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Friday, January 23rd 2015
Funding For Ag Producers Available
The USDA-NRCS would like to announce the availability of funding for those producers who live along the hi line.

Funding is available for:

Expiring and/or expired CRP ground to assist with grazing infrastructure which includes livestock watering facilities and fencing

Restoring marginally productive croplands back to grasslands and wetlands; and

Sustaining intact grasslands and wetlands in their current condition

Sign up deadline is February 20, 2015. Please stop into the local service center or call Tracy @ 228-4321 ext 126.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015
Escaped Convict Believed To Be In Northeast Montana
Authorities are looking for an escapee from the Warm Springs Addiction Treatment and Change program.

Eric Fowler,33, escaped from the facility about 7 p.m. Monday after two holes were cut in a chain-link fence in the recreation area, said WATCh administrator Alex Vukovich.

Law enforcement authorities believe that Fowler might be in the Glasgow, Poplar or Wolf Point areas.

It's the first escape in the facility's 13-year history, Vukovich said, adding that 2,700 people have graduated from the program.

Fowler was serving time at WATCh for felony DUI out of Sheridan County in northeastern Montana. He also has been sentenced in Valley County and has served time in Montana State Prison for failure to register as a sexual offender and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

He is 6-foot-3, 250 pounds with brown hair.

Vukovich said the area where the fence was cut is just out of sight of security cameras. He added that the program doesn't "keep cutting tools'' on the premises and that the investigation continues as to how the escape occurred.

Fowler had come to WATCh this month for the six-month treatment program. Vukovich said people must apply to be accepted into the program.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Eric Fowler you are urged to contact law enforcement authorities immediately.

WATCh treats felony (fourth and subsequent) DUI offenders. The facility is located in a separate building on the Montana State Hospital campus at Warm Springs, 23 miles north of Butte.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015
Chamber Awards Night Is January 31
The 2015 Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Awards Night and Dueling Pianos Road Show, sponsored by Cape Air and Cellular Plus, will be held Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the Glasgow Elks Club. A no host appetizer buffet and social will begin at 5:30pm, awards at 7:00pm followed by the dueling pianos road show at 7:30pm.

An awards ceremony will be held during the evening for recipients followed by a short program regarding our past year in review. The Chamber was pleased to honor Rob Davis with the Annual Del Strommen/Trend Setter Award given at the New Trends in Ag Seminar on January 14th, 2015. He was recognized for his innovation in Agriculture and community involvement. The Volunteer of the year for 2015 will be awarded for their dedication and involvement with key Chamber events. The President’s Award will also be awarded. This award places an emphasis on community involvement and dedication.

We invite you to join us for a fun-filled night honoring citizens of Valley County and the Glasgow community at the 2015 Annual Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture social/awards night and the Dueling Piano Road Show.

The cost is $25.00 per person or $45.00 per couple. Advanced tickets are available at the Chamber office and KLTZ/KLAN or at the door for $30.00 per person. You do NOT need to be a member to attend. Take this opportunity and join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment and honoring individuals who wish to promote our local economy and community.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Valley County Jail Roster Now Includes Pictures Of Each Inmate
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has announced that the Valley County Jail roster is now updated daily and includes pictures of each inmate. The jail roster may be accessed at http://www.valleycountysheriff.net/jailrost.html

Sheriff Meier also announced the the Valley County Jail recently has been reaching capacity with 33 inmates at one time last week. The detention center was built to hold 30 inmates. Custer County has a contract with Valley County to hold their inmates but that contract is set to end in June. Meier said that the jail will still be busy with inmates from Phillips County, Daniels County, Sheridan County and McCone County residing in the Valley County Jail.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
GNDC to give “Business of the Year” Award
Great Northern Development Corporation would like to honor a regional business with “Business of the Year” for 2014. The business would receive an award plaque, free registration to the “Invest in Success” small business conference and a $500 stipend for lodging and travel to Helena on April 29 & 30. The business will also receive a booth at the conference trade show to promote and sell their products.

A condition for applying for this award is being a Small Business Development Center or a loan client in good standing with GNDC. Please submit a letter of interest to GNDC/SBDC by February 15, 2015 to tell us of the accomplishments your business has achieved (or one that you would like to nominate) and why they should receive this honor.

In your letter highlight events of your success: history & background business, challenges you’ve overcome, how your business grown in size or profitability, jobs retained or created, SBDC assistance, and other accomplishments you consider worthy. Letters should be no longer than two pages; they will be judged by the staff at GNDC. The winner will be announced by March 1, 2015.

Mail your letter of interest to GNDC/SBDC 233 Cascade, Wolf Point, MT 59201. Contact Lorene Hintz, SBDC Director at 406-653-2590 or sbdc@gndc.org for more information.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Interview With Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors
Stan Ozark visited with Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors on Tuesday and talked about several issues including the building projects, school election, Common Core and adult education.

Here is the complete interview:

Bob Connors interview

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Crime Statistics Released By Valley County Sheriff's Office
Crime was up in some categories and down in others in 2013 according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

Meier told Kltz/Miz-93 News that comparing 2013-2014 shows that in the category of crimes against person that the numbers show a 55% decrease. The number of simple assault charges fell from 35 to 18 in 2014 according to the statistics. These numbers are for the Valley County Sheriff's Office and does not include the Glasgow Police Department.

Under the category of crimes against people, crime is up 44% compared to 2013. This would include crimes such as burglary, larceny, fraud and destruction of property.

Under the category of crimes against society, crime was up 76%. This includes drug and narcotic violations.

Under the category of group b crimes, crime was down 7%. This includes bad checks, curfew, disorderly conduct, and liquor law violations.

In fact, the Valley County Sheriff's Office wrote fewer DUI tickets in 2014 compared to 2013. The total number of DUI's in Valley County in 2014 was 32 compared to 39 in the year 2013.

Tuesday, January 20th 2015
Harold H. and Irene W. Smith Honored With Gift to GHS Educational Trust
The sons of Harold H. and Irene W. Smith have proudly made a gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in honor of their parents, pointing out there is hardly a more fitting tribute to Harold and Irene’s memory than supporting the continued education of Glasgow students as they move on to studies at the college level.

As publisher of The Glasgow Courier for nearly a decade before his retirement in 1972, Harold stood for high standards in writing and reporting, and instituted a major modernization of the Courier plant from the old “hot type” method of printing to the photographic-based “offset” lithography printing. Harold was born in a newspaper family in Kansas, and received his degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He always emphasized to his sons the importance of being well-read as a means to succeed in any profession, and even in his retired years he, along with Irene, volunteered his services regularly to help Glasgow children work on developing their reading skills. Harold brought to Glasgow vast experience in journalism, having previously owned and published newspapers in Colorado (where he met Irene), Nebraska, Idaho, and California, and Irene brought to the Courier her strong skills in organization and business management which she had developed over the years.

