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Tuesday, January 24th 2017
President Trump Expected To Take Executive Action To Advance Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to take executive action Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, according to multiple news reports and a source with knowledge of the action.

The president is scheduled to sign orders at the White House late this morning.

Former President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal that was a centerpiece of his environmental legacy. The pipeline would run from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The U.S. government needed to approve the pipeline because it crossed the border.

AdvertisementThe Army decided last year to explore alternate routes for the Dakota pipeline after the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters said the pipeline threatened drinking water and Native American cultural sites.

Tuesday, January 24th 2017
Glasgow Residents Reminded That City Ordinance Prohibits Depositing Snow From Private Property Onto Streets And Alleys
Residents please be reminded that under City Ordinance Section 17-23 it is unlawful to deposit any accumulation of snow, ice, and/or slush from private property onto streets or alleys.

-The purpose for this this ordinance is not only to aid with snow melt storm water run-off, but to also help City snow removal crews as well as keeping the street clear for Emergency Services access and your neighbors who also utilize the street. Thank you observing ordinance!
Tuesday, January 24th 2017
Glasgow Woman Facing Felony Charge Of Exploitation Of Older Person
Glasgow resident, Karla Nix, was arrested last week by the Glasgow Police Department and charged with felony exploitation of an older person.

According to Glasgow Police Chief Bruce Barstad, the investigation revealed that from 2014-2016, Nix allegedly physically and financially abused a 93-year old resident of Nemont Manor in Glasgow.

Bond has been set at $5000 and Nix was incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center as of Monday afternoon.

The victim in the case has been relocated to another community according to Chief Barstad.

The investigation was conducted by the Glasgow Police Department.

Tuesday, January 24th 2017
Governor Bullock Announces State Unemployment Rate Holding Steady At 4.0 Percent
Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.0 percent over the month of December after dropping by 0.3 percentage points in November. The national unemployment rate increased slightly by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent.

“Montana continues to outperform much of the nation, holding steady at near-historic low levels of unemployment for over a year,” said Governor Bullock. “As we continue to build on our economic strength and create a business climate that attracts, retains, and grows businesses, we’re making it easier for employers all across Montana to create more good-paying jobs.”

Montana’s economy added over 4,000 payroll jobs in the 4th quarter of 2016 from the prior quarter, with gains in construction, manufacturing, and leisure activities industries. Total employment estimates, which include the self-employed and agricultural employment in addition to payroll employment, indicated an over-the-month gain of roughly 500 jobs, with 4th quarter growth of 2,400 jobs over the prior quarter.

“Montanans are starting 2017 with a strong economy that is anticipated to grow in the upcoming year,” said Montana Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “As a result of a strengthening economy and recovering natural resources prices, we expect to see increased growth in rural communities, more Montanans earning higher wages, and more opportunities to fill jobs in high-skilled areas.”

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased in December by 0.3 percent, led by price increases for gasoline and housing. Over the last twelve months, the CPI-U rose 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment. Core inflation, measured by the all items less food and energy index, rose 0.2 percent over the month.

Monday, January 23rd 2017
Job Service Employers’ Committee Looking For Scholarship Donations
Dear Area Businesses and Interested Persons,

The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) offers $1,000 in scholarships each year to Valley County students pursuing training immediately after high school. As an effort to improve our work-force, we are asking you to contribute to this scholarship fund.

Students can use the funds toward school related costs for any type of training. This includes short term or long term programs, technical fields, the trades or the arts. Scholarship winners are chosen based on their plans, financial need and determination.

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry 2015 Labor Day Report to the Governor, there a more educated workforce will be needed in the next ten years. Education beyond high school typically provides more opportunities for employment as well as increased earning potential.

We hope you will join other employers in the county by donating toward the JSEC Scholarship this year. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 which would directly fund two or three scholarships.

Contributions can be sent to:
Glasgow JSEC, c/o Stacey Amundson, 319 3rd Street South, Glasgow Montana 59230. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued upon request. Please call me with any questions, (406) 228-2476 Ext. 1. Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,
Stacey Amundson
Glasgow JSEC Chair


Job Service Employer Committee Scholarship 2017


____$25 ____$50 ____$100 $________ amount of your choice

Friday, January 20th 2017
Valley County Commissioners Vote To Downsize Voting Precincts In Valley County
The Valley County Commissioners voted unanimously to downsize the number of voting precincts in Valley County beginning in the election year of 2018.

There were 8 precincts in Valley County including Nashua, Opheim, Lustre, Hinsdale, Fort Peck, Frazer and 2 Glasgow precincts but the Valley County Election Administrator will now reduce those 8 precincts to just 3.

The precincts will be aligned according to how the House Districts are aligned in Valley County for the Montana Legislature. There are currently 3 House Districts in Valley County.

All voting on election day will now take place in Glasgow at the Glasgow Civic Center. There will no longer be election day voting in the outlying areas of Valley County.

Friday, January 20th 2017
Public Hearing Held for No-Wake Zone in Park Grove and Duck Creek Bay
The Fish and Wildlife Commission has asked Fish, Wildlife and Parks to hold a public hearing on the petitioned no-wake zones for Park Grove and Duck Creek Bay at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The hearing will be held at the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery in Fort Peck to collect public comments on these proposals.

A petition was received requesting to restrict the Bay of Park Grove, located in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts, to a no-wake zone approximately 75 feet from the shoreline. The request was made to address safety concerns, shoreline damage, and disruption of both animal activity and non-motorized user activity.

A separate petition was received requesting to restrict Duck Creek Bay, located on Fort Peck Reservoir, to a limited no-wake zone from the boat ramp to the mouth of the bay. The request was made to address both safety concerns and property damage, as the area has a heavily-used boat ramp and camping area.

The public hearing format consists of (in order): a brief overview on the topic, a question and answer period to address any questions about what is being proposed or the rulemaking process, and time for public comment.

Public attendees at the hearing may submit their comments either orally or in writing at the hearing. Written comments may also be submitted to: Ron Howell, FWP Region 6 Office, 1 Airport Rd., Glasgow, MT 59230, or e-mail rhowell@mt.gov. Comments must be received no later than Feb. 17, 2017.

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

Friday, January 20th 2017
Valley County Health Department Warns Of Flu Increase
There is a significant increase of reported positive influenza in Valley County. Remember, your best defense against illness is good hand washing habits, stay home when you are ill and get a flu shot.

Valley County Health Department is open 7:30am - 6:00pm Monday to Thursday. It is not to late to get immunized against the flu!

Wednesday, January 18th 2017
City of Glasgow Moves Forward With Water System Improvements
The Glasgow City Council voted on Tuesday to approve a contract with the engineering firm of Morrison-Maierle for services for water system improvements in the city of Glasgow.

Morrison-Maierle will design a complete retrofit of the city water treatment plant, improvements to the Highland Booster Pump Station and also improvements to the water distribution system in the city.

The expected cost of the improvements will be over $7.5 million dollars including engineering and grant administration services. The projected 2016 construction cost will be $6,069,00, engineering and grant administration services are expected to cost $1,497,000.

The city will pay for the upgrades with a $500,00 grant from the Treasure State Endowment Program and a low interest 4-year loan in the amount of $6,645,000 from Rural Development. The city will kick in $227,000 in its water enterprise fund.

The final design for the project is expected to be completed in December of 2017 with construction to start in May of 2018. Closeout for the project is slated to end in September of 2019.

Tuesday, January 17th 2017
Deficient Roadways Cost Montana Motorists $794 Million Annually
Helena, MT – Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Montana motorists a total of $794 million statewide annually – as much as $1,417 per driver in some urban areas - due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national nonprofit transportation research organization. These high costs come at a time when the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) estimates it will face an annual funding shortfall of $874 million through 2021, causing many needed projects to be halted or delayed. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, relieve traffic congestion and support long-term economic growth in Montana.

The TRIP report, “Montana Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” finds that throughout Montana, 34 percent of major urban roads are in poor condition and nearly one-fifth of Montana’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The state’s traffic fatality rate is the third highest in the nation. Montana’s major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, with drivers wasting significant amounts of time and fuel each year.

The MDT estimates it will face an $874 million average annual shortfall through 2021 in the investment level needed to make further progress in improving road, highway and bridge conditions; improving traffic safety; and, completing needed modernization improvements to enhance economic development opportunities. As a result of a lack of transportation funding, MDT has delayed $144.5 million in road projects that had been scheduled to begin in 2017.

Driving on deficient roads costs Montana drivers $794 million per year in the form of extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays, and the costs of traffic crashes in which roadway features likely were a contributing factor. The TRIP report calculates the cost to motorists of insufficient roads in the Billings, Great Falls and Missoula urban areas. A breakdown of the costs per motorist in each area along with a statewide total is below.

The TRIP report finds that 34 percent of major urban roads in Montana are in poor condition, while 40 percent are rated in mediocre or fair condition and the remaining 26 percent are in good condition. Driving on deteriorated roads costs Montana drivers an additional $296 million each year in extra vehicle operating costs, including accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.

“We’ve been talking about our failing infrastructure and lack of funding for a long time now and have very little to show for all that hand-wringing,” said Darryl James, executive director of the Montana Infrastructure Coalition. “It’s time for a little less talk and a lot more action.”

A total of 18 percent of Montana’s bridges show significant deterioration or do not meet modern design standards. Eight percent of Montana’s bridges are structurally deficient, with significant deterioration to the bridge deck, supports or other major components. An additional ten percent of the state’s bridges are functionally obsolete, which means they no longer meet modern design standards, often because of narrow lanes, inadequate clearances or poor alignment.
“The Montana Infrastructure Coalition is bringing a balanced package of bills supported by a broad spectrum of Montanans,” said Webb Brown, president and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. “We expect some tough discussions but believe Montana’s lawmakers are ready to step to the plate and work on real solutions to these very real problems. We’re anxious to share our research and data to play a central role in that discussion.”
Traffic crashes in Montana claimed the lives of 1,024 people between 2010 and 2014. Montana’s overall traffic fatality rate of 1.58 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel is significantly higher than the national average of 1.08 and is the third highest in the nation. The fatality rate on Montana’s rural non-Interstate roads was 2.41 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in 2014, approximately three times higher than the 0.79 fatality rate on all other roads and highways in the state.
“Our transportation system is truly the network that binds our communities together in Montana,” said Steve Arveschoug, executive director of the Big Sky Economic Development Authority. “Our economic security depends on smart investment in infrastructure and it begins with clean water and roads and bridges that are safe and efficient.”
Traffic congestion in Montana is worsening, costing the state’s drivers $170 million annually in lost time and wasted fuel.
The efficiency and condition of Montana’s transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state’s economy. Annually, $101 billion in goods are shipped to and from sites in Montana, mostly by truck. Sixty-seven percent of the goods shipped annually to and from sites in Montana are carried by trucks and another 12 percent are carried by courier services or multiple mode deliveries, which include trucking.
“Conditions will worsen and additional projects will be delayed if greater funding is not made available at the state and local levels,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Without adequate investment, Montana’s roads and bridges will become increasingly deteriorated, inefficient and unsafe, hampering economic growth and quality of life.”

