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Sigmndstad newly appointed President of Two Rivers Economic Growth

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

The Board of Directors of Two Rivers Economic Growth, a local nonprofit development organization serving Valley County, Montana, is announcing changes to its executive team.

First, its newly appointed officers include President Melissa Sigmundstad of Cottonwood Inn & Suites, Vice President Jennifer Robley of The Town of Fort Peck, and Secretary Michelle Eliason of Milk River. New board members include Wade Sundby- The Superintendent of Glasgow Public Schools, Brady Burgess of Farm Bureau, and Connie Boreson of the Busted Knuckle.

Directors are considered key partners in the planning and growth of Valley County and its communities. The Board meets every first Tuesday of the month at noon at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow which is open to the public. If you’re interested in joining the team, please contact Keegan Morehouse at (406)263-4769 or email trg2@nemont.net.
(406) 228-2224

Glasgow Chamber announces winners of World Series books

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

GLASGOW, MT NOVEMBER 7, 2019: The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc. announces the winners of the World Series books.
Game 1: Book #44 Darci Shipman, Mike Kilgor, Josh Sillerud, Latosha Frye
Game 2: Book #43 Rachel Boese, Ann Stahl, Norm Sillerud, Renee Sibley
Game 3: Book #90 Dawn Thompson, Nick Knight, Mary B. Morehouse, Arron Franzen
Game 4: Book #68 Derek Baril, Carson Buffington, Brenner Flaten, Michelle Eliason
Game 5: Book #25 Rob Brunelle, Gail Fast, Mitch Hughes, Cindy Bishop
Game 6: Book #14 Gilbert DeSonia, Jerry Tilley, Judy Waters, Danelle Murch
Game 7: Box #21 Rob Brunelle, Gail Fast, Zak Peterson, Shannon Seiler, Sheila Peterson, Eric Seyfert

Thank you to each of our sponsors and participants of the World Series 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 54147 US 2 Suite 2 starting Friday November 8th and those not picked up will be mailed starting November 15th, provided we have an address.

Deadline For Block of Bucks Earlier This Year

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

Watch for the Glasgow Soroptimist member, Glasgow Student Council members, and other volunteers on December 6th as they will be collecting donations for the annual Block of Bucks. Valley County children from infants to 17 years of age will be able to shop for much needed winter clothing because of this annual fundraiser.

The final day to get your child signed up to participate is Friday, November 22, at the Office of Public Assistance located at 630 2nd Avenue South, Suite C. Please call or text Teresa Tade (263-4794) if you have signed up, but for some reason you cannot attend the shopping spree.

The children’s shopping will take place Saturday, December 7th, and volunteers are needed to assist families as they shop on this special day. If you can help shop or have any questions, please call Monica Garten at 230-1004.

Donations are needed, encouraged and appreciated. Donations may be mailed prior to the collection day to Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Announces 51st Season!

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

As the record-breaking 50th season comes to a close, Artistic Director Andy Meyers, who will return for his 10th season in 2020, has announced Fort Peck Summer Theatre’s 51st season. The exciting roster of shows, sure to engage and captivate audiences of all ages, is:

The Sunshine Boys: May 29 – June 14
Rivalry, memories and lots of laughs are certain to resurface when a former vaudeville team grudgingly re-unites for a CBS Television Special! The classic Neil Simon comedy will star original Fort Peck Summer Theatre company member Neal Lewing.

Seussical: June 19 – July 5
Back by popular demand, The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and all the citizens of Whoville come to life on the FPST stage! Featuring special effects, infectious music and a TON of heart, this high energy musical based on the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss, is perfect for the entire family.

Working: July 10 – July 26
Grammy winner James Taylor, and Broadway composers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Lin-Manual Miranda (Hamilton) are just a few of the eclectic artists who contributed material to this celebration of American life! Starring many familiar faces, this award-winning musical, based on the book by Studs Terkel, makes its FPST debut.

Sister Act: July 31 – August 16
Where better to hide a dynamic, diva lounge singer who must be placed in a witness protection program, than a convent? As Deloris is comically forced to adapt to life at St. Katherine’s Parish, she also inspires her new sisters to seize-the-day and raise their voices in praise! FPST favorite Chanel Bragg returns to play the role made famous on film by Whoopi Goldberg!

Wait Until Dark: August 21 – September 6
In the Oscar-nominated film version, Audrey Hepburn stars as Suzy Hendrix, a blind woman who must use her wits to outsmart crooks and solve a mystery unfolding right before her eyes. The climax has been heralded as “one of the most thrilling moments of theatre to hit the Broadway stage!”

Performances for the Mainstage productions are Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.

Fractured Fairy Tales: Theatre for a Young Audiences touring series, offering FREE performances around NE Montana in July. Classic fairy tales are turned upside down with unexpected twists, unlikely heroes and a host of zany characters! This fast-paced collection of stories is sure to leave audiences of all ages laughing, while the timeless lessons of friendship, reaching goals and acceptance from the traditional fairy tales still shine.

The popular Performing Arts Camp will take place August 4 - 13.

For further information on any of these events, please check the website throughout the coming year for updates and more details: fortpecktheatre.org. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

Glasgow resident Adeline Mitchell receives 2019 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation

Monday, November 11th 2019

WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) today announced the recipients of the 2019 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, a unique recognition of Montana veterans who served our country and continued their service in their communities.

“On this Veterans Day, I have the honor of recognizing 27 Montana veterans with the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation. They make our state a better place through their service to country and community,” said Gianforte. “On behalf of all Montanans, I thank them for their sacrifice and commitment to our communities. I also thank all of the Montanans who nominated these outstanding veterans.”

Gianforte will highlight the recipients of the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in the U.S. House of Representatives. At a ceremony, Gianforte will present recipients with a commemorative flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on Veterans Day.

Gianforte created the annual Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in 2017 to recognize outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served our nation and our communities. Gianforte asked Montanans in September to nominate veterans for the award.

Since 2017, 60 veterans have received the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation.

2019 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation Recipients:

Justin Bradley of Lolo – U.S. Marine Corps; Operation Enduring Freedom

Herbert Cogley of Clancy – U.S. Army; Vietnam War

Michael Eisenhauer of Great Falls – U.S. Army; 1990 – 2008, including Iraq War

Daniel Flynn of Belgrade – U.S. Army; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Freedom Sentinel

LeRoy Gaub of Bozeman – U.S. Army; 1972 - 2003

James Geiger of Conrad – U.S. Army Air Corps; World War II

Thomas Goyette of Butte – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Greg Grove of Eureka – U.S. Navy; 1983 - 1984

Roland Heaton of Townsend – U.S. Army; Vietnam War

Donald Helmbrecht of Victor – U.S. Army; Vietnam War

Jodie Penrod Jolly of Dillon – U.S. Air Force; 1982 - 2014

Richard Klose, Sr. of Laurel – U.S. Army; 1961 - 1964

Roger Knoell of Butte – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Mary LaForge of Crow Agency – U.S. Air Force; 1977 - 1983

Dale Longfellow of Hobson – U.S. Navy; 1961 - 1964

Justin Madill of Great Falls – U.S. Army; Operation Enduring Freedom

Perry Miller of Chinook – U.S. Marine Corps and Montana Army National Guard; 1977 - 1982, 1986 - 1993

Adeline Mitchell of Glasgow – U.S. Navy; World War II

Neil Neary of Butte – U.S. Army; Korean War

Thomas Price of Eureka – U.S. Navy; 1944 - 1946, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa

Harold Riensche of Reed Point – U.S. Marine Corps; Vietnam War

Karen Semple of Montana City – U.S. Air Force; 1973 - 1982

Quintin Stephen-Hassard of Dillon – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Thomas Straugh of Dillon – U.S. Navy; 1968 - 1998

James Watkins of Dillon – U.S. Air Force and Montana Army National Guard; 1965 - 1968, 1974 - 1995

Bill White of Helena – U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve; 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2007

George Wright of Laurel – U.S. Army; World War II

Corps of Engineers continues to release higher than average water from Missouri River Dams

Thursday, November 7th 2019

OMAHA, Nebraska --
Higher-than-average releases from all Missouri River Mainstem System projects, including Gavins Point Dam, will continue through November, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today.

“Gavins Point releases will remain near 80,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the remainder of November to ensure flood control storage zones in all system reservoirs are emptied prior to the 2020 runoff season. This release rate is more than twice the average release for this time of the year,” said John Remus chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

Runoff in all reaches except for the Fort Randall reach was above average for the month of October. The Garrison to Oahe reach runoff was over six times the long-term average and runoff in the Gavins Point to Sioux City reach was more than 10 times the long-term average. The 2019 upper basin runoff forecast was lowered slightly to 60.2 million acre-feet. If realized, this runoff total would be 0.8 MAF less than 2011 (61.0 MAF), which is the highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping. The January-October observed runoff (56.7 MAF) has already exceeded the second highest runoff, 49.0 MAF observed in 1997, with two months still remaining.

The Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System total storage was 60.9 MAF as of Nov. 1, occupying 4.8 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone.

“Because of the high reservoir levels and the forecast for above-average runoff for the remainder of the fall, releases from all System projects will be much above average through November, to evacuate all stored flood waters prior to the start of the 2020 runoff season. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make any necessary adjustments. Failure to evacuate the stored flood water will lead to increased flood risk in 2020,” said Remus.

Based on the Sept. 1 System storage, winter releases from Gavins Point Dam will be at least 17,000 cfs. Based on the latest reservoir studies, Gavins Point Dam releases will be reduced from 80,000 cfs to 22,000 cfs during December, reaching the winter release rate by the middle of December. Navigation flow support at the mouth of the Missouri River will end on Dec. 11.

Lower release rates must be set during winter months because the Missouri River ices over in the northern reaches limiting the amount of water that can flow beneath the ice.

The Corps will continue to monitor basin and river conditions and will adjust System regulation based on the most up-to-date information.

The comment period for the 2019-2020 Annual Operating Plan ends Nov. 22. The final AOP, which is to be completed in late December, will be posted on the Water Management website: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Reports/.

Updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/MRWMApp/.

Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point Dam
Average releases past month – 80,000 cfs
Current release rate – 80,000 cfs
Forecast release rate – 80,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1206.7 feet
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1206.7 feet

Fort Randall Dam
Average releases past month – 75,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1348.2 feet (down 10.9 feet from September)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1337.8 feet
Notes: Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. The reservoir is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in November.

Big Bend Dam
Average releases past month – 60,300 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 64,600 cfs
Forecast reservoir level – 1420.5 feet

Oahe Dam
Average releases past month – 62,100 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 65,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1613.1 feet (falling 2.0 feet during October)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1609.3 feet

Garrison Dam
Average releases past month – 47,000 cfs
Current release rate – 48,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 42,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1842.4 feet (falling 3.3 feet during October)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1839.6 feet
Notes – Releases will be reduced starting around mid-November reaching 16,000 cfs prior to the river freeze-in at Bismarck. Once an ice cover is established, releases will be gradually increased to 24,500 cfs.

Fort Peck Dam
Average releases past month – 14,700 cfs
Current release rate – 15,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 15,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 2240.7 feet (down 2.1 feet from September)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 2238.8 feet
The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 1366 million kWh of electricity in October. Typical energy generation for October is 810 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 13.1 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.4 billion kWh.

Municipal Election Results

Wednesday, November 6th 2019

Unofficial Municipal Election Results

Glasgow City Council
1 spot available
Todd Young 219
Nanci Schoenfelder 128

Fort Peck Town Council
2 spots available
Kerry Aakre 73
Justin Schaaf 71
John Partridge 40

Press Release from Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office

Tuesday, November 5th 2019

At 1525 hrs Monday, Roosevelt County deputies responded to a request for mutual aid from the McCone County Sheriff's Office for a pursuit headed towards Roosevelt County on MT Hwy 13.

McCone County deputies initially attempted to stop a Ford pickup stolen from Glendive earlier that day and the driver, identified as Channing Eder of Wolf Point, allegedly fled in the stolen pickup. McCone County deputies gave chase with assistance from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. Eder was reported to be driving at speeds over 100 MPH as he headed north on MT Hwy 13 towards Wolf Point. Eder was also reported to be armed with a handgun and rifle.

A Roosevelt County deputy deployed stop-sticks near the Missouri River bridge and flattened one of the pickup's tires. Eder continued for approximately 2-3 miles, until he was forced to abandon the pickup and flee on foot. Eder was apprehended following a short foot pursuit.

Eder allegedly threw the handgun out the window after the pickup was disabled by stop-sticks. It was recovered by Dawson County deputies.

