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286 Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In Montana

Sunday, April 5th 2020

As of Sunday morning there are now 286 cases of COVID-19 in Montana:

Gallatin County: 110

Yellowstone County: 38

Missoula County: 19

Lewis and Clark County: 14

Flathead County: 24

Silver Bow: 11

Cascade County: 11

Madison County: 9

Toole County- 15

Lincoln County- 6

Park County- 6

Deer Lodge County- 3

Broadwater County- 4

Lake County- 4

Jefferson County- 2

Ravalli County- 2

Meagher County- 1

Roosevelt County- 1

Hill County- 1

Musselshell- 1

Liberty- 1

Carbon- 1

Glacier- 1

Beaverhead- 1

There have been 24 hospitalizations in Montana and 6 deaths.

6519 tests have been completed in Montana.

Valley County has no positive cases of COVID-19. Kltz/Mix-93 has been unable to get a number of people tested for COVID-19 in Valley County.

For a map of COVID-19 in Montana: https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f3412536439491adcc2103421d4b

Tribes Worry Keystone Pipeline 'Man Camps' Will Further Spread Coronavirus

Sunday, April 5th 2020

Tribes Worry Keystone Pipeline 'Man Camps' Will Further Spread Coronavirus

This is the headline from a story done by Montana Public Radio. The story has quotes from Dr. Anne Millard, Rob Brunelle of the Cottonwood Inn and Darrell Morehouse of D&G Sports and Western along with Governor Steve Bullock.

Read the story here:
https://www.mtpr.org/post/tribes-worry-keystone-pipeline-man-camps-will-further-spread-coronavirus

Montana Army And Air National Guard Members Begin Screening Public At Train Stations And Airports Throughout Montana

Saturday, April 4th 2020

Fort Harrison, Mont. – Seventy three Montana Army and Air National Guard men and women have been activated for State Active Duty by Montana Governor Steve Bullock in response to COVID-19. The Soldiers and Airmen will be used in 11 cities and 17 locations within those cities around the state and began their duties on Friday.

The Guardsmen will be tasked to screen individuals arriving in Montana from other states and countries through our airports and train stations. The Soldiers and Airmen are located at airports in: Bozeman, Billings, Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls and Butte. Screening will include all arriving passengers at the airport terminals and most privately owned fixed base operations located at these major airports. They will also be screening individuals entering Montana by train at stations in: Whitefish, Havre, Shelby and Wolf Point.

Additionally, each location will have a Montana National Guard liaison officer to work with local Disaster and Emergency Services representatives, public health officials, airport management and Transportation Safety Administration officials. The liaison will work with each team to monitor inbound flight and train arrivals.

Valley County Health Department Clarifies Order Regarding Contractors Working In Valley County

Saturday, April 4th 2020

Any person currently living in Valley County as of 12:01 am March 28th (they have the pink bands), OR any Essential Services Contractor who has completed the 14 consecutive days of self-quarantine, may also perform the following essential activities:

1. Go to work at any business allowed to remain open as defined by essential critical infrastructure workers by the Department of Homeland Security.
a. If you work out of town and must travel to other counties to perform usual work duties, you must do so in a manner that minimizes time out of Valley County and maintains six (6) feet of separation from other persons except as required to carry
out their usual work duties.
b. The one important exception is if you were in direct contact with someone with positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you need to do a full self-quarantine. Public Health follows up on all direct contacts to all presumptive positive cases and you would have been contacted by Valley County Public Health Department.

2. Engage in activities essential to your health and safety, or to the health and safety of your family or household members, partners, or significant others (including, but not limited to,
pets). This includes obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.

3. Obtain necessary services, supplies, or food for yourself and family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others. This includes groceries, pet supplies,
household products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

4. Care for a family member or pet in another household.
As defined in the Best Practices Supplement, all businesses that are identified as essential/critical must limit access inside their doors.
1. Restaurants must only allow pickup (curb side) outside of business or by drive through window. Customers will not be allowed inside any restaurant; they must wait outside in
their vehicle for their order.
2. Hardware stores and grocery stores must continue to keep customer levels below twenty (20) people at any given time. These stores must limit one shopper per household.
3. Convenience Stores must limit access to their buildings and maintain 6-foot separation between customers. They also need to limit one person per family/vehicle to enter the
store.
4. All other essential/critical businesses must also maintain the 6-foot requirement.

Customs And Border Protection To Reduce Hours At Six Ports Of Entry In Montana Including Opheim

Saturday, April 4th 2020

Due to a significant reduction in privately owned vehicle and pedestrian traffic along our northern border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will temporarily reduce the hours of operation at six ports of entry in Montana beginning Monday, April 6.

With the “essential only” travel restrictions imposed on March 21 in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, cross-border travel has significantly declined. Reducing the hours of operations at ports of entry along both land borders will allow CBP to continue to provide service to these communities as we work to keep our employees safe from exposure and community spread.

The affected ports of entry include: Raymond, Opheim, Morgan, Turner, Del Bonita and Piegan.

The Port of Raymond is currently open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The temporary hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Current hours at the Port of Opheim are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Temporary hours will be reduced to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. Hours at the Port of Morgan are currently 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Temporary hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. At the Port of Turner the hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Its hours will be temporarily reduced to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. The port of Del Bonita’s current hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. The temporary hours for Del Bonita will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. Finally, the Port of Piegan is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Under the temporarily reduced hours it will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

Travelers considered essential should adjust their travel according to the new hours of operation.

These reduced hours will remain in place until April 30, or until the Administration lifts the current travel restrictions. CBP will return to previous hours once the COVID-19 emergency has subsided.

All City Playgrounds, Including Tennis And Basketball Courts Are Closed Until Further Notice

Friday, April 3rd 2020

Effective immediately: All City of Glasgow playgrounds, including tennis and basketball courts are closed until further notice due to public health concerns.

A recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the COVID-19 virus may live on hard surfaces, like materials used for playgrounds, for up to three days.

City parks, spaces and trails remain open for public use but park users should observe CDC recommended social distancing practices.

Montana Department Of Labor And Industry Distributes Over 35,000 Unemployment Payments From March 23rd Through April 1st

Friday, April 3rd 2020

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry Thursday announced that over 35,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were distributed from March 23 through April 1, providing benefits to Montanans that have lost their job, or have had to reduce work hours due to COVID-19.

“This number shows our ability to make adjustments to support our customer needs and the expansion of UI eligibility moving forward,” Acting Commissioner Brenda Nordlund said. “I want to encourage all Montanans with UI questions to first visit our website as most questions can be answered by reviewing the wide range of information posted on our COVID-19 resource guide. While our call volume is high, there are still options for Montanans with UI questions.”

From March 23 through April 1. DLI’s UI phone line received over 473,829 phone calls. This unprecedented volume of calls has led to difficulties for some Montanans to access answers to their specific questions. To help alleviate this level of call volume, DLI has trained 70 Job Service and Employment Relations employees to assist with commonly asked phone inquiries, including PIN resets, security word, and job attachment questions. Additionally, DLI is in the process of reassigning other current agency employees and bringing back retired staff members with UI experience.

DLI is encouraging those with technical, eligibility, or benefits questions regarding the UI claimant portal on MontanaWorks.gov to first view the COVID-19 resource website at dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19 before calling. There are multiple FAQ documents that may be able to answer questions. In addition, Montanans with access to computers can apply for UI online at MontanaWorks.gov to ensure that the phone lines are open for people who have been specifically instructed to call DLI or for those people who do not have internet access.

On Friday, federal lawmakers agreed to a significant expansion of the nation’s unemployment insurance program. Once Montana receives guidance from the U.S. Labor Department, DLI will work to implement the CARES Act programs as quickly as possible.

“Help is on the way, and we are working to implement the changes as soon as possible ,” said Nordlund. “We appreciate people being patient as we work through the details with our federal partners.”

DLI is implementing programmatic changes to the UI system to allow claims filed within the new eligibility requirements under the new stimulus package, or CARES Act. Additional claimant guidance on the package, and what it means for Montanans filing for UI can be found here.

When guidance has been received, funds made available and programming changes are complete, and DLI will be able to process the applications, an announcement will be made by press release, on dli.mt.gov, and social media.

In the meantime, laid-off workers should apply for benefits at MontanaWorks.gov, even if they are not sure they qualify. A tutorial on how users can apply for benefits on MontanaWorks is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEYaWXATES4&t=19s. New or enhanced payments will be backdated as provided under the act.

DLI wants to remind the public that the week a person becomes unemployed, that person should file an application for unemployment benefits. Individuals should read the frequently asked questions and watch the instructional videos before they apply at MontanaWorks.gov.

Montana Expands Online Driver License Renewal and Moves Deadlines for Registering Vehicles

Friday, April 3rd 2020

HELENA – At the request of Attorney General Tim Fox, Thursday the governor's office issued a directive temporarily suspending certain requirements for online driver license renewal and extending deadlines for vehicle registration. Issued in response to COVID-19, these changes will help protect the health of Montanans.

“The Motor Vehicle Division provides essential services to the people of Montana,” Attorney General Fox said. “The changes we made today will allow Montanans to continue receiving these services, but from the safety of their homes.”

Driver Services

During this time, citizens needing a driver’s license renewal will be allowed to self-certify their ability to drive instead of requiring forms signed by medical and vision professionals.
Online and mail-in renewals will be good for a maximum of two years and will be offered for the duration of the declared state-of-emergency.
While exam stations will remain open, the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) asks Montanans to utilize the online or mail-in renewal option if able. Additional options are available for main-in renewals, please see our website, https://dojmt.gov/driving.

A few reminders:
• All Montana-issued Class D driver licenses that expired on March 1, 2020 until May 30, 2020, remain valid for an additional 90 days after their expiration date.
• Class D driving tests have been suspended until at least 4/18/2020.
• To help with social distancing, customers in our driver license station waiting areas will be limited.
• Commercial driver licenses and medical cards will be given an extension until 6/30/2020 if the card expired on March 1, 2020 or later.

“We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers and staff,” said Sarah Garcia, MVD Administrator. “The online and mail-in options give MVD another way to minimize exposure to the public and MVD employees.”

Vehicle Services

A 90-day extension will be provided to dealerships to submit paperwork to county offices and vehicle owners to title and register any vehicles transferred after March 16, 2020.

Renewals may be completed online up to 30 days past the month shown on the vehicle’s registration tab.

For more information about MVD services go to www.dojmt.gov/driving.

Seventy Three Montana Army And Air National Guard Men And Women Activated In Response To COVID-19. They Are Being Asked To Screen Individuals Arriving In Montana Through Airports And Train Stations.

Thursday, April 2nd 2020

Fort Harrison, Mont. – Seventy three Montana Army and Air National Guard men and women have been activated for State Active Duty by Montana Governor Steve Bullock in response to COVID-19. The Soldiers and Airmen will be used in 11 cities and 17 locations within those cities around the state and will begin their duties on Friday, 3 April.

“Per the Governor’s directive, the Guardsmen will be tasked to screen individuals arriving in Montana from other states and countries through our airports and train stations. The Soldiers and Airmen will be located at airports in: Bozeman, Billings, Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls and Butte. Screening will include all arriving passengers at the airport terminals and most privately owned fixed base operations located at these major airports. We will also be screening individuals entering Montana by train at stations in: Whitefish, Havre, Shelby and Wolf Point,” said Major General Matthew Quinn, the Adjutant General and Montana COVID -19 Task Force Leader.

Additionally, each location will have a Montana National Guard liaison officer to work with local Disaster and Emergency Services representatives, public health officials, airport management and Transportation Safety Administration officials. The liaison will work with each team to monitor inbound flight and train arrivals.

Prior to being staged at the airports and train station, all Guardsmen will be trained in how to properly screen, wear protective equipment and be fully versed on the Governor’s directive for execution.

“At the request of the Governor, Montana National Guardsman volunteers are stepping forward across the state to assist in the on-going effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In this time of need, the National Guard team will conduct screening with professionalism and will always treat Montana citizens and visitors with the dignity and respect they are entitled to. We are preparing our Soldiers and Airmen to respond to all future requests for assistance to support communities across the state,” said Quinn.

Montana Public Schools To Receive Funding From CARES Act Stimulus Bill

Thursday, April 2nd 2020

HELENA— The Montana Office of Public Instruction released preliminary estimates for how much funding Montana’s K-12 public schools will receive from the federal CARES Act stimulus bill that was passed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Of the $13.5 billion allocated to education, Montana’s K-12 public schools will receive $41.2 million through their Title I formula which is for economically disadvantaged communities. Another $8.8 million will be available through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund. School districts are also eligible to apply for $100 million in competitive Project SERV grants.

“Montana’s teachers and families are continuing to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education under unprecedented circumstances,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen said Thursday. “These federal funds will help students and teachers receive the tools that they need to engage in distance learning while give local school leaders flexibility and local control over how the funds are used.”

The $41.2 million will flow through local districts Title I formula but districts have flexibility in how they use the funds. Superintendent Arntzen is using a portion of the state set aside from the CARES Act to ensure that every district receives at least $10,000.

Here are the estimates for how much Valley County Public Schools will receive:

Glasgow K-12 School- $148,261.74

Frazer Elementary: $164,306.78

Frazer high School: $82,153.39

Hinsdale Elementary: $28,257.92

Hinsdale High School: $10,000

Opheim K-12 School- $20,000

Nashua K-12- $25,033.74

Lustre Elementary- $10,560.76

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Receives Medical Supplies From Strategic National Stockpile

Thursday, April 2nd 2020

Thus far, FMDH has received two shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile via The State of Montana Public Health and Safety Division containing personal protective equipment.

The first shipment from earlier this week contained one box of large gloves (50 pairs), one box of x-large gloves (50 pairs), 2 boxes of surgical masks (50 per box), 15 each gowns, 5 boxes of small N95 masks, 20 each standard N95 masks.

The second shipment arrived Wednesday and contained 140 N95 masks, 50 Surgical masks, 1 box of large gloves (50 pairs), and 15 each gowns.

“FMDH is dealing with unprecedented challenges in our efforts to meet the health and safety needs of our staff and community during this COVID – 19 emergency. I am proud and thankful to our staff and our public agency partners at the County and State levels for helping us obtain the resources to fulfill our mission to the community. We are still early in this response and will be leaning on each other as we face the operational situations that seem to change daily. I have great confidence that the support of our staff, community, and agency partners will assure our ability to meet these challenges.” – Randy Holom, FMDH CEO

Current Demographics Of MT COVID-19 According To McCone County Public Health

Thursday, April 2nd 2020

Here are the current demographics of MT COVID-19 cases according to McCone County Public Health

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Releases Statement On Testing For COVID-19

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) clear guidelines for prioritizing COVID-19 testing. This ensures that both state and local testing supplies are used responsibly and in a way that ensures we have them when we need them. It is important that we balance the need to perform tests for purposes of establishing the presence of the disease in our community with the ability to provide diagnostic information to health care providers caring for patients that are very sick.

We are committed to taking care of our community in the present, as well as looking at ways to preserve our ability to care for patients as this pandemic progresses over the next several weeks to months. Tests are based on a case-by-case basis. Specific criteria (established by the CDC) is used to determine which patients are tested. People who are considered a priority have two things: symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as fever of over 100.4 degrees, cough and loss of breath, and exposure to someone with a confirmed case or recent travel to a high risk area. People who have symptoms severe enough for hospitalization or other significant medical illnesses are also considered part of the high risk group. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call our free triage line at 406-228-3509 and our healthcare providers will evaluate your symptoms and explain your best course of action.

Press Release From Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the County Commissioners, County Attorney, County Health Department, and the County Health Official during this COVID-19 virus pandemic. We ask that you continue to follow the directives from the County Health Officer and the Governor. Please stay informed with the most recent recommendations from the County Health Department. You will find this information on Facebook @Valley County Health Department, @KLTZ Glasgow, and @Glasgow Courier. Additionally, the Valley County Sheriff App provides updates from the CDC as well as posting local notifications. You can download the app on the iPhone App store or on Android platforms via Google Play. Look for - Valley County MT Sheriff

That being said, I want to say that the Valley County Sheriff’s Office will not be unlawfully stopping citizens to ask where they are going or to ask for proof that their travel is essential. Currently the county is open, including all roads and highways. Additionally, you may see, in Montana, a National Guard presence in urban locations. The National Guard will be stationed at select airport terminals to assist in taking the temperature of those arriving. This will not affect the Valley County Airport in Glasgow.

Lastly, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving all citizens by ensuring the safety and protection of people and property. All freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. and Montana Constitution will continue to be upheld.

