocal Performance at University of Montana), Royce McIntosh (National Tours of Mamma Mia, Elf and South Pacific) and Andy Meyers as the 3 possible dads.

Mamma Mia is directed by Joseph Martinez, Artistic Director of Missoula Children’s Theatre, with Musical Direction by Luree Green-Chappell and choreography by Meyers. FPST alum Theresa Jenson returns as Scenic Designer.

Performances are:
• Friday June 21, Saturday June 22, Friday June 28, Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6 at 7:30pm
• Sunday June 23, Sunday June 30 and Sunday July 7 at 4:00pm
• Saturday June 29 at 1:00pm

For more information call 406-526-9943 or visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org


Following Mamma Mia, the 2019 season continues with:
• The Marvelous Wonderettes: July 12 – July 21
• Peter Pan: July 26 – August 11
• On Golden Pond: August 16 – September 1


Valley County Students Named to MSU-Northern’s Spring 2019 Semester Dean’s List

Friday, June 14th 2019

Valley County Students Named to MSU-Northern’s Spring 2019 Semester Dean’s List

The Montana State University-Northern’s Spring semester Dean’s List contains 351 students. To be included in the Dean’s List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better. Students that received an incomplete or “F” during this semester are not included on the honor roll listing.

Glasgow MT
Sara N. Jimison
Randi J. Klind
Luke G. Zeiger

Nashua MT
Sandy M. Viste


Former Fort Peck Tribal Police Officer confesses to stealing $40,000 from youth diversion program

Wednesday, June 12th 2019

BILLNGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana tribal police officer has confessed to stealing $40,000 from a youth diversion program.

The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday that 44-year-old Willard Wilson White III pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud and income tax evasion.

A plea deal reached with prosecutors requires White to pay the full amount in restitution to the Fort Peck Tribes in northeast Montana.

Authorities say White approached the Fort Peck Law and Justice Committee in July 2015 with a proposal for a program to help Assiniboine and Sioux tribal youth avoid incarceration.

Authorities say that within a month White spent all of the program's funds on himself without providing any services.

Court documents say White will also be required to pay the Internal Revenue Service $18,050 in taxes on the unreported $40,000.


State officials suggest steps to prevent West Nile Virus

Wednesday, June 12th 2019

State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection with West Nile Virus (WNV). In Montana, WNV season usually begins in July and ends in October, as this is when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV emerge.

The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. While mosquitoes found in Montana are unable to transmit diseases like Zika virus, they do spread WNV. The virus can also infect horses and birds, with birds serving as the source of infection for most mosquitoes who then pass the virus along to humans by biting them.

“As we approach WNV season, we encourage everyone to take the proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites when outdoors,” DPHHS epidemiologist Erika Baldry said.

Since WNV surveillance began in 2002, the 2018 season was the third highest in terms of the number of WNV cases reported in Montana. Forty-seven people were diagnosed and reported, including one death, which was the 14th WNV-related death in Montana since 2002. Humans are not the only ones that can be infected with WNV and 50 Montana horses were also diagnosed in 2018.

The average number of human cases reported in the three years prior (2015-2017) was 8, while the average number of equine cases reported in the three years prior (2015-2017) was 6 cases. A vaccine for horses is available and highly recommended but no vaccine is available for human use.
When infected with WNV, about 4 out of 5 people will not have symptoms and will develop immunity after clearing the infection. Among the 1 in 5 individuals who develop illness, they will generally experience mild symptoms that may include: headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash.

Serious symptoms can develop in rare cases with fewer than 1 in 100 of those infected developing infections in or around the brain, also known as neuroinvasive disease. Of the 47 cases of WNV reported in 2018; 22 were mild cases, while 25 were neuroinvasive cases. Out of the total 47 cases reported, 51% (24) occurred in individuals over the age of 60 years. Severe illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over 60 years of age are at greater risk.
People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk. Currently, no vaccine or specific treatment exists for a person at risk or ill with WNV. Anyone who develops any of the serious symptoms listed should see their healthcare provider for evaluation and care.
The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention should be followed to reduce the chance of mosquito bites.
1. DEET: Use insect repellent such as DEET or picaridin
2. Drain: Drain standing water around your house to prevent mosquito breeding
3. Dawn/Dusk: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. Stay inside or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times
4. Dress: When possible, wear long sleeved shirts and pants to protect yourself from bites


Jim and Mary Rector receive Yard of the Week recognition

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

Glasgow City Council Member Butch Heitman has awarded Jim and Mary Rector the Yard of the Week for June 10-17th! The Rector's live at 602 6th Avenue South in Glasgow.

Members of the Glasgow City will be recognizing a Yard of the Week every week this summer. Butch Heitman is a City Council member representing Ward #2 in Glasgow.

Jim and Mary Rector will be able to post the Yard of the Week sign all week long and also received $25 in Chamber Big Bucks from Butch Heitman.


Former Valley County Attorney makes key ruling as Judge in District Court case in Miles City

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has dropped two counts in a complaint filed against an eastern Montana school district for failing to stop an athletic trainer from sexually abusing as many as 100 boys under the guise of improving their athletic performance.

The Billings Gazette reports District Judge Nickolas Murnion ruled Monday the Miles City school district couldn't be held vicariously liable for James "Doc" Jensen's actions. Murnion dismissed another complaint, saying Montana law in the late 1990s did not require the district to report alleged abuse by school employees to the state health department.

The district must still defend itself against allegations including negligent retention and supervision of Jensen and failure to protect students.

The statute of limitations has expired and Jensen does not face criminal charges for the alleged abuse. He has pleaded guilty to a federal enticement charge.


Wisconsin man dies on Fort Peck Lake

Monday, June 10th 2019

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer told Kltz/Mix-93 that a 56-year old Wisconsin man passed away on June 4th of an suspected accidental drowning while fishing from the shore on Fort Peck Lake.

The incident occurred at the Pines Recreation Area on Fort Peck Lake where Emmett Apel owned a cabin.

Sheriff Boyer said an investigation is ongoing that includes an autopsy and officials are awaiting results of a toxicology report.

Emmett Apel was a resident of Wisconsin who owned property at the Pines Recreation Area on Fort Peck Lake.


GHS Trust Applications Due July 1

Monday, June 10th 2019

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, 2019, deadline.

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


$9.5 million dollar highway project in Nashua close to completion

Monday, June 10th 2019

Nashua, Montana. (June 5, 2019) – The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is excited to unveil the Milk River North Project just in time for the summer travelers. The Milk River North project reconstructed a portion of MT 117 from the Milk River Bridge near Nashua to US Highway 2 on a new alignment just west of Nashua. The project includes a new railroad overpass and connection to US 2. The existing roadway through Nashua was repaved along with new sidewalk on the south side of Front Street between River Street and Davis Street. Both the new and existing roadways will receive a chip seal and new pavement markings.

The new overpass will open to the traveling public on June 13th. The community is invited to come together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. on the south end of the new RR Bridge along MT 117. Refreshments will be provided on–site.

“It’s been an impactful project, and it’s been a long time coming. We’re happy to have traffic on the new structure before summer sets in,” said Shane Mintz, MDT’s Glendive District Administrator. “The ribbon-cutting is a chance for MDT to celebrate with the community.”

Missoula contractor, SK Construction, began work on the $ 9.5 million project in the fall of 2017 and the overpass will officially open to the traveling public following Thursday’s event.

The new overpass is a vast improvement and provides an alternate route to Hwy 2 and more importantly, a faster route to the to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. It has been a welcome improvement for many people in the community including fire and emergency services.
Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will be a time for the Nashua and surrounding communities to convene and celebrate the end of construction.


Longest Dam Race Is This Weekend

Monday, June 10th 2019

Press Release

Tired of the long spring and crappy weather? Think of getting into shape by taking a walk or run enjoying the sounds and smells of the great outdoors with family and friends. Think about a day at Kiwanis Park at Fort Peck Lake, MT. Think about signing up for the 25th Annual Longest Dam Race to be held June 15, 2019 at Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck MT.

The race offers something for everyone. The race begins with the 10k run and will cross 1.8 miles of the Fort Peck Dam. The 5k run/walk begins at the top of Fort Peck Dam, which participants are bused to the start, and will go down a gravel road for approximately 1K and finish at Kiwanis Park. The ever so popular one mile walk/run will be will be on Yellowstone Road in front of Kiwanis Park, which is a flat course that is paved. This course is perfect for all ages and is very fun for the whole family.

New this year, we have added a non-competitive 1 mile walk/run. This race will be on the nature trail in Kiwanis Park, while the competitive 1 mile walk/run will be out on the highway in front of Kiwanis Park.

The bike route begins will also begin at the east end of the Fort Peck Dam. The novice bike is also across the dam and finishes at Kiwanis Park. The bike course has flaggers in the front and rear to ensure safety on the road. This year we have once again hired Competitive Timing out of Whitefish, MT to time each event, with the exception of the non-competitive 1 mile wallk/run. Each race participant will have a timing tag to ensure more timely and accurate results. All races are assisted by FMDH EMT’s, local law enforcement, and dozens of volunteers.

Registration is $25.00 for each participant and $5.00 for each additional event. Participants 10 years old and younger the fee is $10.00. Runners can sign up online at runsignup.com. The first 75 entries will receive a discounted ticket for the weekend performance of Lend me a Tenor.

The Longest Dam Race is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. For more information, call 406-228-2222 or www.glasgowchamber.net.


Public Comment Sought On Community Pond Proposal In Culbertson

Monday, June 10th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal to construct a Community Pond on the outskirts of Culbertson. Fish, Wildlife and Parks (Community Pond Program), the Culbertson Lions Club and the City of Culbertson propose to construct a pond by excavating a pit and earthen berms. This proposal also includes road and parking lot construction.

The goal of the project is to provide a safe, convenient public fishing pond close to the City of Culbertson. The pond is designed to be 1.5 surface acres and construction will be done by the US National Guard.

The FWP Community Pond Program funding is derived from the sale of fishing licenses, and authority for the CPP is provided by the Montana State Legislature.

The Environmental Assessment summarizes the proposed action and analyzes the potential risks and is open for public comment through July 5th, 2019. The EA is available at the Glasgow FWP office or available at the direct link here.

Interested parties can comment directly on the FWP webpage, mail comments to Dave Fuller, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1 Airport Rd, Glasgow, MT 59230, email fullerdave@mt.gov , or call (406) 228-3700. Thank you for your interest in this project.


FWP To Host Third Annual Northeast Montana Fishing Tour

Monday, June 10th 2019

Photo Tagline: On the 2018 fishing tour at Bailey Reservoir Fishing Access Site- Photo courtesy of FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is organizing a Northeast Montana Fishing Tour for the public in the eastern half of Region 6. Participants both young and old are welcome to come out and enjoy a few hours of fishing and learning. The tour will be held from June 25-28, and a full list of the dates, times, locations and directions can be found below.

The fishing events are free of charge, and all equipment will be provided by FWP including fishing rods, bait, and tackle, but participants can bring their own equipment as well. Anglers will register at the site, and no fishing licenses will be necessary during the day of the event. Anglers can fish the whole time, or just show up for a part of the event.

This is the third year that FWP Region 6 has done a fishing tour. In 2017, fishing events were put on in eight locations in the eastern half of Region 6 and were well attended. In 2018, seven events took place in the western half of the Region, from Malta to Havre, but were poorly attended.

“We had a lot of fun taking people of all ages out fishing the first year,” said Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Manager, “but last year, in the western half of the region, attendance was quite poor; likely for a variety of reasons. We hope that the word gets out on this opportunity and that we get great attendance in the eastern half of the region again.”

The purpose of this tour is to both provide opportunity and learn something about the fisheries in Region 6. “If you have never been to these locations to fish before, or even if you have, this is a good opportunity to hear more about the fishery and have a fun day outside,” adds Kloker.

At each event, anglers will be provided information on fishing in Region 6, local fish species, regulations, and some give-a-ways. Participants will also be fishing for local species on the site, using a variety of methods and tactics, and can even learn how to fly cast/fish!

Anglers can attend the fishing events for as long as they would like and are welcome to go to more than one event in their area. The following list includes the date, time, locations and directions for the events. Flagging will be placed at most turns to help guide participants, and many places have permanent signs in place.

