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Wednesday, July 20th 2016
Glasgow School District Building Projects Almost Complete
The Glasgow School District has expended $17,599,250.34 for building projects in the district after voters approved a levy back in 2013.

In March of 2013, voters approved a levy request on a vote of 1151-945 to move forward with building a new K-5 elementary school and make improvements at the Glasgow High School and East Side School.

The amount remaining in the fund balance is now just $7,109.94.

The largest recipient of the bond funds is the general contractor for the project, Sletten Construciton. They have been paid $14,990,323.32 while the architect for the project has received $1,045,209.42.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016
City Of Glasgow Considers Limiting Number Of Dogs And Cats Per Household
The Glasgow City Council voted unanimously on Monday to start the process to limit the number of dogs and cats per household in the City of Glasgow.

The new ordinance would put a limit of 3 dogs and 3 cats in each household in Glasgow. If a household would be in possession of more then 3 dogs and 3 cats then they must be removed from the household within 10 days and failure to comply with this order would result in a citation.

There is a grandfather clause in the ordinance which will allow residents with more then 3 dogs or 3 cats to register with the Glasgow Police Department under the grandfather clause.

Registered owners my keep their current number of pets, but as the number of dogs or cats decreases through attrition over time, the owner must then abide by the limit of three dogs and three cats per household.

The new pet ordinance will have another vote at the next Glasgow City Council meeting and is expected to go into effect later this year.

Monday, July 18th 2016
Search For Man Presumed Drowned Suspended Once Again
The search for a man missing in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam has been suspended once again according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that the search for Robert Willenborg has been suspended after efforts using 3 cadaver sniffing dogs failed last week.

The 3 specialty dogs searched the river from where Willenborg is presumed drowned all the way to the confluence of the Milk River.

Meier said the dogs did have a hit in an area 150 yards from where Willenborg's pickup was submerged in the Missouri River. Efforts were concentrated in that area including using divers, dragging that portion of the river, using an underwater camera and sonar but no body was found.

Sheriff Meier said all resources have been expended in the search and it has been suspended.

Willenborg's pickup was found submerged in the Missouri River on June 12th and it is presumed the man drowned according to the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, July 18th 2016
Water Carnival and Birding Basics Programs at Fort Peck Interpretive Center
The Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks invite the public to a fun-filled day on Saturday, July 23. Activities will include a Water Carnival taking place from 1-4 p.m., and a Birding Basics class which will be held from 6-9 p.m. Both events will be held at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center near Fort Peck, and are free of charge.

The Water Carnival, focusing on both water fun and water safety, will include face painting, water safety games and contests, a hypothermia challenge, information on staying safe around water, “sink or float” and much more. Special events include a water balloon toss at 3 p.m. followed by a Piñata at 3:45 p.m. All ages are welcome.

The Birding Basics class will begin with an instructional/activity portion in the Fort Peck Interpretive Center meeting room starting at 6 p.m. Topics will include birding equipment, bird ID, birding ethics, and tips and tricks on becoming a successful birder. In addition, some great birding-related door prizes will be given out.

The classroom portion will be followed by a birding walk from 7:30-9 p.m. If there is enough interest, an additional birding walk for class participants will take place early Sunday morning.

If participants have a set of binoculars or bird field guides, they are encouraged to bring them. Otherwise, binoculars and basic field guides will be available for use during the class. All ages are welcome to the birding class; however, youngsters under the age of 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Any questions about the water carnival can be directed to the Fort Peck Interpretive Center at 406-526-3493, and any questions about the Birding Basics class can be directed to FWP at 406-228-3700.

Monday, July 18th 2016
Becoming an Outdoor Woman Beginning Kayaking Class Offered Near Fort Peck
Fishing in a kayak. Photo by Sue Dalbey
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is sponsoring a beginning kayaking class August 13 at the First Dredge swim beach just north of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery near Fort Peck. The class will take place from 1-5 p.m.

Participants will learn from experienced instructors about different types of recreational kayaks and equipment, fishing from a kayak, safety, and where to go. Much of the time will be spent in kayaks, including getting in and out safely, so participants need to be prepared to get wet. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it available.

This class is designed for women. Girls aged 13-17 can attend, but will need to be accompanied by a participating adult. Class size is limited, so please get your applications in by August 6. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and there will be a $10 fee to offset costs.

The registration forms are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" under the Education tab. Forms can also be picked up at the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow or by contacting Marc Kloker at mkloker@mt.gov. Please call 406-228-3704 or email Marc with any questions.

Monday, July 18th 2016
FWP Seeking Comment on Draft EA for New Water Pipeline to Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed action of changing the incoming water source to the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery building and concrete raceways.

Presently, the hatchery receives its water from the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts, located below Fort Peck Reservoir. This system is comprised of a gravel filter bed and a series of pipes that allow water to be pumped to the main hatchery building. Due to deteriorating conditions, subsequent decreased water flow, and inconsistent water temperatures, an alternative water supply is needed.

The proposed action, with the assistance of the US Army Corp of Engineers, is to establish a new pipeline from the Fort Peck Dam Power House directly to the hatchery.

The public comment period on the draft EA will extend through 5 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2016. The Draft EA, and opportunity to comment, is available online at fwp.mt.gov. The EA is found under the NEWS tab, recent public notices, environmental assessments/development, and improvements and enhancements.

A public scoping meeting to describe the proposed pipeline and collect comments will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 7-8 p.m. at the Fort Peck Hatchery conference room.

Email comments may be sent to: jsenn@mt.gov, including “Fort Peck EA comments” in the subject line. Written comments can be mailed to: Fort Peck Fish Hatchery EA, Jason Senn, P.E. Project Manager, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.


Saturday, July 16th 2016
Attorney General Fox Presents Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate Awards
2016 Winners from Helena, Red Lodge, and Glasgow

HELENA – Attorney General Tim Fox presented three 2016 Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate of the Year awards at a ceremony this morning at the Lewis & Clark Library Community Room in Helena. This year’s winners are: Joan Eliel, Investigator/Program Specialist with the Montana Department of Justice in Helena; Mitzi Vorachek, Volunteer Advocate with Domestic and Sexual Violence Services in Red Lodge; and Renee Jones, Victim Witness Specialist with the Glasgow Police Department.

Joan Eliel was nominated by Winona Tanner, Chief Judge of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Court. Judge Tanner noted that Joan is the program administrator for Montana’s Project Passport, End-of-Life Registry, and address confidentiality programs; she’s also the coordinator of Montana’s Native American Fatality Review Team. Joan is currently piloting two national projects: the Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification System and the Hope Card Project. The Hope Card Project is a patented approach to enforcement of protection orders and delivery of victim services, and can reduce the time on-scene for officers responding to incidents of protection order violations. Additionally, Hope Cards can provide a sense of security to victims, and allows them to receive potential services more conveniently.

Attorney General Tim Fox said, “Joan has worked tirelessly to promote the benefits of the Hope Card by educating courts, law enforcement, victims, and national organizations on the availability of the cards. She extended the project to the Native American populations, as well as to the tribal courts of Montana. The Hope Card Project would not be a success without the dedication Joan has demonstrated, and she has undoubtedly strengthened relationships between state and tribal agencies and communities.”

Mitzi Vorachek’s nominators emphasized her 30 years of experience in domestic violence prevention and intervention in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Montana. Her work has included serving victims, developing and conducting training; developing and producing TV programming; public speaking; and conducting domestic violence research. Additionally, Mitzi managed a domestic violence and rape crisis hotline that received nearly 50,000 calls per year.

When Mitzi returned to Red Lodge from Houston in 1998, there were no services in the area for people living in abusive relationships. “Mitzi returned to her home state of Montana intending to retire, but with the experience and skill she gained at the Houston Area Women’s Center, it was in her nature to do something to help local victims,” Attorney General Fox noted. “So, she started Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, or DSVS, from her home. Mitzi personally hosted a 24-hour helpline and reached out to professionals in the Billings community. Today, with seven employees, DSVS provides services to victims in Carbon and Stillwater Counties, partners with ASPEN in Livingston to provide emergency financial assistance to victims in Park, Sweet Grass, and Meagher Counties, and provides statewide prevention education through its Power Up, Speak Out! Program.”

Renee Jones is the Victim Witness Specialist within the Glasgow Police Department. Renee’s nominators said she not only gives a voice to victims of domestic violence, but she has also evolved her program to encompass all crime victims. Her nominators added that Renee’s previous experience in working with at-risk youth and families in Texas has been extremely beneficial to the rural communities of Northeastern Montana, bringing fresh perspective and insight into local agencies who work with victims.

Renee’s timely interaction with crime victims is credited with enhancing information sharing among local agencies. Attorney General Tim Fox said, “Renee’s ongoing efforts continue long after offenders have been sentenced. She’s attended parole hearings for the victim and followed the offender’s progress to make sure that the victim’s voice continues to be heard. Renee’s selfless dedication to victims and her job has enabled her department to become one of the leaders in domestic violence prosecution in the state. Renee’s consistent optimism and kindness do not go amiss as she deals with difficult prosecutions and helps victims make decisions that are the best for themselves.”
Friday, July 15th 2016
Montana’s Board Of Public Education Adopts New Standards In Health, Arts
HELENA, Mont. – Following Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau’s recommendation, the Montana Board of Public Education has adopted new content standards for health enhancement and arts.
Content standards for the two subject areas have not been updated since 1999. Standards define what all students are expected to know and be able to do by grade level or band, but standards do not define specific curriculum or materials used in the classroom.
“Since 2011, we’ve continued to raise the bar for what our students are expected to learn,” Superintendent Juneau said. “I’m pleased the Board has adopted these new, more-rigorous standards in health enhancement and physical education, and arts so that our students are better prepared for college and their careers.”
In 2011, the Board adopted Montana’s more-rigorous math and English standards.
What are the big changes to the Health Enhancement Standards from the 1999 standards?
• The new standards focus on all aspects of health – social, emotional, nutritional, and physical.
• The standards provide more clarity about what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level for grades K-5 and by grade bands for grades 6-8 and 9-12.
• Indian Education for All is included in the new standards
• The standards focus on prevention of new and emerging health risks including topics such as electronic, substance abuse trends such as alcohol, synthetic drugs and ecstasy and the increase in bullying and cyberbullying.
• The standards incorporate recent technological advances such as software programs which allow students to set fitness goals and measure their progress in daily physical activity, nutrition, and overall health and well-being.
What are the big changes to the Arts Standards from the 1999 standards?
• The revised standards move from general content standards across all artistic disciplines to five distinct artistic disciplines. These disciplines are visual arts, media arts, dance, theatre and music.
• The revised music standards reflect that music education in Montana encompasses different kinds of musical learning in elementary, middle, and high school.
• The five artistic disciplines now include media arts standards in order to support artistic literacy in the areas of film, animation, and digital art making. The media arts standards are designed to supplement any existing Career and Technical Education industry standards in the digital communications area.
• The revised arts standards integrate Montana’s Indian Education for All and the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians, acknowledging the contribution of native tribes to Montana’s rich artistic and cultural life.
• The revised standards are organized by grade level for grades K-5, and by grade band for grades 6-8, and 9-12.
The new standards in health enhancement and arts will be implemented in classrooms across Montana beginning in 2017. By this fall, educators will have access to free online learning tools and conference materials to begin preparing for the transition to the new standards.
Friday, July 15th 2016
Bowhunter Education Online Field Day Offered in Glasgow
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bowhunter education online field course will take place in Glasgow on Tuesday, July 26. Students must have completed the online education course before participating in the field day.