Irene also was a life-long musician, and the church life of Glasgow greatly benefited from her accomplished playing of the organ and piano. Harold and Irene both loved American history, and Irene, along with her sons Brad, Spencer, and Barry, became an avid explorer of the Lewis and Clark Trail, studying Lewis and Clark’s journey both in Valley County and elsewhere across the West. Even in her later years when her sight had diminished, Irene was never far from several books on tape, which she listened to regularly. Harold and Irene loved Glasgow and its people, and the gift in their name to the GHS Educational Trust memorializes their goodwill and support of education for a better life.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 or more in honor, recognition, or memory of a particular individual(s), a gift is made to a student or GHS in that person’s name. Donations of $10,000 or more, entitle the donor to an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to add the names of Harold H. and Irene W. Smith to its permanent list. The first gift in their memory was given to Vanessa Mattfeldt, an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing at the University of Montana-Missoula for the Spring 2015 semester.

The generous and grateful spirit of the Smiths and their sons is representative of the trust’s many faithful supporters over the 50 years since its inception. Donations both large and small of cash, stocks, and real estate have grown the corpus to over $4.2 million dollars and enabled the trust to truly become what its founders (alumni of the GHS Class of 1938) envisioned: a significant and effective way to assist GHS graduates in the pursuit of their educational dreams and thereby strengthen the fabric of the community and nation.

To date, the trust has used the interest on the corpus to give 2,030 grants valued over $1.7 million dollars to hundreds of GHS alumni attending schools across the nation in very diverse curricula. Many of these students (89%) have received multiple gifts over their courses of study. Nontraditional full-time students who may be completing their degrees through correspondence and online courses are given equal consideration if they meet all of the other requirements which are posted along with the application on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org. All eligible GHS alumni are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.

In addition to the awards made to students attending either college or vocational/technical school, the GHS Educational Trust also purchases equipment and programs for GHS which cannot be financed within the school’s regular budget. Every department of GHS has been awarded gifts, which now total $190, 308.33 in value. These gifts benefit all students and the public at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities.
Friday, January 16th 2015
Normal runoff levels expected in Missouri River this year
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing into the Missouri River this spring is expected to be close to normal levels.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it expects 25.6 million acre feet of water to flow into the Missouri River this year. Typically, the river receives 25.2 million acre feet of water.

Going into the year, the Corps has released enough water to make sure that the full flood control portion of the reservoirs along the river is available.

Corps officials will continue to monitor the mountain snowpack levels and spring rain forecasts. At this point, officials expect to offer full navigation on the river at least through the first half of 2015.


Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, January 16th 2015
Glasgow Christmas Cash Loan Program Successful
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture had a very successful holiday season with its Annual Christmas Cash program.

The Christmas Cash Script was available starting on October 24, 2014 at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Christmas 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 2014, 64 Chamber business members participated in the program with 93 loans totaling $83,035 from Valley Bank, 45 loans totaling $39,000 from FCB, and 25 loans totaling $21,750 from Independence Bank for 163 loans and a total of $143,785 dollars Spent Locally!

In 2013 the Christmas Cash program had 185 loans totaling $159,999.

The Chamber Big Bucks program was also very successful. In November/December 2014 alone over $19,780 of Chamber Big Bucks was purchased from the Chamber office.

With both programs $163,565 was spent LOCALLY during the 2014 Holiday season in Glasgow. The Chamber thanks everybody for participating in these programs and supporting our local merchants! “BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”

Thursday, January 15th 2015
Governor Bullock Announces Bainville Ratepayers to Save $178,000 from SRF Program Changes
Helena, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that ratepayers in Bainville will save $178,257 thanks to changes he made to the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program last year. The savings come as part of a new $156,000 SRF loan that was approved to improve the city’s wastewater treatment system, as well as the refinancing of an existing $328,000 to the new lower rate.

“Through strong fiscal management, and a bit of common sense, we’re ensuring ratepayers in Bainville can keep more money in their pockets,” Bullock said of the loan. “We’ll continue to work with local communities to find responsible ways to make critical infrastructure improvements, while saving money for Main Street Montana businesses and customers.

The community, which had a population of 150 in 2008, has seen their population swell to 858 due to growth associated with oil and gas development in the region. The loan will allow the city to make important upgrades to the city’s wastewater system, allowing it to serve a population of 1,500. Through the project, the city will replace a water storage tank and approximately 4,000 feet of outdated cast-iron pipeline. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.

Last year, Bullock reduced the interest rates on loans through the SRF loan program in order to expand local government’s access to capital to make important upgrades to local infrastructure, while saving ratepayers money. He reduced long-term interest rates in this program from 3 percent, to 2.5 percent, and reduced construction interest rates from 3 percent to 1.5 percent. In addition, he reduced the amount of financial reserves communities must hold in order to receive a loan, and reduced the debt service coverage communities must have. These changes were made possible through strong fiscal management at the state level and the state’s sterling bond rating. In their first year, these reduced rates are expected to provide $29 million in additional savings for ratepayers.

The changes to the SRF interest rate were made as part of Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project. This project is building and implementing a business plan for the state of Montana that helps businesses grow, supports job creation, and increases wages. One of the goals of the project is to ensure Montana businesses and communities have an efficient and reliable infrastructure.

Bullock has proposed additional investments in infrastructure in Eastern Montana, including upgrades to roads, bridges and schools. This proposal requires approval from the 2015 Legislature.

The State Revolving Fund loan program, which is administered by DNRC and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), enables Montana communities to upgrade or expand critical drinking or wastewater treatment facilities at the lowest possible cost.

Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Amtrak's Empire Builder back on schedule
(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Nine months after Amtrak's Empire Builder adjusted its schedule to deal with freight congestion, the passenger rail service has returned the train to its original timetable.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari was in Whitefish Tuesday morning when the eastbound Empire Builder rolled in to the station shortly after 7 a.m. — and 23 minutes early.

Now, Amtrak is working to win back passengers who sought other means of transportation because the trains faced delays caused by freight congestion and track work.

Magliari tells the Flathead Beacon he hopes the lengthy delays of 11 or 12 hours are a thing of the past.

The Empire Builder runs from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Glasgow High School Graduation Rate Is Above Statewide Average
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's high school graduation rate has risen to 85.4 percent, the highest point since OPI began calculating the rate in 2000.