-Tues., June 25th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Fort Peck
Fishing area: Winter Harbor
Fish species: Largemouth bass, blue gill, yellow perch
Directions: Just outside of Fort Peck on Hwy. 117, turn onto “Winter Harbor Road.” Watch for flagging and signs.

-Wed., June 26th 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Townsite: Wolf Point
Fishing area: Lewis and Clark Fishing Access Site
Fish species: Sturgeon, catfish, sauger, and more!
Directions: Head south of Wolf Point on Highway 13. The fishing access site is just before the bridge over the Missouri. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Wed., June 26th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Fairview
Fishing area: Snowden Bridge Fishing Access Site
Fish species: Sturgeon, catfish, sauger, and more!
Directions: From Hwy-201, turn north on County Rd. 351. From Hwy-58 in North Dakota, turn west on Country Rd. 147. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Thurs., June 27th 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Townsite: Bainville
Fishing area: American Legion Ponds
Fish species: Northern pike, yellow perch
Directions: One-mile northwest of Bainville on Highway 2, south side of road. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Thurs., June 27th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Plentywood
Fishing area: Box Elder Reservoir
Fish species: Yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, black bullhead
Directions: In Plentywood, turn north on Monroe St., following that to Box Elder St. Continue to the parking area at the east end of the dam. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Fri., June 28th 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Townsite: Whitetail/Flaxville
Fishing area: Whitetail Res. Fishing Access Site
Fish species: Yellow perch, northern pike
Directions: About six miles north of Flaxville, ¼ mile south of the town of Whitetail on Hwy-511. Turn east. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Fri., June 28th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Madoc/Scobey
Fishing area: Buer Pond
Directions: Seven miles east of Scobey on Hwy-5, turn north on N. Madoc Rd, in about 2.5 miles turn left (west) at the end of a bunch of pine trees. Follow road for approximately 1.5 miles, then turn north after a farmstead. Follow two-track along ridge for approximately another mile. Watch for flagging and signs.

Participants should be prepared for inclement weather, insects, snakes, and warm conditions. The events will also be weather-dependent; if conditions are not favorable to travel on roads or the weather becomes dangerous, the events will be cancelled and not rescheduled. Drinking water will be provided. If there are any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Region 6 Information and Education Manager Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704 (office), 406-480-9234 (cell), or email mkloker@mt.gov .


Court lifts block on Keystone XL pipeline construction

Monday, June 10th 2019

HELENA — An appeals court has lifted a judge's injunction that blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., but the developer has said it's too late to begin work this year and environmental groups vowed to keep fighting it.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered dismissal of the lawsuit by environmental and Native American groups, saying President Donald Trump had revoked a 2017 permit allowing the $8 billion pipeline to be built.

Trump later issued a new permit, and the appellate judges agreed with Justice Department attorneys who say that nullifies the legal challenge involving environmental impacts.

The pipeline would ship up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude oil daily from the tar sands of Alberta through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would tie in to existing pipelines to carry the crude to U.S. refineries.

The ruling Thursday was a victory for TC Energy, a Calgary, Alberta-based company that wants to build the line, though company officials have said it already missed the 2019 construction season because of court delays.

"We are pleased with the ruling," TC Energy spokesman Matthew John said. "We look forward to advancing the project."

John did not respond to questions on whether the ruling would change the construction schedule.


Attorneys for the plaintiffs accuse Trump of trying to get around court rulings by issuing the new permit, which they say also is flawed. They have filed another, ongoing lawsuit to block the new presidential permit.

Attorney Stephan Volker, who represents the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance, said he would request another judge's order to block the project if he thought there was a chance of construction beginning immediately.


Representatives of a half-dozen other environmental groups vowed to keep fighting in court and predicted the pipeline will never be built.

"We shouldn't forget the underlying issue here — global warning," Volker said. "We're trying to save the Earth. I wish the federal government would pay attention to the science and do its job."

Last fall, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana ruled that the Trump administration did not fully consider potential oil spills and other environmental effects when it issued the 2017 permit. He blocked construction by issuing a permanent injunction against the project.

White House officials contend a presidential permit can't be reviewed by a court. After Trump revoked that permit and issued and signed the new one, Justice Department attorneys argued that claims in that lawsuit — and Morris' injunction — no longer applied.

The environmental groups argued that the government can't unilaterally sweep aside years of litigation against the long-stalled pipeline.

The Justice Department has not yet responded to the second lawsuit.


Fort Peck Tribal Councilman named to Attorney General Task Force

Thursday, June 6th 2019

HELENA – Following the recent passage of legislation to create a state missing indigenous persons task force, Attorney General Tim Fox today announced its members.

Senate Bill 312, or the Looping in Native Communities (LINC) Act, created a missing indigenous persons task force that includes a representative from each tribal government on Montana’s seven reservations and the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe. By statute, members must also include a representative from the Attorney General’s Office; an employee of the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) who has expertise in missing persons; and a member of the Montana Highway Patrol.

“There has been a growing concern across the nation, including here in Montana, about the number of missing and murdered indigenous persons, particularly women and girls,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “We can and must do more to work together to bring home missing persons from Indian Country. I’m confident the members of the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force will make positive strides in determining the scope of this issue as well as bring forward good recommendations to increase cooperation among public safety agencies and tribal governments,” Fox added.

The task force members are:
• Councilman Mark Pollock (Blackfeet Tribe)
• Councilman Mike Corcoran (Chippewa Cree Tribe)
• ¬¬¬¬Ellie Bundy (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes)
• Valerie Falls Down (Crow Tribe)
• Councilwoman Brandi King (Fort Belknap Indian Community)
• Councilman Jestin Dupree (Fort Peck Tribes)
• Councilwoman Iris KillEagle (Little Shell Chippewa Tribe)
• Brandi Beckman (Northern Cheyenne Tribe)
• Deputy Attorney General Melissa Schlichting (Attorney General’s Office)
• Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager Jennifer Viets (Montana DOJ)
• Sgt. Derek Werner (Montana Highway Patrol)
The primary duties of the task force include the administration of the LINC Act grant program; identification of jurisdictional barriers among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community agencies; and the identification of ways to improve interagency collaboration to remove jurisdictional barriers and increase reporting and investigation of missing indigenous persons.

The task force will hold its first meeting the afternoon of June 11 in Helena. The next day, the Montana DOJ and Montana’s U.S. Attorney’s Office will jointly hold a missing persons training at the same Helena location for law enforcement and the public. Topics include how to report a missing person, the nexus between missing persons and human trafficking, and the use of missing persons alerts and advisories. The training is free; online registration is available at www.dojmt.gov/mpt. Law enforcement officers will receive POST credits for attending. For more information, email dojmmiw@mt.gov or call DOJ’s Office of Victim Services at 1-800-498-6455 or (406) 444-3653.


Nuisance Weeds Becoming A Problem

Wednesday, June 5th 2019

The Glasgow Police Department is reminding property owners in the city that there is a nuisance weed ordinance.

If nuisance weeds are not cut and removed within a 7 day period, property owners will receive a notice that the city may cut and remove them. If they are not removed, the city may do so. The cost will then be charged to the property owner. The charges will include the cost of cutting and removal, administrative fee, and a $25 penalty for a first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third.

Nuisance weeds are defined as all weeds, grass and uncared for vegetation growing to a height in excess of 8 inches on premises within the city.

If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow Police Department at 406-228-8050.


Koski's receive first Yard of the Week recognition for summer of 2019

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Members of the Glasgow City Council are individually sponsoring a Yard of the Week for the summer of 2019. Each member of the City Council will pick a Yard of the Week in their area every week of the summer. Each recipient will receive $25 in Chamber Big Bucks (Donated by the Council Member) plus a sign placed in their yard for the week. Ward #1 Council Member Stan Ozark chose Paul and Lisa Koski's yard at 730 Hillside Drive in Glasgow as the Yard of the Week for the week of June 3rd-10th.


GHS graduate Ben Miller receives prestigious scholarship from Montana State University

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

BOZEMAN – Twenty-three high school graduates from across the nation, including 14 from Montana, are recipients of the 2019 Montana State University presidential scholarship, MSU’s most prestigious scholarship.
“MSU continues to attract top academically ranked high school scholars, and this year is no exception,” said Ilse-Mari Lee, dean of MSU’s Honors College. “We look forward to welcoming an inspirational cohort of incoming presidential scholars this fall.”
The MSU presidential scholarship awards are based on scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership and exemplary public service. Recipients receive an annual stipend plus a tuition waiver. The scholarship is for four years if the students maintain a superior academic standing at MSU.
“These students have demonstrated their desire to lead and serve while excelling academically” Lee said. “We are delighted that they chose to attend Montana State University.”
Lee said that the scholars were selected from a pool of nearly 900 applicants.
“Many of these scholars have gained admittance and scholarships to other prestigious institutions and have chosen to attend MSU because of the opportunities available to our students,” she said.
“To attract the quality of presidential scholar recipients that we have says a lot about our dedicated and inspirational faculty and the opportunities we offer our undergraduates,” said Ronda Russell, MSU’s admissions director. “The fact that so many choose Montana State is indicative of the quality of our academic programs.”
The 2019 MSU presidential scholarship recipients are:
Montana

Anaconda:
Seamus Hoolahan is the valedictorian of Anaconda High School and intends to major in chemical engineering. While in high school, Hoolahan was active in numerous clubs and organizations, holding key positions in Anaconda Community Intervention, Key Club, student council and Upward Bound. He participated in jazz band, concert/pep band, drumline and choir. He is the son of Shaun and Patrice Hoolahan from Opportunity.

Billings:
Abbigail Sparks graduated as a member of the Billings West High School Platinum Program and intends to major in biology. An AP Scholar, Sparks is also a recipient of the Montana University System Honor Scholarship. She participated in Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society and National Business Honors Society. She founded her school's Happiness Committee, a group devoted to making the school a more positive and encouraging place for all students. Sparks has participated in community theater and teaches theater camps during the summer. She is the daughter of Michelle and Sam Sparks of Billings.

Bozeman:
Annika Danenhauer is the co-valedictorian of Bozeman High School and intends to major in film and environmental studies. An AP Scholar, Danenhauer is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship, the Bozeman Schools Foundation Worthy Student scholarship, the Montana Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship and the Montana State Golf Association scholarship. She participated in the National Honor Society, volunteered as a math tutor for middle school students and served as an officer in Human Rights Club. She was the captain of the varsity golf and hockey teams and plans to continue her golf career with the Bobcats. She is the daughter of Craig and Nicole Danenhauer of Bozeman.

Butte:
Cassidy Duddy is co-valedictorian of Butte High School and intends to major in biomedical engineering. An AP Scholar, Duddy is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship. She participated in choir and was a National Merit Scholarship finalist. She is the daughter of James and Kimberly Duddy of Butte.

Fairfield:
Emily Evans graduated as co-valedictorian from Fairfield High School and intends to major in pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in genetics. While in high school, Evans served as president of the Fairfield FFA chapter, National Honor Society and the recycling club. She served as an officer in several other school organizations and was a math tutor. She was named student of the quarter during her senior year and was selected as the 2019-2020 Montana FFA state secretary. She will spend her freshman year at MSU serving in that capacity. Evans is also a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship. She is the daughter of Brenda and Rodney Evans of Fort Shaw.

Caroline Roeder is the co-valedictorian of Choteau High School and intends to double major in agriculture business and economics. Active in Future Farmers of America during high school, she will serve as the Montana FFA president for the coming year. Her parents are Brent and Tracie Roeder of Fairfield.

Glasgow:
Benjamin Miller graduated with high honors from Glasgow High School and intends to major in computer science. He is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and participated in National Honor Society, student council, the Valley County Fair board and history club. Miller was an athlete in basketball, track and field, and swimming and was academic all-state every year he was involved. He is also a songwriter and plays professionally as a bassist and guitarist. He is the son of Lynn and Matthew Miller of Glasgow.

