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DIAMOND RIO TO HEADLINE NORTHEAST MONTANA FAIR CONCERT

Wednesday, December 11th 2019

GLASGOW, MONTANA – December 10, 2019 – Following a phenomenal return to the Northeast Montana Fair (NEMF) Concert in 2016, the NEMF Concert Committee is pleased to announce that Grammy winning band Diamond Rio will be taking the stage on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
With hits like “Meet in The Middle,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In A Week or Two,” and more, Diamond Rio is sure to have the crowd singing and dancing along.

The opening act is now being negotiated with plans to again host the widely enjoyed after-party in the beer gardens following the main concert.

After a multi-year hiatus, the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Milk River Motor Sports, KLTZ/Mix-93, Glasgow Rodeo Committee, and Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District worked together to resurrect the fair concert in 2016. “Our goal is to get 2000 people at this event,” said Committee Chair Haylie Shipp. “Last year we had just over 1400 attendees.” She added that the concert will continue to grow in caliber as the attendance increases.
Just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers, pre-sale ticket vouchers are on sale now at the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 54147 US Hwy 2, Suite 2. Adult tickets are $40, student tickets (ages 5-12) are $20, and children under 5 will again get into the concert for free.

General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Elk Shoulder Season Starts Soon

Wednesday, December 11th 2019

For the fourth year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting with a specific B-license. This year’s shoulder season will run from Dec. 15-Jan. 15, 2020. Elk licenses (general elk or B-licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season, either a:
• 699-00 Elk B-license-valid in HDs 620, 621, 622, 630, 631, 632-on all public and private lands, not including CMR National Wildlife Refuge
• 696-00 Elk B-license-valid in HDs 680 & 690 on all public and private lands
A shoulder season is a firearms season that occurs outside the general season and is focused on antlerless elk harvest. Shoulder seasons are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general seasons but aim to provide additional antlerless elk harvest to bring elk populations closer to objectives.
Shoulder seasons have specific objectives, and the Fish and Wildlife commission and department will monitor the success of shoulder seasons in each hunting district to ensure they are meeting the fundamental objectives.
Even though a shoulder season occurs outside the general season, all hunting regulations apply, including (but not limited to): obtaining landowner permission to hunt on private lands, properly validating your tag, wearing 400 square inches of orange above the waste, following legal shooting times, not shooting across a public road or right of way, retaining evidence of sex of the animal, and not shooting from a vehicle.
FWP suggests that hunters contact private landowners as early as possible, and to please be respectful during the holiday season. Shoulder season licenses are also valid on legally accessible public lands (except CMR Wildlife Refuge lands), and in participating Block Management lands.
Block Management cooperators were given the opportunity to opt out of the shoulder season, and four Block Management Areas (BMAs) in the shoulder season districts are not participating in the shoulder season for elk: #1 Springer, #21 Thorstad, #191 Wortman, and #48 Burke Ranch. These BMAs are, however, still open for upland bird hunting through Jan. 1. Permission for the participating shoulder season BMA’s are the same as they were for the general season, which can be found in our Hunting Access Guide.
Biologists would like to remind license holders that this is not a “damage hunt,” with elk stacked up in concentrated areas. Hunters should prepare to hunt hard for elk, no different than any other hunting season. Expect variable weather conditions to possibly include deep snow, cold, and/or muddy conditions. Hunters should have means to retrieve elk over potentially long distances.
Region 6 will not have any shoulder season hunt information coordinators. If there are any general questions concerning the shoulder season in Region 6, the FWP website contains a wealth of information at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/seasons/elkShoulder/, or please contact the following:
• Questions about the 699-00 license can be directed to the FWP Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.
• Questions about the 696-00 license can be directed to the FWP Region 6 field office in Havre at 406-265-6177.

Glasgow Public Works Director Bob Kompel Explains Priority List For Removing Snow From City Streets

Tuesday, December 10th 2019

Glasgow has received 16.7 inches of snow this winter which is 8.5 inches ahead of the normal amount received. City of Glasgow Public Works Director Bob Kompel explains the priority list for city streets to be cleared of snow.


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Montana High School Rodeo Association Members Selling Raffle Tickets

Tuesday, December 10th 2019

The Montana High School Rodeo Association has its major fund-raiser underway — selling raffle tickets for three great prizes. Each member is expected to sell a minimum of 30 tickets.

Pictured are, back row, Jack Cornwell (calf roper, team roper) current MHSRA President Georgia Orahood (a senior at Malta High School who does goat tying, breakaway, team roping, cow horse and cutting), Brooke Billingsley (barrels, poles, breakaway, goat tying, ribbon roping) and Aden Zoanni (calf roping and team roping). On the 2019 Polaris Sportsman 450 4-wheeler (second prize) are Bailey Billingsley (barrels, poles, flag race, goat tying) and Blaire Billingsley (future rodeo contestant). Not pictured is Trevor Klind(calf roping and team roping).

The grand prize is a 2020 Logan Bullseye Three Horse Slant Load Trailer load with closet tack. 3rd prize is a Pit Boss Pellet Grill and Yeti Cooler. Tickets are available from the cowboys and cowgirls mentioned above and are also available at the Glasgow Stockyards. The drawing will be held in June at the MHSRA State Finals.

Highway 2 Association Luncheon Is December 13th

Saturday, December 7th 2019

The Highway 2 Association has scheduled a noon luncheon for Friday, Dec 13th at the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point.

Association President, Bob Sivertsen stated, “The Association is again visiting Communities in Northern Montana to discuss the importance of upgrading Hwy #2 to the extent that we will be able to compete for and attract business.”

Sivertsen pointed out that 80% of business locates in or near communities that have four lanes or better, “That pretty much explains why we have a lack luster economy in Northern Montana, yet we sit next to two of the strongest economies in North America, North Dakota and Saskatchewan” he said.

Shane Mintz, MDT District Administrator, will provide an update of projects that are included in MDT’S 5 Year Tentative Construction Plan. The Highway 2 Association has been engaged in advocating for an Adequate Transportation System in the # 2 Corridor since 2001, of which Sivertsen maintains is “The Prerequisite to Economic Development in Northern Montana.”

The Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., and the public is encouraged to attend, “We all have a stake in growing our Economy, there is strength in numbers” he concluded.

A number is needed for those planning to each lunch, so please RSVP at 406-262-2346 or laredoenterprises76@gmail.com.

Block Of Bucks Sets Another Record

Saturday, December 7th 2019

The final total raised for Block of Bucks on Friday was $38,783.28.

The previous record was 2018's total of $37,631.

Money raised goes toward Valley County children in need to shop for winter clothing.

Tester Urges USDA to Act on Northeast Montana Wheat Crisis

Friday, December 6th 2019

– Following two weeks of heavy snow in Northeast Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to reconsider his decision not to extend disaster assistance to the region’s wheat farmers who were forced to leave their crop in the ground or were left with unsellable product due to excessive moisture this harvest season.

“In the last two weeks, Northeast Montana received more than a foot of heavy, wet snow…The Additional Supplemental Appropriators for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2157) extends the [Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus] to expenses related to losses of crops as a consequence of ‘hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms, and wildfires.’ The language in this bill could not be clearer, and as such I urge you to act on it immediately and extend WHIP+ assistance to these producers.”

In September, Senator Tester sent Secretary Perdue a letter asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clarify that the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) includes value and quality losses, and that farmers in Northeast Montana facing those losses were eligible for the program. Nearly eight weeks later, USDA finally responded that they would not provide WHIP+ assistance to Montana farmers.

“I am extremely disappointed in your decision to exclude Montana farmers from the WHIP+ program for quality loss related to excessive moisture,” wrote Tester in his letter this week. “In a time of extreme market volatility and trade uncertainty, USDA’s mission is to ‘mitigate the significant risks of farming.’ In Northeast Montana, USDA is failing to deliver that objective for struggling farmers.”

As the only working farmer in the U.S. Senate, Tester has been a champion for farmers and ranchers across the country. Earlier this year, he introduced his Seeding Rural Resilience Act to help combat rising rates of farmer suicide, and The Trump Administration recently adopted his Restoring Rural Residencies Act into a rule change to bring more medical professionals into rural hospitals.

Community Cash Program Underway

Friday, December 6th 2019

2019 Community Cash Program is underway.

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

1. Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31st, 2019. Thereafter, you have until January 7, 2020 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Community cash is December 30, 2019.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from their MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber Member to accept Community Cash Script.

Merchant List:
5th Ave Pharmacy
AAA Glass
Agland Co-op-Glasgow
Albertson’s
All Seasons Home Center
Alley’s Palace
Arch’s Tire & Service
Bakers Jewelry
Big Sky Auto Accessories
Big Valley Water
Border Plains Equipment
Busy Bee Embroidery
C&B Operations
Chappell’s Automotive
Cherry Creek Gear Shop
Children’s Museum of NE MT
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
DB’s Bar & Casino
D & G Sports & Western
Dale Plumbing & Heating
Durum Restaurant
El Cor Del
Eugene’s Pizza
Ezzie’s Midtown
Ezzie’s Wholesale
Ezzie’s Westend Convenience
Fossum Materials/Century Const
Glasgow Auto Safety Center
Glasgow Flower & Gift
Hi-Line Ford
Hi Line Med Spa
Holiday
Jennifer Ray Photography
Joan Burris-Tupperware
KLTZ/KLAN Radio
Lakeridge Lodge & Bait-Ft. Peck
Markle’s Ace Hardware
Markle’s Furniture
Mirror Image Salon
Mon Dak Marine
Nemont
Newton Motors
Pehlke's Furniture
Pizza Hut
Prewett Interiors
Probst Cleaning Service
Raiders Quick Stop-Hinsdale
Red Barn Gifts
Reynolds Market
Robyn’s Nest
Rock’s Auto Mall
Sam & Jeff’s
Scott’s Track N Wheel
Scottie Express Carwash
Shippwrecked
Stoughie’s-Hinsdale
Subway
Sunnyside Golf Course
Taco Shack
T& R Trucking
Thompson & Sons
Tire Rama
Town & Country Furniture
Treasure Trail Meat Processing
Valley Builders
Valley Cinemas
Western Drug

Cape Air Receives 4-year Contract to Provide Essential Air Service Coverage to 5 Montana Communities

Friday, December 6th 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Cape Air another 4-year contract to provide Essential Air Service coverage to 5 Montana communities.

The new contract will run from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023. Cape Air is just finishing a previous contract with the Transportation Department.

Cape Air will provide 2-daily flights to Billings from Havre, Glasgow, Wolf Point and Glendive. They will also provide 4-daily flights from Sidney to Billings.

The federal government subsidizes the cost of the flights from the 5 communities to Billings.

The first year of the contract, these are the subsidies paid to Cape Air to provide the passenger air service.

Havre- $2,274,015
Glasgow- $2,137,131
Wolf Point- $2,298,572
Sidney- $4,220,148
Glendive- $2,308,580

According to the documents provided by the Transportation Department, each flight from Glasgow to Billings in the first year of the contract will be paid $1514 in subsidies. The 4th year of the contract the subsidy increases to $1654 per flight.

