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Thursday, December 8th 2016
Montana Native Women's Coalition Director, Assistant Charged With Stealing From Nonprofit
Story with content from www.billingsgazette.com

Two women who served as administrators with the Glasgow-based Montana Native Women’s Coalition and the Women’s Resource Center, they are organizations intended to help Native American and community victims of domestic and sexual violence, this week denied charges of stealing money from the nonprofit groups.

Toni Louise Plummer-Alvernaz, 53, of Glasgow, and Brady Lynn Funk, 31, of Billings, each pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to indictments charging them with theft from a program receiving federal funding and to wire fraud.

The women appeared for arraignment Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston. He continued their release without bond pending trial before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris.

If convicted, the women face a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the wire fraud count. On the charge of theft from a program receiving federal funding they could be sentenced to ten years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.

Plummer-Alvernaz was the executive director of both organizations. Funk was the administrative assistant for the coalition and the administrative advocate for the resource center.

Both programs receive more than $10,000 in annual federal grants. During the period of indictments, from about December 2011 until December 2015, the programs received in excess of $1.6 million.

The Montana Native Women’s Coalition’s mission is to improve urban, rural and Native American community responses to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The Women’s Resource Center offers educational seminars to the general public on various issues, including health, parenting, career development and violence prevention.

Plummer-Alvernaz inflated work hours, double-billed travel, took other benefits to which she was not entitled and paid money to family members, her indictment said.

Funk’s indictment accuses her of inflating work hours, double-billing travel and taking other benefits to which she was not entitled.

To carry out the scheme, Plummer-Alvernaz and Funk used wire communications to to transfer money, reports, and other documents through the Department of Justice, Grant Payment Request System and Grant Management System and made credit card payments to Minneapolis, Washington D.C., South Dakota and other places according to the indictment.

If convicted, Plummer-Alvernaz would pay under a forfeiture count a $160,000 judgement.

Funk faces a money judgement of $30,000 under her forfeiture count.

A trial is set for February 6th for both women in Great Falls.

Wednesday, December 7th 2016
Vernon Buerkle Appointed Valley County Sheriff
The Valley County Commissioners appointed Vernon Buerkle as the new Valley County Sheriff effective January, 1st.

Buerkle will replace Glen Meier who will retire from the position on December 31st. Meier has served as Sheriff for the past 14 years and is in the middle of a 4-year term he was elected to in 2014.

Buerkle will serve the remainder of the 4 year term which will end December 31st of 2018.

The Valley County Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Buerkle to replace Meier. The six deputies of the VCSO also wrote a letter to the commissioners expressing their support for Buerkle to be named Sheriff.

Vernon Buerkle has served as the Valley County Undersheriff for the past 15 years working under the last 2 elected sheriff's in Valley County. He also worked for the Glasgow Police Department for 21 years including a stint from 1975-1990 and from 1993-1999. He also spent 3 years working for the United States Postal Service.

Wednesday, December 7th 2016
Continued Cold...For How Long?
(From the National Weather Service Facebook feed)

Looking into the future a bit, we may not see High Temperatures return to above 20F for some time. There is no indication in the next 2 weeks that it will happen.

So how long have we gone without a High Temperature above 20F? Here is the list. Hopefully we don't repeat what happened in 1936 (click on pic for the full chilling details).

Wednesday, December 7th 2016
Meeting Regarding Retired Senior Volunteer Program Is December 15
The Valley County Health Department is hoping you will be able to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, December 15 at noon at the Valley County Community Room to hear about the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Jessica Davies, RSVP Program Director at Richland County will talk about how their county has benefitted from this program since 2004 and she will give us information about how we can use these services as well. RSVP provides liability insurance, placement, training, tracking hours and recognition for all their volunteers through grant funding.

If a program in which you are involved could benefit from using a volunteer, please join us for a lunch meeting on December 15 at noon at the Courthouse Community Room.
If you have any questions, please call 228-6261.

Wednesday, December 7th 2016
Nelson Reservoir To Remain Low Through The Winter
Nelson Reservoir, located 20 miles northeast of Malta, will be approximately 15 ft (2206 ft elevation) below full pool elevation of 2221 ft, or 37% of full pool capacity. The reservoir was drawn down to complete a Bureau of Reclamation Safety of Dams project to remedy certain deficiencies associated with the dikes.

The majority of the work has been completed; however, ice anglers should expect crews working through the winter (weather permitting), near the northeast corner of the reservoir. Nelson Reservoir has been a destination ice fishery for many years, attracting anglers from across the state looking to target walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch.

Re-fill of the reservoir will occur when water diversions begin. This is expected to start sometime in March, 2017. Also, in the spring, construction crews will complete site cleanup, reclamation, reseeding, gravel resurfacing, and any additional work not completed this winter.

FWP fisheries staff completed annual surveys in the fall. Walleye, northern pike, and black crappie abundances were slightly above long-term average. Yellow perch abundances were down approximately 35% from the long-term average. The long-term impacts of the drawdown to the Nelson fishery will be dependent on water availability in the spring, and throughout the 2017 water year.

Anglers looking for more information should contact FWP biologist Cody Nagel at cnagel@mt.gov or 406-265-6177-ext. 226.

Tuesday, December 6th 2016
Work Continues On Possible Amtrak Stop In Culbertson
U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the release of an Amtrak report on developing passenger rail service in the Bakken Region.

This report was required by language drafted by Daines in the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, reported out of Committee on June 25, 2015.

“Amtrak plays a critical role in connectivity along Montana’s Hi-Line. Reinstating the stop in Culbertson will increase the transportation options for people in northeastern Montana” Daines stated. “I am glad Amtrak has publicly agreed to this concept and recognizes the net positive benefit of this stop to their budget.”

“I’m excited to see that Amtrak still recognizes the potential for adding a stop to the Empire Builder line in Culbertson despite the current downturn in the Bakken,” Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers. “I’m grateful for Senator Daines’ commitment to helping our area add this stop and I am eager to continue to work with his staff, Amtrak, BNSF, and others to move this project forward.”

Daines has also called on Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman to work with Eastern Montana stakeholders and reinstate the Empire Builder stop.

Daines is a member of both the authorizing and appropriating committees in the U.S. Senate responsible for federal transportation programs, both the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Daines was a strong advocate for the FAST Act, a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill which also authorized operation grants to Amtrak – the first long-term highway funding bill since 2009.

Daines also secured language in the FAST Act requiring Amtrak to evaluate options for establishing additional Amtrak stops that would have a positive financial impact to Amtrak, including the potential station in Culbertson, Montana. It also requires evaluation of options to enhance economic development and accessibility of Amtrak stations and their surrounding areas.
Tuesday, December 6th 2016
Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results for the 2016 Season
Photo tagline: Biologists Heather Harris and Scott Hemmer check a mule deer at the Havre check station.

The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2016 hunting season. The check station was open from Oct. 8 (the open of general antelope) through Nov. 27 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, both hunter numbers and big-game harvest increased from last year, with mule deer numbers being the highest in several years.
Hunter numbers (1,810) were up 17% from 2015, and were the highest seen since 2010. Some of this was likely due to doe tags being available again this year, but also may have had something to do with the mild weather.

“Weather conditions this year were quite unusual,” said Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, who manages the check station. “Early in the season was very wet and rainy, making access difficult. Later in the year was unseasonably warm and dry. I don’t remember a year like this where we didn’t have at least some cold weather.”

Despite the mild conditions, which can sometimes lead to difficult hunting, hunter success was very good, especially for mule deer. “The most noteworthy change this year was a significant increase in deer harvest,” said Hemmer.

Mule deer harvest of 507 for the year was up 49% from last year, and 7% above the long-term average. The total mule deer harvest numbers were the highest since 2010, and the mule deer buck harvest was the highest since 2007. Understandably, Hemmer said most hunters reported seeing considerably more deer than in recent years, and also with available B-tags for does, more harvest occurred.

For the year, 101 white-tails were brought by the check station, which is 80% higher than 2015, but still 39% below the long-term average.

“Hunters reported seeing increasing white-tailed deer numbers this year, but numbers did not appear to be back to pre-EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) levels in most areas,” said Hemmer. “However, hunters enjoyed the opportunity to harvest a white-tailed doe, as single-region B tags were once again available this year.”

Antelope, whose general season ended on Nov. 13, showed numbers that were 27% above 2015, but were still 68% below the long-term average. 98 antelope were brought by the check station this year.

For the year, 35 elk were brought by the check station, which is the same as last year but still slightly below the long-term average.

For the five weeks that the check station was open, the pheasant harvest of 738 birds is below last year (-2%) and the long-term average (-14%). Sharp-tailed grouse (85 birds) harvest is down from last year, and down from the long-term average. Hungarian partridge harvest (104 birds) is below last year’s numbers, but still largely above the long-term average.

“Overall, it appeared to be a good season for hunters this year,” said Hemmer. “We sure appreciate and enjoy visiting with the hunters that come by the check station, and it’s great to see the smile on their face after a successful hunt.”

Tuesday, December 6th 2016
National Influenza Vaccination Week
National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 4th – 10th.

With flu activity increasing & family & friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. Everyone 6 months of age & older should get a flu vaccine every season.

While seasonal flu activity varies, flu activity usually peaks between December & February, though activity can last as late as May.

As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.

An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease. Even if you have already gotten sick with flu this season, it is still a good idea to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines protects against four different flu viruses.

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself & your loved ones this flu season! Celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week with the Valley County Health Department’s Flu Clinic Wed. Dec. 7th from 8:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.

Monday, December 5th 2016
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier Announces Retirement
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has announced to the Valley County Commissioners he will retire from the position at the end of 2016.

Meier is in the middle of a 4th 4-year term as Valley County Sheriff. He was first elected to the position in 2002. He most recently won re-election in 2014. His term is set to end in 2018.

The Valley County Commissioners will name a replacement who will serve out the remainder of the term.

Monday, December 5th 2016
Block Of Bucks Raises $31,671!
The final total for the Block of Bucks is $31,671.00! This is a new record for collections for the program administered by the Glasgow Soroptimist Club. A total of 297 children went shopping for essential clothing on Saturday.

Last year a total of $28,703 was collected with $2318 held over from the year before for a total shopping amount of $31,021. There were 206 children ages infant to 12 years old who had $150 each to spend on essential clothing.

There was a change this year and the age limit was increased to 17. So 297 children up to age 17 were able to benefit from the program.

Monday, December 5th 2016
Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee Special Legislative Session Meets December 14 in Havre
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Best Western Plus Havre Inn and Suites, located at 1425 US-2 in Havre, for a special legislative meeting.

The meeting is open to the public, and state senators and representatives in the region have been invited as well. The main purpose of this meeting is for the Department to share with legislators and CAC members the legislative proposals supported by FWP, and to answer any questions on these or other related topics. There will also be department updates and an “open session” for questions and discussions.

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. For more information about the Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at [L[http://www.fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/cac/[EL].

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

Monday, December 5th 2016
General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Shoulder Season Starts Soon
This year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting from Dec. 15-Dec. 31, with a specific B-license. Elk licenses (general elk or B-
licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region
6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season, either a:

699-00 Elk B-license-valid in HDs 620, 621, 622, 630, 631, 632-on all lands (private and public) outside CMR National Wildlife Refuge

696-00 Elk B-license-valid in HD 680 & 690-on all lands

A shoulder season is a firearms season that occurs outside the general season and is focused on antlerless elk harvest. Shoulder seasons are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general firearms seasons, but aim to provide additional antlerless elk harvest to bring elk populations closer to objectives.