Great Falls:
Harley Clifton is the co-valedictorian of Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls and intends to major in chemical engineering. An AP Scholar, Clifton is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and participated in soccer and powderpuff football. Her awards include outstanding junior in science, social studies, outstanding senior in English and outstanding senior honors mathematics student. She lettered in both art and academics. An award-winning artist, Clifton’s works have been selected for exhibition in juried art shows and she designed the official website for her high school art department. Her art was selected for display in the Montana State Capitol building her senior year of high school. Clifton is the daughter of Martin and Diane Clifton.

Helena:
Norris Blossom is co-valedictorian of Capital High School. An AP Scholar, Blossom is a recipient of the MUS Scholarship and plans to double major in industrial engineering and economics. He was Capital’s student body president for two years in addition to being captain of the varsity soccer, speech and debate, and tennis teams. He also was president of National Honor Society and co-founded Bruins Help Bruins, a school club that provides support to students in need. Blossom was elected governor of 2018 American Legion Montana Boys State and was selected as one of two scholars representing Montana at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Norris earned an all-state award in original oratory speech in 2019. He has earned state championships in the Federal Reserve Economics Challenge and the American Legion Oratorical Competition. He is the son of Loren and Susan Blossom of Helena.

Lauren Helbling is the co-valedictorian of Capital High School and intends to major in computer science. An AP Scholar, Helbling is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship. She participated in science club, math club, Niceness is Priceless Club, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was the captain of the varsity track and field team. Helbling also played soccer for 13 years and was selected as Academic All-State. Helbling is a Western Aerospace Scholar, completing a rigorous space and aerospace course through the Museum of Flight and the University of Washington to qualify for the summer residency. Helbling spends her summers volunteering at Young Life summer camps for middle and high school students. She is the daughter of Joe and Erin Helbling of Helena.

Melstone:
Megan Brewer graduated as valedictorian of Melstone High School and intends to major in cell biology and neuroscience. Brewer is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and was a member of National Honor Society, FFA, 4-H, Business Professionals of America, student council, band and choir. While earning Academic All-State honors, she also was a three-sport varsity athlete all four years, participating in basketball and track and field, and serving as the varsity volleyball captain. Brewer is the reigning Miss Montana Teen USA. She is the daughter of Clyde and Cindy Brewer of Melstone.

Missoula:
Julia Roemer graduated from Missoula Hellgate High School and intends to major in cell biology and neuroscience with a global health minor. She participated in varsity cross country and track. Roemer was elected as the secretary and vice president of Key Club, the vice president of National Honor Society and served as a member of SAVE, Hellgate’s environmental club. She is a first generation college student, National Merit finalist and recipient of a MUS Honor Scholarship. Roemer was selected as one of two students to represent Montana as a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar and will be honored by the White House in Washington, D.C., in June. She is the daughter of Christopher Roemer and Mikiko Nikadori of Missoula.

Calvin Servheen is a co-valedictorian and finance academy graduate at Hellgate High School. He is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and intends to pursue a directed interdisciplinary studies degree focusing on entrepreneurship and ecology to further his vision of using business as a tool for social change. Servheen served as an executive of the National Honor Society, student government and the Arabic Honor Society and has helped lead numerous outdoor leadership and first aid courses. He also chaired a student issues and activism committee that he helped create, worked for a local capital management firm and held the William T. Hornaday Award for service to conservation. An Eagle Scout, Servheen enjoys hiking and fishing in the backcountry. His parents are Chris Servheen and Kristy Pelletier.

Polson:
Makauly Morrison is the valedictorian of Polson High School and plans to major in physics. He is an AP Scholar, an active member of National Honor Society and a LINK leader. He participated in varsity cross-country and tennis in high school and was an extemporaneous speaker for his high school's speech and debate team. Morrison is the recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and performed in two Shakespeare plays during high school, “Much Ado About Nothing” and “A Midsummer's Night Dream.” He also played the saxophone in his high school's symphonic and jazz bands. He is the son of Tami and Kelly Morrison.

Out-of-State
Alaska
Palmer:
Anna Parreira graduated as valedictorian from Colony High School. She intends to major in sustainable food and bioenergy with a focus on crop production. She served as president of the National Honor Society as well as student body secretary. She was the president of her class for two years after serving as secretary and has worked alongside the school district counseling team as president of the suicide prevention program. She has also been involved in numerous community events, including Special Santa, Project Sandwich and the Thanksgiving Blessing.

Colorado
Hayden:
Cassidy Crawford graduated as the valedictorian of Hayden High School and intends to major in food and nutrition. Crawford also graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Northwestern Community College. She participated in Future Business Leaders of America, student council, theatre, National Honors Society, 4-H and was the starting libero for the varsity volleyball team. She has worked at a year-round after school youth program all four years of high school. She is the daughter of Hollie Sutton of Hayden.

Highlands Ranch:
Carson Archuleta is a 4.0 graduate of Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch and intends to major in chemical engineering. An AP Scholar, he participated in Technology Student Association and was the captain of the varsity mountain biking team. Archuleta is the son of Catherine and Karl Archuleta of Highlands Ranch.

Idaho
Hayden:
Alexi Panos began his high school career at Coeur d’Alene High School in Idaho but transferred following his freshman year to the Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah, to better pursue his academics and his passion for ski racing. He intends to major in the biological sciences and pre-medicine while at MSU. At the Winter Sports School he graduated first in his class and received the school’s Kay Wright Memorial Award for being the outstanding student his senior year. He was president of the National Honor Society and vice president of the student body and also worked as a yearbook editor. Panos competed for the Schweitzer Alpine Racing School in Sandpoint, Idaho, and represented the Pacific Northwest Ski Association in the Western Region Junior Championships in all of his U16 and International Ski Federation years. Off the hill, he was chosen as the athlete representative to the PNSA board of directors. Following a season-ending injury in his final year of racing, Panos worked to earn his coaching license and referee certification. Panos was recognized as the 2018 top sales Associate for the Coeur d’Alene Best Buy store, where he works in the summers. He is the son of Wendy and Craig Panos from Hayden.

Minnesota
White Bear Lake:
Olivia Sky Schwintek graduated summa cum laude from White Bear Lake Area High School and intends to major in biology and sustainable food systems. An AP Scholar with Distinction, she was a co-leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was vice president of the National Honor Society. Schwintek was the captain of the varsity cross country, Nordic ski and track teams, achieving All-State and Academic All-State honors in the three sports. She was awarded the 2019 St. Paul Athena Award. She enjoys volunteering with a kids ski club at her local nature center, Special Olympics and youth ministries at Eagle Brook Church. She is the daughter of Ronald and Brenda Schwintek of White Bear Lake.

Washington
Carnation:
Chloe Moreland is the valedictorian of Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie and intends to major in cell biology and neuroscience. She participated in the Running Start Program and will be graduating from Bellevue College with an associate degree in arts and sciences with an academic concentration in psychology. She is graduating with distinction from the National Honor Society. She was also involved in Sports Medicine Club, Green Team and Key Club while in high school. She is the daughter of Matt and Carlen Moreland of Carnation.

Spokane:
Fraser Robertson graduated with a 4.0 GPA from University High School in Spokane and intends to major in computer engineering. An AP Scholar and Eagle Scout, Robertson participated in Knowledge Bowl, senior class Associated Student Body, Boy Scouts, honor society and club soccer and was the captain of the varsity soccer team. Fraser is the son of Paul and Lisa Robertson, from Linlithgow, Scotland.

Winthrop:
Nicholas Fitzmaurice is the co-valedictorian of Liberty Bell high school and intends to major in engineering with a minor in computer science. An AP Scholar, Fitzmaurice was student body president, a member of the National Honor Society and has played the baritone saxophone in his high school’s jazz band since the seventh grade. He competed on varsity teams in tennis, Knowledge Bowl, soccer, cross country, and track and won the Knowledge Bowl state championship with his team this spring. He also played competitive ice hockey goalie through his sophomore year and has participated in summer swim league since the first grade. Fitzmaurice has trained to become a member of the National Ski Patrol, was goalie coach for his local youth hockey program and helped coach the swim team. He is the son of Peter Fitzmaurice and Shannon Skibeness, from Mazama.

Wyoming
Casper:
Isabella Schultz graduated from Natrona County High School and intends to major in architecture and minor in Spanish and engineering. She is an International Baccalaureate scholar and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. While in high school, she participated in varsity athletics, was a member of the Orange and Black chapter of the National Honor Society and was recognized at the state level for her art and writing. She is the daughter of Jacquelyn Bilek of Casper.


Catfish Crawl & Cornhole Tournament Results

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and sponsors hosted the Milk River Catfish Days Catfish Crawl and The Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, June 1, 2019. We had 41 entries for the Catfish Crawl and 16 teams for the Cornhole Tournament. We would like to say thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and participates during the weekend. Top results are listed below:

5K Run/Walk (30 Entries)
Jesse Franzen – 23.21 (1st Overall) – Male
Andy Fahlgren – 24.57 (2nd) – Male
Ali Flaten – 27.29 (1st Overall) – Female
Kerry Hoffman – 29.01 (2nd) – Female
Mary Kate Tihista – 29.02
Darla Hoffman – 29.63
Connie Overby – 41.22
Ashley Markle – 47.50
Aurora Markle – 47.50
Dayton Markle – 47.50
David Nixdorf – 48.16
Bridgett Nixdorf – 48.16
Peyton Pederson – 48.21
Michel Tessmer – 48.21
Walt Adams – 50.31
Alicia Doke – 50.32
Karla Johnson – 57.07
Madyln House – 57.09
Marisa Brockmier – 58.05
Nixie Gagne – 58.06
Paris French – 58.07
Mary Morehouse – 58.37
Judy Waters – 58.38
Cindy Taylor – 59.25
Dana Meiers – 59.26

1 Mile Run/Walk (11 Entries)
Jacob Bishop – 14.20 (1st Overall) - Male
Laura Vigil – 18.20 (1st Overall) - Female
Callen Gutow – 22.34 (2nd) - Male
Emmerson Gutow – 22.35 (2nd) - Female
Julie Gutow – 24.6
Chasity Krauth -24.6
Bristol Krauth – 24.62
Lance Monson – 25.39

Cornhole Tournament (16 Entries)
Will Larsen & Kolt Reddies (1st Place-$250)
Adam Johnson & Mason Grau (2ndPlace-$150)
Arlie McMichael & Larry Ross Simpson (3rd Place-$100

REMINDER:
We do have prizes for The Catfish Crawl at our Office located at 54147 US Hwy 2, Ste. 2 for Andy Fahlgren, Kerry Hoffman, Emmerson Gutow, and Jacob Bishop.


Free Event Invites Public To Learn About And Monitor Chimney Swifts

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Come join us for “A Swift Night” – chimney swifts, that is – on Thursday, June 6 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 7:30-8:15 p.m. or so 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 or Heather Harris at heharris@mt.gov . All ages are welcome, but youth under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Ice cream and water will be provided.


May Weather Summary Available

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

The May weather summary is now available from the National Weather Service in Glasgow:

full summary


Valley County Commissioners approve 2.4% salary increase for elected officials and county employees

Monday, June 3rd 2019

The Valley County Commissioners have approved a 2.4% increase in salary for all county elected officials and all other county employees.