Cape Air also plans to phase out the Cessna 402 Aircraft currently used to provide the passenger air service. Cape Air recently purchased new Tecnam P2012 Traveler Aircraft which will be put into service in 2020. The new aircraft will have Italian leather seats, each seat will have a window and include USB charging ports. The new aircraft will also have one extra seat compared to the Cessna currently being used.

Three airlines made proposals to obtain the Essential Air Contract. But the Montana Department of Transportation and Montana Essential Air Task Force recommended the contract stay with Cape Air. Cape Air has had the contract for the past 6 years.

Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results For The 2019 Season

Thursday, December 5th 2019

The final results are in from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2019 hunting season. The check station was open for eight weekends; from Oct. 12 (the open of general antelope) through Dec. 1 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, hunter numbers were about average this year, mule deer harvest was well above average, and other big game and bird harvests were below average.

Biologists gather a lot of valuable information and biological data on game animals brought through check stations, in addition to sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) this year. FWP appreciates all hunters’ cooperation in this effort. Note that the harvest data described below includes only animals that were brought through the Havre check station and is only a partial representation of the region-wide harvest.

Hunter numbers (1,739) were down 10% from 2018, and 3% above the long-term average. Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, who manages the station, said “Weather conditions this year were not a major obstacle to hunter participation or success, but there were some stretches of time where muddy roads affected hunter access.”

Deer hunter reports on their hunting experience and success were good this year. “The most noteworthy statistic this year was the high number of mule deer checked,” said Hemmer.

Mule deer brought through the check station totaled 680 for the year, which was down 5% from last year, but 37% above the long-term average. “There were additional mule deer B tags issued this year, which may have helped contribute to the high mule deer numbers,” said Hemmer.

For the year, 109 white-tails were brought by the station, which was 23% lower than 2018, and still 21% below the long-term average.

“Hunters reported seeing increasing white-tailed deer numbers over the last few years, even if this was not reflected in the harvest,” Hemmer noted.

Antelope, whose general season ended on Nov. 10, were 27% above 2018 but still 70% below the long-term average. 80 antelope were brought by the check station this year.

“Antelope populations and license quotas in many districts are still below the long-term average due in part to the effect from the severe winter weather of 2017-2018, and other winters before that,” said Hemmer. “In addition, antelope hunter reports were highly variable depending on location, and this may have been due to antelope moving and concentrating earlier this year due to early fall snowstorms.”

For the year, 22 elk were brought by the check station, which is about half of last year’s number and 44% below the long-term average. “Reports from elk hunters this year were less favorable,” noted Hemmer. “Muddy roads limited hunter access in some areas and other hunters reported difficulty in finding elk on publicly accessible property.”

Upland bird harvest this year was still down, although if did appear to have improved slightly from last year. For the eight weeks that the check station was open, the pheasant harvest of 501 birds is above last year (18%), but still below the long-term average (-37%). Sharp-tailed grouse (63 birds) harvest was above last year’s total, but about half of the long-term average. Hungarian partridge harvest (19 birds) was the same as last year and well below the long-term average.

“The continued lower upland bird numbers is likely due to the impact of drought conditions in the summer of 2017 along with the hard winter of 2017-18,” said Hemmer. “However, pheasant production seemed better this year with 81% of the harvest consisting of juvenile birds.”

“Overall, it appeared to be a good season for hunters this year,” said Hemmer. “We sure appreciate and enjoy visiting with the hunters that come by the check station, and it’s great to see the smile on their face after a successful hunt.”

2019 Havre Check Station Harvest Summary
Total % Change 2018 Harvest % Change Long-term Average
Antelope 80 27% -70%
Mule Deer 680 -5% 37%
White-tailed Deer 109 -23% -21%
Elk 22 -54% -44%
Pheasant 501 18% -37%
Sharp-tailed Grouse 63 34% -50%
Hungarian Partridge 19 0% -68%
Ducks 24 -66% -58%
Hunters 1739 -10% 3%

Public Hearing Canceled

Thursday, December 5th 2019

The Montana Public Service Commission hearing regarding Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s Application for Authority to discontinue Regulated Natural Gas Distribution in the Saco/Bowdoin Area has been cancelled.

The hearing had been scheduled to take place at the Saco High School Gym Thurs. Dec. 5th at 10a.m.

Man Struck And Killed Along Highway 2 Near Saco

Monday, December 2nd 2019

From the Billings Gazette

HAVRE — An 18-year-old man was struck and killed by a pickup truck while walking along U.S. Highway 2 in northeastern Montana.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the teen was walking on the shoulder of the road near Saco at 12:35 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the pickup said he saw the man and swerved, but struck him with the right rear of his vehicle. KOJM-AM reports the driver stopped and called 911.

Phillips County Sheriff Jerry Lytle says an off-duty Glasgow police officer arrived shortly after the crash and attempted cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

Lytle pronounced Cash Austin Taylor died at the scene from trauma to the head. Taylor was a student at Montana State University.

Block Of Bucks Collection Day Is Friday

Monday, December 2nd 2019

Volunteers will be collecting donations for the Block of Bucks on Friday, December 6th beginning at 7 a.m. The collection boxes will be at the corners of D&G and the U.S. Post Office. They will be in operation until 5 p.m. All money collected is used to purchase warm clothing for children, infant to 17 years.

Soroptimists, with the assistance of volunteers, oversee the shopping spree on Saturday, December 7th. Volunteers are needed to help on this day as well. Any amount of volunteered time given would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asked to please report to the Elks Lodge on December 7th at 8:45 a.m. Shoppers, it would be very helpful for you to have your own pen, paper & calculator. A clipboard comes in handy too.

Please contact Monica Garten 230-1004 to volunteer.

Christmas Stroll And Holiday Activities Scheduled For Saturday

Sunday, December 1st 2019

You're invited to share a holiday Saturday with the Glasgow merchants for shopping and activities, December 7th from noon - 6:30 p.m.

8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Children's Christmas Store at Milk River Activity Center
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free Matinee at Valley Cinemas: Arthur Christmas, sponsored by Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and Albertsons

Santa Schedule:
12:15 p.m. Santa visits Prairie Ridge Village
12:30 p.m. Santa visits Valley Cinemas and downtown
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Santa at Jennifer Ray Photography with scheduled appointments, then walk-ins from 3:30-4:40, or longer if needed. You may take your own photos along with one free photo from Jennifer Ray; she'll also offer photo packages for purchase.

2:00 p.m. Polar Plunge in front of the Civic Center
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hay Rides (weather permitting) downtown
5:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Markle's parking lot
6:00 p.m. Parade of Lights

Most Glasgow business will be open until 6:30 p.m.

The 16th Annual parade of Lights will have a theme of Crazy Christmas Sweaters this year, and is sponsored by the Valley County Optimist Club. Floats will line up at 5:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 6:00 p.m. The lineup will be behind Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and will go down 1st avenue south, 2nd avenue south and in front of Prairie Ridge, then back to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital

Chamber Big Bucks will be awarded for the following categories: Most Lights, Best Youth Organization, Best Business/Commercial Float and Best Organization. There will also be a first place prize for the business with the best Christmas Decor.

Robert Kompel Explains Process of Clearing Snow in Residential Areas in Glasgow

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

Local Little Christmas Underway

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

For every $50 you spend at participating businesses , you'll receive one entry into the Local Little Christmas giveaway. Valid receipts must be dated November 20-December 31, 2019 and turned into the Chamber Office by Noon on January 3, 2020 to get entered. Some restrictions apply.

Prize baskets include certificates from participating merchants and Chamber Big Bucks. The drawing will be in January 2020.

Local Christmas List

Working Together To Stop The Feral Swine Threat

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

By Dave Chadwick and John Youngberg

Farming and hunting are two of the defining qualities of Montana. For decades, hunters and landowners have worked together to maintain our public wildlife, our working agricultural lands, and our outdoor heritage. Landowners know hunters are the best management tool for wildlife; hunters appreciate the habitat and access that our farmers and ranchers provide.

That strong relationship is as essential as ever in the fight against the newest threat to Montana: invasive feral swine. Montana currently has no confirmed cases of invasive feral swine, but they’re knocking on the door across the border in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Recently an expert from the University of Saskatchewan laid out exactly how Canadian officials let the problem grow completely out of hand. They brought European wild boar and cross-bred them with domestic pigs in the 1980s, and game farms brought them for canned hunting operations. Many of these animals escaped, and through the years their offspring have multiplied profusely.

Today hundreds of thousands of acres in Canada has feral swine. And here in the U.S., more than 40 states have them too. These non-native, former livestock have grown exponentially in the Southeast, Texas and California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates they do more than $2.5 billion in crop damage, and they dig up lawns, golf courses and other private property. They also carry diseases that could spread to livestock.

Feral hogs cause severe harm to farmers and ranchers as well as wildlife habitat and to waterways. Feral swine can kill deer fawns, and they go after ground nesting birds and amphibians. They’re eating machines that consume 3 to 5 percent of their body weight every day. They’re also incredibly fecund, having up to three litters a year and producing an average of six piglets in each.

Seeing this threat so close to our borders, the Montana Legislature passed a bill in 2015 to head off the problem. The bill was supported by the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Stockgrowers Association, and Montana Audubon, as well as the state Department of Livestock. That law is the model for the nation, with a fine of up to $10,000 for importing these animals. It requires reporting feral swine within 24 hours. And it banned the hunting of feral swine.

That last point might be confusing, because hunting is so effective at managing deer, elk and other wildlife. Feral swine are different. They are incredibly intelligent, and learn to avoid hunting pressure after the first shot. When one in a group is killed, the others quickly spread out, burrow underground, or become more nocturnal.

Unfortunately, hunters have been identified as part of the problem in some places. Cases of people setting them loose on private property and then returning a year later to ask to help “solve the problem” abound around the country. Well-intentioned hunters who just see another potential game species can also contribute inadvertently to this long-term threat. Montana officials have already heard from people asking to come to our state to hunt swine.

Montana farmers, ranchers and hunters know what a disaster these invasive animals would be for our state. We need to stand together in this effort to keep feral swine out of Montana. The survival of our farms, ranches, wildlife and hunting heritage depends on it.

If you see feral swine, report it immediately by calling 444-2976. We’re in this together, and only if we “squeal on pigs” will we keep Montana a place where our farms, ranches and wildlife thrive.

Dave Chadwick is executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation. John Youngberg is executive vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation.

Scottie License Plates To Stay In Circulation

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

Glasgow Scottie License Plates will stay in circulation as Scottie fans have purchased over 400 Scottie Plates!

The State of Montana ruled that 400 or more Montana Specialty Plates needed to be purchased to stay in circulation. As of October 15th, 348 plates had been sold.

Since that date over 88 plates have been sold allowing the Scottie Plates to stay in circulation!

