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Friday, November 16th 2018
28th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner
The 28th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held Thursday, November 22nd, at Glasgow Senior Citizens Center, located at 328 4th Street South.

Last year 206 folks enjoyed the dinner with hopes of exceeding that number, this coming year. Over the past 27 years approximately 4,600 people have enjoyed the event. There is always plenty of food and no one goes home hungry.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring their families and friends to enjoy a delicious feast including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, yams, cranberry sauce and of course pumpkin pie.

Provided by community volunteers, every year several volunteers gather to prepare and serve the meal, which will be served from noon to 2:00 p.m. The list of volunteers included members of Glasgow High School Student Council, Irle School Third Graders, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and many enthusiastic individuals.

Even though the meal is served at the Senior Citizens Center, it is not limited to senior citizens. The meal is free of charge and is open to everyone, young and old alike. There will be no carry-out or deliveries available. If a ride is needed call Valley County Transit, 228-8747. Their normal charges will apply.

If you have never attended in the past, make plans to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and food. This is a great way for small families and individuals to partake in the social atmosphere of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner without cooking and cleaning up!

If additional information is needed, please call Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 228-8392.

Friday, November 16th 2018
Unemployment Rates
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate is at 3.7%, ticking up slightly for the month of November, despite the state gaining roughly 800 jobs over the month, and placing the rate at the same level it was at in July and August. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7%.

“As unemployment remains low, Montanans continue to experience the benefits of our strong economy,” Governor Bullock said. “I will continue to support our state’s economy and invest in our workforce by providing worker training and a world-class education so that every Montanan has the opportunity to contribute to our ongoing success.”

Total employment, which includes payroll, agricultural, and self-employed workers, indicated an increase of 830 jobs in October. Payroll employment posted a gain of 500 jobs, with job gains of 900 in the private sector and job losses of 400 in the public sector. The job losses in government came from state and local government. Private industry job gains were posted across most industries, but with small job losses in construction for the month. The construction industry has been among the fastest growing industries for jobs for most of the year; however, construction often posts seasonal job declines in the 4th quarter.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.3% in October due to price increases across most goods. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in October, with a change of 2.1% over-the- year.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 2.7%.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018
Block of Bucks set for December 7th
Watch for the Glasgow Soroptimist members, Glasgow high school students, and other volunteers on December 7th as they will be collecting donations for the annual Block of Bucks. Valley County children, infants to 17 years of age, will be able to shop for much needed winter clothing because of this annual fundraiser.
The final day to get your child signed up to participate is Monday, November 26, at the Office of Public Assistance located at 630 2nd Avenue South, Suite C. Please let Denise Forbes Kegel (406-230-2489) know if you have signed up, but for some reason you cannot attend the shopping spree on the 8th of December.
The children’s shopping will take place Saturday, December 8, and volunteers are needed to assist families as they shop on this special day. If you can help shop or have any questions, call Denise at 406-230-2489.
Donations are needed, encouraged and appreciated. Donations may be mailed prior to the collection day to Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.
Tuesday, November 13th 2018
Beck Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
Grant applications are now being accepted for nonprofit 501©3 organizations and governmental entities such as schools and municipalities for projects that promote better living in Valley County, from the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust.

Applications may be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 12 1st Avenue North, or Edward Jones at 317 Klein Avenue in Glasgow. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 7, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

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

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

Friday, November 9th 2018
Judge halts construction of Keystone XL oil Pipeline
A federal judge halted construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, in a blow to the Trump administration and a win for environmental groups. US District Judge Brian Morris found that the US government’s use of a 2014 environmental review to justify issuing a presidential permit for construction of the cross-border pipeline violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, according to the court order issued Thursday. “The Court enjoins Federal Defendants and TransCanada from engaging in any activity in furtherance of the construction or operation of Keystone and associated facilities,” the court document reads, “until the Department has completed a supplement to the 2014 SEIS (Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement) that complies with the requirements of NEPA and the APA.”

In March 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a permit approving construction of the pipeline, reversing the Obama administration’s decision to block the controversial project. The permit approval followed years of intense debate over the pipeline amid steadfast opposition from environmental groups. They argued that the pipeline would support the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, a process that pumps more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than standard crude oil extraction. They also opposed the pipeline because it would run across one of the world’s largest underground deposits of fresh water. American groups argued the pipeline would cut across their sovereign lands

Thursday, November 8th 2018
Glasgow residents reminded to remove campers, Rv's and watercraft off of city streets
The Glasgow Police Department would like to remind residents that per City Ordinance 18-62 (C), No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any camper, RV, or watercraft shall park such camper, RV, or watercraft on any street or alley of this city from December 1st through March 31st.

Since we have had our first measurable snowfall of the season, we will need the streets clear for snow removal and sanding. We would appreciate the residents cooperation during this time.

Tuesday, November 6th 2018
Polls open now for Election Day
The polls are open until 8pm this evening for Valley County voters to cast their ballot. The only polling place in Valley County is at the Glasgow Civic Center.

Results will be available after 8pm and Kltz and Mix-93 will have complete election coverage.

Tuesday, November 6th 2018
Boyer and Armstrong win Valley County contested races
Tom Boyer has been elected Valley County Sheriff in a contentious race against Joe Horn. Boyer received 2,243 votes compared to Horn's 1459.

Mary Armstrong was elected Valley County Commissioner 1,927 votes compared to Gilbert Mogan's 1,821 votes.

Taryn Stebleton defeated Ruth Dowell in the race for Valley County Clerk and Recorder.

Christine Hillman was re-elected Valley County Justice of the Peace with a victory over Christine Gamas.

Full results are available at https://sosmt.gov/

Monday, November 5th 2018
CWD check stations in operation across the Hi-line
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has check stations in place across the Hi-Line to sample for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose during the general hunting season. This is part of a planned surveillance effort, and FWP encourages hunters to help by submitting their harvested animals for testing.

Last year, FWP discovered CWD in deer south of Billings and north of Chester. This contagious neurological disease can infect deer, elk and moose. It is always fatal and there is no known cure.

Last week, a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease. In addition, a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County was found to be suspect for CWD. The lab at Colorado State University is running a confirmation test, with results expected this week. It is very rare that a suspect sample isn’t ultimately found positive.

The suspect deer in Liberty County was harvested in hunting district 400, but outside both the current CWD-positive area and the 2018 priority surveillance area, which includes the northern half of Liberty County. As a result, the CWD-positive area has been expanded to include all of Liberty County and FWP is now including all of HD 400 in the 2018 CWD surveillance effort.

The suspect deer in HD 575 was harvested northeast of Joliet in a current CWD-positive area, which encompasses Carbon County, east of U.S. Highway 212 and the Roberts-Cooney Road.

Transportation restriction zones are in place in all CWD-positive areas. Please see current regulations for more information.

As of press time, no CWD-positive animals have been detected in Region 6.
Currently, FWP is conducting surveillance during the general fall hunting season in high-priority areas in parts of northern Montana, including Hunting Districts (HD) 400, 401, and 403 in Region 4, and 640, 670, 630, 620, 611, and 600 in Region 6.

