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Tuesday, August 30th 2016
USDA Announces Town Hall Meetings to Gather Local Input
U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies will hold town hall meetings at 18 locations across Montana to discuss opportunities for and barriers to maximizing access to USDA programs and services.

In early 2016, 13 Montana counties were designated at "StrikeForce" counties, a rural growth and opportunity initiative launched by USDA in 2010 in economically challenged areas to improve USDA services by building partnerships to help challenged communities shape a future based on local assets and regional strengths.

Montana leaders from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, and Food and Nutrition Service will listen to concerns from local citizens and community leaders at town hall meetings.

September 19, 2016
Culbertson County Building, 1:30PM
307 Broadway Avenue, Culbertson, MT

September 20, 2016
Fort Peck Community College, Greet the Dawn Building, 9AM
605 Indian Avenue, Poplar, MT

"Our goals and motivations are simple," said Lisa Coverdale, NRCS state conservationist for Montana and chair for the USDA Food and Agriculture Council. "We want to gain a better understanding for the current needs and challenges faced in rural Montana, while also exploring how to improve access to USDA's broad spectrum of program and technical assistance."

John George
(406) 449-5000 ext. 101

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
Scottie Homecoming 2016
Homecoming Schedule

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will once again be hosting the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums during the 2016 Glasgow Scottie Homecoming Festival weekend. The band will be a part of the Scottie Homecoming Parade on Friday September 16th at 2:30pm, the Scottie Booster Club tailgate party at GHS at 6:00, and performing during half time of the Scottie vs. Big Timber football game.

On Saturday morning the Band will perform at the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites at 9AM, continue on to Valley View Home @ 10:00AM, Nemont Manor @ 10:30AM and to Prairie Ridge @ 11:00AM. They will also play at the start of the varsity volleyball game against Wolf Point at approximately 3:00pm.

At 5:30PM the annual Pub Crawl will begin at Sunnyside Golf Course.

The Pipe Band is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottie Booster Club, Kiwanis Club & local area merchants.

Bring the family and enjoy one of the many opportunities to watch the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band perform and enjoy Scottie Homecoming 2016. Show your Scottie Pride and decorate your window.

Got Spirit? Prove It!

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
Listen: U.S. House Candidates Denise Juneau And Ryan Zinke Debate August 29, 2016
On Monday evening in Frazer the top 2 candidates vying for Montana's Congressional seat debated in Frazer. Thanks to Montana Public Radio for the link.

The full debate may be listened to here:


Monday, August 29th 2016
Congressional Debate Set For Tonight In Frazer. Kltz Will Have Full Coverage Starting at 7pm.
The leading candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat – Republican incumbent Ryan Zinke and Democratic challenger Denise Juneau – will square off in two debates this week, including one on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana.

Their first debate of the campaign is Monday, at the Frazer School in Frazer, and the second contest will be Thursday in Billings, at Montana State University-Billings.

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows of Missoula is expected to attend the Billings debate.

The hour-long debates, which begin at 7 p.m., will be broadcast on Kltz-Glasgow, Yellowstone Public Radio, selected Northern Broadcasting System radio stations across Montana and Montana Public Radio.

Zinke, 54, elected to the U.S. House seat in 2014, is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and former state senator from Whitefish.

Juneau, 49, has been the state’s superintendent of public instruction since 2009.

Monday’s debate will be moderated by Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio. The two panelists who will ask questions are Grant Stafne, a member of the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, and Sierra Stoneberg-Holt of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation.

The candidates also will field questions from the audience and each other, chosen by the moderator or time-keeper James Walling of the Glasgow Courier.

Thursday’s debate, at the Petro Theater on the MSU-Billings campus, will be moderated by Greg LaMotte of KULR-TV. Candidates will answer questions from three panelists: Yamanaka, Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette and Becky Hillier of Cowles Media “Wake up Montana.”

Monday, August 29th 2016
FWP Hosts Public Meeting in Vida to Discuss Redwater Fish Passage Project
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will host an open house at the Vida School to discuss the Redwater Fish Passage Enhancement Project on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7-9 p.m.

FWP will present the project overview that plans to remove the existing culverts on the Nickwall Road and replace them with fish-friendly arched culverts. The project is scheduled to start on Sept. 19 and will take up to 45 days to complete. Citizens that may be affected by the construction are encouraged to attend. Please contact Steve Dalbey at 406-228-3706 with any questions.

Monday, August 29th 2016
Valley County Democratic Committee Offers Scholarship
The Valley County Democratic Committee is offering four $1000 scholarships is designed to provide financial assistance to Valley County students working toward their undergraduate educational goals. Applicants must be residents of Valley County and be enrolled in their second year or above of a college. Previous winners are not eligible for this scholarship. Students who applied for the Spring semester scholarship will be considered again for this fall’s scholarship without reapplying.

Applications are available at the Valley County Extension Office or by emailing Roubie Younkin at kry@montana.edu. Application deadline is Friday, September 16, 2016.

Thursday, August 25th 2016
FWP Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Land Acquisition in Hill County
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal for the fee-title acquisition of a parcel of property in north Hill County. The proposed purchase contains approximately 640 acres of property about 45 miles northwest of Havre. This property is adjacent to the Lost River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and if acquired, would be managed as a part of this WMA. The property is located along the Milk River and consists primarily of Milk River riparian habitats and associated uplands.

The primary purpose of this proposal is to conserve and enhance native habitats that that are important for wildlife species and to enhance public access to this property and the adjacent WMA. This habitat provides critical winter range for big game species. Protecting and enhancing the existing habitat is expected to maintain or increase use by game animals, including mule deer, elk, white-tailed deer, antelope, upland game birds, and waterfowl along with a variety of native nongame species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.

The Draft Environmental Assessment can be found on the on the FWP website by clicking on the tab for “Submit Public Comments” on the main page. Look under the “Fish and Wildlife” tab and under “Acquisitions, Trades & Leases.”