Thomas Boyer
Valley County Sheriff

FWP Region 6 Office Number Change

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

If you are trying to reach the Region 6 Glasgow office for a Region 6-related question, our main phone number (228-3700) is currently being forwarded to a state-wide Licensing Call Center to help with the large abundance of calls received since our office doors closed due to COVID-19 directives. This will remain in effect for some time.

If you need to talk directly to a R6 staff person, you can either call Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704 or send an email to: LaWana Grewe lgrewe@mt.gov , Heather Dulaney heather.dulaney@mt.gov or Marc Kloker mkloker@mt.gov, or you can also message this Facebook page. In the email/message, please state your question. If you would like us to call you back, please leave your phone number.

In addition, if you need to talk directly with a biologist, warden, block management coordinator or other FWP staff member, their contact information can be found here.

FWP thanks people for their patience and understanding during FWP office closures. The Licensing Call Center is experiencing an unusually high volume of calls ahead of the April 1 application deadline, so please anticipate wait times. That number is 406-444-2950.

People also may apply online at fwp.mt.gov . At this point all carcass tags are being mailed to customers who apply online. If you need a carcass tag for spring bear or turkey opener, you may want to get those at a license provider.

Governor Bullock Announces Measure to Keep Smaller Hospitals Open

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock Tuesday announced a Directive that allows Montana hospitals and related facilities to receive financing to remain open and acquire the supplies needed to respond to COVID-19.

“For weeks both urban and rural hospitals have served on the frontlines of this crisis and they need our support to continue protecting Montanans,” Governor Bullock said. “Today’s Directive offers resources to keep hospital doors open, purchase supplies, and will ensure health care workers provide lifesaving care across the state.”

Governor Bullock’s Directive will allow health care, medical, and related facilities to receive financing under the Montana Facility Finance Authority Act for operating expenses connected to COVID-19. The Directive will allow facilities to receive immediate financial support to continue operating during the emergency.

In an effort to meet surge in needed COVID-19 medical services, Montana health facilities have delayed non-critical procedures and pushed back appointments, such as outpatient surgery and physical therapy, which have resulted in a loss of revenue. In addition to losing revenue, Montana health facilities are scrambling for necessary supplies, leading to escalating expenses. While the combination of lost revenue and increasing expenses is difficult for all Montana health facilities, those located in rural Montana face particularly severe impacts. Multiple rural hospitals report having either no cash on hand, or not enough cash on hand to fund operations into April.

The federal stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aide, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) will provide support for operating expenses, but the funding may not arrive for months. Many Montana health facilities have an immediate need for lending support and waiting for federal funds to arrive could put the health of Montanans at risk.

Funding from the Montana Facility Finance Authority will provide low-cost funding to allow facilities to purchase supplies, pay staff, and remain open during this challenging time.

Several Region 6 Block Management Areas Open For 2020 Spring Turkey Season

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and participating landowners will open some Block Management Areas (BMAs) for spring turkey hunting along the Milk River and in one area south of Zortman.

Twelve areas will be open for the spring turkey season, beginning April 11, and running through May 17. Most of the properties are located along the Milk River between Hinsdale and Nashua. One additional property is located just south of Zortman in Goslin Flats, which is a portion of the Square Butte BMA.

All these BMAs will be accessed with sign-in boxes. However, with the social distancing and stay at home directives from Gov. Steve Bullock, it’s important that hunters consider how they may secure other lands to hunt. Hunters should look to gain permission through phone calls, rather than in-person requests. Also, hunters should try to hunt as close to home as possible, and even within their own county if required.

“The BMA spring turkey hunt worked well for both landowners and hunters the last few years, and landowners are looking forward to opening their property again this spring,” said Tim Potter, Jr., Region 6 FWP Hunting Access Coordinator. “We are very pleased that we are able to provide this opportunity again. Just remember that many of these properties are in the middle of calving and other farming activities during the spring.”

“There also may be flood waters and muddy areas from spring runoff along the Milk River and other drainages,” added Potter. “Please be cautious and respectful, especially with muddy roads, around these properties as well as with other landowners not in the program.”

BMA access will be granted through a traditional sign-in box on the properties and will be advertised by a green sign titled “Spring Turkey.” Signing in will allow hunters access only for turkey hunting. Other activities such as shed hunting, fishing, or small game hunting are not allowed. Permission for such activities must be separately allowed by the landowner.

All BMA rules and expectations in place during the general season will still apply. These include, but are not limited to, leaving gates as they are found, areas of walk-in hunting only, parking in designated parking areas, using caution around livestock, taking care not to drive off road or on muddy roads, and more. Hunters should refer to the individual rules associated with each BMA, found on the back of the BMA maps.

Property boundaries may not be well marked, so hunters need to be aware of their location. “For this opportunity to continue to move forward, we need hunters to respect both the landowner’s wishes and their property,” said Potter.

As a reminder, prospective turkey hunters can also hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) that are open, such as the Hinsdale and Vandalia WMAs, other public land, and on other private land with permission. However, some facilities, like bathrooms, may be closed or not cleaned as frequently given a shortage of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. Hunters must also be aware that there are several BMAs that are not participating in this spring hunting opportunity, and permission would be needed to hunt on these properties through appropriate social-distancing means.

A list of participating landowners and properties is available from FWP’s Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow, by calling the office at 406-228-3700, or by going to the regional webpage at fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/. Spring turkey opportunities will also be listed, and maps are available, on the Hunt Planner on the fwp.mt.gov website.

Montana FWP Closes Fishing Piers, Group Use Sites

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

As a reminder to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing guidelines should be followed at all Fish, Wildlife & Parks sites. Keep your distance from fellow recreators. FWP has closed group-use sites. This includes all fishing piers at Montana state parks, fishing access sites and wildlife management areas due to the risk of high congregation.

While state parks, fishing access sites and a few wildlife management areas (check for seasonal closures) remain open at this time, maintenance at FWP facilities will be cut back and public opportunities limited:

Overnight camping will not be allowed. Campgrounds will be systematically closed to give current campers 72-hour notice.
Group use sites will be closed, including playgrounds and fishing piers.
Visitor center closures will be extended at least through April 10.
Bathrooms may be limited.
Sites will be regularly patrolled by enforcement staff.
If a parking lot at a fishing access site or state park is full, consider another place to recreate. Also, it is a good idea to recreate in your local area.

For more information on FWP’s response to COVID-19, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/covid19.

Dr. Anne Millard Addresses Differences Between Influenza And COVID-19

Tuesday, March 31st 2020

What is the difference between Influenza and COVID-19? Why are we shutting everything down over COVID-19 when Influenza has more fatalities? Dr. Anne Millard was addressed this question on a Facebook Live program this past Saturday. Here is her answer to those questions.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/anne-flu

TC Energy To Proceed With Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Tuesday, March 31st 2020

TC Energy Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TC Energy or the Company) today announced that it will proceed with construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project (the Project), resulting in an investment of approximately US$8.0 billion into the North American economy.

“We appreciate the ongoing backing of landowners, customers, Indigenous groups and numerous partners in the U.S. and Canada who helped us secure project support and key regulatory approvals as this important energy infrastructure project is poised to put thousands of people to work, generate substantial economic benefits and strengthen the continent’s energy security,” said Russ Girling, TC Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, we thank U.S. President Donald Trump and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney as well as many government officials across North America for their advocacy without which, individually and collectively, this Project could not have advanced.”

At 1,210-miles (1,947-kilometres) in length, the Project will be capable of safely delivering 830,000 barrels per day (Bbl/day) of crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska where it will connect with TC Energy’s existing facilities to reach U.S. Gulf Coast refiners to meet critical needs for transportation fuel and useful manufactured products. With pre-construction activities underway, the pipeline is expected to enter service in 2023.

“During construction, we will continue to take guidance from all levels of government and health authorities to determine the most proactive and responsible actions in order to ensure the safety of our crews and community members during the current COVID-19 situation. Construction will advance only after every consideration for the health and safety of our people, their families and of those in the surrounding communities has been taken into account,” said Girling.

The Project is underpinned by new 20-year transportation service agreements for 575,000 Bbl/day with a group of strong, credit-worthy counterparties which are expected to generate approximately US$1.3 billion of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) on an annual basis. In addition, once the Project is in service, current contracts for 115,000 Bbl/day from Hardisty to the U.S. Gulf Coast on the existing Keystone line will shift to the new facilities under renewed 20-year contracts. Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the agreements, 50 per cent of any difference between the estimated capital cost and final cost of the Project are subject to a sharing mechanism and will be reflected in the pipeline tolls.

As part of the funding plan, the Government of Alberta has agreed to invest approximately US$1.1 billion as equity in the Project, which substantially covers planned construction costs through the end of 2020. The remaining capital investment of approximately US$6.9 billion is expected to be largely made in 2021 and 2022 and funded through the combination of a US$4.2 billion project level credit facility to be fully guaranteed by the Government of Alberta and a US$2.7 billion investment by TC Energy.

The Company’s capital investment will be funded through a combination of internally generated cash flow, hybrid securities and common equity through the activation of its dividend reinvestment program in 2021 and 2022. To provide additional financial flexibility in support of its credit metrics and capital program, including the Project, the Company intends to also file a $1.0 billion equity shelf to enable an at-the-market equity issuance program which will be utilized if and as deemed appropriate. Once the Project is completed and placed into service, TC Energy expects to acquire the Government of Alberta’s equity investment under agreed terms and conditions and to refinance the US$4.2 billion credit facility in the debt capital markets.

“Strong commercial and financial support positions us to prudently build and fund the Project, along with our existing $30 billion secured capital program, in a manner that is consistent with maintaining our strong financial position and credit metrics,” added Girling. “Once completed, approximately 98 per cent of the Company’s consolidated EBITDA is expected to come from regulated or long-term contracted assets.”

Project highlights

Thousands of well-paying jobs during construction
Advances continental energy security
Tens of millions in property and income taxes through every year of operation
Six comprehensive scientific reviews by the U.S. Department of State over the past decade concluding that the project can be built and operated in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way
Safer and less-GHG intensive than current methods of transporting crude oil to market
Thousands of stakeholders engaged, including landowners, community members and Indigenous communities
For additional information on the project, visit Keystone-XL.com

Stan Ozark visits with Mayor Becky Erickson and Valley County Commissioner Mary Armstrong

Tuesday, March 31st 2020

During these turbulent times of COVID-19, its important to understand the role and response of local government. Stan Ozark visited with Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson along with Valley County Commissioner Mary Armstrong on Tuesday and discussed the actions taken by local government in Valley County. We stayed 6-feet apart during the interview*

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/city-and-county

Governor Orders Post-Travel Quarantine

Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Governor Steve Bullock Monday directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The Directive follows the governor’s prior travel advisory and last week’s Stay at Home Directive.

“While we love our visitors, we would ask that you not come visit while Montanans are watching out for one another by staying at home,” said Governor Bullock. “This is important not only to protect our health care system, but also to protect against the spread of COVID-19.”

“As of today, travel from another state or country is the most common known source of COVID-19 infections in Montana. I am asking anyone who is in Montana and has recently traveled from another state or country to do the right thing and self-quarantine for 14 days,” continued Governor Bullock.

The Directive applies both to Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purposes. It requires a self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of a non-work trip to Montana—whichever is shorter. The Directive also instructs the Montana Department of Commerce to advise vacation listing and rental sites that they must notify potential out-of-state renters about the quarantine requirement. Health care workers are excluded from the Directive.

Further, the Directive authorizes the Montana National Guard to conduct temperature checks at Montana airports and rail stations and screen for potential exposure history for travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country.

Governor Bullock Statement on the 2nd COVID-19 Death in Montana

Monday, March 30th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued the following statement regarding the 2nd death of a Montanan to COVID-19 in the state.

“I’m saddened to hear that a second Montanan has died from COVID-19. No matter in which community we live, the impact of each loss of life has a ripple effect all throughout the state and serves as a reminder of how serious this disease is. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and community of this Montanan.”

Notification of the death was provided by the Madison County Public Health Department today and confirmed by the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force.

Valley County Commissioners Issue Statement Regarding Out Of Area Contractors And COVID-19

Monday, March 30th 2020

Todd Young the Public Information Officer for Valley County gives us the details on out of area contractors in Valley County and dealing with COVID-19

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/todd-valley-county

Montana Gasoline Prices Fall 19 Cents Per Gallon In Last Week

Sunday, March 29th 2020

AAA is reporting that the Montana average price per gallon of gasoline is now $2.07 per gallon which is down 19 cents since last week.

One week ago the average price was $2.26 per gallon and one month ago the average price was $2.42 per gallon.

The falling price of oil worldwide is dropping the price of gasoline in the United States. The nationwide average is now $2.02 per gallon and below $2 in many states including $1.58 in Oklahoma.

AAA is reporting the average price of gasoline in Valley County is now $2.06 per gallon. In Fallon County the average price is down to just $1.88 per gallon according to AAA.

For more information visit https://gasprices.aaa.com/

Work On Keystone XL Pipeline Will Continue

Saturday, March 28th 2020

Work on the Keystone XL Pipeline is getting underway in Valley County and Todd Young the PIO of Valley County explains how that work will be accomplished during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/todd-young-transcanada

Dr. Millard Issues County Health Order

Friday, March 27th 2020

Late Friday afternoon, Valley County Health Officer Dr. Anne Millard issued an official health order in an effort to continue community health protections.

In the order, Dr. Millard identifies specific direction pertaining to individuals entering Valley County. They include the requirement that “any persons entering into Valley County from outside the county lines and remaining in Valley County shall self-quarantine for a period of fourteen days upon arrival within the county.” From the order, “all individuals who enter Valley County for any length of time are to abide by the 14-day quarantine.” When under quarantine, individuals are to remain indoors to the greatest extent possible and limit interactions with others.

The order, which goes into effect at 12:01 on Saturday, March 28, also identifies that persons passing through the County must maintain six feet of separation from other individuals. Essential employees that are required to travel to other counties to perform their usual work duties must also maintain the six feet of separation unless closer contact is required to carry out their work.

Message From Glasgow Public Schools

Friday, March 27th 2020

From Superintendent Wade Sundby 
March 26, 2020
Staff, parents and Glasgow community members:
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate these ever-evolving situations in education. ?It has been a very interesting couple of weeks in the world of education. I appreciate all of your patience as we work through this unprecedented time in our world and specifically with schools and learning. The Governor of the State of Montana has continued to close schools across the state until April 10, 2020. The next date the school buildings would possibly be open to education would be April 14, 2020. ?The Glasgow School District will continue education remotely to your son/daughter on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Students, please be checking your school emails as communication from your teacher will be through that platform. I do know that some teachers have already reached out to their students and have started making connections with their students.

Parents and students in grades K-5, you have already and will continue to receive packets or digital work set up by your son/daughter’s teacher. Teachers will meet you at least twice a week through an online forum or by phone. Teachers will notify you of their office hours as we move through this process.

Parents and students in grades 6-12, some of your teachers have contacted you as well. They will be contacting you through Google Classroom or another type of platform of their choice.

Attendance expectations for digital learning:
1. Attendance becomes less important and learning becomes more important.
2. Students are required to turn in work, email, join, speak, or chat depending on the platform chosen. This is how attendance will be taken at least twice a week.
3. Google Classroom/Google Meet, Zoom, Glasgow School Website, call, text, or email are ways that your teacher will communicate with you.
4. Please remember internet etiquette as well as proper usage of the technology.

Students are expected to check their Google Classroom and email daily. Teachers will be inviting you to the classes (Google Meet/Hangouts) through their email. Please remember to be responsible and respectful while you are on-line.

Link to full document

Link to action plan

Spring is here, it’s time to get outside! But please, follow the law and be safe

Friday, March 27th 2020

As spring weather gets here, many people are itching to get outside. For many folks, that may include looking for nongame animals to hunt, fishing, hiking, shed hunting, or bird watching. However, just like at any other time of year, people are asked to follow the law, respect the land, and be safe.

Where can you go?
Private Land
Just like a hunter or angler needs permission to hunt or fish on private land, it is no different when pursuing small game animals, hiking, shed hunting, or bird watching. Landowners need to be notified and asked for permission before pursuing any activity on their property, including using private roads.

This also applies to landowners enrolled in Block Management. Block management contracts are developed for hunting seasons and are ONLY for hunting-related activities. You need permission on these properties (even during the hunting season) for any other activity, just like on private lands.