Shoulder seasons have specific objectives, and the Fish and Wildlife commission and department will annually monitor the success of shoulder seasons in each hunting district to ensure they are meeting the fundamental objectives.

All hunting regulations apply to the shoulder season, including obtaining landowner permission. FWP suggests that hunters contact private landowners as early as possible, and to please be respectful during the holiday season. Shoulder-season licenses are also valid on legally accessible public lands (except CMR Wildlife Refuge), and in participating Block Management lands.

Block Management Cooperators were given the opportunity to opt out of the shoulder season, and four BMAs are not participating in the shoulders season for elk: #1 Springer, #21 Thorsdad, #43 Dry Fork APR, #218 Midale APR, and #48 Burke Ranch. These BMAs are, however, still open for upland bird hunting through Jan. 1.

Biologists would like to remind license holders that this is not a “damage hunt,” with elk stacked up in concentrated areas. Hunters should prepare to hunt hard for elk, no different than any other hunting season. Expect variable weather conditions to possibly include deep snow, cold, and/or muddy conditions. Hunters should have means to retrieve elk over potentially long distances.

Region 6 will not have any shoulder season hunt information coordinators. If there are any general questions concerning the shoulder season in Region 6, the FWP website contains a wealth of information at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/hunting/seasons/elkShoulder/, or please contact the following:
Marc Kloker — Region 6 Information and Education Manager, (406) 228-3704
Scott Thompson — Region 6 Wildlife Manager, (406) 228-3710
General questions can also be directed to the FWP R6 office at (406) 228-3700.

Sunday, December 4th 2016
Arctic Air Headed Our Way This Week
According to the National Weather Service on Sunday, a cold front will move through Montana this week, dropping the highs to the single digits by Tuesday.

At this point, it looks like most of the significant snowfall will miss the Glasgow area.

Northwest winds of 15-25mph will drive the wind chills to -20 to -30 at times this week.

Preparation Tips:
-Bundle up, make sure children (and adults) are appropriately dressed.
-Provide shelter for pets
-Provide adequate water for livestock
-Pipes may freeze and have issues. If you have a mobile home with little insulation, letting your faucet drip a bit through the day will help keep pipes from freezing.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/ggw/

Friday, December 2nd 2016
Block Of Bucks Taking Place In Glasgow Today!
The Block of Bucks will take place in Glasgow's 2 downtown intersections today. The Glasgow Soroptimist Club is spearheading the Block of Bucks again this year and 310 children will go shopping for essential clothing tomorrow in Glasgow thanks to the generosity of the citizens of
Valley County.

Last year a total of $28,703 was collected with $2318 held over from the year before for a total shopping amount of $31,021. There were 206 children ages infant to 12 years old who had $150 each to spend on essential clothing.

There is a change this year and the age limit has increased to 17. So there are now 310 children ages infant to 17 who will go shopping on Saturday.

Volunteers will be at the two downtown intersections from 7am to 5pm today collecting for the Block of Bucks!

Tune to Kltz and Mix-93 for updates on the total amount of money raised!

Friday, December 2nd 2016
Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremony Is Sunday
The 18th annual Remembrance Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Museum.

The ceremony will include: music, the reading of the names and refreshments.

The tree will be lit daily from December 4th through December 31st.

The money earned from the Remembrance Tree is donated to the Block of Bucks.

Wednesday, November 30th 2016
Recreational Vehicles And Campers Must Be Moved Off City Streets Starting December 1st
Glasgow Police Chief Bruce Barstad is reminding Glasgow residents that city ordinance doesn't allow recreational vehicles and campers to be parked on city streets through the end of March. This is a seasonal ordinance which is in effect from December 1st through the end of March.

Also a reminder that vehicles parked on city streets or allies must be moved after 5 days. Extension permits are available for up to 14 days.

If you have any questions please contact the Glasgow Police Department.

Wednesday, November 30th 2016
Attorney: Oil patch murderer needs treatment, not prison
An attorney for a mentally disabled man serving a 100-year prison term for killing a high school teacher in the Northern Plains' oil patch asked the Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday to vacate his sentence and place him under the custody of state health officials.

The killing of Sherry Arnold in the once-quiet town of Sidney called attention to a major spike in crime following an oil boom that swept eastern Montana and western North Dakota.

Arnold, 43, was killed when Michael Keith Spell of Parachute, Colorado, and an accomplice attempted to abduct her while she was jogging before dawn near her house in January 2012.

Defense attorney Wendy Holton said in Tuesday's appeal brief that Spell needs to be in a treatment setting such as Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, not the state prison.

Spell is said to be functionally illiterate with an IQ score of 70, which "falls into the mental retardation range," according to Holton. Keeping him in prison amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the U.S. and Montana constitutions and puts him at risk of manipulation by other inmates, she said.

"Michael's disabilities require that he be placed in a facility that has training and experience in dealing with developmentally disabled adults," Holton wrote.

Prosecutors were reviewing Tuesday's court filing and had no immediate comment. The office of Attorney General Tim Fox must respond to Spell's appeal within 30 days, said spokesman Eric Sell.

Spell was convicted by a state judge last year after pleading guilty to murdering the popular math teacher. Co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. received 80 years in prison on a charge of deliberate homicide by accountability.

Since he arrived at Montana State Prison in April 2015, Spell has had three major disciplinary violations, said Department of Corrections communications director Judy Beck. He was found guilty by prison officials of fighting with another inmate in May 2015, flooding his cell and refusing to obey a direct order in June 2015 and assaulting another inmate this April.


After the assault, Spell was transferred from a medium security cell block to a high security area. He'll remain there until he can earn his way back with good behavior, Beck said.

He's due to be eligible for parole in 2037.

During his trial, Spell was spared a potential death sentence when state health officials agreed with defense experts who said he was mentally disabled. Defense attorneys also argued that he was incompetent to stand trial, but state District Judge Richard Simonton rejected that claim.

Friday, November 25th 2016
Powerball Jackpot Over $400 Million
Just in time for Black Friday shopping, holiday dreaming and post-Christmas bill paying, Powerball's jackpot has popped over $400 million — a threshold where a lot of people start paying attention.

No one has won the top prize since Sept. 17 when Atlanta residents William and Heather ten Broeke bagged a $246.8 million prize but chose the immediate cash option instead, collecting $165.6 million. So the Powerball pot has been growing for 9½ weeks and has reached $403 million for Saturday night's drawing, according to information on the multi-state lottery's website.

The $2 tickets are available in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

But before you blow your budget, realize that the odds of getting the grand prize — 30 annual payments that start at about $4 million and increase to more than $16 million by the final year — are more than 1 in 292 million. The lump sum payout, $243.8 million for Saturday's drawing, is always substantially less.

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016
Chamber Releases Christmas Events & Merchant Hour Schedule For Holidays
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture has released the schedule for the holiday season events.

Santa will arrive at noon on Saturday, November 26th. He'll visit Shopko, Prairie Ridge, Nemont Manor, Valley View Nursing Home, and then finish at Pehlke's Furniture & Floor Coverings.

Valley Cinemas will host a free matinee at 1; hay rides by the Cornwell Ranch will run from 2:30-5 p.m.

The tree lighting ceremony will be at 5 p.m. at Markle's Ace Hardware parking lot, with the Christmas Light Parade set for 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016
Valley County Thanksgiving Dinner Set For Thursday
The 26th Annual Valley County Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held Thurs. Nov. 24th at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center, located at 328 4th Street South.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal, sponsored by community volunteers, will be served from 12noon – 2p.m. This is free of charge & open to everyone. For more information, contact Ruth Ann, 228-8392.

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016
Hay Losses Due To Flooding
Flooding is an eligible loss condition for livestock feed losses under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP)

Livestock producers that suffered damaged or destroyed mechanically harvested forage, either in the field or in the stack, due to flooding may be eligible for compensation under ELAP. 

Producers must file a notice of loss and application for payment the earlier of:
• 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent to the participant.
• November 1, 2017 for losses which occurred after October 1, 2016.

Producers are required to submit all supporting documentation to support their losses by the deadline. There are no late-file provisions under the ELAP program. 

Please contact your local FSA Office to file an application. 406-228-4321.

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016
Senator Daines Requests Federal Help In Battle Against Invasive Mussels
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Monday wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to request the expedited implementation and distribution of funds for watercraft inspection stations.

Daines’ letter comes in the wake of confirmed invasive mussel larvae in the Tiber Reservoir and potentially in Canyon Ferry. If adult mussels spread, they threaten to block hydropower and irrigation ducts. Invasive mussels also negatively impact the ecosystem, recreation and tourism of affected areas.

“Montana has already spent nearly $1 million on operating 16 inspection stations this year,” Daines said in his letter. “Montana has plans to expand the number and hours of inspections stations to further mitigate this threat. However, the federal match is urgently needed by April 1, 2017, before next year’s water recreation season begins and Montana sees an exponential increase in boat traffic and risk.”

Boating has been temporarily banned in Glacier National Park and Blackfeet Tribal waters to prevent the further spread of larvae.

“Montana’s mussel invasion created headlines at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region meeting in Boise on Thursday and Friday. It’s the nightmare you don’t want,” Mike Cuffe, a vice president and Montana representative of Pacific Northwest Economic Region, said. “So we desperately need these preventative dollars released for the good of Montana and the other northwest states.”

Mussels spread in moving water or by attaching themselves to boats, and it's likely that the microscopic larvae arrived on a boat from out of state.

A range of outcomes are possible, from no establishment of adult aquatic invasive mussels and no effects on lake/reservoir services, to full establishment and significant effects, according to the DNRC.

Other states have seen that range of impacts in water bodies with established quagga or zebra populations. .

FWP is going to look at setting up water craft inspection stations where boats can be decontaminated.

Options for chemically killing the mussels is limited because it can affect other species.

FWP and other entities have been actively monitoring for zebra and quagga mussels for over a decade.

Until 2016, neither zebra nor quagga mussels had been detected in Montana waters.

Friday, November 18th 2016
Chinook Attorney Appointed By Governor Bullock To District Court Judge Position
Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Thursday appointed Yvonne Laird of Chinook to replace District Court Judge John McKeon in the 17th Judicial District.

Laird is a graduate of Blue Sky High School in Rudyard, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia College and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana. She currently owns her own practice, Laird Law Office, PLLC, and previously has worked for Montana Legal Services and the Blain County Attorney’s Office as both the Deputy County Attorney and County Attorney.

McKeon announced earlier this year his intention to retire at the end of November. McKeon has served as District Court Judge since being elected to the position in 1994. The 17th Judicial District covers Blaine, Phillips and Valley Counties.

The Montana Judicial Nomination Commission forwarded to Governor Bullock the names of 4 candidates to replace Judge McKeon. The candidates included Peter L. Helland, Yvonne Gaye Laird, Dan Raymond O’Brien and Randy Homer Randolph.

Yvonne Laird is subject to Montana State Senate confirmation during the 2017 legislative session. If confirmed, she will serve until January 2019.

Wednesday, November 16th 2016
Full Interview With Taylor Zerbe, On Surviving The New Zealand Earthquake
Taylor Zerbe, daughter of Galen & Karla Zerbe of Glasgow, was in New Zealand with the Study Abroad program through Biola University when the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck last weekend.

Taylor has been transported, via ship, to the southern island's biggest city, Christchurch. As of Wednesday morning Glasgow time, she and her classmates were waiting to see when they can fly back to the United States.

She shared her story with us on Wednesday morning, and the full interview is available here.