Starting in 2017, the purchase of a Montana bow and arrow license will be required prior to applying for any archery-only permit. To purchase a bow and arrow license an individual must meet one of the following requirements:
• show completion of a bowhunter education course
• show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from Montana or another state
• sign an affidavit that they have previously purchased a bow and arrow license in Montana or another state.

First time archers need to plan ahead so that they have the prerequisite bowhunter education certificate in order to apply for 2017 archery only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year.

The field day will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. There will be about one hour of classroom instruction at the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow, and around one hour at the archery range.

For more information about the online bowhunter education field day, go to the FWP website at http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/default.html to take the online course or register for the field day. Make sure to print out all necessary material and sign all necessary forms. A photo ID and Field Day Qualifier Certificate are needed to be accepted into the field course. If you have any questions, please contact course coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Friday, July 15th 2016
Independence Bank Relay Madness Conitnues
Round 2 is over and we are headed into the quarterfinals of the Independence Bank Relay Madness.

In round 2 it was the Scottie Volleyball team knocking out Team Hinsdale. Opheim Cares crushed Praying for a Cure Team. Glasgow High School Student Council topped NEMHS Pace Makers. Scottie Cross Country Team defeated Team Fed Ex. Independence Bank team eliminated Team FarverFarms.com. Strides of Hope rolled over Sheridan Electric. Team FMDH and Team Cottonwood Cares were both eliminated for failing to turn in any sales. Team Strides of Hope was the big winner and will receive the bonus bucks from Independence Bank.

The quarterfinals will have Scottie Volleyball taking on Team United Transportation Union. Opheim Cares will match up with GHS Student Council. Scottie Cross Country will face Team Independence Bank. And Strides of Hope will receive a bye into the semi-final round. Round 3 will end on July 19th. Teams are reminded to turn their luminaria sales into one of the four sponsoring Independence Banks (Glasgow, Malta, Poplar or Scobey) by noon on the 19th.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016
Sillerud & Rasmusan Win Governor's Cup
Norm Sillerud and JR Rasmusan won the 29th Annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament this weekend on Fort Peck Lake.

While in 2012 Norm and JR topped the 105-team field with a two-day total of 41.52 pounds and a check for $7,500, this past weekend was even more special. It featured a 200-team field, and they shattered the previous Gov Cup record with 58.92 pounds to take home the first-place check of $15,000 plus day money both days.

Norm and JR were guests on Montana's only statewide talk show, Voices of Montana, on Tuesday. Jon Arneson visited with the two anglers about their Governor's Cup championship. You can listen to the interview here: http://archive.northernbroadcasting.com/nbs/VoicesOfMontanaSeg1-Tuesday.mp3

Wednesday, July 13th 2016
VCSO Using Cadaver Sniffing Dogs To Search For Missing Man Presumed Drowned In Missouri River
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has told Kltz/Mix-93 News that 2 cadaver sniffing dogs will be in Valley County to search for a missing man presumed to be drowned in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam.

The dogs are coming from Cody, Wyoming and Bozeman, Montana to search for Robert Willenborg who has been missing since June 12th. His pickup was found submerged in the Missouri River near the Boy Scout Park below Fort Peck Dam.

The 2 cadaver sniffing dogs will be used on jet boats and will search the Missouri River for the body of Robert Willenborg. A team of divers will be on hand to search the water if the dogs come up with anything according to Sheriff Meier.

The dogs will search all day on Thursday and a part of the day on Friday if necessary.

Friday, July 8th 2016
June Runoff Below Average
OMAHA, Neb. – June runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 4.1 million acre feet (MAF), 74 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 23.0 MAF, which is 91 percent of the historic average.

“Mountain snowpack in the reaches above Fort Peck and Garrison reservoirs peaked in early April slightly below normal and melted quickly this spring, with the bulk of the runoff entering the reservoirs during May and early June,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “That, coupled with below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures across the upper basin, reduced inflow to the reservoir system during June.” The melting of the mountain snowpack is complete. View the mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf.

The total volume of water currently stored in the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System is 59.9 MAF, occupying 3.8 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. “The reservoirs are currently occupying 23 percent of the available flood control storage and remain well positioned to capture additional runoff should reductions in releases become necessary,” said Farhat. System storage peaked at 60.1 MAF on June 22.

Based on the July 1 System storage check, the navigation service level will remain at full service for the second half of the navigation season. In addition the navigation season length will be a normal 8-month season with navigation flow support ending on December 1 at the mouth of the Missouri River near St. Louis, Mo. The September 1 system storage check will determine the winter releases from Gavins Point.

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

Reservoir Forecasts
Gavins Point releases averaged 23,900 cfs during June. Releases are expected to remain near 25,000 cfs in July but will be increased if needed to meet navigation targets in reaches with commercial traffic as flows on tributaries in the lower basin recede. The reservoir behind Gavins Point Dam ended June at elevation 1206.2 feet and will remain near elevation 1206.0 feet during July.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 20,900 cfs in June. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired elevation at Gavins Point Dam. The reservoir ended June at elevation 1356.3 feet, falling 2.4 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to be gradually lowered in July, ending the month near elevation 1355.2 feet.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 15,700 cfs in June. Releases are expected to average 22,200 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during July.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 16,900 cfs during June. Releases are expected to average 22,100 cfs in July. The reservoir ended June at elevation 1612.2 feet, rising 0.8 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall less than 1 foot during July.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 20,900 cfs during June. Releases will be reduced from 21,000 cfs to 20,000 cfs in early July. Garrison ended June at elevation 1842.0 feet, rising 2.3 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall less than 1 foot during July.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 8,600 cfs in June. Releases will be decreased from 9,000 cfs to 8,000 cfs during July. The reservoir ended June at elevation 2235.8 feet, down 0.1 feet during the month. The reservoir level is forecast to fall slightly during July ending the month near elevation 2234.5 feet.

The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 694 million kilowatt hours of electricity in June. Typical energy generation for June is 834 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 8.1 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.

To view the detailed three-week release forecast for the mainstem dams, go to http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twregfcast.pdf

Friday, July 8th 2016
Paddlefish Lottery Tag on Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Season a Success
Pictured: Angler Michael O’Brien and family

(By R6 Fisheries Manager Steve Dalbey)
Anglers that participated in the Upper Missouri River paddlefish season this spring reported very good catch rates and reduced angling pressure from prior years. For some families, the new season structure was a welcome change after years of fighting crowds rushing to harvest a paddlefish before the quota was filled.

Butte angler Michael O’Brien and his family were ready to quit paddlefishing until the lottery tag system was implemented in 2016. ” My old man and I both agreed that most of the fun had been taken out of it, especially with the number of people there were,” said O’Brien. “Also, there was always the pressure to fill a tag before the quota was up. My mom (now 65 years old) had stopped going entirely because she was uncomfortable fishing right next to so many people, and my girlfriend had no desire to go.”

The paddlefish lottery tag change was approved by the FWP Commission in 2015, and was in response to crowding that has occurred annually since 2007 when FWP implemented the 500 fish harvest cap for the Upper Missouri River.

O’Brien and his family were successful in drawing as a “party,” so everyone in their group had a harvest tag. The family filled their tags over a long, fun weekend of fishing. He remarked that while some anglers relaxed on the bank, others took casts until their arms were sore. He also noted that everyone gave each other plenty of space.

A total of 320 paddlefish were harvested (750 harvest tags were issued in the lottery), and harvest was spread out over the six week season. The majority of fish were harvested in the first three weeks.

“One of our goals in changing to the lottery tag system was to return to the family-oriented fishery,” remarked Steve Dalbey, Region 6 Fisheries Manager. Party applications were encouraged, and those that did not draw a draw a harvest tag could obtain a free catch and release tag. “This format made it easy and convenient for family and friends to meet and participate in this unique fishing experience on the Upper Missouri,” reports Dalbey.

Also new for 2016 was a requirement that all paddlefish harvested in the state be reported within 48 hours of harvest. According to Cody Nagel, Havre Fisheries Biologist, anglers quickly learned the process for reporting, providing more accurate and up to-date-harvest information.

“In general, we received very positive feedback from anglers expressing appreciation over the new season structure and dispersed fishing pressure,” said Nagel.

Friday, July 8th 2016
FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Youths to Borrow Gear & Tackle for Free
Pictured: young anglers Holden and Rowen Kloker are excited about their fishing opportunity!

A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children and their families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

Just in time for summer fishing, FWP staff is in the process of restocking the 46 different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets youngsters check out fishing rods and reels and basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

Pure Fishing, D & G Sports & Western in Glasgow, and Stromberg’s Sinclair and the North 40 Outfitters store in Havre give FWP substantial discounts that help keep the program sustainable. In addition, The Front Brewing in Great Falls, along with partner Nemont Beverage in Glasgow, were kind enough to donate money to the program.

FWP Region 6 intern Macy Dugan, a recent graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula, has been busy maintaining the gear and helping resupply the sites over the last month. “Just because someone doesn’t have a fishing rod doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to go fishing,” Macy said. “Whether it’s a cousin in town that wants to go along, or just an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to be able to go out and fish.”
“The many business owners and other folks who participate in the program deserve special thanks,” adds Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager. “They’re helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer.”
The sturdy loaner rods come already rigged with bobbers, split-shot and hooks. Youngsters are required to sign out the equipment at the site and return it in good working order. Kloker reminds folks that these rods are to be brought back to the loaner location, even if damaged. “We really want these poles brought back to their location sites,” says Kloker. “The next kid that comes along should also have a chance to fish.”
If poles are continually lost or stolen, the program will need to make the necessary changes and location sites may be removed; which has happened at several outlets this year. In addition, some sites that haven’t seen much use have had their poles removed and taken elsewhere with more opportunities.
More than 400 of these fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.
Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations:
BAINVILLE
Bainville School
BIG SANDY
The Grocery Store
BROCKTON
B & S Quick Stop
CHESTER
· Liberty Quick Stop
CHINOOK
Finley’s Food Farm
CIRCLE
Circle Country Market
CULBERTSON
Culbertson Public Library
DODSON
Al’s Town & Country Store
FLAXVILLE
Grain Growers Oil Company
FORT BELKNAP AGENCY
Kwik Stop
FORT PECK
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
FRAZER
School
FROID
Froid Grocery
GLASGOW
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
Shady Rest RV Park
HARLEM
EZ Mart store

HAVRE AREA
FWP Havre Office
Stromberg’s Sinclair
Hill County Library
The Walleye Tavern (near Fresno Reservoir)
Quality Life Concepts

HINSDALE
· Sweet memories
LOMA
Midway Mercantile (Across from Ma’s Loma Cafe) (Revise name)
MALTA
Phillips County Library
Westside Conoco Convenience Store
MEDICINE LAKE
Lake Pit Stop store
NASHUA
B&B Foods
Bergie’s
OPHEIM
Pro Co-Op
PEERLESS
Dutch Henry’s Club
PLENTYWOOD
Sheridan County Library
Ace Hardware
ROCKY BOY AGENCY
Chippewa-Cree Tribal TANF office
SACO
· Pay-n-Save
· Sleeping Buffalo Hotsprings

SCOBEY
Grain Growers Oil Company
TruValue Hardware

Thursday, July 7th 2016
Dylan Jensen Appointed Valley County Attorney
The Valley County Commissioners voted 3-0 on Wednesday to appoint Dylan Jensen as the Valley County Attorney.

Jensen was serving as the Deputy Valley County Attorney and had served in that position for nearly a year.

He replaces Nick Murnion who was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to a District Court Judgeship in Forsyth earlier this year.

The commissioners interviewed Dylan Jensen and Casey Moore this week for the county attorney position. Moore is a public defender with the State of Montana.

Jensen is a Hinsdale native and a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law.