At the check stations, FWP personnel will remove retropharyngeal lymph nodes, a tooth, and a genetic sample from voluntarily submitted animals, and ask for hunter information and harvest location. If a hunter is willing to contribute samples but first wants to take the head to a taxidermist, FWP personnel will take some information at the check station and follow up with the taxidermist later for the lymph nodes. Hunters will be given a unique identification number for the sample and will be able to view the test results within three weeks at fwp.mt.gov/cwd.

Weekend check stations for collecting CWD samples are located in:
Havre- East of town at the old rest area, at the usual check station location.
Malta-Lot behind Ezzie’s West Side Conoco gas station.
Glasgow- Zerbe's Bros. Implement on the east end of Glasgow.
Chester- Lions park rest area off Hwy 2 east of Chester.
Shelby- Two miles south of Bronken Rd. exit at truck weigh school on I-15 south
Samples may also be submitted at the FWP offices in Havre (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Glasgow and Great Falls (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) Monday-Friday.

All hunters must stop at all check stations, but submission of CWD samples is voluntary. In addition, deer harvested in HD 640 may also be sampled for bovine tuberculosis as part of a separate study. Check station locations are subject to change depending upon sampling priority, and locations will be updated weekly on the Region 6 Facebook page.

If hunters would like to submit a sample for CWD testing that was harvested outside of the priority surveillance area, they may do so on their own. Instructions are available on the website at fwp.mt.gov/cwd , and there is a fee of $18 to Colorado State University for the test in addition to shipping costs.
Please help FWP with CWD surveillance this fall by providing samples of your harvest(s) in the surveillance area. Thanks in advance to participating hunters, landowners, communities, wildlife watchers and other agencies for their partnership in this effort. If there are any questions, please contact the Region 6 FWP headquarters at 406-228-3700.

Monday, November 5th 2018
Continued Reservoir Releases In Preparation For 2019 Runoff Season; Public Meetings Set For This Week
OMAHA, NE - Higher-than-average releases from all Missouri River Mainstem System projects, including Gavins Point, will continue through November. “Gavins Point releases will remain near 58,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the remainder of the navigation season. To ensure all stored 2018 runoff is evacuated prior to the 2019 runoff season, most of the releases must occur before the river ices over in reaches predominantly upstream from Lake Oahe,” said John Remus, Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa is 41.4 million acre feet (MAF), 163 percent of average. If this forecast is realized, the 41.4 MAF of runoff will be third highest runoff in 120 years of record-keeping (1898-2017), exceeded only in 1997 and 2011.

The October runoff summation above Sioux City was 1.9 MAF, 160 percent of average. Due to heavy September and October rainfall, the total two-month runoff in the unregulated reach from Gavins Point Dam to Sioux City was 1.7 MAF, which is the highest September-October runoff in 120 years of record-keeping.

The Missouri River Mainstem reservoir system storage was 59.6 MAF as of November 1, occupying 3.5 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. “System storage declined 2.6 MAF in October and will continue to gradually decline in November,” said Remus. System storage peaked on July 8 at 68.4 MAF, occupying 12.3 MAF of the designated 16.3 MAF of flood control storage. “Reservoir releases will be adjusted as necessary to provide downstream flood risk reduction and continue evacuation of stored flood water,” said Remus. It is important to note that the ability to significantly reduce flood risk along the lower Missouri River diminishes at locations further downstream due to the large uncontrolled drainage area and the travel time from Gavins Point Dam.

Based on the September 1 System storage, winter releases from Gavins Point will be at least 17,000 cfs. Based on the latest reservoir studies, there will be a 10-day extension to navigation flow support and a Gavins Point winter release of 20,000 cfs. Releases from Gavins Point will be reduced to near 50,000 cfs in late November before being reduced 3,000 cfs per day until reaching the winter release rate around December 11. Navigation flow support at the mouth of the Missouri River will end on December 11.

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

The 2018-2019 draft Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem System was posted in September at: http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Public-Meetings/ . Fall public meetings will be held in six cities throughout the basin in early November. These meetings will include a presentation regarding 2018 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2019, followed by a question and answer session. The local public meeting will be conducted in Fort Peck at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6th at the Fort Peck Interpretative Center on Lower Yellowstone Road.

Monday, November 5th 2018
Sign Up for Block of Bucks
The Glasgow Soroptomists announce the annual Block of Bucks collection day on Friday, December 7, 2018.

The annual program provides clothing for Valley County children from infant to 17 years of age. Parents may sign up at the Office of Public Assistance, located at 630 2nd Avenue South, Suite C. It is in the same building as the Social Security office. Sign up begins Monday, November 12, and continues through Monday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. Parents must sign up in person. Calls will not be accepted. No applications will be accepted after Monday, November 26 by 5:00 p.m. Applications MUST be picked up at the Office of Public Assistance and returned to that office. There will be no other location where forms may be picked up or turned in.

Donations are needed to fund the clothes shopping event and are deeply appreciated. They may be mailed prior to collection day to: Soroptomists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Volunteers are also needed to help families shop on Saturday, December 8th. Please call Denise Forbes Kegel at 406-230-2489 if you are willing to help, or if you have any questions.

Sunday, November 4th 2018
Poplar man charged with animal cruelty for 15 dead horses
WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — A man hired to care for horses on a ranch near Wolf Point in northeast Montana faces six charges after 15 horses were found dead.

The Billings Gazette reports that Richard D. Holen of Poplar was charged with one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals by the Roosevelt County Attorney's office.

It wasn't immediately known if Holen had an attorney.

According to charging documents, Holen had been hired by Scobey resident Kari Delagrave to care for 49 horses on land he leased on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

The dead horses, including five foals and five mares, were discovered in late August.

An investigation found the horses were dehydrated.

Investigators said 23 of the 49 horses were still unaccounted for.

Friday, November 2nd 2018
Valley County Sheriff's Deputy resigns
Valley County Sheriff's Deputy Luke Strommen has resigned from the department effective November 1st according to Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle.

Strommen has been on paid administrative leave since June 15th when the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation started an investigation into an incident that occurred in 2014.

As a result of that investigation, Strommen was charged with Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child on October 11th.

Strommen was a also a candidate for Valley County Sheriff until he withdrew from the race on August 13th.

Friday, November 2nd 2018
2574 Absentee Ballots returned in Valley County
75% of the Absentee Ballots turned out to registered voters in Valley County have been returned to the Valley County Election Office.

A total of 2574 ballots have been returned out of the 3412 ballots given to the registered voters of Valley County. 70% of the registered voters in Valley County choose to vote absentee.

With just the absentee ballots counted, voter turnout in Valley County is at 52% as of November 1st.

Thursday, November 1st 2018
2018 Community Cash Program Underway
The 2018 Community Cash program is now underway.