The number from the 2013 to 2014 school year marks the fourth consecutive year in which the graduation rate has increased. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the numbers Tuesday at a Capitol news conference.

Juneau credited the Graduation Matters Montana initiative with spurring communities and schools to work to improve students' college and career readiness. She also announced a new gift of $450,000 from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to fund the program for three more years.

Calculations made by the Alliance for Excellent Education show Montana is likely to see economic gains as a result of 520 additional high school students graduating from 2009-2014.

Here is the graduation rate for area high schools according to the Montana Office of Public Instruction:

Glasgow- 90%
Malta- 94%
Wolf Point- 74%
OPheim- 75%
Nashua- 100%
HInsdale- 100%
Frazer- 85%

Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Corps increases releases due to cold temperatures; normal runoff forecast for 2015
Omaha, Neb. — The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Water Management Office increased releases from Gavins Point Dam from 17,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 20,000 cfs in late December and early January to offset water lost to ice formation in anticipation of cold temperatures forecasted to enter the basin.

“Extremely cold weather locked Missouri River flows into ice and caused dips in river stages below Gavins Point,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Water Management Division. “Releases will be adjusted, as necessary, to maintain downstream river stages.” Releases will likely be reduced when more moderate temperatures return to the area.

Based on the current soil moisture and mountain and plains snowpack conditions, 2015 runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is forecast to be 25.6 million acre feet (MAF). Normal runoff is 25.2 MAF. Annual runoff in 2014 was 35.0 MAF, which ranks eleventh highest in the 118 years on record.

The high runoff was the product of above normal mountain snowmelt runoff coupled with persistent summer rainfall in Montana and the Dakotas. “Rainfall events continued to occur in the upper basin through late August at a time of year when rainfall amounts historically diminish,” said Farhat. “Fall releases were increased to ensure the full flood control storage zone is available for the 2015 runoff season, which typically begins around March 1.”

System storage ended December at 56.4 MAF, just 0.3 MAF above the base of the annual flood control zone. Bitter cold temperatures in early January reduced inflows into the reservoir system as tributary rivers froze and system storage dropped sharply. “Current system storage is 56.0 MAF, 0.1 MAF below the base of the annual flood control system,” said Farhat. “The entire flood control capacity of the mainstem reservoir system stands ready to capture high runoff in the spring, reducing flood risk while providing good support to other authorized project purposes.”

Flow support for Missouri River navigation will likely be at full service levels for the first half of the 2015 season. The actual service level will be based on the total volume of water stored in the reservoir system on March 15 in accordance with guidelines in the Master Manual. Flow support for the second half of the navigation season, as well as the navigation season length, will be based on the actual July 1 system storage.

As of Jan. 1, the mountain snowpack was 101 percent of normal in the reach above Fort Peck Dam and 101 percent of normal in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison Dam. Light plains snowpack has accumulated in western South Dakota and Montana with less snow seen in North Dakota.

“The Corps will continue to monitor the plains and mountain snowpack, and basin soil conditions through the winter and into spring to fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information,” said Farhat.

View mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf

Wednesday, January 14th 2015
FWP Region 6 Launches Facebook Page
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 is joining the world of social media. Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, recently launched a Facebook page dedicated to the region: http://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6

The page will be devoted to Region 6 and statewide FWP news updates, information, and events. Updates will include fishing access site or boat ramp closures, start and end dates of hunting seasons, current ice conditions, new block management areas, regional fish and wildlife projects and more.

“This is an excellent resource to make FWP news and information immediately available to folks who are involved with social media,” Kloker said.

In addition, Kloker is seeking more ways to promote FWP activities via a variety of media platforms. “We are very proud of our region and our staff, and we want to show people what we are doing,” Kloker said. “We will be posting information, photos, and videos of the hardworking wardens, biologists, technicians, office staff and volunteers who help make Region 6 one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation.”

FWP encourages the public to be interactive with the Facebook page. People are welcome to add on-topic comments concerning hunting, fishing, camping or just enjoying nature in Region 6. Kloker noted, “We really want to see the public enjoying and celebrating the unique area we live in.”

If you would like to preview the page, log on to Facebook and search “Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6.” In addition, and for more information about FWP at the state-wide level, please view the recently mobile-friendly FWP main website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015
Governor Bullock's Infrastructure Bill Includes Projects For Valley County
Montana Governor Steve Bullock's proposed infrastructure bill is up for a hearing today in the Montana House of Representatives. This proposed legislation includes grant funding for the City of Glasgow and the Glasgow School District along with funding for a bridge to be built in Valley County.

The legislation needs to be approved by both the Montana House and Montana Senate.

The City of Glasgow is looking to make improvements to its water system and the budget includes a $500,000 grant from the Treasure State Endowment Program. The total cost of the water system improvements would be $7,566,129. The City of Glasgow is also seeking $125,000 from the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan program, a $2,595,336 grant from Rural Development and a loan in the amount of $4,145,794 from Rural Development. The City of Glasgow has already put forth $200,000 for this project.

The Montana Legislature will have to give final approval for the Treasure State Endowment money and the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan Program.

Governor Bullock's proposed budget also is recommending $494,108 for Valley County to replace the Milk River Road Bridge which is located 2 miles northeast of Hinsdale and crossed over Beaver Creek. Valley County is kicking in $494,108 for the project which would replace the current bridge with a new concrete bridge.

Governor Bullock's budget is also recommending grant money to the Glasgow School District for security upgrades for the 3 schools in the Glasgow school system.

The Quality Schools Grant Program is funded by revenue from the timber harvest on common school trust lands, and rental income received from power site leases.

The Glasgow School District would use the grant of $150,390 to add access control systems to each school. The grant money would be used to install proximity badge readers at critical entry points at each school, to allow access only to those with a badge.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015
Glasgow School Election Set for May 5th With 2 Trustee Positions Up For Election
The Glasgow School District will have their annual school election on May 5th and 2 current members of the Glasgow School Board are up for election this year.

The two members whose terms are expiring are Nick Dirkes and Alison Molvig.

The deadline to file for the Glasgow School Board is March 26th.

For more information on filing as a trustee for the Glasgow School District you can access the school website at http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/ or contact the school administration office.

Monday, January 12th 2015
Video Gaming Generates $57 Million In Tax Revenue For State Of Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Video gambling generated nearly $57 million in tax revenue for the state of Montana in fiscal year 2014.

The state Justice Department's Gambling Control Division says last year's video gambling revenue totals were 0.2 percent lower than fiscal 2013.

Video gambling taxes go into the state general fund.