Thursday, July 7th 2016
Sinatra’s greatest hits fill the Fort Peck Summer Theatre
Fort Peck Summer Theatre has broken many records performing musician driven shows, including The Buddy Holly Story, Ring of Fire and Always….Patsy Cline! This summer promises to top them all, with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. The music of ‘Old Blue Eyes’ will fill the air in this celebration of Sinatra’s iconic classics. Don’t miss a one-of-a-kind theatrical evening that will transport audiences to a swingin’ speakeasy lounge, complete with onstage seating, a dance-inducing band and functioning bar!

The 4 person cast is Jamie Parnell, Taylor Caprara and Chae Clearwood, along with Ross Bridgeman, who last appeared at FPST in the 2012 Elvis hit All Shook Up. Musical Director Luree Green-Chappel leads the live band.
My Way is directed by Megan Wiltshire & Andy Meyers, with a scenic design by Jay Michael Roberts and costumes by Ethan Henry. Spencer Perry is lighting designer and Connor Adams is sound designer.

Something special and unique for this performance is an opportunity for anyone who wants to be a part of the show with special onstage VIP seating; 4 guests per show - $50.00 per ticket. Call the Box Office for more information.

Performances are July 8 through July 24: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. Please allow yourself extra time to get the show on time as there is road construction between Glasgow and Fort Peck as well as between Nashua and Fort Peck.

For tickets or reservations, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943 will open at the top of the season. Tickets can also be purchased at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce located at 313 Klein Ave. (in the Plains Plaza) in Glasgow.

Following My Way, the 2016 season continues with:
· Mary Poppins: July 29 – August 14
Thursday, July 7th 2016
Governor Bullock Announces Dry Prairie Water System Receives $1.7 Million to Finance Latest Expansion
NASHUA, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that communities served by the Dry Prairie Regional Water System will save $582,000 thanks to changes he made to the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program in 2014. The savings come as a result of a $1.7 million SRF loan to Dry Prairie to add 38 miles of new pipeline to the system.

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

Using the new loan, Dry Prairie will add 38 miles of pipeline to the existing system to serve 152 households in Valley County north and west of Glasgow. Joni Sherman, Dry Prairie manager, said construction work is under way and should be completed this fall.

To finance the project, Dry Prairie has borrowed $1.7 million from the SRF loan program for 20 years at 2.5 percent interest.

The changes to the SRF interest rate were made in 2014 as part of Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project. He reduced long-term interest rates from three percent to 2.5 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.

The Main Street Montana 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 efficient and reliable infrastructure.

Macon Construction of Wolf Point has been awarded the bid for the Dry Prairie project, which is expected to be completed in December of 2016.

Bullock noted the State Revolving Fund loan program 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.

For more information on the State Revolving Fund program, contact Anna Miller of DNRC at (406) 444-6689, or visit the Montana DNRC Web site at http://dnrc.mt.gov/.
Wednesday, July 6th 2016
Independence Bank Relay Madness
Round one is completed with two teams being eliminated for not getting any luminaria sales turned in and Strides of Hope advancing past ACS - Team Buckley.

Strides of Hope will win the prize money for the round. United Transportation Union will move on to Round 3 as they have no opponent this week due to the double elimination.

Scottie Volleyball will take on Hinsdale in Round 2; Opheim Cares will face off with Praying for a Cure; GHS STUCO will go head to head with NEMHS Pace Makers; Scottie Cross Country will match up with Fed Ex; Independence Bank will take on farverfarms.com; Sheridan Electric will go against the top team from round 1 Strides of Hope; and the final match up has Cottonwood Cares going against Team FMDH.

Teams have until noon on July 12th to get their luminaria sales turned in to one of the Independence Bank branches in Glasgow, Malta, Poplar or Scobey.

Relay Bracket

Wednesday, July 6th 2016
Fire Crew’s Hard Work Motivates Pines Cabin Owners to Prepare for Wildfires
Twenty firefighters were dispatched with chainsaws, mowers, a wood chipper and a skid steer to help remove the overabundance of vegetation in the Fort Peck Pines Recreation Area, south of Glasgow, Mont. For a week, crews worked in hot, humid conditions to complete this important hazardous fuels reduction project.

“The noise and hustle of crews definitely got the attention of local residents. In fact, it provided a great opportunity to visit with residents on how to prepare their property for wildfires, establish an evacuation plan and do their part to prevent a wildfire from starting,” explained Crystal Beckman, Fire Prevention Program Coordinator with the DNRC. “Before we knew it, residents were raking up pine needles, cutting brush and hauling it to us to be chipped”.

Local, state and federal agencies partnered to complete this work. This collaborative effort was spearheaded by fire managers from Long Run Fire Department, Valley County, Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Local champion, Bob ‘Sparky’ Hanson, Valley County Deputy Fire Warden and Long Run Volunteer Fired Department volunteer, initially started visiting with cabin owners in the fall of 2015. Hanson explained to them the importance of reducing the amount of vegetation around structures and how this could increase the structures survivability. Over twenty landowners signed-up to have work done.

Crews assessed homes and discussed the best vegetation treatment options with residents. They also discussed the Ready, Set, Go principles. One, be Ready prior to wildfire season. Two, be Set, have situational awareness during fire season; and three, Go, do not wait to be told to evacuate, leave early.

Crews also worked along the roadways removing vegetation within the right-of-way corridor. The removal of vegetation will make travel safer for both firefighters and residents in the event of a wildfire. All vegetation removed from the cabin sites and roadways was chipped. Wood chips are being made available to the public, free of charge, at the Valley County Landfill.

Project successes include:
· Fire agencies were able to come together to help a community.
· Local residents received wildfire preparedness tips and help removing vegetation from their property.
· Firefighters received training on structure assessments, use of equipment and how to properly conduct mitigation work.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved, contact Bob Hanson at 406-263-8625.
Tuesday, July 5th 2016
Search Called Off For Missing Man Presumed Drowned In Missouri River
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has told Kltz/Mix-93 News that the VCSO has called off the official search for a missing man presumed drowned in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam.

Robert Willenborg is presumed drowned after his pickup was found submerged in the Missouri River near the Boy Scout Park in Fort Peck earlier in June.

Meier said the man has been presumed drowned since June 12th and there has been a search from the Boy Scout Park on the Missouri River to the confluence of the Missouri and the Milk River.

It's been 22 days since the man is presumed drowned and while the official search has ended, there are still people who are searching the river.

Tuesday, July 5th 2016
Daniels/Valley County 2016 Weed Tour Is July 15
8:00-Narrow leaf Hawksbeard in CRP, range, pasture and non-crop areas -Shelley
Mills MSU Extension Valley County
9:00-Baby's Breath A county Noxious Weed-Bobbie Roos MSU Extension Daniels
County
10:00-Knapweed Biology and Control-Stone Tihista-Valley County Weed District
Coordinator
11:00-Houndstongue control - Bobbie Roos-MSU Extension Daniels county
12:00-Lunch either in Four Buttes or Scobey
1:00-Range and Pasture Weed Management-Jane Mangold- MSU Extension
2:30-Hawksbeard control in Crop and resistant weed management-Ed Davis-MSU Extension
4:00-Calibration-Cecil Tharp Extension Pesticide Specialist
5:00-Tour completed.
Friday, July 1st 2016
Applications are now available for the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship
Applications are now available for the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship.

These scholarships are for Valley County graduates who are past their first year of education with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0, and considered full-time status in a college, university or vocational-technical institution.

Applications can be picked up from Edward Jones, 207 5th Street South, starting July 1 st and from Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 12 1 st Ave N after July 11th. Applications must be mailed and postmarked by August 1, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

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

Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club, as well as entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair, almost every year.

Shortly before Alyce passed away in 2007, she generously decided to set up the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust for the benefit of people in Valley County.

Thursday, June 30th 2016
Senator Jon Tester Announces National Security Funding For Valley County
U.S. Senate) – As part of his ongoing efforts to bolster national security and strengthen the northern border, Senator Jon Tester announced today that state and local agencies across Montana will receive a total of *$7.9 million in preparedness funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Strengthening our national security and ensuring we’re prepared for disasters isn’t just a national priority,” said Tester. “State, local, and tribal authorities are all essential to emergency preparation and these resources will help keep Montanans safe and our nation secure.”
As Montana’s only member of the Homeland Security Committee, Tester has fought to secure funding for the following DHS programs:

FY 2016 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP): $3,734,500

The SHSP provides states with funding to analyze and address local security threats through planning, training, and logistical initiatives. This year, Montana will receive $3.7 million through the SHSP, which the Montana Department of Emergency Services plans to put towards acquiring new emergency power sources and generators, outfitting local police departments with better vehicles and safety equipment, and upgrading communications equipment and interoperability across the state.

FY 2016 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program: *$3,291,900

The EMPG Program provides states with funding to enhance and sustain emergency management capabilities at the local, state, and tribal level. Montana will receive $3.8 million in EMPGs this year, a sum that will be divided among Montana’s participating counties and tribes to help fund emergency management programs for their respective jurisdictions.

FY 2016 Operation Stonegarden (OPSG): $877,630

The OPSG program provides funding to enhance cooperation between the local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies that defend the country’s borders. The state will receive nearly $900,000 in OPSG funding this year, which will be allocated to communities across northern Montana in order to increase preparedness, coordination, and effectiveness when it comes to securing our northern border and protecting Montanans.

o Blaine County $63,370
o Glacier County $63,370
o Hill County $68,130
o Roosevelt County $58,250
o Phillips County $63,370
o Sheridan County $79,056
o Toole County $72,890
o Richland County $58,610
o Dawson County $63,370
o Valley County $63,370
o Lincoln County $103,354
o Kalispell Police Department $120,490

Thursday, June 30th 2016
FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed their 2016 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Montana. The surveys indicate a continuing increase in numbers for mule deer, and mostly stable populations of whitetail deer across the region.

Mule deer
For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically examined each year from the air. The winter “post-season survey” was completed in January, and the “spring survey” was conducted in late March and April. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Biologist Ryan Williamson of Outlook said the 2016 surveys indicate mule deer are above average. “Mule deer trends continue to show a steady recovery across the region in the last few years,” Williamson said.

The post-hunting-season surveys showed the region-wide mule deer population at 49 percent above average, and 17 percent above the 2015 surveys. The spring surveys showed region-wide populations at 47 percent above average, and 29 percent above the 2015 survey.

While regional numbers indicate above average mule deer levels overall, differences are seen across the region and in isolated areas as well. According to Williamson, mule deer trend area numbers in the eastern half of the region (Glasgow area and east) are at or above the average. The western half of the region (Malta and Havre area), however, is more variable across the trend areas, ranging from below average to above average. This same trend was seen in the deer fawn-to-adult ratios that are also conducted during the spring survey.

“Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter survival as well as new recruitment into the population,” Williamson said. “The 2016 survey showed 58 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly above the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. The eastern half of Region 6 saw the higher number of fawns to adults, with 65 fawns to 100 adults, while the western half was at 49 fawns to 100 adults, indicating a slower-growing mule deer population.”

“Data collected during mule deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” Williamson further explained. “The prior year’s harvest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies are all considered by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for season and quota setting decisions.”

Another pressing factor in managing deer populations is the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that is moving further south in Alberta and Saskatchewan toward the Montana border. In 2014, FWP initiated a mule deer telemetry study north of Chinook in Hunting District (HD) 600 to gather data on the movement of deer between the U.S. and Canada. “It is just a matter of when and where CWD will be detected in Montana,” says Williamson. “Higher deer numbers tend to influence the spread of the disease, so we take that into consideration when developing hunting season regulations.”