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

Here’s How:
1. Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31st, 2018. Thereafter, you have until January 5, 2019 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 Christmas cash is December 30, 2018.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Christmas Cash deposits from the MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber member to accept Community Cash Script.

Community Cash Participants

Wednesday, October 31st 2018
GHS student Alexandra Pehlke recognized by Montana Governor Steve Bullock
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today recognized high school students for their commitment to academic excellence and leadership development at the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates 25th annual LEAD Conference.

“Jobs for Montana’s Graduates helps ensure every Montana student, no matter their background, strengths, or learning styles, know that their success matters and that high school graduation is within their reach,” Governor Bullock said. “I am humbled to spend time with the students who have made this commitment in their education and in their futures.”

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates, a Department of Labor & Industry program dedicated to teaching students the skills they need for college or career readiness, hosts the conference each year to meet with public and private business leaders and expand their leadership skills. The 2018 LEAD Conference brought 250 students together from 34 schools across Montana to participate in leadership sessions and engage with fellow students. Students are expected to return home and share what they learned with their local JMG chapter and school.

“The LEAD conference continues to teach our future high school graduates the leadership and career readiness skills they need to be successful in their next step—whether it’s continuing their education or entering the workforce,” Erica Swanson, State Director of Jobs for Montana’s Graduates, said.

Governor Bullock announced four students were selected to represent Montana at the National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. in November. In addition to seeing the nation’s capital, the Montana delegates will attend leadership workshops and participate in national competitions in math, public speaking, project-based learning and employability skills.

National Student Leadership Delegates:
Jimmy McAlister – Paris Gibson Education Center
Alexandra Pehlke – Glasgow High School
Raferdy Samson – Hot Springs High School
Madison Huckfeldt – Granite High School

About Jobs for Montana’s Graduates

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates provides students an opportunity to practice decision making, critical thinking, leadership skills, while learning the important soft skills needed for career readiness to gain employment. JMG encourages students to stay in school, graduate and successfully transition from school to employment, post-secondary education, apprenticeship, or military service. The program is funded by the Montana Department of Labor & Industry to support students in connecting with their communities by providing them with leadership development, social and civic responsibility, and career awareness to over 18,000 students.

Monday, October 29th 2018
Valley County Combined Campaign Looking For Member At Large Candidate
Valley County Combined Campaign is seeking an interested person to serve on the board of directors as a member-at-large.

The member-at-large, if selected, would be responsible for attending regular meetings during the campaign season September-June.

There is no special training or knowledge required, just a community-minded spirt! VCCC was formed as a way to solicit donations from the community annually, instead of continuous requests throughout the year.

For more information or to have your name considered, please contact Leila Seyfert at 406-263-0321 or Candy Lagerquist at 406-263-4512.

Monday, October 29th 2018
Treat Street Is Wednesday
The Glasgow Downtown Association and area businesses invite everyone to stop in during Treat Street with sales and activities on Halloween Wednesday, from noon to close.

There will be treats, flash sales, contests, costumes, special offers and more!

Download the map here

Friday, October 26th 2018
Deliberate Homicide charges dismissed against John Ersness
The Valley County Sheriff's Office has released John Ersness from the Valley County Detention Center after Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen dismissed a Deliberate Homicide charge that Ersness was facing.

Ersness was arrested September 27th and charged in the death of his brother Corwin Ersness.

On September 27th, the Valley County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of an altercation in the Fort Peck Cabin area between two family members. As the deputy arrived at the home in the cabin area of Fort Peck, he spoke to John Ersness, who was just leaving the residence. Upon trying to contact Corwin Ersness at the residence, the deputy discovered Corwin Ersness was deceased.

The Montana Highway Patrol soon arrested John Ersness and he was transported back to Glasgow where he was charged with Deliberate Homicide.

He has been incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center since September 27th. A statement from the Valley County Sheriff's Office states that an Order to Dismiss without Prejudice and Vacate Hearings was issued by the Valley County Attorney's Office. The charge of Deliberate Homicide was dismissed and the final determination as to what charges will be filed has not been made because the investigation is ongoing.

An autopsy was conducted on Corwin Ersness but no results of that autopsy have been released from the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, October 26th 2018
34% of Valley County registered voters have cast their ballots
Information from the Montana Secretary of State shows that 34% of registered voters in Valley County have already cast their ballot in advance of the November 6th General Election.

1655 absentee ballots have been turned in to the Valley County Election Administrator in the Valley County Courthouse. This means that 50% of the 3309 absentee ballots have been returned.

Statewide, 176,024 ballots have been returned for a percentage of 48%. There are 703,327 registered voters in Montana and 25% of the registered voters in Montana have cast their ballot.

The General Election is set for November 6th.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018
Montana Minimum Wage to increase on January 1st
Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.50 per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

“Every Montanan who works hard should have the opportunity to get ahead. We’re among a handful of states where each year minimum wage workers take home a little extra in their paychecks, but there’s more to be done,” said Governor Bullock. “We must continue to help working families succeed by bringing in better jobs, helping businesses expand and investing in areas like apprenticeships and education.”

In 2006 as a private citizen, Bullock led ballot initiative I-151, approved by Montana voters, to raise the minimum wage and require that the minimum wage be adjusted annually for inflation. As a result, 39-3-409 MCA requires the Department of Labor & Industry to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the CPI-U.

An estimated 8,200 Montana workers, or 1.8% of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.50 per hour in 2018 and are likely to receive higher wages due to the 2019 minimum wage increase. In 2017, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food services industry followed by the retail trade industry. Food Preparation Workers and Sales are occupational groups with large number of minimum wage workers.

The minimum wage is determined by taking the current minimum wage of $8.30 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2017 to August 2018. The CPI-U increased by 2.68% over the year ending August 2018. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.223 per hour. The resulting wage is $8.523 and statute specifies that the wage must be rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

Information relating to Montana’s minimum wage may be downloaded from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry website at erd.dli.mt.gov.

Monday, October 22nd 2018
Senator Jon Tester campaigns in Glasgow
Senator Jon Tester held a campaign rally in Glasgow on Friday. Over 100 people attended the rally at the Glasgow Elks Club as Tester encouraged Democrats to get out and vote.

He also stopped by the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios and visited with Stan Ozark. Here is the interview:

Jon Tester Interview.

Friday, October 19th 2018
Busted Knuckle Brewery to consider Williston site

1 Million Cups Williston recently featured a Glasgow business that is
considering a second location in Williston.

Ben and Connie Boreson own Busted Knuckle Brewery, a popular gathering
place located in Ben’s former radiator shop on Main Street in Downtown
Glasgow. Connie explained how they decided to give the longtime garage a
new purpose.

“It all started about 7 to 8 years ago with a Mr. Beer kit,” said Connie. “He
(Ben) had been a mechanic for 30 years, but he had some success with that
Mr. Beer kit.”

As requests for Ben’s craft beers grew, he scaled back his work as a
mechanic and eventually closed the radiator shop in 2013. It took eight
months of scrubbing and remodeling to convert the 80-year-old shop into a
brewery; but the hard work paid off!