Public Land
Most public lands are open to recreation. However, some properties, such as the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, do not allow the discharge of firearms out of hunting seasons and have restrictions on nongame animals. Please check with the public land agency you are using for a full list of regulations.

Know where you are
There are many options to help determine your location. Maps, cell phone apps, and GPSs all let you know where you are at on a particular piece of property.

Shooting from roads
It is not legal to discharge a firearm from a public road, including any gravel road or dirt trail. This includes target shooting or when hunting a game or nongame animal.

When shooting recreationally, always adhere to the four main rules of firearm safety:
1. Always point the muzzle of your gun in a safe direction
Firearms should always be pointed in a safe direction, including when transported in a vehicle.
2. Always treat every gun as if it were loaded
NEVER have a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
3. Always be sure of your target and beyond
Whether you are on public or private land, whenever you discharge a firearm you should be fully aware of your target and beyond. Look for livestock and other animals, houses, outbuildings/structures, roads, vehicles etc. that may be in the background of your target.
4. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire
Do not put your finger on or near the trigger until you are ready to shoot after knowing your target and beyond.

Enjoy the upcoming Montana spring and its recreational opportunities; but please, do so by following all laws, regulations and safety precautions.

Governor Bullock Orders State Residents To Stay At Home To Fight Spread Of Coronavirus

Thursday, March 26th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock Thursday issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28, will buy time for health care workers on the frontlines and seeks to limit long term impacts to the state’s economy.

“In consultation with public health experts, health care providers, and emergency management professionals, I have determined that to protect public health and human safety, it is essential, to the maximum extent possible, individuals stay at home or at their place of residence,” said Governor Bullock. “There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is causing a lot of hardship. It’s also causing incredible hardships for our frontline doctors, nurses and other hospital staff across the country.”

The Directive will be in effect through Friday, April 10 and requires all businesses and operations in Montana, except for essential businesses and operations as defined in the directive, to stop all activities within the state.

The Directive also prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or place of residence.

“I am taking these measures today because we need to stay in front of this pandemic and slow the growth of infections. In order to have a healthy economy we need a healthy population. We cannot rebuild our economic strength without doing everything we can now to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus,” continued Governor Bullock.

Essential services and businesses will remain operational and open. Businesses deemed essential are required to comply with social distancing guidelines when possible including maintaining six feet of distance, having sanitizing products available, and designating hours of operation specifically for vulnerable populations.

Under the directive, Montanans may leave their homes for essential activities, including:
For health and safety. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.

For necessary supplies and services. To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, including public lands in Montana provided they remain open to recreation. Montanans are discouraged from outdoor recreation activities that pose enhanced risks of injury or could otherwise stress the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency (e.g., backcountry skiing in a manner inconsistent with avalanche recommendations or in closed terrain).

For certain types of work. To perform work providing essential products and services at Essential Businesses or Operations or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Directive, including Minimum Basic Operations.

To take care of others. To care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Directive.

Here is a copy of the directive: https://covid19.mt.gov/Portals/223/Documents/Stay%20at%20Home%20Directive.pdf?ver=2020-03-26-173332-177

The attached Directive follows federal guidance to determine the businesses and operations deemed essential, which are summarized in the Directive and can also be found here: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

Businesses with questions can contact a dedicated state line at 1-800-755-6672 and leave messages 24-hours a day and will receive a prompt response.

Montana Has First Death Of COVID-19 Patient

Thursday, March 26th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock this evening announced the first death in Montana of a COVID-19 patient.

“I’m heartbroken to learn of Montana’s first death due to COVID-19. Especially during these times, Montana truly is one big small town – this news hits us hard, but we’re in this together. My family and I send our love and support to the family, friends, and community of our fellow Montanan.”

Local county public health officials are still in the process of contacting family members. No additional information will be provided at this time.

Valley County Health Department Strongly Recommends Self Quarantine For Travelers To Valley County

Thursday, March 26th 2020

Valley County Health Department strongly recommends individuals who are traveling back to Valley County from another county/state with a positive COVID-19 case self-quarantine for 14 days, by following these CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

Individuals from another county/state staying overnight in a Valley County lodging facility need to shelter in place, stay in their room, and not access outside businesses (except for delivery/take-out services) to prevent the spread of illness to our residents.

We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in this important matter.

Daniels County Orders All Travelers To Quarantine For 14 DaysRescinded**

Thursday, March 26th 2020

NOTICE 3/26/2020

Daniels County Health Officer, Mary Nyhus, has rescinded the previous orders issued.
At this time, recommendations are regarding travelers who have just returned to Daniels County from an extended stay and intend to stay in Daniels County. These persons are asked NOT to enter businesses and self quarantine for 14 days. Please call the businesses for preparing orders ready for pickup, instead of entering business or consider if there is home delivery.
If there are questions, please call the Daniels County Health Department at 406 487-5560.

Rescinded*Now, therefore, it is here by ordered pursuant to Title 50, Chapter 2, Part 1 and specifically Section 50-2-118 ofthe Montana Code annotated.

AII travelers entering Daniels County who have traveled from out-of-state or from any other Montana
County that has more than 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 shall quarantine themselves for 14 days.

The traveler shall not enter any place of business or not have close contact with anyone else and should stay home.

This order shall be effective at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26,2020 through 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30,2020 pending further notification.

Compliance: Failure to comply with this order may result in criminal charges, pursuant to Section 50-2-L23, Montana Code Annotated.

Mary Nyhus, Daniels County Health Officer

Governor Bullock Issues Directive Allowing Montana Counties To Conduct Mail Ballot Elections

Thursday, March 26th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a Directive to ensure all eligible Montanans can safely vote in the 2020 June primary by allowing counties to expand voting by mail and early voting. All counties will be required to implement social distancing measures for election procedures.

“This is about protecting Montanans’ right to vote at a time we face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Bullock said. “Locally elected officials best understand the voting needs of their communities, and taking this action now ensures they will have the time to make the right decisions for their localities. I feel confident we can protect both the public’s health and the right to vote with this direction.”

“I am in full support of Governor Bullock’s Directive of providing counties the option to conduct our June 2nd primary by mail,” said Speaker Greg Hertz. “This Directive allows counties to choose what is best for their voters and election staff during this state of emergency.”

Governor Bullock consulted with county election administrators, public health experts, emergency management professionals, the Secretary of State, and political leaders from both parties to determine the safest way to proceed with school elections and the June primary while protecting the rights of Montanans to vote safely.

The Governor’s decision comes as deadlines for election administrators are rapidly approaching. Though voting will not end until June 2, statutory deadlines and other requirements involved in preparing for the election require actions by counties as early as next week.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to grow across the United States and in Montana, the CDC has encouraged states to use voting methods that limit direct contact. Additionally, other jurisdictions have identified traditional election procedures as posing an enhanced risk to public health and human safety. The same factors are present in Montana’s typical election procedures, and by acting now, Montana can make appropriate adjustments to hold a fair and accessible June primary election while minimizing community transmission of COVID-19.

Governor Bullock’s Directive contains three central components:
• (1) Providing school districts with additional time to choose to conduct mail ballot elections
• (2) Allowing counties the choice to conduct mail ballot elections and expand early voting for the June 2, 2020 primary election
• (3) Requiring counties to establish, implement, and enforce social distancing policies at polling locations, designated drop-off locations, or other public-facing portions of facilities involved in voting.

The Directive provides that even when a county decides to adopt a mail ballot for the June primary election, Montanans are still permitted to vote in person during the thirty-day voting window—even if they have received a mail ballot.

If counties opt in to mail voting for the June primary, they must promptly submit plans to do so. Mail ballots would be released on May 8 and early voting would be available in person through the close of the primary election on June 2.

Additionally, voters will not be required to pay postage to return their ballots by mail.

The Directive also requires additional measures by counties, regardless of their voting procedures, to implement social distancing guidelines to make voter registration and voting safer for all Montanans and reduce spreading COVID-19 within communities. Counties are responsible for ensuring a minimum of six feet of distancing between individuals at polling locations, designated drop-off locations, or public-facing portions of facilities involved in voting. The Directive also extends the close of regular voter registration until 10 days before the election to minimize the need for in-person registration or lines.

Fort Peck Community College Press Release

Thursday, March 26th 2020

Dear FPCC Students and Colleagues,

As we prepare to embark on this “new normal” for the remainder of spring semester, I
really appreciate all the time and effort you are putting into adapting to our new
circumstances of remote learning. Please make note of the following campus updates:

• Extend campus shutdown until Monday, April 6th, 2020 (please check student
emails, FPCC Facebook Page, and FPCC website for updates)

• Spring Semester 2020 Graduation ceremonies are cancelled, but plans to reschedule
are underway (possibly summer)

The remote learning format will continue until campus reopens. This is new territory for
all of us. Campus and shared governance leaders are working together around the clock to
get this right. Please have faith that we act with the best of intentions, even if the delivery is
sometimes less than ideal. We have a long way to go together, and we need to support one
another. We will get through this and come out stronger on the other side — if we work
together and show each other patience, understanding and a positive attitude as we tackle
the challenges our community will face in the days and weeks ahead — together.

Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,
Elijah Hopkins, Vice-President for Student Services
WEV Building
Office Phone: (406) 768 6371
Email: Ehopkins@fpcc.edu

Out of County/State Travel Recommendation

Thursday, March 26th 2020

Valley County Health Department strongly recommends individuals who are traveling back to Valley County from another county/state with a positive COVID-19 case self-quarantine for 14 days, by following these CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
Individuals from another county/state staying overnight in a Valley County lodging facility need to shelter in place, stay in their room, and not access outside businesses (except for delivery/take-out services) to prevent the spread of illness to our residents.
We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in this important matter.

Guidelines from the Valley County Health Department and Health Officer for Nail and Hair Salons, Tanning Salons, Cosmetic Tattooing, Piercing Parlors, Massage Facilities and Barber Shops

Wednesday, March 25th 2020

CLOSE CONTACT: Recommend that a mask and eye protection is worn on both beauticians/artists and patrons when working in Salons, Shops and Parlors except for the following: Recommend ceasing activities that do not allow 6 feet of separation between patron and staff member. Activities such as: lash extensions, piercings, cosmetic tattooing, and facials;

CLEANING: Recommends routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and business, such as, door handles, keyboards, workstations, countertops, doorknobs, etc.;

CLEANING COMPOUNDS: Use either or both recommendations below.
1 All contaminated surfaces: Use cleaning compounds 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of household unscented bleach per gallon of water with at least 60 seconds of contact time.
2 Sanitizers on the EPA list must only be used in accordance with label instructions.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has a March 19, 2020 list of 287 cleaning products effective at inactivating COVID19.

ALL WORKERS: All workers exhibiting illness symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath should be separated from other workers and the public, and are strongly advised to stay home until not sick; if traveling back from an area with active COVID-19 cases is strongly recommended to self-isolate for 14 days;

HANDWASHING: Wash hands after contaminating them from cough, sneezes, using the toilet, etc., also before and after appointment with patron;

TOUCHING: Avoid touching your face whenever possible, especially with contaminated hands.

Attorney General Fox Urges Online Marketplaces To Prevent Pandemic Price Gouging

Wednesday, March 25th 2020

HELENA – Today, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and other attorneys general urged Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.

“We want the business community and American consumers to know that we endeavor to balance the twin imperatives of commerce and consumer protection in the marketplace,” the attorneys general wrote. “And, while we appreciate reports of the efforts made by platforms and online retailers to crack down on price gouging as the American community faces an unprecedented public health crisis, we are calling on you to do more at a time that requires national unity.”

“When consumers can’t get reasonably priced products to protect their families and prevent the spread of coronavirus, our communities are at risk for serious health consequences as a result,” Fox said. “Online marketplaces aren’t exempt from price gouging laws, and companies like Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Craigslist, and Walmart need to step up and do more to prevent sellers from unconscionable mark-ups that violate consumer protection laws,” Fox added.

The letter lists several examples of price-gouging on these marketplace platforms, all of which took place just this month:
• On Craigslist, a two-liter bottle of hand sanitizer was listed for $250
• On Facebook Marketplace, an eight-ounce bottle was priced at $40
• On eBay, packs of face masks were listed at $40 and $50

The attorneys general recommend several changes to protect consumers from price gouging:
• Prevent exorbitant price increases from occurring in the first place by setting and enforcing price increase limits based on a 90-day average of the item’s price before an emergency begins.
• Trigger price gouging protections prior to an emergency declaration, such as when your systems detect conditions like pending weather events or future possible health risks.
• Implement a complaint portal for consumers to report potential price gouging.

Montana law protects consumers from unfair or deceptive trade practices and price fixing. Earlier this month, Fox warned Montanans of potential coronavirus scams and price gouging. Anyone with coronavirus-related consumer complaints should call the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection at (800) 481-6896 or (406) 444-4500, email contactocp@mt.gov, or file a complaint online.

Governor Bullock Announces Extension of Closures, Mandates Social Distancing

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a directive to extend closures of public schools and dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses through April 10 and mandate social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Montana.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/governor-bullock-324

“Montanans have an obligation to slow the spread of this virus. Our fellow Montanans can all continue to set a good example for each other in adhering to social distancing directives – and know that it will save lives,” Governor Bullock said. “For every person who stays at home and avoids non-essential gatherings, the better our chances to fight this virus and protect our frontline health care workers and emergency responders.”

Governor Bullock announced that effective immediately, non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence of greater than ten people are prohibited, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. This measure is consistent with actions taken in other states to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Retail businesses are also required to establish, implement, and enforce social distancing policies to ensure a minimum of six feet between customers, effective March 28, 2020. This requirement does not apply to grocery, health care, medical, or pharmacy services, although they are also encouraged to comply with social distancing protocols if possible.

School districts should follow the planning guidance provided in the March 19, 2020 Directive to seek waivers of pupil instruction time and obtain continued state funding during this period.

The Directive, like its predecessor orders, is a public health order enforceable by county attorneys. It preempts all county health ordinances if they are less restrictive.

Montana is also preparing for a potential surge of patients needing hospital care. On Monday, Governor Bullock announced a Directive that temporarily waives the bidding process to quickly procure or distribute emergency supplies or contract for additional space to care for patients. Additionally, the directive streamlines the process for releasing patients and discharging them back to their home communities without delay as they recover, which will free up beds and equipment for new patients.

Message From Valley County Health Department

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

A message from the Valley County Health Department.

Parents and students: We all need to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means that everyone avoids everyone else as much as possible. The only people who you are physically close to at any time and for any reason are the people who live in the same house. Do not get together with friends for any reason – everyone needs to stay home unless going out is essential. Essential means to get groceries, care for an elderly person by delivering groceries or a meal, or going to work at a job that is essential to the community.

Parents – your teens need to stay home with you and connect through their social media or online games. You need to say “no” when they want to get together with friends or any social group. All gatherings are discouraged! Our state will also have a “shelter in place” order if the virus increases in numbers as it has in Washington and in New York. We need everyone to do their part and stay home.

Thank you!

Montana Supreme Court Asking Judges In Municipal And County Justice Courts To Release Jail Inmates If Possible To Slow Spread Of COVID-9

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

Story in part from Billings Gazette*

The Montana Supreme Court has asked judges in municipal and county justice courts to release jail inmates if possible and conduct hearings virtually as the judiciary ratchets up its part in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Friday’s memo, issued by Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath, asks city and county court judges to review jail rosters and “release, without bond, as many prisoners as you are able, especially those being held for non-violent offenses.”

McGrath last week meted out guidance to the lower courts and state district courts, first declaring the courts will stay open as a matter of maintaining societal structure rather than allowing communities to slip into “disorder and chaos.” His memos have urged attorneys and judges to push trials back and make accommodations for potential jurors, especially those in high-risk populations.

Valley County Food Bank Distributes Almost 6500 Pounds Of Food This Weekend

Monday, March 23rd 2020

Volunteers with the Valley County Food Bank distributed almost 6500 pounds of food to families across Valley County this weekend. Pat Hallett of the Valley County Food Bank has the story.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/pat-hallett

Billings Clinic Uses 3D Printer Technology To Create Durable, Reusable Plastic Masks For Medical Professionals. Glasgow School System Contributing With Their 3D Printers.

Monday, March 23rd 2020

One of the challenges health care providers are experiencing across the nation is a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks. These devices are essential to keeping our staff, our patients and our communities safe.

To bolster the limited supply of PPE masks, Billings Clinic Neurosurgeon, Dusty Richardson, MD, in collaboration with Billings-area dentist Spencer Zaugg, DDS and his son Colton, have tapped into their ingenuity to create durable, reusable plastic masks using 3D printer technology.