Tax collections from video gambling machines peaked in fiscal 2008 at about $63 million, but tumbled to about $49 million in 2011 and began heading up, before the slight dip in the most recent year.

Gambling Control Division Administrator Rick Ask tells Lee Newspapers of Montana that based on first-quarter statistics, he expects total video gambling tax revenues in fiscal 2015 to top those in the two previous years.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015
Record Amount Of Snowfall For Glasgow On Monday
The National Weather Service is reporting that 6.7 inches of snow fell in Glasgow on Monday establishing a new record for January 5th. This breaks the old record of 5.3 inches set in 1980.

11.1 inches of snow has now fallen in Glasgow through the first 5 days of 2015. The snow depth in Glasgow is at 4 inches.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015
New Trends In Agriculture Seminar Set For January 14th

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow Implement Dealers and Montana Wheat & Barley Committee present New Trends in Agriculture seminar, January 14, 2015 to be held in Glasgow. This will be the ninth Agriculture seminar sponsored by the Chamber Agriculture committee. We are able to book nationally recognized keynote speakers and provide regional, national and global trends with agriculture producers and industry representatives from Iowa, North Central, Nebraska, Kansas, Northeastern MT and Western ND. The seminar is sponsored annually by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, MT Wheat & Barley Committee, Farm Equipment Sales, Border Plains Equipment, Zerbe Bros, Hi-Line Ford, Newton Motors, Pro-Coop and 28 additional sponsors representing financial institutions, insurance companies, chemical companies, seed companies, real estates and BNSF.

Keynote speakers for 2015 are DR. Barry Flinchbaugh and Bob Stougaard. “What to expect from Washington in 2015 and beyond” will be the focus of Dr. Flinchbaugh’s presentation. Dr. Flinchbaugh is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. A native of New York, Pennsylvania, Flinchbaugh holds B.S. in Animal Science (1964) and M.S. in Agricultural Economics (1967) degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1971) from Purdue University. Flinchbaugh joined Kansas State University, Manhatten, Kansas, in 1971. He teaches a junior-senior level course in agricultural policy and lectures throughout Kansas and the nation on agricultural and economic policy.

Our other keynote speaker is Bob Stougaard. “Weed science and small grain agronomic research update will be the focus of Bob Stougaard’s presentation. Bob received his B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. He later earned his M.S. in Weed Science from Southern Illinois University in 1983 and his PH.D. in Weed Science from the University of Nebraska in 1987. After completing his PH.D., he joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska as the extension weed specialist for agronomic crops. He left Nebraska in 1991 for his current position with the Montana State University, located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center near Kalispell, MT. Current research areas focus on the biology and management of the orange wheat blossom midge, integrated management of stripe rust in wheat, and the development of competitive cropping systems.
Farmer, banker and Market to Market host Mike Pearson keeps views informed as host of the “Weekly Journal of Rural America.”

There will also be two financial representatives sponsored by Edward Jones agent Bethanie Knight. Craig Miller from Protective Life & Andria Mueller from Legacy Design Strategies will focus their discussion on succession/estate planning.

The seminar will be held January 14, 2015 from 8:30A-3:30P at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, MT. Registration is $15.00. For more information contact the Chamber at 406-228-2222 or chamber@nemont.net

Monday, January 5th 2015
Kloker Named Region 6 Information And Education Program Manager For Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Marc Kloker has been appointed as the Region 6 information and education program manager for Montana of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. He will be based out of Glasgow, and replaces Ron Selden, who passed away unexpectedly in August.

Kloker, 37, a longtime Valley County resident, comes to FWP from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, where he worked as a land use specialist in Glasgow.

He graduated from Nashua High School and obtained college degrees in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and Secondary Science Education from Dickinson State University. For 10 years, Kloker taught science education in both Nashua and Culbertson. During the summers he was a wild land firefighter and range technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at CMR in Fort Peck.

As the new information and education program manager, Kloker will be involved in several areas of public outreach and information, including news release distributions, social media updates, setting up public meetings, and administering the Citizens Advisory Council meetings for Region 6.

“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to reach out to the public about all the great things that are taking place here,” Kloker said. “We have hardworking wardens, biologists, technicians, office staff and volunteers that help make Region 6 one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation.”

Kloker will also be involved in youth and adult education and is the Region 6 contact for the Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs. He is also a volunteer instructor.

Kloker will be engaged with other educational outreach, including working with teachers, helping present kids fishing classes and events, and developing programs for area kids and adults such as bird watching, bat netting, and insect collections.

“I’m particularly excited about the educational aspects of the job,” Kloker said. “Coming from an education background, I’m eager to use my teaching skills to share my love and respect for hunting, fishing, nongame wildlife, and all other types of recreation we have in this region, which I hope can lead to developing positive relationships with the state’s fish, wildlife and parks now and into the future.”

Marc and his wife Joanne have two children, Rowen, 5, and Holden, 1. The family loves the outdoors, and can often be seen canoeing, hunting, fishing, and camping across Montana. If you would like to get in touch with Kloker, please call him at 406- 228-3704, or email to mkloker@mt.gov.

Monday, January 5th 2015
Region 6 Check Station Results Released
The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Havre check station for the 2014 hunting season. Overall, hunter numbers and big-game harvest were down.

“In general, big game harvest was slower this year,” said Havre-area wildlife biologist Scott Hemmer. “This is likely due in part to the elimination of all Region 6 deer B licenses and buck-only harvest on the A-tag for mule deer. The weather this year also may have affected harvest. It was unseasonably warm at the beginning of the season, which may have reduced game sightings, and then was extremely cold at the end of the year, which reduced hunter numbers.”

Hunter numbers were down only 4 percent from 2013, but are still down 26 percent from long-term average. “Another factor why hunter numbers and harvest were down when compared to long-term averages is that deer and antelope numbers are still below normal,” Hemmer noted.

The hard winter of 2010-2011, which reduced antelope and mule deer populations in the region, is still showing its effect. In addition, epizootic hemmorhagic disease outbreaks in 2011-2013 impacted white-tailed deer numbers. “While game numbers for these species are recovering, they are still below the long-term average in many areas,” Hemmer said.

The antelope harvest more than doubled from 2013, but is still 81 percent below the long-term average. The mule deer harvest was 59 percent below average and white-tailed deer was 77 percent below. Elk harvest was down 28 percent from the long-term average.

On a positive note, upland bird and waterfowl numbers appeared to be up based on results from the Havre check station. “Pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, and Hungarian partridge harvest were all up from last year, and all but pheasant were above the long-term average,” Hemmer said. “Hunter reports for these species were consistently positive.”