The new brew pub pays homage to its past by maintaining a shop-like look
and feel; even the names of the ales reflect their history such as Busted Nut
Amber, Black Nail Stout, Full Throttle I.P.A. and No Octane Rootbeer Cream
Soda.

“It sets the tone for why breweries are so different from bars. We have a
brewer who has put his heart and soul into the beer. They are not to be
guzzled, they are to be savored and appreciated for all of the detail and
effort he has put into them,” Connie mused.

Connie explained how they initially promoted the startup with a Founders
Club promotion, pre-selling 50 $100 dollar memberships to supporters in
exchange for swag and perks. The Boreson’s other marketing tactics include
social media, supporting community causes and offering a Mug of the Month
Club in exchange for discounts.

The overall ambiance is a safe place (the lights are always on) which is open
until 10 p.m. (at the latest) four days a week. They don’t serve food but a
popular local pizza shop delivers exclusively to the pub.

“My feeling of a brewery is really where locals become friends and travelers
are no longer strangers,” said Connie.

Connie said they are looking to open a second location in Williston as both of
their grown children live in Williston with their families. Connie said they will
begin looking for potential properties after they wrap up a major expansion
at the original site.

Friday, October 19th 2018
Montana unemployment rate at 3.6%. The lowest rate in a decade.
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate is at 3.6% for the month of September, down by a half percentage point since the start of the year and at the lowest rate in over a decade. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.7%.

“Over the last five years, Montana has added over 29,000 jobs, over 6,300 new businesses have been created, and average annual wages have increased by roughly $1,000 per year,” said Governor Bullock. “We must build on this strong economy and continue our efforts to ensure businesses have the skilled workforce they need to succeed, the next generation is able take on the jobs of the future, and upward mobility is attainable for all Montana families.”

Payroll employment posted a gain of 500 jobs in September, with 800 jobs gained in the private sector. Similar employment gains were indicated by the total employment data, which includes agricultural and self-employed workers in addition to payroll employment.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.1% in September due to price increases in housing and shelter. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in September, with a change of 2.2% over-the- year.

The Valley County unemployment rate was at 2.5%.


Tuesday, October 16th 2018
Strommen pleads not-guilty to Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child
Luke Strommen appeared in District Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charge of Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Strommen was charged on October 11th after a months long investigation by the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations. Strommen is a Valley County Sheriff's Deputy who currently is on paid administrative leave.

Court documents state that Strommen and a 17-year old Valley County female had an intimate relationship that lasted for approximately one year;during which time the two would communicate via phone, text and email and meet for sexual encounters.

The victim in the case confirmed that much of their communication was sexually explicit and that a majority of the time that they would meet for sexual encounters, Strommen would be in uniform and on duty.

Judge John Larson of Missoula is presiding over the case in place of Judge Yvonne Laird who recused herself. Also recusing themselves from the case is Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen. The case is being prosecuted by the Montana Attorney General's Office.

Judge Larson set conditions for Strommen that do allow him to pick his children up from school and also granted him internet access with supervision from law enforcement. He will also be allowed to attend sporting events as long as his wife is with him or another adult.

No bond was set for Strommen and he will not be incarcerated while the case moves through the court system. Judge Larson told the attorney's in the case that he will set an omnibus hearing near the end of November.

If convicted on the charge, Strommen could serve up to 10 years in prison.

Tuesday, October 16th 2018
CWD Check Stations Will Be In Place Across Region 6
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will have check stations in place across Region 6 to sample for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose during the upcoming general hunting season. This is part of a planned surveillance effort, and FWP encourages hunters to help by submitting their harvested animals for testing.

Last year, FWP discovered CWD in deer south of Billings and north of Chester. This contagious neurological disease can infect deer, elk and moose. It is always fatal and there is no known cure. Because of the new discovery, transport restrictions are in place for animals harvested in locations where CWD has been detected in Liberty and Carbon counties.

In 2018, FWP will conduct surveillance during the general fall hunting season in high-priority areas in parts of northern Montana, including Hunting Districts (HD) 403 and 401 in Region 4, and 640, 670, 630, 620, 611, and 600 in Region 6, as those areas are near known CWD detections in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.

At the check stations, FWP personnel will remove retropharyngeal lymph nodes, a tooth, and a genetic sample from voluntarily submitted animals, and ask for hunter information and harvest location. If a hunter is willing to contribute samples but first wants to take the head to a taxidermist, FWP personnel will take some information at the check station and follow up with the taxidermist later for the lymph nodes.
Hunters will be given a unique identification number for the sample and will be able to view the test results within three weeks at fwp.mt.gov/cwd.

Check stations for collecting CWD samples will be located in Havre, the Malta area, and shifting between the Scobey and Glasgow areas. CWD check stations will be in operation Sat. and Sun. during daylight hours.

All hunters must stop at all check stations, but submission of CWD samples is voluntary. In addition, deer harvested in HD 640 may also be sampled for bovine tuberculosis as part of a separate study. Check station locations are subject to change depending upon sampling priority, and locations will be updated weekly on the Region 6 Facebook page.

Heads may also be submitted at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and at the Havre Field Office from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. There will not be an unmanned “drop bucket” for heads at the offices…hunters will need to contact office personnel when dropping off heads so FWP can get the proper harvest information.

If hunters would like to submit a sample for CWD testing that was harvested outside of the priority surveillance area, they may do so on their own. Instructions are available on the website at fwp.mt.gov/cwd , and there is a fee of $18 to Colorado State University for the test in addition to shipping costs.

Please help FWP with CWD surveillance this fall by providing samples of your harvest(s) in the surveillance area. Thanks in advance to participating hunters, landowners, communities, wildlife watchers and other agencies for their partnership in this effort. If there are any questions, please contact the Region 6 FWP headquarters at 406-228-3700.

Tuesday, October 16th 2018
FWP Works Agreement With Blue Ridge Ranch To Allow Limited Public Elk Hunting
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, in a written agreement approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission, worked with the Blue Ridge Ranch owner, Will Carlson, to allow limited public elk hunting on approximately 9,665 private land acres in hunting district (HD) 622 in southern Phillips Co. for the 2018 general elk season. This agreement was made possible under the 2016 House Bill 454 Hunting Access
Agreement.

Under the provisions of HB 454, FWP received the authority to issue either-sex or antlerless elk permits to approved landowners in exchange for public hunting opportunity that could help reach specific elk management objectives.

Further under the provisions, the landowner must offer an agreed upon level of free public elk hunting, meet the various conditions of the statute, and enter a contractual public elk hunting access agreement with FWP. The contract would define the areas open to public elk hunting, the number of elk hunting days and/or hunters that will be allowed on the property, and other factors that FWP and the landowner consider necessary for the proper management of elk on the landowner's property.

There are currently two HB 454 agreements in Region 5, but this is the first time this has been done in Region 6.