Wednesday, November 16th 2016
Montana Department of Transportation Proposes Slide Reparation Project On Montana Highway 24 South Of Opheim
Opheim - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public on a proposal to repair a slide on Montana Highway 24, approximately 21 miles south of Opheim near reference post 28.8.

Proposed work includes slope work, relocation of a drainage swale, and a new pavement surface. The purpose of the project is to correct a slope failure.

The project will be let upon completion of the design and the acquisition of needed right-of-way. MDT staff will contact all potentially affected landowners prior to performing survey work on their land. Staff will again contact landowners prior to construction regarding property acquisition and temporary construction permits.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Jim Frank at (406) 3458214. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at P. O. Box 890, Glendive, MT 59330-0890, or online at:

http://www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Wednesday, November 16th 2016
Montana Infrastructure Coalition Adopts Legislative Package
At their recent membership meeting, the Montana Infrastructure Coalition adopted a package of tools to address the declining condition of our most critical infrastructure, including consistent funding mechanisms for roads, bridges, water and sewer projects.

Infrastructure Coalition Executive Director, Darryl James, says “Montana hasn’t adjusted our revenue tools and infrastructure funding formulas in decades, and we are unable to keep pace with growing physical and regulatory demands. Our goal as a Coalition is to identify sustainable funding for the essential infrastructure required to build and maintain healthy communities and a robust economy.”

The Infrastructure Coalition package includes the following major components:
Fuel Tax Increase:
With a $0.10 per gallon increase in the fuel tax and additional adjustments in the fuel tax revenue distribution formula, Montana can fully leverage available federal highway funds, and provide a long-overdue funding increase for City and County roadway and bridge improvements.

Local Option Tourism Tax:
With an emphasis on local control, each community would be empowered to decide whether a local tourism tax is appropriate in their area. This tool requires local voter approval and re-approval upon a mandatory sunset, applicability to a limited range of luxury items, at least five percent of the revenue returned to local residents through property tax relief, and a commitment of revenue to be invested in infrastructure.

Enhancing Infrastructure Assistance through the Coal Tax Trust Fund:
The Legislature has struggled in recent years with issuing bonds for infrastructure that are backed by the General Fund. As an alternative, the Coalition proposes that the Coal Trust be capped at $1 billion and new revenues used to back bonds issued specifically for vetted and prioritized infrastructure projects, such as those that might qualify for the Treasure State Endowment Program.

Additional Tools:
The Coalition is developing enabling legislation to provide local governments with the ability to leverage private investment through Public Private Partnerships (P3s), and will also support a reasonable and balanced Bonding Bill focused on critical infrastructure needs across the state.

“The Infrastructure Coalition looks forward to collaborating with the new legislative leadership and the Bullock Administration to develop this new approach, but what we know now is that the status quo isn’t working, and we simply must start taking incremental steps towards addressing a problem that isn’t going away and isn’t getting any smaller,” said Mr. James.

About the Montana Infrastructure Coalition
The Montana Infrastructure Coalition is an association of over 70 public and private organizations involved in the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of our most critical infrastructure in Montana.  The purpose of this Coalition is to help change public policy and improve the manner in which State and local governments build and maintain these essential community assets.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016
Festival Of Trees
The 12th Annual Festival of Trees for the Northeast Montana Relay For Life will be held Sat. Nov. 19th at the Glasgow Elks Club.

The annual Prime Rib dinner & auction will take place Fri. Nov. 18th starting at 6p.m. Tickets are $25 apiece & can be purchased at KLTZ/Mix 93, BS Central, Glasgow Elks Club or by contacting Rod Karst, 263-8757.

Trees can be set up, & wreaths or center pieces dropped off, at the Elks starting Tues. Nov. 15th & Wed. Nov. 16th from 5 - 9p.m., or Thurs. Nov. 17th from 3 - 9p.m. Trees will be on display from 5 - 9p.m. Thursday, 4 - 9p.m. Friday, & 9a.m. – 4p.m. Saturday.

Brian & Angela Austin will be on hand Friday night to auction the trees, wreaths & center pieces after the dinner. Something new this year is Lindsay Peterson from Robyn's Nest will be on hand Wed. Nov. 16th at 7p.m. to demonstrate tree decorating tips.

For more information, contact Rod Karst, Julie Loewen - 941-0476, or Rita Zeller - 263-7707.

Monday, November 14th 2016
Glasgow College Student Endures 7.5 Earthquake In New Zealand
Taylor Zerbe, daughter of Galen and Karla Zerbe in Glasgow, endured a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand in the early morning hours Sunday. Taylor, who is part of the Study Abroad program through southern California's Biola University, has been in Kaikoura, New Zealand for the fall semester.

According to her family, she is safe, though suffering from some minor cuts and bruises, after being awoken by the extreme shaking from the quake. After the shaking stopped, Taylor and her classmates ran out of their building, but it was difficult to see with so much sheet rock dust. She ended up cutting her ankle on some broken glass.

But, in between the original earthquake and the aftershocks, the next worry was of a tsunami. New Zealand declared a tsunami warning for coastal areas, originally fearing waves would reach 4 or 5 meters high.

Taylor said their college staff was very prepared, and quickly got the students loaded in the van and took them from the seaside town up into the mountains. The students spent the night in the van, but came down later in the day when the tsunami warnings were canceled.

According to New Zealand authorities, thankfully, most of the energy of the waves went out into the ocean. As of Sunday night local time, they were staying at their local church, without power.

Meanwhile, the buildings where Taylor was staying have been condemned; the facility is uninhabitable. Biola University officials were working to get the students back home as quickly as possible. They stated that there is no power, no phone service and no running water. The only road in and out is impassable, and will not be opened for quite some time in either direction.

St John rescue helicopters have been sent to Kaikoura, loaded with intensive-care medical equipment and extra paramedics to be able to treat patients on the ground, and a number of military helicopters have been sent from Christchurch to assess the damage, re-establish communication and deploy search and rescue teams.

A state of emergency has been declared and the college officials have been working with top levels of the New Zealand government for the students to be supplied and evacuated.

Taylor was able to communicate with her family for a short time on Sunday local time, while she was in the hospital getting stitches for her injury.

Kaikoura is located about 60 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake; it was among the hardest hit of New Zealand's cities.

According to theguardian.com
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Hanmer Springs in the north of South Island, New Zealand at 12.02am.
Two people are confirmed dead.
Several main roads and rail lines have been badly damaged and are impassable.
Thousands of people were evacuated to high ground after a tsunami warning was issued. The warnings were lifted, but people remain advised to stay away from water ways due to strong waves and currents.
Kaikoura, a town of about 2000 people, has been almost completely isolated with roads closed and phone lines down. There is a state of emergency in place for the town. The first rescue teams to reach the town report no serious injuries.
Scientists think the quake might have actually been two quakes in separate faults.
A strong 6.8 magnitude aftershock hit near Cheviot in South Island.
Prime minister John Key is touring the affected region by helicopter.
A 110-year-old woman has been pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed homestead.

Monday, November 14th 2016
Montana Ranchers Grapple With Low Cattle Prices
(Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Thousands of Montana ranchers are seeing low cattle prices after an uptick in 2014.

The Missoulian reports demand pushed prices higher in the fall of 2014, but factors like oversupply have led to the decrease.

Per-pound prices have fallen by about a third from a year and a half ago to about $1.10 compared to $2.50.

Bill Bullard of the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund says prices have never collapsed this way before, and that the country's rural economy will lose billions.

The group wants an investigation into possible price fixing by meat packers.

Montana State University's Department of Agricultural Economics associate professor Eric Belasco says a study found meat packers did not have much ability to manipulate prices.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sunday, November 13th 2016
Community Support Allows Soroptimist Block Of Bucks To Expand Age For Eligible Children To 17
Soroptimists of Glasgow have expanded the age for children participating in the Block of Bucks shopping event. Due to the tremendous support from the Valley County community, the age limit for children has been expanded from 12 years old to 17 years old. This means that children between the age of 0 to 17 may register for the event through the Office of Public Assistance, located at 630 Second Ave S., Glasgow. Sign up ends on Monday, November 28th, at 5 pm. Parents must pick up registration forms from that office and return them to the office in person in order to be eligible to participate.

Donations are needed to fund the clothes shopping event and are deeply appreciated. They may be mailed prior to collection day to: Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.
Volunteers are still needed to help families shop on Saturday, December 3rd. Please call Elissa Erickson at 230-1629 if you are willing to help, or if you have any questions.

Saturday, November 12th 2016
Senate GOP Leader Says He Asked Trump To Back Keystone
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The top Republican in the Senate says he asked President-elect Donald Trump to move swiftly in approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told reporters on Friday that he made the request during his Capitol Hill meeting with Trump a day earlier.

President Barack Obama had vetoed legislation that would have moved ahead with construction of the pipeline projected to carry 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Canada and North Dakota to Nebraska, where existing pipelines would bring the oil to Gulf Coast refineries.

Environmentalists had opposed the project, but the prospect of an all-Republican government next year boosts the chances for Keystone.

McConnell also said he expect a major overhaul of the tax system next year.

(Copyright 2016 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Saturday, November 12th 2016
Region 6 Havre Check Station Results After Third Week Of General Hunting Season
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station was fairly active over the third weekend of general deer and elk season, with most big game species seeing an increase in harvest from the past few years. This is the fifth weekend that the check station has been open.

“Weather over the weekend was warmer, with high temperatures in the mid-60’s and mild winds,” said Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer. “The weather earlier this week had been drier and road access was much better this weekend, although many less improved roads and trails were still impassable.”

Hunter numbers over the weekend were almost exactly the same as both last year and the short-term (six-year) average. There were 184 hunters in 40 parties checked.

Harvest for most species was below the long-term average for this weekend. Only three antelope were checked, which was up from one last year, but below the long-term average of seven. Since the open of general antelope, 139 have been by the check station, which is 71% below the long term average.

Mule deer harvest of 32 (26 bucks, six does) was down 44% from last year and down 46% from the long-term average. Most hunter reports were still positive and they reported seeing more deer than in recent years. Mule deer harvest of 158 for the year is up 20% from last year, but is still 24% below the long term average.

White-tailed deer harvest remained strong, as 17 deer (10 bucks, seven does) were brought by the check station. So far in 2016, 47 white-tails have been by the check station.

Five elk were harvested (three bulls, two cows), which was up from the two elk checked this weekend last year and about the same as the long-term average for the weekend.

For the five weeks that the check station has been open, the pheasant harvest of 580 birds is below last year (-13%) and the long-term average (-23%). Sharp-tailed grouse harvest is down from last year, and down from the long-term average. Hungarian partridge harvest is below last year’s numbers, but still largely above the long-term average.

Saturday, November 12th 2016
Brett Dorak Hired As Malta-area Wildlife Biologist
Picture tagline: Dorak with an antelope doe that he harvested in Phillips Co. this year, on a Block Management property.

Brett Dorak was recently appointed as the Malta-area biologist for Region 6 of Montana of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. He will be based out of Malta and replaces Scott Thompson, who became the Region 6 Wildlife Manager in early 2016.

Dorak, 31, is originally from Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. Dorak did his masters work leading a collaborative effort to understand the winter ecology of Canada geese in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area with the goal to determine management strategies for the species.

From 2012-2014, Dorak worked with Ducks Unlimited as a conservation specialist-Farm Bill biologist.
He was involved with working with multiple agencies, including FWP, to develop conservation easements for Farm Bill, state, and USFWS programs. He also was involved with writing grants, inventorying plant species, and presenting educational programs throughout the state.

“While working for Ducks Unlimited, I had the good fortune of covering the Hi-Line,” said Dorak.