Wednesday, December 31st 2014
Caregivers Program Starts Monday
Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers is a 6 week program beginning Mon. Jan. 5th. It will be each Monday at 10a.m. at the Glasgow Senior Center. This is an educational program for friends & relatives who are care giving for an aging adult or an adult with a chronic medical condition.

Today, nearly 22 million American households care for an adult with a chronic medical condition. While caregiving is always a labor of love, caring for someone can be physically, emotionally & financially draining. As a participant in this class you will learn to care for yourself while caring for another person, which in turn benefits both individuals.

The program involves 6 weekly interactive class sessions taught by Roubie Younkin, a certified Class Leader. You will learn a variety of tools & self-care skills which will help you take better care of yourself & enable you to continue being an effective caregiver. The tools presented in the classes help you to reduce personal stress, improve self-confidence, balance commitments, make tough decisions, & communicate with others.

Caregivers in all situations including direct in-home care, long-distance care giving, & caring for someone in a residential care facility will benefit from the classes.

For more information & to register contact Roubie Younkin at the Valley County Extension Office, 228-6241.

Tuesday, December 30th 2014
Information Sought in Antelope Poaching South of Hingham
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on the poaching of a four antelope south of Hingham.

FWP Warden Andy Matakis said the antelope, one buck, one doe, and two fawns, were shot on or around Dec. 23 and left to waste. The poaching took place on State land 9.5 miles south of Hingham on Hingham Road South.

“Antelope season closed nearly one and a half months ago,” Matakis said. “This is just a senseless act of killing and wasting game. There were four antelope shot and nothing was taken from any of the animals.”

Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Warden 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.

Monday, December 29th 2014
New Year's Eve Rides Available
Again this year Valley County Search and Rescue along with Hi-Line Collision and Thompson & Sons we will provide rides in Glasgow and the immediate surrounding area on New Year’s Eve.

Tom Pewitt - Hi-Line Collision 263-2154
Josh Thompson - Thompson & Sons 263-8726
Rob Brunelle - Valley County Search and Rescue 263-7621
Cat Fisher - Valley County Search and Rescue 648-7357
Sandy Carpenter - Valley County Search and Rescue 939-4657
Shyanne Isakson - Valley County Search and Rescue 263-2505
Dillon Koski - Valley County Search and Rescue 230-2908
Jesse Cook - Thompson & Sons 230-1176
Monday, December 29th 2014
Valley County FSA To Hold Meetings On New Farm Bill Programs
The Valley County Farm Service Agency will be holding small meetings, by appointment only, to provide more information on the new Farm Bill programs. Information packets will be handed out at the meetings to assist in making decisions on base reallocation, yield updates and program election. Please call 228-4321 for an appointment as soon as possible. Seating is limited.
Monday, December 29th 2014
Governor Steve Bullock Announces Board Appointments
Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force

· Sheriff Craig Anderson, Glendive. Qualification: Elected Official. Anderson is the Dawson County Sheriff.

· Clarena Brockie, Harlem. Qualification: Higher Education, Tribal Member. Brockie is the Dean of Student Affairs at Aaniiih Nakoda College.

· President Waded Cruzado, Bozeman. Qualification: Higher Education. Cruzado is President of Montana State University.

· Jen Euell, Florence. Qualification: Non-Profit Representative. Euell is the Program Director of the Women’s Foundation of Montana.

· Aimee Grmoljez, Helena. Qualification: Business Background. Grmoljez is a Partner at Crowley Fleck Attorneys, PLLP.

· Pam Haxby-Cote, Butte. Qualification: Economic Development Representative. Haxby-Cote is Regional Director for the Blackstone LaunchPad.

· Jacquie Helt, Helena. Qualification: Organized Labor. Helt is the State Director of SEIU 775 North West.

· President Stacy Klippenstein, Miles City. Qualification: Higher Education. Klippenstein is President of Miles Community College.

· Deb Larson, Bozeman. Qualification: Business Background. Larson is the Principal and Owner of Interior Environments, Inc.

· Mayor Gene Mim Mack, Stevensville. Qualification: Elected Official. Mim Mack is a hotel owner and recently lead the town of Stevensville in addressing pay-scale disparities among its employees.

· Kim Rickard, Townsend. Qualification: Organized Labor. Rickard is the Business Manager for Laborers’ Local 1686.

· Barb Stiffarm, Havre. Qualification: Tribal Member, Non-Profit Representative. Stiffarm is the Executive Director of Opportunity Link.

· Scott Wilson, Bozeman. Qualification: Business Background. Wilson is the President of CTA, and architectural and engineering design firm.

Montana Facility Finance Authority

· Joe Quilici, Butte. Qualification: Public Representative. Quilici is retired and was a state legislator.

· Kim Rickard, Townsend. Qualification: Public Representative. Rickard is the Business Manager for Laborers’ Local 1686.

· Matthew Thiel, Missoula. Qualification: Attorney. Thiel is in private practice with Thiel Law Office, PLLC.

Commission for Human Rights

· Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, Saint Ignatius. Qualification: Public Representative. Bear Don’t Walk is an Attorney at Law.

· Sheri Sprigg, Helena. Qualification: Attorney. Sprigg is retired after being a Law Clerk to Montana Supreme Court Justice Baker and serving as Montana Assistant Attorney General.

Board of Investments

· Terry Cohea, Helena. Qualification: Representative of the Financial Community. Cohea is retired as Vice President and Financial Consultant for D.A. Davidson.

· Karl Englund, Missoula. Qualification: Attorney. Englund is an Attorney in private practice with an emphasis on labor and employment law and litigation.

· Quinton Nyman, Helena. Qualification: Nyman is the Executive Director of the Montana Public Employees Association.

· Jon Satre, Helena. Qualification: Representative of Small Business. Satre is the President and Partner at Gordon Prill Drapes, Inc.

Board of Labor Appeals

· Jerry Driscoll, Billings. Qualification: Public Representative. Driscoll is a long-time member of the Laborers Local #98, and served as a state legislator and former Montana AFL-CIO President and Executive Secretary.

Board of Livestock Loss

· Elaine Allestad, Big Timber. Qualification: Livestock Industry. Allestad is a rancher in Sweet Grass County.

· Larry Trexler, Hamilton. Qualification: Livestock Industry. Trexler is a Ranch Manager in Ravalli County.

Board of Pardons and Parole

· Mark Staples, Helena. Qualification: Public Representative. Staples is the principal in Staples Law Firm, P.C. emphasizing in government, lobbying, administrative and regulatory work.

