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Friday, September 22nd 2017
U.S. Senator Jon Tester successfully defended Montanans from Verizon's attempt to terminate contracts
(Bozeman, Mont.)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester has successfully defended Montanans from Verizon's attempt to terminate contracts.

Tester demanded answers from Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam last week and pushed the telecommunications company to reverse its decision to eliminate contracts and remove rural customers from its network. Verizon responded to Tester's demands today and announced that the company will continue to serve Montanans and will not terminate the service of rural customers.

"Wireless communication is critical for Montana families, businesses, and emergency first responders," Tester said. "I am pleased with Verizon's decision to uphold its commitment to our state, if any Verizon customers have continued concerns, please contact my office. I will continue to defend Montanans from harmful actions that undermine our quality of life."

Tester received his assurances from Verizon earlier today that no Montanans will be involuntarily removed from their contract.

Thursday, September 21st 2017
Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors Releases Statement Regarding Bus Accident
Today, our eighth graders were going to Havre for their annual field trip. Our third bus, our handicapped bus, was struck head on by a vehicle that crossed into our lane. Unfortunately, our bus driver, Jim Belcher and the driver of the other car died at the scene. Jim was a long time activity driver for our district and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both driver’s families.

We had four students and a chaperone sent to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow for non-life threatening injuries. Upon further examination, one of our students was flown to Billings to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. All students and our chaperone are doing well.

I was really impressed with our first responders at the accident site; the Glasgow and Long Run Fire Departments, the EMTs, Sheriff, Glasgow Police, Highway Patrol. Their preparation and professionalism was amazing.

Our hospital is second to none. When I arrived, again I was impressed with our community. Of course the people on call were there, but some who were not supposed to be there showed up to make sure all of their bases were covered. CEO Randy Holom came down to see if we needed anything. First class operation.

I am very proud of our school staff. They have risen to the challenge in this unfortunate situation. They have supported our kids and have helped their peers deal with their emotional day.

We are a small, very connected community, therefore, we will have all of our school counselors available for student and staff support. If you have any questions please contact your child’s support.

Thursday, September 21st 2017
Solid Finances Starts September 27
Registration if free. If you haven't registered yet, follow the links below to register.

Please join the Solid Finances webinar series this year. We have made some changes to improve the series. This year will feature presenters from North Dakota State University Extension Service, Kansas State University Research and Extension, University of Idaho Extension and Montana State University Extension. This multi-state format will bring new expertise to the series to better serve you.

The 2017-2018 Solid Finances schedule will consist of 17 sessions, with the first session on September 27th. Solid Finances will feature 8 different presenters sharing their expertise and answering your questions.

Joel Schumacher (MSU Extension) will open the series on September 27th by addressing When is Insurance Important?. Elizabeth Kiss (K-State Research and Extension) will lead the next session on Health Insurance from a Financial Perspective. Deb Wood (K-State) and Carrie Johnson (NDSU Extension) will lead sessions 3 and 4.

Complete Schedule

If you would like to participate in the 2017-2018 series, you will need to register:
If you are using the same email address with which you registered last year; please register here.

If you are registering with a different email address; please register here.
There is no cost to participate in the Solid Finances program, however registration is required.

We record all of the sessions in the webinar series. Recordings of past sessions are available for viewing here.

Here are few participants’ comments about last year’s program:
I find the webinars to be a great resource. Please continue them!
I enjoyed learning…from the webinars.
Because of Solid Finances…I got organized with my retirement accounts.
Completing the FAFSA was much easier because of the webinar.
I hope you will participate in this year’s Solid Finances series.

Thursday, September 21st 2017
Live Under the Big Sky focuses on leadership with students from GHS and a Leadership Montana Event in Miles City
Wednesday, September 20th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Nashua School Superintendent Bill Colter for the first half of the program and Denise Herman and Sheila Doll of Hi-Line Home Programs for the second half.
Wednesday, September 20th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky features Tim Volk and Del Hansen from the Valley Event Center
Tuesday, September 19th 2017
Glasgow School District Bus Involved In Accident Tuesday Morning
Two people were killed and children were injured in a head on crash near Glasgow on Tuesday morning that involved a Glasgow school bus and a pickup.

The accident was called in at 6:40am Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway #2 west of Glasgow.

A handicap accessible school bus was headed west on Highway #2 when it collided with a east bound pickup.

The Montana Highway Patrol is stating that a female driver of the pickup completely crossed the center line and struck the westbound school bus head-on.

The MHP is stating that there were 3-4 students riding in the bus.

The children riding in the bus suffered injuries and were transported to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The driver of the bus and the driver of the pickup were killed and were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle has reported to KLTZ/KLAN that the driver of the east-bound pickup was Julie Steiger, age 31 of Troy, MT. Jim Belcher, age 73, of Fort Peck, MT was driving the bus.

The MHP said the driver of the pickup is from northwest Montana and the driver of the bus is from the Glasgow area.

The handicapped accessible bus and 2 Scottie Cruisers were headed to Havre for an 8th grade field trip when the accident occurred. The 2 Scottie Cruisers were turned around and came back to Glasgow after the accident.

Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors said remaining activities for the Glasgow School District will go on as scheduled including the Scottie Volleyball team traveling to Sidney and the Cross Country team competing in Frazer.


Monday, September 18th 2017
Glasgow School Enrollment Increases Significantly
The Glasgow School District saw an increase of 35 students compared to last September according to numbers furnished by the district.

The pre-school through grade 12 enrollment is 873 students compared to 838 last September.

The largest classes in the district are grades 1 and 6 each with 78 students.

The Glasgow enrollment had fallen to 807 students in the fall of 2015.

Saturday, September 16th 2017
Valley County Combined Campaign 2017-2018
The Valley County Combined Campaign is celebrating its 36th year of giving with an invitation to Valley County non-profit organizations to join the 2017-2018 campaign.

There are two openings available this year for member positions. Consideration will also be given to applicants for an available permanent position on the campaign. Any Valley County nonprofit organizations interested in applying are required to have their own 501 (c)3 nonprofit status and will not be allowed to do any other soliciting for contributions during the year(s) they are a member of the campaign.

Please submit a letter of interest indicating your organization’s mission and needs, along with a copy of y0ur 501(c)3 letter to: Valley County Combined Campaign, PO Box 224, Glasgow, MT. This letter must be received no later than October 10, 2017. Any organization interested in applying for the available positions will be asked to give a brief presentation about their organization, including what, specifically, they will be designating their monies toward at the October meeting of the Valley County Combined Campaign board of directors on October 17th at 5:30 pm at NorVal Electric, 54091 Hwy 2 W. Glasgow, MT.

If you have any questions you are asked to contact Leila Seyfert at 263-0321 or leilaseyfert@live.com or Candy Lagerquist at 263-4512 or lclager@nemont.net.

The VCCC was formed in 1982 so that community members and businesses would only be contacted once during the year for donations. The 2017-2018 campaign will take place from April 21 to May 5, 2018. The generosity of the residents of Valley County in 2017 greatly impacted our participating organizations!

Friday, September 15th 2017
Scottie Homecoming 2017
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will once again be hosting the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums during the 2017 Glasgow Scottie Homecoming Festival weekend. The band will be a part of the Scottie Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 2:30pm, the Scottie Booster Club tailgate party at GHS at 6:00, and performing during half time of the Scottie vs. Shelby Coyotes football game.

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

At 4:30PM the annual Pub Crawl will begin at Sunnyside Golf Course.
The Pipe Band is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottie Booster Club, GHS Student Council, Kiwanis Club & Local Area Merchants.

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

Bring the family and enjoy one of the many opportunities to watch the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band perform and enjoy Scottie Homecoming 2017. Show your Scottie Pride and decorate your window. Got Spirit? Prove It!

Friday, September 15th 2017
Glasgow Completes Branding Project
Glasgow, MT September 12, 2017 – Glasgow’s Branding Project by the City of Glasgow and Two Rivers Economic Growth is complete!

Two Rivers Economic Growth and the City of Glasgow recently completed the Glasgow Brand. This was done through cooperation with individuals representing Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District, Glasgow Schools, Glasgow Police Department, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Valley County Commissioners and several local business owners. The Glasgow Downtown Association successfully initiated this process and will be integral in utilizing this brand in the development and revitalization of downtown Glasgow.

Funding through the Montana Main Street Program made it possible to develop a City Growth Plan (2013) and a Downtown Master Plan (2015). Both of these documents identify the immediate need for a city-wide Brand. Two Rivers and the City of Glasgow applied to Montana Main Street once again for funding and hired the Wendt Agency of Great Falls to develop the Glasgow Brand based upon this direction.

A successful brand turns a location into a destination by building a name that makes a lasting impact on the public’s perceptions. Its aim is to turn a city into a place where people want to live, work and visit. A strong identity is vital in vying with other places for attention in tourism and business or revitalization initiatives. Through this process a logo and a tagline have been adopted to represent our area. Key assets and community values were identified and a positioning statement was formed:

“Proudly named after a town in Scotland, Glasgow is a vibrant hub in northeast Montana where life is lived at the pace you choose. Rooted in appreciation for tranquility, freedom, and tradition, life is just simpler here. Integrity and generosity are the backbone of our community, which is why our people go the extra mile for their neighbors and welcome visitors with a friendly smile and genuine northeastern Montana hospitality. Glasgow offers a blend of local retailers, quaint boutiques, fun family attractions, tasty coffee shops, eateries, and a brewery – all surrounded by sweeping landscapes and recreational opportunities under dramatically endless skies. With our wide open spaces, there is plenty of room to explore outdoor adventure and natures wonders without the crowds.”