NorthWestern Energy reminds Montanans of energy safety ahead of Thanksgiving storm

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

Butte, Mont. – Nov. 26, 2019 – The Montana National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm that will bring more than a foot of snowfall to parts of northcentral Montana beginning about midnight Tuesday, Nov. 26 and continuing through Thursday night, Nov. 28.

The storm is expected to include heavy snowfall in some areas and blowing snow.
Significant snow, from 8 to 18 inches, is forecast for several areas such as Augusta, Conrad and Choteau.

NorthWestern Energy reminds customers to make sure natural gas meters, as well as furnace and appliance vents, are free from snow and ice. Blocked vents could result in a loss of heat or buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in homes and other structures. Some furnace vents may be located on
roofs.

Winter storm safety tips:
• Non-electric, unvented space heaters can be a hazard. Use them only in well-ventilated areas.
• If you use an electric generator, plug appliances directly into it. Never plug a generator directly into your home's electrical wiring.
• Disconnect or turn off appliances you were using when the power went off. Leave one light on to tell you when service is restored.
• Stock up on non-perishable foods, heating fuel and medications.
• Have a flashlight, a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries handy.
• Prepare older family members, friends or neighbors who live alone for the weather.
• Safety starts with you, don’t take the risk of going into bad weather.
• NorthWestern Energy posts updates on outages on Facebook and Twitter, (@NWEinfo), and on the NorthWestern Energy Outage Map, http://www.northwesternenergy.com/safety/outage-safety/outage-mapping, where you can sign up for text updates on an outage.
• Use a flashlight. Avoid candles because of the fire risk.
• Never use wet or damp electrical items

NorthWestern Energy workers, often out in dangerous weather conditions, work to restore power to your home or business as quickly, efficiently and as safely as possible.
Report outages and damaged and downed power lines by calling the NorthWestern Energy Montana Customer Service line, 888-467-2669 or online at

https://www.northwesternenergy.com/contact-us/report-outage-form.
Every call and online report helps our crews and operators know how large the outage is to diagnose the potential scale and cause of the outage.
If you have any questions, call the NorthWestern Energy Montana Customer Service line, 888-467-2669

Volunteers Needed For Block of Bucks

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

Volunteers are needed to help on collection day Friday, December 6th. Please contact Monica Garten at 230-1004 to sign up for a shift. Each shift is 1 hour. The collection boxes will be at the corners of D& G and the U.S. Post Office.

All money collected is used to purchase warm clothing for children, infant to 17 years.

Soroptimists, with the assistance of volunteers oversee the shopping spree on Saturday, December 7th. Volunteers are needed to help on this day as well to help with the shopping. Any amount of volunteered time given would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asked to please check at the Elks by 8:45 a.m.

29th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner Starts At Noon Thursday

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

The 29th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held Thurs. Nov. 28th, at Glasgow Senior Citizens Center, located at 328 4th Street South.

Over the past 28 years approximately 4,800 people have enjoyed the event. There is always plenty of food & no one goes home hungry. Everyone is invited & encouraged to bring their families & friends to enjoy a delicious feast including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, yams, cranberry sauce & of course pumpkin pie.

Provided by community volunteers, every year several volunteers gather to prepare & serve the meal, which will be served from 12noon - 2p.m. The list of volunteers include members of GHS Student Council, Irle School 3rd Graders, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints & many enthusiastic individuals. Even though the meal is served at the Senior Citizens Center, it is not limited to senior citizens.

The meal is free of charge & is open to everyone, young & old alike.

There will be no carry-out or deliveries available. If a ride is needed call Valley County Transit at 228-8747, their normal charges will apply. If you have never attended in the past, make plans to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship & food. This is a great way for small families & individuals to partake in the social atmosphere of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner without cooking & cleaning up!

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

Real Estate Taxes Considered Delinquent On Tuesday, December 3rd

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

The 2nd half of 2019 Mobile Home Taxes are due Nov. 30, 2019. Because Nov. 30th is a Saturday, taxpayers have until 5p.m. Mon. Dec. 2, 2019, to pay the 2019 Mobile Home taxes without penalty or interest. The taxes will be considered delinquent Tues. Dec. 3, 2019, & are subject to penalty & interest, thereafter.

The 1st half of 2019 Real Estate Taxes levied & assessed are due & payable on or before 5p.m. Nov. 30, 2019, or within 30 days after the tax notice is postmarked, whichever is later & unless paid prior to that time the amount due will be delinquent & will draw interest at the rate of 5/6 of 1% per month from the time of delinquency until paid & 2% will be added to the delinquent tax as a penalty. Because Nov. 30, 2019, is a Saturday, taxpayers have until 5p.m. Mon. Dec. 2, 2019, to pay the 2019 Real Estate taxes without penalty or interest. Taxes will be considered delinquent Tues. Dec. 3, 2019, & will be charged penalty & interest. Payment of these taxes may be made at the Treasurer’s office at the Valley County Courthouse during regular business hours or mailed to Valley County Treasurer, 501 Court Square #3, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

21st Annual Remembrance Tree

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

GHS Student Council is sponsoring the 21st Annual Remembrance Tree to support Block of Bucks. This program is to remember our loved ones that have passed on.

A tree filled with lights to commemorate those loved ones will be on display throughout the holiday season in front of the Pioneer Museum. You can purchase your bulb(s) for a $5 donation by contacting any GHS Student Council member or advisor, or the GHS office, 228-2485, by Nov. 28th.

You may also purchase a bulb(s) to recognize the men & women in our armed forces.

The public is invited to a lighting ceremony for the Remembrance Trees Sun. Dec. 1st at 4p.m., light refreshments will be served. The trees will be lit daily through Dec. 31st.

Proceeds from the Remembrance Trees will be donated to Block of Bucks. Over $26,000 has been donated to this program from your generous donations & support.

Festival Of Trees Huge Success

Monday, November 25th 2019

Over 140 people were served at Friday's Prime Rib dinner as part of the 15th Annual Festival of Trees. This year's event was held to support the Valley County HOPE Project.

In addition to the dinner 50 trees, wreaths and centerpieces were auctioned off. Total for the night was over $8,000 being added to the HOPE Project account.

Funds will be used to assist Valley County applicants with medical expenses. The goal is to have everything in place by early 2020.

Sports-Wagering Soon To Be Available In Montana

Friday, November 22nd 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montanans are one step closer to being able to place legal bets on college and professional sports.

The Montana Lottery Commission on Thursday approved rules to implement sports wagering under the brand name Sports Bet Montana. Businesses with alcohol and gambling licenses will be able to apply for sports wagering licenses early next month.

Lottery officials are still working out additional details, including the type of bets that can be placed. Those parameters are expected to be approved at the commission’s next meeting.

The 2019 Legislature passed a bill authorizing sports wagering as long as the bets are made in a licensed establishment either through a terminal or a cellphone app.

Counterfeit $100 Bills Circulating

Friday, November 22nd 2019

The Glasgow Police Department is alerting the public that counterfeit $100 bills have been found in Valley County.

The bills have Chinese writing on the back side of them.

If you happen to come across one of these counterfeit $100 bills, please contact local law enforcement at 406-228-4333.

Search Underway For Missing Hunter Updated

Thursday, November 21st 2019

UPDATED

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer has told Kltz/Mix-93 that the hunter who was missing in Garfield County has been located and recovered. Boyer said it was the most positive outcome possible and the man is in good health after spending two nights in the outdoors. The hunting party was from Oregon according to Sheriff Boyer.


VC Search and Rescue was activated this morning at 06:30 to participate in a search for a missing hunter. Yesterday the Sheriffs office was able to fly the area and locate a swamped boat.

A party of four hunters with three accounted for were camping and hunting since Sunday. Additional SAR will MOB at the pines at 8 am to assist.

This is a joint effort being coordinated with Garfield county, CMR officials, Fish and Game, and the Corps of Engineers. More details will be disseminated as they become available.

Montana Narcotics Officers Association Holding Fundraiser Concert This Saturday

Thursday, November 21st 2019

The Montana Narcotics Officers Association is holding a fundraiser concert this Saturday, November 23rd at the Glasgow High School Auditorium.

The band is Wylie and The Wild West, a comical country band from Conrad. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30.00, and children age 14 and under are free with an adult ticket holder. Tickets available at the door or by calling 406-885-1065.

Montana Narcotics Officers Association, or MNOA is a Non-Profit 501(c)-4 State-wide Law Enforcement based organization made up of dozens of different law enforcement personnel, including Federal, State, County & local officers from Highway Patrol, Sheriffs, Police, DEA, Tribal, and every other card-carrying member of Law Enforcement.

The mission of MNOA as an organization is to provide the most up to date training for our guys in the dangerous & ever-evolving field of the Narcotics Drug Culture.

The following is a list of programs that MNOA fundraising will be used for:
• Intensive Education/Training & Legislation for the personnel of the Montana Narcotics Officers Association to be able to stay safe informed & up to date with the rapidly evolving, dangerous and socially destructive purveyors of deadly illegal drugs.
• Annual “Youth Scholarships” for Montana High School Seniors, in pursuit of a career in Law Enforcement.
• Workshops sponsored by Montana Narcotics Officers Association throughout the year.
• Youth activities & other valuable programs aimed at supporting youth & advocating Drug Awareness in Schools, Clubs & Groups who aim the children of Montana in a safe direction.

Montana is a huge State for us to reach as a whole when it comes to these programs & all involved, that’s why in 2013, we undertook a benefit concert project that would allow us to raise much-needed funds on a statewide basis & allow us to “give something back” to the folks in specific towns & communities throughout the entire State.

For our 7th Annual Program, we are proud to feature, Wylie & The Wild West, these guys put on a wonderful show of great music and lots of laughs!!! We will bring this show to ten Montana towns, that we handpicked for several reasons, including a quality of people who show concern for their community and where we thought these shows & this program would be well received and richly appreciated. Those towns are, Glasgow, Hamilton, Polson, Anaconda, Dillon, Livingston, Miles City, Lewistown, Great Falls & Glendive, this will be a terrific opportunity to see an incredible show & help out a highly committed Montana law enforcement organization. The Glasgow concert will be on Saturday November 23, 2019 at the Glasgow High School Auditorium starting & 7PM.

Additionally, we will commit a good portion of the proceeds directly in the community where we have these shows!

MSU Researchers Asking For Producers To Complete Important Surveys

Thursday, November 21st 2019

A team of Montana State University researchers and Extension, in cooperation with Montana farmers, is looking at the critical emerging issue of soil acidification on Montana croplands. This problem is happening even on soils that were traditionally alkaline, meaning high pH.

In October, the MSU team mailed surveys to 300 randomly selected producers in Yellowstone, Daniels, Pondera, Choteau and Valley Counties. The team will use the survey results to ensure that their research is relevant and useful to producers and to help them effectively share research results with Montana producers.

If you received the survey, please help the MSU team and the future of Montana agriculture, by completing and returning the survey in the return envelope provided. They need your responses. Participation in the survey is voluntary. It takes about a half hour to complete the questions. All information provided in the survey will remain confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact Clain Jones, MSU Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, at 406-994-6076 or clainj@montana.edu.