Tuesday, January 17th 2017
Hunter/Bowhunter Education Instructor Workshops Held Across Region 6
Pic tagline: “Hunter Ed”- Instructor Scott Thompson teaching students about big game species and antlers

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter and Bowhunter education instructors, and folks interested in becoming instructors, are welcome to attend one of several workshops being held around Region 6 in January and February.

Traditionally, a Region-wide workshop is held every spring. However, this year, FWP is hosting a state-wide workshop in Helena June 23-25. Marc Kloker, the FWP Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager who oversees the hunter and bowhunter education program for the region, decided to host these workshops to be able to reach instructors across the region before classes begin for the year.

“I hope to see all the instructors at the workshops to meet and visit with them, and provide a chance to hand out class materials, visit about changes, and make sure everybody is on board with things in the coming year,” said Kloker. “Also, I felt it was a great opportunity to invite anyone interested in becoming an instructor to see what the program is all about.”

The workshops will be held from 6-8 p.m., and snacks and refreshments will be provided. Instructors and folks interested in becoming instructors are welcome to attend the workshop that best works for them. The workshop locations are as follows:

Havre Tues., Jan. 24, 3rd floor of the hospital, conference room
Poplar Wed., Jan. 25, Fort Peck Community College
Glasgow Tues., Jan. 31, FWP Headquarters, Quonset
Malta Wed., Feb. 1, Malta High School cafeteria
Plentywood Tuesday, Feb. 28, Jubilee Room at the Sheridan Co. Courthouse
Circle (Date and location yet to be determined. Please call for information)

Hunter and Bowhunter education are state-mandated courses, which are taught by dedicated volunteers. The heart of Montana’s Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs is this group of dedicated volunteer instructors. They stand as examples of how each hunter should demonstrate safety, ethics, behavior, and responsibility to not only themselves, but also to landowners, other hunters, and the resource.

Region 6 needs to recruit more of these dedicated men and women to continue to serve the area. Anyone who is at least fourteen-years old is eligible to apply. Volunteer instructors are being sought across the region, which includes the counties of Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, McCone, Sheridan, and Roosevelt.

For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter education instructor, visit the FWP web site at fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/instructors/ to learn more and apply.

For any information or questions on these upcoming workshops, please contact Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704, or email mkloker@mt.gov.

Tuesday, January 17th 2017
Customers Of Montana Dakota Utilities To See Rate Increase This Month
Natural gas and electric customers in eastern Montana who receive service from Montana Dakota Utilities will see rates increase this month to account for increases in the utility’s property taxes.

“It deeply troubles me to see these taxes passed automatically onto rate payers in my district,” said commissioner Tony O’Donnell, R-Billings. “It is highly irregular for a utility to be able to raise rates without the opportunity for the Commission to complete a full review.”

Montana law allows public utilities to pass through a portion of their property taxes onto customers with virtually no input from the PSC. The increases go into effect automatically on Jan. 1, and unless the commission can identify errors in the utilities application within 45 days, the rate increases cannot be reversed.

During the proceeding, the commission lambasted the law and stressed the need for legislative action to fix the problem.

“This proceeding was a model of confusion because of an incredibly short deadline imposed by a law that simply doesn’t work. The legislature should act now to avoid further automatic rate increases for property taxes from being passed onto consumers,” said Travis Kavulla, R., Great Falls, the PSC’s vice chairman.

Though NorthWestern has passed through property tax increases onto consumers using the automatic-increase provision of state law for over a decade, this is the first time that MDU sought similar increases. MDU projects to collect an additional $725,000 and rates will increase by an estimated 2.26 percent and .7 percent for gas and electric services, respectively. Rate increases already went into effect for gas customers, however rates won’t increase for electric customers until May 15 due to a stipulation from the last electric rate case that prevents MDU from raising base rates before April 1 of this year.

The Commission did vote to exclude taxes from assets which the company has yet to prove provide a direct benefit to customers. $144,844 in taxes associated with both environmental upgrades to the Lewis and Clark generation station in Sidney, as well as reciprocating internal combustion engines located on the site, will not be eligible to be passed through to consumers.

Monday, January 16th 2017
JSEC Presents Leadership Seminar On Thursday
JSEC presents Jeff Kaufman – Full Circle Leadership, Thurs. Jan. 19th from 9a.m. – 12noon at the Cottonwood Inn. Lunch will follow the presentation.

Jeff is a Montana native & has focused on several Leadership areas as well as extensive volunteer work. He & his wife co-founded the Full Circle Foundation which offers college scholarships to support the 1st child in a family to attend college, with their focus on small communities.

Jeff will discuss “Do What You Say You Will Do”, “Building Trust with People”, “Leverage Your Fishbowl”.

Cost is $50 per person with lunch included.

Pre-registration is encouraged; call Job Service, 228-9369 or stop by 74 4th Street North.

Monday, January 16th 2017
Winter Grazing Seminar Is Tuesday and Wednesday
Glasgow will play host to the 2017 Winter Grazing Seminar Tues. & Wed. Jan. 17th & 18th.

Participants from around the state will convene at the Cottonwood Inn as speakers discuss a long-run view of the cattle market, being profitable in the beef cattle business, weather, grazing rights, & why grassland birds need ranching.

For more details or to register, contact the Valley County Conservation District at 228-4321.

Monday, January 16th 2017
Elk Management Season to Open in Hunting District 680 and 690
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized a management season hunt for antlerless elk in portions of Hunting District 680 and 690, starting Saturday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Hunters signed up for the Hunt Roster in those hunting districts may be selected for this opportunity.

A management season hunt is a proactive measure to prevent or reduce potential damage caused by large concentrations of game animals, resulting from seasonal migrations, extreme weather conditions, restrictive public hunting access on adjacent or nearby properties, or other factors.

“Basically, the main intent of the management season hunt in 680 and 690 is to help bring elk populations in the area closer to population objectives,” said Scott Hemmer, Havre-area biologist.

“Landowners may become eligible for these types of hunts if they allow public hunting during general hunting seasons,” said Hemmer.

Management season hunters are selected from the Hunt Roster, which is traditionally used by FWP regional offices to respond to these hunts with a ready-to-go list. Depending upon their randomized order on the list, hunters registered on the Hunt Roster were contacted by FWP via email or letter.

Hunters need to have signed up to be on the Hunt Roster between June 15 and July 15 of each year.
Those selected hunters may harvest up to two antlerless elk if they possess both an unused general elk license and an unused elk B license. Hunters may purchase a special management hunt B license
at any license provider if they have not previously purchased a general elk license and an antlerless elk B license for the 2016 hunting season.

FWP would like to remind hunters 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,” said Hemmer. “Expect variable weather conditions to possibly include deep snow and cold.”
Hunters should have means to retrieve elk over potentially long distances. If successful, hunters must report their harvest to Hemmer.

Hunting will be conducted in accordance with the 2016 Montana Elk Hunting Regulations, and will be allowed only during times and in locations as directed by the landowner or FWP staff.

If there are any questions, please contact Hemmer at 406-265-6177, or email shemmer@mt.gov.

Monday, January 16th 2017
Time to Get Your 2017 Bait Fish Seining License
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind bait collectors that a 2017 Commercial Bait Fish Seining License is required for persons 15 years of age and older to seine for and transport bait fish for commercial purposes in Montana, or for any person who seines for and has in his/her possession more than 24 dozen nongame bait fish.

The application is available at any FWP office, and an application fee of $10 is required. The application materials also include regulations, the types and sizes of nets/traps that may be used, and also a list of approved seining waters.

Commercial bait collection is not permitted in waters infested with Eurasian watermilfoil. In Region 6 this includes Ft. Peck Reservoir, Ft. Peck Dredge Cuts and the Missouri River from Ft. Peck Dam to the mouth of the Milk River.

Also, with the recent discovery of dreissenid mussels (zebra/quagga mussels) in Tiber Reservoir, seiners are asked to transport their fish away from collection sites in well water. Please do not use site water to transport fish.

Bait seiners need to be aware that only the following 10 fish species can be collected and used as live bait: Flathead Chub, Fathead minnow, Western Silvery Minnow, Plains Minnow, Emerald Shiner, Longnose Dace, Lake Chub, Creek Chub, Longnose and White Sucker.

If there are any questions, please contact your local FWP office.

Friday, January 13th 2017
Montana Department of Transportation Proposes Safety Project for Montana Highway 24
Glasgow - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to shoulder widen and slope flatten about 1 mile of Montana Highway 24 south of Glasgow in Valley County. The project begins approximately four miles south of Glasgow at reference post 71.5 and extends south for approximately 1 mile, ending at reference post 72.5.

Proposed work includes shoulder widening and slope flattening on the outside of the existing curve. The purpose of the project is to address a crash cluster at this horizontal curve.

Construction is anticipated by 2020 depending on completion of design and availability of funds. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities will likely be required. 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 Kevin Gilbert at (406) 4446230. 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:

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

Thursday, January 12th 2017
Montana Department of Transportation Proposes Seal and Cover Project for Montana Highway 24

Glasgow - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to seal and cover about 17.2 miles of Montana Highway 24 north of Glasgow in Valley County. The project begins one-half mile north of the Spring Coulee/Cut Across Road intersection at reference post 8.5 and extends north for 17.2 miles, ending about a half mile north of the Dry Fork Creek crossing at reference post 25.7.

Proposed work includes seal and cover and upgraded pavement markings. The purpose of the project is to extend the existing pavement life.

The project is being developed for construction possibly as early as the summer of 2018, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Kevin Gilbert at (406) 4446230. Members of the public may submit written comments to the MDT Glendive office at P.O. Box 890, Glendive, MT 59330-0890, or online at:

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

Thursday, January 12th 2017
Valley County Considers Going From 8 Voting Precincts To 3
Currently Valley County has 8 voting precincts but a proposal put forth to the Valley County Commissioners would reduce the number of precincts to just 3.

Currently, there are voting precincts in Lustre, Frazer, Nashua, Fort Peck, Hinsdale and Opheim plus 2 precincts in Glasgow. This proposal would form 3 precincts in Valley County and those precincts would be aligned according to how the Montana House Districts are aligned in Valley County.

The proposal would have all election day voting done in Glasgow at the Glasgow Civic Center. There would be no more election day voting in Lustre, Frazer, Nashua, Fort Peck, Hinsdale and Opheim.

Valley County Election Administrator, Lynne Nyquist, told the Valley County Commissioners that eliminating 5 voting precincts in Valley County could save anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 per election year. Nyquist said she currently has to pay and train over 30 election judges every election year plus pay for their travel. She also noted it is getting more difficult to find election judges to staff every precinct location.

Nyquist also noted that in the November election, 70% of Valley County residents who voted did so by absentee.

The Valley County Commissioners will look to make a decision on this proposal at a meeting next Wednesday.

Thursday, January 12th 2017
Williston, North Dakota Man Arrested On Drug Charges In Valley County
A 38-year old Williston, North Dakota man was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol on January 5th and charged with several drug related offenses.

Joseph Bray was arrested on January 5th by the Montana Highway Patrol near Oswego on U.S. Highway #2.

He was charged with 3 misdemeanors including criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and driving under the influence of drugs. He was also charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs-felony.

Bray appeared in Justice Court on January 9th and bond was set at $6855. He posted bond and was released from the Valley County Detention Center.