Eder was the sole occupant of the pickup and has been charged by Dawson and McCone Counties with several offenses related to the pursuit and theft of the pickup. Eder is also on federal probation and was wanted on a federal warrant.

Officers from the Ft Peck Tribes, Wolf Point Police Department, McCone County Sheriff's Office, Dawson County Sheriff's Office, and Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office worked together to ensure the public's safety and apprehend Eder.

Sheriff Jason Frederick

Municipal Elections end Tuesday evening

Monday, November 4th 2019

There are 2 contested municipal elections in Valley County and the elections end on Tuesday evening at 8pm. All ballots must be turned in by 8pm Tuesday. This is a mail ballot election so no polls will be on Tuesday and all ballots must be returned to Valley County Courthouse.

In Glasgow Ward #1 there are 778 registered voters and 290 ballots have been returned for a 37% return rate.

In Fort Peck there are 205 registered voters and 97 ballots have been returned for a percentage of 47%.

Governor Bullock Announces $600,000 in Job Creation, Worker Training Grants including funding for Meat Shop in Malta

Friday, November 1st 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that six Montana businesses will share more than $600,000 in economic development grant awards. These grants will support the creation of up to 114 jobs at growing businesses across Montana.

“Montana’s economy is thriving and in order to make sure it remains that way, we must invest in local businesses and the people who fuel our vibrant communities,” said Governor Bullock. “These grants are critical to making those investments and enhancing partnerships with private business as they realize growth and opportunity.”

The reimbursement grants will be awarded through two programs at the Montana Department of Commerce: The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) and the Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG). The competitive reimbursement grant programs work in concert to create and train for good-paying jobs. These two programs are the best in our toolbox for supporting long-term, sustainable business growth by encouraging job creation.

Full List of Grant Recipients:

• Billings | Big Sky Economic Development Authority will receive a grant on behalf of Fort Belknap Planning and Development Corporation dba Island Mountain Development Group, which estimates it will create 86 jobs and will be reimbursed up to $404,200. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, fixtures, furniture, construction materials and for wage reimbursement. Fort Belknap Planning and Development Corporation dba Island Mountain Development Group does e-commerce, real estate development, energy development, construction and information technology.

• Bonner | Missoula County will receive a grant on behalf of Botanie Natural Soap, Inc. which estimates it will create six jobs and will be reimbursed up to $37,800. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, furniture, software, lease rate reduction and for wage reimbursement. Botanie Soap, which is located in Bonner, manufactures bar and liquid soap in short-run quantities for private label use. Botanie Natural Soap, Inc. also will receive up to $14,292 of WTG funds to train the new jobs.

• Butte | Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc was awarded $2,500 of WTG funds to train one part-time job. Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc is located in Butte and is a manufacturer and wholesaler of all-natural leather care treatment.

• Hamilton | Ravalli County will receive a grant on behalf of Montana Studio, LLC, which estimates it will create two jobs and will be reimbursed up to $10,000. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment and machinery. Montana Studio, LLC is a film manufacturing studio.

• Malta | Phillips County will receive a grant on behalf of Big Sandy Meat Shop, LLC dba Hi-Line Packing which estimates it will create five jobs and will be reimbursed up to $37,500. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, construction materials and for wage reimbursement. Big Sandy Meat Shop, LLC dba Hi-Line Packing is a meat processing business.

• Missoula | Missoula County will receive a grant on behalf of Newfields Mining and Energy Services, LLC, which estimates it will create six jobs and will be reimbursed up to $45,000. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, furniture, software and for wage reimbursement. Newfields Mining and Energy Services is an environmental, engineering and construction management consulting firm.

• Missoula | Missoula County will receive a grant on behalf of The Insight Studio, LLC, which estimates it will create seven jobs in the first year and will be reimbursed up to $52,500. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, furniture and for wage reimbursement. The Insight Studio, LLC offers HubSpot software consulting and training to companies looking to grow through HubSpot marketing and Sales.

Busted Knuckle Brewery celebrates Ground Breaking Ceremony in Williston, North Dakota

Friday, November 1st 2019

Busted Knuckle Brewery celebrated the ground breaking at its new location at 213 11th Street West on Tuesday, October 29.

The Glasgow-based brewery is owned by Ben and Connie Boreson and their children Jake Boreson and Emma Kuester. This is the couple’s second location.

“We are happy to finally be to this point and excited to come to Williston,” said Connie Boreson.

The new brewery will feature a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

“The Busted Knuckle Brewery will be brewing on site and offering a variety of craft beers as well as non-alcoholic homemade root beer and crème soda,” said Boreson.

In addition, a restaurant will offer food to customers.

“Along with craft beer, Caleb and Micki Hinricksen will open a BBQ restaurant, Pit #105, adjoining the brewery,” said Boreson.

Governor Bullock appoints Lee Cornwell to Private Land Public Wildlife Advisory Council

Thursday, October 31st 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Private Land Public Wildlife Advisory Council

• Representative Duane Ankney, Colstrip. Qualification: Landowner and Legislator. Ankney is a Representative in Southeast Montana.

• Edward Albert Beall, Helena. Qualification: Sportsperson. Beall is the Owner of Capital Sports.

• Ralph Bukoskey, Rosebud. Qualification: Sportsperson. Bukoskey is retired after many years at Montana Power and Vice President of Northern Rosebud Community Foundation.

• Cynthia Cohan, Butte. Qualification: Sportsperson. Cohan is retired from the United States Air Force.

• Lee Cornwell, Glasgow. Qualification: Landowner. Cornwell is a third-generation rancher on the Hi-Line.

• Dr. Dan Fiehrer, Helena. Qualification: Sportsperson. Fiehrer is a retired Dentist and active sportsperson.

• Representative Denley Loge, St. Regis. Qualification: Landowner and Legislator. Loge is a State Legislator and a rancher.

• Rich Stuker, Chinook. Qualification: Landowner. Stuker is a family cattle rancher in northern Blaine County.

• Dale Tribby, Miles City. Qualification: Sportsperson. Tribby is retired after a career with the United States Department of the Interior and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

• Carl Zabrocki, Billings. Qualification: Sportsperson. Zabrocki is retired as the Battalion Chief for the Billings Fire Department.

Registration for 2020 MT Governor's Cup Walleye Tourney begins Friday

Thursday, October 31st 2019

The Mt Governor's Cup Walleye Tourney is 9 months away but for those teams wishing to fish the tourney the action begins Friday as applications will be accepted for the 2020 tourney.

The 2019 tourney filled up with 200 teams in less then 6 hours so volunteers with the Gov Cup are speculation the 2020 tourney could be filled up in less then 4 hours.

Lisa Koski is the Executive Director of the Gov Cup and she explains the process starting at 8:30am on Friday.


Opponents of Keystone Pipeline worry pipeline will break and spill into Missouri River

Wednesday, October 30th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada say the Trump administration is understating the potential for the line to break and spill into water bodies such as Montana's Missouri River.

U.S. State Department officials held the only public meeting on a new environmental review of the long-stalled pipeline on Tuesday in Billings.

Backers say the $8 billion project would create thousands of construction jobs and boost local tax revenues.

A federal judge blocked it last year, saying more environmental study was needed.

President Donald Trump issued a presidential permit for the line in March in a bid to avoid another unfavorable court ruling.

Montana state Sen. Frank Smith says the 1,200-mile (1930-kilometer) line will break eventually. The Democrat worries that could foul downstream water supplies including on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Are You Hunting In Region 6 And Would Like Your Harvest Tested For CWD?

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Are you hunting in Region 6 and would like your harvest tested for CWD? Here’s how:

In 2019, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance for deer, elk, and moose. Sampling took place last year in Region 6, but more samples are needed in the Northern CWD Management Zone of R6, particularly with mule deer does and white-tailed deer, to determine distribution and prevalence of the disease.

In addition, in 2019, testing will also be available for hunter-harvested samples outside of the CWD Management Zones. For 2019, all testing is free of charge.

Hunters are the key tool for this sampling effort. The more samples FWP can collect, particularly from the CWD Management Zones, the better the Dept. can understand the distribution and prevalence of this disease. To be able to get your animal tested, you must retain at least the head (with four-inches of the neck attached) for sampling and help fill out a small information card, including the location of your harvest.

In FWP Region 6, these are your options for getting your deer, elk or moose tested:

CWD check stations
Three CWD check stations will be open on the weekends throughout the general season in Region 6, with the primary purpose of collecting samples from hunter-harvested deer in the Northern CWD Management Zone.

Plentywood: 10 a.m.-sunset, Sat.-Sun., on the east side of the rest area at the fair grounds
Malta: 10 a.m.-sunset, Sat.-Sun., at the gravel lot behind Ezzie’s Westside Conoco on the north side of Hwy 2

Havre: 9 a.m.-sunset, Sat.-Sun., at the old rest stop east of Havre

Samples from the priority areas (CWD Management Zones) will take precedence at these check stations. If the animal was harvested outside of a CWD Management Zone, there may be a wait time, or the hunter can use one of the options below.

Note: All hunters need to stop at any check station, whether it is a CWD, biological, or game warden check station. Submitting your animal for testing is voluntary.

FWP offices
Hunters can bring in their animal during normal office hours in:
Glasgow: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., at the FWP Headquarters on Hwy 2 west
Havre: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.-Fri., at the FWP Havre office at 2165 Hwy 2 east

Hunter submitted samples
Hunters can take their own sample by removing the retropharyngeal lymph nodes themselves (per online instructions at fwp.mt.gov/CWD). Samples can then either be dropped off at FWP offices, CWD check stations, or be mailed to the lab in Bozeman (hunters would have to incur the cost of shipping).

Transporting deer, elk, and moose carcasses
Hunters are reminded that to reduce the spread of CWD, whole carcasses, whole heads or spinal columns cannot be taken out of a management zone unless the animal has tested negative for CWD. Hunters are strongly encouraged to dispose of hides, bones and trimmings at approved landfills.

If there are any questions related to CWD, please go to the website at fwp.mt.gov/CWD or call the Glasgow FWP office at 406-228-3700.?

Lawana Grewe And Heather Dulaney Are In New Roles At FWP In Glasgow

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

The R6 FWP Headquarters in Glasgow (Note: the gals were too busy working with customers to get their picture taken, so I had to settle for and outside shot of the office )

If you call or stop by the front office at the Region 6 FWP Headquarters in Glasgow, you may notice a few changes. In the last few months, LaWana Grewe became the Region 6 office manager and Heather Dulaney became the new administrative assistant.

Grewe, a Glasgow native, had worked at the FWP office in Glasgow for six years as the administrative assistant under Kathy Smith, who recently retired from her position as office manager.

As the new office manager, Grewe supervises the administrative assistant in Glasgow and the office manager in Havre. In addition, she will be overseeing the many other license vendors in Region 6, will be the lead in internal communication within the region, and will of course be continuing to work with the public answering phone calls and selling licenses.

“I’m really excited while starting this new role with the Department and taking on more leadership responsibilities in Region 6,” says Grewe. “I have a great administration staff to work with, and I also look forward to leading Region 6 into the future with the new program Explore MT, which will take the place of the current licensing system in the next few years.”

After Smith’s retirement, Grewe operated the front office by herself (with help from other staff) for almost four months, doing both her old duties and new, so getting her new administrative assistant on board has been a good change. “It was pretty timely for Heather to begin working as the hunting season really got going,” said Grewe. “I look forward to working with Heather and keeping the office running smoothly for our public.”

LaWana and her husband Ward live in Glasgow and have three daughters. The family likes fishing, hunting, and spending time at their cabin at The Pines.

Heather Dulaney, also a Glasgow native, recently stepped into the administrative assistant position left by Grewe. Prior to that, she worked for Prairie Travelers in Glasgow.

As the new administrative assistant, Dulaney will be the first to answer phone calls and assist with FWP customers at the counter. She will also be the safety lead for the region, and help keep track of regional budgets, accounts, and help with the hunter and bowhunter education program needs.

“I’m excited to be part of the FWP family, and helping LaWana at the front office,” says Dulaney. “I look forward to meeting and working with all the staff in Region 6 and learning more about my role in this position.”

Starting this new position in the thick of hunting season has been a good time for Dulaney to get her feet wet in selling licenses, answering phone calls, and working with the public. “It has been pretty busy since I started,” said Dulaney, “but I have learned a lot in a short time and have enjoyed visiting with the hunters and anglers that have stopped by or called the office.”