“That afforded me the opportunity to work with diverse groups of landowners to not only conserve critical wildlife habitat, but keep sustainable agricultural practices on the landscape.”
Dorak is familiar with Region 6, as he has worked various seasonal positions from 2010-2012 with FWP as a wildlife technician, Fort Peck reservoir spawn technician, and hunting access (block management) technician.

“The Hi-line and Region 6 has always been a special place to me, and I could not be more excited to be back,” said Dorak.

As the Malta-area biologist, Dorak assumed the duty as the upland game bird specialist for the region. In addition, Dorak plans to continue to work actively on access and habitat projects and establish further positive communication between hunters, landowners, other agencies and FWP.

“The Malta-area is home to a wide variety of habitat types and diverse wildlife populations, which I feel shows the good relationship between area landowners and Region 6 staff,” said Dorak. “I look forward to continue the positive working relationships that FWP personnel have built in recent years, and do everything I can to expand our work on habitat, access, and hunting opportunity.”

Dorak is an avid hunter and fishermen. He and his wife Sheena have one daughter, Una, and are excited to be making their home in Malta. To get in touch with Dorak, please contact him at 406-654-2272.

Saturday, November 12th 2016
Montana’s Missouri River Country Cooperative Marketing Funds
Missouri River Country has Cooperative Marketing funds available for communities in Northeast Montana, designed to promote an area or event on a cooperative basis with a nonprofit tourism-related organization. The intent of this program is to encourage the development of new or expanded marketing projects that attract visitors outside the local community, thereby increasing the tourism travel to the region and extending the traveler’s stay in Missouri River Country.

The cooperative marketing funds are a 50/50 split between Missouri River Country and for nonprofit tourism organization. The funds are made possible by bed tax dollars generated in the Missouri River Country tourism region and are offered annually by Missouri River Country through an application process.

Projects that we have helped fund in the past are brochures for different communities and museums, billboards, signage and advertising events.

For an application and guidelines, please visit our website at http://www.missouririver.visitmt.com or contact the Missouri River Country tourism office, 1-800-653-1319 or write to P.O. Box 118, Fort Peck, MT 59223.

Friday, November 11th 2016
Veteran's Day Program At Civic Center Today
The VFW will be the hosting the annual Veterans Day Program at the Glasgow Civic Center today.

The event will begin at 10:30.

Guest Speaker will be A.J. Etherington, our local Montana National Guard Recruiter.

The Glasgow High School Band will also perform.

Following the program, there will be a potluck at the VFW Post #3107, located on Highway 2 west in Glasgow.

Friday, November 11th 2016
Bull Elk Left to Waste in Southern Blaine County, Wardens Seeking Information
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking information on a wasted bull elk, likely shot between Nov. 1-4, in southern Blaine Co.

The 5X6 bull elk was located on the Biebinger Block Management Area, just off Sawtooth Road.
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Friday, November 11th 2016
Hunter Pleads Guilty to Over Possession of Game Birds in Sheridan County
Leroy I. Pool (69) of Arizona recently pled guilty in Sheridan County Justice Court to five misdemeanor charges stemming from his over-possession limits of Montana game birds.

Pool was charged with two counts of unlawfully possessing over-limits of both pheasant and sharp-tailed grouse. Additionally, Pool was charged with failing to retain evidence of species and/or sex on his game birds.

This multi-year investigation lead R6 Wardens to serve a search warrant on Pool's motor home at the Bolster Dam campground in Plentywood on Oct. 27. Pool had a total 27 game birds over his possession limit at the time of the search. Pool had been camped in the Plentywood area since before the beginning of the upland game bird season opener.

"It is important for nonresident hunters to be mindful of their total game bird possession limits while camped in Montana for any extended period of time," said R6 Investigator Dirk Paulson.

Pool was charged with $1,750 in fines and restitution. He also lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap for 24 months in Montana and all 48 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. In addition, Pool is required to complete the remedial hunter education program through FWP.

Bird hunters are reminded to look at current regulations for the daily and possession limits for the species they are hunting.

Hunters also must retain identification on game birds that are harvested while being transported, or until they have reached the permanent residence of the processor. For sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, mountain grouse, and Hungarian partridge, a wing must remain naturally attached. Pheasants must have one leg naturally attached for proper identification.

Thursday, November 10th 2016
Barry Beach Arrested For Violating Conditions Of His Release
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A convicted murderer who was granted clemency last November has been arrested for allegedly violating conditions of his probation.

The Billings Gazette reports Barry Beach was booked into the Yellowstone County jail Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Mike Linder says he does not know the specifics of the alleged violation.

Beach was released from prison in 2011 after a judge ordered a new trial in the 1979 murder of Kim Nees, of Poplar. But the Supreme Court reversed the order, and Beach was returned to prison. He was granted clemency and released again last year.

In early October, Beach had his probation restrictions increased after a woman accused him of propositioning her 12-year-old daughter in January. No charges were filed.

The new terms included wearing a GPS device, travel restrictions, an evening curfew and visitor approval to his home.

Thursday, November 10th 2016
Canadian Company Vows To Revive Keystone XL Oil Pipeline With President-elect Trump
The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline said Wednesday that it will work with President-elect Donald Trump on reviving the Canada-to-U.S. project, which outgoing President Barack Obama rejected one year ago this week.

"TransCanada remains fully committed to building Keystone XL," company spokesman Mark Cooper said in a statement today.


Trump has vowed that as president he would work with the company on a reapplication for a border-crossing permit, while adding he would seek "a piece of the profits" for U.S. taxpayers.

"We are evaluating ways to engage the new administration on the benefits, the jobs and the tax revenues this project brings to the table," Cooper said.

The company spent seven years pursuing U.S. approval of Keystone, which would have funneled heavy crude oil from western Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Obama's rejection of the project followed a furious lobbying, advertising and advocacy battle between climate activists and the fossil fuel industry, making it one of the green movement's hugest victories of his presidency.

Thursday, November 10th 2016
Final Statewide Vote Totals
Statewide vote totals

President

DONALD TRUMP, R

273,695

56%

Hillary Clinton, D

174,189

35%

Gary Johnson, L

27,187

5%

Jill Stein, G

7,654

1%

Roque De La Fuente, AD

1,532

0%

U.S. House

RYAN ZINKE, R

280,018

56%

Denise Juneau, D

201,398

40%

Rick Breckenridge, L

15,915

3%

Governor

STEVE BULLOCK, D

250,387

50%

Greg Gianforte, R

231,760

46%

Ted Dunlap, L

16,758

3%

Secretary of State

COREY STAPLETON, R

271,967

55%

Monica Lindeen, D

200,744

41%

Roger Roots, L

16,932

3%

Attorney General

TIM FOX, R

325,587

67%

Larry Jent, D

156,132

32%

State Auditor

MATT ROSENDALE, R

255,955

53%

Jesse Laslovich, D

221,182

46%

Superintendent of Public Instruction

ELSIE ARNTZEN, R

248,295

51%

Melissa Romano, D

233,155

48%

Supreme Court

DIRK SANDEFUR

249,868

56%

Kristen Juras

195,128

43%

I-116 crime victims’ rights

YES

318,690

65%

No

164,786

34%

I-177 trapping ban on public land

YES

181,776

37%

No

306,786

62%

I-181 bio-medical research

YES

203,182

42%

No

276,510

57%

I-182 expand access to medical marijuana

YES

284,241

57%

No

208,956

42%

Wednesday, November 9th 2016
John Fahlgren Elected Valley County Commissioner And Dylan Jensen Elected Valley County Attorney
John Falhgren won a 3-person race for Valley County Commissioner on Tuesday defeating Joe Horn and Leroy Kountz.

Valley County Commissioner
John Fahlgren- 2056
Joe Horn- 1226
Leroy Kountz- 515

Valley County Attorney
Dylan Jensen-2294
Casey Moore-1195

For full Valley County results visit the Montana Secretary of State Webpage:

http://mtelectionresults.gov/

Wednesday, November 9th 2016
Voter Turnout In Valley County Highest Since 1982
83% of registered voters in Valley County voted in the General Election of 2016 according to numbers from the Montana Secretary of State. 4027 voters cast their ballots out of a total of 4845 registered voters.

This is the highest percentage of voter turnout for Valley County since 1992 according to the Secretary of State's Office.

A majority of Valley County voters chose to vote absentee with 2781 voters choosing to vote by this method while 1246 voted on election day.

Tuesday, November 8th 2016
Today Is Election Day!

Polling Places in Valley County

#1- Fort Peck- Fort Peck Rec Hall from 7am to 8pm

#2- Frazer- Frazer School from 12pm to 8pm

#3- Hinsdale- Hinsdale Legion Hall from 12pm to 8pm

#4- Glasgow- Glasgow Civic Center from 7am to 8pm

#5- Glasgow NE- Glasgow Civic Center from 7am to 8pm

#6- Nashua- Nashua Senior Center from 12pm to 8pm

#7- Lustre- Lustre Grade School from 12pm to 8pm

#8- Opheim- Opheim Norval Electric Building from 12pm to 8pm

Tuesday, November 8th 2016
12th Annual Festival Of Trees Is November 19
The 12th Annual Festival of Trees for the Northeast Montana Relay For Life will be held on Saturday, November 19th at the Glasgow Elks Club.

The annual Prime Rib dinner and auction will take place on Friday, November 18th starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased at KLTZ/KLAN, BS Central, Glasgow Elks Club or by contacting Rod Karst (263-8757).

Trees can be set up (and wreaths or center pieces dropped off) at the Elks starting on Tuesday, November 15th from 5 - 9 pm, Wednesday, November 16th from 5 - 9 pm, or Thursday, November 17th from 3 - 9 pm.

Trees will be on display from 5 - 9 pm on Thursday, 4 - 9 pm on Friday, and 9 - 4 on Saturday. Brian and Angie Austin will be on hand on Friday night to auction the trees, wreaths and center pieces after the dinner.

Something new this year is Lindsay Peterson from the Robyn's Nest will be on hand on Wednesday (Nov. 16th) at 7:00 pm to demonstrate tree decorating tips.

For more information contact Rod Karst, Julie Loewen (941-0476) or Rita Zeller (263-7707).

Tuesday, November 8th 2016
Montana Election Results Available Online
Montana Election Results Are Available Online At The Montana Secretary of State Website:

http://sos.mt.gov/

Monday, November 7th 2016
Bowl For The Cure, Dare To Wear Pink Week Held At El Cor Del
Bowl for the Cure, Dare to Wear Pink week was held at El Cor Del Lanes October 24th thru Oct 28th in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Each league made a contribution to this great cause. Shelly George and some of the Wednesday evening bowling women presented a check for $630 along with $250 matching funds from Thrivent Financial to Mary Volk from the FMDH mammography department.

Friday, November 4th 2016
Montana Students Hold 2016 Mock Election
– On Thursday, Secretary of State and Chief Elections Official Linda McCulloch hosted the 2016 Montana Student Mock Election at East Valley Middle School. This year 116 Montana schools and nearly 17,000 students joined students from around the country in casting a vote. The goal of the Student Mock Election program is to help students better understand the value of voting and an advocacy tool in our democratic society.

“Voting is one of the most fundamental rights we are guaranteed,” said Secretary McCulloch. “This year, Montana students are learning about that fundamental right and how it has the power to initiate change.”

The 2016 Montana Student Mock Election ballot includes all federal and statewide candidate races, as well as the four ballot issues on the actual Montana ballot and polling questions.