Wednesday, January 11th 2017
Cold Weather Reports
We took lots of reports of super cold weather early this morning: unofficial resident reports from -19 to -32.

And then there was this picture, from Iva Murch on Brazil Creek Road: -35?

Check our Facebook page for MANY more reports!

Wednesday, January 11th 2017
North Dakota Man Killed In Head-on Crash In Roosevelt County

(Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a North Dakota man was killed in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Roosevelt County.

The Billings Gazette reports the 54-year-old Minot, North Dakota man, whose name has not been released, was in an SUV that crashed into an oncoming pickup near Brockton on Tuesday morning. The driver of the SUV was trying to pass a snow plow at the time of the crash.

The passenger from Minot, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. No other information was released.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wednesday, January 11th 2017
Montana Department Of Transportation Proposes Seal And Cover Project For U.S. Highway 2
Wolf Point - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to seal and cover about 30 miles of U.S. Highway 2 between east of Frazer and west of Poplar in Valley and Roosevelt counties. The project begins just east of the McConnell Road approach at reference post 573.0 and extends east for approximately 30 miles, ending near the Chelsea Creek crossing at reference post 603.0.

Proposed work includes seal and cover, upgraded pavement marking and guardrail, bridge rail revisions, and bridge deck work. The purpose of the project is to extend the existing pavement life and reduce maintenance costs.

The project is being developed for construction as early as the summer of 2018, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Kevin Gilbert at (406) 4446230. 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:
www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Wednesday, January 11th 2017
Glasgow's Abbi Helland Named To Bullock's Youth Justice Council
Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

· Pat Goodover, Great Falls. Qualification: Member of the general public who is not a physician or a physical therapist. Goodover is the Broker-Owner of Professional Brokers of Great Falls, Inc.

Small Business Compliance Assistance Advisory Council

· Michelle Bryan, Missoula. Qualification: Member who is not an owner or representative of an owner of small business stationary sources representing the general public. Bryan is a Professor in the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.

· Diana Vanek, Bozeman. Qualification: Member who is not an owner or representative of an owner of small business stationary sources representing the general public. Vanek is the Coordinator of the Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center at Montana State University Bozeman.

Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

· Lucy Hart Paulson, Missoula. Qualification: Speech-Language Pathologist. Hart Paulson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana.

· Rachel Stansberry, Lewistown. Qualification: Speech-Language Pathologist. Stansberry is a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative.

· Richard Turner, Big Timber. Qualification: Public member who is a consumer of speech-language pathology or audiology services. Turner is a Vocational Consultant for Turner Vocational Resources, LLC.

Youth Justice Council

· Abigail Helland, Bozeman. Qualification: Under the age of 24. Helland is a Psychology student at Montana State University Bozeman.
Tuesday, January 10th 2017
President Obama Honors Federally-Funded Early-Career Scientists Including Glasgow High School Graduate
President Obama on Monday honored a select few scientists and researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards. One of the recipients is Glasgow High School graduate Blake Wiedenheft.

Today, President Obama named 102 scientists and researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama said. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”

The Presidential Early Career Awards highlight the key role that the Administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges. This year’s recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and the Intelligence Community. These departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.

The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

The newest recipients are:

Department of Agriculture
Michelle Cilia, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Pankaj Lal, Montclair State University
Michael Ulyshen, USDA Forest Service

Department of Commerce
Nicholas Butch, NIST Center for Neutron Research
Mandy Karnauskas, NOAA Fisheries
Anne Perring, University of Colorado, Boulder
Corey Potvin, University of Oklahoma
John Teufel, NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory
Justin Zook, NIST Material Measurement Laboratory

Department of Defense
Michael Bell, Colorado State University
Nurcin Celik, University of Miami
Kaushik Chowdhury, Northeastern University
Shawn Douglas, University of California, San Francisco
Christopher Dyer, DeepMind and Carnegie Mellon University
Aaron Esser-Kahn, University of California, Irvine
Sinan Keten, Northwestern University
Jonathan Fan, Stanford University
Danna Freedman, Northwestern University
Thomas Harris, Northwestern University
David Hsieh, California Institute of Technology
Osama Nayfeh, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific
Olukayode Okusaga, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Joseph Parker, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Adam Pilchak, Air Force Research Laboratory
Harris Wang, Columbia University

Department of Education
Daphna Bassok, University of Virginia
Shayne Piasta, The Ohio State University

Department of Energy
Jonathan Belof, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Carl Dahl, Northwestern University
Eric Duoss, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Anna Grassellino, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Jacqueline Hakala, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Stephanie Hansen, Sandia National Laboratories
Kory Hedman, Arizona State University
Alan Kruizenga, Sandia National Laboratories
Wei Li, Rice University
Guglielmo Scovazzi, Duke University
Michael Tonks, Penn State University
Jenny Yang, University of California, Irvine
John Yeager, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Department of Health and Human Services
Gregory Alushin, Rockefeller University
Manish Arora, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dawn Cornelison, University of Missouri
Kashmira Date, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Craig Duvall, Vanderbilt University
Nicholas Gilpin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Anna Greka, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Pamela Guerrerio, National Institutes of Health
Gery Guy, Jr., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Christine Hendon, Columbia University
Catherine Karr, University of Washington
Maria Lehtinen, Boston Children's Hospital
Adriana Lleras-Muney, University of California, Los Angeles
Mary Kay Lobo, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Michael McAlpine, University of Minnesota
Eric Morrow, Brown University
Daniel O'Connor, Johns Hopkins University
Aimee Shen, Tufts University
Cui Tao, University of Texas
Jacquelyn Taylor, Yale School of Nursing
Benjamin Voight, University of Pennsylvania
Matthew Wheeler, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Blake Wiedenheft, Montana State University

Department of Interior
Nathaniel Hitt, U.S. Geological Survey
Sarah Minson, U.S. Geological Survey
Diann Prosser, U.S. Geological Survey

Department of Veterans Affairs
Adam Rose, RAND Corporation and Boston Medical Center
Nasia Safdar, Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Joshua Yarrow, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency
Havala Pye, Environmental Protection Agency
Sala Senkayi, Environmental Protection Agency

Intelligence Community
Matthew Dicken, U.S. Army
Josiah Dykstra, National Security Agency
James Kang, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Jason Matheny, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
David Moehring, IonQ, Inc.
R. Jacob Vogelstein, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Jeremy Bassis, University of Michigan
Othmane Benafan, NASA Glenn Research Center
Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Marco Pavone, Stanford University
Miguel Roman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

National Science Foundation
Alicia Alonzo, Michigan State University
Randy Ewoldt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emily Fox, University of Washington
Jacob Fox, Stanford University
Eric Hudson, University of California, Los Angeles
Shawn Jordan, Arizona State University
Ahmad Khalil, Boston University
Oleg Komogortsev, Texas State University, San Marcos
John Kovac, Harvard University
Bérénice Mettler, University of Minnesota and icuemotion, LLC
Jelani Nelson, Harvard University
Elizabeth Nolan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael Rotkowitz, University of Maryland, College Park
Andrea Sweigart, University of Georgia
Chuanbing Tang, University of South Carolina
Aradhna Tripati, University of California, Los Angeles
Franck Vernerey, University of Colorado, Boulder
Juan Pablo Vielma Centeno, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Makeba Wilbourn, Duke University

Smithsonian Institution
Nicholas Pyenson, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, January 9th 2017
Hi-Line Sportsmen’s First Conservation Fundraising Banquet Is Feb. 18 In Glasgow
Plan to attend the first annual Hi-Line Sportsmen’s fundraising banquet on Saturday, Feb. 18 for a chance to win guns, buy sporting goods and home décor, tuck into a choice prime-rib dinner, and help fund local conservation efforts.

The banquet will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church’s parish hall in Glasgow. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and a rousing live auction will follow.

Single tickets cost $30, couples tickets run $50, and sponsor couples tickets cost $200. Or you can gather eight of your friends and buy a regular table for $700 or a sponsor table for $800. Sponsors get a Hi-Line Sportsmen pullover and a chance at a gun. Each buyer of a sponsor table will also have a Ruger 10/22 rifle to distribute to tablemates.

Purchase your tickets before Feb. 6 to ensure your seat and for a chance to win two tickets to the Joe Diffie concert at the Northeast Montana Fair. Early-bird buyers also get a discount on raffle tickets. You can buy tickets from any Hi-Line Sportsmen committee member (see the roster below) or call Jenn Jackson at 263-7339.

While this is the first banquet put on by the Hi-Line Sportsmen, it’s hardly the first time St. Raphael’s will play host to conservation funding. The new group rose from the Hi-Line Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, and you’ll recognize many of the same people and games at the Hi-Line Sportsmen event. And be treated to the same prime-rib dinner prepared by members of the American Legion and Auxiliary. But the new group is committed to keeping conservation local, and reinvesting proceeds from fundraisers into local projects.

Highlights of the Feb. 18 banquet will include the presentation of the annual Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship to college-bound Valley County high-schoolers, the auctioning of the next Barb Marsh Memorial rifle, and the distribution of more than 20 guns through various raffles, games, and auctions.

Guns include a Browning X-Bolt chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, Stevens 555 over/under shotgun, Remington 700 Long-Range in choice of caliber, T/C Venture predator package, and a certificate for a semi-custom rifle from Montana Rifle Company.

Visit the Hi-Line Sportsmen’s Facebook page for periodic updates. Call Jenn Jackson at 263-7339 or email Jackson at jenn.stein@nemont.net for information about both the scholarship and the banquet, which raises funds for local wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, youth events, and our hunting heritage. Other committee members include: Jace and Lisa Ball, Scott Billingsley, Ed Sugg, Levi Sugg, Arron Fjeld, Bill Fransen, Andrew McKean, Tyrel Brandt, Storm Jackson, Mike Chappell, Steve Wellendorf, Mike Lackner, Jack Medicott, Brandon Brunelle, Bryan Krumwiede, Tara and Luke Strommen, Drew Henry, Ryan and Cara Budde, Jory Casterline, Marc Kloker, Justin Schaaf, and Juice Fischer.

Monday, January 9th 2017
New Trends In Agriculture Seminar Is Wednesday
“New Trends in Agriculture,” a day-long seminar put on by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, will be held Wed. Jan. 11th at the Cottonwood Inn.

Registration begins at 8a.m.

Speakers will cover making the best of a challenge in agriculture, cover crops, an outlook for commodities, grants, & remote weather stations.

For more details, contact the Chamber at 228-2222.

Monday, January 9th 2017
Public Comment Meeting On The “Quiet Waters” Initiative Is Tonight
FWP will have a Public Comment meeting on the “Quiet Waters” Initiative Mon. Jan. 9th at 6p.m. at the Glasgow FWP Region 6 office.

Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing.

Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Quiet Waters Petition, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701; or e-mail QuietWaters@mt.gov, no later than Jan. 13th.

Friday, January 6th 2017
Trial Date Set For Wolf Point Man Charged With Kidnapping 4-Year Old Girl
GREAT FALLS — A federal judge has scheduled a Feb. 6 trial for a man charged with kidnapping a 4-year-old girl from a park in Wolf Point and sexually assaulting her.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris held a brief competency hearing for John William Lieba II on Thursday, during which Lieba said he was fit to stand trial.