For 2016, all Region 6 hunting districts will be managed under the standard regulation for mule deer, which includes either-sex for a general deer license (A-tag), as well as additional doe/B-licenses. “The exception to this is hunting district 652 which is a limited permit, mule deer buck-only hunting district,” Williamson said. “Hunting Districts 620, 630, 631, 632, 640, 650, 651, 670, 680 and 690 had a conservative number of mule deer antlerless/B-licenses available this year, with the license application deadline on June 1.”
Whitetail deer

In regards to whitetails, Williamson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed to total numbers, for trends. The 2016 year’s survey show whitetail deer density is at an average of 6.7 deer per square mile across the trend areas, which is approximately 39 percent below the long-term average of 11 deer per square mile. The 2015 survey showed whitetails at 47 percent below average.

“White-tailed deer densities continue to recover in the eastern part of the region, but are still 25 percent below average, while the western portion of the region is 58 percent below the average,” Williamson said.

Prior to 2010, whitetail densities were as high as 40 – 50 deer per square mile in some areas. “This was an unsustainable level that was causing problems for landowners and also degrading habitat conditions,” Williamson said. “EHD outbreaks and other factors in the following years reduced the whitetail population across Region 6 considerably.

With whitetail numbers increasing across Region 6, and in accordance with Fish and Wildlife Commission rule setting, a single-region antlerless whitetail B-licenses will be available for over the counter purchase starting August 8, 2016. The licenses will be limited to one per hunter.

Thursday, June 30th 2016
Bowhunter Education Class Offered in Plentywood
A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bowhunter education class will take place in Plentywood from Wednesday, July 13-Saturday, July 16. Students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of class to be eligible for certification.

Starting in 2017, the purchase of a Montana bow and arrow license will be required prior to applying for any archery-only permit. To purchase a bow and arrow license, an individual must meet one of the following requirements:
• show completion of a bowhunter education course.
• show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from Montana or another state.
• sign an affidavit that they have previously purchased a bow and arrow license in Montana or another state.

First time archers need to plan ahead so that they have the prerequisite bowhunter education certificate in order to apply for 2017 archery-only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year.

Classes will run from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and from 8-12 p.m. on Saturday. The class will be held at the Sheridan County Courthouse in the Bi-Centennial Room.

To register for the Bowhunter Education class, go to the FWP website at [L=http://www.fwp.mt.gov[EL], and look under the “Education” tab. Make sure to print out all necessary material and sign all necessary forms, and bring them to class on the first night.
If you have any questions, please contact course coordinator Harold Robinson at 406-480-3053.

Thursday, June 30th 2016
CRP Haying & Grazing
If you plan to do managed haying or grazing on your CRP please stop by the Valley County FSA office and do the appropriate paperwork. All contracts need to be approved by the Valley County FSA office before haying or grazing is allowed on CRP, which begins on July 16, 2016.

Please contact the Valley County FSA Office to set up an appointment or stop by the office as soon as possible to ensure timely submission of paperwork.

406-228-4321 ext 108

Thursday, June 30th 2016
ARC/PLC Deadlines
For those producers signed up in the ARC/IC program, the deadline to report your 2015 production is July 15, 2016.

The deadline to enroll in the ARC/PLC program for the 2016 crop year is August 1, 2016. Please contact the Valley County FSA Office to set up an appointment or stop by the office as soon as possible to ensure all your farms are enrolled by the deadline.

Phone: 406-228-4321; ext 112

Wednesday, June 29th 2016
Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Opening Ceremony
The Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Opening Ceremony is Mon. July 4th at 10a.m. in Fort Peck. Master of Ceremonies is Don Fast, featured speaker is Chuck Hayter.

Seating will be provided for WWII/Korean & Disabled Veterans, all others are asked to bring their own seating. Rides from parking to site will be provided as needed.

There will be Echoing Taps, the GHS Band with Kilts, live music with Hailey Stone & refreshments provided, no coolers please.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Fort Peck Town Hall. For more information, contact Art Wedhalm, 942-0668 or Ann Kulczyk, 263-8126.

Wednesday, June 29th 2016
Highway Patrol Cracks Down on DUIs for 4th of July Weekend
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over June 27 through July 8

Helena, Mont. --- Across Montana, travelers will be on the road headed to Independence Day celebrations. Family cookouts, camping, fireworks, and parades are just some of the many activities happening this weekend, many of which involve consuming alcoholic beverages.

“We know many folks will be drinking,” said Colonel Tom Butler, “We also know some folks will be tempted to drink then drive. That’s why we will have extra patrols out to discourage these bad choices.”

The Montana Highway Patrol is deploying additional patrols focused on impaired driving enforcement during the days surrounding the Fourth of July. The MHP are joining law enforcement across Montana and the nation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI crackdown.

“This is about prevention, preventing impaired driving in the first place and saving lives,” Butler continued. “It’s also about apprehension. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested.”

Alcohol-related crash deaths and injuries have helped Independence Day be labeled as “the most dangerous holiday of the year” by the National Safety Council.

The public can do their part by calling 911 to report an impaired driver—and by asking their friends and family to rely on a driver who hasn’t been drinking.

The Montana Highway Patrol recommends these tips for a safe and fun holiday:
• Designate a sober driver– before the fun begins
• Offer fun and tasty alternatives to alcoholic beverages
• Don’t mix drinking with long hours in the sun
• Have a plan for people to get home safely
• Promote safe and sober driving among the young adults in your family
• Prevent alcohol use by minors
• Always make sure everyone is buckled up—your best defense against a drunk driver.

Extra traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and education campaigns are combined under Vision Zero, the shared vision for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. Contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation 406-444-3439, cwatt@mt.gov

Wednesday, June 29th 2016
Governor Bullock Encourages Extra Caution Due To Heightened Wildfire Risk
HELENA, MT – Governor Steve Bullock encourages Montanans to take extra precautions with fireworks, campfires and other outdoor activities during their Independence Day celebrations.

“The recent high temperatures and dry conditions have elevated the wildfire danger across the state, particularly in the southeast portion of the state; where conditions are extremely dry. These conditions coupled with fireworks and increasing summer recreation have put firefighters on heightened alert,” Bullock said. “One careless spark could ignite the next wildfire.”

Firefighting agencies across Montana dedicate themselves to keeping communities safe from wildfires but it takes everyone working together. Bullock stressed, “We all have an important role in preventing wildfires to ensure we keep Montana green.”

Montanans are reminded that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands, and present a wildfire risk wherever there is dry vegetation. Bullock also reminded recreationists to never leave a campfire or barbecue unattended, check tow chains to assure they are not dragging, and remember that vehicles parked or driving in tall vegetation can start a fire. “By using our ‘One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire’ motto we can celebrate our independence while being fire-safe,” Bullock said.

Firefighters are already in action across Montana with the recent Moser Dome Road Fire near Laurel, Yates 2 Fire in Carter County and pervious fires in Rosebud County and Powder River County. Central and western Montana is also keeping busy with initial attack on new starts. Crews are working hard to put out these fires before they grow in size. Montana’s fire activity coupled with major fires burning in California, Arizona, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Alaska, is putting a demand on firefighting resources across the West.

Contact your local fire department for information on any local fire restrictions.

Wednesday, June 29th 2016
Tester: Montana To Receive $8.5 Million In Preparedness Funding
(U.S. Senate) – As part of his ongoing efforts to bolster national security and strengthen the northern border, Senator Jon Tester announced today that state and local agencies across Montana will receive a total of $8.5 million in preparedness funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Strengthening our national security and ensuring we’re prepared for disasters isn’t just a national priority,” said Tester. “State, local, and tribal authorities are all essential to emergency preparation and these resources will help keep Montanans safe and our nation secure.”

As Montana’s only member of the Homeland Security Committee, Tester has fought to secure funding for the following DHS programs:

FY 2016 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP): $3,734,500

The SHSP provides states with funding to analyze and address local security threats through planning, training, and logistical initiatives. This year, Montana will receive $3.7 million through the SHSP, which the Montana Department of Emergency Services plans to put towards acquiring new emergency power sources and generators, outfitting local police departments with better vehicles and safety equipment, and upgrading communications equipment and interoperability across the state.

FY 2016 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program: $3,849,232

The EMPG Program provides states with funding to enhance and sustain emergency management capabilities at the local, state, and tribal level. Montana will receive $3.8 million in EMPGs this year, a sum that will be divided among Montana’s participating counties and tribes to help fund emergency management programs for their respective jurisdictions.

FY 2016 Operation Stonegarden (OPSG): $877,630

The OPSG program provides funding to enhance cooperation between the local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies that defend the country’s borders. The state will receive nearly $900,000 in OPSG funding this year, which will be allocated to communities across northern Montana in order to increase preparedness, coordination, and effectiveness when it comes to securing our northern border and protecting Montanans.

Blaine County $63,370

Glacier County $63,370

Hill County $68,130

Roosevelt County $58,250

Phillips County $63,370

Sheridan County $79,056

Toole County $72,890

Richland County $58,610

Dawson County $63,370

Valley County $63,370

Lincoln County $103,354

Kalispell Police Department $120,490

Tuesday, June 28th 2016
Authorities Continue Search For Man In Missouri River
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has told Kltz/Mix-93 News that the VCSO along with Valley County Search and Rescue and the Army Corps of Engineers has continued to search for a man presumed drowned in the Missouri River.

Robert Willenborg is presumed drowned after his pickup was found submerged in the Missouri River near the Boy Scout Park in Fort Peck earlier in June.

Meier said the man has been presumed drowned since June 12th and there has been a search from the Boy Scout Park on the Missouri River to the confluence of the Missouri and the Milk River.

Searches are conducted daily and authorities have used divers, and even a drone to fly over the river searching for the body.

Tuesday, June 28th 2016
Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Opening Ceremony Set For July 4th
The Garrison United States flag will join the Montana flag, the POW/MIA flag and six branch of service flags to fly majestically in the wind on July 4 as the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial officially opens. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the site in Fort Peck.

Ann Kulczyk of Glasgow chairs the Opening Ceremony committee and she invites everyone to attend this historic event.
Guests of honor will be World War 11, Korean War, and disabled veterans and seating will be provided for them. Others are asked to bring their own chairs.

Purple Heart recipient Chuck Hayter of Billings is the featured speaker. The Marine veteran completed three distinguished tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. It was after 9/11, as a senior football player at Carroll College that he accepted a commission and took his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2004.

While leading a patrol scouting enemy positions, he stepped on a land mine that tore apart his right foot. Later at a Naval Hospital, he received a below-the-knee amputation. By July of 2005, Chuck had passed all the physical requirements needed to remain on active duty.

He deployed to Iraq as an 81 mm Mortar Platoon Commander on the Syrian border. He returned to Afghanistan in 2009 with the Command Element for the II Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Helmond Provence and later to Marjah, Afghanistan. He completed his career in the Marines with deployments in California, Ohio and North Carolina. Currently, he is liaison to the associated director at the Billings VA Clinic.

The brief ceremony will allow time for guests to enjoy the park and visit with the Board of Directors, explained Kulczyk, who served in Desert Storm and Iraq.
Master of Ceremonies for the program will be Don Fast of Glasgow who served as an ordinance officer with the US Army and is a Vietnam veteran. The Glasgow High School Scottie Band and vocalist Hailey Stone of Glasgow will provide music. Buglers playing echoing Taps will bring the ceremony to a close.

Parking is available on the streets close to the Memorial site, and at the Fort Peck Theatre parking lot. For those with walking difficulties, rides from parking to the site will be provided as needed.
Bottled ice water will be available to everyone and attendees are asked not to bring coolers. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Fort Peck Town Hall.