North Dakota Oil Production Down In September

Wednesday, November 20th 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say oil production in September was down slightly from the record set a month earlier.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.44 million barrels of oil daily in September. That's down from the record of 1.48 million barrels a day in set in August.

North Dakota also produced a 2.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in September, down from a record 3 billion cubic feet in August.

Statewide, companies flared 18 percent of all gas produced in September, above the 12 percent target.

A record 16,099 wells were producing in September, up from 15,964 in August. The September tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 55 drill rigs operating Tuesday, down six from the September average.

Former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen Released From Custody

Monday, November 18th 2019

Ex-Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen was released from custody today after a hearing held on Friday instituted new conditions on the former lawman.

Strommen was arrested on October 22nd after Judge John Larson of Missoula revoked Strommen's conditions of release. Community members had expressed concerns that he was not adhering to the conditions imposed by Judge Larson.

He currently is awaiting a sentencing hearing in January following his plea of guilty to the charge of sexual abuse of a child. The plea agreement in this case is a 10-year suspended sentence in exchange for a guilty plea by Strommen. If Judge Larson accepts the plea agreement, Strommen would serve no jail time as a result of the guilty plea but would have to register as a sex offender.

Strommen is also facing a charge of sexual intercourse without consent and is set to go to trial in March on that charge.

Strommen had been placed on conditions for release back in January following a hearing in front of Judge Larson. Those conditions stipulated that he could not be in a public place where children are present without the accompaniment of his wife or another adult. He was allowed to drop off and pick up his kids from school.

Judge Larson has put new conditions on Strommen in exchange for his release from the Roosevelt County Jail. The conditions state that he not have any contact with individuals under the age of 18 unless accompanied by an appropriately trained, responsible adult who is aware of Strommen's sexual conviction.

He shall not frequent places where children congregate unless accompanied by a appropriately trained, responsible adult who is aware of the sexual conviction.

He will have a curvew from 8pm to 6am every day of the week. He will have GPS monitoring including wearing a ankle bracelet. Also, if law enforcement in Glasgow or Valley County cannot locate the defendant, an arrest warrant will be issued immediately by Judge Larson.

Strommen had been incarcerated in the Roosevelt County Jail in Wolf Point since October 22nd.

MDT Proposes Resurfacing Project For Secondary Highway 246 West Of Glasgow

Monday, November 18th 2019

GLASGOW, MONTANA (November 18, 2019) — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to resurface about 7 miles of Secondary Highway 246, northwest of Glasgow. The project begins in Glasgow at the intersection of 6th Street S and 1st Avenue S (reference post 0.0) and extends west for 7.0 miles ending at the intersection of Long-Sukut Rd. (reference post 7.0).

Proposed work includes milling the existing surface, applying a new overlay and finishing with a seal and cover (chip seal). Centerline rumble strips, upgraded pavement markings, and signage are also included. Centerline rumble strips will be installed outside the Glasgow city limits. The purpose of the project is to extend the life of the pavement, reduce maintenance costs and increase safety.

A tentative construction date of 2021 has been scheduled dependent upon completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. No new Right-of-Way or utility relocations will be needed.

An important part of properly planning for future projects is partnering with the community. Montana Department of Transportation welcomes the public to provide ideas and comments on the proposed project. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml or in writing to Montana Department of Transportation, Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive, MT 59330-0890. Please note that comments are for project CN9629000.

Frey Lifts Montana State Past Appalachian State 59-56

Saturday, November 16th 2019

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Harald Frey had 16 points and six rebounds as Montana State edged past Appalachian State 59-56 on Friday night in the opening game of the Spartan Invitational.

Devin Kirby had 12 points for Montana State (2-1), which nearly upset a ranked Utah State team in its opener. Amin Adamu added 10 points. Jubrile Belo had seven rebounds.

Justin Forrest had 27 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers (2-2). Forrest surpassed 1,000 career points, the 33rd player in program history to do so, while recording his first career double-double. Hunter Seacat added 10 points. Adrian Delph had eight rebounds.

Montana State plays UNC Greensboro on the road on Saturday. Appalachian State faces Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

No Invasive Mussels Found In State Waters, AIS Boat Inspections Increase

Thursday, November 14th 2019

Montana’s watercraft inspection stations set another record for boats inspected in 2019. More than 112,00 watercraft have been inspected so far this year, surpassing last year’s number by 3,000 inspections. Inspectors have intercepted 16 boats with invasive mussels coming into the state.

AIS monitoring crews have surveyed 300 unique waterbodies for aquatic invasive plants and animals. No mussel veligers or adult mussels were detected in the waters of Montana this year. That news has prompted FWP to initiate the process to lift the quarantine restrictions on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. If the restrictions are lifted, the Canyon Ferry certified boater program would end, and Canyon Ferry inspectors would shift to a mobile roving inspection crew.

The certified boater program on Tiber Reservoir will remain in place for the next two years. In 2016, invasive mussel larvae were detected in multiple water samples from Tiber Reservoir, which requires a five-year quarantine period. Canyon Ferry reservoir had one suspect sample that dictated a three-year quarantine period of mussel-free water samples.

An amendment to an administrative rule is required to change to the quarantine restrictions on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. A decision is expected by spring 2020.

Sigmundstad Newly Appointed President Of Two Rivers Economic Growth

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

The Board of Directors of Two Rivers Economic Growth, a local nonprofit development organization serving Valley County, Montana, is announcing changes to its executive team.

First, its newly appointed officers include President Melissa Sigmundstad of Cottonwood Inn & Suites, Vice President Jennifer Robley of The Town of Fort Peck, and Secretary Michelle Eliason of Milk River. New board members include Wade Sundby- The Superintendent of Glasgow Public Schools, Brady Burgess of Farm Bureau, and Connie Boreson of the Busted Knuckle.

Directors are considered key partners in the planning and growth of Valley County and its communities. The Board meets every first Tuesday of the month at noon at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow which is open to the public. If you’re interested in joining the team, please contact Keegan Morehouse at (406)263-4769 or email trg2@nemont.net.
(406) 228-2224

Glasgow Chamber announces winners of World Series books

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

2019 WORLD SERIES WINNERS
GLASGOW, MT NOVEMBER 7, 2019: The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc. announces the winners of the World Series books.
Game 1: Book #44 Darci Shipman, Mike Kilgor, Josh Sillerud, Latosha Frye
Game 2: Book #43 Rachel Boese, Ann Stahl, Norm Sillerud, Renee Sibley
Game 3: Book #90 Dawn Thompson, Nick Knight, Mary B. Morehouse, Arron Franzen
Game 4: Book #68 Derek Baril, Carson Buffington, Brenner Flaten, Michelle Eliason
Game 5: Book #25 Rob Brunelle, Gail Fast, Mitch Hughes, Cindy Bishop
Game 6: Book #14 Gilbert DeSonia, Jerry Tilley, Judy Waters, Danelle Murch
Game 7: Box #21 Rob Brunelle, Gail Fast, Zak Peterson, Shannon Seiler, Sheila Peterson, Eric Seyfert

Thank you to each of our sponsors and participants of the World Series books. The Chamber appreciates ALL of your support. Each year the Chamber hosts high school boys and girl’s tournaments. Your contribution from the sales of this promotion allows us to continue to successfully bid all tournaments feasible for Glasgow to host. Checks can be picked up at 54147 US 2 Suite 2 starting Friday November 8th and those not picked up will be mailed starting November 15th, provided we have an address.

Deadline For Block of Bucks Earlier This Year

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

Watch for the Glasgow Soroptimist member, Glasgow Student Council members, and other volunteers on December 6th as they will be collecting donations for the annual Block of Bucks. Valley County children from infants to 17 years of age will be able to shop for much needed winter clothing because of this annual fundraiser.

The final day to get your child signed up to participate is Friday, November 22, at the Office of Public Assistance located at 630 2nd Avenue South, Suite C. Please call or text Teresa Tade (263-4794) if you have signed up, but for some reason you cannot attend the shopping spree.

The children’s shopping will take place Saturday, December 7th, and volunteers are needed to assist families as they shop on this special day. If you can help shop or have any questions, please call Monica Garten at 230-1004.

Donations are needed, encouraged and appreciated. Donations may be mailed prior to the collection day to Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Announces 51st Season!

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

As the record-breaking 50th season comes to a close, Artistic Director Andy Meyers, who will return for his 10th season in 2020, has announced Fort Peck Summer Theatre’s 51st season. The exciting roster of shows, sure to engage and captivate audiences of all ages, is:

The Sunshine Boys: May 29 – June 14
Rivalry, memories and lots of laughs are certain to resurface when a former vaudeville team grudgingly re-unites for a CBS Television Special! The classic Neil Simon comedy will star original Fort Peck Summer Theatre company member Neal Lewing.

Seussical: June 19 – July 5
Back by popular demand, The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and all the citizens of Whoville come to life on the FPST stage! Featuring special effects, infectious music and a TON of heart, this high energy musical based on the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss, is perfect for the entire family.

Working: July 10 – July 26
Grammy winner James Taylor, and Broadway composers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Lin-Manual Miranda (Hamilton) are just a few of the eclectic artists who contributed material to this celebration of American life! Starring many familiar faces, this award-winning musical, based on the book by Studs Terkel, makes its FPST debut.

Sister Act: July 31 – August 16
Where better to hide a dynamic, diva lounge singer who must be placed in a witness protection program, than a convent? As Deloris is comically forced to adapt to life at St. Katherine’s Parish, she also inspires her new sisters to seize-the-day and raise their voices in praise! FPST favorite Chanel Bragg returns to play the role made famous on film by Whoopi Goldberg!

Wait Until Dark: August 21 – September 6
In the Oscar-nominated film version, Audrey Hepburn stars as Suzy Hendrix, a blind woman who must use her wits to outsmart crooks and solve a mystery unfolding right before her eyes. The climax has been heralded as “one of the most thrilling moments of theatre to hit the Broadway stage!”

Performances for the Mainstage productions are Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.

Fractured Fairy Tales: Theatre for a Young Audiences touring series, offering FREE performances around NE Montana in July. Classic fairy tales are turned upside down with unexpected twists, unlikely heroes and a host of zany characters! This fast-paced collection of stories is sure to leave audiences of all ages laughing, while the timeless lessons of friendship, reaching goals and acceptance from the traditional fairy tales still shine.

The popular Performing Arts Camp will take place August 4 - 13.

For further information on any of these events, please check the website throughout the coming year for updates and more details: fortpecktheatre.org. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

Glasgow resident Adeline Mitchell receives 2019 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation

Monday, November 11th 2019

WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) today announced the recipients of the 2019 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, a unique recognition of Montana veterans who served our country and continued their service in their communities.

“On this Veterans Day, I have the honor of recognizing 27 Montana veterans with the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation. They make our state a better place through their service to country and community,” said Gianforte. “On behalf of all Montanans, I thank them for their sacrifice and commitment to our communities. I also thank all of the Montanans who nominated these outstanding veterans.”