The salaries for elected officials in Valley County:

Valley County Commissioner: $49,899.61
Valley County Justice of the Peace: $30,339
Valley County Clerk and Recorder: $57,083
Valley County Treasurer: $49,899.61
Valley County Clerk of District Court: $49.899.61
Valley County Attorney: $119,998.70
Valley County Sheriff/Coroner: $58,146


VCCF passes the $224,000 mark with this year’s grants

Monday, June 3rd 2019

The dollar figures $224,412 and $33,389 don’t have much in common but to the Valley County Community Foundation, they are very significant. The $33,389 granted this year is the largest annual amount given since the first grants in 2000. That figure brought the total amount of grants given to $224,412.
“These grants mean a lot to efforts in Valley County,” said Doris Leader who chairs the board of directors. “Many projects are completed, enhanced, or totally funded with VCCF dollars.”
VCCF awards grants to projects or programs that are for charitable purposes and serve the people of Valley County. This year’s six grants are typical of the 141 grants given over the years. They are:
$10,000 to the City of Glasgow to pay for a site survey and the base map for the new swimming pool;
$5,400 to the Opheim School to renovate two existing classrooms into one physical fitness training room;
$1,182 to the Opheim School to purchase two amplifiers, two microphones, and two instrument cables for the sound system at the music department;
$2,500 to the Glasgow High School Cross Country Team to buy an electronic timing system used at meets;
$3,000 to Two Rivers Economic Growth to purchase and place directional signs to the Smith Bike Park just off Highway 2 East in Glasgow;
$11,307 to Glasgow Reds Baseball to replace the breaker boxes on the lights in Legion Field.
The impact of each grant is unique and frequently, benefits move far beyond the group presenting the application, Leader emphasized. For example, requests from the two high schools provide uses for the communities at large. The improved sound system in Opheim will be used for community-wide events such as performances, graduation, and the Veterans’ Day program. Also at the Opheim School, the fitness training room is open to all community members who request access and receive safety training. The GHS Cross Country team plans to rent the timing system, with an operator, to other race events held in the area. This will amount to a substantial savings for local event sponsors, whose costs to rent similar systems are as high as $2,000.
With a 501 (c) (3) tax status VCCF, is a non-profit organization and awards grants to organizations of the same tax status, along with educational institutions and government entities. Applications for annual grant awards are due in March.
Information on VCCF grants and scholarships is available on its website,
www.valleycountycf.net.


Beck Foundation Scholarships now available

Monday, June 3rd 2019

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 of vocational-technical institute.

Applications can be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson, 12 1st Avenue North, and from Edward Jones, 317 Klein Avenue. An electronic application is available by emailing hannah.barras@edwardjones.com. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than July 1, 2019. 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, Opheim where 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 and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust for the benefit of people in Valley County,


Governor Bullock Appointments

Friday, May 31st 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Board of Aeronautics

John Maxness, Helena. Qualification: Active fixed base operator or official of a fixed base operator of flying services or flying schools. Maxness is the Co-Owner of Exec Air Montana, Inc.

Coal Board

Sean Smith, Anaconda. Qualification: District 1. Smith is a plumber for Northwestern Energy.

Board of County Printing

Commissioner Carol Brooker, Thompson Falls. Qualification: County Commissioner. Brooker is a Sanders County Commissioner.

David McCumber, Butte. Qualification: Member of the printing industry. McCumber is the Editor of the Montana Standard.

Commissioner Laura Obert, Townsend. Qualification: County Commissioner. Obert is a Broadwater County Commissioner.

Roger Wagner, Nashua. Qualification: Member of the general public. Wagner is a family farmer in Valley County.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force

Dr. Susan Wolff, Great Falls. Qualification: Higher Education. Wolff is the Dean of Great Falls College MSU.

Board of Medical Examiners

Dr. Gina Painter, Great Falls. Qualification: Podiatrist. Painter is a Physician with Benefis Physicians Group.

Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board

Gretchen Rupp, Bozeman. Qualification: General public. Rupp is an Instructor at the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University.

Board of Private Security

Darren Bayliss, Billings. Qualification: Contract Security Company or Propriety Security Organization. Bayliss is the Security Site Manager for Bedrock Protections Agency.


Annual Catfish Classic Tournament Is Saturday

Thursday, May 30th 2019

The 20th Annual Catfish Classic Tournament is taking place up & down the Milk River Sat. June 1st.

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce has added an entire weekend of events to the tournament this year with their 1st ever “Milk River Catfish Days.” Check out the Chamber’s website, www.GlasgowChamber.net for a full schedule of events.

It’ll include cornhole & beer pong tournaments, a catfish feed, Catfish Crazy Days at participating retail locations, a youth fishing tournament, outdoor kids’ carnival at the Children’s Museum, & 2 nights of live music.

KLTZ/Mix-93 will be airing updates from the events including Todd Young’s coverage of the infamous midnight weigh-ins on Saturday night.


Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative Meetings Set

Thursday, May 30th 2019

The next phase of the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative will review the findings from the listening session we hosted in your area. In addition, we will present the initial marketing investment and campaign roll-out driven by the results of stakeholder feedback.

This meeting will also seek input on long-term, community-centered, sustainable programs that could include tourism infrastructure, product development and promotion. The goal is to build upon strengths and address areas for improvement identified in the stakeholder meetings, in other words, a deeper dive to identify priorities.

As described in the outset, the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development has invested in tools to measure the success of this program, there will be opportunities to learn more on how to access the research and data with the tools implemented.

June 4 – Lewistown 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Zone: Blaine, Fergus, Garfield, McCone, Petroleum and Phillips counties and Fort Belknap Reservation

June 5 – Fort Peck 10 a.m.-noon
Zone: Daniels, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties and Fort Peck Reservation

June 6 – Baker 10 a.m.-noon
Zone: Bighorn, Carter, Fallon, Powder River counties and Crow Reservation

June 6 – Miles City 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Zone: Custer, Dawson, Musselshell, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure and Wibaux counties and Northern Cheyenne Reservation

June 7 – Billings 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Zone: Yellowstone county


Valley County Storefront Beautification Grant

Thursday, May 30th 2019

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 Two Rivers members 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 14th, 2019. 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 28th.

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.


Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawning Effort Completed

Thursday, May 30th 2019

The annual walleye spawn on Fort Peck Reservoir was fast and furious this year, lasting only 16 days. Starting on April 11 and ending on April 26, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries and hatchery staff, along with the assistance of volunteers, found favorable weather and cooperative fish throughout the spawning period.

More than 2,000 walleye were captured in trap nets, with 611 females spawned yielding approximately 68 million eggs. Crews collected a wide range of walleye sizes, indicating good growth and survival over the last several years in multiple year classes. In addition, there was a large number of fish that measured from 23 to 26 inches in length, showing an especially strong year class present.

Overall, the weather was favorable to walleye spawning efforts this spring. “Although there were a couple small cold fronts that passed through and some windy conditions at times, water surface temperatures started off in the mid-40’s, which is near the ideal spawning temperature for walleye.” said Fort Peck Reservoir biologist Heath Headley. “Water temperatures then continued to gradually increase over the next 10 days, which further prompted walleye spawning activity.”

Unlike trap netting and egg collection efforts last year, which were quite poor, 2019 was considered more of an average year in terms of start time and number of eggs collected. “In 2018, we weren’t able to start until April 23 due to late ice cover on most of the reservoir,” said Headley. “This year was much more normal in terms of spawning time and conditions, which allowed us to reach our egg collection goals.”

Once collected, eggs were sent to the Miles City and Fort Peck fish hatcheries. “Egg quality and hatch success looks good so far,” said Wade Geraets, Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery manager, “but there a lot of variables that can affect the final number of walleyes that eventually get stocked.”

As of press time, over 20 million fry have been stocked into Fort Peck Reservoir and one million into Tongue River Reservoir. Over 11 million fry are at the Fort Peck and Miles City hatchery ponds, some of which will be raised into fingerlings to be stocked later.

“Now that both the Miles City and Fort Peck hatcheries have their ponds stocked,” noted Geraets, “we will have to wait another four to six weeks to see how many fingerlings we will be able to stock into reservoirs around the state of Montana.”


Volunteers are the key to a successful spawning operation. A dedicated 67 individual volunteers, from all over the state of Montana, assisted with this season’s egg collection. “We wouldn’t be able to set all the trap nets, collect fish, and spawn them on a daily basis unless we had help,” Headley explained.

“Volunteers are the main reason this has been so successful over the years,” added Geraets. “It’s always great to see new and familiar faces help us out with this effort.”


Governor Bullock announces Presidential Disaster Declaration approved for spring flooding in Valley County

Sunday, May 26th 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced that FEMA has granted the State of Montana its requested Presidential Disaster Declaration for spring flooding. The declaration will provide for flood recovery efforts in Daniels, Lake, McCone, Park, Powder River, Stillwater, Treasure and Valley Counties.

“Early spring flooding caused widespread damage to roads, culverts and private residences, particularly affecting rural communities across Montana,” said Governor Bullock. “I am thankful for FEMA’s diligence and for working with us to secure this funding. Montanans can rest assured that we continue to stand ready to assist in protecting lives and property, cleaning up from this spring flooding, and in mitigating future disasters.”

Governor Bullock and Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (MT DES) submitted the request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration on May 9 for an estimated $2.2 million in damages. Under a federal declaration, FEMA provides for 75% of the eligible disaster costs. The remaining non-federal share is covered between the state disaster fund and local contributions.

As a result of the approved disaster 4437, Montana will be eligible to apply for additional funding, 15% of the total disaster damages approved by FEMA at a rough estimate of $330,000. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is a grant opportunity that provides assistance for actions to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property from natural hazards. MT DES works alongside tribes, other state agencies, private non-profits and local jurisdictions, to apply for funds to mitigate against the damages of future disasters. These funds can be used for projects and plans that address a variety of hazards, not just flooding. As a nation, every dollar spent toward mitigation efforts has reduced the cost of subsequent disasters by six dollars. By putting these funds to work in our communities, MT DES aims to make a more disaster resilient Montana.

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Tourism Grants to Help 44 Communities Attract Visitors Through Events
$550,000 awarded to support events across Montana including $10,593 for Milk River Catfish Days

Sunday, May 26th 2019


HELENA, Mont. – A pilot cycle of the Tourism Grant Program at the Department of Commerce will award nearly $550,000 to help 44 communities across Montana boost attendance at events to grow visitor spending.

Grant recipients completed a competitive application cycle earlier this spring and will be reimbursed for event costs related to marketing, temporary infrastructure, facilities, hospitality and signage. The maximum award per event is $25,000.

“Local celebrations, festivals and events – big or small – are important for brining visitors into Montana communities,” said Commerce Director Tara Rice. “Events like these pull visitors from out of the area into our communities and Main Street businesses. Even a small investment can have a big impact.”

Full List of Grant Recipients:
• In Alberton, Railroad Day Festival is awarded $1,389
• In Anaconda, Smelterman’s Day Celebration is awarded $10,000
• In Bigfork, Dragon Boat Festival is awarded $18,700
• In Billings, MINT Film Festival is awarded $4,000
• In Billings, Montana Renaissance Festival is awarded $10,000
• In Billings, North by Northwest (NxNW) is awarded $1,250
• In Bozeman, Cycle Greater Yellowstone is awarded $12,000
• In Bozeman, Shakespeare in the Parks’ 2019 Tour is awarded $11,711
• In Bozeman, Sweet Pea Festival is awarded $14,289
• In Broadus, Homesteader Days is awarded $5,000
• In Butte, Covellite International Film Festival is awarded $12,250
• In Butte, Music on Main is awarded $9,000
• In Choteau, Front Range Yoga Festival 2020 is awarded $6,050
• In Choteau, Wild Wings Festival is awarded $5,665
• In Cut Bank, Cut Bank Holiday Bazaar is awarded $12,900
• In Cut Bank, Montana Fund Weekend is awarded $11,047
• In Deer Lodge, SNöFLINGA is awarded $21,490
• In Deer Lodge, Western Harvest Weekend is awarded $16,050
• In Dillon, Montana Range Days is awarded $4,076
• In Dillon, Pronghorn Pursuit Trail Run is awarded $2,550
• In Ekalaka, 7th Annual Dino Shindig is awarded $3,598
• In Fort Benton, Boats, Brews and Blues is awarded $4,650
• In Fort Benton, Fort Benton Summer Celebration is awarded $6,250
• In Gardiner, Gardiner Brewfest is awarded $5,000
• In Glasgow, Milk River Catfish Days is awarded $10,593
• In Glendive, Makoshika Mascot Challenge is awarded $14,355
• In Great Falls, 4th of July Hootenanny is awarded $13,000
• In Great Falls, The Montana Brew Fest is awarded $4,287
• In Hamilton, Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours is awarded $9,200
• In Hamilton, Bitter Root Day and Apple Day and Night is awarded $7,750
• In Havre, Bear Paw Marathon is awarded $12,700
• In Helena, 5th Annual Reeder’s Alley Block Party is awarded $3,235
• In Helena, Meadowlark Music Festival is awarded $742
• In Helena, Montana Preservation Roadshow is awarded $2,070
• In Helena, Symphony Under the Stars is awarded $7,600
• In Jordan, Garfield County Centennial Celebration is awarded $4,900
• In Kalispell, Festival Amadeus 2019 is awarded $12,500
• In Lame Deer, Cheyenne Victory Day is awarded $17,240
• In Lewistown, Hands on Montana Art Party is awarded $4,650
• In Lewistown, Montana Winter Fair is awarded $11,800
• In Libby, Kootenai County Chainsaw Carving Championship is awarded $19,200
• In Libby, Riverfront Blues Festival is awarded $7,500
• In Lincoln, Lincoln Art and Music Festival is awarded $13,870
• In Livingston, 93rd Annual Livingston Roundup Parade is awarded $4,650
• In Malta, Judith River Formation Symposium is awarded $3,713
• In Missoula, International Choral Festival is awarded $14,790
• In Missoula, RecCon Montana is awarded $5,000
• In Olney, Race to the Sky is awarded $7,220
• In Polson, Flathead Lake 5K Run is awarded $2,250
• In Polson, Flathead Lake Blues and Music Festival is awarded $9,750
• In Red Lodge, Autumn Walk About: Mining Coal, Mining Creativity is awarded $4,850
• In Ronan, Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous is awarded $6,825
• In Scobey, Pioneer Days Friday Night Concert is awarded $8,300
• In Seeley Lake, In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival is awarded $4,500
• In Shelby, Shelby Kite Festival is awarded $4,875
• In Sidney, Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights is awarded $8,000
• In Terry, Celebrating Agriculture in Prairie County is awarded $3,200
• In Townsend, Townsend Fall Fest is awarded $15,000
• In Troy, Old Fashioned 4th of July is awarded $8,770
• In Valier, Lake Frances Triple P: Paddle, Peddle, Pace is awarded $5,835
• In West Yellowstone, Yellowstone Ski Festival is awarded $13,500
• In White Sulphur Springs, Red Ants Pants Music Festival is awarded $24,000
• In Whitefish, Great Northwest Oktoberfest is awarded $5,750
• In Whitefish, Whitefish Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K is awarded $2,500