The comment period for this proposal will be from August 18 through 5 p.m. on September 16, 2016. A copy of the proposal can be requested by calling the Region 6 Headquarters at 406-228-3700.

A public meeting will be held at the Hill County Electric Hospitality Room in Havre on September 8th at 6:30 pm to provide information on the proposed acquisition and take public comment.

Please send all written comments to the following address:
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Attn: Lost River WMA Addition Proposal
2165 Hwy 2 East
Havre, MT 59501

Comments can also be emailed to Scott Hemmer at
shemmer@mt.gov. Additional information regarding this project can be obtained by contacting Hemmer at 406-265-6177, ext. 224.

Thursday, August 25th 2016
West Nile Virus Reported In Montana
State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to avoid mosquito bites as the state’s first cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) were recently reported.

Four cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been reported, three from Dawson County and one from Garfield have been identified. In addition to the human cases, one equine case in Petroleum County and mosquitos in Lake, Prairie, Phillips and Valley counties have tested positive for the virus.

WNV is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites. Most, about 4 out of 5, people infected will experience no symptoms and develop immunity. About 1 in 5 infected people develop a low grade fever, headache and muscle aches that begin a week or two after becoming infected. Generally, no treatment is needed.

However, in less than 1 percent of infected people, serious, life-threatening symptoms develop including headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, and other symptoms. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their health-care provider immediately.

Mid to late summer is prime time for transmission of WNV and public health officials encourage everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection with West Nile Virus (WNV). Public health officials want to remind the public that while WNV is a concern in Montana, Zika virus is not. In fact, the mosquitos that carry Zika virus have not been found in Montana or neighboring states.
To minimize risk of WNV, experts recommend reducing mosquito populations by removing mosquito breeding areas in and around the home. Simple steps such as draining bird-baths, wading pools or any container with still water every few days will minimize breeding sites.

Because it is not possible to eliminate all breeding sites, people are reminded to follow specific recommendations to avoid being bitten. This includes wearing and safely using insect repellent when outdoors and wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention should be followed to reduce the chance of mosquito bites.
Dusk / Dawn: Peak mosquitos biting hours are dusk to dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those times. If you must be outside, be sure to protect yourself from bites.

Dress: Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

DEET: Cover exposed skin with a repellant containing the chemical DEET, which is most effective against mosquito bites.

Drain: Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The number of WNV human cases in Montana varies from year to year. Over 200 cases were reported in 2003 and 2007, but generally the average is about 10 reported human infections each year. Cases reported are more likely to be those that are severe and about one-third of Montana cases required hospitalization.

“No one can predict the severity of WNV season,” said Christine Mulgrew, DPHHS WNV Program Manager. “But we can protect ourselves from mosquito bites and eliminate breeding sites around your home.”
For more information go to the DPHHS website at www.dphhs.mt.gov.

Wednesday, August 24th 2016
Missing North Dakota Man Found Dead After Montana Crash
(Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials have identified a motorcyclist found dead in northeastern Montana as a North Dakota man who went missing in June.

The Roosevelt County Coroner's Office says Zackary Baldwin, of Williston, died of blunt force trauma resulting from a motor vehicle crash. The 30-year-old man was found dead Friday and is believed to have died on June 26, the day he went missing.

The Billings Gazette reports that a road cleanup crew had spotted the man's motorcycle in a ditch off Highway 2. Authorities responded and discovered Baldwin's body nearby.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Baldwin had veered off the side of the road and rolled at least once down an embankment.

He had been wearing a helmet but it came off at some point.

The incident remains under investigation.

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

Wednesday, August 24th 2016
Daines Announces $348,357 For Library Services For Seven Montana Tribes

BOZEMAN, Mont. —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $348,357 in funding for seven Montana tribes to support their existing library operation and to maintain core library services.

“This funding will ensure that tribal libraries are up-to-date and properly serve Indian Country,” Daines stated. “The Native American Library Services Grant is important to improving libraries in Montana’s native communities.”

The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. The funds were provided to following tribes throught the Native American Library Services.

The Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Chippewa Cree Tribe, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Crow Tribe of Indians, Fort Belknap Community Council, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and Northern Cheyenne Tribe each was awarded $7,000 in funding.

Additionally, the Fort Belknap Community Council and Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes both received over $149,000 in Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants that support projects that enhance existing library services or implement new ones.

Below is more information on the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants:

Institution: Fort Belknap Community Council
Award Amount: $149,830
Project Title: Promoting Lifelong Learning on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation through Engaging Library Outreach Programs
Project Description: The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council's Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (ANCL) will promote lifelong learning among residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation through outreach programs that address topics of identified community interest and feat.

Institution: Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
Award Amount: $149,527
Project Title: Technology and Digitization Project
Project Description: The James E. Shanley Tribal Library at Fort Peck Community College, which performs the functions of academic library, tribal library and community library for Fort Peck Community College (FPCC), the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, and the Poplar community.

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
2nd Annual Paint Run A Success
A total of 165 (up from 155 last year) registered for the 2nd Annual Paint Run.

It's anticipated that the Glasgow Student Council raised almost $4000 to give to the Montana Warriors on the Water program.

The goal was $5,000 but a local group that said that they would help the GHS Student Council to reach the goal, so they were happy with the tremendous support received for the event.

The $5,000 amount was selected because it cost the Warriors on the Water program $4,600 this summer to pay for the housing while the veterans were at Hell Creek in July.

The Student Council members wanted to cover that cost; we will just have to work a little harder next year. Thanks to all that participated in the run, whether you were a walker/runner or a paint thrower, or a sponsor,we couldn't have done it without you!

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
Hi-Line Technology Round-Up Coming to Malta
Can you think of an aspect of your life that is not impacted by technology? Whether at home, work, on the ranch or in school, we use technology daily. Rural life in Montana is no different, and the HiLine Technology Round Up, in Malta on September 22nd, wants to show you just that.