Heather and her husband Nick live in Glasgow and have two children. The family stays busy with school, sports, outdoor activities, and are heavily involved with the hockey program in Glasgow.
If you would like to get in touch with the Region 6 office, please stop by or call 406-228-3700.

Beck Foundation Grants applications new being accepted

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Grant applications are now being accepted for nonprofit 501©3 organizations and governmental entities such as schools and municipalities for projects that promote better living in Valley County, from The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust.

Applications may be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 12 1st Avenue North, or Edward Jones at 317 Klein Avenue in Glasgow. An electronic application is available by emailing hannah.barras@edwardjones.com. Application must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 2, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust was established with the mission of bettering life in Valley County. It creates income for higher education and to help fund projects that promote better living in Valley County through non-profit organizations.

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

Shortly before Alyce passed away, she generously decided to set up the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust. This will be the eleventh year the trust will award grants.

Fort Peck Tribal Unofficial Election Results

Sunday, October 27th 2019


Here you are folks the unoffical 2019-2021 Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board:

CHAIRMAN : Floyd Azure
VICE CHAIRMAN : Charles Headdress
SGT AT ARMS : Bruce Damon


1. Jestin Dupree
2. Terry RattlingThunder
3. Carolyn Brugh
4. Alex Smith
5. Tom Escarcega Sr.
6. Emerson Young
7. Dana Buckles
8. Leonard Crowbelt
9. Frank Gourneau
10. Patt Iron Cloud
11. Justin Gray Hawk
12. Kaci Wallette

CHIEF JUDGE : Stacie Smith-Fourstar


1. Lonnie Headdress
2. Mike Headdress
3. Imogene Lilly

Also the swearing in ceremony will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday morning at Greet the Dawn at the college.

Actual Unofficial Results:

Here are the actual unofficial results from the Fort Peck Tribal Elections :


Floyd Azure 682
John Morales 225
Grant Stafne 494
Lester Decoteau 275


Charles Headdress 720
Morris Tattoo 327
Barry Bighorn 616


Bruce Damon 940
Jeff Berger 490
Sterling Red Eagle 229


Rick Kirn 490
Terry Rattling Thunder 743
Dana Buckles 598
Leonard Crowbelt 585
Jestin Dupree 785
Tom Escarcega 648
Carolyn Brugh 738
Nancy Steele 370
Kaci Wallete 513
Kris Fourstar 396
Don Laroque 221
Alexander Smith 672
Perry Lilly 327
Patt Iron Cloud 544
Frank Smith 460
Peter Dupree 488
Frank Gourneau 552
Carrie Manning 489
Sean Bighorn 476
Justin Grayhawk 530
Melody Red Eagle 188
Emerson Young 619
Garrett Big Leggins 397
Ona Windchief 410
Louella Contreras 257
Tom Flynn 398
Charles Knowlton 472
Les Longhair 398
Francine Boxer 322
Darrin Longhair 458
Cody Weinberger 383
Dawn Grainger 450
Tony Boxer 224
Judy Greybear 309
Stacey Summers 425
Art Greybull 246
Jeff Adams 494


Stacey Fourstar 1109
Terry Boyd 504

Fort Peck Tribal Elections are Saturday

Friday, October 25th 2019

Tourism Business Improvement District Grants Available

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019

The Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) has grant funds available for non-profit organizations.

Consideration will be given to projects/events that promote travel from out of the area, 100 miles or more. The grant may be used for bricks and mortar projects, for hosting and marketing events designed to attract new visitors from outside the local region, or to enhance the long-term growth of the travel industry in Glasgow.

Grants will be provided on a first come basis for up to $2500 and applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office or on their website www.Glasgowchamber.net (under the More tab).

The TBID receives its funds from a $1 per room charge collected by the Glasgow motels. This fee will be increase to $2 per room night 1/1/20. The TBID budget is approved by the City Council and managed by a board comprised of a representative from each motel in Glasgow.

For more information call Danelle at 228-2222 or Betty at 263-8213.

Luke Strommen In Custody After Hearing

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

According to Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer, Luke Strommen was ordered to report to the Valley County Sheriff's Office this afternoon.

He was taken into custody, after an emergency hearing this afternoon in front of Judge Larson.

Community complaints to the judge provoked this hearing specifically for disregarding the court's order to not be around children. A hearing on the matter will be set in the future after further investigation.

Attention Voters in City of Glasgow

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

Ballots for the 2019 City of Glasgow Municipal Election were sent out TO WARD 2 AND WARD 3 in error. Ballots should have been sent ONLY to voters in Ward 1. Only Ballots received from Voters in Ward 1 will be counted, all other ballots will be voided.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Valley County Election Administration.

Todd Young challenges Nancy Schoenfelder for spot on Glasgow City Council

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

There is only one contested race in the City of Glasgow for seats on the Glasgow City Council. The contested race is for Ward #1 and the incumbent is Nancy Schoenfelder and she is being challenged by Todd Young. Both candidates appeared on Live Under the Big Sky and both were asked why they are running for a spot on the Glasgow City Council.

Todd Young

Nancy Schoenfelder

Cape Air awarded Essential Air contract for another 4 years

Monday, October 21st 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Cape Air another 4-year contract to provide Essential Air Service coverage to 5 Montana communities.

The new contract will run from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023. Cape Air is just finishing a previous contract with the Transportation Department.

Cape Air will provide 2-daily flights to Billings from Havre, Glasgow, Wolf Point and Glendive. They will also provide 4-daily flights from Sidney to Billings.

The federal government subsidizes the cost of the flights from the 5 communities to Billings.

The first year of the contract, these are the subsidies paid to Cape Air to provide the passenger air service.

Havre- $2,274,015
Glasgow- $2,137,131
Wolf Point- $2,298,572
Sidney- $4,220,148
Glendive- $2,308,580

According to the documents provided by the Transportation Department, each flight from Glasgow to Billings in the first year of the contract will be paid $1514 in subsidies. The 4th year of the contract the subsidy increases to $1654 per flight.

Three airlines made proposals to obtain the Essential Air Contract. But the Montana Department of Transportation and Montana Essential Air Task Force recommended the contract stay with Cape Air. Cape Air has had the contract for the past 6 years.

Farm Bill meetings set in Montana

Monday, October 21st 2019

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in partnership with Montana State University (MSU) today announced the schedule of 23 informational Farm Bill meetings across Montana in October and early November 2019.

USDA and MSU are conducting the meetings to inform Montana agricultural producers about FSA’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs authorized by the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. Attendees can learn about program changes and ARC or PLC election and enrollment options. The meetings are expected to range from 2 to 3 hours in duration.

“Montana ag producers are invited to a meeting in their area to learn more about their election and enrollment options under these important programs,” Montana FSA State Executive Director Mike Foster said.

Montana Farm Bill Meetings:
• Oct. 21, Billings, 10 a.m., Big Horn Resort (1801 Majestic Lane)
• Oct. 21, Shelby, 1 p.m., Coyote Club & Event Center (137 Main Street)
• Oct. 21, Hardin, 3:30 p.m., Hardin Volunteer Fire Dept. (1204 North Custer Avenue)
• Oct. 22, Choteau, 8 a.m., Stage Stop Inn (1005 Main Avenue North)
• Oct. 22, Miles City, 10 a.m., Miles City Community College, Room 216 (2715 Dickinson Street)
• Oct. 22, Great Falls, 1 p.m., Family Living Center, State Fairgrounds (400 3rd Street NW)
• Oct. 23, Fort Benton, 7 p.m., Fort Benton Elementary School (1406 Franklin Street)
• Oct. 23, Havre, 1 p.m., Havre High School Auditorium (900 18th St.)
• Oct. 23, Ronan, 1 p.m., Lake County Community Development Corporation Conference Room (407 Main Street SW)
• Oct. 24, Malta, 8 a.m., Phillips County Library (10 South 4th Street East)
• Oct. 24, Scobey, 1:30 p.m., Scobey Schools Common Room/Lunch Room (205 2nd Avenue East)
• Oct. 24, Glasgow, 1 p.m., Cottonwood Inn (54250 US Hwy 2)
• Oct. 24, Dillon, 1 p.m. USDA Forest Service Conference Room (420 Barrett Street)
• Oct. 25, Circle, 8 a.m., McCone County Fairgrounds Kitchen/Community Room (14 Fairgrounds Road)
• Oct. 25, Bozeman, 9 a.m., USDA Service Center Forest Service Training Room (3710 West Fallon Street, Suite C)
• Oct. 25, Jordan, 1 p.m., Jordan Library (208 Main Street)
• Oct. 28, Harlowton, 10 a.m., Faith Chapel Basement (601 Pritchard NW)
• Oct. 28, Lewistown, 3:30 p.m. Eagles (124 West Main Street)
• Oct. 29, Baker, 10 a.m., Thee Garage (19 West Montana Avenue)
• Oct. 29, Glendive, 3 p.m., Courthouse Community Room (207 West Bell Street)
• Oct. 31, Culbertson, 9:30 a.m., American Legion (115 2nd Ave. East)
• Nov. 5, Townsend, 9 a.m., 4-H Building, Townsend Fairgrounds (189 US Hwy 12E)
• Nov. 5, Browning, 1 p.m., Tribal Conference Room, Blackfeet Headquarters (640 All Chiefs Road)

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Jennifer Cole at jennifer.cole@usda.gov and/or (406) 654.1333, ext. 117 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 at least two workdays prior to the meeting date.

For more information about a meeting, please contact your local FSA office. Visit Montana FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/mt and www.farmers.gov.

Unemployment Rate in Valley County increases from last year at this time

Monday, October 21st 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.3% in September, with no change from the prior month.

“As Montana’s unemployment rate stays low and businesses seek skilled employees, we are responding by engaging more Montanans in the workforce,” Governor Bullock said. “Through world-class education, work-based learning and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, my administration is working to bring more people into Montana’s labor market to fill worker demand and ensure all Montanans can enjoy our continued economic success.”

The U.S. unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 3.5%.

Total employment, which includes agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers, indicated a gain of 238 jobs, while the labor force grew by 345. The number of unemployed people increased by 107 people. Payroll employment fell by 1,300 jobs over the month, with small and broad-based job losses across most private industries. Retail trade and state and local governments made small job gains.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) remains unchanged for September, with declines in gasoline prices offsetting increases in other goods. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, rose by 0.1%. Core inflation rose 2.4% over the last twelve months, with inflation firming from recent years.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 3.2% which is higher then last year at this time when it was 2.4%.There are a total of 3,872 employed in Valley County which is a reduction of 73 jobs compared to last year at this time.

Hidden Gems Event set for November 2nd as fundraiser for FMDH Foundation

Friday, October 18th 2019

Make sure to stop in at Baker's Jewelry and see this beautiful ring in person! It is 14K Rose gold, features a 1.08 carat Montana Sapphire accented with diamonds and is valued at $4,495.

Although you do not need to be present to win, this ring will be given away on November 2nd at the Hidden Gems event at the Cottonwood Inn. The no-host social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This event is for the FMDH Foundation and tickets can be purchased from Baker's Jewelry or online at http://www.fmdh.org/ Tickets can also be purchased from board members: Derek Beadle, Michelle Bigelbach, Annie Capdeville, Shelly George, Bronwin Hanshew, Somer Hoerster, Becky Johnson, Stan Ozark, and Zak Peterson.

North Dakota drillers set oil production record in August

Friday, October 18th 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say drillers set a record for oil production in August.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.47 million barrels of oil daily in August. That's up from the previous record of 1.44 million barrels a day in set in July.

North Dakota also produced a record 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in August, up from 2.9 billion cubic feet in July.

Statewide, companies flared 19 percent of all gas produced in August, which is well above the 12 percent target.

There were 15,942 wells producing in August, down a dozen from the record set in July. The August tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 60 drill rigs operating Thursday, down two from the August average.

2019 Community Cash Program Underway

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

2019 Community Cash Program is underway.

Borrow up to $1,000.00 at these participating financial institutions:
First Community Bank, Glasgow
First Community Bank, Hinsdale
Bank of Glasgow, Glasgow
Independence Bank, Glasgow
Equal Opportunity Lenders, Members FDIC

1. Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31st, 2019. Thereafter, you have until January 7, 2020 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Community cash is December 30, 2019.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from their MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber Member to accept Community Cash Script.