U.S. Customs and Border Protection makes final decision to reduce hours at three border crossings in Montana

Friday, May 24th 2019

HELENA — Federal officials say they're reducing the hours that three U.S.-Canada border crossings in Montana are open each day.

However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporarily backed off a plan to close the 24-hour crossing near Plentywood daily at midnight after backlash by residents and politicians.

The border patrol agency said in a statement Thursday the ports of Scobey, Morgan and Opheim will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. year round starting June 1.

Those ports are currently open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer.

The Port of Raymond north of Plentywood will remain a 24-hour port this summer while the agency "continues discussions with the Canadian government and local stakeholders."

Farmers and residents protest that re-routing 24-hour border traffic 100 miles away to North Dakota would be inconvenient and hurt economic activity.


Trump administration withdraws proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members

Friday, May 24th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, which was drafted in response to explosions of crude oil trains in the U.S. and Canada.

Department of Transportation officials said Thursday that a review of accident data did not support the notion that having one crew member is less safe than multi-person crews.

Under President Barack Obama, regulators said having two or more crew members would be worth the extra cost even if it prevented a single accident.

That proposal followed explosive oil train derailments including in Lac Megantic, Canada in 2013, when 47 people were killed in a 2013 derailment. Other derailments have occurred in Oregon, Montana, Illinois, Virginia and other states.

The withdrawal also pre-empts states from regulating crew sizes.


Senator Tester announces Port of Raymond will remain open 24 hours a day

Thursday, May 23rd 2019

U.S. Senate)—After a relentless effort, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that the Port of Raymond in northeast Montana will remain open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The announcement to keep the Port of Raymond open around-the-clock was made by Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders just one day after his meeting with Tester on the status of the port.

“The decision from Customs and Border Protection is welcome news for farmers and ranchers who are already fighting to navigate their way through the President’s trade war,” Tester said. “Going forward, we need more transparency from this Administration as they propose policies that will hurt our rural economy and make it more difficult for folks to do business.”

Tester is calling on the agency to abandon its plan to cut hours of operation at the Ports of Scobey, Morgan, and Opheim.

Tester has repeatedly beat back proposals by Customs and Border Protection to cut hours of operation at Montana's Ports of Entry. In 2016, after more than a year of advocacy, Tester successfully convinced Customs and Border Protection to scrap its plan to cut the hours of operation at the Port of Raymond.

The Port of Raymond is one of only three 24-hour ports of entry in Montana.


Author of Senator Burton K. Wheeler biography explains how the Senator got President Roosevelt to authorize construction of Fort Peck Dam

Thursday, May 23rd 2019

Author Marc Johnson joined Stan Ozark on Live Under the Big Sky on Thursday. Johnson just completed a biography of Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler. Wheeler represented Montana in the United State Senate from 1922 to 1946. He was instrumental in the authorization of the Fort Peck Dam Project. Johnson explains how Burton K. Wheeler got President Franklin Roosevelt to authorize the construction of this huge New Deal Project.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/marc-johnson-fort-peck?in=kltz-glasgow/sets/news-cuts


JSEC awards scholarships to three Valley County Seniors

Thursday, May 23rd 2019

The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) awarded three scholarships to Valley County high school seniors who are continuing their education after graduation. Senior students Garret Lloyd (Glasgow), Amari Zeluff (Glasgow), and Sarah Boucher (Hinsdale) received scholarships to use toward college expenses. Nine students competed for the scholarship money. Final awards were based on a panel interview in which students described their plans to meet their educational and occupational goals.

Funding was provided by Valley County Employers who share the JSEC’s desire to improve our future workforce by encouraging you to continue their education, this year employers donated $1,000.00, all of which was distributed to the students.

Each of the students demonstrated high aspirations. Garrett is pursuing his dream of Mechanical Engineering, Amari will be attending college to earn a degree in Psychology, and Sarah for a career in Radiologic Technology.

JSEC would like to thank the following businesses that have generously contributed to the scholarship: Chappell Automotive, KLTZ/KLAN, Joseph E. Reyling, D&G Sports, the Busted Knuckle, Prairie Ridge Village, First Community Bank, City of Glasgow, and the Cottonwood Inn.

The JSEC meets monthly at Prairie Ridge Village to discuss and organize training workshops, scholarships, and address local employer issues. For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476, Ext. 1. You can also email jsecglasgow@outlook.com.


Two Rivers Economic Growth announces Valley County Storefront Grant Program

Thursday, May 23rd 2019

Two Rivers Economic Growth announces the second year of the Valley County Storefront Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to improve the street-side appeal of Valley County businesses while enhancing the area. This encourages visitors to stop and shop while fostering continued growth and increased patronage in the local community.

The Store Front Grant is a 50/50 matching grant opportunity offered to Valley County Businesses who are members of Two Rivers Economic Growth. This grant allows businesses to apply for up to $1,000 in façade improvements which may include but are not limited to: signage, windows, paint, lighting, awnings, and sidewalks.

This is a competitive grant with limited funding. Each grant received by the Two Rivers Beautification Committee will be scored using a five-point scoring system in the following categories: Organization, Promotion, Design, Need, & Enhancement of Curb Appeal.

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

The grant deadline is June 15, 2019 and awards will be announced by June 28, 2019. The grant application can be picked up at the Two Rivers/Chamber office or accessed on the website growvalleycounty.com under Newsroom tab.

Any questions, call Betty Stone at 263-8213.


Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawning Effort Completed

Thursday, May 23rd 2019

The annual walleye spawn on Fort Peck Reservoir was fast and furious this year, lasting only 16 days. Starting on April 11 and ending on April 26, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries and hatchery staff, along with the assistance of volunteers, found favorable weather and cooperative fish throughout the spawning period.

More than 2,000 walleye were captured in trap nets, with 611 females spawned yielding approximately 68 million eggs. Crews collected a wide range of walleye sizes, indicating good growth and survival over the last several years in multiple year classes. In addition, there was a large number of fish that measured from 23 to 26 inches in length, showing an especially strong year class present.

Overall, the weather was favorable to walleye spawning efforts this spring. “Although there were a couple small cold fronts that passed through and some windy conditions at times, water surface temperatures started off in the mid-40’s, which is near the ideal spawning temperature for walleye.” said Fort Peck Reservoir biologist Heath Headley. “Water temperatures then continued to gradually increase over the next 10 days, which further prompted walleye spawning activity.”
Unlike trap netting and egg collection efforts last year, which were quite poor, 2019 was considered more of an average year in terms of start time and number of eggs collected. “In 2018, we weren’t able to start until April 23 due to late ice cover on most of the reservoir,” said Headley. “This year was much more normal in terms of spawning time and conditions, which allowed us to reach our egg collection goals.”

Once collected, eggs were sent to the Miles City and Fort Peck fish hatcheries. “Egg quality and hatch success looks good so far,” said Wade Geraets, Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery manager, “but there a lot of variables that can affect the final number of walleyes that eventually get stocked.”

As of press time, over 20 million fry have been stocked into Fort Peck Reservoir and one million into Tongue River Reservoir. Over 11 million fry are at the Fort Peck and Miles City hatchery ponds, some of which will be raised into fingerlings to be stocked later.

“Now that both the Miles City and Fort Peck hatcheries have their ponds stocked,” noted Geraets, “we will have to wait another four to six weeks to see how many fingerlings we will be able to stock into reservoirs around the state of Montana.”

Volunteers are the key to a successful spawning operation. A dedicated 67 individual volunteers, from all over the state of Montana, assisted with this season’s egg collection. “We wouldn’t be able to set all the trap nets, collect fish, and spawn them on a daily basis unless we had help,” Headley explained.

“Volunteers are the main reason this has been so successful over the years,” added Geraets. “It’s always great to see new and familiar faces help us out with this effort.”


Gianforte and Daines again voice opposition to cuts in hours of operation at four Montana ports of entry

Wednesday, May 22nd 2019

Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opposing cuts in hours of operation at four Montana ports of entry.

“Cuts in hours of service should not be implemented and the current hours of service should continue. While we remain willing to work with you on the needs of your service to protect America and resolve the crisis at the southern border, we encourage you to refrain from causing a crisis at the northern border at the same time,” Gianforte and Daines wrote.

Gianforte and Daines’ letter follows CBP listening sessions in four impacted communities, including Glasgow, Malta, Plentywood, and Scobey. Gianforte and Daines secured commitments to community forums as part of their talks with CBP.

In May, Gianforte and Daines led a meeting in Glasgow that included officials with CBP, local Montana leaders, business owners, and Canadian officials. During the meeting, Montanans emphasized the importance of northern ports of entry for farmers, ranchers, and business owners across eastern Montana.

In April, Gianforte and Daines secured a reversal from CBP and restoration of around-the-clock operations at the Port of Raymond after the two sent letters in March and April to the acting commissioner of CBP.


Congressman Greg Gianforte recognizes Glasgow resident Tanja Fransen

Sunday, May 19th 2019

WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized Tanja Fransen of Glasgow with his Spirit of Montana commendation for her scientific accomplishments, dedication to the public, and 18 years of service to Montanans.

A meteorologist at the Glasgow Weather Forecast Office since 2001, Tanja is renowned for her innovation, leadership, and mentorship. Her award-winning research has helped Montana’s ag producers.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honorees.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record follows:

RECOGNIZING TANJA FRANSEN OF GLASGOW

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Tanja Fransen of Glasgow, an award-winning meteorologist who is recognized nationally for her innovation and leadership.

Tanja is the Meteorologist in Charge at the Glasgow Weather Forecast Office in Montana. Starting as a meteorologist in Glasgow in 2001, she has been a supervisor since 2015. In fact, Tanja is one of only 8 percent of female supervisors for National Weather Service (NWS) field offices.

Tanja’s research benefits Montana’s ag producers. Tanja and colleague Bill Martin helped develop an innovative cold weather advisory tool that helps livestock producers take precautions during calving season, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Their work earned them the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Administrator’s Award in 2011.

In 2014, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) presented Tanja with the Kenneth C. Spengler Award for her collaborative approach to ensure weather forecasts result in timely and appropriate public responses. The NWS recognized her with the Isaac Cline Award for Outreach in 2011 and the Isaac Cline Award for Leadership in 2002.