The 3D-printed mask has a snap-in section for filtration material that can be changed out as needed. The Flowmark/Hitech Filters company headquartered in Billings is partnering with us to provide 20,000 pieces of filter materials in support of this project. These masks will supplement existing mask supplies.

Our next effort is to activate every 3D printer in our community to produce these masks. Billings Public Schools, Rocky Mountain College, and Montana State University-Billings have all offered to help. We are asking others in our community with access to 3D printers and related supplies to assist in this effort.

The Glasgow School System is now using their 3D printers to help produce these masks. First Community Bank in Glasgow has provided monetary help to make this happen.

Financial support is needed to fund this effort. The Billings Clinic Foundation invites you to support the production of these masks and other needs by contributing to our Innovation Fund. Donations can be made online at https://www.billingsclinic.com/…/ways-o…/make-a-gift-online/ or by contacting Amberly Pahut at apahut@billingsclinic.org or (406) 657-4679.

To assist the health care community locally and nation-wide with similar efforts, information on the mask design, including specifications for this particular mask design is posted online at www.billingsclinic.com and on www.longliveyoursmile.com. For additional information on how to help Billings Clinic with supplies and printing, please email maskprinting@billingsclinic.org or call (406) 435-MASK (435-6275).

Update From Glasgow School District

Monday, March 23rd 2020

Update from Superintendent Sundby:
March 23, 2020

Staff, parents and Glasgow Community members:

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate these ever evolving situations in education. The Glasgow School District will open their doors again this week to allow students the opportunity to pick up the materials needed as we transition to off - site learning.
Teachers, principals and staff are working diligently to develop a plan as we move forward. This week is allowing teachers to plan and prepare for the next stage of our new learning platform that will start if the Governor continues to close schools, beginning March 30, 2020. Teachers have been asked to reach out to their students, whether that is through packets being sent home, internet, email or calls. Please understand that we are working diligently to have an understanding of what this looks like on our end as well as for you, the students and parents. The packets and email correspondences last week and this week are simply to help minimize the loss of instruction students may be facing at this time. There are not any grades attached to these, but perhaps some extra credit; they are simply designed to keep learning alive and well in the home with your children.

The schools will be open at the following date and time to allow for student to collect the necessary items to continue education off site, some examples would be band instruments, textbooks, chromebooks, etc.:

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Glasgow Middle School - 8:00 am -10:00 am
Irle Elementary School - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday, March 27, 2020
Glasgow High School - 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Please understand that we will follow the rules set forth by the CDC and Dr. Anne Millard when entering the school. We will have no more than 10 people in the building and stay 10 feet apart when getting the needed materials. Our custodial staff has been working diligently to get the school clean this last week, please respect that effort and make your time in the building and at the locker minimal.

Respectfully submitted,

Wade O. Sundby
Superintendent

Glasgow-City County Library Closing Inside To The Public But Offering Curbside Pickup

Monday, March 23rd 2020

To limit exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Glasow City-County Library is closing the inside to the public.

Do you need books to read or movies to watch while you're stuck at home? The Library can help. We are offering a curbside pick-up program starting Monday, March 23rd. Curbside pick-up will be available between 9 a.m. - 5 pm., Monday - Friday. All you have to do is make arrangements with us. You can do this several ways: emailing us (preferred) through our website, or calling the library at 228-2731, or placing an online hold.

The library will call you when your materials are ready for pick up. For returns, use the drop box. Please contact us for additional information and other arrangements.

Thank you for understanding. This is a brand new process and we are taking things day by day. With so much uncertainty, it’s possible there will be more changes. Our goal is to find ways that we can provide library resources for people while limiting exposure. We miss you and wish you all well.

New Site Available To See Number Of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Montana

Sunday, March 22nd 2020

Montana has a new web site where everyone can see the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state and where they are located.

The state website is updated at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily

https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f3412536439491adcc2103421d4b

All Montana Businesses Eligible For Federal Disaster Loans

Sunday, March 22nd 2020

Businesses and nonprofits in all of Montana and Wyoming are eligible for up to $2 million in disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to press releases from U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines of Montana and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.

The loans are designed to help businesses stay afloat if they have suffered economic injury as a result of mandated closures related to COVID-19.

Initially, only some counties in both states were eligible because they had declared a state of emergency. This latest order added all remaining counties in both states.

Businesses and nonprofits are eligible for up to $2 million in loans with a maximum time to repay of 30 years. The interest rate for business loans is 3.75 percent. For nonprofits, the interest rate is 2.75 percent, according to a document from the Small Business Administration.

The disaster loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Specific terms of each loan are determined on a case-by-case basis.


The application process can take between two and three weeks and is best done online at sba.gov. Applications can also be submitted in person at the Montana District Office in Helena, or at the Wyoming District Office in Casper.

The Small Business Administration also has a customer service center to answer questions over the phone at 1-800-659-2955.

In order to apply, a business owner must fill out IRS Form 4506-T, which gives the IRS and Small Business administration permission to view tax return information.

Next, the business owner must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to obtain a registration number. This can be done by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362, or by visiting disasterassistance.gov.

Here's a list of documents required to apply for a disaster loan according to the Small Business Administration web site:

Contact information for all applicants
Social security numbers for all applicants
FEMA registration number
Deed or lease information
Insurance information
Financial information (e.g. income, account balances and monthly expenses)
Employer Identification Number (EIN) for business applicants

During the loan application process, business owners will work with Small Business Administration representatives to verify credit, and estimate the total loss COVID-19 caused the business.

Governor Bullock Announces Measures To Close Dine-In Food Service And Alcoholic Beverage Businesses

Friday, March 20th 2020

MONTANA – To curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock today announced measures to close dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses and other activities that pose enhanced health risks, effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. This Directive expires at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020, the same day that school closures are set to expire, though the date will likely be extended.

“Both young and older Montanans, in urban and rural communities, have tested positive for coronavirus, making it even more clear that this virus impacts us all and that these actions are imperative to protecting our friends and neighbors,” said Governor Bullock. “We face extraordinary health risks – and with it even further risks to our economic and social well-being – if we do not act now. I do not take this decision lightly and it was done so in consultation with public health professionals. Montanans, too, need to take this seriously. It’s up to all of us to stop the spread of this virus.”

Under the Directive, the following places are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:
• Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar establishments offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption.
• Alcoholic beverage service businesses, including bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other establishments offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
• Cigar bars.
• Health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, pools and hot springs, indoor facilities at ski areas, climbing gyms, fitness studios, and indoor recreational facilities.
• Movie and performance theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, bowling alleys, bingo halls, and music halls.
• Casinos.

The places subject to this Directive are permitted and encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.

REVISIONValley County Health Officer Closes Bars, Brew Pubs, Casinos And Restaurants Closed With The Exception Of Drive-Thru, Delivery And Pick-Up Services.

Friday, March 20th 2020

The Valley County Health Officer has ordered that all bars, brew pubs, casinos, and restaurants, except for drive-thru, delivery and pick-up services, shall be closed to the public. Further, all gymnasiums, athletic clubs, fitness studios, and yoga studios are to be closed as well. Brick and mortar businesses, shall limit attendance to 10 people, exclusive of staff.

The order was signed by Dr. Anne Millard on Thursday morning. The order was revised on Thursday afternoon clarifying that gyms, athletic clubs, fitness studios and yoga studios were to be closed as well.

The order is effective at 7pm Thursday and will run through April 1st at 7pm.

Here is a copy of the order along with a best practices supplement:

Health Officer Order

WHEREAS, the County of Valley's Board of Health has the duty to protect the public from the introduction and spread of communicable disease or other conditions of public health importance, including through actions to ensure the removal of filth or other contaminants that might cause disease or adversely affect public health;

WHEREAS, Valley County's Health Officer has determined that the potential spread of COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency and actions must be taken to avert and minimize the outbreak of this communicable disease;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 50-2-118 of the Montana Code Annotated, a local health officer in carrying out the purpose of the public health system shall take steps to limit contact between people in order to protect the public health from imminent threats, including but not limited to ordering the closure of buildings or facilities where people congregate and cancelling events; and,

WHEREAS, the local health officer should institute his authority to close buildings and facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the County of Valley, Montana.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY OREDERED, pursuant to Title 50, Chapter 2, Part 1, and specifically Section 50-2-118 of the Montana Code Annotated:

All bars, brew pubs, casinos, and restaurants, except for drive-through, delivery and pick-up services, shall be closed to the public. Further, all gymnasiums, athletic clubs, fitness studios, and yoga studios are to be closed as well. Brick and mortar businesses, shall limit attendance to 10 people, exclusive of staff.

This order shall be effective at 7:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 through 7:00p.m. April 1, 2020, pending further notification.

COMPLIANCE: Failure to comply with this order may result in criminal charges, pursuant to Section 50-2-123, MCA.

Health Order Best Practices Supplement

For your information and guidance, this supplement is offered as a means to educate local business owners and goods providers in ensuring they are taking appropriate steps to comply with the Health Order:

1. For bars and restaurants, the closure of indoor dining to patrons, with the exclusion of take away orders and brief entry to that end, the closure is explicit. This is inclusive of any local leagues (i.e. bowling league, dart league, pool league, poker games, etc.). Compliance will be strictly enforced.
2. For purposes of hardware stores and grocery stores, keep customer levels below twenty
(20) people at any given time.
3. For all other business, efforts should be made to limit customer levels on premises to ten
(10) people at any given time.
4. Other large areas of congregation, such as the Valley Event Center, a hard closure will be enforced, and all currently scheduled practices and events shall be cancelled.

For purposes of enforcement, the County recognizes the logistical difficulties attendant to this sort of order. We will be relying on the good-faith cooperation of community partners to be compliant with this order. However, if non-compliance becomes habitual, penalties may be assessed as needed to enforce the order. The County is working with the Chamber of Commerce as a point of contact to answer logistical questions, and we encourage business owners to work with them to get those questions answered to ensure expectations are clearly defined.


City Of Glasgow Passes Resolution Declaring State Of Local Disaster Emergency

Friday, March 20th 2020

The City of Glasgow passed a Disaster Declaration on Thursday which will now allow the city to be in line with the State of Montana and Valley County due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The city also took other steps due to COVID-19:

The city is waiving all late fees and will not turn off water service for delinquent water and sewer accounts through April 30th

Effective immediately all employee travel for business purposes is cancelled through April 19th.

The City of Glasgow Highland Cemetery will remain open and continue to provide burial services.

No water meter change-outs or fixture counts that require staff to enter homes will be completed through April 19th.

The City Council has approved up to one week of paid emergency leave for all employees to secure child care, take care of an immediate family member what has an immunodeficiency disorder, or is in recovery from COVID-19 themselves.

City Hall offices will be closed to the public from March 19th through March 31st. The city will continue to offer full range of services at City Hall by phone and email from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Doors to the City Hall offices will be locked.


RESOLUTION NO. 3029
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GLASGOW, MONTANA
DECLARING A STATE OF LOCAL DISASTER EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease ("COVID-19") has occurred across the United State of America;
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared an ongoing emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 12, 2020 Montana Governor Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency in Montana as a result of COVID-19, and on March 17, 2020 the Valley County Commissioners declared a state of emergency ,due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared that the impact from COVID- 19 may be controllable with precautionary measures to stop the spread of the disease; and
WHEREAS, there is a vulnerable population in the City of Glasgow, limited access to resources due to the City's remote location, and the City faces an imminent threat to life and public health resulting from COVID-19;
WHEREAS, the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Glasgow, Montana is of prime importance;
WHEREAS, the City of Glasgow has and will commit all available resources to mitigating the impact of COVID-19, and will take all possible action to combat and to alleviate the crisis, and the expenditures for responding to an outbreak are beyond the financial capability of the City of Glasgow;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLASGOW, MONTANA, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. A state of local disaster emergency is hereby declared pursuant to Mont. Code Ann. Section 10-3-402.

Section 2. This declaration of a state of local disaster emergency shall activate the response and recovery aspects of any and all local disaster emergency plans.

Section 3. The Glasgow Mayor has the authority pursuant to Section 10-3-406, MCA, to prevent ingress or egress to all or part of the City; to direct law enforcement to enforce quarantines and curfews in all or parts of the City concurrent with or at the direction of the City-County Board of Health officer.

Section 4. The authority of the Glasgow Mayor to administer all affairs and departments of the city, including the implementation of orders for employees to work from home, is reaffirmed.

Section 5. Regular meetings of the Glasgow City Council will be held but only essential legally required actions will be considered until such meetings can be held via electronic means with audio and visual communications. Administrative meetings of the City Council are cancelled.

Section 6. Meetings of boards that are legally required to take action prior to final city action shall continue to meet for those legally required actions only. Meetings may be held via electronic means with audio and visual communications. Meetings of advisory boards that perform valuable advisory functions but are not legally required to act before final city action are cancelled until further notice.

Section 7. Copies of this resolution will be filed with the Valley County Clerk and Recorder, Valley County Assessor, and the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Division in Helena.

Section 8. The public shall be notified as soon as reasonably feasible through general dissemination to the news media, posting on the city website, or using other means of communication appropriate for informing the general public.

Glasgow School District Serves 253 Meals On Thursday

Friday, March 20th 2020

The Glasgow School District distributed 253 grab and go meals on Thursday! The meals are distributed at Hoyt Park in Glasgow from 11am to 12pm every Monday through Friday. ALL students in the school district are eligible to receive these meals.

State Of Montana Adopts New Rules Allowing Businesses To Sell And Deliver Alcohol During Shut Down

Friday, March 20th 2020

Thanks to Sarah Swanson for the story!

MT Dept of Revenue has adopted new emergency rules allowing businesses to sell and deliver alcohol for off-premises consumption during the state shut down:

“ALL on-premise licensees (bars, restaurants and casinos) and off-premise licensees (grocery stores and convenience stores) can now deliver alcohol (in its original packaging, including growlers) to the curb or parking lot or drive up window or for home delivery. Home delivery of alcohol must be done by an employee—not Uber or Grubhub. All beverage licensees can also deliver individual servings, including mixed drinks. The delivery and curb side options also apply to grocers.”

Four More Positive Cases Including One In Roosevelt County

Thursday, March 19th 2020

Governor Bullock Confirms Four Positive Cases of Coronavirus in Montana

MONTANA - Governor Steve Bullock Thursday confirmed four positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Montana.


The Yellowstone County patient is a female in their 20s.
The Yellowstone County patient is a male in their 20s.
The Yellowstone County patient is a male in their 20s.
The Roosevelt County patient is a female in their 70s, acquired through international travel.

The tests, conducted by the DPHHS Public Health Laboratory, were confirmed Thursday evening.

Thursday's additional cases brings Montana's total number of cases to 15.

DPHHS and the local county health departments are immediately following up to learn more details about the two individual's exposure risk, travel history, and to identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patients.

All patients will be isolated or quarantined pursuant to public health guidelines. Those who came into close contact with the individuals will be monitored for 14 days for fever and respiratory symptoms per CDC guidance.

The number of tests performed are updated daily here: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt

Small Business Administration Loans Available

Thursday, March 19th 2020

Small Business Administration Loans are currently available, to help businesses deal with the effects of lower volumes of business from the COVID-19.

The phone number is 1-800-659-2955

E-mail address is disastercustomerservice@sba.com

Governor Bullock Issues Travel Advisory to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Thursday, March 19th 2020



Montanans traveling internationally should self-quarantine for 14 days

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a travel advisory for Montanans who have traveled internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Montana.

“As Montanans return from spring break, Montanans who have been traveling internationally should take the proactive step to self-quarantine for 14 days to avoid spreading the virus in their community,” Governor Bullock said. “Prevention is our best tool for combatting COVID-19. The ability to slow new infections is in our hands and our friends and neighbors are counting on us to do the right thing.”

Governor Bullock is advising that Montana citizens who have traveled internationally self-quarantine for 14 days and contact their local health department.

Today the State Department advised that U.S. citizens abroad should return home unless staying for an indefinite period and that international travel should be avoided. The CDC has recommended U.S. travelers to defer all cruise travel and anyone who has traveled on a cruise ship should self-quarantine for 14 days after returning from traveling.

Experts are working quickly to fully understand how COVID-19 is transmitted and while the disease is suspected to be most contagious when people are the most symptomatic, recommendations from the CDC suggest people could be infectious without or before experiencing symptoms. People can also experience mild symptoms and not realize they are infectious. By staying home after traveling, Montanans can play a key role in preventing spread in the community.