Per this 2018-only agreement, the landowner received an either-sex archery-only elk permit valid only on the Blue Ridge Ranch private land. In exchange, the landowner must allow the following with written permission:

Four either-sex elk permits were issued to hunters randomly selected from the list of unsuccessful applicants for 620-20 and 622-20 either-sex elk permits. These permits are only valid on enrolled land and only during through the general season (Oct. 20-Nov. 25, 2018).

Twenty-five general hunters already possessing a 620-20 or 622-20 either sex permit, a 698-00 or 622-00 antlerless, or 621-00 youth-antlerless may hunt for antlerless elk on all enrolled land and will be disbursed through the general season (Oct. 20-Nov. 25, 2018).

Ten youth/mentor or youth pairs (20 hunters) already possessing a 620-20 or 622-20 either sex permit, a 698-00 or 622-00 antlerless, or 621-00 youth-antlerless may hunt for antlerless elk on all enrolled land and will be disbursed through the general season (Oct. 20-Nov. 25, 2018).

Prospective hunters will need to first contact the landowner to be allowed access. Hunters will be required to walk in from designated roads and parking areas, and game retrieval may be allowed with landowner permission on designated roads.

For information on how to contact the landowner for this opportunity, please contact the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.

Monday, October 15th 2018
Valley County Sheriff's Deputy Luke Strommen charged with Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child
Valley County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Strommen is being charged with Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child according to court documents filed in District Court in Glasgow on October 11th.

Strommen has been on paid administrative leave since June 15th when the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation started an investigation into an incident that occurred in 2014. DCI was called to investigate by Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle.

The court document states that in May of 2018 DCI was called to investigate alleged improprieties by Deputy Luke Strommen. During the investigation, DCI identified a possible victim. The alleged victim was 17 at the time of the incident according to court documents.

The victim confirmed she met Strommen in 2014 while he was on duty during a traffic stop. The victim confirmed she had an intimate relationship with Strommen which lasted for approximately one year; during which time the two would communicate via phone, text and email and meet for sexual encounters.

The victim confirmed that much of their communication was sexually explicit and that a majority of the time that whey would meet for sexual encounters, Strommen would be in uniform and on duty.
The victim described Strommen as “very sly, conniving, and power hungry,” however the victim confirmed that her intimate involvement with Strommen was consensual.

The court documents also state that during their relationship, Strommen encouraged the victim via phone, text, and email to send him sexual images of herself. Strommen also allegedly encouraged her to engage in sexual conduct and send him photographs of that conduct.

The victim provided investigators the iPhone she utilized in 2014 to communicate with Strommen. A Cellbright phone extraction was completed with her consent. The extraction found several conversations between the victim and defendant including images.

According to the court documents, an agent with DCI corroborated Strommen’s tactics and behavior with statements by multiple witnesses and other involved parties.

Based on the facts submitted in the court documents, DCI believes probable cause exists to charge Luke Strommen with Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child.

As of Monday morning, a summons had been signed by District Court Judge John Larson of Missoula. Judge Larson will preside over the case as Judge Yvonne Laird has recused herself. Strommen has not been arrested but will appear in District Court in Glasgow Tuesday at 1:15pm.

Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 that Strommen is still on paid administrative leave but Valley County has been in contact with Montana Association of Counties to begin the process of changing the employment status for Strommen. MACO is the insurer for Valley County.

Saturday, October 13th 2018
Senator Tester introduces legislation to provide funding for St. Mary's Project
Big Sandy, Mont.)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester has introduced legislation to provide critical funding for the Milk River Project in northcentral Montana.

After Tester spoke to the St. Mary’s Working Group this week, he drafted a bill to ensure the federal government picks up 75 percent of the tab for the major water project. Currently, the federal portion of the project is 26 percent, burdening local jurisdictions with a hefty bill.

“This legislation ensures that local taxpayers won’t be stuck with the enormous cost of this project,” said Tester. “Investing in this infrastructure will provide water for families, businesses and farmers and ranchers in the region.”

Tester’s St. Mary's Reinvestment Act will cover 75 percent of the cost of Sherburne Dam and Reservoir, Swift Current Creek Dike, Lower St. Mary Lake, St. Mary Canal Diversion Dam, and the St. Mary Canal.

The entire project is estimated to cost $41.9 million. It will provide water to 18,000 Montanans and irrigate enough cropland to feed one million people.

Tester recently secured $1.9 million for this project in the 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act.

Friday, October 12th 2018
Hunters Against Hunger
In conjunction with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, hunters who legally harvest big game during the hunting season can donate all or part or their meat to feed hungry Montanans. To help with processing charges, anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license has the opportunity to make an on-the-spot donation to Hunters Against Hunger.

A hunter who applies for or purchases a deer, antelope, elk, moose or wild buffalo license may donate $1 or more in addition to the price of each license. These contributions help pay for processing and distribution of the donated game to feeding programs statewide.

There is no cost or processing fees for donated meat. Legally harvested big game animals can be donated to our participating local processors, Treasure Trail Meat Processing and Hi Line Meats. Donations received locally will benefit the Valley County Emergency Food Bank and the Valley County Council on Aging.

Hunters Against Hunger is sponsored locally by First Lutheran Church with the support of the Valley County Ministerial Association. For further information contact First Lutheran Church at 228-4862.


Thursday, October 11th 2018
Two Rivers Announces Leadership Changes
The Board of Directors of Two Rivers Economic Growth, a local nonprofit development organization serving Valley County, Montana, is announcing changes to its executive team.

First, its newly appointed Officers include President Doris Ozark of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Vice President Melissa Sigmundstad of Cottonwood Inn & Suites, Treasurer Lisa Koski of the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Secretary Jennifer Robley of the Fort Peck Town Office, and Past President Michelle Tade of Housing Authority of Glasgow.

Keegan Morehouse will continue to serve as Executive Director and additional 2018/2019 Board Members include: Betty Stone, Bob Connors, Becky Erickson, John Fahlgren, Mary Henry, Jean Depuydt, and Brenner Flaten.

Directors are considered key partners in the planning and growth of Valley County and its communities. The Board meets every first Tuesday of the month at noon at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow which is open to the public. If you’re interested in serving on the Board of Directors or in becoming a Member, please contact Keegan Morehouse at (406)263-GROW (4769), email trg2@nemont.net stop into the Two Rivers office located at 313 Klein Ave., Glasgow, MT 59230 or visit our website at GrowValleyCounty.com .

We would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to our wonderful community members that donated dessert for the auction- Dyan Carlson, Jason Myers, Alison Nickels and Winky Kochendorfer.

Also a big thank you to our local Albertsons & Reynolds for helping to provide a wonderful meal!

Thursday, October 11th 2018
Hospital fires nurse hired despite child porn conviction
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A small eastern Montana hospital has fired a nurse it recently hired even though she had a child pornography conviction.

Officials with Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson said Denise Carlson started work on Oct. 1.

Hospital leaders invited community members to a meeting two days later, where many residents criticized the move.

CEO Audrey Stromberg tells The Billings Gazette the hospital board voted Tuesday to fire Carlson. Stromberg declined further comment.