The Mock Election program encourages schools to utilize activities such as voting, student issue forums, and hosting community speakers to familiarize students with their future role in civics.

Copy and paste the link below for the results of this year’s mock election.

https://youthvote.mt.gov/(S(kx3ux1flvuk02km2afhtnz55))/resultsView.aspx

Friday, November 4th 2016
2174 Absentee Ballots Have Been Returned To Valley County Election Office
2174 ballots have been returned to the Valley County Election Office in advance of the November 8th General Election. Almost 80% of absentee ballots have been returned but there are still over 550 ballots that have yet to be returned to the election office.

Absentee ballots need to be turned in by 8pm on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service is reporting that if you put your ballot in the mail today it will not be delivered in time to be counted for the November 8th General Election.

Valley County voters seem to prefer to vote by absentee. With 4734 registered voters in Valley County, 57% of the registered voters have requested absentee ballots.

In the 2012 Presidential Election, 82% of the registered voters in Valley County cast their ballots. If that percentage holds true for this election, 3881 voters will vote in this Presidential Election. With already 2174 voters casting their ballot by absentee ballot, about 1700 voters will go to cast their ballots in a polling booth on Election Day.

Thursday, November 3rd 2016
Valley County Taxing Jurisdictions Agree To Skip Re-certification After Northwestern Energy Tax Bill Is Lowered
NorthWestern Energy knocked about $220 million off its 2016 taxable value in negotiations with the Department of Revenue.

The agreement, which was reached last month, caused local tax bills to be held up nearly a week as local officials responded to the agreement.

NorthWestern Energy, Montana's largest taxpayer, gets its property taxes reassessed each year. From 2015 to 2016, its taxable value increased from about $2.2 billion to $2.6 billion, according to the state's original valuation.

The settlement is at about $2.4 billion. Negotiations avoided a formal tax protest, which could have had a bigger effect on local budgets.

Northwestern Energy and the Department of Revenue began negotiating a tax bill of $144 million for a corresponding $2.6 billion certified taxable value, according to revenue officials. The Department’s initial central assessment was $163 million, but the figure and its corresponding taxable value were never certified. The two sides ended up settling on a tax bill of $134 million for a corresponding $2.4 billion certified taxable value.

Northwestern's 2015 tax bill was about $122 million.

“If we don’t think it’s fair, it’s been our position to go to great lengths to avoid a protest,” said NorthWestern spokesman Butch Larcombe. “We know it hurts local schools and local governments and the state of Montana,” if taxes are protested.

The Department of Revenue is taking the unusual step of letting tax jurisdictions recertify their taxable values and therefore adjust mills in the budgets.

“I think they are scrambling with how to deal with the situation,” department director Mike Kadas said.

Valley County tax jurisdictions all agreed to skip the re-certification process and leave taxes at the agreed to level.

Due to this agreement between the State of Montana and Northwestern Energy, the Glasgow School District will lose over $18,000 in tax revenue. If the Glasgow School District had re-certified their taxes that $18,000 would of been made up by increasing taxes on local taxpayers.

The Glasgow School District will instead make up the $18,352 by tightening their budgets for this fiscal year.

The City of Glasgow is set to lose $9,925 in tax revenue and will also tighten their belts instead of passing a tax increase on to local taxpayers.

Valley County will lose $7,490 in tax revenue while the Nashua School District will lose $1,233. The Hinsdale Elementary School District will lose $1209 and the Hinsdale High School District will lose $911.

The Town of Nashua will lose $352 and the Beaverton School District will lose $11.

Tax statements have been mailed to taxpayers in Valley County and are due at the end of this month.

Tuesday, November 1st 2016
Fort Peck Fine Arts Council Introduces New Executive Assistant
The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council would like to introduce you to our new Executive Assistant, Jody Sundheim.

A Montana native, born in Culbertson, making the move from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Jody is happy to be back home in Montana and a part of the historic Fort Peck Theatre.

With over 15 years of leadership and management experience spanning from retail, loan servicing and the health and fitness industry she brings considerable experience and creativity to the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council.

Jody will be working in the Glasgow office at 533 2nd Avenue South. She looks forward to meeting everyone and invites you to stop by the office Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call (406)228-9216. Welcome Jody!

Tuesday, November 1st 2016
Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season: Be a Good Steward of the Land
Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property.

Since the start of hunting season, there have been reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot. Below are just a few of the things that hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts should be aware of when enjoying our resources:

· Littering- not only is littering careless and unsightly, it is against the law. This includes toilet paper, and the proper management of human waste.

· Leave gates as you find them- If a gate is closed, close it behind you. If it is obviously open (pulled all the way back to the fence), leave it open. If you are unsure, contact the landowner or public land agency.

· Know your target and beyond- Hunters must be sure of what they are shooting at (species, sex, etc.), and know what lies beyond their target (houses, outbuildings, livestock, vehicles, other hunters).

· Be weed free- Check clothes, dogs, ATV’s, and vehicles for weeds and weed seeds to help prevent the spread to other private and public lands.

· Avoid driving on muddy roads- Unless it is a well-graveled road, walk.

· Avoid ridge driving and driving to overlooks- Not only is this a poor strategy while hunting, it is driving off road if it is not already an established trail.

· Ask for permission to hunt- Montana law requires permission for all hunting on private land. Even if the land is not posted, hunters must have permission from the landowner, lessee, or their agent before hunting on private property.

· Completely fill out BMA slips- If a hunter doesn’t correctly fill out a block management slip, they are hunting without permission.

· Know where you are located- Whether you are hunting public land, private land, or land enrolled in an access program such as block management, it is every hunter’s responsibility to know where they are to avoid trespassing. Maps are always available, as are GPS chips and cell phone apps to aid in orientation.

· Driving off road- While hunting on private property, a person may not drive off established roads or trails without landowner permission. Off-road travel on public land, including game retrieval, is prohibited unless designated as open. Consult appropriate land agency or land map for specifics.

· Accessing public lands- Access to public lands (on a private road) through private land requires permission of the private landowner, lessee, or their agent.

· Camping- camping is allowed on most public lands (see agency regulations), but permission is needed to camp on private property and BMAs.

· Know the rules- Consult BMA maps for specific rules on block management property, including: driving on roads, parking areas, no shooting zones, walk-in only areas, camping, number of hunters allowed, game retrieval, etc.

· Report violations- report any hunting and fishing, trespassing, vandalism, or other criminal activity you see to 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Also remember that this time of year is a very busy time for landowners. Cattle and other livestock are being moved from their fall pastures, and are often times brought near the home site for winter feeding and care. Please use common sense and respect when around these activities.

FWP also offers a free online program called The Montana Hunter-Landowner Stewardship Project. This project is an information program for anyone interested in promoting responsible hunter behavior and good hunter-landowner relations in Montana.
The program is delivered through an interactive website utilizing questions, videos, and feedback as well as opportunities for you to test your knowledge on a variety of practical topics related to hunter-landowner relations and responsible hunter behavior.

Please go to http://www.fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterLandowner/ to learn more and complete the program.

Tuesday, November 1st 2016
Region 6 Havre Check Station Results after Opening Weekend of General Hunting Season
Photo tagline: (L-R) Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, Plentywood-area biologist Ryan Williamson, and hunting access technician Macy Dugan, manning the check station on a sunny day in October.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station was fairly active over the weekend of general deer and elk opener, with most big game species seeing an increase in harvest from the past few years. This is the third weekend that the check station has been open.

Weather conditions over the opening weekend were fairly rainy on Saturday morning, and warmer and dry on Sunday. There were 238 hunters in 117 parties checked, which was up 8% from 2015. Hunter numbers were lower on Saturday, but activity picked up on Sunday when the majority (69%) of hunters were checked.

“Overall, big game harvest was up from last year, but for most species, harvest was still below the long-term average,” said Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer.

Mule deer harvest during the weekend increased from last year, with 50 bucks and four does brought through. The long term average is 55 mule deer. Mule deer populations have rebounded in most areas, which was reflected in the increased harvest, and hunters have consistently indicated they are seeing more deer. Mule deer harvest to date is up 54% from last year and only 5% below the long-term average.

White-tailed deer harvest over the weekend was up from last year, with five males and 9 females brought in, but still slightly below the long-term average of 15. For the year, 18 white-tails have been brought by the check station, which is up from 2015, and about the same as the long-term average.

“The single region antlerless whitetail deer license, which became available again this year, may contribute to more harvest than last year,” said Hemmer.

Antelope harvest was up from last year, with 20 bucks checked in, and 79 antelope have been checked in since general antelope season opened. This has been a 14% increase from 2015, but still 70% below long-term average. Antelope hunters have reported seeing a slight increase in antelope numbers compared to the last few years.

Elk harvest during the weekend was down from last year, as three cow elk and one bull were brought by the check station. This was below the long-term average of eight elk.

“Poor road conditions, due to the large amount of rain recently, may have contributed to lower levels of elk harvest so far this year,” said Hemmer

“Upland bird harvest has been a bit down from last year,” said Hemmer. For the first three weeks that the check station has been open, the pheasant harvest of 473 birds is below last year (-15%) and the long-term average (-16%). Sharp-tailed grouse harvest is down from last year, and down from the long-term average. Hungarian partridge harvest is below last year’s numbers, but still largely above the long-term average.

Remember that all hunters are required by law to stop as directed at all designated check stations on their way to and from hunting, even if they have no game to be checked.

Monday, October 31st 2016
Treat Street Is Today
Treat Street Downtown & through Glasgow is Mon. Oct. 31st from 12noon - Close.

Most local businesses will have Flash Sales on Halloween Day, featuring special treats, drinks & events!

Everyone is encouraged to check out downtown Glasgow & ‘trick or treat’ at local businesses; costumes are encouraged of course!

Monday, October 31st 2016
Norovirus Case Confirmed in Valley County
(from the Valley County Health Department)
With a confirmed case of Norovirus in Valley County, it seems a perfect time to review simple preventive measures we can use to stay healthy this season.

What is Norovirus?
Noroviruses are the most common of the viruses that cause gastroenteritis. The usual symptoms of gastroenteritis include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. There is no specific treatment for this illness and most individuals recover in 1 to 3 days. The illness can last longer and be more severe in young children, older persons, or persons who have other health conditions.

How is Norovirus transmitted?
The virus is highly contagious and can spread rapidly. A person can become ill by ingesting the virus from contaminated food or water or by close contact with someone who is ill. Touching surfaces or objects that are contaminated with norovirus, and then transferring the virus hand to mouth is another common way of becoming infected.

How to prevent Norovirus infection?

Follow the 5 main tips to prevent the spread of Norovirus:

Practice proper hand hygiene: Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers and always before eating or preparing food. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not a substitute for washing with soap and water.

Take care in the kitchen: Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them.

Do not prepare food while ill: People who are infected with norovirus should not prepare food for others while they have symptoms and for 3 days after they recover from their illness.

Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces: After an episode of illness, such as vomiting or diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces by using a bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label or a solution made by adding 5–25 tablespoons of household bleach to 1 gallon of water.

Wash laundry thoroughly: Immediately remove clothing or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or fecal matter and wash with detergent at the maximum length available cycle, then machine dry. Handle soiled items carefully—without agitating them—to avoid spreading virus.

Learn more about norovirus: http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus

Monday, October 31st 2016
Beck Grants Available
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 317 Klein Avenue. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 3, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the grants.

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, Opheim 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 eighth year the trust will award grants.

Sunday, October 30th 2016
2016 Block of Bucks Kick Off
The Glasgow Soroptimists along with the Montana Army National Guard and the Glasgow High School Student Council announce the annual Block of Bucks collection day on Friday, December 2nd, and family shopping day on Saturday, December 3rd.