If Montanans experience symptoms such as a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, they should call their health provider and share their travel history.

For more information about COVID-19, Montanans can call the state’s toll-free hotline at 1-888-333-0461 or visit covid19.mt.gov.

Dr. Anne Millard Addresses COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18th 2020

Dr. Anne Millard talked with Stan Ozark and Haylie Shipp on Wednesday morning about COVID-19.

Here is the audio of that conversation: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/anne-millard

Valley County Health Officer Issues Guidelines For Closure Of Certain Business Types

Wednesday, March 18th 2020

PIO Statement at 2 PM 3/18/20

From Health Officer and Health Department

The White House and CDC have issued new 15 day guidelines including prevention methods and guidelines for closure of certain business types.

The provision relevant to all licensed establishments reads as follows:

In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.
Valley County Health Officer Anne Millard has the following recommendations to go along with the new CDC guideline.

1. In order to remain open during this time, all businesses need to prohibit activities on their locations, inside and outside, that allow or promote “congregating” or gathering of people.
2. Businesses who provide dining services should do take-out service only.
3. All businesses should limit the number of people utilizing the business to 10 customers at one time, dependent on the size of the building.
a. The only exceptions for building size are the two grocery stores and the hardware store as these businesses each have a larger building.
b. An employee should be utilized at each business that remains open to the public to remind people to use hand sanitizer upon entry to the building and to keep 6 feet between customers as all times.
4. The Valley Event Center needs to close and not be utilized.
5. All businesses need to promote social distancing – for example, do not provide coffee to the public at this time as this encourages congregating or gathering together.

More recommendations will be sent to all businesses today concerning the manner in which they should operate through the Chamber of Commerce and Two Rivers Growth.

We ask the public’s cooperation with these measures to keep our distances and prevent the spread of disease.

Social distancing and washing hands are the keys to slowing down the spread of disease.

Governor Bullock Announces Emergency Rules To Make Unemployment Benefits Accessible To Workers Laid Off Due To COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced emergency rules to make unemployment benefits accessible to workers laid off due to COVID-19 and waive the typical one week waiting period before receiving benefits.

“The rules we’ve implemented today will ensure that workers impacted by COVID-19, whether it’s because they’ve been laid off, are quarantined, or need to take care of a family member, can do so without worrying about how they will make ends meet during these difficult times,” Governor Bullock said. “We will continue to do everything we can to support workers and businesses as we begin to fully understand the impacts of COVID-19 in Montana.”

The United States Department of Labor approved a request from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry to support workers financially impacted by COVID-19. The rules filed today with the Secretary of State’s office will go into effect immediately.

The rules allow a claimant directed by their employer to leave work or not report to work due to COVID-19 to qualify as being temporarily laid off by the employer and eligible for benefits. Workers who must quarantine or who need to take care of a family member due to COVID-19 are also considered temporarily laid off and eligible for benefits.

Additionally, the emergency rules allow DLI to waive the one week waiting period before typically receiving benefits to ensure Montanans don’t experience a long gap without a paycheck.

Montana employers will also receive help through these rules. Individual claims will not be chargeable to a specific employer’s account. The rules also include a provision that could extend the time employers have to file wage reports and pay unemployment insurance contributions if the delay is related to COVID-19.

Claimants are responsible for staying in contact with their employer and return to work when they have the opportunity. Claimants are not eligible for benefits if they could work from home but choose not to.

People who think they are eligible for these benefits can apply for benefits online at: montanaworks.gov or contact the Unemployment Insurance Division over the phone at for UI benefits online or over the phone at: (406) 444-2545.

US, Canada To Close Border To Nonessential Travel

Wednesday, March 18th 2020

TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday as the two nations work to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Both countries are eager to choke off the spread of the virus but also maintain their vital economic relationship. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75% of its exports.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter, saying the decision would not affect the flow of trade between the countries.


"We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic," Trump tweeted.

Truck drivers and Canadian snowbirds, who live in the U.S. for part of the year and are returning to Canada, are among those expected to get an exemption. Completely closing the border would cause severe economic damage to both the U.S. and Canada as the two economies are integrated. Much of Canada's food supply comes from or via the U.S., and and 98% of its oil exports go to the U.S.

About 18% of American exports go to Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he would close the country's borders to anyone not a citizen, an American or a permanent resident, and even then they must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Trudeau said the exemption for Americans, despite the rapid rise of cases in the U.S., was due to "the level of integration of our two economies."

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

The United States has seen about 6,500 coronavirus cases and more than 110 deaths while Canada has seen about 600 cases and eight deaths.

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the border is vital to the daily life to people on both sides.

"Nearly 200,000 people cross that border every day, and that border and that traffic that goes across that border is literally a lifeline for both the Canadians and the Americans on both sides of that border,'' Freeland said.

"We get our groceries thanks to truckers who drive back and forth across that border," she said. "Very urgently needed medical supplies and medicines go back and forth across that border. And essential workers go back and forth across that border every day. So it is a unique relationship for Canada, and it's important for us in handling our situation on the border to be sure that we act to get things right.''

But many people in Canada criticized the decision to give Americans an exemption. British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said he vehemently disagreed with the American exemption given the surge in cases in neighboring Washington state.

Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said both countries recognize how many people cross the border daily.

"Border traffic has already slowed and in line with recommendations to stay home and eliminate nonessential movement," Heyman said. "New rules jointly accepted for our shared border makes sense."

Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, noted the government-to-government accord merely ratifies what is already in place.

"Tourism in the age of the coronavirus is a contradiction in terms," Bothwell said. "And no Canadian in his or her right mind would want to be caught with the virus on the U.S. side of the border, given the predatory U.S. medical pricing system. Actually, the insurance companies have already taken care of the problem. Many of us have received notices that they will not pay for virus treatment south of the border."

Governor Bullock Confirms Two Additional Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today confirmed two positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Montana.

• The Missoula County patient is a male in their 20s
• The Yellowstone County patient is a female in their 20s

The tests, conducted by the DPHHS Public Health Laboratory, were confirmed Monday evening. State and local public health laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to CDC for confirmation. From now on, respiratory samples positive for SARS-CoV2 in a state and public-health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

DPHHS and the local county health departments are immediately following up to learn more details about the two individual’s exposure risk, travel history, and to identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patients.

This is the extent of the information on the two patients at this time.

All patients will be isolated or quarantined pursuant to public health guidelines. Those who came into close contact with the individuals will be monitored for 14 days for fever and respiratory symptoms per CDC guidance.

The number of tests performed are updated daily here: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt

Valley County Public Information Officer Discusses COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Todd Young is the Public Information Officer for Valley County and he joined Stan Ozark in a conversation regarding COVID-19. Stan and Todd discussed emergency declarations, guidelines for public gatherings, daycare needs in Valley County, Valley County Food Bank and whether or not there will be forced closures of some businesses in Valley County. Listen to the conversation here:

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/todd-update

Governor Bullock Announces Uninsured Montanans to Receive Coverage for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that uninsured Montanans, who receive a recommendation from a provider, will be eligible to receive coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

“This is a significant step in containing the spread of coronavirus in our state. We know that the lack of health insurance often results in the delay of seeing a doctor or being turned away, which could further fuel this pandemic and put other Montanans at risk,” said Governor Bullock. “It’s going to take all of us working together to slow the spread, and that includes looking out for those who don’t have health insurance, particularly those most vulnerable.”

Under the governor’s emergency authority, state funds, with potential for federal funds, will be used to pay for COVID-19 testing for Montanans without health insurance. If confirmed positive for COVID-19, funds will be used to cover treatment costs. Montanans will be required to provide a recommendation from a provider according to current CDC guidance and the state will reimburse them for that provider visit.

Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP recipients are currently eligible for coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

The option will be available to uninsured Montanans starting Monday, March 23. To access the new emergency assistance, Montanans should call 406-444-7605 or email HHSPresumptive@mt.gov.

Reducing the number of uninsured Montanans has been a top priority of the Bullock administration. This includes expanding Medicaid, which currently covers 84,000 Montanans. An estimated 8.6% of Montanans are uninsured.

Statement From Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Download Restrictions Info
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is taking all possible measures to protect our staff and patients. At this time, FMDH is asking for cooperation from the community to help us achieve that purpose. Please do not come to the hospital if you do not need medical care. Access to the FMDH facility is currently limited to those with appointments for essential services, with the exception of the Emergency Department.

There will be no walk-in care available in the Glasgow Clinic, Laboratory, or Radiology. Patient care departments will be contacting patients to reschedule non-emergent appointments. 5th Avenue Pharmacy will have prescriptions available via the drive through window only.

For the past several weeks, FMDH has been forming strategies to continue to care for our patients. Part of these strategies is to limit services that are not urgent or emergent. Restricting visitors and limiting staff to direct patient care areas are also the results of those strategies. For example, you will not be able to walk in and pay your bill or browse in the Gift Shop because no staff will be present in those areas. FMDH must be able to preserve our resources. This means people, as well as supplies, in case this illness continues for an extended period. FMDH leadership is working closely with the Valley County Health Department and the Valley County Health Officer to coordinate plans and be consistent in the guidelines and recommendations we are following.

In an effort to further protect our staff and patients, the Environmental Services crews are increasing the number of times they are disinfecting our high touch areas (these include, but are not limited to, door handles and handrails in public areas). The cleaners that the hospital uses are EPA-certified to work against Coronavirus as well as all the other germs that are currently circulating. Signs in all common areas and entrances instruct people to wash their hands and wear a mask if they are experiencing respiratory symptoms (coughing).

As declared by the Centers for Disease Control, hand washing with soap and water is one of the best ways to fight the spread of this virus. Check the label of household cleaners to make sure “coronavirus” is listed as one of the germs it is effective against.

FMDH fully realizes this is a very difficult time for everyone. The number one thing we can do for each other is to comply with the recommendations of state and federal experts. Stay home as much as possible while this illness is occurring, especially if you are ill. And don’t forget to wash your hands

Notice For Parents Of Students In Glasgow School District

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Parents,

Glasgow School District will open the doors for public pickup of items needed while we are closed. Wednesday, March 18, 2020

-GHS -
9th grade -8:00 am-9:00 am
10th grade -9:00 am - 10:00 am
11th grade -10:00 am - 11:00 am
12th grade -11:00 am - 12:00 pm

-GMS-
6th grade - 8:00 am - 9:00 am
7th grade - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
8th grade - 10:00 am -11:00 am

-Irle-
K-1 pod -8:00 am - 9:00 am
2-3 pod -9:00 am - 10:00 am
4-5 pod -10:00 am - 11:00 am

Gym shoes, items left behind, coats, boots, food, books, textbooks, extra anything needed for the extended time at home.

Please think ahead of the items that you may need to make the stop in the school quick.

Thank you for your understanding while we navigate this situation.

Region 6 Offices Open With Some Conditions

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Region 6 FWP offices are open…with some conditions

Rest assured, Region 6 Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices are open! However, due to the “social distancing” measures that are being taken, please expect to abide by the following:

If you can, please use the internet to buy your licenses and apply for permits…this way there is no social interaction necessary.

If you feel ill or have any symptoms, please respect our staff and others by not entering an FWP building. We would be happy to answer any questions over the phone:
406-228-3700 (Glasgow) or 406-265-6177 (Havre)

If you do come to the Glasgow FWP office, please “keep your distance” and allow just one person at a time at appropriate counter space. There are places to wait in line and/or sit, or you can wait outside and enjoy the sunshine!

For the Havre FWP office, we ask that you please only have one person/small family in the office at a time, as space is very limited. Other folks can please make a line outside.

We ask that you please do not use cash to pay for your license/permits, due to the potential transfer of disease. Credit/debit cards or checks are fine.

The April 1 deadline for deer and elk, the May 1 deadline for moose, sheep, goat and bison, and the June 1 deadline for Elk B, Deer B, and antelope will remain in effect. Those deadlines are in statute and cannot change. Remember, you can buy all of your licenses and/or apply for these at one time.

The Glasgow office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and the Havre office is open 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

FWP appreciates your patience as we work together through this.

City Of Glasgow Announces Safety Measures Put In Place Due To COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

City of Glasgow Safety Measures for COVID-19

The City of Glasgow has implemented the following measures to ensure the health and safety of their staff beginning March 17, 2020 through at least March 27, 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Glasgow Recreation Department will be closed

Public Works Office will take phone calls to answer questions and to schedule appointments. All business requests will be answered and permits issued.

The Glasgow Police Department will answer all calls.

Glasgow City Court will continue with court business but mostly by phone

City Office will accept water payments in drop box in front of Civic Center and will mail a receipt for any cash transactions. They will continue to provide assistance and information to the public through phone calls

City Street Department will continue their duties as usual with limited exposure to the public

City Water Department will continue their services as usual to provide clean drinking water and waste water services

The City will continue to provide service for funerals

All City Board meeting except for Council meetings will be cancelled for the next month

There will be hand washing stations placed throughout city buildings

Library services will remain the same

Release From Opheim Schools

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Greetings Opheim Teachers, Students, Staff, Parents, and Community!

I am proud that our school has been working diligently to provide alternate education, meals for those that need them, and support for our students during this difficult time of school closure. The Opheim Board of Trustees, myself, and our teachers have been working on a plan for the next two weeks of closure, and if the closures go beyond March 27th we will plan for that as well. The following is an outline of the plan we have in place.

School Work:
Beginning tomorrow 3/18/20 all student work that is at the school will be available for pickup at the school from 10:00-12:00. The front door will be open and you can pick up your child’s books in the ITV room. There will be a sticky note with your child’s name on their pile. If there is something missing or something you need please come into the office and I will go locate the item for you. If you will not be able to pick up your child’s work or if other arrangements have not been made please call the school to arrange a different plan so that we can get everyone everything they need. We will provide a delivery option if you are unable to come to the school.

Some of our teachers have arranged for distance, online learning for their classes so make sure that your children are checking their emails and know what is happening in their classes. We will be posting links to many online learning sites on our website. Please continue to support your child’s learning during this time however you can. Teachers will be available each day through phone, emails, online platforms, etc. during the regular school hours. Please encourage students to reach out to them for any help needed. We are using this week as a test period to see what works and what doesn’t so please feel free to let me know what is working on your end and what isn’t.

Meals:
We will be providing “grab and go” breakfast and lunch. These meals will be delivered to some of our students. If you would like meals delivered to your home and have not been contacted by the school please contact the school to let us know. Charges for the meals will be the same as if they were being served at school.

Cleaning:
During the school closure, our custodial staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the entire school.

Public Access:
There will be no public access to our gym, weight and cardio room, or library during the closure. Please try to limit any visitation to the school unless directed to do so for school work pickup.

General Information:
These are uncharted waters for all of us but we will work very hard to meet the needs of everyone.
It is important that families check their emails, school website, and phone messages often as there may be many changes and updated information.
Panic will serve no purpose and this two week period should help in providing time to not only take care of ourselves and each other, but to prepare as a school team for the time when our students will return with many questions and fears. I will be available to answer any questions that I can during this time. Please call the school 762-3213, or my cell phone 366-4088. Feel free to email me at jmcallister@ohsvikings.org also. We are here to help so please reach out with any needs and we will do our best to meet those needs.

It is awesome to live in a community with so much support. We will work together to make this experience one to be proud of.

Opheim School Superintendent
Jennifer McAllister

State Motor Vehicle Division Announces Changes in Response to COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

HELENA – Attorney General Tim Fox and Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Administrator Sarah Garcia announced changes and issued an important reminder for Montana’s drivers and vehicle owners today.

Fox working with governor’s office to extend driver license expiration dates
For all driver licenses due to expire in March, April, or May of 2020, Fox and his staff are working with the governor’s office on the possibility of an executive order extending the renewal deadline by 90 days. The goal is to limit the need for visits to MVD stations during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Note that an extension of Montana’s deadline may not necessarily prevent a person from being cited by a law enforcement agency in another state.)

Reminder: vehicle registrations can be renewed online
It is not necessary to renew vehicle registrations in-person at a county treasurer’s office. Vehicle registrations can be renewed by mail and at www.dojmt.gov/driving. A vehicle registration’s grace period expires at the end of the month as shown on your license plate tab. If a customer renews online, they may do so up to one month after the date shown on their tab.

Driving tests suspended for the next 30 days
In order to implement social distancing, effective 3/18/2020, all Class D (non-commercial) driving tests will be suspended for 30 days. Because driving tests require people to share a confined space for an extended period, they increase the risk of COVID-19 spread. MVD will reassess the suspension in mid-April and determine if testing can resume on a full or limited basis.