Merchant List:
5th Ave Pharmacy
AAA Glass
Agland Co-op-Glasgow
All Seasons Home Center
Alley’s Palace
Arch’s Tire & Service
Bakers Jewelry
Big Sky Auto Accessories
Big Valley Water
Border Plains Equipment
Busy Bee Embroidery
C&B Operations
Chappell’s Automotive
Cherry Creek Gear Shop
Children’s Museum of NE MT
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
DB’s Bar & Casino
D & G Sports & Western
Dale Plumbing & Heating
Durum Restaurant
El Cor Del
Eugene’s Pizza
Ezzie’s Midtown
Ezzie’s Wholesale
Ezzie’s Westend Convenience
Fossum Materials/Century Const
Glasgow Auto Safety Center
Glasgow Flower & Gift
Hi-Line Ford
Hi Line Med Spa
Jennifer Ray Photography
Joan Burris-Tupperware
Lakeridge Lodge & Bait-Ft. Peck
Markle’s Ace Hardware
Markle’s Furniture
Mirror Image Salon
Mon Dak Marine
Newton Motors
Pehlke's Furniture
Pizza Hut
Prewett Interiors
Probst Cleaning Service
Raiders Quick Stop-Hinsdale
Red Barn Gifts
Reynolds Market
Robyn’s Nest
Rock’s Auto Mall
Sam & Jeff’s
Scott’s Track N Wheel
Scottie Express Carwash
Sunnyside Golf Course
Taco Shack
T& R Trucking
Thompson & Sons
Tire Rama
Town & Country Furniture
Treasure Trail Meat Processing
Valley Builders
Valley Cinemas
Western Drug

Chocolate Walk Is This Friday

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

The 8th annual Chocolate Walk is this Friday, October 18th, from 4-7 p.m.

Stroll among the stores and galleries that are staying open late with great deals, and sweet delights! From homemade chocolates to huge brownies, truffles, chocolate fountains and more, you'll find delicious treats around every corner!

Play in the chocolate poker run to win prizes: all poker players MUST pick up their cards at the Apple Trolley on October 18th before or during the poker run. (Must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the poker run).

Two Rivers Economic Growth Annual Meeting Is November 5th

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Two Rivers Economic Growth will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 5th at the Cottonwood Inn from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

5:30-6:30 Social - No host bar and complimentary appetizers provided.
6:30-7:30 Keynote Speaker Tayla Snapp from TransCanada
7:30-8 Annual Meeting, Yearly Review

At this meeting you will learn about the projects we have worked on, grants we have helped members/businesses with and learn about our practices and financials. This is a great time to get to know who we are, what we are about and why YOU should be a member of Two Rivers Economic Growth!

For more information, please call Keegan Morehouse, executive director of Two Rivers Economic Growth, at 406-263-GROW (4769).

Tayla Snapp
Tayla Snapp is a Montana native who grew up on a farm and ranch in Central Montana. In high school, she was active in 4-H, FFA and BPA. Tayla continued to stay busy while attending college at MSU-Northern, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and associate degrees in Agriculture, Marketing and Small Business Management. She spent much of her time working as a MSU-Northern Ambassador, the Business Manager of Student Senate, and secretary of the MSU-Northern Collegiate Stock-growers. After college, she joined the political scene. She worked as a field representative in 22 counties in Eastern MT for the United States Congressman, Greg Gianforte. In 2018, Tayla joined TC Energy (previously known as Trans Canada) as a community relations specialist. She now covers 4 different states working with local governments advocating for TC Energy and the industry as a whole. Tayla has recently been accepted as a member of Class IV (4) of REAL Montana.

Hi-Line Sportsmen Grants Available

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Got an idea to improve hunting, fishing, access, or shooting sports in northeast Montana? Hi-Line Sportsmen wants to help fund it!

The Hi-Line Sportsmen conservation club is soliciting applications for its mini-grants program to fund projects that would improve hunting, fishing, or recreational access in Valley County and elsewhere in northeastern Montana.

The grants, of up to $1,000 apiece, are intended to help improve outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. Examples of projects that have received HLS funding include:
· Purchase of loaner rimfire rifles for the local .22 Match program;
· Funding the installation of electrical outlets at Downstream Campground in Park Grove;
· Helping fund a the Valley County Conservation District’s educational video promoting the Milk River’s St. Mary Irrigation Project;
· Assisting local 4-H clubs’ efforts to install trash cans at Vandalia Dam;
· Assisting with the purchase of docks at Fort Peck Reservoir fishing accesses;
· Covering game-processing costs for deer donated to the Valley County Food Bank.

“Projects that are likely to be received favorably include those that expand public hunting and fishing access, promote recreational shooting and outdoor recreation of all types, enhance wildlife and fisheries habitat, and contribute to youth outdoor education,” says Andrew McKean, who coordinates the club’s grant program. HLS funds can also be used as private matching money for qualifying grants.

The club considers grant applications on a quarterly basis. The current application period is open through Dec. 31, after which applications will be assessed and scored before funding is approved by the club.

“Our tag line is ‘Keeping Conservation Local,’ and our grants confirm that our only focus is northeastern Montana,” says Jennifer Jackson, Hi-Line Sportsmen president. “Any individual or organization from the region is encouraged to apply for our grants. Giving back to the community in a meaningful way is precisely why we started the group.”

A review board will prioritize funding requests based on a number of criteria, including:
· The amount of benefit to local hunters, anglers, shooters, and outdoor recreationists;
· Whether the request improves public or accessible private land;
· Whether it’s a one-time funding request or a multiple-year project;
· Whether the project is being conducted in conjunction with other groups or public agencies;
· Whether the project promotes outdoor education.

In order to request a mini-grant application, call or email Andrew McKean at 263-5442 or montanamckean@gmail.com

FWP Biologist gives Big Game Hunting update

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

The big game hunting season is underway across Montana and FWP Biologist Drew Henry was a guest on Live Under the Big Sky last week. Drew gives an update on deer, pheasant and antelope numbers across Region 6. Drew starts with deer numbers.


Ag Producers Invited to Attend Valley County ARC/PLC Meeting On October 24

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Montana State University (MSU) are hosting a Farm Bill meeting on October 24, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn located at 54250 US Highway 2 in Glasgow. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Meeting attendees will learn about FSA’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs authorized by the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. Learning more about ARC and PLC is important for producers who must make a decision about ARC or PLC election and enrollment options.

For more information about the meeting, please contact the local FSA office at (406) 228-4321 ext. 2.

Is Your Young Hunter Ready To Be An Apprentice? If So, Get Them Signed Up Now

Monday, October 14th 2019

Since 2015, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has allowed children as young as 10 to hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing Hunter Education. The decision of whether the child is ready to be an Apprentice Hunter is left up to the parents or guardians, but FWP offers some tips that may help them to make that decision, and to make the experience safe and positive.
Physical and emotional maturity: Is your child ready?

According to FWP Outdoor Skills and Safety Supervisor Wayde Cooperider, would-be apprentices need two things: Physical and emotional maturity.

“What I mean by that is, is that youngster emotionally ready for the experience of taking an animal’s life, and dealing with that whole experience - the blood, the field dressing, and that process - and how are they going to take that in?” Cooperider asked. “And I think a big factor in how that plays out is how the parents handle it before, during and after.”

Children take a lot of cues from their parents’ behavior, he noted. “There’s a compassion component that I think the parents need to exhibit with their kids, and patience,” Cooperider said. “Let kids know that it’s okay to not squeeze that trigger if they’re not ready. Because you don’t want to ruin them the first time out.”

If they do pull the trigger and down an animal, he advises paying close attention to the reaction. “Be real conscious of how that youngster is dealing with the aftermath, and don’t force them into doing something they’re not comfortable with,” he said. Field dressing an animal and eating a chunk of raw liver may be a cool tradition for some adults, but it could turn a child off to hunting in a hurry.

“There’s another component, too, and that’s being physically able to handle the firearm,” Cooperider said. “And it being sized for the kid, and having practiced with it and knowing how it functions.”

“And if they don’t practice with it, they’re not comfortable and confident in what they’re doing, and that’s a huge thing right there - that self-confidence, knowing the gun and knowing they can hit their target,” he added.
Give the child plenty of time to practice at the range or where you plan to hunt to instill that confidence.

“Try some shooting positions that they would actually use out in the field, and shoot at their target,” Cooperider advised. “That way, they’re going to know what their personal effective range is.”

Also consider that a child’s stamina is not equal to an adult’s, and plan the walking distance and activity according to his or her abilities.

Apprenticeship doesn’t require hunter education, but Cooperider will always be a proponent of kids taking the course first. They can also enroll in a course at age 10 and apprentice in the same season.

“I encourage parents, at any age, before they take their kid out hunting or the child buys his or her first hunting license, that they do everything they can to get that child into a hunter education class first. It just gives them a good basis to start with,” he said.
If you plan to have your child be an apprentice, get them signed up now!

The youth deer hunt is coming up on Oct. 17 and 18, and the general deer season begins on Oct. 26. If you plan to have your child hunt as an apprentice, please get them registered as soon as possible. Last year, there were many last-minute sign-ups, and sometimes delays due to mentors and apprentices not being prepared.

The apprentice needs to get certified at an FWP office, or they can mail in the proper documents. The documents can be obtained ahead of time here:
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licenses/all/apprenticeHunter/default.html . Printing and filling out the documents ahead of time will save a lot of time once they go in to get certified.

Here are a couple of reminders before you bring your child in to get certified:

-A parent’s/legal guardian’s drivers license is REQUIRED to enter the child in the ALS system

-For first time apprentices, the last four digits of their social security number is REQUIRED to be entered into the ALS system

-The youth should be present to properly sign the form and understand the process

-A mentor MUST be 21 years old or older. If the apprentice hunter is under 18 years of age, the mentor must be related to the apprentice by blood, adoption, or marriage, be the apprentice’s legal guardian, or be designated by the apprentice’s legal guardian

The cost to be certified is $5. After becoming certified, all other normal license fees apply
An apprentice can only do the program for two years before they must take hunter education

Volunteers Help Out On JustServe Day Of Service

Monday, October 14th 2019

Thanks for those who helped with the first annual JustServe Day of Service for Glasgow.

About 12 volunteers helped clear 5 yards of leaves, clean at the Senior Citizens Center, and organize at the City-County Library.

Vicky Wetz at the Senior Citizens Center is still maintaining a list of Senior Citizens in need of ongoing attention to leaf or snow removal this season as well. Seniors interested are asked to contact her at vwetz@valleycountymt.gov or contact her at the Senior Citizens Center at 228-9500. Youth groups looking to serve are asked to contact her as well.

Multiple other service opportunities that are available in our community are also listed on Justserve.org , a free website for which Charles Wilson is the local web administrator. For example, one service opportunity coming up is to help judge at the Speech and Drama Invitational Meet on Saturday November 16.

Press release from Glasgow Police Department details Sunday morning incident

Monday, October 14th 2019

On October 13, 2019, at around 0112 hours, the Glasgow Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Jet Drive North. As the officers were responding, the caller whom was identifed as a juvenile living at the residence reported that there was a gun involved and that they hid it from the suspected.
As officers arrived at the residence they observed the victim whom appeared to be injured, fleeing from the house. It was discovered that two other juveniles including the caller, who also live at the residence had already escaped and were hiding in a nearby camper.
When officers attempted to speak with the suspect, he refused to come out of the house. Officers, being assisted by the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, then setup a perimeter around the residence and a short standoff ensued. At around 0237 hours, Officers arrested Michael Wayne Pedersen, age 35, without incident. Pedersen was remanded to the Valley County Detention Center for the charge of Partner or Family Member Assault – Causing Bodily Injury to a Partner or Family Member.
Officers the obtained consent to search the residence by the victim and were able to recover the loaded 9mm handgun the juvenile stated that they hid. The investigation is still ongoing.

2 Tribal Leaders Resign From Task Force To Protest Pipeline

Thursday, October 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two tribal leaders have resigned from a Montana task force in protest of the state attorney general's support of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada.

Montana Department of Justice spokesman John Barnes confirmed Wednesday Jestin Dupree of Fort Peck and Brandi King of Fort Belknap stepped down from the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force.

State lawmakers created the 11-member task force to better report and find missing Native Americans, and they put the panel under Attorney General Tim Fox.

On Monday, Fox intervened in a lawsuit in support of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta's tar sands.

Dupree wrote in a Facebook post that his tribe opposes the pipeline and Fox's intervention is a "slap in the face."

Barnes says the resignations are disappointing and officials will ask the tribal governments to recommend replacements.

The Montana Free Press first reported the resignations.

Judge weighs renewed Keystone XL oil pipeline arguments

Thursday, October 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge must decide whether to once again block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline or side with U.S. government attorneys who want him to uphold President Donald Trump's permit to cross the U.S.-Canada border.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris hears arguments Wednesday by environmental groups seeking to halt the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline and by government attorneys who say the presidential permit isn't subject to environmental laws.