Throughout her 25-year career, Tanja has served in many public and professional advisory positions, and she has a passion for mentoring others. She mentors junior colleagues through the AMS and the NWS. She often encourages young people to embrace STEM courses and enhance their education with communication, business, and leadership training.

Madam Speaker, for her accomplishments in the sciences, dedication to the public, and 18 years of service to Montanans, I recognize Tanja Fransen for her spirit of Montana.



Senator Tester Urges FEMA to provide resources to Montana counties that experienced flooding this spring

Friday, May 17th 2019

As flood levels rise across Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is leading the charge to get help to the affected areas.

In a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Tester called on Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor to quickly provide resources and support to Montana counties that have experienced flooding this spring.

“The amount of resources required to meet the needs of our communities as they recover from the storm outstrips the ability of our State and local governments to pay for these damages,” Tester wrote. “These communities urgently need federal resources in order to help them restore their infrastructure and way of life.”

Montana has dealt with severe weather since February, when temperatures averaged between eight and twelve degrees below normal. This resulted in a deep snowpack and swift runoff, leading to widespread flooding that damaged roads, culverts, and private residences across the state. With temperatures rising and rain in the forecast, flooding is expected to worsen in the coming weeks.

On May 9, Governor Steve Bullock requested a major disaster be declared for the State of Montana in order to get federal assistance in dealing with the damage. Tester’s letter calls for those resources to be expedited to the affected counties, including Daniels, Lake, McCone, Park, Powder River, Stillwater, Treasure, and Valley.

“Delays in funding to these Montana counties would be extremely harmful to affected small businesses and communities,” Tester wrote. “Should the President approve the Governor’s request for a major disaster declaration, I ask that you consider his requests as soon as possible.”

In March, Tester pushed FEMA and the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, and Interior to provide support and resources to farmers, ranchers, local governments, and businesses impacted by the catastrophic flooding, and Tester recently secured $17 million to fix roads damaged by last spring's historic flooding.


Valley County unemployment rate at 2.8%

Friday, May 17th 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.6% in the month of April.

“As our unemployment rate remains low, employers are looking for workers close to home with the training and skills to help their businesses grow,” said Governor Bullock. “That’s why here in Montana we continue to invest in our workforce and educational pathways to career growth so that all workers can take advantage of our state’s economic opportunities.”

The national unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to also sit at 3.6%.

Total employment estimates indicate a gain of 232 jobs. Payroll employment posted no significant change as job gains in the professional and business services and construction industries were offset by declines in the retail trade and seasonal recreation industries. Continuing a pattern that tight labor markets are constraining job growth, Montana’s labor force contracted by about 200 workers over the month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in April, largely due to continuing increases in gasoline prices. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in April.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 2.8% compared to 3.1% in April of 2018.


North Dakota oil production near record level

Thursday, May 16th 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production remained at a near-record level in March.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.39 million barrels of oil daily in March. That was down from a record 1.4 million barrels a day from the record set in January.

North Dakota also produced a record 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in March, up from 2.6 billion cubic feet in February. There were 15,353 wells producing in March. That's down 56 wells from the record set in January.

The March tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 65 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Wednesday, down one from the March average.


Paddlefish Mandatory Reporting Phone Numbers Incorrect

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently discovered that the call-in numbers listed on many of the small gold mailed-out cards sent to those anglers with Upper Missouri harvest tags are incorrect. Cards are mailed out to anglers that successfully draw a harvest tag for the Upper Missouri River Paddlefish season (White Tag) and are also handed out when anglers purchase both Yellow and Blue tags. Both numbers listed on the gold card are disconnected. It seems that some anglers, however, were mailed a card where the numbers listed were correct.

The correct numbers for calling in to report a harvested paddlefish are 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356. The correct numbers are also found in the 2019 Montana fishing regulations (page 85) as well as in the paddlefish regulations pamphlet (page 1).

FWP apologizes for this inconvenience and encourages anglers who were unable to report their paddlefish to report using the correct numbers. All harvested paddlefish reported to the on-site locations on the Upper Missouri River or through MyFWP have been submitted and these anglers do not need to re-report their fish.

Remember that all harvested paddlefish must be immediately tagged and reported within 48 hours. Reporting options include: on-site where fish were harvested (at check points like Intake Fishing Access Site or roving creel staff along the Missouri), on the correct phone hotline at 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356, or online at MyFWP at fwp.mt.gov.

All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2019 Paddlefish Regulations, or 2019 Montana Fishing Regulations, which contain specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches.

Reporting your harvested paddlefish assists biologists with the sustainable management of our unique paddlefish populations. Thank You!


4th Annual Red Thumb Reminder Day Is May 14

Sunday, May 12th 2019

The 4th Annual Red Thumb Reminder Day is May 14, 2019. This event is to educate all ages—drivers and non-drivers—on the dangers of distracted driving from cell phone usage, impaired driving, and all other activities that take the driver’s attention and eyes away from driving safely.

New this year is the Save A Life Tour – a high-tech, interactive simulator program. The Save A Life Tour, sponsored by Nemont Telephone Cooperative, will be set up at the Glasgow High School gym where students from Opheim, Nashua, Saco and Hinsdale will join Glasgow students to hear the presentation and then participate in the simulator experience, an interactive, full-motion virtual reality experience to give participants a completely realistic, sober perspective on the effects of driving while impaired or distracted. Along with the Save A Life Tour Assembly, our local law enforcement will also be providing an educational presentation for the students.

All ages are then welcome to join the fun activities downtown for the 4th Red Thumb Reminder Day Walk from 3:30 - 5:30. Participants may start the “WALK” at any of these four locations: in front of the City/County Library on 3rd Avenue South, the atrium of the Court house, The Loaded Toad, and the Police Department/Fire Department activity at the end of the 3rd Ave South Block. Each of these locations will have an Anti-texting and Driving Activity. Participants will earn a stamp at each location for their card. Completed cards will earn a RTRD 2019 t-shirt (while supplies last) and be entered in a drawing to win one of these awesome prizes: a Apple IPad 9.7” 32 GB WiFi Space, a Samsung Galaxy 10.1” 16 GB, a Yeti Hopper 8 Soft-Sided Cooler, coffee cards, wireless earbuds and speakers, Chamber Bucks and more!

At 6:00pm, the Save A Life Tour will be presented again at Glasgow High School and is free to everyone. Students are encouraged to attend again with their parents – all drivers can experience the simulator! Eugene’s Pizza is providing free dinner at this evening presentation.


Post Office Food Drive Is Saturday

Friday, May 10th 2019

The local post office in Glasgow is conducting its annual food drive for the Valley County Food Bank.

Just set your non-perishable items outside your door this Saturday, May 11th. The postal workers will pick up items when they deliver the mail.

The Valley County Food Bank serves over 80 families on a monthly basis, your donations would be greatly appreciated.


Governor, First Lady Bullock Honor Montanans For Outstanding Volunteer Service

Friday, May 10th 2019

Governor and First Lady present annual ServeMontana and First Lady School Nutrition awards

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and the Montana Commission on Community Service today recognized the 2019 recipients of the ServeMontana and First Lady School Nutrition awards. These awards are presented annually to outstanding community volunteers, organizations, and schools for their service to Montana.

“Each year when I present these awards, I’m humbled and inspired by the folks who choose to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” said Governor Bullock. “This service is not only the bedrock of our communities, it builds up future generations to also believe in the power of giving back.”

Joining Governor and First Lady Bullock was Kevin Myhre, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service, and Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. They presented seven ServeMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations who, through their dedication and commitment to service, have greatly enhanced civic life in Montana. Over 60 individuals and organizations were nominated by the public to receive a ServeMontana Award. Award recipients were selected by the Montana Commission on Community Service through a review process.

Additionally, First Lady Bullock presented the First Lady School Nutrition Awards to schools that encourage success for all students in Montana through the initiation and continued support of school nutrition programs. Recipients were selected in partnership with Montana No Kid Hungry, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and the Governor’s Office.

“It is an honor to recognize so many people who understand the importance of fighting hunger in Montana and whose heroic daily efforts ensure our kids are fed,” said First Lady Bullock. “My hope is that other schools in Montana will follow in the footsteps of these dedicated food service staff, and that soon, every student in Montana will have access to healthy school meals.”

2019 ServeMontana Award recipients:

Neil Weare — Missoula As a Foster Grandparent with Senior Corps at Missoula Aging Services, Neil has volunteered over 10,797 hours of his time to mentoring students in Missoula’s Head Start Program. He is dedicated to helping students succeed and works with them compassionately and enthusiastically to help them be the best they can be.

Karen Grosz — Billings Karen is dedicated to increasing support for Child Protective Services workers and children/families in the foster care system. She has donated countless hours to improving the quality of services for young children, including hosting multiple family art nights for low-income and at-risk families and launching a social media effort to allow people in the community to engage in peer-to-peer donations and support for children in the foster care system.

Jackie Bird — St. Marie For the past thirteen years, Jackie has been putting together care packages for military men and women. She has spent countless hours rounding up items, soliciting donations, tracking down names and addresses, packaging the items, and then sending them overseas. She has dedicated hours of her time to fundraising, purchasing needed items, sharing her story, and organizing everything for shipment.

Gary Peterson — Great Falls Gary is a dedicated community volunteer at Lincoln Elementary School, serving two hours every day at the school. He plays math games with kindergarteners, works with students one-on-one, and tutors 6th grade students in math. The teachers he works with applaud his dependability and willingness to work with kids regardless of the task or student’s ability.

Bill Gillespie — Toston A lifelong community volunteer, Bill has done everything from serving in the American Legion Color Guard helping lay fellow veterans to rest to helping with historical and cultural preservation projects in Radersburg. He served twenty years on the Broadwater County Rural Volunteer Fire Department. He is an unwavering contributor to his country, community, church, family, brothers-in-arms, friends, and neighbors.

Rose Park Elementary PTA — Billings The PTA at Rose Park Elementary has dedicated their time and service for the past year to provide an inclusive playground for all children in Billings. The PTA has already raised $229,258 toward the inclusive playground and plans to raise even more. Through it all, the parents of the Rose Park PTA have continued to provide students and staff At Rose Park Elementary with amazing support.

Augusta Ambulance — Augusta At any time if there is a need, the members of the all-volunteer ambulance service in Augusta leave their jobs to respond to a call. They stand by at football games and the Augusta Rodeo. They participate in wilderness rescues and sit with people who have just lost a loved one. They strive to ensure that members of the Augusta area have emergency medical services when they need them.

2019 First Lady School Nutrition Awards recipients:

School Breakfast Champion Award: Central Elementary School—Sidney
Wholesome School Menu Award: Gardiner Public School District
School Nutrition Innovation Award: Kalispell Public Schools
School Nutrition Team of the Year: Wolf Point School District

For awardee descriptions and photos, please visit serve.mt.gov.

The 2019 ServeMontana and First Lady School Nutrition awards were sponsored by the Montana Credit Union Network.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.


Governor, First Lady Bullock To Recognize Outstanding Community Volunteers

Thursday, May 9th 2019

HELENA – On Friday, May 10, Governor Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and the Montana Commission on Community Service will recognize seven outstanding community volunteers and organizations during the annual ServeMontana Awards ceremony.

First Lady Bullock will also recognize four Montana schools that have shown excellence in initiating and supporting school nutrition programs.

WHO: Governor Bullock, First Lady Bullock, Montana Commission on Community Service
WHAT: ServeMontana Awards and First Lady School Nutrition Awards
WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:30AM
WHERE: Old Supreme Court Chambers, Montana State Capitol, Helena, MT

Awardees: ServeMontana Award Recipients
Neil Weare, Missoula
Karen Grosz, Billings
Jackie Bird, St. Marie
Gary Peterson, Great Falls
Bill Gillespie, Toston
Rose Park Elementary PTA, Billings
Augusta Ambulance, Augusta

First Lady School Nutrition Award Recipients
School Breakfast Champion Award: Central Elementary School—Sidney
Wholesome School Menu Award: Gardiner Public School District
School Nutrition Innovation Award: Kalispell Public Schools
School Nutrition Team of the Year: Wolf Point School District


Amundson wins Glasgow School Election but General Fund Levy fails for 4th consecutive year

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

Mona Amundson handily won another 3-year term on the Glasgow School Board defeating Regina Cain by a vote of 1063-228.