Customers in our driver license station waiting areas will be limited
Waiting areas, especially in many of the more rural MVD stations, can also increase the risk of COVID-19 spread. Effective 3/18/2020, MVD is limiting the number of people in each waiting area in order to help address social distancing concerns. Customers who enter a full waiting area can give their phone number to the staff and ask to be called when it is their turn for service.

Helena driver license office moving temporarily
Because MVD’s driver license station in Helena is located at AAA and AAA is closing to the public temporarily due to COVID-19, MVD is moving its driver license office to the Scott Hart Building at 302 N Roberts St.

“These changes and reminders are aimed at limiting public congregation and interaction while still allowing for the provision of important services,” Attorney General Fox said. “COVID-19 is changing how we go about our day-to-day lives, and it requires all of us to make adjustments. The important thing is that we work together as Montanans and help each other as family, friends, and neighbors.”

“We will continue to evaluate our driver, vehicle, and business services and determine how we can limit unnecessary public interactions, protect our employees, while still providing the services that Montanans rely on,” said MVD Administrator Garcia. “The COVID-19 situation is fluid, changing daily and so our response will adapt as necessary.”

Notice From Nemont

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Nemont has been monitoring the rapid development of COVID-19. We have established a business continuity team out of concern of our employees, customers, and continued operations during these uncertain times. Recently we met with Public health representatives in order to develop our initial response to COVID-19. Nemont has implemented the following procedures effective immediately to help keep our communities safe:

• Retail offices will be closed to the public starting March 18, 2020
• Technicians will not be allowed into homes or businesses until further notice

Visit our website at Nemont.com for a complete COVID-19 statement or call 800-636-6680 to speak to customer service.

Wade Sundby Interview

Monday, March 16th 2020

Stan Ozark talked with Glasgow School Superintendent Wade Sundby on Monday about the closing of the schools for a two week period. Here is that interview:

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/wade-sundby

CDC Recommends Cancelling All Events Of 50 Or More People For Next 8 Weeks

Monday, March 16th 2020

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Scholarship Applications Available For Feda Scholarship

Monday, March 16th 2020

Scholarship applications for the Feda Scholarship for the Trades are now available and will be accepted through April 17, announced Sam Waters of Glasgow. He chairs the scholarship committee and is a board member with the Valley County Community Foundation which administers the scholarship.

High school seniors with plans to attend a trade school are encouraged to apply. In addition, students who have received Feda Scholarships in the past may apply for a second scholarship, providing they have successfully completed one semester of study.

All applicants must be residents of Valley County. First-time applicants must be graduating from a Valley County high school this spring, receiving a home school certificate or a GED and pursuing a post-secondary education in the trades.

Applicable course work includes, but is not limited to, plumbing, electrical, drafting, mechanics, welding, carpentry, medical technology, computer technology, or criminal justice.

Gerry and Audrey Feda of Glasgow established the scholarship with the Valley County Community Foundation in 2007. Since that time, 24 scholarships have been awarded to students studying welding, agronomy, aviation mechanics, electrical and computer technology, diesel mechanics, respiratory care and radiology technology.

All Valley County high schools have information on the scholarship requirements and applications. They are also available on the VCCF website: www.valleycountycf.net.

VCCF will accept only paper copies of the applications. They must be postmarked by the deadline of April 17. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information, contact Waters at 228-8231.

Reynolds Market Addresses Availability Of Items, Store Hours And Elderly Shopping

Monday, March 16th 2020

As a local grocer, we understand the critical nature of our business and the service we provide to the local community. We have been monitoring, planning and working diligently to address the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and its effects on our community.

The safety and health of our shoppers, staff, and community are our primary concern. We are committed to taking action in order to prevent any unnecessary risk. As the situation rapidly changes, our team is adapting and implementing best practices throughout our store. We will communicate those changes when they happen. We have implemented a variety of precautionary measures and will continue to do so as the situation unfolds.

In the last week, we have seen a dramatic uptick in business. This has led to us having to limit quantities on many items. We are also experiencing a high volume of out of stock items. We anticipate this continuing for the foreseeable future. We appreciate the understanding, cooperation and support you have shown. We are all in this together!

Important Updates:
? Store hours may change – We will be evaluating this daily and will do our best to communicate this ahead of time. These changes may happen due to truck delivery changes, need for extensive store cleaning, and staff shortages due to illness.

? Courtesy to the elderly – This has been suggested by many of our concerned shoppers and we are also concerned for the well-being of our seniors and those who are vulnerable to the virus. From now through at least the end of March we would like our first hours of the day to be set aside for our most vulnerable shoppers to have a safe and stress-free shopping experience. We will not be policing this at the door, as we know these uncertain times has caused changes for many of our community’s citizens. If everyone helps, we can allow our elderly family members and neighbors a chance to shop in the morning in the cleanest and healthiest environment we can offer. This will take everyone working together. If you can, please delay your shopping until after 9 am.

Thanks,

Your Reynolds Market Team

Glasgow School Announces Meal Program

Monday, March 16th 2020

PRESS RELEASE:

RE: GLASGOW SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM

Glasgow School District will be distributing our food program meals for children beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Meals will be distributed at Hoyt Park between the Civic Center and the pool from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. This will be the only dedicated pick-up station for school meals from the District, although there will be a shuttle to transport meals to the St. Marie area and will be distributed door to door there. Each meal bag will include 1 each grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. Meals will be distributed to all children age 0 thru grade 12 on a free basis regardless of free/reduced/paid status as the District has been temporarily qualified to do so. This will be Mon-Fri effective immediately through March 27, 2020 until further notice.

Grobel Scholarships

Monday, March 16th 2020

The Grobel Scholarship Trust will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500 for the 2020-2021 school year. These scholarships are available to graduates of Valley County high schools who have completed at least one full year of post-secondary education in nursing or other medical related field.

Completed applications must be submitted not later than 4:00 p.m. on June 19, 2020.

For information contact Jessica Pehlke at the First Community Bank of Glasgow.

Governor Bullock Directs The Closure Of Public K-12 Schools For Two Weeks

Sunday, March 15th 2020

Governor Bullock Directs the Closure of Public K-12 Schools for Two Weeks; Strongly Recommends Social Distancing Measures to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced a set of directives and guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable Montanans, including closing of public K-12 schools, social distancing measures, and limiting visitation at nursing home facilities.

“As governor, it is my top priority to protect the health and safety of Montanans, particularly our most vulnerable, at a time when we face the potential for extraordinary health risks from coronavirus in our state,” said Governor Bullock. “Social distancing is one of the most important primary protective measures to flatten the curve of this virus. I cannot underscore the seriousness of following these measures to help our neighbors, friends, and families.”

Governor Bullock directed Montana’s public K-12 schools to close starting tomorrow, March 16 until March 27. During this time, schools will engage in planning to provide arrangements to provide free meals to students who need them, pursuant to a waiver obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture, and to provide for all other matters and services that students need in the event of future or ongoing closure. Schools will continue to receive all state funding during this two-week closure.

The state will work with schools during this period to evaluate and consider next steps as needed. The decision to close schools is to slow the spread and is not in response to an outbreak in schools.

“I recognize that our schools often serve as a lifeline for families and that this decision is going to have disruption on Montanans over the coming weeks. I’m committed to working with schools, communities and public health to minimize the impact. I encourage businesses to do everything they can to support families as well,” said Governor Bullock.

To mitigate the impact of school closures on families, Governor Bullock encourages all employers to be generous with their employee sick and paid leave policies during this time.

Governor Bullock is strongly recommending that the public limits all gatherings, especially those more than 50 people, in every community across the state. Governor Bullock is also recommending that individuals over the age of 60 or who are immunocompromised or with chronic health conditions do not participate in gatherings of more than 20 people. He also recommends that parents should avoid, if possible, placing children for childcare with grandparents or individuals over the age of 60 or immunocompromised persons.

Visitation in Montana’s nursing homes is suspended except for certain compassionate care situations. People who meet the exception for visitation will undergo a screening to determine whether they have traveled in the last two weeks, are residing where community spread is occurring, or if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

In addition to taking part in regular briefing calls with the country’s governors and the White House, Governor Bullock has consulted with doctors and other public health authorities and school leaders to develop efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19 in Montana.

Download the governor's declaration

Governor Bullock Confirms Two Coronavirus Cases In Missoula County

Saturday, March 14th 2020



MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today confirmed two presumptively positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Missoula County, Montana.

The Missoula County patient is a female in their 30s
The Missoula County patient is a male in their 50s

The tests, conducted by the DPHHS Public Health Laboratory, were confirmed Saturday evening. As is current standard, test results are considered presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

DPHHS and the Missoula City-County Health Department are immediately following up to learn more details about the two individual’s exposure risk, travel history, and to identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patients.

Missoula City-County Health Department officials will be available to the press at 10 am on Sunday, March 15, in Room 210 of the health department.

All patients will be isolated or quarantined pursuant to public health guidelines. Those who came into close contact with the individuals will be monitored for 14 days for fever and respiratory symptoms per CDC guidance.

The number of tests performed are updated daily here: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt

The state currently has the capacity to test approximately 850 individuals and anticipates receiving more tests from the CDC as needed.

On Thursday, Governor Bullock declared a state of emergency in Montana to direct a coordinated response to COVID-19 and mobilize all available state resources including emergency funds or personnel from the National Guard. It also allows the governor to take additional steps as warranted.
To bolster the state’s response to the coronavirus situation, Governor Bullock launched a Coronavirus Task Force on March 3 to coordinate efforts across state government. The Task Force, led by Adjutant General Matthew Quinn, is now providing ways state residents can ask questions related to the coronavirus situation in Montana.
A coronavirus (COVID-19) information phone line at 1-888-333-0461 has been launched and Montanans can also email questions to covid19info@mt.gov. State public health officials will be responding to inquiries from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Montanans can also visit covid19.mt.gov to receive regularly updated information on COVID-19.
According to CDC, the elderly and people who have severe chronic medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious illness. Reported illnesses in the US have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The CDC and state public health officials recommend all Montanans take the following precautions:

Those include:
Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, and then throwing the tissue in the trash.

Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth ? with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have COVID-19 symptoms. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Stay home except to get medical care: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. Stay current on your vaccination, including the flu vaccine.

Watch for travel advisories. Consult the CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside the US.

Governor Bullock Provides Updates On Coronavirus Cases And Response Efforts

Saturday, March 14th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today hosted a press call to provide an update on the four individual cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Montana who tested presumptive positive Friday evening.

There are four positive cases in the counties of Gallatin, Yellowstone, Silver Bow, and Broadwater.

The Gallatin patient is a male in their 40s
Recovering at home
Acquired through international travel

The Yellowstone patient is a female in their 50s
Recovering at home
Acquired through international travel

The Silver Bow patient is a male in their 50s
Recovering at home
Acquired domestically in affected areas out of state

The Broadwater patient is a male in their 50s who sought care in Lewis and Clark County
Recovering at home
Acquired domestically in affected areas out of state

Governor Bullock and Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force lead Adjutant General Matthew Quinn also provided the following updates on additional response efforts:

The state lab is performing testing and disclosing results today and will be performing testing 7 days a week starting Monday.

Montana’s state of emergency has been amended to align the effective timeframe with the federal state of emergency announced by the President. This means that our state’s emergency response will be in effect so long as federal authorities believe there is a continuing threat.

Starting Monday, the Task Force is standing up a State Emergency Coordination Center – a multi-disciplinary team that will report directly to General Quinn and will be on full-time duty to bolster response efforts. The team will be located at Fort Harrison in a centralized location.

Valley County Health Department Urges Residents To Implement Steps To Prevent Spread Of Illness

Friday, March 13th 2020

The Valley County Board of Health urges the public and places of business to implement the following steps now to prevent the spread of illness within the community:

• Always use proper hand washing
o Before, during, and after preparing food
o Before eating food
o Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
o Before and after treating a cut or wound
o Before and after using the toilet
o After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
o After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
o After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
o After handling pet food or pet treats
o After touching garbage
• Follow these steps to properly wash hands:
o Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
o Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
o Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
o Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
o Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
o Finally, use a clean, dry towel to turn off the water and open door.
• Use hand sanitizer after every interaction with every customer when it involves pens, papers passed back and forth, money, or other items.
• Refrain from touching your face, use hand sanitizer frequently all day long.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home if you are sick to decrease the spread of the illness. Seriously, stay home and protect others who are more susceptible than you.
• Cover coughs and sneezes.
• Wear a facemask only if you are sick.


CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
• Disinfect all surfaces and countertops where interaction with the public occurs. Consider doing this frequently throughout the day.
• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, door edges, light switches, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
• If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
• Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Options include:
• Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
o 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
OR
o 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
o Bleach solution diluted at home is effective for 24 hours after it is mixed.
o Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
• Alcohol solutions.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
• Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).


If you have any questions or concerns, contact
Valley County Health Department at 228-6261 or visit
coronavirus.gov

Governor Bullock Declares State of Emergency in Montana Related to COVID-19

Friday, March 13th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency to exist within the state of Montana related to the communicable disease COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The emergency order puts the state on highest alert; still no confirmed cases in the state.

“Now is the time to plan, not to panic. Our state has been preparing for coronavirus to come to Montana and we will be prepared to respond all along the way,” said Governor Bullock. “Just like we do when any challenging situation hits our communities, we stick together to make sure that we mitigate the impact, that we have an appropriate response, and that we slow the spread.”

The emergency order allows the governor to direct a coordinated response to an outbreak of communicable disease. This includes mobilizing all available state resources, such as emergency funds or personnel from the National Guard. It also allows the governor to take additional steps as warranted.

There are no confirmed cases in the state of Montana to date. However, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, local health departments, health and medical departments and local jurisdictions have activated response plans and protocols for prepare for the arrival of the virus in Montana.

On March 3, Governor Bullock activated the Governor’s Task Force, a multi-agency executive task force, to prepare the state and ensure the state, local public health, and the federal government are working together to keep Montanans informed with accurate and up-to-date information. The Task Force is spearheaded by Adjutant General Matthew Quinn, who oversees the Disaster and Emergency Services division which is well versed in multi-agency coordination and all-hazard response planning.
The Task Force has launched an informational phone line at 1-888-333-0461 and Montanans can also email questions to covid19info@mt.gov. State public health officials will be responding to inquiries from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
A website has also been set up to keep the public apprised of Task Force actions at COVID19.mt.gov. Montanans can also visit the DPHHS website at www.dphhs.mt.gov for the most updated and timely health information related to the coronavirus. The Governor’s Office, Task Force, and DPHHS will continue to provide up-to-date information to Montanans as it becomes available.

Montana Public Schools Told To Prepare For Possible Closures

Friday, March 13th 2020

It's not just Montana universities that are taking coronavirus precautions.

The Office of Public Instruction told K-12 schools to have a plan for continuing classes in the event of a school closure because of a COVID-19 outbreak, through preparing either take-home coursework or online options.

State officials also applied for a waiver from U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow schools with summer food programs to use those to provide grab-and-go meals for kids instead of the usual cafeteria sit-down.

Montana has no coronavirus cases in the state, but harder-hit areas like Seattle, Ohio and Maryland have closed public schools.

OPI also told schools that the agency could waive class time requirements for communities that suffer outbreaks, which would let schools off the hook for penalties or lost funding.

Federal officials also released guidance Thursday. Schools could have the option of getting a free pass if they miss required standardized testing because of an outbreak, and they could get a break on other federal accountability measures like attendance.

Billings Public Schools superintendent Greg Upham said that the district was evaluating actions to prevent the spread of the virus, but hadn't yet finalized its plans. The district is continuing to work with county health officials, he said.

Gov. Steve Bullock, during a press conference about coronavirus, said that there was not talk about closing K-12 schools "as of today, on Thursday."

Preliminary Work Starts Along Route Of Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

Thursday, March 12th 2020

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Wednesday it has started preliminary work along the route of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. in anticipation of starting construction next month, as opponents await a judge's ruling on their request to block any work.

TC Energy spokeswoman Sara Rabern said the Calgary-based company was moving equipment this week and will begin mowing and felling trees in areas along the pipeline's 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) route within the next week or so.

The work is planned in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, according to Rabern. She did not provide further location details.

In April the company plans to begin construction at the line's border crossing in northern Montana. That would be a huge milestone for a project first proposed in 2008 and has since attracted bitter opposition from climate activists who say fossil fuel usage must be curbed to combat global warming.

The company also plans work next month on employee camps in Fallon County, Montana and Haakon County, South Dakota.