From this positioning statement our brand promise was born: “In Glasgow, you will discover a new perspective on life and awaken your sense of peace, place and pride.” This promise then translated into our new tagline: “More of What Matters” and is part of our city logo. Glasgow’s new logo represents a strong agriculture industry, the Milk and Missouri Rivers, our dramatic sunrise and sunsets and an active, vibrant and progressive community. All of the colors within the image are also represented in the plaid pole banners throughout town and can be used in unison so that our Scottish heritage and pride continues to shine though.

Now that our brand is complete and a new grant cycle is open with Montana Main Street, Two Rivers and the City of Glasgow have taken the next step in applying to develop a Wayfinding Plan that will help pedestrians and vehicles navigate our city and identify key areas within the community to encourage patronage and vitality of space. We plan on beginning signage projects in May 2018 as a shovel-to-the-ground approach by getting to work as soon as the planning phase is complete to achieve visible results as soon as possible.

Two Rivers could not accomplish all that it has without the support and collaboration with the City of Glasgow and our membership. We truly value all of the hard work and input that has gone into the decision-making process and we are proud to represent our new brand. This will sharpen marketing efforts while reaching an identified target audience. As stewards of the Glasgow Brand it is important to maintain the integrity of the positioning statement and brand promise. Involved entities have agreed that as a community we will strive to deliver what visitors and residents value and maximize efforts by continuing to speak with one unified voice.

We encourage local businesses and organizations to utilize this brand in recruitment efforts and in promoting Glasgow as your chosen place to live, work & play. Please contact the Two Rivers office with questions or for logo images to place on your website or in publications by calling 406-263-GROW (4769) or email trg2@nemont.net. If you have not been to Glasgow, we encourage you to visit and see all that the seat of Valley County has to offer!

Friday, September 15th 2017
Tanja Fransen Guest On Live Under the Big Sky Talking Weather
LIve Under the Big Sky was talking about the weather on Thursday with Tanja Fransen of the National Weather Service Office in Glasgow. Listen to the entire program here:

LIve Under the Big Sky 9/14.

Thursday, September 14th 2017
Great Falls Tribune Reports Verizon Terminating Cellular Contracts With Rural Montanans
Story From Great Falls Tribune

LORING – "Dropped like a bad habit," as he put it, Kyle Wasson was among a “small group” of Verizon customers who learned recently they would no longer be covered by the wireless giant as of Oct. 17.

Wasson, a customer for 8 or 9 years, received a letter from the company reading, in part: “We will no longer offer service for the numbers listed above since your primary place of use is outside the Verizon Wireless network” and “we discovered you are using a significant amount of data while roaming off the Verizon Wireless network."

Wasson had unlimited data, which isn’t available with his new provider, Havre-based Triangle Mobile, though he said otherwise their service will be better. He lives in Loring, which is north of Malta and about 15 miles south of the Canadian border.

Brandi Horn of Harlem said she was devastated to be dropped.

"There is no better service in rural Montana than Verizon," she said. "It's going to be hard finding an affordable and high-coverage service now."

Sue Hagen of Scobey said after she got the dropped notice she called Verizon and learned 19,000 clients were booted.

Verizon spokeswoman Meagan Dorsch said a “small group of customers” had been notified Verizon would stop providing service for them.

“This only affects a few people who primarily roam on other networks and does not affect customers who primarily use Verizon’s own network,” she said.

In an email, Dorsch said the 19,000 clients Hagen was told are being dropped by Verizon is not an accurate number. She said the number of customers being dropped is just a fraction of that number, but she declined to say how many Verizon customers will have their accounts dropped by the company.

We’re providing advance notice to these customers so they have plenty of time to port their wireless number to another company before their Verizon wireless service ends," Dorsch said. “We regularly review accounts with data use that primarily takes place outside of the Verizon network.”

Thursday, September 14th 2017
Senator Tester Demanding Answers From Verizon After Termination Of Wireless Contracts For Rural Montana Residents
(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester is demanding answers from Verizon after the telecomm giant unexpectedly terminated the wireless contracts of rural Montanans.

Tester is pushing Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam to reverse his company's decision to remove rural customers from its network. In a letter to McAdam, Tester urges Verizon to continue serving customers in rural areas. Verizon has stated that it terminated the contracts of rural customers who used too much data, despite the fact that customers had signed up for Verizon's unlimited data contract.

"I am very troubled by Verizon's recent decision to terminate contracts for customers living in rural areas of Montana," Tester wrote. "Give the importance of wireless communications for maintain public safety, running a business, and staying connected during emergencies, I strongly urge Verizon to reverse its decision to involuntarily remove rural customers from its network."

Tester in his letter is demanding immediate responses to specific questions about why the company is backing out of its contracts with rural customers. Tester is specifically asking Verizon exactly how many Montana customers and phone numbers the decision affects, when the company decided to take action against rural customers, and why Verizon didn't provide more notice to affected customers.

Tester also raised concerns about the impact Verizon's actions will have for rural families and their ability to access wireless communications, especially during emergencies.

Wednesday, September 13th 2017
Valley County Long Run Fire Department And Glasgow Fire Department Topic of Live Under the Big Sky Program
Brian Austin, Chris Knodel, Brandon Brunelle and Rob Brunelle were guests of Live Under the Big Sky on Wednesday. They spoke of the efforts of the fire departments this year and the need for updated equipment. If you would like to donate to the fire departments you can drop off your donation at Valley Bank or contact any firefighter. The full show is here:

LIve Under the Big Sky 9/13.

Tuesday, September 12th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Scottie Booster Club and Scottie Athletics
Live under the Big Sky today featured Mike Pehlke and Ruth Ann Hutcheson speaking on the Scottie Booster Club and Brenner Flaten who talked about the state of Scottie athletics.

Listen Here:

LIve Under the Big Sky 9/12.

Monday, September 11th 2017
Glasgow Man Arrested On Attempted Deliberate Homicide Charge
20-year old Glasgow resident, Tanner Cook, was arrested on Friday after an altercation that sent a VCSO Deputy to the hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Vern Buerkle, told Kltz/Mix-93 that a Deputy arrived at the Trails West Trailer Court around 12:30pm on Friday responding to a call of domestic disturbance.

Cook allegedly broke out the window of the deputy's vehicle with an iron bar and when another deputy arrived on scene, Cook allegedly hit the deputy with the same iron bar.

The deputy was transported to the FMDH where he was treated and released but according to Sheriff Buerkle, the deputy has not been cleared to go back to work.

Cook has been charged in Justice Court with 2 counts of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, 2 counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, assault with a weapon, resisting arrest and attempted deliberate homicide.

Bond was set at $500,00 and Cook is incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.

Cook was charged in July with felony assault with a weapon and misdemeanor criminal mischief on a separate incident and was out of jail on court conditions.

Monday, September 11th 2017
Inaugural Northeast Montana Ag Expo Set For October 13
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture cordially invites you to be part of history at the inaugural Northeast Montana Ag Expo on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Valley Event Center. A two-fold event, the Expo is a combination of the longstanding “New Trends in Agriculture” day-long agricultural seminar and the “Ag Appreciation Dinner/Night of Honors” held for the first time in 2016.

The morning will begin at 8:30 a.m. with one of America’s most widely followed agricultural broadcasters, Orion Samuelson, featured during the opening session. At 10 a.m., a trade show will open inside and outside of the Valley Event Center. Both agricultural and home-based businesses are welcome and, with the show being free of charge for attendees, foot traffic should be exceptional. Happening simultaneously with the trade show will be a series of twelve breakout sessions covering topics from estate planning to commodity market updates and narrowleaf hawksbeard to beef cattle management and health.

As day turns into evening, it will be your opportunity to sponsor a table for a sit down prime rib dinner. Save seats for your employees, invite your farm and ranch customers, or extend an invite to a community volunteer that you’d like to thank. It is a fun event that allows you to socialize with area producers and meet potential new customers.

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will present the Del Strommen Trend Setter Award during the dinner and invites any area clubs or nonprofits to present any awards/honors they may have on the big stage. Dancing to live music from River North will follow dinner and the presentation.

We hope you can join us for a night of fun and fellowship.

Friday, September 8th 2017
Valley View Home Levy Passes With 57% Of Vote
Valley County voters by a margin of 1571-1154 voted to levy of tax of $300,000 for the next 2 years to supplement funding for Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.

The tax will be assessed starting in October of this year.

The next step is another vote next year in which Valley County will be asked to create a Hospital District in the county to manage the taxpayer funding for Valley View Home.

Voter turnout was 61%.

Friday, September 8th 2017
Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee Meets September 12 at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Cottonwood Inn conference room in Glasgow.

The meeting is open to the public and will include the induction of the newest CAC members. There will also be wildlife, fisheries and law enforcement updates from FWP, and a roundtable discussion with CAC members.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year. For more information about the Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/cac/ .

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

Friday, September 8th 2017
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Topic Of Live Under the Big Sky
Marc Kloker was a guest on Live Under the Big Sky on Thursday discussing a wide range of topics involving Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

LIve Under the Big Sky 9/7.

Friday, September 8th 2017
Emergency CRP Hay Bale Removal Extension
The Valley County Farm Service Agency would like to inform producers that the deadline for removing hay bales from emergency CRP haying has been extended until October 15, 2017.

If you have questions please call the Valley County FSA office at 228-4321 ext. 2.

Thursday, September 7th 2017
Future Of Valley View Home Topic Of Discussion On Live Under The Big Sky Program
Stan Ozark and Haylie Shipp visited with Don Fast, Ken Jansa and Kent Hanawalt on Wednesday during the Live Under the Big Sky program. They discussed the future of Valley View Nursing Home and the upcoming levy election September 7th.