Gianforte will highlight the recipients of the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in the U.S. House of Representatives. At a ceremony, Gianforte will present recipients with a commemorative flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on Veterans Day.

Gianforte created the annual Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in 2017 to recognize outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served our nation and our communities. Gianforte asked Montanans in September to nominate veterans for the award.

Since 2017, 60 veterans have received the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation.


2019 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation Recipients:

Justin Bradley of Lolo – U.S. Marine Corps; Operation Enduring Freedom

Herbert Cogley of Clancy – U.S. Army; Vietnam War

Michael Eisenhauer of Great Falls – U.S. Army; 1990 – 2008, including Iraq War

Daniel Flynn of Belgrade – U.S. Army; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Freedom Sentinel

LeRoy Gaub of Bozeman – U.S. Army; 1972 - 2003

James Geiger of Conrad – U.S. Army Air Corps; World War II

Thomas Goyette of Butte – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Greg Grove of Eureka – U.S. Navy; 1983 - 1984

Roland Heaton of Townsend – U.S. Army; Vietnam War

Donald Helmbrecht of Victor – U.S. Army; Vietnam War

Jodie Penrod Jolly of Dillon – U.S. Air Force; 1982 - 2014

Richard Klose, Sr. of Laurel – U.S. Army; 1961 - 1964

Roger Knoell of Butte – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Mary LaForge of Crow Agency – U.S. Air Force; 1977 - 1983

Dale Longfellow of Hobson – U.S. Navy; 1961 - 1964

Justin Madill of Great Falls – U.S. Army; Operation Enduring Freedom

Perry Miller of Chinook – U.S. Marine Corps and Montana Army National Guard; 1977 - 1982, 1986 - 1993

Adeline Mitchell of Glasgow – U.S. Navy; World War II

Neil Neary of Butte – U.S. Army; Korean War

Thomas Price of Eureka – U.S. Navy; 1944 - 1946, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa

Harold Riensche of Reed Point – U.S. Marine Corps; Vietnam War

Karen Semple of Montana City – U.S. Air Force; 1973 - 1982

Quintin Stephen-Hassard of Dillon – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Thomas Straugh of Dillon – U.S. Navy; 1968 - 1998

James Watkins of Dillon – U.S. Air Force and Montana Army National Guard; 1965 - 1968, 1974 - 1995

Bill White of Helena – U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve; 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2007

George Wright of Laurel – U.S. Army; World War II

Corps of Engineers continues to release higher than average water from Missouri River Dams

Thursday, November 7th 2019

OMAHA, Nebraska --
Higher-than-average releases from all Missouri River Mainstem System projects, including Gavins Point Dam, will continue through November, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today.

“Gavins Point releases will remain near 80,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the remainder of November to ensure flood control storage zones in all system reservoirs are emptied prior to the 2020 runoff season. This release rate is more than twice the average release for this time of the year,” said John Remus chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

Runoff in all reaches except for the Fort Randall reach was above average for the month of October. The Garrison to Oahe reach runoff was over six times the long-term average and runoff in the Gavins Point to Sioux City reach was more than 10 times the long-term average. The 2019 upper basin runoff forecast was lowered slightly to 60.2 million acre-feet. If realized, this runoff total would be 0.8 MAF less than 2011 (61.0 MAF), which is the highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping. The January-October observed runoff (56.7 MAF) has already exceeded the second highest runoff, 49.0 MAF observed in 1997, with two months still remaining.

The Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System total storage was 60.9 MAF as of Nov. 1, occupying 4.8 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone.

“Because of the high reservoir levels and the forecast for above-average runoff for the remainder of the fall, releases from all System projects will be much above average through November, to evacuate all stored flood waters prior to the start of the 2020 runoff season. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make any necessary adjustments. Failure to evacuate the stored flood water will lead to increased flood risk in 2020,” said Remus.

Based on the Sept. 1 System storage, winter releases from Gavins Point Dam will be at least 17,000 cfs. Based on the latest reservoir studies, Gavins Point Dam releases will be reduced from 80,000 cfs to 22,000 cfs during December, reaching the winter release rate by the middle of December. Navigation flow support at the mouth of the Missouri River will end on Dec. 11.

Lower release rates must be set during winter months because the Missouri River ices over in the northern reaches limiting the amount of water that can flow beneath the ice.

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

The comment period for the 2019-2020 Annual Operating Plan ends Nov. 22. The final AOP, which is to be completed in late December, will be posted on the Water Management website: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Reports/.

Updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/MRWMApp/.


Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point Dam
Average releases past month – 80,000 cfs
Current release rate – 80,000 cfs
Forecast release rate – 80,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1206.7 feet
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1206.7 feet

Fort Randall Dam
Average releases past month – 75,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1348.2 feet (down 10.9 feet from September)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1337.8 feet
Notes: Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. The reservoir is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in November.

Big Bend Dam
Average releases past month – 60,300 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 64,600 cfs
Forecast reservoir level – 1420.5 feet

Oahe Dam
Average releases past month – 62,100 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 65,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1613.1 feet (falling 2.0 feet during October)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1609.3 feet

Garrison Dam
Average releases past month – 47,000 cfs
Current release rate – 48,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 42,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 1842.4 feet (falling 3.3 feet during October)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 1839.6 feet
Notes – Releases will be reduced starting around mid-November reaching 16,000 cfs prior to the river freeze-in at Bismarck. Once an ice cover is established, releases will be gradually increased to 24,500 cfs.

Fort Peck Dam
Average releases past month – 14,700 cfs
Current release rate – 15,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 15,000 cfs
End-of-October reservoir level – 2240.7 feet (down 2.1 feet from September)
Forecast end-of-November reservoir level – 2238.8 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 1366 million kWh of electricity in October. Typical energy generation for October is 810 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 13.1 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.4 billion kWh.

Municipal Election Results

Wednesday, November 6th 2019

Unofficial Municipal Election Results

Glasgow City Council
1 spot available
Todd Young 219
Nanci Schoenfelder 128

Fort Peck Town Council
2 spots available
Kerry Aakre 73
Justin Schaaf 71
John Partridge 40

Press Release from Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office

Tuesday, November 5th 2019

At 1525 hrs Monday, Roosevelt County deputies responded to a request for mutual aid from the McCone County Sheriff's Office for a pursuit headed towards Roosevelt County on MT Hwy 13.

McCone County deputies initially attempted to stop a Ford pickup stolen from Glendive earlier that day and the driver, identified as Channing Eder of Wolf Point, allegedly fled in the stolen pickup. McCone County deputies gave chase with assistance from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. Eder was reported to be driving at speeds over 100 MPH as he headed north on MT Hwy 13 towards Wolf Point. Eder was also reported to be armed with a handgun and rifle.

A Roosevelt County deputy deployed stop-sticks near the Missouri River bridge and flattened one of the pickup's tires. Eder continued for approximately 2-3 miles, until he was forced to abandon the pickup and flee on foot. Eder was apprehended following a short foot pursuit.

Eder allegedly threw the handgun out the window after the pickup was disabled by stop-sticks. It was recovered by Dawson County deputies.

Eder was the sole occupant of the pickup and has been charged by Dawson and McCone Counties with several offenses related to the pursuit and theft of the pickup. Eder is also on federal probation and was wanted on a federal warrant.

Officers from the Ft Peck Tribes, Wolf Point Police Department, McCone County Sheriff's Office, Dawson County Sheriff's Office, and Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office worked together to ensure the public's safety and apprehend Eder.

Sheriff Jason Frederick

Municipal Elections end Tuesday evening

Monday, November 4th 2019

There are 2 contested municipal elections in Valley County and the elections end on Tuesday evening at 8pm. All ballots must be turned in by 8pm Tuesday. This is a mail ballot election so no polls will be on Tuesday and all ballots must be returned to Valley County Courthouse.

In Glasgow Ward #1 there are 778 registered voters and 290 ballots have been returned for a 37% return rate.

In Fort Peck there are 205 registered voters and 97 ballots have been returned for a percentage of 47%.

Governor Bullock Announces $600,000 in Job Creation, Worker Training Grants including funding for Meat Shop in Malta

Friday, November 1st 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that six Montana businesses will share more than $600,000 in economic development grant awards. These grants will support the creation of up to 114 jobs at growing businesses across Montana.

“Montana’s economy is thriving and in order to make sure it remains that way, we must invest in local businesses and the people who fuel our vibrant communities,” said Governor Bullock. “These grants are critical to making those investments and enhancing partnerships with private business as they realize growth and opportunity.”

The reimbursement grants will be awarded through two programs at the Montana Department of Commerce: The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) and the Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG). The competitive reimbursement grant programs work in concert to create and train for good-paying jobs. These two programs are the best in our toolbox for supporting long-term, sustainable business growth by encouraging job creation.

Full List of Grant Recipients:

• Billings | Big Sky Economic Development Authority will receive a grant on behalf of Fort Belknap Planning and Development Corporation dba Island Mountain Development Group, which estimates it will create 86 jobs and will be reimbursed up to $404,200. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, fixtures, furniture, construction materials and for wage reimbursement. Fort Belknap Planning and Development Corporation dba Island Mountain Development Group does e-commerce, real estate development, energy development, construction and information technology.

• Bonner | Missoula County will receive a grant on behalf of Botanie Natural Soap, Inc. which estimates it will create six jobs and will be reimbursed up to $37,800. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, furniture, software, lease rate reduction and for wage reimbursement. Botanie Soap, which is located in Bonner, manufactures bar and liquid soap in short-run quantities for private label use. Botanie Natural Soap, Inc. also will receive up to $14,292 of WTG funds to train the new jobs.

• Butte | Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc was awarded $2,500 of WTG funds to train one part-time job. Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc is located in Butte and is a manufacturer and wholesaler of all-natural leather care treatment.

• Hamilton | Ravalli County will receive a grant on behalf of Montana Studio, LLC, which estimates it will create two jobs and will be reimbursed up to $10,000. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment and machinery. Montana Studio, LLC is a film manufacturing studio.

• Malta | Phillips County will receive a grant on behalf of Big Sandy Meat Shop, LLC dba Hi-Line Packing which estimates it will create five jobs and will be reimbursed up to $37,500. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, construction materials and for wage reimbursement. Big Sandy Meat Shop, LLC dba Hi-Line Packing is a meat processing business.

• Missoula | Missoula County will receive a grant on behalf of Newfields Mining and Energy Services, LLC, which estimates it will create six jobs and will be reimbursed up to $45,000. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, furniture, software and for wage reimbursement. Newfields Mining and Energy Services is an environmental, engineering and construction management consulting firm.

• Missoula | Missoula County will receive a grant on behalf of The Insight Studio, LLC, which estimates it will create seven jobs in the first year and will be reimbursed up to $52,500. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, furniture and for wage reimbursement. The Insight Studio, LLC offers HubSpot software consulting and training to companies looking to grow through HubSpot marketing and Sales.