Morris had previously ordered a mental health exam for Lieba after his attorney said Lieba had stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication and did not remember the events described in the indictment charging him with kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The girl was abducted on Feb. 26, 2016. Lieba was arrested before the girl was located on Feb. 28.

Friday, January 6th 2017
Glasgow Couple Encourage Change In Montana Law Regarding Sexual Intercourse Without Consent
Story From Great Falls Tribune

HELENA – A state panel on Thursday reviewed two bills that would change the ways that young people convicted of sexual intercourse without consent are handled in the state.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on proposed Senate bills 26 and 17 as the state legislative session began Monday.

SB 26 would give judges some discretion when it comes to charges of sexual relations between teenagers. It allows an 18-year-old convicted of sexual intercourse without consent with a victim who is 14 or older to be incarcerated, but the person does not have to register as a sex offender as long as no force was used.

SB 17 allows for juvenile offenders with no history of sexual offenses to not have to register as sex offenders as long as registration is not necessary to protect the public.

The board took no action Thursday.

Among those testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee were a husband and wife from Glasgow who are seeking clemency from the state after he was prosecuted for sexual intercourse without consent in their relationship that started when he was 19 and she was 15.

Russell Delano Foster, now 41, and wife, Amber, have been married for 21 years and have four children.

In July, the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole voted unanimously to grant executive clemency to Russell Foster. That request is still with Gov. Steve Bullock.

“I know my case is unique,” he told the panel Thursday, “but I know others are out there.”

Both bills received support from the Montana County Attorneys Association, the Montana Sex Offender Treatment Association and the ACLU of Montana.

Brenda Erdelyi of the Montana Sex Offender Treatment Association said the brain is developing until people are in their mid-20s and young people make a “lot of bad choices.”

Some testifying asked the panel to consider increasing the age to 19, while others said it should go as high as 21 and the victim’s age should be lowered to 13.

She said offenders on the list often have trouble finding jobs.

“Their futures are in jeopardy,” Malek said.

Mark Murphy, representing the Montana County Attorneys Association, said SB 26 would more accurately allow prosecutors to take appropriate action with sex crimes.

He expected about six crimes statewide would be impact annually.

Amber Foster said she lives with guilt in that she never wanted her husband to be charged.

She said her husband’s offense has kept them from living in certain apartment complexes and hampered employment.

“You cannot go and do any job,” she said, “you just get what you can take.”

SK Rossi, director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the ACLU, said her group was not a fan of Montanans being on a list.

She said the bill did not go far enough, “but it is a good step.”

Erdelyi said less than 3 percent of adolescents convicted commit a new offense when released.

She and others said that forcing them to be put on a registry does not fulfill the intended purpose, which is to keep people safe.

Friday, January 6th 2017
Community Cash Program A Huge Success
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture had a very successful holiday season with its Annual Community Cash program.

The Community Cash Script was available starting on October 14, 2016 at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Community Cash program is to encourage people in our area to “Shop Locally”. The Glasgow merchants offer a variety of quality products along with outstanding customer service.

In 2016, 67 Chamber business members participated in the program with 76 loans totaling $71,800 from Valley Bank, 37 loans totaling $33,200 from FCB, and 19 loans totaling $16,850 from Independence Bank for a total of $121,850 dollars Spent Locally! The Chamber Big Bucks program was also very successful. From October 14th thru December 31st, 2016 alone over $37,836 of Chamber Big Bucks was purchased from the Chamber office.

With both programs $159,686 was spent LOCALLY during the 2016 Holiday season in Glasgow. This is up $10,000 from last year. The Chamber thanks everybody for participating in these programs and supporting our local merchants! “BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”

Thursday, January 5th 2017
Additional Criminal Charges Expected Within Next Week For Jay Witkowski
The Valley County Sheriff's Office along with the Glasgow Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation are continuing their investigation into an incident that occurred New Years Eve east of Glasgow.

According to Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle, a Glasgow woman, Evelynn Garcia, was stabbed and either thrown out of or run over by a vehicle on highway #24 near the Northern Border Pipeline office, east of Glasgow.

The woman was found at approximately 7pm on Saturday evening in the middle of the highway suffering from stab wounds and injuries from either being thrown out of a vehicle or run over by a vehicle.

Sheriff Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 that Evelynn Garcia passed away on Tuesday afternoon due to injuries suffered in the incident.

Sheriff Buerkle said that Jay Witkowski from Shepherd, Montana has been arrested and is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center. Witkowski is 28 years old and was charged with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and criminal endangerment.

All 3 charges are felonies and bond has been set at $500,000. With the death of the victim, Sheriff Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 News that additional charges are expected to be filed within the next week.

Sheriff Buerkle said that an intensive investigation is continuing into this case and as soon as more information is obtained additional charges will be filed against Witkowski.

Witkowski has a prior criminal record including a conviction on a drug offense out of Richland County.

Thursday, January 5th 2017
Glasgow High School Graduation Rate At 95.8%
After increasing each year since 2011, Montana high school graduation rates dipped last year, according to figures from the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

The 85.6 percent rate is still the second highest since the OPI began measuring the statistic in 2000, down from 86.04 percent last year.

Locally, the graduation rate at Glasgow High School for the 2015-2016 school year was 95.8% which is the highest rate in the past five years.

For the 2014-2015 school year the graduation rate was 92%. The lowest rate in the past five years was 86% for the 2012-2013 school year.

Other area schools and their graduation rate for the 2015-2016 school year:

Nashua- 100%
Opheim- 100%
Hinsdale- 100%
Frazer- 75%
Saco- 100%
Malta- 89%
Wolf Point- 69%
Poplar- 38%


Wednesday, January 4th 2017
Information Sought for Bull Elk Poached in Northeast Chouteau County
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking information from the public about the poaching of a bull elk on the Warrick Road in the Bears Paw Mountains.

Warden Andy Matakis said the bull elk was found on private land approximately 5.5 miles west of Warrick. The elk was likely shot on Dec. 29 or 30. Nothing was taken from the elk and the entire carcass was left to waste in the field.

“The season for hunting bull elk in hunting district 690 ended five weeks ago,” Matakis said. “This is a popular area where it is difficult to draw a permit. We have had three bull elk killed and wasted this fall in the Bears Paws, which takes away hunting opportunities for someone in the future.”

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Matakis directly at 406-262-2407, or 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.

Wednesday, January 4th 2017
Ice Fishing Derby Set For February 11
The “Cabin Fever-Let’s Go Fishing”
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will hold the 19th Annual Ice Fishing Derby February 11, 2017. The Derby will be held at the Fishing Access Site-The Dredge Cuts Trout Pond located on Highway 117. Registration is from 10AM-1P. Fishing is from 12-3PM, the ENTRY FEE is $50 per Hole or 3 Holes for $100. Cash and prizes will be awarded at 3:30pm at the Gateway. There are over 200 holes pre-drilled for the anglers.

First place is GUARANTEED for $2,000. The first and largest fish of walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, carp, sucker, burbot, lake trout or bass weighing in wins. You must have a current MT fishing license to participate. Due to poor ice conditions, no tournament was held in 2016. In 2015, over $5,000 in cash and prizes was awarded. A Yeti cooler is being raffled off and will be drawn for at 4PM at the Gateway Bar. Hot cocoa, coffee, hot dogs and bratwursts, onions & kraut will be for sale during the Derby. The ladies will also be holding the 50/50 drawing.

The tournament is sponsored by Nemont Beverage, Glasgow Distributors, Nemont, Coca Cola, Hi-Line Ford, D&G Sports & Western, Cotttonwood Inn, KLTZ/KLAN, First Community Bank, Ezzie’s Wholesale, Reynolds Market, Valley Bank, JR’s Party Store #24, , The Gateway Club, Newton Motors, Thompson & Sons, NorthWestern Energy, Edward Jones, , and Northern Prarie Auto.

Entry forms are available at the Glasgow Chamber office, 406-228-2222, The Fort Peck Marina, or online. Bring the kids, sleds, skates and bait for a fun Ice Day at Fort Peck Lake MT. Join us for an afternoon of fishing and fun.

Wednesday, January 4th 2017
Valley County Man Faces Felony Charges As Result Of Incident In City Of Glasgow**Updated**
39-year old Larry Gilbert is being held in the Valley County Detention Center after an incident that occurred on the south side of Glasgow.

The incident occurred at a residence on 6th Avenue South in Glasgow on December 27th at 1am. According to Glasgow Police Chief Bruce Barstad, Larry Gilbert threatened a young adult male with an assault rifle by pointing it directly at him. An adult female who was at the residence was also threatened and physically assaulted by the assault rifle that Gilbert was holding.

Gilbert then allegedly dragged the woman by the hair while driving his vehicle, at which time the young adult male fired shots at the vehicle. At this time, Gilbert released the woman and drove down the street.

He was then apprehended by authorities and law enforcement discovered that Gilbert was carrying a concealed weapon.

Gilbert is charged with 2 counts of felony intimidation, 2 counts of assault with a weapon and 1 count of criminal endangerment. He is also charged with misdemeanor partner family member assault.

Additional criminal charges have been filed against Larry Gilbert by the VCSO. He has been charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. VCS Vern Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Gilbert allegedly damaged equipment in the Valley County Detention Center and the result is the felonly criminal mischief charge.

He is currently incarcerated at the Valley County Detention Center with bond set at $250,000.

The Glasgow Police Department and the Valley County Sheriff's Office continue this investigation.

Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
Victim Valley County Stabbing Passes Away
The Valley County Sheriff's Office along with the Glasgow Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently investigating an incident that occurred near Glasgow on New Years Eve.

According to Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle, a Glasgow woman, Evelynn Garcia, was stabbed and run over by a vehicle on highway #42 near the Northern Border Pipeline office, east of Glasgow.

The woman was found at approximately 7pm on Saturday evening in the middle of the highway suffering from stab wounds and injuries from being run over by a vehicle.

Sheriff Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 that Evelynn Garcia passed away on Tuesday afternoon due to injuries suffered in the incident.

Sheriff Buerkle said that Jay Witkowski from Shepherd, Montana has been arrested and is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center. Witkowski is 28 years old and was charged with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and criminal endangerment.

All 3 charges are felonies and bond has been set at $500,000. With the passing of Garcia it is expected that Witkowski will be charged with murder. He appeared in Justice Court Tuesday morning but another appearance in court is expected soon.

This is a developing story and as soon as additional information is available we will post it.

Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
245 Rides Given For New Year's Eve
Valley County Search and Rescue along with local wreckers services game 245 rides on New Year's Eve compared to the 160 rides given last year.

Also, 4 cars were driven to their homes by volunteers.

This is an annual service provided by Valley County Search and Rescue and local wrecker services.

Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
21 Canada Geese Left To Waste Near Glasgow: Wardens Seeking Information
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking information on 21 wasted Canada geese, likely shot in mid to late December, that were found on the banks of Brazil Creek just west of Paulo Reservoir, about 10 miles from Glasgow.

Twenty-two geese were found, including one that was completely processed. The other 21 had only the breasts removed. Under Montana regulations, all waterfowl larger than a teal duck need to have at least the breasts and thighs removed.