LIve Under the Big Sky 9/6.

Wednesday, September 6th 2017
53% Of Ballots For Valley View Home Election Have Been Returned
53% of the ballots have been returned for the Valley View Home Levy Election. All ballots must be returned to the Valley County Courthouse by 8pm Thursday. There are still over 2100 ballots that have not been returned to the Valley County Election Administrator.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Counting Board of the SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 VALLEY VIEW HOME LEVY Election will begin at 10:00 AM on September 7, 2017 according to §13-15-105, MCA. The Counting Board will meet in the County Commissioner’s room in the Valley County Courthouse. The Counting Board will manually count votes cast by using a tally book. Any individual observing the counting board procedures must take an oath and be sequestered with the board until after the poll closes at 8:00 PM.
No election judge or other individual having access to the information may disclose any results of early counting while the polls are open.

Wednesday, September 6th 2017
LIve Under the Big Sky Features Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson
Live Under the Big Sky premiered on Tuesday and the first guests of the program included Governor Steve Bullock and Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson. Here is an archive of the first program!

LIve Under the Big Sky 9/5.

Sunday, September 3rd 2017
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Instates Burn Ban at Pines Recreation Area
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Peck Project has elected to ban all open fires within the Pines Recreation Area. Building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire, fire pit or charcoal grill is prohibited. Liquid petroleum and LPG stoves that can be turned on and off are allowed.

Additionally, smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

If you have questions concerning this matter, please contact the Fort Peck Project Office at 406/526-3411.

Thursday, August 31st 2017
Final Relay For Life Numbers
The Northeast Montana Relay For Life Event Leadership Team is proud to announce their final total for this year's Relay For Life event held on August 12th at Glasgow's Valley County Fairgrounds. The group had set a goal of $50,000 for this year's event and raised $58,162.47.

This money is used for various programs with the American Cancer Society. A majority of it is used for research, but other programs that are available in our area are: Look Good; Feel Better program (a program that helps cancer patients deal with hair loss, use of make-up, and how to better your appearance while under going treatment), lodging while undergoing treatment, gas cards for travel, and a Cancer Outreach Program (area people you can call for help in finding out who to turn to when you are first diagnosed with cancer). These services are free to our area cancer patients. For information, contact Mona Amundson at 406-263-4176.

The Event Leadership Team thanks the communities of Northeast Montana in Phillips County, Valley County, Sheridan County, Daniels County and Roosevelt County for their generosity. In the last sixteen years we have been able to contribute over $1,000,000 towards cancer research and support programs. It is our hope that through the efforts and support of the communities in our area and around the world that someday a cure for all forms of cancer will be found.

Tuesday, August 29th 2017
R6 FWP Urges Hunters To Check Fire Status, Make Safety A Priority

With our region of northeast Montana suffering from emergency drought and the constant threat of wildfires, hunters and other recreationists taking to the field must be aware of local fire restrictions and take precautions. Some Block Management Areas (BMAs) in Region 6 are currently closed or have rule changes (see list below), and all counties in Region 6 (as of Mon., Aug. 28) are in Stage 1 fire restrictions or in a burn ban.

Montana archery antelope hunters are already hunting with their 900 hunting licenses. Montana’s upland game bird season (and mourning doves) open this Friday, Sept. 1, while the archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, black bear, wolf and mountain lion begins Sept. 2.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks urges hunters to check in with the regional FWP offices or online about potential closures before making final plans.
Hunters and other recreationists should:
• Drive only on established roads.
• Avoid roads with tall vegetation in the middle track.
• Never park over dry grass and other vegetation.
• Carry a fire extinguisher—or water-filled weed sprayer—shovel, axe, and, a cell phone for emergency calls.
• Restrict camping activities to designated camping areas.
• Build campfires only in established metal fire rings, if allowed (note restrictions).
• Smoke only inside buildings or vehicles.
• Check on any fire restrictions in place.

When it comes to site-specific fire restrictions, FWP follows the lead of the county where the site is located. Currently most counties in Montana are under either Stage 1 or Stage 2 fire restrictions.

As of Mon., Aug. 28, all counties in Region 6 (Choteau, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, McCone, Roosevelt, Sheridan, and Richland) are in Stage 1 restrictions, except for Daniels Co. which is in a burn ban. In addition, the BLM-managed lands within the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument are in Stage 2 restrictions.

Stage 1 restrictions ban campfires except where specifically exempted, allow cooking fires on propane devices that can be shut off and smoking only in vehicles and areas three feet in diameter that are cleared of flammable materials.

Stage 2 restrictions start with regulations delineated by Stage 1 restrictions. In addition, Stage 2 restrictions ban welding, explosives, driving off established roads and use of internal-combustion engines, except for vehicles on established roads, between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. each day. Generators used in enclosed buildings or in an area cleared of vegetation specifically are exempted from Stage 2 restrictions.

FWP sites that could be impacted fire restrictions include fishing access sites, wildlife management areas and state parks.

Private landowners along with land enrolled in Block Management or other private land access programs may also have restrictions or closures. Be sure to ask when securing permission.

Currently in Region 6, we have several BMAs that have closures or restrictions:
BMA # BMA Name County Date Closed Date Open
193 Larry Christianson McCone 8-15-17 10-1-17
181 Biebinger Ranch Blaine 8-15-17 ?
10 Williamson Ranch Blaine 8-15-17 ?
183 BKB Ranch Blaine 8-15-17 ?
187 Wine Cup Blaine 8-15-17 ?
6 Mack Ranch Choteau 8-15-17 ?
3 Phalen Ranch Hill 8-15-17 ?
29 North Phillips Phillips Open: Walk in Only

BMAs fire restrictions and closures will be updated as changes occur here.

For up-to-date details on state-wide FWP property fire and drought-related restrictions and closures, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click Restrictions & Closures under the “News” tab. In addition, you can go to https://firerestrictions.us/mt/ to see restrictions statewide.

Always be prepared to prevent or extinguish fire starts. Your assistance during this time will be appreciated.

Tuesday, August 29th 2017
Dr. Andy Fahlgren Returns To Glasgow To Practice Medicine
The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital has announced that Andrew Fahlgren, MD is now practicing at the Glasgow Clinic. Dr. Fahlgren is a graduate of Glasgow High School and returns to his hometown to practice medicine at the Glasgow Clinic. Dr. Fahlgren's specialty is Internal Medicine.

Stan Ozark sat down with the newest physician in Glasgow and visited about his journey to becoming a doctor and what he likes to do in his spare time:

Dr Fahlgren.

Friday, August 25th 2017
Attempted Escape From Valley County Detention Center
2 inmates incarcerated at the Valley County Detention Center attempted an escape early Friday morning according to Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle.

The inmates, Jay Witkowski and Austin Adams were unsuccessful in their escape attempt but they did manage to abduct a detention officer and take keys from the officer. After taking the keys they walked to the kitchen area and realized that they didn't have the proper keys to access the outside. It was at this point that they pulled the fire alarm. Officers from the Valley County Sheriff's Office and the Glasgow Police Department then entered the Detention Center and put the 2 inmates back into custody.

Sheriff Buerkle said that steps are being taken this moment to make sure that an event like this doesn't happen again.

Both Adams and Witkowski are now facing felony charges of attempted escape, aggravated kidnapping and intimidation along with misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and false alarms.

The detention officer who was abducted did not suffer any injuries and in fact helped get the two inmates back into custody and into cells.

Sheriff Buerkle said the two inmates are now in solitary confinement until further notice.

Friday, August 25th 2017
Emergency Haying & Grazing
The Valley County Farm Service Agency wants to remind producers that hay bales from the emergency haying of CRP MUST be completely removed from the CRP acreage no later than September 15, 2017.

Cattle grazing CRP must be removed by September 30, 2017.

If you have questions please call the Valley County FSA office at 228-4321 ext. 2.

Friday, August 25th 2017
4 More Job Service Offices Being Closed In Montana
HAMILTON, Mont. - A Montana Department of Labor and Industry official says four Job Service offices will be closing throughout the next few months due to a cutback in federal funding.

Department Communications Director Jake Troyer says the closures, announced on Thursday, will be to offices in Anaconda and Dillon at the end of September and offices in Hamilton and Lewistown at the end of October.

The offices help job-seekers plan their careers by polishing resumes, learning about networking and identifying training needs.

Scott Eychner, administrator for the department's Workforce Services Division, says the process of choosing the offices that will close was data driven.

Troyer says 16 jobs are impacted at the four offices, but six of those positions will be kept at different locations.

Thursday, August 24th 2017
Governor Bullock Appoints Betty Stone To Montana State Parks And Recreation Board
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced he is directing the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board to develop a “Parks in Focus” initiative to identify long-term solutions to the opportunities and challenges faced by Montana’s State Parks system.

“Montanans value our public lands and the amazing outdoor recreational opportunities those lands provide. Montana’s state parks provide family recreational and educational experiences as well as public access to key waters across the state,” said Governor Bullock. “Our State Parks are one of the many ways we access public lands, and a vibrant State Parks system is an important part of our heritage and our economy.”

“Parks in Focus” will leverage relevant expertise to conduct research, support transparent engagement and ultimately deliver and begin implementation of a set of recommendations that build from the Parks 2020 strategic vision. In a memo sent to Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks Director Martha Williams, Bullock asked members of the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board to work with new Board members to develop the “Parks in Focus” Initiative.

“The strength of our State Parks system ultimately contributes to enhancing our quality of life and our outdoor recreation economy and thus our commitment to a shared vision for the future of our Parks must be made by all Montanans who care about the resources under stewardship of the Department,” Bullock wrote in the memo.