This one day, free event, includes panel discussions, concurrent sessions and trade show displays, all focused on technology and geared to inspire our rural future. The panel discussions focus on Technologies Impacting Agriculture, Business and Education, Youth in Technology and Living Remote in the New Rural Economy, with speakers from MT High Tech Business Alliance, Ranchlogs, AHEC, Girlzilla and others. Concurrent sessions showcase presentations from the Montana Cooperative Development Center, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Montana Manufacturing Extension, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Big Sky Code Academy, HarlemUnitedF1 and Montana Telehealth. Trade show booths include the Google Advantage Lab, National Weather Service, and Setting Up Popular Apps.

The HiLine Technology Round Up will be held at the Malta Business Center from 12pm-6pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Admission is free, but RSVP is encouraged through our website below.

There are still sponsorship and trade show booths available. Please contact us at malta@itstriangle.com, 406-654-1776 or http://www.HiLineTechnology.com for more information or to advertise with us. Find us on Facebook at HiLine Technology Round Up.
Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
Free Youth Outdoor Skills Event Scheduled Saturday, August 27 at the Glasgow Trap Club
A free youth outdoor skills event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event is organized and funded by donations and volunteers from the Hi-Line Sportsmen, Ducks Unlimited, The Glasgow Trap Club, D&G Sports and Western, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
The format for this year’s event will be different from previous years, mostly by splitting participants into two age groups. Youngsters under age 10 are scheduled from 2-3:00 p.m., and are invited to participate in activities including casting, binocular use/big game animal ID and pellet gun shooting. Registration for the first session will begin at 1:30 p.m., and parents/guardians need to be on hand to register and sign.

Youth ages 10-18 are scheduled from 3:30-5:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 3:00. For participants under age 18, parents/guardians need to be on hand to register and sign. The second session will include shooting shotguns (both at stationary and moving clay pigeons), archery shooting, and big-game shot selection.

Safety is the number one priority, and several qualified instructors will be located at all
stations. Shooting glasses and/or hearing protection will be used for appropriate stations, and safe gun handling and archery use will be the first requirement of all participants.

Shotguns, pellet guns, ammunition, targets, binoculars, fishing poles and archery equipment will be loaned at no cost for the duration of the event. Participants between ages 10 and 18 may bring their own shotguns, ammunition, and archery equipment if they choose. Organizers ask that personal firearms and archery equipment are unloaded and in safe, operating condition before bringing them to the event. No broadheads are allowed if bringing personal archery equipment, only field tips, and we encourage participants to mark their arrows for easy identification. All firearms and archery equipment will be inspected by organizers to ensure its field-worthiness.

The Glasgow Trap Club is located off Skylark Road, north of Glasgow. After turning onto Skylark Road from Highway 2, veer right after a tenth of a mile, and then veer left. Follow the gravel road another two-tenths of a mile until arriving at the Trap Club on the right. Parents are asked to stay, especially with the younger kids. Please contact Marc Kloker at FWP with any questions or concerns at 406-228-3704.

Friday, August 19th 2016
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Concludes Season With The Woman In Black
Something new to the Fort Peck Theatre Stage: A Thriller! Recently turned into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, two men enter a theatre with hopes of finding the identity of a mysterious Woman in Black. Often times very funny, (with lots of suspense but no gore), this play is sure to induce a few goosebumps, but no nightmares!

The Woman in Black stars Mace Archer and Jay Michael Roberts. Archer, a Montana native born in Butte and raised in Billings, was a founder and the Producing Artistic Director of Venture Theatre in Billings, MT, now the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently the Artistic Director at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, a suburb of Portland.   Earlier this season, Roberts was scenic designer for The Last Five Years and My Way, and appeared as Padre in Man of LaMancha and Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins. He is also recently designed and a major new project at Glasgow’s Pioneer Museum.

The Woman in Black is directed by Andy Meyers, with special help from Megan Wiltshire. Costume design is by Corrine Schabile, Lighting Design is by Spencer Perry and Sound Design is by Connor Adams.

Friday, August 19th 2016
Glasgow Pool Shuts Down For 2016
According to Jorey Casterline, head of the Glasgow Recreation Department, they have been forced to close the city swimming pool for the year.

Casterline said mechanical issues are forcing the city of Glasgow to close the pool for 2016.

He stated that it was a safety issue as well.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Color Run Is Saturday
Glasgow's second annual color run is coming up this Saturday. It starts at 9 a.m. at the Glasgow Recreation Department.

The event is a fundraiser for the Warriors on the Water Project. The Run/Walk is a 2.5 mile untimed event, highlighted by participants being sprayed with powdered paint at various points along the course.

Entry fee is $25; participants are asked to enter as soon as possible at the Glasgow Recreation Department. Entry fee includes a Paint Run/Walk T-shirt.

Everyone is invited to come together as a community and help support our veterans!

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Final Hump Day Of The Summer
Today (Wednesday) marks the final Hump Day of the summer for area businesses.

This year, businesses have been offering special deals on the third Wednesday of each month, in June, July and August. Many businesses will have extra discounts between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today.

The event is put on by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Hi-Line Homes To Hold Open House
Hi-Line Home Programs, Inc., is celebrating 40 years of working with children & families in N.E. Montana. They will have an Open House Celebration at the Glasgow Office, 605 3rd Ave. South, Thurs. Aug. 18th from 1-4p.m. Everyone is welcome to come meet the staff & learn about the work they do.
Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Sailing Weekend Coming Up
The 2016 Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta will take place at the Fort Peck Marina Aug. 19th – 21st.

Events begin Fri. Aug. 19th at 2p.m. with a Dry-Land Presentation, followed by “On the Water Practices” & dinner at 6p.m.

Registration/Breakfast is 8-9a.m. Saturday, followed by Competitors meeting; races will take place through 5p.m. & dinner will be at 6p.m.

Races begin at 10a.m. Sunday with the last race at 2:30p.m. followed by the awards ceremony.

Volunteers & spectators are welcome. For more information, contact Rafe at 263-2468 or Julie at 939-0280.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Family Appreciation Day, Street Dance & Fair Set For Friday Night
A family appreciation day will be held this Friday, August 19th from 5-8 p.m. at the west parking lot of Prairie Ridge.