The annual program provides clothing for Valley County children from infant to 12 years of age.

Parents may sign up at the Office of Public Assistance, located at 630 Second Ave S., Glasgow. Sign up begins on Monday, Nov. 7th, and continues through Monday, November 28th.

Parents must sign up in person. Calls will not be accepted. No applications will be accepted after Monday, November 28th. Applications MUST be picked up at the Office of Public Assistance and returned to that office. There will be no other location where forms may be picked up or turned in.
Donations are needed to fund the clothes shopping event and are deeply appreciated. They may be mailed prior to collection day to: Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Volunteers are needed to help families shop on Saturday, December 3rd. Please call Mary Armstrong on 253-350-2070 or Elissa Erickson at 230-1629 if you are willing to help, or if you have any questions.

Friday, October 28th 2016
Valley County Attorney Responds To Calls For An Appeal Of Child Rapists Sentence
Dylan Jensen, Valley County Attorney responded to a call for an appeal of the sentence handed down to a convicted rapist in Valley County. Jensen spoke with Stan Ozark on Friday. KTVQ released a story on Thursday regarding Governor Bullock commenting on the case. Here is the audio of Dylan Jensen responding to calls for the appeal of the sentence.

Valley County Attorney.

Gov. Steve Bullock responded to the petition to impeach an Eastern Montana judge on Thursday afternoon.

The online petition, now with over 175,000 signatures, is seeking to have Valley County Judge John McKeon of Glasgow impeached for sentencing a child rapist to probation.

In his response to the petition, Bullock said he disagreed with the judge's sentencing.

"As a father of three school age kids, I believe the sentence Judge McKeon imposed is unacceptable," Bullock wrote.

But Bullock said he has no authority over whether or not the judge will be impeached.

"Under Montana law, I have no authority to override a judicial action or investigate a judicial official's actions," he wrote.

The response also stated that the decision of whether to appeal the case will be made by the County Attorney in consultation with the Attorney General's Office.

Bullock spokesman Tim Crow confirmed the letter was written by the governor, but said it was sent out by mail by a department within the office in response to a letter. It was not posted to the petition website by the governor or his office, he said.

Here's Bullock's full response:

Thanks for writing me with your concerns about Judge McKeon’s recent rejection of a plea agreement in a case involving child sexual abuse.

As a father of three school age kids, I believe the sentence Judge McKeon imposed is unacceptable. Rape of a child is a horrific crime and when it happens at the hands of a parent, it violates a relationship we expect to be centered on trust and protection. As former Attorney General who made protecting children my top priority, his ruling disturbs me. As a lawyer who understands the separation of powers, however, I recognize that concerns and complaints about any judge's actions are handled by the Judicial Standards Commission, not by me. And under Montana law, I have no authority to override a judicial action or investigate a judicial official's actions.

The decision of whether to appeal the case will be made by the County Attorney in consultation with the Attorney General’s Office. You may contact the Attorney General’s Office at 406-444-2026 or by email at contactdoj@mt.gov.

I appreciate you reaching out with your concerns, as I share them. You can be certain that as Governor, I will continue to work to keep our kids safe. Please don't hesitate to contact me with further questions or comments.

Sincerely,

STEVE BULLOCK

Friday, October 28th 2016
Montana Secretary Of State Discusses Safeguards In Place For 2016 Montana Election
Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch visited with Stan Ozark this week and discussed claims that the 2016 election might be "rigged". Here is the interview with the Secretary of State.


Secretary of State.

Friday, October 28th 2016
Full Interviews With Valley County Attorney Candidates Now Online
Stan Ozark visited with Casey Moore and Dylan Jensen the 2 candidates for Valley County Attorney. Here are the full interviews:


Casey Moore.


Dylan Jensen.

Thursday, October 27th 2016
Valley County County Commission Candidate Interviews Now Online
Stan Ozark visited with the 3 candidates for the Valley County Commission. Here are the full interviews will all 3 candidates.

Joe Horn.

John Fahlgren.

Leroy Kountz.

Wednesday, October 26th 2016
Secretary Of State Emphasizes The 2016 Election In Montana Is Not "Rigged"
HELENA, MT – On Wednesday, October 26, Secretary of State Linda McCulloch held a press conference to review the safeguards and protocols in place to ensure the security, integrity and transparency of Montana elections.

Secretary McCulloch emphasized that rhetoric of a “rigged election” is not only irresponsible, it is woefully misinformed and is meant to create distrust and doubt in a system that is the bedrock of our republic. There have been no verified incidents of voter fraud in Montana.

Election administration in America is decentralized; elections are administered and paid for by local jurisdictions. In Montana, the county clerk and recorders and county election administrators are responsible for the administration of most elections, including the upcoming presidential election.

“These are some of the hardest-working, most honest and incredibly dedicated public servants in the state,” said Secretary McCulloch. “For there to be some sort of systematic ‘rigging’ of the election system, fifty-six county election administrators, their staff, and the fine citizens who work the polls would have to be somehow colluding with other unknown perpetrators. This is absurd, and is not happening.”

Through the Montana Fair Elections Center citizens can report any allegations of voter fraud. All allegations are immediately reported to the Office of the Secretary of State, to county election officials, and if merited, to local law enforcement.

Secretary McCulloch explained that there are a number of structural safeguards in place to prevent any voter fraud or “rigging.” We use paper ballots. All Montana voters must provide ID at the polling place. Additionally, Montana election officials use a system of chain-of-custody logs, security seals and reconciliation processes to secure ballots and vote tabulating machines from any type of tampering. No vote tabulation machine is ever connected to the internet, and a post-election audit of the machine tabulated results is conducted after the election.

“I have confidence in our election process, and have the utmost respect for the county election officials who administer our elections, and the countless citizens who work at the polls,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Montanans can count on our elections to be fair, secure, and accurate.”


Wednesday, October 26th 2016
Governor Steve Bullock Announces State Tourism Funding For 2 Northeast Montana Projects Including A Project In Glasgow
HELENA, Mont.– Governor Steve Bullock today announced $420,586 in funding for development and enhancement of tourism infrastructure in seven Montana communities.

“Montana’s tourism economy is strong and growing, attracting millions of folks from across the world to enjoy or public lands and wide open spaces,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “These funds help our communities increase the economic impact of tourism and take advantage of innovative new marketing opportunities.”

The funds are being made available through the Montana Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism and Business Development Tourism Grant Program. The program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the state’s tourism industry. The program offers funding in three categories: tourism digital development, tourism infrastructure and tourism event paid media advertising.

Full List of Grant Recipients:

• Big Hole Valley Association of Wisdom received $2,300 from the Digital Development category. Grant funds will be used to purchase a digital timer for the community’s annual skijoring competition and other winter events.

• The Libby Area Chamber of Commerce received $46,200 from the Digital Development category for a Kootenai area rebranding initiative.

• Montana Bicycle Guild of Helena received $12,046 from the Infrastructure category for the Montana Bicycle Initiative. Grant funds will be used to purchase trail maintenance equipment to maintain the area’s bicycle trail system.

• Thompson Falls Main Street, Inc. of Thompson Falls received $4,000 from the Infrastructure category for a project to develop wayfinding signage as part of a downtown master plan.

• The City of Glasgow received $18,866 from the Infrastructure category to add campsite amenities for bicycle tourists to the city’s existing Smith Park.

• Polebridge Mercantile of Polebridge received $68,985 from the Infrastructure category to add ADA accessible restrooms.

• Range Riders, Inc. of Miles City received $40,000 from the Infrastructure category for rehabilitation of the Fort Keogh Officers’ Quarters at the Range Riders Museum.

• Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild of Lincoln received $31,189 from the Infrastructure category to add walkways, signage and ADA accessible restrooms.

• Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs and Resort, Inc. of Saco received $148,000 from the Infrastructure category for guest cabin restoration and historic preservation.

• The Paradise Elementary School Preservation Committee of Paradise received $49,000 from the Infrastructure category for a project to repurpose the community’s closed elementary school into an arts, community and visitor center.

Tuesday, October 25th 2016
Martin Blake Sentencing Gets More Media Attention
A criminal case involving a Glasgow man who sentenced to 60 days in jail for raping his 12-year old daughter is receiving more media attention after it was discovered that Martin Blake is allowed to serve his 60 day jail sentence 2 days at a time.

Blake was sentenced earlier this month by Judge John McKeon to 60 days in jail with credit for the 17 days he'd served prior to the sentencing.

McKeon, who is set to retire at the end of November, sentenced Blake to 30 years to the Montana State Prison with all time suspended but did add the 60 days to be served in the Valley County Detention Center in Glasgow.

KTVQ-TV is reporting that Blake can submit to the Valley County Detention Center at his leisure through November.

Some defendants are ordered by the judge to serve the sentence immediately, but Blake was given the freedom to choose when he serves his time, as long as its completed by the deadline.

The controversial sentence has drawn nationwide outrage and has fueled a petition seeking to impeach McKeon. More then 109,000 people had signed the petition by Monday.

Judge McKeon previously defended his sentencing in a statement, where he said the victims mother and grandmother supported the probationary sentence.

Tuesday, October 25th 2016
Montana Governors Race Gets Expensive
HELENA — Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte has now spent more than $5.1 million of his own money to fuel his campaign against Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, while the Bullock-backing Democratic Governors Association poured in another $1.5 million into one of the closest governor’s races in the nation.

The candidates and political action committees turned in campaign finance reports Monday that detail their contributions and spending between Sept. 27 and Oct. 19. The reports show a governor’s race on track to be the most expensive in state history, as each side accuses the other of trying to buy the election.

The Montana campaign is one of the closest of the 12 governor’s races in the country, with a recent Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by Lee Newspapers of Montana giving Bullock just a 2-point edge, which is well within the 3.2 percent margin of error.

Gianforte, who sold his software company RightNow Technologies to Oracle for $1.8 billion, cut his campaign two $1 million checks over the last month, going above and beyond his previous pledge to match campaign contributions dollar for dollar. Individual donors contributed another $238,000 to him over the reporting period.

His campaign has funneled most of that money into buying television ad time, spending nearly $1.25 million on ad buys during the reporting period.

Asked about Gianforte’s self-funding, spokesman Aaron Flint said Gianforte is working to get his message out and to combat more than $5 million in attack ads against him. Gianforte has raised more from individual donors in Montana than any other challenger for the Montana governor’s office, Flint added.

“His opponent, meanwhile, is a career politician who is trying to buy this election with tax dollars, PAC dollars and from his dark money group friends who are working to shut down Colstrip,” Flint said, referring to a southeastern Montana coal-fired power plant.

The $311,334 that Bullock took between Sept. 27 and Oct. 19 puts the incumbent at more than $3 million raised for the election cycle. His biggest donations for the period topped $10,000 apiece from four union PACs and a lawyers’ PAC. The Democrat’s campaign also is spending heavily on television ads, at $803,232 in ad buys for the month.

“Mr. Gianforte has to resort to using his personal fortune because Montanans are rejecting someone who wants to fundamentally change what Montanans value about our state— from public lands to public education to equal pay for equal work,” Bullock campaign manager Eric Hyers said.

There have been relatively few outside groups making independent expenditures to influence the outcome of the race, but the ones who have are also spending heavily. Leading the pack is the DGA, which Bullock was chairman of from 2014 to 2015.

With the addition of the $1.5 million it spent over the last month, the DGA has now funneled $3.35 million into the race through the Good Jobs Montana PAC.