Bullock’s memo coincides with the announcement of several new members of the Parks Board and the departure of chair and co-chair of the Board, Tom Towe and Mary Sexton, as well as Diane Conradi and Douglas Smith.

“Tom Towe and Mary Sexton have provided great leadership through their commitment to always protect our public lands and to strengthen opportunities for Montanans to recreate and for outdoor businesses to thrive,” said Bullock. "I want to thank them for their passion for the Parks system during their time of service."

Here are the newly appointed members of the State Parks and Recreation Board:

State Parks and Recreation Board
Scott Brown, Billings. Qualification: District 5 member. Brown is the owner of The Base Camp in Helena and Billings and is an avid outdoorsman.

Angie Grove, Helena. Qualification: District 1 member, Chair. Grove has 28 years with the Montana Legislative Audit Division, working specifically with the State Parks Division.

Mary Sheehy Moe, Great Falls. Qualification: District 3 member. Sheehy Moe had a distinctive career in education, most recently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year Education for the Montana University System, and served as a State Legislator.

Betty Stone, Glasgow. Qualification: District 4 member. Stone has been the manager at the Cottonwood Inn for 28 years and a co-owner since 2004, she also serves as past chair and director of the Two Rivers Growth and development, director of Missouri River Country and is on the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association Board.

Jeff Welch, Livingston. Qualification: District 2 member. Welch is the Executive Creative Director at MERCURYcsc.

Thursday, August 24th 2017
Cost Share Assistance Deadline Is August 31
The deadline to apply for cost share assistance for livestock water developments under the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) is Thursday, August 31.

ECP is a cost share program to assist livestock producers in developing livestock water sources such as wells, pipelines, spring developments or hooking into public water sources, to replace other water sources that have failed due to drought.

For an appointment or more information, please contact the Valley County FSA office at 406-228-4321 extension 2.

Thursday, August 24th 2017
Montana Department of Transportation Proposes Over-Height Detection System in Glasgow
GLASGOW - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to install an over-height vehicle detection and warning system for the railroad bridge over 6th Street South (Montana Highway 42) in Glasgow.

Proposed work includes installation of over-height vehicle detectors and warning signs activated by over-height vehicles in advance of 6th Street South. The purpose of the project is to prevent over-height vehicles from striking this bridge and blocking 6th Street South.

Construction is tentatively planned for 2019 depending on completion of design and availability of funds. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities are not anticipated.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer LeRoy Wosoba at (406) 4441280. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at P.O. Box 890, Glendive, MT 59330-0890, or online at:

www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Please note that your comments are for project UPN 9357. Alternative accessible formats of this information will be provided upon request by contacting the Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620; (406) 444-9229; fax (406) 444-7243, or e-mail to aflesch@mt.gov. Those using a TTY may call (800) 335-7592 or through the Montana Relay Service at 711.

Thursday, August 24th 2017
Remembering Karen D. Newton With GHS Educational Trust Gift
“Learning is fun!”, an expression often used by educators and parents to motivate students, was more than just a slogan to the late Karen D. Newton. When she stepped into her classroom each day, it became a reality. The lesson was clear: Learning was important, requiring both attention and effort, but it was also “fun!” Her infectious enthusiasm, extensive knowledge, and sense of humor, even in the most trying of circumstances, made each day’s adventure in learning and living in community “fun” for hundreds of Glasgow elementary students throughout her 29 and 1/2 years of devoted instruction. Decades later, many of Mrs. Newton’s former students remember her patient guidance through Montana history projects as their first experience in independent research and writing and their first real connection with their community and state. These activities were typical of the many skills she taught that would serve her students for a lifetime.

A native of Lewistown, Montana, who earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Montana College (now MSU-Billings), Karen D. (Horning) Newton showered the same devotion on her children Andy Newton and Dyan (Ben) Garcia, and on her grand-daughter Zoey. An active member of the community in both formal and informal groups, Karen’s intelligence and commitment were well-known and appreciated, and her many friends and associates would attest that just as she did in her classroom, she made everything “fun.”

A donation to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in her memory from her husband Tim Newton ensures that Mrs. Newton’s lessons will be remembered and will continue to support and encourage others to pursue their educational goals. The 2017-2018 academic year marks the first time a financial gift will be made by the trust in her memory to a GHS graduate attending college, trade school, or an accredited online program. A gift will be made by the trust in her memory every year hereafter.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in 1964. Its mission is to provide financial assistance to GHS alumni enrolled in higher education and to purchase equipment and programs for Glasgow High School that cannot be financed within the regular budget. Gifts of cash, real estate, and stock from faithful supporters across the nation have grown the corpus of the trust to over $6 million dollars. Interest earned on its investments is awarded to eligible applicants through a semi-annual process administered by the trustees.
Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.

Glasgow High School graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, are in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits minimum), and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or certification are encouraged to apply. Financial need has always been a primary consideration. The application, which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered.

To date, the trust has made 2,265 awards to 707 different students totaling $2,003,500.00. Many of these students have received multiple awards over their courses of study. The trust has also made 118 awards to Glasgow High School providing enrichment activities and advanced equipment to every department. The dollar amount of these gifts totals $232,517.80.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular individual, a gift is given to a student or GHS in the name of that person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual allow for a permanent annual naming opportunity. The trust is honored to add Karen D. Newton’s name to its permanent list.

At its recent semi-annual meeting, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust made the following awards in honor, recognition, or memory of the individual(s) listed after the student’s name and school.

First time recipients: Mary Fewer, University of Montana, IMO Ivy and Millie Knight; Andrea Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Mary “Pat” Baker; Kerry Hoffman, University of North Dakota, 1st Semester: IRO Stannebein Family, 2nd Semester, IMO Lila Moen Sanders and IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine; Karissa Liebelt, North Dakota State University, IMO Bernard T. “Bunky” Sullivan; Rachel Mickelson, Utah State University, IMO Karen D. Newton; Amy Nelson, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Beryl Pehlke; Jacob Page, University of Montana, IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness; Brett See, Northwest College, 1st Semester: IHO Charlotte Bruce, 2nd Semester: IRO Willard and Charlotte Bruce Family; Alexa Shipp, MSU-Billings, IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison Endowment; Alexandrea Simensen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker; Kendra Vaughn, MSU-Billings, IMO L. J. and Jean Baker.

Second-time recipients: Josie Braaten, MN State University-Mankato, IMO Harold H. and Irene W. Smith; Amy Breigenzer, University of North Dakota, IMO Audrey and Arthur Parke; Kaleb Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten; Edwin Daggett, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Wallace L. Johnson; Erika Hartsock, UM-Skaggs School of Pharmacy, IRO Beatrice Trites Family; Gage Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IMO James K. “Jamie” Fewer; Abby Mehling, Northern Michigan University, IMO James F. and Anne Hoffmann; Tamrah Pewitt, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman; Samuel Schultz, MSU-Bozeman, 1st Semester: IMO Ronald A. Combs, 2nd Semester: IRO Herb and Lucille Friedl Family; Luke Zeiger, Chadron State College, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr.

Third-time recipients: Alexandre Daggett, Minot State University, 1st Semester: IMO Horace O. and Emma C. Gamas, 2nd Semester: IRO LeRoy and Bess Lockwood Family; Megan Dailey, Dickinson State University, IMO Hovland Family; Emma Fewer, University of Montana, IRO James and Ailene Dokken Olk Family; Debra Griebel, University of North Dakota, IRO Tom and Flora Coghlan Family; Madison Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Erik Walstad; Abigail Helland, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart; Lane Herbert, University of North Dakota, IMO Verda R. Stewart; Kylie Heringer, University of CO-Denver, IRO Ione and Phyllis Kleppin; Alex Page, UM-Skaggs School of Pharmacy, IMO Dr. F.M. and Bernice Knierim; Mariah Stein, Missouri Valley College, IHO Everett and Elizabeth Breigenzer; Chloe Sukut, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Sever and Esther Enkerud; Lachlan Vaira, University of North Dakota, IMO Leonard H. and Kathryn L. Langen; Ellen Walstad, University of North Dakota, IMO Marsha Cotton Hall; Rachael Zeiger, University of South Dakota, IHO O. E. and Lois Markle Family.

Fourth-time Recipients: Danielle Belleau, Humboldt State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage; Emilee Morehouse Poole, Rasmussen College, IMO Dean Rusher; Andrew Wageman, University of North Dakota, IMO Richard “Dick” and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals.

The following equipment was purchased for Glasgow High School:
Elliptical Cross Trainer - Health Enhancement Department – IMO Brian Pehlke;
Vex Classroom Kits (2) - Industrial Technology Department – IHO Stan Andersen Family
Digital Scales (3) - Science Department – IMO Harry Rybock
Lincoln Power Mig 201 Welder - Industrial Technology Department - IRO Glenn and Carolee Grina Wallem;
Welding Curtains (6) - Industrial Technology Department - IMO Vern and Edna Richardson;
Shop Coats (25) - Industrial Technology Department - IRO Paul and Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson;
Welding Gloves (20) - Industrial Technology Department - IMO Maxine Fiedler.

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017
Beck Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients
The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has announced its 2017 scholarship recipients. There were a total of twenty scholarships awarded this year.

Kathleen Brandt, daughter of Mark and LeAnn Brandt, in her sophomore year at Montana State University – Billings, majoring in Physical Therapy.

Kaleb Cole, son of Jeff and Julie Cole, in his junior year at Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Edwin Daggett, son of John and Sheri Daggett, in his junior year at Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Megan Dailey, daughter of Mike and Lori Dailey, in her final year at Dickinson State University, majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in Coaching.