Over a dozen businesses will be participating with prizes, games and other activities. Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital will have a basketball hoop set up, and other games include blackjack and redneck horseshoes.

A free dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m.

3 Amigos and friends will be playing music for the street dance. The Flatland Cruisers Car Club will have a car show. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2016 inductions
Today the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the ninth class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.

“Our volunteer trustees around Montana vote on nominations that come from the district in which they reside,” said Jeff Bolstad, Helena State Farm agent and MCHF&WHC President. “It gives the local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honor those who have made an impact in their part of the state and represent Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations.”

The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2016 inductions allowed the election of up to one Living Inductee and two Legacy Inductees from each of the 12 districts.

The 2016 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:

District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, & Valley Counties): Living Award – Edgar Richardson, Scobey. Legacy Award – Fire Bear - William Standing, Oswego and Tande Ranch, Scobey.

District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, & Wibaux Counties): Living Award – Lawrence C. “Buck” Roberts, Wibaux. Legacy Award – William James “Bill” Brown, Sr., Sand Springs and Paul Kasten, Brockway.

District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, & Treasure Counties): Living Award – William Jr. “Chuck” Hubing, Miles City. Legacy Award – Gary Grant Gatlin, Broadus and Johnny Morris, Broadus.

District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, & Liberty Counties): Living Award – Aaron “Duke” Pursley, Big Sandy. Legacy Award – Gordon Charles “Buck” Boyce, Havre.

District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole Counties): Living Award – Donald Patrick Hogan, Great Falls. Legacy Award – Hattie Maria (Webb) Dear, Cascade and Jules Klint “Duke” Gustafson, Great Falls.

District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, & Wheatland Counties): Living Award – Clinton H. “Clint” & Sharon E. (Henderson) Martin, Lewistown. Legacy Award – George R. “Sonny” Smith, Grass Range and William “Bill” Skelton, Stanford.

District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, & Yellowstone Counties): Living Award – Henry & Lorraine Valgamore, Big Timber. Legacy Award – Ella Maude (Daylong) Huntington, Billings and High Bird - Dr. Joseph “Joe” Medicine Crow, Crow Agency.

District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties): Living Award – Jack Leroy “Doc” Rea, Helena. Legacy Award – Frank James “Gary” Cooper, Helena and Robert F. “Bob” Morgan, Helena.

District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, & Park Counties): Living Award – James Earl “Jimmy” Sarrazin, Wilsall. Legacy Award – Gerard “Bud” Story Burkhart, Bozeman and “Indian Jack” Hart, Livingston.

District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, & Sanders Counties): Legacy Award – Lester P. “Les” Baldwin, Polson and The Park Saddle Horse Company, Glacier National Park.

District 11 (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties): Living Award – Arnold D. “Smoke” Elser, Missoula. Legacy Award – Charles James “Charlie” Yerian, Corvallis and Elton Vanleir Brechbill, Stevensville.
District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, & Powell Counties): Living Award – Paul Irving Greany, Drummond. Legacy Award – Donald Philip “Don” Harrington, Dillon and Samuel Russel “Sam” McDowell, Wisdom.

Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 274 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF & WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016
Montana Tribes' Request For Bison Hits Hurdle
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to transfer wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Montana American Indian reservation is meeting resistance from state livestock officials.

Leaders of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes on Monday asked the state Board of Livestock to support moving 49 bison captured last winter.

Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure says a $500,000 facility has been built on the reservation to keep the animals from escaping.

But state veterinarian Marty Zaluski told livestock board members that state law prohibits moving the bison until they are certified as disease-free.

Zaluski says the animals need to remain in quarantine inside or near Yellowstone for up to two-and-a-half years to be certain they're not infected.

Many Yellowstone bison carry the disease brucellosis. There have been no recorded transmissions from bison to livestock.

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

Tuesday, August 16th 2016
Meth Addiction Devastates Fort Peck Reservation
(From KTVQ)

Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said methamphetamine is the big problem on the Fort Peck Reservation.

“During the day, Poplar, Wolf Point, Frazier, Oswego, Brockton they’re all great places,” said Detective Ken Trottier, who works for the Fort Peck Justice Department. “Great people out, I call them the working class people. At night, when everyone is off work and it’s time to go to bed, the good people go to bed and our criminal element comes out at night.”

The drug itself breaks into homes and infiltrates families, destroying hope.

“We’ve had 70 year-olds test positive and kids as young as 12 and 13 test positive for meth,” said Trottier.

Trottier estimates that about 60 percent of Roosevelt County residents are addicted to methamphetamine, opioids, or both.

And those are the addicts who choose to use the drug.

On the Fort Peck Reservation, babies are born just as addicted as those who can actually walk the streets in search of their next fix.

Fort Peck Chief Judge Stacie Crawford Smith grew up on the reservation and said she’s witnessed the methamphetamine epidemic develop over the years.

Smith is at the head of the tribe’s inundated justice system, which she says sees on average 15 methamphetamine cases each week.

That’s 45 percent more cases than Yellowstone County, which has 10 times the population.

Trottier and Frederick say methamphetamine has played a direct role in four murders this year.

Monday, August 15th 2016
Another Successful Relay For Life
It was another successful Relay For Life on Saturday at the Valley County fairgrounds.

Estimates as of this morning were at $57,000 raised so far. The goal is $65,000 by the end of August. The event in Glasgow typically raises as much or more than many other larger communities. Numbers from other cities included Missoula with $57,500 Great Falls with $35,000 and Havre with $9000.

Over 75 survivors and over 200 people turned out on Saturday. 1,029 luminaria were lit in honor or memory of loved ones.

Monday, August 15th 2016
Highway 2 Expansion Unlikely
(From the Billings Gazette)
Havre Bob Sivertsen has devoted much of his life to the expansion of U.S. Highway 2 into a modern four-lane highway running the entire 667 miles across the top of the state. 