Environmental groups in January asked U.S. District Judge Brian Morris to block any work. They said clearing and tree felling along the route would destroy bird and wildlife habitat. The judge in December had denied a request from environmentalists to block construction because no work was immediately planned.

The request by environmentalists came days after the Trump administration approved a right-of-way allowing the $8 billion line to be built across federal land.

“It is irresponsible for TC Energy to jump the gun before Judge Morris rules on our motion," Stephan Volker, an attorney for the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance, said Wednesday.

Keystone XL was rejected twice under former President Barack Obama over worries it could make climate change worse.

The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude oil daily from western Canada to terminals on the U.S. Gulf Coast.


President Donald Trump has been a strong proponent. The Republican issued a special permit for the pipeline last year after Morris had blocked the project in November, 2018, citing potential spills and other environmental concerns.

A legal challenge to Trump's permit is pending before Morris.

Another oil pipeline in TC Energy’s Keystone network in October spilled an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in eastern North Dakota. Critics say a damaging spill from Keystone XL is inevitable given the length of the line and the many rivers and other waterways it would cross beneath.

Dr. Anne Millard and Saralyn Potter discuss Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 11th 2020

Join Stan Ozark and Haylie Shipp as they visit with Dr. Anne Millard and Saralyn Potter of the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital about the Coronavirus. Lots of great information in the program on the latest information regarding Coronavirus.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/kltz-lubs-311-coronavirus

4 Candidates Now For Glasgow School Board

Wednesday, March 11th 2020

There have been 4 filings for positions on the Glasgow School Board. Lynsey Eberle, Angie Page, Brianna Overbey and Blaine White have all filed the necessary paperwork to be candidates for the Glasgow School Board.

There will be 2 vacancies on the School Board when Suzanne Billingsley and John Daggett retire in May.

The filing deadline to file for a Trustee position on the Glasgow School Board is March 26th.

Body Recovered From Fort Peck Lake Updated to list name of victim

Monday, March 9th 2020

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer told Kltz/Mix-93 that authorities recovered a body from Fort Peck Lake on Sunday. Boyer said the victim was recovered from the waters of Fort Peck Lake after a ice fishing accident this weekend. The name of the victim is Ronald George Spomer age 79 from Cody, Wyoming.

Here is a post from the Glasgow/Long Run Fire Department:

Glasgow/Long Run Fire Department was called today to assist Valley County Search and Rescue and VCSO with an incident on Ft Peck Lake. The response included 7 Fire department members, command, Rescue 734 and many members on standby at the fire station.

SAR response included their air boat, 2 support rigs, and 6 Search and Rescue members.

Ft Peck lake ice is currently very thin and there is also lots of open water making it extremely dangerous to venture out on.

Meeting on Thursday in Havre regarding Fresno Reservoir Fishery

Monday, March 9th 2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks plans to hold an informational meeting in Havre at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, regarding the Fresno Reservoir fishery. The meeting will be held at the Triangle Communication hospitality room. FWP encourages anyone who has an interest in recreational fishing at Fresno to attend.
FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations for this meeting, or if there are any questions, please contact the Havre FWP field office at 406-265-6177.

Valley County With 40 Confirmed Cases Of Influenza

Monday, March 9th 2020

The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) reports that nine people have died in the state during the current flu season, and says that influenza is currently "widespread" across the state.

The most recent activity report from DPHHS for the current flu season provides the following information:

Influenza activity continued to increase during week 9 (of current flu season) with 1,188 new cases reported.

Season to date: 8,572 cases, 361 hospitalizations, and nine deaths due to influenza have been reported.

In Valley County there have been 40 confirmed cases of influenza. In Roosevelt County there have been 351 confirmed cases of influenza.

The most common influenza subtype identified this week was influenza A H1N1 (2009). In the past few weeks, the proportion of influenza A positives has been increasing and now is higher than influenza B.

During week 9, the proportion of healthcare provider and emergency room visits for influenza like illness (ILI) increased and remains above baseline.

Two new influenza outbreaks were reported during week 9; to date this season 17 outbreaks have been reported and schools are the most common setting.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says that so far this season, about 20,000 people have died of the flu, including 136 children.

In all, the CDC estimates about 34 million people have gotten the flu so far this season and 350,000 have been hospitalized.

19th Annual Chinese Auction Is March 21

Saturday, March 7th 2020

A night of Food, Fun, Prizes and Support for the Fort Peck Summer Theatre!

Saturday, March 21, is the night to go out and show your support for the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Place your bids on silent auction items, partake in the live auction, and join in the "Chinese" auction portion of the night where all it takes is a bid of $1 to win.

With the generous support of our local businesses and community, there is something for everyone: gift certificates, artwork, gift baskets and more. Other games and activities added to the evening are: $1 Fortune Cookie drawing, $1 Take Out Box, Bingo (chance to win a trip to Las Vegas), Grocery Raffle and Heads-or-Tails with lots of amazing treasures.

Must be 21 years-old to attend. Join us at the Elks Lodge, Sat., March 21; doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the FPFAC office downtown Glasgow (406-228-9216) located in the Sean Heavey Gallery, Prewett Interiors, or at the door. It’s $25 per person which includes a meal, souvenir glass, free beer & wine plus many chances to win fantastic prizes.

Northwestern Energy Warns Of Scam Activity

Thursday, March 5th 2020

Butte, Mont. – March 4, 2020 – NorthWestern Energy is warning of continued scam activity targeting the energy company’s Montana customers.

A Bozeman business received a phone call this morning from a scammer threatening that service would be disconnected in 30 minutes if payment was not made for an overdue energy bill. The employee who took the call reported they saw a vehicle outside. After calling NorthWestern Energy to ask about the business’ account and learning the vehicle was not from NorthWestern Energy, the business’ employee called local law enforcement.

NorthWestern Energy’s Customer Service Center continues to receive multiple reports from Montana customers that scammers are contacting them by phone, demanding payment within 30 minutes or their service will be disconnected. These criminals are attempting to steal money from the people they are calling.

NorthWestern does not call customers and demand immediate payment of past-due bills. NorthWestern Energy will provide multiple past-due notices before terminating service. It will not be a surprise.

If you get a cancellation notification, always verify it by calling NorthWestern Energy’s Customer Service number, 888-467-2669.

Scammers are using technology to spoof NorthWestern Energy’s customer service number so that their call shows up on a caller ID as that number. The caller then gives instructions to call a different number to make a payment. That number has been reported to authorities.
Don’t supply any personal information unless you are sure you are indeed working with NorthWestern Energy.

Signs of Potential Scam Activity:
• Threat to disconnect: Scammers may aggressively tell a customer his or her utility bill is past due and service will be disconnected if a payment is not made – usually within less than an hour.
• Request for immediate payment: Scammers may instruct a customer to purchase a prepaid card – widely available at retail stores – then call them back supposedly to make a bill payment to his or her utility company.
• Request for prepaid card: When the customer calls back, the caller asks the customer for the prepaid card’s number, which grants the scammer instant access to the card’s funds, and the victim’s money is gone.
How Customers Can Protect Themselves:
• Customers should never purchase a prepaid card to avoid service disconnection or shutoff. Northwestern Energy and other utility companies do not specify how customers should make a bill payment and always offer a variety of ways to pay a bill, including accepting payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail, or in person.
• If someone threatens immediate disconnection or shutoff of service, customers should hang up the phone, delete the email, or shut the door. Customers with delinquent accounts receive advance disconnection notification. NorthWestern Energy and other utility companies never send a single notification one hour or less before disconnection.
• If customers suspect someone is trying to scam them, they should hang up, delete the email, or shut the door. They should call NorthWestern Energy’s customer service number, 888-467-2669 in Montana and 800-245-6977 in South Dakota and Nebraska. If customers ever feel that they are in physical danger, they should call 911.

Customers who suspect that they have been victims of fraud or who feel threatened during contact with one of these scammers, should contact local law enforcement authorities. The Federal Trade Commission’s website is also a good source of information about how to protect personal information.

Three Candidates For Glasgow School Board

Thursday, March 5th 2020

There have been 3 filings for positions on the Glasgow School Board. Lynsey Eberle, Angie Page and Blaine White have all filed the necessary paperwork to be candidates for the Glasgow School Board.

There will be 2 vacancies on the School Board when Suzanne Billingsley and John Daggett retire in May.

The filing deadline to file for a Trustee position on the Glasgow School Board is March 26th.

Governor Bullock Activates Governor's Coronavirus Task Force

Wednesday, March 4th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock, along with state public health and emergency response officials, today announced the activation of the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force. While there are no current diagnosed cases in the state, Montana is monitoring the fast-moving situation and taking steps to prepare and aggressively respond in the event the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak reaches Montana.

“Today I announced the activation of the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force to bolster the state’s preparations and to ensure we are doing all we can to continue coordinating efforts across state government and aggressively respond,” Governor Bullock said. “Montana has conducted similar public health responses in the past – we are prepared and will continue to be throughout.”

The Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force is a multi-agency task force that will coordinate public health response, continuity of government, and communication between state, federal and local partners. The Task Force will be led by Adjutant General Matthew Quinn, who has overseen similar situations. General Quinn directs the Department of Military Affairs, including the Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) division which is well versed in multi-agency coordination and all-hazard response planning. DES will engage agencies including the Department of Military Affairs, Department of Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor and Industry, and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The Governor’s chief of staff and budget director will also sit on the Task Force.

“As Governor Bullock has directed, we have to ensure our state is prepared for the potential affects coronavirus may have in our state,” Major General Quinn said. “We are working to ensure agencies within state government are ready and able to support this public health response.”

DPHHS has already been working with local public health to monitor 25 Montanans who recently returned from mainland China for symptoms of novel coronavirus. Monitoring of those potentially at risk is intended to catch signs of the illness at the earliest possible time and ensure appropriate care and precautions are taken to prevent spread while testing is performed. One Montanan has been tested for coronavirus, but test results were negative.

“Our local county public health partners are truly on the front lines of disease surveillance, monitoring individuals potentially exposed to the virus, and keeping their communities informed,” DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan said. “This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC is constantly reviewing and updating its guidance as needed. We encourage Montanans to stay informed by accessing reputable information sources such as the CDC and DPHHS websites.”

The DPHHS public health laboratory now has the capability to test for the coronavirus after recently receiving new test kits from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Until now, samples to be tested for the coronavirus had to be sent to the CDC.

“This is significant because it will allow us to test with a much quicker turn around,” Hogan said. “This will allow us to better support testing efforts for medical providers in the state should the need arise.”

Reported illnesses in the US have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Generally, elderly people and those with other existing health conditions are likely to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms from respiratory illnesses.

Montana continues to receive daily updates and guidance from CDC. This information is then shared through the state’s Health Alert Network to local health officials, including various travel guidance related to coronavirus. The state continues to communicate with CDC and local county and Tribal health to investigate and monitor possible exposures.

Governor Bullock emphasized that the same preventive measures that are recommended during cold and flu season will also help to protect against coronavirus, including:
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow).
• Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits which can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

Feral Swine Information Workshop Coming To Glasgow March 12th

Wednesday, March 4th 2020

Glasgow, Mont — Responding to the potential threat of feral swine entering Montana, The Valley County Conservation District is hosting a feral swine information workshop from 10am-12pm on March 12, 2020, in Glasgow, at the Cottonwood Inn. Representatives from the Department of Livestock, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, and the Montana Invasive Species Council will be in attendance.

Goals of the workshop are to:
• Provide information about feral swine, their impacts, and why we are concerned.
• Provide education regarding Montana’s regulations pertaining to feral swine.
• Engage Montana residents and partners to improve coordination of feral swine management to prevent introduction in Montana.

“While feral swine are not yet in Montana, we are aware of their expanding range in Saskatchewan and recent reports of sightings of feral swine along Montana’s northern border,” said Tahnee Szymanski, Assistant State Veterinarian at the department of Livestock, “In coordination with our partners, we are working hard to prevent their introduction.”

Considering our proximity to the border, it’s important to inform residents throughout Valley County and the surrounding area about the impacts and threats feral swine pose and the importance of reporting any sightings.

Space is limited. Registration is FREE. To RSVP or for more information call 406-228-4321 ext. 101.

Lion King Performances Are This Weekend

Monday, March 2nd 2020

The Glasgow Middle School would like to invite you to their production of The Lion King.

The musical will run Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14 at 7:00 pm and the final performance will take place on Sunday March 15 at 3:00 pm. All performances will take place in the Glasgow High School Auditorium.

The cast consists of Tanner White (Adult Simba and Ensemble), Austin Cronmiller (Scar), Chantaya Amundson (Hyena and ensemble), Laci Godwin (Hyena and ensemble), Livya Pedersen (Hyena and ensemble), Madison Wood (Lioness and ensemble), Avery Maki (Hyena and ensemble), Mirax Lipscomb (Lioness and ensemble), Jorden Mix (Rafiki and ensemble), Saryn Riddick (Mufasa and ensemble), Adam Mickelson (Young Simba and ensemble), Gabriel Proctor (Pumbaa and ensemble), Samantha Combs (Lioness and ensemble), Emily Bell (Sarafina and ensemble), Riley Clampitt (Sarabi and ensemble), Emily Cronmiller (Lioness and ensemble), Brynn Donaldson (Shenzi and ensemble), Roman Fast (Zazu and ensemble), Jourdyn Fercho (Adult Nala and ensemble), Addison Jones (Young Nala and ensemble), Kolbi Ross (Banzai and ensemble), Annika Smith (Timon and ensemble), Ashlyn White (Hyena and ensemble), Lacey White (Ed and ensemble), Kyler Whitman (Hyena and ensemble) and Allison Bailey, colt Whitemore and Gracie Baker as our stage crew!

The play is directed by Maureen Leech and assistant director is Lizzie Hoeksema. Set design was done by Will and Byrdie Larsen of Redbyrd Designs.

Tickets will cost $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and will be available at the door. Concessions will be available!

FWP Hunter Education Courses Set

Saturday, February 29th 2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area for this year for both youth & adults.

Start dates for the youth classroom courses are March 2nd, May 4th & Aug. 10th.

There is also classes in Hinsdale on March 9th & Saco on April 21st.

Dates for the adult online field days are March 16th & May 19th both are from 5:30-9:30p.m.

Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter & complete all review sections before the start of class. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.

For age requirements & all other important information, contact the Glasgow FWP Office, 228-3700.

Election Clerks Say Absentee Ballot Rule Suppresses Votes

Friday, February 28th 2020

HELENA (AP) — Election administrators from three Montana counties told lawmakers Thursday that a voter-passed referendum that limits who can drop off a person's absentee ballot is frustrating electors, suppressing votes and it easily bypassed.

The Ballot Interference Prevention Act requires election clerks to ask anyone who drops off a ballot if they're dropping off someone else's ballot and, if so, they're asked to sign a form saying whose ballot they're dropping off and their relationship to them.

People can only turn in six ballots under the law, which supporters in the Legislature said would reduce the chance of voters being bullied into handing over their ballots to strangers who could change them or throw them away. It passed with 63% of the vote in the November 2018 general election.

Election administrator Casey Hayes in Gallatin County told the State Administration and Veterans Affairs Interim Committee that one voter became so frustrated last year when he came in to drop off ballots for himself and his wife that he ripped up the ballots and threw them at the clerks.

Clerks reported the destroyed ballot to Bozeman police and contacted the wife to tell her how she could obtain a replacement ballot, Hayes said.

"BIPA creates an unnecessary obstacle to voting, despite the fact that we do not reject ballots due to a lack of BIPA forms," Hayes said.

"I refer to this as the voter suppression act of 2018," said Rina Moore, the elections administrator in Cascade County. She said the county can no longer offer 24-hour ballot drop boxes and it makes it more difficult to have a drive-up drop box outside the county polling site because people have to be asked whose ballot they're dropping off and fill out a form if it's not just theirs.

And, the act doesn't prevent groups from going door-to-door to collect ballots and offering to turn them in, she said.

"Anybody that is going to go out and harvest ballots can walk right down the sidewalk and dump as many ballots as they want" into the mailbox, Moore said. "The whole intent of the act was to prevent ballot harvesting, to prevent political PACs from collecting ballots and bringing them in or not bringing them in, as the fear mongers would have it be said. But it hasn't stopped any of that because the Post Office box is still there and they always have the ability to drop it off there."

Moore also said that a lot of people who bring in their ballots do so because they don't want their signature going through the mail. "Now we're asking them to fill out a form with their name and address," she said.

In response to a question, Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan said someone had already filed a public records request and received the 16,840 BIPA forms collected during 2019 elections.