Glasgow School District voters though rejected for the 4th consecutive year a General Fund Levy request by a vote of 658-704.

Opheim School District voters elected John Pankratz to the Opheim School Board by a vote of 91-56 over Michael Fauth.

Frazer School District voters elected Mary Sue Jackson and Adeline Smoker to the Frazer School Board. Here are the results from Frazer:

Mary Sue Jackson: 74
Adeline Smoker: 68
Brockie Standing: 42
Jewel Four Star Ackerman: 40


Fuhrman Scholarship Available to Valley County Students

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

College and trade school students from Valley County who have completed one year of post-high school study are encouraged to apply for the Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Memorial Scholarship.

To qualify, students must have completed at least one year of study at an institution of secondary education such as a university, trade school or an institution of specialized study. They must have been a resident of Valley County for the last three years, attended a Valley County high school for three years, and received a high school diploma, a home school certificate, or a GED. Information on 2019 requirements and applications are found on the Valley County Community Foundation website: www.valleycountycf.net.

In general, two or three scholarships are awarded annually, at a minimum of $1,000 each.

Applications are due on June 21. They must be received on, or postmarked by, that date to be considered. VCCF will accept only paper copies of the applications. Requirements are clearly outlined on the application form. Missing information will make the application incomplete and it will not be considered.

The Fuhrmans, who farmed and ranched in the Opheim area, established the scholarship with the VCCF to benefit students from throughout the county. “The annual scholarship is a wonderful legacy to the dedication to family and community which the Fuhrmans exemplified throughout their lives,” said Doris Leader, who chairs the VCCF.

For more information, contact her at 228-9391.


No Measles reported in Montana

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

While measles has been reported from 22 states there have been no reported cases in Montana. 704 cases have been reported in those 22 states the greatest number of cases since measles was considered eliminated from the United States in 2000.

While there are no reported cases of Measles in Montana, Missoula County has declared a community wide outbreak of whooping cough which has infected students at 16 schools. Lewis and Clark County, meanwhile, is trying to avoid further spread after six cases were diagnosed.

Health departments in both areas are identifying and contacting people who have come in contact with those who are sick.

The Missoula City-County Health Department reported five more cases since Sunday, for a total of 52 in the past three weeks. Department Director Ellen Leahy says they have more than 100 tests pending.

Whooping cough is caused by a highly contagious bacteria and is named for the "whoop" sound people make when taking a deep breath after a coughing fit. It can take up to 21 days after exposure for symptoms to appear.


School Elections today

Tuesday, May 7th 2019

Voters in the Glasgow, Lustre Elementary, Opheim and Frazer School Districts will vote today during school elections in Valley County.

In Glasgow there is a Trustee Election featuring incumbent Mona Amundson and challenger Regina Cain. The winner will serve a 3-year term on the Glasgow School Board.

Glasgow voters will also vote on a General Fund Levy request in the amount of $104,074. The purpose of the the levy is to increase teacher and support staff wages.

Voting will take place from Noon to 8pm at the Glasgow School District Central Office.

Voters in Frazer will vote from Noon to 8pm and will be voting to fill 2 positions on the Frazer School Board.

Opheim voters are voting for one Trustee to serve a 3-year term. Opheim used a mail ballot election so ballots must be dropped off before 8pm at the Opheim School.

Lustre Elementary voters are having a Trustee Election along with a levy request. Lustre also used a mail ballot election and ballots must be turned in by 8pm tonight.


Keystone XL Pipeline to miss 2019 construction season due to court delays

Monday, May 6th 2019

An executive for the company proposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada's oil sands into the U.S. says it has missed the 2019 construction season due to court delays.

TransCanada executive vice president Paul Miller made the statement during a Friday earnings call with analysts. The company also announced it was changing its name to TC Energy Corp.

Plans to begin construction of the long-delayed pipeline got blocked last November when a federal judge in Montana ordered additional environmental reviews of the project.

President Donald Trump has been trying to push it through. He issued a new permit for Keystone last month.

The $8 billion line would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude daily, along a route stretching from Canada to Nebraska.


Glasgow Chamber announces winners of the March Madness Elite 8 Books

Friday, May 3rd 2019

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc. announces the winners of the March Madness Elite 8 books.

Game 1: Book #24 Jeff Cole, Beth Knodel, Gail Fast
Game 2: Book #83 Harley Eliason, Lindsey Peterson, Zack Burner, Kristi Sevareid
Game 3: Book #2 Brianne Capdeville, Bethanie Knight, Jeff Bense, Stan Ozark
Game 4: Book #51 Dyan Newton, Norm Sillerud, Allen Bewley, Thom Schultz
Game 5: Book #43 Lisa Koski, Nate Doornek, Karl Krause, Kim Faulkinberry
Game 6: Book #56 Dale Borgen, Matt Garsjo, Kelly Sillerud, Karen Newton
Game 7: Box #38 Rikki Fuhrman, Dave Flaten, Rikki Fuhrman, Rikki Fuhrman

Thank you to each of our sponsors and participants of the March Madness Elite 8 books. The Chamber appreciates ALL of your support. Each year the Chamber hosts high school boys and girl’s tournaments. Your contribution from the sales of this promotion allows us to continue to successfully bid all tournaments feasible for Glasgow to host. Checks can be picked up at our new location 54147 US 2 Suite 2, next to Verizon starting May 3rd and those not picked up will be mailed starting May 10th provided we have an address.


Hemp Oil Processing plant moves operation to Havre after running into delays in Glasgow

Thursday, May 2nd 2019

Story from Havre Daily News

A Wolf Point nonprofit has shifted gears to start its first hemp oil processing plant in Havre, and is reminding local producers the deadline is Wednesday to register with the Montana Department of Agriculture to grow the crop.

Morgan Elliott of IndHemp LLC said her family has been operating a nonprofit in Wolf Point since 2011, and has been working on opening a hemp processing plant in Glasgow.

That location keeps running into delays, so IndHemp decided to try Havre, where it always planned to eventually open a plant.

The change just moves up the schedule, she said. IndHemp has found a facility in Havre.

"We take ownership Wednesday and start construction Wednesday," she said.

She said the facility will be a food-grade processing plant, and will take a lot of work - although equipment already is on the way.

Elliott said they hope to have the processing plant running by fall.

"We anticipate to be up and running by the time farmers are ready to get it off the farm," she said.

Paul Tuss, executive director of Bear Paw Development Corp., said the economic development agency staff is excited by the potential hemp has in the area.

"We are kind of excited for the potential that provides for the region and as an alternative crop for our growers," he said.

Elliott said IndHemp had been working with growers farther east in the state, but wants to get local growers involved.

She said IndHemp, which is a licensed and bonded commodity and seed distributor, is wiling to work with producers, and has supporting information on the agronomy, harvesting and storage requirements for hemp grain available for our contract growers.

"We have a lot of information and are more than willing to talk to people," she said.

She said the pressing facility will make oil that can be used for products such as salad dressings, lotions and so on.

They anticipate hiring five to seven people, she said, both for the processing part and office staff members to handle logistics, and wants to hire them quickly. Having the employees working on the upgrade of the facility and installation of equipment will give them a better understanding of the process and a feeling of ownership, she said.

With expansion, the facility could end up with 10 to 15 employees, she said.

She also said, especially with the massive increase in the industry, farmers need to be sure they are working with licensed commodity dealer. She said IndHemp wants all hemp companies to flourish, but wants them to make sure they are doing it the right way.

"Farmers need to be cautious," Elliott said.

Although Wednesday is the deadline to register with the state, a press release from IndHemp said this is a good time to be contracting.

"With the ideal planting window for hemp being end of May, beginning of June the clock is certainly ticking for those interested for this year," it said.

Farmers interested in growing hemp for IndHemp this season can contact the companay via email at morgan@indhemp.com and may also register to be a grower on the grower's page of its website http://www.indhemp.com /.


Tester, Daines & Gianforte Introduce Bill to Invest in Critical Milk River Infrastructure Project

Thursday, May 2nd 2019

Delegation’s legislation will improve irrigation, save money for thousands of Montana producers

(U.S. Congress) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced legislation to increase critical investments in the Milk River Infrastructure Project that thousands of Montana farmers rely on for access to reliable irrigation water in northcentral Montana.

The St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act, will ensure that the federal government picks up 75 percent of the costs for upgrades to the century-old water project. Currently, the federal government only funds 26 percent of the project, leaving local users with the responsibility to pay the rest of the tab.

“Water is life, and folks across the Hi-Line understand how critical this investment is for our state’s number one industry,” Tester said. “This bill will ensure that local taxpayers, farmers, and ranchers aren’t stuck with a big bill while important upgrades are made to one of the nation’s first water reclamation projects.”

“The Milk River Project is about protecting jobs and our way of life in Montana,” Daines said. “This project would lift the financial burden off hardworking folks in northcentral Montana, that’s why it’s critical that our colleagues join in passing this legislation.”

“Montana’s farmers and ranchers need reliable access to water. After providing water along the Hi-Line for more than a century, the Milk River Project requires an upgrade,” Gianforte said. “I introduced this bill, because hardworking Montanans shouldn’t have to shoulder so much of the burden to upgrade this critical project.”

“We are proud to see the Montana delegation work together to introduce the St. Mary Reinvestment Act,” said Jennifer Patrick, Milk River Joint Board of Control Project Manager. “The St. Mary and Milk River project is the lifeline of the Hi-Line and our agricultural economy. This legislation recognizes the support the Milk River Project needs by properly adjusting the project’s cost-share allocation. The Milk River Joint Board of Control irrigators and the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group fully support this bill and look forward to its swift consideration.”

The delegation’s bill will cover 75 percent of the cost of upgrading and operating the Sherburne Dam and Reservoir, Swift Current Creek Dike, Lower St. Mary Lake, St. Mary Canal Diversion Dam, and the St. Mary Canal.

The Milk River Water Project provides water to 18,000 Montanans and irrigates enough cropland to feed one million people.


$419,000 raised for new Valley County Swimming Pool

Wednesday, May 1st 2019

A committee comprised of Valley County residents is working diligently to raise money and awareness about the need for a new swimming pool for Valley County.

Donations for a new swimming pool may be called in to Kltz/Mix-93 today at 228-9336 or brought up to the radio station studios. There is no minimum donation and everything helps the committee get closer to their goal of a new swimming pool.

The Radio-Thon to raise money for a new Valley County Pool raised $63,733 as of 5 p.m. and now the total amount raised by the community for a new swimming pool is $419,000. Donations are still being accepted by calling 228-9336 or emailing kltz@kltz.com

Stan Ozark visited with Maggan Walstad of the committee and they talked about efforts to raise money for the pool. Maggan first talked about how the committee was organized:

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


Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Season Opens May 1, Mandatory Reporting for Harvest

Wednesday, May 1st 2019

This year’s Montana paddlefish seasons will again kick off on May 1 with the opening of the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton downstream to Fort Peck Dam.

Anglers need to be aware that substantial flooding occurred around the Fred Robinson Bridge and in James Kipp Recreation Area this spring. As a result, camping will be considered “primitive” for most of the paddlefish season as crews clean up and fix damaged infrastructure. The access road and public boat ramp at the James Kipp Recreation Area is fully operational.

Access and camping areas on the north side of the river, including Slippery Ann, Jones Island, and Rock Creek campground are reportedly in good shape. The Rock Creek boat ramp is also fully functional.

For questions about the recreation area and other surrounding federal lands, contact the BLM Lewistown office at 406-538-1900. CMR officials can be reached by calling 406-538-8706.

According to Cody Nagel, FWP Region 6 Fisheries Biologist, “Flows are higher than average for this time of year, and currently at about 18,000 cubic feet per second. Shoreline and river access should still be good at these flows,” added Nagel.


“Anglers interested in river flows in the Upper Missouri should use the USGS website for information, particularly the Landusky gauging station,” said Nagel. The direct link for the USGS Landusky web page is http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=06115200 .