"We have become the bottleneck for trade and free flow of traffic," Sivertsen said. "The problem is the Montana Highway 2 is the only segment of the Highway 2 system that is not four lanes, yet we are the connectivity."

Sivertsen thinks a modern four-lane road would bring more truck traffic to the top of the state and promote a robust economy through a part of Montana that is losing businesses and population. He believes it strongly enough he’s spent his golden years doing things like hand-delivering surveys to every business along the road from Bainville to Troy.

He’s not alone in his quest. His Highway 2 Association has several hundred members. Their signs calling for “4 for 2” dot the region, mostly hung on or near buildings with boarded-up windows and peeling siding, structures that used to house now-closed businesses Sivertsen argues could be thriving if towns only saw the volume of traffic a four-lane road would bring.

But despite his best efforts, an expanded U.S. 2 isn’t happening in the near or distant future because there just isn’t a way to pay for it.

A bill passed in 2001 and sponsored by former state Sen. Sam Kitzenberg of Glasgow called for Montana make U.S. 2 four lanes across the state but did not set aside money. It only directed the state to pursue funding and even limited the Department of Transportation to not spend resources on the highway that would jeopardize other state highway projects.

Daily vehicle counts on the road are nowhere near what they need to be to justify an expansion, according to the DOT. Though the road is four lanes through North Dakota, there it runs through bigger towns with traffic that supported an expansion process started decades ago. But Sivertsen says the population won't grow without a bigger road.

U.S. 2 is part of the national highway system and improvements to the road are mostly funded by the federal government. This fiscal year the state of Montana has about $105 million to spend on all its national highways. State law says that money must be split between five highway districts; U.S. 2 runs through three of them.

"That’s a lot of money, but when you think about it, that’s a lot of highway," Tooley said. "If you split that up now you’re down to maybe $60 million that you could spend on every national highway in all three of those districts" U.S. 2 passes through.

There are 667 miles of U.S. 2 through Montana and the average cost per mile for reconstruction is about $1 million.

"We could put every dollar we have just into U.S. 2 and it’s not really going to get anywhere as far as rebuilding that highway," Tooley said.

It would cost $16 billion to handle all the highway transportation improvements Montana needs over the next decade, according to the DOT. And state and federal resources will only generate $4.5 billion.

Data kept by the DOT tracks traffic on the road. The busiest segment, where U.S. 2 goes through Kalispell, sees an average of 16,397 vehicles a day. But the next heaviest-traveled stretch of road sees 56 percent less daily traffic, with 9,149 vehicles running through where U.S. 87 meets U.S. 2 outside Havre. And other segments of the road, like near Shelby or between Havre 

Monday, August 15th 2016
Tribes To Request Transfer Of Bison Today
(From NBC Montana)BILLINGS, Mont. - Leaders of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes want livestock officials to support the transfer of 49 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to their northeastern Montana reservation.

Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure said he will make the request to the Montana Board of Livestock today.

The bison were captured last winter under a program that restricts the animals' seasonal migration into Montana.

Many Yellowstone bison carry brucellosis. That's a disease feared by the livestock industry because it can cause cattle to abort their young.

Azure says the bison have been tested to ensure they are not infected.

State veterinarian Marty Zaluski says brucellosis testing protocols call for the animals to be held in quarantine for up to two-and-a-half years. He says that only then would they be considered disease-free.

Friday, August 12th 2016
Logan Gunderson Talks With Stan Ozark About Paint Run To Benefit Warriors On The Water
Stan Ozark visited with Logan Gunderson about the upcoming Paint Run to benefit Warriors on the Water.

Logan Gunderson.

Thursday, August 11th 2016
Valley County Commissioners Approve 2% Salary Increase For Elected Officials And County Employees
The Valley County Commissioners have approved a 2% increase in pay for all elected officials and county employees.

The salary increase will cost Valley County nearly $80,000 for fiscal year 2016-2017.

The 2% increase will increase elected official salaries to this level:

Valley County Commissioner- $45,816.80
Clerk of District Court- $45,816.80
Treasurer- $45,816.80
Clerk and Recorder/Assessor/Superintendent of Schools- $52,389.32
Justice of the Peace- $27,490.08
Sheriff/Coroner- $49,370.90
County Attorney- $108,908.14

Thursday, August 11th 2016
Rod Karst And Mona Amundson Talk About This Weekends Northeast Montana Relay For Life
Stan Ozark visited with Mona Amundson and Rod Karst about this weekends Northeast Montana Relay For Life at the Northeast Montana Fairgrounds. Here is the full interview:

Relay For Life.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016
Culbertson Man Dies In Crash Near Fort Kipp
FORT KIPP, Mont. (AP) — A 63-year-old Culbertson man was killed in a one-vehicle crash near Fort Kipp, on the southeastern corner of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports the man was eastbound on BIA Route 1 just before 7:30 p.m. Monday when his minivan went into the ditch. It traveled in the ditch for a distance, struck an approach and flipped end over end, landing on its roof.

The man died at the scene. His name has not been released.

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

Monday, August 8th 2016
MSU Extension Meeting Set For Tuesday On New Veterinary Feed Directive
MSU Extension beef cattle specialists will host a meeting Tues. Aug. 9th at the Cottonwood Inn from 1-5p.m. to help livestock producers understand a new ruling by the US Food & Drug Administration concerning feed-grade antibiotics.

The veterinary feed directive, or VFD, was developed by the USFDA & will impact how producers feed their livestock. The VFD impacts feed-grade antibiotics that are medically important, which are antibiotics used in both human & animal medicine. The VFD rule will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2017.

In preparation for the rule, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialists Megan Van Emon & Rachel Endecott & Montana Veterinary Medical Association President-Elect Katie Rein will present the meeting which will focus on the VFD basics, label changes, veterinary-client-patient-relationships, required information on a VFD form, impacts on minor species & other information. The goal of the meetings is to provide information that will help attendees aid in the ease of implementation of the VFD rule.

Meeting attendees will be given information in a binder, courtesy of the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center.