Tuesday, June 28th 2016
TransCanada Seeks $15 Billion From United States After Rejection Of Keystone Pipeline
LINCOLN, Neb. — The company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline is seeking $15 billion in damages from the federal government after the Obama administration rejected the Canada-to-Texas project, a company spokesman said Monday.

TransCanada Inc. filed a request for arbitration Friday under the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the State Department's actions led the company to believe the project would win approval. Obama rejected a federal permit for the project in November, saying it would have undercut the nation's reputation as a global leader on addressing climate change.

The Calgary-based company argues that it moved forward with the project under the assumption that it would win approval, given numerous federal reviews and the government's approval of the original Keystone pipeline. It also alleges that the administration rejected the project to bolster its environmental credentials.

"TransCanada has been unjustly deprived of the value of its multi-billion dollar investment by the U.S. Administration's arbitrary and unjustified denial," company spokesman Mark Cooper said. "It is our responsibility to take the actions we deem appropriate to protect our rights."

The pipeline would have carried 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Hardisty, Alberta, in Canada to Steele City, Neb., where it would have connected to existing pipelines running south to Gulf Coast refineries. The final route would have run through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

A State Department spokesman said the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.

The $8 billion pipeline, first announced in 2008, faced numerous roadblocks from environmental groups, as well as some landowners where it would have crossed.

Pipeline opponents said the claim highlights a problem with NAFTA as well as the proposed Tran-Pacific Partnership, which Congress has yet to ratify. Both allow foreign companies to challenge domestic laws in front of international arbitration panels, and could be used to circumvent federal environmental rules, said Michael Brune, the Sierra Club's executive director.

"TransCanada filed this NAFTA challenge as a bullying tactic," said Jane Kleeb, executive director of the anti-pipeline group Bold Nebraska.

Tuesday, June 28th 2016
Some Oil Field Companies Are Hiring Again In Bakken
WILLISTON, N.D. — Some oil field companies that laid off workers in the Bakken are hiring again, particularly for jobs related to hydraulic fracturing.

The Williston office of Job Service North Dakota is seeing job orders for fracking crews and other openings related to well completion, such as workover rigs and trucking, said manager Cindy Sanford.

“We are starting to see a definite increase,” Sanford said. “It’s not as crazy as it was before, but we’re starting to see some activity.”

In some cases, companies are calling workers who had been let go due to low oil prices and asking them to come back to work, Sanford said.

Halliburton, which had laid off workers in the Bakken and elsewhere, is hosting a job fair next week at its Williston offices.

JMAC Resources of Williston also is among the companies recruiting oil field workers, with job openings including heavy equipment operators, commercial drivers and diesel mechanics. Workers related to pipeline construction also are in demand, Sanford said.

“We definitely are starting to see a need for some workers,” said Sanford, adding that most employers are seeking at least one year of experience.

TrainND Williston, which provides workforce training, has not yet seen much of an uptick, but the center recently provided some refresher training for fracking service companies, said CEO Deanette Piesik.

Monte Besler, owner of FRACN8R Consulting in Williston, said he’s recently received more inquiries from his oil company clients alerting him to work coming up.

“I’m hearing more chatter,” Besler said. “I wouldn’t say anything real concrete yet.”

In some cases, companies have told Besler they’re recruiting in Williston to work on fracking crews in other states.

“They were actually hiring for jobs in Texas or Oklahoma more so than here right now,” he said.

Besler, who also does some financial consulting, said he’s also getting more requests from potential investors interested in investing in technologies and oilfield completions.

“That’s going to be crucial to activity picking up,” Besler said.

North Dakota had about 892 wells that were drilled but not fracked at the end of April, according to the Department of Mineral Resources.

An increase in fracking would be good news for North Dakota revenues. Every oil well contributes about $300,000 in sales tax revenue, with about two-thirds of that coming from the well completion stage, Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, has said.

Williston collected less than $970,000 in sales taxes in April compared with nearly $2.6 million collected in April 2015, according to figures compiled by Williston Economic Development.

While the well completion jobs are picking up, Sanford is not seeing an increase job openings related to drilling.

Helms has said he doesn’t expect companies to bring idle drilling rigs back until the price of West Texas Intermediate oil is at least $60 for 90 consecutive days.

The statewide rig count increased slightly last week to 30 active rigs, up from a recent low of 25.

Williams County saw a drilling rig move in last week just outside of Williston. For about a week this month, Williams County had zero drilling rigs operating, a first for the county since October 2008.

Most drilling continues to be focused in the core of the Bakken in McKenzie and Dunn counties.

Monday, June 27th 2016
Daines Announces Nearly $300,000 for Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes Telehealth
U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $297,041.00 in critical funding for the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes to improve access to needed high-quality healthcare.

“Telehealth services are critical to ensuring access to quality healthcare services close to home,” Daines stated. “It’s great to see the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes have even more resources available to expand healthcare for tribal members.”

Daines recently secured funding to focus resources toward efforts and programs to help rural communities, such as telehealth in the FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

The Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) through the Department of Health and Human Services demonstrates how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier, and underserved communities. TNGP networks are used to: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decision-making.
Friday, June 24th 2016
Man Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges Of Raping And Kidnapping 4-Year Old On Fort Peck Indian Reservation
BILLINGS — A man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and raping a 4-year-old girl who was taken from a park on a Montana Indian reservation earlier this year.

John William Lieba II entered his plea Thursday during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston.

A grand jury Tuesday indicted the 21-year-old Lieba on charges of kidnapping someone under 18, aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury on someone under 18. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of life in prison and $750,000 in fines if he is convicted.

The indictment says Lieba abducted the girl in Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and held her for ransom in February. It says he engaged in a sexual act with the girl and assaulted her.


Lieba also faces charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault of a minor in Fort Peck Tribal Court. The complaint filed in that court says Lieba raped and attempted to strangle the girl.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melissa Hornbein said the federal court has assumed jurisdiction, and the tribal proceedings have been stayed pending the outcome of the federal case.

Friday, June 24th 2016
Boat Traffic and Activity to Increase on Lower Missouri during Pallid Sturgeon Larval Drift Study
Anglers, river recreationalists and landowners along the Missouri River downstream from Fort Peck Dam to the headwaters of Lake Sakakawea will see a significant increase in boating activity, due to an interagency study designed to learn more about the drifting behavior of larval pallid sturgeon. The study will take place starting Monday, June 27, through approximately July 7.

This collaborative study, being led by the United States Geological Survey, will use as many as 400,000 larval pallid sturgeon produced at Garrison National Fish Hatchery, and place them in the Missouri River about 10 miles below Fort Peck Dam. The project will begin after the eggs begin to hatch, which is likely in late June. Other organizations involved in the project include Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Western Area Power Administration.

Results of previous studies imply that larval pallid sturgeon need to drift long distances before they can safely settle out of the water column and begin feeding. Better understanding of the dynamics in which the larvae move downstream, and how long they need to safely settle out and begin to feed, may lead to important recovery options for this endangered fish.

Crews will follow the larvae downstream twenty-four hours a day, using larval fish nets to sample the drifting population. In addition, environmentally friendly tiny plastic beads, designed to mimic larval fish, will be used to evaluate how similarly the beads drift in comparison to the actual fish. If the beads adequately mimic drifting larvae, further studies could eliminate the need to use live sturgeon; saving time, money and resources.

Other boat crews will be measuring the hydraulic dynamics of the Missouri River to gain a better understanding of how these tiny fish move through the differing habitat conditions. Also, a special dye will be used as an additional tracer to help crews evaluate water flow variability.

This study should have no negative impacts to irrigators along the Missouri River. River flows coming out of Fort Peck Dam will be stabilized for several days to assist in the experiment; however, no significant difference in flow volume is expected to occur compared to normal river operations.

The main impacts to local residents will occur at boat ramps and on the river itself, where boaters and other recreationists are encouraged to be mindful of the potential danger in substantially increased boat traffic and activity.

Questions regarding the study or its impacts can be directed to Tyler Haddix at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Glasgow at 406-228-3707.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016
Crappie Die-Off at Bailey Reservoir, FWP Looking for Answers
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are trying to determine the cause of a fish kill that occurred at Bailey Reservoir south of Havre. The fish kill was first reported on June 6, and appears to be affecting only adult black crappie.

FWP fisheries crews responded immediately and observed 25 dead black crappie along the banks of the reservoir during a complete survey of the shoreline. At this time, it appears to be a species-specific fish kill that is targeting spawning-aged crappie. Recent shoreline surveys suggest that younger-aged crappies, yellow perch and northern pike may be unaffected. However, the total effects of this fish kill will not be known until a full sampling of the reservoir occurs later in June.

On June 7, a member of the FWP fish health crew from Great Falls reported to Bailey Reservoir and collected tissue samples from both black crappie and yellow perch. Several weeks are needed to obtain results from the lab.

“It is difficult to determine how many, or what percentage, of the black crappie population may have been affected,” said Cody Nagel, Havre-area fisheries biologist. “Black crappie are nearing the peak of their spawn, which is a high stress period for any fish species. Fish can have an increased vulnerability to parasites and other fish health-related issues during these high-stress activities.”

FWP will continue to monitor the fish population at the reservoir, and encourage the public to let the Department know of any additional problems. As a precaution, FWP recommends to always thoroughly cook any fish that are harvested. Questions or comments can be directed to biologist Cody Nagel, at 406-265-6177.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016
Reminder for Public Input on FWP Land Acquisition in Hill County
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on a proposal for the fee-title acquisition of a parcel of property in north Hill County. The parcel will be added to the Lost River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Through this scoping phase, FWP is seeking input on reasonable alternatives, mitigation measures, issues, and potential impacts to be addressed in a subsequent environmental review.

The proposed property is located 30 miles north of Hingham. It includes portions of Sections 4, 5, and 9 in Township 37N, Range 10E and is approximately 640 acres in size. The proposed parcel would be included as part of the Lost River WMA.

The 30-day scoping period began on May 26, 2016. All comments need to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Comments may be submitted online at http://www.fwp.mt.gov under the :News" tab and "Public Scoping," or sent by mail or e-mail to:
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Scott Hemmer
2165 US Hwy 2 East
Havre, MT 59501
shemmer@mt.gov

Additional information regarding this project can be directed to Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, at 406-265-6177.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Street Closings
3rd Street South from 5th Ave South to 2nd Ave South will be temporarily closed on Wednesday, June 22nd from 6:00 AM until after 2:00 PM. Also, portions of 4th Street South will be temporarily closed from mid-day on Wednesday, June 22nd until late in the day of Thursday, June 23rd from 5th Ave South to 1st Ave South.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience, but during that time the mentioned streets will be chip-sealed for maintenance purposes to prolong the life of the pavement. Children being dropped off to the pool will have access through Hoyt Park and may be dropped off along 5th Ave South adjacent to the hospital.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Fort Peck Summer Theatre continues 47th season with Man of LaMancha, starring Phantom of the Opera alum, James Rio
This Tony Award and Oscar nominated musical, follows the epic and timeless adventures of unlikely hero Quixote, as he searches for glory, love and victory. The score features “The Impossible Dream”, which is arguably the most cherished song ever written.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre is honored to welcome James Rio, whose credits include international productions of The Phantom of the Opera, to star as Don Quixote. He was also soloist at the American Festival of Musical Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York, and in concerts in Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Minsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The production is also starring Hannah Bentley and Marc de la Concha, as Aldonza and Sancho. Both actors came to FPST via Arizona Broadway Theatre, where they have worked with FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers. De la Concha has been featured in the national tours of Peter Pan and The Drowsy Chaperone.