Last year, Morris blocked construction after ruling officials had not fully considered oil spills and other environmental effects.

Trump signed the new permit in March, prompting the plaintiffs to accuse the president of trying to get around the judge's previous order.

A separate lawsuit by Native American tribes alleges Trump's approval did not take into consideration the potential damage to cultural sites.

Glasgow Chamber receives grant from Montana Department of Commerce

Thursday, October 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce today announced grant awards as part of a new, community-led initiative to encourage long-term tourism and economic development in eastern Montana communities.

The Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative is a collaboration among the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development at Commerce and communities across eastern Montana formed in response to community leaders seeking to strengthen local economies. Over the last year, local policymakers, business leaders and community members partnered with the Department to share ideas to diversify the regional economy, including raising awareness of eastern Montana as a tourism destination.

“Communities in eastern Montana are planning for smart, long-term economic growth to bring more travelers to the region, which will support job growth and opportunities,” said Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice. “One part of the economic equation in eastern Montana includes making sure visitors in and around Montana know they can find breathtaking experiences in every corner of our state. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with these communities.”

The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development is investing $1.3 million in regional marketing, grants, staff expertise and access to new data to support the region’s goals of enhancing marketing efforts, strengthening tourism amenities and creating vibrant communities where families want to live.

One of the initiative’s long-term investments includes funding awards to eight communities totaling $365,250 through the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative Grant Program. This grant funding will be used to build or enhance existing tourism infrastructure, raise awareness of eastern Montana as a tourist destination and support sustainable economic development in the communities and nearby areas.

"We have untold potential in eastern Montana to share our spectacular landscapes and unique, authentic experiences with visitors who can’t find what we have to offer anywhere else,” said Beth Epley, executive director of the Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation located in Baker. “No one knows our story better than we do, but we need enhanced resources to get the word out about the untapped adventures right here in the eastern half of our state. With the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative, we can start to build the infrastructure we need to support more tourism, attract more visitors and give them a place to stay – all of which will help grow our local economy in the long-run.”

The Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative Grant awards will go to:
• MonDak Motorcycle Loop Project: $32,000, Route will run from Baker to Alzada (Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation)
• “Living the Sloth Life” Project: $51,000, Billings (ZooMontana)
• Eastern Montana Astrotourism Product Development Project: $75,000, Project spans the entire Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative area (Montana’s Missouri River Country)
• Event Stage and Digital Screen Project: $75,000, Glasgow and surrounding communities (Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture)
• Bear Paw Battlefield Campaign Project: $27,000, Blaine County (Central Montana Tourism Region)
• Fergus County Wayfinding System Project: $35,000, Lewistown and surrounding recreational trails (Fergus County)
• Portable Performance Stage: $65,000, Daniels County Museum Association (Scobey)
• Terry Kiosk Project: $5,250, Terry and surrounding communities (Prairie County Economic Development Council)
Additional grant awards will be made later this year, along with further updates about the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative.

Search and Rescue Operation underway for missing hunter in South Valley County (Updated)

Wednesday, October 9th 2019

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer told Kltz/Mix 93 News that a search and rescue operation is underway for a male hunter who was stranded south of the Pines Recreation Area on Fort Peck Lake. An air and ground search and rescue operation was suspended last night due to darkness but will resume again this morning. Valley County and Garfield County authorities and local volunteers are assisting in the search and rescue.

Search and Rescue efforts for the missing hunter in the Fort Peck Reservoir area are being coordinated through the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and Garfield County is involved. At this time we are in a holding pattern due to weather, visibility and location challenges. For your own safety, we are not including civilian searchers in the process. Please allow trained Search and Rescue personnel to run point on these efforts so we can monitor the whereabouts of each searcher without risking the possibility of having more missing people. Thank you.

Free Hunter Workshop In Glasgow Set For October 19th

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Free hunter workshop in Glasgow: learn about CWD, how to extract lymph nodes, and how to quarter a big game animal using the “gutless” method

With the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state of Montana in 2017, the way hunters approach the hunting and processing of the big game animals of the deer family is changing; especially with hunting and processing an animal in a CWD management zone. At this free workshop, hunters will learn all about hunting in a CWD management zone, including information on CWD, how to extract lymph nodes for testing, and how to quarter a big game animal using the “gutless” method. FWP plans to use recently harvested deer for this demonstration.

The workshop will be held in Glasgow at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters on Sat., Oct. 19, starting at 12:30 p.m. The workshop will be held regardless of weather (there will be an indoor option), and all ages are welcome. The Hi-Line Sportsmen conservation in group in Glasgow is sponsoring door prizes, and beverages and light snacks will be available.

CWD Management Zones are areas where CWD is known to exist. In Region 6, the Northern CWD Management Zone includes all districts north of Highway 2. To prevent the spread of CWD from infected areas of Montana to other parts of the state, the whole carcass, whole head, brain, or spinal column from any deer, elk, or moose harvested within a CWD Management Zone may not be removed from that Management Zone unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.

One way to effectively remove the harvested animal from a CWD Management Zone is by quartering it and removing all required consumable parts, which leaves the rest of the carcass in the field. Not only is this an effective method to limit possible transmission of CWD, it is a very efficient way to carry an animal out of the back country. Any big game hunter can benefit by learning how to quarter an animal.

About CWD
CWD is a progressive, always-fatal disease affecting the nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It is spread primarily through animal-to-animal contact or animal contact with infected materials and tissue. Infected tissue can also be spread by humans, often by dumping animal remains outside of approved landfills.

There is no known transmission of CWD to humans or other animals, including pets or livestock. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that hunters harvesting a deer, elk, or moose from an area where CWD is known to be present have their animal tested for CWD prior to consuming the meat, and to not consume the meat if the animal tests positive.

Hunters who want to have samples tested from outside FWP established survey areas can have them tested and FWP will cover the costs. Prior to the general season, hunters can collect samples themselves and mail them to the FWP Lab in Bozeman — instructions and a video are available on the FWP website. Starting with the general season, hunters can still submit samples themselves or take the samples or a deer/elk/moose head to CWD sampling station or regional offices for assistance.

If you have any questions about this free workshop, please call FWP Region 6 Information and Education Manager Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704, email mkloker@mt.gov, or call the Glasgow office at 406-228-3700.

Senator Tester announces nearly $8 million in funding for Montana Tribes

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Big Sandy, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester is announcing nearly $8 million in Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding for Montana Tribes, as part of his ongoing effort to provide resources to Indian Country to bolster Tribal courts, support victims, and combat violence against Native American women.

“Tribal governments and organizations are working nonstop to move Native American communities forward by preventing crime and combating violence,” Tester said. “These grants will give our tribes much-needed resources to boost their justice systems, support victims of violence, and reduce crime in Indian Country.”

The $7,911,443 in funding will be distributed to Tribes and organizations across the state, including $323,007 for the Montana Native Women’s Coalition in Billings to support Tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, and $600,000 to Montana Legal Services for Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance, Training, and Technical Assistance.

The grants also provide funding for:

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC):
• $794,522 for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center in Lame Deer for FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime.
• $1,973,646 Office of Victims of Crime grant to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center for Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime to support and expand the StrongHearts Native Helpline.

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes:
• $149,723 for Tribal Justice Strategic Planning.
• $480,070 for reducing alcohol and substance abuse-related crimes.
• $350,000 for Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts.
• $719,309 for their Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.
• $348,907 to support the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. Grant funds will continue to support a Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) compliance officer position. The compliance officer will be responsible for the registering, tracking and monitoring of sex offenders on Tribal land.
• $410,862 Office on Violence Against Women grant for the Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Program.
• $734,696 for Tribal Justice System Infrastructure (new Tribal justice building)

Northern Cheyenne Tribe:
• $450,000 Office on Violence Against Women grant for Healing Hearts, a program of the tribe, which provides domestic violence victim services.

Blackfeet Tribe:
• $500,000 for the FY19 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program.
• $250,000 to support the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program that will go to hiring additional SORNA personnel to help compliance efforts and increase sex offender registration and statistical information.
• $22,247 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Chippewa Cree Tribe:
• $350,000 for Tribal victim services.
• $250,000 for the Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program to hire a full-time Project Coordinator & Child Advocate, send project staff to forensic interviewer training; provide emergency food, clothing, and personal hygiene products for child abuse victims, and support a public awareness campaign about child abuse.

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes:
• $239,150 for Tribal governments to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction programs.

Fort Belknap Indian Community:
• $299,881 to support the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. Grant funds will retain one compliance officer to support coordinated interagency efforts to enhance sex offender registration and notification.

Missoula Urban Indian Health Center:
• $447,390 for Increasing Services for Urban Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking.

Japan and United States agree to limited trade agreement which could benefit ranchers and farmers in Montana

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Sen. Steve Daines and the head of the Montana Stockgrowers Association were present Monday when President Donald Trump signed a limited trade deal with Japan expected to benefit ranchers and farmers in the Treasure State.

The deal will eliminate tariffs and expand market access on farm, industrial and digital products. But it does not address the bigger hurdle of autos. President Donald Trump indicated the two countries were still working on a broader agreement.

Joining Daines at the signing was Fred Wacker of Miles City, who serves as president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Daines' staff said Daines was invited to the ceremony by Trump for his role on Senate Finance and help securing this deal.

Daines, a Montana Republican running for re-election in 2020, described it as an exciting and historic day for Montana and the United States.

He said it was the “first-ever official US-Japan trade agreement."

“This is a major step forward for opening up critical market for our producers,” he said, adding Japan is our largest beef-export market and allows Montana ranchers and farmers to compete on a level playing field with other international competitors.

Daines said key benefits to Montana would be from lower tariffs on products such as fresh and frozen beef and pork (from 38.5% to 27.6% starting Jan. 1 and eventually 9% by 2033), which equals a 75% reduction in beef tariffs; provide a country-specific quota for wheat and wheat products and lowering the mark-up on imported U.S. wheat and barley.

“The bottom line is it is a deal that provides more opportunity for Montana’s ranchers and farmers,” Daines said, thanking Trump and the Montana agriculture community for pushing to get a deal signed.

Paul Wiseman, economics writer for the Associated Press, reported the deal would restore benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.
It put U.S. farmers at a disadvantage in Japan. The other 11 Pacific Rim countries, including big farm producers such as New Zealand and Canada received preferential treatment in Japan, he said.

It includes market-opening commitments on $40 billion worth of digital trade between the United States and Japan.

Trump has been critical about America's large trade deficit with Japan, which came to $58 billion last year. Japan is the world's third-biggest economy behind the United States and China, AP reported.

In 2018, Japan was the fifth-highest recipient of Montana exports with $56 million in goods. Canada was first with $680 million, South Korea second with $292 million, China third with $115 million and Belgium fourth with $85 million, according to http://www.worldstopexports.com.

Other members of Montana’s congressional delegation also said earlier it was good news for the state’s ranchers and farmers.

Strommen Pleads Guilty to Charge of Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen has pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual abuse of a child and will be sentenced to 10 years in prison with all time suspended.

Strommen entered into a plea deal with the Montana Attorneys General Office and will be sentenced by Judge John Larson on January 3rd. At that hearing, Judge Larson can either accept or reject the sentence in the agreement. If he rejects it, Strommen will have the option to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial on the charge.

Strommen still faces a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent and will go to trial on that charge next year.

The 10-year suspended sentence means Strommen will not do any jail time but must undergo a pre-sentence investigation and a psychosexual evaluation.

Montana to intervene in lawsuit involving Keystone XL Pipeline

Monday, October 7th 2019

– On behalf of the state of Montana, Attorney General Tim Fox is petitioning federal district court in Great Falls to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Fox is asking the court to allow the state of Montana to enter the lawsuit in support of the pipeline.

“The Keystone XL Pipeline will bring jobs and economic development to Montana,” Fox said. “The obstructionist litigation against it has dragged on for far too long—it’s time to settle the matter and begin construction.”

The pipeline, which will begin in Alberta and connect to an existing pipeline in Nebraska, will run through Phillips, Valley, McCone, Dawson, Prairie, and Fallon Counties in Montana. It will include an “on-ramp” for transporting Montana oil to refineries. Along the route, TC Energy Corporation, the company building and operating the pipeline, will finance significant infrastructure improvements, including bridges, roads, and powerlines. The pipeline will also generate much-needed property tax revenue to fund schools and other public services in those counties.

Montana groups praised Fox’s action.