The Gazette reached Carlson's daughter, who said her mother wasn't available for comment.

Federal prosecutors alleged Carlson downloaded child pornography over a period of nine years until investigators caught up with her in 2008. She was sentenced to six years in federal prison.

The Montana Board of Nursing issued Carlson a probationary license after evaluations determined she was at low risk to re-offend.

Thursday, October 11th 2018
Wind And Cold Headed To Northeast Montana On Friday Night
(from the National Weather Service in Glasgow)
Windy conditions Friday Night will transition to cold conditions mainly Saturday and Saturday night. Temperatures are expected to struggle to the 30s Saturday then fall into the teens and 20s Saturday night. It'll remain cool Sunday with a return to more seasonable conditions Monday.

Windy conditions are expected Friday Night with a cold front dropping into the area from Canada. Colder air will filter into the area Saturday that will be more than 20 degrees below normal.

Mainly dry conditions can be expected through Saturday, but a passing snow shower or two may reduce visibility briefly. Waters on area lakes will be rough and hazardous.

Thursday, October 11th 2018
Glasgow School enrollment declines from September to October
The latest numbers for school enrollment in the Glasgow School District show an enrollment of 847 students in pre-school through grade 12.

This is a drop of 21 students from the last enrollment count conducted in September of this school year. In September the student count was 868.

In October of 2017 the school enrollment for Glasgow was 867 students.

Thursday, October 11th 2018
National Weather Service Winter Weather Observation Training Is October 16
The National Weather Service in Glasgow, MT will be doing an online CoCoRaHS training with an emphasis on winter season weather observing. The training will be held next week on Tuesday October 16, 2018, with further details below.

If you are interested in reporting your daily precipitation, or you know someone who is, check out the details below on how to attend the training. CoCoRaHS is an excellent way to make a difference in your community! Your data is not only used by NWS meteorologists, but also by researchers, mosquito control, insurance adjusters, ranchers and farmers, as well as those in education or academia, and many more! If you would like to learn more about the program, check out the main CoCoRaHS webpage.

If you're a current weather observer for CoCoRaHS, or even someone recently new to the program you are also welcome to attend the training if you'd like to go over the basics once more.

Wednesday, October 10th 2018
Roosevelt Medical Center criticized for hiring nurse with child porn record
CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) — A small Montana hospital is facing criticism from the community after announcing that it had re-hired a nurse who was convicted of receiving child pornography on her computer.

The Billings Gazette reports the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson announced in a post last month on its Facebook page that it had hired Denise Carlson, who was released from federal prison in 2016 after admitting to downloading sexually explicit images and videos of minors and serving more than six years.

Roosevelt Medical Center CEO Audrey Stromberg defended the board's unanimous decision to retain Carlson, saying the nurse had worked for seven years as a "casual status employee" who picked up other nurses' shifts prior to her conviction.

Attempts by the Billings Gazette to reach Carlson at her most recently listed home phone number were unsuccessful.

Wednesday, October 10th 2018
Absentee Ballots to be sent out October 12th in Valley County
The Valley County Election Office will send out absentee ballots for the November General Election on October 12th.

There are currently 4814 registered voters in Valley County. That number compares with 4767 registered voters in the June Primary Election.

Here are the number of registered voters in Valley County for the past 3 General Elections:

2016 General Election: 4845

2014 General Election: 4720

2012 General Election: 4790

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
TransCanada is set to begin construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline next year.
Preparation is underway to begin construction in a few months. TransCanada first proposed the $8 billion project 10 years ago.

TransCanada spokesperson Robynn Tysver says it likely is the most studied pipeline project in history. The State Department recently updated its 2014 environmental impact study of Keystone XL.

“Most recently, the Department of State put out a draft environmental assessment report. That report said that the Keystone XL pipeline poses minimal risks to groundwater and the environment,” Tysver tells Nebraska Radio Network.

TransCanada expects to begin laying pipe first in Montana and South Dakota next year with construction in Nebraska not beginning until 2020.

Keystone XL is a 36-inch pipeline which would run from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska where it would connect to the southern portion of Keystone XL. TransCanada says the pipeline will move crude made from oil sands in western Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas.

The pipeline has been delayed a number of times.

A federal judge ordered the State Department to update is environmental assessment of Keystone XL after the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the route, but not the route proposed by TransCanada.

President Barack Obama denied TransCanada the presidential permit it needed to cross the border. President Donald Trump reversed the decision and approved the project.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
National Coffee with a Cop Day set for Wednesday in Glasgow
Come join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation on National Coffee with a Cop Day, Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7 to 9 a.m. Glasgow Police Officers, Valley County deputies and Montana Highway Patrol officers will be at the Loaded Toad, 527 2nd Ave. S., and Hot Shots Espresso, 319 Klein Ave.

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

For any questions, contact the Glasgow Police Department at glasgowpd@nemont.net or 406-228-8050.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
City of Glasgow awards bid for Water System Improvement Project
The Glasgow City Council has voted to award Sletten Construction Company the bid for the Water System Improvement Project. The bid totaled $6,944,595 with construction on the project estimated to start later this year and be completed by the end of 2010.

The project includes a complete retrofit of the city water filtration plant along with some components of the water distribution system in the city of Glasgow.

The total cost of the project is $8,854,500. Just over $7.1 million of the funding for the project will come from loans from USDA Rural Development. Rural Development has also awarded the city a grant in the amount of $813,600 and the city was awarded a $500,000 TSEP grant. An estimated $400,000 was contributed by the city of Glasgow using the water enterprise fund.

While construction of the project will cost nearly $7 million, engineering the project will cost over $1.4 million.

Friday, September 28th 2018
Name of possible homicide victim released by Valley County Sheriff's Office
According to Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle, at 5:49 p.m. Thursday evening, a Valley County Deputy responded to the call of an altercation in the Fort Peck area between two family members.

According to the Billings Gazette, John Ersness, a 58-year-old North Dakota man, was arrested and is being held on a deliberate homicide charge. Bond has been set at $500,000.

As the deputy arrived at the home in the cabin area of Fort Peck, he spoke to Ersness, who was just leaving the residence. Upon trying to contact the other family member at the residence, the deputy discovered the other complainant was deceased.

The name of the deceased has been identified as 62-year old Corwin Ersness. An autopsy will be performed today.

The Montana Highway Patrol later arrested Ersness, who is a family member of the alleged victim. the alleged homicide occurred at a cabin on Stonebroke Drive in Fort Peck.

The investigation is ongoing from both the Valley County Sheriff's Department and the Montana Highway Patrol.

Thursday, September 27th 2018
Frazer Man Dies In Single Vehicle Accident
18-year old Brayden Jackson of Frazer died in a single vehicle accident 18 miles north of Frazer on Wednesday night at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Jackson was with 3 other people when the vehicle rolled and Jackson was pinned underneath the vehicle. The other occupants also suffered injuries and were transported to area hospitals. The driver and two other passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries, and later released.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, they were reportedly driving through a field chasing deer. The driver attempted to turn too quickly, and the vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its side, and trapping one of the occupants inside.