Emma Fewer, daughter of Jennifer Fewer and the late James Fewer, in her final year at University of Montana, majoring in Finance.

Mary Fewer, daughter of Jennifer Fewer and the late James Fewer, in her sophomore year at University of Montana, majoring in Finance.

Andrea Hansen, daughter of Steve and Peggy Hansen, in her sophomore year at Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Nursing.

Lane Herbert, son of Craig and Doreen Herbert, in his junior year at University of North Dakota, majoring in Civil Engineering.

Gage Legare, son of Robert and Lisa Legare, in his junior year at Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Business Finance.

Karissa Liebelt, daughter of Greg and Shannon Liebelt, in her sophomore year at North Dakota State University, majoring in nursing.

Alex Page, daughter of Greg and Jill Page, in her senior year at Skaggs School of Pharmacy, majoring in Pharmacy.

Brett See, daughter of Larry and Heidi See, in her sophomore year at Northwest College, majoring in Agroecology.

Alexa Shipp, daughter of Cam and Kim Shipp, in her sophomore year at Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Counseling.

Madison Sibley, daughter of Kirk and Jennifer Sibley, in her final year at University of Mary, majoring in Occupational Therapy.

Alexandrea Simensen, daughter of Kris and Leslie Simensen, in her sophomore year at Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Architecture.

Laurel Wageman, daughter of Gary and Annette Wagemen, in graduate school at Boise State University, majoring in Business Administration.

Ellen Walstad, daughter of Darrell and Margareta Walstad, in her final year at University of North Dakota, majoring in Chemical Engineering and Honors Program.

Lachlan Vaira, son of Nick and Nancy Vaira, in his final year at University of North Dakota, majoring in Criminal Justice.

Luke Zeiger, son of Dan and Shantel Zeiger, in his junior year at Chadron State College, majoring in Health Enhancement and Physical Education.

Rachael Zeiger, daughter of Dan and Shantel Zeiger, in her junior year at University of South Dakota, majoring in Nursing.

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust was set up to create income for two purposes: 1. To benefit people who would better themselves through higher education. These scholarships are for Valley County Graduates who are past their first year of education. 2. To help fund projects to promote better living in Valley County through non-profit organizations.

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

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

This is the eighth year that the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has awarded scholarships.

Monday, August 21st 2017
Glasgow Fire Department Responds To House Fire
The Glasgow Fire Department responded to a house fire at 30 Angus Drive on Sunday afternoon. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined and the homeowners insurance company is conducting an investigation.

Glasgow Fire Chief Brandon Brunelle told Kltz/Mix-93 News that no injuries were reported but a person sleeping in the basement was alerted to a fire in the home by the Glasgow Police Department and escaped through a basement window.

The Glasgow Fire Department was on scene of the fire until 9am Monday morning.

Monday, August 21st 2017
Souvenir Starts This Weekend At Fort Peck Summer Theatre
Audience favorite Alicia Bullock-Muth returns to Fort Peck Summer Theatre, starring as Florence Foster Jenkins, ‘the world’s worst singer’

Souvenir is the inspiring true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, (the ‘world’s worst singer’) and her dedicated accompanist Cosme McMoon. Their bizarre partnership yielded hilariously off-key recitals that became the talk of New York and earned them cultish fame. The play culminates in their sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in 1944. The recent award-winning film adaption starred Meryl Streep as Florence.

Starring as Florence is Alicia Bullock-Muth, a staple of the Montana theatre and music scene, a beloved educator, choral conductor and vocal teacher. Her wide range of performance and musical direction credits include Billings Opera, Montana Lyric Opera, Port Polson Players, Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Missoula Community & Children’s Theatre. Her FPST credits including Claree in Steel Magnolias, The Bird Woman in Mary Poppins, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man and serving as musical director for Disney’s Tarzan, Mary Poppins, The Music Man, Willy Wonka and this season’s Grease.

Cosme McMoon is played by Travis Kuehn. A Billings native, he received his BA in Vocal Performance from Rocky Mountain College and recently his Masters in Musical Theatre from University of Montana.

FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers, who previously directed Bullock-Muth in a sold-out production of Souvenir in Missoula, again serves as Director, and he has assembled the same cast and design staff for the FPST production.

Performances are August 25 – September 4; Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm. For tickets and more information visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org

Sunday, August 20th 2017
Governor Bullock Declares Drought Disaster In 31 Counties Including Valley County
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued an Executive Order declaring the following 31 counties and six Indian Reservations are in drought disaster:

Blaine, Big Horn, Carter, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, Lake, Lincoln, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sanders, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, Yellowstone, Wheatland, Wibaux Counties, and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, Crow Indian Reservation, Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, and the Flathead Indian Reservation.

“High temperatures, extreme drought, and worsening fire conditions are affecting Montanans in many corners of our state,” said Governor Bullock. “We’re doing everything we can to minimize the economic impact of these hot and dry conditions and help folks get back on their feet using all resources available.”

This drought disaster declaration continues the temporary suspension of “hours of service” regulations and waives temporary registration, temporary fuel permits, and over-dimensional permit requirements for commercial vehicles providing support for the drought. The declaration also compels maximum employee assistance and cooperation with the United States Departments’ of Agriculture and Commerce to secure timely economic assistance.

As of July 10, 2017, small nonfarm businesses in 16 Montana counties are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration after Governor Bullock sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a Secretarial Drought Disaster Designation. Affected counties and reservations are also eligible for the Livestock Forage Program.

Governor Bullock’s new Executive Order is attached. On July 19, 2017, Governor Bullock issued Executive Order 6-2017 declaring 28 Montana counties and five Indian Reservations in a drought disaster.

For more information visit www.drought.mt.gov.

Friday, August 18th 2017
Ballots Mailed Out Today For Valley View Election
Ballots are being mailed out today to registered voters in Valley County for the levy election to benefit Valley View Home in Glasgow. Voters will decide whether they want to raise taxes to provide up to $300,000 in tax funding for the next 2 years to help make Valley View Home financially stable.

Two members of the Valley View Home Task Force spoke with Stan Ozark this week about the future of Valley View Home and the upcoming election. Here is the interview with Tom Markle and Don Fast:


Tom Markle and Don Fast.

Friday, August 18th 2017
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductions
Today the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the tenth class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.

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

The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2017 inductions allowed the election of up to one Living Inductee and two Legacy Inductees from each of the 12 districts.

The 2017 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:

· District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, & Valley Counties): Living Award – Mary Louise (Hovendick) Helland, Glasgow. Legacy Award – B. M. Bower, Glasgow, and Eugene Joseph “Gene” Martin, Wolf Point.

· District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, & Wibaux Counties): Living Award – Jim Baisch, Glendive. Legacy Award – Lorin Abarr, Sr., Fallon, and Orlando Shepard “Doc” Drake, Wibaux.

· District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, & Treasure Counties): Living Award – John L. “Jack” Bailey, Forsyth. Legacy Award – Jersey Lilly Bar and Café, Ingomar, and Bob & Helen (Fulton) Askin, Ismay.

· District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, & Liberty Counties): Living Award – Nicholas Bernard “Nick” Faber, Chinook. Legacy Award – John & Fay (Vercruyssen) Stuker, Chinook, and Ed & Orah (Young) Massie, Great Falls (formerly of Chouteau County).

· District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole Counties): Living Award – Norma Ashby, Great Falls. Legacy Award – Brian F. Connolly, Browning, and Daniel Charles “Dan” Boggs, Heart Butte.

· District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, & Wheatland Counties): Living Award – Edgar E. Lewis, Lavina. Legacy Award – Melvin L. Cheney, Stanford, and White Wolf of the Judith Basin, Stanford.

· District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, & Yellowstone Counties): Living Award – David Herman Branger, Roscoe. Legacy Award – Saint Paul Case, Hardin, and John Otis “Jack” Hash, Roscoe.

· District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties): Living Award – Governor Judy (Morstein) Martz, Helena. Legacy Award – Robert F. “Bob” Cooney, Helena, and James J. “Jim” McLucas, Helena.

· District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, & Park Counties): Living Award – Ernest “Ernie” Briggs, Clyde Park. Legacy Award – John Leonard “Jack” Short, White Sulphur Springs, and Montana FFA Association, Bozeman.

· District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, & Sanders Counties): Living Award – Ray & Shirley Jacobs, Eureka. Legacy Award – Roy B. King, Arlee, and Billy Schall, Arlee.

· District 11 (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties): Living Award – Jack Keith Ward, Hamilton. Legacy Award – Father Antonio “Anthony” Ravalli, S.J., Stevensville, and Chief Charlo–Claw of the Little Grizzly, Stevensville.

· District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, & Powell Counties): Living Award – Bobbie Jean (Meine) Mussard, Dillon. Legacy Award – Maurice G. “Bud” Weaver, Drummond, and Hitched Horsehair & Braided Horsehair, Deer Lodge.

The MCHF & WHC will honor these inductees during the annual Circle the Wagons gathering February 2-3, 2018, in Great Falls at the Best Western Heritage Inn. More information on this event will come later in the year.

Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 310 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF & WHC’s website. This year’s inductees will be added to the website soon.

Friday, August 18th 2017
FWP Requests Folks To Be On The Lookout For Greater Short-horned Lizards This Fall
As you are hitting the field (and more importantly, the prairie) this fall, be sure to take a break from scanning the horizon for game and look down at the ground once in a while. Not only will this hopefully help you avoid stepping on a cactus or a rattlesnake, you might also see one of eastern Montana’s rarely seen critters…the greater short-horned lizard; and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to know about it.