Busted Knuckle Brewery celebrates Ground Breaking Ceremony in Williston, North Dakota

Friday, November 1st 2019

Busted Knuckle Brewery celebrated the ground breaking at its new location at 213 11th Street West on Tuesday, October 29.

The Glasgow-based brewery is owned by Ben and Connie Boreson and their children Jake Boreson and Emma Kuester. This is the couple’s second location.

“We are happy to finally be to this point and excited to come to Williston,” said Connie Boreson.

The new brewery will feature a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

“The Busted Knuckle Brewery will be brewing on site and offering a variety of craft beers as well as non-alcoholic homemade root beer and crème soda,” said Boreson.

In addition, a restaurant will offer food to customers.

“Along with craft beer, Caleb and Micki Hinricksen will open a BBQ restaurant, Pit #105, adjoining the brewery,” said Boreson.

Governor Bullock appoints Lee Cornwell to Private Land Public Wildlife Advisory Council

Thursday, October 31st 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Private Land Public Wildlife Advisory Council

• Representative Duane Ankney, Colstrip. Qualification: Landowner and Legislator. Ankney is a Representative in Southeast Montana.

• Edward Albert Beall, Helena. Qualification: Sportsperson. Beall is the Owner of Capital Sports.

• Ralph Bukoskey, Rosebud. Qualification: Sportsperson. Bukoskey is retired after many years at Montana Power and Vice President of Northern Rosebud Community Foundation.

• Cynthia Cohan, Butte. Qualification: Sportsperson. Cohan is retired from the United States Air Force.

• Lee Cornwell, Glasgow. Qualification: Landowner. Cornwell is a third-generation rancher on the Hi-Line.

• Dr. Dan Fiehrer, Helena. Qualification: Sportsperson. Fiehrer is a retired Dentist and active sportsperson.

• Representative Denley Loge, St. Regis. Qualification: Landowner and Legislator. Loge is a State Legislator and a rancher.

• Rich Stuker, Chinook. Qualification: Landowner. Stuker is a family cattle rancher in northern Blaine County.

• Dale Tribby, Miles City. Qualification: Sportsperson. Tribby is retired after a career with the United States Department of the Interior and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

• Carl Zabrocki, Billings. Qualification: Sportsperson. Zabrocki is retired as the Battalion Chief for the Billings Fire Department.

Registration for 2020 MT Governor's Cup Walleye Tourney begins Friday

Thursday, October 31st 2019

The Mt Governor's Cup Walleye Tourney is 9 months away but for those teams wishing to fish the tourney the action begins Friday as applications will be accepted for the 2020 tourney.

The 2019 tourney filled up with 200 teams in less then 6 hours so volunteers with the Gov Cup are speculation the 2020 tourney could be filled up in less then 4 hours.

Lisa Koski is the Executive Director of the Gov Cup and she explains the process starting at 8:30am on Friday.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/lisa-gov-cup

Opponents of Keystone Pipeline worry pipeline will break and spill into Missouri River

Wednesday, October 30th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada say the Trump administration is understating the potential for the line to break and spill into water bodies such as Montana's Missouri River.

U.S. State Department officials held the only public meeting on a new environmental review of the long-stalled pipeline on Tuesday in Billings.

Backers say the $8 billion project would create thousands of construction jobs and boost local tax revenues.

A federal judge blocked it last year, saying more environmental study was needed.

President Donald Trump issued a presidential permit for the line in March in a bid to avoid another unfavorable court ruling.

Montana state Sen. Frank Smith says the 1,200-mile (1930-kilometer) line will break eventually. The Democrat worries that could foul downstream water supplies including on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Are You Hunting In Region 6 And Would Like Your Harvest Tested For CWD?

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Are you hunting in Region 6 and would like your harvest tested for CWD? Here’s how:

In 2019, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance for deer, elk, and moose. Sampling took place last year in Region 6, but more samples are needed in the Northern CWD Management Zone of R6, particularly with mule deer does and white-tailed deer, to determine distribution and prevalence of the disease.

In addition, in 2019, testing will also be available for hunter-harvested samples outside of the CWD Management Zones. For 2019, all testing is free of charge.

Hunters are the key tool for this sampling effort. The more samples FWP can collect, particularly from the CWD Management Zones, the better the Dept. can understand the distribution and prevalence of this disease. To be able to get your animal tested, you must retain at least the head (with four-inches of the neck attached) for sampling and help fill out a small information card, including the location of your harvest.

In FWP Region 6, these are your options for getting your deer, elk or moose tested:

CWD check stations
Three CWD check stations will be open on the weekends throughout the general season in Region 6, with the primary purpose of collecting samples from hunter-harvested deer in the Northern CWD Management Zone.

Plentywood: 10 a.m.-sunset, Sat.-Sun., on the east side of the rest area at the fair grounds
Malta: 10 a.m.-sunset, Sat.-Sun., at the gravel lot behind Ezzie’s Westside Conoco on the north side of Hwy 2

Havre: 9 a.m.-sunset, Sat.-Sun., at the old rest stop east of Havre

Samples from the priority areas (CWD Management Zones) will take precedence at these check stations. If the animal was harvested outside of a CWD Management Zone, there may be a wait time, or the hunter can use one of the options below.

Note: All hunters need to stop at any check station, whether it is a CWD, biological, or game warden check station. Submitting your animal for testing is voluntary.

FWP offices
Hunters can bring in their animal during normal office hours in:
Glasgow: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., at the FWP Headquarters on Hwy 2 west
Havre: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.-Fri., at the FWP Havre office at 2165 Hwy 2 east

Hunter submitted samples
Hunters can take their own sample by removing the retropharyngeal lymph nodes themselves (per online instructions at fwp.mt.gov/CWD). Samples can then either be dropped off at FWP offices, CWD check stations, or be mailed to the lab in Bozeman (hunters would have to incur the cost of shipping).

Transporting deer, elk, and moose carcasses
Hunters are reminded that to reduce the spread of CWD, whole carcasses, whole heads or spinal columns cannot be taken out of a management zone unless the animal has tested negative for CWD. Hunters are strongly encouraged to dispose of hides, bones and trimmings at approved landfills.

If there are any questions related to CWD, please go to the website at fwp.mt.gov/CWD or call the Glasgow FWP office at 406-228-3700.?

Lawana Grewe And Heather Dulaney Are In New Roles At FWP In Glasgow

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

The R6 FWP Headquarters in Glasgow (Note: the gals were too busy working with customers to get their picture taken, so I had to settle for and outside shot of the office )

If you call or stop by the front office at the Region 6 FWP Headquarters in Glasgow, you may notice a few changes. In the last few months, LaWana Grewe became the Region 6 office manager and Heather Dulaney became the new administrative assistant.

Grewe, a Glasgow native, had worked at the FWP office in Glasgow for six years as the administrative assistant under Kathy Smith, who recently retired from her position as office manager.

As the new office manager, Grewe supervises the administrative assistant in Glasgow and the office manager in Havre. In addition, she will be overseeing the many other license vendors in Region 6, will be the lead in internal communication within the region, and will of course be continuing to work with the public answering phone calls and selling licenses.

“I’m really excited while starting this new role with the Department and taking on more leadership responsibilities in Region 6,” says Grewe. “I have a great administration staff to work with, and I also look forward to leading Region 6 into the future with the new program Explore MT, which will take the place of the current licensing system in the next few years.”

After Smith’s retirement, Grewe operated the front office by herself (with help from other staff) for almost four months, doing both her old duties and new, so getting her new administrative assistant on board has been a good change. “It was pretty timely for Heather to begin working as the hunting season really got going,” said Grewe. “I look forward to working with Heather and keeping the office running smoothly for our public.”

LaWana and her husband Ward live in Glasgow and have three daughters. The family likes fishing, hunting, and spending time at their cabin at The Pines.

Heather Dulaney, also a Glasgow native, recently stepped into the administrative assistant position left by Grewe. Prior to that, she worked for Prairie Travelers in Glasgow.

As the new administrative assistant, Dulaney will be the first to answer phone calls and assist with FWP customers at the counter. She will also be the safety lead for the region, and help keep track of regional budgets, accounts, and help with the hunter and bowhunter education program needs.

“I’m excited to be part of the FWP family, and helping LaWana at the front office,” says Dulaney. “I look forward to meeting and working with all the staff in Region 6 and learning more about my role in this position.”

Starting this new position in the thick of hunting season has been a good time for Dulaney to get her feet wet in selling licenses, answering phone calls, and working with the public. “It has been pretty busy since I started,” said Dulaney, “but I have learned a lot in a short time and have enjoyed visiting with the hunters and anglers that have stopped by or called the office.”

Heather and her husband Nick live in Glasgow and have two children. The family stays busy with school, sports, outdoor activities, and are heavily involved with the hockey program in Glasgow.
If you would like to get in touch with the Region 6 office, please stop by or call 406-228-3700.

Beck Foundation Grants applications new being accepted

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Grant applications are now being accepted for nonprofit 501©3 organizations and governmental entities such as schools and municipalities for projects that promote better living in Valley County, from The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust.

Applications may be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 12 1st Avenue North, or Edward Jones at 317 Klein Avenue in Glasgow. An electronic application is available by emailing hannah.barras@edwardjones.com. Application must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 2, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

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

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

Fort Peck Tribal Unofficial Election Results

Sunday, October 27th 2019

2019 FORT PECK TRIBAL ELECTION UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Here you are folks the unoffical 2019-2021 Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board:

CHAIRMAN : Floyd Azure
VICE CHAIRMAN : Charles Headdress
SGT AT ARMS : Bruce Damon

TRIBAL EXECUTIVE BOARD :

1. Jestin Dupree
2. Terry RattlingThunder
3. Carolyn Brugh
4. Alex Smith
5. Tom Escarcega Sr.
6. Emerson Young
7. Dana Buckles
8. Leonard Crowbelt
9. Frank Gourneau
10. Patt Iron Cloud
11. Justin Gray Hawk
12. Kaci Wallette

CHIEF JUDGE : Stacie Smith-Fourstar

ASSOCIATE JUDGES :

1. Lonnie Headdress
2. Mike Headdress
3. Imogene Lilly

Also the swearing in ceremony will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday morning at Greet the Dawn at the college.