The MHP says the driver was a 19-year old man; the other passengers were a 25-year old man, and a 13-year old girl. All four people are from the town of Frazer.

The MHP believes that speed was a factor in the crash; there are no indications of alcohol or impaired driving.

Wednesday, September 26th 2018
2018 Homecoming Schedule Released
The 2018 Homecoming schedule has been released - you can download it here
Wednesday, September 26th 2018
Glasgow Woman Killed By Train in Wolf Point
From KRTV
A Glasgow woman died after she was hit by a train in Wolf Point on Monday.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office says the victim has been identified as Lexis Synan of Glasgow.

According to BNSF, the woman was struck near the Wolf Point Amtrak station at around 5:45 p.m. on Monday.

Wolf Point Police say the 22-year old woman was taken to the Northeast Montana Health Service.

She was pronounced dead at hospital.

The rail line through the area was closed for several hours as authorities investigated.

Tuesday, September 25th 2018
Scottie Homecoming Notes From Glasgow Chamber
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will once again be hosting the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums during the 2018 Glasgow Scottie Homecoming Festival weekend. The band will be a part of the Scottie Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 28th, 2018 at 2:30pm, the Scottie Booster Club tailgate party at GHS at 6:00PM, and performing during half time of the Scottie vs. Cut Bank Wolves football game.

On Saturday morning, the Band will perform in Fort Peck at 9AM for the Scottie Cross Country meet in Kiwanis Park. They will then head to the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast at the Senior Citizens center at approximately 10:30AM continue onto Valley View Home @ 11:00AM, Nemont Manor @ 11:30AM and to Prairie Ridge @ 12:00PM.

At 5:30PM the annual Pub Crawl will begin at Cottonwood and end at Sam & Jeffs.

The Pipe Band is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottie Booster Club, GHS Student Council, Kiwanis Club & Local Area Merchants.

The Chamber will also be awarding chamber big bucks for the best class float, community float, organizational float, as well as best business window display. This years’ homecoming theme is “Conquer Cut Bank”.

Bring the family and enjoy one of the many opportunities to watch the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band perform and enjoy Scottie Homecoming 2018. Show your Scottie Pride and decorate your windows.

Tuesday, September 25th 2018
Montana FWP will present waterfowl identification workshop in Glasgow
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will present a waterfowl identification workshop on Tues., Sept. 25, in Glasgow. This class is free, open to all ages, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Valley Event Center upstairs mezzanine.

Oftentimes, there can be barriers that keep interested folks from becoming waterfowl hunters. Duck identification can be one of those barriers, but it may not be as big an obstacle as one might think.

Jim Hansen, FWP’s Central Flyway Migratory Bird Coordinator from Billings and other FWP staff will present a video, identification tips, and provide hands-on practice and quizzes at identifying ducks and other waterfowl, using a combination of ID guides, wings, skins, and expertise. In addition, presenters will also explain and answer questions about Montana’s waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations and provide some tips and tactics.

There will be something of interest for everyone; from new to experienced waterfowl hunters, birdwatchers, and anybody interested in nature. All those attending will receive a free waterfowl identification booklet and leave with more knowledge about Montana’s waterfowl. Youth under age 12 are expected to be accompanied by an adult.

Montana’s duck and goose hunting seasons open Sept. 29, following a special two-day youth waterfowl season for hunters ages 10 to 15 on Sept. 22 and 23.

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

Tuesday, September 25th 2018
FWP to hold CWD Public Information Sessions across Region 6
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting three public information sessions across Region 6 regarding Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and planned surveillance efforts for the upcoming hunting season. Sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the following locations:

Oct. 9, Glasgow, Cottonwood Inn Conference Room
Oct. 15, Scobey, Nemont Friendship Room
Oct. 16, Havre, Hill County Electric Hospitality Room

Last year, FWP discovered CWD in deer south of Billings and north of Chester. This contagious neurological disease can infect deer, elk and moose. It is always fatal and there is no known cure. Because of the new discovery, transport restrictions are in place for deer harvested in locations where CWD has been detected.

FWP will conduct extra surveillance during the general fall hunting season in high-priority areas in parts of northern and western Montana, including Hunting Districts 640, 670, 630, 620, 611, and 600 in Region 6.

Check stations for collecting CWD samples from deer and elk will be in operation over the weekends and located in Havre, the Malta area, and shifting between the Scobey and Glasgow areas. Check station locations are subject to change depending upon sampling priority, and locations will be updated weekly on the Region 6 Facebook page.

All hunters must stop at all check stations, but submission of CWD samples is voluntary. Deer heads may also be submitted at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow and the Havre Field Office.

Join FWP biologists and others at the information sessions to ask questions and learn ways to help FWP with CWD surveillance this fall. To learn more visit fwp.mt.gov/cwd . FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations for this meeting, or if there are any questions, please contact 406-228-3700.

Monday, September 24th 2018
Hi-Line Sportsmen seek participants for Valley County deer-hunting initiative
Members of the Hi-Line Sportsmen are seeking beginning Valley County hunters interested in teaming up with experienced mentors to learn the basics of deer hunting this November.

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

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

The first-time hunters are encouraged to take their meat home, or they can donate their harvest to the local food bank for distribution to local households in need of wholesome protein.

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

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

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

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

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

If you are interested in participating, either as a mentor or as a hunter, contact either Andrew McKean at 406-263-5442 or Drew Henry at 406-230-0133 or leave a message on Hi-Line Sportsmen’s Facebook page. The Hi-Line Sportsmen will be compiling rosters and pairing mentors with hunters over the next month. Mentors will be in contact with their apprentices to schedule sight-in and hunt days. Additionally, the Hi-Line Sportsmen and Fish, Wildlife & Parks plan a community sight-in day on Sunday, Oct. 14, to ensure that hunting rifles are safe and accurate and that all participants can demonstrate safe gun-handling skills.

At the end of the hunting season, organizers plan to host a wild-game feast where all participants can come together, enjoy a meal, and swap stories and pictures of their experience.
Monday, September 24th 2018
Upcoming USDA Farm Service Agency Deadlines for Farmers and Ranchers
Montana agricultural producers are reminded of the following USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) dates and deadlines:
• Sept. 4: First day of Market Facilitation Program Signup for Corn, Dairy, Hog, Sorghum, Soybean and Wheat producers
• Sept. 30: 2018 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Managed Harvesting Period Ends
• Oct. 1: 2019 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) Application Closing Date for Annual Fall-Seeded Crops, Perennial Forage and Grazing, Mixed Forage Crops (including spring seeded annual types of mixed forage), Rye, Speltz, Triticale, Wheat and Garlic
• Nov. 1: 2018 Emergency Assistance for Livestock Fish Program (ELAP) Application for Payment Deadline
• Nov. 5: County Committee Election Ballots will be mailed to Eligible Voters
• Nov. 12: All Hay Bales Must be Removed from Conservation Reserve Program acreage
• Nov. 15: 2019 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Apiculture, Perennial Forage, Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) including Native Grass, Fall Wheat (Hard Red Winter), and all other Fall-Seeded Small Grains. Please note that this is the final date that FSA can accept late-filed 2018 reports for these crops.
• Dec. 1: 2019 NAP Application Closing Date for Honey Producers
• Dec. 3: Last Day to Return Voted County Committee Election Ballots to local FSA Offices
For more information, call or visit your local FSA office at 228-4321, ext. 2 in Glasgow.
Friday, September 21st 2018
49-year old Nashua man charged in sex case
A 49-year old Nashua man has been indicted by a grand jury on three felony charges related to two sexual assault charges.