The greater short- horned lizard, Phrynosoma hernandesi, or “horny toad” is a Species of Greatest Inventory Need (SGIN) in Montana due to insufficient data to determine their status.

It was once considered the second most abundant reptile along the Missouri River in Montana in the late 19th Century, second only to the Western Rattlesnake, but it is no longer thought to be common in the state.

According to Heather Harris, wildlife biologist in Region 6, “There are structured surveys being conducted in eastern Montana to try and determine status and distribution as well as proactively filling in data gaps; however, the elusive nature and cryptic coloration make them extremely difficult to locate.”

Heather and other biologists are seeking the help of folks out trekking around the countryside to provide incidental observations in addition to our structured survey efforts.

“If you happened to observe one in anywhere in the state,” says Harris, “please record the location, getting GPS coordinates if possible, date, number observed, and a photograph if you can.”

Observations can then be reported by email to Heather Harris at heharris@mt.gov, or your local FWP biologist.

A few things about the short-horned lizard:

Key ID:
-Adult greater short-horned lizards are diurnal and active during the warmer daylight hours.
-Coloration is cryptic with the soil (blends in), and varies by locality.
-The broad, flattened body separates this lizard from the other three lizard species regularly documented in Montana, and the range overlaps only with the common sagebrush lizard, which is much slenderer.
-The head has a "heart-shaped" appearance when viewed from above.
-They are usually easiest to spot when they move and catch your eye.

Habitat:
-greater short-horned lizards are found in the eastern half of Montana, but in scattered locations throughout their range.
-They inhabit ridge crests between coulees, and can be found in sparse, short grass and sagebrush with sun-baked soil .
-They are also found in flats of relatively pebbly or stony soil with sparse grass and sagebrush cover.

Friday, August 18th 2017
Last Hunter Education Classes Offered In Glasgow, For Youth And Adults
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the last courses in the Glasgow area for this year. There will be a regular youth classroom course starting Sept. 6, and an adult online “field day” course on Sept. 10.

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online hunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.

The adult field course will be held from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, beginning at the Quonset building at the FWP Headquarters in Glasgow.

For youth, to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2017 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2018. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for this event must be 10 years of age by Sept. 6.

The youth classroom course will also be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Wed., Sept. 6 and Thurs. Sept. 7, and from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Before students can pick up a manual, however, they must be registered and have printed and signed all necessary forms.

Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before class on Wednesday, Sept. 6. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.

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

Thursday, August 17th 2017
MSU Beef Specialists To Discuss Options During Drought
On Monday, August 21st at 6:00p.m., two Montana State University Beef Specialists will be in Glasgow at the Cottonwood Inn to discuss options during drought.

Dr. Van Emon will discuss early weaning strategies, including cow reproduction and calf growth performance impacts. She will also describe various supplementation strategies with an overview of general supplement types that are available and how they can impact animal performance and forage conditions.

Dr. Endecott will focus on water quality and harvested forage issues, including information on how to interpret water and forage nutrient analyses. She will also discuss impacts of high sulfate water and blue-green algae poisoning and give an overview of nitrate toxicity in forages.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, August 16th 2017
Jay Witkowski Agrees To Plea Agreement In Death Of Glasgow Woman
Jay Witkowski appeared in District Court on Wednesday morning and admitted that he caused the death of Glasgow resident Evenlynn Garcia on December 31st of 2016.

Witkowski appeared with his 2 attorneys, Clark Mathews and Terry Toavs and told District Court Judge Yvonne Laird that he had signed a plea agreement and will plead guilty to the charge of Deliberate Homicide and Use of Dangerous Weapon.

Evenlynn Garcia was allegedly stabbed and run over by Witkowski on December 31st near Glasgow. Witkowski is accused of repeatedly stabbing Garcia and beating her in the back of the head with a tire iron before pushing her out of a moving vehicle and running her over.

Garcia was found lying in the middle of a road covered in blood and was taken to the Glasgow hospital before being flown to Billings for additional treatment. She died 3 days later.

The plea agreement states that Witkowski shall be sentenced to the Montana State Prison for a term of 70 years on the Deliberate Homicide charge. The state is also recommending that Witkowski be sentenced to 10 years in Montana State Prison for the use of a dangerous weapon. This sentence would run consecutive to the 70 year sentence for deliberate homicide.

The case was set to go to trial on August 21st with 120 jurors being called from throughout Valley County.

Judge Laird ordered Witkowski to remain incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center until sentencing takes place on October 2nd.

Judge Laird will pronounce sentence and can actually change the terms of the plea agreement after the pre-sentence report is released and testimony is heard at the hearing.

Wednesday, August 16th 2017
Valley View Home Transitions To New Administration
Valley View Home is seeing a smooth transition from Interim Administrator, Judy Melin, to new Interim Administrator, Kent Hanavalt.

Much has changed at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow since Judy Melin took over in April of 2017. Stan Ozark visited with Judy and Kent to discuss the changes and the future of Valley View Home.


Changes At Valley View Home.

Tuesday, August 15th 2017
Becoming an Outdoor Woman Beginning Kayaking Class Offered Near Fort Peck
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is sponsoring two beginning kayaking classes, on August 26 and 27, at the First Dredge swim beach just north of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery near Fort Peck. One class will be offered each day (participants will choose their preferred day), and the classes will take place from 1-5 p.m. both days.
           
Participants will learn from experienced instructors about different types of recreational kayaks and equipment, fishing from a kayak, safety, and where to go. Much of the time will be spent in kayaks, including getting in and out safely, so participants need to be prepared to get wet. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it available. Please note that both women that are brand new to kayaking and women who have already purchased a kayak but want to learn more about safety and tips are encouraged to attend.

This class is designed for women. Girls aged 13-17 can attend, but will need to be accompanied by a participating adult. Class size is limited, so please get your applications in by August 24. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and there will be a $10 fee to offset costs.

The registration forms will be available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" under the Education tab. Forms can also be picked up at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow, or by emailing Lawana Grewe at lgrewe@mt.gov . Call the R6 FWP headquarters at 406-228-3700 with any questions.

Monday, August 14th 2017
Jay Witkowski Trial Set To Begin August 21st
28-year old Jay Witkowski will go on trial August 21st in Glasgow on the charge of Deliberate Homicide in the death of Glasgow resident Evenlynn Garcia.

Garcia was allegedly stabbed and run over by Witkowski on December 31st near Glasgow. Witkowski is accused of repeatedly stabbing Garcia and beating her in the back of the head with a tire iron before pushing her out of a moving vehicle and running her over.

Garcia was found lying in the middle of a road covered in blood and was taken to the Glasgow hospital before being flown to Billings for additional treatment. She died 3 days later.

120 jurors have been called to report to the Glasgow Courtroom on August 21st and jury selection will take place. It's expected that jury selection will take all day on Monday, August 21st with the trial expected to start on August 22nd. The trial is expected to continue through the entire week.

Wednesday, August 9th 2017
Northeast Montana Relay for Life Schedule of Events
Valley County Fair Grounds – Glasgow, MT
Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

4:30 - 5:45 p.m. *Survivor Registration and reception (Under the Grandstand)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. *Team Registration (Fair Office)
5:30 – 9:00 p.m. *Silent Auction (Under the Grandstand)
Auction will close at 9:00 p.m. Please check after 9:00 and pay for any items you may have won. All items will need to be picked up by 10:00 or the next bidder will be awarded the item.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. *Opening by Rod Karst & Dyan Carlson
*Opening Prayer – Seth Runner
*Survivors positioned on track for lap – ALL Survivors!
*Flag presentation - VFW
*National Anthem - Everyone
*Flame of Hope Lighting – Shelly Nicol
(Special thanks to the keepers of the Flame – Bill & Kareen Nicol)
*Keynote address – Shelly George
*Survivor Lap
*Team laps begin
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. *Entertainment
8:00-8:30 - Mr. Geezer pageant
8:30-9:00 - Music by the Watterud Girls
9:00-9:30 - Mr. Relay pageant
9:30 p.m. *Caregiver Lap (caregivers pick up glow sticks in front of stage)
10:00 p.m. *Luminaria Ceremony (Public & participants encouraged to participate in lighting luminaria)
* Names and pictures scrolled on the large screen
Note: We ask that you respect those around you and keep the noise to a
minimum, and that all lights remain out during the ceremony. Thank you.
10:30 p.m. Closing ceremony
*Wrap-up of raffles and any other sales
*Wrap-up by Rod Karst & Event Leadership Team
(NOTE: If you wish to take your Luminaria bag(s) please do so at this time)
*Fight Back Ceremony
11:00 p.m. *Victory lap finale by EVERYONE
12:00 a.m. Amazing Race starts (for high school students only!)


Games for both adults and children will be held throughout the Relay.
Listen for Rod to announce all events!
Look for: Laser Tag!
Wednesday, August 9th 2017
Help Needed With Luminaria Tonight
The Event Leadership Team for the Northeast Montana Relay For Life is looking for help to fill the luminaria for this weekend's relay. They will be filling the bags at the Fairgrounds Wed. Aug. 9th at 6p.m. Snacks will be provided for those helping.

If you want to purchase a luminaria & have your loved one recognized during the Luminaria Ceremony Saturday night, then please purchase your luminaria by Wednesday night.

Cost is $10 per bag or $15 for a picture luminaria.

Tuesday, August 8th 2017
Preliminary Fair Numbers Show It Was Big Success
The Northeast Montana Fair was a big success this year; preliminary numbers for some of the events are listed below:

PRCA 2-Day Rodeo payout was over $89,000 – thanks to the Glasgow Rodeo Committee for their continued dedication in making this one of the best rodeos in the state.

