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As construction continues on a new k-5 elementary school for Glasgow the Glasgow School Board is seeking public input on whether the new school should continue to be named R.L. Irle Elementary School.
The school district is seeking input in the form of a survey at the Glasgow school website. There are 3 choices for people to choose from.
1. Glasgow Elementary
2. R.L. Irle Elementary
3. Westside Elementary
People can vote at the school website: http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/
The Valley County Sheriff's Office has arrested 2 people allegedly involved in a marijuana growing operation in the cabin area of Fort Peck near Duck Creek.
Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that the VCSO and the Tri-Agency Drug Task force arrested Donald Allen and Lisa Hill both with addresses listed as 43 Mallard Drive in Fort Peck.
The VCSO executed a search warrant on August 22nd at 43 Mallard Drive and found a marijuana growing operation and confiscated marijuana with a street value of an estimated $80,000.
Both Donald Allen and Lisa Hill were charged with felony criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs.
Bond was set at $5000 for both and as of Tuesday night they were incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that his office has turned over an investigation of theft involving the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council to an outside law enforcement agency.
Sheriff Meier said his office has been investigating the alleged theft since March and a suspect has been identified. Meier said that due to the complexity of the alleged theft and also white collar crime in general, the investigation has been turned over to an outside agency.
Felony charges are expected to be filed soon against the suspect according to Sheriff Meier.
The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council is the governing organization of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.
The Valley County Health Department will have a special flu vaccination clinic at the Health Department, located in the Annex, on Tuesday, October 7 from 8-5:30pm for those residents of Valley County who have not yet been immunized.
What are the benefits of flu vaccination?
There are a lot of reasons to get a flu vaccine each year.
Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.
A recent study* showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.
One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.
Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu.
Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older.
HELENA -- The Montana Department of Transportation is investing $2.1 million for local and intercity transit equipment and infrastructure. Vehicles ranging from 45-passenger motor coaches to 5-passenger vans will be added to fleets around the state. New facilities and car ports will also be built.
According to Mike Tooley, MDT director, continued investment in community transit programs benefits not just those who rely on transit, but enhances community livability.
“Most Montanans can take for granted the ability to get to the grocery store, doctors and daily activities,” Tooley said. “But for many Montanans, these local transit providers are a life line to meeting basic transportation needs.”
MDT has concentrated on a coordinated process that encourages agencies in Montana communities to work together to pool transit resources to better serve their communities. Reliable transportation is important to quality of life in a large state like Montana.
Sixteen communities and two intercity providers will be receiving funding for capital investments. Earlier this year MDT awarded $7.8 million to providers for operating expenses.
Funding is awarded through a competitive process, with applications ranked by need and funding availability. These Federal Transit Administration funds are administered by MDT and provided to communities with a local match rate from 13.42 – 20 percent. The following list recipients and what will be funded:
Fallon County -- 13-passenger van
45-passenger motor coach
HRDC -- 40-passenger bus, 17-passenger bus
REACH -- 5-passenger van
Powder River -- 6-passenger minivan
BSW -- 12-passenger van
Butte Silver Bow -- Accessible van, 10-passenger van from Laurel Transit Authority
AWARE -- 12-passenger van
Rosebud -- 2 carports
Valley County Transit – facility, 19-passenger bus
HATS -- 27-passenger bus
HATS Westmont -- accessible van
Sanders County COA -- 6-passenger minivan
Flathead County Eagle Transit -- 17-passenger bus
Lincoln County Transit -- 12-passenger van
Phillips Transit -- 19-passenger bus
MRTMA -- 6-passenger minivan, 12-passenger van
Lake County Transit -- accessible van
Mission Mountain Enterprises -- 6-passenger minivan,
Toole – NTI -- 19-passenger bus
Liberty Place -- 12-passenge van, facility improvements
Jefferson Lines -- facility upgrade for Billings relocation, retrofit motor coach
Salt Lake Express -- 27-passenger bus
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Justice is asking the state Supreme Court to deny a Colorado man's petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the murder of a Sidney teacher.
Mental health experts for both the prosecution and defense have agreed 25-year-old defendant Michael Keith Spell is mentally disabled.
But Assistant Attorney General Tammy Plubell wrote in a filing Wednesday with the high court that Spell's disability does not automatically render him unfit for trial.
She said Spell demonstrated his competency during a two-month evaluation last winter at the state mental hospital in Warm Springs.
A Nov. 17 trial is scheduled. Spell could spend life in prison if convicted in the January 2012 death of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold.
An accomplice pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.
(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Amtrak continues service disruption to ND cities
(Information in the following story is from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Amtrak will continue to suspend westbound rail service from Fargo on its Empire Builder line and passengers traveling on to Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby will have to complete their journeys on buses.
The Minot Daily News reports the detour route will be reassessed before the holidays.
The service disruption is so that BNSF Railway Co. can make repairs to the line, which BNSF owns and Amtrak uses. The repairs were originally expected to last through Sept. 30.
Passengers traveling to Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby will get off the train in Fargo and take a bus to their destination stations. Passengers heading west from the three affected cities will be taken to Minot, where they'll board the westbound train.
Eastbound traffic will maintain its usual route.