Warden Chase Sanderson, who discovered the geese, said “They must have cleaned one completely, then determined it was too much work and just breasted out the rest. Even that was done poorly.”

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), or call Warden Sanderson directly at 406-263-0068.

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.

Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
Valley County High School Seniors Encouraged To Apply For Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship
All Valley County high school seniors are eligible to apply for a substantial college scholarship that will be awarded in February by the Hi-Line Sportsmen.

Scholarship winners will be announced at the conservation group’s first-annual fundraising banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church’s parish hall in Glasgow. This is the third year the Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship will be presented to qualifying high school seniors. But it’s the first year that the scholarship is administered by the Hi-Line Sportsmen; previously the scholarship was administered by the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Scholarship applicants must possess a valid Montana hunting license. Other considerations are community service and participation in hunting and conservation-oriented activities. Application deadline for the scholarship is Jan. 20, 2017.

The scholarship is presented in memory of Barb Marsh, a longtime supporter of wildlife conservation and local youth, who died unexpectedly in January 2014. Each year since her death, Barb’s partner, Joe Younkin, has sponsored a special rifle that is auctioned at the conservation banquet. Proceeds from the previous year’s auction are distributed to eligible high school students the following year. The amount of the scholarship varies from year to year since it is dependent on funds raised by the auction, but in previous years, multiple $1,000 scholarships were awarded to college-bound Valley County high schoolers.

Younkin has donated another firearm to the Hi-Line Sportsmen’s 2017 banquet that will fund 2018 scholarships. Plan to attend the Feb. 18 banquet to bid on the special scholarship gun—a Henry Golden Boy lever-action .22 rifle—as well as other firearms, sporting goods, and home décor, and to recognize the winner or winners of the 2016 Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship.

For details about eligibility and other information about the scholarship, students are encouraged to visit with career counselors at high schools in Glasgow, Nashua, Frazer, Hinsdale, Opheim, and Lustre.

Call Jenn Jackson at 263-7339 or email Jackson at jenn.stein@nemont.net for information about both the scholarship and the banquet, which raises funds for local wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, youth events, and our hunting heritage.

Monday, January 2nd 2017
VCSO Investigating New Years Eve Stabbing
The Valley County Sheriff's Office along with the Montana Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently investigating an incident that occurred near Glasgow on New Years Eve.

According to Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle, a Glasgow woman was stabbed and run over by a vehicle on highway #42 near the Northern Border Pipeline office, east of Glasgow. The woman was found at approximately 7pm on Saturday evening in the middle of the highway suffering from stab wounds and injuries from being run over by a vehicle.

Sheriff Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 News that a male from Shepherd, Montana has been arrested and is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center. Sheriff Buerkle did not release the name of the suspect. The suspect is set to appear in Justice Court on Tuesday on several criminal charges related to the New Years Eve incident.

The victim was transported by ambulance to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and was then flown by air ambulance for further medical treatment in Billings, Montana.

Sheriff Buerkle told Kltz/Mix News that more information will be released on the incident after the suspect appears in court.

Friday, December 30th 2016
New Year's Eve Rides Available
Valley County Search & Rescue along with the local wrecker services, Thompson & Sons, Glenn's Automotive, Hi-Line Collision, will be giving rides again this New Year's Eve.

DUI Taskforce will be donating to SAR for each ride given, up to $500.

Names & Numbers of those donating their services are:
Tom Pewitt, Hi-Line Collision, 263-2154
Tom & Dawn Thompson, Thompson & Sons, 263-7265
Doug Cook, Glenn's Automotive, 263-1249 (Park Grove & Fort Peck Area)
Randy Isakson, SAR, 263-2193
Kenny Bryan, SAR, 263-5116
Jeron Wesen, SAR, 263-0265
Whisky Isakson, SAR, 263-2505
Stone Tihista, SAR, 263-8383 (Nashua Area).

Friday, December 30th 2016
Community Cash
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture reminds consumers that the last day to use the Community Cash program is December 31st.

With the program, you may borrow up to $1,000 from these financial institutions:
First Community Bank in Glasgow and Hinsdale
Valley Bank in Glasgow
Independence Bank in Glasgow
(Equal Opportunity Lenders, members FDIC)

How it works:
1. Fill out a loan application at one of the 4 participating financial institutions
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments; you pay no interest, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31, 2016. Thereafter, you have until January 8, 2017 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Community Cash is December 30, 2016.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from the MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a Chamber member to accept Community Cash script.

Friday, December 30th 2016
BLM Releases Draft EIS on Proposed Withdrawal in Crucial Sage-Grouse Habitat
WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its continuing efforts to conserve habitat vital to healthy populations of the Greater Sage-Grouse in the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the draft proposal to withdraw a subset of lands that are sage-grouse strongholds from future mining claims.

Based on public comments received during the scoping period over the last year, the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzes five alternatives, ranging from no action to the withdrawal of approximately 10 million acres of federal locatable minerals in certain areas that are particularly crucial to the Greater Sage-Grouse in six states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

The announcement, which will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, opens a 90-day public comment period that will end March 30, 2017. The BLM will also host eight public meetings throughout the West in February to gather input on the proposal and alternatives to the proposal.

“We appreciate the input we’ve received from states, tribes, and other important stakeholders to help develop this draft analysis of the proposed mineral withdrawal,” said Kristin Bail, BLM assistant director for resources and planning. “We look forward to working closely with the public in the coming months as we finalize a proposal to protect important Greater Sage-Grouse habitat from potential future disturbance resulting from mining claims.”

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell first announced the proposed withdrawal in September, 2015, as part of the unprecedented, landscape-scale effort that began with BLM’s and its state and federal partners’ successful efforts to prevent the Greater Sage-Grouse from being listed under the Endangered Species Act.

To develop the proposal and its alternatives, the BLM held public meetings in November 2015 in the six states to gather information and comments about whether to withdraw these areas from the location of new mining claims for up to 20 years. The BLM also incorporated a mineral resource assessment prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey to help develop a reasonably foreseeable development scenario for the draft EIS.

In addition to releasing the draft EIS today, the agency published a Notice of Amended Proposed Withdrawal that would add about 388,000 acres to the approximately 10 million acres that are already temporarily segregated under the mining laws until Sept. 24, 2017. These lands represent a proposal by the State of Nevada that areas adjacent to SFAs that contain high value habitat and identified Greater Sage-Grouse populations should be withdrawn, instead of high mineral development potential areas in the SFAs. The draft EIS includes an alternative that evaluates the environmental consequences of this substitution.

Neither the segregation, nor any subsequent withdrawal, would prohibit ongoing or future mining exploration or extraction operations on valid pre-existing claims.

At one time, the Greater Sage-Grouse population likely numbered in the millions, but is estimated to have dwindled to 200,000 to 500,000 individuals range-wide. Sagebrush, the Greater Sage-Grouse’s primary habitat, also supports more than 350 other animal and plant species in the Western United States.

A fact sheet, draft EIS and Notice of Amended Proposed Withdrawal, dates and times for public meetings and a map of the proposed withdrawals are available here. You can comment by mailing written comments to Mark Mackiewicz, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) WO, C/O Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah 84501 or by submitting electronically to sagebrush_withdrawals@blm.gov.

Friday, December 23rd 2016
Juvenile Pleads Guilty To Vandalism At Valley Event Center
The Valley County Sheriff's Office has told Kltz/Mix-93 that a 16-year old juvenile has pleaded guilty to a charge related to vandalism at the Valley Event Center.

On December 5th a report of vandalism at the Valley Event Center was reported. A vehicle had rammed into the fire escape located on the north side of the building completely tearing the fire escape away from the building. Total damage to the building was $450.

On Wednesday, December 21st, the VCSO reported that a 16 year old juvenile was issued a citation for Reckless Driving.

The juvenile made an appearance in Valley County Justice Court on December 22nd and pleaded guilty to the charge. The juvenile was fined $185 and ordered to serve 60 hours of community service.

Also, the Valley Event Center is closing their parking lot due to several acts of vandalism, littering & property damage. The parking lot area is closed to the public with the exception of approved activities.

Trespassers will be prosecuted & the Valley County Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing this policy.

Friday, December 23rd 2016
Updated Christmas Storm Information (4 p.m. Friday)
From the National Weather Service:

With the forecast issued this afternoon, we have upgraded the Winter Storm Watch:

Winter Storm Warning: Sheridan, E. Roosevelt, Richland, Dawson, Prairie, and Wibaux Counties, for 6 to 9 inches of snow and blowing snow.

Winter Weather Advisory: Daniels, W. Roosevelt, McCone, Valley, Garfield, Phillips and Petroleum Counties for 4 to 6 inches of snow and blowing snow.

The main snow event will begin later on Christmas Eve in the west then expand eastward toward the border with North Dakota on Christmas Day.

Winds will be from the east overnight tonight at 15 to 20 mph, then increase on Saturday to 20 to 25 mph, turn more from the north by Sunday and increase to 25 to 30 mph. Expect occasional gusts up to 35 mph.

Travel will become hazardous with snow covered roads and blowing snow reducing visibility at times. Worse conditions (possible Blizzard) will prevail further east into North Dakota through the later part of the weekend and into Monday.

Don't forget to stay tuned to the latest forecast and warning information.

Friday, December 23rd 2016
Canadian Prime Minister States That Trump Is Supportive Of Keystone
CALGARY, Alberta—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, Dec. 21, that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was "very supportive" of TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline in their first conversation after the U.S. election.

The 830,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from Alberta to the U.S. Midwest, but the Obama administration rejected it last year.

"He actually brought up Keystone XL and indicated that he was very supportive of it," Trudeau told the audience at an event in Calgary, Canada's oil capital. "I will work with the new administration when it gets sworn in ... I'm confident that the right decisions will be taken."

Trump has previously said he would approve the pipeline but wanted a "better deal" for the United States. His election heartened investors in Canada's battered energy industry, which has struggled with two years of low prices and long-running concerns about market access.

Trudeau, who also supports Keystone XL, said he also saw "extraordinary opportunities" for Canada if the United States takes a step back from tackling climate change, given the business opportunities that will probably arise from new global environmental policies.

Canada's Parliament in October ratified the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions, bolstering Trudeau's effort to tackle them after a decade of inaction by the previous government. This month the Liberal government introduced a landmark national carbon price.

Critics say those policies will make the country less attractive to investment, especially with climate change skeptic Trump leading the United States. Trudeau's government says those measures will make Canada more attractive to green technology development and research.

Wednesday, December 21st 2016
Valley County Conservation District And NRCS Looking To Build Exhibits At Children's Museum
Press Release -
The Valley County Conservation District and NRCS are raising money to build exhibits and games for children to explore and learn about science and Valley County agriculture at the Children’s Museum of NE Montana.

They are collecting new items (no clothing please but money donations are welcome) at the USDA Service Center to be sold through a silent auction at the Winter Grazing Seminar, Tuesday January 17th and Wednesday January 18th at the Cottonwood Inn and Suites in Glasgow.

Please help us make sure all our young people stay connected to our agricultural roots.

Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, December 21st 2016
Another Storm System Could Move Through This Weekend
The National Weather Service is keeping its eye on a winter storm that will likely impact holiday travel.