The cast is rounded out by Jamie Parnell as The Governor, Jay Michael Roberts as The Padre, Taylor Caprara as Antonia and Dan Hance as The Duke, as well as local talent Lily Helland, Daniel Dunn, Jon Svingen, Trevor Toaves, Tayte Prewett, Cerenity Olsen, Dawn Jenkins, Sydney Hayward, Alex Bradford, Jacoby Collins and Becky Johnson, who stars as The Housekeeper.

Audience favorite Pam L. Veis switches to the opposite side of the footlights in her FPST directorial debut. Lizzie Hatfield serves as Musical Director with choreography by Meyers. As scenic designer, Mary Rooney, who as a founding member of Arizona Broadway Theatre, is making her FPST debut, working alongside costume designer Kurt Alger whose many credits include the international tours of Rent, Les Miserables and Shrek.
 
Performances are June 17 – July 3: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. Please allow yourself extra time to get the show on time as there is road construction between Glasgow and Fort Peck as well as between Nashua and Fort Peck.

For tickets or reservations, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943 will open at the top of the season. Tickets can also be purchased at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce located at 313 Klein Ave. (in the Plains Plaza) in Glasgow.

Following The Last Five Years, the 2016 season continues with:
• My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra: July 8 – July 24
• Mary Poppins: July 29 – August 14
• The Woman in Black: August 19 – September 4

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
FSA County Committee Nomination Period Began June 15 in Counties across Montana
The nomination period for the FSA county committees across Montana began on June 15, 2016.

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the FSA Offices by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. Forms are available on-line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections, or at your local FSA Office.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Former Fort Peck Fine Arts Council Executive Director Sentenced On Theft Money Laundering Charges
Mary Strand, former Executive Director of the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, was sentenced on Monday on 4 counts of felony theft and 1 count of money laundering.

The Valley County Attorney had charged Strand earlier this year with embezzling more then $80,000 in funds from the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council over a period from November of 2010 to November of 2013.

The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council is the parent organization of the Fort Peck Summer Theater.

Strand had pleaded guilty to the charges in a plea agreement that was reached in March. The plea agreement stipulated that she would be sentenced to 5 years with the Montana Department of Corrections on each count with all the prison time suspended. She was also ordered to pay a $1000 fine on each count plus court surcharges and to serve 30 days in the Valley County Detention Center. She also was ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $83,267.

District Court Judge John McKeon agreed with most of the plea agreement but did make some changes. He did change the amount of time to be spent in the Valley County Detention Center from 30 days to 90 days. Strand must report to the Detention Center on July 18th to serve her 90 days in jail. If she chooses to do community service the Judge would reduce one day in jail for every 8 hours of community service not to exceed 30 days.

He also ordered Strand to write a letter of apology the the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council and a letter of apology to the community with a letter to the Glasgow Courier. He also ordered her to broadcast an apology on Kltz/Mix-93 Radio.

Strand must also undergo a mental health assessment as ordered by Judge McKeon.

Strand's attorney did present a cashiers check to the Valley County Attorney in the amount of $17,820 which will completely pay off the $83,267 restitution ordered by the court. Her attorney also presented a check for $5800 to pay all fines and court surcharges.

Strand did address the court and apologized for her actions. She told the court she was sorry and ashamed for her actions and violated the trust of the community. She also asked for forgiveness from the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council and the community.

Monday, June 20th 2016
Wind Causes Train Derailment Near Bowdoin On Saturday
Story From Krtv-Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -
A train track is finally clear after high winds caused a train to derail between near Bowdoin between Malta and Saco on Saturday.

According to Burlington Northern Sante Fe spokesman Ross Lane, the derailment happened early yesterday evening when the train was heading east.

High winds caused the train to stop as a safety precaution, and it was during the stop that several cars blew over.

Most of the cars were empty.

Colten Pekovitch told MTN News, "The conductor said it all happened in a minute and a half. He said they will have a derailment crew from Havre come down to clear the tracks ... he said it would take roughly 12 hours to get the track cleared so they can start running trains again."

Lane says the track was reopened at around 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The train was not carrying anything hazardous and no one was injured.

Monday, June 20th 2016
Wolf Point Lawmaker Proposes To Rename Columbus Day
BOZEMAN (AP) — A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature rename Columbus day with a name that celebrates Native Americans.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that State Rep. Bridget Smith, D-Wolf Point, submitted a bill request last week that would change the holiday to celebrate indigenous people instead of the explorer.

Smith says Columbus has a legacy of cruelty and slavery and that he and his exploratory crew committed atrocities on Native Americans.

Montana would not be the first state to enact legislation changing the holiday. In 1989, South Dakota established the second Monday in October, federally recognized as Columbus Day, as Native American Day. Earlier this year, the Bozeman City Commission adopted a similar measure.

Monday, June 20th 2016
Mary Strand To Be Sentenced In District Court Today
Former Valley County resident Mary Strand will be sentenced in District Court today on 2 counts of felony theft of property, 1 count of money laundering and 2 counts of theft of property by embezzlement.

Strand reached a plea agreement with former Valley County Attorney Nick Murnion back in March and Judge John McKeon will have the final say on the sentencing.

The plea agreement calls for Strand to be sentenced to 5 years of prison on each count but with all the state prison time suspended. The agreement also calls for her to be fined a total of $5000 plus an additional $800 in court surcharges. Strand is also ordered to pay restitution to the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council in the amount of $16,245.34. She is also ordered to served 30 days in the Valley County Detention Center.

Strand was charged earlier this year after an investigation which lasted over a year by the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

The sentencing is set to begin at 2pm Monday in Glasgow.

Saturday, June 18th 2016
Severe Thunderstorms Hit Northern Montana
A line of severe thunderstorms rolled through northern Montana on Saturday night, bringing widespread hail, wind gusts estimated to 70 mph, and heavy rain.

The strong winds from the storms reportedly blew cars from a BNSF train off the tracks near Malta early on Saturday evening. There were few details available. A Montana Department of Transportation remote sensor measure wind gusts of 70 mph two miles southeast of Saco at 8 p.m. and a trained weather spotter 1 mile northwest of Saco estimated wind gusts to 80 mph at 7:40 p.m.

Hail was reported in a wide area, and ranged in size from pea and marble size to ping pong and golf ball size. Reports of hail came in from Hinsdale, Nashua, Glasgow, Frazer, Larslan, Tampico and many more locations in Valley and Phillips County.

A trained spotter near Dodson reported six tenths of an inch of rain falling in about 10 minutes.

As of 9:50 p.m. the Severe Thunderstorm Watch and the Flood Advisory were both canceled for Valley County.


Friday, June 17th 2016
Update From Frazer: Water Service Has Been Restored
Frazer, MT, June 16, 2016

Update: As of 5:30pm Thursday June 16th: Water service has been restored to the community of Frazer.

Frazer, MT, June 17, 2016: On June 16, 2016, the Frazer, MT water system switched the
disinfectant used from chlorine to chloramines. This change occurred because the community of Frazerbegan receiving water from the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System which uses chloramines as adisinfectant.

If a community member uses a dialysis machine at home in Frazer, please be aware that all
disinfectant must be removed from the water before using it for the dialysate. If you perform dialysis at
home, please contact the Fort Peck Tribal Health office immediately for more information. If you receivedialysis in Poplar, you do not need to do anything further.

In addition, chloraminated water may be toxic to fish. If you have a fish tank, please make sure that
the chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use in water that has been treated with
chloramines. You may also need to change the type of filter that you use for the fish tank.
For more information, please contact Tina Magnan at (406) 650-7943

Thursday, June 16th 2016
Valley County Salary Compensation Board Recommends 2% Increase In Pay For Elected Officials
The Valley County Salary Compensation Board is recommending a 2% increase in pay for elected officials in Valley County.

The recommendation came this week and must be ratified by the Valley County Commissioners. The board is comprised of 4 members of the public along with elected officials in Valley County.

The current base wage for most county elected officials is $42,958 per year. Currently the highest paid elected official in Valley County is the County Attorney who has a salary of $108,908.

The Valley County Commissioners must ratify the 2% increase and also must decide if their will be a salary increase for other employees of Valley County.

If elected officials and the remaining county employees received a 2% increase the cost to Valley County would be an additional $64,000 per year.

Last year, elected officials and county employees received a a pay increase of 1.6%.

Thursday, June 16th 2016
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament A Big Success!
The rain stopped just in time for the 18th Annual Open Golf Tournament on June 12. The teams came out to support a great cause and great community, even with 1.5 inches of rain on the course.
Each of the 18 teams registered, had breakfast and were all ready to tee off by 9 a.m.

Every hole featured a different game for everyone, with the winner taking home wonderful prizes donated by local businesses. The games were designed so that both experienced and inexperienced golfers had chances to win. The marshmallow game, sponsored by the Foundation, was an enjoyed break between holes.

The FMDH Foundation is extremely fortunate that this fundraising tournament is well sponsored by local businesses, showing their support of the Foundation’s mission. Businesses participated as major event sponsors, hole sponsors, and by providing merchandise, gift certificates, or cash for prizes.
This year we had a two premier event sponsors, Hi-Line Ford and NorthWestern Energy.

Hi-Line Ford sponsored the hole-in-one prize with $500 going to a male and female who got closest on hole 4. With two guaranteed winners, the players were eager for their chance to win. Sue Peterson was the lucky lady on the Northwest Farm Credit team to take home $500 and Norm Sillerud won for the men and graciously donated the $500 to the FMDH Foundation.

This one-day event requires weeks of planning that is undertaken by Foundation board members Jon Bengochea, Pam Dance, Mikel Erickson, Shelly George, Somer Hoerster, Becky Johnson, Carrie Mesman, Stan Ozark and Tracey Waarvik. The FMDH Foundation would especially like to recognize Storm Jackson for his efforts and hard work to get golfers on the course after all the rain. The golf tournament is the Foundation’s major fundraiser, which requires staff and board members to contact businesses each year throughout our area. Once again the response received was amazing and we are very grateful.

The teams started to trickle in with an appetite, which made the barbecued pork dinner sponsored by Cornwell Ranch and prepared by Butch and Martha Tewell and Kevin Haddix that much more welcome. After dinner, the Awards Ceremony was conducted by Stan Ozark.

The FMDH Foundation appreciates everyone who participated and helped make this such a great event. See you next year!

1st Place – Erickson Farm/Thompson & Sons: Rocky Thompson, Mikel Erickson, Bart Erickson, and Mike Archambeault
2nd Place – Fast Farms: Tim Dees, Trent Holstein, Steve Bell, Steve Hansen
3rd Place – All Season Home Center/Prairie: Mike Slaats, Dan Belleau, Curt Shipman, Scott Sanders
4th Place – Cottonwood Inn: Zack Burner, Calvin Kemmis, Torey Rasmusan, Dustin Kelm
5th Place – Reynold’s Market: Keithe Thorson, Storm Jackson, Jenn Jackson, Kyle Stein

The mission of the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation is to provide financial support to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and other medically needed projects in Valley County, ensuring that the medical services provided are of the highest quality. Coming up we will announce our local scholarship winners – which is possible with successful events like this.

Thursday, June 16th 2016
Frazer Water Outage
Frazer, MT, June 16, 2016
As of 11:45am a water outage has been identified in Frazer, MT.

There is a broken water main with a loss of 50,000 gallons. There has been no success in re-pressurizing the system.

Non-potable water distribution has been moved to the Frazer Community Hall. Drinking water is being brought from Poplar to Frazer by the Fort Peck Tribes and will be distributed door to door by Fort Peck Tribal Agencies.

There is currently no estimated time on the water outage.