Please RSVP to Shelly Mills, 228-6241 or smills@montana.edu. 

Monday, August 8th 2016
Women's Kayaking Class Is Full
The Becoming an Outdoor Woman Beginning Kayaking Class Offered Near Fort Peck is Full

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Beginning Kayaking Class offered near Fort Peck on August 13 is full.

Due to the overwhelming interest, plans are already in the works to hold additional classes in the summer of 2017. Please keep a lookout for future classes offered. If there are any questions, contact Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Monday, August 8th 2016
Last Hunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow, for Youth and Adults
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the last hunter education courses in the Glasgow area for this year. There will be an adult online “field day” course on August 23, and a regular youth classroom course August 25-27.

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online hunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.
The adult field course will be held from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, at the Quonset building at the FWP Headquarters in Glasgow.

For youth, to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2016 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2017. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for this event must be 10 years of age by August 25, 2016.

The youth classroom course will also be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26, and from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27.
Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Before students can pick up a manual, however, they must be registered and have printed and signed all necessary forms.

Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before class on Thursday, August 25. If workbooks are not complete, students will not be able to continue the course.

To register and learn more about the hunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Monday, August 8th 2016
Missing Fishermen Found On Missouri River Below Fort Peck Dam
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that the VCSO and Valley County Search and Rescue spent a large portion of Sunday evening searching for 3 missing fishermen on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam.

The 3 fishermen finally were able to make contact with authorities late Sunday evening near Wiota on the Missouri River. The search took almost 6 hours before the men made contact with authorities after their fishing boat ran out of gas. Sheriff Meier said the men put their boat on the river about 2pm and were expected back at their cabin around 6pm. When they didn't return at the expected time, authorities were contacted.

Sheriff Meier said that Valley County Search and Rescue and the VCSO have been busy on the Missouri River as more and more people are floating the river with kayaks, rafts and boats.

Meier reminds people to plan your float and have your cell phone handy or a way to communicate with someone if something out of the ordinary occurs.

The saying is "Plan your float and float your plan".

Friday, August 5th 2016
District Court Judge John McKeon To Retire November 30th
Chief Justice Mike McGrath has notified the Judicial Nomination Commission that the Hon. John McKeon, district judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District (Blaine, Phillips, and Valley counties), will resign his position effective November 30, 2016.

The Commission is now accepting applications from any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the position of district court judge. The application form is available electronically at http://courts.mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2016. The Commission will announce the names of the applicants thereafter.

The public is encouraged to contact Commission members regarding the applicants during the public comment period, which will begin Friday, September 2, 2016, and close Monday, October 3, 2016.

The Commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to the governor for appointment after reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary. The person appointed by the governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2017 legislative session. If confirmed, the appointee will serve for the remainder of Judge McKeon’s term, which expires January 2019. The annual salary for the position is $126,132.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Janice Bishop of Missoula, Karl Englund of Missoula, Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.

Thursday, August 4th 2016
Missouri Basin Runoff Below Average in July
July runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 2.3 million acre feet (MAF), 69 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This follows a June runoff that was 74 percent of average. The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 22.7 MAF, which is 89 percent of the historic average.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 59.4 MAF, occupying 3.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “System storage peaked on June 22 at 60.1 MAF and is gradually declining. The water currently stored in the annual flood control zone will be released during the remainder of the year to serve navigation, water supply and other downstream purposes and will be completely evacuated prior to the start of next year’s runoff season,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

The September 1 system storage check will determine the winter releases from Gavins Point. As previously announced, the Corps will be providing flows to support full-service navigation as well as a full, eight-month navigation season. Full-service flow support is generally sufficient to provide a navigation channel that is 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide. “Gavins Point releases will be adjusted as necessary to meet full-service navigation targets in reaches with commercial navigation,” added Farhat.

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 25,000 cfs during July. Releases currently remain at 25,000 cfs and may be gradually increased later in August 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 July at elevation 1206.2 feet and will remain near elevation 1206.0 feet during August.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 23,900 cfs in July. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired elevation at Gavins Point Dam. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1355.2 feet, falling 1.1 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to remain near elevation 1355.2 feet during August.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 20,900 cfs in July. Releases are expected to average 24,900 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during August.
Oahe Dam releases averaged 23,500 cfs during July. Releases are expected to average 24,700 cfs in August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1611.6 feet, falling 0.6 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall approximately 1 foot during August.

Garrison Dam releases were reduced from 21,000 cfs to 20,000 cfs in mid-July, averaging 20,300 cfs during the month. Releases will be remain near 20,000 cfs during August. Garrison ended July at elevation 1841.3 feet, falling 0.7 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall less than 2 feet during August.

Fort Peck Dam releases were reduced from 9,000 cfs to 8,000 cfs in July, averaging 8,300 cfs for the month. Releases will be remain near 8,000 cfs in August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 2235.1 feet, down 0.7 feet during the month. The reservoir level is forecast to fall less than 2 feet during August ending the month near elevation 2233.4 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 810 million kWh of electricity in July. Typical energy generation for July is 942 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 8.0 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

Thursday, August 4th 2016
Congressional Debate To Be Held In Frazer
The campaigns of Rep. Ryan Zinke and State Superintendent Denise Juneau are pleased to announce that the candidates have agreed to at least a series of four debates statewide with Montana media partners.

Juneau and Zinke are running for Montana’s lone congressional seat. Debates will be held in both urban and rural areas of the state. Dates, times and venues are still being negotiated, but the candidates have agreed to the following:

• Billings debate, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., Petro Theater, Montana State University-Billings campus. Panelists: Tom Lutey of The Billings Gazette, Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio and KULR8.

• Fort Peck Reservation (Frazer), Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., Frazer School, sponsored by the McCone, Roosevelt, and Valley Montana Farm Bureaus, moderated by the Glasgow Courier and Yellowstone Public Radio.

• Great Falls, Oct. 5, Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU, debate to be hosted by the Montana Farmers Union and the Great Falls Tribune.