The system looks like it will affect our region Friday night through the Christmas weekend.

Details:
Another large low pressure system will swing in from the west. More recent forecast shows that snow will likely occur across most of Montana along with nearby states and Southern Canadian Prairies. At this point it is looking like a widespread winter storm.

For eastern Montana, for Friday Night and Saturday, the best chance for accumulating snow will be along and north of the Missouri River.

Saturday Night, the snow will spread into all of Eastern Montana and continue through all day Christmas Day and possibly Sunday Night. Current forecast estimates are for 5 to 10 inches of snow for northeast Montana.

Snow amount forecasts are likely to change. Chances are good that there will be some blowing and drifting snow but there is high uncertainty with the wind forecast at this point.

Confidence: Confidence is high that there will be snow. Uncertainty remains on snow amounts and wind which could vary depending on the track. High impacts to holiday travel is likely.

Please continue to closely monitor the situation as the weekend approaches.

Wednesday, December 21st 2016
Experts: Demand For Oil Workers To Intensify In 2017
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota employment experts predict demands for oil field workers will only become more intense in 2017.

Cindy Sanford at the Job Service North Dakota office in Williston says the largest uptick is for hydraulic fracturing crews, which average between 45 and 65 people per crew.

Sanford says recruiters from two large oil field services companies, Schlumberger and Oil States, stopped by the Job Service office this week.

The Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/2i0AuJ2 ) says the state's core oil-producing counties, including Williams, McKenzie, Divide and Mountrail, have about 1,300 job openings across all sectors.
Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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

Monday, December 19th 2016
Nearly 500 Accidents Across State in 72 Hours
From the Great Falls Tribune
HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol tallied 499 wrecks in 72 hours, Friday through Sunday, across Montana as a cold front blasted the state.

The most crashes, 117, occurred in the Billings area, a district including Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties.

The next most perilous weekend was in the Butte district, which includes Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Madison, Powell and Silver Bow counties.

The Great Falls area was relatively quiet, the third to the least number of wrecks among the eight districts of the MHP.

With gusts up to 83 mph, blizzard conditions in the Livingston area shut down I-90 from Livingston to Park City. It finally opened Monday afternoon, but with the low visibility from blowing snow, it was still considered dangerous to travel in the area.

By the way, the National Weather Service released it's outlook for January. For Montana, it looks like below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation, though no specifics were given.

Monday, December 19th 2016
Beck Foundation Recipients
Six Valley County organizations received grants from the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust. Recipients are Two Rivers Economic Growth for Welcome to Glasgow Banners, City of Glasgow Recreation Department for playground equipment at Sullivan Park, Valley County 4-H Council for Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Robotics, Glasgow School District for Scottie STEM/PLTW for grades K – 5, The Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana for light fixtures and Valley County Historical Society for lighting the 1915 Homestead Town exhibits.

Theo and Alyce Beck were Northeast Montana people who cared about the communities they lived in. Before she passed away Alyce graciously set up the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust to help fund projects that promote better living in Valley County through nonprofit organizations. This is the eighth year grants have been awarded.

Monday, December 19th 2016
Swearing In Of Elected Officials Will Be December 27th
The swearing in of elected officials is Tuesday, December 27th at 10:00 am in the Courtroom at the Courthouse.

Also, the retirement party for Glen Meier and Dave Reinhardt will be on Wednesday, December 28th from 2-4 at the Senior Center.

Monday, December 19th 2016
Weekend Weather Recap
A frigid weekend for Montana, including northeast Montana as the Arctic air moved through the state. Some locations in Montana were in the mid-40's below zero early on Saturday morning.

I-90 was closed between Park City and Livingston this morning due to blizzard conditions. Montana had everything from a blizzard warning, high wind warning, and several winter weather advisories, including southwestern Phillips County.

In western Helena, power was out for about 3,100 customers Northwestern Energy had power restored within 75-80 minutes and said an equipment issue in a substation was the cause.

In eastern Montana, the coldest temperature on Saturday morning was -41 at Mosby (located on border of Garfield and Petroleum counties, between Jordan and Winnett.

In Glasgow, the high temp only reached -9 after an overnight low of -29. Other lows in the region included -23 in Wolf Point (-33 at the Wolf Point airport), -27 in Poplar, -27 in Scobey, -38 in Brockton, -27 in Plentywood, -24 at St. Marie, -25 at Lustre, -25 in Opheim, -35 four miles north of Glasgow, -34 in Saco and -28 in Malta.

Sunday, December 18th 2016
Event Center Parking Lot Closed To Public Due To Vandalism
Due to several acts of vandalism, littering & property damage, the Valley Event Center parking lot area is closed to the public with the exception of approved activities.

Trespassers will be prosecuted & the Valley County Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing this policy.

Valley Event Center parking can be utilized for all public functions, sporting events & special events recognized by the Hi Line Youth Hockey Board.

Special permission for the use of this area can be obtained by contacting the HLYH Board, these contact numbers will be posted on the entrance doors of the building.

Sunday, December 18th 2016
Cold Weather Reports From Saturday
View the .pdf file here
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Glasgow MT
921 PM MST Sat Dec 17 2016

...Low Temperature Reports...

Location Temp Time/Date Provider

...Montana...

...Daniels County...
Navajo Mt-5 -25 F 0649 AM 12/17 OTHER
Navajo 1N -25 F 0638 AM 12/17 MT DOT
Four Buttes 13nnw -38 F 0745 AM 12/17 USGS

...Dawson County...
Lindsay 7WNW/Lindsay Divide -18 F 0637 AM 12/17 MT DOT
1 ENE Glendive -2 F 0600 PM 12/17 GPSMET
Hodges 3NE/Beaver Hill -21 F 0637 AM 12/17 MT DOT
Richey 3wnw -22 F 0749 AM 12/17 CWOP
Glendive 6sw -24 F 0751 AM 12/17 CWOP
Glendive -25 F 0200 PM 12/17 COOP
Glendive Airport -28 F 1056 AM 12/17 AWOS

...Garfield County...
Devils Creek Rec Area 6ese -15 F 0608 AM 12/17 RAWS
Mosby 16ENE/Lufborough Hill -21 F 0922 AM 12/17 MT DOT
6 WNW Jordan -37 F 0800 AM 12/17 GPSMET
Jordan Airport -38 F 1048 AM 12/17 ASOS
Mosby -41 F 0745 AM 12/17 HADS

...McCone County...
Weldon 4W -22 F 0832 AM 12/17 CWOP
Brockway 3 WSW -31 F 0500 PM 12/17 COOP
Circle -33 F 0815 AM 12/17 OTHER
Vida 9S/Cow Creek -33 F 0807 AM 12/17 MT DOT

...Petroleum County...
Winnett 16N/Dry Blood Creek -15 F 0841 AM 12/17 RAWS

...Phillips County...
Malta 35S -16 F 0200 AM 12/17 MT DOT
Malta 13sw -16 F 0206 AM 12/17 OTHER
Zortman 1W -17 F 0332 AM 12/17 RAWS
Manning Corral Dogtown -19 F 0741 AM 12/17 GOES
Malta 4e -25 F 0800 AM 12/17 AGRIMET
Malta -28 F 0300 PM 12/17 COOP
Port Of Morgan -30 F 0500 PM 12/17 COOP
Saco 1E -34 F 0816 AM 12/17 MT DOT
Whitewater (school) -37 F 0740 AM 12/17 AWS

...Prairie County...
Mccloud 13WNW/Big Sheep Mtn -20 F 0708 AM 12/17 RAWS
Calypso 3ssw -23 F 0843 AM 12/17 CWOP

...Richland County...
Lambert 12ene -21 F 0735 AM 12/17 CWOP
Culbertson 12sse -23 F 0813 AM 12/17 CWOP
Savage 3.4N -23 F 0721 AM 12/17 CWOP
Enid 8nnw -24 F 0804 AM 12/17 CWOP
Nohly 4 SW -25 F 0825 AM 12/17 CWOP
Sioux Pass -25 F 0823 AM 12/17 MT DOT
Sidney -25 F 0823 AM 12/17 OTHER
Sidney Airport -26 F 1056 AM 12/17 AWOS

...Roosevelt County...
Bredette 4E -23 F 0625 AM 12/17 GOES
Wolf Point 34NE -23 F 0625 AM 12/17 GOES
Froid -26 F 0327 AM 12/17 CWOP
Poplar Raws -27 F 0718 AM 12/17 RAWS
2 ENE Poplar -27 F 0830 AM 12/17 MESOWEST
Culberston -27 F 0500 PM 12/17 COOP
Scobey -27 F 0756 AM 12/17 OTHER
Bredette 8WSW -27 F 0705 AM 12/17 MT DOT
Poplar 2 ENE -27 F 0830 AM 12/17 NONFEDAWOS
Bredette 4W -30 F 0820 AM 12/17
Wolf Point Airport -33 F 1053 AM 12/17 ASOS
Brockton 13 NW -38 F 0835 AM 12/17 GOES

...Sheridan County...
Plentywood 2 ENE -26 F 0900 AM 12/17 NONFEDAWOS
Coalridge 2wsw -27 F 0603 AM 12/17 GGWWFO
Medicine Lake 3ene -27 F 0703 AM 12/17 GGWWFO
Plentywood -27 F 0803 AM 12/17 MESOWEST
Plentywood 2 ENE -27 F 0900 AM 12/17 MESOWEST
Comertown 6S -28 F 0609 AM 12/17 MT DOT
Medicine Lake 1ESE -31 F 0658 AM 12/17 RAWS
Antelope 2wsw -34 F 0730 AM 12/17 USGS

...Valley County...
King Coulee -17 F 1244 AM 12/17 RAWS
St. Marie -24 F 0400 PM 12/17 COOP
Lustre 2wnw (school) -25 F 0810 AM 12/17 AWS
Opheim -25 F 0152 AM 12/17 CWOP
Glasgow 3sse -28 F 0800 AM 12/17 AGRIMET
Glasgow 1E -29 F 0714 AM 12/17 CWOP
Oswego 4N -29 F 0753 AM 12/17 CWOP
Thoeny 1WSW/Bluff Creek -32 F 0644 AM 12/17 RAWS
Whatley 4ESE -34 F 0800 AM 12/17 CWOP
Glasgow 4n -35 F 0817 AM 12/17 CWOP

...Wibaux County...
Hoyt 16ESE/Pine Hill -20 F 0724 AM 12/17 RAWS
Wibaux 2 E -22 F 0800 PM 12/17 COOP
Wibaux (school) -28 F 0714 AM 12/17 AWS

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying equipment and exposures. Not all data listed are considered official.

Sunday, December 18th 2016
Ice Fishing Season is Beginning, Anglers Encouraged to Practice Safety
It’s that time of year when ice anglers are appearing on Montana's waters for the ice fishing season. Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the winter weather and to catch some nice fish. However, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks remind ice anglers that safety should be the number one concern during a day out on the ice.

With the recent cold snap, there is fishable ice in some areas already. However, large bodies of water like Fort Peck Reservoir have yet to freeze over. While the first ice of the year often offers some of the best fishing, it also can be quite variable from location to location and from day to day.