“The Montana Petroleum Association’s members applaud Attorney General Tim Fox’s intervention in the litigation filed by Northern Plains Resource Council and other environmental groups to yet again delay construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Alan Olson, the association’s executive director. “This lawsuit will not only affect Keystone but potentially any infrastructure project that crosses water, enabling endless litigation by these extreme organizations on each individual permit.”

“The Keystone XL Pipeline will bring thousands of good-paying jobs to Montana and millions of dollars in tax revenue to our state and local governments,” said Phillips County Commissioner Richard Dunbar, who also serves as President of the Montana Association of Oil, Gas, and Coal Counties. “We appreciate Attorney General Fox’s intervention in this critical case and agree that it is time to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

Governor Bullock appoints Craig Gilchrist to State Board of Plumbers

Saturday, October 5th 2019

Governor Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Alternative Health Care Board

• Dr. Alisun Bonville, Bozeman. Qualification: Naturopath. Bonville is the Physician and Owner of Spring Integrative Health.

• Dr. Sandra Shepherd, Missoula. Qualification: Montana physician whose practice includes obstetrics. Shepherd is the Co-owner and Founder of Generations Family Medicine and Obstetrics.

Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

• Hal Stearns, Missoula. Qualification: Compact Commissioner-Ex-Officio. Stearns is a retired teacher.

Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors

• Melissa Ancell, Poplar. Qualification: Consumer or family of consumer of developmental disability services. Ancell is a community volunteer and advocate.

• Andrea Daniel, Havre. Qualification: Consumer or family of consumer of mental health services. Daniel is the Social Media Coordinator at Montana’s Peer Network.

• Dan Laughlin, Anaconda. Qualification: Skills, knowledge, and experience relative to the treatment and welfare of adults with developmental disabilities. Laughlin is the Director of Special Education and Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Anaconda School District.

• Sicily Morris, Billings. Qualification: Professional person in the field of mental health treatment. Morris is a Counselor with Kaleidoscope Counseling, LLC and a Part-Time Instructor at Montana State University-Billings.

Board of Plumbers

• Craig Gilchrest, Glasgow. Qualification: Representative of the public, not engaged in the business of installing or selling plumbing equipment. Gilchrest retired after 42 years in the railroad industry.

• Mykal Jorgenson, Billings. Qualification: Journeyman Plumber. Jorgenson is the Training Director for the Local 30 billings Pipe Trades JATC.

• Scott Lemert, Livingston. Qualification: Master plumber. Lemert is the Owner and Operator of Ranger Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

• Brandon Shaw, Butte. Qualification: Journeyman Plumber. Shaw is a Journeyman Plumber apprentice.

• Trudi Schmidt, Great Falls. Qualification: Representative of the public, not engaged in the business of installing or selling plumbing equipment. Schmidt is a former counselor and financial advisor and served in the Montana Legislature.

State Rehabilitation Council

• Marcy Roberts, Kalispell. Qualification: Community rehabilitation program. Roberts is a Community Rehab Provider for Montana’s Employment Opportunities.

Water levels on Missouri River Reservoirs remain high due to large runoff

Friday, October 4th 2019

OMAHA, Nebraska --
Widespread and heavy rainfall in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, IA (upper basin) resulted in another month of much above average runoff. Precipitation during September was more than 200 percent of normal in eastern Montana, much of North Dakota, portions of South Dakota and northern Nebraska. As a result, September runoff into the upper basin above Sioux City, was nearly twice the record runoff, which was recorded in 1986.

Runoff in the Gavins Point to Sioux City reach was more than 16 times the long-term average and more than twice the previous record. Runoff in the Fort Randall to Gavins Point reach was over 4 times average and almost twice the previous record. Runoff between Oahe and Fort Randall was over 12 times average and set a new record. Runoff between Garrison and Oahe was over 4 times average. Finally, runoff between Fort Peck and Garrison was over 2 times average and is the second highest runoff of record, and Fort Peck was 1.5 times average.

The 2019 upper basin runoff forecast is 61.0 million acre-feet (MAF). If realized, this runoff total would equal the highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping, 2011 (61.0 MAF). The January-September observed runoff (53.6 MAF) has already exceeded the second highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping, 49.0 MAF observed in 1997, with three months still remaining.

“In response to the increased upstream runoff, releases from Gavins Point Dam have been increased to 80,000 cfs. This release rate is more than twice the average release for this time of the year,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division (MRBWMD).

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 64.0 MAF as of October 1, occupying 7.9 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. All three of the upper three reservoirs (Fort Peck, Garrison, and Oahe) have fallen out of their exclusive flood control zones but remain high. “As a result of the high reservoir levels and the forecast above-average runoff for the remainder of the fall, releases from all System projects will be much above average through November, to evacuate all stored flood waters prior to the start of the 2020 runoff season. “We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make any necessary adjustments. Failure to evacuate the stored flood water will lead to increased risk of flooding in 2020, said Remus.”

Seven public meetings will be conducted throughout the basin October 22-25. The purpose of these meetings is to update the region on current hydrologic conditions and the planned operation of the mainstem reservoir system during the remaining fall months as well as present the draft plans for operating the System during 2020. Meeting times and locations are available at the following link: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Public-Meetings/

Updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/MRWMApp/.

Train hits semi in northeastern Montana, killing driver

Thursday, October 3rd 2019

BILLINGS – A freight train hit a semi that was hauling gravel in northeastern Montana, killing the truck driver.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the man, who was in his late 30s, died early Wednesday afternoon in the crash at a crossing east of Culbertson.

Trooper Jacob Ayers tells The Billings Gazette the occupants of the train were not injured.

The collision is still under investigation. The victim’s name has not been released.

The crash comes less than two months after Roosevelt County saw six people killed in highway crashes in a three-day period, including two men who died when a freight train struck a commercial truck, also east of Culbertson. The Aug. 16 crash killed 21-year-old Caleb Fellborn and 18-year-old Bryan Pederson, both of Culbertson.

Application deadline approaching for financial aid from GHS Educational Trust

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

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 October 15, 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.

Governor Bullock announces increase in minimum wage

Tuesday, October 1st 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.65 per hour beginning January 1, 2020.

“This increase ensures Montanans earning the minimum wage don’t fall further behind, but we still have work to do to make a living wage a reality for all Montanans,” Governor Bullock said. “Montana has the sixth fastest wage growth in the nation over the past decade, and we must build on this trend by continuing to create good-paying jobs, supporting Montana businesses, standing up for employees who negotiate for better pay, and increasing opportunities to pursue education or in-demand skills.”

In 2006 as a private citizen, Bullock led ballot initiative I-156 to raise the minimum wage and require that it be adjusted annually for inflation. Approved by Montana voters, Montana Code Annotated 39-3-409 requires the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

An estimated 10,200 Montana workers, or 2.2% of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.65 per hour in 2019 and are likely to receive higher wages due to the 2020 minimum wage increase. In 2018, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food services industry followed by the retail trade industry.

The minimum wage is determined by taking the current minimum wage of $8.50 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2018 to August 2019. The CPI-U increased by 1.75% over the year ending August 2019. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.148 per hour. The resulting wage is $8.648 and statute specifies that the wage must be rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

A map of state minimum wage laws is available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm.

Missoula Children's Theater presents Johnny Appleseed at Glasgow High School

Tuesday, October 1st 2019

Join Johnny Appleseed and his pioneer friends as they plant apple orchards across the West this Friday and Saturday when the Missoula Children's Theatre and 35 local students present an original musical adaptation of the classic tale, JOHNNY APPLESEED.

Playing the title character of Johnny are local students Addison Jones and Noah Runner. Other featured performers include Riley Clampitt as Molly, Jourdyn Fercho as Kelly, and Emily Cronmiller as Rebecca. Wolf is played by Samantha Combs and Bison is played by Mira Lipscomb. Grandpa’s Kiddos will be Ava Runner, Sebastian Gregg, Mali Allen, and Natalie Fast and the Pioneers will be Liam Allen, Ellie Kauffman, and Aleah Fast . Sir Peter Prescott is Amelia Gilchrist while the Rupert is Annika Smith. Lewis and Clark are Ainsley Loftsgaard and Paxton Wesen and the Fife & Drum Soldiers are Sarah Runner, Maycie Fast, Arrow Henry, Ella Gilchrist, Micaiah Olfert, and Gwen Turner. Silas Runner, Eva Hlad, Allenah Emeline, and Leshia Stutheit will be the animals that Johnny meets along his journey. And finally, the Apple Seeds will be played by Journeigh Fercho, Kennedy Flaten, Azariah Olfert, and Lyla Marlenee. Whitnae Wing will serve as Assistant Director.

JOHNNY APPLESEED will be presented on Friday, October 4th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 5th at 11:00 am at the Glasgow High School. Tickets are $6 adults and $4 students and seniors and are available at the door.

The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Glasgow is brought to you by the Fort Peck Summer Theatre with support from Christoffersen & Knierim, P.C., Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Glasgow, Thrivent, Irving Law, PLLC, Robyn’s Nest, Taylor Storage, Ed Buechler Insurance, Tire Rama, Hi-Line Eye Care, Triple A Glass, Soroptimists, Hiline Collision and Repair, and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation. For more information, contact Desiree Johnson at 942-0379.

Hemp growing in popularity in Montana

Monday, September 30th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say hemp is growing in popularity as a crop among farmers in Montana.

The Billings Gazette reports that statistics released by the Montana Department of Agriculture indicate there are 277 farmers now licensed by the state to grow hemp.

5 farms in Valley County are licensed to grow hemp according to Montana Department of Agriculture. The complete list can be found here: https://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/IndustrialHemp/MTHemp-ProductionLicenseList.pdf

Agriculture department Director Ben Thomas estimates there are between 70 and 78 square miles (181 and 202 square kilometers) on which hemp is being grown.

Officials say Montana was growing hemp before the 2018 federal farm bill loosened regulations and interest has grown since then.

Officials say about 65 farmers attended a recent meeting of hemp growers, although only one had turned a profit so far.

Farmers say they are interested in selling hemp and extracting oil from plants to sell in the growing market for CBD products.

Hi-Line Sportsmen Seek Participants For Valley County Mentored Hunting

Thursday, September 26th 2019

(Pictured: Glasgow’s Kim Selby poses with her first deer, a mule deer buck she hunted with help of Hi-Line Sportsmen mentor Drew Henry)

Members of the Hi-Line Sportsmen are seeking beginning Valley County hunters of any age and experience who are interested in teaming up with experienced mentors to learn the basics of deer hunting this November.

The initiative is part of Hi-Line Sportsmen’s “Field to Freezer” campaign designed to harvest deer and contribute venison to hunt participants as well as the local food bank.

The mentoring portion of the project will pair volunteer mentors from the Hi-Line Sportsmen with beginning hunters of any age. The beginning hunters are welcome to do the harvesting themselves, with the assistance of their mentors, or they may simply tag along on a hunt with a mentor to observe a hunt in action. Mentors will help educate the beginning hunters with everything from gear to shot selection to field dressing and butchering of the harvested animals.

The first-time hunters are encouraged to take their meat home, or they can donate their harvest to the local food bank for distribution to local households in need of wholesome, organic protein. As part of the project, participants are encouraged to submit their animals to Fish, Wildlife & Parks for chronic wasting disease testing.

“Deer densities on the landscape are currently in really good shape, especially mule deer,” says Drew Henry, Valley County wildlife biologist for FWP and also a member of the Hi-Line Sportsmen. “Hunters have the ability to purchase surplus antlerless deer licenses, representing a great opportunity for doe harvest and filling a freezer.”

The Field to Freezer campaign is designed to capitalize on the abundant deer in the county this fall. Hi-Line Sportsmen members plan to use surplus deer tags to harvest does and donate the meat to the Valley County Food Bank. The mentoring campaign takes the initiative one step further, serving as an invitation to beginning hunters who might not have the means or assistance to get out in the field by themselves this season.

“On a national basis but also locally, we’re seeing the number of hunters in decline,” says Andrew McKean, a founding member of Hi-Line Sportsmen. “The number one reason people don’t hunt or stop hunting is that they don’t have someone to take them or show them how. We hope to solve that by helping with both of those needs.”

The focus for the November hunts is on antlerless deer, but participants can use whatever valid tags they possess. If they don’t hold a valid deer tag, they are encouraged to accompany their mentors on the hunt and to learn about the basics of deer hunting. Either way, mentors are committed to serve as unpaid guides, assisting with all aspects of the hunt, from finding a place to go to locating deer to making the shot, field dressing, and converting the animal to healthy, wholesome venison.