Republican Rep. Forrest Mandeville said: "It's fun to throw out words like 'voter suppression' to get a rise out of people, but I think we have to keep in mind that this was the first time it's been used. People will get used to it.

Experts told lawmakers that 27 states allow ballots to be returned by absentee, a caregiver, or designee, 12 limit how many ballots a person can return, and 13 do not address it. Only Alabama says the voter alone can return an absentee ballot.

Republican Sen. Dee Brown of Hungry Horse suggested the 2021 Legislature could fix the law by exempting spouses and family members from having to fill out the form, but Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre said he didn't think that would fix the problem of having to staff drop-box locations to find out if someone should be filling out a form.

Commission chair Rep. Wendy McKamey of Great Falls asked if there was anything the committee could do as clerks face a presidential election year that will likely have a large turnout.

Dana Corson, Elections Services Director in the Secretary of State's Office, said voter education is the key, with public service announcements from the secretary's office to local election officials reaching out to local media.

Mangan and Brown said the easiest way around the issue is for voters to put the absentee ballots in the mail. However, voters outside of Great Falls and Billings, where there are U.S. Postal Service processing facilities, could have to mail their ballots five days before the election for them to reach county offices in time, officials said.

Coronavirus Information From Local Health Experts

Wednesday, February 26th 2020

Earlier this month Dr. Anne Millard, Saralyn Potter and Lynn Miller were guests on Live Under the Big Sky. They talked about the Coronavirus and explained what it is, how to prevent it and other issues such as the correct way to wash your hands. Excellent program that might answer your questions regarding Coronavirus.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/kltz-lubsm4a-1?in=kltz-glasgow/sets/live-under-the-big-sky

Ice Shelters Must Be Removed By March 1, Unless Occupied

Tuesday, February 25th 2020

Photo tagline: spear shack on Nelson Reservoir

With spring just around the corner, the end of winter is finally in sight. But with spring comes more daylight and warmer temperatures…and that means ice conditions will begin to deteriorate. This time of year, anglers should be extra cautious on the ice. Starting in 2020, a new addition to the FWP fishing regulations for the Eastern District states that:

· The owner of an ice fishing shelter shall remove it from the ice before it becomes irretrievable at the end of the season, or by March 1. Shelters may remain on the ice after March 1 but must be removed daily if not occupied overnight.

According to Havre warden Andy Matakis, angler safety is the number one reason for this new regulation. “The main intent of this regulation is the safety of the angler. We don’t want people going on sketchy, thin ice to have to retrieve their icehouse or spear shack. It’s just not worth losing a life.”

In addition, Matakis said that too many ice houses over the years were going through the ice and resulting in trash, debris and even hazardous chemicals in the water.

“Even though the ice may be fine one day, the next few days could bring a warm Chinook wind that could quickly make the ice rotten and unsafe. With this new regulation, people can take it day-by-day after March 1 if they still want to use their permanent ice shelters. Or, anglers can more easily just use a portable shelter,” said Matakis.

A few other reminders with shelters:
· Identification- Identification must be painted on or otherwise affixed to all unattended shelters in legible, 2-inch letters plainly visible at a distance of 100 feet. Identification must include the owner’s name and address, name and phone number, or 9/10 digit ALS number. Attended shelters at Bearpaw Lake and Beaver Creek Reservoir must also be identified.
· Inspection- Each closed shelter shall have a door that an officer may readily open from the outside for inspection when it is occupied.
· Waste and rubbish disposal- Owners and occupants of shelters are required to keep their shelters (and the area immediately around them) free from rubbish and trash. Anglers must remove waster materials before they leave for the day.

FWP hopes that all anglers have a safe and successful end to their ice fishing season.

2 Locations In Glasgow Approved For Sports Betting Licenses

Friday, February 21st 2020

HELENA — The Montana Lottery Commission has approved the types of bets that will be available when legal wagering on professional and collegiate sporting events begins.

In addition, lottery officials said the installation of betting terminals could begin as soon as next month.

Under the decision Wednesday, betting will be allowed on basketball, baseball, ice hockey, football, soccer, tennis, boxing/mixed martial arts, golf and motor sports.

Sports Bet Montana will allow wagering on head-to-head events with or without a point spread; over/under bets on the total score of a contest and in-game betting on specific events. It will also accept parlay bets; bets on specific outcomes, such as a hole-in-one at a golf tournament; and future wagering such as betting on a team to win a series or a championship.

The maximum bet allowed at a kiosk, where only cash bets can be taken, is $250, lottery officials said. People can bet up to $1,000 via an app while inside a licensed location by creating an account tied to their bank account. Credit betting is not allowed.

Under the rules, the maximum payout on a single bet is $100,000.

The Montana Lottery expects to begin installing betting terminals at licensed locations during the week of March 9, officials said. Once employees at the locations have received training, the terminals will become operational. Officials declined to say how quickly that might happen.

The Montana Legislature approved the sports betting law in 2019, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting. The court said it was up to the states to make their own laws.

The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that 2 locations in Glasgow have been approved for sports betting licenses. Those locations are the Cottonwood Inn and Monsons Montana Bar.

Roosevelt County Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend

Friday, February 21st 2020

CULBERTSON — A northeastern Montana man is charged with killing his girlfriend last month in Culbertson.

Clovis Christopher Geno was arrested Wednesday in Bainville and charged Thursday with deliberate homicide in the death of Ramona Hilton Naramore. Her body was found at her residence on Jan. 26, Roosevelt County officials said.

An autopsy determined she died of asphyxiation, the sheriff's office said.

Geno did not enter a plea during his hearing in Justice Court, where his bail was set at $500,000. The county attorney's office did not know if Geno had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Volunteers Needed For Upcoming Tournaments in Glasgow

Tuesday, February 18th 2020

Glasgow High School needs volunteers this week for the District 3C basketball tournament, starting Wednesday night.

If you can spare a few hours of your time, please help us out at Scottie gymnasium as Glasgow hosts these tournaments!

Sign up here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c44adaf23a7f49-2020

Trustee Positions Available On Glasgow School Board

Tuesday, February 18th 2020

There are 2 Trustee positions up for election on the Glasgow School Board this year and both incumbents have indicated they do not plan to be a candidate for re-election.

Suzanne Billingsley and John Daggett will both be retiring from their Trustee positions and the replacements will serve 3-year terms.

The filing deadline for the Glasgow School Board is March 26th and as of February 18th there have been no filings for the board.

Anyone interested in running for the Glasgow School Board may get a Declarations of Intent and Oath of Candidacy from the Central Office or from the the school web page.

The School District will also be running a General Fund Levy to operate and maintain the schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The official levy amount hasn't been set but the current estimate is $108,765.81.

USDA Designates 17 Montana Counties As Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Tuesday, February 18th 2020


Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 17 Montana counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent weather events may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

These natural disaster designations allow FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

Excessive Moisture – August 2019 through October 2019

Producers in McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, and Wibaux counties, who suffered losses due to excessive moisture that occurred Aug. 10, 2019, through Oct. 31, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Prairie, Sheridan, and Valley, along with Golden Valley, McKenzie, and Williams counties in North Dakota, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Excessive Moisture and Snow – June 2019 through December 2019

Producers in Daniels, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, and Valley counties, who suffered losses due to excessive moisture and excessive snow that occurred June 20, 2019, through Dec. 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Big Horn, Custer, Garfield, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Roosevelt, and Yellowstone, along with Divide and Williams counties in North Dakota, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Excessive Moisture, Excessive Snow and Freeze – September 2019 through November 2019

Producers in Dawson County who suffered losses due to excessive moisture, excessive snow, and freeze that occurred between Sept. 1, 2019, through Nov. 12, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of McCone, Prairie, Richland, and Wibaux are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Excessive Moisture, Excessive Snow, Hail, and High Winds – August 2019 through November 2019

Producers in Prairie County who suffered losses due to excessive moisture, excessive snow, hail, and high winds that occurred between Aug. 15, 2019, through Nov. 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Wibaux are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Blizzard and Excessive Snow – September 2019 through October 2019

Producers in Toole County who suffered losses due to a blizzard and excessive snow that occurred between Sept. 28, 2019, through Oct. 9, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Glacier, Liberty, and Pondera are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Blizzard, Excessive Snow, Extreme Cold, Freeze, High Winds – September 2019 through October 2019

Producers in Glacier and Teton counties who suffered losses due to a blizzard, excessive snow, extreme cold, freeze, and high winds that occurred between Sept. 27, 2019, through Oct. 5, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Cascade, Chouteau, Flathead, Lewis and Clark, Pondera, and Toole are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Blizzard, Excessive Snow, Freeze, and Frost – September 2019 through October 2019

Producers in Pondera County who suffered losses due to a blizzard, excessive snow, freeze, and frost that occurred between Sept. 27, 2019, through Oct. 8, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Chouteau, Flathead, Glacier, Liberty, Teton, and Toole are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Excessive Snow – September 2019 through December 2019

Producers in Cascade and Chouteau counties who suffered losses due to excessive snow that occurred between Sept. 28, 2019, through Dec.5, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Blaine, Fergus, Hill, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, Meagher, Pondera, and Teton are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for emergency loans is Sept. 30, 2020.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover.

Daines Honors Montanan Of The Week: Ashley Kemmis And Briana Page Of Valley County

Friday, February 14th 2020

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Ashley Kemmis and Briana Page of Valley County for their entrepreneurial spirit.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: here .

The following is a statement submitted to the Congressional Record.

Mr. DAINES, Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Ashley Kemmis and Briana Page for their entrepreneurial spirit in Valley County.

Ashley and Briana saw a need in the community for more options for women’s clothing after Shopko closed in Glasgow in 2019.

They teamed up together to launch Thistle and Thread, an online women’s clothing boutique. Since they launched their website one year ago, Ashely and Briana’s project flourished into a successful operation out of Eastern Montana.

Women across the country can purchase the boutique’s clothing online and those in eastern Montana can visit their storefront in Glasgow.

It is my honor to recognize Ashley and Briana for taking the initiative to successfully launch Thistle and Thread. Thistle and Thread is a now a proud part of the Glasgow community and I am grateful for Ashely and Briana’s entrepreneurship.

Congressman Gianforte To Visit Glasgow To Salute Adeline Mitchell

Thursday, February 13th 2020

American Legion Post 41 invites all community members to Prairie Ridge Village, at 10a.m. Fri. Feb. 14th as Adeline Mitchell will be awarded the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation from congressman Greg Gianforte. Adeline is member of the American Legion & VFW Auxiliary, & a World War 2 Veteran. Jason Meyers will MC this event & all are welcome.

Applications Now Available For This Year’s VCCF Grants

Wednesday, February 12th 2020

Applications for this year’s grants from the Valley County Community Foundation are now available on the organization’s website, board member Sam Waters announced this week. All applications are due by March 20.

VCCF provides grants to organizations within Valley County with the 501(c) 3 charitable IRS designation, along with local government and educational institutions. Organizations with projects that will be completed by Oct. 1, 2020 are welcome to apply.

VCCF awards grants in five areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation. The board discourages applications for annual or capital campaigns, grants to endowment funds, debt retirement, and religious activities.

Application forms and guidelines are available at www.valleycountycf.net. Hard copy applications are required.

VCCF grants go a long way to completing necessary projects, explains board member Sam Waters of Glasgow. “Many organizations receive full funding for their projects and others receive a substantial amount of the dollars requested,”

The amount of grant dollars given to recipients varies by the amount available to give, the number of grant requests, and the amount needed for each project. The average amount awarded to successful applicants in the past five years is $2,472, with the smallest grant at $691 and the largest, $11,307.

Last year, VCCF awarded $33,389 in grants to six organizations, bringing the total of all grants given since 2000 to $225,104, Waters said, emphasizing that projects in all parts of Valley County have received grants.

“Over the years, competition for grant dollars has increased, making complete and timely grant applications a necessity,” he continued, adding those incomplete applications and those received or post marked after the March 20 deadline will not be considered.

Funding for the grants comes from earnings on the VCCF endowment. It is invested with the Montana Community Foundation, a statewide organization that helps local communities and non-profit organizations raise and administer charitable gifts.

VCCF is also caretaker for two scholarships. The Feda Scholarship for the Trades is awarded each May to a graduating senior from a Valley County high school and the Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman Memorial Scholarships are awarded in the summer to students who have completed a year of college or trade school. Feda applications are due April 17 and Fuhrman applications on June 19. Check the VCCF website for details.

GHS All Class Reunion Committee Looking For Mailing Addresses

Tuesday, February 11th 2020

The Glasgow High School All Class Reunion 2021 committee is looking for current mailing addresses for GHS alumni to send out registrations for the GHS All Class Reunion planned for June 24th – June 27th, 2021. Please send your updated information as soon as possible to:

Glasgow Montana All Class Reunion 2021
c/o Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
P.O. Box 832
Glasgow, MT 59230

Or contact us at:

ghsallclassreunion@gmail.com

Bob Dungan at 406-228-8687 for any questions

Our next meeting will be Thursday February 27th, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Elks…all are welcome!!!

Hunter Education Classes Offered In Glasgow For Youth And Adults

Tuesday, February 11th 2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area for this year for both youth and adults.

The starting dates for the youth classroom courses are as follows:
March 2
May 4
Aug. 10

The youth classroom course will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2020 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2021. 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 the first day of class.

Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before the start of class. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.

The dates for the adult online field days are as follows:
March 16 5:30-9:30 p.m.
May 19 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The online filed course will also be held at the Quonset building at the FWP Headquarters in Glasgow. For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online hunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. Adults looking to complete the online course can find instructions at fwp.mt.gov. The Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.

All 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, locations and other information will be found on the registration page. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Property Taxes In Valley County

Monday, February 10th 2020

Property taxes in Montana pay for a variety of services at the state, local and school district level. In Valley County a total of $18,185,279 was collected in property taxes for 2018.

In Montana a total of $1.752 billion was paid in property taxes in 2018. Almost 36% of property taxes paid were residential property taxes and 13% paid were residential land property taxes.

Property taxes are based on value of the property and in Valley County residential property, commercial property and agricultural property were valued at just over $1 billion an increase of over a quarter million dollars since 2010.

This results in a sizeable increase in the amount of property taxes paid in Valley County from 2010-2018.

Basing property taxes on a per capita basis for residential property owners, the amount has increased from $242 per capita in 2002 all the way to $575 per capita in 2018. That is an increase of 137% in the 16-year period.

The primary driver of that increase is the value of residential property in Valley County. It has increased from $265 million in 2010 all the way to $553 million in 2018.

The value of agricultural property has also increased from just over $202 million in 2010 to $255 million in 2018.

Commercial property in Valley County has also increased in value from $185 million in 2010 to $264 million in 2018.

These figures are from the Montana Department of Revenue and may be accessed here: https://leg.mt.gov/committees/interim/2019rvic/hj-35-study-state-and-local-tax-policy/

Area Students Make THe Montana State University-Northern’s Fall Semester Dean’s List

Monday, February 10th 2020

The Montana State University-Northern’s Fall semester Dean’s List contains 395 students. To be included in the Dean’s List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better. Students that received an incomplete or “F” during this semester are not included on the honor roll listing. The following list of students is organized alphabetically by hometown (please note that many students give a Havre address instead of a hometown address, and thus are listed in the Havre listing).
(Only area students are listed)

Bainville, MT
Beau Z. Hyatt

Circle, MT
Mikenda M. Seymour

Froid, MT
Morgan L. Mason

Glasgow, MT
Bryce J. Hanshew
Micah A. Tweten
Randi J. Klind
Sara N. Jimison

Harlem, MT
Sheena J. Pursley
Ashlea K. Schroder
Daniel F. First Raised
Eduardo S. Velazquez
Heather N. Earthboy

Hays, MT
Kevin A. Hawley

Jordan, MT
Brian J. Bills

Lambert, MT
Jacob L. Rosaaen

Larslan, MT
Adler B. Morgan
Sarah K. Morgan

Malta, MT
Kendall C. Koss
Kristi N. Granlund
Markelle L. Lett
Shelby L. Brookie

Nashua, MT
Sandy M. Viste

Poplar, MT
Germaine J. Jackson
Griffin E. Ricker
Lori E. Smoker

Saco, MT
Nate J. Costin

Scobey, MT
Olga V. Sawdey

Turner, MT
Eddie N. Harmon

Whitewater, MT
Isabella G. Lawless

Wolf Point, MT
Hayoon L. Rush
Jason P. Toavs
Lee E. Bach
Levi S. Brown
Trevor J. Davis
Zachary N. Brown

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