Actual Unofficial Results:

Here are the actual unofficial results from the Fort Peck Tribal Elections :

CHAIRMAN :

Floyd Azure 682
John Morales 225
Grant Stafne 494
Lester Decoteau 275

VICE CHAIRMAN :

Charles Headdress 720
Morris Tattoo 327
Barry Bighorn 616

SGT AT ARMS :

Bruce Damon 940
Jeff Berger 490
Sterling Red Eagle 229

COUNCIL :

Rick Kirn 490
Terry Rattling Thunder 743
Dana Buckles 598
Leonard Crowbelt 585
Jestin Dupree 785
Tom Escarcega 648
Carolyn Brugh 738
Nancy Steele 370
Kaci Wallete 513
Kris Fourstar 396
Don Laroque 221
Alexander Smith 672
Perry Lilly 327
Patt Iron Cloud 544
Frank Smith 460
Peter Dupree 488
Frank Gourneau 552
Carrie Manning 489
Sean Bighorn 476
Justin Grayhawk 530
Melody Red Eagle 188
Emerson Young 619
Garrett Big Leggins 397
Ona Windchief 410
Louella Contreras 257
Tom Flynn 398
Charles Knowlton 472
Les Longhair 398
Francine Boxer 322
Darrin Longhair 458
Cody Weinberger 383
Dawn Grainger 450
Tony Boxer 224
Judy Greybear 309
Stacey Summers 425
Art Greybull 246
Jeff Adams 494

CHIEF JUDGE

Stacey Fourstar 1109
Terry Boyd 504

Fort Peck Tribal Elections are Saturday

Friday, October 25th 2019

Tourism Business Improvement District Grants Available

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019

The Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) has grant funds available for non-profit organizations.

Consideration will be given to projects/events that promote travel from out of the area, 100 miles or more. The grant may be used for bricks and mortar projects, for hosting and marketing events designed to attract new visitors from outside the local region, or to enhance the long-term growth of the travel industry in Glasgow.

Grants will be provided on a first come basis for up to $2500 and applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office or on their website www.Glasgowchamber.net (under the More tab).

The TBID receives its funds from a $1 per room charge collected by the Glasgow motels. This fee will be increase to $2 per room night 1/1/20. The TBID budget is approved by the City Council and managed by a board comprised of a representative from each motel in Glasgow.

For more information call Danelle at 228-2222 or Betty at 263-8213.

Luke Strommen In Custody After Hearing

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

According to Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer, Luke Strommen was ordered to report to the Valley County Sheriff's Office this afternoon.

He was taken into custody, after an emergency hearing this afternoon in front of Judge Larson.

Community complaints to the judge provoked this hearing specifically for disregarding the court's order to not be around children. A hearing on the matter will be set in the future after further investigation.

Attention Voters in City of Glasgow

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

Ballots for the 2019 City of Glasgow Municipal Election were sent out TO WARD 2 AND WARD 3 in error. Ballots should have been sent ONLY to voters in Ward 1. Only Ballots received from Voters in Ward 1 will be counted, all other ballots will be voided.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Valley County Election Administration.
taberg@valleycountymt.gov
406-228-6220
406-228-6226

Todd Young challenges Nancy Schoenfelder for spot on Glasgow City Council

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

There is only one contested race in the City of Glasgow for seats on the Glasgow City Council. The contested race is for Ward #1 and the incumbent is Nancy Schoenfelder and she is being challenged by Todd Young. Both candidates appeared on Live Under the Big Sky and both were asked why they are running for a spot on the Glasgow City Council.

Todd Young
https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/todd-young-why

Nancy Schoenfelder
https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/nancy-why

Cape Air awarded Essential Air contract for another 4 years

Monday, October 21st 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Cape Air another 4-year contract to provide Essential Air Service coverage to 5 Montana communities.

The new contract will run from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023. Cape Air is just finishing a previous contract with the Transportation Department.

Cape Air will provide 2-daily flights to Billings from Havre, Glasgow, Wolf Point and Glendive. They will also provide 4-daily flights from Sidney to Billings.

The federal government subsidizes the cost of the flights from the 5 communities to Billings.

The first year of the contract, these are the subsidies paid to Cape Air to provide the passenger air service.

Havre- $2,274,015
Glasgow- $2,137,131
Wolf Point- $2,298,572
Sidney- $4,220,148
Glendive- $2,308,580

According to the documents provided by the Transportation Department, each flight from Glasgow to Billings in the first year of the contract will be paid $1514 in subsidies. The 4th year of the contract the subsidy increases to $1654 per flight.

Three airlines made proposals to obtain the Essential Air Contract. But the Montana Department of Transportation and Montana Essential Air Task Force recommended the contract stay with Cape Air. Cape Air has had the contract for the past 6 years.

Farm Bill meetings set in Montana

Monday, October 21st 2019

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in partnership with Montana State University (MSU) today announced the schedule of 23 informational Farm Bill meetings across Montana in October and early November 2019.

USDA and MSU are conducting the meetings to inform Montana agricultural producers about FSA’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs authorized by the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. Attendees can learn about program changes and ARC or PLC election and enrollment options. The meetings are expected to range from 2 to 3 hours in duration.

“Montana ag producers are invited to a meeting in their area to learn more about their election and enrollment options under these important programs,” Montana FSA State Executive Director Mike Foster said.

Montana Farm Bill Meetings:
• Oct. 21, Billings, 10 a.m., Big Horn Resort (1801 Majestic Lane)
• Oct. 21, Shelby, 1 p.m., Coyote Club & Event Center (137 Main Street)
• Oct. 21, Hardin, 3:30 p.m., Hardin Volunteer Fire Dept. (1204 North Custer Avenue)
• Oct. 22, Choteau, 8 a.m., Stage Stop Inn (1005 Main Avenue North)
• Oct. 22, Miles City, 10 a.m., Miles City Community College, Room 216 (2715 Dickinson Street)
• Oct. 22, Great Falls, 1 p.m., Family Living Center, State Fairgrounds (400 3rd Street NW)
• Oct. 23, Fort Benton, 7 p.m., Fort Benton Elementary School (1406 Franklin Street)
• Oct. 23, Havre, 1 p.m., Havre High School Auditorium (900 18th St.)
• Oct. 23, Ronan, 1 p.m., Lake County Community Development Corporation Conference Room (407 Main Street SW)
• Oct. 24, Malta, 8 a.m., Phillips County Library (10 South 4th Street East)
• Oct. 24, Scobey, 1:30 p.m., Scobey Schools Common Room/Lunch Room (205 2nd Avenue East)
• Oct. 24, Glasgow, 1 p.m., Cottonwood Inn (54250 US Hwy 2)
• Oct. 24, Dillon, 1 p.m. USDA Forest Service Conference Room (420 Barrett Street)
• Oct. 25, Circle, 8 a.m., McCone County Fairgrounds Kitchen/Community Room (14 Fairgrounds Road)
• Oct. 25, Bozeman, 9 a.m., USDA Service Center Forest Service Training Room (3710 West Fallon Street, Suite C)
• Oct. 25, Jordan, 1 p.m., Jordan Library (208 Main Street)
• Oct. 28, Harlowton, 10 a.m., Faith Chapel Basement (601 Pritchard NW)
• Oct. 28, Lewistown, 3:30 p.m. Eagles (124 West Main Street)
• Oct. 29, Baker, 10 a.m., Thee Garage (19 West Montana Avenue)
• Oct. 29, Glendive, 3 p.m., Courthouse Community Room (207 West Bell Street)
• Oct. 31, Culbertson, 9:30 a.m., American Legion (115 2nd Ave. East)
• Nov. 5, Townsend, 9 a.m., 4-H Building, Townsend Fairgrounds (189 US Hwy 12E)
• Nov. 5, Browning, 1 p.m., Tribal Conference Room, Blackfeet Headquarters (640 All Chiefs Road)

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Jennifer Cole at jennifer.cole@usda.gov and/or (406) 654.1333, ext. 117 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 at least two workdays prior to the meeting date.

For more information about a meeting, please contact your local FSA office. Visit Montana FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/mt and www.farmers.gov.

Unemployment Rate in Valley County increases from last year at this time

Monday, October 21st 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.3% in September, with no change from the prior month.

“As Montana’s unemployment rate stays low and businesses seek skilled employees, we are responding by engaging more Montanans in the workforce,” Governor Bullock said. “Through world-class education, work-based learning and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, my administration is working to bring more people into Montana’s labor market to fill worker demand and ensure all Montanans can enjoy our continued economic success.”

The U.S. unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 3.5%.

Total employment, which includes agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers, indicated a gain of 238 jobs, while the labor force grew by 345. The number of unemployed people increased by 107 people. Payroll employment fell by 1,300 jobs over the month, with small and broad-based job losses across most private industries. Retail trade and state and local governments made small job gains.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) remains unchanged for September, with declines in gasoline prices offsetting increases in other goods. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, rose by 0.1%. Core inflation rose 2.4% over the last twelve months, with inflation firming from recent years.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 3.2% which is higher then last year at this time when it was 2.4%.There are a total of 3,872 employed in Valley County which is a reduction of 73 jobs compared to last year at this time.

Hidden Gems Event set for November 2nd as fundraiser for FMDH Foundation

Friday, October 18th 2019

Make sure to stop in at Baker's Jewelry and see this beautiful ring in person! It is 14K Rose gold, features a 1.08 carat Montana Sapphire accented with diamonds and is valued at $4,495.

Although you do not need to be present to win, this ring will be given away on November 2nd at the Hidden Gems event at the Cottonwood Inn. The no-host social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This event is for the FMDH Foundation and tickets can be purchased from Baker's Jewelry or online at http://www.fmdh.org/ Tickets can also be purchased from board members: Derek Beadle, Michelle Bigelbach, Annie Capdeville, Shelly George, Bronwin Hanshew, Somer Hoerster, Becky Johnson, Stan Ozark, and Zak Peterson.

North Dakota drillers set oil production record in August

Friday, October 18th 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say drillers set a record for oil production in August.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.47 million barrels of oil daily in August. That's up from the previous record of 1.44 million barrels a day in set in July.

North Dakota also produced a record 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in August, up from 2.9 billion cubic feet in July.

Statewide, companies flared 19 percent of all gas produced in August, which is well above the 12 percent target.

There were 15,942 wells producing in August, down a dozen from the record set in July. The August tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 60 drill rigs operating Thursday, down two from the August average.

2019 Community Cash Program Underway

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

2019 Community Cash Program is underway.

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

1. Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31st, 2019. Thereafter, you have until January 7, 2020 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Community cash is December 30, 2019.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from their MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber Member to accept Community Cash Script.

Merchant List:
5th Ave Pharmacy
AAA Glass
Agland Co-op-Glasgow
Albertson’s
All Seasons Home Center
Alley’s Palace
Arch’s Tire & Service
Bakers Jewelry
Big Sky Auto Accessories
Big Valley Water
Border Plains Equipment
Busy Bee Embroidery
C&B Operations
Chappell’s Automotive
Cherry Creek Gear Shop
Children’s Museum of NE MT
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
DB’s Bar & Casino
D & G Sports & Western
Dale Plumbing & Heating
Durum Restaurant
El Cor Del
Eugene’s Pizza
Ezzie’s Midtown
Ezzie’s Wholesale
Ezzie’s Westend Convenience
Fossum Materials/Century Const
Glasgow Auto Safety Center
Glasgow Flower & Gift
Hi-Line Ford
Hi Line Med Spa
Holiday
Jennifer Ray Photography
Joan Burris-Tupperware
KLTZ/KLAN Radio
Lakeridge Lodge & Bait-Ft. Peck
Markle’s Ace Hardware
Markle’s Furniture
Mirror Image Salon
Mon Dak Marine
Nemont
Newton Motors
Pehlke's Furniture
Pizza Hut
Prewett Interiors
Probst Cleaning Service
Raiders Quick Stop-Hinsdale
Red Barn Gifts
Reynolds Market
Robyn’s Nest
Rock’s Auto Mall
Sam & Jeff’s
Scott’s Track N Wheel
Scottie Express Carwash
Shippwrecked
Stoughie’s-Hinsdale
Subway
Sunnyside Golf Course
Taco Shack
T& R Trucking
Thompson & Sons
Tire Rama
Town & Country Furniture
Treasure Trail Meat Processing
Valley Builders
Valley Cinemas
Western Drug

Chocolate Walk Is This Friday

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

The 8th annual Chocolate Walk is this Friday, October 18th, from 4-7 p.m.