The total paid out for Milk River Motorsports Demolition Derby was $12,000.

Over 1100 people attended the Joe Diffie/October Road concert including many from out of town.

320 people attended the talent show on Friday night, helping to raise over $1,000 for a performing arts scholarship.

Tuesday, August 8th 2017
City Requesting No Parking On Select Streets This Week
The City of Glasgow is requesting no parking on the the following streets on the listed dates:

- 3rd Ave. South between 6th Street South and and 8th Street South on Tuesday, August 8th and Wednesday August 9th

- 4th Ave. South between 6th Street South and 8th Street South on Wednesday, August 9th and Thursday August 10th

- Valley View Drive from 10th Street North to Valley View on Friday, August 11th

Tuesday, August 8th 2017
BLM Using Drone To Document Effects Of July Fire
As time and weather progress, the area burned by the July Fire will likely experience changes and erosion. In an effort to document the progression of these changes the BLM Malta Field Office plans to conduct mapping drone flights Aug. 7-9, 2017.

The flights will establish a baseline using a quadcopter Unmanned Aerial System, commonly called a “drone,” weighing under 5 lbs. and capable of taking pictures and video. BLM Archaeologist Josh Chase will pilot the drone.

We’ll be collecting soil and fire damage data to establish a baseline for an annual study and comparison of potential erosion and long-term fire effects on the area.

Data collected during the flight will help BLM Malta Field Manager Tom Darrington make decisions about how to proceed with stabilization and recovery efforts for the affected area.

Public safety is our highest priority. As we evaluate the need for soil stabilization treatments, particularly above the town of Landusky, UAS flights will allow us to assess areas most severely affected by the fire and focus on areas most in need of stabilization treatments. The data from UAS flights can also help measure success of these treatments in subsequent years.

Due to its size, the rechargeable battery-powered drone can operate more safely and with significantly less cost to American taxpayers than a manned aircraft. The BLM respects the ties that native and traditional communities have to public lands in the Little Rocky Mountains. The BLM is committed to making America great through shared conservation. The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve, where we provide opportunities for economic growth with space for traditional uses such as ranching, mining, and logging, and energy development as well as hunting and fishing. As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation as we pursue our multiple-use mission.

Tuesday, August 8th 2017
Drought Conditions Continue Across Upper Missouri River Basin
OMAHA, NE – Drought conditions continue across the upper Missouri River basin according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “With the exception of the Fort Peck to Garrison reach, runoff into the Missouri River mainstem reservoirs during July was below average due to the continuing drought conditions in the upper basin.” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

“Runoff into Garrison was 124 percent of average, due to runoff from the remaining mountain snowmelt. July runoff ranged from 20 to 90 percent of average in the other reservoir reaches.” Runoff above Sioux City, Iowa for the month of July was 3.3 million acre feet (MAF), 101 percent of average. The 2017 runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 27.9 MAF, 110 percent of average.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 61.4 MAF, occupying 5.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “System storage peaked on July 9 at 61.8 MAF and is gradually declining. The water currently stored in the annual flood control zone will be released during the remainder of the year to serve navigation, water supply and other downstream purposes and will be completely evacuated prior to the start of next year’s runoff season,” said Farhat.

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

The Corps has announced that John Remus has been selected as the new chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. Mr. Remus currently serves as the chief of the Hydrologic Engineering Branch in the Corps’ Omaha District. Mr. Remus assumes the duties of the position in late August and replaces Ms. Farhat, who is retiring.

Weekly updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here.

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

Gavins Point Dam releases averaged 31,700 cfs during July. Releases were reduced from 33,000 cfs to 32,000 cfs on July 7, and then to 31,000 cfs on July 18. Releases are expected to remain near 31,000 cfs during August and will be adjusted as necessary based on downstream river conditions. The Gavins Point reservoir ended July at elevation 1206.3 feet and will remain near 1206.0 feet during August.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 30,800 cfs in July. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1356.0 feet and is expected to decline less than a foot in August.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 29,200 cfs in July. Releases are expected to average 29,700 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during August.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 33,200 cfs during July. Releases are expected to average 32,200 cfs in August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1610.1 feet, declining 0.2 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to remain nearly steady during August.

Garrison Dam releases were reduced from 34,500 cfs to 33,000 cfs in mid-July, averaging 33,500 cfs for the month. Releases are expected to remain near 33,000 cfs in August. Garrison reservoir ended July at elevation 1846.1 feet, declining 0.3 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall about 3 feet during August, ending the month near elevation 1843.2 feet.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 9,900 cfs during July and are expected to average 10,000 cfs during August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 2239.0 feet, declining 1.2 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to fall more than two feet during August ending the month near elevation 2236.8 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 1,118 million kWh of electricity in July. Typical energy generation for July is 940 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 9.6 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.3 billion kWh.

To view the detailed three-week release forecast for the mainstem dams, go here.

Tuesday, August 8th 2017
Low Levels In Fresno And Nelson Reservoirs
BILLINGS, Mont. – Storage levels in Fresno and Nelson Reservoirs are near expected minimum elevations for the season. Both facilities primarily store water for irrigation and municipal use for the Milk River Project.

Above average temperatures coupled with below average precipitation has led to irrigation demands remaining higher than normal and reservoir storage levels lower than normal. Fresno Reservoir is currently 30 feet below the full storage level of elevation 2575 feet. Nelson Reservoir is nearly 12 feet below the full storage level of 2221.6 feet.

Irrigation operations are starting to ramp down for Milk River Project beneficiaries, about a month sooner than normal. Both reservoirs are expected to gain storage after the middle of August into October as water from the St. Mary River Basin continues to be transferred to the Milk River Basin.

Recreationists are encouraged to use extra caution regarding changing reservoir levels. Boat launching conditions are more challenging at these low reservoir levels. It is advised that people and pets stay away from the intake structure that is directly west of the Fresno Spillway. Currently, access to this area is prohibited.

Tuesday, August 1st 2017
FWP to Host a Northeast Montana Fishing Tour!
Pictured: FWP’s Marc Kloker working with kids earlier this spring

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is organizing a Northeast Montana Fishing Tour for the public. Participants both young and old are welcome to come out and enjoy a few hours of fishing and learning. The tour will be held from Aug. 7-11, and a full list of the dates, times, locations and directions can be found below.

The fishing events are free of charge, and all equipment will be provided by FWP including fishing rods, bait, and tackle, but participants can bring their own equipment as well. Participants will register at the site, and no fishing licenses will be necessary during the day of the event.

There will be several activities to do at each site, for both youth and adults, including:
-Information on fishing in Region 6, local fish species, and some give-a-ways
-Fishing for local species on the site, using a variety of methods
-Learning to fly fish/cast, using fly casting rods and reels
-Learning to tie your own fly
-Learning to paint your own jig

Participants can attend the fishing events as long as they would like, and are welcome to go to more than one event in their area. The following list includes the date, time, locations and directions for the events:

- Mon., Aug. 7th 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Glasgow Home Run Pond
Directions: One-mile southeast of Glasgow on Hwy-42/24.

-Tues., Aug. 8th 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Fort Peck Duck Creek Campground
Directions: Southwest of Fort Peck on Duck Creek Road, turn off at the Duck Creek Boat Ramp road and drive towards the camping area, just past the vault toilet on the left.

-Tues., Aug. 8th 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Bainville American Legion Ponds
Directions: One-mile northwest of Bainville on Hwy-2

-Wed., Aug. 9th 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Culbertson Culbertson Bridge FAS
Directions: Three miles southeast of Culbertson on Hwy-16, on the south side of the bridge.

-Wed., Aug. 9th 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Plentywood Box Elder Reservoir
Directions: In Plentywood, turn north on Monroe St., following that to Box Elder St. Continue to the parking area at the east end of the dam.

-Thurs., Aug. 10th 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Madoc Buer Pond
Directions: Seven miles east of Scobey on Hwy-5, turn north on N. Madoc Rd, in 4.5 miles turn left, and follow two-track for approximately two miles.

-Thurs., Aug. 10th 6 p.m.-9 p.m. St. Marie Glasgow Base Pond FAS
Directions: 18 miles north of Glasgow on Hwy-24, turn left for one mile.

-Fri., Aug. 11th 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saco Cole Ponds FAS
Directions: 10 miles northwest of Saco on Hwy-243/Milk River Rd

Participants should be prepared for inclement weather, insects, and warm conditions. Drinking water will be provided. If there are any questions, please contact Region 6 Information and Education Manager Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704 (office), 406-480-9234 (cell), or email mkloker@mt.gov.

Tuesday, August 1st 2017
Valley County Salary Compensation Board Recommends 4.56% Salary Increase For Elected Officials
The Valley County Salary Compensation Board is recommending a 4.56% increase in salary for elected officials for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Last month the compensation board had recommended a 6.8% increase for elected officials but the Valley County Commissioners voted 2-1 to reject the recommendation and went back to the board for another recommendation.

The board is comprised of elected officials in Valley County plus 4 members of the public.

At a meeting on Monday, the board took a recommendation of a 4.56% increase from Valley County Commissioner John Fahlgren and voted unanimously to send that increase to the full county commission for consideration.

The 4.56% increase would amount to a $2000 bump in pay for all elected officials in Valley County and their deputies. Fahlgren also said it is his intention to offer all county employees the same 4/56% increase in pay.

The full county commission will now take up the recommendation from the salary compensation board.

Monday, July 31st 2017
Thomas James Miller Identified As Traffic Fatality From Friday Accident
Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle has identified the driver of a vehicle who died in a crash in Valley County Friday as 16-year-old Thomas James Miller of Nashua.