For 2019, a total of 1000 paddlefish harvest tags were available through a drawing for the Upper Missouri. Successful applicants may harvest a fish anytime during the season, from May 1 through June 15. Those anglers not successful in drawing a harvest tag were issued a “snag and release” license for the Upper Missouri.

Additionally, anglers that did not participate in the tag drawing that want to participate in the snag and release fishery can still purchase an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Snag and Release License online, at an FWP office, or at any license provider.

The paddlefish season on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam and in the Yellowstone River below the mouth of the Bighorn River opens May 15, and the archery fishing season for paddlefish in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam opens July 1. As in the past, anglers may only select one area to fish for paddlefish in Montana: Upper Missouri River (White Harvest Tag-1,000 tags available through the drawing), Yellowstone River and Missouri River downstream of Fort Peck Dam (Yellow Harvest Tag-1,000 fish quota), and the Fort Peck Dredge Cut archery-only season (Blue Harvest Tag).

Remember that all harvested paddlefish must be immediately tagged and reported within 48 hours. Reporting options include: on-site where fish were harvested (at check points like Intake Fishing Access Site or roving creel staff along the Missouri), on the phone hotline at 1-877-FWP-WILD (877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356, or online at MyFWP at fwp.mt.gov .

All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2019 Paddlefish Regulations, or 2019 Montana Fishing Regulations, which contain specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hold additional town hall meetings regarding adjustment of hours of operation at ports of entry in Montana

Tuesday, April 30th 2019

SWEETGRASS, Mont. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold town hall meetings May 3, 4, 6 and 7 to receive additional feedback from the community, stakeholders and government representatives on the adjustment of hours of operation at the Raymond, Opheim, Scobey and Morgan ports of entry in Montana.

CBP conducted town hall meetings on April 8, 9 and 10. Hours at Raymond were adjusted for a brief period and restored so the community can be afforded an additional opportunity to provide input. At these meetings, the community is being asked to provide a plan to increase usage at these ports during the hours that have historically had very low traffic.

The current hours of operation for the Port of Raymond are 24 hours which coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of Regway, Minton, Saskatchewan. CBP has proposed new hours of operation at Raymond to be 6 a.m. to Midnight. The nearest 24-hour port of entry is Portal, North Dakota (108 miles).

The current hours of operation for the Port of Opheim are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 15 – May 31 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1 – September 14. These hours coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of West Poplar River, Rockglen, Saskatchewan. CBP is proposing new hours of operation at Opheim to be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year.

The current hours of operation for the Port of Scobey are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 15 – May 31 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1 – September 14. These hours coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of Coronach, Saskatchewan. CBP is proposing new hours of operation at Scobey to be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year.

The current hours of operation for the Port of Morgan are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 15 – May 31 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1 – September 14. These hours coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of Monchy, Val Marie, Saskatchewan. CBP is proposing new hours of operation at Morgan to be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year.

Town Hall Meetings:

Opheim
May 3, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (MDT)
Glasgow Sr. Citizens Center, 328 4th Street South Glasgow, MT.

Morgan
May 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (MDT),
Great Northern Hotel Conference Room
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬2 S 1st St E, Malta, MT.

Scobey
May 6, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (MDT)
Richardson Theater
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬105 First Avenue North Scobey, MT.

Raymond
May 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (MDT)
Sheridan County Civic Center
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬4262 Hwy 16 S Plentywood, MT.


Spring Storm Knocks Out Power For Parts Of The Hi-Line

Monday, April 29th 2019

A spring snow storm that brought winds gusting to 58 mph and up to 10 inches of snow, hit the Hi-Line on Sunday.

Unofficial reports included Larslan with 6 inches of snow, and near 10 inches of snow 20 miles north of Saco. Six inches or more of snow was also reported from Opheim to Scobey, with power outages in many locations.

Norval had crews working throughout the day to restore power, but were still working on damage from the
storm late Monday morning. Here was their 10:30 a.m. update:

4/29/19 10:30 a.m. update: The crew that is flying the line has found a burned wire and a few cross arms that will need to be fixed. While we assess that damage from the storm, the other crew members are working to re-energize substation by substation. It's a slow process with the roads, but we are still working to restore power. Thank you again for your continued patience!

The heavy, wet snow and heavy winds not only damaged power lines, but also made travel very difficult for the crews trying to fix them. School in Opheim was cancelled on Monday due to no power.

Road conditions were slowly improving throughout the state on Monday morning. But the poor conditions were attributed to several accidents throughout the state over the weekend.

Glasgow was only hit with half an inch of snowfall on Sunday but did get a total of 35 hundredth of an inch of moisture between Saturday and Sunday.


Latest Municipal Election Filings

Monday, April 29th 2019

Glasgow
Ward 1
Todd Young
Nanci Shoenfelder

Ward 2
Butch Heitman

Fort Peck:
John Jones- Mayor


Celebrate Cardiac Ready Community This Saturday

Friday, April 26th 2019

You are invited to celebrate being a Cardiac Ready Community this Saturday. April 27th from 1– 3 p.m.

The recognition will be at 1:30p.m., at 81 Airport Road.

In November of 2018, Glasgow & Valley County were recognized by the Montana EMS, Trauma & Systems & Injury Prevention Program as a Cardiac Ready Community. All are invited to attend.


The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is pleased to be the recipient of a gift of $3.2 million from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, one of the nation’s largest foundations, to implement a three-year Cardiac Ready Communities initiative in Montana.
In collaboration with stakeholders including EMS services, hospitals, community leaders and the public, this Montana Cardiac Ready Communities project will enhance many essential elements of the cardiac arrest chain of survival: a public education campaign on heart attack signs and symptoms and the need to activate the 9-1-1 system; citizen hands-only CPR; public access defibrillation programs; training on high performance CPR for ambulance services and hospitals; and a system-wide data tool for quality measurement and improvement. Targeted funding will be provided to deploy automatic compression devices to EMS services and hospital to aid in the delivery of quality CPR and cardiac care.

This initiative represents a significant investment in Montana’s emergency medical system, especially in our rural areas. There is a great need for development of a statewide cardiac care program for Montana which helps stimulate better patient outcomes from cardiac events. The rural nature of Montana often prevents even the best of emergency service systems from arriving at rural scenes in time to help cardiac arrest patients. Hence, the development of Cardiac Ready Communities around the deployment of automatic compression devices offers a unique opportunity to improve several elements of a system of cardiac care.

A key strategy of this project is to advance care in all EMS agencies and hospitals in the State by installing automated chest compression devices to perform CPR when cardiac arrest patients present or are encountered. Because the automated chest compression device delivers effective and consistent chest compressions with a minimum of interruptions, implementation of this life-saving equipment will provide the patient with the best available chance for survival. CPR performed at consistent depths and rates of compression, and with minimal interruption, improves outcomes while the patient is being treated and transported as well as in the hospital. Utilization of chest compression devices has the potential to increase survival rates 30% to 50%. Specific benefits of the equipment include:

? The chest compression device performs 100 compressions per minute with a depth of 2 inches with the same efficiency for all patients.

? The device allows for complete chest wall recoil after each compression and provides a 50% duty cycle, which allows for equal compression and relaxation time for the chest wall.

? Restoring blood flow to normal levels will help responders establish an intravenous line due to the inflation of the veins making it easier to find a vein to start the line and administer appropriate drug therapies.

? The automated chest compression device will circulate drugs faster and more completely improving the chances of inducing a rhythm that can be defibrillated.

? Using the device will reduce the stress and strain on responders and make the transport safer as the responder can be seated to perform treatment instead of standing over the patient.

? The device reduces rib fractures and cartilage damage compared to manual compression during CPR.


Mix Of Rain And Snow Expected This Weekend

Friday, April 26th 2019

The National Weather Service is predicting some moisture for the upcoming weekend.

As of Friday morning, the forecast was for 43 hundredths of an inch in Glasgow over the weekend, while more moisture was expected to fall farther to the north and east. Opheim was projected to get around 3/4 of an inch of moisture.

Snowfall is also expected, especially Saturday night and Sunday morning. Less than half an inch of snow is expected Saturday night and Sunday in Glasgow, though areas near the Canadian border could see a total of 3-6 inches of snowfall.


Mental Health In The Workplace Is Topic Of Wednesday Seminar

Friday, April 26th 2019

Melanie Burner is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is owner and founder of Teaming Together Counseling in Glasgow, Montana. Ms. Burner has provided mental health services in eastern Montana for the past five years. Her professional and personal experiences have led to her understanding the unique challenges our local communities face in regards to mental health care. She believes that by using connection, understanding, and education she can help others learn how to help themselves as well as others.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
1. How mental health symptoms affect employee productivity and functioning.
2. How to identify mental health disorders.
3. How to effectively support staff who is receiving mental health treatment.
4. How to maintain your own mental health as a employer.
5. Tips of how to discuss mental health issues with employees.
6. How to encourage self-care within in the workplace.
7. How to utilize mental health resources.
8. Employer legal issues in regards to mental health.

May 1, 2019 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch Provided
Cost to attend is $40 per person
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
Glasgow, Montana

Email: JSECGlasgow@outlook.com
Phone: Stacey Amundson @ 228-2476 ext. 1


Mental Health Walk Is May 4

Friday, April 26th 2019

In effort to remove stigma attached to mental health problems the Valley County Mental Health Committee is sponsoring a Mental Health Walk on Saturday, May 4. The event will start at 10.00 AM at the Valley Events Center with a couple of brief presentations, a walk to the Civic Center, opportunities to gather information, a drawing for a Yeti (thanks to D & G), some refreshments and then on the way home before 11:00.

Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition. Stigma can make the journey to recovery longer and more difficult. In response to those facts the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, has published a personal course of action, a pledge, to help remove the stigma of mental illness:

Mental health matters to everyone.
Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take positive action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.
Learn about mental health—educate myself and others
See the person not the illness—strive to listen, understand, tell my own story
Take positive action—spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference


Water restrictions to go in place for Glasgow and St. Marie

Thursday, April 25th 2019

The water transmission line that serves Glasgow and St. Marie will be undergoing renovation this week and the City of Glasgow and Marco are asking water customers to keep water use to a minimum. Starting at 11am on Tuesday and continuing until 12pm on Thursday water users are being asked to keep water use at a minimum. Water use should be for necessary uses only, no washing cars or irrigation.


Road Closure

Thursday, April 25th 2019

Dorr Road, between Whately Road & Langen Feedlot, will be closed through Thursday, April 25th for Glasgow Irrigation maintenance.


7th Cuisine For the Cure Menu

Thursday, April 25th 2019

Cutie Pies prepared by Allison Nichols and Beth Flynn
Banana Cream
Cherry
Coconut Cream
Pecan
Blueberry
Summer berry (4 berry)

Mardi Gras (Southern) cuisine prepared by Jason Myers
Gumbo
Corn Fritters
Shrimp Louie

Greek cuisine prepared by Michelle Eliason
Gyros
Baklava

Italian cuisine prepared by Rod Karst, Kristi Stingley and Tiffany Ost
Lasagna
Garlic Bread
Zeppole

Vietnamese cuisine prepared by Zak Peterson and Lindsey Peterson
Beef Pho
Pork Bahn Mi
Mexican cuisine prepared by Holly Burleson
Chicken enchiladas
Rice and beans
Norwegian cuisine prepared by the Lutheran Ladies
Rommegrot
Lefsa
Krumkake
Rosettes
Sandbakkels

German cuisine prepared by the Schmeckfest Ladies (from Lustre)
Schmeckfest Wurst (sausage)
Verinike & gravy (cheese pockets)
Baked kraut (cabbage & bacon)
Paepa Naet (peppernuts)

Breakfast cuisine prepared by Dyan Carlson
Overnight Cheesecake Oats with various toppings

After Dinner Sweets prepared by Becky Erickson and Mary Armstrong Lamb
Assorted Chocolate layer cakes
Homemade Caramels
Other candies

Fusion Egg Rolls prepared by Sean Bergstrom and Ryan Feezell
French onion
Chicken Cordon Bleu
S’more

Filipino cuisine prepared by Rose Kolstad and Phoebe Schack
Stir fry noodles
Eggrolls

Thursday, April 25th @ 6:00 p.m. @ Cottonwood Inn
Tickets still available (150 to be sold)
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