For more information contact Rusty Boxer, Fort Peck Tribes Disaster and Emergency Services at 406-942-0196, Dennis Four Bear, Director of Tribal Health at 406-942-2413 or Leonard Youngman, Director of Tribal Enterprises at 406-650-7942.

Points of water distribution may change through the incident. Non-potable water distribution is
currently the Frazer Pow Wow Grounds and drinking water will be delivered door to door.

As more information becomes available or the situation changes it will be distributed through
local media.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016
VCSO Finds Submerged Vehicle In Missouri River Near Boy Scout Park In Fort Peck Area
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has told Kltz/Mix-93 News that the VCSO has found the vehicle belonging to a missing man from the Park Grove area. The vehicle belonging to Robert Willengbord was found on Monday by a fisherman near Boy Scout Park on the Missouri River in Fort Peck.

The VCSO started a search for Willenbord on Sunday evening. The vehicle was found submerged on Monday but authorities found no body in the vehicle. Sheriff Meier said it is presumed that Willengbord is presumed drowned. He is a native of Colorado and had been living in the Park Grove area.

The investigation is continuing by the VCSO. Sheriff Meier thanked the Valley County Search and Rescue and the Army Corps of Engineers for their help in securing the submerged vehicle.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016
Law Enforcement Warns Against Cutting Ahead Of Pilot Cars On Road Construction Projects
Law Enforcement Authorities are getting complaints from construction companies in the area about people using side roads to bypass road construction projects and not using pilot cars.

The project that is receiving the most complaints is the road construction between Nashua and Fort Peck. Apparently, there are people using side roads and bypassing the pilot car system and traveling the road on their own. This has caused near mishaps with construction equipment and the Valley County Sheriff's Office is prepared to crack down on this practice. Sheriff Meier noted it is against the law to do bypass a pilot car and travel on road construction on your own.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that construction workers will be taking down license plate numbers of those who bypass the pilot car process and will report to law enforcement. Sheriff Meier said if your license number is reported you can expect a visit from the Valley County Sheriff's Office and a ticket will be written.

If you have any questions you are urged to contact law enforcement authorities.

Monday, June 13th 2016
Governor Bullock Orders All Flags In Montana To Be Flown At Half Staff Out Of Respect For Victims Of Orlando Tragedy
STATE OF MONTANA


Governor’s Proclamation

As requested by the President of the United States, I hereby order all flags flown in the State of Montana to be displayed at half-staff on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 until sunset on Thursday, June 16th, 2016, out of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated in Orlando, Florida on June 12th, 2016.


Dated this 12th day of June, 2016.


STEVE BULLOCK
Governor

Sunday, June 12th 2016
Havre Woman Crowned Miss Montana; Abbi Helland 4th Runner Up
GLENDIVE Lauren Scofield, 22 of Havre was crowned Miss Montana 2016 Saturday, June 11 in Glendive by Danielle Wineman, the reigning Miss Montana. Daughter of Vince & Kim Scofield, Lauren is a biochemistry major at Carroll College planning to become a doctor working in Montana. She hopes to plant the seeds of STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and math this coming year..
She wins a $5000 scholarship and will advance to Atlantic City, NJ to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September.

First Runner up with a $2500 scholarship Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive
Second Runner up with a $2000 scholarship Savanah Leidholt of Miles City
3rd Runner-up $1500 scholarship from Stockman Bank Julie Theis, Sidney
4th Runner Up $1250 scholarship from Sheridan Electric Cooperative Abigail Helland of Glasgow.

Chosen most photogenic by Bohle Images, the official photographer for the week was Julie Theis. Jessica Criss of Bozeman was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality, sponsored by Guns & Things. Receiving the Spirit and Leader Award voted by the production crew, a $250 scholarship sponsored by Holden Electric was Alara Vogel, 17, of Havre.
The outstanding talent award of $750 sponsored by Jack Lawson went to Alysse Charlesworth. Outstanding Interview $500 award sponsored by Jim & Carol Swanson went to Julie Theis. All contestants earn at least a $850 scholarship.

Preliminary winners in evening gown sponsored by U.S.Bank were Thursday Lauren Scofield of Havre and Friday – Savanah Leidholt of Miles City. Preliminary Fitness in Swimwear sponsored by Cross Petroleum were Thursday Sierra Crandell of Kalispell and Friday Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive.

Miss America’s State Award for Community Service, a $1000 scholarship went to Julie Theis of Sidney and the Miss America State Award for Academic Achievement went to Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive. Raising the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which in Montana goes to Shodair was Alysse Charlesworth. The Miss America Program is one of the largest supporters of scholarships for young women.

Friday night Faith Johnson, 16, of Helena was crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen and will compete in August in Orlando at the national competition. She also won a $250 talent award sponsored by Jack Larson of Billings Abby Hill of Glendive, 17 was first runner up winning $750 from Cross Petroleum, Montana’s Choice, Miss Congeniality and she won the Spirit & Leader Award. Audrey Miller, 15, of Bozeman, was 2nd runner up receiving $500 scholarship from American Bank Center. Audrey played the harp for her talent. Outstanding Interview went to Quinn Motichka of Polson. Most photogenic teen was Vanessa Van Vleet of Wibaux.

To book Miss Montana or to check activities contact Jan Holden at holdenmissmt@gmail.com, http://www.missmontana.com or Facebook Miss Montana Scholarship Program.

Friday, June 10th 2016
Home Explosion On Glasgow's North Side
Credit To Krtv TV for story:

One person was injured after a house they were in exploded early Friday morning in Glasgow.

According to the Glasgow Fire Department, the call came in around 6:20 a.m. of a home explosion.

Crews from the Glasgow Fire Department and Valley County Fire Department responded to the scene.

There is outside damage to the houses on either side of the explosion and reports of debris all around the area.

One person was in the home at the time of the incident, and was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries

The fire marshal from Miles City has been called in the help investigate the incident.

The fire department has shut off the gas in the area just in case.

Neighbor Amber Kennedy said she thought a semi had hit her home because the house had shaken so much from the explosion.

She got up and looked outside to see debris falling everywhere and had heard a man screaming for help.

A family member of the victim contacted KRTV to thank the neighbors for pulling the victim out to safety.

He was flown to Salt Lake City to be treated for his injuries.

Friday, June 10th 2016
Hi-Line Med Spa Opens At Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital recently opened the Hi-Line Med Spa in the Orthopedic Clinic at the hospital. Stan Ozark recently visited with Kae Sukut and Nick Dirkes to find out more about the Hi-Line Med Spa.

Kae.

Thursday, June 9th 2016
Abigail Helland Contestant For Title Of Miss Montana
2014 GHS graduate, Abigail Helland, is competing this week in Glendive for the title of Miss Montana. Kltz/Mix-93 News Director Stan Ozark sat down and visited with Abbie last weekend and discussed her quest for the title of Miss Montana.

Abbie.

Thursday, June 9th 2016
Fort Peck Sailing Participates In Global Sailing Event On June 18th 2016
Fort Peck Marina, MT, 6/7/2016 – As part of the 16th annual worldwide Summer Sailstice the Fort Peck Sailing Club will join sailors around the world with a sailing event as part of this global celebration of sailing. For the 2nd year we’ll be joining ‘together’ with sailors everywhere who will be sailing on the weekend of June 18th, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. The Fort Peck Sailors will celebrate by hosting free sailboat rides, inviting current and prospective sailors down to the docks to get on the water under sail. Learn more at http://www.fortpecksailing.org.

The Summer Sailstice sailing holiday invites all sailors to join together by hoisting their sails wherever they are, aboard whatever they sail and showcasing to the world the “who, what, where, why and how” of sailing. While just one weekend in the life of sailing, Summer Sailstice is the only time all sailors and the vast variety of sailing styles can all sail and celebrate ‘together’. 2015 saw the largest Summer Sailstice celebration yet with sailors in all 50 US states and over 40 countries participating.

By signing up for free at http://www.summersailstice.com everyone participating in Summer Sailstice 2016 helps support sailing locally, while connecting with the largest ‘global’ sailing celebration. When signing up participants connect with all sailors everywhere and get a chance to win free prizes from sailing businesses, create Sailstice events, recruit crew, invite others, post stories and learn about other Sailstice events being organized in their area. Prizes include the grand prize one-week Sunsail Charter plus more from West Marine, Hobie, Offshore Sailing, North Sails, Jeanneau Team McLube, and many other marine businesses.

SUMMER SAILSTICE EVENT DETAILS

Who: Anybody interested in sailing, all ages welcome
When: June 18, 2016, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM.
Where: Fort Peck Marina
How: Free sailboat rides (approximately 1 hour-long) on a Catalina 30’, a Hobie Cat 14’, a Laser 14’ or an Optimist 8’.

Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. This international event was founded in 2001 to connect the global sailing community in a fun, creative, multifaceted, multi-location sailing celebration. Every year, Summer Sailstice connects more than 19,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate and showcase life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe. Visit http://www.summersailstice.com or contact john@summersailstice.com.


Tuesday, June 7th 2016
Election Results
The Montana Secretary of State has complete election results broken down by county:
http://mtelectionresults.gov/Default.aspx
Tuesday, June 7th 2016
May Runoff Above Average In May
OMAHA, Neb. - Runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 4.5 million acre feet (MAF) during May, 136 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 25.3 MAF, which is the historic average.

"Conditions in much of the Missouri River Basin were wetter than average during May. In the upper basin, heavy rains accompanied by mountain snowmelt increased runoff into the reservoir system," said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps' Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. Widespread rain in the lower basin also increased flows on many of the tributaries below the reservoir system, causing tributary and Missouri River levels to rise. "Rainfall events like these can lead to localized flooding downstream of the reservoir system," said Farhat. Gavins Point releases, which are currently set at 21,500 cfs, were lowered in May to reduce flood risk along the lower river and will be gradually increased as the downstream stages decline.

Tuesday, June 7th 2016
JSEC to Host In-Depth Wage and Hour Seminar
The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) will host a half-day seminar addressing some of the wage and hour issues that small businesses tackle.

Employers, managers, payroll staff, supervisors, and sometimes employees, struggle with the rights and privileges allowed by Montana and Federal Wage and Hour Laws. Are work and lunch breaks required? How will the new Federal overtime law effect our employees? Which employees are considered “exempt,” or “non-exempt?” Who decides how servers and bartenders split tips? Is travel time paid when waiting for a delayed flight? What makes an independent contractor more like an employee? If these topics are confusing, the upcoming seminar will help.

Theresa Sroczyk, Compliance Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Labor Standards Unit, will come to Glasgow on Thursday, June 23, from 8:30 A.M to 12:30 P.M. She will help attendees understand how wage and hour laws apply to their business situations, such as: the new Federal overtime rule that becomes effective December 1, 2016, travel time policies, exempt vs. non-exempt employees, lunch and break-time allowances and more. Time is allotted at the end for brief individual meetings with Sroczyk to address specific issues that attendees may not want to voice in a group setting.

Sroczyk has worked for Montana Department of Labor for 6 years and has extensive experience in the Wage and Hour Unit presenting and interpreting Montana law for both employers and employees. This seminar complements the recent Assistance for Business Clinic (ABC) in Glasgow, as a half day allows a more in-depth look at wage and hour issues.

The seminar will be held at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Conference Room. Cost is $40 per person. To register for the event and for more information, please call Glasgow Job Service at (406) 228-3926 or e-mail Sue Dalbey at sdalbey2@mt.gov.

The JSEC is a group of employers who meet the second Tuesday of each month to share ways to address local employment challenges, organize training events for area employers and employees, recognize outstanding area employers, and provide student scholarships.