Sheriff Buerkle said Miller, who turned 16 June 12, died from the result of injuries sustained after he was ejected from the vehicle.

A call came in of a one-vehicle rollover crash near mile marker 552 between Glasgow and Nashua on U.S. Highway 2 at 7:08 p.m. Friday, Buerkle said.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office and Montana Highway Patrol and emergency medical personnel responded.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and Highway Patrol, Buerkle said.

Miller was not wearing a seat belt, the sheriff said.

Sunday, July 30th 2017
Storage Levels In Fresno And Nelson Reservoirs Expected To Continue To Decline
BILLINGS, Mont. – Storage levels in Fresno and Nelson Reservoirs are expected to continue declining through the middle of August. Both facilities primarily store water for irrigation and municipal use for the Milk River Project.

Above average temperatures coupled with below average precipitation has led to irrigation demands remaining higher than normal. Additionally, these conditions are resulting in lower than normal inflows into both reservoirs. Fresno Reservoir is projected to reach elevation 2544, approximately 12 feet lower than the current elevation, near the middle of August. This level is 31 feet below the full storage level of elevation 2575 feet. Nelson Reservoir is projected to reach elevation 2509, approximately 5 feet lower than current elevation, around the same time frame. This is 12.6 feet below the full storage level of 2221.6 feet.

Irrigation operations will start ramping down for Milk River Project beneficiaries in early August, about a month sooner than normal. Both reservoirs are expected to gain storage after the middle of August into October as water from the St. Mary River Basin will continue to be transferred to the Milk River Basin.

Recreationists are encouraged to use extra caution regarding changing reservoir levels. Boat launching conditions are expected to become increasingly challenging as reservoir levels continue to decline. It is advised that people and pets stay away from the intake structure that is directly west of the Fresno Spillway. Currently, access to this area is prohibited.

For further questions, please contact Jack Conner at 406-247-7300.

Thursday, July 27th 2017
4-year-old girl's rapist gets 42 years in prison
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a 22-year-old Montana man to almost 42 years in prison for kidnapping and violently raping a 4-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Wednesday's sentencing in U.S. District Court in Great Falls came in a case that prosecutors had described as every parent's nightmare.

John William Lieba II of Wolf Point was accused of chasing down the young girl at night in a park, raping and strangling her and then leaving her for dead in an abandoned pickup truck in February 2016.

A jury convicted him on counts of kidnapping a minor, aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury on a minor.

Judge Brian Morris sentenced Lieba to 500 months in prison on each count, to be served concurrently.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thursday, July 27th 2017
FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Youths to Borrow Gear & Tackle for Free
A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children and their families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

In time for summer fishing, FWP staff has restocked the 44 different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets youngsters check out fishing rods and reels and use basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and usually a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

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

FWP Region 6 intern Bowden Godfrey, a student at the University of Montana-Western, has been busy maintaining the gear and helping resupply the sites over the last few months.

“Just because someone doesn’t have a fishing rod doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to go fishing,” Godfrey said. “Whether it’s a cousin in town that wants to go along, or just an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to go out and fish.”

“The many business owners and other folks who participate in the program deserve special thanks,” adds Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager. “They’re helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer.”

The sturdy loaner rods come already rigged with bobbers, split-shot and hooks. Youngsters are required to sign out the equipment at the site and return it in good working order. Kloker reminds folks that these rods are to be brought back to the loaner location, even if damaged. “We really want these poles brought back to their location sites,” says Kloker. “The next kid that comes along should also have a chance to fish.”

If poles are continually lost or stolen, the program will need to make the necessary changes and location sites may be removed. In addition, some sites that haven’t seen much use have had their poles removed and taken elsewhere with more opportunities.

More than 400 of these fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations:
BAINVILLE
Bainville School
BIG SANDY
The Grocery Store
BROCKTON
B & S Quick Stop
CHESTER
Liberty Quick Stop
CHINOOK
Finley’s Food Farm
CIRCLE
Circle Country Market
CULBERTSON
Culbertson Public Library
DODSON
Al’s Town & Country Store
FLAXVILLE
Pro Co-op
FORT BELKNAP AGENCY
Kwik Stop
FORT PECK
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
FRAZER
School
FROID
Froid Grocery
GLASGOW
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
Shady Rest RV Park
HARLEM
EZ Mart store

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

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

SCOBEY
Pro Co-op
TruValue Hardware

Thursday, July 27th 2017
Lodgepole Fire Update (Thursday Morning)
Location: 52 miles West/Northwest of Jordan, MT and 15 miles east of Winnett, MT.
Agency Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management, State of Montana, Garfield County, Petroleum County

Incident Command: Western Montana Type II Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT), Rick Connell IC

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, DNRC, Garfield County and Petroleum County Total Complex Acres: Approximately 270,200 acres over all four fires (Bridge Coulee, Barker, South Breaks, and Square Butte).

Highway: Highway 200, is open, with decreased speed limits through the fire area. Use caution as there is still a lot of fire vehicles entering and leaving the highway.

Key Message: With cooperative weather over the past couple of days firefighters have been able to make good progress on containing the fire and increasing containment to 62%. Crews will continue to patrol the lines, work on mop up, and where appropriate start working on rehabilitation of fire lines. Residents are urged to take caution as they enter their properties since hot spots might still be present in the fire area. Questions about recovery efforts for property owners can be found on the Garfield County DES website.

Background: The Lodgepole Complex started on July 19, 2017 as 4 fires following a lightning storm. The South Breaks and Square Butte Fires burned together on July 21, 2017. All the fires have now burned together as one. The fires are burning in grass, shrub, and timber.

Weather Concerns: The weather on Thursday is forecasted to include critical fire weather conditions ahead of a frontal boundary. Gusty southeast winds and lower humidity levels in the upper teens are expected with a slight chance of thunderstorms.

Evacuations: The Garfield County Sheriff office has lifted the evacuations for property owners. The area is open to local ONLY traffic and drivers need to be advised of livestock & heavy fire traffic on roads. After property inspection, landowners are urged to report losses to the Sheriff office via gcsheriff@midrivers.com to begin the documentation and needs assessment process. This includes: Physical address, Structures, including type, Confirmed livestock loss, Pasture loss, Hay loss, Fence loss.

Safety Advisory: Remember, if you feel concerned or threatened by fire activity, self-evacuate. Do not wait for someone to tell you to leave, leave when you feel you need to.

Percent Containment: 62% Personnel: 598 people

Wednesday, July 26th 2017
Federal Government Rejects Montana's Request For Aid In Battling Wildfires
HELENA — U.S. government officials have rejected Montana’s request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation’s top firefighting priority.

Gov. Steve Bullock spokeswoman Ronja Abel said Tuesday the state is appealing Sunday’s rejection of a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The fire management assistance grant would allow the state to recover 75 percent of its costs to suppress the four fires that have burned nearly 400 square miles and destroyed at least 16 homes in eastern Montana.

The Lodgepole Complex is burning through a mix of private, state and federal land.

Abel says the governor spoke with FEMA administrator Brock Long, who assured Bullock that he would personally review the appeal.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester also sent Long a letter demanding to know why the request was denied.

Wednesday, July 26th 2017
Last Hunter Education Classes Offered In Bainville for Youth
The last Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education classroom course date has been set for the Bainville area, on Fri. and Sat., August 4-5. All hunter education classes are free of charge.

Students must register online at the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov click on the education tab, then click “hunter education programs.” Next, “Find a class or field course” and search for the available class in your area. Detailed instructions on dates, times, and other information will be found at each class’ registration page.

For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2017 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2018. Students aged 10 and 11 can take a course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for these events must be 10 years old by the first day of class.

Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from course coordinator Chuck Hyatt. If there are any questions, please call Hyatt at 406-769-7111.

Wednesday, July 26th 2017
Lodgepole Complex Update (Wednesday Morning)
Location: 52 miles West/Northwest of Jordan, MT and 15 miles east of Winnett, MT.

Agency Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management, State of Montana, Garfield County, Petroleum County

Incident Command: Western Montana Type II Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT), Rick Connell IC

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, DNRC, Garfield County and Petroleum County Total Complex Acres: Approximately 270,000 acres over all four fires (Bridge Coulee, Barker, South Breaks, and Square Butte).

Highway: Highway 200, is open, with decreased speed limits through the fire area. Use caution as there is still a lot of fire vehicles entering and leaving the highway.

Key Message: Containment for the Lodgepole Complex increased to 34%. The increase was due to better mapping and successful burnout operations along the northeast side of the Baker Fire and the east side of the Bridge Coulee Fire. These tactics increased the depth along the containment line by one quarter mile. Throughout the Lodgepole Complex there is occasional smoke columns as the fire continues to burn out pockets of interior unburned fuels.

Background: The Lodgepole Complex started on July 19, 2017 as 4 fires following a lightning storm. The South Breaks and Square Butte Fires burned together on July 21, 2017. The fires are burning in grass, shrub, and timber.

Weather Concerns: The weather on Wednesday is forecasted to be warmer and drier with gusty winds out of the south.

Evacuations: The Garfield County Sheriff office has lifted the evacuations for property owners. The area is open to local ONLY traffic and drivers need to be advised of livestock & heavy fire traffic on roads.After property inspection, landowners are urged to report losses to the Sheriff office via gcsheriff@midrivers.com to begin the documentation and needs assessment process. This includes: Physical address, Structures, including type, Confirmed livestock loss, Pasture loss, Hay loss, Fence loss.

Safety Advisory: Remember, if you feel concerned or threatened by fire activity, self-evacuate. Do not wait for someone to tell you to leave, leave when you feel you need to.
Percent Containment: 34% Personnel: 656 people

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