Public Safety Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council

· Gina Dahl, Havre. Qualification: County Attorney. Dahl is the Hill County Attorney.

· William Dial, Whitefish. Qualification: Board of Crime Control Representative. Dial is a former Chief of Police, served as a contractor in Afghanistan teaching modern policing and has taught criminal law.

· Lewis Matthews, Wolf Point. Qualification: Tribal Law Enforcement. Matthews is a Police Officer and Criminal Investigator for the Fort Peck Tribe’s Law and Justice.

· Chief Ryan Oster, Hamilton. Qualification: Chief of Police. Oster is the Hamilton Chief of Police.

· Tia Robbin, Kalispell. Qualification: Citizen At-Large. Robbin is the Executive Director of the Northwest Montana Association of Realtors.

· Jesse Slaughter, Great Falls. Qualification: Local Law Enforcement in a non-administrative position. Slaughter is a Detective for the Great Falls Police Department.

Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors

· Carol Burroughs, Bozeman. Qualification: Professional Counselor. Burroughs is a psychotherapist in private practice.

· Peter Degel, Helena. Qualification: Professional Counselor. Degel is the Executive Director of Youth Dynamics, Inc.

· B.A. “Doc” Tweedy, Helena. Qualification: Public Representative. Tweedy is a former Clinical Social Worker who has been engaged in national research on veterans’ mental health topics.

State Tax Appeal Board

· Current Member Dave McAlpin is the new Chair of the Board.

· Valerie Balukas, Helena. Qualification: Public Representative. Balukas is an Attorney and has been in private practice and worked as a Trust Lands Attorney for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

· Steve Doherty, Missoula. Qualification: Public Representative. Doherty is an Attorney in private practice and has served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior for the Northwest.
Wednesday, December 17th 2014
Keystone Pipeline To Top Senate Agenda Next Year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January. The issue could set up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns.

The pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Canada into the United States and eventually to the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Republican-led House has repeatedly passed legislation approving the pipeline. But the bills have died in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Republicans will take control of the Senate in January, and McConnell said approving the pipeline will be the first issue on the agenda.

McConnell said the pipeline would create jobs.
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Tuesday, December 16th 2014
Man Gets 80 Years In Teacher's Oil-Patch Killing
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a Montana teacher in the Northern Plains oil patch.

Court officials say Montana District Judge Richard Simonton sentenced 50-year-old Lester Van Waters Jr. on Monday in Sidney, Montana. An additional 20 years in prison was suspended.

Waters pleaded guilty last year to deliberate homicide by accountability.

Authorities said he and an accomplice killed 43-year-old Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction. Her body was found more than two months later buried in a rural area of North Dakota.

The case tragically illustrated the dramatic social changes that have come with an oil boom that's boosted the region's economy.

The accomplice pleaded guilty last month to deliberate homicide. His sentencing has not been scheduled.

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Tuesday, December 16th 2014
Health Department Sees Flu Increase
From Valley County Health Department:

We have seen flu activity in Valley County and want to make sure you know how to protect yourself and your family against influenza:

WASH YOUR HANDS! Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze, throw away unused tissue in the trash after use, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Stay home if you are sick

Get vaccinated. Vaccine is available at the Valley County Health Department and Glasgow Clinic.

If symptoms of flu persist (fever, cough, sore throat, chills, body aches) see your physician.

The Valley County Health Department is located in the Annex building directly behind the Courthouse, hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30 am to 6:00pm

Friday, December 12th 2014
Lori Mason Says Goodbye
Lori Mason, mid-day air talent on KLTZ and known to so many as the "Tradio Lady" is retiring after a 25-year career at KLTZ/Mix-93.

She started at KLTZ back in 1984, and after a short time away in the early 90's, came back in 1994, took over the reigns of Tradio, and has been here ever since!

She's won many broadcast and copy-writer awards over the years, and was even featured in the Wall Street Journal in the early 2000's.

Here are some pictures of the Goodbye Tradio Show:

Stan, Haylie & Lori

Lori, Stan & Tim

Tim, Stan, & Haylie

Haylie & Lori

Tim & Lori

Friday, December 12th 2014
Supreme Court Sets Hearing For Barry Beach Case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in February on a petition by convicted murderer Barry Beach to be resentenced in a 1979 killing he says he didn't commit.

Beach is serving 100 years in prison without parole in the beating death of Kimberly Nees near Poplar. He says the confession used to convict him was coerced.

Wednesday's order for oral arguments comes after Beach's attorneys said the fact that he was 17 at the time of the offense should factor into his sentence.

In 2011, a state judge granted Beach a new trial and ordered him released from prison. The Supreme Court overturned that ruling 18 months later.

Attorneys for the state say Beach was given unprecedented opportunity to argue his innocence and deserves no more.

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Thursday, December 11th 2014
Huge Increases In Amount Of People Using Passenger Airline Service In Glasgow
The amount of passengers using the Essential Air Service to fly from Glasgow to Billings and Billings to Glasgow has increased substantially in 2014.

According to numbers from the Montana Department of Transportation, through the month of October a total of 6,203 passengers have used Cape Air to fly to and from Billings. The total amount of passengers who used the Essential Air Service program in 2013 was just 3,864.

Cape Air took over for Great Lakes Airlines in December of 2013 and since that time the amount of people using the airline has nearly doubled.

In fact, breaking it down by percentages, the amount of usage has increased 89% compared to 2014.

The amount of people using the Essential Air Service program in all Montana communities using this service has increased. Wolf Point has increased 53%, Havre 111% and Glendive 353%.

Thursday, December 11th 2014
Glasgow Area Chamber To Receive Over $12,000 To Promote Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament
HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the award of $150,000 in funding for events across the state that help support Montana’s vibrant tourism industry as it continues to bring new revenue into the economy. The funding is being made available through the Montana Office of Tourism’s Special Events Grant Program (SEGP).

“From fishing derbies to bicycle tours and rodeos, authentic Montana events serve as important catalysts for bringing people into our downtowns and Main Streets,” said Bullock. “And in turn, Montana’s small businesses in these communities have the opportunity to capture a portion of the $3.6 billion being spent annually by our 11 million visitors.”

The Montana communities receiving SEGP grants this year are Bozeman, Ekalaka, Glasgow, Hamilton, Kalispell, Missoula, Seeley Lake, Stevensville, West Yellowstone, White Sulphur Springs, and Wolf Point. Grant funds are available for event marketing and promotion outside a 100-mile radius of the event.

"Montana's special events are both culturally rich and economically important," said Director O'Leary. "These grants are investments into community efforts enjoyed by residents and travelers alike."