Roger Dean Fisher has pleaded innocent to two charges of Abusive Sexual Contact and one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse.

Fisher appeared in Federal Court in Great Falls on September 11th and was released on his own recognizance. A trial date has been set for November 13th.

Count 1 of the charges state that Fisher allegedly knowingly engaged in a sexual act with a person by using force against the person and threatened and placed the person in fear that any person will be subjected to death, serious bodily injury and kidnapping. This allegedly occurred in or about 2013 to 2015 near Nashua.

Count 2 of the charges in the indictment state that Fisher, in or about 2013 to 2015 near Nashua knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a person without the persons permission.

Count 3 of the indictment states that between in or about 1990 to 1993 at Frazer that Fisher knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a person who had not yet reached the age of 12 at the time.

The trial is set to be held in Great Falls Federal Court.

Friday, September 21st 2018
Unemployment rate in Valley County falls to 2.3% in August
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate dropped for the fifth straight month, down to 3.6% for the month of August. The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9%.

“It’s a great time to be a worker in Montana. Household income is growing faster than any state in the country, and we lead the nation in middle-class growth,” said Governor Bullock. “Over the last six years we’ve made significant progress in creating opportunities for businesses, employees, and communities to grow and thrive. Our strong economy reflects that work.”

Payroll employment posted a gain of 700 jobs in August, with 600 of those jobs in the private sector. Total employment, which includes agricultural and self-employed workers in addition to payroll employment, added 400 jobs.

In addition, Governor Bullock shared yesterday that Montana had the fastest growing median household income among states from 2016 to 2017, driven by higher wages and more entrepreneurial activity.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.2% in August with price increases in shelter and energy. Gasoline prices increased 3% over the last month. Over the last year, the energy index has increased by 10.2%. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in August, with a change of 2.2% over-the- year.

The unemployment rate in Valley County is 2.3% which is down from 2.8% in August of 2017

Thursday, September 20th 2018
Fuhrman Scholarship Recipients
Graduates of three Valley County high schools are recipients of this year’s Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships, according to Doris Leader, who chairs the Valley County Community Foundation. VCCF is steward of the gift from the Fuhrmans that established the scholarship.

Nashua graduate Chloe Koessl, Rose Reyling from Glasgow High School and Gwynn Simeniuk, an Opheim graduate, will each receive $1,200 for the upcoming school year.
After working this summer as a certified nurse assistant and emergency medical technician at the hospital in Glasgow, Koessl will begin her second year of study at MSU Bozeman studying cell biology and neuroscience. Her ultimate goal is to become a physician and return to Glasgow.

Rose Reyling will complete the final year of her graduate program at Purdue University with a master of science in speech language pathology with a minor in nutrition. She hopes to work in a healthcare/medical setting as a member of an interdisciplinary team working with patients and their families.

Gwynn Simeniuk will begin her first year in the master’s in science education program with the Western Governor’s University, a nonprofit, on-line school. She will work toward an endorsement to teach biology. A second time recipient of the Fuhrman scholarship, she is currently employed as the program and events manager at the Montana FFA Foundation in Bozeman.

The Fuhrmans, who farmed near Opheim, provided the scholarship to benefit high school graduates from Valley County. Among the requirements are a three-year residence in Valley County, graduation from a Valley County high school, home school or GED, participation in school and civic organizations, completion of at least one year of study beyond the high school level and a 2.8 scholastic average. Since 2011 when the first Fuhrman scholarships were awarded, 17 students have received a total of $25,150 in help to achieve their educational goals.

More information, including a notice of the 2019 due date, is available next spring through the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net , local media and high school guidance counselors.


Wednesday, September 19th 2018
NAP Deadline is October 1, 2018
The Farm Service Agency would like to remind producers that Monday, October 1, 2018 is the deadline to apply for 2019 Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for all 2019 annual fall seeded crops, perennial forage and grazing.

NAP coverage is available only on crops for which Federal Crop Insurance (FCIC) is not available with the exception of pilot programs such as pasture, rangeland and forage (PRF) for hayed and grazed crops.

NAP coverage fees are $250 per crop per administrative county, not to exceed $750 per administrative county.

If you are eligible as a limited resource farmer, beginning farmer or underserved, the service fee may be waived.

If you have any questions, please contact the Valley County Farm Service Agency at 228-4321, prior to October 1, 2018.

Wednesday, September 19th 2018
Watercraft in Montana still need to be inspected
Many folks have transitioned from “fishing season” to “hunting season,” but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind watercraft users that “inspection season” is not over.
In addition to late-season anglers, hunters are currently utilizing watercraft for bowhunting and sheep hunting, and in the next few weeks, perhaps waterfowl hunting. Watercraft users need to remain Clean.Drain.Dry. and continue to follow all laws and regulations related to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspections.
Montana law requires everyone transporting motorized or nonmotorized watercraft to stop at all AIS inspections stations. This includes rafts, drift boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, personal pontoons, and sail boats. In addition, ALL watercraft that are coming into Montana from out-of-state are REQUIRED to be inspected before launch.
Currently, inspection stations are still in operation in many areas of the state. Locations can be found at cleandraindry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections. In Region 6, inspection stations are currently operating at Nashua and Fresno Reservoir. In addition, out-of-state watercraft that did not encounter an open inspection station can be inspected at any regional FWP office, including the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow and the Havre Field Office.
Remember, your watercraft must be inspected if:
? You encounter an open inspection station.
? You are coming into Montana from out-of-state (you need to be inspected before launching).
? You are traveling west over the Continental Divide into western Montana (the Columbia River Basin).
? You are coming off Tiber or Canyon Ferry Reservoirs.
? You are launching anywhere within the Flathead Basin and your watercraft last launched on waters outside of the Flathead Basin.

If there are any questions concerning watercraft inspections, please contact the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 228-3700 or AIS coordinator Sean Flynn at 230-1746.
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Tuesday, September 18th 2018
City of Glasgow raises street maintenance fee by 5%
The Glasgow City Council voted 5-1 to increase taxes on the Glasgow Street Maintenance District by 5%.

The 5% increase would will generate a total of $482,257.07 to be used for maintenance and improvement of city streets. This is an increase of $22,964.62.

The City Council also gave tentative approval for the city to tentatively move ahead with the purchase of a newer street sweeper for the street department.

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