Both campaigns would like to hold a debate on the Crow Nation and are committed to working with tribal leaders to help facilitate such an event. Media partners KULR8, Billings Gazette and Yellowstone Public Radio have also agreed to help moderate, publicize and cover the event.

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows will also be invited to participate as a candidate in each debate.

Yellowstone Public Radio is planning to carry the Billings and Great Falls debates “live” and will make a feed available to other state media.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016
Glasgow City Council Votes Unanimously To Approve Pet Ordinance For Glasgow Residents
The Glasgow City Council voted unanimously on Monday 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.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
Relay For Life Looking For Mr. Geezer Pageant Participants
The Northeast Montana Relay For Life is looking for some mature gentlemen from around Valley County to participate in their 2nd Annual Mr. Geezer Relay Pageant. The pageant will take place on Saturday, August 13th at the Valley County Fairgrounds as part of the Northeast Montana Relay For Life. They are looking for one entrant from each of the following communities: Glasgow, Hinsdale, Nashua, Opheim and St. Marie (we will take other community representatives too).

Fort Peck will be represented by Marvin Johnson. The contest is sponsored by 5th Ave. Pharmacy. The entire pageant only takes thirty minutes and there are prizes for each of the participants. Last year's winner of the title (Ken Kautz won a S.U.V. for his efforts (socks, underwear and Viagra!). If you would like to represent your community, then contact Rod Karst at 263-8757.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
Sweet Spots to Take a Selfie in #GlasgowMT & #FtPeckMT
The selfie, come on we all do it. From gorgeous vacation spots to Friday night drinks with friends, these self-portraits are a social media mainstay.

Make no mistake you do not need to be on an incredible vacation to take a sweet solo snap. Take a staycation in #GlasgowMT and #FtPeckMT and journal your adventure with killer selfies at these awesome spots with that magical device- your cellphone.

It’s about time you said, “Cheese” at one of these iconic spots.
Ft Peck-#ftpeckmt
Kiwanis Park
Ft Peck Interpretive Center
Ft Peck Summer Theater
Ft Peck Hotel
Ft Peck Marina
Lewis & Clark overlook
Memorial overlook
Milk River overlook

Glasgow- #glasgowmt
Home Run Pond
Sullivan Park Trail
Centennial Park
Sunnyside Golf Course
Downtown Glasgow
Children’s Museum
World Wildlife Exhibit
Pioneer Museum
Busted Knuckle
Glasgow High School
Glasgow International Airport
Loaded Toad

Monday, August 1st 2016
Prosecutor won’t pursue felony charges against Beach
BILLINGS — A Montana prosecutor said Friday that he’s not pursuing felony charges at this time against a man accused of sexually propositioning a 12-year-old girl two months after he was granted clemency in a 1979 murder.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said Friday that he’s sent the complaint involving Barry Beach to Billings City Attorney Brent Brooks and corrections officials for their review.

That means the matter still could be considered for potential misdemeanor charges or as grounds for revocation of Beach’s probation.

Twito said he outlined his rationale for not seeking criminal charges in memos he sent to the city and probation officials with the Department of Corrections. He declined to discuss the contents or provide further details on the results of his office’s investigation.

Beach declined to talk about the case when reached by The Associated Press.

“I think it’s just too delicate on everybody’s behalf,” he said.

Brooks said his office would be reviewing the case and make a decision in the next several weeks.

Beach was placed on probation for 10 years as a condition of the clemency granted him by Gov. Steve Bullock in November.

He was convicted in 1983 and sentenced to 100 years prison for killing Kimberly Nees of Poplar, but had long denied any involvement.

The accusation involving the 12-year-old girl was first publicly reported in late June, more than five months after the alleged victim’s mother filed a complaint with police.

According to that report, Beach picked up the girl in his vehicle late at night on Jan. 10 along a road in Billings. The girl had run away from a center for troubled youth, according to the girl’s mother.

The woman told police that Beach asked her daughter if he could touch her and if she would touch him. The girl told him no, according to the report.

Beach later dropped the girl off about a half block from her house, according to the woman.

The girl’s mother could not be reached for comment Friday. A telephone number she previously used was no longer in service.

Beach’s mother, Bobbi Clincher, said she does not believe any crime occurred.

“He said, ‘I could look at her and tell she was just a little girl. Why would I want to touch her?’” Clincher recalled Beach telling her.

Even if any of it were true, she said, the girl said she said “no” and it didn’t happen, so no crime occurred.

Under the conditions of his release, Beach would not have to be convicted or even charged with a new crime for authorities to revoke his probation.

Potential sanctions could range from more stringent probation conditions or jail time, to a return to prison for Beach to serve out the remainder of his 100-year original sentence.

A final determination would be up to a judge.

Monday, August 1st 2016
Montana economy shrinks for second straight quarter
BILLINGS (AP) — The Montana economy has shrunk for the second straight quarter as oil and gas, timber, mining, agriculture and transportation all reported losses.

The Billings Gazette reports that according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis report issued this week, drops in industry pulled Montana’s gross domestic product into negative figures for the last three months of 2015 as well as the first quarter of 2016.

Bureau of Economic Analysis spokesman Thomas Dale says Montana was particularly affected by dips in transportation and mining.

In the final quarter of 2015, the state’s gross domestic product shrank 1 percent. It contracted 0.9 percent in the first three months of 2016.

According to the report, transportation declined as a result of slowing coal production. In Montana, coal is 71 percent of BNSF’s shipments.

Monday, August 1st 2016
Glasgow City Council To Consider Pet Ordinance And Water And Sewer Rate Increases At Monday Meeting
The Glasgow city Council will consider a new pet ordinance for city residents that will limit each residence to no more then 3 dogs or no more then 3 cats.

The City Council will vote on 2nd reading the new pet ordinance that is being proposed.

The City Council will also hold a public hearing on a proposed 2% increase on the base rates for water and sewer customers in the city.

The meeting begins at 5:30pm tonight.