Bullock has identified “Marketing Montana” as a key pillar of his Main Street Montana Project. Through the project, he is working to strengthen and expand efforts to promote Montana as a tourist destination to support economic growth.

To be eligible for an SEGP grant, the applicant must be a Montana non-profit entity, city, county, or tribal government. The event must align with the Montana Tourism & Recreation Strategic Plan and the Montana Brand platform. The event must also be annual and reoccurring, and of interest to the general traveling public.

“The support from the State to help us put together this event has been invaluable,” said Gita Saedi Kiely with the Big Sky Film Institute, which organizes the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. “For a non-profit grassroots organization, grants like this one allow us to increase our marketing to gain fans and contestants in new areas, and has given us the ability to grow our event to new levels.”

Communities receiving 2014 – 2015 SEGP awards are:

• Bozeman – Cycle Greater Yellowstone; $18,250; Sponsor: Greater Yellowstone Coalition
• Ekalaka – Ekalaka Shindig; $7,350; Sponsor: Carter County Museum
• Glasgow – 28th Annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament; $12,000; Sponsor: Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce
• Hamilton – McIntosh Apple Day & Liquid Apple Night; $8,760; Sponsor: Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society
• Kalispell – Kalispell Pond Hockey Classic; $8,760; Sponsor: Kalispell CVB
• Missoula – Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; $23,178; Sponsor: Big Sky Film Institute
• Seeley Lake – In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival; $20,701; Sponsor: Alpine Artisans, Inc.
• Stevensville: Western Heritage Days & Chuck Wagon Cook-off; $6,351; Sponsor: Stevensville Main Street Association
• West Yellowstone – Kids ‘n Snow Weekend Event Series; $4,380; Sponsor: West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
• White Sulphur Springs – Red Ants Pants Music Festival; $30,271; Sponsor: Red Ants Pants Foundation
• Wolf Point – Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede; $10,000; Sponsor: Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

The SEGP was developed in 2002 to assist communities with economic development through the creation and/or enhancement of annual, on-going events. The SEGP grants are approved following recommendations from Montana Department of Commerce staff, Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) members and representatives of Montana’s public and private businesses. To date, the SEGP has provided over $1 million in grant funding to 129 events in various Montana communities.

For more information about the Special Events Grant Program, contact the Montana Office of Tourism staff at (406) 841-2870.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014
Glasgow School Board Votes To Let Public Decide Name Of New Elementary School
The Glasgow School Board voted on Tuesday evening to let Glasgow School District voters decide the name of the new K-5 Elementary school being built in Glasgow.

The new elementary school is being built next to the current Irle Elementary School and two months ago the board had a discussion on whether to keep the name of Irle for the new school or change it to Glasgow Elementary.

The board didn't reach a consensus and tabled a decision until Tuesday evening when the board passed a resolution to let the public decide the new name.

The public will vote during the regular May school election on whether the name of the new school should be Irle Elementary or Glasgow Elementary.

The new school is set to open in August of 2015 and will house grades K-5 in the Glasgow School District.

Tuesday, December 9th 2014
Amtrak struggles continue in Montana
(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Eight months after Amtrak adjusted the Empire Builder's schedule through Montana to curb delays, the long-distance passenger train is still struggling to stay on time.

But officials say there have been some improvements for the train that connects Chicago with Seattle and Portland.

Passenger rail advocates are blaming the delays on an increase in freight rail traffic across the northern part of the country, including oil trains coming out of North Dakota. Freight and passenger congestion also are being blamed.

The Flathead Beacon reports the westbound Empire Builder was on time just 6.5 percent of the time in October. The eastbound train was on time 19 percent. Officials say that's a big improvement when compared with June of this year, when it had a zero percent on-time rate.

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Tuesday, December 9th 2014
Information Sought in Larb Hills Elk Poaching
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on the poaching of two elk shot and left in the Larb Hills area south of Malta in hunting district 622.

FWP Warden Ben Morin said the two elk, one cow and one spike, were shot on Nov. 25 and left to waste. The cow elk was found on the Virginia Koss Block Management area, while the spike was located on adjacent BLM land.

Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Warden Morin directly at 406-654-7630 or FWP's 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (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.

Tuesday, December 9th 2014
Update From Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Fund
LETTERS TO EDITORS -NORTHEAST MONTANA VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND, INC.

During this holiday season, the Board of Directors of the Northeast Montana Veterans Fund, Inc. extends our thanks and appreciation to everyone who has supported the Memorial. We are coming closer to our goal, thanks to the combined efforts of our patron donors, local businesses, in-kind professional assistance, all VFW/American Legions & Auxiliaries, and generous contributions through raffles and fundraisers. It is a privilege to work on a project that honors the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of NE Montana Veterans.

With help from so many over the past four years, the goal to build a world class Veterans Memorial at Fort Peck is now in the final stages of engineering. We hope to negotiate plans for contractor bids this winter and break ground in Fort Peck, as soon as the frost is out this Spring.

The Memorial will be built with private contributions from Northeast Montana citizens, businesses and organizations, and we are confident that we have most of the money necessary to complete Phase #1. This currently includes the Walls of Honor, all preliminary surveys, soil tests, design engineering, construction plans, the main monument, an entry sign, foundations for the flag parks, flatwork-retaining walls-walkways-vigil foundations, initial electrical-lighting, and basic landscaping. Completely finished the Memorial will also have appropriate KIA/MIA/POW recognitions, sculptures and busts, artwork, murals, static displays and seating, which will have costs approaching one million dollars. We have successfully raised over $500,000, or approximately half what we are eventually going to need.

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We are proud to assure you that there are few administrative expenses deducted from any contributions and that the Board of Directors is dedicated to devoting all donations to the Memorial. We have hired no employees and paid no salaries.

We would welcome year-end giving to this project and we are a 501C19 non-profit qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions. Donations to worthy causes during the Holidays are a part of the season. Helping to build this Memorial can add to the quality of the life of your family. Freedom is a precious gift.

The Walls of Honor remain a central feature of the park and will be self-funded by the sale of exquisitely etched black granite tiles, currently available for your Holiday giving considerations. The Wall, like the Memorial, is for all Veterans, all branches of the service, including National Guards and Reserves.

Our goal is to ensure that no Northeast Montana veteran is left off the Wall of Honor. Cost of the tiles is $225 until Memorial Day 2015. Up to that time, we will be able to group families and friends together on the Walls. After that, we expect the cost of the tiles to go up and it will not be possible to group names. For additional information on the tiles visit: www.VeteransMT.org.