Good Jobs Montana also reported donations from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the National Education Association and Montana Conservation Voters.

DGA spokesman Jared Leopold said the amount of money going into Montana is a reflection of how close the race is and to counter Gianforte’s personal spending.

“The DGA’s very invested in winning governor’s races around the country and certainly Montana’s a big race this cycle,” he said.

The Republican Governors Association’s Right Direction PAC, another outside group spending money in the Montana race, reported spending $92,755 for the period.

A newly formed PAC called Montanans for Truth in Public Schools is the third group that has spent money on ads on the governor’s race. Its ad features renowned paleontologist Jack Horner questioning whether Gianforte would spend taxpayer money to support schools that teach creationism and intelligent design.

That group spent about $9,500 to air that ad earlier this month.

Thursday, October 20th 2016
State Lawmakers To Consider Closing Loophole In Child Abuse Sentencing Laws That Allowed A Glasgow Man To Be Put On Probation After Pleading Guilty To Raping His 12-Year Old Daughter
HELENA — The state Commission on Sentencing is recommending lawmakers close a loophole in child sex abuse sentencing laws that allowed an eastern Montana man to be put on probation after pleading guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter.

State prosecutor Dan Guzynski proposed Wednesday eliminating an exception to a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence for offenders convicted of rape, incest or sexual abuse if the victim is age 12 or younger.

Under the current exception, an offender can receive a lesser sentence if a psychosexual evaluation determines the offender can be treated in their community, and the sentence protects the victim and society. Guzynski argued it does not make sense that a community could be safer with a child rapist present.

"This legislation is not a knee-jerk reaction to what happened in Glasgow," Guzynski told committee members, but the recent case did serve as an example of a lack of consistency in sentencing.

He noted a man he prosecuted in Great Falls last year received the mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years without parole after being convicted of raping his 10-year-old daughter.


"Both evaluators said they were treatable in their community, both were sentenced under the very same law, both raped their children," he said. "One is going to spend the next 25 years in prison and one is out on probation."

The Glasgow case led to a social media backlash against sentencing Judge John McKeon.

An online petition calling for his impeachment had gathered nearly 31,000 signatures in less than a week. McKeon issued a statement last week defending his Oct. 4 sentencing under the exception and noted that the girl's mother and grandmother supported keeping the man in the community.

Guzynski's recommendation was included in a bill being forwarded to the Legislature that proposes revisions to several sentencing laws.

The state Commission on Sentencing — which included legislators, judges and others — considered several recommendations made by the Council of State Government's Justice Center after it reviewed Montana's criminal justice system with an eye toward reducing costs and recidivism.

Wednesday, October 19th 2016
Glasgow Attorney Among Four Attorneys Being Considered For District Court Judge Position
Gov. Steve Bullock will choose from three candidates to replace District Court Judge John C. McKeon, who serves the Hi-Line.

The Judicial Nomination Commission sent four nominees to Bullock on Tuesday. The Democratic governor has until the end of November to replace McKeon, who announced his retirement from the 17th Judicial District some time ago.

The district serves Blaine, Phillips and Valley counties. McKeon will serve until a replacement is made.


The candidates are Peter L. Helland, Yvonne Gaye Laird, Dan Raymond O’Brien and Randy Homer Randolph.

McKeon’s announced retirement precedes his controversial 60-day jail sentence issued to a man convicted of committing incest with a child relative. McKeon issued the sentence Oct. 4. The sentence was for 30 years suspended and 60 days served, plus treatment. Several thousand signatures have been added to a petition calling for McKeon’s recall.

McKeon in a written statement explaining the sentence, said he had to consider public safety, the degree of harm caused, restoring the victim of a crime and encouraging rehabilitation and reintegration of an offender.

Wednesday, October 19th 2016
Two Rivers Economic Growth Announces Changes To Leadership Team
Two Rivers Economic Growth, a local nonprofit development organization serving Valley County, Montana, is announcing changes to its executive team!

Two Rivers gathered on October 4th for their Annual Planning meeting where Board of directors appointed Michelle Tade as new President and Kari Prewett of Prewett Interiors, as Vice President.

Megan Haddix of the Glasgow City-County Library was voted in as their newest board member and lastly, TeAra Bilbruck was hired [in August] to assume the role of Executive Director. Community leaders and members were also in attendance. The group identified long and short term goals that match common needs and priorities of Glasgow and Valley County.

Top initiatives Two Rivers is focusing on in 2016- 2017 include Storefront beautification and cleanup, continue supporting the GDA in branding, wayfinding and other efforts, assist in the City’s swimming pool project, provide assistance and create incentives to attract new and established businesses to reside downtown, seek ways to resolve downtown parking issues & represent Valley County through legislative outreach and awareness.

Two Rivers would like to thank Chris Helland and Darcell Wesen for their many years of time and service to the board. TREG is seeking one more Director to serve. Directors are considered key partners in the planning and growth of Valley County and its communities. Board meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month at noon at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow.

If you’re interested in joining the team, please contact TeAra Bilbruck at (406) 263-4769 or email trg2@nemont.net. Two Rivers is ACTIVE and working for YOU!

Friday, October 14th 2016
Glasgow man gets 60 days in incest case
GLASGOW — An eastern Montana man has been given a 30-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter last year.

District Judge John McKeon sentenced the man to 60 days in jail for incest, giving him credit for 17 already served, the Glasgow Courier reported. The man also was ordered to complete community-based sex-offender treatment and register as a sex offender.

The man has been identified as 40-year old Martin Blake of Glasgow.

Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen recommended a 100-year prison sentence with 75 years suspended — as called for in state law — as part of a plea agreement that recommended the dismissal of two other incest charges.

"A father repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter," Jensen said during the Oct. 4 sentencing hearing.

A licensed clinical social worker testified that the man was a low-risk to re-offend and that it would be important for him to have social support while he received treatment. The social worker, Michael Sullivan of Billings, said the man did suffer a "collapse of social support" when he lost his family and job.

Court records said the girl's mother walked in on one of the sexual assaults.

Public defender Casey Moore argued there was more than one way to hold a person accountable, the Courier reported.

"I'm not asking that he be given a slap on the wrist," Moore said. "He did spend 17 days in jail and he did lose his job," and will be on supervision for the rest of his life.

McKeon said he diverted from the recommended sentence because the man had support from his family, friends, church and his employer. The Courier reports the girl's mother and grandmother were among those supporting a community-based punishment. Someone wrote that "he was a good father for 12 years," and another said he was not a monster, but a man who had made a mistake.

Jensen told the Courier that he was shocked and disappointed with the sentence, but respected the judge's decision.

McKeon is retiring next month after 22 years as a state judge.

Friday, October 14th 2016
Judge John McKeon Responds To Sentencing Of Martin Blake
FROM: HON. JOHN C. MCKEON
DISTRICT JUDGE
17TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
STATE OF MONTANA

Yesterday, while away from chambers attending a state-wide judicial conference, I became aware of a news article from the Glasgow, Montana weekly newspaper. News reports of court events can be inaccurate, incomplete and fail to reflect an appropriate understanding of the law. Such is the case with this news article.

The article accurately reports a 30 year suspended sentence recently given by this Court for the offense of incest, subject to a 60 day jail sentence and other conditions. The article also recites the report of a licensed clinical social worker finding the defendant in the case to be low risk to reoffend and recommending community based treatment. This recital is incomplete and does not give the reader a true picture of the events.

The cited report was actually a psychosexual evaluation report of 20 pages containing detailed analysis and testing results. It was the only psychosexual evaluation and evidence before the Court. The evaluator was Michael D. Sullivan, a respected forensic specialist and long-time member of the Montana Sex Offender Treatment Association, who has done more than 2,000 such evaluations over a career of nearly 30 years. Sullivan’s undisputed testimony in open court included that the defendant could be safely treated and supervised as a sex offender in the community, that such community treatment was available, that the defendant would benefit from such community-based treatment and that it would be best that he start and complete the same treatment program.

The news article refers to a plea agreement that contained the Government’s recommendations for a mandatory 25 year period of incarceration followed by probation. However, the article did not mention that the plea agreement also called for the psychosexual evaluation and contemplated a lesser sentence when stating the following: “If the findings contained in the sexual offender evaluation report prepared by a qualified sexual offender evaluator recommends that the treatment of the offender while in a local community affords a better opportunity for rehabilitation of the offender and for the ultimate protection of the victim and society, the defendant may argue for a lesser punishment.”

The article fails to note that prior to sentencing, the Government was fully aware of the possibility of a lesser sentence based on the evaluator’s report and yet did not offer conflicting evidence. The article also fails to mention the Court’s specific findings at the sentencing hearing that based on this undisputed evaluator’s report, a Montana statute (46-18-222(6)) provides an exception to mandatory incarceration. Further, the article fails to recognize that this exception is entirely consistent with one of Montana’s stated sentencing policies, namely, to encourage and provide opportunities for an offender’s self-improvement, rehabilitation and reintegration back into a community (46-18-101(1)(d)).

Montana’s other sentencing policies include punishment commensurate with the nature and degree of harm caused and sentence in a manner that protects the public, restores the victim and increases the sense of public safety (46-18-101(1)(a)-(c)). In this regard, the news article referred to statements from family of the victim supporting a community-based treatment for the defendant. Again, the article left out crucial information cited by this Court for reasons of its sentence. That information included statements from both the victim’s mother and maternal grandmother.

The victim’s mother wrote the Court, stating in part:

I do not feel 25 years in prison is necessarily the best way for the defendant to pay for what he has done. The defendant made a horrible choice. He needs help – not to spend 25 years locked up. He has 2 sons that still love him and need their father in their lives, even with very understandable restrictions. I would like to see my children have an opportunity to heal the relationship with their father. Please give him the opportunity to work on fixing the relationships he destroyed. He is not a monster, just a man that really screwed up and has been paying in many ways since and will continue to have to pay through this justice system and with the loss of family and friends and his own conscience. Please help him find the help he needs, as well as our family.

The victim’s grandmother wrote, stating:

What he (the defendant) did to my granddaughter was horrible, and he should face consequences. And I certainly never want it to happen again to anyone. But his children, especially his sons, will be devastated if their Dad is no longer part of their lives.

As stated ably by the victim’s family, this was a horrible crime and the defendant needed to be held accountable. Yet, the victim’s family recognized several family members as victims of the crime each needing to be restored in a manner that safely rebuilds relationships and protects a community.

The news article also refers to a pre-sentence investigation report of a probation officer. It fails to mention that this report is 15 pages in length, recites the exception to mandatory incarceration and these Montana sentencing policies, includes the psychosexual evaluation report AND gives no recommendation for sentencing. Further, the article fails to mention that the probation officer’s investigation found defendant to be 40 years of age with no prior felony record and no history of prior criminal offenses of this nature. The article also fails to mention the prosecution did not challenge the contents of this pre-sentence investigation report. It mentions a prosecutor’s contention of repeat offenses but ignores this investigative record and fails to inform the reader that it is established Montana law that unproven criminal allegations of this nature cannot be considered for purposes of sentencing.

As to the public safety issue, the article does not inform the reader that both the plea agreement and the pre-sentence investigation report contain detailed recommendations for assuring this safety, all of which were incorporated into the Court sentencing. Those conditions applicable to the entire 30 year suspended sentence included, but are not limited to, compliance with the community-based sex offender treatment, regular contact with a probation officer and polygraph testing, approval of treatment providers and his probation officer prior to contact with victim or anyone under 18 years of age, no access to materials of sexual nature, limited access to computers and Internet, written approval of residence and before departure from an assigned district and open inspection of residence.