Thursday, July 28th 2016
52-Year Old Glasgow Woman Charged With Distribution Of Dangerous Drugs
The Valley County Sheriff's Office arrested 52-year old Andrea Gardner on Wednesday and charged her with 4 counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs-prescription drugs.

Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that Gardner was arrested at her residence in Glasgow at 520 8th Street North on Wednesday.

She was incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center and was expected to appear in front of Justice of the Peace on Thursday. Her charges are expected to be remanded to District Court where she will have to make an appearance in front of Judge John McKeon.

Sheriff Meier said the investigation was conducted by the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force along with the Valley County Sheriff's Office and the DEA.

Thursday, July 28th 2016
Update On Phillips County Deputy
A Phillips County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man during a confrontation Wednesday along U.S. Highway 191 southwest of Malta.

Early Wednesday morning, Phillips County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Guderjahn responded to a call about a suspicious male walking along U.S. 191 near mile marker 122, according to the Montana Department of Justice.

When confronted, the suspect attacked and stabbed Guderjahn multiple times. The deputy discharged his firearm, killing the suspect.

Dan O’Brien, deputy county attorney for Phillips County, said Guderjahn is a veteran law enforcement officer who has worked for the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years. Guderjahn is in Great Falls for treatment and observation.

On Wednesday afternoon, Guderjahn’s status was listed as “good,” according to Benefis Health System spokeswoman Keri Garman. A “good” status means his vital signs are in normal range, he is conscious and comfortable and his outlook for recovery is good to excellence.

The Phillips County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation to investigate the incident. The Montana Highway Patrol is also assisting with incident scene management.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016
Man Shot, Killed After Stabbing Phillips County Sheriff's Deputy
Early this morning, a Phillips County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a suspicious male walking along US 191 near mile marker 122. When confronted, the suspect attacked and stabbed the deputy multiple times. The deputy discharged his firearm, killing the suspect. The deputy is currently in Great Falls for treatment and observation.

The Phillips County Sheriff has asked the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation to investigate the incident. The Montana Highway Patrol is also assisting with incident scene management.

Drivers should expect delays on US 191 until the incident scene is cleared.

More details will be released at a later time.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016
Feda Scholarship Winners Announced

Two Glasgow High School graduates have been awarded the Feda Scholarship for the Trades for 2016. Each student will receive $2,000, said Ken Oster, who chairs the Valley County Community Foundation, which administers the fund.

Brett See will study agronomy at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. She is looking forward to a career working with farmers, helping determine what is best for their crops. She was active in 4-H, BPA, rodeo and works part time.

Cody King will study at the Northwest Lineman College and plans to work as an electrical lineman. He has a particular interest in restoring power to natural disasters. He too was active in 4-H in addition to high school sports, Reds baseball and AAU Wrestling.

Audrey and Gerry Feda of Glasgow established the scholarship to benefit graduates of Valley County high schools who pursue post-secondary education in the trades. Applications are available to graduating seniors and previous Feda Scholarship recipients. Eleven students have received scholarships since 2009

Applications for 2017 will be available next spring. Notice of the deadline for applications is given through local media, high school guidance counselors and the VCCF website: www.valleycountycf.net.

Tuesday, July 26th 2016
Stan Ozark Visits With Brad Mates Of Emerson Drive
Brad Mates, lead vocalist and founding member of Emerson Drive, called in and visited with Stan Ozark of Kltz Radio on Tuesday morning.

Emerson Drive will be headlining the Northeast Montana Fair Concert on Friday evening.

Emerson Drive.

Monday, July 25th 2016
Disney’s Mary Poppins Flies Onto The Fort Peck Summer Theatre Stage
A perfect evening for the entire family, the world’s most famous nanny flies into town, as only Fort Peck Summer Theatre can do it. Loaded with tap-dancing, magic and special effects, get ready to hum along to all your favorite tunes, as Disney’s classic film comes alive on stage for the first time at FPST!

Starring as Mary Poppins and Bert are Glasgow native Quinn Vaira and FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers. This will mark Vaira and Meyers’ 17th appearance together, having most memorably at FPST played opposite each other as Mrs. and Mr. Bucket in Willy Wonka, Marian and Harold in The Music Man, and Fiona and Shrek in Shrek.

2 sets of young actors alternate in the roles of Jane and Michael Banks: Kaylin Poirier of Saskatoon, Canada, Ali Kuka of Glasgow, Kaitlyn Miller of Nashua and Chloe Sutter of Miles City.

Mary Poppins is directed and choreographed by Heather Adams, founder and director of Downtown Dance Collective in Missoula, whose previous FPST credits include Always….Patsy Cline, The Music Man and A Grand Night for Singing. Alicia Bullock-Muth returns as musical director, and to play the Bird Woman.

Performances are July 29-Aug. 14: 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.

Monday, July 25th 2016
Two Candidates Have Now Filed For Valley County Attorney Position
Earlier this month the Valley County Commissioners appointed Dylan Jensen to the position of Valley County Attorney.

Due to the timing of the appointment, there has to be an election to fill the unexpired 2-year term of Valley County Attorney.

Dylan Jensen filed for the election last week and now Casey Moore has filed so as of now there is a two person race for the position. Both Jensen and Moore will be on the November 8th ballot.

The filing deadline is this Friday at 5pm.

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 School
The Grocery Store
B & S Quick Stop
· Liberty Quick Stop
Finley’s Food Farm
Circle Country Market
Culbertson Public Library
Al’s Town & Country Store
Grain Growers Oil Company
Kwik Stop
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
Froid Grocery
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
Shady Rest RV Park
EZ Mart store

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

· Sweet memories
Midway Mercantile (Across from Ma’s Loma Cafe) (Revise name)
Phillips County Library
Westside Conoco Convenience Store
Lake Pit Stop store
B&B Foods
Pro Co-Op
Dutch Henry’s Club
Sheridan County Library
Ace Hardware
Chippewa-Cree Tribal TANF office
· Pay-n-Save
· Sleeping Buffalo Hotsprings

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
10:00-Knapweed Biology and Control-Stone Tihista-Valley County Weed District
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.

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