Monday, June 6th 2016
Primary Election Is Tuesday
Monday, June 6th, an early preparation of absentee ballots will take place in the Election Room of the Valley County Courthouse starting at 9:30 am. The authorized election judges will place the ballots in containers sealed with numbered security seals. On Election Day, June 7, 2016, the sequestered early counting board will start at noon in the County Commissioners' room to tally the absentee ballots.

Polling Places:
Precinct 1 - Fort Peck Recreation Hall 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Precinct 2 - Frazer New Community Hall Noon - 8 p.m.
Precinct 3 - Hinsdale Legion Hall Noon - 8 p.m.
Precinct 4 - Glasgow Civic Center 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Precinct 5 - Glasgow Civic Center 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Precinct 6 - Nashua Senior Center Noon - 8 p.m.
Precinct 7 - Lustre Grade School Noon 8 p.m.
Precinct 8 - Opheim Norval Electric Building Noon - 8 p.m.

Local Races:
East Glasgow and East Valley County
Democratic Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Doug Adolphson
State Representative for District 34 - Evelyn Carlisle

Republican Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Wayne Stahl, Mike Lang
State Representative for District 34 - Austin Knudsen

West & South Glasgow and Valley County
Democratic Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Doug Adolphson
State Representative for District 33 - Mike Finley

Republican Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Wayne Stahl, Mike Lang
State Representative for District 33 - Casey Knudsen, Michael Burns

Fort Peck area
Democratic Party:
State Senator for District 16 - Bobbi J. Favel, Leann Montes, Frank J. Smith
State Representative: Bridget Smith

Republican Party:
State Senator for District 16 - G. Bruce Meyers

Also rural Valley County will vote to authorize a mill levy of 10 mils per year (approximately $243,000) for ten fiscal years for construction, maintenance and improvements to public highways.

Friday, June 3rd 2016
Cyclists Raising Awareness For Clean Water
Each summer for the past 4 years, a team of college cyclists has biked cross country to raise awareness, and to raise money toward fighting the global water crisis.

Two groups of 5 college students, one group of women and one of guys, is traveling across the country. The women's team is currently in Wyoming, and the men's team are traveling across Highway 2, and were here in Glasgow on Thursday.

Cyclist Paul Joung said the mission started out 4 years ago and has become a tradition.

Fellow cyclist Jackson Lucht said it’s been a great adventure so far for college guys who’ve never been to this part of the country. They haven’t seen any bears, but lots of deer, bison and mosquitos.

Their mission is not only a fund-raising event, but an awareness event as well. You can find out more at http://www.rideforwater.com.

By the way, none of the riders were serious cyclists before leaving on this mission. They are cycling east and hope to reach Williston tonight, and hope to get to the east coast by July 4th.

You can listen to the full interview with Paul, Jackson and Fadi Nassar here.

Wednesday, June 1st 2016
Final Results From Glasgow Demolition Derby
Name

Heat 1

Travis Erickson - Havre

Heat 1

Willy Lauckner - Nashua

Heat 2

Trenton Gray - Flora Illinois

Heat 2

Brad Olson - Glasgow

Heat 3

Trevor Jeannotte - Williston ND

Heat 3

Garett Powell - Chinook

Heat 4

Fred Potter - Glasgow

Heat 4

Jace Hinton - Scobey

1st Place

Garett Powell - Chinook

2nd Place

Travis Erickson - Havre

3rd Place

Brad Olsen - Glasgow

4th Place

Trevor Jeannotte - Williston ND

5th Place

Fred Potter Jr - Glasgow

Mad Dog Final
Finial Event

Brad Olsen - Glasgow


Wednesday, June 1st 2016
Abigail Helland to Compete for Miss MT Outstanding Teen June 9-11
Abigail Helland, 20 of Glasgow, is one of 11 competing for the title of Miss Montana in Glendive June 9-11 at 7PM nightly at the DCHS auditorium.

After graduating valedictorian from GHS in 2014, she has been attending MSU Bozeman majoring in psychology. She received the Governors Best & Brightest Scholarship and served as a MT State Senate Page in 2013. Abigail says her best nonacademic achievement was saving her 3 year old sister’s life with CPR when she was just in the 7th grade.

She hopes to become a physical therapist helping children with disabilities. Her platform is Finding the Ability Beyond the Disability.

Abigail calls Glasgow a small town with lots of heart. Her mom is the most influential person in her life. If she were on a deserted island she’d like any book by Malcolm Gladwell, preferably Outliers. She says her best friend would describe her as blondes really do have more fun.

For the seventh time the Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition will combine with the Miss Montana Scholarship Program, now in its 67th year so it’s two shows for the price of one. On Thursday the Outstanding Teens, age 13-17, compete in talent, sportswear and evening gown. Half the Miss Montana contestants will compete in talent and swimsuit while the other half compete in evening gown and on stage question. Their roles reverse on Friday.

Friday at 1PM the Show Us Your Shoes Parade features shoes the girls design that reflect their community. Afterwards everyone is invited to the free ice cream social in Glendive’s Gazebo Park. A gala at the Eastern MT Event Center Friday night celebrates the coronation of Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen.

Saturday at 1PM the Royal-Tea, emceed by Miss Montana Danielle Wineman of CutBank, is fun for young and young at heart. Vote on www.missmontana.com for Abigail to be Montana’s Choice guaranteeing her as one of the Saturday night finalists. Saturday night Montana's Choice and the top contestants are announced and competition begins again, culminating the coronation of Miss Montana 2016. Over $300,000 is awarded in scholarships and prizes.

Tickets are available at www.missmontana.com, the Glendive Chamber of Commerce or the Farm to Table Store in the EPEC in Glendive. Tickets are also on sale at the door: $15 Thursday, $20 Friday and $25 Saturday or $50 for all three nights, $60 for patron seating.

Monday, May 30th 2016
Even In FWP Region 6, Please Be Bear Aware
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management would like outdoor enthusiasts to be “Bear Aware,” even in northeast Montana. Although bear encounters are rare in most of FWP Region 6, there are currently some black bears present in the Little Rockies and the Bears Paw Mountains. In addition, black bears are occasionally found wandering far from their traditional areas, and preventative measures should always be taken to prevent wildlife encounters.

Black bears have been found rummaging through garbage cans at Camp Creek campground, located just outside of Zortman. The BLM, who administers the Camp Creek campground, is taking steps to alleviate this issue. Bears have also been spotted near other communities and residences in the Little Rockies.

However, if bears are going to become a local wildlife species that we can all enjoy, we need to be smart about living with them. This includes preventing situations that habituate bears, such as rummaging through garbage and exposure to other unnatural food attractants.

It is unlawful to intentionally, or to inadvertently, feed bears. When bears access garbage and other food sources, they can become food-conditioned and potentially be dangerous. Wildlife officials often have to euthanize food-conditioned bears in the interest of public safety, a situation that everyone wants to avoid. A much better option is to prevent bears from becoming habituated in the first place.

FWP and the BLM remind folks that live in areas where bears might be to always:
- Secure garbage inside a garage or secure shed
- Bring pet food in at night
- Clean up livestock food
- Bring in bird feeders, and clean up spilled seed

In addition, hunters and other recreationists are reminded to properly store game meat, food, livestock feed, garbage, and all other attractants in a bear-resistant manner. This also discourages other wildlife, such as raccoons and skunks, from causing problems with your belongings as well.

There are many resources available to hunters and recreationists on ways to prevent bears interactions, some of which can be found at: http://www.fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/livingWithWildlife/beBearAware/.

Monday, May 30th 2016
Hays Residents, Texas Hunter Found Guilty of Illegally Killing Mule Deer Buck
Chris Moore (32) of Allen, Texas, and Hays residents Chase (27) and Warren (51) Morin were separately charged with violations involving the illegal harvest of a mule deer buck on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property near Bird Tail Road in south Blaine County.

In 2014, Moore obtained a non-tribal member deer hunting license from Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife for the 2014 rifle season. To use the non-member license, Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife requires non-tribal members to utilize the services of tribal-approved guides. The tribal deer license is only valid within the reservation boundary or on Indian trust (sub-marginal) lands outside the reservation.

Upon an investigation by FWP game wardens, it was discovered that Moore harvested a mule deer buck in 2014, tagging it with his tribal license, on BLM land outside the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation boundary. Moore admitted that he harvested the deer while under the direction and supervision of his tribal guide Chase Morin, and Chase’s dad, Warren Morin. Moore did not have a state of Montana issued deer license at the time.

Moore forfeited bond and was subsequently found guilty for hunting without a valid license, and was ordered by Blaine County Justice Court to pay a fine of $535. The mule deer antlers, with the assistance of Texas game wardens, were returned to Montana.

Chase Morin plead guilty to ‘accountability’ involving Moore’s hunting without a valid license, and was ordered by Blaine County Justice Court to pay a fine of $135.

Warren Morin plead guilty to ‘solicitation’ involving Moore’s hunting without a valid license, and was ordered by Blaine County Justice Court to pay a fine of $135.
Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Monday, May 30th 2016
Hays Man Found Guilty in District Court for Hunting Violations Involving Bull Elk
Clay Chandler, 20, of Hays was found guilty in the Montana 17th Judicial District Court for the illegal rifle harvest of a bull elk. Chandler was charged with hunting during a closed season, unlawful possession and transportation of a game animal, and hunting game animals while his privilege to do so was suspended. Chandler had pled guilty to each violation in Blaine County Justice Court, and appealed the case to the District Court.

The violations took place on October 1, 2013, on State of Montana School Trust Lands property in southeastern Blaine County, outside the exterior boundaries of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Chandler’s privileges to hunt at such locations within the state of Montana had been forfeited due to a 2012 conviction for unlawfully harvesting two bull elk.

FWP wardens and Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife tribal wardens worked together to compile evidence during the investigation. Wardens had received reports of the illegal harvest, and photographs surfaced showing Chandler with the harvested elk. Later, a spent rifle cartridge was collected that ballistic analysis showed belonged to the same 30-06 rifle that was seized and later returned to Chandler during the conclusion of his earlier 2012 conviction.

The court, with prosecution by the Blaine County attorney, found that Chandler had knowingly lured, shot, and removed the bull elk from the State land which he knew to be outside the exterior boundaries of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

Chandler, an enrolled tribal member, had unsuccessfully attempted to argue to the court that his taking of the bull elk on non-reservation land within Blaine County was lawful because of the Blackfeet Treaty of 1855, and maintained that an 1888 treaty establishing the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation further reserved those hunting privileges.

The District Court denied Chandler’s claim, explaining that states have jurisdiction to regulate the wildlife within their borders, and that tribal members are subject to these state laws when they are off the reservation; unless their off-reservation hunting and fishing rights had been expressly reserved by the tribe when they ceded lands to the federal government. The Court found that the two treaties argued by Chandler and his attorney did not reserve those privileges, thus Chandler was subject to Montana’s fish and game regulations.

In March of 2016, Chandler was charged by 17th Judicial District Court for the following offenses:
· Unlawful possession of a game animal, second offense: 10 days in county jail, $600 fine, $1000 in restitution for the unlawfully taken bull elk, and loss of privileges to hunt for 60 months in Montana and all 48 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
· Hunting while privilege is forfeited or suspended: 10 days in county jail, $500 fine, and loss of privileges to hunt for 60 months in Montana and all 48 states that are members of the Interstate wildlife Violator Compact.
· Hunting during a closed season, second offense: 10 days in county jail and a $600 fine.

Chandler’s jail time and hunting suspensions were all to run concurrently, and his fines consecutively. In addition, Chandler was ordered to pay for his own incarceration costs.
Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016
Valley County Commissioner Paul Tweten Explains 10-Mill Levy For Crushing Gravel
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