All district judges take an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of this state. These constitutional provisions and laws include certain fundamental legal principles that apply at sentencing, including a presumption of innocence for unproved criminal allegations, the varying sentencing policies and the Government’s burden to counter evidence supporting an exception to mandatory sentence. The Court cannot ignore these legal standards and any news article covering situations of this nature should so inform the reader.

Friday, October 14th 2016
Absentee Ballots Mailed Out Today To All Registered Absentee Voters
HELENA – On Friday, Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced that 2016 General Election absentee ballots have been mailed to all registered absentee voters. Absentee ballots were mailed to 297,001 registered voters.

"Voting by absentee ballot gives voters an opportunity to vote when it is most convenient for them," Secretary McCulloch said. "It's no surprise that an increasing number of Montanans are choosing to vote this way."

The 297,001 absentee ballots being mailed to voters across Montana will reach nearly 43% of the state's 676,409 registered voters. Secretary McCulloch urges absentee voters to mail back their absentee ballots at least one week prior to Election Day to ensure the ballots arrive at the county election office by November 8. Postmarks cannot be accepted, don’t risk your ballot arriving too late to be counted.

'It’s important that every Montanan votes, whether that be by absentee ballot or at the polls on Election Day." Secretary McCulloch said. "We are a national leader in elections and Montanans can be confident in the election process of our state."

Late voter registration opened on October 12, 2016. To register to vote, citizens must register in person at their local county election office or designated late legislation location during the late registration period. Late registration is open until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 8.

Montanans can check their voter registration status using the Secretary of State's online elections tool and app, "My Voter Page." Registered voters can also view a precinct-specific sample ballot, find the location of their polling place, and track the status of their absentee ballot once one has been issued.

"If you love the convenience of voting by absentee ballot, but miss getting an "I Voted" sticker, we have you covered," Secretary McCulloch said. "You can now access a digital "I Voted" sticker from our website, and share it on your social media accounts."

The digital "I Voted" sticker is available at sos.mt.gov.

2016 General Election Reminders

* November 7, noon: Deadline to apply for absentee ballot

* November 8: Election Day; Most polls open at 7 a.m., polls close at 8 p.m. (or until everyone in line has voted)

* November 8, 8 p.m.: Close of late voter registration

Wednesday, October 12th 2016
Glasgow Among Eight Grant Award Winners
HELENA – The Montana Main Street Program has awarded eight grants totaling $102,000 to communities across Montana to support downtown revitalization projects.

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney on Wednesday presented checks to the grant recipients at the Montana Downtown Conference hosted by Mainstreet Uptown Butte.

“Strong, vibrant main streets are the core of communities across Montana,” he said. “Both locals and visitors alike cherish the charming small town sense of place that makes Montana so unique. The Montana Main Street Program and these grant funds help us to ensure we pass along this important cultural and business asset to future generations.”

The Montana Main Street Program, established in 2005 and currently serving 27 communities across the state, combines Department of Commerce goals of creating and maintaining vibrant and charming Montana communities with offering safe, efficient and quality public facilities. The program offers technical assistance and expertise to all Montana communities and awards competitive grant funding to member communities actively working on downtown revitalization, economic development and historic preservation.

Grants provided this year went to:

City of Glendive: $6,000 for a Downtown Master Plan to create a comprehensive vision for the planning and development of the commercial district.

City of Lewistown: $5,000 for a Downtown Parklet Placemaking Project to promote walkability and economic vitality in the downtown core.

Anaconda/Deer Lodge County: $15,000 for an Active Transportation Plan to address downtown walkability and the interconnectivity of the historic commercial district.

City of Great Falls: $8,000 for a Downtown Pedlet Placemaking Project to promote walkable downtown public spaces and outdoor dining space.

City of Red Lodge: $18,000 for a Wayfinding Plan to develop a community wayfinding system.

City of Glasgow: $15,000 for Community Branding to develop a strategic brand that capitalizes on community assets and regional identity.

City of Helena: $15,000 for a Façade Improvement Program to implement historic preservation and economic development opportunities in the downtown business district.

City of Roundup: $20,000 for a Downtown Master Plan to forward a broad vison and goals in downtown revitalization, historic rehabilitation, economic development and long-range community planning.

For more information about the Montana Main Street Program, contact Program Coordinator Tash Wisemiller by phone at 406.841.2770 or via e-mail at twisemiller@mt.gov.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
Below Average Missouri Basin Runoff Continues; Draft Annual Operating Plan Available For Comment
OMAHA, NE – September runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 1.0 million acre feet (MAF), 91 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This marks the fourth consecutive month with below average runoff in the upper basin. The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 22.7 MAF, which is 90 percent of the historic average.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System on October 1 was 57.4 MAF, occupying 1.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “System storage declined 0.7 MAF during September. Water that was captured in the reservoirs during the spring and summer is being released during the drier months to serve navigation, irrigation and other authorized purposes. During the fall and winter, we will evacuate all water stored in the flood zones of the reservoirs and start next year’s runoff season with all flood control storage available,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

Based on the July 1 system storage, the Corps is providing a full 8-month navigation season with full service flow support. Full service flow support is generally sufficient to provide a navigation channel that is 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide.

Reservoir Forecasts
Gavins Point releases averaged 22,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) during September and will be adjusted throughout the fall to meet navigation targets in reaches with commercial barge traffic. The Gavins Point reservoir ended September at elevation 1207.2 feet and will remain near elevation 1207.5 feet during October.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 20,800 cfs in September. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point Dam, but no significant changes in releases are expected at this time. The reservoir ended September at elevation 1353.4 feet, falling 1.7 feet during the month. 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 October and November. The reservoir is expected to end October near elevation 1345.0 feet.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 17,300 cfs in September. Releases are expected to average 11,300 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during October.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 18,800 cfs during September. Releases are expected to average 11,300 cfs in October. The reservoir ended September at elevation 1609.9 feet, falling 0.6 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to rise slightly during October.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 16,900 cfs during the month. Releases were reduced to the fall rate of 13,000 cfs starting September 15 and will remain near 13,000 cfs during October. Garrison reservoir ended September at elevation 1838.5 feet, falling 0.8 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall less than 1 foot during October, ending the month near elevation 1837.8 feet.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 6,300 cfs during September. Releases were reduced from 8,000 cfs to 4,500 cfs starting September 13 and will remain near 4,500 cfs during October. The reservoir ended September at elevation 2233.4 feet, down 0.5 feet during the month. The reservoir level rose more than 1 foot in early October due to heavy rainfall. It is expected to remain near its current elevation of 2234.6 feet during the remainder of the month.

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 641 million kWh of electricity in September. Typical energy generation for September is 895 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 7.5 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.

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Draft Annual Operating Plan Public Comment Period
The Corps held its draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP) meetings Oct 5-7 in five cities throughout the basin to present the plan for operating the system for the remainder of 2016 and in 2017. The PowerPoint presentation given at each meeting can be viewed here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/Fall2016AOPPresentation.pdf. Comments on the plan will be accepted through November 11. Comments can be emailed to: Missouri.Water.Management@nwd02.usace.army.mil or mailed to:
Missouri River Basin Water Management
1616 Capitol Avenue, Suite 365
Omaha, NE 68102-4909

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
Free Financial Planning Seminar Is October 24
Wolf Point Small Business Development Center will have a Free Financial Planning for Start-up or Expansion Businesses Mon. Oct. 24th.

The session will run from 2-4p.m. at Glasgow Job Service, 74 4th Ave. North.

You can register by emailing sbdc@gndc.org.

For more information, contact Lorene Hintz, 406-653-2590.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
General Election Is 30 Days Away...Are You Registered To Vote?
HELENA, MT –Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch cast her ballot in the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, October 11, the first day of in-person absentee voting, at Lewis & Clark County Election Office. While voters can vote an in-person absentee ballot beginning today, absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who requested a ballot be mailed to them on Friday, October 14.
Secretary McCulloch reminds eligible citizens that regular voter registration closes 30 day before the election, Tuesday, October 11. She also urged groups doing voter registration drives to make sure any voter registration forms are turned in to the county by October 11. If eligible citizens do not register to vote by October 11th, they must go to their local county election office for late voter registration. Late voter registration opens October 12, 2016 and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2016.
“The election is just around the corner and it is so important for Montanans to get registered to vote and update their voter registration,” said Secretary McCulloch. “This is the most important civic duty we have and it is important every Montanan’s voice is heard. Get registered and go vote.”

Voters can check their registration by down downloading the My Voter Page (MVP) app or visiting https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/. With the MVP app, voters can check their registration address, find their polling location, track their absentee ballot and view a sample ballot.

2016 General Election Reminders
• October 11: Close of regular voter registration
• October 11: Absentee ballots available to vote at county election offices
• October 12: Beginning of late voter registration
• October 14: Absentee ballots mailed
• November 7, noon: Deadline to apply for absentee ballot

Monday, October 10th 2016
Four Applicants Selected To Be Interviewed For Vacant State Judge Position
On Monday, October 17, 2016, the Judicial Nomination Commission will interview the following applicants for the position of district court judge for the 17th Judicial District (Blaine, Phillips, and Valley Counties):

• Peter L. Helland
• Yvonne Gaye Laird
• Dan Raymond O’Brien
• Randy Homer Randolph

Interviews will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom at the Phillips County Courthouse, 304 3rd Avenue West in Malta. Deliberations will follow the last interview. The interviews and deliberations are open to the public; however, public comment regarding the applicants will not be taken because the comment period has closed.

The Commission will forward the names of at least three nominees to the governor for appointment. The person appointed by the governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2017 legislative session. If confirmed, the appointee will serve until January 2019.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Janice Bishop of Missoula; Karl Englund of Missoula; Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.

Monday, October 10th 2016
GHS Educational Trust Application Deadline October 15th
Glasgow High School alumni who are attending college or trade school full time are reminded that the deadline for applying to the GHS Educational Trust for financial assistance for the Spring 2017 term is October 15, 2016.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to Danielle Anderson at First Community Bank by that date.

The application, eligibility requirements, and other relevant information are available on the trust’s website at http://www.ghsedutrust.org.

Monday, October 10th 2016
Public Invited to Sight-in Firearms at the Valley County Rifle and Pistol Club Range
Local organizations are teaming up to provide a public “sight-in day” at the Valley County Rifle and Pistol Club (VCRPC) shooting range starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. All hunting-aged folks are welcome, and youth under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. The event is free of charge.

Members of the VCRPC, Hi-Line Sportsmen, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be on-hand to offer assistance, advice, and encouragement for both youth and adults to properly and safely sight-in their firearms. FWP will be providing hearing and eye protection, along with targets, but the public is also encouraged to bring their own equipment if they desire. No shotguns are allowed at the event.

The Hi-Line Sportsmen will be providing hot dogs, chips and water, with a free-will donation for the meal. Hi-Line Sportsmen will also be selling t-shirts and providing raffle tickets for a gun and gun cabinet. While at the event, folks are encouraged to learn more about both the Hi-Line Sportsmen and the VCRPC, as new members are always welcome.

The location for the sight-in day is at the VCRPC range north of Glasgow: Drive two miles north from Glasgow on Highway 24 North, turn west (left) on Johnson Road, and proceed west 1.5 miles to the club gate. Go through the gate and follow signs for approximately one mile to the range.

Please call Hi-line Sportsmen President Jennifer Jackson at 406-263-7339 if there are any questions. The public is asked to make sure that all firearms are in good, safe working order, and matched with the correct ammunition that will be used during the hunting season.
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