“That’s the definition of a mentor, to serve as a trusted guide who can answer questions, offer assistance, and help with all aspects of a new experience,” says McKean, who is also Hunting Editor for Outdoor Life magazine. “Glasgow and Valley County are full of hunting mentors, and it’s our goal to activate them to help a new generation of hunters.”

If you are interested in participating, either as a mentor or as a hunter, contact either Andrew McKean at 406-263-5442 or Drew Henry at 406-230-0133 or leave a message on Hi-Line Sportsmen’s Facebook page. The Hi-Line Sportsmen will be compiling rosters and pairing mentors with hunters over the next month. Mentors will be in contact with their apprentices to schedule sight-in and hunt days. Additionally, the Hi-Line Sportsmen and Fish, Wildlife & Parks plan a community sight-in day the weekend of Oct. 11 to ensure that hunting rifles are in working condition and accurate and that all participants can demonstrate safe gun-handling skills.

MGGA announces U.S. and Japan Trade Agreement

Thursday, September 26th 2019

Great Falls – The tariff agreement signed today by U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinz? Abe is a most welcome deal that will keep grain exports flowing to a very large and crucial market for Montana farmers.

MGGA President Lyle Benjamin said, “This is excellent news for Montana farmers who sell the majority of their wheat to our long-standing customers in Japan. We very much appreciate the diligent efforts of our congressional representatives for pressing the administration on the importance of a trade agreement with Japan. Their work behind the scenes was crucial in achieving this outcome.”

Congressman Greg Gianforte said, “The new trade deal with Japan is a win for Montana farmers and ranchers. The deal President Trump struck with Japan ensures Montana’s high-quality ag products have access to that critical market. I proudly stood with and advocated for Montana’s wheat and barley growers, and I appreciate the administration including in the agreement my request to secure equitable market access for Montana wheat.”

“Today’s announcement is a big win for Montana ag and jobs, and a major step forward for opening critical markets for our producers,” Senator Steve Daines said. “It has been a privilege to be the voice of Montana's farmers and ranchers during trade negotiations between the U.S. and Japan. I’m happy to see President Trump and Prime Minister Abe announce they reached a deal that will help level the playing field for Montana farmers and ranchers. I look forward to seeing the final agreement signed in the coming weeks."

Senator Jon Tester said, “This is welcome news for Montana’s farmers and ranchers, who rely on access to foreign markets like Japan to sell their world-class products. Japan is the largest importer of Montana’s wheat, and plays a critical role in our state’s number one industry. I look forward to seeing the finalized details of the deal, and I hope it means the Trump Administration will see the wisdom of expanding access to foreign markets instead of closing them off.”

When the tariff agreement is implemented, Japan’s effective tariff on imported U.S. wheat and barley will drop to the same level Japanese end users now pay for those crops imported from other countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement which entered into force last December. Without this new agreement, U.S. wheat imports in particular would have become less and less cost competitive to the point that Japan’s flour millers would have no other choice than to buy more of the lower cost wheat from our competitors in Canada and Australia.

Day Of Service Set For October 12th In Glasgow

Wednesday, September 25th 2019

Justserve.org, the Valley County Council on Aging, and the Glasgow City-County Library are teaming up to organize a Day of Service for Saturday October 12, 2019. Senior Citizens who will be in need of leaf removal from their property are asked to sign up with Vicky Wetz atvwetz@valleycountymt.gov or contact her at the Senior Citizens Center at 228-9500 before that date.

She is also compiling a list of Seniors who will need snow removal during the winter so that youth looking for service opportunities can contact her. Multiple other service opportunities available in our community are also listed on Justserve.org, a free website for which Charles Wilson is the local web administrator.

On Saturday October 12, volunteers can come to the Senior Citizens Center with rakes and trash bags to receive direction. For those wanting to participate in other ways, there are other things to do indoors at the Senior Citizens Center, and the Glasgow City County Library director will have some sorting and organizing tasks for volunteers to do when they open at 10 am.

American Prairie Reserve Cuts Bison Plan For Huge Nature Reserve

Tuesday, September 24th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A conservation group trying to create the largest nature reserve in the Lower 48 U.S. states said Tuesday it was scaling back its request to expand bison grazing in Montana, following strong opposition from ranchers and Republican lawmakers.

The group’s long-term goal remains unchanged: A 5,000-square-mile expanse of public and private lands with at least 10,000 bison in the north-central area of the state.

But that would happen more slowly than anticipated after the idea encountered resistance from landowners worried the reserve was displacing ranching families who have lived in the area for generations.

The American Prairie Reserve’s revised application to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would allow bison to graze on about 94 square miles (243 sq. kilometers) of public lands instead of the 450 square miles (1166 sq. kilometers) originally requested.

The Bozeman-based group does not want neighboring landowners to feel “bulldozed,” reserve vice president Pete Geddes told The Associated Press in advance of the public announcement.

Founded in 2001, the reserve is located along the Missouri River near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

“We want our neighbors to feel very comfortable with our management,” Geddes said. “It’s fair to say we have some work to do on what we call our ‘Montana reputation.’”

In addition to paring back areas where bison grazing would be allowed, the revision would allow only seasonal grazing on most of the land instead of the year-round grazing originally requested. It reduces the amount of interior fencing to be removed — to allow bison and other wildlife to roam more freely — from 300 miles to 40 miles.

The changes would allow the group to increase its herd of about 850 bison by an additional 1,000 animals, said Betty Holder, the group’s land acquisition manager. That plan would remain in place for a decade before more changes are sought, according to the group’s application.

“They’re starting to feel the pressure,” said state Rep. Dan Bartel, a Republican from Lewistown who wants the land to remain in agricultural use.

“We still have concerns about how the American Prairie Reserve is moving forward with public lands,” he added.

The revised plan is subject to approval from the Bureau of Land Management. The agency has received the request and it’s under review, spokesman Al Nash said.

“Our job remains the same,” he said. “We’ll do the appropriate environmental analysis and make a decision based on law, regulation and policy.”

There is no timeline for a final decision. The original application had been pending since November 2017.

American Prairie Reserve already holds leases on the public lands in question, which also include state land overseen by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Since 2001, American Prairie has raised more than $100 million toward creating a reserve that would be larger than Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks combined.

U.S. Postal Service Issue Stamps Of T. Rex Found In Montana Near Fort Peck Reservoir

Monday, September 23rd 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has released two new postage stamps depicting a dinosaur whose fossil was discovered on federal land in Montana.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a Tyrannosaurus rex known as "The Nation T. rex" is now part of four designs on a pane of 16 new forever stamps that show the dinosaur in growth stages from infancy to adulthood.

Experts say the fossil was found by a family camping near the Fort Peck Reservoir and has been loaned to the Smithsonian Institution in the District of Columbia for the next 50 years.

Officials say the stamps were designed by art director Greg Breeding with original artwork by Julius Csotonyi.

Officials say forever stamps are equal in value to the current first-class mail 1-ounce (28-gram) price.

Montana Centenarians explain their secret to longevity

Monday, September 23rd 2019

Montana Centenarians will be honored Tuesday, September 24 at 4:45 p.m. in Billings at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center located at 1223 Mullowney Lane during a special banquet.
Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Sheila Hogan will serve as the event keynote speaker and will welcome the 19 Centenarians who are expected to attend.
“These are truly amazing individuals,” Hogan said. “I enjoy their outlook on life and appreciate their inspiring stories and thoughtful advice. This is an excellent opportunity to honor some incredible people.”
The banquet highlights the 51th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging. The Conference theme this year is ‘Rock Your Age: Still Cruisin’.
DPHHS recently asked Montanans to submit the names of Centenarians, and that list is 140 names and growing. These individuals will turn age 100 or older as of December 31, 2019.
The current DPHHS list of those who are currently age 100 or older is as follows:
• (2) are age 110 (Supercentenarians)
• (7) are age 109
• (3) are age 108
• (2) is age 107
• (2) are age 106
• (5) are age 105
• (9) are age 104
• (14) are age 103
• (27) are age 102
• (33) are age 101
• (36) are or will be 100 by December of this year.
DPHHS also recently asked these individuals their secret to longevity, the most amazing event in their life, a favorite quote and various other insights into their lives. All those who submit their information will receive a recognition proclamation from Governor Steve Bullock.
Here are some of the responses:

Helen Self, age 110, Missoula. Self is actually considered a Supercentenarian since she has reached age 110, and according to DPHHS information is the current oldest living person in Montana. Her secret to longevity is: “I won’t give up, I can’t die yet; I still have work to do!” While Self is not a Veteran, she served her country through her work in the shipyards during WWII and served as the president of the American Legion Auxiliary in her 90s. She still enjoys getting out of the house. Her favorite places to go are the 4B’s Restaurant, the bank, having a cookie and coffee with her grandson on Fridays, the Dollar Store, and the Montana Club for a free birthday dinner.

Catherine ‘Katie’ Billau, age 100, Bozeman. Billau said in her younger years she passed on a college scholarship in order to earn enough money to buy her single mother an electric refrigerator. Her secret to longevity is her fierce independence, staying mentally challenged and staying stylish. She still walks a mile a day and has “great genes.” Her favorite quote is “life is a journey, not a destination.”

Lavina Bonnie Grosshuesch, age 102, Billings. Grosshuesch attributes her longevity as heredity since one sister lived to be 101. In 1984, with 200 other veterans and their families, she and her husband traveled to the Philippines for a 40th military anniversary. Tragedy nearly struck when a fire erupted at the hotel where they stayed. Fortunately, her husband’s quick action proved lifesaving when he tied curtains together so they could lower themselves to safety. Her favorite quotes include “oh my land”, “fiddlesticks” and “my goodness”.

Margaret Look, age 103, Billings. Look attributes her longevity to “good food”. She has written three books and was also on the woman’s rowing team at Cornell University. Her favorite quote “isn’t it lovely”.

Nora Connolly Lukin, age 100, Browning. Lukin said her most amazing life events are that she survived the Great Depression and managed successful businesses. She still manages the land allotment she received as an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. She has also visited 28 countries and felt her travel was a very valuable education. Her secret to longevity is keeping busy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Lydia Marie Schmidt Maier, 101 years old, Billings, MT. Maier was born in Watkins, MT in a homesteader’s sod house. Her mother died when she was just age 10 and Maier suddenly became cook and housekeeper for her father and three brothers. When she was 14, she met and fell in love with the man of her dreams who was 18 at the time. However, she says that he didn’t notice her for several more years. Maier has three children, eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She still lives on her own and cooks, cleans, does laundry and works in her garden.

Cecile Farris Magers, age 100, Billings. Magers thought about living this long includes one single word: “Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! There is a lot of pleasure in volunteering.” Her favorite quotes are “one has to live day-to-day the best you can” and “don’t be too judgmental.”

Bulah Manning, age 100, Laurel. Manning was born at home on Four Mile Road near Birney. Some of her most amazing life events include experiencing World War II and she believes she owes her longevity to the fact that she never smoked.

Bernard ‘Barney’ Meyers, age 109. Meyers taught math for 30 years in the Billings School District as well as coached football, basketball, track and cross country. He coached five state champion cross country teams. The most important part of his life is his family. He was married to his wife Bess for 63 years. He has three daughters, eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. His favorite quote is “live each day like it’s your last one. Someday, you’ll get it right.” He attributes his longevity to “genes and exercise”, and the fact he “chose” the right grandparents.

Francies Poulos, 100 years old, Billings, MT. Poulos was born in a log cabin in McCone County. She lived in Atlanta, GA in the downtown area for a while and experienced a very diverse population of people. She would spend hours visiting them, and they would later surprise her with smalls gifts in return. She believes their kindness was due to her recognizing them by name and making them feel special. “It is important to say people’s names when we talk to them and let people know they are important and be kind.” Poulos explains her longevity is due to “being so busy I forget to die”.

This year’s Conference on Aging will be a continued celebration of Aging in Montana. The conference’s mission is to raise the public’s awareness of the state’s current senior population, as well as providing lifestyle choices and alternatives for the baby boomer generation which started turning 65 in 2011. The conference theme “Rock Your Age, Still Cruisin’” stresses that seniors play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, network and lives.

In honor of the conference, the theme and event topics will focus on encouraging and providing information to seniors and caregivers to Connect, Create and Contribute with focus on their community.
The conference includes numerous keynote addresses, breakout sessions and panel discussions that focus on meal preparation for seniors, health promotion, Alzheimer’s information, social security, financial advice, Medicare, and more.