Stroll among the stores and galleries that are staying open late with great deals, and sweet delights! From homemade chocolates to huge brownies, truffles, chocolate fountains and more, you'll find delicious treats around every corner!

Play in the chocolate poker run to win prizes: all poker players MUST pick up their cards at the Apple Trolley on October 18th before or during the poker run. (Must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the poker run).

Two Rivers Economic Growth Annual Meeting Is November 5th

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Two Rivers Economic Growth will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 5th at the Cottonwood Inn from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

5:30-6:30 Social - No host bar and complimentary appetizers provided.
6:30-7:30 Keynote Speaker Tayla Snapp from TransCanada
7:30-8 Annual Meeting, Yearly Review

At this meeting you will learn about the projects we have worked on, grants we have helped members/businesses with and learn about our practices and financials. This is a great time to get to know who we are, what we are about and why YOU should be a member of Two Rivers Economic Growth!

For more information, please call Keegan Morehouse, executive director of Two Rivers Economic Growth, at 406-263-GROW (4769).

Tayla Snapp
Tayla Snapp is a Montana native who grew up on a farm and ranch in Central Montana. In high school, she was active in 4-H, FFA and BPA. Tayla continued to stay busy while attending college at MSU-Northern, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and associate degrees in Agriculture, Marketing and Small Business Management. She spent much of her time working as a MSU-Northern Ambassador, the Business Manager of Student Senate, and secretary of the MSU-Northern Collegiate Stock-growers. After college, she joined the political scene. She worked as a field representative in 22 counties in Eastern MT for the United States Congressman, Greg Gianforte. In 2018, Tayla joined TC Energy (previously known as Trans Canada) as a community relations specialist. She now covers 4 different states working with local governments advocating for TC Energy and the industry as a whole. Tayla has recently been accepted as a member of Class IV (4) of REAL Montana.

Hi-Line Sportsmen Grants Available

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Got an idea to improve hunting, fishing, access, or shooting sports in northeast Montana? Hi-Line Sportsmen wants to help fund it!

The Hi-Line Sportsmen conservation club is soliciting applications for its mini-grants program to fund projects that would improve hunting, fishing, or recreational access in Valley County and elsewhere in northeastern Montana.

The grants, of up to $1,000 apiece, are intended to help improve outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. Examples of projects that have received HLS funding include:
· Purchase of loaner rimfire rifles for the local .22 Match program;
· Funding the installation of electrical outlets at Downstream Campground in Park Grove;
· Helping fund a the Valley County Conservation District’s educational video promoting the Milk River’s St. Mary Irrigation Project;
· Assisting local 4-H clubs’ efforts to install trash cans at Vandalia Dam;
· Assisting with the purchase of docks at Fort Peck Reservoir fishing accesses;
· Covering game-processing costs for deer donated to the Valley County Food Bank.

“Projects that are likely to be received favorably include those that expand public hunting and fishing access, promote recreational shooting and outdoor recreation of all types, enhance wildlife and fisheries habitat, and contribute to youth outdoor education,” says Andrew McKean, who coordinates the club’s grant program. HLS funds can also be used as private matching money for qualifying grants.

The club considers grant applications on a quarterly basis. The current application period is open through Dec. 31, after which applications will be assessed and scored before funding is approved by the club.

“Our tag line is ‘Keeping Conservation Local,’ and our grants confirm that our only focus is northeastern Montana,” says Jennifer Jackson, Hi-Line Sportsmen president. “Any individual or organization from the region is encouraged to apply for our grants. Giving back to the community in a meaningful way is precisely why we started the group.”

A review board will prioritize funding requests based on a number of criteria, including:
· The amount of benefit to local hunters, anglers, shooters, and outdoor recreationists;
· Whether the request improves public or accessible private land;
· Whether it’s a one-time funding request or a multiple-year project;
· Whether the project is being conducted in conjunction with other groups or public agencies;
· Whether the project promotes outdoor education.

In order to request a mini-grant application, call or email Andrew McKean at 263-5442 or montanamckean@gmail.com

FWP Biologist gives Big Game Hunting update

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

The big game hunting season is underway across Montana and FWP Biologist Drew Henry was a guest on Live Under the Big Sky last week. Drew gives an update on deer, pheasant and antelope numbers across Region 6. Drew starts with deer numbers.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/drew?in=kltz-glasgow/sets/news-cuts

Ag Producers Invited to Attend Valley County ARC/PLC Meeting On October 24

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Montana State University (MSU) are hosting a Farm Bill meeting on October 24, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn located at 54250 US Highway 2 in Glasgow. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Meeting attendees will learn about FSA’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs authorized by the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. Learning more about ARC and PLC is important for producers who must make a decision about ARC or PLC election and enrollment options.

For more information about the meeting, please contact the local FSA office at (406) 228-4321 ext. 2.

Is Your Young Hunter Ready To Be An Apprentice? If So, Get Them Signed Up Now

Monday, October 14th 2019

Since 2015, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has allowed children as young as 10 to hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing Hunter Education. The decision of whether the child is ready to be an Apprentice Hunter is left up to the parents or guardians, but FWP offers some tips that may help them to make that decision, and to make the experience safe and positive.
Physical and emotional maturity: Is your child ready?

According to FWP Outdoor Skills and Safety Supervisor Wayde Cooperider, would-be apprentices need two things: Physical and emotional maturity.

“What I mean by that is, is that youngster emotionally ready for the experience of taking an animal’s life, and dealing with that whole experience - the blood, the field dressing, and that process - and how are they going to take that in?” Cooperider asked. “And I think a big factor in how that plays out is how the parents handle it before, during and after.”

Children take a lot of cues from their parents’ behavior, he noted. “There’s a compassion component that I think the parents need to exhibit with their kids, and patience,” Cooperider said. “Let kids know that it’s okay to not squeeze that trigger if they’re not ready. Because you don’t want to ruin them the first time out.”

If they do pull the trigger and down an animal, he advises paying close attention to the reaction. “Be real conscious of how that youngster is dealing with the aftermath, and don’t force them into doing something they’re not comfortable with,” he said. Field dressing an animal and eating a chunk of raw liver may be a cool tradition for some adults, but it could turn a child off to hunting in a hurry.

“There’s another component, too, and that’s being physically able to handle the firearm,” Cooperider said. “And it being sized for the kid, and having practiced with it and knowing how it functions.”

“And if they don’t practice with it, they’re not comfortable and confident in what they’re doing, and that’s a huge thing right there - that self-confidence, knowing the gun and knowing they can hit their target,” he added.
Give the child plenty of time to practice at the range or where you plan to hunt to instill that confidence.

“Try some shooting positions that they would actually use out in the field, and shoot at their target,” Cooperider advised. “That way, they’re going to know what their personal effective range is.”

Also consider that a child’s stamina is not equal to an adult’s, and plan the walking distance and activity according to his or her abilities.

Apprenticeship doesn’t require hunter education, but Cooperider will always be a proponent of kids taking the course first. They can also enroll in a course at age 10 and apprentice in the same season.

“I encourage parents, at any age, before they take their kid out hunting or the child buys his or her first hunting license, that they do everything they can to get that child into a hunter education class first. It just gives them a good basis to start with,” he said.
If you plan to have your child be an apprentice, get them signed up now!

The youth deer hunt is coming up on Oct. 17 and 18, and the general deer season begins on Oct. 26. If you plan to have your child hunt as an apprentice, please get them registered as soon as possible. Last year, there were many last-minute sign-ups, and sometimes delays due to mentors and apprentices not being prepared.

The apprentice needs to get certified at an FWP office, or they can mail in the proper documents. The documents can be obtained ahead of time here:
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licenses/all/apprenticeHunter/default.html . Printing and filling out the documents ahead of time will save a lot of time once they go in to get certified.

Here are a couple of reminders before you bring your child in to get certified:

-A parent’s/legal guardian’s drivers license is REQUIRED to enter the child in the ALS system

-For first time apprentices, the last four digits of their social security number is REQUIRED to be entered into the ALS system

-The youth should be present to properly sign the form and understand the process

-A mentor MUST be 21 years old or older. If the apprentice hunter is under 18 years of age, the mentor must be related to the apprentice by blood, adoption, or marriage, be the apprentice’s legal guardian, or be designated by the apprentice’s legal guardian

The cost to be certified is $5. After becoming certified, all other normal license fees apply
An apprentice can only do the program for two years before they must take hunter education

Volunteers Help Out On JustServe Day Of Service

Monday, October 14th 2019

Thanks for those who helped with the first annual JustServe Day of Service for Glasgow.

About 12 volunteers helped clear 5 yards of leaves, clean at the Senior Citizens Center, and organize at the City-County Library.

Vicky Wetz at the Senior Citizens Center is still maintaining a list of Senior Citizens in need of ongoing attention to leaf or snow removal this season as well. Seniors interested are asked to contact her at vwetz@valleycountymt.gov or contact her at the Senior Citizens Center at 228-9500. Youth groups looking to serve are asked to contact her as well.

Multiple other service opportunities that are available in our community are also listed on Justserve.org , a free website for which Charles Wilson is the local web administrator. For example, one service opportunity coming up is to help judge at the Speech and Drama Invitational Meet on Saturday November 16.

Press release from Glasgow Police Department details Sunday morning incident

Monday, October 14th 2019

On October 13, 2019, at around 0112 hours, the Glasgow Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Jet Drive North. As the officers were responding, the caller whom was identifed as a juvenile living at the residence reported that there was a gun involved and that they hid it from the suspected.
As officers arrived at the residence they observed the victim whom appeared to be injured, fleeing from the house. It was discovered that two other juveniles including the caller, who also live at the residence had already escaped and were hiding in a nearby camper.
When officers attempted to speak with the suspect, he refused to come out of the house. Officers, being assisted by the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, then setup a perimeter around the residence and a short standoff ensued. At around 0237 hours, Officers arrested Michael Wayne Pedersen, age 35, without incident. Pedersen was remanded to the Valley County Detention Center for the charge of Partner or Family Member Assault – Causing Bodily Injury to a Partner or Family Member.
Officers the obtained consent to search the residence by the victim and were able to recover the loaded 9mm handgun the juvenile stated that they hid. The investigation is still ongoing.


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