Here is an opportunity to give a present with a future, take a qualified non-profit tax deduction, permanently honor your family and friends by recognizing a Veteran’s legacy and help us finish this Park.

Phase #1 will establish the park for immediate viewing and enjoyment. For the remaining phases, we have plans to raise more donations with targeted grant applications and corporate requests. Tile sales are critically important at this time to help us finish the project right.

Based on current engineering estimates we expect costs for Phase #1 to be higher than original estimates. The Board decided to capture savings on the completed Memorial by doing all basic infrastructure work during the initial construction. This includes landscaping, irrigation, electrical and foundations. This only seems to be good business. We have hired a landscaping architect who has experience with other Memorials to help finalize site plans. We should have everything in place to start awarding work sometime after the first of the year.

It is our hope that in this season of giving you will consider a gift. Rest assured any gifts or tiles purchased for this NE Montana Veterans Memorial Park will make a huge difference. Contact any of our Board for additional information or specific bequest desires.

STEVE PAGE and TOM MARKLE, CO-CHAIRS
MIKE HUGHES, Keeper of the Tiles

Monday, December 8th 2014
Glasgow Is Ranked 10th For Most Unpredictable Weather In United States
The website FiveThirtyEight has come out with a list of the cities in the United States that have the most unpredictable weather. Glasgow is ranked #10 on the list of 120 National Weather Service Stations ranked by unpredictable weather. Great Falls is ranked number 2 while Rapid City, South Dakota is ranked number 1.

The rankings are based on temperature, precipitation and severe weather. Glasgow had a very high ranking in the unpredictability of temperature and severe weather but was average in precipitation.

The complete report can be found here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-city-has-the-most-unpredictable-weather/

Thursday, December 4th 2014
Over $30,000 Raised For Block Of Bucks!
The Glasgow Soroptimists have announced that a record of amount of money was raised during the Block of Bucks Friday in Glasgow. A total of $30,019 was raised breaking last years record total of $29,550.

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

There were 214 children registered this year who who went shopping for warm winter clothing on Saturday. The monies collected Friday were distributed to each child so that they could shop for coats, boots and other clothing at our participating retail stores in Glasgow, including D & G Sports and Western, Killions, Little Campers and Shopko.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014
MDT proposes a resurfacing project on MT 24 east of Fort Peck-McCone and Valley counties

Fort Peck- The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to resurface approximately 7.4 miles of MT 24 east of Fort Peck, MT., in McCone and Valley counties. The project begins, just east of the Fort Peck Lake spillway at reference post (RP) 52.2 and extends west across Fort Peck Dam for approximately 7.4 miles ending near the intersection with Galpin Road at reference post 59.6.

Proposed work includes milling the existing surface where there is curb and gutter, applying a new overlay throughout the project, and finishing with a seal & cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement marking, and signage. The purpose of the project is to extend the service life of the highway and take a cost-effective action to preserve and maintain the existing highway.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2015, 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. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 4447696 or 1-800-335-7592, or call the Montana Relay at 711. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive MT 59330-0890, or online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014
Miscalculation In City Water Usage May Bring Refunds To Some Water Users In Glasgow
City of Glasgow officials with the assistance of the City of Glasgow’s independent auditors have identified an inconsistent conversion factor that was part of the software utilized to compute rate payers water bills since the rate increase on November 7, 2013.

The incorrect conversion factor affects both Commercial and Residential water accounts. The identified conversion factor in the software miscalculated water usage only. Base rates were not affected. The identified conversion factor has been corrected in the software, therefore the time frame for which the city will be recalculating the usage data will be from November 7, 2013 to October 23, 2014.

During that time frame approximately 58% of commercial accounts will be due a refund in the form of a credit to their account, and approximately 42% of commercial accounts will owe additional payment. The approximate range of credits will be from $0.25 up to $1,000.00 per account for the time frame. The approximate range of payment due will be from $0.08 up to $38.00 per account for that same period of time.

Residential accounts are currently being recalculated. The number of residential accounts that the City of Glasgow serves is much greater than the number of commercial, therefore it will take the city longer to identify all the credits and payments due for residential users.

The reason for the inconsistent conversion factor was due to differences in water meters in the distribution system; some older water meters still in use calculate water usage based on cubic foot volume where as the newer meters calculate volume based on gallons. The software maker had a conversion factor in the system, however it minutely miscalculated usage. The purpose of an annual audit is to help the city identify issues and correct any problems. In this situation, the audit performed as intended and the situation is being corrected.

Moving forward, the City Water Department has been actively replacing all older style meters and is almost complete with those system updates. At this point in time, fewer that 20 older meters are still in use. The conversion factor in the software has been corrected, checked, and is performing as intended. The Glasgow Water Committee has addressed the matter and made a recommendation to the City Council for correction of the accounts.

The Glasgow City Council voted on Monday to clear up all account credits and debits by June, 30th of 2015.

If you would like more information or wish to check the status of your account, please call the City of Glasgow Water Clerk at: (406) 228-2476 or email at: cityofglasgowmt@hotmail.com. Please keep in mind that the status of residential and commercial accounts will not be available until January 2, 2015.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014
Oil patch murder defendant to be sentenced Dec. 15
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man who pleaded guilty in the killing of a teacher in the Northern Plains' oil patch faces sentencing on Dec. 15 in Montana.

Lester Van Waters Jr. of Parachute, Colorado pleaded guilty last year to a count of deliberate homicide by accountability. The case is before Montana District Judge Richard Simonton.

Prosecutors say Waters and accomplice Michael Spell killed 43-year-old Sidney High School teacher Sherry Arnold during an abduction attempt in 2012.

In exchange for Waters' guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop an attempted kidnapping charge against him. They recommended a sentence of 100 years in prison with 20 years suspended.

Spell pleaded guilty last month to deliberate homicide. His sentencing has not been scheduled.

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Tuesday, December 2nd 2014
FWP CAC/Legislators to Meet in Havre and Fort Peck
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet Monday, Dec. 15th in the conference room of the Best Western Great Northern Inn (1345 1st St.) beginning at 10:00 a.m. In conjunction with the meeting, an open house to provide an opportunity for Legislators to interact with attendees is scheduled from 2:00-4:00p.m. The intent of this portion of the meeting is to provide legislative updates and present FWP proposed legislation.

A second open house will be held in Fort Peck, MT at the FWP Hatchery conference room on Thursday the 18th of December, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. As with the Havre meeting, there will be legislative updates, FWP proposed legislation review and a chance to interact with FWP staff and possibly CAC members.

FWP has CACs in every region of the state, and all meetings are open to the public. For more details contact the Region 6 headquarters at 228-3700.

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