Anglers should be familiar with the water body they plan to fish, or go with someone who knows that water and how ice tends to form and change there. The safest ice anglers are those who pay as much attention to the condition of the ice as they do the fishing conditions.

In FWP Region 6, there are dozens of water bodies that have windmills operating to keep dissolved oxygen flowing to fish and other aquatic life through the long winters. However, according to Havre-area Biologist Cody Nagel, it can also change the ice conditions.

“Anglers need to be extra careful about venturing onto any ice where these windmills are operating because the action of the aerators can weaken or thin the ice,” Nagel said. “A good rule of thumb is that if you see a windmill operating out on a pond or reservoir, you should use extreme caution.”

And when on the ice, remember:

· If you have even the slightest doubt about the safety of the ice—stay off it. No fish is ever worth a fall into frigid water.

· Blue ice is usually hard. Watch out for opaque, gray, dark or porous spots in the ice that could be weak, soft areas. Ice also tends to thin more quickly at the shorelines.

· The following are considered to be MINIMUMS needed with ice thickness:
4 inches: 1 person with gear
5 inches: small group spread out
6 inches: snowmobile or ATV
9 inches: small automobile*
12 inches: pickup truck or SUV*
*not recommended, but if you must, proceed at your own risk!

· Watch for pressure ridges. These are areas of open water or thin ice where the ice has cracked and heaved due to expansion from freezing.

· Test the ice ahead of you with an ice spud bar or an auger.
· Don’t leave children unsupervised on the ice.

· Lakes and ponds do not freeze at the same thickness all over.

· Moving water—rivers, streams and springs—weaken ice by wearing it away from underneath. Avoid ice on rivers and streams, or where a river or stream enters a lake, pond or reservoir.

· The least safe ice usually occurs early and late in the season, when the weather is warmer.
Some other common ice-safety reminders to keep in mind include:

· Dress warm and waterproof to help prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

· Check in with a local sport shop or bait shop before you set out for a trip. They may have up-to-date information to share about the places you plan to fish.

· Check out ice conditions before you go. Ask other anglers or local sources and take into account changes in the weather during the past 24 hours.

· It's OK to wear a life jacket (PFD) or carry a throwable floatation device while out on the ice — safe ice-anglers do it all the time.

· Before you head from home, tell someone where you plan to fish and when you plan to return.

· Carry a pair of long spikes on a heavy string around your neck. That way, if you break through the ice, you can use the spikes to grip the ice and pull yourself out of the water.

Please follow these basic rules of ice safety, and have a good day out on the ice!

Sunday, December 18th 2016
Draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan And Eis Available For Public Comment
OMAHA, NE. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City and Omaha Districts, announces six public meetings to be held in conjunction with the release of the draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRRMP-EIS). The Notice of Availability will be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 23, 2016.

The Kansas City and Omaha Districts, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), have developed the draft MRRMP-EIS. It is a programmatic assessment of the Missouri River Recovery Program which includes major federal actions necessary to comply with the Endangered Species Act by avoiding a finding of jeopardy to three federally-listed threatened and endangered species: the pallid sturgeon, interior least tern, and the Northern Great Plains piping plover. The draft MRRMP-EIS can be accessed at http://www.MoRiverRecovery.org.

Thumb drives containing the draft MRRMP-EIS and supporting documents are available at the following libraries:

Wolf Point, MT
Roosevelt County Library
220 2nd Avenue S.
Wolf Point, MT 59201

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library
515 N 5th St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Rawlins Municipal Library
1000 East Church Street
Pierre, SD 57501

Omaha Public Library
215 S 15th St
Omaha, NE 68102

W Clarke Swanson Library
9101 W. Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

Kansas City Public Library – Westport Branch
118 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63133

St. Louis County Library – Samuel C. Sachs Branch
16400 Burkhardt Place
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Sunday, December 18th 2016
Draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan Public Meetings
Participants are encouraged to attend one of the following meetings to learn more about the MRRMP-EIS and provide feedback to the USACE. All meetings are scheduled from 5-8:45 p.m.; the format will consist of an open house from 5–5:45 p.m. followed by a brief presentation and public hearing from 5:45– 8 p.m. Following this, the open house will continue to 8:45 p.m.

Fort Peck, MT --Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Yellowstone Road
Fort Peck, MT 59223

Bismarck, ND --Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Bismarck State College-National Energy Center of Excellence (Bavendick Ballroom #415)
1500 Edwards Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58506

Pierre, SD – Thursday, February 9, 2017
Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center
Galleria B & C
920 W. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Omaha, NE - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Thompson Alumni Center – Bootstrapper Hall
6705 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182

Kansas City, MO - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hilton - Kansas City Airport
Shawnee B
8801 NW 112th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153

St. Louis, MO - Thursday, February 16, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel – Chesterfield, MO
Ballroom A & B
16625 Swingley Ridge Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Notice is further given to all individuals with disabilities that this meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. Please notify cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil at least 48 hours prior to the meeting if you have special needs for which this department will need to make arrangements.

Meeting Format and Schedule

5–5:45 p.m.: Open House
The open house will allow the public an opportunity to review information stations and ask questions of USACE staff and subject matter experts concerning the document. A court reporter will be available during the open house portion to accept one-on-one comments. Written comments will also be accepted on comment forms provided during the meetings.

5:45-6 p.m.: Presentation
A USACE project manager will make a brief presentation: Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

6-8 p.m.: Public Hearing
The public hearing will allow USACE and USFWS to receive oral or written comments on the draft MRRMP-EIS that will enable them to evaluate the impacts of the management actions on the public interest. Individuals intending to provide oral comments during the formal public hearing session must register at the sign-in/welcome station. The USACE District Commander will convene and moderate the public hearing. Speakers will be called to the podium to comment in the order of registration. Each speaker will be given a period of three minutes to present. The public hearings will be recorded and transcribed. If comments cannot be completed in the three-minute period, speakers will be encouraged to submit them in writing. Efforts will be made to accommodate each individual who has registered to speak; however, given time constraints, there is no guarantee that all who have signed up will be able to speak.

8-8:45 p.m.: Open House continued

How to Submit Comments

Comments regarding the MRRMP-EIS will be accepted through February 24, 2017. All comments received, written and oral, will become part of the administrative record.

• Comment Forms—Complete and drop off a comment form before departing the meeting or mail the form to the address provided below by February 24, 2017.
• Court Reporter—Give comments to the court reporter (one-on-one) during the open house session.
• Public Hearing —Give comments at the podium in order of registration.
• Planning, Environment and Public Comment System (PEPC)—Public comments may be made online by linking to the website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/MRRMP.
• Written Comments—Mail, postmarked by February 24, 2017, to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Omaha District
ATTN: CENWO-PM-AC – Management Plan Comments
1616 Capitol Avenue
Omaha, NE 68102

Friday, December 16th 2016
Valley County Sheriff's Office Crackdowns On Holiday DUI's
The Valley County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists that they will be participating in the annual “drive sober or get pulled over” crackdown during the course of the holiday season. Law enforcement agencies across Montana will deploy extra patrols for the specific purpose of deterring and detecting impaired drivers. Saturation patrols for DUI enforcement are set for Dec. 14 through Jan. 1. Remember to buckle up, slow down and move over during your approach to an emergency vehicle, and don’t be afraid to report unsafe or unreasonable driving behavior.

DUI arrests are part of an ongoing effort to reduce deadly drinking and driving in the state. In the last decade, impaired drivers were involved in nearly 50 percent of all fatal crashes in the state of Montana.

We greatly appreciate your efforts to keep everyone safe. Please enjoy your holiday and New Year season. Extra traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and education campaigns are combined under Vision Zero, the shared vision for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. For more information, contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation at 406-444-3439.

Thursday, December 15th 2016
Double Retirement Party Is December 28th
The public is invited to attend a double reception in honor of Dave Reinhardt for his retirement from the Board of County Commissioners, and Glen Meier for his retirement from the Valley County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center in Glasgow.
Wednesday, December 14th 2016
Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Intensive Compliance Checks For Registered Sex Offenders In Roosevelt County
HELENA – With the goal of locating offenders who aren’t in compliance with Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registry, Montana law enforcement agencies recently conducted intensive compliance checks in Beaverhead, Lake, Flathead, and Roosevelt Counties. There are a combined 350 registered sex offenders in the four jurisdictions. During the operations, 341 of the 350 registered were checked for registration compliance.

Offender compliance checks were initiated by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox in 2013. To date, law enforcement agencies have also conducted operations in Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula, as well as in Beaverhead, Glacier, Lake, Pondera, and Roosevelt Counties. “Ensuring the public’s safety by conducting compliance checks to verify sex offenders are living at their registered address and are in compliance with any conditions they may have continues to be one of our priorities at the Montana Department of Justice,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “We are grateful to have the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies pooling their resources, and we look forward to announcing the results of more compliance checks in the new year along with our local, state, federal, and tribal partners.”

The United States Marshals Service, the United States Probation & Parole Office, the Montana Department of Justice, the Montana Department of Corrections,
Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office, the Kalispell Police Department, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Polson Police Department, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fort Peck Tribal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Team participated in the operation. Working together, they verified 272 sex offenders as compliant (residing at their registered address). Additionally:

• 63 offenders could not be contacted at their residence and residency was not verified. Those addresses where offenders could not be verified were left notices on their doors and the local registering agency is following up on the verifications.
• 13 offenders were found to be non-compliant and follow-up investigations will be conducted to determine if formal charges for failing to register will be filed;
• 2 offenders were arrested; one for Failure to Register and one was arrested on a federal warrant for sex assault.

Additionally, 17 violent offenders were checked on in Roosevelt County; all were found to be in compliance.

Under Montana law, convicted sexual or violent offenders must register their address of residence with local law enforcement. The information is provided to the Montana Department of Justice and input into the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry (SVOR). Depending on their tier level designation, sex offenders must verify their addresses with law enforcement on a regular basis (by law, violent offenders are not given a tier level). When an offender fails to verify his/her address, he/she falls out of compliance with the registry.

• Tier III (the most dangerous) sex offenders must verify address every 90 days
• Tier II sex offenders must verify address every 180 days
• Tier I and non-designated sex offenders must verify address once per year

Montana’s SVOR, which tracks an average of 2,300 sexual offenders and 3,300 violent offenders at any given time, is viewable online at https://app.doj.mt.gov/apps/svow/default.aspx On-line visitors may also register for free email notifications that allow them to be automatically notified whenever a sexual or violent offender moves into a zip code of interest to subscribers.

Wednesday, December 14th 2016
Busted Knuckle Brewery Receives State Grant To Expand Brewery
HELENA, MT – Governor Steve Bullock and the Agriculture Development Council today announced over $600,000 in grants and loans to agricultural businesses and organizations across Montana.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Montana’s economy and it’s important that we continue to invest in the industry that support thousands of good-paying jobs for hard-working Montanans and their families,” said Governor Bullock. “This funding will support growth and diversification throughout the agriculture industry by adding value to Montana’s high-quality agriculture products in new and innovative ways.”

A total of 17 businesses and organizations were awarded $509,701 in grants and $140,000 in loans through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program which was established by the legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agricultural industry by boosting development or new agricultural products and processes.

The Growth Through Agriculture program grants and loans are awarded by the Agriculture Development Council, a seven-member committee appointed by the Governor.