Saskatoon Police Pipes And Drums Schedule

Friday, September 20th 2019

Glasgow Homecoming events include the Pub Crawl, Sat. Sept. 21st, with the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums performing. Here is their schedule:

Friday, Sept. 20
2:30 p.m. - Homecoming Parade
6:00 p.m. - Chili feed @ GHS
7:00 p.m. - Homecoming football game

Saturday, Sept. 21
10:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Breakfast @ Glasgow Senior Citizen Center
11:00 a.m. - Valley View Home
11:30 a.m. - Nemont Manor
Noon - Prairie Ridge Village
1:00 p.m. - GHS for volleyball match

5:30 – 6:00 - VFW
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. - Cottonwood Inn
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Busted Knuckle Brewery
7:40 - 8:10 p.m. - Glasgow Elks Lodge
8:15 - 9:00 p.m. - Stockman Bar
9:15 - 10:00 p.m. - Durum Restaurant
10:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. - Montana Bar
10:50 p.m. - 11:20 p.m. - Alley's Palace
11:30 p.m. - End - Sam & Jeff's

Sam Kitzenberg Passes Away

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Sunset Hills Funeral home

Leslie Loring (Sam) Kitzenberg died peacefully in his sleep at Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT on September 12, 2019. Sam was 72 years old and suffered the last several years from dementia. Sam is survived by his wife, Ronnie of Deer Lodge, MT; children Mark (Paula) Kitzenberg, Josh Kitzenberg, Samantha (Corey) Kitzenberg of Billings, MT and Jordan (Jake) Lowney of Draper, UT; grandchildren Katie and Cole Kitzenberg, Jackson and Lily Lowney; brother Kim (Mary) Kitzenberg and their children Kyle and Kristina Kitzenberg of Williston, ND. Sam is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Agnes (Thorstenson) Kitzenberg.

Born on July 25, 1947 in Williston, ND to Leland and Agnes Kitzenberg, Sam graduated from Plentywood High School in 1965 and the University of Montana in Missoula, MT in 1969 with a BA in Education.

He married Ronnie Gilman in February 1969 and they moved to Columbia Falls, MT where Sam began a career in education. Sam and Ronnie later moved to Williston, ND where Sam joined the family shoe business (H & H Shoes/Sam’s Shoes) from 1977 to 1990.

Sam went back to school and updated his teaching certificate which led him to a teaching position at Glasgow High School until 2005.

During his time in Glasgow, Sam fulfilled a lifetime dream of serving in the Montana legislature in both House of Representatives and Senate for a period of 14 years. Showing early signs of political ambition, he was elected Boy’s State Governor in 1964, and, from then on, it was full steam ahead! He was extremely proud of his many accomplishments while serving the people of Montana. His accomplishments include: establishing the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, MT and the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck, MT.

He also was instrumental in establishing the All-Day Kindergarten in MT. He was the presenter/champion of the School Bullying Bill and was a leader of the 4 for 2 Highway Campaign. Sam was tenacious on all projects he undertook and rarely took no for an answer, “anything was possible”. Riding around in his green Volkswagon Bug, proclaiming his faith on his license plate, “PRSEHIM”, Sam’s faith was an integral part of his life. He was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and occasional Lay preacher. Anyone who knew Sam the least little bit, knew he chugged those 12 packs of Diet Pepsi like a thirsty man in the desert. Add a few turkey dinners in the mix, and he was a happy man.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Deer Lodge, with a reception to follow from 12-3pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sam’s life. In lieu of flowers, please share Sam’s memories at sunsethillsfuneralhomes.net . The family would like to thank the Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT, the Genesis Home and the Renaissance Assisted Living Home in Deer Lodge, MT for their continued quality of care they gave Sam.

Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council To Meet Sept. 19

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 19, at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery in Fort Peck.

The meeting is open to the public and will include wildlife, fisheries, state parks, and other updates from FWP, and a roundtable discussion with CAC members.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year.

FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations for this meeting, please contact 406-228-3700.

Missouri River flooding expected downstream from Fort Peck

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials say the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the 2011 record and a third round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream.

Heavy rains dumped more than four times normal in parts of Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota last week. That triggered flood warnings and forced the forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River to jump to 58.8 million acre feet (17.92 million meters).

That will be second only to 2011's 61 million acre feet (18.59 million meters).

The Corps of Engineers doesn't expect major problems or threats to cities with the latest flooding — provided the temporary repairs made to levees since the spring hold up. But communities along the river are bracing for problems.

North Dakota sets record for oil production in July

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say drillers set a record for oil production in July.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.44 million barrels of oil daily in July. That was up from the previous record of 1.42 million barrels a day in set in June.

North Dakota also produced a record 2.94 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in July, up from 2.88 billion cubic feet in June.

Statewide, companies flared 23 percent of all gas produced in July, or nearly double the 12 percent target.

There were a record 15,943 wells producing in July. The July tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 62 drill rigs operating Monday, up five from the July average.

GHS Educational Trust Announces $2 Millon Dollar Bequest From The Estate Of James “Jim” A. Parke

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

(Press Release)
To say that Jim Parke’s bequest to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust is a generous gift from a generous individual is a serious understatement. It is so much more. It is a reflection of a life defined not only by intellectual and professional excellence, but also by an abiding faith, loyalty, and concern for others that guided his every move, from his earliest days in a small town on the Montana prairie to the pillars of the American and international business world in his career to his active and philanthropic retirement.

James “Jim” A. Parke began life in Glasgow, Montana, the son of Arthur and Audrey Parke, a banker and the city-county treasurer, respectively. His values were acquired early from his devoted and loving parents and shared with his younger sister Ardis, who both adored and delighted him. The feeling was mutual. His participation at First Lutheran Church in study and worship, in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, in Key Club, serving as Montana’s Governor, and in football, playing quarterback and serving as co-captain, all helped cement his values and displayed and developed his leadership potential. He graduated from Glasgow High School with the class of 1964 and retained and nurtured the friendships he formed there throughout his lifetime.

He continued his education and honed his leadership skills at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, serving as student body president and graduating in 1968 with a triple major in economics, political science, and history. He later became a generous supporter of the college, both financially and with his professional guidance, serving on the Board of Regents and other councils, where his expertise and sound judgment were deeply appreciated. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia and delivered the commencement address. It was revealing that at the conclusion of his address, Jim Parke, then battling stage-IV lung cancer, raised his fist up high and in a strong voice recited Concordia’s motto: “Soli Deo Gloria”—Glory to God alone.

Jim Parke began a 37-year career with General Electric Company following his graduation from Concordia College. His financial acumen, hard work, collaborative style, and high ethical standards propelled him through various enterprises within GE’s global interests, resulting in his rise to the highest level of management in GE. He retired from GE as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Services and Senior Vice President of General Electric Company in 2005.

True to his nature, after his retirement, Jim remained actively engaged in improving the lives of others by enhancing financial services and promoting educational opportunities. He served as a director of Genworth Financial for 14 years and as a director of First Community Bancorp in Glasgow, where his father and his wife, Marilyn Sellers Parke, had worked decades before. For 27 years, Jim served on the Board of Directors of buildON, a nonprofit that builds and operates schools in impoverished areas of underdeveloped nations. On his passing in 2018, a school in Delva, Haiti, was built in his name.

Through all of his successful endeavors, Jim moved with a humility and humor that made him a cherished friend and beloved family member. Taking time for recreation was essential to him and experiencing other cultures through his extensive travel was a priority and a joy. It is clear by his gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, however, that no matter where he went or what he achieved, he still loved his home town and wanted to help its students to a brighter future.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by the Glasgow High School Class of 1938. Gifts of cash, stock, and real estate from supporters across the nation have grown the corpus of the trust to over $7.9 million dollars. Interest earned on its investments is awarded to eligible applicants through a semi-annual process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.

All Glasgow High School graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, are in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits minimum) either on campus or online, and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or certification are encouraged to apply. The application, which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered. Financial need has always been a primary consideration; therefore, the trust has established levels of support to meet students’ diverse needs, and it distributes the funds available accordingly.

Students may reapply for additional aid for a total of eight semesters if they meet all of the eligibility requirements. To date, the trust has made 2,397 awards to 734 different students totaling $2,309,500.00. The trust has also made 122 awards to Glasgow High School providing enrichment activities and advanced equipment to every department. The dollar value of these gifts totals $247,779.09.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular individual, a gift is given to a student or to Glasgow High School in honor, memory, or recognition of that person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual allow for an annual naming opportunity.

James “Jim” A. Parke led an extraordinary life. It serves as an inspiration to all students to dream big, work hard, stay true to themselves and their values, and serve others. The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to include the first gift in memory of Jim with those recently awarded for the 2019-2020 school year.

First Time Recipients: Alexander Fransen, Dickinson State University, IMO Harold H. & Irene W. Smith (fall semester) IMO Harry Rybock (spring semester); McKenna Gagne, Minot State University, IMO Class of 1969 (fall semester) IHO Stan Andersen Family (spring semester); Bailee Holstein, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Leonard H. & Kathryn L. Langen (fall semester) IMO Ronald A. Combs (spring semester); Jesi Kennedy, Montana Tech–U of M, IHO Dorothy Kolstad (fall semester) IMO Vern & Edna Richardson (spring semester); Kaylee King, ND State University, IMO Leonard A. & Margery A. Bollinger (fall semester) IMO Maxine Fiedler (spring semester); Madison Knodel, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Lois Wilson Markle (fall semester) IMO Lois Wilson Markle (spring semester); Sophia Koessl, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Class of 1978 (fall semester) IMO Horace O. & Emma C. Gamas (spring semester); Sarah Law, Miles Community College, IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer (fall semester) IMO Marsha Cotton Hall (spring semester);
Bryce Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IHO James & Ailene Dokken Olk Family (fall semester) IMO James “Jamie” K. Fewer (spring semester); Benjamin Phillips, ND State University, IMO Steven “Steve” C. Bell (fall semester) IMO Arthur & Audrey Parke (spring semester); Deann Rasmusan, Minot State University, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman (fall semester) IMO James F. & Anne Hoffmann (spring semester); Alexis Stahl, MSU-Billings, IMO Kathleen “Kathy” Logan Block (fall semester) IMO Gary & Idella Mott (spring semester).

Second Time Recipients: Kiauna Barsad, Rocky Mountain College, IHO Bill & Peggy Pattison Endowment (fall semester) IRO Herb & Lucille Friedl Family (spring semester); Luke Breigenzer, MSU-Bozeman, IMO James “Jim” A. Parke (fall semester) IMO James “Jim” A. Parke (spring semester); Des’Rea Dible, Arizona State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage (fall semester) IMO Hovland Family (spring semester); Teagan Fossum, University of Mary, IMO Curtis “Curt” Wesen (fall semester) IMO Cecil & Chloe Toftness (spring semester); Khloe Krumwiede, University of North Dakota, IMO Dean Rusher (fall semester) IRO Leroy & Bess Lockwood Family (spring semester); Jordan Kulczyk, Williston State College, IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart (fall semester) IRO Stannebein Family (spring semester); Taylor Padden, MSU-Bozeman, IMO O. E. & Lois Wilson Markle (fall semester) IMO O.E. & Lois Wilson Markle (spring semester).

Third Time Recipients: Andrea Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Sever & Esther Enkerud (fall semester) IRO John & Catherine Etchart Family (spring semester); Karissa Liebelt, ND State University, IHO Beryl Pehlke (fall semester) IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson (spring semester); Jacob Page, U. of Montana, IMO Dr. F. M. & Bernice Knierim (fall semester) IMO Lila M. Sanders & IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine (spring semester); Brett See, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Charlotte Bruce (fall semester) IRO Willard & Charlotte Bruce Family (spring semester); Alexa Shipp, MSU-Billings, IMO Karen D. Newton (fall semester) IRO Beatrice Trites & Family (spring semester); Alexandrea Simensen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker (fall semester) IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker (spring semester); Kendra Vaugh, MSU-Billings, IMO L. J. & Jean Baker (fall semester) IRO Glenn R. & Carolee Grina Wallem (spring semester).

Fourth Time Recipient: Kaleb Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten (fall semester) IMO Wallace L. Johnson (spring semester).

The following equipment was also purchased for Glasgow High School:

GBC Heatseal Ultima 65 Roll Laminator, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr. , for the Library ;
Boomerang Collaborate Desks, IRO Ione & Phyllis Kleppin, for the Social Studies Department;
Framing Saw, IRO Tom & Flora Coghlan Family, for the Industrial Technology Department.

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