Three projects aim to assist and enhance Montana’s burgeoning pulse crop (peas, lentils, chickpeas) industry. Stricks Ag LLC received a grant for $49,488 and a loan for $100,000 for construction and equipment purchases to assist the expansion of their pulse processing facility in Chester, Montana, while Pardue Grain also received a grant for $48,000 to assist in the expansion of their pulse processing facility in Cut Bank, Montana.

Additionally, Pulses of Montana received a grant for $5,000 for recipe development for the pulse food company in Joliet, Montana. Montana’s production of pulses has increased dramatically in recent years, eclipsing 1 million acres this past year.

“We had many great proposals during this funding cycle and we are very excited about the projects that were funded. It’s definitely an exciting time for Montana agriculture,” said Agriculture Development Council Chair, Amy Kellogg. “The projects are a great cross-section of the diverse nature of Montana’s agriculture industry.”

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov.

Fall 2016 GTA Recipients:

Watchdog Winery – A grant for $7,500 to assist with vineyard costs including irrigation, plants and fencing materials for the new Bozeman area vineyard.

Ravalli Hops LLC – A grant for $25,000 to assist with the expansion of the hops farm near Stevensville, Montana.

The Emperor of Ice Cream – A grant for $10,000 for cooler and freezer equipment to assist the company near Big Sky with the storage and distribution of Montana foods.

Stricks LLC – A grant for $49,488.44 and a loan for $100,000 for construction and equipment purchases to assist the expansion of the pulse processing facility in Chester, Montana.

Pardue Grain – A grant for $48,000 to assist the expansion of the pulse processing facility in Cut Bank, Montana.

Bear Paw Meats LLC – A grant for $50,000 to assist the expansion of the meat processing facility in Chinook, Montana.

County Rail Farm – A grant for $40,000 for supplies, materials and equipment for the expansion of the vegetable farm in Huson, Montana.

Cut Bank Creek Brewery – A grant for $40,000 for brewing equipment to assist with the start-up of the new brewery in Cut Bank, Montana.

Busted Knuckle Brewery, LLC – A grant for $39,250 for brewing equipment to assist with the expansion of the brewery in Glasgow, Montana.

Western Cider Company LLC – A grant for $50,000 for cider processing and canning equipment for the new cidery in Missoula, Montana.

Montana State University – A grant for $4,500 for costs to develop a web-based wool pool delivery software to increase the efficiency of wool pool deliveries and keeps track of pool members wool consignment, weight, and grade of wool.

Lake County Community Development Corporation – A grant for $40,333 for freezer storage and food processing equipment for the community-based food processing center located in Ronan, Montana.

Tabletree Montana LLC – A grant for $40,000 for cherry processing equipment to assist with the expansion of the cherry juice company in the Flathead Valley.

Stillwater Packing Co – A grant for $20,000 for meat processing equipment to assist with the expansion of the USDA meat processing facility in Columbus, Montana.

Stetson Ranches LLC – A grant for $40,000 for equipment to assist with the expansion of the composting operation located near Fromberg, Montana.

Pulses of Montana – A grant for $5,000 for recipe development for the pulse food company in Joliet, Montana.

C&K Meats – A loan for $40,000 for equipment to assist with the expansion of the meat processing company in Forsyth, Montana.

Tuesday, December 13th 2016
Joe Diffie To Headline Northeast Montana Fair Concert
GLASGOW, MONTANA – December 13, 2016 – Following a fantastic return to the Northeast Montana Fair (NEMF) Concert in 2016, the NEMF Concert Committee is pleased to announce that multi-platinum-selling country artist Joe Diffie will be taking the stage on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

With chart-toppers like “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” and “John Deere Green,” Diffie is guaranteed to have the crowd singing along.

October Road Band, a multi-genre cover band with original hits of their own, will open the concert for Diffie and also play in the beer gardens following the main performance. Originating in Fargo, North Dakota in 2004, October Road has spent the majority of the last 12 years on the road.

After a multi-year hiatus, the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Milk River Motor Sports, KLTZ/Mix-93, Glasgow Rodeo Committee, and Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District worked together to resurrect the fair concert in 2016. “It was a good return to the event,” said Committee Chair Haylie Shipp. “We learned a tremendous amount and are hoping to come back with an even better show in 2017.”

Just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers, pre-sale tickets will go on sale Friday, December 16 and will be available at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, KLTZ/KLAN, and the Cottonwood Inn. You may also purchase them online at www.ticketleap.com. All tickets will cost $35 in advance and $45 at the gate.
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For more information…
Lisa Koski, Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 228-2222
Haylie Shipp, KLTZ/Mix-93, 228-9336

Tuesday, December 13th 2016
Valley County incest sentence 'reprehensible' but no way to appeal according to Montana Attorney General
HELENA — Montana's attorney general's office has been unable to find legal grounds to challenge a judge's decision to send a man to jail for 60 days for raping his 12-year-old daughter, state Department of Justice spokesman Eric Sell said Monday.

The amount of time behind bars, considered lenient by many, is "reprehensible," but that alone was not enough to appeal the Oct. 4 sentence issued by District Judge John McKeon, Sell said. The Associated Press is not naming the man to avoid identifying the victim of a sexual assault.

State law in Montana and many other states mandates minimum 25-year-prison sentences for sexual assaults of victims age 12 or younger.

However, McKeon said a legal exception allowed him to suspend most of the 30-year sentence he gave the man because a court-appointed evaluator said treatment outside of prison was best to rehabilitate the offender while protecting the victim and society.

The judge also noted the man did not have a felony record, had a job, community and church support, and there was a lack of input from the victim or from an advocate for the victim.

The man must undergo sex offender treatment and faces many other restrictions. He was given credit for 17 days in jail he had served prior to sentencing. McKeon required him to serve the rest of his jail time within six months, saying he could stagger the time out in two-day jail periods at a time.

McKeon's sentencing order noted the girl's mother and grandmother wrote letters to the court supporting community-based treatment in order to keep the man involved in the lives of his two sons. The mother walked in on the father raping the child, court records said.

An online petition arguing for McKeon to be impeached drew 260,000 supporters, but he retired in late November after announcing earlier in the year and before issuing the sentence that he would do so.

"The sentence may not be a popular decision by certain members of the general public, but it is a just and proper decision given the record before the Court and the law the Court is sworn to uphold," McKeon wrote in his Oct. 17 sentencing order.

Assistant Attorney General Dan Guzynski has proposed legislation that would close the loophole that allowed for the sentencing exception.

The attorney general's office will advocate on behalf of that change during the state legislative session that begins on Jan. 2, Sell said.

"We are hopeful that the legislature sees the wisdom in the proposed change," Sell said in an email to The Associated Press.

Tuesday, December 13th 2016
Reward Being Offered For Information On Vandalism At Valley Event Center
Thanks to Kelly Siefert at BS Buzz for the story!

The Valley Event Center was a dream come true for many: those who visualized having hockey here and a home for other local events, as well.

Bull riding, banquets, car shows, agricultural showcases, spay/neuter clinics and more have had the benefit of utilizing VEC.

If you live in Glasgow and beyond, you have probably enjoyed at least one event at VEC. In fact, virtually everyone in the community has invested in it one way or the other, whether it be donations (remember those radiothons) or simply to attend an event there and spend a few bucks.

So why do a few individuals feel it necessary to make a mess of the place?

“This happened Sunday night,” Tim Volk said, pointing to the fire escape (at right). “Somebody rammed it with their vehicle and tore it completely loose.

“It’s a string of continuing vandalism around the building,” Tim added, “they’re always dumping garbage out, they’re running into the building, they’ve ran into the gutters, they’ve torn almost all the railings out, we had to replace all those.”

“The big steel building that it is, we now have dents on the side as kids were backing into the building,” Del Hansen added. “We had to invest in concrete barriers, some gutters have been tore off...”

They’re even throwing dead animals out and going so far as to throw them on the roof. Someone has to go up and retrieve them.

“The kids just don’t care,” says Tim, “we’ve caught them dumping their garbage and asked them to please knock it off, but it doesn’t seem to deter them. We’ve talked to law enforcement bout the situation, but you know, their hands can’t be tied.”

“Just like Tim said, everybody in this community has something invested in one of the nicest facilities in the state,” Del continued. “we can’t have people tearing it up — it’s disrespectful to our entire community.”

“And it just keeps escalating,” Tim says. “We can’t keep a handle on it and it’s getting out of control. I’m afraid if it doesn’t quit, we’re going to have to barricade it off except for events,” Tim warned.

Yep, that old saying that a few bad apples spoil the bunch — they’re going to ruin it for everyone. To those who enjoy using the parking lot and are doing so respectfully, perhaps it’s time for them to help put a halt to the ones who are doing the damage, kinda’ like a neighborhood watch.

And, for anyone who can provide information leading law enforcement to catch whoever tore up the fire escape, Valley Event Center is offering a $500 reward.

“How would you like to be the one out here welding it back together in five-below weather?” Del asked.

Monday, December 12th 2016
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Parking Adjustments Delayed Until December 14
Ed. note: the construction has been postponed until Wednesday.

On Wednesday, December 14th, there will be a crane onsite to lift the old and new cooling tower off/on of the MAB.

The ambulance driveway off of 5th Ave. will be closed on all day.

Also, the southernmost parking lot spaces that face the MAB will be closed as well.

Click on the picture for a visual plan.

Friday, December 9th 2016
Fort Peck Summer Theater Announces New On-Line Ticketing System
We are excited to announce big changes for the 2017 Fort Peck Summer Theater season! We have implemented a new on-line ticketing system, that is up and running and ready for you to give the gift of live theater.

There is a link to the new on-line system on the theater's website www.fortpecktheatre.org Season and Opening Night passes are now available through the website. The Season Passes are good for 5 performances-one per show or if you choose you can use them all for one performance. Opening Night Passes however are good only for the opening night performance of each show.

How does all this work? When you purchase a pass through the website, you receive an email confirmation with your voucher and seating information. Even with your Season Pass, you will still need to go on-line and select a seat for the performances you will be attending. There will no longer be general admission seats. All seating will be reserved.

Single Tickets for each performance are also available. Simply go to the website and purchase tickets anytime. With the ease and convenience of printing them at home you will no longer have to stand in line at the box office. Friends and family here from out of town? No problem print them a ticket to join you!

No computer. No Problem. Tickets can still be purchased at the Box Office as well as the Fort Peck Summer Theater office located at 533 2nd Ave. South. Call Jody at 228-9216 for any questions or assistance.

When purchasing tickets from the Box Office the day of the performance you will select your seat from the best available remaining.
Organizationally, this ticketing change allows The Fort Peck Theater to zoom into the 21st century. We are thrilled to have found a system that will help our patrons, volunteers, actors, production team, donors and staff insure operational efficiency. Thank you for supporting and making The Fort Peck Theater your community theater!
Here’s our terrific line up for 2017:

*ARSENIC AND OLD LACE* ~ (June 2 - June 18)

*Lionel Bart's OLIVER* ~ (June 23 - July 9)

*MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET* ~ (July 14 - July 30)

*GREASE* ~ (August 4 - August 20)

SOUVENIR* ~ (August 25 - September 3)

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.

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